|Birth: ||Aug. 10, 1823|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1877|
The Rev. Abner Francis GRAHAM was born in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, in extreme western Massachusetts, near Albany, New York. He was the son of Anson B. GRAHAM (1799-1858) & Perces CLAFLIN (1797-1824). Rev. GRAHAM's mother died in the year following his birth, and his father then married her sister, Lucy CLAFLIN (1795-1837), who raised him until her own death in his 14th year. Abner & Lucy had moved their family to Georgia; Lucy CLAFLIN was buried at Millhaven, in Screven County, near the old Seaborn JONES residence.
Few People Can Trace in Unbroken Links their Ancestry for over Three Centuries, an article, written by grandson T. A. BUXTON, which appeared in the True Citizen in 1922, centered on the correspondence of Rev. GRAHAM's youngest son, George Washington GRAHAM Sr., with a cousin in New York who was attempting to compile a Tercentenary Book of Alden. Their exchanges concerned their common descent from John ALDEN & Priscilla MULLINS of the Mayflower, the couple immortalized by Longfellow in the Courtship of Miles Standish (published 1858). Longfellow himself and the CLAFLIN sisters shared the ALDEN ancestry. This youngest son was also aware of his descent from the MACKCLOTHLANs (CLAFLINs) of Scotland, and had his late father's records, including a diary with this 1858 entry: Went to Alexander to mail petition for establishment of post office at Sardis, Ga. [This youngest son became the Postmaster at Sardis.] Mr. BUXTON went on to say that it was ten miles to Alexander and the same distance to Bascom in Screven county, the only two post offices between Waynesboro and Sylvania, and only one mail day a week, possibly in two weeks at that time. He (Mr. Abner Graham) was a mill wright, and a son-in-law, Henry A. Videtto, when [sic, whom] he raised almost from childhood, was also a millwright, both good ones. They were both preachers, as was my father [the Rev. Jefferson LaFayette BUXTON], another son-in-law. These three were very much devoted to one another.
A 1930 obituary in the Springfield Herald for Rev. GRAHAM's eldest son, John Francis GRAHAM, included this reference to Rev. GRAHAM: He was the son of one of Georgia's foremost pioneer Baptist preachers, for whom a handsome memorial window has recently been erected in the new Sardis Church.
Rev. GRAHAM was a carpenter, a millwright and a minister. In Burke County, in 1846, Rev. GRAHAM married Sarah Ann Elizabeth RACKLEY, and they were the parents of eight children, born 1847-1863:
• Mary Louise GRAHAM, the wife of 1st Lt Henry Albert VIDETTO Sr. C.S.A.,
• Marthann E. GRAHAM, "Mattie," the wife of Rev. Jefferson LaFayette BUXTON,
• John Francis GRAHAM (buried in Effingham County),
• Dr. Almon Anson GRAHAM,
• Abbie Frances GRAHAM, the wife of Charles Wesley MOBLEY Jr.,
• Amanda Perces GRAHAM,
• George Washington GRAHAM Sr., and
• Cora F. GRAHAM.
Sarah E. Rackley Graham (1825 - 1898)
Mary L. Graham Videtto (1847 - 1882)*
John Francis Graham (1851 - 1929)*
Almond A. Graham (1854 - 1895)*
Abigail Francis Graham Mobley (1856 - 1889)*
George Washington Graham (1861 - 1926)*
Note: The evidently earlier of his two stones has his birthdate as the 10th of August, rather than the 19th; a Bible record may clarify which is correct.
Created by: jrpv
Record added: Jan 18, 2009
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