I am a direct descendant of William Graddy, brother to your Frederick Graddy.Both were sons to John Graddy and Mary Whitfield.There are a few errors on the family in your report.John and Mary Graddy's son, William Graddy, was NOT married to Ann Barfield.He was married to Elizabeth LNU. My William Graddy and his brother, your Frederick Graddy's grandparents (John Graddy's parents) were William Graddy and Ann Barfield.I am still trying to find my William Graddy's wife's maiden name.I have one lead that it may be West, but cannot document it.
Our line of Graddy's did move to Hopkins County, KY, from Duplin County, NC, between 1830 and 1835.William's son, Frederick Graddy (my gg-grandfather), married Nancy Kornegay.He had a brother named Lewis Graddy who married Theresa Bailey.Both Frederick and Lewis moved to Hopkins Co, KY.Two of Frederick's sons, Lewis Graddy and John Graddy (my g-grandfather), moved to Independence County, Arkansas, during the Mexican War period.Once there, Lewis Graddy married Susannah Linebarger and John Graddy married my g-grandmother, Susannah Long.You are right, with so many similar given names, our Graddy family tree is difficult to climb.
My research indicates that our Graddy family spelled the name with two "D's" and pronounced it accordingly all the way back to Ireland.The Grady family with one "D" is an entirely different Irish family.My mother, Cleo Graddy, always pronounced in with two "D's" and spelled it accordingly.Some of her cousins tried to claim kin to the famous orator and writer from Atlanta, Henry Grady, and began pronouncing the name as if it were spelled Grady, but continued to spell it with two "D's."It is no big deal for me but it was a hot issue among my mother's family and caused a split to occur.