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Graydon, Alexander

American, c. 1708 - 1761

Graydon, subject of a portrait by Feke [1966.13.2], was born in Ireland, where he was educated to be an Anglican minister. He came to the American colonies in 1730, and settled in Philadelphia, where he became a successful merchant. With his second wife, née Rachel Marks [d. 1807], he had two sons, Alexander [1752-1818], who fought in the Revolutionary War and spent eight months as prisoner of the British on Long Island, and William [1759-1840]. Alexander married firstly a Miss Wood of Berks County, in 1778, and secondly Theodosia Pettit, in 1799; he had no children. William and his wife Eleanor had at least seven children: Andrew [d. 1851], Alexander, Henry M. [d. 1900], William [d. 1899], Rachel, Eleanor, and Theodosa. About 1760, the elder Alexander Graydon built a house in Bristol, PA, where he died in March of the following year. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]
Graydon, Alexander, Jr. Memoirs of his Own Time. Philadelphia, 1846 [reprinted as Alexander Graydon's Memoirs of his Own Time, John Stockton Little, ed., New York Times and Arno Press, 1969]
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 102-104
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