SIMS Book

Rewriting the Biography of James SIMS 1754-1845 of Nicholas County, (West) Virginia

For nearly 15 years the SIMS family has fascinated me. I worked with a group of SIMS descendants in 2001-2002 per email. Everyone shared their information, photos, and documents. The result was the biography of James SIMS, Pioneer of Nicholas County, (West) Virginia, written in early 2002. Shared with cousins on April 28, 2002, corrections were made on February 22, 2003, and the last revision was made on August 25, 2013. Early versions have been attached to hundreds of trees on Ancestry.com.

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Jeff Prechtel Art & Illustration – used with permission.

Since writing the biography, I’ve published more posts about James SIMS, his property, his occupation, his slaves, his daughter Nancy Ann, and a new series of rough draft notes, Rewriting the Biography.

Table of Content

Jeremiah SIMS, the father of James SIMS (1754-1845)

Jeremiah SIMS 1730-1768 Culpeper County, Virginia

James SIMS (1754-1845), the original biography

James SIMS (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia

Rewriting the Biography: The Tragic Death of Phebe Sims

Property and land deeds

Rewriting the Biography: The James SIMS Tract of Land – SOLD!

52 Ancestors: #52 Resolution: A Visit to the James SIMS Property

Occupation

James SIMS (1754-1845), Gunsmith of Nicholas County

Slaves

Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 1

Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 2

Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 3

Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING: Mary, Isaac, Charles, and John

Misc. information for James SIMS

Rewriting the Biography: When Did James Sims Die?

Census work for James and his children

Rewriting the Biography: James SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: Jeremiah SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: William SIMS Sr. in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: Martin SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: Elizabeth SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: Edward SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: John SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: Mary SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: Nancy Ann SIMS in the U.S. Federal Census

Rewriting the Biography: James SIMS Jr. in the U.S. Federal Census

Margaret SIMS

Sarah SIMS

Mildred “Milly” SIMS

Jane L. SIMS

Charles Fulton SIMS

Dryden SIMS

George Washington SIMS

The children

Rewriting the Biography: The Windsor Connection (proof of William SIMS Sr.’s wife’s maiden name and parentage)

52 Ancestors: #37 Nancy Ann SIMS abt. 1793-bet. 1860-1870

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© 2018, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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