Rev. 27 June 2005, Gen. 888







Peter Graves (1) was born about 1784 in North Carolina, and died before 26 March 1851 (probably in Monroe Co., IN).  On that date in Monroe Co., IN, Peter’s son James conveyed land to his brother, William; James was listed as “heir at law of Peter Graves, deceased”.  Peter married Sarah Merion (or Marion), daughter of Bartholomew Marion, on 21 Nov. 1809 in Surry Co., NC.  Sarah was born about 1784 in NC, and died in 1861 according to R‑3.  Sarah was recorded on the 1860 Lawrence Co., IN census living with her son William.  R‑2 notes that Daniel Merion, Sarah’s brother, was the bondsmen at the marriage of Peter and Sarah.  When another brother Robert Marion married Polly Alberty in 1823, a Peter Graves was the bondsman.  This is not the same Peter Graves, son of Peter Graves, Sr., who married Sarah Carmichael in 1810 and died in 1814.  The following census information may help distinguish these families.

The 1810 census of Surry Co., NC lists the household of Peter Graves with 1 male over 45 (b. 1765 or earlier, probably Peter Sr.), 1 male 16 to 25 (b. 1785-1794, probably Peter Jr.), 1 male 10 to 15 (b. 1795-1800), 2 males under 10 (b. 1800-1809), 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female over 45.  Listed on the same page as this Peter Graves is a Thomas Graves with 1 male 16-25 (b. 1785-1794), 2 males under 10, (b. 1800-1809), 1 female 16-26, and 1 female over 45 (b. 1765 or earlier).

The 1820 census of Surry Co., NC (Captain Daniel Marrian’s Dist.) lists the household of (this) Peter Graves with 3 males under 10 (b. 1810-1820), 1 male over 45 (b. 1775 or earlier), 1 female 16-26 (b. 1794-1804; probably Sarah Merion, although the age is off).

The 1830 census of Surry Co., NC lists the household of (this) Peter Graves with 1 male 10-15 (b. 1815-1820), 2 males 15-20 (b. 1810-1815), 1 male 40-50 (b. 1780-1790), 1 female 10-15 (b. 1815-1820), and 1 female 40-50 (b. 1780-1790, Sarah Merion).

The 1830 census of Monroe Co., IN, p. 162, lists the household of Peter Graves with 1 male 60-70 (b. 1760-1770), and 1 female 80-90 (b. 1740-1750).  This is probably Peter Graves, Sr. and an unknown female.

The 1840 census of Monroe Co., IN, p. 266 lists the household of (this) Peter Graves with 1 male 20-30 (b. 1810-1820), 1 male 50-60 (b. 1780-1790), and 1 female 40-50 (b. 1790-1800; probably Sarah Merion, although again the age is off).

The 1850 census of Indian Creek Twp., Monroe Co., IN lists the household of (this) Peter Graves, age 66, born about 1784 in NC, a farmer, with Sarah, age 66, born about 1784 in NC.

R‑5 notes that Peter is not listed on the 1856 Plat Map of Indian Creek Twp.; Thomas Oliphant and a William Graves own parts of Peter’s land at that time.

In Aubrey Graves book Graves Family History and Genealogy, 1968, several errors have been uncovered.  The “Inventory of Peter Graves Estate” on p. 158 has incorrectly been attributed to Peter Graves, Sr. of genealogy 11.  The inventory is actually for his son Peter Graves, Jr. following his death in 1814.  The assertion that Peter Graves, Sr. and Peter Graves, Jr. both married in Surry County in 1809 is also in error:  the Peter Graves who married Sarah Merion (Marion) is probably this Peter Graves.  The Peter Graves who married Sarah Carmichael is Peter Graves, Jr. also of genealogy 11.  Also, incorrectly asserted in Aubrey’s genealogy is the statement that Peter, Jr. and Sara(h) Carmichael are buried in Carmichael Cemetery in Greene Co., IN.  Sarah married second William Martindale by 1827 and was married to him for nearly twenty years before her death.  These stones may represent memorials erected for Peter, Jr. and Sarah Carmichael or for Peter Graves and Sarah Merion of this genealogy.

It is interesting to note that Peter C. Graves and Nancy Jane Nations (genealogy 350) were also in Greene Co., IN in 1860.  (R‑2, R‑3, R‑5, R‑7)

Children - Graves

+2.  William Graves, b. 5 Feb. 1815, m. Martha Long, 20 Oct. 1836, d. 17 Aug. 1873.

  3.  son, b. 1810-1820.

  4.  son, b. 1810-1820.

+5.  James Graves, b.c. 1823, m. Sarah Jane Dobson, 18 March 1847, d. after 1860.






William Graves (2) was born 5 Feb. 1815 in NC, died 17 Aug. 1873, and was buried in Graves Cem. on the old Graves farm northwest of Springville in Lawrence Co., IN.  He married Martha (“Patsy”) Long, daughter of Tobias Long (formerly of Surry Co., NC) and Fannie Frick, on 20 Oct. 1836 in Greene Co., IN.  She was born about 1814 in NC, died 8 Oct. 1897, and was also buried in Graves Cem..  They were recorded on the 1850 and 1860 censuses in Lawrence Co., IN; the children were all born in Indiana.  William’s mother Sarah, age 73, lived with them in 1860.  (R‑3, R‑4, R‑6, R‑7, R‑503)

Children - Graves

  6.  Mary Graves, b.c. 1836.  Listed with the family on the 1860 census.

+7.  Squire Graves, b. 27 Dec. 1838, m. Margaret Stalcup, 12 April 1860, d. 24 April 1863.

+8.  James Graves, b. 7 Feb. 1841, m(1) Mary East, 1 Dec. 1859, m(2) Laura Ann Rader, 25 April 1867, d. 1930.

+9.  Andrew Graves, b. 16 June 1843, m. Polly Ann Bowen, d. 14 Dec. 1909.

+10.  John Graves, b. 8 July 1848, m. Louisa Fountain, d. 1922.

+11.  Fannie Graves, b. 19 April 1857, m. William F. Hodges, 1875, d. 1935.


James Graves (5) was born about 1823 in NC, and died between 1860 and 1870.  He married Sarah Jane Dobson on 18 March 1847 in Greene Co., IN.  She was born about 1827 in Indiana.  They were listed on the 1850 census for Monroe Co., IN.  This family was listed on the 1860 census in Fairplay, Greene Co., IN; Sarah was listed on the 1870 and 1880 censuses in Beech Creek, Greene Co., IN.  Two grandsons, Harley Graves, born about 1874 in Indiana and Albert Graves, born about 1877 in Indiana were living with Sarah in 1880.  In 1880 Sarah listed the birthplaces of her parents as TN.

It is not certain whether the grandsons listed in the 1880 census were sons of William, James Franklin, or possibly Margaret.  The lack of a place of birth for their father in the 1880 census would indicate that maybe they were Margaret’s sons.  However, since James Franklin Graves can’t be found in 1880, and there is a possible marriage in Greene Co. for a William Graves that could be the one born 1852, it is believed that James is most likely the father.  (R‑7)

Children - Graves

  12.  Elizabeth J. Graves, b.c. 1848 (probably Monroe Co., IN).  Listed as Sarah E. on the 1860 census.

  13.  William W. Graves, b.c. 1852 (IN).

+14.  James Franklin Graves, b.c. 1853, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  15.  Margaret A. Graves, b.c. 1857.  Her place of birth was listed as Iowa in 1860, and Indiana in 1870 and 1880.

  16.  Mary A. (or J.) Graves, b.c. 1869 (IN).






Squire Graves (7) was born 27 Dec. 1838, died 24 April 1863, and was buried in Graves Cem. on the old Graves farm northwest of Springville in Lawrence Co., IN.  He married Margaret Stalcup on 12 April 1860.  He served in the Union Army in the Civil War.  (R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Graves

  17.  Oliver M. Graves, m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  Lived in TX and CA.

  18.  Alice Graves, m. Joseph Cullison.  Settled in OK where she died.


James Graves (8) was born 7 Feb. 1841 in Lawrence Co., IN, died in 1930 in Monroe Co., IN, and was buried in Graves Cem. on the old Graves farm northwest of Springville, Lawrence Co., IN.  He first married Mary East on 1 Dec. 1859.  She was born 5 Nov. 1840 and died in 1864.  He married second Laura Ann Rader on 25 April 1867 (Greene Co., IN marriages, book H, p. 90).  She was born about 1850 in Indiana.  They were recorded on the 1870 census in Indian Creek Twp., Monroe Co., IN.  Laura was also buried in Graves Cem.  (R‑1, R‑4, R‑9, R‑503)

Children - Graves, by Mary East

+19.  Edward Douglas Graves, b. 6 Oct. 1860, m. Elizabeth Gooding, d. 31 Jan. 1935.

  20.  Oscar Graves, d. in infancy.

Children - Graves, by Laura A. Rader

+21.  Charles Graves, b. 18 Sept. 1868, m. Malinda F. Crum, 1890, d. 1946.

+22.  Alice Graves, b. 1874, m. Thomas Walter Byers, 1894, d. 1947.

  23.  Jenny Graves, b. 1878, m. Roger Peterson.  Bur. Graves Cem.  No children.

  24.  Cyrus L. Graves, b. 1886, never married, d. 1907.  Bur. Graves Cem.


Andrew ("Andy") Graves (9) was born 16 June 1843, died 14 Dec. 1909, and was buried in the Graves Cem., Lawrence Co., IN.  He was a devoted member of the Primitive Baptist Church.  He married Polly Ann Bowen, daughter of William Bowen and Rebecca Hazel.  She was born 17 July 1842, died 13 July 1917, and was also buried in Graves Cem.  (R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Graves

+25.  William B. Graves, b. 7 June (or 6 July) 1865, m. Nancy (or Nannie) E. Hodges, 3 Aug. 1889, d. 15 (or 19) March 1932.

+26.  Rebecca Ellen Graves, b. 24 Jan. 1869, m. John Jackson Snow, 22 Dec. 1888, d. 17 Nov. 1939.

  27.  Stricklin Graves, b. 18 June 1873, d. 28 Aug. 1876.

+28.  Sudie (or Susan) Ellen Graves, b. 29 Oct. 1876, m. Henry Floyd, 7 March 1894, d. 5 July 1950.


John Graves (10) was born 8 July 1848, died 20 March 1922, and was buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN.  He was a farmer and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.  He married Louisa Fountain.  (R‑503)

Children - Graves

+29.  Mary Graves, b. 1874, m. Charles Bowers, d. 1900.


Fannie Graves (11) was born 19 April 1857 in Indiana, died in 1935, and was buried in the Graves Cem., Lawrence Co., IN.  She married William F. Hodges on 16 May 1875.  They lived in Monroe Co., IN.  (R‑503)

Children - Hodges

+30.  Summie L. Hodges, b. 3 June 1883, m. Ralph Koontz.



James Franklin Graves (14) was born about 1853 in IN.  His name and place of birth was recorded as James F. and Iowa on the 1860 census.  In 1870, he was listed as Franklin, 17, b. IN.  He married ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  It is not proven that he married or that he was the father of the 2 children listed below.  It is known, however, that the children are either his or those of his brother William or his sister Margaret.

Children - Graves

+31.  Harley Graves, b. Feb. 1874, m(1) Ethel Allen, 31 March 1900, m(2) Minnie Mae ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1910, d.c. 1954.

  32.  Albert Graves, b.c. 1877.






Edward Douglas ("Doug") Graves (19) was born 6 Oct. 1860 in Greene or Monroe Co., IN, died 31 Jan. 1935 in Ukiah, Mendocino Co., CA, and was buried in Worthington Cem., Greene Co., IN.  He married Elizabeth Gooding, daughter of George W. Gooding and Ann Adair.  She was born 28 July 1863 (or 1862), died 18 March (or May) 1908, and was also buried in Worthington Cem.  (R‑1, R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Graves

+33.  Estella (or Ada D. according to R‑6) Graves, 28 Nov. 1885, m. Adam Dunn English, 13 April 1909, d 7 May 1960.

+34.  Helen Graves, b. 8 Oct. 1890, m. Edward E. Darnell, 5 May 1909, d. 17 Oct. 1958.


Charles Graves (21) was born 18 Sept. 1868 in Monroe Co., IN, died in 1946, and was buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN.  He married Malinda F. ("Lina") Crum, daughter of Joseph Crum and Ann Hodges, in 1890.  She was born in 1867 and died in 1950.  He was a successful farmer.  (R‑4, R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Graves

+35.  Charles C. Graves, b. 1891, m(1) Dorothy Neal, m(2) Golda Arnett, d. after June 1979.

+36.  Darwin Earl Graves, b. 28 Oct. 1893, m. Lydia O. Crum, 1915, d. Jan. 1981.

+37.  Nellie Bryan Graves, b. 1896, m. D. Banton Carmichael, 1913.

+38.  Ruth Naomi Graves, b. 25 March 1899, m. Virgil McConnell, 1918.

+39.  Lily Leone Graves, b. 1901, m. Lloyd Starnes, 1924, d. 1936.

+40.  Morris R. Graves, b. 28 Sept. 1909, m. Martha Lois Mood, 1928.


Alice Graves (22) was born 1874, died in 1947, and was buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN..  She married Thomas Walter Byers, called Walter, in 1894. (R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Byers

  41.  Russell M. Byers, b. 1895, m. Esther V. Axe, 1935.  He served in World War I.

+42.  Gladys L. Byers, b. 1898, m. Reed William Thomas, 1917.

+43.  Shirley Charles Byers, b. 23 Sept. 1900, m(1) Nellie Ethel Floyd, 30 Nov. 1918, m(2) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(3) ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

+44.  Ermal E. Byers, b. 1906, m. Mildred Breeden, 1927.

  45.  Velma I. Byers, b. 1912, m. Bob Nellis.  No children.

  46.  Cecil Brion Byers, b. 1916, d. at age 6.



William B. Graves (25) was born 7 June (or 6 July) 1865, died 15 (or 19) March 1932, and was buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN.  He was injured in the 14 July 1884 boiler explosion at the Carter saw mill, 5 miles west of Harrodsburg, IN, and was permanently disabled.  He married Nancy (or Nannie) E. Hodges on 3 Aug. 1889.  She was born 31 Aug. 1857 and died 16 July 1946.  (R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Graves

+47.  Ollie Glen Graves, b. 1888, m(1) Erva Walker, m(2) Rella Hudson.

  48.  Dennis Carl Graves, b. 5 Feb. 1898, d. 10 April 1902.  Bur. Carmichael Cem.


Rebecca Ellen Graves (26) was born 24 Jan. 1869, died 17 Nov. 1939, and was buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN.  She married John Jackson Snow, son of William James Snow, on 22 Dec. 1888.  He was born 1 Jan. 1865, died 22 Nov. 1955, and was also buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN.

Rebecca belonged to the Primitive Baptist Church.  (R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Snow

+49.  Emmet Snow, b. 22 Dec. 1888, m(1) Charlotte Hanning, m(2) Mamie Crockett, d. 8 March 1978.

+50.  Jewett Snow, b. 11 Sept. 1893, m(1) Mabel Clendenning, m(2) Sallie Mae Crockett, m(3) ‑‑‑‑‑‑, d. Dec. 1977.

+51.  Hattie Snow, b. 19 April 1895, m. Ivan Fowler, d. 15 Dec. 1976.

+52.  Burgess Snow, b. 21 July 1898, m(1) Florence Payton, 1921, m(2) Estell Burge, d. March 1985.

+53.  Frost Snow, b. 12 Oct. (or 3 Dec.) 1903, m. Ethel Hudson, d. 8 Oct. 1995.

+54.  Elmer I. Snow, b. 2 Nov. 1907, m. Pauline Teague, d. 1 Feb. 1996.


Sudie (or Susan) Ellen Graves (28) was born 29 Oct. 1876, died in 1950, and was buried in Carmichael Cem., Greene Co., IN.  She married Henry Floyd in 1894.  She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.  (R‑6, R‑503)

Children - Floyd

+55.  Victor Floyd, b. 1898, m. Grace Carmichael, d. 1958.

+56.  Addie Floyd, b. 1902, m. Ray Carmichael, 1918.

+57.  Lillie Floyd, b. 1914, m. Glenn Boruff, 1929.



Mary Graves (29) was born in 1874 and died in 1900.  She married Charles Bowers.  (R‑503)

Children - Bowers

+58.  Bessie Bowers, b. 1898, m. Rolla Crum, 1914.



Summie I. Hodges (30) was born 3 June 1883 in Iniana, died, and was buried in Clear Creek Cem., Monroe Co., IN.  She married Ralph Koontz about 1902.  He was born about 1878 in Indiana.  They were listed on the 1930 census in Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN.  (R‑503)

Children - Koontz

  59.  Noble Koontz, b.c. 1906 (IN), m. Blanche Kelly, c. 1929.  They lived in the western U.S.



Harley Graves (31) was born in Feb. 1874 in Greene Co., IN, and died about 1954.  He first married Ethel (or Elizabeth) Allen on 31 March 1900 in Greene Co., IN[1].  She was born in March 1883 in IN.  They lived in Greene Co.  He secondly married Minnie Mae ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1910.  She had first married a Mr. Martin and had 2 children by that marriage, Mary and Roy.  Harley was in the 1900 census for Center Twp., Greene Co., IN, page 1B, with wife Ethel, 17, born March 1883, IN, and no children in the household.  He was in the 1910 census for Marks, Quitman Co., MS, page 58A, with Minnie and her 2 children.  He was in the 1930 census for Lambert, Quitman Co., MS, page 3B, with Minnie and daughter Shirley.  (R‑8)

Children - Graves, by Elizabeth Allen

  60.  Faye Graves, b.c. 1898.

  61.  Troy Graves, b. 10 March 1902.  He was in the 1930 census for Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, page 1A, listed as a lodger, married, salesman.

+62.  Berthel Graves, b. 22 Aug. 1904, m. Willie Maude Howell.

Children - Graves, by Minnie Mae ‑‑‑‑‑‑

  63.  Shirley Graves, b.c. 1921 (MS).


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[1] Greene Co., IN marriage records list the marriage of Harley Graves to Ethel Allen on 31 March 1900, according to