John McGrady




Important Dates
Born1821Ashe County, North Carolina
MarriedDecember 14, 1841-
August 7, 1853 (Her Death)
Olive Pratt
Child BornDecember 29, 1844Sarah Ann McGrady
Child BornDecember 02, 1846Ira Jackson McGrady
MarriedOctober 23, 1853-
1864(His Death)
Francis Marshall
Child BornOctober 13, 1854Veleriah McGrady
Child BornOctober 13, 1856William Preston McGrady
Child Born1858Martha Jane McGrady
Child BornJuly 04, 1860Ennis McGrady
Child BornJuly 16, 1862John Dixie McGrady
Child BornFebruary 14, 1864Lucy Frances McGrady
DiedDecember 24, 1864Camp Morton Indianapolis, Indiana

This is Camp Morton in the summer of 1864, John McGrady was a prisoner here when this photo was taken.



John McGrady was born in North Carolina, but in about 1830 (when he was 9) he moved to Old Town, Grayson County, Virginia. Then he moved to eastern Grayson County, VA in the early 1840’s. This part of Grayson County became Carroll County in 1842. He settled near Laurel Fork, Virginia at a point where the old Danville Turnpike (present day UD Rt 58) crosses Big Reed Island Creek.

Shortly after arriving in eastern Grayson County, John married his first wife Olive Pratt. Olive was 16 years older than John, they had 2 children before Olive passed away in 1853. John then married his neighbors’ daughter Frances Marshall. Frances was 13 years younger than John. They had 6 children together.

Piedmont markerWhen the civil war was in it’s third year, older men were being enlisted for the Southern Cause. Camp Morton Monument John was talked into joining Company Is 45th Virginia on November 15, 1863 by his nephew, Capt. William McGrady. John was absent sick during part of the first winter he was in the army but rejoined in time to take part in the spring campaigns. He was at the battle of Cloyd’s Farm on May 9th, 1864, where 450 men were killed. John was captured at the battle of Piedmont on June 5, 1864. The Confederate forces, under William E. "Grumble" Jones were badly outnumbered, and it ended with Brig. Gen. Jones being killed and 1000 prisoners captured. John was sent to Camp Morton as a prisoner of war at Indianapolis, Indiana where he died December 23, 1864.My great-great Grandfather was only 9 years old when his Dad died at Camp Morton. If you go to Indianapolis, Indiana there is a Confederate Monument in Garfield Park near the Southern Avenue entrance that bears the names of all 1616 prisoners who died and are buried there.