Tidying Up The Gray Home

A revision was published to the article on John Jasper Graham, adding in new information taken from the obituaries of John and his wife Danner. Expanded the paragraphs regarding John and Danner’s deaths Added a photograph of their grave marker Corrected the spelling of “Delois” Expanded the section on name variations Made some grammatical corrections…

Obituary: Vernon Leroy Graham

The following is the obituary for my uncle Vernon Leroy Graham. I do not know in which newspapers it was published. I found it posted on his memorial at Find A Grave. Vernon Graham Vernon Leroy Graham1, 60, of Marshall, died August 2 in Harrison. He was born October 4, 1932 at Watts. He was…

The Many Wives of Patrick, Part 3: Mary Frances Graham

It was late January 1903, and Patrick Bohannon had just buried his second wife Mary Frances Wilbanks, whom he called “Fannie” with affection.  Patrick soon found solace with Mrs Mary Frances King, née Graham, a young widow who had lost her husband and two sons in the Indian Territory a couple of years earlier.  The…

A Grave Matter

Today, I made my first online memorial at Find A Grave.  It was for my first cousin Robert Daniel Graham, or Danny as we all knew him.  He was Uncle Leroy’s only son, and died in 1988.  Danny was buried at Beverly Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois, which is only about four miles from where…

The Birth of Disinformation

Something recently happened at Ancestry.com that bothers me. Ancestry has this feature called Member Connect that lets researchers connect their family trees and any supporting documents to other members’ family trees.  Once connected, Ancestry notifies members when any other members link to their trees or documents.  That’s actually a very handy feature. Here’s the part…

Emma Dorothy Graham

The seventh child and fourth daughter of John and Tildy Graham was born on 16 February 1902 in Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas, and her name was Emma Dorothy Graham. Emma was eight years old when the 1910 census was enumerated in Red River.  She was living on the family farm with her parents…

Nona Elizabeth Graham

The ninth child and sixth daughter of John and Matilda Graham was born on 7 December 1907 in Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas, and she was named Nona Elizabeth Graham. 1910 Nona was first recorded on the 1910 census at the age of three, living with both parents and her seven siblings on the…

Sarah Rosabelle Graham, Challenger of the Unknown

In the original version of my article on John and Matilda Graham, I speculated of the existence of an unnamed child based on what I had seen in the 1900 and 1910 census.  The 1900 census recorded that Tildy was the mother of six children by that year, however only five were listed.  The 1910…

Researching… William T Graham

Oftentimes a genealogist must weave together strong connections based upon tenuous evidence from varying sources. William T Graham was one of the children of John Henry Graham.  The only definite information I had on him came from the 1900 census: His name, his estimated date of birth (January 1893), and his residence in Red River…