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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary~Cynthia Sellers Graves

Mrs. Cynthia [Sellers] Graves, widow of the late Bennett F. Graves, died at the home of her son, Mr. E. J. Graves, near Mt. Croghan, last Wednesday. She had been in an almost helpless condition for about two years, and suffered much with rheumatism. She was about 82 years old and [had] been a member of Cross Roads Church for a long time and was a good woman. She is survived by the following children: J. W., E. J. and B. V. Graves of this County; W. S. Graves of Wadesboro, and Mrs. J. W. Stegall of Union County. The body was buried at Providence Thursday about noon. Rev's J. D. Purvis and J. M. Sullivan conducted the service.[1]

Cynthia was born about 1832. Her husband died on April 10, 1862 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia.[2] They were married in 1851 and to this union were born 6 children; five named in the obituary above.

Benjamin Bennett Graves and Cynthia Sellers had the following children:

i. John Wilson Graves, born 22 Dec 1852, Montgomery Co., NC; married Ellen Emeline Horton, abt 1871, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Mary E. Nicholson; died 19 Sep 1928, Pageland, Chesterfield, South Carolina.
ii. Zilpha Della Graves, born 6 May 1854, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Alex Taylor; married Wilson J. Stegall; died 3 Jan 1934, Union County, North Carolina.
iii. Rose Anna Graves, born 25 Dec 1855, North Carolina; married William Matthew Jordan, abt 1874; died 18 Jan 1914, Anson County, North Carolina.
iv. William Smiley Graves, born 26 Dec 1858, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Mary Emaline Gaskins; died 5 Feb 1917, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina.
v. Edward Jackson Graves, born 9 Jul 1861, North Carolina; married Mattie W. Welsh, abt 1882, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; married Lillian Gregory, 17 Jan 1912, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; died 26 Feb 1929.
vi. Benjamin Franklin Graves, born 20 Jul 1862, Montgomery Co.,NC; married Mary Jane Stegall, abt 1883; died 13 Jun 1947, Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina.

Cynthia Sellers Graves died 26 May 1915. Just a year previously, she had lost here youngest daughter, Rose Anna Graves Jordan who died on 18 January 1914 in Anson County, North Carolina.

[1] James C. Pigg, Death Notices from The Pageland Journal: Chesterfield County, South Carolina (1910-1935) (Tega Cay, SC 29715: Self-published, 1996), page 31.


  1. Benjamin Bennett Graves is listed as her husband as well as Bennett F. Graves. This confuses me. Benjamin and Cynthia are my great great grandparents. Thank you for the help. Margaret

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  3. I wouldn't get hung up on an error in the obituary. After all her husband had been deceased for over 50 years.