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The Graham Family

requests the pleasure of your company

at a Reunion of the descendants of
John Henry and Mary Matilda (Bohannon) Graham

to be held at the South Mountain Fire Department
on the morning of June the Fourth at ten o’clock
with a potluck lunch to be served at one o’clock

5420 South Mountain Road
(South Mountain Road & Wildwood Lane)
Marshall, Arkansas 72650

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Century Minus Ten

Came across this short article from the Appeal-Democrat celebrating the 90th birthday of Alvin Graham. Alvin is my first cousin once removed, son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts. Sounds like he had a great celebration!

90th Birthday: Graham

Posted: Sunday, September 6, 2015 12:39 am

Alvin J Graham

Yuba City resident Alvin J. Graham recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife, Dora, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born Aug. 20, 1925, in Marshall, Ark., he and Dora have been Yuba-Sutter residents since 1947.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and is a retired building contractor.

A member of Christian Life Assembly Church in Gridley, he enjoys working in his garden, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

Sources

AppealDemocrat.com. “90th Birthday: Graham ,” Appeal-Democrat [Marysville-Yuba City, CA], 6 September 2015. Retrieved on Saturday, 13 February 2016.


A Gathering of Grahams

Forty-five years ago today, this brief article appeared in The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri recounting a gathering of Grahams. I’m not sure of the occasion – no obvious anniversaries or birthdays were on 19 October 1970, the date of the visit. Maybe they just missed each other’s company.

Visits Uncle

Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Albert Graham[1] and family of Harvey, Ill.[2], visited his Uncle Jasper Graham. Others visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Graham[3] were Mr. and Mrs. Blane Rains[4], of Oran, Denver Graham[5] of Sikeston, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey Graham[6] and family of Oran.

Notes

1. Albert John Graham, son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts, and his wife Mary Ellen Treat, daughter of James Carter Treat and Mary Margaret Watts.

2. I didn’t know that Albert and family lived in Harvey for a time! Now I’ll have to visit the library again to page through the old phone books.

3. John Jasper Graham, Jessie’s brother, and Silas Danner Copeland.

4. Blain Rains and his wife Junia Barnes, daughter of Harmon Barnes and Alcidine Watts.

5. Denver Etridge Graham, son of Jasper and Danner.

6. Dempsey Graham, son of Jasper and Danner, and his wife Lillian Harris.

Sources

The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Visits Uncle”, published on Thursday, 22 October 1970. Retrieved from newspapers.com on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.


Obituary for Loreda Graham

I was alerted to the passing of Loreda Graham via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family group on Facebook. Here is Loreda’s obituary, copied from the web site of Clinton Funeral Service of Clinton, Arkansas. My condolences to cousin Alpha Graham and family.

Loreda Graham

Alpha and Loreda GrahamLoreda Catherine Graham, 79, of Marshall passed away Friday August 28, 2015. Born January 22, 1936 in the Watts community of Searcy County to the late Lester and Ida Belle Thompson Bohannon, Loreda was a homemaker. She was most importantly a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, She enjoyed catching fish and eating them. She was an experienced seamstress and made many handmade quilts. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds, but her greatest love was her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Alpha Graham; children Sheila Bixler and husband Ben of Alread, Roy Gene Graham and wife Dinah of Marshall and Cathy Carter and husband Ricky of Leslie. Grandchildren include Matthew Cotton, Nathaniel Cotton, Jessie Craig Graham, Jeremy Lee Carter, Christy Nicole Mosher, 6 step-grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and 2 step great-great grandchildren.

Also surviving Loreda are her two sisters, Leola Judd of Brighton, Colorado and Joella Hagar of Sutter, California.

Pallbearers are Phil Graham, D.J Lathum, John Coppersmith, Greg Griffith, Brian Klunk, and Donnie Bert Watts.

Notes

Loreda was related to me in a number of ways. First, her father Lester Bohannon was the son of Patrick Bohannon and his third wife Mary Frances Graham, my great great aunt. This connection means Loreda was my second cousin once removed. Loreda married Alpha Graham, my first cousin once removed, and her own second cousin. I haven’t yet worked out the Bohannon relationships, but I’m certain there are many – Alpha’s grandmother on the Graham side was Mary Matilda Bohannon,  my great grandmother.

Sources

Clinton Funeral Service. “Obituary for Loreda Graham.” Retrieved on Thursday, 3 September 2015.


Obituary for Opal Geeham

A member of Find A Grave going by the name Cardinals Fan recently posted a scan of this obituary to the memorial that I manage for Opal Graham, née Geeham. The obituary most likely appeared in the Standard-Democrat newspaper of Sikeston, Missouri, but no source or date of publication was cited with the image.

Mrs. Opal L. Graham

SIKESTON – Funeral service for Mrs. Opal Lou Graham of Sikeston will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Rev. Robert Burns and Rev. Raymond Armstrong will officiate, with burial in Dogwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 5 p.m. today.

Mrs. Graham, 81 years old, died Friday, Feb. 16, 1990, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

She was born July 1, 1908, at Big Oak Tree, daughter of Bud and Jeanie Presson Geeham. She married Denver Graham[1] Dec. 10, 1966, at Morley.

Mrs. Graham was a member of House of Prayer General Baptist Church at Grant City.

Survivors include her husband; a son, William Holmes[2] of Sikeston; a daughter, Anna Doherty[3] of Villa Park, Ill; a brother, Vee Geeham of Chicago; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Notes

[1] Denver Graham was the eldest child of John Jasper Graham and Danner Copeland. Denver was Opal’s second husband.

[2] William Holmes is the son of Opal’s first husband, Freeman Holmes.

[3] Anna is the daughter of Freeman Holmes.

Sources

Find A Grave. “Opal Lou Geeham Graham,” Memorial 107885604. Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.


Obituary for Anna Corinne Russell

Originally published in The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee on 3 December 2013.

Anna Corrine Graham

Anna Corrine GrahamAnna Corrine Graham[1], 81, passed away December 1, 2013 at her home in Kriby[2] Pines Retirement Community.

Corrine grew up in Brownsville , TX in her earlier years prior to attending Harding University in Searcy AR[3], were [sic] she received her degree in education. She taught elementary school in and around Searcy for 18 years. Mrs. Graham was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and fondly remembers the four years she lived in Copenhagen, Denmark. Corrine and her husband, J.R. have been members at Sycamore View Church of Christ since 1989.

She was preceded in death by her son, Royce Eubanks[4], and grandson, Terry Lynn Fuller, Jr.

Mrs. Graham leaves her husband of 29 years, J.R. Graham[5]; daughter, Elizabeth Fuller (Terry); grandchildren, Christy Procell, Jeremy Fuller, Nicole Fuller and Robert Fuller.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 5, from 10:30 until service time at 11:30 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Friday in Center Grove Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, TX.

Notes

[1] Per her birth certificate, her middle name was spelled with one R and two Ns – Corinne. She apparently maintained that spelling, for her name was recorded that way on the birth certificates for her son Royce and daughter Elizabeth, and in other records. Thus, the spelling in this obituary (and her Find A Grave memorial) is likely incorrect.

[2] Actually, Kirby Pines. Another typo from the original obituary.

[3] Harding University is located in White County in the city of Searcy, Arkansas, not to be confused with Searcy County, Arkansas.

[4] Royce’s father was Corinne’s first husband, Robert Eugene Eubanks.

[5] Julius R. Graham, a son of John Jasper Graham and Danner Copeland. Corinne was Julius’ second wife, and he was her second husband.

Sources

CommercialAppeal.com. “Memphis-area obituaries for Dec. 3, 2013,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 3 December 2013. Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.

Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery. “Anna Corrine Graham.” Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.

Find A Grave. “Anna Corrine Graham,” Memorial 121153127. Retrieved on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.


Two Watts Twice Counted

Charles Watts and his sister Blanche Watts were each counted twice in the 1940 census for Searcy County, Arkansas.

The first count for both was on sheet 4B of enumeration district 65-1, the city of Marshall in Bear Creek Township, Searcy County. Enumerator Blaine T. Myatt visited the Watts home on Walnut Street on Friday, 5 April 1940 and interviewed William Marley Watts. Mister Myatt recorded the family as follows:

1940 Census Marley Watts

1940 Census, Marshall, Bear Creek Township, Searcy County, Arkansas.

Recorded was Marley, his wife “Dealy” (Cordelia), and their children: daughter “Blanch” (Blanche), son Charles, and daughter “Ermidine” (Ermadean). Marley and Cordelia’s marital status was “M” for married, naturally. It was the same for Blanche and Charles, yet no spouses were recorded for either. Also, it was recorded that Cordelia, Blanche, and Charles all had completed an eighth grade education, while Ermadean had completed sixth grade. Marley was employed as a surveyor at the Dogwood Mill.

This enumeration probably seemed very routine to Mister Myatt. How could he have known that Marley gave him incorrect information? Charles and Blanche did not reside at Walnut Street at that time.

Elsewhere on that same April day, enumerator Alta Shillings visited the household of Charles Watts, who was renting a farm in rural Bear Creek Township. While interviewing Charles’ wife Ruby did Mister Shillings record the following:

1940 Charles Watts

1940 Census, Bear Creek Township, Searcy County, Arkansas.

Charles, then, was counted twice – once in the household of his parents and once as the head of his own household. Note the difference in his age here, 23, and his age given by Marley, 22. Charles’ education level was the same as Marley had given it: eighth grade. Charles and Ruby had been married for just over a year at this point and had a six-months old son, Billy Wayne Watts.

It took some time for an undertaking as vast as the Federal census to be completed. It would be over a month before Charles’ sister Blanche would get her second entry.

On 13 and 14 May 1940, enumerator Ella Parks was working to record the households in rural Red River Township. Mrs. Parks recorded the following upon interviewing John Henry Graham at the Graham farm:

1940 Census, Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas. This is the bottom of sheet 1A.

1940 Census, Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas. This is the top of sheet 1B.

John informed Mrs. Parks that his household included son Daniel, his wife Blanche, and their three children: Leroy, Janice and William. Note that John had given Blanche’s age as 25, while her father Marley had given it as 23. Also, John said Blanche’s education level was fourth grade, while Marley said eighth grade. Thus was Blanche Watts counted again.

Sources

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Marshall, Searcy, Arkansas; Roll: T627_173; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 65-1. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Bear Creek, Searcy, Arkansas; Roll: T627_173; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 65-2. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Red River, Searcy, Arkansas; Roll: T627_173; Pages: 1A, 1B; Enumeration District: 65-13. Retrieved 28 December 2014.


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