2nd Generation: John Grymes
Born: 1660 at Grymseby, Middlesex County, Virginia
Married: Alice Townley, c.1689
Died: August 28, 1709 at Grymesby, Middlesex County, Virginia
Burial: Grymesby, Middlesex County, Virginia
Epitaphs on tombs:1
- Here lieth Interred The Body of Mr. John Grymes, who departed This Life in the Year Of our Lord 1709.
- Here lieth Interred the Body of Mrs. Alice Grymes, who Departed This Life in the Year of Our Lord, 1710.
- Here lies the Body of Mrs. Anna Grymes, Daughter of Mr. John & Mrs. Alice Grymes, Who lies near this Place. She Departed this Life the 17th day of December Anno Dom. 1735, In the 16th year of her Age. (NOTE: if there was a transcription error, she died in her 46th rather than "16th year of her Age")
Will of John Grymes:2
- In the name of God, Amen. I John Grymes, of ye County of Middlesex, being sick & weak but of perfect memory praise be to God, therefore do make declare and publish this my Last will and Testament revoking Renouncing utterly annulling [?] all other wills by mne formerly made.
- Impr's. I surrender & give up my Soul unto ye hands of God that gave it hoping to find mercy though Jesus Christ my Saviour, and my body I recomend to ye Grave to be Interred by decent and Christian Buriall at ye will & discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned.
- Item. I give and devise to my son Charles Grymes one thousand acres of Land lying near the head of Maraddico Creek in Richmond County to him and his heirs forever.
- Item. I give and devise unto my said son Charles Grymes one thousand acres of Land lying near ye head of Rappahammock Creek in ye said County of Richmond to him and his heirs forever.
- Item. I give & Derise to my Son John Grymes all ye rest of my Lands Lying in Middlesex, Gloster, King & Queen Countys (or elsewhere in the world) to him and his heirs forever.
- Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Grymes one Chest of drawers and dressing box with all ye Silver plate that came in this present year and is now on board the Churchill ffrigate Excepting six silver spoons.
- Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Grymes one negro boy and one negro girle. I desire she may have her choice of all ye young negroes at my home house.
- Item. I give and bequeath to my said Daughter Anne Grymes five hundred pounds sterlg. to be paid her by my Executors within twelve months after my death or after when she shall demand the same.
- Item. I give and bequeath a mouning Ring of twenty shillings price to each of my Daughters in Law Elizabeth Darrell and Sarah Gibbons.
- Item. I give and bequeath all ye rest of my estate personall and negroes that I have in the world to be equally divided between my dear and Loving wife my son John Grymes and my son Charles Grymes.
- My will and desire is that my estate benneither appraised nor Inventoryed but that when either of my sons comes to ye age of one and twenty years they make an equal Division of my estate and if they cannot agree amongst themselves that they choose Each of them a friend to assist them in ye division, and if my wife should marry before Either of my Sons come to ye age of one and twenty that then a division of my estate be immediately made by my Trustees herafter named that my sons estates be ye better secured.
- Item. I nominate and appoint my dear and Loving wife and my son John Grymes my Executors of this my Last will and Testament urtill my son John Grymes attaine to ye age of twenty one ye yeares and then I appoint him my whole and sole Executor. Item. I nominate and appoint my good friends John Holloway Esq., John Smith Esq., and John Lewis Esq. my trustees to aid and assist my Executors.
- Item. I give and bequeath to each of my trustees a mourning rings of fifteen the price. In witness wherof I have herunto put my hand and seale this first day of July in the year of our Lord 1708.
- My desire is that if any of my Children to whom I have given ought of my estate should die before they be possessed of their part of ye estate their part to be equally divided between ye surving children: Thomas
- Thomas Symes, John Odey William Tignor his mark (proved 1709)
Rev. Charles Grymes and Katherine Debnam
John Grymes moved from Gloucester to Middlesex County, and lived at the "Grymesby" plantation on the Piankatank River.3
He was on the vestry of Christ Church from 1694-1708, and a justice of the peace on the county court in 1706.4
1. "Grymes of 'Brandon' &c," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Virginia Historical Society, Volume 27, Number 2 (April, 1919), p.186, http://www.jstor.org/stable/4243724 (last checked March 19, 2016)
2. "Grymes of 'Brandon' &c," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Virginia Historical Society, Volume 27, Number 2 (April, 1919), p.186, http://www.jstor.org/stable/4243724 (last checked March 19, 2016)
3. "Grymes of 'Brandon' &c," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Virginia Historical Society, Volume 27, Number 2 (April, 1919), p.185, http://www.jstor.org/stable/4243724 (last checked March 19, 2016)
4. "The Grymes Family," Critic, Volume 2, Number 49, August 18, 1889, p.3, published by Library of Virginia in Virginia Chronicle, http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=CR18890818.1.3&srpos=1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-grymes------# (last checked July 27, 2016)
The Grymes Family