A. W. Graham's father, Samuel, was born in Scotland, and immigrated to Upper Canada in 1837. The following is a quote his obituary, written in the St. Thomas Daily Times in 1903:
.... In 1869 he and his son, Wm. and A. W., went to Manitoba by St. Cloud, Minn., and drove overland from there to Portage la Prairie, a distance of 500 miles, where they took up land.
There the Riel Rebellion broke out and his sons were imprisoned in Fort Garry. He was one of the volunteers who went to the relief of the imprisoned settlers, and the result was that the prisoners were let free.
The country being in an unsettled condition, he and his sons returned in the winter of '70 by St. Cloud, and were a month in making the trip from Winnipeg to St. Cloud, many nights sleeping on the lee side of a snowbank, and on some occasions having to tramp the snow ahead of their horse, so as to continue their journey, A. W. in the meantime going ahead of two others on snowshoes to await their arrival....
Samuel Graham was the father of 8 children:
WILLIAM: (1844 - 1920)The man who accompanied his father and brother Adam Wilson to Manitoba, was a good carpenter and mason, and a very excellent marksman. He taught school in Eagle, Ontario, attended Knox College in Toronto and McCormack Theological Seminary in Chicago. He married Mary Alice Combs in 1889, and became a circuit minister for the Presbyterian church, covering towns in Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and North and South Dakota. He is buried at Jamestown, North Dakota.
ANNE JANE: (1845 - 1932) She married Daniel LANG and was the mother of several children, among them a Member of Parliament, a Member of Alberta's Legislature and a founder of one of Canada's foremost law firms. Anne's husband, Dan Lang, loved politics, and served as Warden of Aldborough, Ontario, in 1898.
ADAM WILSON (ie, "A. W.") (1847 - 1930) After his imprisonment during the Riel Rebellion, he was a surveyor, and surveyed the Chrokee Strip in Oklahoma. Like his brother William, he won international prizes for his marksmanship with a rifle. When A.W. was more than 60 years old, he lost all his savings when his investment in the Erie Canal went bankrupt. Although he had a heart condition, he started again in the nursery business, and made it pay. In 1878, he married a New Yorker, Caroline Stevenson, but they had no children.
SAMUEL JAMES: (1849 - 1925) This man went to the Klondike in 1898, with his cousin, Malcolm Mowbray. He, Malcolm and a Mr. Gallen were on Boat #128 when they sailed down the Yukon River to Dawson City and the gold fields. Malcolm died that fall (perhaps of appendicitis). Samuel remained in the Yukon Territory for some 25 years. He retired to Vancouver, a paying guest of the Salvation Army hotel. He died in the Vancouver General Hospital in 1925, and is interred in the Mountain View Cemetery, on Fraser Street. His nephew, Hector Lang in Medicine Hat, looked after his will, as Samuel had neither wife not children to do so.
ROBERT MOWBRAY: (1851 - 1932) Robert Farmed at Melita, Manitoba. He married Frances Darling in 1876 and died in Winnipeg in 1932.
FRANCIS: (1853 - 1918) Like his brother Robert, he farmed in the Melita area; he also was a real estate developer in Winnigeg. His wife was Isobel Beaton.
MARY CAROLINE: (1855 - 1866)
ISABELLA: (1856 - 1933) She married Thomas Lindop in St Thomas, Ontario, and died in Oak Park, Illinois.
MARGARET (1873 - 1967) Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Margaret married Fred Alvin Vogan. She died in West Lorne, Ontario.