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115. Ann Lea "Nancy" GRAVES10,69,141 was born on 5 January 1794. She died on 28 October 1857 at the age of 63.

This is probably Nancy Lea Graves mentioned as a granddaughter of John Williams in his will date 31 May 1798; the will also states her brother is John Williams Graves. They were minors in 1798 and likely the two oldest children since no others were names.

I believe this is the widow in the 1850 census. The household is marked as a "hotel" - likely a boarding house - and was the 1st enumeration in Yanceyville.
Household #1
Ann L. Graves, age 56, born Caswell as were those appearing as her children
William P. Graves, age 30, merchant [her son]
M. F. Graves, female, age 18 [probably Fanny]
C. W. Graves, female, age 15 [Cornelia]
V. Y. Graves, female, age 12 [Virginia]
Nancy Walker, age 35, b. Person Co
C. R. Rice, male, age 21, clerk, b. Caswell
John M. Richmond, age 26, grocer, b. Caswell
Samuel P. Hill, age 26, lawyer, b. Chatham Co
James N. Fuller, age 26, lawyer, b. Caswell

Ann is buried in the Graves Cemetery on the property of the Elijah Graves house.

Ann Lea "Nancy" GRAVES and Capt. William GRAVES were married in May 1815. Capt. William GRAVES3, son of John Herndon GRAVES and Anne "Nancy" SLADE, was born on 27 October 1780 in Caswell County, North Carolina.3 He died on 25 December 1845 at the age of 65 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

This William said to have married Isabell Graves, daughter of Thomas Graves on 25 Nov 1805. Ann "Nancy" Lea Graves was his second wife.

Will-written 6 Oct 1833. Son Elijah (slaves and money already advanced); daughter Ann S. Graves the lot on "which I reside at Caswell Court House adj. brother Thomas Graves and to the blacksmith shop on the east including spring used by John C. Harvey."; also wife to have plantation lately purchaswd from Thomas Gunn on Country Line Creek. Wife to provide for children until each is 21 years and youngest to get same as 3 eldest, Elijah, Ann S. & Elizabeth B.

Exec: brother Elijah Graves and brother-in-law Calvin Graves and son Elijah Graves.
Wit: Nancy Yancy, N. M. Roan, Abner Miles

William is buried Graves Family Cemeter on the property of the Elijah Graves house.

William & Nancy's home, known as the Graves-Florance-Gatewood House now houses the Richmond-Miles History Museum.


Ann Lea "Nancy" GRAVES and Capt. William GRAVES had the following children:

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Henrietta Williams GRAVES69 was born on 15 March 1816. She died on 27 July 1872 at the age of 56 in Fayette County, Tennessee.

Henreitta married (1) Algernon Sidney Yancey, 21 May 1838. She married John H. Mebane soon after the death of his first wife, 1848 - she was likely Henrietta's half-sister.

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William Pinckney GRAVES69 was born on 29 April 1820 in Caswell County, North Carolina. He died on 15 July 1892 at the age of 72 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

The Times. (Richmond, Va.) 1890-1903, July 16, 1892
Career of the Late Mayor Graves

Danville, Va., July 15. [Special.] The death of William P. Graves, mayor of Danville,which occurred at 1 o'clock this morning, has cast a gloom over the city. The Mayor had been sick only a week, during which time he suffered intensely from inflammation of the kidneys and bladder.

William Pinckney Graves was the son of William and Ann Lea Graves, and was born in Caswell County, N. C., Apr. 29, 1820. He was educated in the schools of the county, and when the Mexican war broke out he became one of the North Carolina volunteers, enlisting in Captain George Williamson's company, which was a part of Colonel R. T. Payne’s North Carolina regiment. For gallantry on the field Captain Graves was promoted from the office of sergeant to the office of assistant commissary with the rank of captain, and his commission was signed by President Polk in 1850. He was appointed United States marshal, and as such he took the census of Caswell county. In 1852 he moved to Danville and engaged in the mercantile business until the breaking out of the war. He was a natural born soldier and patriot, and hence was one of the first to offer his services to the Confederacy. He left Danville on the 23rd of April, 1861, in command of the Danville Blues, and led his company of 102 picked men into the first battle of Manassas, where his coolness and valor stamped him as one of the bravest of the brave. A year later when the Blues were reorganized Captain Graves became an aid on the staff of General George E. Pickett, and in all the important battles following in Virginia he took part, among them Spotsylvania, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Yellow Tavern, Fort Harrison, etc. from Petersburg to Appomattox. When the end came General Lee entrusted him with his official announcement to President Davis of the surrender, and he rode both day and night to deliver the message, and handed it to Mr. Davis in Indianville, Ga. After the war the deceased went into the leaf tobacco and commission business in Danville, erecting and conducting the Graves warehouse at the corner of Spring and Union streets. Here he remained in business until 1887. In the dark days of 1883, which culminated in the Danville riot, Captain Graves was, as he had ever been in an emergency, at the post of duty and of honor. By common consent he became the leader of the white people on that fateful day, and was afterwards appointed chief of the special police force of 100 picked men who guarded the city and preserved the peace for ten days. The bravery, daring and coolness he displayed in the discharge of his duties are familiar to the Danville people. They showed their appreciation by electing him mayor in the following spring. At the end of his term he declined re-election, as his private business demanded his entire attention. In I888 he was again a candidate for mayor, and was elected by a large majority. He has continued to hold the office ever since, being elected every two years, each time with an increased majority, and on the first day of the present month he commenced to serve his fourth term. In I853 Captain Graves was married to Miss Eliza Virginia Bailey, of Rockingham county whose death occurred in January, 1877.

The deceased leaves one brother, the venerable Elijah Graves, of Caswell county, and three sisters, Mrs. Virginia Y. McDonald, of Danville, Miss Cornelia Tubberville, of Statesville, and Mrs. Dr. Thomas C. Dodson, of Mount Vernon,Vernon. Tex.

The entire city keenly feels the great loss it has sustained, and this afternoon a public meeting was held at Masonic Hall. Appropriate resolutions were passed and arrangements were made for the funeral which will take place at 9 o'clock tomorrow. The funeral will be attended by all the city officials, by the Danville military and the Masonic fraternity. The services will take place from the First Baptist church, of which deceased was a consistent member.

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Lt. Col. John Azariah GRAVES69 was born on 18 November 1822. He died on 2 March 1864 at the age of 41 in Johnson Island Prison, Lake Erie.

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Isabella L. GRAVES69 was born in 1828. She died in 1897 at the age of 69.

Isabella married Dr. Thomas C. Dodson, 23 Oct 1849, Caswell, NC

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Fanny GRAVES69 was born in 1832 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Fanny married Fountain Turbeville, 10 Dec 1851, Caswell Co, NC

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Cornelia W. GRAVES69 was born in 1835 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Cornelia married Lewis W. Turbeville, 30 Aug 1852, Caswell Co, NC

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Virginia Y. GRAVES69 was born in 1838 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Virginia married William R. McDonald, 13 Jan 1864.