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Thomas B “Tom” Graves

Arkansas, USA
Death 13 Dec 1960 (aged 57)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 11 054 1
Memorial ID 58246 · View Source
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Tom was born Thomas B. Bobbitt. According to the 1910 census his father was born in Tennessee.

He was first counted on a census as Tom B. Bobbitt, age 7, grandson, born in Arkansas in the household of his grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth (nee Rutherford) Graves and her daughter Cora S. Graves on Cleveland Street in Bald Knob, White Co., AR in 1910. His son confirmed that Cora was his mother.

1910 Union, White Co., AR
Nancy E. Graves 69 GA SC SC
Cora S. 33 AR TN GA Single Daughter
Tom B. Bobbitt 3 AR TN GA Grandson

His grandmother passed away in Little Rock in 1917 and he was noted as her grandson Tom Graves in her obit.

"Arkansas Gazette" newspaper
28 Feb 1917

"Mrs. Nancy E. Graves, 76 years old, died at the family residence, 1318 West Sixth street, at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. She is survived by two sons, Philip Graves of McRae and John Graves of Durant, Miss.; one daughter, Mrs. Cora Searles of Little Rock and one grandson, Tom Graves of Little Rock. Funeral services will be conducted from the family residence at 3 o'clock this afternoon by the Rev. A. Musser, pastor of the Capitol View Methodist church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery."

In 1920, he was living at 1318 W. Sixth Street with his mom, Cora (nee Graves) Searles, and he was Tom Graves, age 16, born in Arkansas and the head of the household. He was an employee of a movie theater.

(One name between them):
Little Rock City directory
Mrs. Nancy E. Graves
died Feb 27, '17
at age 75 (no address)

Thomas Graves
Pfeifer Bros.
1318 W. 6th Street

Thomas Graves
1318 W. 6th Street

Thomas Graves, age 25, born in Arkansas, an automobile mechanic was counted on the 1930 St Louis, St Louis (Independent City), MO census as a border.

He married first Louise C. Garrett, who was born in Prescott, Nevada Co., AR. Their daughter, Tommie Lou Graves was born 1 Oct 1932 in Little Rock, and died 21 Mar 2015 in Eureka, Humboldt Co., CA. Tom's marriage to Louise ended in divorce before 1940.

Louise married 2nd Clinton Edgar Ballard, who had previously been married Thelma Mae Brock. This marriage ended in divorce.

Clinton Edgar Ballard - FAG #87562797

In 1940 Tom Graves, age 37, born in Arkansas, a divorced man was listed on the Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA census as a lodger in the West Hotel. His occupation was a telegrapher for a steamed railroad company.

Thomas married 2nd Maudie Mae Prisbey 14 Nov 1943 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV per his son. They were married until his death in 1960 in Los Angeles Co.

Excerpt from Maudie's obit:

"She married Thomas Graves on November 14, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas"

Two children were born of this union:
John Phillip Graves and Nancy Lee Graves.

Excerpt from Tommie Lou's obit:
"... Tommie is survived by her three children; her sister Nancy, her brother John, her husband Paul... "

Maudie Mae married 2nd Harley Norman "Hap" Leavitt - FAG #147598882.

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  • Maintained by: Beth Walls Walton
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58246
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas B “Tom” Graves (8 Feb 1903–13 Dec 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58246, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Beth Walls Walton (contributor 47288024) .