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I have a photo of the memorial for John Graham he was born in1810 at Hillside, Main Street in Aberdeenshire. He died at Tylsley Grange Acocks Green in 1869. I know little about this man as he seemed very private. The people who attended his funeral were important people in Birmingham. The funeral had eight mourning and two private carriages. Amongst the pall bearers were Thomas Avery and William Middlemore. It seems most of the great and good attended his funeral.
At the foot of the memorial is a slab in memory of Henry Tooms, major U.S. Army born Oxford in 1807. Henry died at Acocks Green in 1874.
Any information on the two above would be brilliant.
Fantastic info Shera I will follow it up. I think the John Graham visiting the Mint looks good as I have an idea he was involved in banking. Thanks again for your help where would we be without your expertise. xx
I have been doing a bit more digging (excuse the pun) into Major Henry Tomes. In Whites directory of 1873 he is listed as a merchant at 14 Whittal Street home address Cumberland House, Acocks Green. Armed with this and other info from this thread I have done a search on Ancestry and found a tree with his family on. I have sent a message to the tree holder so fingers crossed.
Only just found your query about John Graham (1811?-1869).
I have been researching the Birmingham Town Council in the 1870s and his name cropped up, through he was one of the quietest members there. He was a Councillor from 1863, returned twice for St Paul's ward before resigning just before his death.
He has an obituary in the Birmingham Daily Post for Saturday 25 December 1869 (published Christmas day?!), which says he was in his 60th year, came to Birmingham from Scotland in 1843, was prominent in the Carr Lane Presbyterian church and a founder and director of the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank (merged with Lloyds), and with a son (Walter) as merchants on Ludgate Hill. Touchingly it says "many a deserving poor family will miss [his] benevolence... [which] made glad their cheerless fireside". (I love the Victorian gift for written language and their unforgiving paternalism...).
I, too, have found him very elusive in the Censuses. I am sure you have found the obit by now, but if you have more information about him to share, I would love to hear it.