Caswell County Family Tree

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  • ID: I1884
  • Name: Barzillai Graves
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1909
  • Title: General
  • Birth: 16 APR 1782 in Caswell County, North Carolina
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N36.3948
  • LONG: W79.3357
  • Burial: Graves Family Cemetery (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina)
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N36.4046
  • LONG: W79.3226
  • Death: 10 OCT 1850 in Caswell County, North Carolina
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N36.3948
  • LONG: W79.3357
  • Note:
    Barzillai Graves (1782-1854)

    All of the children purportedly fathered by the Barzillai Graves of this entry initially were ascribed to his first wife, Frances Williams. While this is believed incorrect, the death year of Frances Williams has not been established, which would allow a more accurate distribution of the children between the two wives. However, note the following:

    Died: In Caswell County, some days ago, Mrs. Graves, wife of General Barzillai Graves. Source: Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, North Carolina), 17 April 1818.

    Thus, it appears that the first wife of General Barzillai Graves, Frances Williams, died in 1818.
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    1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: Barzillai Graves
    Age: 68
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1782
    Birth Place: Caswell
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Caswell, North Carolina
    Household Members: Name Age
    Barzillai Graves 68
    Mary Graves 65 (second wife of Barzillai Graves, Mary Thomas Marshall Graves)
    Fanny W Graves 24 (Frances Williams Graves, daughter)
    Mary B Eskridge 23
    Robert W Eskridge 23

    Query whether Mary B. Eskridge is Mary Marshall Graves, daughter of Barzillai Graves and Frances Williams Graves.
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    State of North Carolina )
    Caswell County )

    Pursuant to notice and in obedience to a commission directed to any Judge, Notary Public, or Justice of the Peace in the State of North Carolina issuing from I. W. Eurich, a Justice of the Peace for Jefferson County in the State of Kentucky, I John E. Brown, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Caswell, State of North Carolina, proceeded to take the deposition of Barzillai Graves at the Court House in Yanceyville on the 19th day of August 1844 to be read in evidence in a suit now pending before I. W. Eurich a Justice of the Peace in the County of Jefferson and State of Kentucky as aforesaid wherein Elijah Graves is plaintiff and Lewis Shirley is defendant.

    Barzillai Graves being first duly sworn _____ sayeth as follows. That some time in the year 1823 or [18]24 to the best of his knowledge Elijah Graves [applied] to him for a small sum of money the amount not now recollected and stated that he had an order (a verbal order this deponent believes from Lewis Shirley on this deponent for that amount) -- This deponent replyed to Elijah Graves that he would not pay the order for he held Lewis Shirley's receipt in full for all he was due _____; and for the satisfaction of the aforesaid Elijah Graves this deponent did subsequently show and exhibit to him the aforesaid receipt signed by Lewis Shirley and this deponent further sayeth that he never did pay to Elijah Graves any money for Lewis Shirley and further this deponent sayeth not.

    Barzillai Graves

    Sworn and subscribed to before me the day & year first above written.

    John E. Brown JP
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    It appears that Elijah Graves sued Lewis Shirley in a Kentucky court, possibly to collect a debt. Lewis Shirley apparently defended the claim by stating that the debt had been paid as a result of Barzillai Graves paying to Elijah Graves an amount owed by Barzillai Graves to Lewis Shirley. The Barzillai Graves deposition is to the effect that the debt to Lewis Shirley had been paid, as evidenced by a receipt from Lewis Shirley, and that Barzillai Graves paid no amount to Elijah Graves in satisfaction of the apparent Lewis Shirley indebtedness to Elijah Graves.

    The identity of this Barzillai Graves has not been determined, but he was not the well-known Reverend Barzillai Graves (1759-1827). Possibilities: (1) Barzillai Graves (1782-1850), son of John Herndon Graves and Nancy Slade (had a brother named Elijah Graves); Barzillai Graves (1802-1867), son of Solomon Graves (but believed living in Georgia in 1844); and (3) Barzillai Graves (1820-1903), son of Jeremiah Graves and Delilah S. Lea.

    John E. Brown, Justice of the Peace, is believed to be Dr. John Edmunds Brown, M.D. (1800-1846), who for many years served as a Justice in Caswell County, North Carolina. At the time, a justice of the peace would have been a member of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. This body, while serving as an inferior court of limited jurisdiction, also functioned as the county's executive branch. In 1868, the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions was replaced, with respect to its executive authority, with the Board of County Commissioners.
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    1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: Barzillai Graves
    Age: 68
    Birth Year: abt 1782
    Birthplace: Caswell
    Home in 1850: Caswell, North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Family Number: 801
    Household Members: Name Age
    Barzillai Graves 68
    Mary Graves 65
    Fanny W Graves 24
    Robert W Eskridge 23
    Mary B Eskridge 23
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    Caswell County, North Carolina
    Deed Book R, Page 308

    General Barzillai Graves of Caswell County to Solomon Graves Sen. of Caswell County, for $1,000, acre adjoining the Court House lot (or public square), adjacent to Azariah Graves's corner. 29 September 1815. Acknowledged in open court.

    Kendall, Katharine Kerr. Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817. Easley (South Carolina): Southern Historical Press, Inc. 1989, Page 354.




    Father: John Herndon Graves b: 1746 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
    Mother: Ann Slade b: 1749 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland

    Marriage 1 Mary Thomas Marshall b: ABT 1786 in Virginia
      Children
      1. Has Children Frances Williams Graves b: 16 NOV 1825 in Halifax County, Virginia
      2. Has Children Mary B. Graves b: ABT 1827 in North Carolina
      3. Has No Children Mary Marshall Graves
      4. Has No Children Napoleon Elijah Graves

      Marriage 2 Frances Williams
      • Married: 2 MAY 1811 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
      • Note:
        Virginia, Marriages, 1740-1850
        Name: Barzilla Graves
        Gender: Male
        Spouse Name: Frances Williams
        Spouse Gender: Female
        Marriage Date: 2 May 1811
        County: Pittsylvania
        State: Virginia
      Children
      1. Has No Children Sallie F. Graves b: BEF APR 1818
      2. Has No Children Robert W. Graves b: BEF APR 1818
      3. Has No Children John Kerr Graves b: BEF APR 1818
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