Descendants of Thomas Graham of Scotland

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Generation #3

Mary (2Edward, 1Thomas) Graham of Virginia

Mary Graham was born in about 1713 in Stafford Co VA. There is a report which indicates Mary first married Thomas Shirley ch. 2/1/1701 Northumberland Co VA. This would have been future husband Richard Shirley's older brother.

In about 1735 in Virginia, Mary Graham married Richard Shirley b. 1712 Northumberland Co VA. Their marriage is proven by the 1750 Fairfax Co VA land transaction where Richard and Mary sold her dowry land which had been bequeathed by her father.

Richard and Mary migrated about 1768 to what would become Laurens Co SC with the acquisition of a Royal land grant. Richard is known to have died before 1775; as his children and widow sold a portion of the land from the original land grant in 1775.

Fairfax Co VA Will Book A, Northern Neck, VA:
Will of Edward Graham dtd 12 Sep 1749; probated 27 Mar1750. James, dau. Mary Shurley (who married Richard Shurley; bequeathed dowry land), dau. Ester who married a Daniel, Edward, Robert, George, Stafford, John, William, Charles, Margaret who married a Miller and Patience.
April 20, 1750 Richard Shirley, planter, to Benjamin Hutchinson, planter, tract, part of land granted Edward Graham, Sr. from Proprietor office, May 15, 1731 and then Edward Graham bequeathed it to Mary Shurley, wife of Richard Shirley by will dated Sept 15, 1749..... on the line of Carter. Wit : Jere. Hutchinson, Joseph Hutchinson, W. West, Vincent Lewis, James Graham and Simon Reader.

Robert Shirley, his wife Jane, and his mother Mary, sold 350 acres of the original grant in Laurens Co. in 1775.


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