James F. Graham
James F. Graham, the subject of this sketch, was married to Elizabeth Ann Brummett on the 31st of August, 1852, and to them were born ten children, seven of whom are deceased, viz: Franklin Pearce, Sarah Elizabeth, Emiliza Catharine, Flora Smith, Florence Beil, James Washington and Marcia Mahala Graham. Those living are: Mary Alice, who married J. S. King, a Kentuckian, and a railroad man; Constantine William, who is in the employ of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway Company; and Fourthie Ann Graham, called Fourthie because she was born on the 4th of July, thus commemorating the 4th of July, 1776, and American independence from under the yoke of Great Britain.
James F. Graham had a fair
knowledge of the elementary branches of an English education, and
taught for many years both in Tennessee and Illinois, and was regarded
as the best penman
in his younger days in Johnson County, Ill., in which he lived. He held various offices, at different times being School Director, School Trustee, Township Treasurer, Circuit Clerk, Master
in Chancery, and Recorder of Deeds and Mortgages. During the War of the Rebellion for the preservation of the Union, he was Enrolling Officer of the Militia and Collector of Internal
Revenue for Johnson County. The last two offices were given him on account of his loyalty to the Union, and without his asking.
religion, he believes in, and belongs to, the Christian Church. He
denies the right of any man, or set of men, to write out what he must
believe in order to get to Heaven, hence discards
all books of discipline or confessions of faith written by men, and clings to the New Testament Scriptures as his only guide for a blessed Immortality beyond the grave.
transcribed by Nan Starjak
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