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Graydon, Jr., Alexander

American, 1752 - 1818

Alexander, Jr., was the son of Alexander Graydon [c. 1708-1761], subject of a portrait by Feke (1966.13.2), and his second wife, née Rachel Marks [d. 1807]. The elder Graydon was educated in Ireland to be an Anglican minister. He came to the American colonies in 1730, and settled in Philadelphia, where he became a successful merchant. Alexander, Jr. fought in the Revolutionary War and spent eight months as prisoner of the British on Long Island. An account of his mother's visit to him during his imprisonment is given in Ellet 1818 (see references). Alexander married firstly a Miss Wood of Berks County, in 1778, and secondly Theodosia Pettit, in 1799; he had no children. Alexander's brother William [1759-1840] 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]
Ellet, Elizabeth F. The Women of the American Revolution. New York, second edition, 1818:237+
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]
Dictionary of American Biography. 22 vols. American Council of Learned Societies, [1943]. 4:part 1:524-525
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 [on Alexander Graydon's portrait]
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