Oct 06, 2012
By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
PEARL, Ill. — Jerry Grimes saw a great-great-grandfather honored in August for his service in the War of 1812.
Today he’ll see two more ancestors recognized as part of the bicentennial celebration for what many call the forgotten war, the second war of independence from Great Britain.
“It’s important to remember,” Grimes said.
A grave marking ceremony set for 1 p.m. at Green Pond Cemetery, located between Milton and Pearl, will recognize brothers Henry and James Grimes, the great-great-grandfather and great-great-uncle of Grimes.
The Sangamon River Chapter of the National Society U.S. Daughters of 1812 and the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission sponsor the event, which is open to the public, as part of an ongoing effort to recognize veterans of the war.
For Grimes, the ceremony helps highlight some family history.
“We’ve known a long time that the Grimes boys were in the Kentucky Militia,” he said. “It’s an honor that the commission would do this.”
The brothers were born in Ireland, Henry in 1787 and James in 1789, and came to America in 1794. Grimes said the family settled in Charleston, S.C., then sometime between 1805 and 1812, the family moved to Warren County, Ky., around Bowling Green. “It’s there that Henry and James volunteered for the 3rd Regiment of the Kentucky Militia under command of Alexander Stuart. They joined for six months,” Grimes said.
By 1818, both men had moved to Illinois, where they had received land grants in White County, and were involved in farming.
“James moved to Greene County in 1834, then Pike County in 1836. They settled more around Milton and Pearl,” Grimes said. “Henry was more or less a White County person, but he died up here when he was visiting his daughter who lived outside of Milton.”
James Grimes and his descendants were well known in Pike County, with one son serving as a judge for 20 years and a grandson was county clerk when the current courthouse was built.
Thomas Scott, Grimes’ maternal great-great-grandfather, was recognized last month with seven other War of 1812 veterans with a grave marking ceremony at Bethel Church cemetery near Griggsville.
“We didn’t know until just before the ceremony at Bethel that my great-great-grandfather was in the war,” Grimes said. “The other side of the family was from the Tennessee militia. They must have had a lot of militia around.”