[ Betsy, daughter of John Graham, Sr. ]

Having thus briefly sketched the descen­dants of Ann Graham Kincaid, we will now take up the mea­ger account we have of another daugh­ter of John Graham, Sr. His daugh­ter, Betsy, mar­ried Robert Armstrong, prob­a­bly as far back as 1750 to 1760. The best infor­ma­tion we have of the num­ber of chil­dren and their names of this fam­ily is taken from the depo­si­tion of Mrs. Alice Cavendish of Bath county in 1818 in a chancery suit between Graham and Armstrong in Monroe county. We are also indebted to these depo­si­tions for other valu­able information.

Robert Armstrong set­tled in Bath county on Jackson river and lived there till about the year 1803 or 1804, when he moved to the state of Ohio. The place on Jackson river at or near which he lived was called Mann’s Bottom. At the time he moved west he had liv­ing five chil­dren; three sons and two daugh­ters, whose names [36] were Elizabeth, Margaret, Archibald, Thomas and Robert. Margaret mar­ried Joel Walker; Elizabeth mar­ried first Thomas Mann and, after his death, mar­ried James Steele of Monroe county. Joel Walker and fam­ily moved to Ohio pre­sum­ably at or near the same time that his father-in-law, Robert Armstrong, moved. Thomas Armstrong also moved to Ohio. Archibald mar­ried a Miss Scott of Greenbrier county, who was a sis­ter to both the wives of Lanty and Mathew Kincaid. Archibald set­tled on Anthony’s Creek and his descen­dants are still to be found in Greenbrier county. His daugh­ter mar­ried Cornelius Rodgers, who lived and died near Blue Sulph,.Ir Springs and of her chil­dren there are now liv­ing: John, Moses and Archibald Rodgers and their two sis­ters, Mrs. Keeney, widow of the late John Keeney, and a Mrs. Patterson. Archibald Armstrong also had a son, Robert, but of his descen­dants the writer has no information.

As pre­vi­ously stated, Elizabeth Armstrong [37] first mar­ried Thomas Mann and to them was born one son, William T. Mann, who lived near Fort Springs in Greenbrier county and owned a large estate there. He lived to an old age and died some eigh­teen or twenty years ago. He was the father of Aleck, John, Thomas, Mathew and James Mann, the lat­ter two are liv­ing. Mathew lives at Fort Springs in Greenbrier county and James at Alderson, Monroe county. of the chil­dren of Elizabeth, by her sec­ond hus­band, James Steele, there are two still liv­ing: Mrs. Tilda Perry and Eliza, her maiden sis­ter, both of whom are near­ing their nineti­eth year. They live near Sinks Grove in Monroe county. The other chil­dren of James Steele were Dr. John Steele, who moved to Illinois many years ago, and B. Frank Steele, the old­est, who was a suc­cess­ful mer­chant at Union for many years, and who also for many years was Sheriff of Monroe county. He lived to a very old age.

Of the remain­ing chil­dren of John Graham, Sr., tra­di­tion does not fur­nish suf­fi­cient data, or [38] the records we have exam­ined suf­fi­cient infor­ma­tion to ven­ture to recite even a mea­ger account of their descen­dants. By his will as well as other doc­u­ments we learn that there were other sons and daugh­ters as pre­vi­ously named, but except as to the his­tory of the descen­dants of his daugh­ter, Florence, who was the writer’s grand­mother, we must leave to oth­ers to give fur­ther search of the archives of coun­ties and states and to knit together the scraps of tra­di­tion that may be gath­ered here and there to com­plete the task we have begun.

It will be noticed by his will, which is inserted on another page, that one Joseph Robinson was a sub­scrib­ing wit­ness, as was also John Kincaid. As already stated, John Kincaid was a son-in-law of the tes­ta­tor, hav­ing mar­ried his daugh­ter, Anne, and from cir­cum­stances which we have been able to gather, it is believed that Robinson was also a son-in-law and, if so, he mar­ried Rebecca, as the hus­bands of the other four, Jane, Betsy, Anne and Florence, are known, as pre– [39] viously men­tioned. This, how­ever, is inserted as con­jec­ture rather than a fact.

The assessor’s books of Augusta county show that Robert Graham was assessed in the year 1800 with con­sid­er­able amount of lands. This is believed to be the same Robert Graham as men­tioned in the will and a son of John Graham, Sr. Strange to say, there seems to have been no assess­ment records kept in Augusta county from its orga­ni­za­tion in 1745 to 1800. Neither does there exist any record of mar­riage licenses in that county until the year 1785 — forty years after the for­ma­tion of the county. The records of these two impor­tant items being want­ing, much valu­able infor­ma­tion that oth­er­wise could have been eas­ily obtained is entirely lost.

In the year 1781 the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act exon­er­at­ing one James Graham, Sheriff of Augusta County, from the pay­ment of seventy-five thou­sand dol­lars, of which he had.been robbed. While pos­i­tive proof is not at hand iden­ti­fy­ing the fam­ily con­nec­tion of this man, [40] every rea­son­able sup­po­si­tion points to the fact that he was the son of John Graham, Sr. No other fam­ily of Grahams are known to have resided in Augusta county at that time, with the excep­tion of the three sons of Michael Graham, who emi­grated from Lancaster county, Pa., about that date, and whose names were William, Michael and Edward.

 
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