M, b. 27 December 1788, d. 11 November 1854
3rd great-granduncle of John Kennedy BROWN Jr.
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William Graves III tombstone
     William GRAVES III was born on 27 December 1788 in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, son of William GRAVES and Sarah SMITH.1
     William married Mary Young on 15 December 1808 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.2
     An unknown person married second an unknown person on 17 December 1823 in Lowndes County, Alabama. She was the daughter of Jeremiah Durham.2
     On 3 December 1824 William Graves, Esq. was the administrator of the estate of his father-in-law, Jeremiah Durham, dec'd.
     William GRAVES III purchased a government land patent 30 November 1831 in Lowndes County, Alabama. The tract contained 80.25 acres in the west half of the southeast quarter of section 14 of township 16-N, range 14-E. This was in a large bend in the Alabama River west of Graves Landing and southwest of the Alexander Cemetery. It was purchased from the Cahaba land office. William had been living in this same area since before 1821, probably in the east half of this same quarter section and on the road from Lowndesboro to the Vernon ferry, for it was here that his family cemetery is located.3
     William GRAVES III appeared as head of household on a census enumerated 10 October 1850 in Lowndes District, Lowndes County, Alabama. The household was listed as William Graves, a 61-year-old planter born in Georgia. His real estate was valued at $8,500.4
     William GRAVES III left a will dated 26 September 1854 in Lowndes County, Alabama. I, William Graves of county and state aforesaid being sound in mind but infirm in body… “to my beloved son, Y. W. Graves, my Kitty Miller mare and a buggy and harness; to my beloved son-in-law, Henry H. Whetstone, my large Family Bible; to my beloved daughter, Mary Ann Rogers, Webster’s large dictionary; to my beloved son, Peyton S. Graves, my gold shirt and sleeve buttons; to my beloved so Giles N. Graves and my beloved daughter, Caroline C. Caffy, a selection by ea__ out of my library of such books, as they may desire of six dollars each.” All the rest of his property “both real and personal” to be sold by his Executors, with the restriction concerning his slaves that “in no case whatever to separate husband and wife and mothers from their children under ten”, and that the net proceeds be divided between his children and “such grandchildren herein named (such grandchildren to take one share which is one seventh between them) the whole to be divided in seven equal lots or shares as hereinafter expressed, share and share alike, that is to say: to Y. W. Graves, Giles N. Graves, Mary Ann Rogers, wife of John G. Rogers, Sarah J. Whetstone, wife of Henry H. Whetstone, and Peyton S. Graves, Jr., to each of them one share, being the seventh of the proceeds of the sale of my property….” Another share to Peyton S. Graves, Jr. to be held in trust “for the sole and separate use and behoof of my beloved daughter, Caroline C. Caffey, free from the debts, contracts, dominion, and control of her present husband, A. J. Caffey, or any future husband whatever.” The final seventh to “my beloved grandchildren”: William T. Mason, Martha Ann Pierce, wife of Hiram Pierce, Louisa Varner, wife of L. Walters, William Varner, Mary Varner, Giles J. Varner, and Mary L. Graves, daughter of Y. W. Graves. Witness my hand and seal this the 26th day of Sept. 1854, William Graves (Seal). Witnesses: J. M. Sadler, N. L. May, C. S. Alexander, Martha A. Alexander, Thomas M. Williams. Probated 20 Nov 1854 by E. H. Cook, Judge of Probate.5
     William GRAVES III died on 11 November 1854 in Lowndesboro, Alabama, at age 65. He was buried in Oakview Cemetery.
     His estate sale advertisement appeared 12 October 1855 in the Hayneville, Alabama, The Watchman. "Valuable Lands for Sale-- The Undersigned, Administrators of the Estate of Wm. Graves, deceased, will sell at private sale on reasonable terms, the plantation and lands of said decendent, lying on Tallawassee Creek, 4 miles SE of Lowndesboro, about same distance from Graves' Landing, Alabama River, on which said decendent resided, containing near 1100 acres, 400 in cultivation under good repairs, a good framed dwelling with 5 rooms, large framed Gin House, new Screw, spacious framed Barn and Stable, Negro Cabins, Cribs, Shops, & c. This land embraces several hundred acres of Black and Creek Bottom Land, the balance a sandy soil, well watered, some 60 acres of the creek land is now in cultivation, and the growing crop will show its superior quality.
     If desired this land will be divided, cutting off about 600 acres, embracing all the houses, 250 acres of cleared land, and some 70 acres of superior creek land, with an abundance of timber, as two gentlemen owning lands adjoining are anxious to purchase the balance. Also a House and lot situated in a pleasant part of the town of Lowndesboro, and 160 acres of land South of Hayneville, adjoining the lands of Dr. Bowie and James Garrett.
     The Plantation, and lot in Lowndesboro, will be shown at any time by the subscriber, or H. H. Whetstone, or A. Mosely, on the plantation.--- Y. W. Graves, P. S. Graves, administrators. July 6, 1855."
Last Edited=12 May 2016

Children of William GRAVES III and Mary Young

Children of William GRAVES III and Mary B. DURHAM


  1. [S72] Abney Hintgen Brewer. "Abney Family History", (Unpublished manuscript), 1993 Author's Personal Collection.
  2. [S727] "Descendants of Francis Graves" , Accessed February 2009.
  3. [S232] Bureau of Land Management, online http://www.glorecords.blm.gov, William Graves, AL0280_.189, document no. 7791.
  4. [S528] 1850 U. S. Census, Lowndes County, Alabama, William Graves household 979, pg. 165.
  5. [S747] Will of William Graves III, Will Book B: Pages 315-318.
  6. [S727] "Descendants of Francis Graves" , Accessed 2 Feb 2009.
  7. [S194] Thomas McAdory Owen, Alabama Biographies, pg, 694.

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