William Graham

William Graham

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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