Rev. Spence Monroe Grayson[1]

Male 1734 - 1798  (64 years)


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  • Name Spence Monroe Grayson  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 1734  Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Spence was born at "Bell Air," the estate of his father in Dumfries, Virginia.
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1798  Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Spence died at "Belle Air", his estate in Dumfries, Virginia.
    Buried Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried in the family vault at the Belle Air estate
    Person ID I19024  Alger
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2015 

    Father Benjamin Grayson,   b. Abt 1693,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Susannah Monroe,   b. 1695,   d. Nov 1752  (Age 57 years) 
    Family ID F5219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Col. Benjamin Grayson,   b. 1684, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1758, Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Susannah Monroe,   b. 1695, , Westmoreland Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1752, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 1734  Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31458  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Capt. John Robinson Wagoner Grayson, USN,   b. 17 Sep 1779, Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1822, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F6304  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Elizabeth Wagener,   b. 1741, Piscataque, Essex Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Washington, , District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1754  Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Samuel Grayson,   b. 28 Apr 1758,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Catherine Grayson,   b. 5 Apr 1760, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, , , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     3. Benjamin Grayson,   b. 6 Nov 1761, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Of, Bardstown, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Grayson,   b. 26 Aug 1764, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795  (Age 30 years)
     5. William Grayson,   b. 26 Jun 1766, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1806, Washington, , District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     6. Susan Monroe Grayson,   b. 29 May 1768, , Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1822, Prob., King George Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     7. Col. Peter Wagener Grayson,   b. 14 May 1770, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1816, Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     8. Anne Grayson,   b. Aug 1772, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1772, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Spence Monroe Grayson, Jr.,   b. 17 May 1774, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1829  (Age 54 years)
     10. Anne Grayson,   b. 14 Nov 1776, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1793, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     11. Capt. John Robinson Wagoner Grayson, USN,   b. 17 Sep 1779, Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1822, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     12. Thomas Robinson Grayson,   b. 17 Sep 1779, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, Calcutta, , West Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     13. Judith Grayson,   b. 17 Dec 1780, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1851, New Orleans, Orleans Par., Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     14. Beverly Robinson Grayson,   b. 3 Sep 1782, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Sally Grayson,   b. 1 Jul 1784, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     16. Caroline Sarah Ann Grayson,   b. 17 Oct 1786, Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1830, Washington, , District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F36549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Spence inherited and resided at "Belle Air," the former residence of his father in Prince William County, about two miles from the Occoquan river. Later in his life he went to England and studied theology. He was ordained by the Bishop of London, 24 May 1771. He then returned to Virginia in 1771 and preached for a long time at Cameron Parish in Loudoun County, Virginia.

      He was a chaplain with the rank of captain in Colonel William Grayson's Virginia Regiment in the American Revolution and was a fighting as well as praying parson. He was Chaplain of Grayson's Additional Continental Regiment in May 1777. He retired 22 Apr 1779.

      Spence Grayson was known as a refined gentleman and was devoted to his family and to his friends. He was a large handsome man of distinguished being and manner and an eloquent speaker. He and his family were prominent in the affairs of Virginia and were frequent guests of President George Washington. He was a personal friend of the President. When George Washington's nephew, Major George Augustine Washington was married, there were three clergymen present. The General chose Rev. Grayson to perform the ceremony and gave him $100.

      "Belle Air," his home, was situated in the southeast corner of Prince William County, Virginia. The broad Potomac flowed in front about a mile distant south. The view of the Potomac was particularly fine pointing as it did up and down many miles and including Indian Head directly opposite on the Maryland shore. Indian Head was where the Americans opened fire on the British squadron under Com. Gordon on its decent down the river in 1814 after plundering Alexandria.

      The plantation consisted of 1000 acres of fine rolling and well-watered land. In nearly the center of the plantation there rose a beautiful tableland, elliptical in shape, large enough for the dwelling, the out-houses, shade trees, walks, gardens, and lawns, and it was exclusively used for that purpose.

      Spence was ordained by the Lord Bishop of London on 29 May 1771. The births of some of his children in England was estimated by the time he was in college there. Some of them may have been born in Loudoun County where he preached after returning from England. He was a justice in Prince William county in 1769, so his daughter, Susan Monroe may have been born before he went to England.


      Ref: Clan Munro files - May, Frank Boone III
      - Johnson, Monroe
      - Williams, Irmalee - Benjamin Grayson family record
      - Spence M. Grayson family record

      Ref 2 says Spence was born in 1742. Ref 5 says he was born in 1732.

      References:

      (1) Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia R. - Descendancy Chart of Susannah
      Monroe (second installment) - dated 7 Oct 1997 - p. 1, 6

      (2) Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia R. - Descendancy Chart of Susanna
      Monroe attached to a letter from Carolyn Brent dated 16 Jul 1997 - p. 2

      (4) Clan Munro files - Cataluna, Esther R. - The Ancestry of Esther Cataluna -
      dated 7 jan 1998 - p. 1

      (5) Clan Munro files - Grayson, Nathaniel Lewis, III - Descendants of David
      Munro - p. 1

      (6) Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia L. - The Ancestry of Sean Russell
      Redden

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA [8]

  • Sources 
    1. [S416] Clan Munro Database, Clan Munro Association, USA.

    2. [S448] Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia, Virginia Redden, The Monroes of Virginia - Update - 18 Nov 1997 - p. 1 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S660] Clan Munro files - Grayson, John Stanford, John Stanford Grayson, Grayson Lineage - p. 1-2, 7, 11 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S603] Clan Munro files - May, Frank Boon, III, Frank Boon May, III, Email from Frank May dated 4 Nov 2000 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S603] Clan Munro files - May, Frank Boon, III, Frank Boon May, III, Membership application for Frank Boon May, III dated 15 Ma y 2001 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S660] Clan Munro files - Grayson, John Stanford, John Stanford Grayson, Grayson Lineage - p. 7, 11 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S448] Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia, Virginia Redden, The Monroes of Virginia - Update - 18 Nov 1997 - p. 1, 9 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S660] Clan Munro files - Grayson, John Stanford, John Stanford Grayson, Grayson Lineage - p. 9-10 (Reliability: 3).


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