Timeline of Events

Brief Mansion Timeline:

Graham family founder, Robert Graham, immigrates to Wythe County area in 1775; serves one year in Revolutionary War.

1800: Squire David Graham born.

1835: Squire David Graham marries Martha Bell Pierce; Squire David operates 12 furnaces, a forge, and a grain mill, is part owner of nearby Lead Mines, owns 26,000 acres in the Grahams Forge community, and is known as the “first ironsmith of southwest Virginia”.  He begins to build the original rear frame section of the Mansion in the 1830s.

1838: Major David Pierce Graham born.  It is said that Major Grahams lived at “Cedar Run” all of his life.

1848: Bricks were made locally for the massive Mansion “addition”

1855: Mansion “addition” completed

1861: Major Graham joins Confederate Army; later discharged due to illness and continues to develop father’s iron business and supply pig iron to the war effort.

1868: Major Graham marries Nancy Montgomery Tate; Major Graham and Miss Tate share a secret!  …they have the same grandfather….Robert Graham!

1870: Mansion 2-story slate roof, towers, and dormers added

1890: Victorian porches and sun rooms added

1930s: Jim Graham, a Wytheville banker and resident of “Cedar Run”, moves his family from the Mansion “to town” and uses the property intermittently for holiday and picnic outings.

1943: Home and approximately 1200 acres purchased by law professor Reid Fulton.  His grandfather, Creed Fulton, was a founder of Emory and Henry College.   An eccentric book collector, Fulton lived in the Mansion until the 1980s.  Local sources report that Fulton lived at the mansion without electricity or adequate running water.  It is said that “he ate buzzard eggs and bathed in Cedar Run Creek”.   Fulton sold the property to Dr. James Chitwood of Pulaski in the 1970s and his vast antique book collections were donated and sold to libraries all over the world.  Dr. Chitwood listed the mansion property on the National Historic Register in 1984.  The property was owned briefly by a corporation from West Virginia.   J.C. (Josiah Cephus) Weaver purchased the property in early 1990 and incorporated it into his current 4000 acre W.W. Ranch where he raises Angus and Hertford beef cattle.

July 2006:  J.C. “Josiah” Weaver hosts his annual July 4th party at the newly rebuilt Carriage House foundation stage.  J.C. also rebuilds the Mansion front porch and preserves its original cast iron columns.  Neighbors and passers by express a strong interest in the Mansion history; Josiah begins his dream of hosting a music festival at the historic property.

September 3, 2007:  Josiah hosts his first GrahamFest Music Fesival with over 3000 in attendance.

October, 2007: The Virginia Paranormal Society begins to investigate and later confirms local reports of paranormal activity at the Major Graham’s Mansion; the Mansion is haunted!

August 31st – September 1st, 2008: Josiah’s second GrahamFest Music Festival.


Sir Robert Graham, angered by a spell of imprisonment from which he had escaped into the Highlands and set up a conspiracy with two Stewarts. February 21, 1437 they burst into the Blackfriars monastery in Perth in spite of the attempt by Catherine Douglas, one of the queen's attendants, to bar the door by using her arm as a bolt, earning herself the name of Kate-Bar-the-Door. In due course, conspirators were taken to Edinburgh, subjected to torture and finally beheaded. All that remains on the site of the monastic gatehouse in modern Perth is the stone house associated with Walter Scott's novel "The Fair Maid of Perth" Sir Robert Graham swept down on to Perth, one night in 1437, at the head of a picked raiding party of his highland men and slew King James I himself. Could this be ancestor of Robert Graham who lived in Wythe Co., VA??

Robert's mother was Catherine but have not been able to find her last name. Catherine and her mother left Scotland and went to Northern Ireland when her father was beheaded at the time of Charles II of England. I think that some of the Grahams had been expelled to Northern Ireland as some of their kin had been beheaded also. (Source: CT BARNS)

"Robert Graham descendant of good old Scotch family who emigrated to America in 1700's" from Ruth Graham Moore of Los Angeles

Note: Robert Graham - c 1725 - was the father of the four children who immigrated. (from jduell@aol.com)

Among the many families who thus emigrated from Scotland to Ireland and later from Ireland to America, we might mention the following names: Forbesses, Stuarts, Hamiltons, Montgomerys, Alexanders, Grahams, Shaws, Moores, Lewises, Pattons, Mathews, Prestons, Baxtons, Lyles, Grigsbys, Crawfords, Comminses, Browns, Wallaces, Wilsons, Caruthers, Campbells, McClungs, McCues, McKees, McCowns, Lockridges, Boyds, Barclays, McDonals and Baileys, described as, Mcknights and gentlemen of Scotland, whose prosperity holds good to this day. They were Irish Presbyterians, who, being of Scotch extraction, were called Scotch-Irish

There was a Christopher Graham born 1680 and died January 1746 married to a Florence? Our Robert Graham could possibly be a grandson to Christopher Graham. They may have had children; William, Jane, Joseph, David, and James Graham

The Grahams, like many of the early settlers of the Valley of Virginia, were of Scotch-Irish descent and came from counties Donegal and Londonderry, in the northern part of Ireland. The first immigration of the Grahams to this country, of which we have any account, occurred about the year 1720 to 1730, the exact date of which cannot now be known

It is, however, a matter of history that one Michael Graham settled in Paxtong Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about the date referred to and that he was a direct descendant of the Earl of Montrose, who was beheaded. The descendants of Michael Graham afterwards settled in the Valley of Virginia and became noted for their scholarly attainments, as well as their religious zeal

Of these, however, we may speak further on. It is known that at or near the same period of the coming of Michael to this country other members of the same family, kith and kin, also settled in this country, among whom were John Graham (the writer's great grandfather), who settled for a time, it is believed, in Pennsylvania and later moved to the Great Calf Pasture River in Augusta county, Virginia. It is to be regretted that we cannot give the exact date of the settlement on the Calf Pasture River, but conclude that not earlier than the year 1740, nor later than 1745

We find that he 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. His oldest son's name was Lanty (Lancelot). The names of the other three were John, James and Robert. His daughters' names were Jane, Elizabeth, Anne, Rebecca and Florence, who was the writer's grandmother on his mother's side, she having married James Graham (her cousin)

Robert Graham half the mill that belonged to me; in addition to the bequeaths mentioned in the foregoing will, the records of Augusta county show that John Graham, in the year 1763, deeded to each of his three sons, John, James and Robert, considerable quantities of land on the Calf Pasture River

Fincastle Co VA was established in 1772 from Botetourt (est. in 1769-70 from Old Augusta). In 1776-7, Montgomery, Washington and the (now-state, but then) county of Kentucky were created from Old Fincastle (records held by Montgomery). In 1789-90, Wythe was created from Montgomery, and in 1792-3, Grayson was created from Wythe. In 1806, Giles was est. from Montgomery, Monroe, Tazewell, Craig, Mercer and Wythe. In 1831, Floyd was est. from Montgomery and Franklin. In 1839, Pulaski was est. from Montgomery and Wythe. In 1860, Craig was est. from Botetourt, Giles, Roanoke, Monroe, Alleghany and Montgomery. In 1882, Roanoke was est. from Botetourt and Montgomery

    David Graham's History of the Graham Family (1899)
  • Cover page
  • Preface
  • Grahams are Scotch Irish
  • From Scotland to Virginia
  • John Graham's Will
  • John Graham's Children
  • Anne, daughter of John Graham, Sr.
  • The descendants of Lanty Kincaid
  • Betsy, daughter of John Graham, Sr.
  • Florence Graham married
  • House of James Graham, Sr., at Lowell ,
  • Early settlement of Lowell
  • The descendants of Samuel and James Guinn
  • Other Early Settlers
  • James and Florence Graham's Family
  • Joseph and Rebecca Graham
  • Joseph and Rebecca Graham's children
  • More concerning early settlement of Lowell
  • Elizabeth Graham captured by the Indians
  • Col. Graham rescues Elizabeth from Indians
  • Elizabeth Stodghill, nee Graham
  • Civil jurisdiction of Lowell
  • James Graham's estate
  • John Graham, Joseph's brother
  • Robert Graham of Fort Chiswell
  • Michael Graham's family
  • Slaves of James Graham, Sr.
  • Clayton's balloon ascension [110]
    ROBERT GRAHAM 1749 - 1811

    Robert Graham was born about 1749 in County Down, Ireland, and married Mary Craig there about 1770. They moved to America in 1774, perhaps living for a short time in Pennsylvania and South Carolina and moved to Sugar Creek in Mecklenburg Co NC by April 1778, when he bought 170 acres in two tracts on Sugar Creek for 60 lbs. In July 1778 he bought 145 acres between McMichael's and Sugar Creeks, both from Thomas Polk. On April 20, 1779, he bought 200 acres on Sugar Creek from William Walker. In 1781 he served as executor of the estate of James Walker


    The home of Robert Graham was built 1784 and is located between the East Lee Hwy and I-81 Fort Chiswell, Virginia. The cemetery is just south of the house. Robert bought up 20,000 acres when moving to Virginia from North Carolina


    Here you can see I-81 from the backyard of the Robert Graham home, along with original buildings

    Robert Graham became a prosperous farmer and since his estate called "Locust Hill" was located on the old Baltimore Stage Road (now East Lee Highway), he also operated a good business entertaining travelers. He sold grain and the whiskey from his distillery to travelers, and he shipped his goods by wagon to Richmond. He kept in close touch with his relatives in North Carolina. He inherited part of the estate of his sister, Anne Graham, and he paid for the education of his brother Samuel's daughter Margaret

    Robert, the younger brother of David and James, Sr., who settled at Fort Chiswell, Wythe county, Virginia, married in Ireland to Mary Craige, who bore him four sons and possibly three daughters. The names of the sons were: Samuel, John, Robert and James; the daughters' names being Susanah, who married William Walker, Margaret, who married Joseph McGavock, and Nancy, who married a John Crocket. After the death of Robert Graham's first wife, he married a Miss Cowan, by whom he had three sons, David, Joseph and Calvin. From these have descended a large and influential family, who live in Wythe, Tazewell and adjoining counties. Robert Graham accumulated a large landed property, which to this day is mostly in the hands of his descendants. As a remarkable coincidence, it wil1 be observed that the names of five of Robert Graham's sons are the same as five of the sons of his older brothers, David and James. In Robert's family, we have Samuel, John, James, David and Joseph, while in James' family there is John, who was killed by the Indians, Samuel, James and David; and David's family, John and Joseph. These facts themselves, if other evidence was wanting, prove beyond a doubt that they were brothers. Samuel M. Graham, of Graham, Virginia, a great grandson of Robert Graham, who settled at Fort Chiswell, Virginia, about 1774, claims that his great grandfather and the writer's grandfather, James, who settled at Lowell about 1771, were brothers. As a mark of military tack of this family, James was made a Colonel and his son, William, a Major of Monroe county, and Samuel, a son of Robert, was a major in Tazewell county. And as to their mathematical proclivities, the Grahams had a strong inclination. We can trace seven surveyors and four or five very prominent ones of the before named family

    Robert Graham was born 1749 in County Down, Ireland and died 13 March 1811 in Montgomery Co., VA - burial at Boiling Springs. He married (1st) to Mary Craig, County Down, Ireland between 1770-1771 and came to America to Chester Co., PA; in 1777 he moved to South Carolina and in 1778 to Mecklenburg, NC where on 20 April 1779 he bought 200 acres from William Walker on Sugaw Creek. This William Walker was deceased and I want to say he was a brother to James Walker or an uncle of William Walker who married Susanah Graham. In 1781 he was executor of James Walker estate and moved to Montgomery Co., VA in 1782. In October 1786, Mary Craig Graham died and Robert married (2nd) Mary Cowan in 1790

    ROBERT GRAHAM signed for SUSANNAH GRAHAM when she married September 1786, Montgomery County, VA to WILLIAM WALKER. Robert being surety for Susannah when she got married in 1786, Montgomery County, VA meant she was most likely underage (15 yrs) and needed someone to sign for her. William Martin Walker always said" Grandpa Will Walker married a Graham girl from Virginia" After much research, Janelle Walker Warden thinks Susannah Graham may be the daughter of Robert Graham. Susannah may have been a toddler when they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. I also think Samuel Graham, born 1751 and brother to Robert, was married when he came to America. The mother may have died, who knows maybe scalped by the Indians or died in childbirth. Did Samuel have children by a first wife? Samuel did not marry again until 1800 and had two children; Margaret (Peggy) and James. I found Margaret's son, Jacob Cicero Julian (1827-1904) in Alabama

  • SAMUEL GRAHAM married to SARAH STRAWBRIDGE 20 January 1800 ; two children MARGARET and JAMES born 1801 and 1803; James died in 1805; Samuel died in 1803 in Mecklenberg, NC. Robert Graham paid education of niece Margaret Graham.... Margaret later married JACOB JULIAN
  • ANN GRAHAM, died without a will in North Carolina. Robert Graham inherited part of estate of Anne Graham. She left no will ; however, the estate was divided equally among family members
  • MARGARET GRAHAM, married to JOSEPH JOHNSTON, 1781, and lived in Loudon Co., TN
      MARGARET GRAHAM born 1762, died 1824 and JOSEPH JOHNSTON Joseph was born February 28, 1744 in Dublin Ireland and died August 1, 1825 in Loudon CO.,TN. Joseph came to America about 1768 from Ireland, living in Pennsylvania before moving to York District, South Carolina, married Margaret about 1781 and moved to Loudon Co.,Tennessee. Some of his descendants are prominent citizens of Cleveland, Tennessee

    JOSEPH's father was JOSIAH JOHNSTON, so was MARGARET's father JAMES GRAHAM? Check out the Old Irish Naming Patterns Sons 1st son was named after the father's father 2nd son was named after the mother's father 3rd son was named after the father 4th son was named after the father's eldest brother Daughters 1st daughter was named after the mother's mother 2nd daughter was named after the father's mother 3rd daughter was named after the mother 4th daughter was named after the mother's eldest sister
  • ROBERT died July 1863
  • EBENEZER born August 30, 1800 married HANNAH HUGHES HUFF
      EBENEZER JOHNSTON married HANNAH HUGHES HUFF August 05, 1830. Ebenezer died September 1867 in Loudon Co., TN Family of Ebenezer and Hannah

  • MELISSA CLEMENTINE born May 09, 1831 and died 1908 in New York City. She married RICHARD THORNTON WILSON November 1910 in New York City. Richard had Rhett Butler charm and perfect manners
  • ROBERT FRANKLIN born December 08, 1832 and died young
  • MARY JEAN born October 09, 1834 married SIMEON D, REYNOLDS
  • JOHN YATES born May 21, 1839 married SUSAN AYERS and lived in KNOXVILLE, TN
  • JAMES HARRISON born January 22, 1842 married MARY ANN KLINE and lived in LOUDON Co. TN
  • JEROME VON ALBADE born February 04, 1845
  • MILTON GRAHAM born November 14, 1847
  • WILLIAM MCEWEN born July 20, 1850 married a REESE and lived in MACON, GA
  • HANNAH ELIZABETH born October 17, 1857 married ARMISTEAD MASON COCKE

  • MARY RETA born 1855 married OGDEN GOELET, 1877(Fine old family who fled France for the Netherlands) Children of Mary Reta and Ogden were MAY born October 06, 1878 and ROBERT born 1881
  • ORME married CAROLINE ASTOR, 1884. She was the daughter of CAROLINE and WILLIAM ASTOR
  • LEILA BELLE born 1865 married SIR MICHAEL HENRY HERBERT (Mungo Herbert had neither wealth nor health, but he belonged to one of England's first families, highly cultured and distinguished. Historic Wilton House's lawn spread to the Avon River)Children of Leila Bella were SIDNEY HERBERT and MICHAEL HERBERT
  • GRACE GRAHAM born September 03, 1870 married CORNELIUS VANDERBILT, III. Children of Grace and Cornelius were CORNELIUS IV born 1898 and GRACE born aft. 1900 married to HENRY GASSAWAY DAVIS in 1927 at the LITTLE CHURCH AROUND THE CORNER In New York City. Henry was from West Virginia, a Princeton graduate and mining engineer.
    Grace Graham Wilson, gave herself the name "Grace Graham" after being called "Baby" for three years. Grace named herself after her great grandmother, Margaret Graham who emigrated from Ireland to Virginia. Every summer until Grace was seven years she would visit with her mother in Loudon, Tennessee, to visit her Southern relatives. There she helped dam up the creek and went swimming in it, picked blackberries, and climbed about the old peg-constructed barn. After Great grandmother Margaret Graham Johnston died, Melissa Wilson never returned to Loudon, Tennessee. The relatives never saw Grace again, but they were clothed in things that were sent from New York. "We were just country tykes, wearing calico and percale. The clothes the Wilsons sent were practically new, some of them had probably been worn only once. They were lovely silks, brocades, and laces. I can still remember playing in the red clay gullies in Grace Wilson's blue satin slippers."

    Reference from the book "Queen of the golden age ; the fabulous Grace Wilson Vanderbilt" by her son Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr
    In the summer of 1983, Cy, Janelle, Graham and a friend went to Wytheville, Virginia. This was my first visit to Wythe Co., VA. We went to Graham's Forge. There was an old brick mansion we climbed around in; many years later we learned this was David Graham's mansion. We stopped at another house occupied by Frederick Graham. He told the story of David and the brothers going to Richmond

    David Graham, 11th son of Robert Graham and second wife Mary Cowan, built the mansion
    David was very stubborn. Some other men, perhaps brothers were interested in buying an iron furnace. They left by horse for Richmond to buy the furnace. David had his wife to pack a sack of corn meal, went to the smoke house got a side of meat, with his sack he set out for Richmond on foot. He got to Richmond, bought the iron furnace and started back home and arrived home before the other men even got to Richmond. The other men had stopped at Taverns to rest
    David would go by horse to check the furnaces, all 13 of them, and come home walking; he would send someone out next morning to bring the horse home
    David didn't believe in keeping slaves
    Graham's Forge is located north on I-81 just off the interstate from Wytheville, VA in Max Meadows, VA and near Fort Chiswell, VA
      ROBERT GRAHAM born 1749 in County Down, Ireland and MARY CRAIG were married in County Down, Ireland. Children :
  • SUSANNAH born Ireland abt. 1772 married WILLIAM WALKER, June 18, 1786 in Montgomery Co., VA by Richard Whitt. I have yet to prove Susannah was the daughter of Robert ; however, my inclination is favorable

    Could this possibly be SUSANNAH GRAHAM WALKER Our great great great grandmother. This photograph was found in the files of Aunt Amy Walker Bowman. Susannah born in Ireland about 1771 and died probably between 1850-1860 in Washington Co., Tennessee

    Nancy Agness Graham born January 15, 1783 and died November 16, 1853

    Margaret Graham born December 30, 1784 and died March 21, 1868

    Mary Graham was born February 03, 1791 died April 16, 1854 and married Nathaniel Crocket

    Amanda Graham Cox

    David Graham was born September 03, 1800 and died October 16, 1870, the son of Robert Graham and his second wife Mary Cowan. Andrew J. Walker was born February 04, 1805 and died May 09, 1869 ; I truly think there is a resemblance between David, Andrew and William ; just maybe that is where we get the high foreheads. David and Andrew even lived about the same time

    Thanks to Rush Crockett for the wonderful pictures of the Grahams in Wythe Co., VA -- I need your comments on the likeness of the Grahams to the Walkers....Is Susanah really an older sister to Nancy & Margaret & Joseph Graham? How about descendants of Mary & Jane Walker did they hand down stories their mother Susanah may have told them about the girls being born in Montgomery Co., VA?

    William Walker second son of Susanah Graham Walker

  • Wm Walker
  • SAMUEL born on shipboard when crossing the Atlantic Ocean, August 27, 1774 married RACHEL MONTGOMERY, June 12, 1800 ; died December 03, 1875
  • JAMES born March 28, 1776 died January 03, 1846. Married to Nancy Montgomery April 12, 1810
  • JOHN born January 01, 1778 married MARY CROCKETT. He died June 14, 1846 and is buried in the family cemetery
  • ROBERT JRborn July 18, 1780 married CATHERINE CROCKETT, March 23, 1809 ; both are buried in JOHNSON CO. MO. He died April 21, 1856
  • NANCY AGNES born January 15, 1783 married JOHN CROCKETT, June 04, 1801. She died November 16, 1853
  • MARGARET born December 30, 1784 died March 21, 1868. She married Joseph McGavock June 02, 1812 Samuel lived on Sugar Creek in Mecklenburg County, NC, until 1782, when the family moved to Montgomery (now Wythe) County, Virginia. In 1795, he went to Tennessee, where he began his mercantile career in Mr. Johnston's store at $10.00 or $12.00 a month and owned 100 lbs. worth of stock in the store. Also in 1795, he and his brother James visited their UNCLE SAMUEL GRAHAM in Mecklenburg County, NC and lated traded horses from Virginia for cattle in North Carolina. Their AUNT ANNE GRAHAM of North Carolina, loaned them money. Later, Samuel and James operated as merchants from their father's home. Samuel and James married Montgomery girls; daughters of John and Ann Agnes Crockett Montgomery
    Samuel, after marrying, began buying land. On August 5, 1801, he bought 194 acres on Reed Creek from Robert Doak, confirmed by Thomas Doak in 1808. On August 15, 1805, he secured land in Burke's Garden from Nehemiah Powell; on September 24, 1810, he and his brothers were given 205 acres by Robert and Mary Cowan Graham and on June 18, 1811, he bought 400 acres on Reed Creek from John Reed
    He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Democrat. According to tradition, the family was musical and had a family orchestra
    He was a member of the Virginia Legislature from 1806 to 1808 and served as a captain of volunteers in the War of 1812 and was promoted to major while in service in Norfolk, Virginia. He brought home a 12 pound cannon ball which he later used to pound coffee

    Samuel operated a store at Black Lick in Wythe County, Virginia; he sold his interest in 96 acres on Lick Creek to James McGavock on September 16, 1813, and he sold his interest in 496 acres on Reed Creek to John Earhard on September 14, 1817; he sold 262 acres in Burke's meadow to Adam Walker on September 11, 1818. He also gave deeds of trust for slaves to Jacob T. Fishback on March 5, 1816, and to John P. Matthews on May 18, 1817
    In the winter of 1818/1819, Samuel moved to Chatham Hill in present Smyth County, Virginia, where he operated a foundry. He acquired an interest in 100 acres on the North Fork of the Holston River from Jeffrey Hildreth on October 15, 1818, confirmed by Isaac Spratt on January 15, 1819; on the same day he sold 400 acres on Reed Creek to John Montgomery
    In 1819, he gave his step-mother, Mary Cowan Graham, his interest in 395 acres in Draper's Valley and he made several deeds of trust for slaves and land; on December 14, 1820, to Thomas Michie for a slave; on November 14, 1823, to John P. Matthews for two slaves and 200 acres on Reed Creek; on August 21, 1824, to John Foster for his interest in the estates of Robert and William Graham, his father and brother; and on April 17, 1826, to Daniel Brown for a slave. On April 17, 1834, he made a deed of trust to John P. Matthews for 170 acres on the North Fork of the Holston; on October 10, 1834 and June 15, 1835, he made deeds of trust to Thomas M. Tate for personal property and 200 acres on the North Fork of the Holston
    Samuel sold 100 acres on Reed Creek to Adam Walker on January 11, 1823, and 97 acres also on Reed Creek, to James McGavock on January 15, 1824. He acquired 560 acres on Reed Creek, from the other heirs of Robert Graham on June 18, 1830, and he sold his remaining Reed Creek lands; on October 17, 1831 he sold his one-third interest in 300 acres to William Hill, Jr., and on August 21, 1835 he sold James Crockett a lot in Evansham, now Wytheville
    He also continued to buy and sell land on the North Fork of the Holston River; on June 23, 1831, he sold 194 acres to Isaac Patrick, and on July 21, 1831, 200 acres to Andrew H. Cox. He bought 175 acres on the North Fork from Robert Graham on September 23, 1833; he sold 45 acres there to James Umbarger on January 21, 1834 and 100 acres to Joseph Atweil on April 5, 1834
    After his death, his personal property was inventoried on January 8, 1836 and sold the following day
      ROBERT GRAHAM and MARY COWAN, second wife, married 1790 and had the following children
  • MARY born February 03, 1791 died April 16, 1854 ; married NATHANIEL CROCKETT
  • WILLIAM born November 11, 1793 died July 26, 1819 burial at the family cemetery
  • THOMAS born 1796
  • JOSEPH born August 22, 1798
  • DAVID born September 03, 1800 died October 16, 1870. He was married to Martha Peirce and buried at the Graham Cemetery on Major Graham Rd
  • ELIZABETH born August 06, 1802 died December 13, 1877
  • CALVIN born 1804 may never have married and was a medical doctor in Mississippi or Louisiana
  • GUISE (GUY) born May 20, 1806 and died July 21, 1817 ; burial at the family cemetery
    Thanks to Abner Graham for sending me the url for Graham Cemeteries in Wytheville, VA. I can now post tombstones for some of the burials. The cemetery is located in the Horseshoe bend area of Wythe Co, VA, Formato Rd. off of East Lee Hwy. Information on the Graham cemeteries contributed by Linda Akers



    The following information is from :  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walker/wmwalker.html


    UPDATE for William and Susanah Graham Walker Marriage WILLIAM WALKER b. 1759?-1841 and Susanah Graham b. bet. 1771-1774-1861 were married September 1787 by Richard Whitt, minister, in Montgomery Co.,VA (formerly Montgomery and Fincastle Counties) Robert Graham was surety for Susannah as I have read online but not seen the official document. A trip to the Mormon Library after looking for three hours at a very old microfilm dated 1787 gave me the "Walker Marriage Bond" and a listing of marriages. It seems that Virginia required marriage bonds. This marriage bond was between William Walker and Robert Graham and posted for Fifty pounds if either party was to turn from the marriage. My conclusions are that Susanah is the daughter of Robert. Robert's wife Mary Craig Graham died October 1786 leaving him with two very small daughters, Nancy Agnes and Margaret. Who was to care for them? I have been told by a good source that Mary Cowan may have been living in the Graham home and she took care of Nancy Agnes and Margaret Graham. I think Susanah may have helped Mary Cowan to care for the girls. Mary and Susanah were near the same ages. After William and Susanah married in September she had two daughters of her own about 1788 and 1789. William and Susanah make a decision to move to Tennessee around 1790 and Robert gets married a second time to Mary Cowan and has a second family. Nancy Agnes and Margaret are about five and six years old by now. But do the girls remember much about Susanah who took care of them? Robert had a large two story house on the main road where travelers stopped by. I also think Susanah was born in Ireland making her the oldest child. I sure would love to hear from others and your thoughts about Susanah. Are there any descendants of Samuel and James Graham that might have had a story passed down in their families about an older sister? Samuel Graham married Rachel Montgomery and James Graham married Nancy Montgomery and their parents were John and Ann Agnes Crockett Montgomery. Now that brings me to the CROCKETT family back in Waxhaw, Lancaster Co., SC

    Marriage Bond Sept 4, 1787

    Know all men by their presence that we William Walker and Robt Graham are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency the governor of this [s....] for the time being in the just & full sum of Fifty pounds after payment of which will truly to be made now bind our silver our seal? with our seals & dated this 4th Day of Sept 1787. The condition of the above obligation to such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between William Walker and Susanah Graham. Now if there should be no Impediment why they should not be bound together then the [?inkblot] obligation to be void else to remain in full force. Sealed & Delivered in presence of Bird Smith (signed with seals) William Walker and Robt Graham


    We know William Walker and Susannah Graham married. Below is a list of the marriages in Montgomery Co., Virginia


    1789 map of the United States showing Tennessee as being part of Virginia and North Carolina

    William may have followed Robert Graham to Montgomery Co., VA. where he met Susannah Graham. Or Susannah may have been living in Mecklenburg, NC with the Grahams, who were neighbors to the Walkers. My most recent discovery is two deed abstracts that tell about Robert and Samuel Graham buying land in Mecklenburg, NC. As Charles Buchanan Graham said "the Grahams were in Pennsylvania but the soil was too hard; the Grahams came to North Carolina but the soil was too soft which brought them to VA where the soil was just right"

  • Mecklenburg Deed abstracts p. 356. 20 Apr 1779. Thomas Harris, High Sheriff, in recovery against the administrators of William Walker, decd, for debt of 105.10.0 and ct costs of 6 pence On the second Monday in Oct 1779 Sam Martin, ct clerk, sold at public auction 200 A of sd Walker's land to Robert Graham. Sd land is located on both sides of Sugar Cr adj David Garrison and was deeded to Walker 11 Feb 1769 by John McClure and wife Jane. Wit: Andrew McCombs and John Queen. Clerk's record of the robate of this deed is lost. Wm B. Alexander, CR
  • Deed Abstract Mecklenburg Co., NC p. 11. 23 Mar 1776 Elias Alexander and wf Agnes to Samuel Graham, for 150 pounds proc, 200 Acres in two tracts - one patented to sd Alexander 10 Apr 1771 and the other by deed from attorney Hen. R. McCullock for George Augustus Selwyn - located adj John Allen and the lawyer's road. Wit: James Graham and Will Reed. Prvd in Jul 1778 ct by oath of Will Reed. Sam Martin. CMC
      Children of James and Mary Walker
    • Robert born abt.1756 in Ireland
    • Agness born abt.1758 in Ireland
    • William born abt.1759 in Ireland
    • John born abt.1760 in Ireland or PA
    • James born abt.1762 in PA
    • Henry born aft.1767 in NC
    • Mary born aft.1768 in NC
    • Ann born aft.1770 in NC

  • I have found marriages for an Ann Walker and a Mary Walker married in Mecklenburg. Also a Henry Walker. Anyone out there related to them? NC and SC Marriages records

  • Ann Walker and Hugh Read March 1809 Mecklenburg, NC
  • Mary Walker and James Rea March 10, 1814 Mecklenburg, NC
  • Mary Walker married to John Black September 1 1790 Mecklenburg, NC
  • Henry Walker married Molly Fesperman July 10 1800 Mecklenburg, NC
  • Agness Walker married John McGee December 27 1788 Mecklenburg,NC
  • Agness Walker married James Brown October 7 1795 Mecklenburg, NC
      As quoted by Walker relatives
    • "Granddad Walker was born in Ireland" Emily Rogers Baskett granddaughter-in-law of William Walker son of old Granddad Will who told this to her family and was told to me by Trudy Campbell Cannon. "Granddad Walker married a Graham girl from Virginia" William Martin Walker told his children and grandchildren. I love these quotes that were handed down in the family and to me they are as real as a document signed on paper. Granddad Will also kept sheep and bees. "Granddad Will brought a clock over the mountain in a covered wagon" was told to me by Joy Walker Martin who later got the clock from her dad, William Walker, youngest son of Andrew Walker the youngest son of Granddad Will

    Another recent discovery is of John and James Walker brothers to William Walker living in Mecklenburg. John Walker Private Stewarts Pa Regt. 1776 20 months 25th June 1818 and February , 1833 Rev war pension in Livingston Co., KY March 1834 S1265 1780 Private in Rev War 8 mths. company of Capt Smith of the regt commanded by Col Sock in the N Carolina Military. John married Mary Rowan and went to Blount Co., Tennessee and had many descendants. James may not have married. I still have more research to do on James

    The family traveled by cover wagon over the mountain from VA to Washington Co., NC (now Washington Co., TN). On August 31, 1793, William Walker bought land from ROBERT CARSON ; 84 acres for L50 and 100 acres for L60 in present Washington Co., TN. They settled along the headwaters of the Big Limestone Creek. The land is located in Sulphur Springs Community, the original house is still standing, having been remodeled several times. The original house was a log house facing the Limestone Creek. Today the front of the house faces southeast beside the new Sulphur Springs Road, which when built, caused the Walker cousins to have quite a squabble among themselves; each one had land that was being taken for the road. All along the road was farm land owned by the brothers and cousins, which is still in ownership by descendants today

    William Walker died 1846 in Washington Co., TN. [Death date for Granddad Walker was found in handwritten notes by Ethel Walker Templeton] He may be buried in the Old section of the Fairview Cemetery located on the grounds of the Fairview Methodist Church. Susannah lived almost twenty years after William. She continued to live at the home place with Andrew and Susannah, the youngest son and daughter

    This house sets in the meadow facing the creek and the ridge where the old road use to run. The back of the house faces what later became the new Sulphur Springs Road that ran "smack dab" through the middle of the Walker land. Brothers and Cousins were very upset with this new road. This house is on land later owned by John Keys who married Nancy Ann Walker daughter of Andrew Walker. This house is down the road from the Zachariah Walker house and the William Walker home place shown above. I have just found out more about this house, many thanks to John Mauk Kennerly the great grandson of John and Nancy Ann Walker Keys. Nancy Ann may be the woman who died (November 02, 1922) standing on the front porch of this old house. John died December 28, 1901

      1880 Census Washington Co., TN
  • John Keys 47 laborer John Keys was a carpenter who built a log cabin below the Baptist Church, on Duncan land, which is now occupying space in the Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University
  • Nancy A 37 wife keeping house
  • Sarah E. 18 daughter born 1864 and died in childbirth with a baby. She was married to Samuel Carder, his 1st wife
  • Mary M. 14 daughter born September 1866 died 1940; never married but was living with her sister Cornelia Kennerly in 1930
  • Cornelia F 9 daughter born March 1872 died 1949 married to John Eli Kennerly, a carpenter

    This house was probably built by Andrew Walker's family ; I suspect this house and the Cox homestead being the same house

    This house is one that a researcher Lynn Scott has on her ancestry of James Washington & Hannah Hale Cox. James & Hannah have many descendants throughout Washington and Sullivan County, Tennessee. James & Hannah were living in Sulphur Springs after the Civil War and I speculate that James was most likely in bad health from being a prisoner of war ; they had bought land from the widow of Joseph Duncan. After Hannah died in 1894 James married again to Mira Hammit and was living in Bowmantown in 1900. Both Mira and James were deceased by 1910

    The Walkers were of the Christian faith, all requesting they be buried in a decent Christian burial. Burials were in protestant cemeteries, mainly Baptist and Methodist. At the present, Decoration Day is still being honored as a day to place flowers on the graves of the families. The women especially were of a deep-rooted Christian faith attending camp meeting services at Sulphur Springs. As early as 1820, mothers and daughters prepared foods, making cakes, breads for the meals that would be consumed during the one week, two week or maybe three week camp meeting at the Sulphur Springs camp grounds. Men worked hard to get their harvesting finished, preparing their wagons and horses for the long journey, some that would take days or even weeks to arrive at the camp grounds. People came early to find a suitable place to hitch their wagons and tents. Some of the Walkers had cabins on the camp grounds where family members would get together to enjoy each others company. Sermons were heard everyday, along with lots of shouting and singing and praising God. Then at night after supper, folks would talk over the sermon, the years crops, the new generations of the future, inquire about kinfolks who had moved away to settle out west or to another area of the new country. Sometimes they spent the whole night in prayer and most of the night someone could be heard shouting. Baptismal in the sulfur springs nearby was a great moment of celebration. In 1842, the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church was organized and earlier the Limestone Baptist Church was organized. James and Anna Walker Deakins and John and Lucretia Martin Walker were members of the Limestone Baptist Church ; Margaret Walker and Benjamin Hunt were married in the Limestone Baptist Church May 29, 1827. William and Mary Brown Walker were members of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church where he gave land for the church and the cemetery. Andrew and Sarah Brown Walker were members of the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church. John and Lucretia Martin Walker were charter members of the Limestone Baptist Church and later generations were split between the two churches. Today the stained glass windows in the methodist church tell the story of family members who left this heritage

    The will of William Walker dated August 9, 1841 reads thus

      "Be it remembered that I WILLIAM WALKER being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind, blessed be almighty God for ..... the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife SUSANNAH twenty five dollars. I do also give and bequeath to my eldest daughter MARY RECTOR ten dollars, I do also give and bequeath unto my second daughter JANE HARTMAN ten dollars, I do also give to and bequeath to my third daughter NANCY JONES ten dollars, I do also give and bequeath unto my fourth daughter ANNA DEAKINS ten dollars. I do also give and bequeath to my fifth daughter MARGET HUNT ten dollars, I do also give and bequeath to my youngest daughter SUSANNAH WALKER seventy five dollars. I do also give and bequeath to WILLIAM RECTOR son of my eldest daughter MARY RECTOR ten dollars. I do also give and bequeath unto WILLIAM HARTMAN son of my second daughter JANE HARTMAN ten dollars. I do also give and bequeath to WILLIAM DEAKENS son of my fourth daughter ANNA DEAKENS. I do also give and bequeath unto WILLIAM HUNT son of my fifth daughter ten dollars. I do also give and bequeath unto my daughter-in-law TREACY WALKER ten dollar. I do also give and bequeath to my daughter-in-law MARY WALKER ten dollars, I do also give and bequeath to my daughter-in-law SARAH WALKER ten dollars. I do also give unto WILLIAM WALKER son of my eldest son JOHN WALKER ten dollars.I also do give and bequeath to WILLIAM WALKER son of my youngest son ANDREW WALKER ten dollars. I do also give and bequeath to my beloved wife SUSANNAH and my youngest daughter SUSANNAH my cubboard, bureau, pots and ovens, beding, bed clothes and all my household goods and chittles? with the exception of my clock I further give and devise to my youngest son ANDREW WALKER his heirs and offsprings all that my messauge? or tenaments situate lying and being in the county of Washington and State of Tennessee together with all my freehold estate whatever to him the said ANDREW WALKER his heirs and offspring? for ever I do also give and bequeath to my son ANDREW WALKER my clock and my part of the waggon. My beloved wife SUSANNAH WALKER if living at my death is to live with the said ANDREW WALKER the said Walker is to give my wife SUSANNAH a plentiful and comfortable support and to take good care of the said SUSANNAH if there is any of my estate remaining not mentioned in this will after all my debts and expenses in life and at death of me and my WIFE SUSANNAH shall be fined? in some convenient way and divided equally amongts all my heirs, whom I hereby apoint sole executors of this my last will and testament in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal in the year of our lord. Signed sealed published and declared by the above named William Walker to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and at his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witness to the same I further add to this will I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah and my youngest daughter Susannah the one half of my stock of sheep and I give and bequeath to my youngest son Andrew Walker the other half of stock of sheep. I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah and to my youngest daughter Susannah one half of my stock of bees I give and bequeath to my youngest son Andrew the other half of Bees. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of August in the year of our lord 1841 singed (signed) sealed and published and declared by the above named William Walker to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and at her presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witness to the same"

    Caleb Martin and Leve(Levi)Nelson signed the will as witnesses

    William Walker was definitely "scot-irish" meaning his dad most likely was from Scotland having moved to Ireland, possibly when Bonnie Prince Charlie was fighting in Scotland at the Battle of Culloden. There was a tide of emigration from Scotland to Ireland from 1610-1640. James Walker meets Mary Unknown. a pretty Irish girl and they marry and begin a family in Ireland. After having about three children born in Ireland they decide to join the emigration from Ireland to America between 1730-1750, chiefly to the Province of Pennsylvania, mainly York and Lancaster. Leaving Pennsylvania around 1750-1775 they emigrated southward down "The Great Wagon Road" which ran from Philadelphia to Yadkin River passing through Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, crossing James River at Looneys Ferry and joining Catawba Trading Patch at Yadkin

    The picture is one that came from Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1920's ; Onnie Walker, son of R.A.N. Walker grandson of Henry M Walker ; great grandson of Andrew Walker and great great grandson of William & Susannah Graham Walker got the picture when he visited Scotland at that time ; she is supposedly a Walker Ancestor. The photography is G Mitchell a studio located in Edinburgh, Scotland

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