Col. Philip Ludwell Grymes

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Col. Philip Ludwell Grymes

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Middlesex County, Virginia
Death: January 20, 1768 (46)
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj John Grymes, II and Lucy Grymes
Husband of Mary Grymes
Father of John Grymes; Philip Ludwell Grymes; John Randolph Grymes; Charles Grymes; Lucy Nelson and 5 others
Brother of Hannah Grymes; John Grymes; Lucy Ludwell Burwell; Charles Grymes; Alice Page and 4 others

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About Col. Philip Ludwell Grymes

Philip Grymes was born on 11 Mar 1721 in Middlesex, Virginia. Christening: 18 Mar 1721 Christ Church, Middlesex, Virginia. He died before 2 Feb 1762 (date will recorded). n.b. death in Fayette Kentucky?. Kentucky was formed from Virginia in 1780.

Parents: John Grymes b: 1681 and Lucy Ludwell b: 1698 in Rich Neck, Bruton Parish, James City, Virginia


  1. on 8 Dec 1741/2 in Virginia to Mary Randolph b: 1729 in Gloucester, Gloucester, Virginia. She was a daughter of Sir John Randolph and Susanna Beverly.

Children include:

  1. Philip Ludwell Grymes (1746-1805), the eldest son, was educated in England, inherited Brandon on the death of his father, represented Middlesex County in the House of Burgesses 1769-70, and was sheriff of the county. He later became a member of the House of Delegates and the Council of State. He married, first, Elizabeth Randolph, daughter of William and Anne (Harrison) Randolph, and second, Judith Wormeley, daughter of Ralph Wormeley (1745-1806) and Eleanor (Tayloe) Wormeley of Rosegill, Middlesex County; he had children by his second wife.
  2. Benjamin Grymes married Sarah Robinson on 9 Oct 1773 in King William Co., VA.
  3. Lucy Grymes (1743-1830) married on July 29, 1762, Thomas Nelson (1738-1789), signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of Virginia.
  4. John Randolph Grymes (1747-1796) (1747-1796) received his formal education in England, was a loyalist during the American Revoliution, and served under Simcoe in the Queen's Rangers. After living for a time in England, he returned to Virginia where he prospered as a planter in Orange County. On May 20, 1779, he married in London his first cousin Susannah Randolph, daughter of John Randolph, former attorney general of Virginia; the couple had four children.
  5. Charles Grymes (b. 1748) of whom little is known. It was probably he who married in 1773 Ann Lightfoot of York County.
  6. Susannah (Susan) Grymes (b. 1751-) married 1798 to Nathaniel Burwell (b. aft 1736 James City County VA)
  7. Hannah Grymes (b. 4 Mar 1752-) Middlesex County, VA.
  8. Mary Grymes (b. 12 Feb 1754-) Middlesex County, VA; married 20 Oct 1774 to Robert Nelson.
  9. Betty Grymes
  10. Peyton Grymes

The Grymes Children


Philip's will in Middlesex County mentioned his plantation, "Brandon," and named children Lucy, Susanna, Mary, John Randolph, Charles, Benjamin, and Philip Ludwell (will dated 18 Dec. 1756, recorded 2 Feb. 1762).


Philip Grymes, son of John and Lucy Grymes, was a burgess, receiver general of the colony 1749-54, and a member of the colonial Council from 1751 until his death in 1762. His wife, Mary Randolph, whom he married on December 8, 1742, was a daughter of Sir John and Lady Randolph; she bore her husband ten children.

Public service

Member of the Council of State 1749-61, and represented Middlesex County in the Virginia House of Delegates 1748-49.


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Col. Philip Ludwell Grymes's Timeline

March 11, 1721
Middlesex County, Virginia
March 18, 1721
Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia
February 1745
Age 23
April 5, 1746
Age 25
March 28, 1747
Age 26
Age 26
Age 28
Middlesex, Virginia
Age 28
Brandon, Middlesex, Virginia
March 4, 1752
Age 30
"Brandon", Middlesex Co., Va