5th Generation: Benjamin Grymes Jr.

Born: January 12, 1756 in Stafford County
Married: Anne Nicholas, 1778 in King George County
Died: February 12, 1804 at Eagle's Nest in King George County

Parents: Benjamin Grymes and Elizabeth Landon Fitzhugh

Lucy Fitzhugh Grymes
George Nicholas Grymes
William Fitzhugh Grymes
Benjamin Grymes
Martha Carter Grymes

Benjamin Grymes Jr. served in the Revolutionary War.

He is commemorated today at Colonial Williamsburg, in the Public Hospital exhibit, as the patient in the early cell. He ended up there after shooting Richard Gallaway in Fredericksburg.

Benjamin Grymes Jr. observed Gallaway riding his horse on the street, signaled for him to come closer, and without provocation shot him twice. After he was tried, the jury took 20 minutes to declare him innocent by reason of insanity - a verdict that may reflect the influence of his family as much as an assessment of his mental status.2


1. "Benjamin Grymes," Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties, https://www.colonial-settlers-md-va.us/getperson.php?personID=I050605&tree=Tree1 (last checked August 31, 2020)
2. "The Fitzhugh Family," The Rappahannock Gazette, February 2008, p.5, http://www.rchsva.org/rchsnewsletters/2008/2008.Feb.pdf; "Once a year, Fredericksburg remembers many of its forgotten dead," Free Lance-Star, October 28, 2017, http://www.fredericksburg.com/features/once-a-year-fredericksburg-remembers-many-of-its-forgotten-dead/article_b27bb8c0-725f-5f1f-a778-30e1a22b1244.html (last checked October 29, 2017)

The Grymes Family