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Paul R. Orr

812 Cindy Dr.

Burlington, IA 52601


email boborr@abelink.com

Last Revised: 16 Jul. 2005

Spell check 15 May 2005

Ck Census – 9 Jul. 2006

This compilation is broken into four parts as follows:
1) Descendants of William & Sarah (Logan) Love
2) Descendants of Alexander & Elizabeth (Platt) Love.
3) Descendants of X’ Love who stayed in Ireland, a brother of William 1) & Alexander 2) above and the Father of at least four sons who came to the U.S.
4) Descendants of Samuel & Susan (Kirkskadden) Love whose relationship to the above three brothers is uncertain but a daughter Jane Love b. 1826 married Joseph Love b. 1818, a son of X’ Love. They lived in Keene Twp. Coshocton Co., OH and later in Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA.
DNA results from one male descendant from Alexander Love and X’ Love may reveal a close connection. Living male descendants (2005) of William and Samuel Love have not been identified, if they exist.

Descendants of William & Sarah (Logan) Love


County Donegal, Ireland, Coshocton Co., OH & Johnson Co., IA
1. Love, William "Billie" b. ca 1784, pb Co. Donegal Co., Ireland, d. 29 Aug. 1856, Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA, bur. lot 53-3, Oakland Cem., Iowa City, 72 yrs., md. ca 1815, probably Coshocton Co., OH area to Sarah Logan b. ca 1791, Ireland, d. 20 Feb. 1865, Iowa City, bur. lot 53-3, Oakland Cem., 74 yrs. Res. Linton Twp., Coshocton Co., OH, Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA.
Ref: Note that in the 1856 census, Sarah was reported as blind at age 67 yrs.
Ref: A probate could not be found for William Love nor his wife, Sarah (Logan) Love in Johnson Co., IA.
Ref: Coshocton Co. Recorder’s office indicated they had no land transfers for a William Love.
Ref: Zanesville Land Office, Ohio Land Recds – William Love, docu. 7361, 80.71 acres, signature, issue date, 3 Sep. 1835, 3 Stat. 566, treaty, 24 Apr. 1820, 1 W1/2SE Ohio River Survey, No. 8N, 8W, 36; William Love, docu. 7362, 40.08 acres, same issue date, 1 NESW, Ohio River Survey, 8N, 8W, 36. (PRO – This likely is not our William Love because Linton Twp. would have been either 4 or 5 W and 4 N. William was likely a squatter or rented land.)
In 1800 the land area that presently includes Coshocton Co., OH was known as Washington Co., OH. By 1810 the area had been modified and the area that presently includes Coshocton Co., OH was known as Muskingum Co., OH. By 1820 the area that is now known as Coshocton Co., OH also included part of what is now Holmes Co., OH. By 1830, the present boundary of Coshocton Co., OH had been determined. It is important to keep these boundary changes in mind when searching for ancestors’ records. Records may indicate several addresses over the years indicating they moved when in fact, they may have remained in one place and the address changed.
Ref: Clerk of Courts, Coshocton, Coshocton Co., OH – William Love, Ireland – Naturalized Oct. 17, 1833. Record D, pg. 355, Common Pleas Court. (Don’t know which William this is?)
Ref: History of Coshocton Co., OH (1740-1881), N. N. Hill, compiler, A. A. Graham, 1881, pg. 544, and p. 547 – “On what was called Irish run, just below Bacon run, (Linton Township), William Love and Alexander Love, great-uncles to Joseph Love, settled in 1810 and 1812, respectively. They were from Ireland.”
“The manufacture of whisky was one of the main industries of pioneer times. Alexander and William Love inaugurated its manufacture in Linton Township. Their still-house, of modest size, was located on Irish Run, near the western line of section 9. The process of distillation was begun here about 1812. The Loves subsequently sold out to Andrew Ferguson who removed the still to Bacon run. ---“
Ref: Mrs. Catherine Mossmann reported that William Love migrated from Scotland to Ireland at the time of the "Weaver Strike" and William was a weaver of carpets. The Coshocton County, OH history records that that William & his brother, Alexander Love were distillers of whiskey in Coshocton Co., OH. Mrs. Mossman reported that William liked to drink his whiskey too.
Ref: A notebook in the possession of G/G Charles J. & Louise B. (Eggimann) Orr, 809 Cedar Lane, Mt. Pleasant, IA during the mid 1970's contained locks of hair sewed to the pages with the following names and notes. I have entered the dates in parentheses to try to identify the individual and the year the locks were cut and sewed into the booklet. I saw the booklet several times but unfortunately at the time didn't record the color of all the hair. Sorry! I have no idea who sewed in the locks of hair as many sides of the family were represented.
1. Robert B. Graham, 23 yrs. (1868 - son of Benjamin & Jane {Love} Graham.)

2. Lovely Love, 2 yrs. (1869 - daughter of Hiram Love.)

3. Hiram Love, (no age given - son of William & Sarah {Logan} Love.)
4. Albert Love, 15 yrs. (1868 - son of Hiram Love.)
5. Maria Bradie /Brady/ (no age given and relationship unknown but her name was mentioned as a friend of Sarah (Love) Orr, wife of Andrew Orr.
6. Grandpa Love - white hair, (no age given, this has to be William Love, husband of Sarah Logan).

7. Grandma Love - white and brown hair, (no age given, this is the wife of William Love, Sarah Logan.)

8. Joseph Cameron Orr, 23 yrs. (1871 - Father of Charles J. Orr and son of Andrew & Sarah (Love) Orr.

9. Jennie Chrystal, 3 mos., (1868 - daughter of John & Mary {Orr} Chrystal. Mary Orr was d/o of Andrew & Sarah (Love) Orr.)

10. Willie Ferguson, 5 mos., (1867 - son of Samuel & Annis Love {Orr} Ferguson. Annis Love Orr was d/o Andrew & Sarah (Love) Orr.)
11. Caddie Graham, 16 yrs., (ca 1865, I think this must be Caroline Graham, daughter of Benjamin & Jane (Love) Graham. 1865 is a little earlier than most of the other dates.)
12. Yirbly Daniels, no age given, (unknown but Annis, a daughter of William & Sarah (Logan) Love married James B. Daniels.
13. Jimmie Daniels, 77 yrs. or 17 yrs. (for many years I thought it read 77, but 17 fits better for James C. Daniels, son of Joseph B. & Annis (Love) Daniels.
14. Billie Orr, 4 yrs., (1869 - youngest son of Samuel & Nancy {Allison} Orr. Samuel Orr was a 1/2 brother of Andrew Orr.)
Ref: 1810 Linton Twp., Coshocton Co., OH - William is listed. There may have been children not listed, as Sarah was 21 years when their first known child, Sarah was born. They moved to Johnson Co., IA in 1849 where they lived the rest of their lives.
Ref: 1820 Linton Twp., Coshocton Co., OH census records, pg. 26A
William Love

1 male 26 -- 45 yrs. - b. 1775 - 1794 - William b. ca 1784

1 male 16 -- 25 yrs. - b. 1795 - 1804 - unknown*

1 female 26 -- 45 yrs. - b. 1775 - 1794 - Sarah b. ca 1795

1 female under 10 yrs. - b. 1810 - 1820 - Sarah b. 1816

1 female under 10 yrs. - b. 1810 - 1820 - Jane b. 1818

1 male not naturalized, 1 person engaged in agriculture. The unknown male may be a brother of William or Sarah but probably not a son due to Sarah's age. (It could be a son of William by a previous marriage but we have no indication of William being md. previously. William's brother, Alexander, is listed also on pg. 26A next door to William.)
Ref: Dr. Maro Johnson, Chicago, IL – “This William Love was born in 1784. He married Sarah Logan, probably in Ireland. She was born in 1791, and died 20 Feb. 1865. About 1855, they moved to Iowa City, Iowa, with their daughter, Annis, who had married J. B. Daniels. William Love died 29 August, 1856, aged seventy-two. He and his wife are buried on the Daniels lot in Oakland Cemetery at Iowa City. The above dates are as shown on their gravestones. In addition to their daughter, Annis, born 1825, they had a daughter, Jane, born 1818, who married Benjamin Graham, having a son, Hiram, and possibly others. Nothing more is known of Alexander Love of this generation.”
Ref: 1830 Tuscarawas Twp., Coshocton Co., OH census, pg. 31.
William Love
1 male under 5 yrs. - b.1825 - 1830 - Joseph A. b. 1829

1 male 5 - 10 yrs. - b.1820 - 1825 - James L. b. 1822

1 male 30 - 40 yrs. - b.1790 - 1800 - William, b. ca 1784

1 female 5 - 10 yrs. - b.1820 - 1825 - ???

1 female 5 - 10 yrs. - b.1820 - 1825 - Annis Rebecca b. 1828

1 female 10 - 15 yrs. - b.1815 - 1820 - Jane b. 1818

1 female 10 - 15 yrs. - b.1815 - 1820 - Sarah b. 1816

1 female 30 - 40 yrs. - b.1790 - 1800 - Sarah b. 1795

{If this is William & Sarah (Logan) Love, William is reported too young and there is an extra Love girl or possibly a relative or ???; otherwise the family fits; perhaps another Love girl that we are not aware of, at any rate, she doesn’t appear in the 1840 census. William is not listed as being an alien.} (PRO – I suspect this is not William & Sarah (Logan) Love as they are found in the 1840 census living in Linton Twp.
Ref: 1840 Linton Twp., Coshocton Co., OH census records, pg. 278, ln 4.

William Love
1 male 50 -- 59 yrs. - b. 1781 - 1790 - William b. ca 1784

1 male 10 -- 14 yrs. - b. 1826 - 1830 - Joseph A. b. ca 1829

1 male 10 -- 14 yrs. - b. 1826 - 1830 - Hiram Wright b. 1830

1 female 40 -- 49 yrs. - b. 1791 - 1800 - Sarah b. ca 1795

1 female 20 -- 29 yrs. - b. 1811 - 1820 - Jane b. 1818

1 female 15 -- 19 yrs. - b. 1816 - 1830 - Annis R. b. 1828

1 female under 5 yrs. - b. 1835 - 1840 - ???

(PRO – Only two Love sons listed in the 1840 census – James would have been ca 18 yrs. by 1840 and perhaps working away from home.)

Ref: 1850 Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA census, pg. 653, dist. 9, dtd. 12 Sep. 1850; 53/55.
Love, William, 65, b. Ireland, Farmer (b. 1785)

" , Sarah, 55, b. Ireland, (b. 1795)

" , James L., 28, b. OH, Carpenter (b. 1822)

" , Hiram W., 21, b. OH, Tinner (b. 1829)

Ref: 1856 Scott Twp., Johnson Co., IA, pg. 640, dtd. 31 Aug. 1856; 50/52. (William & Sarah living next door to Benjamin Graham family.)
Love, William, 70, b. Ireland, no occupation, 6 yrs. in IA*

" , Sarah, 67, b. Ireland, blind*

(*William b. ca 1786; Sarah b. ca 1789, this is the oldest birthdate for Sarah, ck census again.)
Ref: 1860 Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA census, dtd. 20 Jul. 1860, pg. 729; 2749/2614
Love, Sarah, 70, b. Ireland (b. 1790, birthdate is consistent with 1856 birthdate but older than earlier. Sarah in 1860 is listed with daughter and son-in-law, Joseph & Annis (Love) Daniels. William Love d. 29 Aug. 1856, two days before census was taken.)
Ref: Will of William Logan dtd. 30 Jun. 1836, Londonderry Twp., Guernsey Co., OH - (I believe this man to be the Father of Sarah (Logan) Love. Needs to be proved - The will is found in the Guernsey Co., OH courthouse.
In the name of God, Amen, I William Logan of Londonderry Township, Guernsey County, State of Ohio, being very frail and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed for all men once to die and after death the Judgment when we must all render and account of the deeds done in the body whether good or evil do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following: That is to say:
1st - It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid.
2nd - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Logan, if she thinks proper her support as in my lifetime in the family on my estate during her life, otherwise, she shall have the room in the north part of the house with fuel laid down and prepared for her fire at the house - Also, a sufficient quantity of the necessaries of life provided for her. Also, one of my cows, which shall be her choice, and her keeping yearly, she shall have little Margaret Madden to attend her as long as she needs her or until her indenture is fulfilled, also one third of the wool of this years growth, the half of the flax seed excepted and all of my bed and body clothing at her disposal excepted the best suit of my body clothes for John.
3rd - I give and devise to my son, James, five dollars.
4th - I give and devise to my daughter, Sarah, five dollars.
5th - I give and devise to my son, Edward, five dollars.
6th - I give and devise to my daughter, Ellen, one hundred and twenty dollars to be paid in five years after my decease, one horse, the second best on the place, to be given her in two years after my decease, Also one cow and four sheep, to be given her in two years after my decease, I leave her the third of the wool of this years growth and the half of the flax, the seed excepted, Also, if she is unmarried at her Mothers death, while she continues so (if she stands in need of it and allows her, her Mothers room, a cows keeping yearly, and one peck of flax yearly, Also I allow her, her Bureau, half dozen chairs, saddle, ????? there being an heifer she claims as her own at present.
7th - I give and devise to my son, John, after paying off the above legatees all my property, real and personal to him the said John Logan, his heirs and assigns forever.
Lastly - I hereby constitute and appoint John Mathews Loug (??), Sr. and my son, John Logan, to be the executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me made, and ratifying and confirming all and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 30th day of June, 1836. Signed William Logan
Witnesses: John Logan & William Hernahaw.
Offered for probate on 13 March 1837, during the March 1837 term of court.
Ref: 1900 Washington Twp., Guernsey Co., OH census, dtd. 6 Jun. 1900, 14-8-2, pg. 2B; 59/59.
Logan, James, 67, b. Jan. 1833, OH, Brother, Farmer, single

“ , Sarah, 71, b. Feb. 1829, OH, Sister, single, no children

“ , Ellen, 63, b. Sep. 1836, OH, Sister, single, no children

“ , Maorde?, 57, b. Mar. 1843, OH, Sister, single, no children

Harding, Thomas M., 21, b. Mar. 1878, OH, Laborer, Pts b. OH

{James own free farm, schedule 61; Pts of Logan children b. Ireland}

Ref: 1900 Washington Twp., Guernsey Co., OH census, dtd. 6 Jun. 1900, 14-18-3A, pg. 270; 60/61 & 61/61.
Logan, Henry, 26, b. Dec. 1873, OH, Farmer, Pts b. OH

“ , Ida, 26, b. Jan. 1874, OH, wife, no issue, Pts b. OH

{Henry & Ida md. 4 yrs.; Own free farm, sch. 62}
Logan, Robert, 71, b. Jul. 1829, OH, Farmer, Pts b. Ireland

“ , Lavina, 65, b. Apr. 1834, OH, Wife, Pts b. Ireland

“ , Madden R., 22, b. Feb. 1877, OH, Son, Farmer, Single

{Robert & Lavina md. 30 yrs., own free farm, sch. 63}


.1 Sarah b. 6 Jan. 1816

.2 Jane b. 11 Jul. 1818

.3 James L. b. ca 1822

.4 Annis Rebecca b. Mar. 1828

.5 Joseph A. b. 11 Jul. 1829

.6 Hiram Wright b. 10 Feb. 1830

Andrew & Sarah (Love) Orr

1.1 Love, Sarah b. 6 Jan. 1816, Linton Twp., Coshocton Co., OH, d. 4 a.m., 9 Jun. 1874, Delaware Co., IA, bur. Golden Cem., Delaware Co., IA, 58-5-3, md. 2 Apr. 1835, Coshocton Co., OH to Andrew Orr. (See Andrew & Sarah (Love) Orr records for descendants of this marriage.)

Ref: 1988 IGI; Sarah Love md. 2 Apr. 1835, Coshocton Co., OH to Andrew Orr; Batch 7428903, Sheet 81.

Benjamin & Jane (Love) Graham

1.2 Love, Jane b. 11 Jul. 1818, Coshocton Co., OH, d. 1 Apr. 1904, Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA, bur. lot 53-6, Oakland Cem., Iowa City, 85-8-20, Presbyterian, Homemaker, md. 14 Nov. 1844, Coshocton Co., OH to Benjamin Graham b. 4 Mar. 1816, Tyrone Co., Ireland, d. 18 Apr. 1882, Iowa City, bur. lot 53-6, Oakland Cem. 66-1-14, Presbyterian, Republican, Farmer, s/o Benjamin & Mary (Miller) Graham.

Ref: Picture – Grandma Graham – older middle age – think this is Jane (Love) Graham; Grandmother Graham, Grandfather Graham; Grandmother Graham & four daughters; Mother on right, Jennie in door and (I think) Jane (Love) Graham sitting with Mother who I think is Mol Graham.
Ref: 1988 IGI; Jane Love md. 14 Nov. 1844, Coshocton Co., OH to Benjamin Graham; Batch M514331, Sheet 3493.
Ref: Ms. Catherine Mossman, d/o Andrew & Sarah (Love) Orr.
Ref: Phyllis (Phythian) Stephens – My mother always told us what an imposing presence her grandmother Jane Graham was – said she always walked very erect & with a cane (perhaps only in her later years?). Also, mother said her father, Frank Long, was killed being run over by a train – he was supposedly working for the railroad in Iowa City.
Ref: A name index to the year books of "The Old Settlers' Association of Johnson County, Iowa", 1866 - 1925, compiled by Mrs. Aletha B. Redman, Iowa City, IA, 1968 - Mrs. Jane Graham, 84, to IA in 1849, d. 1 Apr. 1904, recorded in yearbook 1904, pg. 24.
Ref: Iowa City Republican, Iowa City, IA, Friday, 1 April 1904, pg. 8 - Mrs. Jane Graham died at 2:15 p.m. this afternoon at the home of A. W. Bradley on South Governor Street.
Pg. 5 same reference - The funeral of the late Mrs. Jane Graham took place this morning at ten o'clock from the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Bradley, of South Governor Street. The services were conducted by Rev. D. W. Wylie, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased has long been a faithful member. Interment was in Oakland cemetery.
Mrs. Graham, who was nearly 85 years of age, was born in Ohio in July of 1818. Her maiden name was Jane Love. She was one of the first settlers of Johnson county having come here with her husband, the late Benjamin graham, nearly fifty-five years ago, and she had lived here continuously ever since. She was well known as one of the highly esteemed pioneers of Iowa and her many womanly traits of character and acts of kindness to all made her beloved by all who knew her. Death came peacefully.
Ref: Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City, IA, Sat., 2 Apr. 1904 – Loved Pioneer Is Called Home – Mrs. Jane Graham Summoned To Eternal Reward – Good Woman Passes Away At Very Advanced Age – Sadness came to many hearts last evening when the announcement of the death of Mrs. Jane Graham was read in the State Press.
Mrs. Graham was approaching 85 years of age, having been born in Coshocton Co., OH, July 11, 1818. Jane Love was her maiden name, and she became the wife of Benjamin Graham, in the city of her birth. In 1849, in the month of November, she came to Johnson county, and lived here from that long gone day until the end came yesterday, nearly 55 years after her arrival here, as one of the first settlers of the county.
She passed away at 2:15 o’clock at the home of her son-in-law, A. W. Bradley, on South Governor Street. Quietly and peacefully, as if falling asleep she breathed her last, for she faded away from old age, rather than suffering any especial ailment.

Mrs. Graham was a member of the Presbyterian Church, to which she had been devoted since her young years in Ohio. In the church and out, she was esteemed and admired, and her kindly disposition and warm hearted ways will ever be remembered by a host of loving friends.

These friends united in sorrow, will also unite in expressing sympathy with the bereaved children, who have lost a noble mother. The sons and daughters are: Robert B. Graham, Caroline S. (Mrs. Bradley); James K. Graham, Elizabeth (Mrs. Edward Long); Jennie (Mrs. J. F. Hill); Mollie (Mrs. Frank Long). All live in Iowa City except Mrs. Edward Long whose home is in Cedar Rapids.
The funeral of the worthy pioneer will take place from the residence of Mr. Bradley on South Governor Street at 10 o’clock on Monday, April 4th.
Ref: In Memoriam – Miss Jane Love was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, July 11, 1818.
On Nov. 14, 1844, she was married to Mr. Benj. Graham. In 1849 they came to Iowa and settled in Johnson County where they have since resided.
After a lingering illness, Mrs. Graham passed away, Friday, April 1, 1904. Two brothers and a sister survive her: Mr. Hiram Love of OR, Mr. T. A. Love of Georgetown, CO and Mrs. T. B. Daniels.
She also leaves behind to mourn her departure, six children, Mr. Robt. Graham, Mrs. James Graham, Mrs. A. W. Bradley, Mrs. Ed Lory, Mrs. F. F. Hill, Mrs. F. J. Long.
Mrs. Graham united with the church at the age of fourteen, so for seventy-two years she has been true to her church duties as well as to the manifold cares of her home. When they came to Iowa, the family united with the old Stone church, later they practically built the Graham church which is now called the Scott Presbyterian. Of late years Mrs. Graham has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City. However much expectancy there may be to hear the summons to come into the “Other Room”, yet when the call does come I finds even those who leave their here score years and ten, wishing that still the shadow may be cast backward upon the dial and a few more golden days be given. Completeness may, perhaps, never be attained. We may only hope to make life true. This was the ambition of Mrs. Graham, the desire for that truth which expressed itself in loving service to her children, in loyalty to her fiends, and devotion to her church. Her’s was the hope which became assurance that “In the Father’s house are many mansions.” For her the “Other Room” was a place of light and joy.
“Se to my passing!
My task accomplished and the long day done,

My wages taken, and in my heart some late lark singing,

Let me be gathered to the quiet woes,

The Sundown splendid and serene, Death.”

Ref: Mrs. Jane Graham’s will is on file in the office of County Clerk Koser. It is dated January 10, 1894, and has a codicil, under date of July 9, 1901.
The main instrument is witnessed by Joe A. Edwards, lae attorney-at-law and Mary Morrison, and the codicil, by Judge O. A. Byington and Catherine Brennan.
Mrs. Graham bequeaths her property to her children, Robert S. Graham, James K. Graham, Caroline S. Bradley, Louia Long, Annie E. Long and Josephine Hill, and to their children. She names Robert B. Graham as executor.
Ref: During the year 1816, Benjamin Graham moved with his parents and brother, Miller, from Co. Tyrone, Province of Ulster, Ireland to Washington Co., PA where a brother, Thomas, was born. By 1819 they were living in or near Steubenville, OH where a sister, Mary Jane and a brother, William was born. Sometime in the year 1821 they moved to Coshocton Co., OH where on 8 Sep. they purchased from the U. S. Government land in the Northwest corner of White-Eyes Twp., further described as E 1/2, SW 1/4, Sec. 5, Twp. 6, Range 5 West which lies northwest of the town of Fresno (formerly Avondale). In I849, Benjamin and wife, Jane (Love) Graham moved to Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA.
Ref: Iowa City Daily Republican, Thursday, April 20, 1882; City Talk, The funeral of the late Benjamin Graham will occur tomorrow Friday morning at 11 o'clock, from the family residence in Scott township.
Ref: Iowa City Daily Republican, Friday, April 21, 1882, In Memorial -- On March 4th, 1816, there was born in Ireland, of Scotch-Irish parentage, the subject of this sketch, the late Benjamin Graham. When three years old, he came with his parents to America, and finally settled in Coshocton county, Ohio. His boyhood was spent in hard labor, and for he came of an industrious family, and early learned the necessity and advantage of honest, manly toil. In 1866, Mr. Graham was married to Miss Jane Love, at Coshocton, who for thirty-eight years has been his faithful and loving companion, and who still survives him. Five years suited to his taste. He selected and located a claim in Scott township, which he began to improve, and upon which he has ever since lived, enjoying the wonderful transformation of a wild prairie into one of the grandest farms in Iowa, the result of indefatigable toil and a manly course of life. Of the privations that the early settlers endured, Mr. Graham enjoyed his full share, but he met them with a stout heart, and overcame them as only men of his strong will and determined character can. In the course of years there grew up around Mr. and Mrs. Graham a family of two sons and four daughters. From the first settlement of the family in Iowa, they acquired the good will of their acquaintances, and by their neighborly acts they have exerted an influence for good among all those who knew them. Mr. Graham was a man of sterling worth and unblemished character, and his example was of value in the surrounding community. He was noted for his thrifty management and the thoroughness with which he did with whatever he undertook. He was unusually industrious, pursuing his farm labors almost to the day of his death. For several months past he had been complaining of not feeling as well as usual. On the 13th, he attended the funeral of his old friend, the lamented Dr. Tulloss. The next day he felt so ill that he was compelled to take to his bed. Dr. Hobby was called to see him, and found his suffering with an attack of pneumonia. On Tuesday the 18th he apparently was not dangerously sick up to the hour of two o'clock in the morning, but at four o'clock he was dead. His closing moments were calm and peaceful and after a brief illness his spirit winged its way to a better world.
In early life, Mr. Graham joined the Presbyterian church, of which he had always been a faithful member. One of his old and closest friends was the Rev. Dr. Porter, of this city, who officiated at the final obsequies, which were held at his former residence this morning, in the presence of a large gathering of sympathizing friends. The interment was in the cemetery in Iowa City.
Mr. Graham will long be missed in the ranks of the best farmers and citizens of the county, and his sudden death brings surprise and grief to many hearts. This is the first shadow upon the family, not a death having occurred therein since its formation. He has lived to see all his children grow up and settled down, useful members of society. The children are Robert and James, Mrs. Abner Bradley, Mrs. Edward Long, Mrs. F. H. Hill and Mrs. Frank Long.
Ref: Coshocton Age, Coshocton Co., OH, 6 May 1882 -- Died: Benjamin Graham, formerly of Coshocton. Wife was Jane, daughter of William Love.
Ref: 1883 History of Johnson Co., IA, pg. 831 - Benjamin Graham was born on 4 March 1816, Co. Tyrone, Ireland and died April 18, 1882. He came to Johnson County, Iowa in 18--. He was married November 14, 1844 to Miss Jane Love of Coshocton County, Ohio. Their children were Robert B., Caroline S., wife of Abner Bradley, James K., Elizabeth, wife of Edward Long, Jennie, wife of Forman Hill, and Mollie, wife of Frank Long, all of Iowa City. Benjamin was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican in politics.
Ref: The Coshocton Age, Coshocton, OH, 6 May 1882 - From the Iowa City Republican, we learn of the death of Mr. Benjamin Graham at his home near that city on the 18 ult. Mr. Graham was of Irish parentage and came to this country when only six months old, and settled with his parents in this county in White Eyes Twp. In 1846, he married Miss Jane Love, a daughter of William Love, an old time resident of Coshocton. He removed to Iowa in 1849 where he resided until his death. Mrs. Graham survives him. The cause of death was pneumonia. His brother, Miller Graham, now lives in Avondale.
Ref: History of Johnson County, Iowa; 1883, pg. 831 - Benjamin Graham was born 4 March 1916, in Tyrone County, Ireland, and died 18 April 1882. He came to Johnson county in 18__. He was married Nov. 14, 1844 to Miss Jane Love, of Coshocton county, Ohio. They had six children, two sons and four daughters; Robert B., Caroline S., wife of Abner Bradley; James K., Elizabeth, wife of Edward Long; Jennie, wife of Foreman Hill; and Mollie, wife of Frank Long, of Iowa City. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a Republican in politics.
Ref: Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA Courthouse -- Heirs of Benjamin Graham; Jane, wife; son, Robert; dtr., Caroline S. Bradley; dtr., Annie E. Long; son, James K.; dtr., Josephine Hill; dtr., Louisa Long; children of James K. are Effie, James S. and Jennie.

Ref: Kathryn E. Stuart, dtd. 23 Feb. 2000, kestuart@coshocton.com – Lee Graham, a descendant of Benjamin & Mary (Miller) Graham through their son, Thomas reports that she found five land transfers from 1821 through 1835 for Benjamin Graham in White Eyes Twp. where he is reported in the 1830 census, Keene Twp. and Crawford Twp. Benjamin’s son, Miller Graham lived on one of those and later moved into Avondale which later became Fresno. He married Mary Raymer (the Raymers were residents of Keene Twp.) – I have a copy of his obituary, which appeared in Sep. 1891 on the front page of the Coshocton weekly paper. I know of four sons of Benjamin & Mary; your Benjamin, husband of Jane Love, Miller Graham who md. Mary Raymer, Thomas Graham who we believe md. Rebecca Stillwell and James K. Graham who md. Mary Williams. I believe that two girls are named in the 1850 census. Benjamin Graham died in 1855 and is buried at Amity Cem. Mary Graham was living in 1860 on the same property with Miller Graham and family in Crawford Twp. She died about 1868 and is buried at Amity Cem., as is Miller Graham.

In Miller Graham’s obit, it says that his brothers and one sister were at his bedside the week before he died. It says that one was living in IA and one in IL. Thomas migrated in the 1860’s to Jasper Co., IL. Lee Graham (2000) lives in Albuquerque, NM.
Ref: In undated article furnished by Mr. Richard Long, Nov. 1966, Iowa City, IA - Half-Way House, Old Stage Coach Stop, Is Better Than When Erected 100 Years Ago - Iowa City - In the hands of appreciative owners old houses improve with age. Proving this is the large white farm residence of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Johnson on American Legion road off highway 6 about 5 miles southeast of Iowa City. It is a showplace affording many more comforts than when erected in the early 1850’s.
Basically few changes were made but the structure has been consistently updated.
Hackberries and ash now tower above the two-story structure. They were planted by Benjamin Graham who bought the home site and its 160 acres of farmland from the United States government on March 6, 1850 for $2.50 an acre.
An all weather driveway now winds across a park-like yard to a side entrance that years ago replaced a front door through which weary travelers had passed when this house, up to 1864, was a stage coach stop where drivers changed horses on the way from Newton to Muscatine.
Two chimneys, necessary when all the rooms had stove heat, can be seen from the road. Still standing are the old water tower and an early day ice house that Mr. Johnson now uses for his workshop.
In the old stone walled cellar close inspection can be made of the massive hand-hewn white oak beams and ends of 3x4-inch oak studding cut with a broad axe.
Rooms are spacious, replastered but unchanged in dimensions. Through the years modern plumbing has been installed, electricity replaced lamps and instead of stoves the Johnsons now use liquid propane gas for central heating, cooking and to heat water.
Aside from these conveniences, added as they came into being, the house is much the same as when the first owner, Benjamin Graham, built it of lumber cut from logs floated down the Mississippi. (The story is that he also donated logs for the old Scott Church that for many years stood just south of the farm).
Floors downstairs are new oak but in the four upstairs bedrooms they still have the wide boards and the same huge walk-in closets. Long ago the open stairway and its center hall were closed off but upstairs the original walnut banister continues to guard the stair well.
Below, part of the hall was partitioned to provide an L shaped bathroom that can be entered from the master bedroom or from the large dining room.
This dining room used to be a farmhouse kitchen but the Johnsons have their compact modern kitchen in space that used to be a pantry. A wide square open arch connects it with the dining room. Both have the same stone pattern linoleum flooring but walls are different.
They are painted and tiled in the kitchen whereas the dining room is papered - a small gold design on white for three walls to better display articles once common to every household - a wire rug beater, lifts for the -- from part of the headboard and sideboard of a walnut bed that belonged to Mrs. Johnson’s parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. David McClure who bought this farm Oct. 15, 1913. Earlier owners had been Mr. and Mrs. George Bothell and Prof. Thomas Huston Macbride, once president of the University of Iowa.
After Mr. McClure’s death in 1952, his daughter, Mable McClure Johnson, continued to occupy the house.
This always has been known as Half-Way house. Samuel Slemmons, the great uncle of S. K. Slemmons, 717 Rundell street, Iowa City, operated the stagecoach that used to make its stops here. When the railroad came around 1864 he moved on west to operate a stagecoach. Conrad Paulas, grandfather of Miss Martha Paulus of Iowa City, did the blacksmith work for Mr. Slemmons’ stagecoach horses and Miss Paulus still has in her possession the anvil he used.
In earlier days the water tower back of Half-Way house stored water pumped by windmill for the house and barns. Its use ended when the Johnsons drilled a 400-foot well and installed a submersible pump.
Recent years also saw the addition of a room air conditioner for summer comfort; in winter the central heating thermostat is set to maintain a constant temperature of 70 degrees.
New windows have been installed throughout the house. In the living room and parlor small windows of the original structure have been replaced with a large picture window for the living room and a section of ??? windows of the same dimension for the parlor.
The front door which these would have flanked was boarded --

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