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This group is for folks who descend from families with the surname of Graham/Graem/Grimes/Grayham who lived their lives in the place and period of Old Chester County, Pennsylvania.
"There are some topics better suited for the family circle, than for the public at large, and the record of our immediate ancestors may be one of these; but pride in the name and race should, nevertheless, be cherished and made much of, and those conspicuous in the family annals for good thoughts and brave deeds should be favorite subjects of eulogy at the firesides of their descendants. It was the custom of our good Scotch-Irish grandparents to speak somewhat enthusiastically of the prowess of their chieftains and the daring achievements of their kinsfolk. The custom was a wise one. It not only transmitted a knowledge of events from one generation to another, but stimulated thought, brightened the intellect, and exerted a wholesome influence on the race.
Allen Breck Stewart, a character in one of Robert Louis Stevenson's stories, is represented to have been threatened by overwhelming numbers and to have been called upon to surrender, but spurning all peaceful offers and deriding all threats of violence, he drew his sword, exclaiming, 'I bear a king's name!' and thereupon assaulted his enemies and overcame them.........it was the glory of theman's ancestral line which prompted him to incur the risks of desperate battle rather than to accept exemption from bodily harm when coupled with personal indignity. And this suggests the value of a far-reaching family record, whether written or traditional, and the power it wields in moulding the character and influencing the actions of men."

—from the Fifth Congress, 1893 The Scotch-lrish in America


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