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John Dickinson Simms

Male 1830 - 1921  (90 years)


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  • Name John Dickinson Simms  [1, 2
    Born 19 Dec 1830  Corinth, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1850  Division 19, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Residence 1860  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer; 27 slaves. 
    Military 1862 
    Captain, Co. F, 16th Georgia Cavalry Battalion. 
    Veterans: Confederate
    Veterans: Confederate

    We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
    Fighting for our Liberty with treasure, blood and toil;
    And when our rights were threaten'd, the cry rose near and far,
    Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!


    The Bonnie Blue Flag
    Harry Macarthy
    Residence 1880  District 693, Coweta, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1910  Militia District 646, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 5 Mar 1921  Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Simms, John Dickinson
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    • Biography

      Excerpt from Baptist Biography, Balus Joseph Winzer Graham, editor,(Atlanta, Georgia: Index Printing Company, 1920), vol. 2, 317-320.

      In 1788 Robert and Sarah Dickinson Simms emigrated from North Carolina to Hancock county, Georgia. The name of John was given to one of their sons, who in young manhood was united in marriage to Comfort Grace, a daughter of Joshua Grace. John Dickinson Simms, son of the elder John Simms, was born in Coweta county, Georgia, December 19, 1830. His parents had moved to Coweta county from Hancock county, Georgia, two years prior to his birth, 1828. They settled in a virgin forest of the county, in which they cleared a place for their home and converted a large area of the forest into a fertile farm. They among other pioneer settler endured hardships and suffered many inconveniences, but with it all developed strong appetites, active minds and untarnished characters. They reared a family of thirteen children, five girls and eight boys. All the children were members of a Baptist church.

      John Dickinson Simms, the subject of this sketch, the only surviving child, obtained his education under many disadvantages in the old log school house of the early days. It might be said that he learned more in the school of honest toil than he did from the old blue back speller and Davies' arithmetic. The high ideals of his father and mother were inherited by the sterling son, and from early youth he bore the marks of the making of a man.

      From young manhood Mr. Simms was recognized as a leader among his fellows and as being a man of honesty and integrity. Accordingly, his fellow citizens elected him justice of the peace of his district, and his commission had just been received at outbreak of the War between the States. The excellent qualities of Mr. Simms were recognized beyond the limits of the rural district in which he lived. At the beginning of the ear Governor Joseph E. Brown commissioned him as Captain of Militia, which would have kept him out of active service. The position offered did not suit the ardent temperament of Mr. Simms, an so, in 1862, he enlisted in Company F, Sixteenth Georgia Battalion of Cavalry. This company he organized and went out as its captain, serving in this position through the war. His first service was with General John A. Morgan, in Kentucky. Later he was with General Early through Virginia to Washington City. Under General Early he performed a great deal of detached duty. No company ever had a braver or more considerate captain, and no general a more efficient officer.

      After the war, Captain Simms returned to Coweta county and engaged in farming, which he has successfully carried on ever since.

      In 1877 he was elected to the legislature, it being the first legislature convening after the Constitutional Convention, and served for a term of three years. Captain Simms has also served his country in many other capacities and has held many positions of trust by the suffrage of his people. And now, in the eighty-eighth year of his age, his form is erect, his spirit is buoyant, and he is greeted everywhere by his acquaintances as "Uncle John."

      In 1848, Captain Simms married Miss Louisa Posey Hanson, of Heard county, Georgia, the daughter of Thomas K. and Gracie Moseley Hanson. Three children have blessed their home: Ella A., wife of Asbury H. Arnold; Fannie L., wife of H. M. Arnold and John H. Simms. Captain Simms was bereft of his beloved wife, January 8, 1913, in the eighty-second year of her age. The fortitude with which he bore his sorrow is an evidence of his strength of character.

      Captain Simms united with the Bethel Baptist church, Heard county, Georgia, on August 13, 1844. The same church elected him a deacon in August, 1882, and the ordination service was preached by the lamented Dr. J. H. Hall, so long pastor in Newnan. After removing to Newnan, Captain Simms united with the First Baptist church, of which he is a substantial and influential member. Though considerate of the feelings and opinion of others, Captain Simms is every whit a Baptist. In matter of religion, the church of which he is a member has first consideration. Beyond that he is interested in his association and in all the enterprises which it represents. During his whole church life he has been loyal both to his church and to his pastor. They have found in him a never-failing friend.

      Captain Simms has always been an ardent friend of education. He educated his daughters at Cox College, LaGrange, Georgia, and his son at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. In the rural district in which he lived he made liberal gifts of land and money for the establishment and maintenance of the best possible schools for his neighborhood. His interest in primary education has not ceased, though his own children have long since enjoyed the finishing touches of a collegiate education.

      Captain John Simms is a man of striking personal appearance. He stands a little better than six feet tall, and though the weight of eight-eight years rests upon him, he is straight as an arrow, and though his face bears the marks of age it is often wreathed in smiles, indicative of a happy heart and a contented life. Captain Simms is a rare type of Christian gentleman, and though by his frugality he has amassed a competency to sustain him in his declining years, his greatest fortune consists of his accumulated influence for good, which will live for generations after his transition to the other world.

      The country home of Captain Simms, in Coweta county, was a favorite resort for his friends and brethren, and especially Baptist ministers. While his dislikes are very pronounced, his love for friends and brethren is exceptionally strong and abiding. To be host to his friends is one of his greatest pleasures. He knows how to entertain with old fashioned Southern hospitality. It is impossible to be his guest without going away with higher ideals of friendship and Christian manhood. He impresses his associates as being the soul of honor as a gentleman, and no one dares to put a question mark after his honesty and integrity. He belongs to a distinct school of Christian manhood that stands four-square for civic righteousness and for the best in Christianity. As an evidence of the high esteem in which Captain Simms is held by the First Baptist church, of Newnan, Georgia, upon the decease of Judge Alvin D. Freeman, he was made chairman of the board of deacons, which is composed of twenty-four men. In this capacity, as in all others, he is serving with distinction.

    • Biography

      Excerpt from Memoirs of Georgia, Southern Historical Association, (Atlanta, Georgia: Southern Historical Press, 1975).

      CAPT. JOHN D. SIMMS, one of the pioneers of Coweta county, was born in December, 1830. His parents, John and Comfort M. (Grace) Simms, were natives of North Carolina. His father was born in 1780, coming in 1788 to Hancock county with his parents, Robert and Sarah (Dickinson) Simms, both natives of North Carolina. The mother of John D. Simms was a daughter of Joshua Grace. The family came to Coweta county in 1828, settling in the midst of the forest and clearing up a farm, suffering meanwhile the many trials and hardships common to the lot of pioneers. His education was obtained under many disadvantages in the old log schoolhouse. On reaching manhood he showed himself worthy of the esteem in which he has constantly been held. He had been elected justice of the peace and his commission had just been received at the outbreak of the war, and at the same time he received a commission from Gov. Brown as captain of the militia, which would have kept him out of the service. But this did not suit his ardent temperament, and in 1862 he enlisted in Company F, Sixteenth Georgia battalion of cavalry. He himself organized his company and went out as its captain, serving in this position throughout the war. His first service was thirty days under Gen. John A. Morgan in Kentucky, and after this under Gen. Early, through Virginia to Washington City, in which service he performed a great deal of detached duty. After the war Capt. Simms returned to Coweta county and engaged in farming, which he has carried on ever since. In 1877 he was elected to the legislature, it being the first legislature convened after the constitutional convention, and served three years. He has served also as county commissioner four years. His wife, a native of Heard county, Ga., was Miss Louisa Hanson, daughter of Thomas K. and Gracie (Mosely) Hanson. Her father was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Boswell) Hanson, and was born in Morgan county, Ga., in 1799. The marriage of Captain and Mrs. Simms was solemnized in 1848, and the union has been blessed with three children: Ellen A., wife of Asbury H. Arnold; Fannie L., wife of H. M. Arnold, and John H. Capt. Simms and wife are honored members of the Baptist church, and the family is among the best and most respected in the county of Coweta, where they have the regard of all who know them.

    • DAR Genealogy

      The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 121, page 258.

      Mrs. Nevelle Arnold Owens.
      DAR ID Number: 120832
      Born in Newnan, Ga. Wife of Ed. Owens.

      Descendant of Robert Simms, as follows:

      1. Hugh M. Arnold (1842-1913) m. 2d 1874 Frances Simms (b. 1852).
      2. John D. Simms (b. 1830) m. 1848 Louise Hanson (1831-1913).
      3. John Simms (1782-1863) m. 2d 1816 Comfort Grace (d. 1880).
      4. Robert Simms m. Sarah Dickinson (d. 1851).

      Robert Simms (1755-1815) served as private under his father-in-law. He was born in Edgecombe County, N. C.; died in Hancock County, Ga.

      Also No. 42187


    Person ID I0714  Dickinson
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2015 

    Father John Simms,   b. 09 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) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Comfort Mattox Grace,   b. 26 Feb 1798,   d. 18 Jul 1880, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 16 Sep 1816  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F0134  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Posey Hanson,   b. 7 May 1831, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1913, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1848  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ellen A. Simms,   b. 4 Feb 1850, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1927, Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Frances Elizabeth Simms,   b. 13 Nov 1852, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1919, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. John Hanson Simms,   b. 2 Jun 1854, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1940, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Family ID F0264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Dec 1830 - Corinth, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Dec 1848 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Farmer; 27 slaves. - 1860 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    J. D. Simms' House
    J. D. Simms' House
    66 LaGrange Street, Newnan, Georgia.
    Ware Family Reunion 1903
    Ware Family Reunion 1903
    Row 1: J. B. and Sarah Simms Ware; Row 2 (all rows L to R): Louisa Hanson Simms; Janey Ware (Cook); Sarah Ware (Sanders); Ione Ware (Askew); Pat Ware (Pinson); Margaret Snow (Brown); Elizabeth Snow (Smith); Vaughn Snow; Charles Ware; A. C. Ware, Jr.; Henry Hall Ware, Sr. holding Hall, Jr.;Albert Z. Ware; Row 3: John Dickinson Simms; Rev. Hammond; Rev. John Amis; Alberta Ware Orr; Almyra Poss Ware; Adelaide Ware Snow; Ethel Ware Stallings holding Sarah Stallings (Helms); Emma Ware; Annie Walker Ware; Row 4: Love Snow (Moncrief); Forde Darden (Hassan); Gibson Orr (Whitley); Sarah Snow; Olive Snow; George Snow holding Sarah Snow; Thomas Snow; Row 5: Goss Mattox; Jennie Orr (Arnold); Mary Orr Darden; Vallie Davis Ware; Robert Hanson Ware; Rigdon Mims Ware; Roop Snow; Wade Stallings holding Freeman Stallings; Croff Ware holding James Britt Ware II; Sally Kendrick Ware; Row 6: J. R. Pike; Tom Ware; Alva Ware; J. R. Ware; Mattox Snow; Robert Snow; John Snow; Myra Lou Ware (Williams); Veberta Snow (Moncrief); Lucy Ware (White); and Mrs. Amis.
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    Documents
    Simms, John Dickinson
    Simms, John Dickinson
    Coweta County Chronicles, 786
    Simms, John Dickinson
    Simms, John Dickinson
    Coweta County Chronicles, 787

    Histories
    Baptist Biography
    Baptist Biography
    Graham, Balus Joseph Winzer, D.D. (Atlanta, Georgia: Index Printing Co., 1920), vol 2

  • Sources 
    1. [S100034] Coweta County Chronicles for One Hundred Years, Mary Gibson Jones and Lilly Reynolds, (Atlanta, Georgia: Stein Printing Co., 1928), 786.

    2. [S108198] Baptist Biography, Graham, B. J. W., D.D., (Atlanta, Georgia: Index Printing Co., 1920), Vol.2, 317.

    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: 350; Image: 511.

    4. [S014528] 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004), Several Districts, Coweta, Georgia.

    5. [S014080] 1880 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880.T9, 1,454 rolls. District 693, Coweta, Georgia, ED 41, roll T9_142, page 556.4000, image 0236.

    6. [S013185] 1910 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910.T624, 1,178 rolls. Militia District 646, Coweta, Georgia, ED , roll T624_182, part , page .

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