Recently I visited the state of North Carolina, which is part of the so-called 'Bible belt' in America. I was very impressed by the strong Scotch-Irish influence in the history of the state and today I came across another example of that. The American evangelist Billy Graham is known throughout the world but he was born in North Carolina and is one of the most famous people to come from that state.
William Franklin Graham married Morrow Coffey of Steele Creek near Charlotte in 1916. Their eldest son, William Franklin Graham Jr., Billy Frank to his family, was born in the frame farm-house on November 7, 1918, three days before his father's thirtieth birthday and four before the Armistice. All four of Billy Graham's grandparents were descended from the Scots-Irish pioneers who settled in the Carolinas before the Revolution.