Completed Transcription: “History of the Graham Family” by David Graham (1899)

I have com­pleted post­ing the text of David Graham’s His­tory of the Gra­ham Fam­ily (pri­vately printed: Clay­ton, West Vir­ginia, 1899).

Tonight, I posted the last 99 pages of the 119-page vol­ume. I will do some addi­tional proof­read­ing, and improve the nav­i­ga­tion, but the full text is avail­able now.

The book details the his­tory of the Gra­ham fam­ily in Augusta County, Vir­ginia and Green­brier County, Mon­roe County, and Sum­mers County, Vir­ginia (later West Vir­ginia) from the 1720’s or 1730’s through the 1890s. There are sto­ries of war­fare with and abduc­tion by Indi­ans and the Civil War, lists of slaves owned by Col. James Gra­ham (who built the Gra­ham house, which still stands, and remains one of the old­est two-story struc­tures west of the Alleghe­nies), and many other tidbits.

For Gra­hams of the Val­ley of Vir­ginia, who migrated across the Alleghe­nies into what is now Green­brier, Mon­roe, and Sum­mers Coun­ties, West Vir­ginia, this is a sem­i­nal work. While un-sourced, the book con­tains a lot of detail, includ­ing tran­scrip­tions of wills and other doc­u­ments, which can be val­i­dated with orig­i­nal sources.

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