Catherine <I>Graham</I> Sears

Catherine Graham Sears

West Alexandria, Preble County, Ohio, USA
Death 21 Jun 1887 (aged 64)
Madison County, Indiana, USA
Burial Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 14415124 · View Source
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Wife of George Washington Sears.
Daughter of John and Elizabeth (Shetterly) Graham.

Catherine's father John Graham died between 1832-1856 either in Henry County, Indiana or Tennessee.
John Graham showed up on the property of Andrew Shetterly looking for work. Andrew gave him work and he ended up marrying Andrew's daughter Elizabeth. John was a school teacher and also wrote a pioneer arithmetic book. His book "Farmers and Merchanics' Assistance and Companion" was published by Judge Samuel Tizzard in 1824 in Eaton, Ohio.

Some say John Graham drowned in Little Blue River in Henry County, Indiana. The story has it that a man came into a bar in Raysville, Henry County, Indiana to talk with John Graham. They left together and he was never seen again. Neither his body or the horse were ever found to prove that he drown in the river. A man named John Graham showed up in Tazwell, Tennessee about the time John disappeared from Indiana. If they are the same person then John Graham was born abt. 1776 and died 1856 if not then he was born about 1776 and we know he disappeared in 1832. The John Graham in 1820 census in Miami County, Ohio and the one in 1840 and 1850 Claiborne County, Tennessee both show birth of about 1776. Therefore, it could possible be the same John Graham.

It has not been proven that the John Graham who died in 1856 in Tazwell, Tennesse is the same John Graham. The John Graham who was in Tazwell, TN was born about 1776 in Ireland. In the Preface of John Graham's math book he states the following "I have since my arrival in America, which is about five years, that I am now in my native country etc...". He was supposedly Naturalized in 1806 in Philadeplhia, Pennsylvania, so he was in the country 16 years not 5. Also there is a problem in the book (published in 1824) on pg. 11 - problem 9. How many years since the discovery of America, in 1492, this being 1822? So if it was 1822 when the book was written then he came to America in 1817. Also in his math book he presents a problem on how old his wife was (pg. 187 in the book). Problem 5. I have been married 8 years, it happens on the day of marriage that my age was just double that of my wives: as we are both now living; I find out ages to be as near each other as 2 to 1 2/14? If he married Elizabeth Shetterly in 1819 he was not married 8 yrs in 1822 when the book was written or in 1824 when it was published. He would have only been married 3 yrs in 1822 and 5 yrs in 1824. So I do not believe that he was actually talking about himself in this problem.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Graham Sears (23 Aug 1822–21 Jun 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14415124, citing Woodward-Gwinn Cemetery, Lapel, Madison County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by N J Martin (contributor 46810101) .