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- Grimmer, George Skeffington
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George Skeffington Grimmer (1826-1887) was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, and died at St. Andrews. His father, John Grimmer, who was a shipbuilder and shipowner later a collector of customs at St. Stephen, was the son of Loyalist Conrad Grimmer. His mother, Elizabeth Maxwell, was the daughter of James Maxwell, who was killed in the American Revolution for the British side.
George S. Grimmer was educated in the public schools of St. Stephen parish, and Washington Academy, Maine. He studied law under Skeffington Thomson, and articled at Fredericton, with David Shanks Kerr. George was admitted to practice as an attorney in 1847; called to the bar in 1849; created a Queen's Counsel in 1873; and then practiced in St. Stephen and St. Andrews.
George. S. Grimmer was elected to the legislature for Charlotte County in 1860, served three sessions, and then retired. His political affiliations were with the Liberal Conservatives and he endorsed the National Policy. He was appointed clerk of the peace in 1864, clerk of the circuit court in 1873; clerk of the county court in 1867; and secretary of the county in 1877. He was several years a director of the St. Stephen Bank, and a stockholder in the St. Croix cotton mills in Milltown. He was a vestryman of All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Andrews.
George S. Grimmer married in 1851, Miss Mary Allan Hazen (1823-1906), of Woodstock, N.B. Their children were: John Davidson Grimmer (1851-1936) married in 1881 to Agnes Elder Keay (b.1860). He was a millowner and merchant. He had seven children: (1) Mary Elizabeth Grimmer, born in 1853 and died around 1873; (2) George Durell Grimmer (1856-1918) was a merchant at St. George; (3) Ward Chipman Hazen Grimmer (1857-1945), who was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1903 and was Surveyor General in Hazen government, 1908, and Attorney General of New Brunswick in 1911-1914; (4) Frank Howard Grimmer (1861-1923) married in 1882 to Kate Virginia Gove (b.1856), daughter of Charles M. and Isabelle Ellen (Whellock) Gove. He graduated from University of New Brunswick. (B.A.1881) and became a lawyer in St. Andrews; and (5) George Kerr Grimmer (b.1866) a physician and specialist at Upper Tooting, London, 1911.
- New Brunswick Loyalists, 1983;
- Charlotte County Census, 1851;
- Canadian Biographical Dictionary, New Brunswick, 1881;
- The Hazen Family, 1947;
- Graves fonds, political biographies, 1960s
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This fonds consists mainly of the correspondence, legal and land documents accumulated by George S. Grimmer in his public offices in Charlotte County. There are a wide range of subjects including taxes and fees, legal cases and land purchases. The records deal with schools and teachers salaries, the administration of the courts, election arrangements and voters lists, the licensing of commercial activities and the appointment of local government officials such as fish wardens and liquor dealers. There are frequent mentions of ships and ship building, especially the schooner "Mary Ellen" and of roads and bridges. There is also a reference to the defenses against the Fenians in 1865.
There are also some household receipts and other records. The papers of F. Howard Grimmer, 1858-1903, are also included.
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