Born: March 11, 1721
Married: Mary Randolph, December 8, 1742 at Williamsburg1
Died: 1762 in Middlesex County
Will: In his will, Philip Grymes left Brandon to his wife Mary Randolph. Reflecting the laws of the time where males controlled property after marriage, his will also included a provision to ensure his wife owned her clothing: "I give unto my said Wife all her wearing apparel, Watch, Rings, Jewels..."
He gave his eldest daughter Lucy 1,000 pounds. Younger daughters Susanna and Mary got 800 pounds apiece. When he had a third daughter in 1761, he added a codicil giving her 800 pounds as well.
His children were not yet 21 when he wrote his will in 1756. He appointed his wife guardian for the three daughters; his last child "Betty" was not born until 5 years later, when Philip Grymes was 41 years old. He appointed his brothers Peyton Randolph and Benjamin Grymes guardian for the four sons.
His oldest son Philip Ludwell Grymes received "all the rest and Residue of my Estate both real and personal not herein disposed of," including control of Brandon after his mother Mary Randolph died.
Second son John Randolph Grymes received the property in King & Queen County plus the mill in Middlesex County "together with all the Slaves, Stocks of all kinds and other Goods, and chattels whatsoever belonging to the said lands at the time of my death."
Younger sons Charles and Benjamin received the lands in Culpeper County "with all the Slaves, Stocks of all kinds and other goods and chattels whatsoever belonging to the said Lands and Plantation," and Philip noted "my Intention is to place and settle on those Lands in the County of Culpeper before my Death at least fifty working slaves."2
John Grymes and Lucy Ludwell
Philip Ludwell Grymes
John Randolph Grymes
Susannah "Sukie" Grymes
Philip Grymes was appointed to the Middlesex County court in 1743, serving as a justice of the peace. He was elected to the House of Burgesses from Middlesex County in 1748. He was appointed Receiver General from 1749-1754, and appointed to the Governor's Council in 1751.3