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David Graham
Born April 17, 1814
DAVID GRAHAM, farmer, Fairview Twp., Sec. 1; P.O. Anamosa; is a native of Virginia, and was born in Nicholas Co. April 17, 1814; he grew up there and learned the cooper's trade; in 1833, he came to Morgan Co., Ohio; he came to Iowa in April, 1844, and located in Jones Co., on Bowen's Prairie; there were only two houses in Monticello at that time; he entered land and made a farm and engaged in farming and carried on the cooper's trade; he has seen dressed pork sell for $1 per hundred; he was one of the earliest settlers in this country; in 1856, he came to Anamosa and helped to build the mills at the river; in the spring of 1861, he moved where he now lives, just outside of the city limits, one of the most pleasant locations, and owns a farm of forty acres. Mr. Graham is a natural mechanic, and has made several useful and practical inventions; he has held the offices of County Supervisor and City Councilman. In 1835, he married Frances Kinzel, from Ohio; she died in January, 1853, leaving seven children, five of whom are living—Ellen, Caroline, Johnson, John and Samantha. On the 21st of December, 1854, he married Rachel Bates, from Montgomery Co., N.Y.; she came to Iowa in 1853. Mr. Graham had two sons in the army; William J. was in Co. B, 9th I.V.I.; he was wounded in the battle of Lookout Mountain. John was in Co. E, 31st I.V.T.; he was also wounded in the army.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 558.


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