Catherine Nowlin Graves

#398, b. 1 July 1825, d. 19 November 1907
Father*William Graves b. 13 Jul 1792, d. 28 Jul 1841
Mother*Lucy Berger b. 26 Oct 1801, d. 12 Nov 1839
THE MORNING OREGONI AN. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1907, p 6
     Catherine Nowlin Graves was born on 1 July 1825 Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She was the daughter of William Graves and Lucy Berger. Catherine Nowlin Graves married John Henry Palmer, son of Burton Palmer and Rebecca Bruce, 31 August 1841 Montgomery County, Missouri.
Catherine Nowlin Graves died 19 November 1907 , in Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon at age 82 and was buried Miller Cemetery, Marion County, Oregon. Catherine N. Palmer
Born in Virginia
July 1, 1825
Died
Nov. 19, 1907.

     As of 31 August 1841,her married name was Palmer (Graves). Catherine and John planted fruit trees immediately upon arrival. on 3 September 1853. Catherine Nowlin Graves and John Henry Palmer obtained a Donation Land Claim on 1 May 1866 Mt. Angel, Marion County, Oregon.



Patentees: CATHARINE N PALMER,
JOHN H PALMER

Survey
State: OREGON
Acres: 290
Metes/Bounds: No

Title Transfer
Issue Date: 5/1/1866
Land Office: Oregon City
Cancelled: No
U.S. Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: September 27, 1850: Oregon-Donation Act (grant) (99 Stat. 496)

Aliquot
Parts Sec./
Block Township Range Fract.
Section Meridian State Counties Survey
Nr.
SWSE 3/ 6-S 1-W No Willamette OR Marion
E½E½ 10/ 6-S 1-W No Willamette OR Marion
SWSW 11/ 6-S 1-W No Willamette OR Marion
1 10/ 6-S 1-W No Willamette OR Marion
Remarks: LOT 1 OR NWNE QUARTER
2 10/ 6-S 1-W No Willamette OR Marion
Remarks: LOT 2 OR SWNE QUARTER.


Catherine received the following letter from her brother William J Graves in San Luis Obispo, California.

San Luis Obispo, Sept 20, 1872

My dear Sister
Day before yesterday I received a letter from you the first and only since I have received for years. I am truly sorry to hear of your poor health but sincerely hope that by this time you will have entirely recovered. Like you, dear sister, I feel myself getting old and rapidly passing into the "sere and yellow leaf." But unlike you, I cannot have the secret consciousness of having done my duty and my whole duty here upon earth. You undoubtedly have this consciousness and whatever may late[?] be your reward will be found in that "bourne [from] whence no traveller returns,"* while I, as to myself, I shall ever be enshrouded with doubts and misgivings that are always caused by regret of opportunities, evil actions, and vicious intentions.

I wrote you, I believe, that I had been corresponding with the Nowlin girls. I have not yet saw them and am now almost ashamed to meet them. I promised them while in San Francisco to go up to Tuolomne County and visit them, and almost daily, for a couple of weeks I was promising them to go "tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow," and finally I did not go at all. The fact was that I was distressed almost to death while in San Francisco on account of some cases that I have in the courts which I as well as my clients were exceedingly anxious to try, and which finally were not tried, or at least all of them, making it necessary for me to return again to San Francisco during the latter part of this month.
On account of these legal matters I really had no time to go to Sonora. Besides this, my son William had to be sent to Va and I was considerably exercised in getting him away properly. These excuses I must make to the Nowlin pack[?] and will do so now that I go to San Francisco again, and that too in person as I am bound to go up and see them. I expect to bring Fannie down here with me if [you?] is not bent on returning to Missouri too speedily. I have not heard from Nick for some time. Tom writes frequently but as Nick is some distance from him I do not believe he has seen him for some time. Tommy's health is very poor and I ahve written advising him to come to California. You can see by the picture that he is very thin. I am fearful that he is consumtive. My son Wm is in Old Virginia and has been stopping at David's. He is much pleased with is reception by our relatives. He is going finally to the Military Institute at Lexington Va which is thought to be the best school in the State.

By the way, you have no idea that I weight 240 pounds. It is [s??].

My wife is going to San Francisco to live in about a month. She is taking this step on account of the girls Lucy and Virginia who must be at School. They are very lively girls. They speak English, Spanish and French and are very quick to learn. I now want them to finish off with music and something more ad[??] in the way of education than they can find here. Ernest is studying law in my office. he is a very promising young man, so considered. I have not educated him as well as I desire, in fact his education has been neglected. But he is going along splendedly.

I have not heard from Jett in a long time and I fear she and Bill have almost forgotten me. Tell them they should write oftener as they have no Children and the accompanying aundgamees[?]. I hardly know what to say about visiting you. I dread that awful Columbia Bar so much that I greatly prefer going by land. I promise you however that it will not be long before you see me [waiting (waltzing) aw nfew you] some bright morning. When my wife is established in San Francisco you must come down and pay us a visit. So must Jett. When you write again, which you must do very soon, tell me more about the children. What has become of my friends the girls. Tell me all about them. Dont fail to send your picture. Tom's in Ehrenburg, Arizona. Now do write often. Remember me most kindly to John and all the children, also to Bill and Jett; also to Jack and Sister Maria and their Children.

Your Brother,
William J Graves

* from Shakespeare, a "bourne" is an archaic term for a destination.1 On 24 March 1894, Catherine Nowlin Gravesresided Mt. Angel, Marion County, Oregon.2

She may have been sent to boarding school upon death of her mother.
There is a Sister’s school at St. Paul in St. Charles county.

Children of Catherine and John

Charts
J Denton Palmer
Lenora Glover
Berger, Jonathan #3263, b ca 1700 Switzerland or Germany, d PA
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691, Virginia
Nowlan, John # 867, b bef 1580, Ireland, d Ireland
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690, Lancaster County, Virginia
Wade, Edward # 838, in Virginia bef 1746
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782, Buckingham County, Virginia
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724, Kinnard, Scotland d ca 1752, Orange County, Virginia
Claye, John #1523, b ca 1588, England, d bef 1660, Virginia
Eyres, Joseph # 7329, b 17th century, Virginia or England
Ferris, Richard # 2074, b say 1620 or so, immi 1636, d Virginia
Fuquett, Gills # 3276, d Virginia
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700. d Virginia
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637, London
Humphreys, William # 7331, d Virginia
Lewis, John # 2831, b ca 1620, d Virginia
Marston?, Thomas # 2756, No further information
Palmer, John # 1430 b aft 1719 Virginia
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653, England d 1728, Virginia
Samson, Francis # 3266 in Virginia bef 1700
Wilson, John # 417, b say 1620s, England or Henrico County, Virginia
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Burmuda Hundred, Virginia
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782
Berger, Jonathan #3263
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724 d ca 1752
Claye, John #1523 b ca 1588
Eyres, Joseph # 7329
Ferris, Richard # 2074
Fuquett, Gills # 3276
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637
Humphreys, William # 7331
Lewis, John # 2831
Marston?, Thomas # 2756
Nowlan, John # 867
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653 d 1728
Samson, Francis # 3266
Wade, Edward # 838
Wilson, John # 417
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586 d 18 Apr 1644
Last Edited=25 Jan 2017
Reference=220-725

Citations

  1. [S463] Letter from William J Graves (San Luis Obispo, California) to Catherine N [Graves] Palmer, 17 Aug 1872; Patricia L Dunford Files (Patricia L Dunford, 3736 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 85716). From the files of Mabel Glover Root. Given to me by her daughter, Louise Root Godfrey, 2010.
  2. [S99] John Henry Palmer will (24 March 1894), JHPalmer Probate File 1498 e, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as JHPalmer Probate File 1498.
  3. [S98] J. Denton Palmer, compiler, "Palmer Family File"; Ancestral File (ca 1999),.
  4. [S130] , #731, Oregon State Archives, Salem, Oregon.
  5. [S130] , # 25, Oregon State Archives, Salem, Oregon.