John Graham Family History
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Here’s the research paper on John Graham (1810-1883)

When we started going backwards in time to learn about the Graham family we couldn't have imagined what we know now. How exciting it became as we delved into this large and undiscovered family.

John Graham and his brother, Robert, are our earliest know Colonial Pennsylvania ancestors. 200 years later, hundreds of Graham family members from throughout the United States can trace their roots to these two men.

John H. Graham [1] was born between January and August 1810 in Pennsylvania. [2] He was a carpenter by trade, and the brother of Robert Graham[3] who was born 1805 in Ireland. [4] We know nothing else of the brother’s parents, siblings, or their births.

If Robert and John are the only males, then Robert is the 1st son and John is the 2nd born son. Using traditional naming conventions of the time; their paternal grandfather is Robert Graham, and their maternal grandfather is John. [5] Since we know nothing of the brother&’s sisters, we can&’s speculate on their paternal and maternal grandmother&’s names.

We might also assume the brother&’s parents names. Using the names of Robert and John Graham&’s children&’s names; Robert&’s 1st born son was Joseph, and his 2nd born daughter was Sarah. John&’s 1st born son was William, and his 2nd born daughter was Elizabeth. These names may suggest the names of Robert&’s and John&’s parents; Robert, William, Joseph, or John for the father&’s or grandfather&’s name. [6].  Of course these are assumptions. [7]

John Graham married Lydia Devor, and his brother Robert married Lydia’s sister, Ann Devor. [8]  John and Lydia most likely married [9]. about 1830 in the Cumberland and Franklin County region, or in newly formed Perry County Pennsylvania.

Lydia Devor was born June 22nd 1812 [10] to James Devor and his 2nd wife, Lydia Roles (Rowels), in Spring Run, Fannett Township Franklin County Pennsylvania. [11]

Lydia Devor was the younger sister of Ann Devor who married John&’s brother, Robert Graham. [12]  Lydia was born June 22nd 1812 [13] in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. She died December 8th 1862; age 50 years, 5 months, 16 days, in Mt. Pleasant, Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. [14]

John and Lydia Graham lived in and around the Jackson, Saville, Toboyne, and Tyrone Townships of Perry County, and Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. [15]  In 1840 John and Lydia had moved from Perry to the Newburg area of Hopewell Township Cumberland County. [16]  Spring Run, Tyrone Township Perry County, and Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania are within a thirty mile radius of one another. From all the records we researched, it appears many of their children would marry and live in present day Cumberland and Perry County Pennsylvania.

John was a carpenter and laborer, and he and his family lived in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania. In 1850 John and Lydia lived with five children, while 3 other children lived next door in the William (b. 1820) and Elizabeth (b.1824) McElwain household. Elizabeth may be a sister of John and Robert. Also a John (b.1828) and Elizabeth (b.1828) Howard live next to the McElwains.

In the 1860 census record John still lives in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania. In the household, the following children were listed; five daughters, Eliz., age 23, Mary J., age 20, Catherine, age 20, Mary, age 15 and Sarah B., age 7.; three sons, David, age 19, Rollen, age 17, and John, age 11. John Graham, head-of-household occupation was a carpenter. His estate had the value of $40.00 and personal estate was listed at $150.00.

Lydia Devor-Graham died December 8th 1862; age 50 years, 5 months, 16 days, in Mt. Pleasant, Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. [17]  Mt. Pleasant sits between Blain and New Germantown Perry County Pennsylvania. This is the same region many of their children would live with their families. [18]

It was reported John married Charlotte Mooreland-Weaver. [19]  Charlotte's husband, John Abslom Weaver died in 1858. [20]  According to the 1870 federal census John Graham would have been born about 1812, Charlotte in 1822, and John M. in 1855. [21]  In the 1880 census Charlotte (spelled Sharlotte) of New Germantown is listed as married, but John is not listed living there. He's living down the road in Blain with his daughter Sarah Bell Rowe. [22]  John is most likely building a home for his daughter.

In 1880 John H. Graham, a widow, who was a house carpenter, lived with Sarah Bell Rowe and three grandchildren. They were living in the borough of Blain, Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. This 1880 census record is the only known record also indicated Sara was married with three children, and a laborer Jacob Wentz, carpenter, age 52, was also a house carpenter living with the family. The census also indicated John and his parents were born in Pennsylvania, as do the 1880 census record for a Robert Graham.

This Charlotte Mooreland Weaver-Graham was born October 31st 1819 in Pennsylvania. Charlotte Graham's will only mention her sons; Jerome B. Weaver and Wilson M. Weaver. Ther'’s no mention of her husband’s name. Charlotte died September 4th 1883. [23]  According to Charlotte’s obituary, she did marry a John H. Graham. [24] 

John died at the age of 73, August 19th 1883, in New Germantown, [25]  Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. [26]  His burial has not been located, but we believe it would have been in the borough of Blain or Mount Pleasant, Jackson Township Perry County.

Through numerous obituaries we know John Graham and Lydia Devor had ten children. [27]  We also know that John and Lydia's son William was born during 1833 in the Tyrone Township region of Perry County Pennsylvania. [28]  William was my great-great grandfather. [29]

From a number of obituaries and federal census we were able to identify the children who were born to John and Lydia Graham. One obituary from John D. Graham; "...Mr. Graham was born in Newburg, July 14th 1849, and was the last of a family of twelve..."  [30]  This suggests that John was the last child born to John Graham and Lydia Devor.

The birth of their first few children was in Perry County 1831 and 1833. [31]  There were ten children. [32] Presented are eleven children, one doesn’t belong, or do they?

i.    Nancy A. Graham was born July 5th 1831 in Perry County Pennsylvania, and died March 18th 1885 while living in Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Nancy married Richard M. Devor who was born November 23rd 1827 and Died January 12th 1921. Lydia and Ann Devor had an older brother named Richard who lived in Newburg. [33]  In 1860 Nancy lived near her parents, John and Lydia Graham.

ii.    William Albert Graham [34] was born April 30th 1833 in Perry County Pennsylvania. [35] He married 1st to Mary Oliver, and then to Mary Culbertson, and lived in Shippensburg Cumberland County Pennsylvania. His son to Mary Oliver was our great grandfather William Henry Graham,  who died in 1874

iii.  James Graham was born October 25th 1835 in Perry County Pennsylvania. [36]  James died Wednesday, April 12th 1911 in Shippensburg. He was laid to rest on Saturday April 15th 1911, alongside his wives Angeline and Caroline, in the Green Spring First Church of God, Newburg [37]  James was 1st married to Angeline Gross until her death in 1872, after which he married Caroline Devor. [38]

iv.   Elizabeth Graham was born December 4th 1837 and died on March 19th 1905, Perry County Pennsylvania. She married John William Stump who died November 1878.

v.     Mary J. Graham was born about 1839. May not be a child of John and Lydia Graham, and the child of John&’s brother; Robert Graham and Ann Devor. Mary married her cousin Robert French, and later Watson.

vi.   Catherine Graham was born about 1841 - Single women named Ellen Living in 1880 with Sherman&’s in Hopewell Township. In the 1850 census Catherine was 9 years old living with Solin and Eve Clippinger in Hopewell Township, not far from John and Lydia Graham.

vii.  David Howard Graham was born April 25th 1842, [39] and died February 5th 1902, 59 years, 9 months, 10 days. [40]  David was in the Civil War: 77th Regiment P.V. Infantry Company D. He married Ellen Elizabeth Gutshall.

viii. Rolland Graham  was born April 4th 1844, and died May 2nd 1875. He married Drusilla Findley (Finley) on May 12th 1864. [41] 

ix.   Margaret Graham was born about 1845 in Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. She lived with her parents up to and including the 1870 census.

x.    John Devor Graham was born July or August 14th 1849 in Newburg. [42]  He was a Shoemaker and Barber. He died February 3rd 1927 in Shippensburg Pennsylvania, and was laid to rest in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Section 1.4, Shippensburg Cumberland County. John married Rebecca Jane Trostle of Blaine Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. Rebecca’s brother was Isaac of Kansas, Mrs. John Anderson Perry County, and Mrs. George Shuman of Florida.

xi.    Sara Bell Graham was born about1853 and died on March 23rd or 25th 1883. She married Josiah Arthur Rowe on June 18th 1874 in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Blain Perry County Pennsylvania. [43]  Sarah died March 23rd 1883. Their children were Lulu Rowe who was born about 1875, and Calvin Rowe who was born about 1879.

Nancy A. Graham - Devor Family History

Nancy Graham - Devor (1831-1885)

James Graham Family History

Here’s the research paper on  James Graham (1835-1911), which has a complte account of our findings and source references on this large and interesting family. Any questions, comments, or other feedback please contact me at boog@taylorgrahamlibrary.net

James Graham was born October 26th 1835 to John Graham and Lydia Devor in Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. James married Angeline Gross Thursday, August 25th 1859. Angeline was born in June 6th 1836 to Andrew Gross of Hopewell Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

James was a carpenter who was 5' 5'' tall with light hair and blue eyes. He and Angeline lived in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Besides being a carpenter, he operated a farm, which was located south of Newburg Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He worked as a farmer, fence maker, and copper (Barrel Maker).

On July 13th 1863 James Graham, a carpenter, living in Hopewell Township Cumberland County, enlisted into federal service at Carlisle by Captain R. M. Henderson. On September 1st 1864 he entered into Company “I” of the 9th Pennsylvania Calvary, as part of the 115th Pennsylvania Volunteer Veteran Reserve Corp. James served for 8 months and 26 days. He was discharged May 29th 1865.

In 1860 and 1870 James was a carpenter, and owned his own property worth $1000, while his personal property was $500. The family lived in the Newburg area of Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Children of James and Angeline: In 1911 seven children were still living. By 1916 three sons and two daughters were living.

i.    Sarah H. Graham was born June 1859. In her brother, David Graham’s, 1916 obituary she was referred to as Mrs. Smith of Newburg.

ii.   David Theodore Graham,  was born March 11th 1862 in Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. David married Martha Elizabeth Farner who was born 1859, and died 1923.

DTG (01) This is a photo of David and Lizzie Graham’s children. Sitting left to right: David Graham, Calvin Graham, and Martha Farner-Graham; Standing left to right; Zora Graham, John Graham, Effie Graham, Anna Graham, Lillie Graham, and David’s brother Elmer Franklin Graham.

This is a family chart of the  David Graham Family, which was provide to us by  Kevin Graham.

iii.  Agnes Graham was born 1864 in Hopewell Township. In her father’s 1911 will Agnes was referred to as Ellen Carbaugh. In her brother, David Graham’s, 1916 obituary Agnes was referred to as Mrs. Carbaugh of Shippensburg.

When Agnes was 26 years old when she married a 24 year old William H. Allison on April 29th 1891 at her parent’s home in Newburg Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. William was born in 1867 to Augustus and Mary Allison. Agnes married Mr. Allison of Shippensburg and later Mr. Smith.

iv.   John A. Graham was born 1866 in Hopewell Township. John died in 1875 at 9 years old in Newburg.

v.    Edward Andrew Graham was born February or May 1870 in Hopewell Township. He was 22 years old when he married 22 year old Bessie E. Miller on January 19th 1893 at Newburg Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Bessie was born in 1871 to Daniel A. and Elizabeth E. Miller.

vi.   Clara Zora Graham was born December 1872 in Hopewell Township. In her 1st marriage to Joseph Mowery, Clara identified James and Angelina as her parents. In 1900 Frank Graham was the ward of William and Clara Stouffer in Southampton Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

Clara was 20 years old when she married 23 year old Joseph Harvey Mowery on December 7th 1893 at her parent’s home in Newburg Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Joseph was born 1870 to Sarah Mowery.

Joseph Mowery died May 1894, and Clara at 24 years old remarried a 44 year old William A. Stouffer on February 11th 1896 in Newville Cumberland County Pennsylvania. William was born 1852 to Jacob and Anna Stouffer. He was also previously married, and his wife died January 1880.

Joseph had one daughter from his previous marraige,Emma L. Stouffer, who Clara adopted. Emma was born February 1898.


We believe Angeline Graham died resulting from child birth complications on December 29th 1872 at 36 years, 6 months, and 23 days old. She was laid to rest in the cemetery where the Newburg Church of God was once standing in Newburg, Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

James then married Caroline Devor who was born April 17th 1840 to Richard M. and Leah Devor. In the 1900 census record, Caroline indicated she had three children, and one was still living.

vii.  Franklin Elmer Graham was born February 6th 1873 in Hopewell Township. He married Eliza Katherine Hall.

viii. Christian Paul Graham married 1st to Maria Holly who died in 1892, and 2nd to Mrs. Catherine Miller. He’s not with James in 1880 or 1910. We can’t locate or verify this person. May have died prior to 1900.

vi.   Charlie M. Graham was born January 1881 in Hopewell Township. In 1900 he was listed as a son, and a farm laborer with a 4th grade education, living with his parents. After that there is no record of this person, and he may have died prior to his mother, Caroline’s, death in 1901.


Caroline Devore-Graham died December 17th 1901 at 61 years, 8 months, and 0 days. In 1910 James Graham, age 74, lived with Margaret Graham, who was noted as being a cousin, in Hopewell Twp Cumberland Co. James listed being married once, and for 50 years, married about 1860. Margaret listed herself as single, 62 years old, born about 1848 in Pennsylvania.

James Graham died at his home in Newburg on April 12th 1911 at 75 years, 5 months, and 17 days, and was laid to rest the cemetery where the Newburg Church of God was once standing in Newburg, Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

James’s will was dated March 21st 1911. The executor of his will was his son, David T. Graham. Also mentioned was his sister-in-law, Miss Margaret Devor. Margaret was the sister of his 2nd wife, Caroline Devor.

Franklin Elmer Graham (1873 - 1928)

Here’s the research paper on  Franklin Elmer Graham (1873-1928), and another paper on our efforts to valdate our assumption that he is the son of James Graham, and either his 1st wife Angeline Gross, or his 2nd wife Caroline Devor, or Caroline’s sister Maggie Devor.

These papers are fully referenced with all sources we used to document this family. Even though we are still researching Elmer and his family, we did determine he is our great-grandfather William Graham’s cousin. Any questions, comments, or other feedback please contact me at boog@taylorgrahamlibrary.net

Franklin Elmer Graham was born February 6th 1873 to James Graham and Angelina Gross in the Newburg area of Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He is also known as Elmer.

In 1900 Frank Graham was a ward in the home of W. A. and Clara Stouffer, who May or may not be the daughter of James and Caroline Graham. A ward is also known as a guardian, who cares for a minor or incompetent person placed under the care or protection of a guardian or court.

Franklin was 25 years old when he married 29 year old Eliza Kate Hall on October 16th 1902 in Shippensburg Cumberland County Pennsylvania. She was known as Katie, and she was born August 22nd 1870 at Roadside to William J. and Lucy Hall.

Before Frank married, he worked as a farm laborer on the farm of William Staoffer in Southampton Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Kate had a 6th grade education and worked as a home maker.

Frank and Katie lived in Irishtown in Newton Township and Shippensburg Cumberland County Pennsylvania. They attended the Church of God in Green Springs. Frank was at home on Lurgan Avenue Shippensburg when he died Monday morning at 56 years old on December 24th 1928.

After Frank died, Katie would move to North Newton Township, in the Newburg area of Cumberland County Pennsylvania. She would attended the Mt Pleasant United Brethren Church. Katie died after an eight month long illness in her Newville rural route Wednesday evening July 28th 1954. They were both laid to rest in the Spring Hill Cemetery Shippensburg Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

Elmer and Katie had five boys, who we will fully study at a later time.

i.    William James Graham was born 1903, and lived in Bellefonte, Centre County Pennsylvania. He married Ester Fulton.

ii.   Thomas Asper Graham was born was born 1906 and lived in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He married Clara Kline Sommerville.

iii.  Emory Franklin Graham was born 1908, and lived in Newville, Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He married Helen Pauline Bistline.

iv.   Clarence Graham of Greenburg, Franklin County Ohio. He married Alice Edith Gabler and Ruth Mae Brye.

v.    Aaron H. Graham was born June 20th 1912 in Shippensburg Franklin County Pennsylvania. He 1st married Vada K. Bistline who died March 22nd 1976. He then married Mazzie Clark Ingram.

Here are a few photos provided to us by Kevin Graham, whose web site has more information of Frank and Eliza Graham.

DTG (01) This is a photo of David and Lizzie Graham’s children. Sitting left to right: David Graham, Calvin Graham, and Martha Farner-Graham; Standing left to right; Zora Graham, John Graham, Effie Graham, Anna Graham, Lillie Graham, and David’s brother Elmer Franklin Graham.

This is the wedding photo of Frank and Eliza who married in 1903, and this is a photo of them taken about 1920, after their youngest sonCalvin died in 1919.

FEG (03) This is a 1920 photo of Elmer and Eliza, and their children. Back row left to right: Eliza Farner-Graham, Aaron Hall Graham, Clarence Wallace Graham, William James Graham, Thomas Asper Graham; Front row left to right; Emory Frank Graham, Elmer Franklin Graham, Thomas Asper Graham’s wife, Clara Kline Sommerville and their child Elizabeth Rebecca Graham.

FEG (04) Here’s a 1950s photo of Elmer and Eliza Graham’s children. Left to right: Esther Louise Fulton and William Graham, Helen Pauline Bistline and Emory Frank Graham, Vada Kathleen Bistline and Aaron Hall Graham, Clara Sommerville and Thomas Asper Graham, Alice Edith Gabler and Clarence Wallace Graham.

Elizabeth Graham Family History

Catherine Graham-Thrush (1840-)

David Howard Graham Family History

The family of David Graham is one of the largest and most extensive Graham lines. Everything is a work in progress, so here’s our latest research paper on  David Howard Graham (1842 - 1902), which contains all of our source references.

David Howard Graham was born April 25th 1842, and was baptized by Reverend Reigel. He was born to John Graham and Lydia Devor in Mifflin Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. David took up the trade as a blacksmith and smithy. He was 5' 8'' tall with fair complexion, auburn colored hair, and hazel eyes.

On September 28th 1861, David enlisted in the Civil War for a 3 year duty. He mustered-in October 14th 1861 at Camp Wilkins, located on Penn Street in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. The camp was located on the old Allegheny County Fairgrounds, Penn Street in the Lawrenceville section of the Pittsburg. The barracks at Camp Wilkins were rough wooden sheds originally built and used for the Allegheny County Fair.

David’s cousin William A. Graham was also at Camp Wilkins to be mustered-in. They would be assigned to Company “D” of the 77th Pennsylvania Regiment of Volunteer Infantry.

After training at Camp Wilkins, on December 11th 1861, David would be detached to a brigade in his trade as a blacksmith and smithy assigned to maintain regimental equipment. On November 25th 1862 he was detached to the Pioneer Brigade, Company “B”, 2nd Battalion. The Pioneer Brigade was a newly formed Union Army Regiment of field engineers, intended to add to the building of Union forces required to invade the south. The regiment was put together by selecting twenty men from each company of every infantry regiment in the entire Union Army. The men were organized into pioneer or engineer corps.

Prior to the 1863 spring campaign, the Pioneer Brigade Regiment were in the Tennessee and Georgia region, preparing for the Chickamauga campaign. In mid September David while marching at the rear of his column with a wagon train of supplies near Crawfish Springs Georgia, Captain J. R. Fry of the Company ordered David back to his 77th Pennsylvania Regiment of Volunteer Infantry.

On September 19th 1863, at the start of the main battle if Chickamauga, the 77th Regiment began advancing on General Longstreet’s Corps of the confederate army, when David was struck by a mini-ball on the left leg at the cap of the knee; displacing the knee cap to the side. He was removed from the battlefield by John Glazier, as Drum Major in Company “K” of the PA 77th, took David Graham off the field and saw his wound. David was sent to the field hospital located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Dr. McCaudlish dressed his wound, and forced the cap back into place. He was still recuperating in the hospital, on August 21st 1863.

In January 1864, while performing his duties in Chattanooga Tennessee, David came down with catarrh, and was in the hospital when he was exposed to small pox. He was then transferred to another field hospital, which were only tents erected at a safe distance from the mail body of the army. He was finally released in May or June of 1864.

The Pioneer Brigade broken up July 8th 1864 and the men with less than one year to serve were returned to their original regiments. David returned to Company “D” of the 77th Pennsylvania Regiment of Volunteer Infantry. His 3 year term commitment ended, and he was discharged October 13th 1864 at Snake Creek Gap, Rome in Floyd County Georgia.

Shortly after returning home in the fall of 1864 he went out, and returned in the spring on 1865. For a short while, he lived and worked as a blacksmith in Shippensburg Cumberland County. It is almost certain while he lived here he would have visited his family members member’s who lived in the area. His leg was often in pain from the wound he suffered in the civil war, and in late summer of 1865 he moved to New Germantown Perry County, where in the fall he met with Dr. Berry for his leg pain.

At the time D. Berry asked why David didn’t apply for a pension, like the other soldiers, and that without the help of doctors from outside on New Germantown, all Dr. Berry could do is provide David with some liniment. Dr. Berry died in the spring of 1866, and David began to see Dr. F. A. Gutshall who had recently moved to New Germantown.

While living and working in the Perry County area, David met and married Elizabeth Ellen Gutshall on June 10th 1867. Elizabeth was born July 16th 1845, and baptized by Reverend Harris. Elizabeth was born to Solomon Gutshall and Margaret Rhinesmith in Madison Township Perry County Pennsylvania. David had been a blacksmith, and later in his life a farmer. This is a photo of David and Elizabeth

Because of the wound he suffered during the Civil War; David applied for a pension on August 31st 1876. His claim was approved for $2 a month, retroactive to October 14th 1864, for his disability from the gunshot wound to his left knee and nasopharyngeal catarrh.

July 1880 David is a blacksmith in Blain, Perry County Pennsylvania. He is living with his wife and 7 children.

*   1877: David and Elizabeth were members of Mannsville Lutheran Church, Elliottsburg Perry County Pennsylvania.
*   1878: David and Elizabeth were members of St. Andrew's (Shuman's) Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Church of Eschol, Ickesburg, Perry County Pennsylvania.

In 1882, when David made an affidavit in his civil war pension, he was a resident of Blain Perry County Pennsylvania. On October 30th 1886 he began receiving an additional $2 every month, which was raised to $10 each month on February 12th 1891.

On June 17th 1886 David and his family lived in Centre in present day Southwest Madison and Northeast Townships of Perry County Pennsylvania.

On May 19th 1888 David Graham is age 46, living in Andersonburg, in present day Southwest Madison and Northeast Townships of Perry County Pennsylvania.

In 1890 David and Elizabeth lived in Altoona Pennsylvania. “...Solomon Gutshall and his wife are visiting their daughter Mrs. David Graham in Altoona...” In January 1891 David Graham lived at 1410 Mifflin Street, Huntingdon Pennsylvania.

David and his family became tenet farmers in McVeystown in Oliver and Bratton Township, and in 1897 they would farm in Strodes Mills in Granville Township, both in Mifflin County Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Ellen Graham died April 18th 1900, at 54 years, 9 months, and 2 days old in Locke Mills Mifflin County Pennsylvania. She was laid to rest in the Zion Lutheran and Reform Church Cemetery in Blain, Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania.

In June 1900 David was living on a farm as a tenet farmer in New Armagh Township in Mifflin County Pennsylvania. While there David suffered his 1st stroke. He became partially paralyzed and for a time helpless, and relied on his father-in-law, Solomon Gutshall, and his 4 children and 3 grandchildren for assistance.

Later that year in November 1900, David suffered his 2nd stroke. He was examined by the Lewistown board of examiners, who made note that David has been entirely helpless, and couldn’t dress or undress himself, or couldn’t feed or wait on himself. His condition was permanent, and there was no hope for betterment.

July 25th 1901 David’s daughter, Lilly Benney, filed a request of an increase to David’s Civil War Pension. At the time the family lived in Reedsville in the Kishacoquillas Valley of present day Browns Township, Mifflin County. It was while living here that David would die from his complications from his stroke February 5th 1902, at 59 years, 9 months, and 10 days old. He was laid to rest in the Zion Lutheran and Reform Church Cemetery in Blain, Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania.

This is a another photo of Lizze.

According to Elizabeth’s Civil War affidavit, dated November 23rd 1897, she and David had nine children and two had died. Their son Solomon died in 1944, and at that time two brothers and one sister was still living.

i.    Minnie Susan Graham was born July 6th 1867, and was baptized by Reverend McKnight. Before Minnie married, she lived with her grandfather Solomon Gutshall in New Germantown. In July 1889 Minnie visited her parents David H. and Elizabeth Graham in McVeytown in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.

When Minnie was 23 year sold she married 22 year old Edward S. Benny on November 18th 1890 in Huntington, Huntington County Pennsylvania. Edward was born 1868 to William and Jane Benny.

Minnie died April 21st 1931 in Lewistown Mifflin County Pennsylvania.

ii.   Margaret Lillie Graham was born March 28th 1869, and was baptized by Reverend McKnight. She married James A. Benney, and they lived in McVeystoen Perry County. James died prior to 1900, and they had Margaret Benny born May 1892, Anna G. Benny born February 1895. In 1944 the family lived at 141 West 4th Street Lewistown, and Lillian died September 1955, Lewistown, Mifflin County Pennsylvania.

iii.  Annie May Graham was born and died April 25th 1871.

iv.   Ada J. Graham was born September 26th 1872, and was baptized by Reverend Shoup. Ada married Mr. Price, and died after 1900.

v.    Sarah G. Graham was born June 12th 1874, and was baptized by Reverend Shoup. She married Andrew Reed, and she died after 1920.

vi.   Solomon Herbert Graham was born February 2nd 1876 in Center Madison Township Perry County Pennsylvania. He was baptized by Reverend J. B. Crist. He married Leah Frances Bowers. This is a photo of Solomon and Frances

vii.  John Fredrick Graham was born December 20th 1878, and was baptized by Reverend Sheeden. John died December 1930 in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.

viii. Ella Grace Graham was born January 7th 1880, and was baptized by Reverend Frazier in Blain Perry County Pennsylvania. She died 1940 in Pennsylvania.

ix.   Jacob Luther Graham was born October 3rd 1882, and was baptized by Reverend Heisler. In the family bible his name is Jacob Luther, but he was also known as Luther J. Jacob died March 3rd 1964 in North Jackson Ohio.

x.    Isaac Neff Graham was born January 29th 1885, and was baptized by Reverend Isaac P. Neff. Isaac died in 1954 in Orlando Florida.

Isaac 1st married Mary E. who was born about 1887 in Pennsylvania. In 1910 they lived Thompsontown, Juniata County Pennsylvania. They had the following children: By 1930, no more Children were listed. Ray D. Graham who was born about January 1909.

Isaac was 58 years old when he married a 2nd time to 52 year old Nina V. Edwards-Williams on June 25th 1943 in Wilkinsburg, Alleghany County Pennsylvania. Nina was born 1891 to Isaac H. Edwards and Henrietta Fluke.

xi.   Mary Alma Graham was born December 10th 1886, and was baptized December 11th 1886 by Reverend Isaac P. Neff. She died September 11th 1887, 9 months old in Blain. Mary was buried at the Zion and Lutheran Reformed Churchyard, Blain, Perry County Pennsylvania.

Church records for Mary Alma Graham’s baptism also listed an Elizabeth Graham who was baptized December 13th 1886, and who was buried at the Zion and Lutheran Reformed Churchyard, Blain, Perry County Pennsylvania. According to the inscription in the family bible, Elizabeth Gutshall-Graham was baptized by Reverence Harris. Mary and Elizabeth Graham were baptized by I. P. Neff.

Rolland Graham Family History

Roland Graham (1844 - 1875)...

John Devor Graham Family History

John Devor Graham (1849-1927)...John was born July 14th 1849 in Newburg Hopewell Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He married Rebecca Jane Trostle of Blaine Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. We know her siblings were: Isaac Trostle of Kansas, Mrs. John Anderson of Perry County, and Mrs. George Shuman of Florida.

During his life time, John was a shoemaker and barber. he died February 3rd 1927 while living in Shippensburg Pennsylvania, and he is buried with his wife in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Section 1.4, Shippensburg Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

John and Rebecca&’s children were:

i. Mrs. Jesse Johnson of Shippensburg.

ii. Mrs. Oliver Weaver of Shippensburg.

iii. Mrs. Herbert Weaver of Carlisle.

iv. Mr. George W. Graham born July 1879 in Jackson Township Perry County Pennsylvania. By 1927 George lived in Middletown, Dauphin County Pennsylvania.

Robert Graham (1805-1887)



End Notes

[1.] John’s middle initial "H" comes from the 1880 census and the 1868 Tax Rolls for Toboyne Township Perry County Pennsylvania. We believe the "H" would be correct, and may represent the name of Henry or Howard, possibly representing a family name.

[2.] Many genealogist list John&’s 1810 birth in Newburg, Hopewell Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvanian. There is no verifiable source to substantiate this.

[3.] Devor Family, pages 695 to 699, Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Chicago, The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905; Chapter I, James Devor, Page 21, The Deavor family, A Brief History of the Deavor Family in America, by William T. S. Deavor B. S., PhD, M.E. Bok Rooms print, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, 1896; and the Graham Files, Cumberland County Historical Society, PO Box 626, 21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

[4.] Robert&’s birth in Ireland and marriage to Ann Devor comes from the death certificate of his son; William A. Graham Death Certificate, #4423075, Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, Harrisburg PA; Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372

[5.] Britain Naming Conventions: Males 1st born son - father&’s father; 2nd born son - mother’s’s father; 3rd born son - father; 4th born son - father’s eldest brother; 5th born son - father’s 2nd oldest brother or mother’s oldest brother. For the females: 1st born daughter - mother’s mother; 2nd born daughter - father’s mother; 3rd born daughter - mother; 4th born daughter - mother’s eldest sister; 5th born daughter - mother’s 2nd oldest sister or father’s oldest sister.

[6.] Britain Naming Conventions: Males 1st born son - father’s father; 2nd born son - mother’s father; 3rd born son - father; 4th born son - father’s eldest brother; 5th born son - father’s 2nd oldest brother or mother’s oldest brother. For the females: 1st born daughter - mother’s mother; 2nd born daughter - father’s mother; 3rd born daughter - mother; 4th born daughter - mother’s eldest sister; 5th born daughter - mother’s 2nd oldest sister or father’s oldest sister.

[7.] We have other ideas for identifying the name of John and Robert Graham&’s father; using naming traditions of the time:

a.    John named his first born son, our great-great grandfather, William A. Graham, who then named his 1st born son, William A. Graham. The middle name Albert came from the Baptism Records for the Middle Springs Presbyterian Church Cumberland County; William Albert Graham - May 14th 1859 - Baptism - parent: William Graham - Rev. Hays - Pg. 130; Middle Springs is in the Southampton Township, Post Office Shippensburg area of Cumberland County Pennsylvania. The 1860 census for this area also listed Wm. A. Graham, son of William and Mary. However, the middle name may also be for Alexander, another name associated with the Graham families of this period in time.

b.    Robert also used the same name in naming one of his sons. John and Lydia’s daughter Nancy Graham-Devor also named her son William A. Our caution is; William A. Graham was also used by many of the other Graham families in this region.

[8.] The John and Robert Graham brother relationship and marriages came from two sources: Devor Family, pages 695 to 699, Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Chicago, The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905; and the Graham Files, Cumberland County Historical Society, PO Box 626, 21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

[9.] Devor Family, pages 695 to 699, Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Chicago, The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905; and the Graham Files, Cumberland County Historical Society, PO Box 626, 21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

[10.] We used Lydia&’s age; years, months, days from the date of her death from the ABD File for Graham, The Perry Historians, 763 Dix Hill Road, New Bloomfield, PA; using a birth date calculator in determining her estimated birth date.

[11.] Lydia’s parents lived and died their entire life in Spring Run, Fannett Township Franklin County Pennsylvania: Chapter I, James Devor, Pages 13-211, The Deavor family, A Brief History of the Deavor Family in America, by William T. S. Deavor B. S., PhD, M.E. Bok Rooms print, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, 1896.

[12.] A Brief History of the Devor Family in America, William Tecumseh Sherman Deavor, 1896. Devor Family, page 696 of the Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Chicago, The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905

[13.] We used Lydia’s age; years, months, days from the date of her death from foot note number 4, and used a birth date calculator in determining her estimated birth date.

[14.] ABD File for Graham, The Perry Historians, 763 Dix Hill Road, New Bloomfield, PA.

[15.] Fannett Township Franklin County intersects with Hopewell Township Cumberland County, and Toboyne Township Perry County Pennsylvania.

[16.] The family was in the Newburg area when their son John Devor Graham was born in July 1849. This came from the obituary for John Graham; The Shippensburg Chronicle, Thursday, February 10, 1927, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 West King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257.

[17.] The marriage between John and Charlotte comes from ancestry.com, family trees.

[18.] Our John H. Graham did have a son named John, but his name was John Devor Graham, born 1849, and married Rebecca Trostle.

[19.] John Graham and Charlotte Marriage: This match up may have happened using the 1870 census record, which shows a John, Charlotte, and John M. (Graykam) living in New Germantown.

[20.] John Graham 2nd Marriage: The marriage between John and Charlotte comes from the M.B. Gutshall family bible and John H. Graham and Charlotte Weaver-Graham obituaries. M. B. married Charlotte's son, Jerome Bonaparte Weaver. Jerome sold bibles for a while, and the bible and obituaries were passed onto M.B. Gutshall's son, Dewey Moreland Weaver. Digital copies, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372

[21.] Our John H. Graham did have a son named John, but his name was John Devor Graham, born 1849, and married Rebecca Trostle.

[22.] The confusion on John’s and Charlotte’s relationship is perpetuated with tax records, that do not list living relationships or if living together; examples.

a.    From the Tax Rolls of Jackson Twp., Perry County, Pennsylvania: John Graham is listed in 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864 and 1865. A letter dated March 4th 1866, states that John Graham moved to Toboyne Twp.

b.    1866 Tax Rolls of Toboyne Twp., Perry County, Pennsylvania: John Graham, laborer.

c.    1867, 1868, 1869 Tax Rolls lists John Graham; John H. Graham, $80, taxable value and $.64 tax; and a Charlotte Graham $130 taxable value and $1.04 tax.

d.    1870 listed just the names; John Graham and Charlotte Graham

e.    1871 tax rolls of Toboyne Twp. Perry County, Pennsylvania list Charlotte Graham

[23.] Charlotte Graham Death: Microfilm A800, Duncannon record, Duncannon PA, GBD File, The Perry Historians, 763 Dix Hill Road, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, 17068.

[24.] Charlotte Graham Obituary: The obituary was affixed to the M.B. Gutshall family bible. M. B. married Charlotte's son, Jerome Bonaparte Weaver. Jerome sold bibles for a while, and the bible and obituaries were passed onto M.B. Gutshall's son, Dewey Moreland Weaver. Digital copies, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372

[25.]  John H. Graham Obituary: The obituary was affixed to the M.B. Gutshall family bible. M. B. married Charlotte's son, Jerome Bonaparte Weaver. Jerome sold bibles for a while, and the bible and obituaries were passed onto M.B. Gutshall's son, Dewey Moreland Weaver. Digital copies, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372

[26.] John Graham Death: ABD File for Graham, The Perry Historians, 763 Dix Hill Road, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, 17068.

[27.]  Ten children comes from interpreting the following: which comes from John and Lydia Graham’s son John Devor Graham obituary, "... was the last of a family of 12..."; The Shippensburg Chronicle, Thursday, February 10, 1927, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 West King Street Shippensburg, PA 17257.

[28.] This comes an obituary record for William Graham of Shippensburg, The Shippensburg Chronicle, Tuesday, August 6, 1908, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 West King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 17257.

[29.] This relationship comes from my great grandfather's 1st marriage application; Franklin County Courthouse, Clerk of Orphan's Court Office, 157 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 17201

[30.] John and Lydia Graham Number of Children: This information came from the obituary for John Devor Graham, indicated that he was the last born of twelve children; The Chronicle Shippensburg Pennsylvania, Thursday, February 10, 1927, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 West King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 17257.

[31.] Graham Children Born in Perry County: This information came from William Graham Obituary, Shippensburg Historical Society Obituary Collection: The Chronicle Shippensburg Pennsylvania; Thursday, August 6, 1908, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 W King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 17257.

[32.] The obituary for John Devor Graham, indicated that he was the last born of a family of twelve…that would be 10 children; The Chronicle Shippensburg Pennsylvania, Thursday, February 10, 1927, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 West King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 17257.

[33.] Lydia and Ann Devor's Older Brother: Page 696, Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Chicago, The Genealogical Publishing Company, 1905; Franklin County Historical Society, 175 E King St Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 17201.

[34.] William Graham's Middle Name: The middle name Albert came from the baptism performed by Reverend I. N. Hays, Page 130, Middle Springs Presbyterian Church Cumberland County Records, Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 Pitt Street Carlisle Pennsylvania, 17013; William Albert Graham - May 14, 1859 – Baptism – parent: William Graham

•    Middle Springs is in the Southampton Township, Post Office Shippensburg area of Cumberland County Pennsylvania. The 1860 census for this area also listed Wm. A. Graham, son of William and Mary.

[35.] William's birth date was calculated using the information from his obituary and a birth date calculator; The Chronicle Shippensburg Pennsylvania, Thursday, August 6, 1908; Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 West King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 17257.

[36.] James birth date was calculated using the 1900 census record, his obituary, and gravestone.

[37.] James Graham Death: Shippensburg Historical Society Obituary Collection: The Chronicle Shippensburg Pennsylvania, Thursday, April 13, 1911, Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 W King Street Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 17257.

[38.] Caroline was the daughter of Richard Devor and Nancy Graham, who is the daughter of John Graham and Lydia Devor.

[39.] David Howard Graham Birth: His birth came from his Civil War Record, and his headstone at the Zion Lutheran and Reform Church Yard, Blain, Jackson Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania, 17006

[40.] David Graham (1842-1902) Cumberland County, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372

[41.] Roland Graham Civil War Pension: Roland's Invalid Application Number: 165119, Certification Number: 181606; Drusilla’s Widow Application Number: 236519, Certification Number: 190930; George H. Minor Application Number: 384958; National Archives and Records Administration; U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration; T288, 546 rolls.

[42.] John Devor Graham Birth Date: The birth date error and is explained in a research paper of John Devor Graham (1849-1927), Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372

[43.] Sarah Belle Graham Marriage: This information came from Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, Blain, Perry County Pennsylvania, 17006; and the ABD File for Graham, The Perry Historians, 763 Dix Hill Road, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, 17068.

Bibliography

1. Graham Etymology: The name was first found in Midlothian where researchers traced the family Norman origin quoted in the Domesday Book (1086 William the Conqueror). Meaning; gravelly homestead, or Granta’s homestead, or from the gray home (Old English). From a Scottish surname, another source points out that Graham originated in Scotland. Graeme is the Scotch’s Spelling of Graham. Some other spelling variations include: Graham, Grahame, Grimes, Grame, Greumach (Gaelic), Gram, Gramm, Grayham, Graban, and many more.

2. The Deavor family, A Brief History of the Deavor Family in America, by William T. S. Deavor B. S., PhD, M.E. Bok Rooms print, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, 1896.

3. The Shippensburg News, Saturday, June 29th 1872, MARRIED-GRAHAM-TROSTLE on the 10th of June, Rev T.C. Hillheimer, John D. Graham to Miss Jennie N. Trostle, both from Perry Co PA.

4. The Shippensburg News, Saturday, June 11th 1873, DEATH - GRAHAM - Near Newburg on December 24th suddenly, Mrs. Angelina, wife of James Graham, aged 35 years, 6 months, 19 days.

5. The Shippensburg News, Saturday, August 15th 1974, DEATH - McElwain - On August 5th 1874, after a lingering illness Wm. McElwain of Hopewell Township aged about 80 years.

6. The Shippensburg News, Saturday, August 29th 1874, DEATH - GRAHAM - In Shippensburg Township, August 24th 1874, Mrs. Mary, wife of Wm. Graham aged 36 years, 6 months, 16 days.

7. 1810 Joseph Devon (Devor) Census: Fannett, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Roll: 54; Page: 907; Image: 0193680; Family History Library Film: 00306.Original data: Third Census of the United States, 1810; (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

8. 1810 John Graham Census: Hopewell, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Page: 151; NARA Roll: M33_102; Image: 69. Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820; (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

9. 1810 James Devon (Devor) Census: Fannett, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Roll: 54; Page: 912 1/2; Image: 0193680; Family History Library Film: 00311.Original data: Third Census of the United States, 1810; (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

10. 1820 John Graham Census: Hopewell, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Page: 151; NARA Roll: M33_102; Image: 69.Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820; (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

11. 1820 James Devon (Devor) Census: Metal, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Page: 85; NARA Roll: M33_101; Image: 122.Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820; (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

12. 1830 John Graham Census: Dunbar, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Page: 209; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 162; Family History Film: 0020636.Original data: Fifth Census of the United States, 1830; (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

13. 1830 James Daver (Devor) Census: Fannett, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Page: 219; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 151; Family History Film: 0020625. Original data: Fifth Census of the United States, 1830; (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

14. 1840 James Diven (Devor) Census: Landisburg, Perry, Pennsylvania; Roll: 480; Page: 361; Image: 729; Family History Library Film: 0020553 Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

15. 1840 James A. Diven Census: Landisburg, Perry, Pennsylvania; Roll: 480; Page: 361; Image: 729; Family History Library Film: 0020553.Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

16. 1840 John Graham Census: Mifflin, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 455; Page: 94; Image: 194; Family History Library Film: 0020543.Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

17. 1850 Catherine Graham (age 9) Census: Hopewell, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_772; Page: 167B; Image: 342.Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

18. 1850 John Graham Census: Hopewell, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_772; Page: 171B; Image: 350.Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

19.1860 Nancy Devor Census: Hopewell, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1101; Page: 393; Image: 400; Family History Library Film: 805101.Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

20. 1870 John and Charlotte Graykam: Toboyne, Perry, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1386; Page: 287A; Image: 579; Family History Library Film: 552885. 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

21. 1880 Charlotte Graham Census: Springfield, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; Roll T9_1134; Family History Film: 1255134; Page: 363.4000; Enumeration District: 204; Image: 0726. United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880, T9, 1,454 rolls.

22. 1880 Sharlotte Graham Census: New Germantown, Perry, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1165; Family History Film: 1255165; Page: 299B; Enumeration District: 131; Image: 0599. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880; (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

23. 1880 John H. Graham Census, Blaine, Perry, Pennsylvania; Roll T9_1165; Family History Film: 1255165; Page: 277.1000; Enumeration District: 131; Image: 0556, United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880, T9, 1,454 rolls.