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Dr Joseph Graves Chinn
Birth: Apr. 1, 1797
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 6, 1891
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Joseph Graves Chinn is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born April 1, 1797, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, being a descendant of John Chinn (Chynne), the colonist, of Lancaster County, Virginia. He was the son of William Ball Chinn and Sally Graves.

He was a physician, organizer of the Christian Church in Lexington, KY, Mayor of Lexington, KY and Mayor of Lexington, MO.

I have found several articles in various historical books (The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume II C Chipley, William Dudley - page 191; The Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky of the Dead and Living men of the Nineteen Century and History of Fayette County Kentucky, page 585-586).

When the war of 1812 broke out, he enlisted in the army, although he was only 15 of age. His father obtained a special permit from Governor Shelby. At the battle of Lake Erie he was captured by the Indians, but was afterwards released.

After serving honorably through the war, he returned to his home in Kentucky, and took up the study of medicine. His first course of lectures were taken at the University of Pennsylvania, during the season of 1816-17, receiving the degree of M.D. After practicing a short time, he attended Transylvania University, of Lexington KY, from which he graduated in 1843.

He later moved his family to Lexington, Missouri. There he severed as Mayor and City Judge. After nine years, he returned to Lexington, Kentucky, where he later served as as City Mayor.

He was married in 1821, to Barbara Graves, by whom he had twelve children: Mary Elizabeth, Joseph Garland, William, Benjamin G., David, Lewis Henry, Penelope "Ellen", Addison Ball, John, Susan Anna, Hester and Claudius.

Losing his first wife in 1848, he was remarried in 1850 to Mrs. Sheppard, nee Taylor. She dying in 1871, he was again married, in 1877 to Mrs. Catherine Lawson of Fayette County, Kentucky.

He was a member of the Baptist Church, having joined in 1825. In 1830, he was mainly instrumental in organizing the Christian Church in Lexington, KY, it being one of the first of that denomination established in Kentucky.

In politics he was an old-line Whig, and opposed to the Civil War. He attributed his long life and his remarkable health to his regular habits, never using tobacco and being a total abstainer from spirituous liquors. He married his third wife when he was eighty-two years of age.
Inscription on tombstone reads "Organized a Christian Church on the 1st Lord's Day in October 1830 and was an Elder over 50 years". 
 
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 Spouses:
  Barbara G Graves Chinn (1802 - 1849)
  Juretta W. Taylor Chinn (1799 - 1871)*
  Catherine May Chinn (1787 - 1889)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Elizabeth Chinn Bowman (1821 - 1904)*
  William F. Chinn (1825 - 1855)*
  Benjamin Graves Chinn (1826 - 1884)*
  David Chinn (1828 - 1903)*
  Penelope Ellen Chinn Cooley (1831 - 1863)*
  Susan Anna Chinn Kirtley (1838 - 1872)*
  Hester Chinn Trapp (1840 - 1901)*
  Claude Chinn (1841 - 1911)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lexington Cemetery
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section O, Lot 130
 
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Record added: Apr 15, 2008
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