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John Clan Grayson1,2,3

born 9 August 1770, died 29 July 1826

Family: Sarah "Sally" Carter (born 2 January 1776, died 13 September 1838)

Facts and Notes

  • Birth: 9 August 1770; Montgomery County, Virginia, USAB; The Family Data Collection indicates that John Grayson was born in Montgomery County, Virginia. However, although Montgomery County was established from Fincastle County, this did not happen until 1777, seven years after Grayson was apparently born.2,3,4
  • Marriage: 23 October 1792; Sarah "Sally" Carter; Tennessee, USAB3,4
  • Anecdote: Before 1809; See person note 1 below.5
  • Residence: 1809; Madison County, Alabama, USAB; In the 1809 Census, John Grayson listed two males over 21 (one is presumably himself), four males under 21, one female over 21 (presumably his wife), two females under 21, and two slaves as belonging to his household. I would assume that John C. Grayson had already departed the household by this time, since John C.'s daughter (Mary) was married in 1815.1,6
  • Anecdote: 19 November 1814; Madison County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 44. See person note 2 below.7
  • Probate: 19 July 1826; Named in the will were: widow Sarah, John C. Grayson, MARY wife of BRYANT COBB, formerly Grayson, Charles, Geo., Ambrose, Napoleon B., James N., Jackson Grayson and Nancy, wife of John Sartin and Sarah, wife of George W. Sartin.8,9
  • Death: 29 July 1826; Madison County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 558,2,3,4
  • Burial: After 29 July 1826; Grayson Cemetery, Madison County, Alabama, USAB; According to the posting on Findagrave, the cemetery is in a wooded area on the corner lot of Hidden Lake subdivison. The only sign of the cemetery is a small iron fence with a tree growing from it. There are no markers.2
  • Note: 1) According to the book "The Story of Alabama - A History of the State," John Grayson came from eastern Tennessee as a government surveyor in the earliest days of the Republic, and received land grants in MadIson County in payment for his services. John Grayson's holdings were extensive, and he worked many slaves on his several plantations. He was keenly interested in spreading education among the frontier sections, and was instrumental in establishing the first schools in Madison County, which were called academies in those days.

    2) From the Madison County newspaper extracts: JOHN GANDY vs JOHN GRAYSON 19 Nov. 1814 --assault and battery-- "with the teeth of him the said JOHN GRAYSON then and there fastened upon the nose of him the said JOHN GANDY did with great force and violence then and there bite, wound and bruise the nose of him the said JOHN GANDY" defendent said not guilty--plaintiff dropped suit.

Citations

  1. [S493] Ancestry.com, Alabama, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1890, Record for John Grayson
  2. [S448] Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for John Clan Grayson
  3. [S494] Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection - Individual Records, Birth year: 1770; Birth city: Montgomery; Birth state: VA, Record for John Clan Grayson
  4. [S511] , Nancy van Valkenburgh, 1770-1904, Grayson Family Bible, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~grayson/html/bible_one.html; Accessed 11 July 2015
  5. [S550] Lewis Historical Publishing Company, The Story of Alabama - A History of the State, Volume IV, Personal and Family History, pg 615
  6. [S4] Compiler: Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Alabama Records, Vol 80, pg 60, Madison County: Superior Court Notes, 1812-1815; Census of 1809, Madison County; Newspaper Extracts
  7. [S4] Compiler: Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Alabama Records, Vol 80, pg 8, Madison County: Superior Court Notes, 1812-1815; Census of 1809, Madison County; Newspaper Extracts
  8. [S4] Compiler: Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Gandrud, Pauline Jones, Alabama Records, Vols 1-4, Alabama Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Indian Wars
  9. [S549] , Pauline Jones Gandrud Papers, Box 3974b, Folder 177; File for John Grayson, Transcription of John Grayson's last will and testament