Slaves of James Graham, Sr.

In addi­tion to the land and other prop­erty donated by James Gra­ham, Sr., to his chil­dren, he also gave to each one or more negro slaves.

To his descen­dants (for whom this book is espe­cially writ­ten) it may not be unin­ter­est­ing to know the names of the slaves and to whom they were given, espe­cially to the younger gen­er­a­tion, to whom may have been handed down the names of slaves owned by their imme­di­ate ances­tors, with­out the accom­pa­ny­ing infor­ma­tion of from whence they came. To such it is hoped that a very brief sketch of his slaves and to whom, they descended will be fully par­don­able and even appreciated.

To his son, William, he gave a negro man named Bob, who died while in his (William’s) possession.

To his son, David, was given a negro man named Neese, and also a negro woman, whose [115] name was Phillis. David also owned sev­eral other slaves.

A negro man named Plim was given to his son, James, Jr., at whose death he fell to his widow, who kept him till she moved west in 1827, when he was sold to James Jar­rett of Muddy Creek. Jar­rett was a brother of the widow.

To his son, Samuel, was given a negro man named Cae­sar, who remained in the fam­ily until about the year 1836, when he was sold, the widow of Samuel hav­ing about that time moved to Ten­nessee. Cae­sar spent the remain­der of his days at Union, Mon­roe county.

To the youngest son, Lanty, descended a negro named Ben, who, at the mov­ing away to the west of Lanty’s widow in 1841, passed into the hands of Joel Stodghill, as did also the negress, Phillas, who belonged to David. Ben and Phillis were man and wife, after the man­ner of such rela­tions as existed among slaves.

To Eliz­a­beth Stodghill, his old­est daugh­ter, he gave a negro ser­vant whose name can­not now be recalled.

[116] To his sec­ond daugh­ter, Jane Jar­rett, he gave a negro names Rose. Rose lived a a very old age and died in the Jar­rett fam­ily about 1850 to 1860.

To his third daugh­ter, Rebecca, descended a negress named Dianna, which name was always abbre­vi­ated to “Dine”.  “Dine” lived to see slav­ery abol­ished and died only a few years ago.

His fourth daugh­ter, Flo­rence Tay­lor, fell heir to a negro woman named Clara, who, when Flo­rence moved to Indi­ana, was sold to Peter Miller of Mon­roe county.

After thus pro­vid­ing for his chil­dren by giv­ing each a slave as named, there were other slaves dis­posed of at his death.

There are a few names in these pages that are spelled dif­fer­ent, but are intended for the same names, viz: Ann, Anne and Anna, and Eliz­a­beth, Bet­tie and Betsy. if you will notice in John Gra­ham, Sr.’s will, in these pages, his wife was named Eliz­a­beth, his daughter’s name was Betty. In said will he bequeathed some lega­cies to his [117] daugh­ter, Flo­rence, and in the same will he gave some prop­erty to his daugh­ter, Flora. Of course, Flo­rence and Flora was the same per­son. To illus­trate, in my early man­hood days, a Mr. S. courted a Miss Patsy S., and when her father gave a cer­tifi­cate to the Clerk to issue license for his daugh­ter Martha to marry James S., James S. said that was not the girl he courted, it was Miss Patsy he wanted.

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