Obituary: Dessie Ann Coker

I’ve recently been doing a lot of research into the Copeland family for an upcoming article and came across this obituary mentioning Virgie and Danner Copeland by their married names. This turned out to be a key document for the article, so I’m presenting the obituary here. It was originally published in the Midland Reporter…

Silas Copeland & California Cypert

1870 Silas Richard Copeland was born on Friday, 10 February 1871 in Griggs Township, Van Buren County, Arkansas. He was the son of Burgess M. Copeland. California E. Cypert was born circa 1872 in Arkansas. She was the daughter of William and Asenath Cypert. 1890 On Monday, 15 August 1892, Silas Richard Copeland, age 21,…

Obituary: Erman Graham

Originally published in the Marshall Mountain Wave on 3 May 1957.  Erman was the son of William Thomas Graham and Virgie Copeland. ERMON GRAHAM DIED IN CALIFORNIA Ermon1 Z. Graham, 39, died April 15, at Reedly, Calif., it was learned here this week. Mr. Graham was born at Watts, Ark in 1918, and lived here…

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…

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,…

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…