End of the War to End all Wars

One hundred years ago: My great uncle, Private William Thomas Graham, was serving in France with Company F, 348th Infantry, 87th Division. The division was under orders for service at the front lines and was actually in movement when peace broke out on November 11th at 1100 hours, bringing an end to World War I.

Tidying Up The Gray Home

Merry Christmas from Graham Ancestry! The following entries have been recently updated: Jesse & Sarah Graham Complete re-write of article Added two new photographs of their grave markers Added two images from the census Expanded the Sources so that you can easily check my work! Who Is Buried In William’s Grave? Added a new detail…

87th Division’s WWI History

I’ve been browsing the Internet to find a more in-depth picture of what the 87th Division was doing during their time in France during the First World War.  While there are a plethora of sites that recount the division’s Second World War history, in which they participated in various combat campaigns, there is little in…

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…

Wartime Dispatches: Departure & Arrival of the Chicago

This Associated Press article appeared in the Daily Herald on 27 February 1919.  William Thomas Graham was a soldier in Company F, mentioned herein. SOUTHERN TROOPS SAIL FROM FRANCE Units of Eighty Seventh Division Composed of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi Men. Washington, Feb 27.—Forty-six officers and 100 men comprising headquarters of 1st and 3rd Battalions…

A Doughboy in the Golden Acorn Division

During my recent trip to Marshall, Arkansas I visited the grave of my grand uncle William Thomas Graham.  As I mentioned previously, his grave marker listed the unit with which he served during the first World War: the 348th Infantry, 87th Division.  I hit the Internet and ran several searches on the unit to see…

How I Spent My Arkansas Vacation

A couple of weeks ago I took a week’s vacation from work so that I could attend the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair and the Graham family reunion, both in Marshall, Arkansas.  This will be a recap of the highlights. Travellin’ Down Left Chicagoland and drove south.  Our goal the first day was simply to travel…

Who is Buried in William’s Grave?

I recently returned from a sojourn to Marshall, Arkansas where I attended the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair and the Graham Family reunion for the descendants of Jesse and Sarah Graham.  I met a lot of friendly folks and gathered a lot of material for this journal, but at the same time I know there’s more…

The Birth of Disinformation

Something recently happened at Ancestry.com that bothers me. Ancestry has this feature called Member Connect that lets researchers connect their family trees and any supporting documents to other members’ family trees.  Once connected, Ancestry notifies members when any other members link to their trees or documents.  That’s actually a very handy feature. Here’s the part…