Payton Graves

#600, b. 19 June 1821, d. 1861
Father*William Graves b. 13 Jul 1792, d. 28 Jul 1841
Mother*Lucy Berger b. 26 Oct 1801, d. 12 Nov 1839
     Payton Graves was born on 19 June 1821 Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was the son of William Graves and Lucy Berger. Payton Graves married Patsy Palmer, daughter of Burton Palmer and Rebecca Bruce, 26 May 1840 Lincoln County, Missouri, listed as Parmer on marriage return.
"State of Missouri, Lincoln County
Solemnized the right of Marriage the 26 day of May 1840 between Payton Graves and Patsy Parmer. Given under my hand this 19th June 1849. xx/Thos Hammonds, J.Peace
A tru copy from my office Recorfded June 19 1840
Francis Part[ ] Recorder

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Ancestry.com. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.1,2 Payton Graves married Agnes Cammack circa 1846.3 Payton Graves died 1861 , Desha County, Arkansas, intestate.
      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 Ancestry.com. "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.)3

According to David William Graves, Payton became a physician and moved to Arkansas. There is a Payton in Arkansas in the 1860 census, a physician, with a wife from Louisiana, and three children.
Apparently there was a divorce from Patsy, although Montgomery County, Missouri, records are sparse. She later married Horatio Gates Bruce, a cousin on her mother's side, and moved to Texas.

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 1863.4,5


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. The widow took administration upon his estate, and claims to the amount of S2000 were proved against it. Being administratrix she could not set out her own thirds in 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 as 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 slaves, three oxen and one wagon, which belonged to the Graves estate. Touchstone took the slaves at an estimated value of $1500 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 of the tract to a trustee, who reconveyed to Mrs. Hydrick. The motive for this seems 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 tract.. . .At the death of Mrs. Graves, her children, being three by the first marriage-and one by the last. inherited the land which was conveyed to her, and they are now in possession of it.
p 470-476
Reports of Cases at Law and in Equity, argued and determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas. . .Volume 47
Gazette Printing Co., Little Rock, Arkansas, 1887.

From an email, not sent to me:
"Susan Wyckoff (Email: wyckoffs@citlink.net) 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.

From David William Graves: “Of the three boys, I think cousin Sam was the worst somnambulist. One time he got up out of bed, and jumped out of the window of a two story house. It was a wonder that the leap did not kill him, but he was not hurt in the least. This happened at the stone-house of Philip Glover on Camp Creek. I do not know, but I think the house is there yet. Cousin Sam used to spend a great deal of his time there visiting his brother John, who had married Eliza Glover [Maria]."

"I know less about cousin Sam than I do cousin Buck or Tom, as he was less at our house than the other two. In early life, when he was about grown, he obtained a clerkship on a steam-boat, which ran from St. Louis to Peoria, Illinois. While in this employment, he used to write letters to us, which were in a beautiful hand, and very interesting. After he had been in Peoria several years, where he made his headquarters, he came to visit us and remained several weeks. He was a small man and of a very neat appearance. He was well cultured, and very entertaining in conversation. I remember that while he was at my father's, he used to sing to Tom and me, and one of the songs which he sang was called "the Watcher", and commenced: "The night was dark and fearful, the wind kept howling by". I remember Cousin Sam as being very sentimental, and was fond of reading and writing poetry. I remember he showed me a little poem, which he said was his own composition. It was "An Apostrophe to a Little Brook" and the first lines I think read as follows: "Whence comest thou little brook, with thy waters so clear; that though thou art deep, the pebbles beneath thee appear." I wish I could recollect the entire poem, for it was certainly beautiful. Cousin Sam, in his few weeks visit, was very attentive to the young ladies, with whom he formed acquaintance, and seemed to be greatly admired by them. In this general appearance and winning manners, I think of him now as far surpassing any man I have ever seen that bore the name of Graves. My own sons, who are all fine looking and attractive, not excepted. Since the time of his visit, I have never seen him and seldom heard of him. I have the impression that he never married; that he left Peoria and went to Arkansas, where he made his home with his brother, my cousin Peyton Graves, who was a physician. I have wondered many times, if any of their descendants are yet living in Arkansas."6

Child of Payton and Patsy

Children of Payton and Agnes

Charts
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=21 Dec 2015
Reference=220-722

Citations

  1. [S62] Jordan R, et. al. Dodd, Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850. (Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, n.d.), from Ancestry.com.
  2. [S363] Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1171
  3. [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.
  4. [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).
  5. [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.

  6. [S301] David William Graves. David William Graves (1837-1918), Autobiography, 1916, C158, Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Ellis Library, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.