I am seeking any information available on my gr-gr-grandfather, George Graham, his parents or any siblings.
George was born October 22, 1822 or 1823 in St. Albans, Vermont.He was the son of William James Graham and Margaret Graham, who immigrated to North America from northern Ireland in 1818.Sources differ as to whether they arrived in St. Albans directly, or whether they arrived in Canada and subsequently moved to St. Albans.In any event, shortly after George was born, the family moved to Brockville, Ontario, where William had obtained a homestead.
When George turned 21 (ca. 1843), William gave the homestead to George and for all intents and purposes, disappeared from the available record.It is very possible that he died and is buried in the Smith’s Falls area of Ontario.Margaret also went missing, although the 1871 Canadian census reports a Margaret Graham, born in Ireland ca. 1791, living with another family (perhaps an unknown son or daughter?) in the Niagara district of Ontario.Her age and the location make her a good candidate to be George’s mother.
Sometime “shortly(?)” after receiving the homestead, George sold it and moved to London, Ontario, although exactly when this happened, I don’t know.He reportedly had a farm in the London area for some number of years.
In 1847, George married Sarah Sanders/Saunders, who had been born in Canada.They had at least 4 children - William G. (ca 1852), Andrew R. (ca 1854), Thomas Little (ca 1856) and Eliza (ca 1858).It’s possible that all this happened while George was living in London, Ontario, but I just don’t know.
In 1863, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and in June, 1865, they settled in Wisner, Cuming County, Nebraska.Andrew married Jennie E. Parker in March 1877 and Eliza married C. Clark McNish, a friend and business partner of George’s, in September 1877.I have no idea what happened to William, but Thomas Little Graham eventually found his way to Sheridan, Montana, and had 8 or 9 little Graham’s, one of which was my grandfather, also named George.
Sometime between arriving in Wisner and November 1869, George and Sarah parted ways.Sarah passed away in Deming, New Mexico, around 1897 and is buried there.I believe she was living with her son Andrew at the time as Andrew had previously moved to the Silver City-Deming area, where, among other things, he owned and operated the Hudson Hot Springs resort, which is still in operation today.Andrew passed away sometime after the 1900 census and I assume he is also buried in Deming.
In November 1869, George married a 38-year-old New Yorker named Kate and they lived on a farm outside Wisner with George’s 4 children.I have absolutely no information about Kate (Katherine?) apart from her marriage to George.The family is listed in the 1870 U.S. census for Cuming County.
George wandered about the west for many years, living in and owning businesses in South Dakota, Nebraska and Utah, before returning to Wisner sometime around 1892.He moved to Chicago for a short period, and returned to Wisner where he passed away in 1894.He is buried in Wisner.I don’t have a clue what happened to Kate.
Naturally, I have about a bazillion questions about all these folk.If ANY of this sounds familiar, or if you have any suggestions about where I could go from here, PLEASE contact me.Pretty much everything I have learned about George Graham is written here, but I am dying to find out whatever else I can, and am certainly willing to share what little else I do have.