Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Spence Rev. Monroe Grayson

Male 1734 - 1798  (64 years)


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  • Name Spence Rev. Monroe Grayson 
    Born 1734  Belle Air, Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1798  Dettingen Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Belle-Air, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I032944  Tree1
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 

    Father Benjamin Grayson,   b. 1684, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1757, Belle-Air, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Susannah Monroe,   b. 1695, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1752, Belle-Air, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 1733  Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F05559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Waggoner,   b. 1741, Picataque, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1757  Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Samuel Grayson,   b. 28 Apr 1758, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Catherine Grayson,   b. 5 Apr 1760, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Colchester, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     3. Benjamin Grayson,   b. 6 Nov 1761, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1812, Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)
     4. Mary Grayson,   b. 26 Aug 1764, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Grayson,   b. 26 Jun 1766, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1806, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     6. Susannah Monroe Grayson,   b. 29 May 1768, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1822, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     7. Peter Grayson,   b. 14 May 1770, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1816, Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     8. Anne Grayson,   b. Aug 1772, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1773, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     9. Spence Monroe Grayson,   b. 17 May 1774, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1829  (Age 54 years)
     10. Anne Grayson,   b. 14 Nov 1776, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1793  (Age 16 years)
     11. John Robinson Grayson,   b. 17 Sep 1779, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     12. Thomas Robinson Grayson,   b. 17 Sep 1779, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Judith Grayson,   b. 17 Dec 1780, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1851, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     14. Beverly Robinson Grayson,   b. 3 Sep 1782, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Adams County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Sarah 'Sally' Grayson,   b. 1 Jul 1784, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     16. Caroline Anne Grayson,   b. 6 Oct 1786, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Washington County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F13071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Title Grayson, Spence.
      Publication 1799
      Gen. note Part of index to Prince William County Wills and Administrations (1734-1744) (1778-1800)
      Note p. 368-370. Inv. & Appr. rec. 3 Dec. 1799.
      Note Will Book H, 1792-1803 (Reel 19)
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://mywebpages.comcast dot net/richardgrayson/Ri74/virginia.htm
      URL title: BELLE AIRE PLANTATION Submitted by Terry Lawson
      Note:

      Spence Monroe Grayson , born 1734, inherited his father's "Belle Air."
      Educated in England, Spence returned to Prince William and applied himself to the affairs of "Belle Air." He was quite successful at "Belle Air." Then at mid-life, he went again to England to study theology, returning home in 1771 as the Reverend Spence Grayson. He served as rector of Cameron Parish and then of Dettingen Parish in Prince William. Spence was active in events foreshadowing the Revolution, and he served in that war with the rank of Captain as Chaplain of Grayson's Additional Regiment, a unit named for his brother William. He was ". . .a fighting as well as a praying parson", according to his son-in-law Lund Washington. A life-long friend of George Washington, Reverend Grayson was asked by the General to officiate at the marriage of Washington's nephew George Augustine Washington at Mount Vernon. Spence married Mary Elizabeth Wagener and they had seventeen children, three of which died in infancy. Spence Grayson died in 1798 and was buried at "Belle Air."
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      James Hughes 2006-05-17 21:11:22
      Fredericksburg Court Record Search

      Court Record Data
      Context Extract
      Deed of Trust Spence Grayson to Simon Luttrell &c - Prince William Co. - 1796
      Defendant Benjamin Grayson; Beverley R. Grayson; Peter Grayson; Lund Washington; Susanna Washington; Samuel Smith; Sarah Smith; James Hewitt; Caroline Hewitt; Judith Lindsy; George G. Hedgman; John G. Hedgman; James Rawlings; Susanna Rawlings; John Browne; Mary Browne; Hiram Hord; Catharine Hord
      Family John G. Hedgman & George G. Hedgman, sons of Catherine Hedgman
      Family Benjamin Grayson, father of Spence Grayson
      Family Benjamin Grayson, Beverly R. Grayson & Peter Grayson, sons of Spence Grayson
      Locality Caroline Co.; Spotsylvania Co.; Stafford Co.; Richmond Co.; Prince William Co.
      Marriage Samuel Smith -mr- Sarah Grayson, daughter of Spence Grayson
      Marriage Lund Washington -mr- Susanna Grayson, daughter of Spence Grayson
      Marriage John Browne -mr- Mary Hedgman, daughter of Catherine Hedgman
      Marriage James Rawlings -mr- Susanna Hedgman, daughter of Catherine Hedgman
      Marriage James Hewitt -mr- Caroline Grayson, daughter of Spence Grayson
      Marriage Hiram Hord -mr- Catharine Hedgman, daughter of Catherine Hedgman
      Marriage FNU Lindsay -mr- Judith Grayson, daughter of Spence Grayson
      Marriage FNU Hedgman -mr- Catherine Grayson, daughter of Spence Grayson
      Plaintiff Thomas Chapman (exor.); William Carr (decd)
      Administrative Information
      Record title Chapman vs Grayson
      Year recorded 1823?
      Collection CR-SC-H
      Record ID 121-9
      End Notes
      Preserved by City of Fredericksburg
      Processed by Margaret Anne Crickman
      Extracted by Barry L. McGhee
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      Page 22
      Prince William Reliquary Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 2004)- 76
      - And it is ordered that the Surveyor return to the court three other platts and reports in this cause, he having only returned two as yet.
      4 November 1795. The Defendant by his attorney pleads assumpist within five years in addition to his former plea [of Not Guilty] to which the Plaintiff replied generally and thereupon came a jury to wit: John MAUZY, James TALIAFERRO, Moses MOSS, Anthony C. GRAY, George LOWERY, James JOHNSON, Philip DAWE, Bernard HOOE Jr., Gwynn PAGE, John HEDGES [HODGES?] Sen., John HAMMITT and Thomas PURCELL. Adjourned until to [next] morning 8 oclock.
      On 5 November 1795, John MAUZY was withdrawn from the Jury. The rest of the Jury was discharged from giving any verdict, and by consent of the parties by their said attorneys [continued next page] Page 52. Final judgment to be determined and awarded by LeeMASSEY, Gerard ALEXANDER Jr., SpenceGRAYSON and Henry WASHINGTON [arbitrators] or any three of them. They are to determine the land boundaries and costs associated with this suit, whose award is to be made
      the Judgment of the Court. 10 March 1796.
      Attorneys came to Court and agreed to any award as to be determined by Lee MASSEY, Spence GRAYSON, Henry WASHINGTON, Gerard ALEXANDER Jr., James REID and Daniel BRENT or any three of them.
      6 June 1796. The arbitrators report reads as follows: Pursuant to the order of Prince William Court hereto annexed made in a suit depending in said court between John TAYLOE Pltf and Charles EWELLdefendant; We the subscribers met at the tavern of Esme SMOCK in the Town of Dumfries on the 4th day of April 1796 and after examining sundry witnesses produced by the parties and hearing the arguments of Council on both sides, and maturely and deliberately considering thesame Do award and determine that the corners and lines as designated in the survey made in said suit by Henry Dade HOOE by the letters h, I & K are the proved corners and lines of the Plaintiffs land; we find and determine that the defendant is guilty of a trespass on the Plaintiffs land and so award and determine that the defendant pay to the Plaintiff twenty seven pounds one shilling and nine pence for the extra costs incurred by him in said suit and also that the defendant pay to the Plaintiff his legal costs in said suit expended Spence GRAYSON John REID Danl BRENT Roe
      Therefore It is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the Defendant the sum of Twenty seven pounds one shilling and nine pence by the arbitrators aforesaid in form aforesaid awarded
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      James Hughes 2006-05-22 14:39:22
      NPS Form 10-900

      The Grayson family was a neighbor of the Blackburns in Dumfries, where the Grayson patriarch Benjamin was a contemporary of Richard Blackburn. His son Spence Grayson became an Anglican minister who served as rector of Cameron Parish in Loudoun before the Revolutionary War. During the Revolution Spence was the minister in his brother William Graysonís Continental Regiment. Unlike the Blackburns, members of the Grayson family remained in the area that would become southwest Loudoun County, although Spence Grayson himself was serving as rector of Dettingen Parish in Prince William shortly after his purchase. In 1787 Spence Grayson was appointed head of a committee reviewing ministersí qualifications, acting under the auspices of the Anglican diocese, which, two years later, reorganized itself as the Protestant Episcopal Church.
      After Blackburns death the land passed to his son Thomas, who in turn gave parcels to each of his two daughters and in 1785 sold 2,328 acres to Spence Grayson. The land on which Unison is located was part of the parcel Thomas Blackburn deeded to his daughter Sarah and her husband
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      A Geanealogy of the Glassell Family , Page 303

      GRATSON.--Benjamin Grayson em. from Scot'd to Va., became mcht. at Dumfries, married Susan Monroe, aunt of James Monroe, 5th President of the U. S., and had 4 child. Rev. Spence Grayson, the eldest, it is said, grad. Oxford Univ., Eng., with his brother, Col. Wm. Grayson of the Revolution, but Foster's list of Oxford graduates does not give the name of Grayson. Rev. Spence inherited his father's estate of "Belle Air," on the Potomac, containing 1000 acres and a fine mansion. He went to Eng'd, studied theology, and was ordained by the Ld. Bishop of London May 29, 1771. Returned to Va. and preached in Loudoun Co. In 1784 he suc'd Rev. John Scott as Rector of Dettingen Par., P. W. County, where he d. 1792, and was suc'd by Rev. Thos. Harrison. (M. II., 213.) He was Justice of P. W., 1769. (C. P., I., 261.) See Maryland Line Papers, "Seventy-six Soc.," p. 108, for Letter of Col. Wm. Grayson
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      Virginia Deed Book A pages 108-
      110 .. Indenture made 3rd December 1757 between BENJAMIN GRAYSON of county Prince William and parish Dittingen and GEORGE HARDY of parish CAMERON and county Loudoun Planter .. in consideration of rents and covenants farm Lett 500 acres being in county Loudoun lying above GOOSE CREEK being part of a larger tract of land purchased by BENJAMIN GRAYSON from JOHN GRAHM of county Prince William .. to have and hold during natural lives of GEORGE HARDY, MARY his wife and GEORGE HARDY his Eldest son paying yearly on 20th November being in 1759 the sum afid quantity of One thousand pounds crop Tobacco and cask to be conveyed and roled to Occoquan Warehouse at the proper risque and charge of GEORGE HARDY
      .. Presence WILLIAM LINTON, .. SPENCE GRAYSON, WILLIAM HARDEY, JOHN SMITH .. signed by BENJAMIN GRAYSON and GEORGE HARDY.
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/guides/southern_hist/plantations/plantm 1.asp
      URL title: Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations
      Note:
      Section 2, Land Records, 1651-1775, of Stafford County, Virginia

      This section consists of fifty-three items, land records of Stafford County, Virginia. Items include patents, 1651-1692, issued to Philip Buckner, Francis Dade, Palmer Hinton (with verdict), and Stephen Norman (with plat and memorandum of Anthony Thornton) by the Virginia land office; patents, 1694-1717, issued to Mrs. Elizabeth Bernard, Thomas Gregg, Thomas Harrison, John Harvey, John Simpson, John Story, Anthony Thornton, and Thomas Walter by the Northern Neck proprietary of Virginia, and a warrant, 1723, issued to Abraham Baxter and Mrs. Frances Baxter (signed by Robert Carter); deeds, 1686-1761, for land owned by John BALTHROP, Hugh Bawden, Peyton Buckner (bears seal), Philip Buckner, John Colclough, James Collins, Cadwallader Jones Dade, Francis Dade (bears seal and includes bond with John Harvey), Stephen Gray, Spence Grayson, John Harvey, Mrs. Anne Linton (bears seal), Anne Linton, Frances Linton, John Linton, Charles Massey (includes notes on Charles Massey v. [first n! ame unknown] Johnston), Mrs. Martha Massey, Mary (Williams) Robertson, Anthony Thornton, Francis Thornton (witnessed by Peter Thornton and Henry Fitzhugh), Mrs. Jane Harvey Thornton, Mrs. Winnifred Thornton, and Vincent Young; survey of John Stith; plat of William Linton; affidavits of Robert Legg, Townshend Dade, Robert Washington, George Brent (concerning the lawsuit of Vincent Young v. Jonal Revel in the General Court of Virginia); deed of Samuel Hayward to Richard Foot; deed of Samuel Young and William Young to Richard Foot; affidavits to Francis Dade, Alexander Doniphan, Thomas Gregg, and John Hooe; orders, 1692, of the General Court of Virginia concerning William Buckner, John Harvey and James Westcomb; and bonds, 1724-1795, of John Colclough, John Battaile Fitzhugh, Anne Gray, Anthony Thornton, and William Thornton.
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      Prince William County, Virginia Deeds {Antient Press}: Liber E; 1740 - 1741; pp 72-75
      THIS INDENTURE made the twenty sixth day of August in the year of our Lord 1740 Between FRENCH MASON of the Parish of Truro & County of Prince William Gent. of one part and BENJAMIN GRAYSON of the Parish of Hamilton & County of Prince William Gent. of other part Wittnesseth that said FRENCH MASON for the yearly Rent and Covenants herein after mentioned on the part & behalf of said BENJAMIN GRAYSON and his two sons named BENJAMIN GRAYSON & SPENCE GRAYSON and each of them respectively hath Leased and to ffarm letten unto said BENJAMIN GRAYSON SENR, BENJAMIN GRAYSON JUNR. & SPENCE GRAYSON all that tract of land being in Prince William County and on the lower side of POHICK RUN containing fifty acres of land bounded Beginning at a Red oak and a Hiccory by the MAIN COUNTY ROAD & running thence North East to a white oak thence South East to two Birches on the South side of the MAIN RUN of POHICK thence up and binding with the said Run North East to a Sycamore on the Run side thence leaving the Run North West to another Sychamore thence South West to a Hiccory Saplin thence South West to a red oak thence South West to a small red oak thence one hundred & ten pole to the Begg. for fifty acres of land more or less including the OLD MILL and all the works thereunto belonging and also one acre of land on the upper side of the said Run opposite to the OLD MILL DAM To Have and To Hold unto the said BENJAMIN GRAYSON SENR, BENJAMIN GRAYSON JUNR, and SPENCE GRAYSON from the first day of March next ensueing the date hereof for & during the term of the natural lives of said BENJAMIN GRAYSON SENR., BENJAMIN GRAYSON JUNR. and SPENCE GRAYSON and the longest liver of them respectively paying yearly during the said term unto said FRENCH MASON his heirs the Rent of five hundred & thirty pounds of tobacco annually on the first day of March also the sum of Five pounds Currant money at or before the day of the date of these presents And the said FRENCH MASON doth agree that it shall be lawfull for him upon the death of either or both of the said Sons to renew a Lease for the land & therein to incert the name or names of any other one or two persons that he shall think fit. In Wittness whereof the partyes have sett their hands and seals
      FRENCH MASON
      Memorandum that before Executing this Lease it is Covenanted & agreed between the parties that ye said FRENCH MASON his heirs shall have his or their Corn Ground TOLL FREE all the term herein above mentioned and that ye yearly Rent above reserved is not to commence until the first day of March 1742 payable ye 1st day of March then next ensuing also ye said MASON his heirs to have the liberty of FISHING on the Run in presence of us BENJA. RUSH,
      JOHN DENNIS, JOHN BRONAUGH
      At a Court con unued & held for Prince William County August 26th 1740
      FRENCH MASON Gent acknowledged this Lease to be his act and deed and it was thereupon admitted to record