Jackson Grimshaw, Prominent Attorney and Abe Lincoln Supporter in Quincy, Illinois

Jackson Grimshaw was born in Philadelphia in 1822, the son of William Grimshaw, noted historical author, and Harriet (Milligan) Grimshaw. After working for five years as an engineer for a railroad, he studied law and relocated to Pittsfield, Illinois, where he was a partner in a law firm with his older brother, William A. Grimshaw, for 14 years. He then moved to Quincy, Illinois, where he gained prominence as a capable lawyer and became politically active. He was among the influential group of politicians that initially persuaded Abraham Lincoln to run for the presidency. Although he won the post of Internal Revenue collector, he was disappointed in not receiving a judgeship in Kansas from Lincoln. Jackson died in 1875 at the rather young age of 53 and is buried in Quincy with his two wives and several children.


Webpage Credits

Photo of Jackson Grimshaw

Jackson Grimshaw Information in Chapman’s “History of Pike County, Illinois”

Jackson Grimshaw and Abraham Lincoln

Autographed Copy of Lincoln-Douglas Debates from Lincoln to Jackson Grimshaw

Jackson Grimshaw’s Obituary

Location of Law Offices of Williams & Grimshaw at 132 Hampshire, Quincy, Illinois

Gravesites of Jackson Grimshaw and Family Members

Jackson’s Brother, William Grimshaw, Another Prominent Illinois Attorney

Ancestor and Descendant Chart for Jackson Grimshaw


Webpage Credits

Thanks go to Judi Gilker and Rhonda Miller of Quincy, Illinois for their assistance in gathering the information for this webpage. Thanks also to Hilary Tulloch for providing the ancestor and descendant information.

Photo of Jackson Grimshaw

Judi Gilker found the photo shown in Figure 1 in the library or historical society files of Quincy, Illinois.

Figure 1. Jackson Grimshaw. Date of photo unknown.

Jackson Grimshaw Information in Chapman’s “History of Pike County, Illinois”

The following biography is presented in the “History of Pike County”1 (p. 396 and 664):

Jackson Grimshaw, younger brother of Hon. Wm. A. Grimshaw, was leader of the Bar in his day. He resided at Pittsfield fourteen years, then went to Quincy, where he died in December, 1875.

The following high eulogy was paid to the memory of Mr. Grimshaw by Hon. I. N. Morris before the Bar of Quincy, at the time of his decease: “I rise to second the motion to place on the records of this Court the resolutions adopted by the members of the Bar of Quincy, as a slight testimonial to the memory of Jackson Grimshaw. It is but little we can do, at best, to keep the defacing march of time from obliterating every sensitive memory of our departed friends, but we can do something toward it and let us do that little in this instance. Jackson Grimshaw deserves a living place in our minds and in our hearts. Yet he was mortal. He, like other men, had his faults and his virtues. His faults belonged to himself. His virtues to all. When the melancholy news came out from his residence, at  yesterday, that he was dead, its echo went over the city like the sound of a funeral bell, and “poor Grimshaw” was the general wail amid the heart-felt sorrow of all. His genius was of no ordinary kind; his energy was tireless, and he was true to his profession, his client and his honor. I challenge any man to say if he ever heard either impeached, even by a suspicion. If there was any thing the deceased hated more than any other, it was an illiberal, tricky, unmanly, dishonorable act, inside or outside of the profession, more especially inside of it. He had no patience with anything low or mean. These words grate on the ear, but I know of none more appropriate or expressive. His impulses flowed from a pure and noble inspiration, and were guided by a cultivated mind. I repeat it with pride, Jackson Grimshaw was an honest man. He bowed to no expediency, nor to sordid motive. He was easily excited, and the blood would mount to his cheeks instantly at a wrong or indignity, and he would rebuke it on the spot. All will concede there was not a particle of deceit or hypocrisy about him. What he was he was, and we all understood him. He did not ask a favor in a smiling, cunning, obsequious way, but he trod the world as a man; and he looked with pity and disdain upon the servile who crawl upon their belly. In short, I say from a long and intimate acquaintance, notwithstanding his quick resentment and hasty words, he was superior in all the better qualities of the head and heart, for he never meant or planned a wrong; never coolly devised an evil, or gave the least countenance to it in another. I do not speak the language of romance or eulogy, but the simple, unadorned language of truth, and by that standard let him be judged. He would not prostitute his profession to plunder the widow or the orphan, or, in other words, he did not study or practice it merely as a means of gain, but for the higher and nobler purpose of establishing justice among men, and not degrading the court-house into a place of tricks, technicalities and legal legerdemain. His sense of right was exalted, and he was not a spawn of nature, but was cast in the best mold. I repeat it, he was in the broadest sense of the term an honest and honorable lawyer and man.

It is no disparagement to others to say that in his profession he was the peer of any of them. He was a close student, but what was better, he was a close thinker. The principles bearing on his case shone through his mind as the face in the mirror, and they were unfolded to the Court and the Jury in language clear, forcible and convincing. His plain law, his impressment of facts, his elucidation, his power of analysis, his clear, forcible language and delivery, placed him justly in the front rank at the Bar. (p. 396)



From the first organization of the county Courts the Bar has been noted for the distinguished men who have ornamented it. Within its walls some who have won national fame earned their earlier forensic laurels. Among its graduates were Co. E. D. Baker, the brilliant orator, the cultivated gentleman, the statesman and the hero, whose brilliant life was untimely ended at the fatal battle of Ball’s Bluff; and Co. Daniel H. Gilmer, the genial friend and able lawyer, who fell a sacrifice to his patriotism at Stone River; and Col. Jackson Grimshaw, a keen and able lawyer, irresistible in debate, now gone to his rest; and Maj. Sam Hayes an able lawyer, a free-hearted and jovial companion; and Archie Williams, and Dick Richardson, and Isaac N. Morris, and James Ward, and J.W. Whitney, are among the members of the Bar who have passed away. (p. 664)

Additional Biography of Jackson Grimshaw

The following biography of Jackson was published in Munsell’s “Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois”2 (p. 212):

GRIMSHAW, Jackson, lawyer and politician, was born in Philadelphia, Nov. 22, 1820, of Anglo-Irish and Revolutionary ancestry. He was partially educated at Bristol College, Pa., and began the study of law with his father, who was a lawyer and an author of repute. His professional studies were interrupted for a few years, during which he was employed at surveying and civil engineering, but he was admitted to the bar at Harrisburg, in 1843. The same year he settled at Pittsfield, Ill., where he formed a partnership with his brother, “William A. Grimshaw. In 1857 he removed to Quincy, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He was a member of the first Republican Convention, at Bloomington, in 1856, and was twice an unsuccessful candidate for Congress (1856 and 58) in a strongly Democratic District. He was a warm personal friend and trusted counselor of Governor Yates, on whose staff he served as Colonel. During 1861 the latter sent Mr. Grimshaw to Washington and with dispatches announcing the capture of Jefferson Barracks, Mo. On arriving at Annapolis, learning that the railroads had been torn up by rebel sympathizers, he walked from that city to the capital, and was summoned into the presence of the President and General Scott with his feet protruding from his boots. In 1865 Mr. Lincoln appointed him Collector of Internal revenue for the Quincy District, which office he held until 1869. Died, at Quincy, Dec. 13, 1875.

Jackson Grimshaw and Abraham Lincoln

Jackson was apparently among the group of prominent Illinois Republicans that launched the presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. However, he was disappointed in the rewards he received in the political patronage system of the time. The following excerpts from the “Lincoln and Friends” website (http://www.mrlincolnandfriends.orgrelate much of the story of Jackson Grimshaw’s role and rewards.

Abraham Lincoln

The Transition to Presidency

Shortly after his defeat in the 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Mr. Lincoln wrote law partner William H. Herndon, Mr. Lincoln “began gradually to lose his interest in the law and to trim his political sails at the same time. His recent success had stimulated his self-confidence to unwonted proportions. He wrote to influential party workers everywhere. I know the idea prevails that Lincoln sat still in his chair in Springfield, and that one of those unlooked-for tides in human affairs came along and cast the nomination into his lap; but any man who has had experience in such things knows that great political prizes are not obtained in that way.” The truth is, Lincoln was as vigilant as he was ambitious, and there is no denying the fact that he understood the situation perfectly from the start.”1 Indeed, Mr. Lincoln was always ambitious – but he was never vain.

In early February 1860 Mr. Lincoln agreed with a small group of Republican politicians – including Jesse K. Dubois, Ozias M. Hatch, Norman B. Judd, Jackson Grimshaw, Leonard Swett, Ebenezer Peck, and Ward Hill Lamon – to put his name in play for the Republican presidential nomination. Don C. Seitz wrote in Lincoln the Politician: “Lincoln‘s formal entrance into the presidential contest was the result of a meeting of his friends in the office of O.M. Hatch, Secretary of State, at Springfield in early spring of 1859. Jackson Grimshaw, one of the company which included Norman B. Judd, chairman of the Republican State committee, Hatch, Ebenezer Peck and a few others said: ‘We all expressed a personal preference for Mr. Lincoln as the Illinois candidate for the Presidency, and asked him if his name might be used at once in connection with the nomination and election. With his characteristic modesty he doubted whether he could get the nomination even if he wished it, and asked until the next morning to answer as to whether his name might be announced. Late the next day he authorized us, if we thought proper to do so, to place him in the field.2

2Don C. Seitz, Lincoln the Politician, p. 144.

Although Jackson was appointed to the position of collector of Internal Revenue, his first choice was for a judgeship in Kansas, as shown below from the “Lincoln and Friends” website.

Illinois Patronage

Jackson Grimshaw, attorney and unsuccessful candidate for Congress. Appointed collector of Internal Revenue for Quincy in 1865 but had earlier wanted to be appointed U.S. District Judge in Kansas.

Mark W. Delahay (1817 -1879)

No thanks to Delahay, Mr. Lincoln did win – and Delahay was unfortunately heard from again. Delahay “corresponded much withLincoln during the war,” said one fellow Kansan who noted that Delahay was “not famous for hard sense,”9 Delahay was controversial, even among Mr. Lincoln’s friends. Fellow attorney Henry Clay Whitney called him “distressingly impecunious and awfully bibulous.”10 Visiting Springfield in October 1863, presidential aide John Hay reported that Shelby Cullom and his uncle Milton Hay were “in a terrible miff about the appointment of Mark Delahay to the Judgeship in KansasThey had recommended Jack Grimshaw who is outraged at being beaten by Delahay.”11 Grimshaw had been one of the original and respectable Illinois backers of Mr. Lincoln’s presidential ambitions.

11Michael Burlingame and John R. Turner Ettlinger, editor, Inside Lincolns White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, p. 91-92 (October 13, 1863 – this entry was crossed out).


During the Civil War, Delahay worked with Senator Jim Lane, an eccentric and erratic politician, in stirring up trouble on the border with the Indian Territory. Delahay was appointed as surveyor general for Kansas and Nebraska in 1861 and U.S. District Judge in 1863. The appointment raised many complaints in Illinois,Kansas and Washington. Quincy attorney Jackson Grimshaw, who wanted the appointment, wrote Senator Lyman Trumbull: “Will the Senate confirm that miserable man Delahay for Judge inKansas. The appointment is disgraceful to the President who knew Delahay and all his faults, but the disgrace will be greater if the Senate confirms him. He is no lawyer, could not try a case properly even in a Justice’s Court, and has no character.”18

18Michael Burlingame and John R. Turner Ettlinger, editor, Inside Lincolns White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, p. 317 (Letter from Jackson Grimshaw to Lyman Trumbull, November 16, 1863).

It is interesting to note (Landrum3, p. 110) that Jackson’s commission as Collector of Internal Revenue for the 4th Congressional District was signed by Lincoln on April 12, 1865, just two days before Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes booth on April 14.

Lincoln apparently made a serious mistake in passing over Jackson for the notorious Mark Delahay, as shown in the following excerpt:

Referring to Delahay, Massachusetts Congressman John B. Alley later complained : “One of Mr. Lincoln’s greatest weaknesses seemed to be in being more or less oblivious to the faults of dear friends. Once he made an exceedingly obnoxious nomination for a United States Judgeship. A large majority of the Senate were indignant and opposed to the nomination. The nominee was a very old friend of the President and he was determined to have him confirmed. A distinguished senator told me that the Senate would never vote to confirm. I replied. ‘You do not know Mr. Lincoln. He greatly desires the confirmation, and it will be done.’ ‘Never, never,’ said he. But he was confirmed, and Senator [Charles] Sumner was the only one who spoke against it.”

According to Rufus Rockwell Wilson, “Delahay was often in his cups, and his conduct both on and off the bench compelled his resignation at the end of a decade.”

Autographed Copy of Lincoln-Douglas Debates from Lincoln to Jackson Grimshaw

The close connection between Abraham Lincoln and Jackson Grimshaw is further demonstrated in an interesting anecdote about a desk once owned by Jackson Grimshaw. The desk was found to have in it a small tract, autographed by Lincoln for Jackson, on the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Within the booklet was a handwritten ode to Jackson entitled “Old Grimes”, authored by Albert Gaston Greene in 1822, which may have had something to do with honoring Jackson Grimshaw upon his death in 1875. The anecdote (Fifer4, p. 78-80) is shown below.



This is a story about a desk and a book which are the property of Mr. Finlay Carrott, the attorney. The desk was once the property of O.H. Browning and his partner, Mr. Bushnell, who was the first president of the C., B. & Q. Railroad.

I think it is interesting to know that the original charter of the C., B. & Q was signed on this desk. Mr. Browning was secretary of the Interior during the administration of President Johnson. When Mr. Carrott first became in possession of this desk he found, among other things, a letter press and in this press was an invitation to attend a dinner in honor of William M. Evarts. Mr. Evarts was Attorney General during the administration of President Johnson. The invitation was signed by a number of prominent members of the New York bar, including Samuel J. Tilden who eight years later was the Democratic candidate for the presidency.

The desk is a huge affair about six feet long and perhaps four feet wide, one of these so-called “double desks” with the drawer pedestals on both sides. And along side the desk are two chairs which certainly Mr. Carrott believes are over a hundred years old. The disk is that old or older and without a doubt. Mr. Abraham Lincoln, who was a great friend of Mr. Brownings, used the desk and the chairs many times on his visits to Quincy.

After the deaths of Mr. Browning and Mr. Bushnell the desk became the property of Jackson Grimshaw, who was a prominent lawyer inQuincy and who died about 1875. The desk then became the property of James F. Carrott who was the father of Finlay Carrott and the grandfather of Montgomery and James Carrott. Mr. James F. Carrott, of course, handed it down to his son, Finlay. It is interesting to note, too, that James F. Carrott occupied the same offices with Browning and Bushnell after he graduated from Harvard in 1872 up to and including 1881.

Mr. Carrott opened one of the drawers of this famous desk and showed me a book which is an original printed edition of the Lincoln and Douglas debates. There were seven in all, one each inOttawa, Shreveport, Jonesboro,

Charleston, Galesburg,  Quincy andAlton. This book was originally the property of Jackson Grimshaw who had a sale of law books on the second floor of theRogers Building. Thats the building which is now occupied by the Belasco Theater on the ground floor, although Mr. Brownings office was on the second floor.

Mr. J.F. Carrott obtained this book which he handed down to his son and on the first page of this book, there is in Lincolns own handwriting the following – “To Honorable Jackson Grimshaw, with respects from A. Lincoln.” Mr. Carrott believes that this is the only original printed edition of the Lincoln-Douglas debates which is autographed by old Honest Abe himself. In thumbing through the book I ran across some faded and pressed goldenrod blossoms. Mr. Carrott tells me they were in the book when he received it from his father and a little farther on there are two verses written out in longhand on faded papereand dedicated to “Old Grimes.” The verses are as follows:


Old Grimes is dead. That good old man

We neer shall see him more

He wore a single breasted coat

That buttoned down before

His heart was open as the day

His feelings all were true

His hair, it was inclined to grey

He wore it in a queue

He lived at peace with all mankind

In friendship he was true

His coat had pocket holes behind

His pantaloons were blue

But poor old Grimes is now at rest

Nor fears misfortunes frown

He had a double breasted vest

The stripes ran up and down

These verses were written in 1822 by Albert Gaston Greene and were sung to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.” Just a part of the story of the famous Browning-Bushnell-Lincoln-Grimshaw-Carrott desk.

Jackson Grimshaw’s Obituary

Jackson died at the rather young age of 53 in 1875. The following obituary appeared in the “Weekly Whig” on December 16, 1875:


Death of Col. Jackson Grimshaw, This Morning

An Account of the Life and Services of the Deceased.

Hon. Jackson Grimshaw died at his residence in this city, on York street, this morning, aged 53 years. His death was not unexpected, for he was reported fatally ill for some days.

Jackson Grimshaw was born in Philadelphia, Pa, Nov. 22, 1822. He studied deligently (sic) while at school, and at the early age of 17 he won a position as civil engineer on the New York & Erie Railway. Five years subsequently, in 1843, having read law in Harrisburg, he removed to Illinois, locating in Pittsfield, Pike County. He there pursued the practice of law for fourteen years with his brother, Wm. A. Grimshaw, a leading member of the bar of this State, and then came to Quincy, where he associated himself with Judge Archibald Williams in the profession. It has been truly said by one who faithfully chronicled the more important events in the life of Mr. Grimshaw, that the history of the firm of Williams & Grimshaw forms (a) bright page in Illinois jurisprudence, these lawyers figuring in many of the celebrated cases then before our State courts and successfully contending with the best legal talent of the country. In 1856 and again in 1858 Mr. Grimshaw was nominated by the Republicans of this district for Congress, and made an excellent canvass against the great majority of the Democracy. Since then he has often been urged for various positions of trust and honor, but always declined to become a political candidate. In 1865 Mr. Grimshaw was appointed by President Lincoln collector of internal revenue for the Quincy district, which he held until 1869, when he again resumed the practice of the law. Mr. Grimshaw was a man of very rare ability and judgment, and for years none outranked him in eminence at the Bar. With his warm impulses and genial manners, he had hosts of earnest friends at home and throughout the State. In his last illness he was surrounded by near and dear relatives, who have the sympathy of a large circle of acquaintances in their bereavement.

The high order of intelligence and love of liberty which characterized the deceased was inherited from his noble family. His mother was a native of Charleston, S.C., and her father a captain in the army of the Revolution. Col. Grimshaws father was an author of celebrity, the writer of many school books, one of the best histories of the United States *** in the schools being of ***, was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1815; landed at Charleston, S.C., and so averse was he to slavery that he united with his wife, the mother of Jackson, in the sale of a plantation of 1,000 acres, the gift of South Carolina to J.J. Milligan, Mrs. Grimshaws father, and removed to the free State of Pennsylvania.

Col. Jackson Grimshaw, the deceased, took part in the Illinois Republican State Convention at Bloomington in 1856. He was an active friend of Lincoln, Yates and other prominent men of the day. He carried in 1861 dispatches to Washington from Gov. Yates of the capture of arms at the St. Louis arsenal, walking from Annapolis to Washington, and giving the first intelligence at the national capital that Illinois and the West were for the Union.

(***not legible)

Location of Law Offices of Williams & Grimshaw at 132 Hampshire, Quincy, Illinois

The location of Quincy on the Mississippi River on the boundary between Illinois and Missouri (just upstream from Hannibal, Missouri, hometown of Mark Twain) is shown in Figure 2. Before moving to Quincy, Jackson lived in Pittsfield, about 40 miles southeast of Quincy, where he was a partner in a law firm with his brother, William Grimshaw.

Figure 2. Location of Quincy, Illinois and the law offices of Jackson and his partner, Judge Archibald Williams, in downtown Quincy.

The location of the law offices of Grimshaw and Williams in downtown Quincy is shown below.

Gravesites of Jackson Grimshaw and Family Members

Jackson and a number of his family members are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Quincy. Shown in Figure 3 is an image from the grave records for the cemetery (Volume I page 50 Block 5, Lot 81). Thanks go to Judi Gilker for providing this image.

Figure 3. Image of grave records of Jackson Grimshaw and his wives and children.

Jackson’s Brother, William Grimshaw, Another Prominent Illinois Attorney

Jackson’s older brother, William Grimshaw, was born in Philadelphia in 1813 and was educated as a lawyer, passing the bar at age 19. William Grimshaw, described on a companion webpage, migrated to Pike County Illinois in 1833 when the area was still on the frontier of the American West. There he became prominent in politics and civic affairs, including representation of Pike County at the Illinois 1847 Constitutional Convention. Jackson and William Grimshaw were in partnership in a law practice from about 1843 to 1857, when Jackson moved to Quincy. Like Jackson, William apparently enjoyed a close and lengthy professional relationship with Abraham Lincoln.

Ancestor and Descendant Chart for Jackson Grimshaw

Jackson descended from an illustrious line of Grimshaws. His father was William Grimshaw, noted author of historical works and other books. Shown in Figure 4 is a chart with Jackson’s ancestry and a few descendants

Figure 4. Ancestors (and siblings and some descendants) of Jackson Grimshaw. Information is from records of Hilary Tulloch, who indicates that it has not yet been fully checked against primary documentary sources.

Nicholas Grimshaw (18 Apr 1714 – 19 Mar 1777) & Susannah Grace Briercliffe (1715 – 27 Oct 1777)

|—–Nicholas Grimshaw (10 Jul 1747 – 28 Feb 1805) & Mary Wrigley (Apr 1749 – 31 Oct 1801)

|—–|—–John Grimshaw (15 Feb 1770 – 19 Sep 1771)

|—–|—–James Grimshaw (9 Jul 1772 – 23 Mar 1866) & Alicia Robinson (1773 – 1 Mar 1811)

|—–|—–Isabella Grimshaw (13 Nov 1772 – 30 Nov 1774)

|—–|—–Thomas Grimshaw (3 Jun 1774 – 11 Nov 1855) & Elizabeth (Betsey) Blizard (1776 – 18 Dec 1823)

|—–|—–Susanna Grimshaw (25 Jan 1776 – 13 Apr 1801) & Robert Getty (9 Jun 1761 – 16 Aug 1829 )

|—–|—–Edmund Grimshaw (12 Jul 1777 – 20 Mar 1854) & Elizabeth (Betsey) Taylor ( – 18 Jun 1847)

|—–|—–Nicholas Grimshaw (28 Feb 1778 – 10 Oct 1803)

|—–|—–Mary Anne Grimshaw* (24 Feb 1781 – 13 Sep 1854) & Edward Bates

|—–|—–Mary Anne Grimshaw* (24 Feb 1781 – 13 Sep 1854) & William Murphy

|—–|—–William Grimshaw* (22 Nov 1782 – 8 Jan 1852) & Harriet Elizabeth Milligan (1788 – 16 Feb 1826)

|—–|—–|—–Charlotte Grimshaw (22 Apr 1807 – 4 Mar 1882)

|—–|—–|—–Harriett Grimshaw (18 Apr 1808 – Circa 1808)

|—–|—–|—–Isabella Grimshaw (22 Aug 1810 – May 1895)

|—–|—–|—–William Arthur Grimshaw* (1 Jun 1813 – 7 Jan 1895) & Maria Ann Sellon (25 Jun 1817 – 17 Jul 1854)

|—–|—–|—–|—–William Grimshaw (18 Mar 1842 – 18 Oct 1842)***

|—–|—–|—–|—–Lucy Grimshaw (5 Oct 1844 – 8 Sep 1866)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Harriett Elizabeth Grimshaw (24 Sep 1846 – 9 Aug 1850)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Charlotte Grimshaw (7 May 1848 – 31 Mar 1908 ) & Albert Searjeant Archer ((? – 27 Aug 1916)

|—–|—–|—–|—–|—–Lucy Harriett Archer (6 Oct 1873 – 17 Apr 1951)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Maria Ann Grimshaw (25 Dec 1849 – 1933) & Roland Maddison Worthington (1851 – 18 Nov 1912)

|—–|—–|—–|—–|—–William Holland Worthington (4 Dec 1875 – 1953) & Clara Vanatta (19 Sep 1882 – ?)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Isabella Grimshaw (9 Nov 1851 – 1929)

|—–|—–|—–|—–James Grimshaw (15 Sep 1853 – 18 Aug 1854)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Unnamed Daughter Grimshaw (Before 17 Jul 1854 – Circa 1854)

|—–|—–|—–William Arthur Grimshaw* (1 Jun 1813 – 7 Jan 1895) & Margaret Grimshaw (1824 – 3 Mar 1862)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Mary Alicia Grimshaw (1 Jun 1857 – 21 Nov 1861)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Henrietta Grimshaw (26 Jun 1859 – 1945) & Charles Teil Etheridge (4 Jan 1849 – 1 Jan 1910)

|—–|—–|—–|—–|—–Edith Grimshaw Etheridge (26 Dec 1884 – 1944)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Susan Cameron Grimshaw (18 May 1861 – 1940) & G. Walter Boothby (1859 – 1935)

|—–|—–|—–|—–|—–Margaret Eastwood Boothby (19 May 1898 – Aug 1986) & Benjamin Sperry (15 Apr 1894 – Jun 1985)

|—–|—–|—–William Arthur Grimshaw* (as above) & Almarina Emaulette Webb Campbell (21 Nov 1842 – 27 Aug 1924)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Jane Glover Grimshaw (17 Oct 1877 – 1940) & John Ross Frampton (10 Jul 1879 – 1955)

|—–|—–|—–|—–William Arthur Grimshaw (8 Jul 1879 – 11 Apr 1934 & Madeline Susanna Berger (25 Oct 1883 – ?)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Almarena Emaulette Grimshaw (21 Dec 1881 – 9 Sep 1980) & Paul Heinrich Franz Grote (19 Dec 1874 – 11 Aug 1929)

|—–|—–|—–Harriett Grimshaw (22 May 1814 – May 1884) & Benjamin Sellon (28 Jul 1818 – 30 Jul 1881)

|—–|—–|—–|—–John Sellon (ca 1849 – ?)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Harriett Sellon (ca 1841 – Jan 1897)

|—–|—–|—–|—–William Sellon (Ca 1843 – 1928)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Sydney Sellon (1855 -1876)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Charlotte Sellon (ca 1848 – 1905)

|—–|—–|—–James Grimshaw (24 Jul 1816 – Before 1858) & Elizabeth

|—–|—–|—–Eliza Ann Grimshaw (18 Jul 1818 – )

|—–|—–|—–Hamilton Grimshaw (26 Jul 1819 – 24 Jul 1820)

|—–|—–|—–Jackson Grimshaw* (22 Nov 1820 – 13 Dec 1875) & Maria Merrick Bush (2 Jan 1826 – 29 Apr 1854)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Ellen Eliza (Nelly) Grimshaw (29 Jul 1852 – 13 Sep 1862)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Arthur Hamilton Grimshaw (19 Feb 1854 – 11 Oct 1854)

|—–|—–|—–Jackson Grimshaw* (22 Nov 1820 – 1875) & Cornelia Bowne Curran (12 May 1833 – Apr 1903)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Elizabeth Curran Grimshaw (12 Sep 1860 – 1924) )

|—–|—–|—–|—–William Jackson Grimshaw (27 Aug 1862 – 20 Jul 1863)

|—–|—–|—–Sydney Grimshaw (20 Jul 1822 – Feb 1823)

|—–|—–|—–Hamilton Grimshaw (20 Jul 1822 – Feb 1823)

|—–|—–|—–Arthur Harper Grimshaw (16 Jan 1824 – 17 May 1891) & Elizabeth Bailey ( – Circa 1884)

|—–|—–William Grimshaw* (22 Nov 1782 – 8 Jan 1852) & Maria Caroline De La Croix (22 Aug 1808 – 13 Mar 1881)

|—–|—–|—–Robert Grimshaw (25 Jan 1850 – After 1940) & Margaret Morton Dillon (1 Aug 1847 – 10 Feb 1877)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Charlotte Grimshaw (3 Mar 1873 – ) & Malcolm MacLear (5 Feb 1872 – May 1912)

|—–|—–|—–|—–Mary Morton Grimshaw (25 Sep 1874 – ) & Cornelius B. Hite

|—–|—–|—–|—–Edith Dillon Grimshaw (1 Feb 1877 – ) & Adolf Stelling (12 Mar 1864 – )

|—–|—–|—–Robert Grimshaw (1850 – After 1940) & Marta Sharstein

|—–|—–|—–Mary Wrigley Grimshaw (9 Apr 1852 – ) & Benjamin Gaskell Simmons (6 Dec 1844 – 26 Jan 1909)

|—–|—–Joseph Grimshaw (7 Jul 1784 – 8 Jan 1812)

|—–|—–John Wrigley Grimshaw (8 Feb 1786 – 17 Aug 1786)

|—–|—–Henry Fielding Grimshaw (2 Mar 1787 – )

|—–|—–Robert Grimshaw (7 Feb 1788 – 9 Dec 1867) & Arabella Duffin (1789 – 29 Oct 1827)

|—–|—–Conway Blizzard Grimshaw (6 Feb 1789 – 18 Dec 1869) & Mary Osborne (1797 – 2 Jun 1865)

|—–|—–Howard Grimshaw (19 Mar 1790 – 8 Nov 1821)

|—–|—–Jackson Grimshaw (14 Apr 1791 – 21 Nov 1791)

|—–|—–Richard Grimshaw (2 Nov 1793 – 16 Nov 1793)

|—–|—–Christopher Briercliffe Grimshaw (27 Jul 1792 – Jan 1866) & Alice Passon (Circa 1798 – 16 Oct 1858)

|—–|—–Sarah Grimshaw (27 Sep 1795 – 13 Oct 1795)

|—–Thomas Grimshaw

|—–John Grimshaw


1Chapman, Charles C., & Co., 1880, History of Pike County Illinois; Together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history; Portraits of prominent persons and biographies of representative citizens: Chicago, IL, Charles C. Chapman & Co., 966 p.

2Anonymous, Historical encyclopedia of Illinois: Chicago, Illinois, Munsell Pub. Co. 1904, 897 pgs.

3Landrum, Carl A., Quincy in the Civil War: a view of the great conflict as seen through the eyes of a Quincy historian: Quincy, Ill. Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County?, 1966, 153 pgs. (p. 110)

4Fifer, C. Arthur., Do you remember?: Quincy, Ill. unknown, 1951, 153 pgs. (p. 78-80)

Webpage History

Webpage posted September 2004. Updated October 2004 with additional biography. Updated November 2004 with anecdote on Jackson’s desk and Lincoln-Douglas Debate booklet signed by Lincoln.