|Photo of Members of the Ed Graver family|
This tin type picture of the Ed Graver family is a treasure. Here you see Ed and Elizabeth along with Wilson in the middle back row flanked by a brother and sister. I am not sure if the brother is Thomas or which sister this might be. However Wilson was identified; a handsome fella indeed!
The fact that Wilson was in Ohio in 1918 is evidenced by his World War I Draft Registration Card which shows wonderful personal information about him. Wilson Sefelen Graver, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Trach Graver, was born Aug. 15, 1872 on a farm near Lehighton, PA. His birth date and middle name were recorded by him on the draft card which was filed Sept. 10, 1918. Wilson notes that he has blue eyes. He lists his occupation as a bricklayer working for a construction company and his next of kin is older brother Thomas E. also living at 118 E. 32nd St in Lorain Ohio. It appears that these two brothers were living together. Perhaps, he went to Ohio to find work to support his large family in Pennsylvania.
Three of Wilson's children are listed as "inmates" in the Ebenezer Orphanage Home in Seneca Co., Ohio. On the 1920 census Naomi is 14, Ida is 13,and Thomas is 9 year old. Naomi and Ida are known to have been deaf. So Wilson must have arranged for these children to live at the orphanage and be closer to him. I have not found a 1920 census record for Wilson so he may have been serving in WWI at that time as he was drafted in 1918 in Lorain Ohio.
Fifty-six year old Wilson is living in Akron Ohio as recorded in the 1930 Census where he gives his occupation as bricklayer. He reports that he is divorced and was first married at age 25. He is living alone with property valued at $1500. In 1940 he owned his house at 553 Pricilla St in Akron, Ohio. The house is valued at $2000. He says he is widowed. He is a bricklayer. He attended school through the 5th grade.
To tell the truth, I think Wilson was a hardworking man who did his best to provide for his family at a time when work was hard to find in Carbon Co., Pa. He was trained as a stone mason, an occupation he practiced all his life. At one time I saw an awesome picture of him standing beside his wooden tool box with a masonry trowel in hand. So maybe he was offered a job in Ohio around 1912. By 1920 he had brought three of his children to Ohio to attend school while they lived in an orphanage. He owned his home in Akron from the 30's until he died in 1954 and his two sons lived near by. I guess he really wasn't a bad guy after all.
- Find A Grave Memorial # 181507296, Wilson Graver
- Personal family history files of Cynthia H. Smith, Mount Bethel, Pa. Interview of Beatrice Graver Smith as told to and recorded from her family history files by Cynthia H. Smith, 1981.
- The Smith Family Reunion Notebook belonging to Beatrice Graver Smith now in the possession of Cynthia H. Smith.
- Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, Saturday, July 17, 1954
- Billion Graves https://billiongraves.com/grave/Wilson-S-Graver/14845687
- U.S.A. Federal Census Records, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.