Lloyd Graves

Lloyd Graves

Kentucky, USA
Death 1928 (aged 90–91)
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 173384245 · View Source
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[Early census and assessment data would indicate that Lloyd GRAVES was probably born about 1837 - Numerous newspaper articles about him indicate that he was born into slavery in Kentucky. The 1871 census for Malahide Township gives his age as 34 and his origin as "African" In the the 1901 Malahide census he gives his birthday as 22 Feb (George Washington's birthday) 1831 - BCJ]

Malahide Church Records; Vitals Statistics Records - George GRAVES, age 44 years, died May 3 1930; buried May 6 1930 in Dunboyne Cemetery

Lloyd was probably born into slavery in Kentucky. He was a resident of Yarmouth when he married first in 1861 and a resident of Malahide when he married second in 1868.

In 1861 at St. Thomas, Ontario (p. 32) Lloyd Graves, 24, born USA, Servant with wife, Maria, 25, born Upper Canada. Wes. Meth. ( check to see family they are with - They are given as non members poss. with Wm. Hutchinson, Hotel Keeper
In 186? Malahide Tax Assessments

In 1871 at Malahide Twp., Elgin, Ontario (1-58) Lloyd Graves, 34, African, born USA, Wes. Meth., labourer with wife, Amanda, 26 and children, Martha, 5 and Alice (sic - or is this the Oliver given on g.s.?), 1. They are next to Amos and Lorinda Robins of German origin and Alexander and Mario Liddle.
In 1881 at Malahide Twp., Elgin, Ontario (1-32) Lloyd Graves, 45, born USA, Meth. Farmer & Labourer, Amanda, 33, born Ont., with children, Alice, 11, Ernest, 8, Francis, 4, Bertha J., 1, Martha A., 15, William, 6.
In 1886 Malahide Assessment rolls Lloyd Graves, age 46, Conc. 2, W 1/2 of N 1/2 of Lot 18 with Thomas Spry, age 60. Lloyd has 2 sheep and 5 hogs. Looks like he has an arrangement with Thomas Spry.
In 1890 Malahide Assessment rolls Lloyd Graves, age 52, With Thomas Spry, 64. (Get will of Thomas Spry!!!!!!!!!) Next to Rocky, Peacock and VanEvery

In 1891 at Malahide Twp., Elgin, Ontario (1-32) Lloyd Graves, 54, born USA, Bapt., Farm Labourer, with wife Amanda, 44, born Ont. and children, Ernest, 18, William, 17, Francis, 13, Bertha J., 11, George, 7 and Hattie, 0.
In 1892 Malahide Assessments, Lloyd Graves is age 54. Betsey Spry is a widow. Living with her is her daughter and son-in-law James Chalk. Lloyd is a labourer and a Baptist. Spry is Anglican.
In 1898 Malahide Assessment rolls Lloyd Graves is age 60, Labourer on farm of Betsy Spry and James Chalk. Also near William Peacock.
In 1901 at Malahide Twp., (2-16) Lloyd Graves, 70, born USA, born 22 Feb 1831 (Washington's birthday!!) with wife, Amanda, born 4 Oct 1844 and children, Francis, 23, Norman Lloyd, 14.
Farmed at Lot 18, Conc. 2, Malahide.
Hugh Sims; History of Elgin County, Vol. II, p. 35 gives following.

One of the most interesting men to walk the streets and roads of Mount Salem was Lloyd Graves, a runaway slave who escaped and sought freedom in Canada. He was born in Kentucky in 1824 (This is in error - more likely born about 1837 as given in two marriages, and 1861, 71, 81 and 91 censuses. ). By cis Gramveshance he and his no-account friend, George, overheard his master and a slave-buyer talking over some plans to sell them. They decided to flee the country. They secured some horses and undertook a long and perilous journey via the "underground railway" to Canada. This involved travelling at night and sleeping in barns and attics during the day, until they got to Cleveland, Ohio, where they took a boat and crossed Lake Erie to land at Port Stanleyu. Here they encountered somethng that frightened them. This is Graves's story as it appeared in the St. Thomas Times Journal.

Find article in paper re George Penwarden who discovered Lloyd at Port Stanley. 1924.
STTJ, Aug. 20, p. 8; photo of Lloyd Graves; Malahide Resident turns 96 (sic).
B C839 in St. Thomas Library; James Coyne Thesis p. 31; pink shelf
971.334 L236; Fred Landon Scrapbook, Vol. 1, p. 134

His first job was as a driver for Lindop's Grocery in St. Thomas which he had for five years. While in St. Thomas his old slavemaster visited and begged him to return.
George settled in Mount Salem. Married by J. F. Farichild at Luton, 19 Aug. 1868. They had 12 children. Norman, the youngest died in 1978.

Sims gives a photo of Lloyd and Amanda in front of their house in Mount Salem in the 1920s. (p. 36)

Lloyd Graves was a witness to the marriage of Abraham Reid, 30 of Malahide, son of James and Hannah and Dorothy Ann Ferguson, 20, Malahide dau. of John and Ann E.. alter wit. was Abraham Topp. Married at Luton. by Thomas L. Davidson, Malahide.

Aylmer Express
26 Feb 1925
19 Feb 1925
17 Feb 1927
25 Feb 1926
18 Feb 1926
1 Mar 1928 - gives age as 104. Was more likely 92.
16 Feb 1928
8 Mar 1928- page 7, c. 1, 105th year.

The Aylmer Express ran a large story written by Pat Zimmer as a part of Black Heritage month in the issue of 27 Feb 2002.

Family Members



Granite on granite base.

GRAVES/1824 Lloyd 1928/his wives/ Mary/born 1840-. . / Amanda /1840-1939/ children/George Wm./Ernest/Walter/Oliver/Hattie/Martha/William/George/Emma/Etta


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  • Created by: Bruce Johnson
  • Added: 1 Dec 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 173384245
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lloyd Graves (1837–1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 173384245, citing Dunboyne Cemetery, Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Bruce Johnson (contributor 47661260) .