Jessie Cornelius Graham

Jessie Cornelius Graham was born in Searcy County, Arkansas on 22 July 1892.  By my reckoning, he was the second child of John Henry Graham and his wife Mary Matilda (Bohannon), and their first son.  He was likely named for both of his grandfathers, paternal Jesse Graham and maternal William Cornelius Bohannon. Jessie, age 8,…

Jesse & Sarah Graham

Jesse Graham was born circa 1844 somewhere in Alabama.  I have found conflicting information about his parents, so I will not commit to any names yet. Sarah F. Scott was born on 5 June 1844 somewhere in Alabama.  Jesse and Sarah were wed circa 1864 in Alabama. While residing in Alabama they had at least…

William Thomas Graham

In my previous post I documented how I tracked down some of the information I have on William Thomas Graham.  That post was more about the process.  This post is more about the results, and so I’ll bring together the details as I have them today. William Thomas Graham was born on 20 February 1894…

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…

Updates and Connections

Already this blog is paying dividends on my ancestry research. No, I haven’t yet had some long lost cousin offer me a treasure-trove of already researched and sourced data.  What is happening is that as I gather the information to write entries on my ancestors, I’m making connections that I hadn’t made before, noticing little…

Eliza Ann Graham

Revised 29 September 2013. Eliza Ann Graham was the older sister of John Henry Graham.  She was born on Saturday, 5 September 1868 somewhere in Alabama to parents Jesse and Sarah Graham.  Jesse and Sarah were apparently quite the vagabonds since by 1870 they had moved to Texas where John Henry was born, and then…

Historical Geography

I had a minor revelation today while looking at online maps of Searcy County, Arkansas. Many of the "towns" listed on old United States Federal Census documents for the county are probably just roads.  I've driven through the mountains of Searcy County (most recently in April 2010) and I didn't see much evidence for a…

Cemetery Names

When doing family research names are very important. Not only the names of people, but of places. I mentioned a Shady Grove Cemetery in my post on John Henry Graham. Searching around the Internet, it seems that Arkansas has at least 20 cemeteries going by the name Shady Grove in 18 different counties.  The one…