Note: SOURCE: History of Beaufort County On 14 August 1880, Washington and eastern Carolina was shocked by the news of the murder of Major General Bryan Grimes. Genral Grimes who lived his platation near present Grimesland, just over the Beaufort County line in Pitt County, maintained his office in Washington. Near dark on that afternoon when General Grimes was returning from Washington to his home he was ambushed at Bear Creek, a short distance north of old Trinity Chapel, and murdered with a blast from a shotgun.
Two brother W. B. and Howell Paramore who operated a general store at nearby Nelson's Crossroads and who had quarelled with General Grimes over land boundaries, were suspected. When the Sheriff reached Nelson's Crossraods the Paramore brothers had fled.
Later William Parker who lived on a farm near Grimes's plantation came under suspicion because of the smallness of his feet. Parker's shoes filled the footprints of the man who had waited in the marsh near Bear Creek for the arrival of General Grimes. Two witnesses wore they had seen Parker czrrying a shotgun on the afternoon of 14 August.
Because of the illness of a member of the jury, Parker's first trial ended in mistrial. High feelings in Beaufort county resulted in Parker's second trial being held in Martin county, in June 1881. Before this trial could be held, word was received that Howell Paramore had committeds suicide in a hotel room in Cheraw, South Carolina. This suicide with its accompanying assumption of guilt cast a doubt upon the guilt of Parker, who was acquitted.
Later Parker came to Washington and while drunk brageed of having killed Grimes. He was locked up for his own protection. That night men came to the jail and took him out. He was found hanging from the Washington Bridge the next morning.
A note of irony here is that Grimes had sold the bridge to Beaufort county the year before.
kinstonJournal: W. B. PARAMOUR of Pitt Co. poisioned well of J. J. LAUGHINGHOUSE of Pitt Co.
kinstonJournal: 2 Dec 1880 - Thurs
kinstonJournal: W.B. PARAMOUR fled for killing Gen. W. B. GRIMES ofPitt
1880USCensus: Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age BirthplaceOcc upation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace William W. PARAMORE Self M Male W 35 NCWor ks In ... Mill NC NC Mary A. PARAMORE Wife M Female W 25 NC Keeping House NCNC Mason S. PARAMORE Son S Male W 6 NC NC NC William B. PARAMORE Son S Male W 5 NC NC NC Richard J. PARAMORE Son S Male W 2 NC NC NC Souson M. PARAMORE Dau S Female W 10M NC NC NC
1880USCensus: ------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------- Source Information: Census Place Chicoa, Pitt, North Carolina Family History Library Film 1254977 NA Film Number T9-0977 Page Number 288D
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