Rev. 13 April 2005, Gen. 820







James (“Jimmie”) Graves (1) was born in Sept. 1818 in NC, probably in Montgomery Co.  He first married ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1835[1].  She may have died about 1864 (if Martha was by the second marriage) or 1868 (if Martha was by the first wife).  He married second Nancy Jane Cockrum before 1870, perhaps about 1866.  She was born about 1831 in KY.  She had previously been married to Harvey Gooden (or Goodin).  He married third Mary Cockrum Parrigon (or Parigan) on 14 Aug. 1880 in Ozark Co., MO[2].  She was a daughter of his second wife, and James’ step-daughter.  She was born in Nov. 1850 in AR.

Turnbo’s Tales of the Ozarks stated that Jimmie Graves, one of the oldest men in Baxter Co., Arkansas, was born in Montgomery Co., NC in 1818, and died in Baxter Co. Jan. 3, 1901.  He was buried in Tribbet graveyard (possibly should be Trivett) on Pigeon Creek.  It mentions son Tom, born in Baxter Co. in 1859, and Billy, son of Jimmie.  It also mentions James Absalom Gooden, born 1858, son of Harvey Gooden, who lived with his stepfather, Jimmie Graves, on Pigeon Creek in Baxter Co.

It is possible that James Graves was descended from John Graves and Margery Harvey of Randolph Co., NC.  Many of their descendants lived in Montgomery Co., NC, and some later went to Arkansas.

The 1850 census for Fulton Co., AR lists Harvey Goodwin, with wife Nancy, 19 (the right age), which is probably Nancy Jane Cockrum and her first husband.

James Graves was in the 1870 census for Rapps Barren, Marion Co., AR, Whiteville P.O., page 502, dwelling 36, with 11 children, William A., 16, Nancy J., 16, Susan, 14, Sarah, 13, Thomas Jefferson, 10, James Absalom, 10, Mynerva A., 7, Lenord M., 6, Mary S., 4, Madocia, 4, and Martha H., 2.  Some of these children were actually by Nancy’s marriege to Harvey Gooden: Nancy J., Susan, James Absalom, Mary S., and Madocia.  He was in the 1880 census for Pigeon, Baxter Co., AR, page 269A, with no wife, children Lenord M., 17, and Martha H., 12, and step-daughter Mary Parrigon.  Living next door in 1880 were the families of Susan Graves, widow of his son William, and son Thomas Graves, and living nearby was son Samuel.  James was in the 1900 census for Pigeon, Baxter Co., AR, page 1A, with his third wife and 2 children.  James Graves has not yet been found in any census before 1870.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves, by first wife

+2.  Helen Clementine Graves, m. Thomas Kasinger, 16 July 18‑‑.

+3.  Samuel C. Graves, b.c. 1852, m. Loucinda ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+4.  William A. Graves, b.c. 1854, m. Susan Gooden, 8 Jan. 1874, d. 1879.

   5.  Sarah Graves, b.c. 1857, m. John Hamilton Lewis.

+6.  Thomas Jefferson Graves, b. Jan. 1859, m(1) Martha Ann Webb, 1879, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+7.  Minerva A. Graves, b.c. 1863, m. Thomas Kasinger, 16 April 1876.

   8.  Leonard M. Graves, b.c. 1864.

Children - Graves, either by 1st wife or by Nancy J. Cockrum

   9.  Martha H. Graves, b.c. 1868, m. James Webb.

Children - Graves, by Mary C. Parrigon

   10.  Richard W. E. Graves, b. Aug. 1885.

   11.  Wimsy (or Windy) Eva Graves, b. March 1889.






Helen Clementine Graves (2) was probably born about 1848-1850, and probably died about 1872-1876.  She was said to be Cherokee.  She married Thomas Kasinger on 16 July 18‑‑ in Ozark Co., MO.  He was born about 1846 in MO.  He married second Minerva A. Graves, sister of Helen.  Minerva was born about 1863.  (R‑2)

Children - Kasinger

   12.  Malisa J. Kasinger, b.c. 1869 (AR).

   13.  Fassalina Kasinger, b.c. 1872 (AR).


Samuel C. Graves (3) was born about 1852 in MO.  He married Lucinda (or Loucinda) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1850 in MO.  They were in the 1880 census for Pigeon, Baxter Co., AR, page 269A, with 3 children.  All their children were born in AR.  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+14.  George Washington Graves, b. 23 July 1870, m. Almeda Ogle, 19 June 1892, d. 8 Nov. 1950.

   15.  Nancy Graves, b.c. 1873.

   16.  Abner Graves, b.c. 1879.


William A. (“Billy”) Graves (4) was born about 1854 in MO, and died in 1879 in AR of diphtheria.  He married Susan Gooden on 8 Jan. 1874.  She was born about 1857 in AR.  She was in the 1880 census for Pigeon, Baxter Co., AR, with her 3 children and her sister, D. Jane Cabe, living next to her father-in-law, James Graves.  All the children were born in AR.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

   17.  James William Graves, b.c. 1874.

   18.  Mary J. Graves, b.c. 1876.

   19.  C. Melton (or Melvin) Graves, b.c. 1879.


Thomas Jefferson (“Tom”) Graves (6) was born in Jan. 1859 in MO.  He first married Martha Ann Webb in 1879.  She was born in Aug. 1862 in NC.  He married second ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  He is reported to have had 12 children.  The first 3 children were born in AR and the others in MO.

He was in the 1880 census for Pigeon, Baxter Co., AR, page 269A, living next to his father.  The 1900 census for Bridges, Ozark Co., MO, page 16A, listed Thomas, Martha, and their 9 living children.  The 1910 census for Lick Creek Twp., Ozark Co., MO, page 242A, listed Thomas, Martha, and their 5 youngest children.  It indicated that 10 of their 11 children were still living.  (R‑2)

Children - Graves

   20.  Walter Graves, b. May 1880.  He was in the 1880 census, but not in the 1900 census.  He had apparently died.

   21.  Robert F. Graves, b. Sept. 1882.

   22.  Charles M. Graves, b. 1884.

   23.  Samuel J. Graves, b. Feb. 1886.

   24.  Mamie E. Graves, b. March 1888.

+25.  James E. Graves, b. 20 Oct. 1890, m. Clementine Wyoma Mullins, c. 1909, d. 14 Dec. 1957.

   26.  Albert Virgil Graves, b. Dec. 1892.

   27.  Estella J. Graves, b.c. 1895.

   28.  William M. Graves, b.c. 1897.

   29.  Frank Graves, b.c. 1899.

   30.  Elva Graves, b.c. 1901.


Minerva A. Graves (7) was born about 1863.  She married Thomas Kasinger on 16 April 1876 in Ozark Co., MO, after her sister Helen died.  He was born about 1846 in MO.  (R‑2)

Children - Kasinger

   31.  Luanna Kasinger, b.c. 1877.

   32.  James William Kasinger, b.c. 1878.






George Washington Graves (14) was born 23 July 1870, and died 8 Nov. 1950 in OK.  He married Almeda (“Media”) Ogle on 19 June 1892 in Ozark Co., MO.  She was born 18 May 1874, and died 29 Jan. 1957 in OK, daughter of Cannan (or Canaan?) Ogle (b. 13 June 1831 in Carroll Co., VA, d. 29 Jan. 1913 in Baxter Co., AR) and Martha Ann Surratt (b. 3 Dec. 1839 in Carroll Co., VA, d. 24 Oct. 1904 in Baxter Co., AR).  (R‑1)

Children - Graves

+33.  Cora Bertha Graves, b. 1 Aug. 1893, m. William Russell Maynard, 10 July 1911, d. 3 Nov. 1970.

   34.  Lizzeta Graves, b. Dec. 1896.

   35.  Eva Nellie Graves, b. 22 Feb. 1898.

   36.  Effie F. Graves, b. 6 June 1899.

   37.  Maggie L. Graves, b. 3 Feb. 1902.

   38.  Leonard A. Graves, b. 17 Jan. 1904.

   39.  Everette H. Graves, b. 15 Dec. 1906.

   40.  Bert M. Graves, b. 29 Feb. 1908.

   41.  Ella M. Graves, b. 3 July 1911.

   42.  Dalcy E. Graves, b. 31 March 1913.

   43.  George R. Graves, b. 22 May 1915.

   44.  D. A. Graves, b. 5 Oct. 1917.



James E. Graves (25), called Ed, was born 20 Oct. 1890 in MO, and died 14 Dec. 1957.  He married Clementine Wyoma Mullins, called Clemmie, about 1909.  She was born 28 Jan. 1890 in AR, and died 11 Feb. 1976.

They were in the 1910 census for Lick Creek Twp., Ozark Co., MO, page 242A, living next to his parents, with James E. Graves, 19, wife Wyoma C., 20, and son Paul O., 5 months.  The 1920 census for Washington, Greene Co., MO, page 3B, listed James E., 29, Clemmie W., 30, and 4 children.  The 1930 census for Ruth, Stone Co., MO, listed J. E., 39, Clemmie, 40, and 7 children.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in MO.  (R‑3)

Children - Graves

   45.  Paul Austin Graves, b. 18 Aug. 1909.

   46.  Walsie Lavell Graves, b. 18 April 1911.

+47.  Lula Lucille Graves, b. 16 Aug. 1914, m. Troy Costello, d. 3 June 1996..

   48.  O’dell Graves, b. 6 Jan. 1917.

   49.  Gerald James Graves, b. 30 March 1920.

   50.  Herbert Willard Graves, b. 10 Feb. 1924.

   51.  Freddie Graves, b.c. 1926.

   52.  Lerie (or Lexie?) Graves (daughter), b.c. 1928.


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[1] The date of his first marriage is based on his response to the 1900 census that he had been married 65 years.

[2] Their marriage date and place from the IGI.