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History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.

Pg. 767, 768
R. T. GRAHAM, justice of the peace, Etna, was born Feb. 9, 1822, in Butler Co., Pa. His grandfather, PATRICK GRAHAM, of County Derry, Ireland, was a pioneer of Butler Co., where he died at the age of 99 years and 4 months. He married ELIZABETH McKEE, of Scotch descent, and to them were born eight children: Of these, JOSEPH, father of R. T., farmed part of the homestead, where he died age 88 years. He was a soldier in the War of 1812; was county commissioner 3 years, and a Presbyterian elder nearly 50 years. He married NANCY, daughter of ROBERT THOMPSON, a native of Glasgow, Scotland. The subject of this memoir is one of five children, and was educated in his native county, where he also learned the bricklaying trade. In 1845 he came to Etna, and assisting in building the residence and pipemill for Charles F. Spang, Sr.; he also built the Park, McCurdy & Co. copper-mill, Pittsburgh, in 1859. During the war he ran a steam ferry in Sharpsburg, and since then has been in the sawmill business, and has also been interested in gold mines in Colorado and South Carolina. MR. GRAHAMíS first wife was PERMELIA BUFFINGTON, who died leaving 3 children: EDWIN, MRS. ZELAS McCORD and DR. NORMAN R. His present wife, nee JANE M. AYRES, has borne him two children: MABEL and CHARLES. MR. and MRS. GRAHAM are members of the M. P. Church. He has held all the principal offices in Etna; was twice elected burgess, and served as justice of the peace 15 years in Sharpsburg and Etna boroughs. In early life he was one of the best sharpshooters in the state, and has many medals and trophies of his victories. He also took great pleasure in collecting rare coins, native and foreign, and has in his possession one of the finest collections in the county...