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Britain Simms

Male 1789 - 1864  (75 years)


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  • Name Britain Simms 
    Born 1789  Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Probate 11 Jan 1836  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    By order of the Court of Ordinary, Britain Simms was relieved of responsibility to act as executor of the estates of John Askew, James Askew and Richard Colbert.  
    Minutes of the Court of Ordinary
    Minutes of the Court of Ordinary
    Hancock County, Georgia, Minutes Book (1817-1838), p. 820 (FamilySearch image 446).
    Residence 1840  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 23 slaves.
    Georgia, Coweta County (1839)
    Georgia, Coweta County (1839)
    Residence 1850  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Mother Sarah Dickinson Simms was residing in the household.
    Residence 1860  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Feb 1864  Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilsons Store, Heard, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simms, Britton [Britain]
    Simms, Britton [Britain]
    Notes 
    • SOME EARLY SETTLERS IN COWETA

      Prior to the creation of Coweta County, Georgia in 1826, many pioneers had already settled in the area. W.U. Anderson, in History of Coweta County, names some of these settlers.

      WILLIAM A. HICKS and JAMES CALDWELL, described as "two squatter settlers" had "houses of entertainment" for travelers. JACOB L. ABRAHAMS and JAMES A. ABRAHAMS had a log cabin with a store. AQUILA HARDY came in 1825 and rented land from an Indian. CAPTAIN JOHN BENTON came to Coweta County from neighboring Fayette County. He settled on White Oak Creek and brought several others with him to help build his house, among them JOEL JOHNSON and MRS. HANNAH ROBERTS. BENJAMIN HUGHES, a Revolutionary War veteran from South Carolina, was another early settler, and was the father-in-law of JOHN BENTON.

      Also in Coweta prior to 1826 were: "OLD UNCLE SAM GAINES", MRS. HAINES and sons and daughters, HENRY MORGAN, JAMES MILLER, HOWELL ELDER, the father of S.J. and WILLIAM H., a man named EMERY, a man named HEARNE, "OLD WILLIS STRINGER", a man named "LEE", THE TIDWELLS including BILL.

      In 1826, BRITTON and JOHN SIMMS, JAMES POWELL, and DR. & MRS. (ELLEN STIMPSON PENISTON) IRA E. SMITH all came to settle in Coweta

      http://www.coweta.newn.com/resources1.htm

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    • Britain Simms Senr Last Will

      State of Georgia
      Coweta County

      I Britain Simms Senr being of advanced age and of sound mind, do make this my last will and testament.

      It is my will that my just debts be payed after which the remainder of my estate, property and effects be disposed of in the following manner, viz

      1st I give and bequeath to my son JOHN C. SIMMS Five hundred dollars to be [raised?] out of my estate.

      2nd I give and bequeath to heirs of my son ROBERT W. SIMMS, viz PHILLIP, [?], EUGENA, and SUSAN the sum of Four hundred dollars-

      3rd I give and bequeath to my son JOEL D SIMMS two negroes viz Daniel a man and Redick a man, also one horse and one Feather Bed

      4th I give and bequeath to JANE ELIZABETH the wife of my son THOMAS SIMMS and his heirs the following named negroes,[?] Harry and Ellick

      5th I give and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH REDWINE the following named negroes, Albert a boy Frances a girl of yellow complexion

      6th I give to my daughter SUSAN P [HARRISON? HANNON?] two negroes viz, Jonas a man, Toni a boy the said negroes given to my daughter Susan P [HANSION? HANNON?] in trust for the support, maintenance an Education of her children

      7th I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY LIPSCOMB Harriet and her child that she now has in [?] held in trust for her by WM C REDWINE and WM MERIWETHER, I furthermore give to my daughter Mary Lipscomb the following name negro man Moses Said negro man to be controlled by William C Redwine and William Merriwether agents in trust in the same manner in the event that my daughter Mary Lipscomb should die and at the time of her death she has no living child or children that the said Negroes, viz Harriet and her child and Moses and their increase Revert and be Returned back to my Estate, to be equally divided between my children

      8th I give to my daughter MARTHA D MERIWETHER a negro man viz Levi [?] about Twenty years of age

      9th I to my daughter SARAH F SIMMS the following named Negroes, Susan a woman about twenty years of age, and her three children viz Jordan Hannah Martha and Burrell, also one horse bridle and saddle, cow and calf one bed and furniture and one Piano fort

      10th I will and bequeath to my Son JOEL D SIMMS one half of my lands and the Heirs of my Son THOMAS SIMMS the other half of said Lands jointly and equally the said Lands Consisting of Eight hundred Acres more or less It is my will they [Retain?] and farm in said Lands.

      11th It is my will that the Land & negroes and other property and its increase that I have given to my son JOEL D SIMMS in this will Revert back to my Estate and be equally divided between my heirs, in the event my son Joel D Simms dies leaving no living child or children

      12th It is my will that the following named negroes viz Levi and his wife [Franka?] [?] and his wife Sarah and Charles be permitted to make their selection for a home among my Children at a reasonable valuation and the proceeds of their valuation equally [divided?] between my heirs.

      13th It is my will that the following named negroes, Fanny a woman, William a boy, Hoe a boy and Mary a girl be sold by my Executor at my residence and purchased by some one or more of my children in order that they be Kept in my family and the proceeds of said named negroes to be equally divided between my children my daughter Mary Lipscombs part to be managed by Wm C Redwine and William Merriwether as her agents in trust

      14th It is my will that my Stock viz Mules Horses Hogs Cattle Corn, Fodder, wheat, oats Household and Kitchen Furniture, Plantation tools and implements [?] be sold at public sale at my residence and the proceeds be equally divided between my Children and my daughter Mary Lipscombs portion to be managed by William C Redwine and William Merriwether as her agents in trust

      15th Having full confidence in BRITON SIMM JUNR THOMAS WATTS, THOMAS SIMMS and JOEL D SIMMS I hereby appoint them as Executors to this my las will and Testament

      /s/ Britain Simms

      Signed in the presence
      of A W MELSON
      B F SIMMS
      L A HOUSTON

      This 16th day of July 1862

      Georgia
      Coweta County
      Court of Ordinary March Term 1864

      In open court personally came Briton Simms Junr, Thomas Watts, Thomas Simms and Joel D Simms the Executors named in the Last Will and Testament of Briton Simms Senr late of said County deceased and produced the last will and Testament of Briton Simms Senr deceased and two of the wintnesses to said will to wit APPLETON W MELSON and LEONIDAS A HOUSTON, which witnesses to said will being duly sworn depose and say that they saw Briton Simm the Testator, Sign Seal declare and publish the instrument now presented as his last will and Testament freely voluntarily and of his own accord without any Compulsion or influence whatsoever; That at the time of the Execution of the said will Said Testator was of sound and disposing mind and memoru, that deponents signed said will as witnesses in the presence of the Testator and at his special instance and request and in the presense of each other and that they saw BENJAMIN T SIMMS sign the Same and a witness also

      Sworn to and Subscribed in open Court this 7th day of March 1864

      A W Melson
      L A Houston
    Person ID I0308  Dickinson
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2018 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah Dickinson,   b. 1762, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1850, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1780  Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Terrell Colbert,   b. 01 Aug 1797,   d. 18 Mar 1850, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 8 Feb 1814  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Coweta County Chronicles provides much of the information about the early Simms families. Britain's line, however, gets scant attention. His marriage is mentioned at 715. Martha Dorma Simms is mentioned as a daughter in a somewhat muddled account at 741. (Muddled in the sense that her uncle John Connell is mentioned as her grandfather.)

      Britain appears in the 1850 U.S. Census for Coweta County with his mother, Sarah Dickinson Simms, and only two of his children: Joel (b. 1822) and Mary (b. 1830). A slave schedule is found in the 1860 U.S. Census for Coweta County which is likely his, but an enumeration for the family has yet to be located.

      It bears mention that a Robert L. Simms is claimed as the son of Britain and Ann Simms in the application of Adin Rufus Batson to the Virginia Society of the Sons of the Revolution. This Robert was married to an Ann McPherson and was residing in Blount County, Alabama in 1860. His place of birth is given as Tennessee in the U.S. Census for that year. Rather, this son was Robert W., an attorney whose family was enumerated in Atlanta in the 1860 U.S. Census. Robert W. is mentioned by Jones: Admitted to the bar in 1838 [p. 81]; married to Araminta Orr in 1838 [p. 576]; a pro-union member of the 1850 Democratic Convention for Coweta County [p. 99]; and a member of the Committee of Examination for the Newnan Seminary [p. 103]. [5]
    Children 
    +1. John C Simms,   b. ca. 1815, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +2. Robert W Simms,   b. Abt 1819, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Jun 1862, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years)  [Birth]
     3. Joel Dickinson Simms,   b. ca. 1822, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +4. Elizabeth Ann Simms,   b. 31 Dec 1822, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1888, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Susan P Simms,   b. ca. 1825, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bef. 28 Sep 1865  (Age ~ 40 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Thomas George Simms,   b. ca. 1826, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1876, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)  [Birth]
    +7. Mary Simms,   b. ca. 1829, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +8. Martha Dorma Simms,   b. 15 Oct 1831, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1912, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +9. Sarah Frances Simms,   b. 23 Nov 1839, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1916, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F0162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1789 - Wayne County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Feb 1814 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - By order of the Court of Ordinary, Britain Simms was relieved of responsibility to act as executor of the estates of John Askew, James Askew and Richard Colbert. - 11 Jan 1836 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1840 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1850 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Feb 1864 - Heard County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilsons Store, Heard, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Simms, Britain
    Simms, Britain
    Will

    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-30620-20891-4?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BL4:365361295 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Wills and returns 1828-1892 vol A-B > image 400 of 522.
    Simms, Britain
    Simms, Britain
    Will

    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30620-20840-28?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BL4:365361295 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Wills and returns 1828-1892 vol A-B > image 401 of 522.
    Simms, Britain
    Simms, Britain
    Will

    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30620-20840-28?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BL4:365361295 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Wills and returns 1828-1892 vol A-B > image 401 of 522.
    Simms, Britain
    Simms, Britain
    Will

    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-30620-21167-85?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BL4:365361295 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Wills and returns 1828-1892 vol A-B > image 402 of 522.

  • Sources 
    1. [S007837] Headstone, Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia.

    2. [S022760] 1840 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administratio, 1840n), ensus Place: District 3, Coweta, Georgia; Page: 357.
      Name: Britton Sems
      [Britton Sims]
      [Britten Sims]
      Home in 1840 (City, County, State): District 3, Coweta, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 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 - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
      Slaves - Males - Under 10: 1
      Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 3
      Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 2
      Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 5
      Slaves - Males - 55 thru 99: 1
      Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1
      Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 5
      Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 3
      Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 2
      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 18
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 8
      Total Slaves: 23
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 31

    3. [S007856] 1850 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850), Census Place: Division 19, Coweta, Georgia; Roll: M432_66; Page: 354B; Image: 523.
      Name: Britain Simms
      Age: 67
      Birth Year: abt 1783
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1850: Division 19, Coweta, Georgia, USA
      Gender: Male
      Family Number: 996

      Household Members:

      Britain Sims 67
      Joel E Sims 28
      Mary Sims 20
      Sarah Sims 87

    4. [S007837] Headstone, Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia.
      Gives year of death only.

    5. [S100034] Coweta County Chronicles for One Hundred Years, Mary Gibson Jones and Lilly Reynolds, (Atlanta, Georgia: Stein Printing Co., 1928).

    6. [S012032] Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).
      Online publication - Hunting For Bears, comp.. Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - Georgia marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.