Mary Jones Graves
Born Sep 16, 1811 Springfield, Windsor Co., VT
Died Aug 15, 1900 Lake Washington MN

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Irwin Harris Granger

m. Jan 22, 1827
Pike, Allegany Co. NY
b. Mar 16, 1805
near Pike NY
d. Mar 4, 1864
Cordova MN

b. Aug 7, 1828
Pike NY
d. Oct 31, 1919
Silverton OR
Sabra Roundy

b. Oct 2, 1831
Pike NY
d. Jan 4, 1931
Minneapolis MN
Sarah J.

b. May 24, 1834
Pike NY
d. Dec 17, 1922
Benson, Swift Co. MN
Hiram J.

b. Sep 12, 1837
Pike NY
d. Oct 3, 1878
Cordova MN
William P.

b. Nov 16, 1843
Pike, Wyoming Co. NY
d. Apr 21, 1920
Le Sueur Co. MN
Mary's father moved the family to Pike, Allegany Co., NY, about 1822, where he bought a farm about a mile from the town.
In 1841, the northwest corner of Allegany Co. became part of Wyoming Co.
Mary was married in Pike, and lived there until 1852, when Mary and Irwin moved westward to OH. In 1854, they purchased 50 acres in Rochester Township, Lorain Co. OH, 12 miles south of Oberlin. County land records indicate that other Graves, possibly family members, were already landowners. Irwin and Mary sold their property on Sep 29, 1860.
In 1859, son Hiram bought land in Cordova Township, Minnesota, building a log cabin there. The 1860 census for the township lists H.E. Granger age 24, Perry Wilson age 43, and his wife Orilla age 31. Hiram would subsequently deed parts of the land to family members as they moved there.
In 1861, Irwin and Mary, along with children Sabra and William moved from Ohio to join Hiram and Orilla in Le Sueur Center, Cordova Township, Minnesota as pioneers in an area known as the "Big Woods" because usable land had to be cleared of thick forests. Notes describing the trip and pioneer life , from letters of Sabra's daughter Mary Perry White.
Mary Jones Graves and Irwin Harris Granger
First Frame House in Le Sueur County MN built by the Grangers about 1861 on land bought by Irwin Harris Granger. Photographed circa 1930.
Grave marker of Mary Jones Graves and husband Irwin Harris Granger in Woodlawn Cemetery, Le Sueur Center MN.
Son Hiram was a Civil War veteran with the 4th Minnesota infantry. He survived the war but not a windy October day on top of a barn in 1878. Hiram's Civil War Experiences
Mary Graves Granger, from a copy of an original tin-type.
Granger, William P., Bible, in possession of Allen A. Kewitsch.
Graves Family Bible, in possession of Genie Bossuet Boutwell.
Graves, John Card, "Notes on the Graves Family", unpubl. mss. in the Grosvenor Collection, Buffalo Public Library, Buffalo, NY.
Lorain Co. (OH), Land Records, County Records Office, Elyria OH.
Novak, Sylvia D., illustrative narative of trip to Minnesota, 1986.
Obituary notice of Mrs. C. N. Perry [daughter Sabra], St. Peter Herald, St. Peter, MN, Jan 1931.
Pike, NY Town Historian's files, indexed by Robert French; transcribed by V-18-1976.
Tombstones, Greenwood-Woodlawn Cemetery, Le Sueur Center, Le Sueur Co., Minn.
US Census 1800, Springfield, Vt.
White, Mary Perry, daughter of C.N. Perry and Sabra Roundy Granger, letters to Lisabeth M. Feind, postmarked Jul 23, 1948.