Caswell County Family Tree

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  • ID: I1909
  • Name: Barzillai Graves Jr. 1
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1934
  • Birth: 17 OCT 1790
  • Death: 6 DEC 1818
  • Note:
    (1734) Eighth Generation. Never married and died without issue. Source: Bible of Solomon Graves (1784-1861) (1817 Entries).

    1734. Barzillai Graves, b. 17 Oct. 1790, never married, d. 6 Dec. 1828. Source: Graves Family Association (Genealogy #169)

    John Card Graves (in the Moreheads of Virginia book) places his death at 6 Dec 1818. This death date might explain why Barzillai Graves, Jr., was not mentioned in the 25 June 1827 will of his father, Reverend Barzillai Graves. Based upon the omission from that will, here we will use 1818 as the death year. Researchers are, however, warned to proceed with caution in this area.

    Name: Barzillai Graves
    Parents: Barzillai Graves, Ursula Wright
    Birth Place: Caswell, Yanceyville, NC
    Birth Date: 17 December 1790
    Death Date: December 1828
    Source: Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Individual Records. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000

    Caswell County, North Carolina
    Will book L, Page 244

    244 Barzillai Graves Senior -- Will -- Written 25 June 1827. Wife Usalae (Ursala) to have all land and possessions during her life then same to go to two daughters, Peggy and Mary, including all land on south side of Country Line Creek, 400 acres. After wife's death, negroes to be divided among all children. Negroes already advanced to son Solomon Graves and he to have land adjacent to son Jeremiah Graves and brother John Graves, 169 acres known as the Tract place. Son Solomon to have land between that of Jeremiah and Country Line east of spring branch of son Jeremiah known as Cochran's tract. Already advanced to son Jeremiah land where he now lives; advancements also to daughter Isbell McNeill and sons-in-law Hosea McNeill and James Lea.

    Witnesses: William Russell, James L. Graves.

    Codicil -- Spring Branch to be dividing line between land of two sons [Jeremiah Graves and Solomon Graves]. Estate to be accountable for costs that accrue from any law suit which may be instituted in consequence of claim set up by Azariah Graves (son of John Graves) to land which I have devised to son Solomon Graves.

    Solomon Graves and Jeremiah Graves qualified.

    The will abstract is somewhat confusing. It appears that the wife, Ursula Wright Graves, was to have a life estate in all property (real and personal, described as "land and possessions"). After her death, all property was to go to two daughters Peggy and Mary. However, when did son Solomon Graves receive the 169-acre "Tract place" and the property known as "Cochran's tract"? Note no mention of a mill. Was this when the will was probated or after the death of Ursula Wright Graves? Did these parcels pass through daughters Peggy and Mary?

    Unknown is why the codicil anticipates a lawsuit by nephew Azariah Graves (1776-1837), son of Captain John Herndon Graves (1746-1829), with respect to property devised by Reverend Barzillai Graves to his son Solomon Graves.

    Note also, that the will makes no mention of son Barzillai Graves, Jr. Researchers use both 1818 and 1828 as the death year of Barzillai Graves, Jr. His absence from the will of his father suggests that 1818 may be the correct death year.

    People mentioned:

    Wife: Ursula Graves
    Brother: John Graves (Captain John Herndon Graves; father of Azariah Graves)


    1. Peggy Graves (Margarette Graves; married (1) Joseph R. E. Lipscomb in 1833; (2) J. V. Cross)
    2. Mary Graves (Mary Simms Graves; married Thomas Williams Graves in 1828)
    3. Solomon Graves (married Mary Cleveland Franklin in 1817)
    4. Jeremiah Graves (married Delilah S. Lea in 1816)
    5. Isbell [Isabella] Graves McNeill (married Hosea McNeill in 1807)

    Nephew: Azariah Graves (son of brother Captain John Herndon Graves)


    1. Hosea McNeill (married daughter Isabella Graves in 1807)
    2. James Lea (married daughter Elizabeth (Betsey) Graves in 1815; seen as James Lea, Jr.)


    1. William Russell
    2. James L. Graves

    Father: Barzillai Graves b: 12 DEC 1759 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    Mother: Ursula Wright b: 28 APR 1755 in Caswell County, North Carolina

    1. Details: Bible of Solomon Graves (1784-1861) (1817 Entries)
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