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Graydon, Henry Murray

American, died 1900

Henry Murray Graydon was the son of William [1759-1840] and Eleanor Graydon of Harrisburg. William was the son of Alexander Graydon, and his second wife, née Rachel Marks [d. 1807]. Alexander Graydon [c. 1708-1761], subject of a portrait by Feke (1966.13.2) 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. William's brother Alexander, Jr. fought in the Revolutionary War and spent eight months as prisoner of the British on Long Island. An account of their mother's visit to him during his imprisonment is given in Ellet 1818 (see references). William and Eleanor had at least seven children: Henry Murray, Andrew [d. 1851], Alexander, William [d. 1899], Rachel, Eleanor, and Theodosa. Henry Murray Graydon was a lawyer. He and his wife Sarah had at least three children: Willim M., Alice [d. 1948], and Julia [d. 1954].[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]
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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