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"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].
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