Samuel Francis Graves

#609, b. 15 July 1832
Father*William Graves b. 13 Jul 1792, d. 28 Jul 1841
Mother*Lucy Berger b. 26 Oct 1801, d. 12 Nov 1839
     Samuel Francis Graves was born on 15 July 1832 Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was the son of William Graves and Lucy Berger.
      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."1

In 1860, there is a S. F. Graves (mis-abstracted as Greves), 27, b Virginia, clerk, with children (all b Ark) Albert, 4, Thomas 1/12, Edgar, 1/12, in the Redfork, Desha County, Arkansas, census. I have not yet found this family in 1870 or 1880.

Nearby is his brother, Peyton, wife Agnes (Cammack) and their family.2
Last Edited=3 Jan 2020


  1. [S301] David William Graves. David William Graves (1837-1918), Autobiography, 1916, C158, Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Ellis Library, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
  2. [S472] 1860 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1860; Census Place: Redfork, Desha, Arkansas; Roll: M653_41; Page: 54; Image: 54; Family History Library Film: 803041.