S. H. GRAVES, County Coroner, Mound City, was born November 22, 1837, in Alexander County, Ill., son of Edward Graves, a native of Tennessee, who died July 6, 1851, of the Asiatic cholera. He was a farmer by occupation. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth (Mirron) Graves, a native of Pennsylvania. She died in Scott County, Mo. She was the mother of four children, of whom two, the oldest and youngest, are now living, viz.: Samuel H., our subject, and his sister, Amanda M. Devouch. Samuel H. is mainly self-educated. In early life he followed farming. He enlisted August 22, 1861, in the Thirty-first Illinois Regiment Volunteers, Company F, and was promoted to Orderly Sergeant. He served three years under the stars and stripes, and was then honorably discharged in East Point, Ga., having participated in the battles of Belmont, Mo., Fort Donelson, battle and siege of Vicksburg, and others. He was wounded at the battle of Fort Donelson by a minnie ball shattering his right hand. He draws a pension now. After the war, he returned to Pulaski County, where he was joined in matrimony, October 20, 1864, at old America, to Miss Mary C. Littlejohn, born May 22, 1839, in Mason County, Ky., daughter of Daniel and Cynthia A. Thompson. Mrs. Graves is the mother of six children, now living, viz.: Minnie, born January 27, 1866; Edward F., born January 27, 1868; Lilie D., born December 2, 1869; Nettie B., born October 9, 1871; Flora, born April 13, 1876; and William O., born October 13, 1878. After marriage Mr. Graves engaged in the lumber business for two years, when he turned his attention to farming. He has filled school offices, and in the fall of 1882, was elected Coroner of Pulaski County. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. fraternity, Villa Ridge Lodge, No. 562. In politics, he is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 264.