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Enoch Graves
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Birth: 1805
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1898
Iowa, USA

ENOCH GRAVES, Mt. Pleasant, One of the pioneer settlers of Henry County, Iowa. was born in Bedford County, Pa., of which place his: parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Stillwell) Graves, were also natives. He was one of a family of eight children, of whom he is now the only surviving one. Joseph. Graves was a farmer by occupation and during the time of the Revolutionary War nobly served in his father's place. In politics, he was .a Jackson Democrat, and an active worker for his party. The subject of this sketch received his education in a log school-house, with its huge fireplace, greased paper windows, puncheon floor and seats, while his books consisted of a Testament and speller. He was only able to attend school in the winter, as all boys in those days had to work on the farm in the summer after they were large enough to plow. In the year 1827, Mr. Graves went to Butler County, Ohio, where, in 1829, he was married to Miss Mary Spencer, who was born in 1812, in West Moreland County, Pa. Remaining in Ohio till 1845, he came to Iowa, which was then but a Territory, coming by water part of the way, and completing the journey with teams to Henry County, locating in Wayne Township. At this time the county was very thinly settled, there being only twelve voters in the township, five of whom were Democrats and seven; Whigs. Mr. Graves took a claim and developed a fine farm in the wilderness. Mr. and Mrs. Graves have had a family of thirteen children:, five of whom are living: Gideon now resides in California; Washington is a resident of Red Oak, Iowa; William, of Hayes County, Neb.; Margaret, the wife of John Crawford, of Wayne Township; Eliza., the wife of W. K. Herbert, of Mt. Pleasant. They had one son among those who so gallantly defended their country during the, late war. He was wounded by a piece of shell at Pittsburg Landing. He served through the war and was discharged, but died in Kansas from disease contracted by exposure while in the service. Mr. Graves has always taken an active interest in educational and church work, and together with his wife, has long been earnestly laboring in the vineyard of the Master. They have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for fifty years, three years of which time Mr. Graves has been a Class-Leader. He is a zealous Republican, and has held the office of Constable for three years. Mr. arid Mrs. Graves have long been residents of this county, and have witnessed its growth almost from the beginning. They have seen' the progress which civilization has made and have taken an active part in this same progress. They have helped to mold its present form, till it ranks among the first of the counties which make up the great State of Iowa, arid have gained their competency by industry and economy. Many a time has Mr. Graves been compelled to shoulder his rifle and kill the deer or turkey which furnished their next meal. It thus appears how they have toiled to make a start in life, and have made many sacrifices, yet by these very sacrifices they can now the more fully appreciate their comfortable surroundings, and have the satisfaction of a home honestly won, a competency fairly gained. They removed to Mt. Pleasant in 1872, since which time Mr. Graves has lived, a retired life
Excerpt from Henry County History 1888 
Family links: 
  Joseph Graves (1763 - 1831)
  Elizabeth Stillwell Graves (1778 - 1826)
  Mary Elizabeth Spencer Graves (1812 - 1894)
  Israel Washington Graves (1835 - 1923)*
  Margaret Jane Graves Crawford (1839 - 1919)*
  John R Graves (1846 - 1862)*
  Eliza Graves Hobart (1846 - 1928)*
  Joseph Graves (1795 - 1885)*
  Enoch Graves (1805 - 1898)
*Calculated relationship
Asbury Cemetery
Henry County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Mo and Dave Gates
Record added: Apr 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51196509
Enoch Graves
Added by: Mo and Dave Gates
Enoch Graves
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