Rev. 23 Sept. 2016, Gen. 441







John R. Graves (1) was probably born about 1790 in TN or VA, and had apparently died by 1850, since he was not in the 1850 census with his wife.  He married Hannah Corder on 14 July 1815 in Allen Co., KY.  She was born about 1793 in KY.  Her parents were Thomas Corder (b.c. 1770 in Fauquier Co., VA) and Nancy ‑‑‑‑‑‑ (b.c. 1770 in NC).  John and Hannah apparently lived in TN, probably Sumner Co., before moving to IL.

The 1850 census for Williamson Co., IL, page 225, shows the following.  It first appeared that this might be two families combined, since there are two people close to the same age named Elisabeth.  However, it is now believed that the second Elisabeth (age 21) is the widow of a deceased son, and all the children are probably those of Hannah.  A second possibility is that Elisabeth through Calvin are Hannah’s children, and the last 3 children listed are those of someone else (perhaps her sister).  A third, less likely, possibility is that Hannah was the grandmother of some of the children.

Hannah Graves                 57/F       KY

Elisabeth Graves              22/F       TN

Elisa Graves                        19/F       TN

Carroll Graves                   18/M     TN

Calvin Graves                    16/M     TN

Elisabeth Graves              21/F       IL

Adaline Graves                 14/F       TN

Hugh Graves                      11/M     IL

Although the 1850 census only lists Carroll Graves, it is believed this is the same as Thomas C. Graves, and that his full name was Thomas Carroll Graves.

The family has not yet been identified in any censuses earlier than 1850, although they should have been in IL in 1840, and in TN or KY before that, based on where their children were born.  It was thought that John R. Graves could have been the one in Henderson Co., KY in 1830, but that was a brother of Harrison Graves, both descended from genealogy 270, and that John married someone else and seems to have stayed in KY.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

+2.   John J. Graves, b.c. 1825, m(1) Mary Cline, 29 Oct. 1843, m(2) Elizabeth A. Parks, 25 May 1876, d.c. 1900.

    3.  Elisabeth Graves, b.c. 1828.

+4.   Eliza Graves, b.c. 1831, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Barnet.

+5.   Thomas Carroll Graves, b.c. 1832, m. Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+6.   Calvin A. Graves, b.c. 1834, m. Mildred ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+7.   Adaline Graves, b.c. 1836, prob. m(1) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Adams, m(2) James Harris.

+8.   Hugh Madison Graves, b.c. 1839, m. Henrietta Turner, 1859.






John J. Graves (2) was born about 1825 in KY, and died about 1900 in Williamson Co., IL.  He first married Mary (“Polly”) Cline on 29 Oct. 1843 in Williamson Co., IL.  She was born 1825-1830 in TN, and died 1865-1870 in Williamson Co., IL.  He married second Elizabeth A. Parks on 25 May 1876 in Saline Pct., Williamson Co., IL.  She was born about 1835 and died in 1900.  They were in the 1850 census for Allen Co., KY.  They were in the 1870 and 1880 censuses for Williamson Co., IL.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves, by Mary Cline

+9.   John Gilbert Graves, b.c. 1850, m. Nancy Jane Tanner, 29 April 1877, d. 1907-1910.

    10.   James J. Graves, b.c. 1860 (Williamson Co., IL), m. Sarah A. Tolbert, 4 June 1882 (Williamson Co., IL), d. McCrory, Woodruff Co., AR.  Bur. in Fakes Chapel Cem., McCrory, AR.

    11.   William Graves, b.c. 1862 (Williamson Co., IL), d. 1870-1880 (Williamson Co., IL).

+12.   Mary Etta Adaline Georgia Graves, b. 11 June 1865, m. Nathan Monroe Felton, 12 Nov. 1884, d. 11 Nov. 1944.

Children - Graves, by Elizabeth A. Parks

+13.   Malinda Graves, b. 1877, m. James Riley Keys, 1895.


Eliza Graves (4) was born about 1831 in TN.  She married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Barnet.  He probably died by 1860, since she was in the 1860 census for Twp. 9, Range 4, Williamson Co., IL, with 2 children, both born in IL, her mother Hannah, 68, and her brother Hugh, 21.

Children - Barnet

    14.   Charles C. Barnet, b.c. 1857.

    15.   Mary E. Barnet, b.c. 1859.


Thomas Carroll Graves (5) was born about 1832 in TN, and apparently died before 1880, since he wasn’t in that census with his wife.  He married Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1832 in IL.  They were in the 1860 census for Twp. 9, Range 4, Williamson Co., IL.  The family was in the 1880 census for District 108, Douglas Twp., Saline Co., IL, with Mary listed as widowed.  Thomas was a farmer.  All their children were born in IL, at least the first 3 in Crab Orchard, Williamson Co., IL, which is about 5 miles southeast of Pittsburg, IL.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

+16.   Hugh Albert Graves, b. 24 July 1853, m. Mary Elizabeth Sapp, 11 March 1875, d. 10 Jan. 1894.

+17.   Thomas Jefferson Graves, b.c. 1857, m. Alice Manier, d. 1933.

    18.   James W. Graves, b.c. 1859.

    19.   Hannah Graves, b.c. 1863.

    20.   Sarah Graves, b.c. 1866.


Calvin A. Graves (6) was born about 1834 in TN (or KY).  He married Mildred A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1837 in TN.  The 1860 census for Twp. 9, Range 4 East, Williamson Co., IL lists Calvin and Mildred with children Emily H., 4, and Nancy C., 2.  None of those children can be found in the 1870 census.  There is a record in the 1870 census for Twp. 9, Range 4, Williamson Co., IL for Calvin Graves (indexed as Groves) and wife Matilda (not Mildred), with children Ellen, 14, Sarah, 12, John, 10, Thomas, 8, and William, 6.  None of those children can be found in the 1880 census.  The 1880 census for Rock Creek Twp., Williamson Co., IL, page 455B, lists Calvin Graves, 46, with wife Mildred, 36, both born in TN, no children.

It is interesting to see that living next to Calvin Graves in the 1860 census was the family of Eli H. Graves, son of William Graves and Catherine Richmond (genealogy 13).

Children - Graves

    21.   Emily H. Graves, b.c. 1856.

    22.   Nancy C. Graves, b.c. 1858.


Adaline Graves (7) was born about 1836 in TN.  She married James (“Jim”) Harris.  He was born about 1828 in IL.  Both his parents were born in KY.

They were in the 1880 census for District 108, Douglas Twp., Saline Co., IL, page 46B.  Her name was spelled Addiline in that census.  The puzzling thing about the 1880 census listing is that 4 children are listed, William, 19, Abul (Able?), 16, Sarah, 11, and Darthula, 9, all born in IL, with both parents listed as born in IL.  Since Adaline was born in TN (according to the 1850 census), it looks likely that James Harris had been married before, and Adaline was his second wife.  The census then lists James Adams, 24, stepson, widowed, born in IL, father born in IL, mother born in TN.  Living with the family is also Cora Adams, 7, niece, and John Adams, 2, nephew.  Although these last two could be niece and nephew of James Harris, it seems more likely that they are the children of James Adams and his deceased wife.  Although James Adams could be a stepson of James by a first wife, it seems more likely that he is a son of Adaline by her first marriage.  A search of 1860 and 1870 census records should resolve this issue.  The 1860 census for Twp. 9, Range 4 E, Williamson Co., IL, listed James R. Adams, 29, Nancy E. Adams, 25, James C. Adams, 4, and other children, so  the James Adams, born about 1856, does not seem to be a child of Adaline.

Children - Adams

    23.   James Adams, b.c. 1856 (IL), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  2 children.


Hugh Madison (“Huey” of “Hughy”) Graves (8) was born about 1840 in southern IL, and died in a hospital in Little Rock, AR, while living in Marmaduke, Greene Co., AR (northeast AR).  He married Mary Henrietta Turner, daughter of Littleton Turner and Mary (“Polly”) Shackelford.  They supposedly married in 1859, but it may actually have been after the 1860 census, since he was living with his mother in 1860.  Her name was given as Henrietta for her marriage, and as Mary on the 1870 and 1880 censuses, and the 1910 census (when she was living with her daughter Gertie) gives her name as Mary H. Graves, which supports the idea that her complete given name really was Mary Henrietta.

Hugh Graves, with brother Calvin and sister Adaline, is said to have crossed the Ohio River on ice in a 14-wagon caravan from TN to Marion, Williamson Co., IL about the 1840’s.  Calvin and Adaline went to TX, and Adaline married Jim Harris.  Hugh raised 2 families (unknown what this means) in Marion, and eventually moved to Paragould, Greene Co., AR.

Hugh and Mary were in the 1870 census for Twp. 9, Range 4, Williamson Co., IL, Crab Orchard P.O.  In the 1880 census for Rock Creek Twp., Williamson Co., IL, page 458D, house 427, and page 453A, house 249, H. M. Graves is listed, 40, with wife Mary A. Graves, 35, and most of the children listed below, all born in IL.  The pages were apparently put in the wrong order, and the house numbers were added later, causing the two parts of this family to appear on non-consecutive pages.  Hugh was a farmer.

Some of Hugh’s children and their families stayed in IL and some moved to AR.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑6)

Children - Graves

+24.   John L. Graves, b. 19 June 1862, m. Sophronia E. Poole, 24 April 1883, d. 18 March 1942.

+25.   Charles Calvin Graves, b. 28 July 1864, m(1) Elizabeth Carrie Ahlheit, 6 Feb. 1893, m(2) Lula Mae (or Melvina) Browning, 7 May 1905, d. 10 Dec. 1926.

    26.   Mary H. (“Molly”) Graves, b.c. 1867.

    27.   Anna Bell (“Annie”) Graves, b.c. 1869.

    28.   Susan I. (“Susie”) Graves, b.c. 1873.

+29.   Albert Oliver Graves, b.c. 1874, m. Etta ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1903.

+30.   L. Lusco Graves, b.c. 1876, m. Mary L. Boyd, c. 1898.

    31.   Della Graves, b.c. 1877.

    32.   Ida Graves, b. 1879.

    33.   Jimmy Graves, b.c. 1881.

+34.   Lucillis L. Graves, b.c. 1883, m. Edna Thomas, c. 1907.

+35.   Gertie Graves, b.c. 1885, m. John W. White, c. 1903.






John Gilbert Graves (9), called Gilbert, was born about 1850, probably in IL (although the 1930 census for son John says AR and for son Raleigh says KY), and died 1907-1910 in Jackson Co., AR.  He married Nancy Jane (“Nan”) Tanner, on 29 April 1877.  She was born about 1860 in IL.  They were in the 1880 census for Rock Creek, Williamson Co., IL.  (R‑4)

Children - Graves

    36.   Clementine Graves, b. Nov. 1879 (Williamson Co., IL), m(1) Morton Perry, m(2) Flody Pokejoy, d. 1916 (AR).

    37.   Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Graves, b. 1881, d. 1881.

    38.   Della Graves, b.c. 1883, d. 1883.

+39.   John Graves, b.c. 1889, m. Lillie ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1911, d. 1932.

    40.   Malinda Graves, b.c. 1890.

    41.   Ida Mae Graves, b.c. 1891, m(1) Fred (“Freddie”) Richard Phillips, 1909, m(2) Roy (or Tom) Pokejoy, m(3) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(4) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Norman.  Bur. Bear Creek Cem., Evening Shade, Sharp Co., AR (near the Missouri border).

    42.   Lonzo Graves, b.c. 1892.

+43.   Raleigh Harrison Graves, b. 4 Aug. 1892, m(1) Sley Nickolls, 1916, m(2) Martha Susan Clark, 1919, m(2) Mary Evelyn Vaulner, d. 31 March 1981.

+44.   Ethel Graves, b.c. 1895, m. Alfred Curbie Anderson, 1916, d. 1974.

    45.   Ernest Melvin Graves, b.c. 1897, m(1) Leona Short, 1923, m(2) Laura Taylor, 1945, d. 15 June 1945.  Bur. Fakes Chapel Cem., McCrory, Woodruff Co., AR.

+46.   Hugh Albert Graves, b.c. 1900, m. Laura Burgess.

+47.   Myrtle Graves, b. 16 Oct. 1906, m. Minnie Leona Linhart, Jan. 1929, d. 4 April 1964.

    48.   Marietta (or Mary Etta) Graves, b. 1906, d. 1906.  Bur. Evening Shade, Sharp Co., AR.


Mary Etta Adaline Georgia Graves (12) was born 11 June 1865 and died 11 Nov. 1944.  She married Nathan Monroe Felton on 12 Nov. 1884.  He was born about 1863 and died in 1946.  (R‑4)

Children - Felton

    49.   William Benjamin Felton, b. 1885.

    50.   Charlie A. Felton, b. 1887, m. Susan Isabelle Anderson, d. 1990.  She was b. 1893 and d. 1964.

    51.   Clarence C. Felton, b. 1889, d. 1977.

    52.   Almer Felton, b. 1891, m. Merrick Anderson, 1911, d. 1977.  He was b. 1890 and d. 1976.

    53.   Eula Felton, b. 1894.

    54.   Eva Felton, b. 1894, m. Charles L. Anderson, d. 1989.  He was b. 1892 and d. 1956.

    55.   Samuel Marvin Felton, b. 1899, d. 1994.

    56.   HomerJefferson Felton, b. 1901, d. 1941.

    57.   Edward Roy Felton, b. 1903, d. 1991.

    58.   Audie Marie Felton, b. 1911, d. 2003.


Malinda Graves (13) was born about 1877.  She married James Riley Keys in 1895.  It is believed that descendants of this family are still living in Williamson Co., IL.  (R‑4)

Children - Keys

    59.   Floyd J. Keys, b. 1898.

    60.   John L. Keys, b. 1902.

    61.   Mary E. Keys, b. 1905.

    62.   Estelle Mae Keys, b. 1907.

    63.   Mable Marie Keys, b. 1909, m. Deaton Bradford.



Hugh Albert Graves (16) was born 24 July 1853 in Crab Orchard, Williamson Co., IL, died 10 Jan. 1894, and was buried in Bethel Cem., Barry Co., MO.  He married Mary Elizabeth Sapp, daughter of Silas M. Sapp and Elizabeth Swiger, on 11 March 1875 in Barry Co., MO[1].  She was born 20 March 1847 in Sardis District, Harrison Co., VA (now WV), and died in 1929.  They were in the 1880 census for Capps Creek, Barry Co., MO, page 219A, with children Flora and Archie.  Living next door to them in 1880 was the family of J. C. Sapp, probably Mary’s brother.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

    64.   Flora E. Graves, b. 12 March 1876 (WV), m. James William Mattingly, d. 1956.

    65.   Archie L. Graves, b.c. 1878 (WV).

    66.   Thomas Graves, b. 29 Nov. 1883.

+67.   Emmert Arbon Graves, b. 18 Sept. 1885, m. Ollie Mae Sullivan, d. 23 Dec. 1962.


Thomas Jefferson Graves (17) was born about 1857 in IL, and died in 1933.  He married Alice Manier.  She was born about 1876 in IL, and died in 1945.  (R‑5)

Children - Graves

    68.   Charley Graves, b.c. 1910.

    69.   Thomas Finis Graves, b.c. 1919, m. Helen Deaton, d. 2006.



John L. (“Johnny”) Graves (24) was born in Jan. 1862 in IL.  He married Sophronia (“Fronia”) E. Poole on 24 April 1883 in Williamson Co., IL.  She was born in June 1866 in White Co., IL, and died 2 Feb. 1934 in Williamson Co., IL.  They were in the 1900 census for Rock Creek Precinct, Williamson Co., IL, and in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Crab Orchard Twp., Williamson Co., IL.  In 1900, 5 of their 6 children were still living, and in 1910, 7 of their 8 children were still living.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Williamson Co., IL.  (R‑6)

Children - Graves

    70.   Morton Graves, b. 1884-1887, d. before 1900.  It is also possible this child was Audie Graves, d. 25 Dec. 1896.

    71.   Charles Graves, b. June 1888, d. 10 Jan. 1914.

+72.   Calvin Morton Graves, b. 16 Dec. 1890, m. Gertie S. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. Aug. 1962 (IL).

    73.   Samuel (“Sam”) Graves, b. May 1893.

    74.   Lizzie Graves, b. Oct. 1894.

+75.   McKinley Graves, b. May 1897, m. Lula ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 4 March 1980 (Marion, Williamson Co., IL).

    76.   Carrie Graves, b.c. 1900, d. 1919.

    77.   Mathew Graves, b. 15 April 1902, d. 12 Dec. 1993 (Marion, Williamson Co., IL).


Charles Calvin (“Charlie”) Graves (25) was born 28 July 1864 in Williamson Co., IL, and died 10 Dec. 1926 in Paragould or Marmaduke, Greene Co., AR.  He first married Elizabeth (”Lizzie”) Carrie Ahlheit, daughter of Henry Ahlheit and Catherine (“Kate”) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 6 Feb. 1893 in Johnson Co., IL.  She was born in April 1870 in IL, and died before 1905 in IL.  They were in the 1900 census for Union, Pope Co., IL, when all 4 of their children were living.

He married second Lula Mae (or Melvina) Browning, daughter of Joshua (?) Browning and Sarah Elizabeth Oliver, on 7 May 1905 in Williamson Co., IL.  She was born 29 March 1885 in Pope Co., IL, and died 12 July 1911 in Paragould, Greene Co., AR.   They were in the 1910 census for Breckenridge Twp., Greene Co., AR.  He was a farmer.  All his children were born in IL.  (R‑6)

Children - Graves, by Elizabeth C. Ahlheit

+78.   Joseph Fifer Graves, b. 17 March 1892, m. Opal A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. 30 Jan. 1964.

    79.   Erma (or Ella) A. Graves, b. 11 Jan. 1894 (near McCormick, Pope Co., IL), m. W. E. Boyd, d. 19 April 1937 (Stonefort, Williamson Co., IL).  He was b.c. 1885.

    80.   Katy E. Graves, b. Aug. 1895.

    81.   Kinley Graves, b. Sept. 1897.

    82.   Henry Graves, b.c. 1900.

Children - Graves, by Lula M. Browning

+83.   Lone Oliver Graves, b.c. 29 March 1906, m. Vestal Jernigan, 19 Sept. 1926, d. 10 Sept. 1982.

+84.   Gladys May Graves, b. 14 May 1908, m Lewis Zelgar Wright, 13 Nov. 1926, d. 4 July 1993.

+85.   Donald William Graves, b. 21 Jan. 1909, m. Lydia May Jernigan, 22 Oct. 1927, d. 13 June 1994.


Albert (or Alfred) Oliver (“Ollie”) Graves (29) was born about 1874 in IL.  He married Etta ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1903.  She was born about 1887 in AR.  They were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Breckenfidge Twp., Greene Co., AR.  They were in the 1930 census for Friendship Twp., Greene Co., AR.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in AR.

Children - Graves

    86.   Pearl Graves, b.c. 1904.

    87.   Viva (or Irda) Graves, b.c. 1905.

    88.   Hubert Graves, b.c. 1907.

    89.   Winnie Graves, b.c. 1909.

    90.   Marge (or Virga) Graves, b.c. 1911.

    91.   George (“Georgie”) Graves, b.c. 1913.

    92.   Eugene Graves, b.c. 1916.

    93.   Theodore Graves, b.c. 1919.

    94.   Mozell Graves, b.c. 1922.

    95.   Anna L. Graves, b.c. 1924.

    96.   Geraldine (or Geraldean) Graves, b.c. 1926.


L. Lusco (or Lusco L.) Graves (30) was born about 1876 in IL.  He married Mary L. Boyd about 1898.  She was born about 1881 in IL.  They were in the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Hurricane Twp., Greene Co., AR.  In 1910, 4 of their 5 children were still living.  They were in the 1930 census for Hurricane Twp., Greene Co., AR, with his brother-in-law, Earl Boyd, living with them.  L. L. was a farmer.  Their first child was born in IL, and the others in AR.

Children - Graves

    97.   Mamye D. Graves, b.c. 1899.

    98.   Armel (or Armal) E. Graves, b.c. 1901.

+99.   Arvel (or Arvil) C. Graves, b.c. 1905, m. Opal ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1927.

    100.    John Herman Graves, b.c. 1908, m. Lola B. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1929.  They were in the 1930 census for Hurricane Twp., Greene Co., AR, with no childen.

    101.    Charlotte Graves, b.c. 1914.

    102.    Shirrell (or Sherrell) Graves (son), b.c. 1922.


Lucillis (or Lucillous) L. Graves (34) was born about 1883 in IL.  He married Edna Thomas about 1907.  She was born about 1890 in AR.  They were in the 1910 census for Hurricane Twp., Greene Co., AR, when 1 of their 2 children were living.  They were in the 1930 census for Breckenridge Twp., Greene Co., AR, with his mother-in-law, Mrs. W. H. Thomas, living with them.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in AR.

Children - Graves

    103.    Golie R. Graves (daughter), b.c. 1909.

    104.    Dora Graves, b.c. 1911.

    105.    Harvey Graves, b.c. 1914.

    106.    Elnora Graves, b.c. 1916.

    107.    Ola Dell Graves, b.c. 1918.

    108.    Wilbern Graves, b.c. 1920.


Gertie Graves (35) was born about 1885 in IL.  She married John W. White about 1903.  He was born about 1881 in AR.  They were in the 1910 census for Union Twp., Greene Co., AR, when all of their 4 children were still living, and her widowed mother was living with them.  John was a teamster.  All their children were born in AR.

Children - White

    109.    Hazel L. White, b.c. 1905.

    110.    Mathel (or Mashel) M. White (daughter), b.c. 1906.

    111.    Sylvia C. White, b.c. 1908.

    112.    Sydney H. White, b.c. 1910.


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[1] Sources: A Genealogical and Biuographical History of the Swiger Family, by Ira L. Swiger, 1916, and Ancestors Unlimited, vol. 7, no. 1, pages 12-14, “Swiger and Sapp Families to Barry Co., Missouri”, found in Joplin Public Library.