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In the Fletcher Family Bible I found this obit. Does anyone know who Annie J. Freeland
mentioned as his daughter is and who she married?
William Graham was born November 5th, 1817, at Greenfield, Ross County, Ohio; died at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. R. W. Sherritt, Allerton, Iowa, Friday morning, February 5th,
1907, aged 89 years 3 months and 10 days. Was married to Miss Elizabeth Buckworth, January
7th, 1841, by Rev. Elijah Finley of the M.E. Church, Ross County, Ohio, Dryrun Circuit,
who preceded him to that better land, September 28, 1903.
After their marriage they settled on a farm near her father’s home, 8 miles north of
Chillicothe; remained there until 1846 when they moved to Union County, Ohio, and in 1847
removed to Fayette County , and in 1848 moved back to Ross County. In the fall of 1853
they emigrated to Woodford County, Illinois, and located on a farm three miles from
Metamoria, County seat of Woodford County, and remained there until 1857 when they removed
to Eureka, Illinois, same county, and opened up a grocery business. During these years
they accumulated considerable property. In the spring of 1853 they traded their Eureka
property for land in Wayne County, Iowa and removed to Wayne County and settled on this
land, in Howard Township, eight miles south of Corydon, remained there until 1872 when
they came to Corydon and made it their home until the Master called them to their reward
Mr. and Mrs. Graham lived a married life for 63 years; raised a family of five
children—three boys and two girls—all of whom are living: Lorenzo D. resides at Corydon,
Iowa; Charles A. at Creston, Iowa; Mrs. Mary B. Sherritt at Allerton, Iowa; Marquis DeL.
at Monroe, Mo.; Mrs. Annie J. Freeland at Corydon.
Father Graham joined the M.E. Church when quite young, was a faithful, consistent
Christian, and in early days was a great worker in the church, and always gave liberally
of his earthly means in support of the church, and when able always a faithful attendant.
He never was contented only when at work,and very active, had great vitality and endured
many hardships and sacrificed much for the comfort for wife and children; kind husband and
father. He sustained a broken limb in December 1902 from accident, from which he never
fully recovered, and for the last few months of his life was confined to his room. His
last hours before he became unconscious were song and praise to his God, and he passed
away as in silent sleep. All the children were present when the end came except C. A.
Graham, who was in California. Two grandchildren attended the funeral, Frank Sherritt and
Jennie Graham. The funeral was from the First M. E. Church, Corydon, Iowa, ably conducted
by his pastor, Rev. H!
. P. Dudley, on Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m., February 17th. Text 14 John, 2nd verse. A large
gathering of old neighbors and citizens who feel deeply this sad bereavement. The body was
laid to rest in the Corydon Cemetery by the side of his departed wife.