The Mebane Family of North Carolina:Information about William Graves
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William Graves (b. Oct 1780, d. 25 Dec 1845)William Graves (son of John Graves and Isabella Lea) was born Oct 1780, and died 25 Dec 1845.He married (1) Ann L. Graves.He married (2) Isobel Graves on 25 Nov 1805, daughter of Thomas Graves and Hannah Simmons.
Notes for William Graves:
Notes by May Mebane Donoho written about 1996 and copied from her handwritten version by Giles Yancey Mebane
William Graves, son of Captain John Herndon Graves and Nancy Slade Graves, married twice, both times to a Graves. His first wife was Isobel Graves. Notice of her death in Raleigh Register Feb. 25, 1814 “died in Caswell County on the 13th Mrs. Isobel Graves. Husband and 3 small children”. William Graves and his first wife Isobel Graves were married Nov. 25, 1805.They were the parents of our great-grandmother Anna S. Graves who married John Howe Mebane. The family caller her Nancy & momma was named for her, Nancy Graves Mebane. Her grandmother was so pretty they called her “Nancy Peach”.
His second wife was Ann L. Graves (another Graves) and she was the mother of Henrietta Graves who first married Algernon Yancey. They had one child Betty Yancey. Algernon died and she married her half sister’s husband John Howe Mebane. We saw all three of their tombstones in Tenn. William Graves’ tombstone reads Captain William Graves died Dec. 25, 1845 aged 65 years one month and 28 days. He is buried at the old Elijah Graves place. Katherine Kerr Kendall has seen his grave and other information. To go back to our great-grandmother Anna Graves Mebane. Her mother was Isabella who was a daughter of Thomas Graves and Hannah Simmons. Isabella was left an orphan by 1803. Her uncle, Solomon Graves was her guardian. Solomon built the old Elijah Graves place so she may have lived with his family. The 3 small children in the obituary referred to were Elijah, Ann S and Elizabeth B.
It seems that Lemuel H. Mebane who is buried in TN was a brother not of John Howe Mebane but of Great-grandfather Giles Mebane. Lemuel married twice, first Caroline Louise Yancey, born Oct. 19, 1825: died March 24. 1842. She is buried at the cemetery on Hwy 158 out of Yanceyville—the Aunt Bess Womach’s place. He then married Mildred Sallard of Person County June 18, 1848. Her grave was there Mildred Jamerson M.
Katherine sent me a Photostat of a page of NC 1850 census Perquimmans County, Township of Little River and Durants Neck page 349 dwelling number 470 family number 470.
John H. Mebane43 M FarmerReal estate value $32,000
Henrietta G. Mebane32 F
William G. Mebane11 M
John W. Mebane10 M
Ann E. Yancey6 F
William Mebane21 M Student
I don’t know who William was unless he was William Granderson Mebane, John Howe’s brother.
According to Katherine’s perusal of the Court Minutes of Caswell County there appears the following: April 1853 John H. Mebane, guardian of Ann E. Yancey in the county of Fayette, State of Tenn. Court order Ann E. Yancey, senior guardian in the estate of the said minor to turn over property that he had in his hands.
They were in NC in 1850 and in Tenn. by April 1853. I did not know they ever lived in Perquimmans but maybe after his brother Dr. Alexander Mebane died, he left Bertie County and went to live in Perquimmans.Momma said her father said they used to go to Perquimmans in the summer. Her father had a fish weir there.
Ann S. Graves our great-grandmother, daughter of William Graves and his first wife Isabella Graves was born Feb. 8, 1809, married John Howe Mebane Feb 9, 1837, died June 28, 1848. They had 4 children, William Graves Mebane, John Wood Mebane, twin daughters Nannie and Betty. Betty died before her father moved to Tenn. and is buried at Mason Hall. Nannie died and is buried in the Tenn. graveyard.
More About William Graves and Isobel Graves:
Marriage: 25 Nov 1805
Children of William Graves and Isobel Graves are:
- +Anna S. Graves, b. 08 Feb 1809, d. 28 Jun 1848, Hermitage.