H. C. GRAHAM, farmer; son of Peter and Mary A. (Akere) Graham; was born in Athens May 8, 1833; his parents came from the city of New York to Illinois, in 1829, and to Athens, Menard Co., in 1830, where they still live, at a combined age of 146 years. H. C. is the oldest of a family of ten, nine of whom are still living; he has followed agricultural pursuits thus far through life, except a few years of his early life, which were devoted to the trade of a carpenter. He married Miss Fanny L., daughter of Levi and Ann (Patterson) Cantrall, Jan. 6, 1856; she was born Oct. 9, 1838; they have raised a family of five - Mary A., born June 23, 1858; William H., Aug. 11, 1862; Araminta, Oct. 13, 1868; Joseph S., March 26, 1871; Carrie, Aug. 5, 1878. They settled where they now live in 1856, and have for many years been members and workers in the Athens M.E. Church. They have a fine farm of 400 acres, and a beautiful residence.