Sutter County









FRANK H. GRAVES.  The executive ability which has distinguished the efforts of Frank H. Graves as manager of the large estate left by his father has numbered him among the successful men of Sutter county, of which he is a native son, having been born on the ranch which he now occupies.  His father, Henry S. Graves, was a native of Middletown, conn., where he was born in 1830, at the age of ten years accompanying his parents to Iowa, where they became pioneers of the middle west.  He lost his father during his boyhood, but remained with his mother until 1849, in which year he crossed the plains with ox-teams to California and engaged in running a packtrain to the mines.  During the winters he came down to the ranch now owned by his family, seven miles north of West Butte, Sutter county, where he kept his stock, in 1852 settling permanently on the property by taking up a squatter’s claim.  He at once proceeded to improve the ranch, building a stone fence, etc., and at the same time ran his packtrain for a few years, in addition to which he was also interested in carrying provisions from Sacramento to the mines by river.  Later he engaged in the stock business and added land from time to time as his means increased, until at his death, which occurred in 1888, at the age of fifty-eight years, he owned four thousand acres, of which a large portion was devoted to farming and the remainder to the raising of stock.  This large property fell to his family, consisting of his widow, three sons (Frank H., George M. and Albert W.) and three daughters (Louisa J. Doyle, Julia A. Royce and Annie H. Farnsworth).  In 1903 the property was incorporated, Frank H. residing on the home place and managing its affairs, while the other sons have built residences, barns, outbuildings etc., on the ranch, also.  The ranch is devoted largely to the raising of stock, special attention being given to the raising of sheep, having a band of from three to four thousand at a time.  During his accumulation of this magnificent property Henry S. Graves won for himself the esteem and confidence of all who came in business contact with him, his public spirit and liberality winning him a prominent place among the citizens of Sutter county.  He was a strong temperance man and a member of the Good Templars, in which he has always been a worker, spending considerable time in travel to advance the cause of the organization.  He was also identified with the Pioneers Society of Marysville.


The marriage of Mr. Graves untied him with Mrs. Mary (Terstegge) Darple, a native of Germany, who came to the United States in childhood and from Indiana crossed the plains to California in 1852.  She is now seventy-three years of age and is making her home with her daughter in Santa Cruz.  She is the mother of the following children:  Louisa J., the wife of James Doyle, of Berkeley, Cal.; Frank H., the subject of this review; George M., who rents a part of the home ranch; Julia A., the wife of Fred Royce of Santa Cruz; Albert W., who rents a part of the home ranch; and Annie H., the wife of Ralph Farnsworth of San Jose, Cal.


Frank H. Graves was reared to young manhood on his father’s property, and upon the death of his father he naturally took up the responsibilities of the management of the ranch.  The family continued to farm the property together, with Frank H. as manager, until 1903, when they incorporated and he continued in his position.  He is very popular and meets with success in his work, being numbered among the representative men of the community.  He married Lillie Zumwalt, a native of Missouri, who came to Colusa county, Cal., in childhood.  They are the parents of four children, namely:  Jessie, Cletus, Frank H., Jr., and Helen.  Mr. Graves is a Republican in his political affiliations and has always been active in the counsels of his party, now serving his second term as supervisor of the first district, which comprises the north end of the county.  He met with no opposition in 1904, the year of his re-election, and was elected chairman of the board.  Mrs. Graves is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.



[Inserted by D. Toole.]


Frank H. Graves


DOB:  02 Jul 1864, Frank Henry Graves; father Graves, mother Terstegge

DOD:  21 Oct 1944, Sutter, California


Findagrave Memorial:

Henry Sherman Graves

Birth:   1830

Death:             Jun. 3, 1888

Henry Graves came to California in 1849 at the age of 19. For work, he drove pack teams to the gold mines. He acquired a squatter's title to land on the northwest edge of the Buttes and began building there in 1852. He married a young widow, Mary Terstegge Darple in 1862. They raised six children there. By 1888 the family had accumulated 4,000 acres and began raising wheat, barley, and sheep. Affiliation with a social/service organization was a measure of one's standing in the community, therefore, Graves was a member of the Pioneer Society, North Butte Grange, and the Good Templars.

Family links:

 Spouse:   Mary A Terstegge Darple Graves (1833 - 1917)*


  Louisa J. Graves Doyle (1861 - 1937)*

  Frank Henry Graves (1864 - 1944)*

  George M Graves (1867 - 1923)*

  Albert William Graves (1869 - 1959)*

  Julia Amelia Graves Royse (1872 - 1942)*

*Calculated relationship

Inscription: Aged 58 yrs. He rest from his labor and his works follow him.

Burial: Noyesburg Cemetery, Sutter, Sutter County, California, USA, Plot: 42

Created by: Sue Hofius

Record added: Apr 08, 2011

Find A Grave Memorial# 68083835


1888 Jun 5, The Record-Union, P2, Sacramento, California

Death of a Prominent Sutter Farmer

[Copyright, 1888, by the California Associated Press.]

Marysville, June 4th – Henry S. Graves, an old resident and prominent farmer of Sutter county, died to-day.  He had long been connected with the prohibition movement, and was a candidate for Congress on the Prohibition ticket at one time.  He leaves a large estate. 


1906 Jul 31, Evening Sentinel, P6, Santa Cruz, California

Miss Jessie Graves and her grandmother, Mrs. Mary A. Graves, of Sutter Co., are visiting Mrs. Graves’ daughter, Mrs. H. J. Godfrey, at 38 Ocean St.


1917 Jan 29, Santa Cruz Evening News, P5, Santa Cruz, California

Mother of Mrs. F. C. Royse Dies; Family Leaves

Mrs. Mary Graves, mother of Mrs. Fred C. Royse of 64 Walnut avenue, passed away in Gridley, northern California, late Saturday night.  Mrs. Royse was at her mother’s bedside when she died.  Mrs. Graves was eighty-four years of age and was generally of robust health.  She was taken off with pneumonia, which proved quickly fatal at her age.  F. C. Royse and his son, Leonard Royce left for Gridley yesterday.  Clarence Royse is with his mother in the northern town.


1942 Aug 4, Santa Cruz Sentinel, P2, Santa Cruz, California

Mrs. Julia Royse, Old Resident of S.C., is Dead

Mrs. Julia Amelia Royse, long time resident of Santa Cruz where her home was at 64 Walnut avenue, died in her sleep at the home of her sister, Mrs. Annie Farnsworth, San Jose, Sunday.  Aged 69 years, she was the widow of the late Fred C. Royse, and mother of Clarence Royse, Oakland, Leonard Royse of Berkeley; a sister of Frank Graves of Yuba City, Albert Graves of the Live Oak district, Mrs. Farnsworth of San Jose, and Mrs. Carrie Godfrey of this city.  The deceased was a native Californian and was a member of Idlewild chapter, O.E.S., and Women of Woodcraft.  Final rites for Mrs. Royse will be conducted by Rev. Heber St. Clair Mahood today at 2 o’clock in Wessendorf’s chapel.  Friends are invited to attend these services which will be followed by private inurnment in the I.O.O.F. crematory.


Findagrave Memorial:

Frank Henry Graves

Birth:   Jul. 2, 1864

California, USA

Death:             Oct. 21, 1944

Sutter County, California, USA

Family links:


  Henry S Graves (1830 - 1888)

  Mary A Terstegge Darple Graves (1833 - 1917)

 Spouse:   Lillie Gay Zumwalt Graves (1868 - 1956)


  Jessamine Graves Powell (1891 - 1987)*

  Frank H. Graves (1897 - 1984)*

  Helen Graves Becker (1899 - 1990)*


  Louisa J. Graves Doyle (1861 - 1937)*

  Frank Henry Graves (1864 - 1944)

  George M Graves (1867 - 1923)*

  Albert William Graves (1869 - 1959)*

  Julia Amelia Graves Royse (1872 - 1942)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:  Live Oak Cemetery, Live Oak, Sutter County, California, USA; Plot: Sect 1 Lot 3 Space F

Created by: Michael Zumalt

Record added: Aug 01, 2013

Find A Grave Memorial# 114764377


1944 Oct 23, Sacramento Bee, P7, Sacramento, California

Frank H. Graves of Sutter County Dies in His Home

Live Oak (Sutter Co.), Oct. 23, Frank Henry Graves, farmer and stockman, who for 36 years was chairman of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, died in his home near Live Oak Saturday night.  He was 80 years old and a native of Sutter County.  His family was one of the oldest in Sutter County.  His mother crossed the plains in 1849 and married Henry Sherman Graves, owner of a ranch six miles north of West Butte.  Graves’ father also served as a member of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.  At his death he left one of the largest ranches in the county, consisting of 4,700 acres.  The ranch where the son died formerly was part of the acreage owned by his parents.

Funeral is Arranged

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 P.M. in the Presbyterian Church in Live Oak under the direction of the Ullery Memorial Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Live Oak Cemetery.  Rev. J. S. Sanderson will officiate.  Graves is survived by his wife, Lilly; a daughter, Mrs. Jessie Powell, and a son, Frank Graves, Jr., both of Live Oak; a son, Cletus Graves of Mill Valley, and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Becker of Folsom, Sacramento County.  He also is survived by a brother, Albert Graves of Yuba City, and his sisters, Mrs. Helen Farnsworth of San Jose and Mrs. Carrie Godfrey of Santa Cruz.  Also surviving are three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Served For 44 Years

Graves first was elected to the board of supervisors in 1900.  His associates on the board considered him an authority on agriculture and cattle.  He was a member of Enterprise Lodge of Masons. 


1946 Dec 27, Santa Cruz Sentinel, P6, Santa Cruz, California

Godfrey – In Santa Cruz, Dec. 24, 1946, Caroline M. Godfrey, aged 91 years; native of California.  Survived by son Albert of Soquel, sister Annie Farnsworth, San Jose, brother, Albert Graves of Yuba City, 2 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Member of Idlewild Chapter No. 19, O.E.S. Malta White Shrine of Santa Cruz.  Services will be conducted at White’s Chapel Friday Dec. 27, at 2 o’clock, Rev. Raymond Squire and Idlewild Chapter No. 19, O.E.S. officiating.  Committal in I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


1956 Jan 31, Daily Independent Journal, P9, San Rafael, California

Drake Class Fetes Retiring Teacher

A surprise farewell party was held recently at Sir Francis Drake High School for Cletus Graves, biology teacher, by his fourth period class to honor him on his retirement at the semester’s end.  The class presented Mr. Graves with a shirt gift and served refreshments.  The room was given a Mexican décor, as Mr. Graves and his wife plan to spend two months in Mexico, leaving on the vacation next week.  When they return to Marin Mr. Graves plans to spend much time pursuing his gardening and golf interests.  Mr. Graves has spent 30 years teaching in Marin schools.  He taught at Tamalpais for 25 years and has been at Drake for five more years.


1964 Apr 21, Daily Independent Journal, P17, San Rafael, California

Farewell parties have been given for Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Graves who will leave Friday to live in Hemet, Calif.  They have resided 35 years in Mill Valley.  Mr. Graves retired in 1956 as science teacher at Tamalpais High School.  Mrs. Edwin Hildebrand was hostess at a tea honoring Mrs. Graves recently at her home in Mill Valley to which 20 guests were invited.  Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Hurd of Mill Valley entertained Sunday night at a buffet supper for 20 people, and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Graves of Sleepy Hollow gave a dinner party for the Mill Valley couple.  Attending were 15 guests.  The Paul Brents, who formerly lived in Mill Valley, have bought the house of Mr. and Mrs. Graves but will not be living there until they return from Germany.  Meanwhile the house is rented by Horst Berenz, the German consul in San Francisco.




Transcribed by Donna Toole.

­­­­Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Page 522. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

© 2017  Donna Toole.



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