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Our Graham line dates back to John Graham of early Cumberland County Pennsylvania. However, we are unable to locate John's Pennsylvania parents, and their origins. So our research continues, and in that process we have been developing research papers in our search for our Pennsylvania Graham origins.
This web page is always being worked. It is dedicated to the many 18th and early 19thcentury Cumberland County Pennsylvania Graham families. What follows are brief summaries on these families.
We do have more research papers, which were developed to help us weed through the relationships between Graham families. These papers are continually being researched and updated. They are all fully cited with source citations, end notes, and bibliographies.
Please don’t hesitate to email us with any question or help in our work. The links below take you to brief descriptions on the families, and our research papers.
Francis Graham (1719 - 1777) William Graham (1719 - 1805)
William Graham (1753 - 1813) William Graham (1787 - 1864)
Here’s the research paper on Francis Graham (1719-1777).
We are using a suffix for Francis; Francis Graham II, because we believe that he is the son of Francis Graham. Our research paper provides the details.
Francis Graham II is one of our earliest settlers of Lurgan Township Franklin County Pennsylvania. Lurgan Township existed as part of Lancaster County as early as 1743. Other townships included in early Lancaster County the territory were Letterkenny, Greene and Southampton Townships.
Francis II was warranted land on September 8th 1755, and on the earliest survey, there was a John and Arthur Graham owing adjoining property. From Franklin County Wills of 1777-1785, we know Francis and John were brothers.
Francis Graham was born about 1719, possibly 1723, in Chester, Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He died August 4th 1777 (Possibly May 1780 at date of Letter of Administration), and was buried in the town of Roxbury, Lurgan Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania, now Franklin County.
Francis married Mary Thompson in early Lancaster County, which is now Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Mary was born about 1723 in Chester County. She died April 29th 1789 in Lurgan Township. In her a will, dated June 29th 1787, she listed her children.
Here's the research paper on William Graham (1719-1805).
This William Graham is one of the very early Graham families to settle in early Lancaster County, before Cumberland County was formed. We often refer to this family as William Graham of Shermans Valley. This was a very large family, whose members are tangled in with the other leading Graham clans of this area.
William of Shermans Valley was buried in Loysville, Tyrone Township Perry County, and he had an estate in Raccoon Valley, which is in the south side of the Tuscarora Valley region, located in the Tuscarora and Juniata Township areas of Perry County. I’ve seen a reference that their residence was 1-1/2 miles west of Bull's Mills.
Some years ago, prior to 1789, William Graham came from Chester County to live in Raccoon Valley, near Bull’s Run. He was born about 1719 in Chester County Pennsylvania, and died November 30th 1805 at the age of 86 in Shermans Valley. He was laid to rest in the Centre Presbyterian Cemetery, west of Loysville, Tyrone Twp. Perry County Pennsylvania.
It was proposed, but not factually determined, William married Susanne Ann Miller, who was born about 1720 in Germany or Pennsylvania.
When William Graham of Shermans Valley died in 1805, he had 3 sons and 5 daughters. The following is a profile of William's children, reconstructed from the obituary and the will.
Here’s the research paper on William Graham (1753-1813).
We are working to identify the parents of this William Graham, who lived in the same vicinity and region of William Graham (1719 - 1805) of Shermans Valley, early Cumberland County Pennsylvania. These two families and their members are tangled up, and we continue to unravel them.
William Graham was born in 1853, and died April 1813. He married Frances Lyon, who was the daughter of John Lyon and Margaret Armstrong. (Margaret was the sister of Major General John Armstrong.
William and Frances raised their family in early Cumberland County region of Tuscarora Valley, where he had property and status. In many historical references, he is referred to as William Graham Esq., who later in 1780 and 1790 had property and businesses in present day Spruce Hill Township Juniata County Pennsylvania. Willima and Francis had seven children.
Here’s the research paper on William Graham (1787-1864).
The only reason William and Agnes are considered as the parents of John and Robert Graham comes from a genealogical worksheet conducted in July 1989 by Donna Persky of Indiana. In her work, Donna believes that William and Agnes are the parents of John and Robert;“...because William is a blacksmith...”.
From the estate and will record of Elizabeth Graham, and the 1850 census records, we know for certain that the following were related to William and Agnes Graham.
Also from Elizabeth's will, she mentions a cousin, Mrs. Mary Mitchell of Philadelphia.