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married there and moved thence in 1852 to
Texas, settling in Independence, Washington
county. After a residence at that place
of six years they came to Milani county,
where they spent the remainder of their lives,
he dying here in April, 1888, at the ripe old
age of eighty-two, and his wife in November,
1890, at the age of seventy-six. In earlier
life he was devoted to the practice of his profession
- that of dentistry - but later engaged
in farming and stock raising. Ile was a
prominent Mason and both he and his wife
were life-long inembeis of the Baptist Church.
Both were diligent in the discharge of their
duties as parents and as members of society,
as is fully evidenced not only by the testiniony
of those who knew them, but also by
the industrious, exemplary Christian lives
which their sons and daughters are leading.
Their six children are: Hattie, who is now
the wife of S. M. Dunlap of Ballinger, Runnels
county; Thomas H., the subject of this
sketch; Preston, who died young; Fred A.,
of Milam county; Julia, the wife of D.
Davis of this county; George S., also of this
Thomas H. Graves was born in Caswell
county, North Carolina, February 16, 1842.
He was just ten years old when his parents
moved to Texas and settled in Washington
county and sixteen when they came to Milam
county. He received such educational advantages
as were offered in the localities
where he grew up. At the age of nineteen he
entered the Confederate army, enlisting in
1861, in Company D, Fourth Texas Cavalry,
Green's brigade, with which he served during
the first year of the war in New Mexico
and Arizona. His command then returning,
lie joined the forces operating webt of the
Mississippi river, from which time on until
the close of hostilities he served in Arkansas,
Louisiana and Texas. lie took part ill all
the engagements in which his regiment
participated, these including the recapture of
Galveston in 1863, but was never wol uded
nor taken prisoner. At the close of the war
lie returned to Milamn county, where ll.
scraped together sufficient means to buy a
sniall pair of mules and engage in fartnlig.
He followed tLis and worked for others as a
farm and stock hand at $15 a month, his
wages being increased as his services became
more valuable, until lie saved a few hundred
dollars, which lie invested in lands. At
length lie began trading in stock and branched
out in his faring operations until lie
now owns about 2,500 acres of valuable lanl,
about 400 acres of which is in cultivation, on
which he raises an abundance of Texas staple
products, cotton and corn. His land is
divided into farms, which he leases to tenants,
giving his personal attention to buying,
feeding and marketing cattle for beef. He
feeds from 600 to 800 head annually, which
he generally succeeds in disposing of to good
advantage. Mr. Graves has succeeded admirably
in life, and his success and talent for
business might justify him in aspiring to a
higher career if he chose to do so; but lihe
has never sought distinction of any kind nor
exhibited an undue desire for wealth. His
wish seems to be to live up to the full
measure of his responsibilities as a man and
a citizen, and leave the glamour and tinsel,
the glory of wealth and fame to others. lHe
interests himself actively in everything ot
importance relating to the welfare of the
community where he resides, being a staunch
supporter of the schools and churches. He
and his brothers, Fred A. and George S.,
donated the land and erected at their own expense
a good school building in their
neighborhood, where they have conducted for
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