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Emily Marsh
RE: Graham Info
Yes I have been there. I have a link to his will. I will send it soon.
Added by Emily Marsh on Jan 04, 2014 8:05 AM
Emily Marsh
Graham Info

George Graham, progenitor of the Greene County, Pennsylvania, branch of the Graham-Grimes family, "was born in Sussex County, New Jersey in 1756" (Pension Paper). Of his early life we know but little and that little is derived from meager and in some respects erroneous tradition. His parents' names are unknown. The date of his birth is in doubt: on his pension application it appears as 1756, which family tradition avers is correct; yet at his enlistment in May, 1775, his age is given as seventeen years, which would make it a later date, (this however may be a clerical error). His nationality has been confused undoubtedly with the German family with whom he lived in childhood. Even his name has been corrupted!

"Fortunately this much of his history is certain. He was born in Sussex Co., N.J. sometime between 1756 and 1758, of Scotch or English parentage. He had a brother named Peter; the children were left orphans at an early age. Peter died young and George ("aged eleven" according to tradition) was brought up in a German or Dutch family where he learned the carpenter trade and to speak their language. When the Revolutionary War broke out he enlisted and was with Washington at Valley Forge and was wounded at the disasterous battle of Long Island. When he received his discharge he did not return to Sussex County but settled at, or near, Princeton, N.J., where he married about 1780, Charity Kimball (or Kemball). Sometime after the birth of his eldest son - and fourth child - he migrated to western Pennsylvania and settled first at Washington; being an expert carpenter with a good kit of tools he built a few houses there. In 1793 he bought 400 acres of land in the southern part of Washington County (now Greene), about two and a half miles northeast of the present town of Waynesburg. The country was then a wilderness covered with dense woods infested by Indians and wild animals. The Grahams must have grappled with many difficulties and hardships in establishing for themselves a home, in clearing away the primeval forests, and in rearing their large family of children.

"In Feb. 1796, the Legislature passed a law to divide Washington County and form another county to be called Greene. George Graham helped to lay out the new county seat which was named Waynesburg, and also built its first log cabin. In 1797 he and George Ullom built the first court house at the corner of Greene Street and Whiskey Alley. He was an early member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, - the first church built in the community (1803). It stood in, or near, the old M.E. Graveyard in Hook's Town, just east of the present borough limits of West Waynesburg. There his wife Charity was buried about 1808. Later, date unknown, but presumably about 1810, he married Mrs. Sarah (Miller) Shearin b. 26 Jan 1759, dau. of William and Mary (Smith) Miller, of Baltimore, Maryland, and widow of Henry Shearin, of Waynesburg (formerly Baltimore). She was the only mother the younger Graham children ever remembered. She also died, probably during the late twenties or early thirties of the past century, and was buried beside her first husband and George Graham's first wife. He married thirdly, Mrs. Mary (Patterson) Mason, widow of James Mason and mother-in-law of his youngest son. But in what year this event happened we are left in the dark. He was probably a widower when he applied for his pension, 18 March, 1833, as he gives no family data and mentions no wife.

"George Graham became blind a few years before his death, which occured 6 Feb. 1840, aged 84 years. He lies buried in an unmarked grave in the ancient Methodist graveyard at Hook's Town. The exact spot is unknown, but is near the Pope family whose stones still remain. His widow survived and was the recipient of his accrued pension for the period from Sept. 4, 1839 to Feb. 6, 1840, date of his death. (General Accounting Office, Washington, D.C.) Date and place of her death is unknown; probably buried at the old Stone Baptist Churchyard below Waynesburg, - Church and yard both gone. His farm passed to his sons, - Henry and William, and is still in the possession of their descendants."

•Birth: ABT 1756 in Sussex Co., NJ
•Census: 1800 Franklin Twp., Greene Co., PA
•Note: listed as a free white male of age 26-44, with one male of age under 10, one male of age 10-15, two females of age under 10, two females of age 10-15, one female of age 16-25, and one female of age 26-44.
•Census: 1810 Franklin Twp., Greene Co., PA
•Note: listed as a free white male of age 45 or older, with two males of age under 10, one male of age 10-15, one male of age 16-25, one female of age 10-15, one female of age 16-25, and one female of age 26-44.
•Census: 1820 Franklin Twp., Greene Co., PA
•Note: listed as a free white male of age 45 or older, with one male of age 10-15, one male of age 16-25, and one female of age 45 or older, with one of those persons engaged in agriculture.
•Census: 1830 Franklin Twp., Greene Co., PA
•Note: listed as a free white male of age 70-79, with no slaves.
•Death: 6 FEB 1840 in Greene Co., PA
•Burial: Waynesburg, Greene Co., PA
•Note: in Hook's Town Methodist Episcopal Graveyard.

Added by Emily Marsh on Jan 02, 2014 12:24 PM
Emily Marsh
George Graham
Yes I do George Graham is my 6th Great Grandfather. I am through his daughter Anna Graham Roach. Then I am through her son Samuel Harvey Roach. Then I am through his daughter Cynthia Ellen Roach Walker. Then I am through her son Dolph Playford Walker. Then I am through his daughter Frances Marian Walker Marsh. She I my Great Grandma. :)

Emily Marsh :)
Added by Emily Marsh on Jan 02, 2014 12:23 PM
 

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