I hope someone can help me with this Graham family.
I am seeking any further information about *ARCHIBALD WILLIAM GORDON
GRAHAM*who was born about 1861 in India, the son of Archibald William
(1827-1905) and Mary Janet Grant.
A.W.G. Graham married Janet Georgina Gordon Clay in 1900 in Paddington,
London, England. She was the daughter of Albert O'Halloran Clay.
By the 1911 census his main residence was in Ceylon where he may well have
been a Tea Planter. He died in 1939 in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
There was one son Archibald Bertie Grant Gordon Graham, born 1901 at
Carolina, Ceylon. He entered the Indian Navy in 1919 and became a
Sub-Lieutenant the following year. By 1930 he was a Tea Planter in Ceylon
though no further details are known about this.
He married Annie Christian Balme in 1930 in Bath, Somerset and he died 21st
June, 1961 at Travancore, Sutton, Nr Eynsham, Oxon. There was one son:
Archibald E.G. Graham, born 1941 in Carlisle. He married and they had two
children, one boy and one girl.
I am particularly keen to know what this family's tea interests were in
Alistair, The 1927 Times of Ceylon Green book ( year of compilation 1926)
has numerous Gordon, Graham and Clay as planters, agents, and in business
in Ceylon. Chas G Gordon is listed as a planter at Galgawatte, Elkaduwa. H
Douglas Graham, JP, UPM, for Nuwara Eliya district , Planter, Hoonaoocotua
The Carolina No 1 and 2 Estates were at Watawala, Dikoya district and the
Carolina Tea Co of Ceylon had at least 6 other Estates in 1926.
The Carolina Estate Coonoor, Niligiris, South India is also listed in this
In obituaries in the same book there was a Mrs Annie Elizabeth Graham
listed, who died 22 May 1926, at The Firs Annexe Bungalow, Kandy.
Depending in which country you live there are numerous directories, books
and newspapers, in archives and libraries, that could help your search.
The Gordon name is prominent in the 1886 Ferguson's directory, and Clay and
Gordon profiles are in the book of Ceylon printed by Plate and Co in 1924.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon has a pen portrait of the Dickoya
Estate and also states that Mr W H Graham first came out to Ceylon in 1877
and returned home in 1880 but came out to Ceylon again in 1890 and that Mr
Graham is an ardent Golfer and Hon Sec of the Dikoya and Maskeliya Cricket
This book was first published in 1907 and is available on line at
If you can get to read the "Tropical Agriculturist" newspapers you will get
a much better idea of the Estate life and maybe find entries on your
ancestors. There is a good run in the National libraries in Australia,
England and Sri Lanka that we know of. Newspapers for the period are in
Colombo and England.
Unfortunately most of the vital records for the British Ceylon period,
(other than the Dutch Churches) have not been transcribed or photographed
Most of the original entries are still with the Churches that are still
operating, or else in the Diocesan Offices / Libraries in Colombo, as with
Methodist, Anglican and Catholic Churches. The LDS has photographed a lot of
Ceylon records but they are not listed by denomination or church, only by
date and district so are hit and miss for research purposes.
We hope this helps and opens new fields of research for you.
Cheers, Coreen&Larry Andresen.