Dr T Thatcher Graves

Dr T Thatcher Graves

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Death 3 Sep 1893 (aged 52)
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Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 85093110 · View Source
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Graves, T. Thatcher, M.D., born Jan. 29, 1841, died Sept. 3, 1893, G.A.R.
Dr. Graves, who had a first rate war record, and was well liked by those who knew him, had befriended a Mrs. Barnaby (a wealthy woman) who had trouble with her son-in-law, a mining speculator and millionaire in the Western U.S. named Conrad. Mrs. Barnaby received a bottle of whisky "anonymously" with a card signed by "your old friend in the woods". She drank some and died. This was linked to Dr. Graves, who had met her on a vacation in a wooded area in New England. Conrad used his financial resources for a full scale investigation in 1891 that led to Dr. Graves being arrested and charged with the murder of Mrs. Barnaby, and later being convicted and sentenced to death in Colorado (where she resided). However there were issues in the trial, and a new one was ordered, when Dr. Graves died in prison, supposedly having hanged himself. For decades the case was considered closed by this, until the 1960s. Mrs. Barnaby's great grandson, the author Barnaby Conrad, wrote a full account of the case, showing all the flaws in the evidence against Dr. Graves, and insisting that family tradition pinned the poisoning on his grandfather Mr. Conrad, the mining millionaire. He believed this himself, but could not prove it. However, he pointed out the grandfather was disliked by the rest of the family, and in the 1920s (when his millions were gone - spent to try to save his mining empire) no member of the family was willing to assist - he died alone and impoverished.


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  • Created by: Linda Mac
  • Added: 17 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85093110
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr T Thatcher Graves (29 Jan 1841–3 Sep 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85093110, citing West Thompson Cemetery, Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) .