Alexandria Gazette
Alexandria Gazette

Description: Deaths: Grymes, Jennings

Date: November 11 1843

Newspaper published in: Alexandria, VA

Page/Column: 3

[Transcriber's Note: Carroll County was formed from Grayson County in 1842. The fort in Kentucky was likely in Mercer County.]

Deaths: Grymes, Jennings

Died, at Eagle's Nest, King George County, Va., on Wednesday, the 8th instant, after a short and severe illness, Richard M. Grymes, in the 27th year of his age, son of the late William F. Grymes of that county. The death of this amiable and excellent young man has not only afflicted his family and relatives, but is deeply and sincerely regretted by all who knew him, and especially by his neighbors and friends. He was in the pride of manhood, pursuing his vocation with abundant success, enjoying the respect and confidence of all and the fairest prospects of life opening before him, when he was suddenly cut off.

On Sunday, the 15th of October, 1843, William Jennings died at the residence of his son, Amos Jennings, in the County of Carroll, Virginia. He was in the 91st year of his age. The deceased was a native of Pittsylvania County, but in his early childhood, his parents removed to what is now Carroll County. Shortly after the subject of this sketch attained manhood, his father set out for Kentucky. This was during the period that has been quaintly but expressively styled, "the troublesome times" � when "Indians were plenty" � when the courage, the skill and the self-devotion of such men as Boone and Clark and Floyd and Christian were scarcely sufficient to avert the total failure of all attempts to colonize the Western wilds. Notwithstanding these circumstances, the elder Mr. Jennings was accompanied by his family, including his son William. The migration took place, it is thought, about the year 1782. This was the year when Indian hostilities were most terrible. The subject of this notice was compelled to suffer a full share of the hardships, the perils, and the sorrows incident to the border life. His own adventures were strange and thrilling, but his chief suffering grew out of the misfortunes of his family. His father was surprised and slain by Indians, and one of his brothers was captured by the enemy and remained in captivity for several years. Another brother, imprudently venturing out of the fort which was their residence had not gone beyond sight when he was shot down by the lurking foe, scalped, and even tomahawked. Strange as it may seem, he survived his horrible treatment and recovered perfect health. He was not many years since in this county (Carroll) when the marks of his fearful wounds were examined by numerous persons; and when last heard of by the writer of this article, was a James River boatman. After remaining several years in Kentucky, William Jennings, for what reason is not known, returned to Virginia, settled near Reed Island River in what is now Carroll County. Here he passed the remainder of his life. [Richmond Enquirer]

Submitted: 09/08/14 (Edited 03/10/17)

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