Son of Rev. Spence Grayson (1734, Dumfries, Prince William Co., VA. - Dec 1798, Dumfries, Prince William Co., VA.) and Mary Elizabeth Wagener (1741, Piscataque, Essex Co., VA. - 1810, Washington,D.C.).
Benjamin Grayson was born at the Belle Air Plantation, Prince William Co., VA.
Married: Caroline Malinda Taylor on 27 Jul 1785, Jefferson Co., KY.
Nelson County Clerk (~1806-~1824)
1. Frederick William Spence Grayson (Oct. 10, 1786, Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY - Oct. 27, 1827, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY.
2. Capt. Alfred Grayson (abt. 1786, Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY. - 1824, Norfolk, Norfolk (City), VA. Alfred was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia during the War of 1812 while the British fleet was lying in the waters there. Married ___ Coulter. Children (born in Philadelphia, PA.): Frederick William Spence Grayson (1805), John C. Grayson (1807), Alfred Grayson (1808)
3. Peter Wagener Grayson (1788, Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY. - Jul. 9, 1838, Bean Station, Grainger Co., TN.
4. Mary Elizabeth Grayson (1795, Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY. - 1830). Married (1) Philip Quinton (2) James Douglas Breckenridge on 19 Jan 1826, Nelson Co., KY. Child: Eliza Grayson Breckenridge Caldwell.
Benjamin Grayson was witness to a deed transaction between Richard and Henrietta Conner and Nicholas Mooore on 14th day of June 1796, Nelson County, KY.
I Benjamin Grayson, Clerk of the County court of the county aforesaid do make known that on the third day of March 1806.....
I certify that on the 5th day of October 1811...
Witness my hand as clerk of the county court of said county.
Signed. Ben GRAYSON
Ben GRAYSON witness on 20th day of December 1813 to tavern license application for John Bruner.
February 19, 1816, inventory and appraisement of the Slaves and personal estate of John Jupin deceased. Teste, Ben Grayson cc
I Benjamin Grayson clerk of the County court of the said county do certify ....Given under my hand this 3rd day of April 1819.
BARDSTOWN, Kentucky – Plat Map 1824
Plat map of Bardstown, Kentucky, certified
as true copy by Benjamin Grayson, Nelson County
This day JOSEPH LEWIS & JESSE McDONALD personally appeared before [me] and took the oath as required by law in relation to the within order
Dec 8th 1826 J. KERCHIVAL J.P.N.C.
We the undersigned having been appointed by the honorable the Nelson County Court to adjust and settle the accounts & Estate of MICHAEL RUNNER deceased with the administrators B.A. KENDALL & NATHANIEL WICKLIFFE of said estate after Examining the vouchers thereof do make the following report towit
By BEN GRAYSONS fee bills 1.09
Nelson Co. Will Book A p. 37 (This may be W.T. Grayson)
Nelson County, April County Court, 1830
On the motion of ABNER KING, administrator of GABRIEL DUVALL orders that NICHOLAS H.
CARTMELL, THOMAS DUNCAN, SILAS TICHENOR and ELISHA MEDCALF or any two of them being first sworn before a magistrate of the County do examine estate and settle the accounts of ABNER KING and MARY DUVALL as Admors of GABRIEL DUVALL dec´d and return the settlement to Court.
Benjamin's youngest child Mary Elizabeth Grayson Breckenridge (age 35) and only child available at the time, was taking care of her mother in Louisville, while her father Benjamin Grayson remained in Bardstown, KY.
In October 1832, cholera reached Kentucky. It is reported to have come from a cook who worked between Cincinnati and Louisville. By early November 122 fatalities had been reported. Next came Henderson, Maysville, Frankfort, Bardstown and Lexington. Coffin making was so in demand that many people were buried in trunks and boxes, or wrapped in the bed linens upon which they had died. Special carts made the rounds of the city streets to try to collect the coffins or enshrouded bodies. No clergy performed the
In Louisville, Benjamin's wife died in August 1830, daughter Mary Elizabeth Grayson Breckenridge died in September 1830, granddaughter Caroline Jane Breckinridge died Dec. 30, 1829. Perhaps from cholera before it was declared an epidemic. Benjamin Grayson may have died from cholera as well when it reached Bardstown in 1833.
Not provided a headstone along with others who died of cholera
Caroline Malinda Taylor Grayson