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  • ID: I1889
  • Name: Azariah Graves Jr. 1
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1914
  • Birth: 10 AUG 1815 in Caswell County, North Carolina
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N36.3948
  • LONG: W79.3357 1
  • Burial: Trinity Baptist Church (Old) (Locust Hill, Caswell County, North Carolina)
  • Death: 9 JUL 1896 in Caswell County, North Carolina
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N36.3948
  • LONG: W79.3357 1
  • Note:
    Azariah Graves, Jr. (1815-1897)

    Graves Azariah 1815

    Azariah Graves (1815-1896) Civil War Pardon Petition #1

    Azariah Graves (1815-1896) Civil War Pardon Petition

    Azariah Graves (1815-1896) Civil War Pardon Petition #2

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    Did Azariah Graves, Jr., have a fourth wife, Mary Thompson? See: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 535 (Article No. 727, "The Leasburg Thompsons Ella Thompson Hobbs"), which claims that Azariah Graves, Jr. married Mary Thompson in 1881 and that they had a daughter, Helen Williams Graves. However, it is possible that the author confused Azariah Graves, Jr., with his son, Azariah Graves (who be called Azariah Graves III). In support of this is the 1900 US Census where Ella Williams Graves (daughter of Azariah Graves, Jr.) is the head of household. A member of this household is Helen W. Graves, categorized as a niece of Ella Williams Graves. This would be logical because Azariah Graves III was a younger brother of Ella Williams Graves. His daughter would be a niece of Ella Williams Graves. Until additional information is found, the above relationships will be assumed for purposes of this database.
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    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 intresting 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.
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    The 1870 US Census (Stony Creek, Caswell County, North Carolina) shows the Azariah Graves household: Azariah (55); Isabella (35); Algernon (21); Ella (19); Rebecca (17); and Azariah (15).

    Death date also seen as 8 July 1897; but his gravestone at the Trinity Baptist Church shows 1896.

    Elizabeth J. Neal and Azariah Graves had six children: Algernon Sidney (01 Sep 1848), Claudia Kerr (died infant), Ella Williams ( 30 Sep 1850), Rebecca Neal (27 Nov 1852), Azariah (27 Dec 1854), and Elizabeth N. (07 Apr 1857 and died infant on 06 Aug 1857). Source: The Beaver Pond Neals of Virginia, Carl B. Neal (1965).
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    According to Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color, Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll (2010), in the 1850s an Azariah Graves purchased many pieces of furniture from Milton cabinetmaker Thomas Day.
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    Azariah Graves (The Daily Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, 23 August 1881

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    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.
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    1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: Azariah Gravert [Azariah Graves]
    Age: 35
    Estimated birth year: abt 1815
    Birth Place: North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Caswell, North Carolina
    Family Number: 468
    Household Members: Name Age
    Azariah Gravert [Graves] 35
    Lizzie N Gravert [Graves] 23
    Alganoa S Gravert [Algernon S Graves] 2

    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: A Graves
    Age in 1860: 44
    Birth Year: abt 1816
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Home in 1860: Caswell, North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Locust Hill
    Household Members: Name Age
    A Graves 44
    Isabella Graves 25 (third wife of Azariah Graves, Jr., Isabella S. Howard)
    A S Graves 11 (Algernon Sidney Graves)
    Ella Graves 9 (Ella Williams Graves)
    R N Graves 7 (Rebecca Neal Graves)
    A Z Graves 5 (Azariah Graves)

    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: Azariah Graves
    Birth Year: abt 1815
    Age in 1870: 55
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Home in 1870: Stony Creek, Caswell, North Carolina
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Locust Hill
    Household Members: Name Age
    Azariah Graves 55
    Isabella Graves 35
    Algernon Graves 21
    Ella Graves 19
    Rebecca Graves 17
    Azariah Graves 15

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: Azabroh Graves [Azariah Graves]
    Home in 1880: Stony Creek, Caswell, North Carolina
    Age: 64
    Estimated birth year: abt 1816
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Father's birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    Occupation: Farmer
    Marital Status: Widower
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Azabroh [Azariah] Graves 64
    Ella Graves 29
    Azsiale [zariah] Graves 24
    Mariah Neal 35 (black servant)
    Isabella Neal 12 (black servant)
    Ann Neal 5 (black servant)
    Mary Neal 2 (black servant)
    Margrett Neal 6M (black servant)




    Father: Azariah Graves b: 29 OCT 1768 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    Mother: Elizabeth Williams b: 15 OCT 1773 in Orange County, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Meekey Harden Slade b: 13 JAN 1822
    • Married: 26 JUN 1844
    Children
    1. Has No Children Unknown Graves b: 21 APR 1845

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth Jane Neal b: 16 NOV 1826 in Rockingham County, North Carolina
    • Married: 20 JUL 1846 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    • Note:
      Marriage Record
      Groom: Azariah Graves, Jr.
      Bride: Elizabeth Neal
      Bond Date: 20 June 1846
      Bondsman/Witness: Henry A. Womack
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 38.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Claudia Kerr Graves b: MAY 1847
    2. Has Children Algernon Sidney Graves b: 1 SEP 1848
    3. Has Children Ella Williams Graves b: 30 DEC 1850
    4. Has Children Rebecca Neal Graves b: 15 NOV 1852 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    5. Has Children Azariah Graves III b: 27 DEC 1854
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth N. Graves b: 7 APR 1857

    Marriage 3 Isabella S. Howard b: 21 AUG 1835 in Locust Hill, Caswell County, North Carolina
    • Married: 17 MAR 1858 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    • Note:
      Marriage Record
      Groom: Azariah Graves
      Bride: Isabella S. Howard
      Bond Date: 10 March 1858
      Bondsman/Witness: Philemon H. Neal
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 38.

      Groom: Azariah Graves
      Bride: Isabella S Howard
      Bond Date: 10 Mar 1858
      Bond #: 000015549
      Marriage Date: 17 Mar 1858
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 003896
      County: Caswell
      Record #: 01 111
      Bondsman: Philemon H Neal
      Witness: Stephen Neal J
      Performed By: Thomas W Tobey, Minister of the Gospel
      Source: Ancestry.Com North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

    Sources:
    1. Details: Gravestone at Trinity Baptist Church (Caswell County, North Carolina)
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