Jefferson County
Grimm Cemetery

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Grimm Cemetery is on Knox Twp. Rd. 240. It contains many members of 
the Grimm family dating back to the pioneer days. 

The following is from "Knoxville Area History 1802-1976"

At the top of the hill on the Jeffery Hill Road, Knox Township Road 
240, the Jeffery farms still bore some semblance of the fine orchards 
and poultry buildings for which these farms were so well known in 
former times. However, the fields of the neighboring farms adjoining 
the road, which once were tilled and tended into a high state of 
production of such families as the Masseys, the Shellys, and of 
course, the Grimms for whom the ridge was named. 

The Grimm family first settled in the area known as Grimm's Ridge in 
Knox Township by two brothers who came from Maryland in the early 
1800's and began farming the surrounding land. The first recorded deed
 for the land was to Sarah Grimm in 1878. She retained ownership of 
the Grimm Cemetery but the 160 acres later were deeded to John Grimm, 
father of Ford Grimm. 

Ford Grimm built the barn now standing around 1910, but the original 
house was destroyed several years ago. The original 160 acres are 
owned by Wilbur Grimm and his sister, Mrs Mary Jane Boring. Wilbur 
still has cattle there and puts up a little hay. 

About midway along the road lies the Grimm family burial ground, 
triangular in shape, and flanked on the right by a lane that leads to 
the old Stevenson farm and thence past the sugar camp once operated by
 the Mills family to its terminal at the new Knoxville school. This 
plot, about a half city lot in extent contains the last remains of 
many members of the Grimm family dating back to the pioneer days when 
such burial grounds were common. The number of interments in this area 
testify to the important part that the Grimm family played in the 
political and economic life of this Knox Township community. 

Many of the cemetery's dozen worn gravestones are chipped and sunken 
and most of the inscriptions are worn beyond legibility. Some of the 
markers, in this hollowed ground, have fallen from their foundations 
and remain in that position. Several of the stones have been knocked 
over by vandals. One of the markers, of ancient vintage, appears to 
made of terra cotta with the inscription carved in it with a sharp 
instrument long before time and the elements have made it 

The earliest dates inscribed are 1811 and 1823. One of the larger 
monuments bears the name of Emmanuel Grimm and the date of demise as 
1877. The date of birth and other information cannot be deciphered. 
The most impressive stone is that of two females, apparently sisters 
whose names were Sarah and Rachel. There is a date of 1864 for one of 
the sisters while the date for the other has never been incised. The 
final tombstone in the cemetery was placed on the grave of Sarah Grimm 
in 1904. In the old times several of the farms around here had family 
cemeteries, but why they didn't carry on the tradition is not known. 

This plot was once enclosed by a fence is attested by a partial row of
 posts standing at intervals around the circumference with the mortise 
for the rails still visible. 

The family is so scattered now and each generation has a little less 
interest in the farm. The township was given charge of the care of the cemetery. 

There are two approaches to this landmark. One turns to the left 
opposite the entrance to Lake Austin near the Vance Swickard farm. The
 road is straight and easily followed. If following this route, the 
cemetery is on the left. The other course would be to follow County 
Road 56 about two miles from its juncture with Route 213. A sign 
showing the location of the Beagle Club indicates the entrance to the 
Jeffery Hill road which may be followed directly to the site of the 
cemetery. Coming this way the cemetery would be on the right hand side

Info contributed by Mary J. Boring....  

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