Thank you for this information.
I think Mary T. Sims was a daughter of James and Nancy, rather than a daughter-in-law, since I find her with this family on the 1860 Cherokee County,Alabama census, and some Cherokee county court records refer to her as a daughter of James and Nancy.
I don't know if Mary T. Sims is the mother of the four minor children enumerated with James and Nancy on the 1850 Clarke County, GA census. Would a woman in that much more religious and strait-laced day and time have borne 4 illegitimate children? It is possible, I suppose.
Perhaps the 4 minor children are orphans of a son of James and Nancy, and Mary is their aunt. I just don't know... yet.
The James Sims that you reference born 1850 listed on the mortality schedule for 1880 is neither of these James Simses listed on the 1850 census for Clarke County, GA with Martha Hinsley. The elder James Sims (born ~1770) went with his family to Cherokee County, Al, sometime between 1850 and 1860 (reference the previously mentioned court documents). The younger James Sims died in Alcorn County, MS in 1900.
I think your conclusion that Martha Hinesley was a boarder with her son Thomas is probably correct. She may have been the daughter of a friend or there may be other family connections that we don't know about. Perhaps Nancy Sims was a Hinesley before she married James,and Martha is a cousin or niece.
I do find in my research of the Sims families of Clarke/Oconee/Oglethorpe, GA, that there were several families who may have emigrated together from Virginia to Georgia. The McRees are one such family; perhaps the Hinesleys are another.
Please keep me posted if you find out anything about James and Nancy Sims' family in your genealogy research and I will do the same for the Hinesleys.
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