A Graviet Family Memento

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Date: 1825 to 1855
Location: Madison, Alabama, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Graviet Gravet
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Jesse (Gravitt) Gravet (1797-bef.1860)

In 1971 a Mrs. Walter Johnston[1] purchased an ante-bellum house on Gaboury Lane in Huntsville, Alabama. In the house she found a small book, The Constitutions of the United States of America, printed in 1825 in Lexington, Kentucky. In the book were family birth records, practice ink writings, pencil drawings, pencil number problems. Inside the back cover is written Jesse Gravett's Book.

Jesse Gravett's Book.

Pages from this family memento provide a small window into the Gravett family life about 1840 - 1855, copies of a few pages are contained in the Family Search Film Library [2]. These images come from the Family Files of the Madison County Public Library "Family Files", Madison County, Alabama, someone placed a few tattered sheets torn from a personal copy of the 1825 US Constitution and Amendments published by Thomas Skillman, Lexington, Ky. The pages also have school practice of at least one of Jesse's children, his son William D Gravett.

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1825 US Constitutation Published by Skillman, LSU Special Collections

A well preserved copy of this edition of the US Constitution is in the holdings of the Louisiana State University Library Special Collections[3]. This preserved copy is shown first how the original book must have looked and how it was common practice for students to use the pages of less current books as practice sheets for their homework. This image is shown permission of the LSU library Special Collections[4].

Additional Pages

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Initials WDG and Practice Writing with Ink.
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  1. Valley Leaves, The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., Vol. 6, No 1; September, 1971; "Gravett Birth Records"; page 9
  2. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QHK-93RR-19G7?cat=116155
  3. United States., United States., & United States. (1825). The constitution of the United States of America. Lexington, Ky: Printed and published by Thomas T. Skillman.
  4. https://lsu.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/lsu/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_LSU$002f0$002fSD_LSU:928171/one

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