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Re: Book: Grimmetts of VA
Posted by: Richard F. Grimmett Date: December 15, 1999 at 19:34:09
In Reply to: Book: Grimmetts of VA by Lorien Lee Gunsallus of 588

In the late 1970s, I assisted David Price to an important degree in compiling the book mentioned here regarding the Grimmett family. David died in July 1998. He had discussed with me his intention to revise and update or at least reprint the volume, since many had expressed interest in it. When it was first published, the idea was to have it be a finding aide for Grimmetts, and a starting point for individual research. So much of the effort was made to provide as much as was known about the family from the earliest dates in America up through 1850-1870 period when the U.S.census would make it easier for individuals to connect their great grandparents or grandparents with the earlier family lines. David died before he could complete the reprinting. However, when he first published the volume in 1980, he sent copies to most major libraries, including the Mormon Library in Salt Lake City, the Library of Congress, the Tennessee State Library, the DAR Library, and other regional libraries, such as the Birmingham AL, and Virginia state archives library. Thus, even if it is not available for sale, it would be available on microfilm from the Mormon Library system or at one of these other places. I have a copy of it, and would be willing to give some assistance, if possible. However, there are clear gaps in the data from the 1820s through 1860s--as much due to the difficulty in compiling information by letter in the 1970s when more elderly relatives could still help sort out family names and dates, as well as the lack of the internet. Had we been able to use internet and e-mail in the compilation process, it might have been possible to sort through more effectively the fragmentary original sources available then on various Grimmett family branches. In short, then, this volume is a potentially useful finding aide that can give clues to connections, but it is not as complete as one might believe from its title. I am, as limited time will permit me, trying to make the direct connection between the first two "founding fathers" John and Robert Grimmett in America with England. The internet makes it much easier to pursue leads to that end, but many who read this post may be more immediately interested in making Grimmett connections between 1800 and 1900. This compliation will help some of you to that, but it may not help all. And mostly, it will give names, marriage dates, birth, death dates and places for these events--as they were known in 1980. Since that date, I have uncovered original source information that "corrected" honest mistakes that were printed in the original book. And I suspect that users may find the occasional error, here and there, due to better access to specific family information than David Price had in 1980. I hope this post helps some of you. I know David would have been very pleased to know that his years of effort had proven of value to so many people interested in the Grimmett family.


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