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Re: Ed Cress Lee Co., Va genealogical researcher
Posted by: Charles Sims (ID *****3936) Date: August 08, 2008 at 19:24:14
In Reply to: Ed Cress Lee Co., Va genealogical researcher by Ed Cress of 2125

Wondering if you may be able to help with date(s) of death and burial place of James Sims and wife Elizabeth Sowder.

As best as I've been able to determine James Sims was born about 1762 in Halifax Co., VA.; married about 1784 possibly in Washington Co., VA. and died about 1823 possibly in Tazewell Co., VA.
I don't have a date of birth of Elizabeth Sowder, but suspect about 1760 and possibly died after 1830 possibly in Tazerwell Co., VA. Also, suspect she was 1st married to an unknown, Mr. Sowder, where?

Best information I've seen supports that the first three children born to James Sims and wife Elizabeth Sowder were born in Washington Co., VA. (1785-1799). The later ten children born to James Sims and wife Elizabeth Sowder were all born in Lee Co., VA. (c.1793-c.1812)

With regard to the parents of James Sims, I've strong evidence his parents were William Sims (c.1739-c.1789) and wife Loranor [maiden name unknown to me].
They, William & Loranor, moved from Halifax Co., VA. to Laurens Co., SC. taking with them sons, Clayborn Sims, my gggg grandfather; James Sims; and William Sims, Jr.

Clayborn & William, Jr. remained in Laurens Co., SC. while James went to York Co., SC. and Washington and Lee Co's., VA. All three of these Sims sibling/brothers served in the Revolutionary War. Clayborn & William served in the same unit with the South Carolina Militia while James served in the command of General Green.

One daughter of James Sims was named Loranor, went by Laura and I'm sure she was named for James mother Loranor.
A son was named Clayborn, name corrupted as Claiborne. I've no doubt he was named for James sibling/brother, Clayborn Sims, my gggg grandfather.

I've included this much data so you can know a bit about why my interest and perhaps simplify your search if you will do that for me.

Thank you, Charles E. Sims

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