My name is David Gradley. I am researching my surname and all its variants. I have a family tree from 1650 to present
day and also have all Birth/Marriage/Death Index Entries 1837 to 1997 for England and Wales certificates from the
General Register Office (now at Myddleton Place formerly at St Catharines House). I am also interested in the Gradley
surname worldwide and any male and female descent from a Gradley family.
In order of descent:-
Isaac Gradley b 1650 married Elizabeth Woods 1678 at Shadwell, Middlesex. Had son
John Gradley b 1680 married Mary Alsted 1702 at Stepney, Middlesex. Had sons Stephen, John and Robert and
John Gradley b 1704 married Mary ? at ?. Had daughters Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and a son Robert.
Robert Gradley b 1729 married Mary ? at ?. Had sons Robert and Abram. Abram Gradley died 1778 age 17 and buried
in Whitechapel Churchyard, Middlesex. Possibly had further children but not proven.
Robert Gradley b 1751 d 1793 married Ann Falder 1782 at Shoreditch, Middlesex. Had sons Robert Falder, Andrew,
Nathaniel Francis, William, and Elijah. Had daughters Jane(Ann) and Elizabeth. Elijah was born after Robert died in
1793. Robert's widow Ann remarried John Wells in 1797 and may have had more children.
Robert Falder Gradley b 1779 lines of descent not proven.
Andrew Gradley b 1780 married Mary Anne Ford in 1804 at Limehouse, Middlesex and had three known children,
Andrew Falder, Mary Anne, and Elizabeth. Andrew died in 1857 in the Workhouse, Mile End, Stepney, Middlesex. He
was a seaman in the merchant service. His son Andrew Falder Gradley b 1805, I have no information about. His elder
daughter, Mary Anne Gradley b 1807 died in 1818 aged 11. His youngest daughter Elizabeth Gradley married William
West Jennings at Bow, Middlesex in 1831 and this couple emigrated to New Zealand in 1842. They had 13 known
children and I am in contact with their descendants.
Nathaniel Francis Gradley b 1782 died 1871 married Mary Christian in 1807 at Bethnal Green, Middlesex. They had 4
known children. One son Nathaniel Francis Gradley b 1820 d 1885 who married Elizabeth Cooper in 1840 (lines of
descent to present day). Three daughters, Mary Anne, Jane, and Eliza. I know nothing of Mary Anne Gradley. Jane
Gradley married Abram Dorrington in 1837 at Shering, Essex. They had one known daughter, Sarah Ann Dorrington b
1838. I presume Abram must have died shortly after as by the time Jane remarried to Benjamin Murley in 1849, she
already had children by Benjamin starting with their eldest son also Benjamin Murley b 1839. I am in contact with
descendants of Benjamin and Jane Murley. The other daughter of Nathaniel Francis and Mary Gradley was Eliza Gradley
b 1811. She first married William Stowe in 1830 at Bow, Middlesex and she was the witness to her cousin, Elizabeth
Gradley ( daughter of Andrew and Mary Anne Gradley) at her marriage to William West Jennings also in Bow,
Middlesex in 1831. Eliza's husband, William Stowe died in 1831 and shortly after, she remarried to Henry Mills Day in
1832 and I am in contact with descendants of this marriage.
William Gradley b 1785 was the fourth son of Robert and Ann Gradley. He married Mary Ann Brody? in 1807 in
Stockton, County Durham and he was a mariner. They had 6 sons and 3 daughters. Their eldest son was George Gradley
b 1811 d 1876 married Susannah Goodyear in 1834 in Bow, Middlesex and had at least 7 children. The next son Robert
Gradley b 1815 d 1885 married Elizabeth Finders when? and where? They had 3 sons and 3 daughters known. The next
son Henry Gradley b 1821 d 1863 married Sarah Harris when? and where? This couple are my Gt Gt Grandparents and
I am descended from their youngest son Richard Gradley b 1863 d 1939. In total they had 6 sons and at least 3 known
daughters. The next son Elijah Gradley b 1824 d ? I know nothing of him. The youngest son William b 1830 d ? He may
have married a Mary Ann ? in 1853 and had a daughter Mary Ann Gradley b 1854 in Whitechapel, Middlesex. The
eldest daughter of William and Mary Ann Gradley also a Mary Ann Gradley b 1813 married William Major in 1828. I
know nothing of this couple. The next daughter Esther Brody Gradley b 1817 married Mark Meadows in 1844 in
Limehouse Middlesex. I also know nothing of this couple. The youngest daughter, Betsey Gradley b 1829 d? I know
nothing of her.
Elijah Gradley b 1793 d 1858 was the youngest son of Robert and Ann Gradley and was born after his father died. He
married Elizabeth Sams in 1816 in Bengeo, Hertfordshire. They had two sons Frederick Gradley and Alfred Thomas
Gradley. Frederick was born in 1819 in Bengeo, Herts and he married Jane Johanna Thodex ( or Thorley) in 1847. They
had 4 children. The eldest, Frederick b 1849 d 1849. The next was Jane Johanna b 1851 d? The next was William Henry
Gradley b 1853 d 1900. He married Elizabeth ? and had 3 sons. This line has died out. The youngest son was John
Frederick Gradley b 1856 d 1933 and he was a policeman. I have a photo of him with his Son and Grandson (both
named after him John Frederick Gradley) after he had retired. There are lines of descent from him to present day.
There were two daughters of Robert and Ann Gradley. The eldest Elizabeth b 1788 married Philip Penton in 1809 in
Limehouse, Middlesex and they had at least one daughter Elizabeth Anne Penton b 1811 in Limehouse, Middlesex. They
may also have had a son Philip b approx 1829. I know very little of this couple.
The youngest daughter, Jane (Ann) Gradley b 1790 married William Stephen Hurndall in 1808 in Bethnal Green,
Middlesex and they had 3 children, John Hurndall, Ann Falder Hurndall and Josiah Hurndall. John b 1809 d 1873 approx
married twice. From his first wife, Mary Ann, he had at least 4 children. He married his 2nd wife, Mary Sutherland in
1855. Ann Falder Hurndall b 1817 married Charles Lees in 1850. No information known about this couple. The
youngest son Josiah Hurndall b 1826 d 1881 married Elizabeth Pople Simmonds in 1854 and had at least 5 children.
Hurndall lines of descent are known to present day on some of the male lines.
I would like anyone who is related/descended from any of my ancestors to contact me at this forum or to my e-mail
address. Also, please ask for a Gradley forum as I continually ask but don't get it hence my message in the UK forum.
David Richard Gradley
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