Abraham Graham (1804-1871)

Abraham Graham was a stone merchant, builder and contractor who formed the company of Abraham Graham & Sons.


He was born in Huddersfield on 14 April 1804, the son of Joseph Graham[1] and his wife Mary (née Shaw).

He married Harriet Wiglesworth in August 1825. Their children are believed to include:[2]

By the time of the 1841 Census, he was residing on Manchester Road, near Longroyd Bridge, and working as a mason.

He established the building and contracting firm of Abraham Graham & Sons, most likely with his sons Tom, Aran, Abraham, Joseph and Ben.

His younger brother Benjamin established the firm of Benjamin Graham & Nephews.

The 1851 Census records him employing 36 men. By 1861, the figure had risen to 74.

Abraham Graham died suddenly on 24 June 1871, aged 67, likely from a sudden cardiac arrest.[6]

The family firm was continued after his death by his son Abraham. It was perhaps around this time that his son Ben established the separate firm of Ben Graham & Sons.

Notes and References

  1. The family surname is sometimes recorded as "Grime" in early documents.
  2. Based on existing family trees listed on Ancestry.co.uk.
  3. Born 30 January 1828 and baptised in May 1828 at Huddersfield Parish Church.
  4. Born 6 June 1830 and baptised 29 August 1830 at Huddersfield Parish Church. Worked as a builder, contractor and farmer (both Thewlis Lane Farm and Dry Clough Farm). Married Isabella Dyson in 1856 and Harriet Hilda Armitage on 7 November 1877. Died 17 September 1883.
  5. Born 21 May 1833. Married Nancy Bounton on 9 August 1857. Died 27 May 1899.
  6. "Sudden Death of Well-Known Contractor" in Huddersfield Chronicle (01/Jul/1871).