William Thompson Grimm, retired, is a veteran of the Civil War and a member of one of Columbiana County's oldest
and most honored pioneer families. He was born at Calcutta, in this county, Jan. 29, 1843, the son of Michael and
Mary (Hamel) Grimm.
Both Michael Grimm and his wife were natives of Columbiana County. He was a paper maker by trade and later in life
engaged in the oil business with his son. He was also a merchant at Grimm's Bridge, Beaver Creek. Mr. and Mrs.
Grimm, deceased, were the parents of ten children: George, a Civil War veteran; William Thompson, the subject of
this sketch; Elizabeth, Catherine, Margaret, John, Robert, Willis, Linny, and Benjamin.
Michael Grimm was the son of George Grimm, who married Eunice Hill in 1818 and had four children: Elizabeth, married
William Thompson, had two children, George and Ellen; Michael, father of the subject of this sketch; John, and
Margaret. George Grimm was the son of Jacob Grimm, who was born in Hesse-Casel, Germany, in 1761, and came to this
country when very young. He died in 1843 and is buried in Calcutta, Ohio. He was hired to England during the Revolutionary
War as one of the Hessian troops, but later deserted and joined the 23rd Regiment commanded by Gen. George Washington.
After the war he went to Red Bank, N. J. and with three men, named Steel, Jones and Gray, went to Fort Pitt and
from there to Tennessee and later fought with Jackson at New Orleans, La. Later these three families, Jones, Gray
and Steel built a flat bottomed boat and with Mr. Grimm sailed down the river to the mouth of Beaver Creek, where
he went to work for John Beaver, carrying chain for a surveying gang. Not being satisfied with this work he went
with John Spear and learned the paper maker's trade. He helped make the first paper that was sent to Philadelphia
and later made into readers and school books. During this time he took up 160 acres of ground, which was on both
sides of the Beaver Creek, which afterwards became known as the Spahr farm. Mr. Grimm had the following children:
George, Michael, Robert, Orpha, Elizabeth and Eunice. He lived to be 82 years old and was always very active. Grimm's
Bridge was named in honor of him.
William Thompson Grimm was educated in the schools of Calcutta and when a boy engaged in farming. In 1862 he enlisted
in the army and served throughout the Civil War with Company F, 87th regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was
taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, and after his release again enlisted in the army, taking a man's place who did
not want to go. He served in the Antietam and Shenandoah valley battles and other hard fought skirmishes. He was
wounded in the right ankle and also lost the sight of his left eye during the war. He was discharged at Columbus,
Ohio, as a second sergeant. Mr. Grimm then engaged in the oil business with his father and later conducted a general
merchandise business at Grimm's Bridge until his retirement.
In 1869 Mr. Grimm was married to Miss Henrietta Smith, of Pittsburgh, and to them five children were born: Maud,
born Dec. 22, 1869; Gertrude, born July 25, 1873; Terry D., born Sept. 16, 1878; W. R., born Oct. 29, 1885; and
Robert B., born Aug. 5, 1889. They were all born within one half mile of their great great grandfather's farm.
Mr. Grimm is a Democrat, and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic. He is among the substantial and highly
esteemed citizens of Columbiana County.
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to F
Names G to M
Names N to Z
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