Graham, James G. (ca. 1817-1860s)

Birthplace:

North Carolina, USA

Residences:

  • Rowan County, North Carolina

Trades:

  • Carpenter/Joiner

Building Types:

Styles & Forms:

Greek Revival

James G. Graham (ca. 1817-1860s), a Rowan County carpenter and farmer, is associated by family tradition with building three antebellum farmhouses, all 2-story frame dwellings with Greek Revival detail influenced by Asher Benjamin’s Practical House Carpenter (1830). Part of the Scotch-Irish, Presbyterian rural community in western Rowan County, he married Nancy Burke in 1849 and in 1850 was listed in the census as a head of household and carpenter, aged 33, with $1,600 in real estate plus five slaves. In 1860 he was identified as a farmer and head of a household that included Nancy and daughters Mary, Martha, and Emma. He evidently died during the 1860s, for in 1870 Nancy Graham headed a household that included their children and other members.

The houses attributed to Graham were built for leading local farmers. Though similar in form and detail, they follow different floor plans common in the region. For Robert and Catherine Knox he built a traditional 3-room plan house; for Newberry and Mary Shuford Hall, he built a 3-room plan divided by a center passage; and for Jacob F. Barber he built a center-passage plan dwelling one room deep plus a rear shed and ell. Working for his neighbors, as did many farmer-artisans, Graham may also have built other Greek Revival houses in the county.

  • Davyd Foard Hood, The Architecture of Rowan County North Carolina: A Catalogue and History of Surviving 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Century Structures (1983).
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  • Jacob F. Barber House

    Contributors:
    James G. Graham, attributed builder
    Dates:
    Ca. 1856
    Location:
    Barber, Rowan County
    Street Address:
    Redmon Rd., Barber vicinity, NC
    Status:
    Standing
    Type:
    Residential
    Images Puslished In:
    Davyd Foard Hood, The Architecture of Rowan County North Carolina: A Catalogue and History of Surviving 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Century Structures (1983).

  • Newberry Hall House

    Contributors:
    James G. Graham, attributed builder
    Dates:
    1856
    Location:
    Bear Poplar, Rowan County
    Street Address:
    NC 801, Bear Poplar vicinity, NC
    Status:
    Standing
    Type:
    Residential

  • Robert Knox House

    Contributors:
    James G. Graham, attributed builder
    Dates:
    1854
    Location:
    Cleveland, Rowan County
    Street Address:
    Knox Rd., Cleveland vicinity, NC
    Status:
    Standing
    Type:
    Residential
    Images Puslished In:
    Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (2003).
    Davyd Foard Hood, The Architecture of Rowan County North Carolina: A Catalogue and History of Surviving 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Century Structures (1983).

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