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Surprise Packet

I received the other day a surprise packet of Graham family information from Ms. Louise Bower, whom I had met in June at the Graham Family Reunion in Marshall, Arkansas. The packet included photocopies of Louise’s handwritten notes, a photograph of Sarah (Scott) Graham, a copy of Sarah’s death certificate, Mary Matilda (Bohannon) Graham’s obituary, a photograph of John Henry Graham, Matilda and their children (including my grandpa Daniel as a baby), and a hand-printed family data sheet for John Henry Graham and his family. Some of this material Louise had provided at the family reunion, but some of it was new to me.

The family data sheet was of particular interest to me because it contained the full names, birth dates, marriage dates, and some death dates of all of the children of John Henry Graham, and the source cited for the information was a family bible that at the time it was copied was in the possession of my grandpa, Daniel Graham.  The address recorded on the family data sheet was grandpa’s address in Illinois. Grandpa moved back to Arkansas in the late 1970s, and he died in 1983. Was this family data sheet created in the 1970s? Where is the bible now?  Could this be “grandma’s bible” that my cousin Connie says that she now possesses?

Upon closer inspection I think this data sheet was created in the late 1970s. On the right-hand side of the page, though partially cut-off, is the name Nellie, with a partial address, and the name Evisa. Beneath that is Nellie again, listed as “family representative” and her relationship given as “grand-dau” – cut off. That must be Nellie Collins Allen, the daughter of Evisa Graham Collins and grand-daughter of  John Henry Graham, and this sheet is in Nellie’s own printing. Nellie died in 1982.

I had already compiled most of the information on the family data sheet from other sources, but it’s great to have it affirmed. Some of the information is new, however, so I will be updating entries here at Graham Ancestry soon.

Thank you, Louise!

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A Grave Matter

Today, I made my first online memorial at Find A Grave.  It was for my first cousin Robert Daniel Graham, or Danny as we all knew him.  He was Uncle Leroy’s only son, and died in 1988. 

Danny was buried at Beverly Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois, which is only about four miles from where I live.  My family and I went out to Beverly Cemetery a couple of weeks ago to try to find his grave, but we left defeated.  The cemetery is huge, I had no idea where he was buried, and the cemetery office was closed (we’d gone out on a Saturday afternoon).  When I got back home, I sent an e-mail to the cemetery asking for information.  Today, I finally received a response with the exact location of Danny’s grave.  I intend to go back out to Beverly Cemetery soon to snap a picture of his grave marker.

Here’s a link to Danny’s new memorial at Find A Grave.


Obituary: Jessie C Graham

Obituary for Jessie Cornelius GrahamI obtained this obituary for my grand uncle Jessie C Graham from a second cousin I recently “met” because of this journal.  Thanks, Michael!

Originally printed in the Arkansas Gazette, 19 August 1975:

MARSHALL – Jessie Cornelius Graham, aged 83, of Marshall died Friday.  He was a life-long resident of Searcy County, a retired farmer and a Baptist.  Survivors include:  three sons, Albert and Alpha Graham, both of Marshall, and Alvin Graham of California;  a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Scott of Marshall;  two brothers, Jasper Graham of Missouri and Dan Graham of Illinois;  a sister, Mrs. Emma Mainord of Oklahoma;  15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Funeral was Monday by Coffman Funeral Service.

I’ve also updated my previous entry on Jessie C Graham with information that Michael provided.


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