My 2nd great-grandfather was a "Capitalist" according to the 1900 Census in Jordan, NY, and I find this occupation description rather amusing for some reason. He owned retail businesses and buildings in New York, starting as a merchant. The 1860 Census shows his real estate value as $3,000, and his personal value as $13,000.
He was the youngest of 8 children, 2 of whom (the 6th and 7th) died young. The eldest and only living girl was Emeline (b. 21 Jun 1805) who married Henry Allen, b. 1801 in Massachusetts (3 children). Parents were Cornelius GRAVES & Anna TREAT.
I have a letter from my great-Uncle Hal Terwilliger to my mother, including this excerpt:
"Your Grandfather: Charles Giles Graves born Mar.7, 1824, son of Cornelius Graves and Anna Treat, descendent of Robert Treat, Colonial Governor of Connecticut and Founder of Newark New Jersey, had four brothers: William Thompson, Stephen Rensselaar, Edward Seabury and Sheldon.
Sheldon went to what later became Chicago, built the first hotel there, the Lake House. I had heard, though I know nor have any evidence, he built two factories on what was the Chicago River, for pails, chairs, etc. needed by settlers. Your Mother remembers when she was a little girl her Uncle coming to Jordan with his wife and children in a buckboard, driving all the way from Chicago. He came to be reequipped with clothes etc. and money and returned to Chicago, as per above."
The first Graves immigrant was John GRAVES, who emigrated in approximately 1635 (See Vol.3, Great Migration Study). The TREAT line goes back through Robert TREAT, Governor of Connecticut from 1683-1696. In England, the surname is known as TROTT, by the way, and the ancestor group appears to have originally lived in Taunton area of Somerset, migrating to the colonies between 1635-1640. The first Treat immigrant, Richard TREAT, is seen settled in Watertown, and is recorded in Wethersfield in 1637.
On 26th of September 1850, Charles Giles GRAVES married Harriet "Hattie" Philena ORMSBEE, whose parents I've discussed in previous posts. The family settled in Jordan, Onondaga, and had 3 daughters:
- Lillian Adele, b. 25 Nov 1853, m. Gabriel W. Wisner (lawyer), 4 children
- *Clara Augusta "Gussie", b. 5 Nov 1857, m. James "Grove" TERWILLIGER, 3 children
- Florence Estelle "Toto", b. 3 Feb 1860, m. Ernest F. Tyler (jeweller), 1 daughter
My line goes through the middle girl, Gussie; her husband, James Grover "Grove" Terwilliger, is the ancestor who completed the TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM (a separate blog of mine).
Charles' obituary follows (found online at Old Fulton Postcards NY free newspaper site):