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John Graham, Joseph's Brother

John, in early man­hood, went to the state of Kentucky, pos­si­bly about the year 1780 to 1785, and seems to have been lost sight of by his rel­a­tives in later life, but it is now believed that he became a very large landowner, as well as a man of promi­nence in that state. Recent research dis­closes the fact that a man by the name of John Graham, who came from Virginia and was of Scotch-Irish descent, located large tracts of land in Lawrence, Johnson, Floyd and other coun­ties of Kentucky. In fact, nearly all the valu­able land in the Big Sandy Valley was entered and sur­veyed by him and one John Preston, he doing the sur­vey­ing. He was known as Judge Graham and the large tracts of land owned by him in his time are still known as the Graham lands. He mar­ried a Miss Whitten of Tazewell county, Virginia, and had one son, Thomas, who was also a sur­veyor, and six daugh­ters, two of whom are [109] still liv­ing, one in Floyd county, Kentucky, and the other in tile Indian Territory. We are indebted to his grand­son, John Graham Johns, of Prestonburg, Kentucky*, for this infor­ma­tion, who fur­ther states that he was one of the pio­neer set­tlers of that state and was there doing busi­ness before the state was formed, as this cor­re­sponds to the time when Joseph Graham’s brother, John, went to Kentucky, we are inclined to the belief that he is the same man herein described. This John Graham died about the year 1836 and his son, Thomas, pre­ceded him about 4 years, hav­ing died in 1832. David Graham, father of John and Joseph, died in early life, in what is now Bath county, Virginia, and had but two chil­dren. His widow after­wards mar­ried a Mr. Stuart of Augusta county and to them were born sev­eral chil­dren, one of whom was named David, who, for a time lived at Summersville, Nicholas county. He moved to Galena, Ill., in 1836.

* In answer to a recent inquiry, Mr. Johns, in sum­ming up all the infor­ma­tion in his pos­ses­sion con­cern­ing his grand­fa­ther, says that he has no doubt but that he (judge John Graham) belonged where we have placed him, a son of David Graham, Sr., and a brother to Joseph.

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