The Sad Demise of Campbell Graves
Campbell was born 1801 probably in Giles Co TN. There is no documentation that I know of to prove his parentage. However, it seems clear to me that his parents were John Graves born ca 1775, probably in Granville Co NC, who died in Giles Co TN bef. 1820 census. Nothing is known of when and where John Graves died. John Graves married Ann Campbell born August, 1778 Hawkins Co TN, d May 14, 1840 Giles Co TN. She is listed on the Giles Co TN 1820 census as widow with 8 children. Ann Campbell Graves is buried at Shane Cemetery in Maury Co TN. Ann Campbell was a daughter of Alexander Campbell and wife Amy Eaton. Alexander Campbell born abt 1753 in Prince Edward Co VA and a son of Robert Campbell b 1718 Drumboden, County Down, Ireland according to my family tradition. Alexander's wife, Amy Eaton,was a daughter of John Eaton of Maryland. Robert Campbell married Leticia Crockett b ca 1720, died in late 1700's at Prince Edward Co VA. Robert married second Jane Allison and no doubt brought her with him to Carter's Valley. Children of Robert Campbell and wife Leticia Crockett were; 1. James Campbell b ca 1747 md Leticia Allison 2. Elizabeth Campbell b ca 1749 md Joseph Long 3. Catherine Campbell b ca 1751, d abt 1832 4. Alexander Campbell b ca 1753, d abt 1788 Hawkins Co TN as a young married man to Amy Eaton [my direct line] 5. Anna Campbell b ca 1754 md Thomas Taylor 6. Jane Campbell b ca 1755 md John Hannah Children of Alexander Campbell and Amy Eaton were; 1. Robert Campbell b 1772, d July 1828 Campbellsville, Giles Co TN, md 1799 Jennie Taylor 2. Ann Campbell b Aug 1778, d 1840, md John Graves [ my direct line] 3. John Campbell b Oct 1, 1780, d April 6, 1850 Giles Co TN, md July 1813 Sally Kimbrough 4. James Campbell b ca 1783, married Sarah Jane Humphrey and Rebecca ____ 5. Hamilton Crockett Campbell b Sept 25, 1786, d March 11, 1834 Giles Co TN md Sept 17, 1815 Mary Mitchell Dickey 6. Leticia Campbell b 1788 7. Sarah Campbell b Dec 25, 1794, d Jan 11, 1862 Children of John Graves and Ann Campbell were; 1. Campbell b 1801, prob. Giles Co TN, d abt July 30, 1865 Limestone Co AL. Married 1st ____ who died between 1844-1851 Giles Co TN. Campbell md 2nd Mary ___ late 1850 Giles Co TN. 2. Adisa [Dicey] b Jan 12, 1802, d Sept 3, 1840, md July 2, 1821 Cornelius Ennis 3. Leonard H. Graves [ not proven] b 1806, married first Miss Wallace in AL, md 2nd Catherine b.Keith in Giles Co TN. 4. Alexander b 1808, md Feb 26, 1835 Nancy Frances White, md 2nd Mar 10, 1847 Martha H. Fuller 5. John Mims Sr. b Jan 13, 1812, d April 29, 1879 Culleoka, Maury Co TN. Md May 9, 1835 Rosanna Collier *** Here I will begin to state my case of why I believe Leonard H. Graves is a son of John Graves and Ann Campbell and a brother of Campbell Graves. Children of Leonard H. Graves b 1806 and his 1st wife, Miss Wallace of Alabama 1. William J. Graves b 1828 AL, md abt 1846 Martha Eveline Inman 2. And possibly- Alex Mimos Graves??? Needs lots of research to prove. Children of William J. Graves b 1828 AL and Martha Evaline Inman born ca 1824 TN, [dau.of Z. Inman and Miticia Dickey, I think?] 1. Margaret Graves b 1847 2. John David Graves b Dec. 29, 1848 Campbellsville, Giles Co TN, d 1924 Fannin Co TN. Buried in Center Point Cemetery. Md March 1870 Susan Hazel T. Cummings 3. Jackson Graves b 1849 4. Mary M. Graves b 1852 Giles Co TN, d 1935 Giles Co TN ,d abt 1872 Andrew Henry Brown. Son of William J. Graves above listed John David Graves and wife Susan H.T. Cummings children were; 1. John William [Bud] Graves b April 7, 1873 Lawrence Co TN, d Nov. 17, 1947 Fannin Co TX. He married Aug. 29, 1895 Fannin Co TX Jennie Barbara Fields. 2. Mary/Molly H. Graves b ca 1870 Lawrence Co TN, d March 20. 1908 md 1887 William Ernest Hill. 3. Martha J. Graves b 1874 Lawrence Co TN, d 1944 Fannin Co TX md Robert W. Fox. 4. Margaret V. Graves b Mar. 18, 1876 Lawrence Co TN, d Sept. 24, 1987 Fannin Co TX, buried at Center Point Cem. 5. Luzana Ann Graves b ca 1878 Lawrence Co TN, d aft 1920 TX, md 1897 Fannin Co TX O.L. Young 6. Robert Graves b 1880 Lawrence Co TN, 7. Albert Ross Graves b Mar. 22, 1882 Giles Co TN. d Dec. 12, 1957 Roxton, Lamar Co TX. Children of John William [Bud] Graves and wife Jennie Barbara Fields were 1. James Leonard Graves b May 27, 1897 Fannin Co TX, d Feb. 1974 Seymour, Baylor Co TX, md Aug. 6, 1917 Easter Antham Abernathy in Fannin Co TX 2. John Campbell Graves Sr. b Nov. 20, 1989 Ladonia, Fannin Co TX, d Aug. 4, 1943 Dallas, Dallas Co TX, md Dec. 10, 1921 Fannin Co TX Ida Ethel Culbreath, md abt 1932 Juanita James 3. Maudie Graves b Sept 6, 1901 , died Aug. 30, 1917, Fannin Co TX 4. Namon Campbell Graves b. Aug.8 1903 Fannin Co TX, d April 29, 1957, Fannin Co TX, md May 5, 1929 Fannin Co TX Vista Yarbrough 5. Willie N. Graves born and died Feb. 13, 1911 Fannin Co TX 6. Pauline Graves b July 16, 1912 , died Nov. 27, 1977 Fannin Co TX. Md Mar. 3 1931 Jack Chaney 7. Dewey Lee Graves b Dec. 3, 1914, d Dec. 15, 1977, Fannin Co TX. Md Edna Frances Turman abt 1937. Children of Campbell Graves b 1801 and his unk. to me first wife. 1. Martha Graves b ca 1826 Giles Co TN, md Andrew Nichols 2. Daughter b ca 1828 3. Alcy 'Caroline' Graves b Dec. 1829 Giles Co TN, d April 28, 1910 Florence, Lauderdale Co AL. Buried at Bethel TN. Married Dec. 25, 1852 Giles Co TN to Henry M.C. Abernathy, son of Matthew Abernathy and Eliza J. Dickson. Henry died between 1880 and 1900 Giles Co census. Caroline was widow in 1900 Giles Co census living with her son, John Freeman Abernathy, her sister, Mattie Pope and her brother, William H. Graves. [they were my 2nd great grandparents] Caroline was living in household of her sister, Martha Nichols in 1850 Giles Co TN census. 4. William H. Graves b Sept. 1820 Giles Co TN. He was living in household of Robert Dickson in 1850 Giles Co TN census. I know nothing more of him? 5. John Riley Graves b ca 1833 Giles Co TN, died March 5, 1869 New Madrid, MO. Buried in Mathew Cemetery , Mathew, MO. John md Amanda Anne Brown and md April 26, 1858 Mary E. Morrow in New Madrid , MO 6. James Anselm Graves b 1834, Giles Co TN, d bef 1880 Fayette Co TN, md abt 1858 Mary Frances Brown. 7. Elizabeth A. Graves b 1838 Giles Co TN, d Aug. 25, 1867 Eureka Springs, Ark. Md Eekiel Norris Rose 8. Crockett C. Graves b 1839 Giles Co TN. I have no further info on him. 9. Joel L. Graves, b 1842, Giles Co TN< d aft 1868, maybe in Limestone Co AL. He was a wounded Conf. Soldier. Joel md Margaret E. Allen 10. Eva D. Graves b ca 1843 Giles Co TN, md Mr. Burchill and relocated to MS. 11. Edwin 'Alexander' Graves b ca 1844 Giles Co TN, no further info known to me. Campbell Graves b 1801 TN married second Mary ____ aft. 1850 Giles Co TN census. Their children were born in Giles Co TN; 1. Ralph G. Graves b Oct. 3, 1851 , d Oct. 25, 1912 buried at McKinney Cem. in Limestone Co AL. Ralph md Oct. 17, 1877 Permelia Emma Summers. 2. Mary/Polly V. Graves b abt. 1853, d 1886 Limestone Co AL. Mary md Dec. 25, 1879 Limestone Co AL Jonathan Henry Sides. I have a copy of the widow, Mary Grave's , land allotment proceeding papers from Limestone Co AL listing all of Campbell Graves children by both marriages and where they were living in July 1866. Note the same names in John Graves and Ann Campbell lines and Leonard H. Graves and Campbell Graves lines. Surely this is all one family. I descend from Campbell Graves daughter by his first marriage; Alcy "Caroline" Graves b Dec. 1829 Giles Co TN, died 1910 Florence, Lauderdale Co AL and taken for burial at Bethel, TN. I assume her husband was also buried there between 1880 and 1900 Giles Co T census. Caroline married Henry M.C. Abernathy. Their children were; 1. unk died before June 1900 2. Robert C. Abernathy b Aug. 18, 1852 Tuscumbia, AL, d Oct. 19, 1919, Ethridge, Lawrence Co TN, md 1st Rachel Henrietta Ryland on Dec. 10, 1874 and md 2nd Dovey Morier Ioway White. [of my White line] 3. Mattie J. Abernathy b June 2, 1857 d March 12, 1932 Florence, AL md Mr.Pope. 4. William Henry Abernathy Sr. b ca 1865, d March 12, 1932 Florence, AL, md Inez L. McKinney 5. Ida Lee Abernathy b Nov. 22, 1866, AL, died May 22, 1935 Athens, AL, md March 20, 1889 Willis Carr White Sr. [of my White line] 6. John Freeman Abernathy b Oct. 1, 1868 MS. D July 19, 1931 Florence, AL. He never married. [John, Mattie, Mattie's son, Virgil Pope, and Belle Abernathy White are buried in a row along the sexton fence line of Old Florence Cem. AL] 7. Carissa Bell Abernathy b June 21, 1871 Falkville, AL died April 23, 1937 Florence, AL. She md Jan. 1, 1890, Gilbertstown, Limestone Co AL, John Lewis White, son of James Monroe [Bud] White and Amanda T.Warren. Carissa and John White were my grandparents through their son, Aubrey Elmo White, b March 7, 1905, Athens, Limestone Co AL , died Dec. 23, 1952, Toledo, OH. Aubrey married Lena Ola LeMay born April 5, 1916 Arkdale, NE Lauderdale Co, AL, died April 23, 1983 Oakland Co MI, [dau. of James 'Henry' LeMay b AL and wife Mary Frances Jolly b TN]. Limestone County Historical Society member, Faye Axford, wrote book "To Lochaber Na Mair": Southerners View the Civil War, wrote in 1986 [$12.00 cost and very interesting diary format]. In it there is discussion of Campbell Graves being a Parson. He had a horse stolen and was unable to get it returned to him. He finally went to Athens where the Union Army was still attached as the war was just ending and asked for their help. The soldiers rode all over town with Campbell and found the horse theft. He was imprisoned at Nashville, TN Prison. The townspeople were very distressed that Campbell has always talked like a Confederate man yet went to those Union men for help. Campbell had his horse returned to him but was found lying in the road the following day, dead with two bullet holes in his forehead. It was a war that divided the entire country and pitted families against their own. Every one suffered. May God protect us from war among our selves ever again.
Virginia L. Keefer
Las Vegas, NV, resident.