The Grimes Family Reunion took place at Rocky Ridge Park at 12:30 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.
This family tree is a work in progress and is dependent upon the accuracy of the
information obtained via the internet (some of which may be inaccurate and some of
which may have been entered errorously by the party upon which I depended) and those
typos which I may have created.
One Source that I found to be useful was "find-A-Grave". My son Chris obtained much information
from census records and hard work visiting sites in many states and countries.
This tree is dependent upon several facts, which appear in question at this time.
The first problem arises with the wife of William Brewster, Pilgrim. For most of the
20th century, she was assumed to be Mary Wentworth, but at present, her relationship
is not proven. Indeed the "Society of Descendants of the Crown of Charlemane in
America" includes many persons who have verified their ancestry to be from that of
WILLIAM BREWSTER and his wife MARY. At this time, this society is no longer accepting
applications based upon this relationship.
The second problem arise with the relationship between Rosamund De Clifford and
Henry Plantagenet (King Henry II of England). She was his mistress beginning in 1165;
but it was not until 1174 that he acknowledged her as his mistriss. Our connection through
William Longespee depends upon this union.
Our third problem, which remains unsolved and is the connection between the Wyatts
of Virginia and the Rev. Hawte (or Haute ) Wyatt is undocrumented.
I hope that I can fill in many gaps, provide as much documation as possible,
including photos of the subjects, their homes and graves. It is my desire to create a
legacy for all of my relatives.
Our family can be said to be representative of America, or at least that portion
of the basic fiber of this country as appearing in the central Atlantic area of
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia with some admixtures from New
England and extensions to the South and West.
One set of my grandparents (Colemans) go back to German settlers of craftsmen and
farmers in Pennsylvania with additions of English, Scotch and Irish. They came from
Pa and moved into northern Maryland. These people kept track of their roots and the
modern date relationships are well known. The Grimes family were yeoman farmers from
England who moved into Western Maryland and mixed with the Garbers, Saylors, Baers
and other Pennsylvania Germans. The Cross family are mostly English now, but were Pa
Germans who traveled west to the mountains and then turned south, winding up as
farmers and small townspeople in West Virginia. The Wyatts came from England where
they had connections in the landholding class, They intermarried with many other
families, some from New Jersey, New York and Mass. This branch of my family has been
fairly well recorded. It is said that the winners write the history books. That is
true, but let us remember that the winners must celebrate their wins by glorifing the
vanquished. Our people also intermarried with German, Swiss, French and other
Enjoy this work and contact me with any errors and/or omissions.