Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Graham mss., 1844-1874, are papers of Robertson Graham, 1795-1885, farmer and frontiersman of Monroe County, Indiana.

Career: born November 7, 1795, in Kentucky; eldest son of Thomas and Jane (Cloyd) Graham; as early as 1814 the Graham family settled in what became Monroe County, Indiana; fought in the battle of New Orleans; in 1818 entered the land on which the northwestern part of Bloomington, Indiana, was located; kept a hotel in Bloomington for many years; married Phebe Moberly, August 1821; she died in 1847; married Mrs. Sabina Horner, 1849; 7 children by first marriage, 2 by second; member, National Party; died June 14, 1885.

Biographical material on Robertson Graham is found in Charles Blanchard, ed., Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana ... (Chicago, 1884), p. 604; The Republican Progress (Bloomington, Ind.), p. 3, col. 5.

The papers in the collection consist of an account book of Graham and Sutherland, merchants of Ellettsville, Indiana, May 10, 1844-1852; land grants to Robertson Graham and William Graham in the district of lands subject to sale at Clariton, Iowa, 1856; a fragment of a letter relating to the Morgan raid written by Joseph Loughmiller in [1863]; mortgages to and by Robertson Graham, 1864-1865; and Monroe County, Indiana, tax receipts to Robertson Graham, 1874.

Collection size: 10 items

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