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Thomas Edward Grafton

  • Birth 5 May 1871 Washington City, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1920 Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Memorial ID 20381873

The Rome, GA, "Tribune-Harold," of July 8, 1920, contains an account of the death of Capt. T.E. Grafton, which occurred at the family home in that city on the 7th inst., after a month's illness. The decedent is survived by his wife--Mrs. Margaret Grafton, his mother--Mrs. Virginia A. Grafton, a son--Benjamin F. Grafton, and an aunt, Mrs. Bertie Whitney, all of Rome, and a sister, Mrs. Talbet Smith, of New York. The mother and widow accompanied the remains to Washington DC and were there joined by Mrs. Smith. Interment was made in Oak Hill Cemetery, in that city beside the remains of his father, the late B.F. Grafton, Friday.

Thomas Edward Grafton, was born in Washington DC, May 5, 1871, and had only passed his forty-ninth birthday. His father was Colonel Benjamin F. Grafton, an army officer, and later one of Washington's leading attorneys, who took part in much international litigation and enjoyed a wide reputation as a lawyer. As a youth, "Ned" Grafton was educated in the schools of Washington and when 19 years of age he was appointed to the geological survey. In this capacity, he spent several years in the west and had mapped various portions of Colorado and other states and Indian Territory.

During his life in the west, he wrote a number of poems that had the swing and dash of a Kipling. Some of these were published in Harper's and other magazines and were illustrated by Fredrick Remington.

After leaving the government service, he was with the American Telephone and Telegraph company.

Fourteen years ago, he was married to Miss Margaret McLaurin, daughter of a prominent Louisiana family after the marriage they went to Rome GA, to reside.

Mr. Grafton was prominent in the life of the community and was at the head of many enterprises; was in charge of an engineering and construction company; was superintendent of public works; was president and secretary of Rome Chamber of Congress, planned and promoted a city auditorium; was secretary of the North Georgia Fair Association; the most successful last year in the history of the State; was chief engineer of the Dixie Highway Association; was secretary of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; was one of the earliest volunteers for service in the world war as captain of the 7th Engineers; was first on foreign shores and last to return home and his services were of the highest order. Latterly he was connected in an editorial capacity with the Tribune-Herald, and had left his impress upon that publication.

Many friends here of mature years will remember him as the bright, handsome lad who visited his aunt, the late Mrs. B.F. Junkin, in this place. (New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pa.) along with his parents. Whilst years have sped since his last visit to this place many friends recall him distinctly and regret to learn of his death in the prime of his life. Capt. Grafton's Aunt was the wife of prominent attorney and county Judge, B.F. Junkin.

Obit; taken from the "Peoples Advocate & Press; dated, July 14, 1920.

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  • Created by: Bill Corl
  • Added: 10 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20381873
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Edward Grafton (5 May 1871–7 Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20381873, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Bill Corl (contributor 46609777) .