Facts and Events
John Graham was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA from Chalkley's:
- John Graham acquired 696 acres on the Great Calfpasture on east side, corner to James Lockridge, corner to Given's land, from James Patton & John Lewis — ₤23.9.6 currency money Virginia, 14th April, 1746.
Land Disposition in Augusta County, VA from Chalkley's:
- Page 317.—21st June, 1763. John Graham to James Graham, his son,£o, 150 acres, part of 696 acres on which said Graham, Sr., now lives, on Great Calfpasture; corner Robert Givens's land. Teste: Bryce Russell, Jas. Graham.
- Page 319.—21st June, 1763. John Graham to Robert Graham, his son, £5, 128 acres, part of above 696; corner John Graham. Delivered: Wm. Clayton, December, 1818.
- Page 321.—20th June, 1763. Same to John Graham, his son, £5, 128 acres, part of 696 above, on which said John Graham, Sr., now lives. Delivered: Jno Graham, 19th April, 1775.
Will of John Graham, Sr.
- 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 pleaseath 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 will 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 buried, 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 marrer viz:
- To my eldest 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 James Graham's son John; also to my daughter Anne, I leave thirty pounds, beside 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 pound; 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, etc. 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 Kinkead
- John Armstrong.
- At the court of 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 Armstron, two of the Witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.
- And on the motion of Lanty Graham and Elizabeth Graham, the executors therein named, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, they having with security entered into and achnowledged their bond according to law. Teste: William A. Burnett, Clerk
The writer’s great grandmother lived until after the year 1779, for in that year he has an account of her and her son Lanty’s settlement of their executorship with the court which showed that they had paid out L240, lls, 3d — $1200. This was the personal property besides legacies.
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, and it is to be presumed that he  shared a like portion of his estate to each of his daughters, prior to and in addition to that named in his will.
Records of John Graham in Augusta County, VA
- ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. 1745-1748. - Robert Graham petitions for administration on his father's estate, Christopher Graham.
- Vol. 1 - Record in John Moffett vs. John Graham, otherwise called John Graham, of Nantmill, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 20th year of George II. On bond dated 22d September, 1743, by John Graham, of Nantmill, &c., to John Moffett, of Augusta. Test: Thomas and Andrew Lewis.
Information on John Graham, Sr.
3. JOHN2 GRAHAM , SR. (CHRISTOPHER1) (Source: Chronicles of the
Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia, 46, John Graham appt. guardian of
James and David Graham, orphans of William Graham.) was born Abt.
1706 in Donegal, Ireland or PA, and died 1771 in Tazewell, Co., VA. He
married ELIZABETH ???.
More About JOHN GRAHAM , SR.:
Fact 1: 1758, Served with Preston's Rangers
Fact 2: Abt. 1740, settled in Calf Pasture, Tazewell Co., VA.
Fact 3: 1746, purchased 696 acres from John Lewis and James Patton
Children of JOHN GRAHAM and ELIZABETH ??? are:
7. i. LANCELOT 'LANTY'3 GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1725.
8. ii. JOHN GRAHAM, b. 1726; d. 1815.
9. iii. JAMES GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1728.
iv. ROBERT GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1729.
10. v. JANE GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1730, Augusta Co., VA; d. Pocahontas
vi. ELIZABETH GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1731.
11. vii. ANNE GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1733, Augusta Co., VA; d. Anthony's
Crk, Greenbriar Co., WVA.
12. viii. REBECCA GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1734.
13. ix. FLORENCE GRAHAM, b. Abt. 1740, Augusta Co., VA; d.
Augusta Co., VA.
ABT 1700 - 1771
BIRTH: ABT 1700, Ireland
DEATH: 1771, Augusta County, VA
Father: Christoper GRAHAM
Mother: Margaret Florence RISK
Family 1 : Elizabeth WALKUP
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  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).
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