Augustus Murphy Graves

#3406, b. 5 August 1865, d. 27 November 1896
Father*William James Graves b. 10 Jan 1830, d. 2 Aug 1884
Mother*Maria de la Soledad Pico b. 12 Apr 1835, d. 30 Mar 1922
     Augustus Murphy Graves was born on 5 August 1865 San Luis Obispo, California. He was the son of William James Graves and Maria de la Soledad Pico. Augustus and Harriet Leland were married 16 January 1889.1 Augustus Murphy Graves died 27 November 1896, in San Luis Obispo, California at age 31 years, 3 months and 22 days.2

Augustus M. Graves, familiarly known by his many life-time friends as "Murphy" Graves, died at noon to-day at the residence of his mother, Mrs. S.P. Graves, of this city. While Mr. Graves' life had long been hanging in the balance, the news that he was rapidly sinking into death, when spread throughout the city this morning, caused a painful shock to all who heard it, and at 1 o'clock this afternoon, when he had passed, expressions of profound regret and of sympathy for his immediate family and relatives were heard on every hand. Mr. Graves' death is the result of bronchial trouble, long protracted. Augustus Murphy Graves was born to Dona Soledad Pico de Graves, wife of William J. Graves, then one of the most prominent men of the State, at Piedra Blanca some thirty years ago. He grew to manhood in and near this city and received a large part of his education here.
While yet young, he entered the printing business, which he followed for some time, later entering the law office of his father at San Francisco. Afterward he entered the office of the County Clerk of this county, then under the management of the late Chas. W. Dana. He has also been connected in various ways with his brothers, Ernest and William Graves, of the law firm of Graves & Graves.
Eight years since he was wedded at Watsonville to Miss Hattie Leland, sister of Richard Leland, Mrs. G.B. Nichols and Mrs. E.J. Bowen, all of this city. Mrs. Graves survives her husband.
The bereaved wife, mother and kindred have the sympathy of the entire community and all who knew "Murphy" Graves in life.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Morning Tribune, San Luis Obispo County, California
November 1896 and was buried after 27 November 1896 Mission Catholic Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California. IN EARTH'S BOSOM.
The funeral of the late deceased Augustus Murphy Graves occurred Sunday afternoon.
At 12:30 o'clock p.m. a host of friends of the deceased assembled at the residence of Mrs. E.P. Graves to do reverence to the memory of the man who in life they had loved and honored.
Rev. V. Aguilera of the Mission Catholic Church conducted a brief service at the Graves residence, after which the remains were viewed by a large number of people.
The procession then formed and headed for the Mission Church were the parish priests, Fathers Aguilera and Conneally received the remains with the customary pomp and ceremony of their church.
When a brief mass had been said by Rev. Father Conneally a brief funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Father Aguilera. The priest took as his text the ever suggestive bible words "Remember, man thou art dust; and unto dust thou shalt return."
The remains were then borne to the Catholic Cemetery and interred in the bosom of Earth.
Over sixty carriages followed the hearse to the cemetery. The pall bearers were: James T. Murphy, Henry Hoff, Louis Lamy, Halsey Carpenter, F.A. Dorn, William Sauer, William Mallagh and Robert V. Bouldin.

Family of Augustus and Harriet

Last Edited=11 Jun 2023


  1. [S579] Mrs. Addis Storke, A Memorial and biographical history of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1891), P 540.
  2. [S419] FindAGrave, online, MEMORIAL ID 163847605.