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Judith Sims (Cross)Spouse14 Nov 1756 - 10 Jun 1841
Grave Site of William
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William Sims is buried in the Cross Cemetery
History of Maury County Tennessee Copiled by Maury County Historical Society 1969
Copy of letter from Mrs. Viola Hunt, Waxahatchie, Texas, to Mrs. Victoria Lewis of 1225 12th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama, 30 December 1900:
Brewster Sims, the ancestor of our branch of the Sims Family in america came from Wales and settled in Hanover County, Virginia, 13 miles from Richmond in the early days of 1770.
His son william sims had two children, a daughter who first married a Mr. Smith, then ___ Gentry; and a son William Sims, our great-grandfather, who was born May 7, 1757, and married Judith Cross, August 16, 1773.
Our great grandfather William Sims was a Colonel in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. He was taken prisoner and to humiliate him he was compelled to march up and down the line following his Black servant Kit, who was forced to beat the drum.
He lived at the old homestead in Hanover County, near Richmond, until their 12 children reached maturity or therabouts. He moved westward in 1807, stopping one year in East Tennessee, thence to Maury County, Tennessee, at which place he settled in 1808 and died in 1814, four miles from Mt. Pleasant, and buried at the family graveyard set apart by him on his own estate.
My Father's Mother was the first born. She marred Phillip Winn in Virginia, and moved with her father to Tennessee, and settled on "Winn's Hill" one mile South West of Mt. Pleasant.
My Father, the first born, was named Thomas after your grandfather Thomas Sims, who married a Miss Winn, daughter of General Richard Winn of South Carolina.
The Grandson of Colonel William Sims, Nicholas P. Sims, is living in Waxahatchie, Texas at the age of 95 years, hale and heartly. During a visit to him in 1883, I made a record of all I know of our great-grandfather's family.
Uncle Nick lives with Judge O.E. Dunlap, who is also a Sims on his mother's side.
William Sims had eleven children, eight girls and three sons, to-wit: Elizabeth, Sallie, Susan, Nancy, Polly, Patsy, Fannie, and Mildred. Elizabeth married Tinsley, after his death she married Elijah Harlan, Sallie married Gillespie. Susan married McAlister. Nancy married Jerry Harlan. Polly married John Griffith. Patsy married Jordan Tuckness. Fannie married John Daniel, a Methodist preacher and merchant. Mildred married Joseph Crenshaw.
William Sims and family moved from Virginia to East Tennessee in 1809--remaining one year and moved to Mt. Pleasant, Maury Tennessee, in 1811. Sallie and Susan married in East Tennessee and remained there. John Sims, son of William Sims, had five sons to wit- John Sims, Nicholas P. Sims, Jim Sims, Hartwell Sims, William Sims, and the following daughters: Maria, Lucy and Sallie, the last named died early.
William Sims was six feet, two inches tall, very erect and ws regarded as a handsome man. His father William had only two children, Colonel Sims and one daugher wo first married a Smith wo died, then she married Gentry.
Colonel Sims commanded a regiment in the Revolutionary War. He married Judith Cross. (From Judge O.E. Dunlap, Waxahatchie, Texas, by R.B. Reeves, 20 July 1906, labeled for Maury County Historical Association)