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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