Thursday, July 24, 2008

Charles Iverson Graves (1838-1896)

Charles Iverson Graves (1838-1896) was the son of John Williams (1792-1847) and Martha Hinton Graves (1798-1862) of North Carolina. Sometime before his birth, his parents joined relatives living in Newton County, Georgia, among them John Graves's cousin, Iverson Lewis Graves and Martha's brother John Hinton. John Graves's brother, Calvin Graves remained at Locust Hill in Caswell County, N.C., near Yanceyville. Calvin often advised his nephew Charles after the death of John Graves.

Charles attended the U.S. Naval Academy; served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy until 1861 when he became an officer in the Confederate Navy; taught school and operated a vegetable farm near Rome, Ga.; spent three years in Egypt as a lieutenant-colonel in the Egyptian army, 1875-1878; and worked as a civil engineer on construction of the Georgia Pacific, and Memphis & Vicksburg railroads, 1881-1884. He married Margaret Rockwell Lea in November 1862. They had five children: Charles Iverson, Jr., William Lea, Mary Hinton, Robert William, and Anne Parke.


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