James Graham’s estate

James Gra­ham, Sr., the sketch of whose descen­dants we have given, died Jan­u­ary 15, 1813, [105] in his seventy-third year, he leav­ing been born Jan. 3rd, 1741. Con­sid­er­ing the fact that he was one of the first set­tlers of his local­ity, and he was encum­bered with all the hard­ships and dis­ad­van­tages inci­dent to pio­neer life, he suc­ceeded in secur­ing quite a com­pe­tency of this world’s goods. Much of the bot­tom lands on Green­brier river was owned by him and his fam­ily for some ten miles along the river, amount­ing to sev­eral thou­sand acres, and were occu­pied by them as has been pre­vi­ously stated. He also owned other real estate in var­i­ous places, among which were town lots in the town of Union, Mon­roe county, and in Point Pleas­ant, Mason county.

While on his var­i­ous trips to the Shawnee towns to secure the release of his daugh­ter from cap­tiv­ity, his line of travel lay through the state of Ken­tucky, the fer­tile hills and val­leys of which claimed no small part of his atten­tion; and in after life he made one or two tours prospect­ing the dif­fer­ent local­i­ties ill that state, with the view of locat­ing lands and mov­ing thither. Indeed, it [106] was imme­di­ately after his return home from one of these trips that he became ill and never again recov­ered. He was accom­pa­nied on one of these tours by his son, David, who was a sur­veyor and located or, at least, made a pre­lim­i­nary sur­vey of a large tract of land.

In a par­tial diary kept by David, now in pos­ses­sion of the writer, it is shown that David made a visit to Ken­tucky in the year 1815, two years after the death of his father and that the land which he seems to have been try­ing to rec­og­nize lay near Frank­fort, in what is now a very wealthy and influ­en­tial part of the state. This diary speaks of his find­ing, after con­sid­er­able research, a cor­ner marked “D.G.” (David Gra­ham). From other notes in the diary we learn that he vis­ited Frank­fort, the cap­i­tal, and many other places in Ken­tucky dur­ing this trip.

Colonel Gra­ham seems to have been a man of more than ordi­nary abil­ity and pos­sessed with a large amount of energy, push and vim, and was a leader of men rather than a follower.

[107] As pre­vi­ously stated, the tra­di­tion of the branch of the fam­ily to which Col. James Gra­ham belonged is incom­plete, but from all the facts gath­ered, James was born in Ire­land in county Done­gal. His father was a brother of John Gra­ham, Sr., who set­tled on the Calf Pas­ture river. Whether or not the father of James Gra­ham, Sr., ever moved to this coun­try is not now known. Nei­ther are all of his broth­ers and sis­ters known. It is, how­ever, known sat­is­fac­to­rily that he had two broth­ers in this coun­try, namely: David, who set­tled in Bath county, Va., before 1766, and Robert, who set­tled at Fort Chiswell in Wythe county, Va., before the time of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. John Gra­ham, Sr., of the Calf Pas­ture was an uncle to these three broth­ers and whether they all came to Amer­ica together, or whether John Gra­ham pre­ceded his nephews is not known.

David, who set­tled in Bath county, mar­ried Jane Arm­strong, of Augusta county, and had born to him two chil­dren, John and Joseph. Joseph, [108] as already stated, mar­ried Rebecca, daugh­ter of Colonel James Gra­ham, and his descen­dants have been fully referred to.

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