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William M. Simms

Male 1811 - 1878  (66 years)


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  • Name William M. Simms  [1
    Born 29 Dec 1811  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1850  District 41, Heard, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1860  Heard, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1860  Heard, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1870  Militia District 779, Heard, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 26 Oct 1878  Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • State of Georgia, Heard County

      I, William M. Simms of the State and County above stated, being of sound mind and advancing in age, do make and ordain the following my last Will and Testament:

      Item 1st. After the payment of my lawful debts it is my will that my wife Elizabeth C. Simms shall have and hold as her own during her natural life the lands whereon we now live and reside on the Chattahoochee River, said lands containing Five Hundred and Seventy five acres more or less. Also it is my will that my said wife Elizabeth C. Simms shall have, own and control as her own individual property my stock, horses, hogs, cattle, sheep, mules,
      plantation tools, wagons, carts and every other thing pertaining to my farm. Also all of my household and kitchen furniture.

      Item 2nd. It is my will that my wife E.C. Simms may dispose of as she may think proper one third of the household and kitchen furniture.

      Item 3rd. It is my will that my wife have one thousand dollars to be paid over to her by my Executor or Executors out of the first money collected on of my estate.

      Item 4th. It is my will that my daughter Carmella A. Echols and her children have one thousand dollars to be paid to her by my Executors, said thousand dollars to be controlled by my daughter C.A. Echols and she, C.A. Echols, to give such portions of said one thousand to her children as she may think proper and best, they claiming no interest on said amount bequeathed.

      Item 5th. It is my will that after the death of my wife Elizabeth C. Simms that the lands on the Chattahoochie River as described in the first item of this my will and all of the lands belonging to me or my estate be sold, also
      all of the property whatsoever character be sold and equally divided between my son Robert B. Simms and my daughter Carmella A. Echols and their children reserving out of the proceeds of the sales of my property; four hundred dollars for Benjamin W. Witcher and one hundred dollars for William P. Goolsby, said amounts to be paid to the said Benjamin W. Witcher and Wm. P. Goolsby by my Executors.

      Item 6th. I hereby appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth C. Simms my Executrix to this my Will and for her to choose whom she may think proper to assist her in executing this my last will and testament and for her to have nothing to do with any other estate except Briton Simms Jun.r, deceased.

      In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Feby 9th 1874.

      W.M. Simms
      Witness: Ira H Mattox, J B Ware, Thos Watts

      Georgia, Heard County

      J B Beall, Ordinary of said County do certify that the above and foregoing is a true copy of the Last Will and Testament of William M. Simms, deceased, as proven in Common form by all the witnesses thereto and admitted and entered of record at this November Term of the Court of Ordinary of said County. Given under my hand and seal of office this 4th day of November 1878.

      J.B. Beall,
      Ordinary

      Recorded February 4th 1896. G.A. Crain, Ordinary
    Buried Simms Family Cemetery, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simms, William M
    Simms, William M
    Person ID I0706  Dickinson
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2009 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Mary Connell,   d. Bef 1817, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Dec 1809  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0156  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary D Melson,   b. Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Sep 1834  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Camilla A Simms,   b. 1837, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1923, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Robert B. Simms,   b. 1844, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F0258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Dec 1811 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Sep 1834 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Oct 1878 - Heard County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S100034] Coweta County Chronicles for One Hundred Years, Mary Gibson Jones and Lilly Reynolds, (Atlanta, Georgia: Stein Printing Co., 1928), 715.

    2. [S007856] 1850 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850.M432, 1,009 rolls. District 41, Heard, Georgia, roll M432_73, page 180, image 255.

    3. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls. , Heard, Georgia, post office Enon Grove, roll M653_127, page 679, image 20.

    4. [S014528] 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls.

    5. [S013899] 1870 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnesota Census Schedules for 1870. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T132, RG29, 13 rolls. Militia District 779, Heard, Georgia, post office Franklin, roll 157, page 346, image 258.

    6. [S007817] Georgia Marriages to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997).
      Online publication - Dodd, Jordan. Georgia Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997.Original data - Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Georgia.