Biography of John Grafton
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





John Grafton, a veteran of the World War, is among Wellsville's well known young men. He was born here, May 22, 1891, and is the son of Harmon and Julia A. (Raffle) Grafton.

Harmon Grafton was born in Wellaville, Sept. 20, 1866. He has been in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad for many years and is a carpenter by trade. Mr. Grafton was married Aug. 11, 1890, to Miss Julia A. Raffle, who was born at Salineville, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1869. They have four children: John, the subject of this sketch; Charles D., lives at Wellsville, Ralph, lives at Wellsville; and Grace, married Jesse A. Payne, lives at Wellsville.

John Grafton was reared and educated in Wellsville and after his graduation from high school in 1911 he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad in a clerical position. He is now connected with the company's machine shops.

During the World War Mr. Grafton served with Company L, 332nd Infantry, and was overseas on the Italian and Austrian fronts for 11 months. He was discharged at Camp Sherman, Ohio, May 5, 1919.

On Sept. 3, 1919, Mr. Grafton was united in marriage with Miss Edna Marie Johnston, who was born at East Liverpool, April 12, 1895, the daughter of Hugh and Janet (Davis) Johnston, residents of Port Arthur, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston have four children: Mrs. Grafton; Robert, a World War veteran, lives at Houston, Texas; Russell, lives at Houston, Texas; and Alleen, lives at Port Arthur, Texas. To Mr. and Mrs. Grafton have been born two daughters: Dorothy A., born Oct. 3, 1920; and Janice Audrey, born Oct. 10, 1923.

Mr. Grafton is a Democrat, a member of the Christian Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic and Elk lodges and the American Legion.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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