Descendants of William F. Graves
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Generation No. 1
1. WILLIAM F.1 GRAVES was born 1827 in Delware. He married AMELIA LISTER,
daughter of JOSEPH LISTER and MARY. She was born 1840 in England.
Notes for WILLIAM F. GRAVES:
Killed when lightning struck the tree under which he had sought shelter from
a heavy rain storm - His farm was sold to Gus Roberts and later to Julius
Dauphin, Sr. and then owned by Leonard Dauphin
1850 Census There are four William Graves in Delaware. Only one is the
right age of 24 and is at Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle, Delaware. He is
living with a George Klair's family and is their farm laborer. May or may
not be him.
1860 Census Mount Carroll, Carroll, Ill with wife and two children.
1870 I can't locate any family member any where
1880 Mt Carroll, Carroll, Ill - wife is llisted as a widow and she is with
her seven children. Two of them are listed as named Samuel.
1900 Census Mt Carroll, Carroll, Ill - the widow wife is living with her son
Lewis- two houses away from her son William D. Graves
Children of WILLIAM GRAVES and AMELIA LISTER are:
2. i. WILLIAM D.2 GRAVES, b. January 17, 1866, Near Center Hill,Illinois; d.
June 05, 1928, Washington Township, Il.
ii. LEWIS H. GRAVES, b. 1857.
iii. SAMUEL F. GRAVES, b. 1859.
iv. SAMUEL GRAVES, b. 1864.
v. JOSEPH GRAVES, b. 1865.
vi. FRANK GRAVES, b. 1870.
vii. MARY E. GRAVES, b. 1873.
Generation No. 2
2. WILLIAM D.2 GRAVES (WILLIAM F.1) was born January 17, 1866 in Near
Center Hill,Illinois, and died June 05, 1928 in Washington Township, Il. He
married EMMA METZ March 16, 1893 in Her parent's home, daughter of DANIEL
METZ and REBECCA BRANTHAVER. She was born January 06, 1864 in Center Hill,
Il, and died 1957.
Notes for WILLIAM D. GRAVES:
After marriage first settled in Preston, Iowa where he was associated with a
1880 Census Mt Carroll, Carroll, Il - he lives four houses away from Emma
1900 Census Mt Carroll, Carroll, Il - Two houses from his mother
1910 Mount Caroll Twnsp
1911 moved to farm purchased from Howard Fish. the house had been built by
JW Miller. It had three gables and a lot of "gingerbread" work which was
painted pink and yellow - the house was white. THis farm had a running
spring and they built a spring house. I remember as a small child, about
three, being scared seeing a large black snake on the wall of the spring
house. In 1957 became part of the state park
1920 Census Washington Township, Carroll Co., Il his father from Dellaware
and mother England - this farms becomes part of the Mississippi Palisade
1930 Census - Widow and daughter Vera
Three of the four children attended the Walnut Grove School which was at one
time the Mississippi Palisades Museum- in 2004 closed-
Notes for EMMA METZ:
She operated a dress making shop in Savanna and was a very fine seamstress
Children of WILLIAM GRAVES and EMMA METZ are:
3. i. FLORENCE3 GRAVES, b. August 28, 1895, Savanna, Il; d. July 1983,
ii. HELEN LUCILLE GRAVES, b. July 15, 1899; d. April 19, 1972; m. ADDISON
L. ALLEN, June 28, 1947, Thorndike Hilton Chapel of University of Chicago.
Notes for HELEN LUCILLE GRAVES:
Taught in one room school - Lost Mound School 1917-1918
and Matheson School 1920-1921 per "Hanover" by Terry J. Miller
Graduated Savanna Township High School and then Master's Degree in education
from CHicago University. After many years of teaching she worked for the
American National Bank on North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Il
Died of Cancer
iii. VERA GRAVES, b. June 09, 1903; m. WILLIAM H. SOMERVILLE, August 23,
1958, Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa; b. May 31, 1897.
Notes for VERA GRAVES:
1930 Census in Washington Township with only her mother in the house-
states she works as a public school teacher
Graduated Northern Illinois University at DeKalb and attended Special
Courses at Platteville University and the University ofo Colorado. She
taught 47 years in Carroll and Jo Daviess before her marriage.
iv. VERNON DELBERT GRAVES, b. June 09, 1903; d. May 24, 1925.
Notes for VERNON DELBERT GRAVES:
Graduated Savanna High School - Graduated Gems Business College, Quincy, Ill
- Employed Carson, Pirie, Scott of Chicago. While at work he was stricked
by severe attack of appendicitis. Died of complications of a ruptured
Generation No. 3
3. FLORENCE3 GRAVES (WILLIAM D.2, WILLIAM F.1) was born August 28, 1895 in
Savanna, Il, and died July 1983 in Lanark. She married FREDERICK M MILLER
Abt. 1920, son of CHARLES MILLER and GEORGIANNA MATHESON. He was born
September 10, 1890 in Washington Township, Il, and died January 1963 in
Notes for FLORENCE GRAVES:
Taught in a one room school - 1918-1919 Lost Mound School
Per "Hanover" by Terry J. Miller
Graduated Savanna High School, Attended Teachers' Colleges
Notes for FREDERICK M MILLER:
on the 1930 census was in Washington Township, Carroll Co., Il - lives right
next door to Florence Graves
WW1 at Tallaferro Fields, Hicks, Texas
Enlisted as a private # 1106059 on 12/15/1917 at Chicago, Il. He was 27
with blue eyes, dark hair, ruddy complexion and 5'9 and not yet married. He
had an honorable discharge from the flying school detachment air service
aeronautics on 1/3/1919. He had no practise in marksmanship or gunner nor
did he mount a horse. He had no battles, engagements, skirmishes,
expeditions or wounds. His character was excellant. He was at the flying
school from 2/24/1918 to date of discharge.
Children of FLORENCE GRAVES and FREDERICK MILLER are:
4. i. EDWIN A4 MILLER.
5. ii. GERALD W MILLER.
6. iii. JO ANN MILLER.
7. iv. LUCILLE E MILLER, b. Abt. 1921.
8. v. DORIS MILLER, b. Abt. 1923.
vi. MELVIN MILLER, b. Abt. 1924.
Notes for MELVIN MILLER:
Pvt. Co. C, 78th Medic Bon. Overseas duty Nov 6, 1944 In England, Germany,
France, Czechoslovkia: 1943 to 1945 US Army
9. vii. MERLE FRANCES MILLER, b. January 17, 1925, Washington Township, Il.
viii. DONALD WILLIAM MILLER, b. Abt. 1929.
10. ix. GENE MILLER.
x. HERBERT STANLEY MILLER.