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NameJames Wickllffe "Wick" Graves
Date BornDec. 6, 1848
Place BornMissouri
Date DiedNov. 30, 1940
Place DiedMcKinney, TX
Occupationfarmer
MotherFrances Jane Elizabeth Harrison (1817-1894)
FatherAlbert Gallatin Graves (1813-1891)
Sibling(s)

Lucretius Harrison, Aurelius Sims, Mary Quintillia, Maggie, Eugenia Eveline, Francis Cornelia, Lucy Ann, Sarah Pamela, Elizabeth Ellen

Lived In

25 N. Bradley St.
1207 Tucker St.

Spouse(s)Fannie Fox (1860-1927)
Children

Lucretius, Bertie, Iva, Charles, Jesse, Roy

Quick Bio

At age nine in 1857, James came from Missouri with his parents, Albert and Frances (Harrison) Graves and settled on a farm West of McKinney. In 1864 James enlisted in the Confederate Army when he was 16 with brothers A.S. and L.H. He served with Capt. Alfred Johnson’s Texas Spies Co.  He served as alderman for several years. His sister, Mary Quintillia Graves, married “Tuck” Hill, a cousin of Jesse and Frank James. He resided at 1207 W. Tucker at the time of his death.

Extended Biography

James Wickliffe Graves was born Dec. 6, 1848 in Johnson County, Missouri, the son of Albert S. Graves and Frances (Harrison) Graves. His parents came from Virginia to Missouri. He was one of a large family of thirteen children, and was the last of that large group of children to pass away. He came with the parents to Texas in 1856, when he was only eight years old, the family settling on a farm West of McKinney. He had lived in this city and county since that time. At the time of his death he made his home with his son, Chas. W. Graves and wife.

He was married in April, 1877, to Miss Fannie Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Fox, pioneer couple, Mr. Fox serving as County Commissioner of Collin County for many years. Mrs. Graves passed away in November, 1927. He engaged in farming as his life work, and at the time of his passing still owned the farm on which he was reared, West of this city. Served In Confederacy.
When a youth of only 16, he enlisted with his two brothers, A. S. and L. H. Graves, in the Confederate Army and served some six months with the Confederate forces, taking part in several battles and skirmishes during that time.

He professed religion at an early age and had consistently lived a steadfast Christian life since. He held membership for many years in the First Christian Church in this city, having served for many years as a Deacon in that church,
voluntarily retiring from that post of Christian duty when the infirmities of age advanced.
His Survivors.
The deceased and wife were the parents of six children, five of whom survive their father’s passing, as follows: Mrs. V. F. Heath of Hillsboro, Chas. W. Graves and Jesse G. Graves of McKinney; L. H. Graves of Dallas, and Roy L.
Graves of Atlanta, Ga. Mrs. Hugh Kistler preceded her father to the grave here several years ago. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity for many years. He served as city alderman for several years.

The deceased had lived a quiet, unostentatious life, attending to his own affairs and letting other people attend to theirs. He was a kindly, understanding Christian, who put into daily practice his religion. He was a kind and considerate friend and neighbor, honest, upright, a loving husband and father, and a man of whom it could be truly said that his word was his bond.

He was one of the two remaining members of the fast-thinning Confederate band in this city, his death leaving only one veteran living in this city, G. M. Edwards.

(source: Democrat-Gazette)