JEHU L. GRAFTON, an old and worthy citizen of Island Creek township, was born in Hancock county, W. Va. April 6, 1817. His father, William H. Grafton, was born in Maryland in 1787, the son of Samuel Grafton, a native of the same state. William spent his early years in his native state and in 1806 removed to Hancock county, W. Va., which was then a part of Brooke county and he was there married in the following summer to Nancy Baker, daughter of Nathan Baker, who emigrated from Hartford county, Md., to West Virginia. This marriage resulted in the birth of thirteen children, of whom four yet survive. The father died in 1876 and his wife in 1863. Jehu L. was reared in Hancock county and there began farming, which has been his occupation through life. He became a resident of Jefferson county in May 1856 purchasing a farm near Steubenville, on which he lived some fourteen years. He then moved to Wooster, Ohio, where he remained eleven years coming then to Island Creek township, and making his home on the farm he now occupies. Before coming to this state Mr. Grafton served for several years as coroner of Hancock county of which his brother was the first sheriff elected. He has always taken an active interest in public affairs, and is now identified with the prohibition party. September 29, 1842 he was married to Martha Grafton, daughter of Isaac Grafton, and four children were born to them: William S., Isaac B., John P., deceased and Louis F. He and wife are members of the Christian church.
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