Harrison Taylor Graves

Harrison Taylor Graves

Birth
Warren County, Missouri, USA
Death 12 Dec 1915 (aged 75)
Sheridan, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
Burial Sheridan, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 19584161 · View Source
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Courtesy of Sherri West

Telephone Register, McMinnville, Yamhill County, Oregon, Friday, Dec. 17, 1915

"UNCLE TIP" GRAVES A PROMINENT PIONEER, RESIDENT OF SHERIDAN, IS CALLED AFTER LONG AND USEFUL LIFE

H.T. Graves, a Pioneer of 1847, Died Suddenly at His Home in Sheridan Sunday Morning.

The death of "Uncle Tip" Graves on Sunday morning came as a sudden shock to his many friends and acquaintances who had met his cheery greetings on the street only a few short hours before. Of unusual strength and health no intimation had been given of illness, and only on Sunday morning did he complain of feeling unwell. A physician was called but he passed away while the physician was still with him.

Harrison Tyler Graves was born in Warren County, Missouri, August 3, 1840, and died in Sheridan, Oregon, December 12, 1915, at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 9 days. At the age of seven years he came to Oregon with his parents across the plains and during all of the intervening time has resided continuously in and near Sheridan. The family consists of five brothers and three sisters, the brothers being T.N., Geo. W., C.B., H.T. and James. The latter died many years ago and three remaining four brothers located on land in an almost solid body, a portion of it being that part of Sheridan lying on the south side of the Yamhill river, and all were prominent in the making of the early history of Sheridan and of Yamhill county. The sisters were Mrs. Helen J. Burgess, the only surviving member of the family and now living near Willamina; Mrs. Mary Faulconer, wife of "Uncle Ab" Faulconer, also a pioneer who settled on the north side of the river; Mrs. Lucy Bewley, wife of James Bewley, who was also a maker of history.

On September 29, 1878, "Uncle Tip" was married to Eusoba Chapman, daughter of William Chapman, an early pioneer and a neighbor of the Graves family, whose mother was one of the survivors of the cruel Whitman massacre. To this marriage were born one son, Ladrue, who died in infancy, and two daughters, Ethel, and Mary, now Mrs. C.A. Miller, both residing in Portland. He is survived by three grandchildren, Francis E., Mary Elizabeth and Dorothy Elton Miller. His wife died March 20, 1884. He was known familiarly as "Uncle Tip" and was a friend to everyone and ever had a welcome greeting to friend and stranger alike. Most of his life was spent on his farm southeast of town, but a few years ago he came to Sheridan where he lived alone. Many years ago he became a member of the Christian church and died consistent in that faith.

He was a man of strict integrity and character and his charity was unbounded, and even the stranger remembered his kindly acts and deeds. He belonged to that hardy class of pioneers who braved the wilderness and endured the privations of the early days to win a home in the Oregon country.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church on Tuesday forenoon at 11 o'clock, being conducted by Rev. Dark of the Methodist church, and interment was made in the Masonic cemetery.


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  • Created by: Denise Riley
  • Added: 28 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19584161
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harrison Taylor Graves (3 Aug 1840–12 Dec 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19584161, citing Sheridan Masonic Cemetery, Sheridan, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Denise Riley (contributor 46912127) .