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GRYMES, John Randolph, soldier, born in Virginia about 1746; died there in 1820. In 1776 he joined the royal army under Lord Dunmore at the head of a troop of horse that he had himself raised. In a letter to Lord George Germain, Lord Dunmore said that Mr. Grymes was, "from his fortune, position, and strict honor, a valuable acquisition to the royal cause." The same year he was expelled from his estate, and all his negroes, cattle, and personal property fell into the hands of the patriots. He joined "the rangers," a battalion of horse, in 1777, and at the close of 1778 resigned and went to England, where he was agent for prosecuting the claims of the loyalists in Virginia. When the invasion of Napoleon was apprehended the loyalist Americans in London offered, with the king's approval, to form themselves into a company, and Mr. Grymes was appointed ensign. While in London he married his cousin, the daughter of John Randolph, last royal attorney-general of Virginia, and niece of Peyton Randolph, president of the Continental congress. He afterward returned to the United States, settled in Orange county, Virginia, and became a wealthy slave-holder and planter.--His son, John Randolph, Jr., lawyer, born in Orange county, Virginia, in 1786; died in New Orleans, Louisiana, 4 December, 1854, removed to Louisiana in 1808. At the battle of New Orleans he volunteered as aide to General Jackson, and was complimented in the despatches of the commander to the war department. Mr. Grymes was engaged during his practice in almost every case of importance in the courts of New Orleans and the surrounding counties. He was one of General Jackson's counsel in the United States bank case, and opposed Daniel Webster in the city of New Orleans against Mrs. Myra Clark Gaines. He held at different periods the offices of United States district attorney and attorney-general of the state, served in the legislature several terms, and was a member of the State constitutional convention. During his professional career he fought two duels, in one of which he was severely wounded.
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