John P. Grimes was born in Dickson County, Tenn., October 10, 1842, being a son of Joe and Hulda Jane (Walker) Grimes. At the age of seventeen years he enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 under Capt. Malroy, Company E. Eleventh Tennessee Regiment, for twelve months, and served throughout the war, receiving a severe wound in the thigh at Chickamauga, which disabled him for work a year, during which time he was confined in the hospital at Montgomery, Ala. He now resides with his father, having never married. He is about forty-four years of age, and is quite well to do in worldly goods. He is a Democrat and highly respected by his neighbors.