Name: Ann Lea Graves 1 2
Reference Number: 1917
Birth: 5 JAN 1794 in Caswell County, North Carolina
Burial: Graves Family Cemetery (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina)
Death: 28 OCT 1857 in Caswell County, North Carolina
Ann Lea (Nancy) Graves (1797-1857)
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Newspaper Article: The Milton Chronicle (Milton, North Carolina), 17 April 1851, Thursday, Page 4.
A Graves Marriage
Mr. F. M. Sammons has shown us a number of a two column folio paper, called the Dwarf, the matter in each page measuring 3½ inches by 5½, published at Ballston Spa (state not given), August 19th, 1834, N. G. Rice, brother of Wm. H. Rice, of this village, publisher. The following marriage notice was taken from its columns:
Married. -- In Caswell County, by the Rev. Barzillai Graves, Capt. Wm. Graves, son of John Graves, Esq., to Miss Nancy Graves, daughter of Gen. Azariah Graves.
The Graves, 'tis said,
Will yield their dead,
When Gabriel's trumpte shakes the skies,
But if God please,
From Graves like these,
A dozen living folks shall rise.
Source: Northern Tribune (Cheboygan, Michigan), 19 August 1882, Page 7.
Marriage also reported in: The North-Carolina Star (Raleigh, North Carolina), Fri, Jun 2, 1815, Page 3.
Note that the 1850 US Census (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina) shows an Ann L. Graves (56) apparently operating a hotel in Yanceyville, North Carolina. This has not been confirmed as the same Ann Lea Graves shown here, and is reported only for research purposes. Those in the household (hotel) were:
Ann L. Graves (56)
William P. Graves (30)
M. F. Graves (18)
C. W. Graves (15)
V. Y. Graves (12)
Nancy Walker (35)
C. R. Rice (21) (clerk)
John N. Richmond (26) (grocer)
Samuel P. Hill (26) (lawyer)
Samuel N. Fuller (26) (lawyer)
However, she was shown as the head of the household, and the Ann Lea Graves of this entry lost her husband in 1845. William P. Graves probably was William Pinkney Graves, a son of William Graves and his first wife, Isabella Graves. Also, M. F. could be Fanny, C. W. could be Cornelia W., and V. Y. could be Virginia Y. However, where was the hotel. See the entry for Samuel P. Hill for more on this subject. Note that the next entry in the 1850 census is for Abisha Slade. His house was where the parking lot is today (2007) for the Harrelson Funeral Home (immediately across the street from the White Hall Apartments. Thus, the hotel may have been located in this section of Yanceyville.
But, another neighbor is the James Poteat Hotel. Accordingly, it is possible that the small hotel operated by Ann Lea Graves at the time of the 1850 census is the building that today houses the Richmond-Miles History Museum on the Square in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Arguing against this, however, is that the property that today is the Richmond-Miles History Museum apparently was willed by William Graves to Ann Slade Graves, a daughter by his first marriage. But, she died in 1848, and her stepmother could have owned this property at the time of the 1850 census.
Father: Azariah Graves b: 29 OCT 1768 in Caswell County, North Carolina
Mother: Elizabeth Williams b: 15 OCT 1773 in Orange County, North Carolina
William Graves b: 27 OCT 1780
25 MAY 1815
in Caswell County, North Carolina 2
Marriage Bond Record
Groom: William Graves
Bride: Nancey Graves
Bond Date: 25 May 1815
Bondsman/Witness: Barz. Graves, Azariah Graves
Location: Caswell County, North Carolina
Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 39.
- Henrietta Williams Graves b: 15 MAR 1816
- William Pinkney Graves b: 29 APR 1820 in Caswell County, North Carolina
- John Azariah Graves b: 18 NOV 1822 in North Carolina
- Isabella Lea Graves b: 14 MAY 1828
- Cornelia W. Graves b: in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
- Fanny Graves
- Virginia Y. Graves
- Details: The Times (Richmond, Virginia) 16 July 1892
- Details: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 39