William Graves

#597, b. 13 July 1792, d. 28 July 1841
Father*Peyton Graves b. bt 1760 - 1770, d. a 1840
Mother*Charlotte Pinkard b. bt 1760 - 1770, d. a 1840
     William Graves was born on 13 July 1792 Virginia. He was the son of Peyton Graves and Charlotte Pinkard. William and Lucy Berger, daughter of Jacob Berger and Catherine Nowlin, were married 12 May 1818 Pittsylvania County, Virginia. William Graves died 28 July 1841, Montgomery County, Missouri at age 49 years and 15 days.
      Before 1840, the family moved from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Montgomery County, Missouri.

On the Graves family website,

Under John Graves (234), John Pinckard Graves paternal uncle, it is stated:
"One puzzling piece of information iJohn Graves (234) was born in July 1794 in Pittsylvania Co., VA, and died in July 1844. He married Mildred Hicks George on 9 May 1817 in Pittsylvania Co., VA. She was born 13 Aug. 1797 (or July 1796) in Pittsylvania Co., and died after 1850. They moved from Patrick Co., VA to Montgomery Co., MO in Dec. 1842. (According to another version, they lived in Patrick Co. until 1834, then moved to Pittsylvania Co., and were in MO by Oct. 10, 1840.) All their children except the last were born in Virginia.

One puzzling piece of information is that the 1860 census for Middletown, Prairie Twp., Montgomery Co., MO, dwelling 895, lists John Graves, 27, carpenter, Ann Graves, 20, William Graves, 23, Witcher Graves, 19, and James Graves, 18, all born in VA. This appears to be some of the children of John Graves and Mildred George, and they all match except for John Pinkard Graves. In addition to the age discrepancy of about 10 years for John P., he supposedly moved to Oregon about 1850. In the 1870 census for the same place is a John Graves, 37 with wife Sarah, 23, and daughter Cora, 1. Could the information for John Pinkard Graves be wrong? (R?179, R?186, R?335, R?915)"

My research, including family records, show that this is the uncle.

The 1860 census, Middleton, Montgomery County, Missouri, line 18-22, house 896, family 896 has:
John Graves, 27, carpenter, b Virginia
Ann " 20 b Virginia
William " 23 b Virginia
Witcher " 19 b Virginia
James " 18 b Virginia
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Middletown, Montgomery, Missouri; Roll: M653_635; Page: 0; Image: 437.

There is no John Pinkard there at all. You will find him, however, in Abiqua Precinct, Marion County, Oregon,
J. P. Graves, 35, farmer, b Virginia
M [Mariah Glover] Graves, 33, b Missouri
and several children.
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Abiqua, Marion, Oregon; Roll: M653_1056; Page: 380; Image: 8.

John Pinckard Graves is the son of William and Lucy (Berger) Graves, not John and Mildred Hicks (George) Graves. John [Jack], Mariah, along with her brother William and his wife, Jane Jett Graves, Jack's sister, all moved to Oregon before 1850. Brother Tom Graves, sister Catherine Nowlin Graves, her husband, John Henry Palmer, and their family followed in 1853.

I did find a "John Graves" in the 1850 census, age 25, in the household with a Mildred Graves in Montgomery County, District 61.

However, out in Oregon, John P (indexed "T") 26, b VA, was already in Marion County, Oregon, with wife Mariah (Glover), 22, and their children, David, 6, Philip, 2, and Sarah, 1, all born Missouri. With them is Samuel Glover, 7, also born Missouri. This is probably Samuel Glover, b 1831, William's brother.

William, 28, and Jane J, 22, are living in Linn County and have a "Peter Glover", 22, with them. We do not know who Peter is.

Samuel went on to become the founder and "father" of Spokane, Washington.

I have tried to correct the information to no avail.
I have been unable to determine who wrote the original assumption.1,2

Children of William and Lucy

Last Edited=27 Nov 2019
Reference=220- 235


  1. [S6] 1850 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1850; Census Place: Linn, Oregon Territory; Roll: M432_742; Page: 63B; Image: 120.
  2. [S6] 1850 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1850; Census Place: Marion, Oregon Territory; Roll: M432_742; Page: 106A; Image: 204.