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138. Mary F. WALTERS was born in February 1846 in Virginia. She died on 9 May 1923 at the age of 77.

I thought at first Mary "V." might be a stepdaughter living in Azariah Graves' household in 1860. There's some confusion dealing with the two wives named Martha and when Azariah married the second Martha. In 1860, Mary V. was already 13 years old and yet she had not appeared in the 1850 census with Azariah's family. In the 1900 census, Martha Walters would say she had had two children, both living - the ladies Mollie Belle and Bettie Flinn were in the household but neither were Martha's daughters. I have come to believe the enumerator possibly made an assumption they were her daughters and in reality, Azariah Walters third wife had no children at all. I believe that Azariah raised his nieces, Nancy & Mary F. Walters, daughters of his deceased brother Alexander.

I found a Mary Walters, age 4, living with Elizabeth Walters, widow of Archibald, in Caswell Co, Yanceyville, in 1850. Undoubtedly that was this orphaned child.

In an email exchange it was evident that there is an obituary for Mary F. Gravely who died 9 May 1923 at the home of her son, James G. Gravely, at Woodstock, VA. She was a daughter of Alexander and Mary Walters and widow of Peyton B. Gravely. She had two sons, Peyton B. Gravely and James G. Gravely; three daughters, Mrs. Kate Cabell, Mrs. Mary Clapp, and Mrs. Nannie Turpin. Mrs. Turpin lived in Colorado. Mrs. Nannie D. Green, mother of Mrs. Jno T. Watson, her only sister had died six years previously. She was buried Green Hill Cemetery. The Danville Bee, 10 May 1923, p.5.

Based on information about Alexander Walters marriages and census ages, it would seem likely that Sarah Paschal was the mother of the young Mary F. but instead it seems that Mary was an infant when they married, her mother perhaps having died at the time of her birth. She also appears to have been named for her mother. And, Mary F.'s obituary did state Nancy, or Nannie Green, had been her only sister and that her mother was Mary Walters.

1880 Census. Danville, Pittsylvania Co, VA
P. B. Gravely, age 45, b. VA, tobacco manfgr
M. F., wife, female, age 34
Kate W., dau, age 7; Payton, son, age 4; Jas. G, son, age 2
Annie Gravely, age 26, Sister
Catharine Morton, Black, age 23, servant
Lucy Puryear, Mulatto, age 20, servant
Lewis Peatross, Mulatto, age 15, servant
Ed. Coleman, Black, age 30, servant

1900 Census. Danville Ward 3, Danville City, VA Hh 14
Gravely, B. Payton, b. May 1835, age 65, married 28 years, b. VA as were his parents, tobacco manufacturer
Mary, wife, b. Feb 1852 [marked over - said 1842 underneath, but that wasn't right either - she was age 4 in 1850], age 48, 5 children, b. VA as were her parents
J. George, son, b. Jan 1879, age 21
N. Daisy, dau, b. Jun 1881, age 18
Mary, dau, b. Aug 1885, age 14
Olliver, Annie, servant, Black, b. May 1873, age 27, married 4 years, has had 3 children, only 1 living
Otis, son of servant, b. Feb 1895, age 5.

1910 Census. Danville Ward #3, Independent City, VA, Hh 27
Peyton B. Gravely, age 74, married once for 38 years, b. VA, living on his own income
Mary T., wife, age 64, has had 5 children, all are living.
James G., son, age 34, has been married twice.
Mary A., daughter in law is age 30, has had no children, they have not been married a year
Peyton, son, age 32, single
Alexander Jacobs, lodger, age 55

1920 Census. Stonewall, Shenandoah Co, VA, Hh 83
James G. Gravely, age 42. Alice S., wife, age 40 Born VA as were their parents.
Mary F., mother, age 74, b. VA as were her parents
Mary G. Clapp, niece, age 11, b. NC as was her father [This may have been Mary F's granddaughter, not her niece - she was James G's niece.]

Mary F. WALTERS and Peyton B. GRAVELY were married on 24 October 1871 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia. Peyton B. GRAVELY was born in May 1835 in Virginia. He died on 10 August 1915 at the age of 80 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia.

The 1990 census gave his birth as May 1835 which is different from the July 15th noted in the following obituary.

The Henry Bulletin, 13 Aug 1915
Woodstock, VA, Aug 10. Capt. Peyton B. Gravely died here Saturday. He came to Woodstock 5 years ago from Danville. Oldest son of Willis Gravely Sr, b. Henry Co, July 15, 1835. His father died Aug 1886, age 86, and his mother who was Miss Anna M. Barrow, died Dec 1886. Capt Gravely married 24 Oct 1871, Martinsville, to Miss Mary F. Walters, formerly of Pittsylvania Co. Survivors: wife & five children, Mrs. Kate W. Cabell of New York, Peyton B. Gravely Jr., James G. Gravely of Woodstock, Mrs. Nannie Turpin, and Mrs. Mary V. Clapp.

Mary F. WALTERS and Peyton B. GRAVELY had the following children:



Kate GRAVELY was born in 1873 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

According to her mother's obituary, Kate's married name was Cabell.



Peyton B. GRAVELY was born in 1875 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.



James George GRAVELY (private).



Nannie Daisy GRAVELY was born in June 1881 in Virginia.

According to her mother's obituary, Nannie's married named was Turpin. She lived in Colorado when her mother died in 1923.



Mary Verser GRAVELY was born in August 1885 in Virginia. She died on 7 October 1976 at the age of 91 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.

Washington Post, 21 Aug 1904
Richmond, VA. Aug. 20. ...for the Sixth Congressional district of Virginia for the Confederate reunion to be held next month in Lynchburg. ....sponsors ....Miss Virginia Alice Hall, of Franklin County, a grandniece of Gen. Jubal A. Early and her maid of honor, Miss Mary Verser Gravely, daughter of Capt. Peyton V. Gravely of Danville.

According to her mother's obituary in early May of 1923, Mary's married name was Clapp, she remarried to Charles Albert Cutler, soon after.

From The Danville Bee, 26 May 1923:
Cards have been received in the city announcing the marriage of Mrs. Mary Gravely Clapp to Charles Albert Cutler. The wedding took place last Wednesday in New York City and they are now living in Brooklyn. Mrs. Cutler will be remembered here as Miss Mary Gravely, daughter of P. B. Gravely at one time a widely known tobacco manufacturer.

Mary must have had a daughter by Mr. Clapp:
From The Danville Bee, 1 Jul 1926
Mrs. C. A. Cutler and daughter, Miss Mary Gravely Clapp of Brooklyn, NY, arrived last night to be the guests of Mrs. James I. Pritchett, Jr.

Young Mary apparently took her stepfather's name.

New York Times, 1932
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cutler of this city and Danville VA have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Mary Graveley Cutler, to William I Nichols, son of Mrs. William I. Nichols of New York and Westport Conn., and the late Rev. William I. Nichols, who was general secretary of the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities for many years. Miss Cutler attended the Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA.
Mr. Nichols was graduated from Milton Academy, Milton, Mass. class of '22 and from Harvard four years later. He then passed a year in residence at Balliol College, Oxford, and for two years was assistant dean of Harvard College. At Harvard he was a member of the Hasty Pudding and Delphic Clubs and the Signet Society. He is now with the National Electric Power Company here.
No date has been set for the wedding.

From The Danville Bee, 15 Oct 1976
Mary Gravely Cutler - daughter of the late Peyton B. and Mary (Walters) Gravely
Born in Danville VA. Died in Augusta GA.
Graveside rites Sunday at 2 PM, Green Hill Cemetery, Danville
Townes Funeral Home
surviving: a grandson and two great grandchildren.