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  • ID: I3141
  • Name: Barzillai Shuford Graves
  • Sex: M
  • Name: Baz aka
  • Reference Number: 3181
  • Birth: 5 JUL 1854 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina
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  • LATI: N35.599
  • LONG: W82.5533
  • Occupation: County Commissioner 1930
  • Burial: First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
  • Event: Fraternal Organization Mason
  • Death: 3 MAY 1942 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
  • MAP:
  • LATI: N36.4075
  • LONG: W79.3363
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    Barzillai Shuford Graves (1854-1942)

    Barzillai Shuford Graves (1854-1942)

    Barzillai Shuford Graves (1854-1942)

    1884 Park's Spring Pic-Nic Flier

    Yanceyville Baseball Team (1890s)

    B. S. Graves Dies, The Bee (Danville, Virginia), Monday, 4 May 1942

    (click on photograph for larger image)
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    The players and coach (left-to-right beginning on back row the to first player seated on left:

    1. Jim Slade
    2. John Graves
    3. John H. Kerr
    4. B. S. Graves (coach)
    5. Steve Richmond
    6. Pomp Richmond (with bat)
    7. Nat Graves (has ball in his hand; could be the pitcher)
    8. Bob Roan (apparently the catcher)
    9. A. Yancey Kerr
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    Last Photograph: "B. S. Graves Dies," The Bee (Danville, Virginia), Monday, 4 May 1942
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    Barzillai Shuford (Baz) Graves was sheriff of Caswell County. Around 1890 he built a substantial Victorian house on West Main Street in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Between 1922 and 1926 he was Clerk of the Caswell County Superior Court.

    Caswell County Sheriff: Barzillai Graves 1879-1891
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    Barzillai Shuford (Baz) Graves House (September 2005 Photograph)

    1939 Barzillai Shuford Graves Newspaper Article and Photograph

    See: Historic District Walking Tour
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    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: B S Graves
    Age in 1860: 6
    Birth Year: abt 1854
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Home in 1860: Caswell, North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Yanceyville
    Household Members: Name Age
    Wm B Graves 33 (William Blair Graves)
    M E Graves 25 (Mary Elizabeth Shuford Graves)
    B S Graves 6 (Barzillai Shuford Graves)
    H R Graves 4 (Harriet Rebecca Graves)
    C Reagan 20

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: B. S. Graves
    Home in 1880: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
    Age: 25
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Father's birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    Occupation: Sheriff
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    B. S. Graves 25

    1910 United States Federal Census
    Name: Barzilla S Graves
    Age in 1910: 55
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
    Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
    Spouse's Name: Malvina
    Home in 1910: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Barzilla S Graves 55
    Malvina Graves 40
    Mary E Graves 14

    1930 United States Federal Census
    Name: Baz S Graves
    Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
    Age: 75
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Malvina
    Race: White
    Household Members: Name Age
    Baz S Graves 75
    Malvina Graves 60
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    Yanceyville. Feb. 3. -- The meeting of the Caswell County Tobacco Growers' Association was held here Monday to elect delegates to the district meeting in Reidsville next were elected in the following order: Tuesday, February 7. Seven delegates. B. S. Graves, Yanceyville; S. F. Nicks, Leasburg; William Lea, Blanche; E. B. Blackwell, Quick; H. T. Watkins, Blanche; F. R. Warren, Prospect Hill; J. A. Burton, Hightowers.

    The Bee (Danville, Virginia) (4 February 1922)
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    B. S. Graves, accompanied by Miss Elizabeth Graves and Miss Ruth Harrelson spent Tuesday in Wentworth and Reidsville.

    Yanceyville News Items, May 5 1922: The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 6 May 1922.
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    The fiddle has been missing for 78 years. The story begins with an 8 year old kid at the poorhouse on County Home rd in Yanceyville and hopefully will end with ?The Fiddle Sings Again?. I have been following the family tree of musician Sebastian Phillips for about 13 years. He died in 1935 of cancer. Before he died he gave away his fiddle and pocket watch. The fiddle I tracked to High Point and the watch went Otha Chambers. There is also a family bible in virginia. Then there is the murder of Candis Phillips and ?Grass seed for Sheriff Graves?. If you are interested in this story and in helpng reunite the fiddle with the Phillips side let me know. There is more to this story. Rob Catsburg55@nc.rr.com. Email 15 August 2013.
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    A Brutal Negro Lynched

    Danville, Va., Oct 3. -- The negro man, Mebane, who outraged and afterward killed Mrs. Hugh Walker, near Milton, N.C., on Sept. 28, was arrested last night, and to-day, while being carried from Milton to Yanceyville, N.C., was taken from the officers by about 200 men and hanged and shot.

    The New York Times
    Published: October 4, 1885

    Some say that Bud Mebane's body was driven through town on a wagon with a sign saying ?Grass seed for Sheriff Graves.?
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    Caswell's Politics and Crops

    Caswell County, August 9. -- The Republicans have had their convention, to nominate county candidates. Wils Carey is snubbed, and poor Tom Harrison, who has been a mere speck, is a speck no longer. Bigelow takes the place as candidate for the Legislature in place of Carey, and no reason can be assigned except Bigelow is a mulatto, a little nearer white, and the niggers evidently are tired of niggers, and Carey is what he terms a "negro." John Barnwell is the white man who takes the place of Harrison on the ticket. Barnwell is ignorant and innocent; once was elected commissioner by the negroes, but was never re-elected. Bas. S. Graves, the present Sheriff, a good Democrat, was nominated, and Maj. Jeff Brown, the present incumbent, a brother of the old war horse Bedford, was nominated for Register of Deeds.

    The Democrats hold their convention on the fourth Saturday in August, and according to the present organization of the party, no doubt representative and working men will be selected. Caswell will try to redeem herself, and be no longer classed as a certain Republican county.

    The late heavy and continuous rains have done considerable injury to the corp of tobacco, and corn on the bottom and creek flats, which could not have been much better, has been somewhat damaged. Tobacco in its growing state needs but little rain, an occasional shower is all that is necessary. Exceeding wet causes cessation of growth, and frequently kills. The crop with the most favorable season hence, will be late, and not an average.

    Sidney L. Stephens was shot accidentally, it is said, a few days ago in Yanceyville. The gun was loaded with shot, one shot taking effect just below the eye on the nose. It was so deed the doctors declined to probe for it, thinking the probing would endanger the eye. Stephens is deputy sheriff, and was in the act of delivering Nat Powell into the hands of the jailer when the gun was discharged in the hand of Solomon Corbett. Corbett did not, after the shot, see Stephens, but it is said he was shooting at a coon. The prisoner had a shot or two, and the deputy's horse was badly shot, so much so as to disable him. Here's a chance shot that may afford a chance shot for the lawyers.

    T.

    The Raleigh News (Raleigh, North Carolina), August 12, 1880, Thursday, Page 2.




    Father: William Blair Graves b: 12 MAR 1827 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
    Mother: Mary Elizabeth Shuford b: 8 APR 1835 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Malvina F. Graves b: 27 OCT 1870 in Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina
    • Married: 1894
    Children
    1. Has Children Mary Elizabeth Graves b: 16 MAR 1896 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
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