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GRAYSON, BEN S. (?–1849). Ben S. Grayson, ship owner, merchant, and land dealer, brother of Thomas Wigg Grayson, was born in South Carolina. He and J. M. Shreve were part owners with Toby and Brother Company in New Orleans of the Thomas Toby,qv a Texas privateer. Grayson was a merchant at Velasco soon after the Texas Revolution, and his partnership with Shreve, at Marion, was dissolved in September 1837. In August 1840 he was a candidate for mayor of San Antonio. He acquired a considerable amount of Texas land in the San Antonio area by purchasing land scrip that had been used to pay Texas soldiers. He went from Texas to Mexico to escape malaria and established stores at Camargo and Monterrey. After the Mexican War he took a mule train of supplies to Los Angeles, California. He grubstaked miners, bought property around San Francisco, and acquired considerable wealth before his death in San Francisco on July 8, 1849.


Telegraph and Texas Register, September 16, 1837. Austin Texas Sentinel, August 15, 1840. Austin Texas State Gazette, October 20, 1849.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

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