David Graham’s History of the Graham Family (1899)

Title Page:“History of the Gra­ham Fam­ily” by David Gra­ham Clay­ton, West Va
In 1899, David Gra­ham, 78, a grand­son of Colonel James Gra­ham (who built the Gra­ham House in present-day Sum­mers County, West Vir­ginia), wrote a his­tory of the Gra­ham fam­ily as he under­stood it. He relied on the mem­o­ries of rel­a­tives, and on court and civil records.

A reprint of 200 copies of this book was issued in 1966. Both edi­tions are dif­fi­cult to find. A pho­to­copied tran­script of the book along with sup­ple­men­tal fam­ily group sheets is avail­able. (This tran­script was typed by Susan Gra­ham Red­mond as part of an 859-page geneal­ogy com­pi­la­tion put together by William L. Gra­ham of St. Albans, West Virginia.)

To help geneal­o­gists use this valu­able resource, I have pre­pared this online ver­sion. At one point, I scanned the 1982 tran­script of the full text of David Graham’s book, and then com­pared my text to pho­to­copies of micro­film of the orig­i­nal 1899 edi­tion. The present ver­sion has been cor­rected from the orig­i­nal 1899 edition.

The sec­tions cor­re­spond to David Graham’s table of con­tents (which he calls an index), except that items in square brack­ets were not specif­i­cally called out, but have been added by the tran­scriber as a nav­i­ga­tional aid. Page num­bers in the orig­i­nal edi­tion are indi­cated in red within square brack­ets to aid in citation.

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