Andrew Graves

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Andrew Graves

  • Birth 18 Jun 1843 Monroe County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 14 Dec 1909 Harrodsburg, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Lawrence County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 62611423

Rebecca Ellen Graves was born January 24, 1869 in Monroe County, IN. She is the second born to Andrew Graves (b. Jun 16, 1843) and Mary Ann (Polly) Bowen (b. Jul 17, 1842). She had two brothers William B. (b. Jul 6, 1865) and Strickland (b. Jun 18, 1873). He only lived to be three years old. I do not know what the cause of death was. She had one sister Virlincha Susan (b. Oct 29, 1876). Her parents were both born in Monroe County, IN as were the children and they lived most of their life there, Andrew lived for a time in Perry, Lawrence County, IN per the 1850 and 1860 census at that time they were living on what was called the old Graves farm, located northwest of Springville, Lawrence County, IN. The Graves cemetery is located there and Gerald McMillan lives there now.

Polly Ann & Andrew were married September 4, 1864 in Monroe County, IN.

Andrew was the fourth child of William Graves (b. Feb 5, 1815) and Martha Long (b. Dec 4, 1814). They were both born in North Carolina and migrated with their parents to Indiana sometime before the 1830's.

Polly Ann was the first born to William Bowen (b. Mar 26, 1822) and Rebecca Hazel (b. Nov 22, 1823) both William and Rebecca were born in Monroe County, IN. They had a farm that was located three miles west of Harrodsburg and they lived there until there death. They are buried at the Walkers Chapel Cemetery in Kirksville, IN. The grave is to the right just after you enter the cemetery; the headstone is tall and white... Rebecca's mother, Frankie Ann Wright Bowen, lived with them for years. William told a great many jokes and big yarns about hunting. Everyone knew him as Uncle Billy.

Taken from a book on the descendants of Tobias Long:

Andrew Graves married Polly Ann Bowen. He was fortunate to get such a helpmate. Her faith and good works were as simple and childlike as was that of her husband. An incident in her life suggests her entire life of good works. The writer and his father, the Reverend Martin C. Faulk, visited Polly Ann one day when she was supposed to be on her deathbed. We (John D. Faulk, author of the book, his father Martin C. Faulk) talked of many things and after a time she said to her husband, "Andy, there are some peach seeds in a can on the porch, and I want you to plant them now. The sign is right and the moon is right and now is the time to plant them." Andy did not go at once but continued to talk.
Again, she called his attention to the planting. When he had gone to plant them, my father said to her, "Why are you so anxious about the seeds being planted? You will never live, even if you got up now, to eat any of the fruit." Quickly she replied, "I know that, Martin, as well as you do, but even if I never eat of the fruit, those who live after me will eat of it and maybe they will think of me. And if they don't, I'll get my enjoyment out of the fact that I did something for somebody while I lived." She was the ideal of a life combined with faith and good works. Four children were born to Andrew and Polly Ann Graves. Three of them survived their parents, and are living in the neighborhood where the Graves people lived for the past ninety-five years. Those living are William commonly called Billy. He is married, owns his farm, and is living such a life as commands the respect of his neighbors, as did his father before him. Rebecca married John Snow, a farmer, and a good all-around citizen. They, too, are located not far from the old homestead of the elder Graves. They are good livers, and a credit to any church and community, Susan, who is familiarly known as Suda, married Henry Floyd, a grandson of a pioneer Christian preacher of Greene County. They are farmer folk and as such are making good for time and eternity.

The ending of the above story did not end as one would think, Andrew died December 14, 1909 and Polly Ann continued to live until July 13, 1917. She is listed on the 1910 census as living in the household with John and Rebecca Snow. Therefore, she must have recovered from her deathbed and out lived her husband by 8 years.

Fanny Graves Hodges (b. Apr 19, 1857). She is Andrew Graves's sister and she married William F. Hodges May 16, 1875. She lived in Monroe County until her death April 14, 1935. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church near Buena Vista. William died October 9, 1918 and she moved to Bloomington to live. They had a one daughter Summie (b. Jun 3, 1883). She was the one to sell her farm to Daddy, hence, the "Fanny Hollow".


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  • Originally Created by: susan clemons
  • Added: 5 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62611423
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew Graves (18 Jun 1843–14 Dec 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62611423, citing Graves Cemetery, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Hoosier (contributor 47569863) .