JOHN C. GRAHAM, a prominent retired farmer of Richmond, Ohio, and owner of a farm of eighty acres in Salem Township, Jefferson County, was born December 8, 1833, in Deersville, Harrison County, Ohio, a son of Harrison and Ruth (Hague) Graham. The parents of our subject were both natives of Maryland and continued their residence there a few years after their marriage. They then moved to Harrison County, Ohio, where the father died, after which the mother removed to East Springfield, where she spent the remainder of her life. The mother of our subject was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of East Springfield. She was the mother of the following children: F. E., Lucinda, Maria Ann, John C., and James.
John C. Graham was reared and educated in Harrison County, Ohio, and learned the blacksmith trade at which he worked for years at Richmond and Mooretown. He subsequently located on a farm of eighty acres in Section 22, Salem Township, where he followed general farming until 1902, when he removed to East Springfield, Ohio. One year later he removed to Richmond, where he has since lived in retirement, but still continues the management of his farm.
Mr. Graham was first united in marriage May 3, 1852, with Rebecca Richardson, who was a daughter of Samuel Richardson of Carroll County, Ohio, and of their union were born the following children: Isaiah, deceased; Samuel; Emma A.; James H., deceased; George E.; McCullough, deceased; William R.; David N.; and Maggie B., deceased. The entire family was stricken with small pox and Mrs. Graham died if that dread disease, December 2, 1871. She and a son were buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mr. Graham, with the assistance of his brother-in-law and nephews being obliged to conduct the entire burial service, owing to the nature of the disease. Mr. Graham's second marriage occurred September 3, 1872, with Ruth Walton, a daughter of William Stewart Walton, and of this union were born three children: Nannie M., Charles and Eugene R. Mrs. Graham died September 10, 1884, and is also buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Graham formed a third union May 27, 1886, with Emma Morrow, who is a daughter of William Morrow. Mr. Graham is a charter member of the United Brethern Church of East Springfield, Ohio, and was for some time an exhorter, and is now a class leader. In politics he is identified with the Democratic party, but in no sense of the word is a politician.