WILLIAM M. GRAHAM, living on section 10, Jackson Township, was born in Erie County, Pa., April 11, 1845. He is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Adams) Graham, natives of Pennsylvania. His parents lived in the city of Erie until William was nine years of age, when they moved into the country in Harbor Creek, and engaged in farming, where they lived two years, then moved to Elkhart County, Ind. After living in Elkhart County about six months, William left home and went to Mercer County, Ill., where he engaged as a farm hand and lived until 1861, when he enlisted in the 30th Illinois Infantry, and served in the war three years and ten months. He participated in the following battles: Belmont, Ft. Donelson, siege of Corinth, Raymond Station and siege of Vicksburg. He was also in the Atlanta campaign and at Savannah. On the expiration of his term of service he returned to Illinois but only remained there one week, when he came to Benton County on a visit. Taking a liking to the country he concluded to make it his home.
On the 5th day of October, 1869, Mr. Graham was married to Mary, daughter of Hugh and Mary C. St. Clair. Mrs. Graham is a native of Crawford County, Pa., born Oct. 17, 1851. They are the parents of six children — Hugh A., Olive L., John T., Mabel B., Nellie M. and Jessie E. Mr. Graham is a member of the G. A. R. His father died in February, 1883, at the ripe old age of seventy-eight years. His mother is still living, aged seventy-six. In politics Mr. Graham is a Republican. He owns 140 acres of fine land, where he has resided since the fall of 1876.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 301.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.