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 Jesse Grimes

Jesse Grimes

Birth
North Carolina, USA
Death 15 Mar 1866 (aged 78)
Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Republic Hill Section 1 Row K Plot 22
Memorial ID 18113 · View Source
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Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Jesse Grimes was born in the Duplin County area of North Carolina on February 6, 1788.

In 1812, Jesse served in Capt. John Looney's Company of Infantry, West Tennessee Militia, War of 1812. In 1813 he married Martha Smith, a highly educated lady for that time. A son, Robert was born (1814), a daughter Harriet Elizabeth (1815). They moved to Greens County, Georgia in 1816 where Alfred Calvin was born (1817) and later Rufus (1819). In 1820 they moved to Washington County, Alabama and Lucinda (born 1821), and Jacob (born 1822). Mary Jane (b: 1823), and twins William Ward and Martha Ann (born 1824) were born. Martha died giving birth to the twins.

In 1826 Jesse married Rosana (Ward) Britton (1803-1871). They came to Texas in 1827, settling first in Montgomery County, later moved to what is now Grimes County. The second marriage produced 6 more children: Gordon (b:1830), Harvey (born 1832), Leonard (born 1833), Helen (born 1835), Emily L. (born 1838), and Nancy (born 1840).

He first settled in Stephen Austin's second colony on the San Jacinto River but the following year moved to the area now known as Grimes County. He signed up with the Texas militia as a first lieutenant in the Austin Battalion in 1829 and over the next few years held many key positions in the provisional government. Elected as one of the Washington County delegates for the Convention of 1836 to discuss the coming secession and war with Mexico, he traveled to Washington-on-the-Brazos and there signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. After Texas won its independence, he was elected to the Senate of the Texas Congress as the Washington County delegate from October 1836 to September 1837; when he moved to Montgomery County, he served in the Senate again from November 1841 to December 1843, then again in 1845. Grimes County was named for him in 1846 by petition of his constituents in honor of his work. Jesse Grimes died on March 15, 1866 and was buried in a small cemetery outside of Navasota. In 1929, the remains of he and his second wife were reinterred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin in recognition of his service to the Republic of Texas.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 27 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18113
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jesse Grimes (6 Feb 1788–15 Mar 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18113, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .