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My Graham roots

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Looking for information on my father's family in Scotland. I know nothing of his family. I have info that he was in the Territorial Army between 1904 and 1912, rank of sergeant. Worked at Motherwell Brige, Motherwell, Scotland before emigrating, to Canada, in 1925/1926. His name was John Graham and I have a feeling his family was somehow connected to the name Perryman in Scotland.

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on 2006-07-08 19:38:40

Jackh , from Ontario, CANADA., has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2006. is researching the following names: GRAHAM.

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by marliene on 2006-07-11 16:46:54

hi I have an Elizabeth Graham married to Peter C. Kerr.She was born in Bewcastle,Cumberland,Engalnd,as was Peter.He is the son of Robert Kerr who was born in Scotland.

by kiwikaz on 2006-08-25 21:02:25

Hi Jack. My father's mother was a Graham and I have a lot of Graham's on our tree...right back to Scotland and Ireland.In fact I go back as far as David Graham and Isabella Strathren....David was born 1275 Old Montrose, Scotland, so just maybe I have one of your Graham connected on here somewhere among the few Hundred Graham's I have. As we go on down the tree, different ones immigrated to England, USA, Canada, New Zealand (one even in Rhodesia)and Australia. Would help if you had some other names to work with as I would love to be able to assist in your search if I can. Kaz

by Jackh on 2006-08-26 16:42:31

Haeri Mai Kaz,
I used that greeting as I assume from your name you are in New Zealand.

My problem with my father is the fact that neither he nor my mother EVER spoke of his family at all. I have been seeking a connection to the Graham name for over 20 years. I haven't been able to find a birth record or registration for the man we, my brother and I, knew As John(Jack) Graham. In 2005 I had a 43 marker DNA test done by Relative Genetics in Salt Lake City. Thes results areposted on two other sites and to date no matches that even come close. I wish that I did have some further information but I don't. I feel there is or may be a connection to the surname Perryman, but I haven't been able to make any contact there either. What I have is a birth date of 15 May 1887 in Hamilton Lanarkshire Scotland, but the registration I have is not for a John Graham.

It would be handy to be able to contact you direct, but to publish an email address on a site can lead to problems. If you are able to give me ANY sort of lead it would be very much appreciated. Maybe one of the living Graham males would be interested in the DNA test that I had done. I do have a few other birth dates that are CLOSE to the above, but so far I have not been able to trace any of them. If you like I can give them to you again alhough one is fairly close, it is 18 May 1887.

Thank you for your reply and interest. I am in Canada and was born here in 1930.

by bizzylizzy1uk on 2007-03-18 18:38:43

i have a margaret graham in my tree married to thomas laidlaw in scotland .
has anyone got a connection?

let me know either way

by bikerone on 2008-01-16 18:12:13


by Jackh on 2008-01-17 15:41:25

HI Bikerone and bizzylizzy,

I have no Graham relatives that I know of other than my two children and a brother and his two children. I know people with the name Grahambut there is no connection whatsoever.

I am still seeking a Male Graham who has had his DNA tested for Genealogical purposes. I had mine done in 2005, it was a 43 marker test. To date no matches.

by DebbyinOhio on 2009-03-08 12:09:34

I have two Graham families in my Thompson lineage, One is of my ggg grandmother's mother. The other is my gg grandmother. Doubt if the two are connected.

Sarah Graham married Josephus Carpenter in Athens County, OH. Her father was James Graham from VA.

Rachel Mariah Graham married Perry Thompson in 1865 in Athens County, OH. Her parents were Augustus Graham and Susannah Roberts.

by Jackh on 2009-03-08 12:39:59

G'day Debby,
I am not able to connect my immediate family to any other GRAHAMS. My father died in 1959 and my mother in 1979. Neither one EVER spoke of my father's family, thus I have no idea who is or may be connected to myself or my only brother, on my Graham side. both my brother and I have a son and a daughter, but Graham background is a big fat ZERO.

My father emigrated to Canada in the mid 1920s, and I have lived here all my life.

I have had a DNA test done for Genealogical purposes and that has proven fruitless. I have one name that may, just may connect and that surname is PERRYMAN. Even there I cannot make any connection, with either a person or via the DNA route. Most of the results I have seen for both names have been done by folk living in the U.S.A. It appears that there is no one, male, from either name looking for a connection.

Thank you for your reply.


by Asema on 2010-10-26 21:51:16

Hi jack I am female but I am a Perryman born,although in the USA I have talked to a GUY PERRYMAN,a BRIAN PERRYMAN,and a GARY PERRYMAN, ALL of which have either strong roots or are themselves currently in the UK(Guy specifically is in London),and Gary has a family tree chart.You can find an extensive list of Perryman on Face Book(i hope this helps):)

by Jackh on 2010-10-28 17:19:25

Hi Asema,

I have a few Perryman names that I feel may be connected to me. The one name is John Perryman and he was born 15 May 1887 in Scotland. He married an Agnes Henderson in 1907. They had five children, 3 boys and two girls. One of the boys died in infancy and the rest of the family emigrated to Canada in two moves. John, age 39 and one daughter, Agnes, age 16 came in 1926 and the mother and the other daughter and two sons, Fred, age 21 and James, age 16, arrived in 1930. I have been able to find some of this family living in Toronto, Ontario up to the early 1940s. I believe I met one of these sons, Fred Perryman, sometime around 1941 when we had a visitor by that name and I learned many years later that my father said he was a cousin. He was wearing a Canadian Army uniform at the time when he was at our home in Hamilton, Ontario.

The parents of John Perryman were Frederick Perryman and Margaret Holman. Besides John they had a daughter Helen and three more boys,
Frederick, James and Albert. This from the 1901 Scottish Census. The ages for these children at the time of the Census were as follows, Helen,12, Fred,8, James,4 and Albert 8 months. If any of these names are familiar to your family or the others you mention I would appreciate hearing from you again.

I have had a Y chromosome DNA test done and if any of the Perryman males have also had one done it may solve my problem. I had a line on a woman who I feel is connected but she refuses to repy to any sort of communication, be it email, letter post or telephone.

Thank you for your information. With Face Book I try to stay away from it for a number of reasons. My name has been suggested and I refuse to sign on.

by Jackh on 2010-10-29 16:00:19

Hello Asema,

Further to my post yesterday here is some information that I have regarding the military sevice my father claimed as his. This may be the proof that John Perryman and my father were one and the same. I received copies via email showing that John Perryman served in the army in two stages. The first enlistment was in 1903 and this I believe was the British Territorial Army. He signed on again in 1909 and asked for a discharge in December 1911, and this was granted.

I also have a family tree of the Perryman family which shows his grandfather as being a John Perryman, b.1861, grandmother, Elizabeth Halliburton. They had 5 children, 4 boys one being Fred the father of John and a daughter Catherine W., the aunt and uncles to John. One son, John H., apparently died in infancy leaving 2 others, John and Edward.

John also had a younger sister, Margaret who was born in 1904 and thus would not appear on the 1901 Census.

I could email what I have if any of these names match any of your information.


by bruros on 2011-10-07 17:02:18

If any of you are interested, I am a descendant of William Graham,b.1740 , at Middlebie in Dumfriesshire. I too have ha d a DNA , and have a list of " faily close matches " , from Family Tree DNA ( GRAHAM surname project ) and from Ancestry.Com.....with the help of Pat Graham , North Carolina we are trying to study mainly " J1 Haplogroup " Grahams, as these " Haplotypes ( ! ! ! ) " seem the most closely related. Look forward to hearing from you, here or at :- [email protected]; Cheers the noo Bruce Graham

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