Son of Thos. Graham, Jr., and Jane Macbeth, of Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Wm. is said to have come to TN from Ireland in about 1806, after having served as a soldier in Emmet's Rebellion. On 25 Aug. 1806, he married Margaret (Peggy) Chamberlain in Grainger Co., TN. According to Goodspeed's History of Claiborne Co.: "The first merchant was William Graham, a native of Ireland, and a gentleman of high reputation, both as a business man and a citizen. He owned a large body of land below town, and about 1814 completed the fine stone residence now occupied by Mr. Fulkerson. After conducting his mercantile business for a few years he was joined by William Houston and Hugh Graham. This partnership, under the name of Hugh Graham & Co., lasted for several years, and after its dissolution Hugh Graham and William Houston conducted separate establishments." Also from Goodspeed's: "The first church building in the town was erected by William Graham, and stood a short distance below his residence. It is said to have been built about 1815, and was doubtless used by all sects, although Mr. Graham was a Presbyterian.”
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