Continuing the story of the Graham family’s settlement around what became Sardinia in 1835, I had three children to cover in the David Graham Sr. (1774-1845) and Jane Dunn Graham (1774-1839) line.

Henry Graham (1820-69) married Mary Jane Sears (1827-87) on Jan. 21, 1847 in Rush, Ind. They had 10 children and their second child, John James Graham (1849-1918), became a medical doctor.

David Graham Jr. (1821-1903) married Mary Jane Boyce (1820-95) on Oct. 1, 1840 in Brown County. By 1850, they had moved to Sparta, Knox County, Ill., where he became a Civil War soldier.

By 1870, they had moved to Keokuk, Iowa; and by 1880, they were at York, Neb. They had nine children.

William Henry Graham (1824-1908) married Mary Hawkins on Oct. 20, 1845 in Brown County. By 1850, they were living in Henderson, Ill. By 1856, they were at Eldora, Hardin, Iowa and in 1870, were at Benton, Newton County, Mo.

They had eight children. He married two more times and had at least six more children.

Out of a family of 13 children, the mother and three daughters were dead by 1840. Five of the boys and three of the married girls had moved west by 1850.

The only one who stayed was Cassandra, who married Dr. Beck. All who moved were farmers, and they moved for cheaper and more available land.

Last week, I said I would tell a Jim Bell story about Stout D. Runyon (1804-64), who was on the 1850 census living in Sardinia, and his occupation was that of a carpenter. He had two children.

James (Jim) Bell’s brother was Samuel Bell, who was clerk of courts in Highland County, and he was also a very successful land promoter.

Upon their father’s death, circa 1830, Samuel gave Jim Bell 85 acres. Jim promptly sold to Runyon. Under date of Sept. 28, 1840, Runyon sold the farm to William D. Rhoads and his wife, Abigail Parish Rhoads, from Fincastle.

Within a year, they sold the farm to Henry James Sircumlomb, who was married to Susanne Druhot (1791-1850) in France. This is the land that Shirley Yockey Gillermin lives on today, located on Bells Run Road.

Another Jim Bell story was a poem that Dr. Beck wrote – which was found in his office at his death in 1901.

It was about a man called Elder Bundy who, along with Bell, was living in Sardinia at the time.

Elder Bundy allowed his cow to wander around town at night and it got into Jim Bell’s garden, which made Bell so mad that he shot Bundy’s cow.

Several years ago, I did a Mowrystown postmaster’s series in which a C.F. Beck was appointed postmaster on Oct. 23, 1861.

The service was interrupted by the Civil War from shortly after Beck’s appointment until Jan. 1862, when S.B. Long was appointed. C.F. Beck was identified as the son of Dr. I.M. Beck, but his name was Cephas Lebbeus Beck, born Nov. 16, 1838.

He was living with his father at Sardinia on the 1860 census with an occupation as student.

Cephas L. Beck married Nancy Malinda Feike (1842-1923) on Feb. 16, 1870 in Brown County.

She was the daughter of Franz (Francis) Feike (1807-93), and she was a sister to Stephen Feike of whom much Brown County history has been written.

Cephas and his wife moved to Montgomery, Mo. by 1870, where they had six children.

Beck died in 1914, and Nancy died in 1923.

It is interesting to see the connections of these different families.

To be continued next week.