Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Why did they call her Lucy Gaines Grymes? I’m referring to the woman who married Colonel Henry Lee of Virginia?

Was she married to a Gaines or was that her middle name? I know she was married to another man by the name of Carter Burwell also from Virginia.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Continental Colonel Henry 'Lighthorse Harry' Lee (Lucy & Henry, Jr.'s son)

    Born: January 29, 1756; Leesylvania, Virginia

    Died: March 25, 1818; Cumberland Island, Georgia

    Lucy Gaines Grymes

    B: 26 APR 1734, Richmond, Virginia

    D: 1792 , Leesylvania, Prince William, VA.

    Married: 1 DEC 1753, Gloucester Co, VA to

    Henry Lee, Jr. (father of Col. "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, Revolutionary War hero)

    B: ABT. 1729, Leesylvania, Westmoreland, VA

    D: ABT. 1787, Leesylvania, Westmoreland, VA


    1. Maj. Gen. Henry Lee III "Light Horse Harry" (1756-1818), Governor of Virginia

    2. The Honorable, Charles Lee (1758-1815), U.S. Attorney General

    3. Richard Bland Lee I (1761-1827)

    4. Mary "Mollie" Lee (1764-1827)

    5. Theodorick Lee (1766-1849)

    6. Edmund Jennings Lee I (1772-1843)

    7. Lucy Lee (1774)

    8. Anne Lee (1776-1857)

    (their spouses shown on under "Children")

    Lucy Grymes' parents:

    Father: Charles GRYMES-- b: 1697 ; d. 1 Dec 1753 in Morratico, VA

    Mother: Frances JENNINGS--b.1715, Richmond County, VA ; d. 1753

    (shortly after marriage?? She was only 38)

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

    Name: Lucy Grymes

    Gender: female

    Birth Place: VA

    Birth Year: 1734

    Spouse Name: Henry Lee

    Spouse Birth Place: VA

    Spouse Birth Year: 1730

    Marriage Year: 1753

    Number Pages: 1


    Henry married Lucy Grymes (1734-1792), nicknamed "The Lowland

    Beauty". She was very fair. Her eyes were blue and her hair exceptionally blonde, soft and light as a baby's. According to local tradition, she was one of the Virginia beauties adored by Gen. George Washington (1732-1799) in his early youth. To her legend also ascribes his schoolboy verses, and many have surmised that when in after years Washington so favored her son "Harry", it was because of his tender memories of the boy's mother.

    "Leesylvania" was located between Neabsco Creek and Powell Creek in Prince William Co., Virginia. It had a magnificent view up the Potomac River. It was the ancestral home of Robert E. Lee's branch of the family where his grandparents, Henry Lee II and Lucy Grymes lie buried.

    Lucy was the daughter of Hon. Charles Grymes (1693-1743) (twice related to President George Washington) and Frances Jennings (great-aunt of Edmund Randolph). Charles was of the estate "Morattico", in Richmond County, Virginia. He was Sheriff of Richmond County, and a member of the Council from 1724-1725.

    Carter Burwell, whose first and last names combined the inheritance of two first families of Virginia, built the main house on 1,400 acres inherited from his grandfather, Robert "King" Carter of Corotoman in Lancaster County. Called "King" by his enemies for his haughtiness and by his friends for his wealth, at his death Robert Carter held 1,000 slaves, 300,000 acres, and £10,000. The will disposing of his possessions covered 53 sheets of paper.

    When Robert Carter's eldest daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1688, married Nathaniel Burwell of Fairfield in Gloucester County in 1709, Carter bought the James River acreage and designated the income it produced for Elizabeth, but he retained ownership of the property. By that time it seems that all traces of Wolstenholme Towne, a settlement founded on the tract by 1620 by London Company of Virginia investors, had vanished. Once the administrative center of Martin's Hundred plantation, Wolstenholme Towne was the Jamestown outpost hardest hit in the Uprising of 1622 – a Virginia-wide Indian uprising against the English settlers. The property was still known as Martin's Hundred – the name sometimes corrupted to "Merchant's Hundred" – when Robert Carter bought it.

    Carter supervised the farm's operations; Elizabeth lived with her husband at her father-in-law's home north of the York River. Colonel William Byrd saw her there and wrote, "Mrs. Burwell is a very pretty, good humored woman." Widowed in 1721 with four minor children, she married Dr. George Nicholas of Williamsburg in April 1724 and died in 1734. By Robert Carter's will, the plantation passed to Elizabeth's son Carter Burwell, born October 8, 1716, when he turned 21. Carter's will also provided that "This estate in all times to come to be called and to go by the name of Carter's Grove."

    Carter Burwell moved to the property about 1737, the year before he married Lucy Grymes of Brandon in Middlesex County. She bore nine children, the first, Nathaniel, arriving April 15, 1750. Her husband served in the House of Burgesses and ran a farm that produced foodstuffs instead of tobacco. Soon after he moved there in 1737, Burwell began to build a two-and

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  • 1 decade ago

    per the above file.. her maiden name was Lucy Ludwell Grymes, which reflects her parents being John Grymes and Lucy Ludwell. Any female in genealogy is supposed to be listed by the maiden name.. a marriage record (if she was married before) will include her married name. Death record shows the name at death.

    You might want to check the other files, and as always.. verify the source of info. This does not include any prior marriage.


    I ran search using Lucy Grymes and Lee last name.. and comes up with more than one Lucy Grymes married to a Lee. I then ran Lucy with father John and mother Lucy.. and there are a number of files that include both husbands.

    The trick with multiple files is to know that of those submitted, the amount of details will vary. You might have one file with a correct dob, another with a correct date of death.. which you would then combine if you chose.

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  • 4 years ago

    I don't know what goes today, but I missed a Sadie Hawkins dance once because I didn't have a date.And I wouldn't and couldn't go alone and be totally embarrassed. Because the girls ask a boy to that particular dance. And I was in between boyfriends at that time. I should have asked the terrific guy next door. But never thought about his being interested, since he was out of school already. I might go if there were a couple other girls to go with me. At least we could have some fun between us. And maybe we'd get offers to dance, if any guy came alone. But we never had stags show up for our dances at the two schools I went to. As to what they'd maybe call a girl showing up alone, I'd think it would be a 'stagette" maybe.

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