Tidying Up

Thanks to a brief e-mail conversation with Larry Watts, I was able to find Eliza Ann Graham in the 1940 census, which led me to do a major overhaul of my 2010 article about her. The following changes were published today: Eliza Ann Graham Added section headers by decade Added county clerk’s name to marriage…

Obituary: Mildred Watts

From AppealDemocrat.com: Mildred Isabel Watts April 22, 1929 - November 20, 2012 Mildred Watts of Pioneer, CA died November 20, 2012 in Sacramento, California. Born April 22, 1929 in Imo, Arkansas to Jewel and Archie Gates. She loved to garden, can, and was known for her homemade biscuits, gravy, and pear pie. Mildred was a…

Obituary: John Henry Graham

I came across the following obituary and “card of thanks” in the genealogy section of the Searcy County Library.  It was originally published in the Marshall Republican, 3 May 1946: John Henry Graham John Henry Graham, age 75, died at his home near Rambo, Searcy County, Wednesday, April 24.  He was a well known farmer…

Who is Buried in William’s Grave?

I recently returned from a sojourn to Marshall, Arkansas where I attended the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair and the Graham Family reunion for the descendants of Jesse and Sarah Graham.  I met a lot of friendly folks and gathered a lot of material for this journal, but at the same time I know there’s more…

Oh, A King and His Ladies, Part 2: Mary Frances Graham

Mary Frances “Mollie” Graham was born circa June 1879 in Bear Creek Township, Searcy County, Arkansas to parents Jesse and Sarah Graham. The 1880 census recorded Mary, age 1, living on a farm in Bear Creek with her parents and siblings William Graham, Eliza Ann Graham, and John Henry Graham. No data is available for…

The Many Wives of Patrick, Part 1: Rixey Ann Watson

On 8 June 1861, voters in Tennessee approved a referendum to secede from the United States of America to join the Confederacy, the last state to do so. Upon the end of the Civil War, Tennessee was the first of the seceding states to have its elected members re-admitted to the United States Congress, on…

Eliza Revisited

Today, I published a major revision of my article from October 2010 on Eliza Ann Graham.  The following changes have been made: Added detailed information from the 1880 census. Added more details from the marriage document of Eliza and Siler Watts, and included a scan of that document. Tweaked 1900 census paragraph. Added an image…

Fourth And Three

Two tidbits of information revealed themselves to me as a result of my recent timeline post. Fourth Born Following the end of the Civil War, the United States Congress passed the Reconstruction Act, which placed the former Confederate states into five military districts overseen by the United States Army.  Each district was governed by a…

Timeline Thus Far

I thought it might be neat to take some of the dates mentioned in the articles on Graham Ancestry and arrange them in chronological order along with some other significant American historical milestones. Nineteenth Century 4 July 1819.  The Territory of Arkansas was created from a portion of the Missouri Territory. 15 June 1836.  Arkansas…