Biography of William Frederick Graham
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William Frederick Graham, son of Dr. Frederick and Amy (Haight) Graham, was born May 12, 1815, and in his thirteenth year he was apprenticed to learn the printer's trade in the old Journal of Commerce office, in New York, remaining there six years. His father was born in Westchester County, N. Y., July 10, 1785, and in early life studied medicine, and subsequently became a successful practitioner, establishing himself in New York City. He was married Aug. 12, 1810, to Amy Haight, born in Westchester County about 1791, and to them were born two children - Mary S., born May 23, 1811, living with her parents till her death, Dee. 12, 1879; and William F., our subject, who was the main-stay of his parents in their declining years. In 1834 Dr. Graham abandoned his profession and came West to Ottawa, La Salle Co., Ill. He made a home on section 4, Brookfield Township, to which he removed his family in February, 1835. In 1850 he changed his residence to section 8, where he was engaged in farming till his death, May 13, 1863, leaving his family 320 acres of land. His widow died June 16, 1867, aged seventy eight years. The Doctor practiced medicine but little after coming to this county. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, in politics he was a Democrat. He was an upright, honorabfe citizen, and is well remembered by all of the old pioneers. William F., our subject, came with his parents to this county, and now owns and occupies the old homestead on section 8, Brookfield Township. In politics he is a Democrat. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Fifty third Illinois Infantry, and was honorably discharged Nov. 12, 1864, as Sergeant, after which he returned to Brookfield Township and is still living on the old homestead.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886