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 John Brady Grayson

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John Brady Grayson

Birth
Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Death 1942 (aged 70–71)
New Baltimore, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Burial Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Plot Old Cemetery Section, Lot 230
Memorial ID 178851429 View Source
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Son of George W. Grayson and Mary E. Brady.

Married Frances Wilson (1890-1927) on Sept 14, 1914, Delaware Co., IN., The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Wilson. Frances was born in Cherokee Village, Ark. The family later moved to Muncie, Ind., where her father owned and operated a grocery store.

John served several terms as Warrenton's postmaster and was a local businessman.

Son of Confederate veteran George Washington Grayson (1835-1919) and Mary Elizabeth Brady Grayson (1845-1923), John B. Grayson established Grayson's Department Store in Warrenton in the late 1890s.

Living in Warrenton, he was the informant to his fathers death in 1919 and his mothers death in 1923.

In 1922, John B. Grayson purchased the store building on Main Street that he had rented for several years from the estate of late Joseph A. Jeffries. John B. Grayson divorced his wife in 1923. After their divorce, Frances Grayson left Warrenton for good, moving to New York City where she worked as a writer for a newspaper before starting a career in real estate. She became interested in aviation, and after Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight, she was determined to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane. Her interest became an obsession.

Late in the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 23, 1927, a crowd had gathered at Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to witness "The Dawn" attempt the historic trans-Atlantic fight. She and the crew went down into the Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts.



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