3rd Generation: Col. John Grymes

Born: 1691 at Grimesby in Middlesex County, Virginia
Married: Lucy Ludwell, December 22, 1715 at Green Spring, James City County, Virginia
Died: March 3, 1749 at Green Spring in Louisa County
Burial: Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia

John Grymes and Alice Towneley

Hannah Grymes
Philip Grymes
John Grymes
Lucy Ludwell Grymes
Charles Grymes
Alice Grymes
Benjamin Grymes
Sarah Grymes
Ludwell Grymes

Benjamin and Ludwell Grymes, children of Col. John Grymes (squirrel was a symbol for diligence in personal character)
Benjamin and Ludwell Grymes, children of Col. John Grymes (squirrel was a symbol for diligence in personal character)
Source: Frick Art Reference Library (by Charles Bridges? c. 1727-1730)

John Grymes purchased Brandon, in Middlesex County on the Rappahannock River, from the Beverley family and built his mansion house there. From 1711-1748 he was on the vestry of Christ Church, a role his father served from 1694-1708.

In 1718 he served in the House of Burgesses, and was appointed Auditor-General of Virginia. He was appointed Receiver-General in 1723 (and held that position until 1748), and was added to the Governor's Council in 1725.1

On April 29, 1731, the governor and Council released him from his previous bond, acknowledging all payments had been made by the Receiver-General as required, and approved a new bond that he had obtained:2

John Grymes Esqr his Majesty's Recr Genl producing to this Board a Copy of his Security's Petition to the honle the Lds Comrs of his Majesty's Treasury And the Order thereupon for delivering up the Bond given there for the Execution of his Office as Receiver Gen1 to his late Majesty & moving that the Bond he entr'd into here may also be delivered up & the Security Vacated seing he hath given fresh Security upon his receiving his present Majesty's Commission It appearing' that the Recr gen1 hath duly accounted for & paid all Moneys receivd by him by Virtue of his late Majesty's Commission It is Ordered that this Bond be delivered up & Vacated and the Same was delivered up accordingly.


1. "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)
2. Executive journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia, Henry Read McIlwaine (editor), Virginia State Library, 1925, Volume 4, p.240, https://archive.org/details/executivejournal04virg (last checked August 25, 2016)

The Grymes Family