John C. Graham


JOHN C. GRAHAM, an enterprising business man of Mingo Junction, was born April 14, 1854, the son of Robert and Lydia A. Graham the former of whom was a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Jefferson county, Ohio. Robert Graham, born about the year 1800, engaged in farming in early life, and subsequently took charge of a tavern. He was engaged in that business in Pennsylvania several years, and continued in it for eight years at Mt. Pleasant, and four years, and continued in it for eight years at Mt. Pleasant and four years in Smithfield after removing to this county. After that period, however, he again turned his attention to farming at which he was engaged until his death, September 29, 1868. About the year 1830 he was married to Theresa Ralston, by whom he had six children, two sons and four daughters, of whom four daughters survive. Their mother died about ten years after her marriage, and in about 1848 Mr. Graham was married to Lydia A., daugher of Levi and Rachel Scott, both of Quaker descent. By this marriage he had six sons and three daughters, seven of whom survive. John C. Graham was reared in Wells township, upon a farm. At twenty-one years of age he went to Shelby county, Ill., and engaged in general merchandise, and conducted this business profitably for five years. He then returned to his old home county, and embarked in the grocery business at Mingo Junction, and is meeting with deserved success. On December 25, 1877 he was married to Josephine Chalfant, both natives of this county. Her father was reared near Mingo Junction, and followed the stone mason's trade until the beginning of the civil war, when he enlisted in the Union army with his teo sons, and served gallantly in some of the most important engagements. Mr. and Mrs. Graham have three children: Wiley R., Myrtle M. and Lizzie B. Mr. Graham at present holds the office of postmaster at Mingo Junction, a trust he discharges so the satisfaction of the community.

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