James Madison Graves

#3402, b. 17 December 1858, d. 28 February 1907
Father*William James Graves b. 10 Jan 1830, d. 2 Aug 1884
Mother*Soledad Pico b. Apr 1835, d. a 1900
     James Madison Graves was born on 17 December 1858 San Luis Obispo, California. He was the son of William James Graves and Soledad Pico. James and Martha Fidelia de la Guerra were married 17 September 1887 San Luis Obispo, California, San Luis Obispo County Book of Marriages BK B PG 243
Groom: James Madison GRAVES,
native of Ca, aged 27 yrs, resident of San Luis Obispo, never before married, mother is a native of Ca, father is a native of Va
Bride: Martha de la GUERRA, native of Ca, aged 19 yrs, resident of San Luis Obispo, never before married, mother & father both natives of Ca
Witnesses: Ernest & Sallie GRAVES residents of San Luis Obispo
married 9-17-1887 in San Luis Obispo by M. Henderson Justice of the Peace.1 James Madison Graves died 28 February 1907, in Corralitos, Santa Cruz County, California at age 48 years, 2 months and 11 days.
     He was a deputy sheriff of San Luis Obispo County according to the 1880 census in 1880.

...was born in San Luis Obispo, December 17, 1858, and is the son of William J. and Soledad (Pico) Graves. At an early age he attended school in his native city and later was a student at Berkeley. In 1881 was appointed Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Oaks; afterward for a time was employed in the State Penitentiary. After the death of his father, in December, 1884, he resigned his position there and returned to his old home in San Luis Obispo. He then accepted a position in the sheriff's office, as deputy, and then Under Sheriff, acting in the latter capacity for three years. Mr. Graves is at present City Marshal, an office he has held three years, being twice elected.
He was married September 17, 1888, to Miss Martha de la Guerra, by whom he has two children.

[note: the marriage certificate has 1887]

A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California
Mrs Yda Addis Storke, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1891: Page 423 - 434
Transcribed: 06 January 2006 by Martha A Crosley Graham.

Children of James and Martha

Last Edited=16 Aug 2016


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