Graham and the Wild Lands

An allusion has been made to the Homestead Law. I think it worthy of consideration, and that the wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity of benefitting his condition. Abraham Lincoln, 12 February 1861 This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Homestead…

Obituary for Mary Matilda (Bohannon) Graham

A copy of this obituary was provided to me by Louise Graham Bower. I do not know in which paper it appeared, though it was possibly the Marshall Republican, the same paper that published John Henry Graham’s obituary nineteen months later. Mrs. MARY BOHANNON[1]                                Mrs. Mary Matilda Bohannon Graham, daughter of the late Neal…

Obituary: Callie (Watts) Graham

Originally published in The Marshall Republican on Thursday, 2 October 1958. Callie Graham, Wife of Jesse Graham, Died Mrs. Callie Graham, aged 64, wife of Jesse Graham, died Saturday.  The family had resided in the Rambo and Watts communities for a number of years. Mrs. Graham was born October 18, 1893.  She professed faith in…

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…

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…

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…

Rewriting History

This journal has developed a small following in the three months that I’ve been writing it, and I want to take a moment to point out something to that following: This is not a static journal. If you’re a regular reader, you should regularly go back and re-read some of the older entries, especially if…