Guide to the Graham Family Papers, 1825-1998

Summary Information

Title: Graham Family Papers, 1825-1998
Collection: AC.361
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)

The Graham Family Papers consist of microfilmed copies of receipts to and from Jiles Graham for debt payments, promissary notes, tax receipts, day books, and school committee documents.

Creator: Graham family

Biographical/Historical Note

Giles Graham (1818-1897) was a cattle broker from the Old Fields township, North Carolina. In 1849, he married Mary Moore in Floyd County, Virginia. In 1850, a 65 year old Rebecca Moore, presumably Mary's mother, lived with them. They moved to Ashe County in around 1853. He was a member of Ashe County's Public School District Number 69 Committee in the mid-1850s and a member of Blackburn Methodist Episcopal Church for 30 years. The Grahams children include Patterson, Ishmael, Mariah, Lorenzo, and Reece.

Scope and Contents

The Graham Family Papers include a microfilm reel of papers from the Giles Graham descendants. Also included is an one hour, eight minute video cassette of Jim Graham, an unidentified white female, Stephanie Roark Keener, and Patricia Beaver discussing the papers.

The microfilmed materials consist of mid-19th century documents and daybooks from Giles Graham of Ashe County, North Carolina. Patricia Beaver filmed the video on 22 April 1998 in her Center for Appalachian Studies office. The participants discuss the Graham papers.


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

An appointment for research is required. No restrictions to access. No Inter-Library Loan.

Acquisitions Information

Jim Graham allowed the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection to microfilm this collection on 9 March 2001. Its accession number is AC.2001.052. It was opened to the public in January 2006.

Processing Information

Microfilmed by Dean Williams, 2001; Processed by Kathryn Staley, January, 2007; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, January, 2007

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.361: Graham Family Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Graham Family Papers. (1825-1998)

Series Description

The Graham Family Papers includes receipts to and from Giles Graham for debt payments, promissary notes, tax receipts, a unidentified general store's day book, an unidentified diary, and school committee documents. This collection has correspondence about family matters and includes religious imagery as well as the following: Morganton State Hospital wrote to Dr. W.R. Graham of Todd and Baltimore, Maryland that the institution did not have room for an unnamed insane family member; a recognition that W. Moore fought in the War of 1812; J.M. Hagshead wrote Mrs. Graham about having cancer, a 1865 governmental flier denouncing the altering of animal brands and orders citizens to return government animals; 1850s-era Floyd County, Virginia tax receipts for Giles Graham. Graham is ordered to report for army duty in 1864; the 1865 loyalty oath for Giles Graham, Graham's 1875 request for the pension of the deceased Rebecca Moore, for whom he was the guardian, testimony for horse theft, and directions for medicine.

Microfilmed Papers. Box 1
Videotaped interview, 1998. Box 1