Capt. John Robinson Wagoner GRAYSON, Usn

Capt. John Robinson Wagoner GRAYSON, Usn

Male 1779 - 1822

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  • Name  Capt. John Robinson Wagoner GRAYSON, Usn  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Prefix  Capt. 
    Suffix  Usn 
    Born  17 Sep 1779  Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 7
    • John was born at Belle Air, his father's home.
    Gender  Male 
    Died  10 Aug 1822  Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Buried  Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    • John was buried at Lot 441 in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.
    Person ID  I19629  Munro
    Last Modified  1 Feb 2006 

    Father  Rev. Spence Monroe GRAYSON,   b. 1734, Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1798, Dumfries, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  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 
    Married  1754  Belle Air, Prince William Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F6726  Group Sheet

    Family  Frances Ann HARVEY,   b. 18 Dec 1800, Georgetown, Williamsburg Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1862, Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Sep 1816  Charleston, Charleston Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 9
    • John and Frances were married at the St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. [9]
    Children 
    >1. John Langdon GRAYSON,   b. 9 Jan 1817, Liverpool, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1869, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Albert G. GRAYSON,   b. May 1818-1819, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1819, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Frances Lucretia GRAYSON,   b. 5 Aug 1821, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1858, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F11889  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • John was bound as an apprentice to his brother-in-law, Lund Washington, to learn to be a ship's officer or commander. While at sea on the brig "Polly", he was kidnapped by the British on the coast of Holland and impressed into service as part of the crew of a 20-gun ship.

      During a battle between this British ship and a Dutch 20-gun ship, John deposed the British officer in command for cowardice and assumed command. He boarded and captured the Dutch ship and carried her out to sea and away from the guns of the Dutch fort which was also firing on the British ship.

      John wrote to Lund Washington and told him of his predicament whereupon Lund, with the help of the US Government, obtained his release in 1800. He returned to America and told Lund that the British tried to get him to stay in their navy as a ship commander. He had been in command of the ship "Charleston" and others.

      John served in the US Navy retiring after the War of 1812.

      John became owner of a line of ships and followed in his brother-in-law's footsteps as a ship line operator. At one point he took command of the "Liverpool Packet: sailing from Savannah and Charleston to Liverpool, England. He made many trips to England and other places and at times took his wife with him. One of his children was born on one of these trips.

      He later became the harbormaster in Savannah, Georgia. He was an able seaman and a powerful and resolute man.

      Ref. (5) says John served in the U.S. Navy rising to the rank of Captain.

      One reference says he was married in Savannah, Georgia. He may have been married in Charleston or Georgetown, South Carolina.

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

      Ref 2 says John was born in 1770.

      References:

      (1) Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia R. - descendants of John Robinson
      Grayson - dated 20 Sep 1997 - p. 1

      (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

      (5) Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia R. - John Robinson Grayson of Virginia
      dated 28 Jan 1997

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA [9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia, Virginia Redden, The Monroes of Virginia - Update - 18 Nov 1997 - p. 1 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S31] Clan Munro files - Grayson, John Stanford, John Stanford Grayson, Grayson Lineage - p. 1-2, 10-12 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S61] Clan Munro files - Gray, Jackson Holt, Jr., Jackson Holt Gray, Jr., Ancestors of Jackson Holt Gray, Jr. - undated - p. 3, 5, 7 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S61] Clan Munro files - Gray, Jackson Holt, Jr., Jackson Holt Gray, Jr., Descendants of Andrew Monroe - undated - p. 1 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S8] Clan Munro files - Redden, Virginia, Virginia Redden, Update 4 Dec 1997: John Robinson Grayson of Virginia - p. 1 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S441] Clan Munro files - Gonzales, Roceta Jo Santos, Roceta Jo Santos Gonzales, Membership application for Roceta Jo Santos Gonzales date d 4 Oct 2005 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S61] Clan Munro files - Gray, Jackson Holt, Jr., Jackson Holt Gray, Jr., Ancestors of Jackson Holt Gray, Jr. - undated - p. 5, 7 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S31] Clan Munro files - Grayson, John Stanford, John Stanford Grayson, Grayson Lineage - p. 1, 11 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S31] Clan Munro files - Grayson, John Stanford, John Stanford Grayson, Grayson Lineage - p. 11 (Reliability: 3).