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  • ID: I5747
  • Name: James SIMS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 OCT 1754 in Culpeper County, Virginia 1
  • Death: Bet 1840-1848 in Swiss, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
  • Burial: Simms Memorial Church Cemetery, Swiss, Nicholas County, West Virginia
  • Reference Number: DAR#A109339
  • _TAG: Proven Ancestors
  • _UID: 8BE76AAB06169648A41636130D7A01ECF83F
  • Event: DAR#A109339 Military Service
  • Note:
    James SIMS (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia

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

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

    TITLE

    "James Sims of Fayette and Nicholas Counties, (West) Virginia, according to his descendants, was son of Jeremiah Sims, who "sick and weak" wrote will 4 March 1768. It left to wife Agatha one-half of his estate both real and personal; the other half to his son James. If James died without heirs, his wife to have use of whole estate during her life; then to be equally divided between his two nephews Thomas Graves and Jonathan Sims. After Jeremiah's death, Agatha married Russell Hill and is referenced to in will of her father John Nalle as Agatha Hill. However no definite proof has been established."
    [Source: Prewitt's "Thomas Sims of Culpeper and Edmund Butler of Virginia and Kentucky." Call No. 929.273 Si58pr. "Other Culpeper Sim(m)s" pg 156]

    1754-1763
    The French and Indian War took place from the year of James Sims' birth in 1754 until officially ending in North America with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on February 10, 1763. Five years later James' father Jeremiah Sims died leaving a widow and young son.

    1779
    17 December 1779 James and Phebe sold 118 acres of land in Bromfield parish, in the Great Fork of the Rappahannock river in Culpeper County, Virginia. The land acquired 30 October 1762 (Culpeper County, Virginia Deed Book D, Page 547-550) by Jeremiah Sims had been left to James Sims "by my father".
    [Source: Culpeper County, Virginia, Deed Book H, pages 475-477]

    1795
    These documents mention money that was paid to James Sims in 1795.
    Chancery Records Index
    Locality: Augusta County, Virginia
    Index Number: 1807-076
    Original Case Number: 106
    Plaintiff(s): Joel Walker
    Defendant(s): James Armstrong, John Bollar attorney
    Surnames: Armstrong, Atley, Bollar, Conrod, Elliott, Hansford, Hughs, Lovejoy, McClintick, Reed, Reid, Rucker, Scott, Simms, Sims, Steel, Steele, Sumatt, Walker, Ward
    (62 images in file)

    1796
    Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842; pg. 11 mentions James Sims
    (in file)

    1796
    19 August 1796 James was granted 240 acres on Bollors Ridge on the waters of Jacksons River in Botetourt County,Virginia.
    [Source: Botetourt County, Virginia, Grants, Grants 35, 1795-96 p. 641]

    1797 Chancery Records
    Locality: Bath County, Virginia
    Index Number: 1797-003
    Original Case Number: J111
    Plaintiff(s): James Sims
    Defendant(s): James Armstrong etc.
    Surname(s): Armstrong, McClintic, Scot, Sims
    Plat: No
    Format
    LVA Microfilm Reel Number: 98
    Local Reel Number: 077
    Image Number: 0490
    http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=017-1797-003
    (no images as of 14 Sep 2014

    1798
    27 October 1798 James sold 240 acres on Bollors Ridge on the waters of Jacksons River in Bath County, Virginia.
    [Source: copy of original document]

    1800
    Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842; pgs. 20-21 mentions James Sims
    (in file)

    1800
    "James Sims, great-grandfather of Miletus Sims (who is now living at Swiss and is 94 years of age), came from Culpepper county, Virginia, in 1795, and bought a 600-acre tract of land from Morris and Jones for which he paid on (sic, one) old plug horse and a muzzle-loading rifle. This tract of land was partly in Nicholas and partly in Fayette county."
    [Source: J.T. Peters and H.B. Carden, "History of Fayette County", published by the Fayette County Historical Society, Inc., 1926, pg. 610]
    Note: I have only been able to locate a deed for 123 acres of land bought from Jones in 1800 for the sum of five shilling. Could the person giving the information to Peters and Carden in 1926 have been exaggerating? Earlier land deeds may need to be checked.

    1800
    John Jones to James Sims Deed
    James purchased 123 acres on Little Elk Creek in then Kanawha (now Nicholas) County,(West) Virginia from John Jones.
    [Source: Kanawha County, (W)Virginia Deed Book A-391, copy of original document]

    1800 U.S. Federal Census
    not available.....Virginia was lost (may be re-created using tax lists and other records)

    1807 Chancery Records
    Close Case Details
    Locality: Augusta County, Virginia
    Index Number: 1807-076
    Original Case Number: 106
    Plaintiff(s): Joel Walker
    Defendant(s): James Armstrong and John Bollas
    Surname(s): Armstrong, Atley, Bollar, Conrod, Elliott, Hansford, Hughs, Lovejoy, McClintick, Reed, Reid, Rucker, Scott, Simms, Sims, Steel, Steele, Sumatt, Walker, Ward
    http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=015-1807-076

    1809 Tax List
    Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    James Simms
    Note: This was before the formation of Nicholas County.

    1810 U.S. Federal Census
    Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    Pg 15 Ln #23
    Simms, James
    1 male 0-10 yo (James Jr.)
    1 male 45+ yo (James)
    3 females 0-10 yo (Margaret, Sarah, Mildred)
    1 female 26-45 yo (Elizabeth)
    5 slaves (Isaac, Black Jude, Black Fanny, Robert , and ??)
    Note: This was before the formation of Nicholas County.
    (in scrapbook)

    1818
    Nicholas County was initially created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on January 30, 1818 from parts of Greenbrier, Kanawha and Randolph counties. The county's boundaries, however, were disputed and altered to its current status by another act of the Assembly on January 29, 1820. The county was named in honor of Wilson Cary Nicholas (1761-1820) who was Governor of Virginia 1814-1816.

    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Enumerated by Hedgman Triplett
    26 December 1820
    Page No. 204B
    Sims, James
    2 males under 10 yo (Dryden, Charles)
    1 male over 45 yo (James)
    2 females under 10 yo (Jane & Sarah)
    2 females 10 & under 16 yo (Margaret, Mildred)
    1 female 26 & under 45 yo (Elizabeth)
    3 persons engaged in agriculture
    2 male slaves under 14 yo
    2 male slaves 14 & under 26 yo (Isaac and Robert)
    3 female slaves under 14 yo
    2 female slaves 14 & under 26 yo
    17 persons total in household of which 9 were slaves
    (in scrapbook)

    Concerning the slaves of the Sims family:

    "The Nutters were active in Bethel Methodist Church at Poe on Laurel Creek. This is the oldest church, 1810, in Nicholas County. According to church records, David was elected senior class leader in 1821. Per W. G. Brown History of Nicholas County, other members of the class at that time included John Dorsey, Cornelius Dorsey, Nancy Dorsey, Arie (Arah) Dorsey, Black Jude, and Black Fanny, slaves of the Simms Family."
    [Source: "David Nutter's Second Family" taken from pg. 134 of "Nicholas County West Virginia History 1985"; Summersville, West Virginia, Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society Inc., 1985. 975.469 N597.]

    1830 U.S. Federal Census
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Sims, James
    1 male 5 & under 10 yo (George W.)
    2 males 15 & under 20 yo (Dryden & Charles)
    1 male 70 & under 80 yo (James)
    1 female 15 & under 20 yo (Jane, only unmarried daughter still at home)
    1 female 40 & under 50 yo (Elizabeth)
    5 slaves:
    1 male 10 & under 20
    1 male 20 & under 30 (Isaac?)
    2 female 10 & under 24
    1 female 24 & under 36

    1832
    1 November 1832 James was granted 75 acres on the S. of Gauley river in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia.
    [Source: Virginia Land Grants, Land Office Grants No. 81, 1832-1833, p. 135.]

    He had an account (James Sims Senr.) with Mr. Landcraft (store owner):
    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18271-57695-21?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-5NG:179689901,179689902

    1840 U.S. Federal Census
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    James Sims Sr.
    1 male under 5
    1 male 10 & under 15
    1 male 15 & under 20 (George W.)
    1 male 80 & under 90 (James)
    1 female 50 & under 60 (Elizabeth)
    1 male slave 10 & under 24
    6 persons in household
    4 persons employed in agriculture

    James Sims, father of 15 (16) children and 125 (134) grandchildren, lived to see the first 10 U.S. presidents in office [George Washington 1789-1796, John Adams 1796-1800, Thomas Jefferson 1800-1809, James Madison 1809-1816, James Monroe 1817-1824, John Quincy Adams 1824-1828, Andrew Jackson 1828-1836, Martin Van Buren 1837-1840, John Tyler 1841-1844, and James K. Polk 1845-1848] and the first 27 states join the union [New Jersey 1887, Pennsylvania 1887, Delaware 1887, Maryland 1888, Massachusets 1888, Connecticut 1888, Georgia 1888, New Hampshire 1888, Virginia 1888, New York 1888, South Carolina 1888, North Carolina 1889, Rhode Island 1890, Vermont 1891, Kentucky 1892, Tennessee 1796, Ohio 1803, Louisiana 1812, Indiana 1816, Mississippi 1817, Illinois 1818, Alabama 1819, Maine 1820, Missouri 1821, Arkansas 1836, Michigan 1837, Texas 1845, and Florida 1845].
  • Change Date: 28 NOV 2017 at 19:26:34



    Father: Jeremiah SIMS b: ABT 1724 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    Mother: Agatha NALLE b: ABT 1732

    Marriage 1 Phebe [--?--] SIMS b: ABT 1755 in Virginia
    • Married: BEF 1777 in Poss. Culpeper County, Virginia
    • Note:
      Robert Owens notes that they were married 1775 in Culpepper County, Virginia.
      [Source: Owens, Robert. RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project. John Symes descendents. 25 August 2001. Online 23 October 2001]
    Children
    1. Has Children Jeremiah Sims b: 24 MAY 1777 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    2. Has Children William Sims b: 6 NOV 1780 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    3. Has Children Elizabeth Sims b: 1782 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    4. Has Children Martin Sims b: ABT 1783 in Virginia
    5. Has Children Edward "Ned" Sims b: 7 JUN 1785 in Virginia
    6. Has Children John Sims b: 15 MAY 1787 in Virginia
    7. Has Children Mary "Polly" Sims b: Bet 1788-1792 in Virginia
    8. Has Children Nancy Ann SIMS b: ABT 1793 in Bath County, Virginia

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth Cotton b: Bet 1776-1780 in Virginia
    • Married: 25 OCT 1796 in Bath County, Virginia
    • Note: The marriage bond for James Sims and Elizabeth Cotton was signed 25 October 1796, surety Enock Cotton, and with Benjamin Cotton consenting for his daughter Elizabeth. The witnesses were Enock Cotton and Shadrick Cotton. No minister return was filed. From this I have estimated that she was under 21 years of age when the marriage took place making her born abt. 1776.
    • Event: Marriage bond 25 OCT 1796 in Bath County, Virginia
    Children
    1. Has Children James Sims b: ABT 1801 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    2. Has Children Margaret Sims b: Bet 1801-1804 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    3. Has Children Sarah Sims b: Bet 1804-1806 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    4. Has Children Mildred "Milly" Sims b: ABT 1806 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    5. Has Children Jane L. Sims b: ABT 1810 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    6. Has Children Charles Fulton Sims b: 13 AUG 1815 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    7. Has Children Dryden Sims b: ABT 1818 in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    8. Has Children George Washington "Wash" Sims b: ABT 1821 in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia

    Marriage 3 The Beyond Kin Project (James Sims 1754-1845)
    • Note: THIS IS A PLACEHOLDER - CLICK ON THE BEYOND KIN PROJECT TO SEE THE ENSLAVED PERSONS

    Sources:
    1. Title: James Sims' Revolutionary War Pension Application dated February 18, 1834
      Abbrev: James Sims' Revolutionary War Pension Application dated February 18, 1834
      Text: Photocopy of original document received from David Fridley
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