The Ellen G. White Letters and Manuscripts: Volume 1

GRAHAM, Andrew (c. 1836-after 1883) and (first wife) Abigail (c. 1840-1862) and (second wife) Sophronia (c. 1838-1871) and (third wife) Amelia A. (c. 1850-1883)

Born in Scotland, Andrew Graham became a Sabbatarian Adventist, together with his brothers Bruce and William Henry, while living in Berlin, Connecticut, in the early 1850s. Various censuses list him as “mechanic” and “farmer.” In the 1860s he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. In May 1867 the directors of the Western Health Reform Institute appointed Graham to be superintendent “for one year.” He seems to have continued his employment at the Institute for several years after that, but probably not as superintendent. 1EGWLM 833.4

In her 1859 diary Ellen White notes a visit to Andrew Graham and his family in Berlin, Connecticut. The Graham brothers seem to have been involved in fanaticism in their local meetings, for which Ellen White admonished them. In 1868 Ellen White assigned some of the responsibility for the major troubles at the Western Health Reform Institute to Andrew Graham's “want of proper oversight.” 1EGWLM 833.5

See: E.L.H. Chamberlain, “Receipts,” Review, Aug. 11, 1853, p. 56; 1850 U.S. Federal Census, “Andrew Graham,” Connecticut, Hartford County, Berlin, p. 53; 1870 U.S. Federal Census, “Andrew Graham,” Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek, p. 21; 1880 U.S. Federal Census, “Andrew Graham,” Michigan, Saginaw County, Swan Creek, p. 3; obituary: “Abby Graham,” Review, Apr. 29, 1862, p. 175; obituary: “Sophronia Graham,” Review, July 18, 1871, p. 39; obituary: “Amelia A. Graham,” Review, May 22, 1883, pp. 334, 335; Health Reform Institute (Battle Creek, Mich.): “Minutes of the Health Reform Institute Board: Selections, 1867-1897” (Berrien Springs, Mich.: Center for Adventist Research, Andrews University, n.d.), May 5, 1867, May 22, 1867; Ellen G. White, Testimony for the Church at Battle Creek (PH097) (Battle Creek, Mich.: Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Pub. Assn., 1868), pp. 45, 46; Ms 7, 1859 (Sept. 2 entry); Lt 7, 1859 (Sept. 24); Lt 19, 1859 (Oct. 4). 1EGWLM 833.6