Archibald Graham1

(circa 1704 - 1802)

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     Archibald Graham was born cir. 1704 ?VA, British America.2,3
     Archibald Graham married Margaret UnknownSurname ?Shed say 1740 ?VA.4
     Archibald Graham died in 1802 Cleveland Co., NC, USA.3 He was buried in 1802 Archibald Graham Cem., Patterson Springs, Cleveland Co., NC, USA, The FindAGrave info shows:
Death:      1802
Aged 98 years.
"Adieu to all both now and forever my living wife and children dear, etc."
Adding Family links:
Colonel William Graham (1742 - 1835)*
as a *Calculated relationship.3


     Archibald Graham wrote a will on 28 Apr 1798 Lincoln Co., NC, USA, Marty Grant's website provides the following info re the will: He named his wife Margaret and children William Graham, John Graham, Ann wife of John Long, Archibald Dillingham, William, Ann, Elisabeth, Vetch and Arthur Dillingham (presumed grandchildren, though he does not say that). He also named son Archibald Graham, Arthur Graham and Arthur's son John Graham. Executor was son Arthur Graham and Walace Alexander. Witnessed by James Espey, Martin Roberts and John Carruth. There was no probate date.2


     Autosomal DNA testing has highlighted a set of FamilyFinder matches where the participants descend from two GRAHAM families in Colonial America: William of New Castle, DE early 1700s > Augusta/Botetourt, VA mid 1700s, Archibald of Augusta VA > Cleveland NC, and the Cumberland (ENG) family of Andrew of Fauld, Arthuret, Cumberland.
As there are sufficient overlapping segments and matches between the groups, the science indicates that there's a shared common ancestor in their background.
A choromosome map of the overlapping segments is shown on the GRAHAM page.
We would love to confirm the ancestry/linkages to these trees for the others that have overlapping matches, and of course, to find the relationship between William, Archibald and Andrew.
The predicted closeness of the relationship is way closer than can be accounted for by the respective trees, so either cousin marriages or "sticky" dna might be in play here. The latter definitely seems to apply as there are a large number of matches at this point, not all yet investigated.1

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     On 24 Nov 1753 Augusta Co., VA, USA, Archibald appears in Chalkley's extractions from the court records of Virginia:(76) Road ordered--Wm. Carravan, overseer--from Charles Millicons to Wm. Carravan's, with these workers: ... Archd. Graham... Wm. Graham.
(It is tempting to believe that these two Grahams might be the Archibald & William whose descendant(s) are a FamilyFinder dna match to each other.)5,1
     On 13 Aug 1787 Franklin Co., VA, USA, Marty GRANT's well researched website shows that Archibald Graham Sr made a deed of gift to his grand daughter Sarah Graham (13 Aug 1787), daughter of "my son" William Graham and Susannah his wife of Franklin Co, VA. He gave her a negro girl named Mall about 9 years old. If Sarah should die without issue, Mall should go to the male heirs of "my two sons" Archibald and Arthur Graham. This deed was witnessed by Arthur Graham (son) and Jack Dillingham. It was proven in Court in October 1790. This deed does not show Archibald as a resident of Virginia, but another one the same day does (see below). (Recorded in Rutherford County Wills and Miscellaneous Records Book A page 49).

On the same date (13 Aug 1787), Archibald Graham Sr "of the Common Wealth of Virginia, County of Franklin", gave another deed of gift to grand daughter Sarah Graham, daughter of my son William and Susannah Graham. He gave one negro boy named Charles aged 11. If Sarah should die without heirs, Charles should go to the male heirs of my sons Archibald and Arthur Graham "after the death of my son William, provided he should survive his daughter." Witnesses were Archibald Graham Jr, Samuel (X) Ruph and Arthur Graham. Deed proven in Court in October 1790. (Recorded in Rutherford County Wills and Miscellaneous Records Book A page 50).6


Margaret UnknownSurname ?Shed (1718 - 1806)
  • John Graham2
  • Archibald Graham2
  • Ann Graham2,7 (say 1740 - )
  • William Graham2 (1742 - 1835)
  • Arthur Graham2 (cir. 1762 - Nov 1805)
ChartsArchibald & Margaret (SHED?) GRAHAM of Cleveland Co., NC
Last Edited15 Jul 2014


  1. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jul 2014.
  2. GRAHAM: misc web searches & corresonpendence Will 28 Apr 1798 Archibald GRAHAM, Lincoln Co., NC, extract from…, extracted Jul 2014.
  3. Find A Grave online at, Dth 1802 Archibald GRAHAM, aged 98, bur. Archibald GRAHAM cem. Patterson Springs, Cleveland Co., NC, from memorial #74813447, created by Matthew CORNWELL, 12 Aug 2011, extracted Jul 2014.
  4. GRAHAM: misc web searches & corresonpendence Cen: 1800 Archibald GRAHAM, Lincoln Co., NC, extract from…, extracted Jul 2014.
  5. Chronicles of the Scotch - Irish Settlement in Virginia by Lyman Chalkley online at…, 24 Nov 1753.: Wm GRAHAM worker on road from "Wm Carravan's plantation to Wm Bryans on Roan Oak", transcr. online at…, extracted Jun 2014.
  6. GRAHAM: misc web searches & corresonpendence Deeds 13 Aug 1787 Archibald GRAHAM, in Franklin Co., VA to grddtr Sarah d/o William GRAHAM, in Franklin Co. VA, extract from Rutherford County Wills and Miscellaneous Records Book A pages 49 and 50, transcr. online at…, extracted Jul 2014.
  7. FamilySearch Family Tree online at, Marr. bef. 1774 Abel s/o John BEATTY to Ann d/o Archibald GRAHAM, letter on file page 192 of the Tryon Co., NC, July Court of 1774 and in the Deed Abstracts of Tryon Co., Vol. II, pages 11-12, from Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch (, entry for John Beatty.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.