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  • ID: I1887
  • Name: Azariah Graves 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1912
  • Title: General
  • Birth: 29 OCT 1768 in Caswell County, North Carolina
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  • LATI: N36.3948
  • LONG: W79.3357 2
  • Burial: Trinity Baptist Church (Old) (Locust Hill, Caswell County, North Carolina)
  • Death: 1 MAR 1850 2
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    General Azariah Graves (1798-1850)

    Azariah Graves (1768-1850)

    Graves Azariah  1768

    4th of July 1812_Weekly_Raleigh_Register_Fri__Jul_17__1812_

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    General Azariah Graves was born 29 October 1768 in Caswell County, North Carolina, and died 1 March 1850. He married Elizabeth ("Betsy") Williams, daughter of John Williams who was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, on 3 June 1790. She was born 15 October 1773 and died 21 August 1841. In the War of 1812, General Graves was in command of the 16th Brigade, 3rd Division, of the N.C. State Militia. He was a prominent and influential man, member of the State Senate from 1805 to 1811. He was taxed in the Gloucester District, Caswell County, N.C. in 1790. They lived in Caswell County, North Carolina. Note that the Gloucester District was the southeast quarter of Caswell County as it borders exist today.

    Children - Graves

    John Williams Graves, b. 4 March 1792, m. Martha Elizabeth Hinton, 26 Oct. 1814, d. 9 Feb. 1847.

    Ann Lea Graves, b. 5 Jan. 1794, m. William Graves, May 1815. See #955 for descendants.

    Elizabeth Williams Graves, b. 2 Feb. 1797, m. Lewis Graves 27 Aug. 1821. (According to John Card Graves, he was a son of her uncle James, but that is incorrect, since James had no children. She was also said to have been the first wife of James L. Graves.)

    Henrietta Williams Graves, b. 7 April (or 4 July) 1799, m. (Judge) Thomas Settle (of Rockingham Co., N.C.), 21 Sept. 1820. He was b. 1791, d. 5 Aug. 1857. Their son Thomas, b. 23 Jan. 1831, was Speaker of the N.C. Assembly, U.S. Minister to Peru, and U.S. Dist. Judge for the Northern Dist. of Florida, and father of Hon. Thomas Settle, M.C.

    Martha W. Graves, b. 2 June 1801, m (1) John W. Dick, m (2) Dr. John L. Graves (#990), 1824, d. June 1868.

    Calvin Graves, b. 3 Jan. 1804, m (1) Elizabeth Lea, 9 June 1830, m (2) Mary L. Lea, 4 Feb. 1859, d. 11 Feb. 1877.

    Frances L. Graves, b. 2 Sept. 1807, m. Josiah Settle, 8 June 1826, d. 7 Oct. 1829.

    Mary K. Graves, b. 15 April 1810, m. Alexis Howard, 7 Dec. 1842.

    Rebecca Williams Graves, b. 8 Oct. 1812, m. Henry Lee Graves, Feb. 1836, d. 18 Nov. 1865. See #2169 for descendants.

    Azariah Graves, Jr., b. 10 Aug. 1815, m (1) Meekey Harden Slade, 26 June 1844, m (2) Elizabeth Neal, 1 July 1846, m (3) Isabella Howard, 17 March 1858, d. 8 July 1897.

    Source: Graves Family Association

    Note that there is another Azariah Graves, the son of John Herndon Graves and Nancy Slade. Be careful not to confuse them.

    Both Azariah Graves and Elizabeth Williams are buried in a small family cemetery at what was the Colonel John Williams plantation, near Locust Hill, on the road to Yanceyville from Reidsville. Source: Louise Graves. [Note: What Louise Graves describes as a small family cemetery actually is the Trinity Baptist Church (Old).]

    General Azariah Graves commanded the 16th Brigade, 3rd Division, North Carolina Militia, and was very prominent and influential as a state senator from 1805-1811. His wife died August 21, 1841.

    ?The second picture is of Charles Iverson Graves seated. Inscribed: "Col. C. I. Graves in uniform of Egyptian Army." The third picture is of Solomon Lea. The fourth picture is of General Azariah Graves. Inscribed: "Husband of Elizabeth Williams (daughter of Col. John Williams--Revolutionary ancestor) Caswell County, NC. Great-great grandfather of Marguerite Bryant Graves--daughter of Charles Iverson and Josephine Nicholes Graves." Source: Ch arles Iverson Graves Papers

    General Azariah Graves m. Elizabeth Williams
    John Willimas Graves m. Martha Eliza Hinton
    Charles Iverson Graves, Sr. m. Margaret Lea
    Charles Iverson Graves, Jr. m. Josephine Nicholes
    Marguerite Bryant Graves

    Will Abstract: Katharine Kerr Kendall at 41.

    Note the following from When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 424-425:

    Many such landscaped settings may still be seen in the county. Others which disappeared are remembered, however. The Milton News of June 8, 1916, commented on a particularly interesting site on "Gentleman's Ridge" in the western part of the county near Ashland. A mammoth oak tree, 35 feet around at the ground, marked the site of the ante-bellum home of Azariah Graves. Graves was said to have "displayed his love of the beautiful by laying off the grounds symmetrically and beautifying them by planting lovely flowers and ornamental shrubs everywhere around them." In his work Graves created a number of especially attractive settings. One of the most striking and best remembered things that he did, however, was to plant boxwoods in the shape of a large perfect heart. "Squarely across this big heart Mr. Graves spelled his name 'AZARIAH GRAVES' in large letters in evergreen boxwoods, and directly at the apex of this big heart was the open door of Mr. Graves' palatial and hospitable home." The house was burned about 1899 but some of the boxwoods are still living.

    Whether this landscaping was done by General Azariah Graves or his son Azariah Graves, Jr. is not known, but it probably was by the son.

    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    Name: General Azariah Graves
    SAR Membership: 94544
    Birth Date: 29 Oct 1768
    Birth Place: Caswell, North Carolina
    Death Date: 1 Mar 1850
    Death Place: Caswell, North Carolina
    Spouse: Elizabeth Williams
    Children: Calvin Graves

    For the article on General Azariah Graves in The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) go to General Azariah Graves (1768-1850).

    Note that an Azariah Graves was Caswell County Sheriff 1795-1797. However, that this person was the Azariah Graves of this entry has not been confirmed.

    Stamps vs. Graves, North Carolina Supreme Court (1825)

    1790 United States Federal Census
    Name: Azariah Graves
    County: Caswell
    State: North Carolina

    1830 United States Federal Census
    Name: Gentleman Agnerah Graces [Azariah Graves] [General Azariah Graves]
    Home in 1830: , Caswell, North Carolina
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    Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
    Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 80 thru 89: 1
    Slaves - Males - Under 10: 9
    Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 9
    Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 2
    Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 6
    Slaves - Males - 55 thru 99: 1
    Slaves - Females - Under 10: 4
    Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
    Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1
    Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 3
    Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 2
    Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
    Total Free White Persons: 9
    Total Slaves: 38
    Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 47

    U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
    Name: Azariah Graver [Azariah Graves]
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Widowed
    Place of Birth: North Carolina
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1769
    Age: 81
    Month of Death: Mar
    Cause of Death: Old Age
    Census Year: 1850
    Census Location: (City, County, State)
    All, Caswell, North Carolina
    Line: 4
    Archive Collection Number: M1805

    U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index
    Surname: Ayariah Graves [Azariah Graves]
    Year: 1850
    County: Caswell CO.
    State: NC
    Age: 81
    Gender: M (Male)
    Month of Death: Mar
    State of Birth: NC
    ID#: MRT51_1940
    Occupation: Farmer
    Cause of Death: Old Age

    New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection)
    Name: Gen Azariah Graves
    Publication Date: 2 Apr 1850
    Tuesday, April 2, 1850
    Caswell Co., N.C., Aprr. 82y, Gen. Azariah Graves, father of Hon. Calvin Graves and Senator in State Legislature 1898-1812.

    Father: John Graves b: ABT 1715 in Virginia
    Mother: Isabella Lea b: 1738 in King and Queen County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Williams b: 15 OCT 1773 in Orange County, North Carolina
    • Married: 3 JUN 1790
    1. Has Children John Williams Graves b: 4 MAR 1792 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children Ann Lea Graves b: 5 JAN 1794 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Elizabeth Williams Graves b: 2 FEB 1797
    4. Has Children Henrietta W. Graves b: 7 APR 1799 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    5. Has Children Martha W. Graves b: 2 JUN 1801
    6. Has Children Calvin Graves b: 3 JAN 1804 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    7. Has Children Frances Lea Graves b: 2 SEP 1807 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    8. Has Children Mary Kerr Graves b: 15 APR 1810 in James City, Virginia
    9. Has Children Rebecca Williams Graves b: 8 OCT 1812 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    10. Has Children Azariah Graves Jr. b: 10 AUG 1815 in Caswell County, North Carolina

    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 237-238 (Article #265, "Colonel Thomas Graves" by Louise Graves)
    2. Details: Gravestone at Trinity Baptist Church (Caswell County, North Carolina)
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