John Roger Graves, born 3 July 1862 Indiana, died 21 Aug 1952 Waynoka, Woods county, OK. His parents were Hannah Yardy and William Graves, from England. Attached is a transcribed obituary for his father from a local paper, along with other information about the family. We would like to learn more about the family and occupation of John Roger Graves.
Obituary: Hutchinson News, Hutchinson KS
Death date: 23 August 1918, Reno County, KS
"Graves Funeral Services will be held tomorrow for Reno County Pioneer Resident."
William Graves, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Reno County, died at his home just west of the city Friday afternoon, August 23rd (1918). The funeral will be held from the home tomorrow at ten o'clock, Rev. Soward Baker officiating, and burial will be in Eastside Cemetery (Hutchinson, KS).
Mr. Graves was born in Hillrow, England, Feb 2, 1836, and came to America in 1853. He was married June 26, 1855, to Miss Hannah Yardy, who survives him. They settled in Indiana in 1856 and came to Kansas in 1876, locating in Troy township where they made their home until recently. To their union nine children were born: A.J. Graves, deceased; William Graves, Jr., Sheldon, IL; John R. Graves, Waynoka, OK; Mrs. J. W. Dawson of Salt Creek township; H.O. and C.E. Graves of Reno County; Mrs. J.H. Tharp, Mrs. Rose Lewis, and Mrs. T.G. Armour of this city.
William Graves belonged to the foundation citizens of Kansas. He came to Reno county in an early day and successfully overcame the natural inhospitality of this great plains country. He was one who had hope and courage to surmount the difficulties incident to transposing the wilds to the domestic uses of farm life. He took an active interest in business affairs and was known among business men for his industry and his unimpeachable intergrity. He was a devoted husband, an indulgent father, a neighborly neighbor, and an honest man. He looked upon the sunset of life without emotion and the dusk of evening without fear. In the fullness of years of an active and useful life, he has been gathered in to join the innumerable hosts who have passed beyond.
Additional General Information on wife and children of William Graves:
Hannah Yardy Graves, born 21 June 1836 England, died 14 Feb 1922 Reno county KS. She is buried at Eastside cemetery Hutchinson KS next to William Graves, her husband.
Arthur James Graves, born 1856 Lockport, Niagara county, NY, died 1916 of complications following surgery, buried next to his wife Ruth Ellen Slack at Eastside cemetery Hutchinson KS;
William Jr. Graves 1858-1940, buried in the city cemetery at Sheldon, Iroqois county, IL, (wife reported to be Frances E. ??, 1858-1921, we have no verification);
(Dr.?) John Roger Graves 1862-1952, buried with wife Maggie May Hink in the city cemetery at Waynoka, Woods county, OK.
Sarah A. Graves (Mrs. John H. Tharp) 1864-1962, buried at Partridge cemetery Reno county KS; there were no children.
Henry O. Graves 1866-1938, buried at Darlow-Pleasant cemetery Reno county KS; believed not married.
Rose Graves (Mrs. William W. Lewis) 1871-??, believed a resident of Reno county KS.
Lillie Kansas Graves (Mrs. James W. Dawson) 1874-1945, buried in the Darlow-Pleasant cemetery Reno county KS.
Charles E. Graves 1876-1956, buried with wife Clara Constant at Lone Star cemetery, Albion township, Reno county KS.
Fannie M. (Mrs. Thomas G. Armour) 1878-1946, buried at Memorial Park cemetery Hutchinson KS.
There is a marriage record in Reno County KS for a William Graves Jr. and Hassie N Brown dated 1 Sept 1900. We do not know if this is the same William Graves Jr. who went to Illinois.