Searcy County Townships

Time for a short geography lesson. So far I’ve mentioned several townships here at Graham Ancestry. Townships in Arkansas were formerly used as electoral districts for Justices of the Peace.  The United States Federal Census was also enumerated by township. Here is a map of Searcy County townships as they existed circa 1930. Most of…

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…

Cracking the Case of Evisa Graham

A couple of weeks ago I posted about Eliza J Graham, a grand aunt that I was having trouble learning about beyond having been enumerated in two census.  I started to learn more only after I made the post, of course.  And so today I have largely rewritten that original post and included a couple…

Evisa Jane Graham

If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ve noticed that I’ve been working my way through the children of John and Mary Graham, my great grandparents. By my reckoning, Evisa Jane Graham was the first child of John and Mary.  She was born on 17 September 1890 in Searcy County, Arkansas, probably in Red River Township. …

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…

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…