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Sarah Dickinson

Female 1762 - 1850  (88 years)


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  • Name Sarah Dickinson 
    Born 1762  Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1820  Claytons, Hancock, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Political 21 Jan 1821  First Treaty of Indian Springs Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 6,748 square miles of Creek territory between the Ocmulgee and Flint Rivers is ceded to the state of Georgia. [2]
    Residence 1830  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1840  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Georgia, Coweta County (1839)
    Georgia, Coweta County (1839)
    Died 25 Jun 1850  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Possessions 16 Oct 1957  Sarah Dickinson Chapter DAR disbanded Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Simms Family Cemetery, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simms, Sarah Dickinson
    Simms, Sarah Dickinson
    Notes 
    • Sarah Dickinson, daughter of Captain John Dickinson, Revolutionary soldier, born 1762, died in Coweta County, June 25, 1850; married Robert Simms, born 1760, died in Hancock County, March 25, 1815. He served in the Revolutionary War under Captain John Dickinson. She was a pioneer citizen of Coweta County, coming in the 30s with two sons and several son-in-laws with their families, founding an extensive family.

      Source: History of the Georgia State Society (DAR) 1899-1981.

    • UDC Locates SIMMS Family Cemetery - News article, 1969 Newnan Coweta Co., GA

      Among the founding families of Coweta County were the names of John and Britton SIMMS. The Newnan Chapter UDC was directed to the SIMMS family cemetery by Mr. Sterling NEILL, who lives on Blalock Road. It is located in a wooded area in the left hand corner of Smokey and Bill Cline Roads on property now owned by H. I. GORDY and Ira Hardin.

      The SIMMS plantation consisted of an estimated 1200-1500 acres, possibly more. It is believed that the original home is still standing and is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lisle Bowers. Mr. BOWERS states that he knows "the house is very old." It has round log sills and joists that are flattened only on the top side, this having been done by hand." Located in this cemetery is the grave of Sarah DICKINSON, who was born in 1762 in North Carolina and died June 25, 1850, Coweta Co. GA. She married Robert SIMMS a Reverend soldier born 1760 in Wayne Co. North Carolina and died in Hancock Co. Georgia March 25, 1815. Her tombstone was erected by Isadore Burch Robinson, her great grand daughter.

      Sarah DICKINSON Simms settled in Coweta County after the death of her husband with her sons, John and Britton, also several daughters and their families soon after the county was founded. It is recorded that this pioneering lady rode horseback from Hancock county back to Coweta county in the 1840's with two orphan grandsons, one seated in front of her and one behind.

      The local DAR Chapter was named Sarah DICKINSON when it was organized February 21, 1903 as she was the daughter of one Revolutionary soldier and wife of another. She is ancestress of probably as many natives in Coweta county as any other woman bearing family names of Jones, Arnold, Burch, Turner, Tilley, Connell, Garrett, Askew, Robinson and probably others. The children of Sarah DICKINSON and Roberts SIMS were: John, Susan, Elizabeth, Mary, Sallie, Penelope, Ann, Britton and Patience.

      One very prominent descendant was their grandson, John Dickinson SIMMS, born December 19, 1830, died March 5, 1921. He married Louise Posey HANSON on December 21, 1848. At the outbreak of the War between the states, he received a commission as Captain of Militia from Governor BROWN, but desiring more active duty, he enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862. He organized Co. F, 16th Georgia Cavalry and was its captain throughout the war. After the war he was active in the Newnan camp of the United Confederate veterans and endorsed the membership papers of many of the local ladies of the UDC. He figured prominently in local politics serving 3 years in Georgia legislature and 4 years as county commissioner.

      One of his descendants is Mrs. Lucia Cates Green of Newnan. She states he lived near the J.D. Walton Road in a two story house with upstairs windows that went to the floor. "One daughter was a sleep walker. One night she arose in her sleep and walked out the window breaking her leg when she hit the ground. Mrs. Green tells of another episode following the surrender of the southern armies in April of 1865. J.D. SIMM's wife, Louisa ran the plantation in his absence and many times soldiers would stop by looking for food. One day she looked up to see a bearded stranger entering her home. Thinking him a straggler which might possibly mean her harm, she ran from it. It was only John Dickinson who had come home wearing a beard!

      John and Louisa Simms had a granddaughter Louretta, who became the wife of W.Y. Atkinson, Jr., son of Georgia Governor William Y. Atkinson, Sr. (William Yates ATKINSON married December 1, 1909 in Cowetta Co. Georgia)

      Although the family cemetery is poor condition, it is nice to see that someone does remember. Among the numerous graves is one stone, perhaps 18 inches or more above the ground. Two markers save been placed on top of the stones. One is an old stone that stands upright. The other is a pillow that appears quite new. The old one read "Mrs. N.C. Snow, dau. of Wesley and Jane Mattox, June 23, 1820, September 23, 1873." The pillow reads "Nancy C. Snow with the dates same as above.

      Other marked graves are as follows: Francis Sims (mother) died 1909 and Allen SIMS (father, died 1899, age 42); E.M. Wilson?: September 19, 1829--August 4, 1884. Demetre B. Wilson, November 11, 183?--January 10, 1896. Mary Emily Hughen, December 28, 1836--September 13, 1877; Comfort M. (Mattox), consort of John SIMMS February 26, 1798--July 18, 1880 (note this was the 2nd wife of John SIMMS); John SIMMS, June 9, 1780--December 1, 1863. Britton SIMMS, March 27, 1808--September 16, 1871. William M. SIMMS, December 29, 1811--October 26, 1878. Susan, daughter of J.C. and E.B. Simms December 26, 1841--August 18, 1843.

      The Simms cemetery covers approximately an acre. Fieldstones half buried in leaves and sunken place in the ground mark the numerous gravesites. The large cedars that once stood like sentinels over the graves are now dead gray skeletons waiting for wind and time to bring them down. A few hugh oaks have spread their descendants across the entire cemetery until it is covered with trees, bushes, honeysuckle and poison ivy. Like the majority of family and old church cemeteries, it lies practically forgotten, its location known only to a few. Not too many years [remaining part of article lost].


    • The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 48, page 261

      Mrs. Sarah Frances Mattox Gibson
      DAR ID Number: 47552

      Born in Coweta Co., Ga. Wife of John Sanders Gibson.
      Descendant of Capt. John Dickinson.
      Daughter of Nathan Mattox and Elizabeth Orr, his wife.
      Granddaughter of Robert Orr and Almyra E. Simms, his wife.
      Gr-granddaughter of John Simms and Comfort Grace, his 2nd wife.
      Gr-gr-granddaughter of Robert Simms and Sarah Dickinson, his wife.
      Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Dickinson and Mary Dickerson, his wife.

      John Dickinson (1730-83) commanded a company in the North Carolina line. He suffered great loss as the Tories destroyed his property. He was born and died in North Carolina. Also No. 42187.


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      The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 158
      [p.1]
      THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE Daughters of the American Revolution
      page 17

      Mrs. Annie Askew McRitchie. 157051

      Born in Coweta County, Ga. Wife of Thomas B. McRitchie.
      Descendant of Capt. John Dickinson, as follows:
      1. William Sanford Askew (1841-1917) m. Samantha Eliza Scroggins (1843-79).
      2. James Pender Askew m. Maria Theresa Connel.
      3. Nudigate Connel m. Mary (Polly) Simms.
      4. Robert Simms (1757-84) m. 1780 Sarah Dickinson (1760-1850).

      See No. 157049.

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      The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 162, page 40.

      Mrs. Lourette Simms Atkinson.
      DAR ID Number: 161128

      Born in Coweta County, Ga. Wife of William Yates Atkinson.

      Descendant of Capt. John Dickinson, as follows:
      1. John Hanson Simms (b. 1854) m. 1887 Cora Stacey (b. 1861).
      2. John Dickinson Simms (b. 1830) m. 1848 Louise Posey Hanson (1831-1913).
      3. John Simms (1782-1863) m. 2d 1816 Comfort Mosely Grace.
      4. Robert Simms (1757-1850) m. 1780 Sarah Dickinson (1760-1850).
      5. John Dickinson m. 1st 1757 Mary Barnes.
      John Dickinson commanded a company in the North Carolina troops. He was born
      and died in Edgecombe County, N. C.

      Also No. 157052.

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    Person ID I0305  Dickinson
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 

    Father John Dickinson,   b. Abt. 1740, Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1762  Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Simms, III,   b. 1760, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1815, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 1780  Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Simms,   b. 9 Jun 1780, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1863, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [Birth]
     2. Susan Simms,   b. 1784, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1814, Powelton, Hancock, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     3. Elizabeth Simms,   b. 1786, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1835  (Age 49 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Mary Simms,   b. 1788, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +5. Britain Simms,   b. 1789, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1864, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [Birth]
     6. Sarah Simms,   b. aft. 1790, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     7. Penelope Simms,   b. 1792, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Ann Simms,   b. 1794, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F0106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1762 - Wayne County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336402] 1820 United States Federal Census, (Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Census Place: Claytons, Hancock, Georgia; Page: 91; NARA Roll: M33_7; Image: 96.
      Name: Sarah Sims
      Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Claytons, Hancock, Georgia
      Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
      Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25: 2
      Slaves - Males - 26 thru 44: 2
      Slaves - Females - Under 14: 1
      Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
      Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 5
      Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
      Free White Persons - Over 25: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 5
      Total Slaves: 6
      Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 11

    2. [S336326] McIntosh and Weatherford: Creek Indian Leaders, Griffith, Benjamin W., Jr., (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1988), 209-211.

    3. [S014596] 1830 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration), Census Place: Hancock, Georgia; Series: M19; Roll: 18; Page: 168; Family History Library Film: 0007038.
      Name: Sarah Simms
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Hancock, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
      Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
      Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
      Slaves - Males - 55 thru 99: 2
      Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1
      Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
      Total Free White Persons: 5
      Total Slaves: 6
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 11

    4. [S022760] 1840 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administratio, 1840n), Census Place: District 3, Coweta, Georgia; Page: 357.
      Name: Sarah Sims
      Home in 1840 (City, County, State): District 3, Coweta, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 70 thru 79: 1
      Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
      Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1
      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 5
      Total Slaves: 2
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7