Walter Irving Graffam

14 May 1889–1947 (Age 57)
South Thomaston, Knox, Maine, United States

The Life of Walter Irving

When Walter Irving Graffam was born on 14 May 1889, in South Thomaston, Knox, Maine, United States, his father, James Osgood Graffam, was 42 and his mother, Mary E Hall, was 34. He married Grace Larabee Brown on 7 September 1907, in South Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Portland Ward 5, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States in 1920 and Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States in 1925. He died in 1947, in South Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in South Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Walter Irving Graffam
Grace Larabee Brown
Marriage: 7 September 1907
Estelle Brown Graffam
Irving Hall Graffam
Helen Dickinson Graffam

Spouse and Children

7 September 1907
South Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States


    Estelle Brown Graffam


    Irving Hall Graffam


    Helen Dickinson Graffam


Parents and Siblings

    James Osgood Graffam


    Mary E Hall




    Estelle Graffam


    Avah J Graffam


    Josiah Paul Graffam


    Edwin A Graffam



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 1

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1898 · Sinking of USS Maine

Age 9

During the Cuban War for Independence, the USS Maine had been sent to Havana to look out for the interests of the United States. On February 15, 1898, at approximately 21:40, an explosion on USS Maine was caused by roughly 5 long tons of powder. The front of the ship was demolished and the remains quickly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 260 men lost their lives in the explosion itself, with at least six more dying afterwards from related injuries. The event kicked off an atmosphere of contention that would eventually lead to the Spanish-American War.
1905 · Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

Age 16

In 1905, a fire lookout tower (among the first of its kind) was constructed in Piscataquis County on Squaw Mountain. Due to Maine's abundance of lumber and paper mills, it was essential that a system be developed to help spot fires as quickly as possible.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Graffham in Sussex or Grafham in Cambridgeshire, so named from Old English grāf ‘grove’ + hām ‘homestead’, ‘manor’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Irving Graffam, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Walter I Graffam in household of Josiah Graffam, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Walter J Graffam in household of Osgood Graffam, "United States Census, 1900"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.