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Person Page 208

John Cullen Grayson, Sr1,2,3,4,5

born 1 April 1799, died 19 July 1848

Family 1: Martha L. Childress (born UNKNOWN)

Family 2: Nancy Benton Glover (born 1 January 1809, died 31 December 1859)

Facts and Notes

  • Birth: 1 April 1799; Montgomery County, Virginia, USAB3,2
  • Marriage: 1 January 1833; Nancy Benton Glover; Madison County, Alabama, USAB5
  • Occupation: 28 March 1833; Madison County, Alabama, USAB; Announced himself as a candidate for Colonel Commandant of the 62nd Regiment, Alabama Militia6
  • Anecdote: 22 August 1833; Martha L. Childress; Madison County, Alabama, USAB; John C Grayson acknowledged Martha's son Alexander as his own son, who was born out of wedlock7
  • Probate: 1 April 1836; Madison County, Alabama, USAB; Named in petition for division of property from John Grayson's estate1
  • Residence: 1840; South Half, Madison County, Alabama, USAB; In 1840 his household consisted of three males (one between 20 & 30, one between 10 & 15, and the other under 5), three females (two between 30 & 40, one of which was probably his wife, and one under 5, probably his daughter Nancy R.). He also had two male slaves (between 36 & 55 years old) and two female slaves (one betwen 55 & 100 years old and the other between 24 & 36 years old). By 1840 some of his children (like Mary, who married Bryant in 1815) had already departed the household.

    According to the census, four of the male members of the household (not including the slaves), were engaged in farming. This suggests that at least one, and possibly both of the male members of the household between 20 and 30 years old were hired farm hands vice actual family members; this might also have been the case for the 30-40 year old female residing with the family.4
  • Death: 19 July 1848; Madison County, Alabama, USAB3,2
  • Burial: After 19 July 1848; New Hope Cemetery, New Hope, Madison County, Alabama, USAB3
  • Note: John C. Grayson served as a Justice of the Peace/Judge Provost in Madison County from at least 1825 through at least 1847.


  1. [S4] Compiler: Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Alabama Records, Gandrud, Pauline Jones. Alabama Records. 245 volumes., Vols 1-4, Alabama Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Indian Wars
  2. [S511] Nancy van Valkenburgh, 1770-1904, Grayson Family Bible, The author and date of the entries is unknown.,; Accessed 11 July 2015
  3. [S403], U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for John Cullen Grayson Sr
  4. [S384], 1840 United States Federal Census, Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C., Year: 1840; Census Place: South Half, Madison, Alabama; Roll: 13; Page: 172; Image: 354; Family History Library Film: 0002335, Record for John C Grayson
  5. [S682], Alabama, Marriage Index, 1800-1969, Record for John C Grayson
  6. [S4] Compiler: Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Alabama Records, Gandrud, Pauline Jones. Alabama Records. 245 volumes., Volume 12, page 4, Madison County Newspapers, Huntsville Democrat 1833-1840
  7. [S549] Pauline Jones Gandrud Papers, Pauline Jones Gandrud Papers., Box 3974b, Folder 175; File for Childress Grayson, Transcription of county court file