William J. Graves

#3401, b. 15 August 1854, d. 9 September 1902
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
     William J. Graves was born on 15 August 1854 San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California. He was the son of William James Graves and Maria de la Soledad Pico. William and Lillian H. Branch were married October 1881.1,2 William J. Graves died 9 September 1902, in San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California at age 48 years and 25 days.

Paso Robles Record and Independent, 1902 Sep 13 1:3

The Passing of William Graves
In the death of William Graves last Tuesday [[Sep.9th]] San Luis Obispo lost a well known attorney and one of her most prominent citizens.

William Graves was born in San Luis Obispo August 12, 1854. His father was Judge William Graves, and his mother the daughter of the distinguished Mexican patriot, Don Jose de Jesus Pico. Mr. Graves was a Native Son and in politics a Democrat.

The family of the deceased have the sincere sympathy not only of their neighbors and friends in this county but the people of the entire state.

San Luis Obispo County Biographies


Submitted by Peggy Hooper

This file is part of the California Genealogy & History Archives

WILLIAM GRAVES, of San Luis Obispo, is the second son of Judge William J. Graves,
deceased, whose sketch is given elsewhere. Born August 15, 1854, he received a
liberal education, attending the public school in San Luis Obispo, a private school
at Chorro Ranch taught by Mary K. Riddle, the Lincoln school in 1868 in San
Francisco, in 1872 the Sunnyside High School in New Bedford County, Virginia, and
afterward the University of Virginia, at which lie graduated He was admitted to
the practice of law in Virgin. a by the Court of Appeals in 1877, and in December
that year he was admitted by the Supreme Court of California and also by the United
States Circuit Court. In 1879 he was busy at the practice of law in San Francisco, and
was well established in his profession in connection with his distinguished father,
under the firm name of W. J. & W. Graves.

In 1881 he went to Arizona and was associated with Oscar M. Brown, an intimate
friend of his father, in the practice of his profession. In 1884 his father died and he
returned to San Luis Obispo. Since that time he has made his home in this city,
devoting all his time and energy to the practice of law, being now a member of the firm
of Graves, Turner & Graves, who transact an enormous amount of business; their clients
are scattered all over the State. They have participated in the litigation of about all the
important suits that have been instituted in tills county, as the will cases of Biddle, Logan,
Herrera, Blackman, etc. When in Arizona Mr. Graves was a member of the Territorial
Legislature. In San Luis Obispo he was City Attorney in 1878-'79, a member of the city
board of trustees 1877-80, and is now a school trustee.

He was married in October, 1881, to Miss Lily H. Branch, a native of California, and
has three children. Mr. Graves is a man of dignified presence and stately form, and is a
distinguished lawyer

History of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties, California - by
C.M. Gidney, Benjamin Brooks, Edwin M. Sheridan, Vol I, II. -Lewis Publ. Co.,
Chicago, 1917.
     He was educated before 1877 University of Virginia; graduated in the class of 1877.

Children of William and Lillian

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  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 655.
  2. [S589] Newspapers Publisher Extra, online newspapers.com, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California)
    11 Sep 1902, Page 9.