In 1784 Nathaniel Wilson and Nicholas Grimshaw built the first cotton mill in Ireland - associates of Jesse Adair and his wife Anne nee Stanton ?This would have been just after Bristish officers (served in the American revolution ? ) were put on half-pay in 1783.
Was Anne's mother Martha Stanton , formerly (Mrs.) Graham, nee Adair ?.Martha married Samuel Stanton about the same time (c.1731) as the birth of Jesse Adair (possibly related ?).
In July 1796, one of Patton’s notices mentions deliveries (“Calicoes of the Newest Patterns”) from Dalrymple, Graham and Co. of Carnmoney.
In 1798 “William Graham and Co.” acquired a shop in the High Street “nearly opposite to the Donegall arms”.
In 1799 a notice shows that David Bigger and Mark Patton were the other partners in the “House of William Graham and Co.” and that “for the more completely carrying on the same Business” they were taking Mr. Aaron Stanton into partnership. The firm was to be known as Graham, Stanton and Co., and the printed goods were to be sold at Mark Patton’s warehouse in the High Street.