Person:William Graham (97)

William Graham, of Buffalo Creek, Roanoke River
b.est 1709-1719
d.bef. September 1786 Botetourt County, Virginia
  • HWilliam Graham, of Buffalo Creek, Roanoke Riverest 1709-1719 - bef 1786
  • WPriscilla Robinson1715 - 1774
  1. Francis GrahamABT 1742 - 1809
  2. Elizabeth GrahamABT 1748 -
  3. Catherine GrahamABT 1752 -
  4. Priscilla Ann 'Nancy' GrahamABT 1754 - 1835
  5. George GrahamABT 1756 - 1832
  6. William Graham1757-1762 -
Facts and Events
Name William Graham, of Buffalo Creek, Roanoke River
Gender Male
Birth? est 1709-1719
Death? bef. September 1786 Botetourt County, Virginia

William Graham was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 44.--18th November, 1752. James Patton to Wm. Graham, 160 acres by patent as above, Lees Creek of Catawba.
  • Page 333.--3d August, 1753. John Mills and Ann, of Lunenburg, to Wm. Graham, 1753. Buffalo Creek of Roanoke. The Barrens; corner Joshua McCormick; Corraven's Creek. 600 acres by patent, 3d November, 1750. Teste: Humphrey Madison. Delivered: Benj. Estell, November, 1752.
  • Page 557.--Wm. Mills, late of Augusta, 1753, by attorney John Mills, of Lunenburg, to Wm. Graham; patented to William, 1752. Buffalo Creek, a branch of Roanoke.
  • Page 229.--12th November, 1755. Same (From David Robinson) to William Graham, £122, 100 acres, part of 400 above (part of 400 conveyed to David by George Robinson, 29th November, 1769 (1749?), on Buffalo Creek of Roan Oak), adjoining above. Teste: Robt. Martin, James Neelly.
  • Page 531.--17th March, 1758. John Mills to William Graham, £__, 600 acres, part of a tract deeded to John by James Patton, 17th December, 1752, on Buffelo Creek, a branch of Roanoke; cor. David Robinson, Carravan's Creek.
  • Page 219.--14th July, 1760. David Robinson to Wm. Graham. Whereas John Mills of Augusta County did on 9th February, 1752, agree to convey to Joshua McCormick title for 245 acres, part of 845 acres on a branch of Round Oak called Burner's Creek. Joshua, on 23d February, 1753, assigned his right to David Robinson, late of Augusta County, now of New Gorden Township, County of Chester, Province of Pennsylvania, and David obtained a deed. Power attorney to Wm. Grahames to bring suit against John Mills to recover the title and to make conveyance to Daniel McCormick. Teste: Elizabeth Young, Andrew Treper, John Armstrong, Bryan McDonald, Robert McGee, Benjamin Reelson.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 785.--14th March, 1765. William Graham and Priscilla to David Robinson, £100, 100 acres (by lease and release from said David, 12th November, 1755, on Buffalo Creek of Roanoke. Teste: James Cartey and Samuel Scott
  • Page 787.--2d March, 1766. Same (From William Graham and Priscilla) to Joseph Robinson, £100, 236 acres, part of 600 acres conveyed to William by Jno. Mills, 3d August, 1753, on Buffalo Creek; corner Israel Christian, formerly Daniel McCormick's, Delivered: Cap. Thos. Madison, 22d October, 1770.
  • Page 307.--3d September, 1765. William Graham and Priscilla to Philip Watkins, £65, 160 acres on Lee's Creek, a branch of Catawba. Teste: Wm. Davis, Francis Smith, Robt. Breckinridge, Is. Christian. Delivered: Martin McFerrin per receipt 3d September, 1799.
  • Page 431.--6th August, 1767. William Graham to his son Francis Graham, £100, 364 acres on Buffelo Creek of Rone Oak and in a fork of same adjoining Israel Christian, William Carvin and Joseph Robinson, part of 845 acres patented to James Patton. 3d November, 1750, oak in the Barrens; corner said Israel Christian, formerly Joshua McCormick's; oak on Carvin's Creek, fork of Buffelo Creek; corner 236 acres deeded to Joseph Robinson. Teste: Donald Campbell. (Note: since William's wife Priscilla is not named in this record, she had possibly died prior to this date).

Will Abstract of William Graham

Graham, William. Will probate Sept. 1786.
Names wife Elizabeth and children: Elizabeth wife (of) Joseph Robinson; Francis, Nancy, wife of Walter Greer; Catherine, wife (of) Edward Springer and George.
[Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 56].

Processioning List of 1765

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 382.-(Processioning List) -1765: Wm. Bryans and Jas. Neely report as follows, viz: For James Bryan (on Roanoke), for Wm. Bryan, Jr., for David Bryan (Geo. McAfee present), for Rees Bowin, for Hugh Mills, for David Cloyd (Tinker's Creek), for David Robinson, for Wm. Graham, for Wm. Graham (on Bufallo Creek), Benj. Paulson present; for Wm. Graham, Henry Holston present; for Peter Evans; for Thos. Tosh, Danl. McNeal present; for Jno. McAdoo, Jas. Mellin present; for David Dutton, Wm. Elam present; for Israel Christian, for Joseph Snodgrass, for Joseph Robinson, for John Neilly; for Baptist Armstrong, present Thomas Acres; for Wm. Carvin, for Wm. Terry, for Thomas Ackers, for James Neilly (on Carson's Creek).

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • * Page 560.-(1753)-John Mills and Anne of Lunenburg, to David Robinson. Patented to James Patton and by him deeded to John. Buffalo Creek of Roanoke. Conavan's Creek. Cor. Wm. Graham. (Note: Date of 1753 established by several preceding records)
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 24, 1753. - (76) Road ordered--Wm. Carravan, overseer--from Charles Millicons to Wm. Carravan's, with these workers: Wm. Ralston and his sons, Charles Millicon, James, Joseph and Edward McDonald, Joseph and David Robinson, James Galliad, Archd. Graham, David Miller, Hugh Mills, Richard Kerr, Wm. Miller, Wm. Graham, David and Joshua McCormick, Tobias Smith, Steven Rentfro.
  • Page 92.--18th November, 1760. Erwin Patterson and Eleanor, of Lunenburg, to Israel Christian, £100, 200 acres on Buffalo Creek of Roanoke; corner Wm. Graham. Delivered: Wm. Thompson per order 30th August, 1762.
  • Page 123.--22d January, 1761. David Miller to Robert Brackenridge, £105, 307 acres on Buffelo Creek, a branch of Roanoke, including said David Miller's improvements, joining lands of said David Miller, David Robinson, William Graham. Baptist McNab and Andrew Hays, part of two surveys: A, conveyed to David by Wm. Syers; B, patented to David, 10th March, 1756. Teste: Geo. Paris.
  • Page 272.--19th March, 1763. George Robinson's will--Wife, Martha; eldest sons, James and Samuel, to clothe and school all the younger children; younger sons, George and William, infants, to be bound to trades; eldest daughter. Sarah; daughters, Catherine, Priscilla, Martha, under 18. Executors, wife and sons James and Samuel. Teste: William Preston, Wm. Graham, Jos. Robinson, Jno. Robinson, Francis Graham. Proved, 25th June, 1763, by Wm. Preston, Wm. Graham, Joseph Robinson. Executors qualify, with Joseph Robinson, Wm. Graham. (Note: William Graham was the brother-in-law of George Robinson).
  • Page 704.--7th June, 1764. David Robinson and Annabale (Annabell) to Israel Christian, £80, 245 acres on Buffalo Creek of Roanoke, near Carvin's Creek, Wm. Graham's, about 20-24 acres is overlapped by Wm. Graham's patent and is excepted. Teste: Wm. Davis. James Robinson. David Bryan, Wm. Christian.
  • Page 319.--11th March, 1768. David Robinson and Annable to Francis Smith, £440, 300 acres (two hundred of which is part of 400 conveyed to David by George Robinson 29th November, 1749, and the remaining 100 acres known by name of the Saw Mill place was reconveyed by William Graham to said David Robinson, on Buffelow Creek, branch of Roan Oak; corner Robert Breckinridge; corner Thomas Moore. Teste: Mathew Ralston, Wm. McMullen, James Hutcheson. Delivered: Thos. Madison, by Francis Smith's order, March, 1772.


William Graham appears to have had a second marriage to the "Elizabeth" named in his will. The following Marriage Bond in Augusta County MAY be for this William:

  • Chalkley's Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond: 1774-- March 24, William Graham (Note: Bride's name not listed).