Creator: Grimes family.
Collection number: 3357
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Abstract: In 1815, Bryan Grimes (1793-1860) of Pitt County, North Carolina, married Nancy Grist. Three of their children reached maturity: Susan, William (1823-1884), and Bryan Grimes, Jr. (1828-1880). The elder Grimes gave his two sons plantations along the Tar River. The brothers prospered as slave owners, cotton growers, and real estate investors. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Bryan became a major in the 4th North Carolina Infantry. He rose to the rank of major general. William remained in North Carolina. After the conflict, Bryan returned to his plantation “Grimesland.” William resided in Raleigh, where he became an absentee landlord in the tenant farming system, cattle breeder, and hotel owner. In 1880, Bryan became embroiled in a feud with the Paramore brothers and was killed by their hired assassin. William died four years later. The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal items, military papers, estate papers, account books, genealogical material, and other items relating to the Grimes Family of North Carolina. The collection pertains to the daily lives, Civil War military careers, and financial and legal interests of the Grimes Family, chiefly from 1830 to 1880.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The collection contains plantation records, personal accounts, and much correspondence about slaves (Folders 5, 24, 53, 55, 72, 75-77, 88-89 for example). See particularly Subseries 1.2 (Reports and accounts of Overseers, 1860 – 1878) for discussions about enslaved and free laborers. Also included are papers of W. W. Meyers, U.S. Army surgeon with the Freedman’s Bureau at Wilmington, North Carolina (Folders 311 – 322) .