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Some of the information on the Sims family is taken from the book, "The Pariss Sims Family & Related Families 1765-1965" by Almon J. Sims. While this is a wonderful book and an invaluable resource, I take it with a grain of salt because the information on my grandmother in that book is not entirely accurate (he put that she died in 1955 instead of the correct 1958, and that her daughter was Ann when, in fact, she's Ida Ann).

John Sims and wife are discussed in the Transcription of a taped 1998 conversation with Mary Lou Hardison.

John P.G. Sims

he told his grandson the P.G. was for Peagreen

6-10-1861 to 11-16-1928




  1853-James R Sims

  1858-Will Sims


  1863-Robert Sims



Sims book shows sibs

1853-James R (Dr. Jim)

1858-William (Dr. Will)

1863-Robert (Dr. Bob)



John's brother James married Ascenith Avery, daughter of James A. Avery. John's daughter Lyda married the great-grandson of James' brother.

married 1890


Effie Ann Amos

1-24-1872 to 2-15-1949




 Leslie Sims

 Paul Sims

 Lyda Sue Sims Hardison


John & Effie are both buried in the Bellvernon Cemetery in Friendship, TN


William Sims


 Julia Cook

spouse's parents:

Tom Amos


 Sarah Paul

(sometimes called Eliza)

maternal grandparents:

Richard Cook & Unity


paternal grandparents:

Matthew Sims & Sarah

maternal aunts & uncles:

c.1826-Richard D. Cook, c.1835-Robert A. Cook, c.1838-Pleasant? G. Cook (male), c.1841-Catherine M. Cook


paternal aunts & uncles:

John Sims, Martha Sims White

Click on image to enlarge. Once enlarged, to zoom, move cursor to right of image, back onto image, and click again. More photos to be added. There may be more photos of him or his family members in his daughter Lyda Sue's photo album c WWI

John PG Sims, daughter Lyda Sue, wife Effie Ann Amos c. 1916

Grave of John PG Sims and Effie Ann Amos Sims, Bellevernon Cemetery, Friendship TN

Recollection by one of his grandsons: "My grandfather, John Peagreen Sims, whom I never met, was a medical doctor who founded the family newspaper publishing business. I was told he died of blood poisoning which started with cut by the fin of a fish he was cleaning."


1870 census, Haywood County, District 12, Johnston Grove Post Office

William Sims, age 43, farmer, born Alabama, real estate value 4200, personal estate 600

Julia, age 33, keeps house, born TN

James, age 17, farm hand, born TN

William, age 13

Susan, age 11

John, age 9

Robert, age 7

Ida, age 3

Sarah, age 74, at home, born Alabama


1880 census, Crockett County, 8th District, Cairo:

William Sims, 52, farmer, born in AL of parents born in VA

Wife Julia A. Sims, 46, keeping house, born in TN of a father born in NC and a mother born in TN. (All children born in TN)

Daughter Sudia A. Sims, 21, at home

Son Jno P.G., age 19, labor

Son Robert A., 16, labor

Daughter Ider L. (or D), age 13, at home

Gibson County Marriage Records show Effie Amos wed John Sims 1890.

1900 census, Crockett County TN, Civil District 9.

"James" Sims, age 38,  born Jun 1861 in TN (doesn't list where his parents were born), married 10 years, occupation: physician

Wife Effie A., age 28, born Jan. 1872 in TN of a father born in Indiana and a mother born in TN, married 10 years

Son Robt L, age 9, born January 1892

Son Paul, age 7, born Dec. 1893

According to the information taken from the internet (citation given on page for Leslie Sims) John and his sons founded a newspaper in Kentucky within three years of 1909.

1920 census, Crockett TN, Civil District 12, Tigret Road (renting):

JP Sims, 58, printer--newspaper company, born TN of father born in TN and mother born in Alabama (it looks like)

Wife Effie Sims, 47, born in TN of a father born in IN and a mother born in TN

Son Leslie Sims, 28, single, editor--newspaper

Daughter "Lydia" Sims, 19, single, typesetter in printing office.

1-22-1926 from the Lauderdale County Enterprise: "Dr. J.P. Sims of Friendship spent Monday night in Ripley. He is associated with his son, Editor Leslie Sims, in the Publication of the Tri-County News in his home town. The doctor is being prominently mentioned for Senator from the counties of Crockett, Dyer and Lauderdale. Thus his visit to this county."

From "The Pariss Sims Family and Related Families 1765-1965" by Almon J. Sims (1965), p. 116: "Dr. John P. Sims, third son of William and Julia Cook Sims, was born in 1861; died in 1928. He was a graduate of the old Memphis Hospital Medical College, now the University of Tennessee Medical  College, and practiced medicine at Crockett Mills, Tenn. He marred Effie Amos in 1891 and they had the following children: Leslis Sims, born in 1892... Paul Sims born in 1894....Lyda Sims, born in 1900...Dr. John and Effie Amos Sims had two children that died in infancy."