Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meet the family for June 30th

BROWN/MYER-FAMILY LINE

McMURREY/MAYNE/BROWN/MYER/HULGAN-HAWKINS/HOSLER-JENNINGS-KNOWLES
Ardie Mack McMurrey
is 70 years old today, born in 1940.  Ardie died June 24, 1990. Ardie is the kids' 1st cousin 4 times removed.  Ardie's father is Grover Cleveland McMurrey, the kidls' 3rd great-granduncle and brother of Ida Jane McMurray, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother and the mother of Donie Mae Mayne.

McMURREY/MAYNE/BROWN/MYER/HULGAN-HAWKINS/HOSLER-JENNINGS-KNOWLES
Jimmy Nelson McMurrey
is 73 years old today, born in 1937.  Jimmy died at age 60 in 1998. Jimmy is the kids' 1st cousin 4 times removed and the 1/2 brother of the afore mentioned Ardie Mack McMurrey.  Ardie's mother is Lou Dovie Payne and Jimmy's mother is Davie Inez Green.  Both their father's are Grover Cleveland McMurrey.

COTTON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

WALKER/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Sarah Walker
died 233 years ago today in 1777 at age 79 in Wellfleet, Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Sarah is the boys' 8th great-grandaunt.  Her brother is Jeremiah Walker, the boys' 8th great-grandfather, whom I show lived to be 108 years old.  Not impossible, but not likely.  Jeremiah married Esther Tomlin in 1724 and begot Benjamin Walker the boys' 7th great-grandfather who married Sylvia Keith and begot Marshall Walker.  Marshall is the father of Cady R. Walker, born in 1795 who married Electa Sparks in 1813 and begot Almira Walker the wife of Samuel Cheney Cotton, the boys' 4th great-grandfather.  The Walker line is the line that takes us back to the Mayflower when William Walker (1620-1703) married Sarah Snow, the daughter of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins, who was on the Mayflower with her family.

STEIBLE/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

QUAST/EVERHART/STEIBLE/WOODEN
Agnes Quast
is 119 years old today, born in 1891. Agnes is the one of the wives of Steve's 2nd great-granduncle, Samuel Lee Everhart.  We've been trying to find living relations to Samuel for some time now.  A oil man in Texas seems to have found a living son of Samuel's via his 4th or 5th marriage.  I'll let you know more as I find out.

REEVES/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

MULLIGAN/REEVES/WOODEN
Lovell Davis Mulligan and Lori Leslie Reeves'
15th anniversary is today, married in 1995 when he was 41 and she was 28 years old.  Lori is Steve's 1st cousin once removed.  Her father is Donald Boyd Reeves.  Lori has been married 3 times (?) and has 3 children with Lovell Davis Mulligan as follows:  Adam Turner Mulligan 1995, Randall Bennett Mulligan 1995, Victoria Grace Mulligan 2001.  She also has Jeffrey Lee Reeves 1984 with "Clay" and Caitlyn Ann Williams-Reeves with Robert Clayton Williams.  Would this be "Clay"? Is he also the father of Jeffrey?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Meet the family for June 29th

MYER/BROWN-FAMILY LINE

LANE/EDGE/MEYER-EDGE/MYER/HAWKINS-HULGAN/JENNINGS-HOSLER
Dawson B. Lane
is 88 years old today, born in 1922.  Dawson is the kids' 1st cousin 3 times removed from two directions.  First Dawson's mother, Oma M. Edge is the kids' 2nd great-grandaunt and Dawson's father is also their 2nd great-granduncle.  Oma's sister Cora Augusta Edge, is the kids' 2nd great-grandmother.  Next Dawson's father, William N. Lane is the kids' 2nd great-granduncle via his 1/2 brother, Dedrich Homer Myer.  You see, another Dawson B. Lane, born in 1862 was married to Lucy E. Burnett, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother.   She was also married to Dedrick Henry Meyer.  That is why William N. Lane is 1/2 brothers with Dedrich Homer Myer.

REEVES/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

OVERSTREET/MCCUTCHEON/GARRISON/REEVES/WOODEN
Thomas Overstreet
died 115 years ago today in 1895 at the age of 83 in Morgan, AL.  Thomas is Steve's 4th great-grandfather married to Virginia Thompson they begot Lenore Overstreet, Steve's 3rd great-grandmother, who married John Davis McCutcheon in 1874 and begot Lula May McCutcheon (6th of 9).  Lula married Samuel Omar Garrison, Steve's 2nd great-grandfather, in 1905 and begot Sarah Eloise Garrison (2nd of 3) in 1909.  It was Sarah who married John Wesley Reeves, Sr. in June of 1932 and begot 4 more Reeves children, Donald, John, Jr., Dottie and Judith.

JOHNSON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

FIDLER/MOORE/JONES/JOHNSON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Tom Fidler
is 118 years old today, born in 1892 in Lewisville, Indiana. Tom is the husband of the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed, Flora Bell Moore.  Flora's mother is Mary Frances Jones, the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed. Her mother is Maranda Johnson, the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt.  Maranda's twin sister is Amanda Johnson who married Andrew J. Wooden in 1858.

HULGAN-FAMILY LINE

HULGAN/HOSLER-KNOWLES
Green F. Hulgan
is 130 years old today, born in 1880. Green is Ella and Mason's 1st cousin 4 times removed.  His father is 3rd great-granduncle, William Wallace Hulgan, brother of John Miller Hulgan, the kids' 3rd great-grandfather.

HULGAN/HOSLER-KNOWLES
Stephan Nicodemus Hulgan and Mary Ann Molly Bryant's
140th anniversary is today, married in 1870 when he was 21 and she was 15 years old in Dekalb county, Alabama. Stephan is Ella and Mason's 3rd great-granduncle, the brother of the aforementioned John Miller Hulgan.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Meet the family for June 28th

BROWN/MYER-FAMILY LINE

CROW/BROWN/MYER/HULGAN-HAWKINS/JENNINGS-HOSLER
Hannah Crow
died 99 years ago today, in 1911 at age 69 in Mentone, Dekalb, Alabama. Hannah is the kids' 4th great-grandaunt.  Hannah is the 8th of 12 children born to Isaac Allen Crow, Sr. and Sarah Alice Cox, the kids' 5th great-grandparents.  Hannah's brother (5th of 12), John Christopher Crow is the kidss' 4th great-grandfather.  John married Mary Jane Cothern May 2, 1872 and begot 11 more Crow children.  Ella Mariah Crow, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother, was born in 1876.  She married Oscar Routh Brown.  They both died in Mentone Alabama.  They had 5 children, the last of which was Oscar Thomas Brown, born in 1912. Oscar T. Brown married Donie Mae Mayne in 1936 and begot Ella Ween Brown in 1937, Doyle Brown in 1939 and Jerrel Thomas Brown in 1941.

JOHNSON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

LEFEVRE/JOHNSON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Isaac J. Le Fevre
died 105 years ago today in 1905 at age 64 in Sullivan, MO.  Isaac is the boys' 1st cousin 5 times removed.  His father is the boys' 4th great-granduncle, Isaac Le Fevre, Sr.  Sr.'s sister, Mary Magdelaine Le Fevre is the boys' 4th great-grandmother, who married James Johnson in Salem Indiana March 4th 1824 .  They begot Amanda Johnson (5th of 10) in 1833 who married Andrew J. Wooden in 1858 in Owen IN and they begot Joseph R. Wooden in 1860.

COTTON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

GOULD/GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Thomas Gould
died 464 years ago today in 1546 at age 46 in Hertfordshire, England.  Thomas is the boys' 14th great-grandfather, born in England in 1500.   Thomas married Alice Axtell and begot Richard Gould I in 1530.  Richard married Jane Weden in 1552 in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, England and begot Richard Gould, II.  He married Mary Colder in Hemel Hempstead, Herefordshire, England in 1578 and begot John Gould (2nd of 3) in 1584.  John married Judith in 1603 in Bovingdon, Harts, England and begot Major, Nathan Gold, Sr. in 1623.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Meet the family for June 27th

NAUGHER-FAMILY LINE

NAUGHER
Richard Lawrence Naugher
is 111 years old today, born in 1899 in Cherokee, AL. Richard is Tara and Calum's Great-granduncle and the brother of Horace Savage Naugher.

WOODEN/STEIBLE-FAMILY LINE

BAYS/SIMS/EVERHART/STEIBLE/WOODEN
Isaac Runois Bays
died 122 years ago today in 1888 at age 66 in Louisburg, Kansas. Isaac is Steve's 4th great-granduncle, born in Giles, Virgina in 1822 to Thomas Bays and Nancy Ann Linigar.  Isaac's older sister is Rebecca Bays who married Dryden Sims in Fayette, West Virginia in 1837.  Interesting part here is that Dryden's father and Steve's 5th great-grandfather, James Sims fought in the War of the Rebellion (revolution) here is what I have:

"In the month of June 1777 according to his recollection he was called into the service as a drafted militia man under Captain John Tutt for a tour of three months. He served as Orderly Sergeant in said Company. He resided then in Culpepper County Virginia, and said Company was collected in said County. The company was marched towards Fredericksburg, and kept moving about through the country around thereabout guarding it from the depredations of the British, Tories, and Negroes, and after Serving out his time he was discharged……."[12]
Also you might find this interesting about James' father and the family of Jeremiah Sims:

James Sims (1754-1845) by Cathy Meder-Dempsey
Added by jeanmjoyce on 4 Jan 2009

James Sims (1754-1845)

Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia

(April 28, 2002)
Submitted by :Cathy Meder-Dempsey

A little over two hundred years ago, our ancestor James Sims came to Kanawha County with his young wife Elizabeth Cotton and the children from his first marriage. He settled in the area of Kanawha County, Virginia, which later became Nicholas County, West Virginia.

James Sims, born 8 October 1754[1] in Culpeper County, Virginia, was the only child of Jeremiah Sims and Agatha Nalle. On 4 March 1768[2] a weak and sick Jeremiah Sims wrote his will which was probated 18 October 1768[3] in Culpeper County. James was nearly 14 when his father died in 1768.Jeremiah left half of his estate to his beloved wife Agatha Sims and the other half to his loving son James Sims. In the event that James would die without heirs the estate was to be divided equally between Jeremiah's two nephews, Thomas Graves and Jonathan Sims or their heirs. Jeremiah appointed his loving wife Agatha and his loving friends Edward Sims, John Nalle Jr., and Henry Pendleton as executors of his will. The will was witnessed by Thomas Griffin, Moses Spicer, Henry Pendleton and John Nalle Jr.

"In the name of God Amen. I, Jeremiah Sims of the County of Culpeper being
sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory blessed by God for it, Do
constitute ordain and appoint, this my last will and testament in manner and
form following (to wit) In the first place I bequeath my soul to God was
gave it, and my Body to be decently buried. ITEM I lend unto my beloved
wife, Agatha Sims one half of my estate both real and personal during her
natural life, after my just debts are paid.ITEM I give and bequeath unto my
loving son James Sims one half my estate both real and personal after my just
debts are paid.ITEM My will and desire is that if my said son James Sims
should dec without heir that my wife have the use of my whole estate during
her natural life and then to be equally divided between my two nephews,
Thomas Graves and Jonathan Sims or their heirs.ITEM I do constitute and
appoint my beloved wife Agatha Sims executrix and my loving friends Edward
Sims, John Nalle Jr. and Henry Pendleton executors of this my last will and
testament.Witness my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of March 1768.

Jeremiah Sims (LS.)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in presence of us:
Thomas Griffin and Moses Spicer, Henry Pendleton and John Nalle Jr.[4]

Jeremiah's will establishes that James Sims was the son of Agatha and Jeremiah. Agatha Nalle was the daughter of John Nalle and Mary Brown. John Nalle's will, written 16 September 1780[5] and probated in Culpeper County, Virginia, 19 August 1782[6], mentions amongst his legatees his daughter Agatha Hill and her son James Sims. In the item concerning his daughter Agatha, John lends to her half the service of a Negro woman Jinncy (or Jinney) during her lifetime and the other half goes to the grandson James Sims from the time of his mother's marriage to Russell Hill. After Agatha's death the slave and her increase is willed to James Sims and his heirs forever. Agatha was also left ten shillings.

"Item. I Lend to my daughter Agatha Hill half the Service of a Negro Woman named Jinncy During my Daughters life the other half of the said Negroes Service to my Grandson James Sims from the time of My Daughters marriage to Russel Hill, and after My Daughters Descease I give the Said Negro Woman Jinncy and her Increase to my Grandson James Sims to him and his Heirs for Ever also Ten Shillings to my Daughter Agatha Hill and her Heirs for Ever."[7]

On 15 January 1776 in Culpeper County, Virginia, Russell Hill of Culpeper and one Agness (not Agatha) Wood of Culpeper entered into an agreement because of a marriage to be solemnized between the two of them shortly after the above date. In this document Agness Wood states and Russell agrees that any property, etc. she brings to the marriage is hers and if she should die before him said belongings and property will be given by Russell Hill to her son - James Sims and if James Sims should die before his mother then to James Sims' heirs. If Russell Hill should die before Agness Wood (Hill) then his property, etc. is to go to his sons and Agness agrees to this. Also, if Russell Hill should die before Agness then she would receive only her present estate that she brings into the marriage. This was witnessed by three men: Richard and John Vawter and John Breedlove.[8] It is possible that James Sims' mother Agatha married a Mr. Wood between 1768 and 1775 and was widowed for a second time. There is no proof that the above Agness Wood is our Agatha Nalle but it is something to be researched. The fact that this Agness Wood has a son named James Sims and a marriage is to be solemnized between her and Russell Wood lends credit to this assumption.

James Sims married Phebe Unknown, born Abt. 1755 in Virginia, before 1777. Robert Owens notes that they were married 1775 in Culpeper County, Virginia[9]. (Note: Rose Mary Sims Rudy recently heard from Col. Owens; he told her his information was not to be considered as it has been successfully disputed by other researchers.) According to family tradition his wife was a cousin. It has not been proven that she was from the Sims or the Nalle side of the family. George R. Penick, Jr. in his compilation of information on the descendants of James Sims wrote that John H. Simms of Boomer, WV (1872-1950?), who did considerable family research, seems to have been of the understanding that James' first wife's name may have been Phoebe Nalle (a cousin on his mother's side).[10] It should be noted here that James' eldest son Jeremiah and his eldest daughter Elizabeth both named their eldest daughters Phoebe.

William H. Maginnis wrote in notes found in Virginia Bondurant Johnson'sDAR file "As several persons named James Sims were recorded in Culpeper County, Va., between 1768 and 1808, I took note of the names of their wives and after some study came to the conclusion that the James Sims whose wife was named Phoebe was the one who moved to Bath County and later, after Phoebe was drowned, to Gauley river in what is now Nicholas county, W.Va."

Here an error in information needs to be noted. Many researchers have listed James Sims' first wife as his cousin Elizabeth Sims. However documentation has since been found to correct this. This documentation which includes the circumstances of Phebe's death in 1794 will be discussed in sequential order.

James and Phebe's first child Jeremiah, named after James' father, was born 24 May 1777[11]. Most likely James missed out on the first three months of Jeremiah's life as he declared:

"In the month of June 1777 according to his recollection he was called into the service as a drafted militia man under Captain John Tutt for a tour of three months. He served as Orderly Sergeant in said Company. He resided then in Culpepper County Virginia, and said Company was collected in said County. The company was marched towards Fredericksburg, and kept moving about through the country around thereabout guarding it from the depredations of the British, Tories, and Negroes, and after Serving out his time he was discharged……."[12]

On 21 July 1777 James Sims and his wife Phebe deeded to "Martin Nalle son of John" a certain "parcel of land containing one hundred and eighteen acres… in the Great Fork of Rappahanock river Joining on Devils Run."[13] Martin Nalle the brother of Agatha Nalle Sims was James' uncle. In 1785 in Culpeper County, Virginia, the Sims tract was sold by James Nalle to Francis Nalle (both brothers of Martin),".… Land being formerly the property of said Martin Nalle dec'd was given by him by will.…"[14][15]

A copy of the above deed must be procured or Deed Book H pages 475-477 must be consulted to verify the date of this transaction. If James' statement that he was called to service in June 1777 is correct then he would not have been in Culpeper County in July 1777. Another source lists a different date for this land deed:

"In Deed Book H, page 475, Culpeper, Va., in deed dated Dec. 17, 1779, 11 years after the date of Jeremiah Sims's will, James Sims and his wife Phoebe, conveyed to Martin Nalle 118 acres of land in Bromfield parish, in the Great Fork of the Rappahannock river. The land had been left to James Sims "by my father"."[16]

In October 1780 James was again called into service as an Orderly Sergeant for a tour of three months. His wife Phebe was most likely 8 months pregnant with her second child when James marched in the direction of York Town. On 6 November 1780[17] their second son William was born while he was away. As with his first son, James may have missed out on the first two months of his second son's life.

"On or about the 1st of October 1780 he was again called into the service as a drafted militia man, under according to best of his recollection Captain James Tutt, but whether that was really his name or not, he recollects him to have been a slim spare man. This was for another tour of three months. They were marched in the direction of York Town to aid in the Seige of that place, but before they reached that place Lord Cornwallis had surrendered. They assembled in the County of Culpepper Va and were placed under the Superior Command of Col Slaughter, after serving out his time he was discharged."[18]

As James and Phebe named their first son after James' father Jeremiah it is likely that they named their second son after Phebe's father. This gives us a choice of the following names for Phebe's father: William Sims, William Nalle, William Unknown married to an Unknown Sims, or William Unknown married to an Unknown Nalle.

It is believed that following the birth of Jeremiah (1777) and William (1780), James and Phebe's children were born as follows: Elizabeth (1782), Martin (bet. 1784-1790), John (1787), Mary (bet. 1788-1792), and Nancy Ann (1793). It is difficult to estimate the years of birth for these children as the ages on the available census records vary from one decade to the next. The possible years of birth for these children will be discussed in later sections dealing with the children of James Sims.

According to Penick, family history relates that James moved to Lowmoor, Virginia, about 1787 where he engaged in rifle making.[19] Although no documentation has been found proving when James moved from Culpeper County, we have found that his wife Phebe died in early January 1794 in Bath County, Virginia.[20] They apparently lived in the Lowmoor/Clifton Forge area which was once part of Botetourt County (formed in 1770), then part of Bath County (formed in 1791 from Augusta, Botetourt, and Greenbrier), and now in Alleghany County (formed in 1822). From this we can assume that James moved from Culpeper County to Botetourt County. Family tradition is that James' wife was coming home from caring for a 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."

Phebe Simms

Inquisition Taken

the 22nd of January

1794 Before John

Dean Gent. Coroner

Bath County to wit

Inquisition indented taken ?
in the County aforesaid on the twenty second day of January in the
year One thousand seven hundred and ninety four before me John Dean a
Gentleman and of the Coroners of the Commonwealth for the County aforesaid
upon view of the body of Phebe Sims late of said County then and there lying
dead; and upon the Oathes of Robert Armstrong Jr., William Morris, John Scott,
John Bird, Andrew Baurland, Thomas Barber, James Armstrong, Robert
McClintic, William McClintic, John Somwalt, Paul Harpole and
Adam Kimberlan, good and lawful men of the County aforesaid, who being
Jurors and charged to inquire on the part of the Commonwealth, when where how
and after what manner the said Phebe Sims came to her death, do say upon their
Oathes, that the said Phebe was accidently drowned occasioned by the horse
whereon she rode Rearing and plunging and throwing her into the water.
The witness whereof as well the aforesaid Coroner as the Jurors aforesaid
have in this Inquisition put their Seals on the day and year aforesaid
and at the place aforesaid.

John DeanRobt. Armstrong

William Morris

John Scott

John Bird

Andr. Baurland

Thomas Barber

Jas. Armstrong

Robert McClintic

William McClintic

Johannes Zumqualt

Paul Harpole

Adam Kimberlan

In February 1995 Connie Metheny of Millboro, Virginia, became involved in a very interesting project of sorting through old original papers that had been stored in bundles and filed at the court house in Bath County. The Virginia State Library funded the work done to their specifications. The old records dated back to 1790 and the condition was good considering the age. There were cases that involved the Sims family, mostly over debts owed them or that they owed others. These papers will have to be found and perused. Mrs. Metheny did send to Rose Mary Sims Rudy a copy of a case in Judgment –     Simms vs. Scott which was located in a file of old law cases for 1795. This verifies that the wife of James Sims had drowned and in this case it seems that John Scott accused the son, Jeremiah Sims, then nearly 17 years old, of causing the accident. James Sims defended his son and brought suit against Scott for one hundred pounds damage.

Sir Please to Issue a Writ vs John Scott for saying my son (Jeremiah)
was the Damn son of a bitch that Drowned his Mother

Col C. Cameron

Jas. Sims

Issued for Saying that Jeremiah Simms was the
Damned Son of a Bitch that Drowned his Mother

The Commonwealth of Virginia, to the Sheriff of Bath County, ?
You are hereby commanded to take John Scott
if he be found within your bailiwick , and him safely keep so that you have his
body before the justices of our court, of our said county, at the court-house on the Second
Tuesday in May next to answer Jeremiah Simms by James
Simms his father and ?? of
a plea of Trespass on the case damage one
hundred pounds
and have then there this writ, witness Charles Cameron, clerk of our said court,
at the court-house, the 16th day of April 1794
in the 18th year of the Commonwealth.

Chas. Cameron[21]

The story of Phebe Sims' death has been repeated so many times that some very erroneous information can now be found in genealogy publications. One of these incorrect stories:

"The Settle-Suttle Family" by William Emmett Reese pg 456.
"While living near Clifton Forge, Virginia, Elizabeth (Sims) Johnson was drowned when her horse stumbled and fell while fording the Jackson River. She was returning home after an all night vigil with a sick neighbor. At date of her death, there were nine children in the family, Jeremiah, Jr., Anthony, Martin, William, Mary, Elizabeth, Virginia, Nancy and Dryden. After the sudden death of his wife, the Rev. John Johnson was restless and upon hearing of the illness of his cousin Frances--who had married Joshua Morris and in 1770 established a home in the wilderness of Peter's Creek in the Kanawha Valley--he decided to visit them, when upon arrival, to his great sorrow, he found that their daughters, Peggy and Betsey had been killed and scalped by Indians." (This entry is sourced as History of Kanawha County, George W. Atkinson, Charleston, 1876, p.21.)

The names in italics are incorrect. They should read Phebe Sims and James Sims. Joshua Morris (1752-1825) married Frances Simms (1757-1795) before 1770.[22] Rev. John Johnson was not even married when Frances Morris died in 1795. Elizabeth Sims Johnson died in Fayette County 1 June 1845, the year of the terrible typhoid epidemic.[23].Elizabeth Sims and Rev. John Johnson's children are listed as James, Amy, John Brown Jr., Phebe, William B., Rachel, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, Susannah, Harrison, and Barbara. The children listed on page 456 of The Settle-Suttle Family seem to be a mixture of James' children with his first and second wife as well as some children that have been attributed to him but not proved. We see here that Phebe Sims, the mother, and Elizabeth (Sims) Johnson, the daughter have been confused. "Elizabeth, wife of Rev. John, was noted for her kindness and skill in caring for the sick and needy; a characteristic for which her mother was well known."[24] It is not known if the 1876 source used by Mr. Reese for the Settle history is also incorrect.

According to Maginnis "Joshua and Frances Simms Morris, who were among the first settlers in the Kanawha Valley in 1774, were back in Culpeper County, Virginia, in 1794, when their youngest son John was born. Frances died in the following year, but Joshua and his family continued to reside in Teas Valley, in what was then Kanawha County."[25]

Another family tradition is that James Sims, learning that his dear cousin Frances Simms Morris, wife of Joshua Morris, was sick, went to Kanawha Valley:

"Following her death (refers to his first wife), James Simms married Nancy Cotton (this should be Elizabeth Cotton). Soon after this marriage, he went to Kanawha Valley to visit a cousin and also visited the Henry Morris home on Peter's Creek. Henry tried to persuade him to buy near him, but James being a great hunter, said, "No, this section is too thickly settled." So Henry took him on a hunting expedition down Peter's Creek, out across the Little Elk Mountain and started down Little Elk Creek where they found signs of bear, deer and wild turkey. James Sims then said, "Henry, if I can buy land on this creek, I'll be your neighbor soon." The land belonged to John Jones who lived at what is now Pratt. He had married a Morris and had purchased thousands of acres of land. He at once went to see Mr. Jones and they soon agreed on a price for 500 acres on Little Elk Creek: a plug horse and a flint lock rifle. As soon as he could make arrangements, he moved his family there."[26]

William H. Maginnis relates the following story:

"In 1795, the year of General Anthony Wayne's treaty with the Indians at Greenville, Ohio, a James Sims of Culpeper County, Virginia, settled on Gauley River, a few miles from Kanawha Falls. In 1800, a deed recorded in Kanawha County transferred to him from John Jones of Culpeper County 123 acres above a ferry on that stream in what is now Nicholas County."[27]

The order of events in these stories does not seem to fit. We know that Frances Simms Morris died in 1795. If James had visited her then and decided to move to Kanawha at that time why did he buy 240 acres on Bollors Ridge on the waters of Jacksons River on 19 August 1796[28]?

Jas. Simms
240 acres
Botetourt
Examined
& defd to
Wm Deane the
28 June 1798

(the above written in left margin)

Robert Brooke Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
to all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting Know ye that by
Virtue of an Exchanged Treasury Warrant Number three
hundred and sixty one, issued the twenty second day of April one thousand
seven hundred and eighty eight. There is granted by the said Common=
=wealth unto James Simms, a certain tract or parcel of Land contain=
=ing two hundred and forty Acres by survey bearing date the twenty ninth
day of June one thousand seven hundred eighty nine, Lying and
being in the County of Botetourt on Bollors Ridge on the Waters of
Jacksons River, and is bounded as followeth to Wit Beginning at two
chestnuts on a hill, North twenty four degrees East three hundred and
twenty poles to two Maples on a hill North sixty six degrees West
one hundred and twenty poles to three Locust Bushes, thence South thirty
four degrees West one hundred and twenty four poles to a large black
Oak, thence South twenty degrees West two hundred poles to a Chestnut
thence south sixty six degrees East one hundred and twenty poles
to the beginning, with its appurtenances to have and to hold the said
tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances to the said James
Simms and his Heirs forever. In Witness whereof the said Robert
Brooke Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
hath hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser seal of the
said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the
Nineteenth day of August In the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and Ninety six, and of the Common=
=wealth the twenty first.

Robert Brooke[29]

Two months later James remarried. 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 less than 18 years of age placing her birth abt. 1779. Elizabeth is believed to have been the daughter of Benjamin Cotton and Francis Knox. Two years later, in October 1798, James and Elizabeth sold the land on Bollors Ridge to Alice McClintic.

"James Simms & Elizabeth his wife to Alice McClintic

Bath County, Virginia

Land Deed

October 27, 1798

This Indenture made the 27th day of October one
Thousand seven hundred Ninety eight Between James Simms &
Elizabeth his wife of the County of Bath of the one part & Alice Mc
Clintic of the same County of the other part witnesseth that the said
James Simms & Elizabeth his wife for and in Consideration of
five shillings Current Money to them in Hand paid doth bar=
gain & sell unto the said Alice McClintic & her Heirs one Certain
tract or parcel of Land in the said County of Bath containing
two hundred & forty acres on Ballars Ridge on the Waters of
Jacksons River & bounded as follows to Wit Beginning
at two Chestnuts on a hill N 24° E 320 poles to two Maples on a
hill 66° W(?) 120 poles to three Locust Bushes thence S 34° W 124
poles to a large Black Oak thence S 20° W 200 poles to a Ches=
nut Thence S 66° E 120 poles to the Beginning Together with
all its appurtenances To have & to hold the said two hundred
& forty acres of Land with all its appurtenances to to the said
Alice McClintic & her Heirs to the sole use & …….. of her heirs
& assigns forever And the said James Simms & Elizabeth his wife
for Themselves & their heirs doth Covenant with the Alice McClin=
Tic & her Heirs that they the said James Simms & Elizabeth his wife
& their heirs the said Land with the appurtenances unto the said Alice
McClintic & her heirs against all persons whatsoever will for Warrant
& Defend In Witness whereof the said James Simms has hereunto
subscribed his Name & affixed his seal the Day & Year above Written
signed sealed & delivered in
the presence ofJames Sims

her

Samuel VanceElizabeth X Sims

Thos. Milhollinmark

Wm. ?? Dean

??

Bath County??? Court 1798

This Indenture of Bargain and Sale Between James Simms
and Elizabeth his wife of the one part and Alice McClintic of the o=
ther part proved in Court by the Witnesses thereto and
ordered to be Recorded with the commission & ? exami=
nation of the said Elizabeth ?

TesteChas. Cameron CBC

The Commonwealth of Virginia to Samuel Vance & Thomas Milhollin
Gentlemen Greeling(?) whereas James Sims and Elizabeth his wife by
their Certain indenture of Bargain and Sale Bearing date the 27
day of October 1798 have sold and Conveyed unto Alice McClin=
tic two hundred & forty Acres of Land with the appurtenances lying and
being in the said County of Bath and Whereas the said Elizabeth
Sims Cannot Conveniently travel to our County Court of Bath
to make Acknowledgement of the said Conveyance therefore we
do Give unto you or any two or more of you power to receive acknow=
ledgement Which the said Elizabeth Sims shall Make before you
of the said Conveyance aforesaid Contained in the said indenture
which is hereunto annexed and we therefore Command you that
you do personally go to the said Elizabeth Sims and Receive her
Acknowledgement of the same and Examine her privately and apart
from the said James Sims her husband Whether She doth the same
freely and vaulentarily without his persuation or threats and Whether
She be Willing that the same should be Recorded in Our said County
Court of Bath and when you have Received her Acknowledgement
and Examination as aforesaid that you have distinctly and openly Cer=
tify us therefore in our Said County Court under you hand and Seals Sending
their the said indenture & this writ witness Charles Cameron Clerk of our
said Court at the Courthouse of the said County the 13th day of September 1798
and 23rd year of the Commonwealth.

? WhiteDC

Bath County

By Virtue of this Commission hereunto annexed we the Subscribers
did on the 27th day of Oct. in the year of the Commonwealth and in the year of
our Lord Christ 1798 personally go to the Within Named Elizabeth
Sims and having examined her privately and apart from the Within
named James Sims her husband do certify that she declared that she
freely and vaulenterely acknowledged the Conveyance Contained
in the Indenture hereunto annexed Without his persuation or threats
of her said husband and that she was willing the same should be recor=

ded in the county court of Bath Witness our hands and seals the day
above Mentioned.

Samuel Vance

Thos. Milhollen"

The location of this land may be near the town of Bolar on the boundary between Bath and Highland County, Virginia. Bolar Gap, Bolar Run, Bolar Spring, and the Jackson River are all in the vicinity of Bolar. Another location could be in the area of Bolar Mountain north of Lake Moomaw and north-northwest of Lowmoor and Clifton Forge.

The relationship between the Sims and the McClintic must be noted here. James' eldest son Jeremiah married Sarah Milhollen daughter of Thomas Milhollen and Jane McClintic in 1800. Jane was the sister of Alice McClintic's deceased husband William.

William Griffee Brown wrote in his History of Nicholas County, West Virginia, copyright 1954:

"James Simms, the first of the name to come to Nicholas County, came from Bath County in 1787 and located at the mouth of Little Elk Creek on Gauley River. He was a gunsmith and the Simms rifle was praised for its accuracy."

>From the previously mentioned documents and sources it is more likely that James Sims came to Little Elk Creek, then in Kanawha County, after his marriage to Elizabeth Cotton in 1796 or even after they sold their land in Bath County in 1798 but before 1800 when he bought the tract from John Jones. Another source dates his move to about 1798:

"Then he (William Johnson Sr.) and his sons, William, John, Nelson and James, moved to Gauley River in what is now Nicholas County, W. Va. near and below the mouth of Little Elk about 1798. There William, Jr., married Nancy Sims, a daughter of James Sims, who had also moved on Gauley from Virginia with the Johnsons."[30]

The first documented proof of James' residence in Kanawha County is found in the 1800 Jones to Sims land deed:

This Indenture made this Eighth Day of April in the year of
our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred, Between John Jones, of & Frances his
wife of the County Kanawha and State of Virginia of the one part and
James Sims of County & State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth. The John
Jones & Frances his wife for and in Consideration of the sum of five shilling
to them in hand by the said James Sims the __ whereof they do hereby
acknowledge hath Given Granted Bargained & Sold & by these presents do
give grant bargain & sell unto the said James Sims, his heirs or Assigns
forever a Certain Tract or parcel of land lying & being in the County of
Kanawha Containing one hundred & seventy three acres on Gauley River
above the Ferry and bounded as follows to wit: Beginning at a Lynn &
bank of the South Side of Gauley River at Deer Lick. East of two Lynns to
a Corner in the Pattent?, Running East thirty five poles to a Buckeye ___ South
Sixty Degrees East 198 poles to three bushes on bank of the River north
two hundred poles crossing the river to two White Oaks on a Hill, South seventy
five degrees North one hundred & fifty four poles to a Stake in the ___
___ thence South seventy six poles crossing the river to the Beginning
to have and to hold the said tract of land with Its appurtenances
To the said James Sims, his Heirs or Assigns forever, and the said John Jones &
Frances his wife, for themselves heirs Executors Administrators Doth Covenant &
agree to and with the said the said James Sims, that they will relinquish there
Claim, or Claims to the said James Sims, his heirs forever. In Witness
Whereto the said John Jones & Frances his wife hath hereunto set their
hand & seal this Day and year above written.

John Jones (his mark)

Kanawha County April Court 1800

This Deed from John Jones, & Frances his wife to James Sims was
presented in Court and duly Acknowledged by the said John Jones
and the same is ordered to Record, and that a Commission Issue to
take the private Examination of Frances the said wife To ___ her
right of dower in the Premises.

TesteJohn Reynolds Clk[31]

"James Simms" is seen along with his sons "William Simms" and "Martin Simms" on the tax lists of Kanawha County, (West) Virginia in 1809. "Edward Simms", believed by some researchers to be a son of James Sims, is also found on this tax list.

In 1810 we find "James Simms" in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia, with 1 male 0-10 yo (James Jr.), 1 male over 45 yo (James), 3 females under 10 yo (Margaret, Sarah, Mildred), 1 female 26 and under 45 yo (Elizabeth), and 5 slaves. By 1810 all of James' children by his first marriage had left home as we see that the children listed with him were all born between 1800 and 1809.[32][33]

In 1820 Hedgman Triplett enumerated the Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Census where we find James Sims with 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 and under 45 yo (Elizabeth).[34]

In 1830 in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia, we find James Sims with 1 male 5 and under 10 yo (George W.), 2 males 15 and under 20 yo (Dryden & Charles), 1 male 70 and under 80 yo (James), 1 female 15 and under 20 yo (Jane, only unmarried daughter still at home), 1 female 40 under under 50 yo (Elizabeth), and 5 slaves: 1 male 10 and under 20, 1 male 20 and under 30, 2 female 10 and under 24, 1 female24 & under 36.[35]

Then in 1832 we find James acquiring further land in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia.

"Sims Deed Nicholas County November 1, 1832

John Floyd Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia:
TO ALL TO WHOM these Presents shall come, GREETING: KNOW YE, That in conformity with a Survey, made on the eighth day of May 1831, by Virtue of a Land Office Treasury Warrant N° 7425 issued December 14th 1823

there is granted by the said Commonwealth, unto James Sims,

A certain Tract or Parcel of Land, containing Seventy-five acres situated in
Nicholas County, on the South Sides of Gauley River and
bounded as followeth to Wit: Beginning at a lynn and
berch at a dear Lick Corner to his Old Survey East 35
poles to a buckeye Corner to Same S. 60 E. 36 poles to two
berches on the bank of the River Corner Same and James
G. Neil, thence leaving Same and with Neil S. 85 W.
14 poles to an Ash and Sugar tree on the Side of the Moun
=tain Corner Same and with S. 50 W. 108 poles to two
Chestnuts near the top and leaving S. 78 W. 35 poles along
the side of the Mountain to a Stake on the Side of
the Same N. 8 ½ W. 148 poles to the beginning ---

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Tract or Parcel of Land, with its appurtenances to the said

James Simsandhis
heirs forever.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said John Floyd Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his Hand, and caused the Lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed, at Richmond, on the first day of November is the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two and of the Commonwealth the 57th

John Floyd"

In 1834 James appeared before his son William Sims, a Justice of the Peace in the county of Nicholas, and made a declaration that he had served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

"A Copy of the
Declaration of
James Sims

State of Virginia

Nicholas County

On this eighteenth day of Febru
=ary 1834 personally appeared before me William Sims
a Justice of the Peace in and for the county of Nicho
=las in the State of Virginia, and as Such a member
of the County Court of Nicholas, which is a Court
of Record, James Sims aged seventy nine years on the
8th day of October next, who being first dully Sworn accor
=ding to law doth on his oath make the following decla
=ration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Con

=gress passed June the 7th 1832. That he entered the Ser
=vice of the United States under the following named
officers and Served as herein Stated. In the month of
June 1777 according to his recollection he was called into
the service as a drafted militia man under Captain
John Tutt for a tour of three months. He served as Orderly
Sergeant in said Company. He resided then in Culpepper
County Virginia, and said Company was collected in
said County. The company was marched towards Fred
=ericksburg, and kept moving about through the country
around thereabout guarding it from the depredations of
the British, Tories, and Negroes, and after Serving out
his time he was discharged, but whether it was in
writing or verbally he does not recollect.

On or about the 1st of October 1780 he was again
called into the service as a drafted militia man, under
according to best of his recollection Captain James Tutt, but
whether that was really his name or not, he recollects him
to have been a slim spare man. This was for another tour of
three months. They were marched in the direction of York
Town to aid in the Seige of that place, but before they
reached that place Lord Cornwallis had surrendered.
They assembled in the County of Culpepper Va and
were placed under the Superior Command of Col
Slaughter, after serving out his time he was discharged
but whether in writing or not he does not recollect.
He served in the company as Orderly Sergeant. He was
born in Culpepper County Va on the 8th day of October
1754. He has a record of his age at home. He was
living in Culpepper County Va when called into the
Service where he continued to live until the year 1800.
when he moved to the place of his present residence
in Nicholas County, but which was then Kenhawa County
Va. He was called into the service as a drafted Mili

=tia man. He has stated the names of the officers under
whom he served, and the general circumstances of his
Service according to his recollection in the foregoing
detail. He was discharged from the Service at the
end of both tours, but he does not know whether it
was in writing or not, but if in writing he does
not known what has became of it. He is known to
Jonathan Windsor and Henry Tritt of his neighbourhood
(there being no clergyman who can be procured) who can
certify to his character for veracity and their general
belief of his Services as a Soldier of the Revolution.
He knows of no documentary evidence whereby to prove his
services, and he knows of no person whose testimony he
can procure who can testify to his services. He hereby
relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity
except the present, and declares that his name is not
on the pension roll of the Agency of any State. Sworn
to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

James Sims

We Jonathan Windsor and Isaac Collins residing in the
County of Nicholas in the neighbourhood of the aforesaid
James Sims hereby certify that we are well acquainted
with the said James Sims who has subscribed and
Sworn to the above declaration, that we believe
him to be about seventy nine years of age, that he
is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where
he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that
we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and Subscribed the
day and year aforesaid.Isaac Collins
Jonathan Windsor
Henry Tritt

And the said Justice of the Peace do hereby declare my opinion
after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the
interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the
above named applicant was a revolutionary Soldier and
served as he states, and I do further certify that it appears
to me that Jonathan Windsor and Henry Tritt, who have
signed the preceeding certificate are residents in the neighbour
=hood of the said James Sims and credible persons and that
their statement is entitled to Credit. I further certify that
there is no clergyman residing in the neighbourhood of
the said applicant, and that the said James Sims from
age and bodily infirmity, in my opinion, is unable safely
to attend any Court of Record in his said County. He
resides about 20 miles from the Court House. I further cer
=tify that from a long and intimate acquaintance with the
said applicant, I have generally heard it said that he
was a Revolutionary Soldier and I have no doubt myself.
I further certify that the foregoing are the original
proceedings of myself in the matter of the application of
the said James Sims for a pension. Witness my hand and
seal at the County of Nicholas aforesaid the day and
year aforesaid.

William Sims
I Samuel Price Clerk of the County Court of Nicholas County do
hereby certify that William Sims Esq. Was on the eighteenth
day of this month and yet is a Magistrate in the
said County of Nicholas duly commissioned, qualified
and acting as such that full faith and credit
are due to all his acting and doings as such
and the within signature purporting to his is genuine.

In testimony whereof I have here unto set
my hand and affixed the seal of my said
Office this 20th day of February AD. 1834.
and the 58th year of our Independence
Saml Price"[36]

He was allowed pension for service of six months as sergeant in the Virginia troops, War of the Revolution, on his application. James Sims of Nicholas in the State of Virginia who was a Sergeant in the regiment commanded by Col. Slaughter in the Virginia line was inscribed on the Roll of Virginia at the rate of 30 Dollars per annum to commence 4 March 1831. Arrears in the amount of $90 for the period from 4 March 1831 to the 4 March 1834 and a semi-annual allowance of $15 for the period ending the 4 September 1834 were paid to James Sims for a total of $105.

Penick found further documentation concerning this pension. One document appears to be a statement or letter of reply to the Pension Bureau in 1835 by James Sims after someone (possibly the U.S. Attorney at Winchester) questioned the authenticity of his claim to be a veteran of the Revolution. Penick believed James' pension was revoked and that he never drew any money.

James Sims Pensioner Serv 9 mo. Receives $30 pension. I the undersigned James Sims in pursuance of the requisites of the Secretary of the War gives the following narrative ________ services as a Soldier in the War of the Revolution & statement of my age to-wit. I am in my 79th year of age. I am a native of Culpepper County & lived in that county during the War of the Revolution. In my nieneteenth or twentieth year of age (I cant tell in what year) I was drafted for 3 mo. & marched from Cupepper Country under Capt. John Tults (?) (don't recollect the names of his subaltern officers) Capt Tults company was attached to a Regt commanded by Col Jno Slaughter which went from Culpepper. The Regt. Marched to Norfolk. Can't recollect the names of any towns through which we marched on going to Norfolk. We were discharged at Norfolk in time to get home before the three months expired. In less than one year after the preceding term, (I cant tell in what year) I was drafted again for 3 mo. And hired a substitute whose name was William Noll (?) gave him $500 in continental money and a new rifle gun. In the year in which Cornwallis was captured at Yorktown I was drafted again for 3 mo. Set out from Culpepper under a Capt. Whose name I have forgotten. We were preparing to set out on the march for nearly one week, when the news of Cornwallis' defeat was received & we were ordered to return home & done so, having been in service this latter term about one week - I was a Sergeant & they ended my services -- Saml Price wrote my Declaration to whom I gave this same narrative of my service. That I now give. I agreed to give him $20 if he brought me my money In ______________of all which I hereto subscribe my name. Jany 10, 1835

His

JamesXSims

Mark

Another document found in the pension file of James Sims:

William Sims, son of James Sims, says that his father gave Price the same account of his service that he has given. (?)

Spencer Hill aged 73 says he has known Sims since he Hill was 10 years old. They were raised and lived in the same neighborhood during the War of the Rev° - never heard of his being in service as a soldier. nor does he believe he ever was. - that Sims has been all his life a boasting & loquacious man. and a great egotist - & that he never pretended that he was in service until since the passage of the Pension Law. Hill has been a neighbour to him all their lives--

Jos. b. Nutt concurs in the statement given by Hill -- they are both respectable men --

H. Coby (?)

W. G. Singleton

Jany 15, 1835

James Sims

Pensioner

Nicholas County

Fraud - withdrawn

no money

The original application papers were sent to W. G. Singleton, U.S. District Attorney, at Winchester, Virginia, on 13 March 1835. Upon an examination of his claim by the U.S. District Attorney, his name was dropped from the pension rolls, 21 March 1835, as it was shown that he did not render the alleged service.

James Sims is listed on the Statement of Nicholas County, West Virginia, "a statement showing the names, rank, and other data relating to persons residing in West Virginia counties, who have been inscribed on the pension list under the Act of Congress passed on the 7th of June, 1832."[37] Information listed as follows: Name: James Sims; Rank: Private; Annual Allowance: $30.00; Sums received: [blank]; Description of Service: Virginia militia; When placed on Pension Roll: 21 April 1833; Commencement of Pension: 4 March 1831; Age: 79.

James Sims was a blacksmith and gunsmith. According to James P. Whister, it was reported by Rev. Donnelley (Beckley newspaper, 24 September 1965) that he owned slaves and used them in his work. Donnelley also reported known guns by Sims, although Mr. Whister wrote that he had never seen any.[38]

Col. Edward Campbell, author of a series of articles which appeared in the Chronicle in 1883, wrote about James Sims:

Going up Gauley River to the mouth of Little Elk, which empties into the river two miles above the ford, we come to the settlement made by J. Windsor. James Sims also made a small improvement at this place. He came from Jackson's River in Bath County, Virginia. He was a gunsmith and blacksmith, and did but little farming. He had a large family of children, both male and female. Mr. Sims also brought the first darkies that were ever seen in these parts. He had two sons that were also gunsmiths and made the best of rifle guns. As these guns were much in demand with the increasing settlers they did a lucrative business. They both married young, and settled near their father and did some farming in addition to their work on guns. James lived to see his family settled here and elsewhere. His sons, William and Martin, remained here until they were old men and died leaving large families. James Sims was said to be 90 years old when he died.[39]

Col. Edward Campbell, the son of John Campbell and Nancy Hughes, was born in 1800 and acquired the basics of an education from his parents. Shortly after the formation of Nicholas County in 1818, he was appointed a justice of the peace and travelled throughout the county performing legal services for many of the outlying settlers who found it inconvenient if not impossible to make the long trip into Summersville. Campbell possessed an extraordinary memory for names and facts about the earliest inhabitants of Nicholas County, and some sixty years following his days as a travelling justice, he wrote down his reminiscences of the early settlers and the way in which they lived. Campbell's memoirs have always been held in high esteem by historians, and where validation is possible he has seldom been found in error in any of his remarks.[40]

James reportedly brought eighteen slaves with him to Nicholas County. We have found documentation for at least two of these slaves. Lawrence M. Huddleston, Belle, WV, author of The Huddlestons My Kin had in his possession the original bill of sale from James Sims to John Huddleston for the slave "July Hulen" when June Settle Ciocca visited him at home more than 12 years ago. At the time she did not realize her relationship to James Sims. On 9 February 2002 in an e-mail in which she shared the photo of this bill of sale, she wrote: "Larry told me that James Sims had previously sold July Helen's mother to the Huddlestons and that both mother and daughter were so heart-broken, he agreed to sell them the child also. Larry had no children and my understanding is that his immense genealogical collection was donated to the archives in Charleston. I would assume that is where this document can now be found."

"I James Sims of Nicholas County
and state of Virginia have bargain
=ed and sold one yallow girl named July
Hulen aged six years for the sum of
one hundred and eighty dollars to me
in hand paid to John Huddleston of
the county of Fayatt and state
afore sd (said) and will warrent and defend
the title of sd (said) slave to the sd (said) Huddleston
and his heirs forever in witness whereof
I have set my hand and seal this twenty
nineth day of November Eighteen hundred
and thirty three

James SimsSeal

witnesses present

Joseph McNutt

Elizabeth Tritt

third witness illegible"

Isaac Sims, a slave of James Sims, is documented in three different papers, first:

"1836 James Sims to Isaac Sims

(note in margin "Delivered to Isaac Sims Sept. 9th 1842")

Know all men by these presents that I James Simms Sr. of the County
of Nicholas and State of Virginia having heretofore made my last
Will and Testament in which I have disposed of all my Estate real
and personal including my slave property except one slave ….
my Negro man Isaac which said Negro slave Isaac I heretofore
intended to emancipate and set free according to the laws of this
Commonwealth upon certain Conditions thereafter to be mentioned
and put to writing. Now this Instrument of writing Witnesseth
that in Consideration of the premises and for others ……
good causes moving me thereto. I do hereby and by virtue and force of these
presents emancipate and set free forever my aforesaid Negro slave Isaac upon
the following condition to wit that is to say that the said Isaac causes to be
paid to me one hundred and fifty dollars good and lawful money of Virginia
fifty dollars of which is to be paid in hand which said fifty dollars is this
day paid to me and the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged fifty dollars
of which the said Isaac shall cause to be paid on or before the 1st day of
April 1836 and fifty dollars the last payment thereof the said Isaac
shall cause to be paid to me on or before the first day of May 1836 and
it is furthermore agreed to on my part and which I hereby in addition
to the foregoing make known that in the event of my death before the
payment of the fifty dollars which is next due after the date of this writing
that then and in that case the said fifty dollars nor the aforesaid fifty
dollars the last instalment or payment above mentioned nor either of
said payments or instalments shall be required or exacted by my heirs,
Executors, administrators or assigns nor shall they or either of them
cause the said Isaac to pay either of said payments or instalments of fifty
dollars nor shall his failure to pay the same in any manner affect or
do away with the force of these presents in emancipating and setting free
the said Isaac after my death according to the laws of this Commonwealth
now in force. And it is furthermore agreed to on my part that in the
event of my death after the payment to me of the aforesaid fifty dollars
which next becomes due after the date of this writing as above mentioned
that then and in that case the last payment or instalment of fifty dollars
the said Isaac shall be exempt from the payment of in the same manner
and to the same effect as I have exempted him from the payment of the
fifty dollars which first becomes due as is mentioned and set forth in the
preceding paragraph. Ant it is furthermore agreed upon my part
that in the event of the death of the said Isaac before my death that then
and in that case I do hereby promise and agree that any money or monies
or payments which the said Isaac may cause to be made paid to me
or which may have been in any way paid to me on account of the promises
shall be appropriated by me or my heirs Executors ? in cause of my
death, in the following manner: That is to say that whereas the said Isaac
has two children named George Addison and Starrett Jane by his wife
Emily now dead and owned in her life time by Joseph McNutt
and feeling a natural love and affection for his aforesaid children and wishing
to provide for the comfort and happiness of the same I do hereby
promise and agree as before mentioned to appropriate the money
paid to me after his death that happening before mine as above
stated to such use or uses for the benefit of the above named children
of the said Isaac as will best promote their spiritual and temporal
welfare agreeable to their condition and character in this state and
according to the Laws and usages of this Commonwealth. To the
true performance of the above I do hereby bind myself my
heirs Executors Administrators
as witness my hand and seal this ?9th day of March 1836

James Sims

Witness

Joseph McNutt

John Huddleston

Bernard Hendrick

I have this day received this full consideration
in good and lawful money cald for in this foregoing Instrument of
writing as witness my hand & Seal

James Sims

Witness

Joseph McNutt

John Huddleston

Bernard Hendrick"

The second is a letter of manumission for the slave Isaac which is framed and hanging in the Nicholas County Courthouse in Summersville right below the sign that says "Information". A Morris researcher Sherry Levoy and his husband Robert visited the courthouse and photographed the letter which is transcribed below:

"Know all men by these presents that I James Sims
of the County of Nicholas in consideration of a large
sum of money paid to me by my slave Isaac
as for the additional considerations of his fidelity
to me I have on this day manumitted and let
him the said Isaac free. To remain and continue
from hence forward to all intents and purposes
entirely free and discharged from servitude to
me my heirs and assigns forever. And for the purpose
of removing any difficulty as to the identity of the said
Isaac and to enable him to enjoy his Freedom in
the most absolute and perfect manner. I also hereby
certify and state that the said Isaac was born my
slave, that he has resided with me up to this date
that he is very black, his stature about five feet
five inches, of slender make and about forty three
years old, that he has had his right leg broken
just above his ankle. In testimony whereof I
have hereto set my hand and seal this 26th day of
September 1836.

James Sims

in the presence of

? ?

Joseph McNutt

John Huddleston

Edward ?

Bernerd Hendrick

John Hill"

The original of the third document can be found at the Virginia State Library in the archives division. It reads as follows:

A PETITION FROM NICHOLAS COUNTY, VIRGINIA

TO GRANT PERMANENT RESIDENCE TO ISAAC SIMS

1836[41]

To the Legislature of Virginia

Your Petitioners humbly represent that JAMES SIMS
of the County of Nicholas has recently emancipated ISAAC
a blackman who is desirous of remaining in the Commonwealth,
your Petitioners represent that there are but very few
slaves in the County of Nicholas not exceeding sixty --
nor is there more than one other coloured person in the
County who is free -- your Petitioners further state the
said black man ISAAC is an exceedingly honest industrious
and useful man addicted to no vicious habits whatsoever,
but peaceful & inoffensive & meek in all his intercourse
& business with the country -- your Petitioners would be
truly gratified should this Legislature in its wisdom think
proper to grant his application -- your Petitioners are
 well convinced that no mischief can result to the country
by doing so and as a precedent in this part of the state
nothing of evil is to be apprehended.

Saml PriceDavid Mays

John H. RobinsonWilliam Sims

E. S. DuncanRobert Hughes Jr

Johnson ReynoldsEdward Sims Jr

Benj. H. SmithJeremiah Sims

P. B. WetheredMartin Sims

John McWhorterCo. John Sims

Ro HamiltonAnderson Sims

L. D. WilsonCharles Sims

Addison McLaughlinWilliam Morris

John McDermottJoshua Morris

Thomas MillerJohn H. Morris

Jacob D. McClainThomas Elliott

Thm. HillAron Loyd

Mathew HughesG. C. Landcraft

Charley ReynoldsWilliam Sims

Robert HillEdward Rion

Harrison A. LowWilliam R. Summers

George ReynoldsEdward Campbell

Andrew OdleGeorge Rader Sr

John KincaidJohn Foster

James NicholsJas. G. Murray

James WalkubJames Bryant

William HamrickG. W. Grose

John DunbarDavid Bare

Robert McCutchenLemasters Stephenson

William MillerJacob C. Chapman

Allen EwingJohn Groves

Jacob DrennenJohn G. Stephenson

Joseph DarlingtonJacob Chapman

J. D. SuttonMichael Rader

J. M. AldersonJohn Linch

J. McClungAndre Skidmore

James R. HendersonIsaac Gregory

James a. WalkerFielding McClung

R. DuffieldAbner Stephenson

Seth ThayerWm. Bell

Thomas LeggCortes Stephenson

Joshua StephensonJohn Rader

Wm. D. CottleJ. G. Neel

Samuel NicholsT. B. Thomas

Joel HamrickAlexander Grove

David StuartJames Simany

Jefferson GroseJoseph McClung

(?) DorseyDaniel Falkler

J. WarrenHenry (?)

Richard A. ArtersWilliam Chapman

William TaylorDavid Moore

Wilson ArtersDavid R. Hamilton

Philip DuffyMoses Hill

R. KellyIra Davis

Elij. LightnerJacob Odell

James LightnerWm. Hughs

James KellyWm. Bryant

J. M. HamiltonGeorge Fitzwatters

John McCueAndrew Neil

John McClungRobert Neil

S. A. HamiltonSamuel Hutchison

Edward McClungGeorge Hardweg

Nathan GrovesJohn Morris

Peter DuffyJohn Duffy

J. McMillianB. L. Boggs

Wm. LivesayM. A. Triplett

Jacob HutchisonWilliam M. Boggs

David HannaJohn Trout

David PeeblesJames Grose

Adam GivenRobert Keenan

Elverton T. WalkerIsaac Fitzwater

Thomas M. FitzwaterNathaniel Hughes

Thomas B. MorrisHiram S. Marsh

W. Summers Sr.S. Backhouse

Henry MorrisJos. Montgomry

John SmithL. C. Buster

Thomas T. MartonThos. Hawkins

Peter ColemanThos. Hines

John BackhouseCyrus Hedge

William BirdJohn Slack

Cornelius DorseyJames B. Cole

Pascal BackhouseAustin McCorgil

Joseph BackhouseNathan Huddleston

Jeremy G. OdelWilliam Kincaid

Joseph BackhouseJames Settle

William HillardBolen Ballenger

William SmithJohn Johnson Jr.

Bernard HendrickJames Likens

Mathew KaincaidJohn P. Huddleston

John DorseyW. Tyree

John FitzwaterHiram Curry

John Dorsey SrP. Keenan

Dryden SimsE. Hutson

Hudson N. DickensonHenry Montgomery

Miles HansenJohn Huddleston

Jas. H. MillerJohn Hill

P. W. BusterJoseph Huddleston

Pleasant HawkinsHenry Tritt

Seaton B. ProwsyWilliam Huggins

James B. MurrayRobert Huggins

James J. SimsRobert Heuse

(Name Illegible)John Heuse

Leonard CuryS. A. Masterson

William JohnsonJoseph W. Nutt

Jno. McNuttJno. Carton

F. T. HughesAdam Johnson

Fenton McMorrowWm. Kelly

Job HuddlestonTaswell W. Hues

Nelson SimsAndrew Kenan


Joseph Reams(?) Price

Francis CincaidE. R. Hutchison

William LoydJoseph Young

Thos. S. BusterEdda Young

Moses ColemanWilliam Martin

T. B. HamiltonThos. L. Lewis

John KincaidWm. Myles

Thos. J. Huddleston William Kincaid Jr.

John Johnson Gataspher Kincaid

Me_?_ J. Conly Benjamin Darlington

Levi B. Murrey H_?_ Long

Edward HughsJoel Alexander

Joshua Foster

James Sims is last seen on a census in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia in 1840. He is listed as James Sims Sr. with the following persons in his household: 1 male under 5, 1 male 10 and under 15, 1 male 15 and under 20 (George W.), 1 male 80 and under 90 (James), 1 female 50 and under 60 (Elizabeth), 1 male slave 10 and under 24 making a total of 6 members in the household. Four of these persons were employed in agriculture.[42] The two youngest males in the household were likely grandsons of James and Elizabeth.

James Sims' homestead was located at the mouth of Little Elk Creek on Gauley River at what is now called Swiss, West Virginia. He is buried in the churchyard cemetery of the Sims Memorial M.(Methodist) E.(Episcopalian) Church. The church was built in 1922 on land donated by the Sims family and stands on the spot of his original 2-story log house.[43] The exact site of his grave is now in doubt as the original stone marker was displaced and lost many years ago but it has been said that he is buried near a large cedar tree. It is reasonable to assume that Elizabeth, his second wife, is buried beside him. Richard Morrison, a descendant of James' youngest son George Washington Sims, visited the cemetery located behind the church. A caretaker told Richard and his wife Nancy that the bodies of many slaves were buried among and along beside the Sims. Their graves are only marked with large creek stones, some lying at the foot of a Sims burial plot. There are two markers in the graveyard for James Sims:

 
Grave Marker #1
 
Grave Marker #2

Grave marker #1 was secured from the Veterans Administration in 1979 by George R. Penick, Jr. It shows his date of death as 1838 as that was assumed to have been the year he died by some older family members that Penick spoke with. It would be interesting to learn who placed marker #2 as we now know that James was still living in 1840 at the time of the census.

Documents verifying the dates of death of James Sims and his wife Elizabeth, who died first, have not been found. In 1848 a partition suit was filed in the Circuit Supreme Court of Law and Chancery for Nicholas County, George H. Lee, Judge, seeking to have the court provide for the sale of the 125 acre farm near Beech Glen which was left by James Sims when he died. The problem with this document is 1. we do not know if it is a true transcript of the original or a summary 2. James is listed as having died in 1836 when we know that he was still living in 1840 and 3. there are names listed that may be transcribed incorrectly, for example Sarah Hyphy which may be Sarah Hughes. The year of death may be a typing error as it is 12 years prior to the time that the suit was filed. It is very likely that this should read 1846. Penick's compilation also discusses this suit and no variations were found in the information he listed and the information found in a typewritten letter dated 8 June 1947 from Willard E. Simms of Cozaddale, Ohio, to John T. Simms, of Charleston, West Virginia found in the DAR file of Virginia Bondurant Johnson.

"Atty John Reynolds filed suit in 1848 in the circuit supreme court of law and chancery for Nicholas County, Geo. H. Lee being judge; seeking to have the court provide for the sale of the 125 acre farm near Beech Glen, I believe, which was left by James Sims when he died in 1836.The bill of complaint represented that William, Martin, John, James, Dryden, Charles, Washington Sims; Joseph Darlington and Jane (Sims) Darlington, his wife; Joel Settle and Mildred (Sims) Settle, his wife; and Nancy (Sims) Johnson respectfully represent that James Sims, the father of your orators and oratresses departed this life on the ___day of ___1836 intestate and leaving no widow and leaving besides your orators and oratresses to survive him the following heirs at law to-wit: the children of Jeremiah Sims, dec'd (he having died 1824 near Springfield O.) who live in the western country, the names of whom are unknown; also the children of Elizabeth Johnson, dec'd, formerly Elizabeth Sims: to-wit, John Johnson, Wm. Johnson, Harrison Johnson, James Johnson, James Settle and Rachel his wife; William H(?)ale and Amy his wife, John Backhouse and Phoebe his wife; ______Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife; Sarah Hyphy, John Kincaid and Mary his wife; also the children of Mary Hughes, formerly Mary Sims, to-wit, Tazewell Hughes, Andrew Hughes, Nelson Johnson and Elizabeth his wife; Johnson Foster and Mary his wife; also the children of Margaret Hughes, formerly Margaret Sims, to-wit, Matthew Kincaid and Susan his wife; Ann Hughes, Robert Hughes, John Hughes, the last three are infants; also the children of Sarah Foster, formerly Sarah Sims, to-wit, Jordan Hickson and Mariah his wife; James Foster, Peyton Foster, Charles Foster, and Milton Sims, the last three but one are infants, and the same James Sims, the father of your orators and oratresses died seized of a tract of land containing 125 acres in Nicholas county, on the Gauley river, etc., etc.

"The matter was finally settled in the spring term of court 1853. It sold for $183 and the costs approximated $160, thus leaving about $22.50 to be distributed."[44]

The above clearly lists the following children for James Sims: William, Martin, John, James, Dryden, Charles, Washington, Jane, Mildred, Nancy, Jeremiah (dec'd), Elizabeth (dec'd), Mary (dec'd), Margaret (dec'd), Sarah (dec'd). Using known dates of birth and ages found on the census we have been able to list the children in nearest possible order of birth and determine the mother of each. The order in which the living sons are listed in the suit is also their order of birth; while the living daughters are listed youngest to oldest; the deceased daughters are listed oldest to youngest. Using this information we have been able to group the children with their mother.

Children of JAMES SIMS and PHEBE UNKNOWN are:

i.JEREMIAH5 SI MS, b. 24 May 1777, Culpeper County, Virginia; d. 19 January 1824, German Township, Clark County, Ohio.

ii.WILLIAM SIMS S R., b.6 November 1780, Culpeper County, Virginia; d.5 October 1854, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia.

iii.ELIZABETH SIMS, b. Abt. 1782, Culpeper County, Virginia; d.1 June 1845, Fayette County, (West) Virginia.

iv.MARTIN SIMS, b. Bet. 1784 - 1790; d. Bet. 1854 - 1860.

v.JOHN SIMS, b.15 May 1787; d. October 15, 1869, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

vi.MARY SIMS, b. Abt. 1787; d. Bef. 1848.

vii.NANCY ANN S IMS, b. Abt. 1793, Culpeper County, Virginia; d. Bet. 1860 - 1870, Poca District, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Children of JAMES SIMS and ELIZABETH COTTON are:

viii.JAMES SIMS, J R., b. Abt. 1801, Kanawha County, (West) Virginia; died unknown but last seen in 1850 census of Kanawha County, (West) Virginia).

ix.MARGARET5 S IMS, b. Bet. 1801 - 1804; d. Bef. 1848.

x.SARAH SIMS, b. Bet. 1804 - 1806; d. Bet. 1837 - 1848.

xi.MILDRED SIMS, b. Abt. 1806, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia; d. August 31, 1894, Fayette County, West Virginia.

xii.JANE L. S IMS, b. Abt. 1810, Virginia; d. Aft. 1880.

xiii.CHARLES FULLERTON  SIMS, b.13 August 1815, Swiss, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia; d. 26 April 1891, Swiss, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia.

xiv.DRYDEN SIMS, b. Abt. 1818, Kanawha County, (West) Virginia; d. Abt. 1880, St. Clair County, Missouri.

xv.GEORGE WASHINGTON SIMS, b. Abt. 1821, Nicholas County, (West) Virginia; d. abt. 1920

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[1] Declaration of James Sims dated 18 February 1834 in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832 (Revolutionary War Papers) transcribed from photocopies procured by David Fridley from the National Archives (pension claim file ref. # S 19464).
[2] Culpeper County, Virginia, Will Book A, pg. 466
[3] Culpeper County, Virginia, Will Book A, pg. 466
[4] Transcription courtesy of Rose Mary Sims Rudy (e-mail 13 Jan 2002)
[5] Culpeper County, Virginia, Will Book B, pg.519-522
[6] Culpeper County, Virginia, Will Book B, pg.519-522
[7]Nall Families of America including Nalle, Naul, Nalls. Compiled and published by Sally Nall Dolphin and Charles Fuller Nall. 1978
[8] Estep, Lee. E-mail dated February 7, 2002. Information he found in Culpeper County, VA, Deed Book H, page 189-190.
[9] Owens, Robert. RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project. John Symes descendents. 25 August 2001. Online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:107791&id=I9532  23 October 2001.
[10]A compilation of data on James Sims and his family by George R. Penick, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia, made in 1978, 1979 and 1980. This compilation will be referred to as The Penick Papers. Penick was a descendant of James' son William.
[11] David Fridley calculated his birthdate from age given at death on tombstone. Jeremiah died 19 January 1824 in German Twp, Clark Co, OH, at 46 years of age. His tombstone records his age as 46 yrs., 7 mos., 26 days. His body was interred in Callison Cemetery in German Twp, Clark Co, OH. Cemetery listing: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Garden/3458/Townships/German/Callison.htm
[12] Declaration of James Sims dated 18 February 1834 in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832 (Revolutionary War Papers) transcribed from photocopies procured by David Fridley from the National Archives (pension claim file ref. # S 19464).
[13] Culpeper County, VA, Deed Book H pages 475-477.
[14]Nall Families of America including Nalle, Naul, Nalls. Compiled and published by Sally Nall Dolphin and Charles Fuller Nall in 1978. pg. 36-37.
[15] Culpeper County, VA, Deed Book H, pages 162-164.
[16] Maginnis, William H. Notes found in Virginia Bondurant Johnson's DAR file.
[17] Date taken from tombstone in Beech Glen Cemetery, Beech Glen, Nicholas County, West Virginia (cemetery reading done June 2001 by a contact of Paul Guttman and supplied by him per e-mail February 2002)
[18] Declaration of James Sims dated 18 February 1834 in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832 (Revolutionary War Papers) transcribed from photocopies procured by David Fridley from the National Archives (pension claim file ref. # S 19464).
[19]The Penick Papers. A compilation of data on James Sims and his family by George R. Penick, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia, made in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
[20]Coroner's Inquest Report, Photocopy of original document received from Rose Mary Sims Rudy.
[21] Judgment –     Simms vs Scott found in a file of old law cases for 1795 by Connie Metheny, Millboro, Virginia, and sent to Rose Mary Sims Rudy August 1, 1995.
[22]The History of Fayette County West Virginia 1993 pg. 449
[23]The History of Fayette County West Virginia 1993 pg. 33
[24]The History of Fayette County West Virginia 1993 pg. 33
[25] Maginnis, William H. "The Simms Family In Kanawha County –     Part I", West Virginia History: A Quarterly Magazine, Volume VIII, April 1947, Number 3, pages 283-304; published by State Department of Archives and History, Charleston, West Virginia
[26]Ancestors & Descendants of Thomas Sims of Culpeper County, Virgina Edmund Butler of Virginia and Kentucky with Allied Families & Other Culpeper Data. "James Sims of Culpeper, Fayette & Nicholas Cos., (W) Va.", page 156. Compiled and published by Lela Wolfe Prewitt, Fairfield, Iowa, 1972.
[27] Maginnis, William H. "The Simms Family in Kanawha County - Part I". West Virginia History: Quarterly Magazine, Volume VIII, April 1947, Number 3, pages 283-304; published by State Department of Archives and History, Charleston, West Virginia
[28] Botetourt County, VA Grants 35, 1795-96 p.641. Found on website: HAYS/SIMS in Land Grants & Will Books from the Library of VA, Digital Files And Other Related Noteshttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~janicekmc/hays_p3.htm
[29]Transcribed from images received from David Fridley on February 11, 2002 per e-mail, downloaded from the Digital Library of the Library of Virginia (http://www.lva.lib.va.us/dlp/index.htm).
[30] Laidley, William Sydney (1839-1917). History of Charleston and Kanawha County, West Virginia and Representative Citizens, published Chicago IL; Richmond-Arnold Publishing, 1911.
[31] Transcribed from photocopy of page from the Kanawha County (West) Virginia Deed Book A-391 supplied by Rose Mary Sims Rudy in February 2002.
[32] Falin, Becky. US GenWeb Archives. 1810 Kanawha County, WV. Pg 15 Ln #23. 5 August 1998. Online ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/wv/kanawha/census/1810.txt 4 October 2001
[33] 1810 Kanawha County (W)Va Census, compiled by David A. Turner & Sigfus Olafson, published by Kanawha Valley Genealogical society, Inc., P.O. Box 8555, South Charleston, West Virginia 25303, 1991.
[34] Bryant, Neva Jane Stout. USGenWeb Archives. 1820 Federal CensusNicholas County, Virginia. Page No. 204B. 25 July 2001. Note: transcription has not been proofread. Onlineftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/wv/nicholas/census/1820.txt 3 October 2001
[35] Bryant, Neva Jane Stout. USGenWeb Archives. 1830 Federal Census Nicholas County, Virginia. 25 July 2001/October 2001. Online ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/wv/nicholas/census/1830c.txt 13 November 2001
[36] Declaration of James Sims dated 18 February 1834 in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832 (Revolutionary War Papers) transcribed from photocopies procured by David Fridley from the National Archives (pension claim file ref. # S 19464).
[37]The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume Nine, Supplemental Series, The Soldiery of West Virginia. Edited and Published by Jim Comstock, Richmond, West Virginia, 1974.
[38]Gunsmiths of West Virginia by James P. Whister, pg. 105
[39]Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers 1818-1860, "Early Settlers of Nicholas County, Virginia" by Edward Campbell, pg. 63
[40]Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers 1818-1860, "Early Settlers of Nicholas County, Virginia" by Edward Campbell, pg. 54
[41]Transcribed from Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers 1818-1860, pages 35-38, received from Rose Mary Sims Rudy by fax on March 20, 2002.
[42] Fridley, David. e-mail dated 10 October 2001 with 1840 census image attached.
[43]The Penick Papers
[44] Hughes, Eve. E-mail dated June 13, 2001. This information, taken from a file containing papers for application for membership in the DAR for Virginia Bondurant Johnson, was passed to her by another researcher.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Meet the family for June 26th

COTTON/WOODEN - FAMILY LINE

POWERS/BANKS/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Gustavus Jaeger and Helen Altana Powers's
141th anniversary is today, married in Sandusky, Ohio in 1869.  Gustavus was 31 and Helen 20.  They had 6 children.  Helen is the boys' 2nd cousin 4 times removed.  Her mother is Lydia Ann Banks, the boys' 1st cousin 5 times removed who's father is David Bradley Banks, the boys' 4th great-granduncle.  David is the 1/2 brother of Samuel Cheney Cotton via their mother Sally Gold.

STANFORD/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

STANFORD/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Mansel A. Stanford
is 110 years old today. Mansel is the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed.  His father is Asia Minor Stanford who married Martha Telitha Hazelwood and begot 11 Stanford children.  Asia's father is Jacob K. Stanford, the boys' 3rd great-granduncle who's brother is David Stanford.

BRIDGFORTH-FAMILY LINE

Edward McPhail Bridgforth III
is 44 years old today, born in 1966.  Edward is Bryan and Andrew's 1st cousin.  Edward's father is the boys' uncle, Edward McPhail Bridgforth, Jr., the brother of their father, John Baskerville Bridgforth

REEVES/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

GILBERT/REEVES/WOODEN
James Alfred Gilbert, Jr.
is 50 years old today, born in 1960.  James is the husband of Steve's 1st cousin once removed, Cynthia Fay Reeves.  Cynthia's father is Donald Boyd Reeves, the brother of Steve's grandfather, John Wesley Reeves, Jr.



Friday, June 25, 2010

Meet the family for June 25th

CORRECTIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS
Correction on yesterday's post about the Ella names in the family.  I got confused and listed Ella E. Doller as the kid's 3rd cousin.  Accually she is MY 3rd cousin 3 times removed and not in the Brown/Myer family line at all.  Thank you every one for reading and catching my mistakes. - jerry

BROWN/MYER-FAMILY LINE

McMURREY/MAYNE/BROWN/MYER/HULGAN-HAWKINS/HOSLER-JENNINGS-KNOWLES
Ardie Mack McMurrey
died 20 years ago today, in 1990 at the age of 49.  Ardie is the kids' 1st cousin 4 times removed. His father is Grover Cleveland McMurrey the kids' 3rd great-granduncle and the brother of Ida Jane McMurray.  Ida is the kids' 3rd great-grandmother.  She married William Mitchell Mayne in 1899 and begot 8 children, the 3rd being Donie Mae MayneWilliam Mayne's mother was also a Ella.  She was Ella Higgins.  So here are the Ella named people in our tree. Ella Higgins, the kids' 4th great-grandmother, Ella E. Doller, the kids' 3rd cousin.  Ella Mariah Crow, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother.  Ella Marie Hosler.  Ella Ween Brown, the kids' great-grandmother.  And the next name is an Ella for the middle name.


COTTON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

POWERS/BANKS/GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
George P. Powers
is 160 years old today, born in Ohio in 1850. George is the boys' 2nd cousin 4 times removed.  George's mother is Lydia Ann Banks, the boys' 1st cousin 5 times removed.  Lydia's father is David Bradley Banks, the boys' 4th great-granduncle, the 1/2 brother of Samuel Cheney Cotton via their mother Sally Gold.  Their different fathers were Bradley Banks and Ira Cotton.

GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Capt., Benjamin Gold
is 248 years old today, born in 1762.  Capt Gold is the boys' 2nd cousin 8 times removed.  His father is the Rev., Hezekiah Gold, Jr. whose father Hezekiah Gold Sr. is the boys' 8th great-granduncle and brother of 8th great-grandfather, Samuel Gold

REEVES/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

REEVES/WOODEN
John Wesley Reeves, Sr. and Sarah Eloise Garrison's
78th anniversary is today, married in 1932.  John was 20 and Sarah 22 years old.  John and Sarah are Steve's great-grandparents.  John was born December 29, 1911 and Sarah November 27, 1909 in Morgan Alabama.  They begot 4 children, Donald Boyd Reeves (1934- ), John Wesley Reeves, Jr. (1935- ), Dottie Joan Reeves (1937- ) and Judith May Reeves (1940- ).  All except John Jr.(grandfather) are Steve's grandaunts and granduncles.

STEIBLE/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

COMINGS/INCE/SIMS/EVERHART/STEIBLE/WOODEN
Lenore B. Comings is 151 years old today, born in 1858. Lenore is  Steven Ray Wooden, Jr.'s  2nd great-grandaunt's husband's mother.  Lenore married Horace Edgar Ince in 1878 and begot Frank Ince in 1885.  Frank is the husband of Rebecca Elizebeth Sims, Steve's 2nd great-grandaunt.  Rebecca's sister is Margret Izora Sims, Steve's 2nd Great-grandmother who married Elmer Elsworth Everhart and begot Lola Ray Everhart in 1906.

NAUGHER-FAMILY LINE

Jordan Kyle Naugher is 10 years old today, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JORDAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jordan is the son of Calum Stewart Naugher and the 1/2 nephew of Tara Modesa Naugher.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Meet the family for June 24th

BROWN/MYER-FAMILY LINE

McMURREY/MAYNE/BROWN/MYER/HULGAN-HAWKINS/HOSLER-JENNINGS-KNOWLES
Ardie Mack McMurrey
died 20 years ago today, in 1990 at the age of 49.  Ardie is the kids' 1st cousin 4 times removed. His father is Grover Cleveland McMurrey the kids' 3rd great-granduncle and the brother of Ida Jane McMurray.  Ida is the kids' 3rd great-grandmother.  She married William Mitchell Mayne in 1899 and begot 8 children, the 3rd being Donie Mae MayneWilliam Mayne's mother was also a Ella.  She was Ella Higgins.  So here are the Ella named people in our tree. Ella Higgins, the kids' 4th great-grandmother, Ella E. Doller, the kids' 3rd cousin.  Ella Mariah Crow, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother.  Ella Marie Hosler.  Ella Ween Brown, the kids' great-grandmother.  And the next name is an Ella for the middle name.

MAYNE/BROWN/MYER/HULGAN-HAWKINS/HOSLER-JENNINGS-KNOWLES
Lucie Ella Mayne
is 91 years old today, born in 1919, she also died on this day in 1919.  Lucie Ella Mayne is the kids' 2nd great-grandaunt.  Her sister is Donie Mae Mayne.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Meet the family for June 23rd

WOODEN/JOHNSON-FAMILY LINE

WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Conie Pearl Wooden
is 109 years old today, born in 1901.  Conie died February 10, 2000 at age 98 in Morgan, IN.  She is the boys' 1st cousin 3 times removed.  Her father is Harvey Houston Wooden who married Myrtle M. Anderson and begot 10 Wooden children, with Conie being the first.  Harvey's parents are Andrew J. Wooden and Amanda Johnson.  Harvey was the youngest of 6 children with Joseph R. Wooden the oldest, 18 years apart.

BRIDGFORTH-FAMILY LINE

BRIDGFORTH
John Baskerville "Jack" Bridgforth
is 115 years old today, born in 1895.  Jack is Andrew and Byran's Granduncle.  He is the older brother of Edward McPhail Bridgforth, Sr., the boys' grandfather, which is probably why Edward named one of his son's after John Baskerville Bridgforth. 

WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Joshua Miller Wooden
is 188 years old today, born in 1822. Josh is the boys' 3rd great-granduncle.  He is among the newest additions to the Wooden Tree.  He married Penelope Pope Yager and begot Robert Sanford Wooden 1845, William Hugh Wooden 1851, Feriblee Wooden 1873 and Joshua Hugh Wooden 1882.  That is one heck of a span of kids.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Meet the family for June 22nd

COTTON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

WALKER/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH/DAY
Cady R. Walker
died 137 years ago today in 1873 at age 78 in Friendship, New York.  Cady R. Walker is the son of Marshall Walker and Hannah Dunbar.  He married Electa Sparks in 1813 and they are the boys' 5th great-grandparents.  Their first child was a daughter, Almira Walker, who married into the Cotton family line.  Almira married Samuel Cheney Cotton in 1834, the son of Ira Cotton and Sally Gold.  Samuel and Almira begot Hubbard Cotton in 1838.

BANKS/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH/DAY
Helen D. Banks
is 124 years old today, born in 1886.  Helen is the boys' 3rd cousin 3 times removed.  Her father is Frederick Jeager Banks, the boys' 2nd cousin 4 times removed.  Fred's father is Ira Bradley Banks, the boys' 1st cousin 5 times removed.  Ira's father is David Bradley Banks, the boys' 4th great-granduncle and 1/2 brother to Samuel Cheney Cotton via his mother, Sally Gold's, first marriage to Bradley Banks who was tragically drowned at age 30

WAKEMAN/TALCOTT/GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH/DAY
Helena Wakeman
died 336 years ago today in 1674 in Hartford, CT at age 41. She was born in New Haven, CT in 1632. Helena is the boys' 10th great-grandmother.  She married Lt. John Talcott, Jr. in 1650 in Hartford, CT.  They begot Hannah Talcott in 1663 who married Nathan Gold in 1686 in Fairfield Connecticut. 

FENNER/WARD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH/DAY
Joseph Fenner
is 382 years old today, born in 1628 in Horley Surrey England.  He died at age 1 in Horley, England in 1629. Joseph is the boys' 10th great-granduncle and the brother of Phoebe Fenner the boys' 10th great-grandmother.

BOUDINOT/GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Elias Boudinot
died 171 years ago today in 1839 at the age of 37 in Park Hill, Cherokee, Oklahoma.  He was murdered.  Elias was a full blooded Cherokee Indian who rubbed several "white" people the wrong way.  His story was featured on PBS "We will Remain".  Elias whose Indian name is Buck Waite, is the husband of the boys' 3rd cousin 7 times removed, Harriet Ruggles Gold.

NAUGHER-FAMILY LINE

COCHRAN/NAUGHER
Joseph Michael Cochran
is 68 years old today, born in 1942 in Etowah, AL.  He died that same day.  Joseph is C/T's 1st cousin once removed.  His mother is Tara's Grandaunt, Sally Mae Naugher the sister of Moses S. Naugher.

STEWART/SAVAGE/NAUGHER
Thomas Franklin Stewart
is 151 years old today, born in 1859. Thomas is C/T's 3rd great-granduncle.  He is the brother of Frances Matilda Stewart, C/T's 3rd great-grandmother.

REEVES/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

GRANTLAND/GARRISON/REEVES/WOODEN
Martha Demaris Grantland
died 87 years ago today in 1923 at age 73 in Morgan county, AL.  Martha was also born in Morgan in 1849   Martha is Steve's 3rd great-grandmother.  She married John Thomas Garrison February 24, 1870 in Morgan, AL and they begot Samuel Omar Garrison (3rd of 6) in 1884.  Samuel married Lula May McCutcheon December 27, 1905 in Morgan, AL and begot Sarah Eloise Garrison in 1909 (2nd of 3).  Sarah married John Wesley Reeves, Sr. June 25, 1932

BOUDINIER-FAMILY LINE

Steve asked the question "did this family line originate in Louisiana or Montreal or did they come straight from France?"  As far as I can tell I only show Matilada Ann Boudinier Steve Jr's 3rd great-grandmother was born in IL November 22, 1859, but I do show that her father Joseph Boudinier was born in 1829 in France.  I don't have a name for her mother or further back, yet.

BRIDGFORTH-FAMILY LINE

BAGLEY/BRIDGFORTH
Isham Trotter Bagley
is 159 years old today, born in 1851.  Isham is Andrew and Bryan's 2nd great-grandfather.  He married Susan Epes Seay October 22, 1874 and they begot Edward Garland Bagley, who married Ethel Clare Hethorn, the boys' Great-grandparents.  They begot 5 children with Sudie Seay Bagley being the second born.



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