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62. Henry Clay GRAVELY was born on 6 January 1857 in Henry County, Virginia. He died on 21 January 1942 at the age of 85 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia.

1880 Census. Leatherwood, Henry Co, VA, Hh 52
Benj. F. Gravely, age 61, Tobacconist & Farmer, b. VA
Julia C., wife, age 56
Nannie W., 33, daughter
J. Thomas, 31, son, Dry Goods Merchant
H. Clay, 22, son, Manages Tobacco factory
Horatio S. Slaydon, Boarder, age 29, works at Tobacco factory
Peter Hairston, 17, Black, servant
Brice Hairston, 17, Black, servant
Edith Caster, 23, Black, servant

From FindAGrave:
His mother listed as Julia Caroline Thomas ... so he was a 1st cousin to his wife.

He went to Roanoke College in Salem, VA.
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He was a member of the firm B.F. Gravely & Sons.
Henry succeeded his father as head of the tobacco company.
The firm was later sold to American Tobacco Company.
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Henry and Hope had at least 5 children:
1. Richard P. md. Sadie, a daughter of H.G. Mullins and Whitten McCabe.
2. Hope md. Merrill Clifford Lee of Richmond, VA.
3. Benjamin
4. Paul
5. Harold

Henry Clay GRAVELY and Ann Hope THOMAS were married on 30 October 1883 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia. Ann Hope THOMAS49,51, daughter of Christopher Yancey "C. Y." THOMAS and Mary Anne REAMY, was born on 5 January 1861 in Henry County, Virginia.49,51 She died on 19 February 1947 at the age of 86 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia.

In 1870, the child "age 12" was listed as Nancy. Ages were exaggerated somewhat in this census. There had been no daughter born by 1860. In 1880 there was a daughter Hope, age 19, who would appear to be the child listed as Nancy in 1870. Her marriage record lists her as A. Hope Thomas - probably her name was Ann Hope - Nancy is often the nickname for Ann.

I think this is the daughter who married a Gravely - she seems to be the only one old enough to have married and mothered the two Gravely grandsons living with their grandmother in 1900. Hope Thomas and Henry Clay Gravely were in fact 1st cousins.
1900 Census. Martinsville, Henry Co, VA, Hh 311
Mrs. Mary A. Thomas, b. Jun 1833, age 66, widow. Had 8 children - 6 are living, b. VA
Mrs. W. H. Parott, dau, b. Aug 1863, age 36, widow
Catherine [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Jun 1867, age 32
Suzanne [dittoed as Parott], dau, b. Nov 1870, age 29
Ned Maline, servant, white, b. Jan 1894, age 6, b. NC
John Milliner, servant, Black, b. Apr 1835, age 65
Susan Craig, Servant, Black, b. Jul 1878, age 21
Ben F. Gravely, grandson, b. Aug 1884, age 15
Richard Gravely, grandson, b. Sep 1885, age 14.
Note: the enumerator mistakenly marked Catherine & Suzanne - their surname was Thomas - they were unmarried daughters.
R. P. Gravely did considerable research on the family - likely that is Richard above. An online database gives Richard P. Gravely as the son of Henry Clay Gravely and Hope Thomas. The grandsons counted twice in this census.

1900 Census. Leatherwood, Henry Co VA, Hh 182
H. C. Gravely, b. Jun 1857, age 42, married 17 years. Tob. Manufacturer
Hope T., wife, b. Jan 1861, age 39, 5 children
Benjamin F., son, b. Aug 1884, age 15
Richard P., son, b. Sep 1885, 14
Paul, son, b. Feb 1893, age 7
Harold, son, b. Sep 1896, age 3
Hope T., dau, b. Dec 1898, age 1
Nannie W., sister, b. Nov 1846, age 53, single
Berta Finwald, sister, b. Jul 1851, age 48, widow, had 2 children, they are both living

Henry Clay GRAVELY and Ann Hope THOMAS had the following children:

126

i.

Benjamin F. GRAVELY.

127

ii.

Richard P. GRAVELY.

128

iii.

Paul GRAVELY.

129

iv.

Harold GRAVELY.

130

v.

Hope T. GRAVELY.