A history covering the pre-revolution life of William Grayson, discussing his remarkable accomplishments as a member of the House of Burgess, House of Delegates, Continental Congress, Colonel in the Continental Army, aide de camp to George Washington, his close friend and neighbor. Grayson was elected to the First Federal Congress as Virginia's first Senator along with Richard Henry Lee.
An ancestor of the Tellenbrock's fights for Charlemagne and the First Reich. The Tellenbrock's lives are sprinkled with the genes of the Teutonic Knights, intertwined with the evolution of a great nation, from Franks, Brandenburg, Prussia, then unification of the small kingdoms into modern day Germany. This is a story of violent upheaval war and conquest, love and German precipitation into WWI in 1914, a war that ends with a grossly unfair Versailles Treaty. Endure dramatic experiences of 1938 with the granddaughter of Hermann Tellenbrock as the world explodes into WWII. Relive trauma as Hitler leads Germany into war and witness the tragedies that involve the Tellenbrock's and Germany. Dishonor and deceit come shockingly from those considered ultimately honorable. See how a fortune is lost to greed when Hermann Tellenbrock's heirs, the two little girls are cheated of their inheritance
by an opportunistic upstart who marries into the Tellenbrock family
117 brave English men and women land on Roanoke Island in 1587, to become involved in incredible adventure and hardships in attempting to establish a colony on the coast of Virginia in the name of their queen. This foolhardy group are known historically as, “The Lost Colony” after a massive massacre by the united tribes under Indian Chief Powhatan’s powerful Confederation.
Prior to the massacre, part of the settlement escaped before the killings, making a long trek to the friendly Croatoan Indians into whose tribe they blended and intermarried. Centuries later many of their descendants still bear the names of the original settlers and seek recognition of their troubled heritage.
“William Grayson was a great man,” so says Professor Jon Kukla, an historian with many outstanding books to his credit.
It has been a sincere pleasure to investigate every aspect of William Grayson’s life and to be known as his biographer. I would be his advocate and admirer whether related to him or not.
Such were the events in our Revolution that heroes were created out of great and ordinary circumstances. This was an era where Americans suffered and died for the belief that freedom was obtainable and a remarkable country could be born out of the sacrifice of millions of believers.
William Grayson had problems and enemies. He may have judged his mentors harshly before the reached the peaceful understanding that in the newness of all that transited around him, no one had the right answers to every situation, a battle plan that would not fail or be judged as errant and compromise was as necessary as balance.
Throughout his life William Grayson kept his integrity and honorable values in everything he did. No wonder he turned his greatest worries inwardly and suffered from an affliction of the blood that led him to an early grave.
No longer unknown in the pantheon of American History and specifically in the history of the great state of Virginia, William Grayson takes his place proudly. He will be honored forever as a giant in America’s fight for freedom and the establishment of the finest Constitution mankind is capable of forming.
Sincerely, Lucy Baker, a great, great, great great Granddaughter of William Grayson.
The four children of William and Eleanor Grayson became orphans in 1790. Having few resources to rely on, no help from their uncles James Monroe or Spence Grayson, and with all the Grayson properties on long leases, and no cash, they made a remarkable decision,to load up their personal belongings, dismiss their servants who had been manumitted by their famous father's will and to head for the wilderness of the western nation. What becomes of the three sons and one daughter is the substance of this tale.