To the reader— Having been requested frequently by the younger members of the Graham family to commit to writing an account of their ancestors and their posterity down to the present time, I, being perhaps the oldest one of them, have attempted to do so in the following pages, under the conviction that there may be some mistakes as many of the statements are made from from memory, yet believing that in the main they may be relied upon as correct.
A Short History of the Graham Family About the year 1774 John and William Graham (brothers) left their native country, Ireland, County Down, near Belfast, and with their families came to the city of New York after a long and perilous voyage of sixteen weeks. Their provisions and water were dealt out to them by measure for some time before they landed. Their captain lost the right course and ran so far north that they came in sight of large bodies of ice, the second in command all the time telling the captain that he was steering the wrong course.
We have now gone over all the families of the first three emigants from Ireland who settled in Washington County, New York. We will now give a little scrap of history which goes to show pretty certainly that our forefathers were originally from Scotland. It is found in a little book entitled "Tales of Grandfather," being stories from the history of Scotland Volume 1st. It appears that in the reign of King James of England there was a clan of Graham who lived on the border between England and Scotland who were very brave and very lawless, on account of which they were removed to the County of Ulster, Ireland, within the bounds of said county the County Down is situated, the county from which our forfathers came when they emigrated to Washinton County, New York. This took place in the year one thousand six hundred and thirty. The above goes to show that the old tradition is true that the Grahams were from Scotland.