One of the many worthy citizens and capable and progressive agriculturists of Polk county is Mr. Grigsby, proprietor of a highly improved and attractive farming estate two miles north of Independence. A farmer by choice, he has acquired skill by experience in the various branches of this important industry, and is meeting with deserved success in his extensive operations. A son of the late Benjamin F. Grigsby, he was born in Meigs county, Tennessee, December 23, 1848, of Irish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Grigsby, was a native of Virginia, but became a pioneer settler of Tennessee. Benjamin F. Grigsby be was born in Tennessee in the early part of the nineteenths century, his birth occurring in 1816. He has been a life-long resident of his native state, and during his active career was engaged in general farming, but is now living retired in Meigs county. He married first Rebecca King, who was born in Bradley county, Tenn. She died in 1849, leaving three children, of whom James A. is the youngest. The father married for his second wife, Polly A., and they have nine children.
After finishing his studies in the district's school James A. Grigsby attended Athens college, in Athens, Tenn., for a time. At the age of twenty-one years he began the battle of life on his own account, becoming a farmer in his native state. Emigrating in 1875 to Oregon, he located first in Polk county, near Independence, and was there prosperously engaged in agricultural pursuits for fifteen or more years. Purchasing his present farm in 1891, Mr. Grigsby has since successfully pursued his pleasant and profitable occupation here, making improvements of an excellent character, and rendering the estate of the most productive than desirable pieces of property in the neighborhood. In addition to managing his own farm, he has control of the Hurshburg for farm of four hundred acres. He devotes his attention to general agriculture, making a specialty, however, of stock-raising, rearing Cotswold sheep.
Mr. Grigsby married, in 1871, Miss Mary J. Jordan, a native of Meigs county, Tenn., and a daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Grigsby) Jordan. Six children have been born of their union, four of whom are living, as follows: Adra B., wife of Albert Dockster; Robert C.; Savannah T.; and Martha Jane. Politically Mr. Grigsby is identified with the Republican party, and fraternally he is a member of Independence Lodge No. 29, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
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