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  • ID: I6280
  • Name: Martin Sims
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1783 in Virginia
  • Death: AFT 1853 in (West) Virginia
  • _UID: 3BFF6F4AE2CC464D9FB5E86146D9F419FD26
  • Note:
    1809 Tax List
    Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    (before Nicholas County was formed)
    Martin Simms

    1810 U.S. Federal Census
    Kanawha County, (West) Virginia
    Pg 15 Ln #24
    Simms, Martin
    2 males under 10 yo (Nelson & unknown son)
    1 male 26 & under 45 yo (Martin)
    1 female under 10 yo (Sarah)
    1 female 16 & under 26 yo (Susannah)
    Source: Falin, Becky. US GenWeb Archives. 1810 Kanawha County, WV. 5 August 1998. Online 4 October 2001

    1820
    Wm Sims & wf Elizabeth, Martin Sims & wf Susannah of Nicholas Co sold to Thos. Hugh for S150 Part of survey of 70 A. orig- granted to Wm Morris on Gauly R. on S.E. side . . corner of an Island . . near Gauly R. 15 July 1820.
    [Source: Nicholas County, West Virginia, Deed Book 1-112]

    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Enumerated by Hedgman Triplett, 26 December 1820
    Page No. 204B, Line #75
    Sims, Martin
    3 males under 10 yo (John, unknown son, James J.)
    1 male 10 & under 16 yo (unknown son seen in 1810)
    1 male 16 & under 26 yo (Nelson)
    1 male 26 & under 45 yo (Martin)
    1 female under 10 yo (unknown daughter)
    1 female 10 & under 16 yo (Sarah)
    2 females 26 & under 45 yo (Susannah and unknown female)
    [Source: Bryant, Neva Jane Stout. USGenWeb Archives. 1820 Federal Census Nicholas County, Virginia. 25 July 2001. Note: transcription has not been proofread. Online 3 October 2001]

    1820 August 17
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee(s): Caraway, Joshua and Martin Sims.
    Description: 127 acres on the south side of Gauly River in Rich Creek joining William Morris (patented land) and Joseph McNutt (surveyed land)
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 69, 1819-1820, p. 296 (Reel 135)]

    1822 & 1833
    Surv'd for Henry Trit & Martin Sims, 50a, Fayette Co., on Gauley R., on part of Tr. War. No. 2414, d. 26 Feb. 1822, asse. of Samuel Hutcheson, asse. of William Cook, bnd'd. viz. - [metes & bounds given]. 23 Mar. 1832 Francis Tyree SFC By location in Nicholas Co. [Endorses:] For value rec'd., I assign my part of the within to Henry Trit (S) Martin Sims, 21 Oct. 1833.
    [Source: Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Lodged Land Surveys, pg. 41-42]

    1823 June 20
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee: Sims, Martin
    Description: 42 acres on the South Side of Gauley River adjoining the land said Sims lives on
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 72, 1822-1826, p. 210 (Reel 138)]

    1824 June 17
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee: Sims, Martin
    Description: 125 acres on N. side of Gauley River adjoining the land of said Sims, William Sims and James Sims
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 73, 1823-1825, p. 206 (Reel 139)]

    1830 U.S. Federal Census
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Sims, Martin
    1 male under 5 yo (Anderson)
    1 male 5 & under 10 yo (Lewis)
    2 males 15 & under 20 yo (James J. & unknown son)
    1 male 20 & under 30 yo (John)
    1 male 40 & under 50 yo (Martin)
    1 female 20 & under 30 yo (Sarah)
    1 female 40 & under 50 yo (Susannah)
    [Source: Bryant, Neva Jane Stout. USGenWeb Archives. 1830 Federal Census Nicholas County, Virginia. 25 July 2001/October 2001. Online 13 November 2001]

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

    1835 October 1
    Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee(s): Sims, Martin and Wage, Cyrus
    Description: 90 acres on Gauley River
    Note: First names obtained from the original
    [Source #1: Land Office Grants No. 85, 1835-1836, p. 235 (Reel 151)]
    [Source #2: Fayette County Land grants, Book 2 page 61 (Land grant to Martin Sims et al of 90 acres on Wts. Gauley in 1835)]

    1838 November 30
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee(s): Sims, Martin & Hughs, Robert (see also Hues, Hughes)
    Description: 250 acres on N. side of Gauley river joining Martin Sims-Isaac Collins survey (see 1843)
    Note: First names obtained from the original
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 90, 1838-1840, p. 115 (Reel 156)]

    Note: Robert Hughes was the father of Martin's second wife Margaret Hughes.

    1840 U.S. Federal Census
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Martin Sims
    1 male 10 & under 15 yo (Anderson)
    1 male 15 & under 20 yo (Lewis)
    1 male 20 & under 30 yo (John)
    1 male 50 & under 60 yo (Martin)
    1 female under 5 yo (grandchild?)
    1 female 20 & under 30 yo (Sarah)
    1 female 30 & under 40 yo (Margaret, md. June 1840)
    7 persons in household
    4 persons engaged in agriculture
    Note: I have not listed the female under 5 yo with the children of Martin

    1842 February 28
    Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    Anthony, Mark. grantee
    Description: 1000 acres on the waters of Gauley River joining the lands of Joseph McNutt, Martin Sims, William Sims, Thomas Hughes and others
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 92, 1841-1842, p. 441 (Reel 158)]

    1843 June 30
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee(s): Sims, Martin, and Isaac Collins (see also Collens)
    Description: 259 acres on Little Elk a North branch of Gauley River
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 94, 1842-1843, p. 373 (Reel 160)]

    1843 June 30
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee(s): Sims, Martin, and Isaac Collins (see also Collens)
    Description: 74-1/2 acres on Laurel creek a North branch of Gauley
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 94, 1842-1843, p. 374 (Reel 160)]

    1843 June 30
    Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    Grantee(s): Sims, Martin, and Isaac Collins (see also Collens)
    Description: 64 acres on Little Elk a branch of Gauley River joining the 259 acres survey of grantees from same date
    [Source: Land Office Grants No. 94, 1842-1843, p. 375 (Reel 160)]

    1849 Land transaction:
    Nich co Va DB 7-95; 19 Nov 1849 Martin Sims & wf Margaret to Fenton M Morris consideration $974 - 2 tracts in Nicholas & Fayette cos: 190 A. portion of tract pat. to Wm Morris & purch by Wm Sims & Martin Sims fr Jesse Childers in 1810 fr mouth of Rich Creek on lower side of sd Creek . . to dividing line bet. sd Wm & Martin Sims . . to Gauly River & all that portion N side sd river; 2nd tract, 124 A. pat. to Martin Sims. (Signed) Martin (X) Sims. Wm Morris & Wm Sims swore that it was his act & will - 19 Nov 1849.

    1850 U.S. Federal Census
    14th District of Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    Enumerated on the 2nd day of August 1850
    HH # 177
    Martin Sims 60 M Farmer $1000 cannot read & write
    Sally Sprinker 40 F cannot read & write
    Mary Sprinker 8 F
    Hannah Sprinker 7 M
    John Sims 40 M Laborer cannot read & write

    A "Margaret Sims" age 49 is seen in the household of Francis and Ann Kincaid. Could Martin and Margaret have sold land in 1849 before separating? Or was she just visiting the Kincaids?

    1850 U.S. Federal Census
    Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    HH # 181-181
    Francis Kincaid 41 M Farmer
    Ann Kincaid 40 F cannot read & write
    Margaret Sims 49 F cannot read & write (could this be Martin's wife?)

    1853
    William and his brother Martin set up a gun and blacksmith shop in Summersville, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia.

    "Martin V. Sims, son of the pioneer James Sims, owned about 200 acres of land extending from Rich Creek to a point on the opposite side of the river from Swiss. Nelson, James, Anderson and Lewis Sims, sons of Martin Sims, inherited this tract of land but afterwards disposed of same and moved elsewhere."
    [Source: J.T. Peters and H.B. Carden, "History of Fayette County", published by the Fayette County Historical Society, Inc., 1926, pg. 610]

    *****
    Paul Guttman lists a wife Ellen Flack. This needs to be verified as he is the only source I have found with this wife. Could the name have been Slack?

    1850 Mortality Schedule
    Kanawha County, (West)Virginia
    Slack, Elijah, male, born in Virginia, died at the age of 42 in April 1850 of consumption. He was a farmer. ID #MRT197_303366
    [Source: U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index]
  • Change Date: 17 FEB 2017 at 15:39:04



    Father: James SIMS b: 8 OCT 1754 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    Mother: Phebe [--?--] SIMS b: ABT 1755 in Virginia

    Marriage 1 Susannah Johnson b: ABT 1784 in Lick Run, Greenbrier County, (West) Virginia
    • Married: 28 MAR 1800 in Greenbrier County, (West) Virginia
    • Note:
      Marriage Notes:

      The Marriage bond on file with the Historical Society is for Martin Sims & Susanna Johnson and is dated 28 March 1800. There is also a permission slip dated 24 March 1800 signed by Susanna's father William Johnson.
      [Source: Larry Heffner, email dated 10 August 2004 in reply for request of information on marriage papers of Martin Sims and Susanna Johnson in the archives of the Greenbrier Historical Society]

      Photocopy of marriage bond (includes permission slip) is available for sale by the Greenbrier Historical Society.
      See
    Children
    1. Has Children Nelson Sims b: ABT 1805 in (West) Virginia
    2. Has No Children [--?--] Sims b: Bet 1805-1810 in (West) Virginia
    3. Has Children Sarah "Sally" Sims b: ABT 1810 in (West) Virginia
    4. Has No Children John Sims b: ABT 1810 in (West) Virginia
    5. Has No Children [--?--] Sims b: Bet 1811-1815 in (West) Virginia
    6. Has No Children [--?--] Sims b: Bet 1810-1820 in (West) Virginia
    7. Has Children James J. Sims b: ABT 1814 in (West) Virginia
    8. Has Children Lewis Sims b: ABT 1821 in (West) Virginia
    9. Has Children Anderson Sims b: ABT 1824 in (West) Virginia

    Marriage 2 Margaret "Peggy" Hughes b: ABT 1801
    • Married: 6 JUN 1840 in Fayette County, (West) Virginia 1 2
    • Note:
      West Virginia Marriages 1853-1970
      Groom name: Martin Sims
      Groom age:
      Groom estimated birth year:
      Groom birth date:
      Groom birth place:
      Bride name: Margaret Hughes
      Bride age:
      Bride estimated birth year:
      Bride birth date:
      Bride birth place:
      Event type: Marriage
      Marriage date: 06 Jun 1840
      Marriage place: Fayette, West Virginia
      Father of groom name:
      Mother of groom name:
      Father of bride name:
      Mother of bride name:
      Marital status:
      Groom previous wife name:
      Bride marital status:
      Bride previous husband name:
      Film number: 584764
      Digital GS number: 4227404
      Image number: 198
      Reference number: 2 p 17
      Source: County Records

    Sources:
    1. Title: Fayette Co. [W]Virginia Marriages 1832-1853 and 1865-1903
      Author: Shuck, Larry G., comp.
      Publication: Apollo, PA: Clossom Press, July 1995
      Abbrev: Fayette Co. [W]Virginia Marriages 1832-1853 and 1865-1903
      Page: pg. 227
    2. Title: "Virginia, Marriages 1740-1850," (index-only)
      Publication: Ancestry, citing Dodd, Jordan R., et al., Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, Utah
      Abbrev: "Virginia, Marriages 1740-1850"
      Note: Martin Sims md. Margaret Hughes on 06 June 1840 in Fayette County, (West)Virginia
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