Emanuel M. Graham of Madison County, Missouri

Emanuel M. (“Pony”) Graham of Madison County, Missouri

My great-grandfather Emanuel M. Graham was born 23 Mar 1855 or 1856 (sources differ) in Madison County, Missouri. He was born in Mar 1856 according to the 1900 census.   He was a son of Elijah and Catharine (Bess) Graham. They are identified on his death certificate as his parents.   Emanuel went by the nickname of Pony Graham.  

Emanuel Graham appears in the 1876 state agricultural census in Madison County, Missouri with his parents, Elijah and Catharine (Bess) Graham.   Oddly, his future wife Mary M. Victoria Golden was also living in the same household, but with no explanation.   She is listed as “Mary M.V. Golden.”   Her father, David Golden, had died by this time, but her mother Margaret or Margarite Golden was still living in Dent County, Missouri.

Emanuel M. Graham married my great-grandmother Mary M. Victoria Golden about 1876-1878.   She went by her middle name Victoria and was called Vic.   Victoria was said to have been born 31 May 1861, but she appears as age 2 in the 1860 census and as age 12 in the 1870 census.   (The family was enumerated twice in the 1870 census, but her age is given as the same both times.)   She was born in May 1859 according to the 1900 census.   The 1910 census gives her place of birth as Kentucky.   The Sim Graham family Bible contains the notation “Emanuel Graham to Victoria Golden.   She was born in May 1859 in Missouri, a daughter of David and Margarite (Poor) Golden.   She died 5 Feb 1933 in St. Michael Twp., Madison Co., MO and was buried on the 7th in Fredericktown, Madison Co., at Christian Cemetery.

Emanuel Graham appears as a farmer in the 1880 census in Twelve Mile Township, Madison County, Missouri, and in the 1900 census as a farmer in the same county but in Liberty Township.   The 1910 census shows him as living in Benton Township, Wayne County, Missouri, where he is listed as a farm laborer working on the home farm.   Goff and Parthenia Golden are listed next door in that year.   In the 1920 and 1930 censuses, Emanuel Graham was living in Liberty Township, Madison County, Missouri.   In 1920 his name looks as though it is spelled “Amanuel,” and he is listed as a laborer on a farm, evidently the farm of his son Walter Graham.   In 1930, he appears as what looks like “O.(?)M.” Graham, and was working as a building carpenter.

Emanuel M. (“Pony”) Graham died 8 Jan 1923 in Madison County, Missouri of la grippe and spinal sclerosis.   An obituary appeared in the Fredericktown, Missouri Democrat-News on Thursday, 11 Jan 1923, p. 1:

E. M. Graham died at his home at Mill Creek Monday, January 8th, 1923, after being in poor health for the greater part of the past year. He had pased [sic] his 67th birthday a few months since, and excepting this last year in which his health had failed, he had been a hard worker practically all his life. His wife and several sons and daughters survive him and to them is extended the sympathy of the entire community. Rev. England, pastor of the Baptist Church in this city, conducted the funeral service and burial was in the Christian cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Note that his death certificate refers to his death as being on the 6th rather than the 8th, with burial on the 7th rather than the 9th. He was buried in Christian Cemetery in Fredericktown.

His wife Mary M. Victoria (Golden) Graham died on 5 Feb 1933 in St. Michael Township, Madison County, Missouri.   Her cause of death is difficult to read on her death certificate.   The certificate appears to read “Blood facter(?) caused from a contution (unreadable) thumb,” with contributory factor listed as “pricked thumb.”   She was buried 7 Feb 1933 in Christian Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Children of Emanuel M. and Victoria (Golden) Graham

1. James Simson (or Simeon?) Graham

James Simson (or Simeon?) Graham was called Sim.   His date of birth has been given as 10 Oct 1877 according to an Internet genealogist, but it is listed as 10 Oct 1878 on his World War I draft registration card.   The Sim Graham family Bible records his birth as 10 Oct 1877.

He was short with medium build and brown eyes, according to his draft registration card dated 12 Sep 1918.   He appears in the 1900 census in Twelve Mile Township, Madison County, Missouri as a “lumberman.”   At the time of his World War I draft registration card on 12 Sep 1918, he was living in Madison County at French Mills and working as a farmer.   At the time of the death of his sister Elma in 1950, he was living in Fredericktown, Madison County. He died 12 Dec 1964 is buried in Marcus Memorial Park Cemetery.

2. Walter Scott Graham

He was born 17 Sep 1882 in Madison County, Missouri.   The date has been given as 17 Sep 1883 by an Internet genealogist, but Walter Scott Graham’s World War I draft registration card gives his birthdate as 17 Sep 1882.   He was born in Sep 1881 according to the 1900 census and according to another Internet genealogist.   He was born 17 Sep 1882 according to the Sim Graham family Bible.


Walter Scott Graham was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair, according to his World War I draft registration card dated 12 Sep 1918.   At age 18 he appears in the 1900 census in Twelve Mile Township, Madison County, Missouri as “in school” and living in the household of his brother James Simson Graham.   On 12 Sep 1918, when he filled out his draft registration card, he was living at French Mills in Madison County and was a farmer.   He is listed as “operator” of a farm in Liberty Township, Madison County, Missouri in the 1920 census.   At the time of the death of his sister Elma in 1950, he was living at French Mills.


He died 3 Nov 1964 in Fredericktown, Madison County and was buried in Madison County.

3. William Elijah Graham

He was born 31 May 1886 in Missouri.   That date is substantiated by the Sim Graham family Bible.   He is referred to as “William L. Graham” in one census listing, but presumably the “L” stood for “Lige.”

4. Elma Augusta Graham

She was my grandmother.   She is listed as “Alma A.” in the 1900 census and as what looks like perhaps “Almie” in the 1920 census.   She was born 21 Sep 1889 in Madison County, Missouri.   The Sim Graham family Bible says 17 Sep 1889. Could this date have been accidentally confused with the birthdate of her brother Walter Scott Graham?   The same Bible refers to his birthdate as 17 Sep 1882.   Elma married my grandfather Matthew Phipps, who was called Pete, on 24 Sep 1910 in Ironton, Iron County, Missouri.   Pete Phipps was born 16 Oct 1881 near Saco, Madison County, Missouri and died 21 Jan 1941 near Shirley, Washington County, Missouri.  He was buried in Christian Cemetery in Fredericktown, Madison County, Missouri.   Elma died 31 Jan 1950 in Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri and was buried 2 Feb 1950 in Christian Cemetery in Fredericktown.

5. (given name unreadable) Graham

She was born about 1917 in Missouri.   Her name appears in the 1930 census as what looks like “Cree” or “Opie” or something similar.

6. Marvin Graham

He was born about 1918 in Missouri.

7. Mary E. Graham

She was born about 1921 in Missouri.

8. Ollie M. Graham

She was born about 1923 in Missouri.


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