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BIOGRAPHY: William Graham, (ca. 1800-1859)



(ca. 1800- 1859)

North Carolina, Autauga, Montgomery and Coosa Counties, Alabama

(Excerpt from History of Coosa County: by the Rev. George Evans Brewer, 1887)

Another son of Archibald Graham, was William, who also came with his father to Alabama from North Carolina, in 1820. He settled in Montgomery and became a merchant. After serving some years as Judge of the County court of Montgomery, he moved to Coosa in 1841, and farmed. In 1847 he was elected State Treasurer, holding the office ten years, and then retired to his farm near Prattville, where he died in 1859. He was taller than his brother, John G., but his body was not so well rounded. He was, however, a man of good appearance and pleasant address, and was loved for his probity and many good qualities. He was a Presbyterian.

ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS From (Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama: For Thirty Years, with an Appendix By William Garrett 1872)

William Graham, of Autauga, was a native of North Carolina, and a brother of Daniel Graham, who was many years Secretary of State of Tennessee. He was also a brother of John G. Graham, formerly of Alabama, but now a citizen of Texas, and of Mr. Samuel S. Graham, of Coosa county.

Mr. Graham, the new State Treasurer, was so competent and faithful in office, that he retained it for a period of ten years, without opposition, and then declined a reelection. His business habits, and his skill in accounts, his fidelity, his scrupulous neatness in keeping his books, all in the finest lines and figures, yet all intelligible and all exact to the fraction of a cent, made him a valuable officer to the State, and the loss of his services, by retirement, was a subject of much public regret.

For many years he had been clerk of the Circuit Court of Montgomery county, was always popular, and yet always quiet and taciturn, without ever using any art at electioneering, as the term is generally understood. He had fixed principles of rectitude, and a method of managing his affairs, from which he never departed. Even his personal movements were under the same rigid discipline. I have seen him walk a great deal, but never in a hurry beyond a regular gait. I have seen him ride much, but he never put his .horse beyond a walk. He was firm and patient in adhering to his rules of action. The night before his first election, when his friends thought he had strong opposition, they asked him to meet them in consultation as to the best means of success. He replied that it was his night for going to church, and that he would leave the election to the chapter of accidents.

After a long life of faithful public service, and suffering at times the antagonisms of fortune, this good member of the Presbyterian Church descended to his grave several years ago, leaving a spotless name as a heritage to his family and numerous descendants.

From (Memorial Record of Alabama: A Concise Account of the State’s Political, Military, Professional and Industrial Progress, Together with the Personal Memoirs of Many of Its People, Volume 1, Brant & Fuller, 1893)

Maj. Archibald Graham, also a Scotchman, married a Scotch lady, Miss Euphemia Graham. They came to the United States with their parents, who died in North Carolina. These grandparents came to Alabama in 1818, located in Autauga county, where he died in 1825, aged sixty-two years, and she in 1848. Maj. Archibald Graham was a planter on a large scale, was the father of a very intelligent family and his descendants are now numbered among the best families of the county. The eldest son, Judge William Graham, was state treasurer from 1848 until the opening of the Civil war.


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Does anyone have information on the Crossland family? Specifically Meredith Crossland.

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