The house was built about 1806 by the Carter family. Henry Grady (1772-1834) & wife Elizabeth Outlaw (1794-1828) bought the house and land from David Carter about 1820. A deed from Henry Grady to Daniel Hargett Simmons in 1831. Their daughter Eliza Ann Grady (1801-1855) married 1824 to Daniel Hargett Simmons (1803-1888) from Jones-Craven Co. they lived in the house until they died. After which their youngest daughter Emmaline Simmons (1843-1921) married William Henry Grady (1841-1921) (son of Sherwood Grady) moved into the house when Malcolm was 6 years old, and lived until they died. They enclosed the west end porch.
Their youngest son Malcolm Laurens Grady (1881-1958), lived in the house, he never married. Malcolm was a school teacher, antiquarian, genealogist, and Presbyterian layman. At his death his nephew Dan & Jane Fagg bought the house and restored and added on to it.
For the first time the house had electricity and a bathroom, and outside paint. They went to great lengths to keep the “finger painting” on the walls that Eliza Ann had painted in 1830.
The designs, featuring birds, flowers, acorns, bunches of grapes and other decorative details, on the 10 inch wide wall boards.
By LouGene Smith Hemphill- Sources: Information given to me from Malcolm Grady: Grady Genealogy from Malcolm and Benjamin Grady; Kinston Free Press May 9, 1964; Duplin Times March 1945; Mt. Olive Tribune Dec. 24, 1974; Up to date pictures.
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