Charles A Graves
Charles was our Great, Great, Grandfather on our paternal side. The census records indicate that he was born between 1841/1843 in Prussia, and immigrated to America sometime between 1865-1869 at the age 22. Charles was married twice. His first wife was Annie C. His second wife was a Caroline. At this time I do not know either of their maiden names.
His first wife Annie is the one that Charles had his children with. Which makes Annie our Great, Great, Grandmother. Though their first born child Emma. They had 4 children that I am aware of.
Emma Hanna Graves. 1875-1944
Maggie May Graves. 1876
Charles F.O. Graves. 1877
Lana Graves. Buried – 10/9/1880
Annie died in December of 1880. I know she lies beside her baby daughter Lana in Greenwood cemetery.
In 1890 Charles remarried Caroline. On the 1900 census Charles, Caroline, & his son Charles are still in the same household together at 2134 William Street. In August 1909 Caroline passes away from Chronic Nepritis and is laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.
I next find Charles in the 1910 census residing with his daughter & son in law, Emma & James Rickards. Charles remains with Emma until his passing in April of 1923 from Myocarditis.
Thoughts on Grampa Graves.
In all census records Charles is listed as carpenter. In the 1900’s census he is listed as a carpenter working for the railroad. I have to wonder what kind of work a carpenter would perform for the railroad. What I found so interesting about this, is that his grandson Charles A (our grandfather), and 1 great grandson Charles E, (our father) were heavy equipment operators. Did the need & skills to create and build new things come from their name sake? Our father Charles E, was great with this hands. He could do anything from repairing cars to remodeling homes. I do believe that some of these talents stem from Charles A, and I just think that is very cool.
I will end here for now, but remember there is a part 2 where I have more questions and thoughts.
Charles A Graves