William Amittia “Mitt” Graves

Birth
New Town, Wilkes County, Georgia, USA
Death 21 Oct 1878 (aged 56–57)
Bluff Dale, Erath County, Texas, USA
Burial Johnsville, Erath County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 158883597 · View Source
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William Amittia (Mitt) Graves was born about 1821 in Newton, Wilkes County, Georgia to Robert Charles Graves and Margaret "Peggy" Mackey Graves. His grandparents were James and Sarah Graves. William married Carline Carter on May 29, 1839 in Chambers, Alabama. He later married Adalade Carter on Jan. 24, 1875 in Erath County, Texas.

The 1850 Census in Talladega County,Alabama lists William and his wife, Missouri Christopher Caroline, along with their first five children born in Alabama; Stephen, Amanda, William, Margaret and John. The family moved to Hunt County, Texas about 1854 along with his brother, Robert B. Graves. They later followed Robert to Erath County, Texas in 1859. The 1870 Census shows the family on Paloty Creek, Erath County,Texas; William, Caroline, Wm. Dixon, John Marion, J Milford, James C and Sarah C.

The family homesteaded on Richardson Creek about five miles west of Bluff Dale, Texas. Abstracts for land purchased by William can be found in the Texas General Land Office for Erath County. Abstract 300 is for 164 acres and abstract 324 is for 165 acres. William purchased 160 acres on Oct. 27, 1873 in Milam District, Erath County (abstract 426). The 1870 Erath County Census shows a real estate value of $2,000 for William and a personal value of $1,500.

William passed away on Oct. 21, 1878 and was buried in the Graves family cemetery on the ranch where many of the family were buried. The ranch was referred to as the Triangle Ranch, however; it was later sold and became known as the Three Circle Ranch. A bulldozer was later used to clear some of the property with the driver unaware of the cemetery. Many of the headstones were accidently pushed over the bluff of the creek bed.

Sources:
www.gravesfa.org/gen664.htm - Descendants of R.B. Graves
www.gravesfa.org/gen078.htm - Children of James Graves
Ancestry.com Message Board, Erath Family History
Texas General Land Office, Erath County, Texas
1850 Census
1870 Census



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  • Created by: JMiller
  • Added: 3 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 158883597
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Amittia “Mitt” Graves (1821–21 Oct 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158883597, citing Three Circle Ranch Cemetery, Johnsville, Erath County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by JMiller (contributor 48877566) .