Agnes Cammack

#5578, b. circa 1826
     Agnes Cammack was born circa 1826 Louisiana. She married Payton Graves, son of William Graves and Lucy Berger, circa 1846.1 Agnes Cammack married Edward C Hydrick 1862.2
     As of circa 1846,her married name was Graves (Cammack). As of 1862,her married name was Hydrick (Cammack) Graves.

There is an Agnes Jane Cammack, b 1828, in Louisiana who purportedly married Peyton Graves in 1846. She is said to be daughter of Yelverton Cammack and Elizabeth Watson. Yelverton and Elizabeth's (E. H. Watson) marriage is documented in Claiborne County Marriages in "Mississippi Court Records, 1799-1835" in "Mississippi Marriages, 1826-1900" gives the date as 2 Mar 1826. She is Elizabeth H. Watson, he is Yelverton Cammockk.

Yelverton also received land in Louisiana. He has a War of 1812 service record:

Name: Yelverton Cammack COMPANY: 10 AND 20 CONSOLIDATED REGIMENT, LOUISIANA MILITIA. Rank - Induction: PRIVATE Rank - Discharge: CORPORAL Roll Box: 32 Roll Exct: 602
There is also a query n the VGSQ Vol. 8. #2, Apr 1970, as follows:
STERNE - Need birth and death dates of Peyton Sterne who lived in Caroline County, and married Elizabeth Woolfork. They had: Mary b. 1769 and married George Cammack 1786; Yelverton who married Fanny Buckner; Richard; Lucy who married Samuel; Peyton; Frank; Betsy married Richard Woolfork; Wyatt and Charles. (Mrs. Velma C. Howard, 3904 Orangedale Avenue, Montrose, California 91020.)1

Payton Graves (Groves) 28, a doctor, appears in the 1850 census of Red Fork, Desha County, Arkansas, with Agnes (22), Lucy, 2, and Lawrence Cook, a laborer. The family also appears there in 1860.

1860 census of Redfork, Desha County, Arkansas has one E. C. Hydrick, 32, b ca 1828, VA, overseer, living with three other men.
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Redfork, Desha, Arkansas; Roll: M653_41; Page: 55; Image: 55; Family History Library Film: 803041.
near by were Peyton Graves (39, b Va), Agnes (33, b La), and the three children: R F (male), age 6, Ollie A (female), age 4, DC age 8/12 (male) Peyton is a physician and planter.

In 1861, Peyton dies intestate (Supreme Court of Arkansas case resolved twenty years later, involving his slaves, of whom there were 13 in the 1860 census. Graves v Pinchback, Adm., etc. et. al.)

In the 1870 census of Pine Bluff, Jefferson county, Arkansas, we find
E. C. Herdrick, 40, farmer b SC,
Anna 40, b La,
Edward, 6 b Arkansas
Robt Graves, 16,
Alley, 13, and
David 11.

In the 1880 census of Bartholomew, Lincoln County, Arkansas, we find:

150 Manual, Green, head of household, 22, black male;
Lee, James, 40 black male; tenant
Lee, Eliza, 30, black female, wife;
Lee, Henry, black male, 10, son,
Robert Graves, 25, white male no relationship, farmer

151 David Graves, 22, farmer;
Eddie Graves, 23, wife;
Edward Graves, 19, brother,
Hancel Graves, 20, cousin,
Nellie Graves, 2, daughter,
Matthew Graves, 2/12, son.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Bartholomew, Lincoln, Arkansas; Roll: T9_49; Family History Film: 1254049; Page: 44.4000; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 0637.

There is an Olie Cross, 22, born in Arkansas, father born in VA, mother born in Louisiana, wife of
Ben D Cross, 26, with daughter
Willie, 2, and son
Perlenian, 1, who meets the criteria to be Ollie.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Cane Creek, Lincoln, Arkansas; Roll: T9_49; Family History Film: 1254049; Page: 64.4000; Enumeration District: 179; Image: 0677.

The court case involves "property" denied to the children of Agnes and Peyton, including the fact that the Civil War intervened, making the "property" not available to any of them.

"Peyton Graves died intestate in the year 1861, in Desha county, the owner of five or six slaves and some other personal property, but of no lands. He left a widow and three infant children [not adults]. The widow took administration upon his estate and claims to the amount of $2000 were proved against it. Being administratrix she could not set out her own thirds of the personalty of which her husband died possessed. She therefore applied to the probate court for that purpose, and commissioners were appointed to make the allotment. What action, if any, was taken by these commissioners, does not appear. No report was filed by them, so far oas the probate records show; and they, as well as the widow, are now all dead.
"The widow, in 1862, was married to Hydrick. And in August, 1863, Hydrick purchased the Touchstone place, a body of lands mostly unimproved, containing 1278 acres. The consideration expressed in the deed he received was $13,700. The transaction is proved to have been made on the basis of confederate money, then much depreciated. In paying for the lands, Hydrick used two of the salves, three oxen, and one wagon, which belonged to the Graves estate. Touchstone took the slaves at an estimated value of $1,500 each, and the rest of the property is proved to have been worth, in confederate notes, from $300 to $500. Hydrick took the title to the lands in his own name, but subsequently conveyed one hundred and sixty acres to the tract to a trustee, who reconveyed to Mrs. Hydrick. The motive for this seem to have been that her means were used in the purchase of the property. The parcel settled on Mrs. Hydrick was the choicest and best improved part of the track.
"The accounts of the administratrix were never settled, and Graves' debts remain to his [sic] day mostly unpaid. No further administration was had, it being doubtless considered that the assets, consisting principally of slaves, had perished as a result of the war. At the death of Mrs. Graves, being three by her first marriage and one by the last, inherited the land which was conveyed to her, and they are now in possession of it.
"The heirs of Peyton Graves now filed their bill against Hydrick, and L.S. and X.J. Pindall, who had purchased some of the Touchstone lands under execution against Hydrick....(etc).
"Hydrick died before answer filed, and the cause was revived against his administrator and heir.
And it goes on. In the end, because of the devaluation of the money, and the fact that the former slaves were no longer part of the equation, the court found against the heirs.

"He left a widow and three infant children." That means, Robert, David, and "Ollie/Allie" -- Edward Graves must be the Hydrick son, who would have been born about 1863.2,3

From an email, not sent to me:
"Susan Wyckoff (Email: 8/15/06
George B Watson and Sally Stilley had at least one son, George B Watson Jr, and two daughters, Narcissa and Mary B Watson Sexton. These daughters both married William Sexton, Narcissa in 1830 and Mary in 1834. These marriages occurred in Concordia Parish LA. The first marriage, apparently, produced no issue. Mary and William had three children that I know of, George, Sarah and Narcissa. Another daughter of George and Sally, Elizabeth, is mentioned by another researcher as the wife of Yelverton Cammack. The Sextons and, possibly, the Watsons, were living in Red Fork, Arkansas County (later Desha County) as early 1837. In March of that year, it was reported in the Arkansas Times Advocate, that William Sexton hosted the marriage between a Josephine Watson of Louisiana and John Floyd Smith. Josephine could be another daughter of George and Sally? Lewis Watson, A grandson of Sally Stilley, son of George B. Watson Jr, was living in Red Fork, Desha Co, as late as 1880. It is my impression that Lewis founded the town of Watson in Desha Co."

In 1850, Payton and Agnes (Cammack) Graves, and daughter Lucy, are living in Red Fork as well.

Children of Agnes and Payton

Child of Agnes and Edward

Last Edited=21 Dec 2015


  1. [S6] 1850 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Place: Red Fork, Desha, Arkansas; Roll: M432_26; Page: 67B; Image: 140.
  2. [S534] B. D. Turner Reports of Cases at Law and in Equity Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas...Decided November 1885; May 1886; November 1886., XLVII (Little Rock, Arkansas: Gazette Printing Co., 1887).
  3. [S243] 1880 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Census Place: Bartholomew, Lincoln, Arkansas; Roll: T9_49; Family History Film: 1254049; Page: 44.4000; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 0637.