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Charles Gibbs Graham

Charles Gibbs Graham was born 30 Apr 1833 in Perryville, Perry Co., TN, one of the 13 children of Charles Graham and wife, Jane Rayburn. When Charles Gibbs Graham was ten years old his family, hearing about the free land in Texas, moved there, settling in what became Cass County. They moved with other families, mostly kinfolks, and began immediately to build cabins and claim land. The father, Charles, had learned surveying and with his other kin joining in, even the young boys, they started surveying county lines throughout this East Texas area. When these families came here it was in jL843 and Texas was still a Republic. When Charles Gibbs Graham was about 15 years old, he came to Jefferson, then the county seat of Cass County, and entered into business with his older brother, Perry M. Graham, and as time went on, they prospered and had many transactions. By 1860 Marion County was formed with Jefferson as the county seat and Linden was named as the county seat for Cass Co. Then the Civil War began. Charles G. volunteered and entered as a Pvt. on May 16, 1861, Capt. H.H..Black's Co. A, Texas Volunteers, a company raised here in Jefferson. Military records from the Archives show him: Pvt. Co. A, Battalion Texas Volunteers May 16 to 31 1861; Pvt. Co. A Reg's Texas Infantry Mar & Apr 1862; Pvt. Co. A, Reg's Texas Infantry; Pvt. Capt. John K. Cocke's Co., Ochiltree's Reg.'s Tex Vols Roll dated Camp Sidney Johnson Marion Co. Tex Apr 12, 1862, wishes a transfer from Texas Infantry; Drill Master, Co. D, Ochiltree's Reg.'s Texas InL Sept & Oct. 1862 for 3 yrs, Drill master for regiment;2nd Lt. Capt. John K. Cocke's Company 18th Regiment Texas Inf. Jan Feb 1864 promoted to the rank of Capt. & transferred to the command of Co. G, 18th Tx Inf by order of Brig Genl Hawes; Co. G, 28 Regiment Texas Infantry Jan & Feb 1864, transferred from Co. D, 28th Reg't and paid Jan 31st 1864 to take rank as Capt from that date. Capt. Charlie(as he was often called) was in the Battle of Mansfield and was struck in the throat by a minie ball. As he lay there sorely wounded, a doctor whom he knew and who knew him came by, saw that he was still alive and said: 'Charlie, I can cut that ball out, but I have no anesthetic". Capt. Charlie replied:" Just go ahead and cut away'. The doctor did so successfully and Charles Gibbs Graham lived to tell the tale, although ever afterwards he spoke in hoarse whisper, according to his daughter, Vesta Graham Brown. After discharge in April i865 Graham returned to Jefferson and continued his business dealings. He was part of the firm of Graham & Taylor, his older brother P. M. Graham also being in this firm. Their offices, really a warehouse, was on Dallas Street on the banks of Big Cypress River, for Jefferson was a center of trade. Goods were shipped by steamboat down the Mississippi to New Orleans, thence by the Red River, Shreveport, Louisiana, through Caddo Lake and offloaded or took on goods of all kinds, especially cotton. Graham & Taylor's cotton warehouse was very prosperous until a disastrous fire swept through the entire section, nearly destroying the entire town in 1868.
It was a terrible blow to Capt. Charlie, for he married Texana Harris in April 1868 in Carrollton, Missouri. However, he began over again by having a jewelry store, then ran and was elected as District Clerk for two terms. Charles Gibbs Graham and Texana Harris Graham had seven children: Infant son (Charles G. Graham Jr.)stillborn, 1873; Vitia Coopel Graham, b.19 July 1874, d-5 Aug. 1874;Karl Harris Graham, b. jL876, d. ig5g ( Spanish American War Vet.); Marcia Tennelle Graham b. Aug. 1881, d. Oct. 1881; Francis Tennelle Graham, b. 1883, d. 1934; Pierson Holcombe Graham, b. 1885, d. 1946; and Marie Vesta Graham, b. 18go, d. 1968, who married Horac@ Clifton Brown (my parents). Charles Gibbs Graham was a Mason, was secretary of the Lodge for years, and took an active part in his church, Christ Church Episcopal, holding offices as Treasurer, senior warden,and other duties as became necessary. Charles Gibbs Graham died 3 June 1896 at his home on Delta Street, Jefferson, Texas.
Source: Dorothy Craver



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