Fonds MG H 99 - George Skeffington Grimmer

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George Skeffington Grimmer

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  • 1847-1873 (Creation)
    Grimmer, George Skeffington

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1.25 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

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 is a collection of official appointments received by George Skeffington Grimmer, 1847 - 1973. They include the authority to perform legal functions such as receiver of bail or notary public, as well as appointment as Clerk of various New Brunswick Courts. Arrangement is chronological.

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