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Graham, John A.

JOHN A. GRAHAM, farmer and stock-dealer, P.O. Randolph, was born in Sheffield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, February 3, 1837, son of David and Martha (Bentley) Graham (both deceased), former supposed to have been a native of Vermont, latter born in New York. They were the parents of five children: John; William D.; Susan, wife of Mead Johnson; Elizabeth (deceased), and Mary Jane, wife of A.W. Lewis, of Shamburg, Venango County, Penn. Our subject, when about six years of age, was brought by his, parents to Evansburg, this county, and from there to Yates County, N.Y., where the family remained three or four years, and then returned to Crawford County, locating in Randolph Township. John A. received a common school education and learned the cooper’s trade, at which he worked about ten years. He spent five years in Clarion County, Penn., engaged with a pipe company, and while there he operated more or less extensively in oil, in which he was quite successful. Of late years he has turned his attention to farming and stock-raising. The farm on which he now lives he purchased in 1880. Mr. Graham was married December 20, 1861, to Miss Amy Armstrong, born in Crawford County in 1843. To this union have been born six children, viz.: William, Karl, John, Clifford, Martha, wife of F.E. Humeston, and Lena. Mrs. Graham is a daughter of James and Martha (Barton) Armstrong, former a native of this county, now deceased, latter of New York State, now living. They were the parents of four children: Almeron, Amy, Mary and Elizabeth. Our subject is a self-made man, and has accumulated his property entirely by his own energy and enterprise.


 

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