Rev. 21 Oct. 2005, Gen. 472







William Graves (1) was born about 1813, probably in Christiana Hundrred, New Castle Co., DE.  He married Rebecca A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, probably about 1837.  She was born about 1819 in PA.  They were in the 1840 census for Wayne Co., IN, page 338, with 1 male 20-30, 2 females under 5, and 1 female 20-30.  He may have been a son of Thomas Graves and Margaret Augustus (or Augusta), descended from immigrant Thomas Graves of New Castle Co., DE (genealogy 85).

They were in the 1850 census for Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, page 130, with his occupation as carpenter, and all his children born in Indiana.  In the 1860 census for Wilmington, Ward 2, New Castle Co., DE, page 174, he was working in the lottery office, as was his son Thomas (enumerated in Ward 4), with all children in William’s household born in Indiana.

Children - Graves

  2.  Margaret E. Graves, b.c. 1838.

  3.  Eliza J. Graves, b.c. 1840.

+4.  Thomas J. Graves, b.c. 1841, m(1) Jane ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Emma L. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  5.  William Harry Graves, b.c. 1846.

  6.  Lucy Graves, b.c. 1848.

  7.  John B. Graves, b.c. 1850.

  8.  Emma J. Graves, b.c. 1852.

  9.  Mary Ella Graves, b.c. 1853.






Thomas J. Graves (4) was born about 1841 in OH or IN[1].  He first married Jane (“Jenney”) ‑‑‑‑‑‑ (probably Carr).  He married second Emma L. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

The 1870 census (enumerated 23 June 1870) for Wilmington, Div. 1, New Castle Co., DE, listed Thomas J., 29, occupation cabinet manufacturing (difficult to read), real estate value $1,500, personal property $6,000, born OH; wife Jenney C., 27, born Ireland, children all born in DE, Kate B., 10, Willie, 9, Thomas, 1, Samuel, 25 days (b. May), and Fannie Carr, 55, born Ireland (Jenney's mother?).  The 1880 census for Wilmington, DE, listed Thomas, 38, b. IN, father and mother both born DE, wife Emma L., 25, father b. DE, mother b. PA, sons (all born in DE) Willie, 19, apprentice to plumber, Thomas, 12, Harry, 3.  For the first 2 boys, their mother was b. Ireland, and Harry's mother was b. PA.  The father of all 3 was listed as born in IN.

He served as a Sergeant in 1st Lt. W. T. Warner's Company C, 4th Regt. of Delaware Infantry Volunteers, was enrolled 18 Sept. 1862 to serve 3 years, and was discharged 13 May 1865 in Philadelphia, PA.  According to his discharge certificate, he was 21 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair, and his occupation when enrolled was morocco (leather) dresser.  In 1870 he lived on 4th St., Wilmington, DE.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves, by Jenney Carr

  10.  Kate B. Graves, b.c. 1860.

+11.  William Middleton Graves, b. 26 April 1863, m. Ellen Marie Daley, d. 12 Nov. 1953.

  12.  Thomas Graves, b.c. 1869.

  13.  Samuel Graves, b.c. 29 May 1870.

Children - Graves, by Emma L. ------

+14.  Harry Graves, b. May 1877, m. Edith Hinkle, c. 1900.






William Middleton Graves (11) was born 26 April 1863 in Wilmington, DE, died 12 Nov. 1953 in St. Louis, MO, and was buried in Mt. Olive Cem., Chicago, IL (at 111st and California Ave., Lot no. NN152-6).  He was raised by an aunt who was married to Robert R. Robertson (a prominent family at that time).  Supposedly, some relatives were connected with Old Swedes Church in Wilmington.  He married Ellen Marie Daley.  She was born and raised in Phoenixville, PA, and died in 1945 in St. Louis, MO.  Her ancestors were from Wales, U.K.  They lived at 1340 Orange St., Wilmington, DE in March 1896, according to the 1900 census.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

  15.  Ethel Graves

  16.  John Paul Graves

+17.  William Middleton Graves, Jr., m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.


Harry Graves (14) was born in May 1877 in DE.  He married Edith Hinkle, daughter of George Hinkle, about 1900.  She was born in Nov. 1876 in PA.  They were in the 1900 census for Chester, Ward 6, Delaware Co., PA, page 20B, at 325 Taylor Terrace.  He was a news dealer.  They were in the 1910 census for Chester, Ward 5, Delaware Co., PA, page 221a, when he was a driver, and his widowed father-in-law, George Hinkle, 74, was living with them.  All their children were born in PA.

Children - Graves

  18.  Warren Graves, b.c. 1901.

  19.  Edith Graves, b.c. 1902.

  20.  Harry Graves, b.c. 1908.


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[1] His Civil War discharge certificate said he was born in 1844 in Cinncinatti, OH, the 1850 census said about 1841 in IN, the 1860 census gave about 1841 in OH, the 1870 census gave the date as about 1841 in OH, and the 1880 census gave it as about 1842 in IN.  It seems that when his parents were the informants, the place was IN, but he consistently said OH.