My name is Andrew Graddy (I bet you know where this is going already) I've been working on my family's genealogy for a while but just in the past six months have made some tremendous strides. I'm pretty sure my family goes back to the Grady/Graddy's of Duplin but I can't seem to make that final connection. I'm hoping you may be able to give me some help or guidance. Here's what I do know... I have definite proof that my GG Grandfather was Middleton Clark Graddy and that his father was Lewis Clark Graddy. I have 99.9% proof that Lewis' father is James O. Graddy (often listed as O'Graddy). James seems to have been born in Georgia (Franklin County ??) between 1792 - 1796. He married Lucy Ann Stovall on April 28, 1816. in Franklin County, GA. It seems they had three children, Elizabeth, James Bluford, and what has to be Lewis. James and family appear in the 1840 census, but as you know, only the head of the household was listed and then the breakdown of dependants. Things seem to match up though. It turns out that Lucy died in 1847. So James went to live with his daughter Elizabeth and her husband James Boswell who was the pastor at Cherry Creek Church in Liberty, Mississippi in Pontotoc County. James Graddy remarried there to a woman named Matilda Gholson. They had a two more children, William and John White Graddy. Matilda died in 1860. So that's when James O. returned to Georgia and moved back in with Lewis and his family and appears again in the 1860 census in Ringgold. Here's what I suspect. James may be the son of one of the John Graddy's. As I mentioned above I'm pretty sure James was probably born in Franklin County, GA. I have found a John Graddy in the 1807 Tax Lists for the county as well as Jno. (John) Graddy appearing in the county 's 1793 Muster Roll, in the "Reconstructed 1790 Census of Georgia" in the Franklin County section. So I'm thinking that John was a Duplin Graddy that moved to Georgia perhaps for land that was awarded to Revolutionary War vets. In the 1850 census in Walker County, Georgia in Ringgold where Lewis is living, there is also a household headed by John Graddy who is listed as 82 years old and born in North Carolina. So I'm thinking this was a Duplin, John Graddy. He would have been born in 1768. I know there was John (III ?) born about that time but I just can't seem to make the connection. So any thoughts, ideas, strategies? I would really appreciate any help or advice you can provide. Due to a fracture in our line much later down the line no one knew ANYTHING about the Graddy line until I started looking into it. My dad (also a John Graddy....go figure) is now 72 and seen better days. I'd love to be able to provide him with a family history or at least something pretty close. So thanks again in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
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