William Grimes


Gender:
Male
Born:
1784
Died:
August 1865
Home Town:
King George County, VA USA
Later Residences:
MD USA
GA USA
New Haven, CT USA
Litchfield, CT USA
Marriage(s):
Clarissa Caesar (1817)
Biographical Notes:
William Grimes was the son of Benjamin Grymes, a wealthy plantation owner in King George County, Virginia and a female slave owned by his neighbor, Dr. Steward. Grimes was owned by ten different masters in Virginia, Maryland and Georgia.

In 1814 he escaped by stowing away on a ship bound for New York. From there he made his way to Connecticut, settling in New Haven and later Litchfield, working in both locations as a barber to the local students.IN 1817 he married Clarissa Caesar with whom he had 18 children, 12 surviving to adulthood. He lost all his property and money when he was discovered by his former master and forced to purchase his freedome or return to slavery. During his legal case he was assisted by students from the Litchfield Law School.

In 1825 he wrote ...
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Other

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