From Mary A. Hansard, "Old Time Tazewell":
Mary A. Hansard, in her "Old Time Tazewell" (p. 3), calls him "a good old citizen, but [one who] was inclined to be surly and crabbed." She goes on to describe how the children of the town feared him because he was said to load his gun with beans to scare away the children who stole apples from his orchard. To those who asked his permission, he was very generous with the bounty of the orchard.
Hansard (p. 3) tells the story of how it is said that William Graham disciplined his favorite servant, Stephen. Loath to employ corporal punishment, he brought him into the parlor, seated him on the sofa, and waited on him all day. (This made Stephen extremely uncomfortable.)
She continues (p. 5-6):
"Mr. Graham was a useful citizen and much respected. He owned a large boundary of land in Claiborne County and had a great many shares in the bank and many servants; but he chose to liberate them from bondage and send them to a free state, which he did about the year 1830. He retained two men and a woman as waiters for himself and his wife until their death, and then made provision in his will for their freedom and left a legacy for their benefit. He did not send his servants away empty, but provided them with wagons and teams and money to defray their expenses. And according to my recollection he entered land in the State of Indiana for them."