Mother – Casmira
Grandmother – Esther Gunkel
Grandfather – Ocean Gunkel
Father – George
Grandmother – Winnie Sharpley
Grandfather – Benjamin King
My mom and dad met in Durban where they were both working. My mom is originally from
Lusikisiki and my dad from Mngazi/Libode.
They got married and worked in Maclear where they were managing a wholesale together. In 1988
they moved to the other side of Ugie where they started their own business, by then, I being the second last
born, was about 3 years old. Two years later, they then decided to buy a house in Ugie and in that same
year my dad passed away. My mom closed
the shop and moved to Ugie to be with us as, we were living with my grandmother at the time and some of my
siblings were at boarding school. We still reside in Ugie until this day, and the
rest of the Grahams live in Maclear.
Although the Graham surname is partly made up because my grandmother was never married to Mr.
King she chose a surname for her sons as she did not want to put them under her own (Sharpley), she had four
sons by the names of George, Jerome, Joseph and Bengamin.
Whom are all late except Bengamin, the last born.
My mom and dad had 6 children and we are:
Vanessa Graham (myself)
Jerome and Francis Graham had seven
Joseph and Jennifer Graham had four children:
Benjamin never had any kids
Vanessa Graham 2009