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Nicholas Grimes (abt. 1690 - bef. 1766)

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Nicholas Grimes aka Grymes
Born about in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Prince William,, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Cameron Parish, Loudoun County, Virginiamap
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Nicholas Grimes


Nicholas was born about 1690.[1] at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, a son of William Grimes and Anne Donaldson.[citation needed]

His birth date is a guess, based on other known dates. His birthplace may have been in Maryland, USA.

Marriage and Children

Nicholas married c. 1714 at Prince William Co, Virginia[citation needed] to Sarah Donaldson.[1]



  • William, d. 1757;mar Catherine Unknown
  • Nicholas, d. 1798; mar Jane Unknown
  • Jemima, m. Philip Trammell, d. Shawneetown, Illinois
  • Sarah, m. Abraham Lay.
  • Edward (or Edmund), d. 1781, Loudon Co., Virginia
  • Philip, b. Abt. 1734, Prince William, Virginia; d. Abt. 1809, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Last Will & Testament

In the name of God Amen. August the fifth and in the year of our Lord 1765, I Nicholas Grimes Senr. of Cameron Parish and County of Loudon, Planter, being weak of Body but of Perfect Mind and Memory Bless Be God .. do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in the following manner: viz. "First and Principally of all, I Recommend my Soul to the hands of God who gave it and as for my body I Recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian-like and Decent manner at the direction of my Executors.... and as touching any worldly Estate wherein it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life, I do therefore dispose and Bequeath in the following manner and form. "That is to say, First, I do hereby constitute and ordain my well-beloved sons, Nicholas and Philip Grimes, my only and Sole Exers. "To my Beloved Son, Nicholas Grimes, I will and bequeath the plantation he now lives on, lands, houses,Messuages & tenements thereto belonging together with the Corn, Tobacco & all that it produced thereon; hogs, cattle, sheep, household furniture and utensils thereto belonging (excepting six head of cattle); likewise a Negro named Jack, to him and his heirs; likewise a Negro wench named Juda & her daughter Nan & their increase to him and his heirs. "Likewise to Philip Grimes a negro named Sarah and her daughter Bell with their increase to him and his heirs forever. "To my son, Edward Grimes, a Negro wench named Moll with her increase to him and his heirs forever. "To My beloved daughter, Sarah Lay, a Negro wench named Suck and her increase to her and her heirs forever. "To my grandson, William Grimes, oldest son of William Grimes my beloved son, his Father's gun or three Pounds five shilling currancy as was agreed upon; therefore likewise a bed or four pounds, which bed is in the custody of Greenbury Dorsey. As for the cattle above excepted on my plantation, 4 I give to my son, Philip Grimes, & 2 to Edward Grimes. "Likewise five Shills. to Jemima Trammel, and I do hereby disallow, revoke, and annul all and every other Testaments, Wills, Legacies, or Bequests formerly named by me in anywise before this time willed or bequeathed, ratifying & confirming the same and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. "In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & Seal, day and date above-writen. "(Signed) NICHOLAS GRIMES[1][2]
In the presence of us the Subscribers, JAMES DONALDSON, SILVESTER LAY, SANFORD PAYNE, at a Court held for Loudoun County, June the 9th, 1766. This Will as proved by the Oaths of James Donaldson and Silvester Lay, Witnesses thereto, and is ordered to be recorded, and on the Motion of Nicholas and Philip Grimes, Executors therein named, who made oath according to Law, Certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form giving security, Whereup they together with Stephen Donaldson and Joseph Stephens their Securities entered into and acknowledged, their Bond in the Penalty of Eight hundred pounds current money with condition as the Law directs, In Obedience to an order of Loudoun Court, We, the Subscribers, being first sworn before George West Gent., one of his Majest's Justices of the aforesaid County, hath appraised the Estate of Nicholas Grimes, deceased, in current money as followeth, viz: items listed and valued to total 225 pounds 4/0 .. includes Negro girl called Moll appraised at twenty pounds; a Negro wench called Sarah appraised at fifty pounds, a small girl Bett [sic] appraised at twenty-five pounds; a small child named Charles appraised at fifteen pounds; a man, Jack, appraised at thirty five pounds, a woman named Judah appraised at twenty five pounds, a girl Nan appraised at twenty-eight pounds, a girl Suck appraised to thirty pounds. A total of two hundred and twenty eight pounds .. made by appraisers James Coleman, Francis Summers, Richard Stephens.[1]

Death and Legacy

Nicholas's will was written on 5 August 1765 and was proved on 9 June 1766, by James Donaldson and Sylvester Lay.

Nicholas died before 9 June 1766 st Cameron Parish, Loudon County, Virginia, aged about 65-66.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Descendants of Nicholas Grimes, Generation No. 1 Citing Gottschalk, Kathrine Cox. Grimes family of Virginia. 1947, RootsWeb, accessed 16 February 2016.
  2. Virginia Court Records, Will Abstracts of Loudon County, Va., Will Book A, 8 Nov. 1757 - Dec. 1771 - Dec. 1771, pp. 144 - 146, cited in "Descendants of Nicholas Grimes."
  • Gottschalk, Kathrine Cox. Grimes family of Virginia. [Gottschalk and Reddy], 1947.
  • Scobee-Grimes Families, by Bess Hawthorne and Nina Grimes

Referenced Genealogy by Janice Grimes VanNatta history of the Pike Co Grimes Family by 'Kim'

Will of Nicholas Grimes, Loudon Co Virginia

  • WikiTree profile Grimes-273 created through the import of Evans Family Tree2.ged on Aug 24, 2011 by Sandra Vargas.
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On 16 Aug 2016 at 12:55 GMT Mildred Guilbeau wrote:

Grimes-273 and Grimes-25 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate

On 12 Apr 2016 at 12:42 GMT Linda (Hutcherson) Simmons wrote:

Grimes-25 and Grimes-1530 appear to represent the same person because: I believe that Grimes-25 and Grimes-1530 represent the same person, due to their family relationships and place and approximate date of death.

Further research needs to be done to confirm birth dat and place.

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