Grimes and Miller Family History NC to TN

I posted lots of North Carolina Miller family information on my previous entry and wanted to follow up on that with a connection I found when digging through my files today. I found in my files a copy of Jacob Grimes deeds and will in 1825 in Robertson County, TN which names the same children that are named in the Frederick Miller will in Rowan County, NC.

So this Grimes information substantiates that they moved to the Robertson County, TN area in the early 1800s. I also have the 1812 Enumeration of Robertson County, TN that lists a James Grimes in Capt. Fox’s Company, so perhaps Jacob went by James?

My Rosina Miller that married Lawrence Clinard would have been a cousin to the Grimes, so perhaps the Grimes came with the Clinards to the area or followed them after 1804.

Today I found a little bit more and wanted to add it here as it corresponds with this research:

Catharine Grimes, Frederick Turner, Sumner Co, TN State Marriages 1780-2002, Marriage Bond

Catharine Grimes marries Frederick Turner in Sumner County, Tennessee in August of 1804. I started tracking the names in the will of Jacob Grimes in Robertson County (see below document).  This document is a marriage bond where Frederick Turner and George Crosner pledge $1,250 for the bond. (looks like Crosner?- could this possibly be the other sister Milly’s husband Thomas Crossnore?)

The other document is in Sumner County, TN between Eve Grimes and Henry Dorr August 6, 1805, with Frederick Miller acting bondsman. This would be her grandfather, Frederick Miller who named her in his will in North Carolina. (See below will)

Eva Grimes, Henry Dorr, Sumner Co, TN State Marriages 1780-2002
Frederick Miller, Bondsman

So this substantiates family history from Allen Miller (a Miller family researcher who contacted me a few weeks ago), that Frederick Miller came from North Carolina to Sumner County, TN, and the research link is the Grimes granddaughters and shows that they were in TN by 1804.

Here’s the 1820 Sumner County, Tennessee Census page from Unfortunately it is in alphabetized order so we can’t tell neighbor relationships.

1820 Sumner Co, TN Census, Frederick Miller is near the top

Our Clinards came to TN about 1804 as well, so maybe they even came together. The Moravians mention a big group headed out to leave for the Cumberland about then.

There doesn’t seem to be a Jacob Grimes in Sumner Co in 1830, but there is one in Stewart Co, TN, which is where Frederick Miller’s Reelfoot Lake 5,000 acres was….maybe some of the grandchildren stayed with grandfather Frederick Miller while Jacob went out in search of land or was settling it.


I had a copy of Fredrick Miller’s will in Rowan County, North Carolina that reads as follows:

ROWAN County, NC Feb 16, 1789 DEED Frederick Miller to Grimes Grandchildren

Submitted by Virginia Crilley,

To all Christian people to Whome this present writing shall come, Greeting. Knw Ye that I, Frederick Miller, of Rowan County in the State of North Carolina for in consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards by grandchildren the Children of Jacob Grimes and my daughter, Catherine, the wife of the said Jacob Grimes.

Namely George Grimes, Mary Grimes, Susannah Grimes, Catharine Grimes, Magdaline Grimes, and Eve Grimes.

Here given and granted and by these present do fully, frely and clearly and absolutely give and grant to my above named grandchildren and their heirs and assings all that certain lott of land and premises hereafter mentioned and described:

Lying in the County af’sd on the waters of Farmer’s Creek being a plantation whereon the said Jacob Grimes now dwells: it being a lot of land that I purchased from the said state as by deed lawfully esxecuted for the sur conveyance of the same reference thereunto had will ore fully and at lare appear.

Beginning at Post Oat tree thence running East Crossing said Creek….fifty chains to a black oak tree Thence North 60 chains to a post Oak sapling Thence West fifty chains to a white oad tree Thence South 60 chains to the beginning. Including 300 acres of land be the same more or less bounded North by Edward Burk and land surveyed for Phillip Craver and west by Joseph Dial.

Together with all the righ title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever which I now have or which any or either of my heirs Exers or Adms may hereafter have of in or to the said granted premises or any part thereof to have and to hold the said granted premises unto my above named grandchildren and to their heirs and assigns forever and in case all my above mentioned grandchildren should die and leave no lawful living issue, then the right of the above granted premises is to return to my right and lawful heir.

In witness whereof I, the said Frederick Miller have freely and absolutely hereunto set my hand and seal the 16th day of February in the year of our Lord 1789.

Frederick Miller  (his mark)

In Presence of: John McCurry

State of N. Carolina, Nov Session 1789.  Rowan County.

It is hereby certified that the within deed was duely proved in Open Court by the Oath of Devolt Mock, a subscribing Witness recorded in the Clerk’s office according to law and ordered to be registered.

Test.   Osborn C.C.


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I also had the following notes I had found on the internet that were compiled and transcribed by Virginia Crilley. Note that in paragraph 9 of Jacob Grimes will in Robertson County in 1825 his children are the children named in the above will from Frederick Miller except for Jacob.

~~~From Virginia Crilley’s information:

Jacob Grimes name was found on one of the petitions of citizens of Robertson County to rescind a law passed:…*at the last session of the Legislature of this State at Knoxville 1811.” The law was to levy a tax on citizens of Robertson County to build a jail in Springfield.  Reasons given for this request are that: the citizens did not consent; the line between Tennessee and Kentucky was indefinite making the location uncertain; with the government at war, citizens should support the war.”

There were three copies of the petition.  Jacob Grimes and many of his neighbors signed the second one.  The petition was dated November 1, 1812.  So, we know that Jacob was here at least by that date through documentation.

On the first copy of the petition: James Massey (Maxey), many Binkleys, Williams, Bryans and more.

I will include a few selected names from that second copy of the petition to show Jacob and his neighbors:  Jacob Grimes, Robert Sanders, Manuel Hunter, Jacob Moake, Daniel Sanders, Thomas Perry, james Sanders, William J. Perry (Adam Grimes’s father-in-law), James Lewis, Luke Simmons, many surname Harris and more

One the third petition several notable names that are often associated with the Grimes Family in deeds, wills, etc. are: Peter Woodson, Marvel Low (Lowe), Shadrack Hunt, Zenas Fox (who helped post bond for widow Mary Grimes to administer the estate when Jacob Grimes Sr. died.)

This area that was once Robertson County was later taken in to form Cheatham County, TN.

Above Website is from the magazine, “Ansearchin” News, produced by the Tennessee Genealogical Society, The Tennessee Genealogical magazine, Volume 34, No. 3, Fall of 1987

Capital of Tennessee

*I was wondering why these records were from Knoxville instead of Nashville.  So upon research I found that Nashville was selected as the permanent of Tennessee on October 7, 1843. Several towns across Tennessee were nominated; all received votes, but Nashville and Charlotte were the top contenders. Nashville won by only one vote. Previously, the cities of Kingston (for one day) and Knoxville in Eastern Tennessee, and Murfreesboro, like Nashville located in Middle Tennessee, had each served as the temporary capital.



Recorded January 10th 1817 Book M pg 719

Know ye that by virtue of part of certificate No 811 dated the 29th day of December 1814 issued by the Commissioner of West Tennessee to Edward Sanders and entered on the 28th day of October 1815 by No 15929.

There is granted by the said STATE OF TENNESSEE unto JACOB GRIMES asignees of the said EDWARD SANDERS A certain tract or parcel of land containing fifty acres (50) by survey bearing the date the 29th day of January 1816 lying in Robertson County in the first District on the waters of the Long Branch of Spring Creek of Syckamore and bounded as follows to wit:

Beginning at poplar ______, south east corner, Thence North one hundred and twenty seven poles to a hickory, Thence west sixty three poles to a dogwood, Thence South one hundres and twenty seven poles to a white oak, Thence east sixty three poles to the beginning.

With the hereditaments and appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said JACOB GRIMES and his heirs forever.

In witness thereof Joseph _______ Governor of the state of Tennessee, hath hereunto set his hand and caused the great seal of the state to be affixed, at KNOXVILLE on the seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and of the Independence of the United States, the forty first.

By the Governor, Jos McMinn (difficult to read?)

Wm Alexander, Secretary


Jacob Grimes, Senr, from Benj King senr Aug 31st 1818 DEED BOOK N pg 482-284

This indenture made this twenty sixth (26th) day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818) between BENJAMIN KING, Sr. of the County of Robertson and State of Tennessee of the one part and JACOB GRIMES, Sr. of the County and State aforesaid of the other part.

Witnesseth that the said BENJAMIN KING for a valuable inconsideration of the sum of ninety dollars thirty seven and one half cents ($90.37)to him in hand paid by him the said JACOB GRIMES, Senr. before the signing and delivering these present the benefit whereof he doth by these presents acknowledge hath bargained, granted, sold, aliended, ____m and confirmed and doth by these presents bargain, grant sell, _____ and confim unto the said JACOB GRIMES, Senr. his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the County and State aforesaid on the waters of SPRING BRANCH OF SYCAMORE CREEK butted and bounded as follows:

Beginning at the dogwood the original North West corner of the tract of which this is a part, Running South 187 poles to a black gum and Ironwood on the South bank of Branch, Thence East 68 poles to a white oak and Sugar tree on the North bank of said branch, Thence North 120 poles to a white oak and two horn beams on the North side of a branch and near the run of the branch, Thence up said branch with its meanders to a white oak and locust on the West bank of said branch, Thence West 24 poles to the Beginning

Containing 60 and 1/4 acres be the same more or less to have and to hold the aforsaid tract and parcel of land with all advantages ____and appurtenances thes unto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the said JACOB GRIMES Sr and the said BENJAMIN KING,Sr. doth covenant and agree to send wiuth the said JACOB GRIMES, Sr. to warrant and forever defend the aforesaid bargained premises until the said JACOB GRIMES, Sr., his heirs and assigns against the claim of all and every person or persons whatsoever slaiming.

In witnesseth whereof the said BENJAMIN KING, Sr. hath herunto set his hand and seal the day and date above written, signed, sealed and delivered, in presence of:

A. Stewart

Jacob Grimes, Jr

Benjamin King (Seal)

Robertson County Court August Term 1818. This deed Benjamin King St to Jacob Grims Jr was ackowledged in open Court by the said Benjamin King and ordered to be registred.

Test Jas Tunstall, Clerk.

(((*****RESEARCH NOTE FROM JAMIE DUDIAK –  I believe A Stewart is a surveyor in this area at that time))))


File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:

Virginia Crilley March 5, 2009, 8:12 pm

Robertson County TN Archives Wills…..Grimes, Jacob 1825

Source: Will Book, Written: 1825


In the name of God Amen.   I JACOB GRIMES  of ROBERTSON COUNTY and State of Tennessee  being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed by Almighty God for the same do make and pulish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First that is to say after my just debts are paid I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, MARY GRIMES,  120 acres of land situated and lying in the County of Robertson and state aforesaid being part of a 600 acre tract I bought of ________(left blank) Rodgers  and which includes the dwelling house together with all the improvements also part of another tract which I bought of Benjamin KING adjoining the premises before described supposed to contain 30 acres be the same more or less.

I so also give and bequeath unto my son, DANIEL GRIMES 160 acres of land–it being a part of the aforesaid 600 acres which is to be laid off on the NorthWest part of said tract so as to include a spring and improvement near the NorthWest boundary line.

I also give and bequeath unto my two younger sons, HENRY GRIMES and FREDERICK GRIMES one horse each,  also 160 acres of land each, being part of said 600 acres to be laid off in such manner that HENRY GRIMES lot will join the before described premises of MARY and DANIEL GRIMES. I also give and bequeath unto ADAM GRIMES  63 3/4 acres of land ajoining the before recited premises and being part of the tract I bought of BENJAMIN KING.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, SARAH GRIMES the sum of $20 in money.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter, PHEBE GRIMES, one cow and $30 in money.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter, ELIZABETH, wife of John PEW, the sum of $5 in money.

In order that no unhappy differences or misconstruction may arise between the legatees who have received their proportionable part of my estate and those herin provided for by the several bequests before inscribed and written, I give the following reason and explanation for the small legacy being annexed to their respective names (that is to say) my daughter, MARY, wife of JACOB SMITH,  my daughter, KATY, wife of FREDERICK TURNER,  my daughter, EVE, wife of HENRY DARR (DORR) deceased and my two sons, GEORGE  and JACOB GRIMES  have each received their proportionable part of my estate in money, goods and chattle.

(****RESEARCH NOTE about above paragraph from Jamie Dudiak): These children (except for Jacob) were also the ones named in their Grandfather Frederick Miller’s will in Rowan County, NC.)

Also my daughter, MILLY, wife of THOMAS CROSNORE has received her legacy in part and her husband THOMAS holds my note for the remainder which is to be paid out of the money owing to me when collected.

(***RESEARCH NOTE): If Milly is actually Madeline, she was also named in Grandfather Frederick Miller’s will in Rowan County.

Also my daughter, Peggy, wife of JOHN FORD, having received a greater amount in money goods and chattle than I intended to bequeath unto her therefore, the notes I hold on her husband, Joshua FORD must be collected and applied to the discharge of the debts and legacys due my other children.

But as a further testimony of my regard and affection for these my children, namely MARY, KATY, MOLLY, EVE, PEGGY, GEORGE and JACOB GRIMES,  I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar each.

And lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate goods and chattle of which kind and nature soever I give and bequest to my beloved wife, MARY GRIMES, whom I appoint sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twenty five.


Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Jacob Grimes to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereuntio subscribed our names witnesses in the presence of the testator.

[initial C? or J?] Williams, W.L. Hudgings, Z. [Zachariah] Derham,  George G. Brown

Robertson County Court  November Term 1825

This last will and Testament of Jacob Grimes Deceased was proven in open court by

the oath of W.S. Hudgings, Z. Deshaw, and George G. Brown subscribing witnesses thereunto and ordered to be recorded.


Jacob Grimes Inventory Account of Sale  Feb Term 1826

(*Note that transcriber has added notes and explanations in parentheses)

1 Barshears plough  Jacob Grimes 1.50 @    (Used with yoked oxen)

1 ”     ”         Thomas Hunter   1.62 1/2 @

2 scythes and cradles   C. Williams  1.50

1 barrel harness (It is a net or tie that allows you to put a barrel onto a

horse or into a wagon and it doesn’t roll around) & traces (lines that connect

the horse or oxen to the plow or vehicle]

Jacob Grimes 1.50

1 mattock and grub hoe   James Hudgings   2.12 1/2

1 pole axe     Adam Grimes  .37 1/2

2 weeding hoes & fish gig    Jacob Grimes  .82

1 Walnut Chest    Zachariah Derham 1. 68 3/4

1 large kettle and hooks    Adam Grimes  3.10

1 baker     William L. Hudgings  .18 3/4

1 skillet and lid     Mary Grimes   .28 (Wife?)

1 dutch oven and lid   Zachariah Derham  .76

1 large pewter bason [basin]  Andrew Mooke  (Moak)  1.00

6 pewter plates & dish   Andrew Mook (Moak) 1.60

1 Man saddle    James McDaniel  8.12 1/2

1 lot of measures & 1 funnel   Thomas Williams   .71

2 sieves   James Maxey Sr.  (or Marcy)

1 lot of lumber  James Maxey Jr

2 sleeves and 1 harness   Isaac Saunders Sr  .50   (There is a part of harness

tack called a sleeve that holds part of the harness as it attaches to the animal

or wagon so this could be sleeves.)

1 box of lumber   James Maxey Jr  1.26

1 glass bottle   Holloway Maxey  .06

1 frow & axe  Thomas Miles 2.00

1 hand saw       Wm L. Hudgings     1.80

1 trunk and lumber  James Maxey, Jr. .83 1/4

1 bell  Wm L. Hudgings  .48

1 pr of harness and bridle  Isaac Saunders   .50

1 lot of Iron  James H. Fuqua  1.26 (Probably to make horseshoes, tools, etc.)

1 lot of augers & chisels    C. Williams  1.12 1/2

1 silver watch  C. Williams  .25

1 grindstone   C. Williams 1.76

1 cow and calf   C. Williams  8.00

1 bull  Thomas Hunter  7.25 @

1 pied heifer   John Perdue ?  3. 12 ½  (they are animals with unusual splotchy

look to coat, associated with traits of albinism…mostly white with some

splotches of colors some have light colored eyes, too)

1 black cow  Isaac Saunders   5.00

1 small steer   Thomas Walker   1.67

4 sheep 1st choic    James Hudgings   4.50

4 Sheep  2n choice Zach Ghunt  2.58 ( I believe this is spelled Ghent on here and many Gents in Williamson County, Illinois..I think they are related to the Perrys and Felts.)

4 sheep 3rd choice  James Derham 1. 12 1/2

1 sorrel filly   Thomas Bell    13.06 1/4

3 barrels & churn   James H. Fuqua  .50

1 Bee stand  Thomas Miles   .50

1 pr of traces Thomas Miles 1.00

1 log chain  Thomas Miles 1.51 ½

1 lot of chains Thomas Miles  1.25   (might be chains)

4 head of geese  & ? cover  Adam Grimes  1.25 ¼ (**RESEARCH NOTE: I worked on this off and on all evening still don’t know what kind of cover it is…first I thought mirror…but that doesn’t go with geese does it? Then I thought maybe sweet clover…I give up.)

1 whiskey kegg  James H. Fuqua  .52

4 whiskey barrels  C. Williams 1.68 3/4

2 bee stands   Thomas Miles 1.50

2 bee stand  Demsey Daw (Dare?) .75

Lot of staves  James Maxcy .75  (NOTE: these are barrel staves…wooden slats to make barrels)

2 buckets & jointery John Forbes .51  (NOTE:tongue and groove boards for old walls,etc.)

2 bee stand Adam Grimes  .50

4 head of hog  Daniel Grimes 4.18 1/4

1 cutting knife & box  John Forbes  2.00

1 old saddle    Demsey Daw(Dare)  .6 1/4

Daniel Grimes note due 1st Nov 1825 (doubtful) 30.50

C. Williams due bill due 11  April 1825   2.00

James Perry note due 17 April 1810 (bad) 14.00  (kin to Adam’s wife, Susanna Perry)

J.  Berks note due 20th Nov 1802 (bad) 5.20  (Looks like Binker or ?  Don’t know)

Balance due on J. Perry’s note due 5 April 1812 (bad) 39.11

George Teasley note due 7th Sept 1824 10.75

Starling Shernings due bill due July 2nd 1824 5.50

Thomas Ridley’s note due 1st Sept 1813 bad  4.33

Thomas Gallions note due 14 Oct 1799

Thomas Gallions note due 1 Sept 1792 for iron

Daniel Grimes note due 8th Nov 1827 for iron 16.00

Adam Grimes note due 8 Nov 1827 for iron

Henry Grimes rct? for notes (bad)   334.05  (I don’t know this one)

Test  S.S. Williams    Mary (her X mark) Grimes ____?  Did Adam start to sign this?

Robertson County Court Feb Term 1826. This inventory and acct. of sale of the

estate of Jacob Grimes dec’d was returned into Court by the Exter and ordered to

be recorded.

p. 60 Will Book 7 Robertson Co, TN

Dr. C. Williams Agent for Mary Grimes, Executrix of (blank)

Nov 12th 1827

To amount of amount of sale  $107.60

” Amount of Daniel Grimes note  30.50

” amount of same [Daniel Grimes]  16.00

” amount of Adam Grimes note  50.00

”   amount of George Teasleys  note        10.75

Balance of C. Williams Due Bill  .60

Cash                .50

$215.95 1/4

Balance                1.95 1/4


Pursuant of an order of the Worshipful County Court of Robertson County to us executed? ____ we have settled with Christopher Williams Agent for Mary Grimes Executrix of the Estate of Jacob (crossed out Mary and above is Jacob) Grimes dec’d and find the amount stands as above stated.

Given under our hand the 15th of August 1829.

Peter Woodson

Jno Hunt

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