William Samuel Grady

by Edmund Starling, 1886


The gentleman whose name heads this sketch, a farmer by occupation and a good one, too, is the son of Brockman B. Grady and Jane Powers, natives of Shelby County, Kentucky. William Samuel, was born near Shelbyville, Shelby County, on the third day of September, 1841, and on the twenty-first day of January, 1869, immigrated to Henderson County. His life's occupation, aside from the time he gave his chosen country, fighting for the Confederacy, has been that of a farmer. Two years after coming to Henderson County, to-wit: on the twenty-seventh day of December, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Butler, a highly connected young lady, and one whom the writer of this is pleased to remember as one eminently qualified to assume the duties of mother and housekeeper. Two children have been born to Mr. And Mrs. Grady: Henry and Furman Harvey; the latter now dead, having been the victim of an accident at Colonel Jackson McClain's home farm several years ago. Our subject was a gallant soldier of General John H. Morgan's command, and with his General, was captured in the Morgan raid through Ohio. He was confined in Camp Chase, near Columbus, and, subsequently, with on or two comrades, effected his escape and footed it to Cincinnati, where he boarded a steamer and landed at Louisville without being molested or even suspicioned[sic]. As he was a good soldier, ever doing his duty, he is a charitable, open hearted, good citizen, loving his friends, and doing unto his neighbor as he would have done unto himself.

The History of Henderson County, Kentucky by Starling 1887 page 725-26;

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