Enoch Graham of

Rowan County, North Carolina and Garrard County, Kentucky

Enoch Graham was born February 10, 1778, in North Carolina. He probably came to Kentucky with his parents, John and Margaret Graham. Enoch was married to Alsey Graham in Lincoln County, Kentucky on December 23, 1801. The records list their names as Enoch Grimes and Elsey Grimes. Various spellings for Alsey's name will be found (Alsey, Alcy, Alice, Elsey). Also, the names Graham and Grimes were still commonly interchanged. The Woods Bible tells that Alsey was born November 10, 1783. It appears that Enoch and Alsey were first cousins with Alsey being a daughter to Benjamin and Faithful Graham.

Enoch and Alsey moved to Garrard County soon after their marriage. Tax lists from 1802 - 1804 provide the first public record for Enoch in that county. In those tax lists, he owned several horses, but no land. In 1805, 1806, and 1807, Enoch was listed in Lincoln County. In 1806, Enoch signed a marriage bond for Allen Vaughan and Betsy Graham in Lincoln County. The bond was made March 10, 1806, and it includes Enoch's actual signature proving that he knew how to write.

Enoch Graham was listed in the 1808 and subsequent Garrard County tax lists. In 1808, his only possessions were five horses. By 1809, he owned five horses and one black under the age of 16 indicating that he had obtained his first young slave.

The children of Enoch and Alsey were listed in the Woods Family Bible:

By the 1840 Census, Alsey had apparently died as Enoch was living alone. A death date or burial place has not been found for Alsey. In the census, Enoch was listed as a farmer who owned eleven slaves. Enoch was consistently listed in Garrard County tax lists during the 1840's.

Sometime after this 1849 Garrard Tax list was made, Enoch left his long-time home. He moved to nearby Mercer County probably to be nearer to his daughters.

The Woods Family Bible shows that Enoch died on March 19, 1855. A death record was made in Mercer County which listed the cause of death as pneumonia, his age as 77, occupation as farmer, marital status as widower. His address at the time of his death was Harrodsburg. His burial place is not known.

The complete documentation of this information about Enoch Graham is included in a chapter in my Rogers Book.

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