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Thomas W Graham

I am searching for my 3x great-grandfather Thomas W Graham. Canadian 1851 census says he was born in Ireland (no county or parish given) about 1801. Possible parishes are Fermanagh or Monaghan. He first appears in Kingston Frontenac Upper Canada on July 12, 1825 with his marriage to Ann Powley. I am looking for any information pertaining to his place of birth, parentage, siblings. I would be happy to hear from anyone else researching this person and look forward to sharing what I know of him after his arrival in Canada.

Donna Graham-Addis

Saturday 4th July 2020, 10:30AM

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  • Donna,

    The surname Graham is very common in Ireland. In the 1901 census there were 8494. 303 were named Thomas, 20 of those in Fermanagh and 20 in Monaghan. It would have been equally common in 1801. Tracing your Thomas without some specific idea of where he originated and what his parents names were is a needle in a haystack.

    To complicate matters further, for a birth around 1801 you need to rely on church records, but many churches don’t have any for the that period. It would also be helpful to know his denomination, as that can help to narrow the search a little.

    Traditionally, many Grahams in Ireland are descended from settlers who arrived in the 1600s from the Scottish Borders. Many of those settled in Counties Fermanagh and Monaghan.

    Elwyn

    Saturday 4th July 2020, 11:25AM
  • Thank you for your reply. I understand that Thomas Graham is a very common name and that is why it is so difficult to find him in Ireland. I was hoping someone might be searching for their relative who moved to Canada sometime between 1801 and 1825 as there are no records on this side of the Pond that mention Thomas's parents or siblings. I do know that the 1851 census lists his religion as E. Methodist. In 1861 his religion changes to Christian Israelite and remains as such until his death in 1877. From what I understand, this religion originated in England and was brought to the United States in 1840 and again in 1853. Christian Israelite followers were mainly in New York state. Thomas may have been a Free Mason as well since I know my 2x ggf was a Free Mason in Strathroy Ontario Canada and belonged to the Beaver Lodge as did my 2x great uncle Thomas Soloman Graham. Although none of this is likely to be of any use in my quest to find Thomas's family members or birth place, one can only hope and keep on searching.

    Donna Graham-Addis

    Sunday 5th July 2020, 10:53AM
  • Donna,

    From the information you have given about his denomination, I think it likely Thomas was Church of Ireland, in Ireland.

    Elwyn

    Sunday 5th July 2020, 05:33PM