Note: Notes for John Grigsby from Henrietta Hamilton's book:
Many American families, particularly Virginians trace their descent from John Grigsby, whose ancestors were unquestionably of Welch origin, and who settled in this Country at a very early day, and were a potent factor in the social and intellectual development of the Communities in which they lived. As a people, they have been noted for their refined tastes, gracious manners, broadmindedness and liberality, and entire absense of anything like narrow clannishness, in religion or political matters, and for unswerving devotion to the interests of higher education.
"The members of this family with which the present records deal, were two brothers, James and John, who emigrated to America about 1660, and settled in Stafford County Virginia where John Grigsby was born in 1720.
"In the 1740's, John accompanied Lawrence Washington, in the forces of Admiral Vernon, on the expedition against Carthagena, South America, which was "one of the most important events of Gooch's Administration, as taken in connection with the other colonies, it was another step in the development of Union." See, "History of Augusta County", J. Lewis Peyton; and "Collections of the Virginia Historical Society," Volume IX. After he commanded a company in the thirteenth Regiment of the Virginia Line during the Revolutionary War. This information was obtained from the old war records in the archives at Washington. Owing to participation in this Colonial War and in the Revolutionary War, he was afterward known as Soldier John.
"Pause, reader, here, and look with solemn dread
upon the last dwelling of the dead,
Though numerous graves appear on every hand
This was the first of all the Silent Band"
1779-1780, moved from Culpepper Co. to Rockbridge Co., VA lived at Fruit Hill near Lexington, VA
11 May 1792, will, witnessed by John Paxton, Rbt. Snodgrass & Wm. Arnold
DAR notes # 72775 Mildred McCorkle Watkins: served as captain in the 13th regiment, Virginia Line. He was born in Stafford County; died in Rockbridge County, Va. See also DAR #42603, 123121 and 97037; Sons of the American Revolution, D.R.B. Greenlee (4421)
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