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Early Tidewater VA Grahams / Grimes -- Thomas
Posted by: Graham Louer (ID *****0572) Date: March 25, 2012 at 19:13:29
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This is one in a small series focused on various Grahams / Grimes of early VA counties, mostly from Essex up and around to Stafford. The records usually extend, if available, to about the 1750s.

The Timeline records below were taken from published abstracts of records of the relevant counties.


Graham Louer
Plano TX
Married 60 years November ‘11


The Thomas in the records below was born in about 1645, according to his 1675 deposition.
Many researchers, for whatever reason, have decided that this Thomas is the father of Edward who later married Patience and who in December 1715 christened, with Patience, their son Edward in North Farnham Parish of Richmond Co, this parish and county until 1692 having been part of Rappahannock Co.
Edward Graham, alleged by many researchers to be a son of this Thomas, in January 1739 (1738/39? 1739/40?) gave his age in a deposition as about 60, meaning that ---considering the calendar problem and his own uncertainty of maybe one year--- he was born probably in “about” 1678-1682.

These records are no doubt not all for that Thomas, or for the same Thomas.

Note that Edward had 8 sons but none were named Thomas.

1651 --YORK CO VA court
Reportedly, there is a judgment in favor of Mr Charles Grymes, adm’r of the estate of Thomas Grymes, deceased.
(Not yet verified)

“The deposition of Thomas GRIME / GRAHAME aged 30 yeares or thereabouts is ready to depose that upon a falling out between John GODFREY & John BLAXON, John GODFREY said to BLAXON give me undr your hand that you will pay for halfe ye land & I will give you from undr my hand for halfe ye land then said John GODREY (sic) there is no need of such ceremonie for I have no body to give what I have but you neither shall any have it but you & further saith not.”

1677 May 3 --RAPPAHANNOCK CO VA court
Deposition of Thomas Grime (sic, also recorded as Grahame) aged 30 yeares or thereabouts: That upon a falling out between John Godfrey & John Blaxon, Godfrey said to Blaxon give me undr your hand that you will pay for halfe ye land & I will give you from undr my hand for halfe ye land, then said Godfrey there is no need of such ceremonie for I have no body to give what I have but you neither shall any have it but you.

Simon Gray, Jno White & Thomas Grahame witnessed the will of John Curtis of Rappahannock Co.

1677 (1677/78) Feb 7 --RAPPAHANNOCK CO VA court
Thomas GRAHAM (signed GRAYHAME), “aged 30 yeares or thereabouts, your depont, saith that I see John CURTIS being sick & like to die at Mr William YOUNG’s deliver his as his last will & testamt unto Mr Peter HOPEGOOD & Randall PETERS as his exectrs & further saith not.”

Thomas Grahame & Alex’r Wetherstome witnessed the will of Peter Hopegood of Rappahannock Co.

Tho. GRAHAME and Alexr WETHER STONE witnessed the Rappahannock Co will of Peter HOPEGOOD.

It seems strange that the Thomas in the Rappahannock records above is only found there for the duration of about three years. Fortunately he declared his age to be about 30 three times during those 3 years.


Thomas Grimes on tax list of Amherst Co VA.


From Grimes genforum

Descendents of Sir Thomas Grimes 1600' Va
Does anyone out there have more info on this family? They were in the Gloucester and Lower Norfolk area before 1650?

“The Collectae Topagraphia Genealogica” Vol. III,
pages 155 and 156 is a pedigree of Thomas Grymes
of Peckham. This was compiled in 1694.

Sir Thomas Grymes of Peckham was knighted on Jan.2,1603. His wife was Margaret More, daughter of George More of Losely. In 1623, Sir Thomas was
M.P. for Surry. Before 1694, the son of Sir Thomas was deceased, but he had a grandson, Sir Thomas, born 1638, (who had an eldest son, Sir Thomas and a son William) who was living in the colonies.
These families did have descendents.

The entire destruction of the Gloucester records make it very difficult to learn more about this family.
In York County, 1651; there is a record of a judgment in favor of Mr. Charles Grymes as administrator of the estate of Thomas Grymes, deceased.

I have information from an old book that asserts that there were two Charles Grymes in Gloucester County
in the 1600s.

One was the descendent of Sir Thomas Grymes.

Sir Thomas Grymes’ great grandson, William Grymes was living in Gloucester County and owned land there in 1704. There is on record in Essex County, a bond dated Feb.20, 1722 -from Nicholas Smith and Robert Jones to Edward Waller, reciting that they are bound
to make payment to George Grymes, infant son and heir of Dr. William Grymes, late of Gloucester, deceased;
on account of a judgment obtained by Edward Waller, next friend of the said George Grymes, against Nicholas Smith who was executor of the estate of Dr. William Grymes, in a chancery suit between William Grymes and Nicholas Smith.

An entry in the Middlesex Records shows Dr. William Grymes living there in 1682.

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