Late in the evening of December 11th, 1882, Euphrasia Noles left her father's plantation house in order to tryst with W.C. Gravett. They met in the back of the property with the intent of running away. Their plans were discovered by a family member who reported it to the girl's father (Ephraim Marion Noles).
Mr. Noles immediately went in search of his daughter, but because darkness had fallen, he was forced to abandon the pursuit. The couple had gone in the direction of Alabama, having stopped at her brother's, Ephraim Noles, Jr., approximately 1 or 2 miles from her home. An argument ensued and W.C. Gravett pulled a pistol. Her brother pleaded with Frasier to return home, but she refused. Mr. Gravett then became afraid and continued to Alabama, leaving Frasier at her brother's home.
On December 16, 1882, Frasier arrived at the home of Francis Gravett, her beau's brother. Francis informed her that W.C. Gravett had fled to Clay County, Ala. She left Francis' home and that was the last time she was seen alive.
After a search of seven months, the facts and circumstances led many to believe the girl had been murdered.
On July 11, 1883, someone passing along the Tallapoosa River, approximately a half mile from Mr. Noles' residence, spotted a bonnet that was caught in the water. Thinking it to be the bonnet of the missing girl, they carried it to Mr. Noles and the family at once recognized it as the one worn by the girl when she left home.
Neighbors assembled and began a search of the river hoping to locate the body. On Monday evening, July 12, the body was recovered four miles southwest of Bowdon. The remains were so badly decomposed they were beyond recognition. The family positively identified pieces of clothing that remained.
On July 13, 1883, a Tuesday morning, Coroner Cole was notified of the finding of the remains of some unknown person, supposedly that of Euphrasia Noles. During the post mortem examination, Dr. Williams discovered that on the jaw of the deceased was an incision, that he and the jury thought possibly might have been made with a knife.
A warrant for murder was issued against Ephraim M. Noles, Sr., Ephraim M. Noles, Jr., John Noles and Zachariah Noles based on an affidavit of W.A. Huckeba. Mr. Huckeba recalls E.M. Noles, Jr. telling him that W.C. Gravett was a married man who was suing his wife for a divorce and that he (Noles) would rather know that Euphrasia was dead and in hell than to be married to Gravett. All charges were ultimately dropped against the family members.
W.C. Gravett was convicted at the April term of the Carroll County Superior Court for carrying a pistol which he drew on Euphrasia's brother. He served out his sentence in Fulton County on a chain gang.
This sad story of a young girl wanting love and to be loved was reconstructed from newspaper articles appearing in the Carroll County Times.
A huge THANK YOU to Elwood Morgan for sponsoring Frasier's memorial! His kindness and generosity will not soon be forgotten.
Ephraim Marion Noles (1834 - 1898)
Jane Hand Noles (1836 - 1878)
Zachariah D. Noles (1864 - 1920)*
Euphrasia S. Noles (1866 - 1882)
Newton C Noles (1884 - 1927)**
Andrew Madison Noles (1888 - 1964)**
Samuel Moses Noles (1890 - 1928)**
Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: kellybean
Originally Created by: Sgt Ed Elstan
Record added: Mar 09, 2011
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