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GRAYSON, CHARLES CHILDRESS (ca. 1825–1870). Charles Childress Grayson, farmer, surveyor, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Alabama, possibly Madison County, around 1825, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Craft) Grayson. Grayson's father was among the earlier pioneers of East Texas, immigrating with his family to Nacogdoches County in the mid-1830s. Grayson was raised in Nacogdoches County and upon adulthood established himself as a farmer and surveyor. He was married three times: first, to Margaret L. Tate on March 23, 1848, whom he divorced in 1853; second, to Martha M. Haltom Allen on March 6, 1854, whom he divorced in 1865; finally, to Mrs. Sarah Pye on March 14, 1865. It is unknown whether any of these marriages produced children.

Beginning in 1860, Grayson served Nacogdoches as deputy county surveyor. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, Grayson joined the state militia, serving as captain of Company D of the 3d Brigade, Texas State Troops. On November 5, 1861, Grayson resigned this command and joined the Linn Flat Company as a captain, serving with this unit in a coastal defense capacity throughout the remainder of the war. Following the war Grayson returned to Nacogdoches County, resuming his service as county surveyor. In 1866 Grayson won election as representative for Nacogdoches County to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. On November 28, 1867, Grayson resigned from his surveyor position with the county. Grayson died in Nacogdoches County on September 4, 1870.

Carolyn Reeves Ericson, People of Nacogdoches County in the Civil War (Lufkin, Texas: Pineywood, 1980). Carolyn Reeves Ericson, The People of Nacogdoches County in 1870 (Lufkin, Texas: Pineywood, 1977). Carolyn Reeves Ericson, ed., Nacogdoches—Gateway to Texas: A Biographical Directory, 1773–1849 (2 vols., Fort Worth: Arrow-Curtis, 1974, 1987). Family Search, "Charles Childress Grayson" (, accessed May 24, 2007.
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