Carl's Father was Luther McGraw, Son of HG 'Dad' McGraw. Luther was killed in 1928 when Carl was 5 years old. Carl's Mother Pauline later remarried to Earl McGraw who raised Carl. Earl was a son of Okey "Oak" McGraw, and THAT is how he became a 'double' grandson!
We will have a series of articles coming up explaining how Luther was killed and how the case ended up in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court.
Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw was born September 1, 1950) in Vinita, Oklahoma. He grew up with three sisters in the oilfields of North Texas where his father was an equipment supplier. During his childhood, his family moved so his father could pursue a lifelong goal of becoming a psychologist.
But a history lesson isn't what you came here for, you want to know if we're related don't you?
As we've told you before, our family is descended from William MacCraw I who came to Virginia before the Revolutionary War. Dr. Phil's family, on the other hand, has only been in America for a few generations. Surprised?
We are, too! Doc Phil's Great-Grandfather John William McGraw was born in Ireland in 1848, the same year that our John married Mahala.
Phil's John McGraw ended up in Texas where he married Mary Esther Rice. According to the 1880 Census, they lived in Collin, TX. Among their children was Joe Phillip McGraw , Sr, who was born in 1885. He had a son, Joe Phillip, Jr., born in 1924 in Knox, TX, who was Phil's father. While it is theoretically possible we could be related if we go back a few centuries in Ireland, there is currently NO evidence we are related other than sharing a last name.
Do you feel better or worse now that you know the truth? Are you happy or sad that the person who gives such sage advice is not one of our own?
I have to agree with this last quote, but I'm not sure if he's referring to himself or Oprah. He graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a B.A. in psychology. He went on to earn an M.A. in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas.
As we said earlier, his father was a psychologist as well, so based on the next one we can see where he gets his simple wit.
After obtaining his doctorate, McGraw joined his father, Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had established his private psychology practice. In 2008 on the Today Show he said that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology and that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. McGraw's license is currently listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" in 2006 and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.
So, in truth, Dr Phil isn't a Doctor anymore- he's just Phil.
(But then again, Doc Brooks wasn't a Doctor either. Hmm. This makes me wonder about Dr. Pepper, he's from Texas too!)
OK, what else can we tell you about Dr. Phil. Well, In 1968, he was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa. On November 23 of that year, his team lost to the University of Houston 100–6, which is one of the most lopsided games in college football history. The coach retired after that season and Phil transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.
And if any of you have a clue what this means, let us know:
Who will it be next? What illusions will we destroy?
At the reunion, I told a few people how it was H.G. "Dad" McGraw's habit to stop in at the newspapers to visit when business would find him in Beckley. On many occasions, the editors thought the visits were interesting enough to share with their readers. We will have a few more of these columns to share in the months to come.
If you were at the reunion, you may remember Herk McGraw talking about H.G.'s tobacco and how everybody wanted it. The second to last paragraph has H.G. talking about that very thing!
It's interesting that John named his son after Horace Greeley, as well as a dog, a horse and an ox!
We still haven't been able to verify the story about why or when John changed the family name, and this is the story that has been passed down, but since his son relayed it as such it could be true. We continue to research this and a great many other things and as we learn new information we will continue to share it with you here and on our web-site!
I came across this item, and couldn't resist pulling it out and sharing it. I believe the Dwight that is being referred to is the son of Herbert, who was son of John's son H.G. "Dad". based on the play on words, I assume that what was in his 'craw' was the fact that we were McCraws before we were McGraws!
As you may know, John changed our family name, although when or why still hasn't been substantiated. Family lore states he did it through an act of the WV Legislature and it was because he met a man he admired named McGraw while he served in the Legislature. We're still researching this and will let you know what we find, or don't find!
We edited this column down for the bits we wanted to share, if you'd like to read the whole thing-
Two balloons burst at once. Sorry for crushing your refried dreams of getting invited over for Thanksgining! Tim and Tug descend from a Richard McGraw who came to American and settled down on the farm in Kansas, where the green grass grows, about 1800. Our first American ancestor was William McCraw who was here long before the revolution and had died about 42 years before Tim's family got here.
Tug was born in California. Tim's Mom is a southern girl and Tim was born in Louisiana.
If you'd still like to explore Tim & Tug's unbroken family tree, it's available here.
They call it "Marvelous McGraw." Well, they don't have to tell us that, do they? Go Mustangs!
Who is Francis X. McGraw and why did they name a school after him? Allow me to introduce US Army Private First Class Francis X. McGraw.
I'm sorry to say that we are not related to this gentleman, because he is the dictionary definition of a Hero. He is one of TWO McGraws who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Sadly he lost his life in defense of our country. The below article from the October 30, 1945, Camden Courier-Post tells his story. . .
His posthumous award of the Medal of Honor was followed by other honors.
The USNS Private Francis X. McGraw (T-AK-241) was a Victory-class cargo ship built at the end of World War II and served the war and its demilitarization as a commercial cargo vessel.
There was also a military installation in southern Munich, Germany, called the McGraw Kaserne which was used by the U.S. Military during the occupation of Germany after World War II named for Pvt. McGraw.
Private McGraw was laid to rest at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.
I said there were two McGraws who awarded the Medal of Honor and a future Blog post will tell you about Thomas McGraw who was awarded his Medal for service during the Civil War.