Name: Barzillai Graves
Reference Number: 1926
Birth: 14 DEC 1820 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
Burial: First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
Death: 27 JUN 1903
Barzillai Graves (1820-1903)
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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 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.
Sworn and subscribed to before me the day & year first above written.
John E. Brown JP
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.
The 1850 US Census shows Barzillai Graves age 30 as a farmer with his own household. The only other person in the household is William B. Graves age 22. Both claim to be farmers. In three years William B. Graves would be married to Mary Elizabeth Shuford.
1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Barzillar Graves
Birth Year: abt 1820
Home in 1850: Caswell, North Carolina
Family Number: 819
Household Members: Name Age
Barzillar Graves 30
William B Graves 22
Father: Jeremiah Graves b: 4 JAN 1786 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
Mother: Delilah S. Lea b: 1 JAN 1799 in Caswell County, North Carolina