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Graves, Sallie Willie

Graves, Sallie Willie

Female 1880 - 1960  (80 years)

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  • Name Graves, Sallie Willie  [1
    Born 21 Feb 1880  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 3184 
    Died 15 Sep 1960  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3144  Caswell County
    Last Modified 5 May 2022 

    Father Graves, Jeremiah Jr.,   b. 15 Apr 1835, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1901  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Thornton, Donna Rebecca,   b. 11 Oct 1840, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1897  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 13 Jun 1860  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 16081 
    Notes 
    • Marriage Record
      Groom: Jeremiah Graves, Jr.
      Bride: D. R. Thornton
      Bond Date: 11 June 1860
      Bondsman/Witness: Robert W. Lawson, Jr.
      Marriage Date: 13 June 1860
      Married By: Samuel G. Mason
      Location: Caswell County, North Carolina
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 38.
    Family ID F815  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Perry, Henry Williams,   b. 3 Nov 1869, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1916, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1900  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 24246 
    Last Modified 5 May 2022 
    Family ID F1656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Bradsher, D'Arcy William,   b. 28 Jul 1853, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1929, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1918  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 26057 
    Last Modified 5 May 2022 
    Family ID F1657  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Feb 1880 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jul 1900 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Dec 1918 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Sep 1960 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Sallie Willie Graves
    Sallie Willie Graves and Henry Williams Perry
    Sallie Willie Graves

    Headstones
    Sallie Willie Graves Grave Marker (First Baptist Church of Yanceyville)
    Sallie Willie Graves Grave Marker (First Baptist Church of Yanceyville)

    Newspapers
    Robert Sterling Graves Obituary, The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, NC), Aug 1962
    Robert Sterling Graves Will, Greensboro Daily News, 1 Sept 1962
    Robert Sterling Graves Wil Provides for Home, The Caswell Messenger, 18 Oct 1962
    Robert Sterling Graves Will Provides for Old Folks Home, The Caswell Messenger, Yanceyville, NC, 18 Oct 1962

  • Notes 
    • Sallie Willie Graves (1880-1960)

      Sallie Willie Graves (1880-1960)

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      Sallie Willie Graves Bradsher (1880-1960)

      (click on photograph for larger image)
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      Sallie Willie Graves was the youngest child of Jeremiah Graves, Jr., and Donna Rebecca Thornton Graves. Her first husband was Henry Williams Perry, a Yanceyville druggist and, at one time, its postmaster. He predeceased her by some forty-four years. Her second husband was D'Arch [D'Arcy] William Bradsher, long-time Person County Clerk of the Court (and married three times). He was quite a bilt older than Sallie Willie, and she outlived him as well (by many decades). No children resulted from either marriage.

      From Graves family records that remain it seems that Sallie Willie was both beautiful outside and in. She had countless friends and admirers. Her beauty is obvious from the photographs posted above. A portrait of her hangs in the Richmond-Miles History Museum in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina.

      Note the following from The Heritage of Person County, Volume I, Madeline Hall Eaker, Editor (1981) at 168-169 (Article #390, "D'Arch William Bradsher" by Ann Bradsher Martin):

      After the death of Susan Merritt Bradsher in 1916, D'Arch Bradsher married Sallie Willie Graves Perry, a widow from Yanceyville. He and Sallie Willie then bought a house on Virginia Avenue and left the South Main Street house for his unmarried adult children. Thereafter Mrs. Bradsher drove him to and from the office. They were a handsome couple.
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      Sallie Willie Graves once served as Yanceyville Postmaster. She also taught school, including at Apex, NC, in 1918. Lived in a brick house on West Main Street in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina. In 1918 she sold it to Caswell County Deputy Sheriff H. S. Turner.
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      Yanceyville Postmaster: 1916

      Mr. Barzillai Shuford Graves (1854-1942), agent for the surety bonding company, has designated his first cousin Mr. Robert Sterling Graves (1870-1962) Yanceyville postmaster, until an appointment can be made by the government. The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, North Carolina), 1 February 1916, Tuesday, Page 6.

      This interim appointment was necessitated by the January 26, 1916, death (pneumonia) of Yanceyville Postmaster Henry Williams Perry (1869-1916). When the "government" did act, it appointed Mrs. Sallie Willie Graves Perry (1880-1960), wife of deceased Postmaster Henry Williams Perry (and sister of the Robert Sterling Graves mentioned above). She owned the building in which the Yanceyville Post Office was located.

      The next year (1917) she sold the building to Crowell Automobile Co., which eventually established a Ford dealership in Yanceyville. In the 1930s this dealership became Johnny Gunn's Caswell Motor Co.

      In 1918 she resigned the postmaster position because she had married D'Arcy William Bradsher (1853-1929) and moved to Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina.
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      Sallie Willie Graves Perry Bradsher rests beside her first husband in the cemetery of the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville (Caswell County, North Carolina). To see her gravestone and that of her first husband, go to the Caswell County Cemetery Census. She is buried with many of her Graves ancestors, including her mother, father, and grandfather.
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      Crowell Auto Co./Caswell Auto Co. Building (Yanceyville, North Carolina)

      Historical Information

      Book 1:1; page 359: Clinton Lodge #107, Yanceyville, purchased lot #1 on public square, Sept. 26, 1856 from William P. Brown.

      Erected Lodge Hall in 1894.

      Book 53; page 208-209: Building sold in 1897 to J. Archie Long for $1600 at auction.

      Book 61; page 169: Deeded lot and building to H. W. Perry in 1906 for $1200.

      Book YY; page 407: Mrs. Perry deeded property to Crowell Auto Co. In 1917 for $3,000. Used by Crowell to sell Ford Automobile products; later became Caswell Motor Co.

      Book 95, page 535: Building and dealership purchased by John O. Gunn, 1936.

      Book EE, page 261: Plat.

      Book 154, page 579: J. O. Gunn deeded to Ann Gunn Everitt, who in turn deeded the building to Piedmont Community College.

      Other Information

      Size: about 12,750 sq. feet (on three levels)
      Tax value (1/1/96): $49,961

      Other Uses of Building

      1930's to spring 1970: Caswell Motor Co.; with upper floor used by various offices.
      1970-1972: used by Caswell County Sheriff's Dept.
      1976-1988: Super Dollar Store, with upper floor used by Caswell Parish & other offices.
      1990: Last used; upper office area by Caswell Co-op. Knitters.
      2015: Building demolished.
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      1880 US Census
      Name: Sallie W. Graves
      Age: 4M
      Estimated birth year: abt 1880
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relationship to head-of-household: Daughter
      Home in 1880: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Marital status: Single
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Father's name: Jeremiah Graves
      Father's birthplace: NC
      Mother's name: D. R. Graves
      Mother's birthplace: NC

      1900 US Census
      Name: Sallie W Graves
      Home in 1900: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 20
      Estimated birth year: abt 1880
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race: White
      Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
      Marital Status: Single

      1920 US Census
      Name: Sallie W Bradsher
      Age: 40 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1880
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race: White
      Home in 1920: Roxboro, Person, North Carolina
      Sex: Female
      Marital status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Wife
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Image: 732

      Death Record
      Name: Sallie W Bradsher
      Death Date: 15 Sep 1960
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Death Age: 80
      Birth Date: abt. 1880
      Race: 1
      Source: Ancestry.com. North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996 [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005

      North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Sallie Willie Bradsher
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Age: 80
      Birth Date: 21 Feb 1880
      Birth Place: Caswell, North Carolina, United States
      Death Date: 15 Sep 1960
      Death Location: Yanceyville, Caswell
      Spouse's Name: D W Bradsher
      Father's Name: Jeremia Graves
      Mother's Name: Donna Thornton
      Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina

      Links to Photographs

      Sallie Willie Graves

      Sallie Willie Graves

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Bradsher and Allied Families.

    2. Details: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 38.