I am trying to locate any information I can on Robert and Margaret Graham, and especially on Robertís and Margaretís parents.
Here is what I know so far:
Robert appears to have been born somewhere around 1801 in Venango county, probably Rockland twp. He married Margaret Gordon, at least that appears to be her last name, I only ever located one reference to a marriage in Venango County between a Robert Graham and a woman named Margaret (in this instance Gordon) at approx the right time and with both at the right age. I figure that this must be the correct two. The listing also mentioned that they had a son Raymond, which also fits.
Robert and Margaret apparently moved to Whig Hill in Forest County in the early 1850s where they lived until their deaths
Here are the obits for them: (They are both buried in the Whig Hill Cemetery)
1801-24 November 1881
Robert Graham dropped dead while splitting some wood at his home near Fork Run, Kingsley Township, on Thursday morning. The cause was suppose to have been heart disease. Mr. Graham was noted as a great joker, and his many witty and laughable remarks often provoked much merriment among his acquaintances, and made him a jolly companion up to the time of his sudden death. He was aged 80 years.
1814-23 November 1884
Mrs. Graham, the aged mother of Raymond and Alpheus Graham, residing on Whig Hill, died Sunday evening at the home of her son, Alpheus. Burial was in Whig Hill Cemetery.
According to census data here is what I have come up with:
9 JUL 1870 Forest County, Pennsylvania
Robert Graham (57)
It appears that by this census Milton, Juliann, Raymond (see below) and Perry have either married, moved away or both or died. The ages are right these events to have happened.
a couple of visits down I find:
Raymond (24) (Wm. Raymond)
By 1870 it looks like Raymond has married Lucy and moved out of Robert and Margaretís home. They have had their first son Alonzo
11 May 1860 Forest County , PA
Robert Graham (46)
Peggy (44) Ė the age is off by a year Ė go figure
JA (16) (Juliann ??) (The only oddity here is that JA is listed as Male, probably a clerical error)
Raymond (15) (Wm. Raymond?)
Stephen (6) (Alpheus ? Stephen Alpheus or perhaps Alpheus Steven)
24 NOV 1850 Venango County, PA
Robert and Margaret are listed on the page previous to the one I have but the kids are present.
Robert would be 36 and Margaret 35
Alpheus has not yet been born
1840 Census (no date) Venango County, PA
unfortunately this census does not list individuals but only counts of various ages in the household all under the head of household name
Robert Graham 1M under 5, 1M 20 but under 30, 1F 20 but under 30
This must be
Alpheus (new born)
I also see two other Grahams listed in the 1840 Census I am not sure of the relationship to Robert. They could both be Robertís brothers, or perhaps his father and uncle, or father and brother, or maybe none. The wide range of ages of persons in the households is a little confusing, although the very old household members could be an aging family member living with them. Hopefully someone out there will know more about Robert, Margaret, and William and James. Here is the 1840 census data for James and William.
James Graham 2M 1F under 5, 1M 5 but under 10, 1M 10 but under 15, 1F 20 but under 30, 1M 30 but under 40, 1M 70 but under 80
William Graham 1M under 5, 2M 1F 20 but under 30, 1F 30 but under 40, 1F 60 but under 70
I have to believe that they are somehow related living so close to each other especially in 1840 in western PA.
Any help that anyone may have or any advice would be greatly appreciated, I am trying to figure how to proceed from this point further back. It looks like the census data does not list names or relationships from 1840 and earlier????
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