John Graham, Sr. (c.1706 - 1771)

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Birthplace: Ireland or PA
Death: Died in Calfspasture, Augusta, Virginia, USA
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About John Graham, Sr.

History of the Graham Family (1899)

John Graham (the writer’s great grandfather) ...purchased a tract of six hundred and ninety-six acres of land in the year 1746, from John Lewis and James Patton.

It will be remembered that John Lewis was the first settler in Augusta county, or rather in the territory which afterwards became Augusta, having planted his home in the then remote wilderness in the [17] year 1732, at Belle Fontaine Springs near Staunton. He was the father of General Andrew Lewis who commanded in the famous battle of Point Pleasant in 1774.

John Graham (whom we will call senior) reared a family of four sons and five daughters on the banks of the Calf Pasture and died there about the year 1771, born about the year 1700.

  1. His oldest son’s name was Lanty (Lancelot). The names of the other three were
  2. John,
  3. James and
  4. Robert. His daughters’ names were
  5. Jane,
  6. Elizabeth,
  7. Anne,
  8. Rebecca and
  9. Florence,

who was the writer’s grandmother on his mother’s side, she having married James Graham (her cousin).

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Will of John Graham

In the name of God, Amen; The 29th day of July, A.D. 1771, I, John Graham, being sick in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks to God Almighty, and calling to remembrance the uncertain estate of this transitory life, and that all flesh must yield to death, when it pleaseth God to call, I do make, constitute and ordain and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, revoking and annulling by these present all former wills and testaments either written or by word of mouth; this to be my last and none other. I first recommend my soul to God. My Savior and Redeemer, and my body to the dust, to be decently burled, at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and appointed, and as to my worldly goods which God hath granted to me.

I leave and bequeath in the following manner; viz:

  • To my oldest son. Lanty, I devise and leave my plantation whereon I dwell, to him and his heirs forever, upon his allowing my beloved wife her living off it, with what stock she pleases to keep;
  • also the said Lanty is to give six pounds to Jane Graham's son. John; and six pounds to his brother John's son, John;
  • also to my daughter. Anne, I leave thirty pounds, besides my roane horse and chest drawers;
  • to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Graham, I leave 20 pounds, my bay mare, two cows, her choice of the flock, and all the household plenishings;
  • to Jane Lockridge I leave fifteen pounds;
  • to Rebecca, my Buckels, and to her son, John, one cow; also to Robert Graham half the mill that belonged to me;
  • to my two daughters, Florence and Betty, ten pounds each;
  • to my two sons, Robert and John Graham, ten pounds each;
  • to Rebecca, Lanty's daughter, I leave ten pounds;

all the rest of the estate remaining to be enjoyed by my wife whilst unmarried, but if married to be divided equally between my daughters. Flora, Jane, Betty and Anne, and if she never marries to be left by my said wife to her four daughters here named, at her death. I also appoint my beloved wife and my son, Lanty Graham, to be my Executors. I hereby revoke all other wills and testaments, appointing and making this my last, in the eleventh year of our Sovereign Lord George, King of Great Britain, &c. And in the year of our Lord, God. 1771. Signed, sealed and published and pronounced in the presence of JOHN GRAHAM. [SEAL] JOSEPH ROBINSON. JOHN KIMCEAD. JOHN ARMSTRONG.

At a court for Augusta county November the 19th, 1771, this last will and testament of John Graham, Dec., was proved by the oath of John Kinkead and John Armstrong, two of the witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

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John Graham, Sr.'s Timeline

1706
1706
Ireland or PA
1722
1722
Age 16
Augusta, VA, USA
1726
1726
Age 20
1735
1735
Age 29
Augusta, VA, USA
1742
1742
Age 36
Augusta, Virginia, United States
1744
October 4, 1744
Age 38
PA, USA
1745
1745
Age 39
Franklin, Virginia, USA
1771
November 19, 1771
Age 65
Calfspasture, Augusta, Virginia, USA
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