1m. Eliza Jane
(?Madden or ?Lindsey) 15 April 1832
b. 12 Jan 1812
d. 11 Jun 1872 SC [tombstone inscription, SC]
her parents: (unknown) Lindsey
his father: Thomas
his mother: Sara Camp
|Children with Eliza Jane
|John D. Graydon||b. 1833 Laurens County, SC#||d.
||m. (possibly Jane ?) about 1845|
|Sarah J.Graydon||b. 1835 Laurens County, SC#||d.||m.|
|Thomas A. Graydon||b. 1838 Laurens County, SC#||d.||m.|
|Beaufort T. Graydon
||b. 1840 Laurens County, SC#
|May W. Graydon
||b. 1841 Laurens County, SC#
|Thoresse H. Graydon
||b. 1843 Laurens County, SC#
|Eliza J. C. Graydon
||b. 1845 Laurens County, SC#
Sterling Graydon shows up in the probate records of his father, Thomas Graydon, in 1840. He is said to have married Eliza Jane Lindsey and his brother Drury is supposed to have married a Lindley. There is too much similarity here and I believe that Sterling probably married a Lindley, since we have a father's name for Drury's wife. There are both Lindsey and Lindley families in Greenville, SC. This may be why so many researchers have had such a hard time tracing it. It could have been misspelled in the record or simply misread. Even though I've included her the census of Sterling E. Graydon I don't believe he is the son of Sterling and Eliza. He would have to be born in 1825 before they were married by several years. We have not discovered an earlier marriage for Sterling. I believe that Sterling E. Graydon was the son John Graydon, son of Thomas Graydon, see the estate 1850. Recently it has come to my attention that a bible record indicates that Sterling Esq. may married Elizabeth J. Madden, daughter of William Madden. This supported by Wm Madden's will of 1849.
1808 Nov 11th - William Madden files a claim to a plat of 410
acres on the Saluda River, Laurens Dist., surveyed by John
Rodgers. [South Carolina Archives, #S213192] William
Madden is the potential father of Eliz. J.
1840, Feb. 20 - Sterling Gradon, Asberry Terry and
John M. Terry become executors to the estate of Thomas Gradon.
Money owed to John M. Terry, Wm Terry, Asbury Terry, Sterling
Gradon, John Graden, G. Poole, Wm Gradon, W. G. Vinson, Drey
Gradon, Nancy Gradon. Sold also were three slaves.
[Landers Co., S.C., Judge of Probate, Box 89, pkg. 9, LDS film #1029341]
1849- Marriages of South Carolina.
Sterling E. Graydon > Susan Esther Dunwoody May 25, 1849, married by Rev. J. W. McCall
Her parents are said to be Rev. Samuel Dunwoody and Livinia Snead. Livinia is the thirteenth child of Rev. John Snead and Mary (Gooch) Snead. Sister of Rev. Tilman Snead. [Karen Snead]
This marriage is probably for Sterling Graydon Esq.'s nephew, son of John Graydon.
1849 - There is some debate about who the father of
Elizabethwho married Sterling Graydon may be. This Will
seems to confirm that a child of William Madden marries a
Graden. Spelling in this transcription is very
confusing probably caused by the difficulty in reading the
original will, which has been lost according to this
Will of Wm. Madden
In the name of God, Amen:
I Wm. Madden of the State of South Caroling Laurens District, being of Sound and Disposing mind and memory, and knowing That it is appointed unto all men to die: and not Knowing how soon I shall be called, and being desirous to dispose of all sch worldly estate as it hath pleased the Lord to bless me with, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament (revoking all other hithertoo made)
1st. I give my Soul to God who gave it to me, and my body to the dust from whence it Sprang to be buried in a decent christian like manner
2nd. After paying all my just debts and funeral expences: I give demise and dispose of my property in the following manner, that is to say:
I give my beloeved wife, Sarah Madden during her natural lifetime or widowhood, my negro man Solomon, My negro Woman Rose, two bed Steads and furniture: So much of my Stock household and Kitchen furniture, as my Executors bereinafter named may think She needs-also the use of a part of the tract of Land whereon I now live during his her lifetime or widowhood: which ever takes place first the land is to be returned to my son Moses Madden as is hereinafter willed to him, the negro man Solomon, negro woman Rose with Stock, household and kitchen furniture to be immediately sold and equally divided among all my children, Nalsa Madden, Eliza Graden Polleyar Madden, Sofshia Madden, Hulas Madden and Moses Madden, I give to my Malso madden one hundred and Sixty acres of land joining to the said Malso Madden, Whereon he now lives.
I give to my daughter Sophia Madden my negro boy named Calvin and horses valued to sixty five dollars, one cow A calf, beds, Steads, and all the bed clothes Known as Surd
I give to my daughter Hulda, my negro girl named Lucy, one horse valued at Sixty five dollars one cow and calf, Beds Steads and all the bed clothing Known as Ness.
I give to my Son Moses Madden my negro woman Milvy one Road Waggon and harnefs on Bay Mare, and Bay mule, One cow and calf And a part of the tract of Land whereon I now live, Supposed to two hundred acres more or less, after taking of what I have willed to my son Nalsa Madden
I wish and desire the balance of my property not willed as above to be immediately sold after my death, to pay my debts, Viz, The tract of land containing, one hundred and twenty four acres joining lands of Elihu Madden Hampten Finly and Mrs. G. Boyd, one Boy named Joe & all my crop of cotton on hand.
and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint My sons Malso Madden & Moses Madden Executors to this my last Will and Testament by me heretofore made
In testamony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 13th day of Oct. 1849
Signed Sealed and published
and declared as and for the last Wm Madden (LS)
will and Testament of the above
named Wm Madden in the presence of us
J. Sa. Coleman
B. F. Madden
Recorded in Will Book A. Page 103
Original Will not in Files of Probate Judge.
W. D. Watts O. B. D.
Proven and Recorded dates not available
[South Carolina Will Transcripts (Microcopy no9) S108093, So. Caro. Archives.]
1850 - US Census, South Carolina,
[Newberry Co.], page 25040
S. E. Graydon 25 m farmer SC (probably the son of John Graydon)
Suzanna 20 f "
John 3/12 m "
Sterling Graydon Esqr 51 m farmer 3000/- SC b 1799
Eliza J. (Lindsey*) 38 f " b 1812
John L. 17 m "
Sarah J. 15 f "
Thomas A. 12 m "
Beaufort Q. 10 m "
May W. 9 f "
Hosea H. 7 m "
Eliza J. C. 5 f "
Tabitha Lindsey 30 f SC (Eliz. J.'s probable sister)
[Laurens co., p. 277] This should be the widow of Wm. Maddin, the alternate father of Elizz, who died in 1849. The listed children fit his Will.
Sarah Madin 63 f 1800
Sophia " 26 f
Hulda " 25 f
Moses " 22 m farmer
Mabra Madden 43 m farmer 2500
Elizabeth " 28 f
Malissa " 7 f
James A. " 5 m
Lidna L. " 4 f
Thomas " 2 m
Elihu Madden 45 m farmer 11000
Emily " 31 f
Elizabeth Clearne 25 f
Isabella Madden 60 f
Alberneth Simpson 19 m farmer
Samuel H. Simpson 15 m "
Carnelia A. Johnson 11 f
Margaret " 7 f
1850 US Census, Greenville, Laurens Co., South Carolina Slave Schedule, page 90. This schedule gives unfortunately gives no names.
1850 Newberry Co., South Carolina Slave Schedule, page 40. or 547
Aug. 12, 1850- S. E. Graydon files for letter of
administration for his father, John Graydon Esq. 's estate.
John Terry listed heres was the husband John Graydon's
sister. John Terry seems to be the possessor of
knowledge about how the estate needs to be handled and helps
Sterling with the details. John Terry advanced money to pay
creditors for expenses until the estate was settled, which
afterwards Sterling Graydon repays. John McDowell Terry owed
$67.55 but also a witness to number of documents for payment to
debtors. I assume him to be an uncle to Sterling. They
had previously been very involved in the distribution of the
Estate of Thomas Graydon in Feb., 1840.
1860- US Census, South Carolina, Abbeville Co., p. 83
Sterling E. Graydon 35 m merchant 1000/3000 AL1870 - US Census, South Carolina, Greenville Co., Fairview Twp. Roll: 1498 Page: 569
Susan E. 32 f ( m. 15 May 1849 Susan Esther Dunwoody) SC
Ellis G. 8 m SC
Goran G. 8 m SC
Alfred T. 1 m SC
Larnina Dunwoody 72 f 1000/25000 SC (probably Susan E.'s mother)
Catherine E. Smyth 19 f SC
South Carolina, Greenville, Dublin p. 354
John Graden 30 m farmer 0 /100 SC
Jane " 24 f house keeper SC
John " 5 m SC
Graydon, Sterling 70 m w school teacher So CA
" , Eliz. J. 57 f w house keeper " "
" , Eliz. 24 f w house work " "
" , Martha A. 18 f w " " " "
Greenville Co., Abbeville, Roll: 1481 Page: 126
Graden, S. E 44 m w bookeeper 250 / 150
" , S. E. 41 f w keeping house
" , E(lis?) 19 m w at home
" , G. V. 16 m w
" , Wm 8 m w
" , Julie 6 f w
" , Susan 4 f w
1887 - Laurens Co., Marriage records list several marriages to Graydons
L320 LYTHGOE, HATTIE G635 GRAYDON, ELLIS G 87 FEB
T512 THOMPKINS, LALLA G635 GRAYDON, ELLIS G 87 MAY
G635 GRAYDON, DELLA C436 CHILDRESS, J M 88 DEC
G635 GRAYDON, STERLING E D530 DUNWOODY, SUSAN ESTHER 84 MAY
G635 GRAYDON, WILLIAM N C455 COLEMAN, LAURA 88 DEC
M254 McMILLAN, ADA W G635 GRAYDON, WILLIAM NORWOOD 89 JAN
Lucinda Graydon, who married Harris Thompson, are supposedly both buried at Columbia Baptist Church cem., Princeton, SC off highway 25 in Greenville county. They had a son named Thomas Graydon Thompson (b. 18 NOV 1844 in SC, and died 19 FEB 1929). His wife was Ella Jane Kirby (b. 12 OCT 1852 in SC; died 20 JAN 1927) [records of Anita Monroe 9/04 Genforum, RubatoM@aol.com]
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