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Samuel Graham

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Dirraw, Antrim, Ireland
Death: May 16, 1939 (71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (Coronary Thrombosis)
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William John Graham and Eliza Jane Graham
Husband of Margaret E. Graham
Father of William James Daisley Graham; Samuel Graham and Ethel Mae Kuehnle
Brother of William John Graham and Anna Wark

Occupation: Policeman/ Motorman for CIty TrolleysStatute Laborer
Managed by: Private User
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About Samuel Graham

On the 1930 Census, it states that both Samuel and Margaret were born in Northern Ireland. Since they bounced between Scotland and Ireland, the records also do the same, so it is still a mystery. However, the Graham clan seems to have originated from Scotland.


It appears that with now having the death record of William John, Samuel was approximately 14 years of age at the time of his father's death. ___________________________________________

Now there may be more information.....It is rumored that Samuel's father may have been married twice. At this time, it is not known if Elizabeth Mayberry was his biological mother or step-mother. Will continue to do more research to find the solution to this puzzle.


There was a rumor heard many years ago (via Robert Graham) that his grandfather Samuel Graham was adopted. It is not known what he heard meant to say he was actually adopted or if their last name was changed, as in adopting a new last name. The Graham name has been known to have changed from Grayham, Greame, etc...even Maharg (spelled backwards). So this is another mystery to be solved.


There is conflicting information regarding Samuel/Samual's birthplace. It is between Scotland or Ireland. According to the 1900 census, both Samuel and Margaret were born in Scotland.

They came to US in 1888.

According to Ethel (Megan) Kuehnle (Gale), Samuel and Margaret came to the US during the "Big Storm" in 1888. They went to live in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, PA, with Margaret's uncle Alexander Daisley.


Name: Samual Graham

[Samuel Graham]

Home in 1900: Philadelphia Ward 41, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 32

Birth Date: Jun 1867

Birthplace: Scotland

Race: White

Ethnicity: American

Gender: Male

Immigration Year: 1888

Relationship to Head of House: Head

Father's Birthplace: Scotland

Mother's Birthplace: Scotland

Spouse's Name: Margaret E

Marriage Year: 1887

Marital Status: Married

Years Married: 13

Residence : Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupation: View on Image

Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members: Name Age

Samual Graham 32

Margaret E Graham 35

William J Graham 11

Samual Graham 10

Ethel Graham 7

Robert Young 18


1910 United States Federal Census

about Samuel Grekern

Name: Samuel Grekern

[Samuel Grehem]

Age in 1910: 42

Estimated birth year: abt 1868

Birthplace: Ireland

Relation to Head of House: Head

Father's Birth Place: Ireland

Mother's Birth Place: Ireland

Spouse's name: Margaret

Home in 1910: Philadelphia Ward 41, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marital Status: Married

Race: White

Gender: Male

Year of Immigration: 1888

Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members: Name Age

Samuel Grekern 42

Margaret Grekern 42

William D Grekern 21

Samuel Grekern Jr 19

Ethel M Grekern 17

The above record states that Samuel was a motorman for the trolley system.  It also states that they were Irish/English.


Name: Samuel Graham

Residence: , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Estimated Birth Year: 1868

Age: 52

Birthplace: Ireland

Relationship to Head of Household: Self

Gender: Male

Race: White

Marital Status: Married

Father's Birthplace: Ireland

Mother's Birthplace: Ireland

Film Number: 1821642

Digital Folder Number: 4384847

Image Number: 00736

Sheet Number: 2

Collection: United States Census, 1920


1930 United States Federal Census

about Samuel Graham

Name: Samuel Graham

Home in 1930: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Age: 62

Estimated birth year: abt 1868

Birthplace: Northern Ireland

Relation to Head of House: Head

Spouse's name: Margaret

Race: White



Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View image

Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members: Name Age

Samuel Graham 62 (Guard for Truck Co.)

Margaret Graham 68

Samuel Graham 39 ( Conductor Pennsylvania RR)

Clara Graham 31

Margaret Graham 14

Williams Graham 12

Esthel Graham 10

Samuel H Graham 8

Thomas J Graham 6

Robert Graham 3 9/12

Clara Helen Graham 6/12





The following is a response to an email I sent to the Philadelphia chapter of the Masons.

The Masonic record of Samuel Graham, Sr. is, as shown in Membership Book 23, p. 251: Age: 59; Occupation: Policeman/Watchman; Residence: Holmesburg (part of) Philadelphia; All Degrees in Tacony Lodge No. 600 in 1927: Entered Apprentice May 17, Fellow Craft June 21, Master Mason September 27. Died: May 16, 1939.

This is a full record. Freemasonry does not collect any other genealogical information.


Glenys A. Waldman, Librarian


Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945 about Samuel Graham Name: Samuel Graham Arrival Date: 26 Mar 1888 Age: 21 Years Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland Ship Name: Manitoban Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Last Residence: Scotland Birthplace: Scotland Microfilm Roll Number: T840_10

It appears that Margaret Daisley Graham was also with him on this voyage. The words "Mrs. M. Graham" and the birth year match.

The 1910 census states that their nationality is Irish/English.


1920 Census (2)

name: Samuel Graham residence: , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania estimated birth year: 1868 age: 52 birthplace: Ireland relationship to head of household: Self gender: Male race: White marital status: Married father's birthplace: Ireland mother's birthplace: Ireland film number: 1821642 digital folder number: 4384847 image number: 00736 sheet number: 2

	Household	Gender	Age
	 Samuel Graham	M	52y

spouse Margaret Graham F 52y child William J Graham M 30y child Samuel Graham M 28y child Ethel Graham F 26y Clara Graham F 25y

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Samuel Graham's Timeline

June 26, 1867
Antrim, Ireland
August 13, 1888
Age 21
May 18, 1890
Age 22
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States
December 5, 1890
Age 23
Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Name: Samuel Graham
Birth Date: 18 May 1890
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 5 Dec 1890
Baptism Place: Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Father Name: Saml Graham
Mother Name: Margt
Organization Name: Emmanuel Protestant Episcopal Church

June 19, 1892
Age 24
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Name: Graham
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 22 Jul 1892
Event Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Female
Race: wh
Father's Name: Saml. Graham
Father's Titles and Terms:
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Mgt.
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Additional Relatives:
Registration Date:
Registration Place:
Reference ID: bk 1892 p 45
GS Film number: 1289332
Digital Folder Number: 004183437
Image Number: 00050

Citing this Record:
"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 April 2016), Graham, 22 Jul 1892; citing bk 1892 p 45, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1,289,332.