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Different Families: Graddy Family and Grady O'Grady Family
Posted by: Wayne Rorie (ID *****8429) Date: April 09, 2012 at 08:49:10
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I would like to try to clear up confusion about the Graddy and Grady families of Virginia Colony. Father and son John and William Graddy (with two d's) landed in Virginia Colony in the year 1700 according to Records of Early American Families. John and William Graddy arrived from northern Ireland, but the Graddy family is of Scots Irish descend, which means they were Scots living in Ireland, their families transported there by orders from the King of England. A few years after arrival John and William were living in North Carolina Colony - William Graddy received fifty acres on Deep Creek in Bertie County from James Rutland. The name is said to have been pronounced Graddy in Duplin County, to which William's son, John, moved in 1739 to land on the fork of Burncoat Creek and Northeast River. Although some later generations of John and William's family would drop a "d," but keep the Graddy pronunciation, the name was originally Graddy with two "ds."

A different family from Ireland, the Grady family, which was originally O'Grady, arrived in Virginia Colony in the late 1600s. Some researchers of this family believe the name of the immigrant ancestor to have been Alexander O'Grady, although there is disagreement among the family members today. This family name was always Grady and pronounced that way in the colonies, and O'Grady in Ireland. The Grady family also like the Graddy family moved westward to some of the same areas settled by the Graddy family, hence all the confusion.

So if you are in my Graddy line, please don't confuse our line with the Grady, O'Grady line in Virginia Colony.

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