Caswell County Genealogy

Burke, Elizabeth Graves

Female 1926 - 2016  (90 years)

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  • Name Burke, Elizabeth Graves 
    Born 16 Apr 1926  Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Betsy 
    Reference Number 3259 
    Died 2 May 2016  Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Graves Family Cemetery. Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3219  Caswell County
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 

    Father Burke, Reverend James Preston,   b. 11 Aug 1890, Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1960, Deland, Volusia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Graves, Mary Elizabeth,   b. 16 Mar 1896, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1977, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Nov 1922  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 24624 
    • Graves Reception Brilliant Event

      Yanceyville, N. C. Dec 4 (1922): A brilliant reception was given Miss Elizabeth Graves and the Rev. James Preston Burke here last week. More than two hundred people called during the evening. Receiving at the front door were S. P. Graves and Mrs. L. M. Carlton. At the front door of the stairway was Miss Mary Wilson Brown and Mrs. George Cunningham. The receiving line was composed of the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom and members of the bridal party, including Rev. and Mrs. Burke. Guests were presented to the receiving line by L. M. Carlton, of Roxboro. Receiving at the gift room door were Miss Madeline Moore and were directed to the dining room by (William) Burton. From the gift room - the guests Mrs. R. D. Gapen, of Reidsville and Miss Sallie Graves, of Wilson. Here they were received by F. W. Brown, of Danville and Mrs. Eugene Clock of Elkins. In this room which was attractively decorated a delicious salad course was served by Mrs. F. G. Harrelson, assisted by Misses Helen Florence, Emma Mitchell, Willie Johnston and Mary Graves of Danville. Receiving in the front parlor were Mesdames Eugene Irving, Harris Nelson, of Reidsville and Miss Helen Harvie of Danville. Pouring coffee in this room were Mesdames N. C. Thompson of Reidsville and S. P. Graves, of Mount Airy.

      From an attractive alcove in the dining room frozen punch was served by Tony Oliver of Reidsville, assisted by Miss Belle Cunningham and Manadeline McAlister, Margaret Carlton and Annie Brown.

      The guest book which was in the hall was presided over by Miss Nellie Harris and Rev. J. L. Martin. Following the serving of refreshments an informal hour was had after which the bride's cake was presented and cut amidst much merriment.

      Source: The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 4 December 1922 (Page 4)

      Yanceyville News Notes

      Yanceyville, N. C. Dec 2 (1922) - Mr. and Mrs. George Fountain [Mary Royal Motz Founatin] of Tarboro came up Saturday to attend the wedding of Miss Graves and Mr. James P. Burke last Saturday. While here they were the guests of Miss Sallie Robertson.

      Source: The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 4 December 1922 (Page 2)
    Family ID F1658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Farrar, Reverend Charles Bidwell,   b. 5 Feb 1925, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1997, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Reference Number 24694 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F1703  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1926 - Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 May 2016 - Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Graves Family Cemetery. Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Elizabeth Graves Burke (1926-2016)

      Elizabeth Graves Burke Farrar (1926-2016)

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      Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Graves Burke.
      DAR ID Number: 150245
      Born in Yanceyville, N. C.
      Wife of James P. Burke.
      Descendant of Adjutant Jesse Franklin, as follows:
      1. Barzillai Shuford Graves (b. 1854) m. 1894 Malvina Graves (b. 1869).
      2. Jesse Franklin Graves (1829-94) m. 1858 Mary Elizabeth Cortry (1839-1901) (parents of Malvina).
      [p.76] 3. Solomon Graves (1784-1862) m. 1817 Mary Cleveland Franklin (1792-1858).
      4. Jesse Franklin m. Meeky Perkins (1765-1834).
      Jesse Franklin (1760-1824) served as adjutant at the battle of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. He was born in Orange County, Va.; died in N. C.
      Source: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, 152 vols. [database on-line] Provo, UT:, 1998

      Educator and Founder Atlanta, Georgia:

      Dr. Elizabeth Graves Burke Farrar, teacher of minority students, and gifted students, died Monday, May 2, 2016. Dr. Farrar, winner of an art contest as a child of ten, went on to teach art at Washington Elementary, Lee Elementary, Kingsport, Tenn., Wardlaw Jr. High School, Columbia, S.C., as Art Supervisor, Orange County Schools, Orlando, Fla., and Rollins College Art Classes for the Community, Winter Park, Fla. In 1960, a Civil Rights Activist, she specialized in the teaching of reading, knowing problems with reading were delaying the children of the Black Community, especially, in their education and later, in the workforce. Thereafter she taught as a special teacher of reading in Rocky Mount, N.C., migrant children in the "projects" of Belle Glade, Fla., and those with problems in reading at Palm Beach Community College, Belle Glade and West Palm Beach, Fla.

      In the 1990's, when Haitian refugees arrived on the shore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and 7,000 or so moved inward to Belle Glade looking for $1.00 a day work in the cane fields, no housing or totally inadequate housing was available to them, Dr. Farrar worked as part of a team establishing a non-profit organization, NOAH, Inc. (Neighbors Organized for Adequate Housing). She founded Building Blocks Family Centers and the Farrar Development Family Center for pre-natal education for parents, 3-6 education for their children, at the same time, encouraging parents to graduate from high school and enter the workforce. Upon her retirement from public schools, she and her husband, the Reverend Charles B. Farrar, were chosen to be part of the first group of IFESH (International Foundation for Education and Self Help) led by Dr. Leon Sullivan of Philadelphia's Church of the Zion. After serving at the Gambia College, The Gambia, West Africa, teaching prospective teachers child development and classroom management, Dr. Farrar, with UNICEF funding, through the School of Public Health, founded UNICEF's Child to Child Program in the Gambia-children teaching their parents and siblings, through their posters, the prevention of the three killer diseases of young children, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.

      She and her husband, Charles, returned to the US and West Palm Beach, Fla. She, later, upon his death, moved to Atlanta, Ga. to be closer to their two daughters, Helen Farrar and her partner Lauren Standish, Marion Farrar Dalgleish and her husband, Gordon Dalgleish, and their three grandchildren, Nicholas Griggs, Merrick Farrar, and Charles Sterling Dalgleish. Having been overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Muslim Gambian people, and impressed by the leadership of many African Countries, Dr. Farrar wrote a book, hoping that her former students of the Black Community would read it and be proud of Africa and its leaders. In 2009, she published "African Leaders for Peace and Justice".

      Dr. Farrar was born in 1926 in Morganton, N.C. Her parents were the Reverend James Preston Burke of Bessemer City, N.C. and Elizabeth Graves Burke of Yanceyville, N.C. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Columbia University as an art major, and Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ph.D. in Elementary Education.

      In lieu of flowers donations can be made to UNICEF and Saint Anne's Episcopal Church Mission Ministries in Atlanta, Ga. The service was held Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. A reception to followed.

      This obituary tells little about her Caswell County ancestry. Her mother is Mary Elizabeth Graves (1896-1977), born and died in Yanceyville.Her grandparents are Barzillai Shufford Graves (1854-1942) and Malvina F. Graves (yes, her maiden surname is Graves) (1870-1955). Both of her parents are buried at the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville.

      She inherited from her mother the large Graves property east of Yanceyville, part of which was condemned to build the latest version of the Bartlett Yancey High School. What remains of that property, still extensive (and referred to as the Elijah Graves property), is owned by her daughter, Marion Farrar Dalgleish. Note that the mother of the deceased grew up in the Yanceyville house an image of which is appended to this post.

      Source: May 12, 2016 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.