Thomas Grafton Addison (17 Nov. 1832-3 April 1896)

Thomas Grafton Addison, born in Georgetown, DC,  was the son of Daniel Dulaney Addison (b. ca. 1811) and his wife Louisa Catherina (Gordon) Addison (1816 – 1893). The Addisons were a noted Maryland family, and Thomas G. Addison was the great-grandson of both John Addison and William Paca, Revolutionary War patriots – in fact, Paca was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Addison attended the University of Virginia in sessions 28-29 (1851-1853), then studied for the ministry at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. In 1871, Addison received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the College of William and Mary.

The Rev. Mr. Addison married Maria Eliason (1836-1901), and the couple had four children, Helen Louisa, Daniel Dulaney, Thomas Grafton Jr., and Eleanor Tasker Addison. Addison served St. James’ Episcopal Church, Zanesville, OH in the late 1850s, then became the rector of St. Matthew’s Parish in Wheeling, VA (now WV) from 1861-1867. Returning to the District of Columbia, he became the rector of Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church, and served there for thirty years, until his death in 1896. Addison included among his many interests membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. He also served on the Executive Committee of the American Colonization Society from 1878 until his death. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in the District of Columbia.


  • Cornish, Louis H., comp. A National Register of the Society, Sons of the American Revolution. New York, 1902.
  •  McIlvaine, Charles P. “Bishop’s Annual Address.” in Journal of the XLth Annual Convention of the Diocese of Ohio… Ironton, OH, 1857.
  •  Peterkin, George W. A history and record of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the diocese of West Virginia. Charleston, WV, 1902.
  • “[The Rev. Thomas G. Addison] In Memoriam.” Liberia, Nov. 1896, no. 9, p.77-78.
  • “Thomas G. Addison.” Obituary. New York Times, April 4, 1896.
  • Tombstones of Thomas G. Addison and Maria E. Addison on [website]. (Accessed 4/11/2011)
  • U.S. Census. 1850. District of Columbia, 1st Ward of Washington City, p. 63B; 1860. Maryland. Baltimore County, 10th Ward of Baltimore City, p. 941; 1870. District of Columbia, 5th Ward of Washington City, p. 3B; 1880. District of Columbia, Washington City, p. 382B. [ United States Federal Censuses [databases on-line].
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