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*George W. Graham

Male 1757 - 1826  (68 years)


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  • Name *George W. Graham 
    Born 5 Dec 1757  Berks County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1826  Old Settlers Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 29 Mar 1826  68 Yrs Old; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19602  My Genealogy

    Father *James Graham, Major General,   b. Abt 1714, North Of Carling, Ton Bay, County Down, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1763, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Mary Barber McConnell,   b. Abt 1735, Unknown At Present Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1791, Sugar Creek Church, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Abt 1755  2ND Marriage; Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7466  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Frances Fanney Cathey,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1st Marriage Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. *James C. Graham,   b. Between 1775 and 1794, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1879 and 1880, 80 Years Old; Tama County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 104 years)  [related]
     2. George Graham,   b. Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F7021  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lydia Potts,   b. Between 1777 and 1787,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 30 Nov 1802  2ND Marriage; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      Groom: George Graham
      Bride: Lydia Potts
      Bond Date: 30 Nov 1802
      Bond #: 000081325
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 006424
      County: Mecklenburg
      Record #: 01 086
      Bondsman: Wm McKee
      Witness: J Wallis
      Ancestry.com. North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 [databaseon-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F7020  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "GENERAL GEORGE GRAHAM; Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historicaland Biographical
      by C. L.Hunterhttp://www.fullbooks.com/Sketches-of-Western-North-Carolina-Historical2.html;Part 2 out of 6.
      General George Graham was born in Pennsylvania in 1758, and came with
      his widowed mother and four others to North Carolina, when about six
      years old. He was chiefly educated at "Queen's Museum," in Charlotte,
      and was distinguished for his assiduity, manly behaviour and
      kindliness of disposition. He was early devoted to the cause of
      liberty, and was ever its untiring defender. There was no duty too
      perilous, no service too dangerous, that he was not ready to undertake
      for the welfare and independence of his country.
      In 1775, when it was reported in Charlotte that two Tory lawyers, Dunn
      and Boothe, had proposed the detention of Capt. Jack on his way to
      Philadelphia, and had pronounced the patriotic resolutions with which
      he was entrusted, as "treasonable," George Graham was one of the
      gallant spirits who rode all night to Salisbury, seized said offending
      lawyers, and brought them to Mecklenburg for trial. Here, after being
      found guilty of conduct "inimical to the cause of American freedom,"
      they were transported to Camden, S.C., and afterward to Charleston,
      and imprisoned.
      Such were the open manifestations of liberty and independence in
      different portions of North Carolina in 1775!
      When Cornwallis lay at Charlotte in 1780, Graham took an active part
      in attacking his foraging parties, making it extremely difficult and
      hazardous for them to procure their necessary supplies. He was one of
      the thirteen brave spirits, under Capt. James Thompson, who dared to
      attack a foraging party of four hundred British troops at McIntire's
      Branch, seven miles northwest of Charlotte, on the Beattie's Ford
      road, compelling them to retreat, with a considerable loss of men and
      a small amount of forage, fearing, as they said, an ambuscade was
      prepared for their capture.
      After the war, he was elected Major General of the North Carolina
      militia. For many years, he was clerk of the court of Mecklenburg
      county, and frequently a member of the State Legislature. He was the
      people's friend, not their flatterer, and uniformly enjoyed the
      confidence and high esteem of his fellow-citizens. He lived more than
      half a century on his farm, two miles from Charlotte. He died on the
      29th of March, 1826, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, and is
      buried in the graveyard of the Presbyterian Church at Charlotte."

      1750 - American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
      Name: George W. Graham
      Birth Date: 1750
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Volume: 66
      Page Number: 47
      Reference: Roster of soldiers from N.C. in the Amer. Rev. Comp. ByD.A.R. of NC. Durham, NC. 1932. (12,709p.):496
      Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-BiographicalIndex (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The GenerationsNetwork, Inc., 1999.

      1763 - "City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina -Incorporated 1768, named for Queen Charlotte.
      The county was formed from Anson County in 1763 and named for thehometown of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany whobecame the bride of England's King George III in 1762. When a townwas established within the county in 1768, founders named it"Charlotte Town" for Queen Charlotte. Historians report that thecounty settlement by immigrants began in the early 1700's primarilyfrom the North along the "Trading Path", an old Indian Trail, and fromthe South along the rivers from Charleston. Immigrants werepredominately Scotch-Irish and were not threatened by the nativeresidents, the Catawba Indians. By 1775, many settlements andchurches had been established by families such as Alexander, Polk,Latta, Selwyn, Davidson, Harris, Graham, and Torance, to name a few.Early churches included Hopewell, Rocky River, Sugaw Creek, SteeleCreek, and Providence, all established in the 1750's and '60's.Fiercely independent and wanting to remain that way, the leadingcitizens of Mecklenburg County drafted the Mecklenburg Declaration ofIndependence in 1775. Gold was discovered around 1800 and Mecklenburgsoon became the location for the Charlotte Mint and so it is onlyfitting that it is today the home of two of the top ten banks in theUnited States...etc...Located in the south central portion of NorthCarolina, the center of the county is at the intersection ofInterstates 77 and 85 and is bordered on the west by the CatawbaRiver, on the north by Iredell county, on the east by Cabarrus andUnion counties, and on the south by York and Lancaster, South Carolinacounties." Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncmeckle/

      1790 - "U.S. Federal Census; http://persi.heritagequestonline.com
      Series: M637 Roll: 7 Page: 350; BROTHERS
      GRAHAM JOSEPH MAJ NC MECKLENBURG SALISBURY DIST 1790
      1-free white male over 16 yrs, 1-free white male under 16 yrs, 2-freefemales, 0-other free persons,
      8-slaves
      GRAHAM GEORGE NC MECKLENBURG SALISBURY DIST 1790
      1-free white male over 16 yrs, 2-free white male under 16 yrs, 2-freefemales, 0-other free persons,
      4-slaves
      GRAHAM JAMES NC MECKLENBURG SALISBURY DIST 1790
      0-free white male over 16 yrs, 0-free white male under 16 yrs, 1-freefemales, 1-other free persons,
      0-slaves" Note: I believe that their mother/step-mother was livingwith James & his wife per the census recording one other free personin the household.

      Birth: 1758, USA
      Death: Mar. 29, 1826
      Charlotte
      Mecklenburg County
      North Carolina, USA
      Revolutionary War North Carolina Militia Major General. He servedthroughout the Revolutionary War. He was among the MecklenburgPatriots, who, along with those from Rowan County, were some of theWar's most hostile forces. In 1780, he was among the 12 (or 14)Patriots who fought back a force of 400 British soldiers at McIntyre'sFarm. The incident became known as the "Battle of The Hornets."Charlotte then took the nickname "The Hornet?s Nest," a name it stilluses to this day. Graham achieved the rank of Major General.