NOTE: According to the 1865 Report of the West Virginia Adjutant General, First Lieutenant Samuel Grim resigned 26 Feb 1865. There is no evidence that he was a captain, despite the fact that it is stated in a biography of him in History of Greene County, Pennsylvania, 1888, by Samuel Bates.

Submitted by DeeAnna Allum Granston.

     Samuel Grim, s/o Armstrong and Mary Ann (Scott) Grim, was born March 24, 1837 in Richhill Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, and died December 13, 1901 in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. He married Lydia J. Goodwin February 17, 1864 in Greene County, Pennsylvania at home of A. J. Goodwin by Rev. A. J. Collins, daughter of A. Goodwin and Eliza Sargent. She died October 19, 1924 in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

MILITARY SERVICE: Civil War, First Lieutenant, Co. B, 1st WEST VIRGINIA Cavalry; later Captain; served August 6, 1861 to February 28, 1865

DOCUMENT: Military Pension Record from National Archives, Washington, D.C. (4 pages) (WC648417)

OCCUPATION (Samuel): Owner of general store; farmer and stock grower

DOMICILE: Greene County, Pennsylvania; Washington County, Pennsylvania; Greene County, Pennsylvania

FROM PUBLICATIONS: Page 836, HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, 1888, by Samuel P. Bates, bio of Captain Samuel Grim, as follows:

CAPT. SAMUEL GRIM, farmer and stock-grower, who was born in Richhill Township, March 24, 1837, is a son of Armstrong and Mary Ann (Scott) Grim, natives of this county, and of German and English origin. His father spent his life as a farmer. Of his family of nine children, all grew to be men and women and are now in active life. Capt. Grim is the third in the family, was reared on his father's farm, and received his education in the common schools and Waynesburg College. When the war broke out he gave up his studies and enlisted in Company B, First West Virginia Cavalry, was elected First Lieutenant and served three years. He was afterwards promoted to the position of Captain, and among other engagements he was in the second battle of Bull Run and the battles of Gettysburg and Winchester. After returning from the war, February 25, 1865, he embarked in the mercantile trade, opening a general store at West Finley, Washington County, Penn. After a period of nine years he returned to Richhill Township, settled on a farm, and has since continued in that occupation. He owns the farm where he now resides, which is well stocked and improved and contains 216 acres. Capt. Grim was united in marriage, February 14, 1864, with Lydia J., daughter of A. J. and Eliza (Sargent) Goodwin, natives of Greene County, and of German extraction. Their children are--Francis Sherman, Rosala, wife of James Allison, of Waynesburg, Penn.; Robert Lincoln, Henry Ward Beecher, Edna Blanche, James G. Blaine, Loa Logan and Francis Lydia. In politics Capt. Grim is a Republican. He is Adjutant of the William Smith G.A.R. Post, No. 428.

DISCREPANCY: Marriage date of February 17, 1964 is according to military pension record; marriage date of February 14, 1864 is according to History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

(1.) Francis "Sherman" Grim, born January 31, 1866 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died March 04, 1907 in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) Annie Allum; born January 02, 1873 in Greene County, Pennsylvania; died July 24, 1928 in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Buried at Greene Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, Section E, Lot 11 W 1/2.

NOTE: "Sherman Grim and Annie Allum had one son, Allum Grim. He left Waynesburg several years ago, and we have not been able to locate anyone who knows anything about him." Source: Mr. and Mrs. Brice Kennedy, Greene Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, 1960s. - - Annie's second husband may have been Harry Zollars (1890-1925).

(2.) Rosala M. Grim, born July 14, 1867. She married James Allison.

(3.) Robert Lincoln Grim, born August 19, 1872.

(4.) Henry Ward Beecher Grim, born November 24, 1874.

(5.) Edna Blanche Grim, born September 10, 1876.

(6.) James G. Blaine Grim, born June 10, 1882.

(7.) Loa Logan Grim, born June 20, 1884.

(8.) Frances Lydia Grim, born January 1886.


Transcribed by Patricia Sexton; hard copy provided by Linda Fluharty.

Declaration For an Original Invalid Pension

State of Pennsylvania,
County of Greene

On this 9th day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty two personally appeared before me, a Clerk of the Quarter Sess. Court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Samuel Grim aged 45 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Samuel Grim who was enrolled on the Sixth day of August, 1861, in company B of the First Regiment of West Va. Cav. commanded by Capt. Harvy Farabee and was honorably discharged at Winchester W.Va. on the 26th day of February, 1865. That his personal description is as follows: Age: 45 years; Height: Six feet 1/2 inches; Complexion: Fair; Hair: Brown mixed in gray; Eyes: Light. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, to the service and in the line of his duty at Romney in the State of West Va on or about the 9th day of January, 1862 he contracted the measles and by being exposed caused them to settle in his eyes. As stated above on the 9th day of January 1862, I took the measles while in camp at Romney WVa, the same evening our command was ordered to Patersons Creek. I with others was halled in a wagon exposed to the rane and cold, for twenty four hours, which caused the measles to locate in my eyes, which very nearly caused the loss of one and very much injured the other eye at the time. The sight of one eye being very nearly extinct ever since and the other very much affected.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: one of the Engine house Hospitals at Cumberland Md the name of which I forget-remained there about two weeks was Furloughed home remaining about sixty days, then returned to my Regt. at Winchester, Va.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Washington + Greene in the state of Pennsylvania, and his occupation has been that of a merchant + Farmer.
That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a School Teacher. That he is now partially disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.That he has not received nor applied for a pension; that his residence is Wind Ridge, Greene Co. Pa

Samuel Grim - signature
Jas P Allum - witness
D. E. Engle - witness

Department of Interior
Pension Office

Feb 5, 1883

Respectfully requested of the Adjutant General U.S.A. a report of service and disability in the case No. 449092 of Samuel Grim 1st Lieut. Co. B. 1st W.Va Cav.
Disabled by Measles and sore eyes at Romney, W.Va Jan 7, 1862.
Discharged 26 Feb, 1865
A full military history is requested with case

Wm. W. Dudley - signature

War Department, Adjutant General's Office
Washington, June 9th, 1883

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

Samuel Grim, a Sergt. of Company "B" 1st Regiment West Va. Cav. Volunteers, was enrolled on the 6th day of August, 1861, at Washington, Pa. for 2 years and is reported: On muster roll to Dec 31/61, Present to Feb'y 28 of 62, absent sick, at home, on furlough To June 3 of 63, Present for duty.
He was discharged to date Aug 12/63 for promotion to 1st Lieut. same Co. and Regt. for D.O. #146, Hd Qurs. Cav. Corps. A. of P., Aug. 3 of 63. No Regtl. returns on file to Dec. 1862.
Nature of sickness Feb. 28-62 not stated
No Regtl. Hospl. Records or Med. Cert. for furlough on Feb. 28-62 on file.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898

Certificate No. 197669
Samuel Grim

In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.
Very respectfully,
?????Evans, Commissioner.

Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Liddie J. Grim formally Goodwin.

When, where, and by whom were you married?
Feb 17, 1864 by Rev. Collins

Were you previously married?
Married but once

Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
F. Sherman born Jan 30, 1866
Rosala M. Grim born July 14, 1867
Robert L. Grim born August 19, 1872
Henry(?) W.B. Grim born Nov 21, 1874
Edna B. Grim born Sept 10, 1876
Geo.(?) G.B. Grim born June 10, 1882
Loa L. Grim born June 20, 1884
Francis L. Grim born June 1886

Samuel Grim - signature
July 4, 1898

Declaration for Original Pension for Widow
Child or Children Under Sixteen Years of Age Surviving

State of Pennsylvania
County of Greene

On this 26 day of Jan, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and there personally appeared before me, a Justice of The Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Lydia J. Grim, aged 59 years, a resident of Richhill Township, Greene county, Pennsylvania. Reside at town of Jacksonville said county known as Wind Ridge P.O. who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Act of Congress granting pensions to widows approved June 27, 1890 and May 9, 1900.
That she is the widow of Samuel Grim, who served during the late War of the Rebellion under the name of Samuel Grim from the 6th day of August, A.D. 1861, to the 28th day of February, A.D. 1865 as a 1st Sergeant + Lieutenant in Co. "B:, First Regiment W. Va Volunteer Cavalry and who was Honorably discharged from the service having served at least 90 days therein, and who died of heart Disease on the 13th day of December, A.D. 1901, at Waynesburg, Greene Co., Pa. that she is without other means of support than her daily labor, and an actual net income not exceeding $250 per anum; that she was married under the name of Lydia J. Goodwin to said Samuel Grim on the 17th day of February A.D. 1864, by Rev. A. J. Collins at the home of A. J. Goodwin, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married; that she has not remarried since the death of the said Samuel Grim.
(There were eight children-names not listed)
She hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation Taber & Whitman Co., of Washington, D.C., her true and lawful attorneys, to prosecute this claim; and in consideration of services done and to be done in the premises, she hereby agrees to allow her said Attorneys a fee of $10, payable only in the event of the allowance of the claim by the Commissioner of Pensions.
That her Postoffice address is Wind Ridge, Greene County, Pa.

Lydia J. Grim (signed)

State of Pa
County of Greene
In the matter of claim for pension 779619, Lydia, widow of Samuel Grim, B. W Va Cav.
Personally came before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for aforesaid County and State, Martin Supler, aged 62 years, residing at Ryersons Station, County of Greene, State of Penna., and Elizabeth R. Supler, aged 60 years, residing at Ryersons Station, County of Greene, State of Penna, who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: That they are personally acquainted with claimant, they being present at her marriage to Samuel Grim at her home in Richhill Township, Greene Co., Pa. The ceremony being performed by The Rev. A. J. Collins, on February 17th 1864. They further state that said claimant and husband lived together until her husband was elected County Commissioner since which time he was obliged to reside at the County seat. She residing in the home stead, and also affirm that she has not married since the date of his death. And further state that no one is legally bound for her support-and that they know or by right-ought to know (As one of the Affiants is a sister to Claimant and the other is a brother in law) of property inherited from said claimants father, A. J. Goodwin and know of the money she has loaned on mortgages. Income from said mortgages being two hundred and nineteen dollars.

Martin Supler - signature
Elizabeth R. Supler - signature

Declaration For Widow's Pension
Act of April 19, 1908
State of Pennsylvania
County of Greene

In an affidavit dated 24 April 1908, Lydia Grim, aged 64, declares that she is the widow of Samuel Grim who enlisted under the name of Samuel Grim in Co B of the 1st W.Va Vols. Cav. and served at least ninety days in the late Civil War 1861-1865 and resigned February 26, 1865. That he died on the 13th day of December 1901. That she was married to said soldier under the name of Lydia Goodwin on the 17th day of February 1864 and that neither spouse had been previously married. She stated that there are no children under sixteen years of age. That she has heretofore applied for pension and the application number is 777.619. That she appoints Edgar T. Gaddis, of Washington, D.C., her attorney to prosecute this claim and agrees to pay him a fee of ten dollars if successful. Her Post Office address is Wind Ridge, Greene county, Pennsylvania

Lydia Grim (signed)

Elizabeth R. Supler (signed)
Rock Lick, W. Va.
S. H. Barnett (signed)
Wind Ridge, Penna.

George W. Smith (signed)
Justice of the Peace

State of Pennsylvania
County of Greene

In claim No. 777619 of Lydia Grim, Widow of Samuel Grim of Co. B. of the 1st Regt. of W.Va Vols. Personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within and for the County and State aforesaid Elizabeth R. Supler age 65 years, whose P.O. is Rock Lick, W.Va, County of Greene, State Pennsylvania whom I certify to be credible, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows, to wit:
That she is a sister of Lydia Grim and that she knows that the said Lydia Grim has not remarried since Soldiers (Samuel Grim's) death.

Elizabeth R. Supler - signature

Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 26th day of May 1908, and I hereby certify that the contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest in this claim or its prosecution and I believe the affiant to be credible.

George W. Smith - signature
Justice of the Peace


Moundsville Echo, December 20, 1901


Captain Sam Grimm, well known to Marshall county GAR people, died in Waynesburg, Pa. on last Friday. He waqs a member of the First West Virginia Cavalry and rose from a company sergeant to the rank of captain. At the time of his death he was a member of the board of county commissioners of Greene County, Pa.

Submitted by Joseph D. Parriott; typed by Linda Fluharty.