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Thomas Lafayette Graves
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1862
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 1933
Miner County
South Dakota, USA

T. L. Graves

Thomas Lafayette Graves was born in Ohio, June 20, 1862, and died at Carthage, South Dakota, August 25, 1933 aged 71 years 2 months and 5 days. When about two years old he moved with his father to Peoria County, Illinois, near Princeville. He remained here till March, 1906, when he came to Esmond, South Dakota where he lived until 1912 and came to Carthage where he remained till his death. He was a farmer till he came to Carthage but has been a carpenter since coming here.

On April 5, 1883 he was united in marriage to Nettie Bell Lair at Princeville, Illinois and they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary just a few months ago. To this union were born six children. Two boys died in infancy and Delbert Dee Graves, the other son, died in France, December 12, 1918 as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces. The surviving children are Elvirta Mae (Mrs. W. F.) Knutz of Huron, South Dakota, Mrs. Maude Roe of Sioux City, Iowa, Lulu of Huron, South Dakota, besides five grandchidlren. There are two brothers, Oscar E. of Princeville, Illinois and Eugene Austin of Dodge Center, Minnesota, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Cox of Wyoming, Illinois.

Mr. Graves was a past noble grand member of the Odd Fellows lodge and was also a member of the Rebekah lodge. He was a quiet and unassuming man. His home life was beautiful. He was devoted to his family and this spirit was reflected in the attitude of his companion and his children during his last illness. His many friends will miss his cordial friendliness. The community has lost a loyal citizen. The members of his family will always cherish the memory of a loving husband and a kind father.

The funeral in charge of Rev. S. E. Cooper was held from the Congregational church, a brief service having held at the home. A quartet composed of Bernice Mack, Lois Lee, A. B. Lee and Robert Cooper sang three beautiful songs. They were accompanied at the piano by Cecelia Stone. The pall bearers were M. B. Harmon, Will Massey, Matt Kramer, C. C. Sutton, C. F. Mundy and Fred Bradberry. Interment was at the Pleasant View cemetery.

Family links: 
  William Graves (1820 - 1908)
  Rebecca Stretch Graves (1833 - 1905)
  Nettie Bell Lair Graves (1861 - 1935)
  Leo Elbert Graves (1885 - 1885)*
  Elivita May Graves Knutz (1890 - 1972)*
  Delbert Dee Graves (1891 - 1918)*
  Maude June Graves Hittle (1893 - 1976)*
  Ora Everett Graves (1894 - 1895)*
  Lulu Daisy Graves (1898 - 1986)*
  Simon Sylvester Graves (1844 - 1917)**
  Martha Madaline Graves Cox (1846 - 1932)**
  James Newton Graves (1848 - 1848)**
  Sarah Ann Graves Cox (1855 - 1942)**
  Cynthia Jane Graves Evans (1860 - 1931)*
  Thomas Lafayette Graves (1862 - 1933)
  Eugene Austin Graves (1870 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Beadle County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Mike McMullen
Record added: Oct 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118193356
Thomas Lafayette Graves
Added by: Mike McMullen
Thomas Lafayette Graves
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