Title: Coroner's Inquest Report
Author: Bath County, Virginia records
Publication: Photocopy of original document received from Mary Rose Simms Rudy
Note: sick friend, fell from her horse, and drowned in the Jackson River. We have been able to verify this story with the coroner's inquest report dated 22 January 1794, which includes the following statement: "Phebe was accidently drowned occasioned by the horse whereon she rode rearing and plunging and throwing her into the water." [Source: "James Sims (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia", Cathy Meder-Dempsey, April 2002. Includes the complete text of the coroner's report.]
Note: Family tradition is that James' wife was coming home from caring for a
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