Born: August 12, 1813, London, England.
Died: April 7, 1905, Brockport, New York.
Buried: Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius, New York.
Alfred was the son of John Graley and Anne Greenwood. He married three times: to Alley Maria Van Eps (married June 1843, Geneva, New York), Margaret Ann Dies (married 1849), and Catherine Melita Jerome of Pompey (married 1861).
Around 1842, he and an older brother sailed from Liverpool, reaching New York City after a five week voyage.
He worked as a cobbler for several years, then at age 25 made a public confession of faith in the Presbyterian Church at Wampsville, New York, and gave himself to Christian ministry.
He studied at the Hamilton Academy, then entered Princeton Seminary in 1840. Graley was licensed September 4, 1844, by the Presbytery of Onondaga (later Syracuse) and ordained on Christmas Day, 1844.
He served as pastor of the Congregational Church at Lenox, New York, until June 12, 1856. He went on to serve in Pompey Hill, New York (1857–63); Trinity Presbyterian Church, Manlius, New York (1863–69); Medina, New York (1869–70); Knowlesville, New York (1870–72), and was state supply and mission at Clarkson, New York (1872–78). He then retired and lived in Clarkson until 1903, when he moved to Brockport, New York.
Graley is said to have written words or music for 150 hymns. His other works include:
If you know where to get a good photo of Graley (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?