John Graham’s Children

John Gra­ham (No. 2) who was a son of John Gra­ham, Sr., who lived and died on a por­tion of his father’s farm on the Calf Pas­ture, had five sons and three daughters.

He was born in the year 1726 and died in 1815. The names of his sons were John (No. 3), James, Robert, William and Lanty. The names of the daugh­ters were Mar­garet, Eliz­a­beth and Martha. Eliz­a­beth mar­ried a Mr. Brat­ton. Martha, who was born in 1772 and died in 1856, mar­ried Robert Dun­lap. There were born to her two chil­dren, the Rev. Mitchell D. and Charles A. Dun­lap. The Rev. Mitchell Dun­lap was a promi­nent min­is­ter in the Pres­by­ter­ian church and served with dis­tinc­tion in many churches of his faith in Green­brier, Mon­roe, Poc­a­hon­tas and other coun­ties of West Vir­ginia and his native State.He died but a few years ago and was buried at Union, Mon­roe county. [22] He had no chil­dren. His wife was Mary J. Dun­lap of Mon­roe county.

Charles A. Dun­lap lived on his father’s farm on the Calf Pas­ture and had born to him five sons and two daugh­ters. The names of his sons are Mitchell A. and Charles Pre­ston, who live in Poc­a­hon­tas county, West Vir­ginia; Robert A. and John W., who live in Augusta. One son, James Lyle, and one daugh­ter, Nancy T., are dead. The remain­ing daugh­ter, Lora, together with her mother and her brother, John W., live on their father’s farm, it being part of the same farm owned by their great great grand­fa­ther, John Gra­ham, Sr., who pur­chased it from Lewis and Pat­ton as before men­tioned. Thus it will be seen that this land now in pos­ses­sion of the fifth gen­er­a­tion was orig­i­nally pur­chased more than one hun­dred and fifty years ago.

It was the priv­i­lege of the writer to visit this old “home­stead” for the first time in May, 1898, and “viewed the land­scape o’er”, where was reared his grand­mother, his great uncles and aunts more [23] than one and half cen­turies ago. The orig­i­nal farm of six hun­dred and ninety-six acres lies on both sides of the Calf Pas­ture River, is mostly bot­tom land and it is located about four miles below Deer­field and 25 miles north­west of Staunton, at Mar­ble Val­ley P.O., extend­ing a dis­tance of two miles along the river; por­tions of it is now owned by a Wm. Clay­ton. On another adjoin­ing tract of land owned by John Gra­ham, Sr., there was a grist mill built by him about the year 1755. Mr. Clay­ton, in remov­ing the old stone foun­da­tion dur­ing the sum­mer of 1898 and after the writer’s visit, found on one of the cor­ner­stones imbed­ded in the old wall the date “1755” cut in the stone. At the time of the writer’s visit the wall was intact and well pre­served, though the mill itself had long since been torn down. The water power of this mill was fur­nished by two large foun­tain springs which had their source near each other on an ele­va­tion over­look­ing the mill. There is lit­tle doubt but that this was the first mill built in that sec­tion of the coun­try. There [24] now stands a good flour­ing mill a short dis­tance below the old foun­da­tion wall that is run the year round by two springs as named and does a good pay­ing business.

Jane Gra­ham, daugh­ter of John Gra­ham, Sr., mar­ried a Mr. Lock­ridge of Augusta county and raised a large fam­ily; the names of those we have been able to ascer­tain are as fol­lows: John, Andrew, Lanty (Lancelot), James, Robert and one or two other sons who moved to Ken­tucky in the early set­tle­ment of that State and whose names have not been given us.

Dr. J. B. Lock­ridge of Driscol, Poc­a­hon­tas co., West Vir­ginia, is a grand­son of Lanty Lock­ridge and con­se­quently a great grand­son of Jane Lock­ridge, née Graham.

Dr. John E. Lock­ridge of Indi­anapo­lis, Indi­ana, is a grand­son of John Lock­ridge and like­wise a great grand­son of Jane Gra­ham Lock­ridge. Mrs. L. E. Dysard of Green Bank, Poc­a­hon­tas county, is a grand­daugh­ter of Andrew Lock­ridge. The late Col. James T. Lock­ridge [25] of Poc­a­honats county (son of Lanty) was a grand­son of Jack Lock­ridge. There are many other descen­dants of Jane Lock­ridge in Poc­a­hon­tas county as well as oth­ers scat­tered over the many West­ern states.

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