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John C. Graves (1) was born about 1845 in MI.  He married Rachel P. Jones in Dec. 1875.  She was born 16 Sept. 1855 (or 1853[1]), died 25 Jan. 1941, and was buried in Shelton Cem., all in Hamilton Co., TN.  Her parents were Benjamin Franklin Jones, born 28 Sept. 1822 in Hamilton Co., TN, and Elizabeth Ann Ford, born in Dec. 1821 in TN.  John and Rachel with their first 2 children were listed in the 1880 census for District 11, Hamilton Co., TN, page 93A.  John was listed as 35, born in MI, farm laborer, with his father born in Ireland and his mother born in Scotland.  John Graves has not been found with certainty in any census records before 1880.  However, the 1870 census for Grand Haven, Ottawa Co., MI, P.O. Holland, lists a John Graves (or Graver), age 24, born in England, carpenter, who could be the correct one.  If so, perhaps the reason he can’t be found in the 1860 census is that he hadn’t arrived from England then.  The 1900 census for Dist. 11, Hamilton Co., TN, page 17A, listed Rachel, widow, with sons Benjamin and James.  She was a farmer, and 4 of her 5 children were still living.  All their children were born in TN.

John left the family about the time Henry was born, so Henry never knew him.  Rachel lived until 1941 but would never talk about John except to say that he came to Tennessee from Holland, Ottawa Co., MI.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+2.  Benjamin A. Graves, b. July 1876, m. Laura ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1900.

  3.  Rosa A. Graves, b.c. 1879.

  4.  child

+5.  James Henry Graves, b. 22 Feb. 1884, m. Joyce ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1918.

  6.  child






Benjamin A. Graves (2) was born in July 1876 in TN, probably Hamilton Co.  He married Laura ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1900.  She was born about 1876 in TN.  They were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Dist. 3, Hamilton Co., TN, with his mother living with them both years.  The 1930 census for Dist. 3, Hamilton Co., TN, page 13B, showed Ben A. Graves as a boarder, married, but none of his family was living with him or could be found anywhere in census records (except for Benton).  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in TN.

Children - Graves

+7.  Benton V. Graves, b.c. 1901, m. Gladys J. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1926.

  8.  Kitty D. Graves, b.c. 1903.

  9.  Muriel A. Graves, b.c. 1904.

  10.  Alfred N. Graves, b.c. 1906.

  11.  Verna Graves, b.c. 1908.

  12.  Henrietta (“Etta”) Graves, b.c. 1910.

  13.  Dudley B. Graves, b. 1912.

  14.  Frankie A. Graves (daughter), b.c. 1914.

  15.  William M. Graves, b.c. 1916.

  16.  Rosa Lea Graves, b.c. 1919.


James Henry Graves (5) was born 22 Feb. 1884 in Hamilton Co., TN.  He married Joyce ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1918.  She was born about 1891 in IL.  They were in the 1930 census for Herrin, Williamson Co., IL, page 16A, where he was a coal loader in a coal mine.  Their first child was born in AR, the next in TN, the next 2 in AR, and the last in IL.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children - Graves

  17.  Wilma (or Helena) Graves, b.c. 1910.

  18.  Harold K. Graves, b.c. 1912.

+19.  Allen Willis Graves, b. 20 Jan. 1916, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  20.  Rachel Graves, b.c. 1916.

  21.  James Henry Graves, Jr., b.c. 1924.


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[1] The 1855 date is from Johanna Jones Thompson, compilation of Jones families on RootsWeb.  The 1853 date is from the 1880 and 1900 censuses.