John Reed Graves

1820–1872 (Age 52)
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of John Reed

When John Reed Graves was born on 5 July 1820, in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Ezra Graves, was 30 and his mother, Sarah (Sally) Reed, was 24. He married Maria Louisa Ford on 17 December 1844. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Saratoga Township, Marshall, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 1 August 1872, in Sparland, Marshall, Illinois, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

John Reed Graves
Maria Louisa Ford
Marriage: 17 December 1844
Laura Graves
Lunetta C Graves
Sarah Willeming Graves
Ezra James Graves
George E. Graves
Infant Graves
Mary Della Graves
Charles Curtis Graves
Nellie May Graves

Spouse & Children

  • Male1820–1872Male

  • Maria Louisa Ford


17 December 1844


+4 More Children

Parents & Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 12

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 16

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Grave 1.2 French: topographic name from the plural of Old French grave ‘gravel’ ( see Grave ).

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Jno R Graves, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Graves, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Reed Graves in entry for Ezra James Graves, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account
Create a free account to view more about your family.
Share this with your family and friends.