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Thomas Jefferson Graves
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1840
Marion
Union Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1929
Greenville
Hunt County
Texas, USA

courtesy Helen L. McDonald, contributor 47276060, jamcdonald@pbtcomm.net:
Thomas Jefferson Graves and Lavency Susan Williams married 12/7/1872 in Union Parish, Louisiana. This is my great Greatmother's oldest brother.

Greenville Morning Herald, Tue, 9 Jul 1929, part 2, page 1, T.J. Graves Buried Monday

Aged Greenville Man Dies Early Sunday, Funeral Services Held Monday.

Funeral services for T.J. Graves, 88, prominent Greenville resident, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.C. Alexander, 2223 Walnut street at 8:10 o'clock Sunday morning were held at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon from the Washington Street Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. J.Frank Weedon, of Jacksonville, and former pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. D.H. Jesse, Rev. H.T. Money and Rev. G.J. Raney. Interment followed in East Mount cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jake Warner, O.A. Evans, W.T. West, J.R. Fowlkes, Ardis Lee, Judge N.E. Peak and Earl Alexander.

Honorary pallbearers were Confederate Veterans and friends.

Mr. Graves had been a resident of Hunt County for nearly 40 years and for the past several years had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. J.C. Alexander, on Walnut street. He suffered a stroke of paralysis some two years ago and has since been an invalid. His condition had been critical for the past few weeks.

He was a devout Christian gentleman, having been an active member of the Baptist Church since early manhood. He was active in both church and social work of his community and took great pride in helping with any movement that was for the betterment of humanity. He was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed a large acquaintance throughout North Texas. The passing of this beloved gentleman will be mourned by hundreds of friends.

Thomas Jefferson Graves, was born August 24, 1840, at Marion, Union Parish, Louisiana, and was the son of Lewis Graves and Prudence Masterson Graves. He was the oldest child of a family of twelve children.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War he entered the Confederate Army in March, 1861, at the age of 21. Along with over a hundred comrades he was sent to New Orleans for several months training, after which the troop was disbanded, but being eager to serve he immediately re-enlisted and was active until the close of the war. From New Orleans his troop was sent to Corinth, Miss., and after a short time were marched on foot some 70 miles where they were flung into the battle of Shiloh. Several other important engagements followed in rapid order including one at Perryville, Ky., and Murfreesboro, Tenn., where Mr. Graves narrowly escaped death. He participated in the engagements at Chickamagua (sic), from where they fell back to Missionary Ridge, then to Dalton, Ga., and the final engagement at Mobile, Ala. He received his discharge May 27, 1865, after having made a wonderful record for bravery and valor in the line of duty. He was a member of Company E 25th Regiment of the Louisiana Volunteers.

On December 13, 1872, he was united in marriage to Lavency Susian Williams, to which union seven children were born. Five of them died in infancy.

In 1882 the family left Louisiana and went to Holley Springs, Ark., and later came to Texas, arriving in Campbell in 1889. For the past 20 years he has made his home in and near this city. His wife preceded him in death on November 2, 1924.

He is survived by two children, Mrs. John McAfee and Mrs. J.C. Alexander, of this city, and a foster daughter, Mrs. K.S. Moore, of Frederick, Okla., two brothers, Frank Graves, Girad (sic), La.; and Sidney Graves, Marion, La., and three (sic) sisters, Mrs. Mary Carroll, Marion, La., Mrs. J.A. Jamerson, Sweeny, Texas; also four grandchildren, Mrs. John Wright, of Royse City; Glenna Mae McAfee, Elenor Grace McAfee, and John McAfee Jr., and five foster grandchildren.

S.A. Graves, and Jay Jarman, of Marion, La; Frank Graves, Frank Arrant, Wright Graves, of Girard, La., Dr. T.M. Jarscan of Dallas; Mrs. Hattie Hearn of Wichita Falls and Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Gibson of Sweetwater, Texas, were here to attend the funeral services. 
 
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 Parents:
  Lewis Graves (1810 - 1864)
  Mary Prudence Masterson Graves (1825 - 1875)
 
 Spouse:
  Lavency Susan Williams Graves (1855 - 1924)
 
 Children:
  Ethel Graves McAfee (1881 - 1972)*
  Mattie Jane Graves Alexander (1885 - 1965)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Jefferson Graves (1840 - 1929)
  Anne Elizabeth Graves Jamison (1847 - 1935)*
  Henrietta Graves Jarmon (1852 - 1912)*
  Louisa Graves Feazel (1854 - 1890)*
  Frank Graves (1854 - 1930)*
  Lewis Gutherage Guff Graves (1858 - 1894)*
  Sarah Frances Graves Carroll Lee (1858 - 1941)*
  Sidney A Graves (1859 - 1938)*
  Hellen Marie Graves Carroll (1863 - 1928)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
East Mount Cemetery
Greenville
Hunt County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Helen McDonald
Originally Created by: John Armstrong
Record added: Jul 29, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9197558
Thomas Jefferson Graves
Added by: John Armstrong
 
Thomas Jefferson Graves
Added by: John Armstrong
 
Thomas Jefferson Graves
Added by: John Armstrong
 
 
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