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Graysons of Nottinghamshire

William Grayson Sr. (Nocton, Lincs)

William Grayson Jr. (Nocton and Timberland)

Thomas Porter Grayson Sr. (Martin, Lincs & Westerham, Kent)

Thomas Porter Grayson Jr. (Donnington Lincs & London)







Thomas Porter Grayson (Jr.)
, my grandfather was born in 1871 in Donnington, Lincolnshire. 

At the age of 10 (in 1881) he is a boarder with several other boys at the at home of James Hadgins (Hodgins?) a schoolmaster in Holbeach. He was the youngest pupil living there. Lincolnshire.

He served in the Boer War in The Light Horse Infantry. His Discharge Certificate reads:
"This is to certify that Sergeant T.P Grayson was enrolled in the Imperial Light Horse (Natal) on the 30th day of Sept. 1899 at the age of 29 years at RMB, that he served 377 days and he is discharged at his own request. Character – good. Dated Oct. 17 1900."
In January 1901 he wrote a letter to his brother from South Africa describing his situation.
Discharge certificate (part 2) provides a description:
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Colour of hair: Brown
  • Colour of eyes: Hazel
  • Complexion: medium
  • Rank: Sergeant Name: TP Grayson
  • Date of Disch: 17/11/1900
  • Description: Elandeslaagte and operation previous to siege of Ladysmith. Byjarlsberg. Relief of Mafeking. Operations round Pretoria( next line unreadable).

Thomas Porter Grayson (Jr.) was awarded the South Africa medal with 6 bars, South Africa 1901/ South Africa 1902/ Transvaal/ defense of Ladysmith/ Elandeslaagte / relief of Mafeking

In the 1901 census he is listed as a patient in the London Hospital Whitechapel. This would have been six months after he returned from the Boer War in South Africa. His occupation is shown as shop assistant. This is the year before he married Alice Oyler.

In the same census Thomas Porter’s brother William Henry is living in Cheshunt, Herts with his wife, Agnes Oyler, (Agnes was Alice’s cousin) sons (Jack) Kenneth and Eric (Tom). Either living with William and Agnes, or visiting, is his sister Caroline (Grayson) Ingersoll.

Thomas Porter Grayson (Jr) and Alice Oyler (b. 1876) married in Edmonton, Essex (now a borough of London) in 1902 and they lived in West Ham, Essex. He was described, on his marriage certificate, as a fruit salesman. Alice was the daughter of Thomas Potter Oyler and Bridget Glyn.

TPG+AO wedding

Children of Thomas P. and Alice Grayson:
  • Alice Dorothy Born 1903
  • Mary Gwendoline Born 1904
  • Phyllis Marjorie Born 1906.
  • Thomas Leslie 1907-1988 attended school in Loughton, Essex (about 8 miles from Stratford). He then went to Queen Mary College, University of London and graduated with a licentiate of Dentistry. Thomas Leslie Grayson married Ella Maddock in 1934(daughter of G. F. Maddock). T.L. Grayson was a Captain in the Army during the Second World War. He served with the Royal Army Dental Corp and was based in Swindon, Wiltshire while the family lived in Marlow, Bucks. Tom and Ella continued to live in Marlow until their deaths: T.L. Grayson in March 1988 aged 81. Ella Grayson in November 2000, aged 96.
  • William Ronald, 1909-1947
  • Eileen Beryl Born 1912

Grayson children
Left to right (at the back): Alice (Oyler) Grayson, with Beryl, Marjorie, Gwen and Dorothy,
Left to right at front: Tommy, (nanny) and Ron

From the 1911 Census: Address:15 Osborne Road, Forest Gate, Essex. Thomas Porter Grayson aged 41 - Lodging House Keeper, Alice 38 Dorothy 8, Gwendoline 6, Thomas 3, William [Ronald] 18 months, Florence Gregre - a maid

Note – ages in census collections are not always accurate

In 1933 the family moved to Old Hall Farm, Much Hadam, Hertfordshire. Thomas Porter Grayson is listed in the directory as a fruit farmer.
He died in The London Hospital in 1934 and was buried in St Mary's Churchyard in Westerham, Kent.

Alice (Oyler) Grayson died at the age of 65 in 1941. She was living in Esher, Surrey at the time of her death.

The grandchildren of Thomas Porter Grayson (Jr.) and Alice Oyler are not listed as they are still living.

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