Parents: Benjamin Grymes and Elizabeth Landon Fitzhugh
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.1