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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).

William Sims

10-26-1826 to 1901




  c.1825-Martha Sims White



Julia Cook





  1853-James R Sims

  1858-Will Sims


  1861-John P. Sims

  1863-Robert Sims



1929 baby book of

 LC Hardison

shows a gift from

W.S. Sims. Perhaps that is the William Sims listed above, the great-uncle of the baby's mother?


Matthew Sims




spouse's parents:

Richard Cook



maternal grandparents:


paternal grandparents:

Pariss Sims & Keziah Royster Sims

maternal aunts & uncles:


paternal aunts & uncles:

James, married Ascenith Avery and moved to DuQuoin, IL. William moved his family to Arkansas and then St. Louis, Mo.

According to Sims book, Sudie died unmarried at age 55.

1860 census Haywood TN

District 13, page 15 of 17

Wm Sims, age 33, farmer, real estate value $600, personal estate 392, born ALA

Julia A, age 27, born TN

James, age 7, born TN

Wm, age 4, born TN

Susan, age 2


1870 census, Haywood County TN, 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 (almost surely his mother, in 1850 & 1860 she's with his sister, Martha)

 Previous page of census has household of RD Cook, almost certainly Julia's brother (and neighbor in 1880 too)


1880 census, Crockett County TN:

William Sims, age 56, farmer

Wife Julia A. Sims, 46, keeping house

Daughter Sudia A. Sims, 21, at home

Son Jno P.G. Sims, age 19, labor

Son Robert A. Sims, 18, labor

"Ider" L or D Sims, between 10 and 19 (can't read 2nd digit) at home.

Next two households are Cook families, 2nd of which is almost certainly Julia Sims' brother


5-15-1913 Tri-County News (edited by William Sims' grandson Leslie): "Miss Sudie Sims of Piggott, Ark. is the guest of her brother, Dr. J.P. Sims and family."

From "The Pariss Sims Family and Related Families 1765-1965" by Almon J. Sims (1965), p 112: "William Sims, born Oct. 26, 1826 in Alabama; died in Bonicord Community, Dyer County, Tenn. in 1901. He married Julia Cook, born in Rutherford County, Tenn,. in 1837; died in 1895. Children: James R. Sims (Dr. Jim), born in 1853...William Sims (Dr. Will), born in 1858...John P. Sims (Dr. John), born in 1861...Robert Sims (Dr. Bob), born in 1863, married Tommie Murray and practiced medicine in the Bonicord area of Dyer County. They had no children., Susie Sims, died unmarried at the age of 55."