Davis & Carter (p. 358) indicate that Thomas (not James) was a former "servant" (= apprentice?) of Nicholas Nicholls.
In his Appendix VI, Millington gives the dates 1674-1700 for James and Thomas Grover, succeeded from 1700-1728 by Thomas Grover. Both Millington, Reed, and Moseley et. al. ( Founder's London A-Z) indicate that the Grover foundry had ceased operation by the time its materials were acquired the James foundry. (Moseley et. al. say Thomas James, but it must have been John James.)
Reed offers more detail. He says the foundry ceased operation on the death of Thomas Grover in 1728, at which time it passed to his daughters. He says that William Caslon I appraised it and offered too little. That sale failing, the materials were stored by a printer, Mr. Nutt, who (Reed says) cast from them for his own use.
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