David William Graves

#3773, b. 28 February 1837, d. 26 December 1918
Father*Washington Graves b. c 1805, d. 1875
Mother*Mildred Berger b. 30 Dec 1808, d. 23 Jun 1849
     David William Graves was born on 28 February 1837 Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was the son of Washington Graves and Mildred Berger. David William Graves married Julia Ann Crockett 18 March 1863. David William Graves died 26 December 1918 , in Montgomery City, Montgomery County, Missouri at age 81, of "exhaustion from Epit[?] of duration of 30 years, contributed to by senility.1 He was buried on 28 December 1918 Montgomery City Cemetery, Montgomery City, Montgomery County, Missouri.1
      From: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gaines/gen169.htm

David William Graves (1343) was born 28 Feb. 1837 in Pittsylvania Co., Va., near the present town of Sandy Level, and died 26 Dec. 1918, at age 81, in Montgomery City, Mo. In 1840, he moved with his parents from Va. to eastern Montgomery Co., Mo., where he grew to manhood on his father's farm near Price's Branch.
His principal teacher was his uncle, Judge David Nowlin. He attended William Jewell College, and received his BA and MA degrees from the Univ. of Missouri in 1862.
He married Julia Ann Crockett, daughter of Rev. William Wallace Crockett (1809-1879) and Elizabeth (Gray) Smith (1819-1882), on 18 March 1863. She was born 17 May 1841 in Pike Co., Mo., and died 12 July 1925 in Montgomery City, Mo. They were both buried in the Montgomery City Cem. Julia Ann's father was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, physician, and farmer, of a pioneer Virginia and Tennessee family. Col. David Crockett was a cousin. Julia Ann was the essence of religious kindness.
Rev. David William Graves was licensed in 1862 and ordained in 1866 as a Baptist minister by Zion Baptist Church in Montgomery Co., Mo. He served as pastor of Loutre, Zion, Liberty, Mount Pleasant, Middletown, Wellsville and Troy churches in the Bear Creek Association in that area. He supervised and taught schools at Montgomery College and in LaGrange, Ky., and after 1882 in southeast Missouri, in Sedgwickville, Patton, and then for an extended period at Mayfield-Smith Academy (later Will Mayfield College). This latter institution was just being founded at Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., Mo., and is the school his children attended. Their "Forest Home" near Marble Hill was their home until 1900, when they returned to Montgomery City.
During those times, Rev. Graves preached at Sedgwickville, Smithville, Marquand, Patton, Lutesville and Marble Hill, and at Oak Ridge in the Cape Girardeau Association. For three terms in the 1890's, he was superintendent and instructor at the Wetumka, Okla., Government Indian Territory School, assisted for short periods by his daughters Mildred and Sue Belle.
In his late years he wrote an autobiography preserving the recollections of his interesting life of honorable Christian service and education, including a trip with his father just after the Civil War to again see his Virginia relatives. (Much of this information was published in Bollinger County, 1851-1976, p. 864.) (R-164, R-515)
Children - Graves
2730. Lucy Catherine Graves, b. 16 Dec. 1863, d. 8 Dec. 1864.
2731. Dr.) William Washington Graves, b. 13 Nov. 1865, m. Helen Sessinghaus. Lived in St. Louis, Mo.
2732. James Samuel Graves, b. 28 July 1867, d. 29 July 1868.
2733. Mildred Anna Graves, b. 21 Dec. 1868, m. (Dr.) John A. Reck, 21 Aug. 1895. Lived in Oklahoma City, Okla.
2734. Elizabeth Smith Graves, b. 7 July 1870, m. (Rev.) Charles H. Bruce (of Kansas City, Mo.), 14 June 1893. She was his 2nd wife.
2735. Thomas Francis Graves, b. 17 Dec. 1871, d. 17 Nov. 1872.
2736. Margaret Ramsay Graves, b. 7 April 1873, m. Mason F. Kinder (of Marble Hill, Mo.), 28 Aug. 1894, d. 9 Jan. 1896.
+2737. Susan Belle Graves, b. 24 Feb. 1875, m. Fred Thomson Couper, 23 May 1906, d. 8 April 1876 (?).
2738. David Crockett Graves, b. 17 Jan. 1877, m. Nell Campbell. Lived in Kansas City, Mo. After he died, she lived in Columbus, Kans.
2739. Frank Webb Graves, b. 4 Nov. 1878, m. Mary Seeley. Lived in Chicago, Ill.
2740. Edwin Benjamin Graves, b. 7 Dec. 1880, m. Ethel Brown. Lived in Montgomery City, Mo.
2741. Julia Muriel Graves, b. 22 May 1883. Lived in St. Louis, Mo.
+2742. Nellie Minerva Graves, b. 16 Dec. 1885, m. Fred S. Milam, 3 July 1912, d. 1980.2 He appeared on the census in the household of Washington Graves; On the 1850 census of District 61, Montgomery County, Missouri, Washington Graves is shown with David, 11, Lucy, James, 1, and Abram C Shelton, 15, Elizabeth Shelton, 9, and Thomas Graves, 13.

Child of David and Julia

Last Edited=18 Aug 2016


  1. [S130] , Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Oregon State Archives, Salem, Oregon.
  2. [S289] Capt Thos Graves and his Descendants, online http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gaines/gen169.htm. Hereinafter cited as Capt Thos Graves and his Descendants.