Cecil Clarence Watts

Here’s one for all of my Watts cousins out there. Cecil was the first born child of Marcus Houston Watts and Minnie Rosettie Bohannon (or Bohannan). He was born on Thursday, 1 May 1919 in the Watts community of Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas. 1920 On Tuesday, 20 January 1920, census enumerator Fredrick Houghton…

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…

Stella Viona Graham

The eighth child and fifth daughter of John and Tildy Graham was born on 16 June 1904 in Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas, and they named her Stella Viona Graham. Stella was first recorded on the 1910 census at the age of six, living with both parents and her seven siblings on the family…

The Tale of Two Sarahs

I was doing some research on Mollie Graham in the 1910 census when I saw that her mother Sarah was living with Mollie and her second husband Patrick Bohannon.  “Ooh, nice find,” I thought.  “I need to add that to my previous blog entry for Jesse and Sarah Graham.”  So I pulled up that entry…

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…

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…