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John Simms

Male 1780 - 1863  (83 years)


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  • Documents
    Simms, John
    Simms, John
    Will

    Georgia
    Coweta County

    I John Simms Sen of the County and State aforesaid make ordain and constitute this to be my last will and testament revoking all other wills heretofore made by me in the following manner, to wit; 1st Its my will that all my just debts be paid. 2nd I give my plantation stocks of all kinds & plantation tools of all kind also house hold & kitchen furniture all my negroes with the exception of one by the name of Taylor which already given to son BRITAIN all the property above named I give my wife which is not given to son Britain also all debts due of any kind and money if any on hand to my wife COMFORT Simms during her natural life The condition of money matter are such that my wife is to use all the interst which may accrue on all the money that may be due or money on hand at the time of my death 3rd Its my will that the following named Grand Children shall have two hundred dollars out of my estate after the death of my wife MARY M STRICKLAND ALADA G MELSON WILLIAM MELSON MILDRED BURCH PENELOPE HOUSTON also JOHN G SIMMS my Grand Son five dollars and after the death of my wife that all the negroes given to my wife be appraised and drawn for among my own children also all the estate with the exception of the negroes as above stated be divided among my own children I hereby nominate & appoint my Son Britain Simms my executor to this my will

    /s/ John Simms [?]

    Attest Decr 29th 1863
    E J Bastrom
    [?] Hill
    James P Askew

    Court of Ordinary January Term 1864
    In open court personally came Will G Hill & James P Askew who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that they saw John Simms sign seal declare and publish the writing contained on this paper as his last will & Testament freely voluntarily and of his own accord and without any compulsion or influence whatever and that at the time of the execution of the said will the said John Simms was of sound and disposing mind & memory that deponents signed said will as witnesses in the presence of the testators and at his instance and request and in the presence of each other and that they saw E J Bastrom sign also as a witness as aforesaid Sworn to & Subscribed in open Court

    U B Wilkinson Ordy

    Recorded Jany 30th 1864

    T M Thomas Dept CCO


    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-30620-20857-6?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BL4:365361295 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Wills and returns 1828-1892 vol A-B > image 399 of 522.
    Simms, John
    Simms, John
    Estate Return

    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30617-11190-65?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BJN:n429779040 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Returns and vouchers 1871-1876 vol O > image 460 of 541.
    Simms, John
    Simms, John
    Estate Return

    "Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-30617-11190-65?cc=1999178&wc=M946-BJN:n429779040 : accessed 01 Jan 2014), Coweta > Returns and vouchers 1871-1876 vol O > image 460 of 541.

  • Name John Simms 
    Born 9 Jun 1780  Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Political 21 Jan 1821  First Treaty of Indian Springs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 6,748 square miles of Creek territory between the Ocmulgee and Flint Rivers is ceded to the state of Georgia. [2]
    Political 9 Jun 1826  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The boundaries for Coweta, Lee, Carroll, Muscogee and Troup counties are established following the second Treaty of Indian Springs.
    Occupation Farmer 
    Residence 1830  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • No slaves in this enumeration.
    Residence 1840  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 23 slaves.
    • Neighbors included Appleton W. Melson and Samuel Ransom.
    Georgia, Coweta County (1839)
    Georgia, Coweta County (1839)
    Residence 1850  Division 19, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 26 slaves. [5]
    Residence 1860  Several Districts, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 31 slaves. [7]
    Died 1 Dec 1863  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Probate 30 Jan 1864  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Admission of will. 
    Will of John Sims
    Will of John Sims
    Last Will and Testament of John Simms
    Last Will and Testament of John Simms
    "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99QM-2P74?cc=1999178&wc=9SBJ-4WL%3A267648701%2C267911401 : 20 May 2014), Coweta > Wills and returns 1828-1892 vol A-B > image 399 of 522; county probate courthouses, Georgia.
    Buried Simms Family Cemetery, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simms, John
    Simms, John
    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

    • Will

      Will Books of Coweta County, Georgia page 213

      Georgia Coweta Bounty - I John Simms liv of the county and state aforesaid make ordain and constitute this to be my last will & testament revoking all other wills heretofore made by me in the following manner, to wit:

      1st Its my will that all my just debts be paid.

      2nd I give my plantation stock of all kinds & plantation tools of all kind also Household & kitchen furniture all my negroes with the exception of one by the name of TAYLOR which is already given to Son BRITAIN all the property above named I give to my wife COMFORT SIMMS during her natural life. The conditions of money matters are such that my wife is to use all the interest which may accrue on all the money that may be due or money on hand at the time of my death.

      3rd Its my will that the following named grand children shall have two hundred dollars out of my estate after the death of my wife: MARY M. STRICKLAND, ALADA T. MELSON, WILLIAM MELSON, MILDRED BURK, PENELOPE HOUSTON, also JOHN Y. SIMMS my grandson five dollars and after the death of my wife that all the negroes given to my wife be appraised and drawn for among my own children also all the estate with the exception of the negroes as above stated be divided amoung my own children.

      I hereby nominate & appoint my son BRITAIN SIMMS my exector to this my will.

      John Simms L.S.

      Attest Dec. 27th, 1863
      E. T. Bostrom
      William Hill
      James P. Askew


      Georgia Coweta County Court of ordinary January Term 1864. In open court personally came William Y. Hill & James Askew who being duly sworn depose & swear that they saw John Simms sign seal declare and publish the writing contained on this paper as his last will & testament freely voluntarily and of his own accord and without any compulsion or influence whatever and that the the time of the execution of the saId will the said John Simms was of sound & disposing mind a memory that deponents signed said will as witnesses in the presence of the testator and at his insistance and request and in the presence of each other and that they saw E. T. Bastrom sign also as a witness as aforesaid

      Sworn to & subscribed in open Court

      U. B. Willeinson Ordy.
      Recorded Jany 30th 1864.
      J. M. Thomas Dept C,C,O,


    Person ID I0307  Dickinson
    Last Modified 28 Jul 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 1 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 
    Children 
    +1. Penelope Simms,   b. 25 Dec 1807, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1837, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     2. Britton Simms,   b. 27 Mar 1809, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1871, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +3. William M. Simms,   b. 29 Dec 1811, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1878, Heard County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +4. Jesse Mercer Simms,   b. 1813, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Family ID F0156  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 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) 
    Married 16 Sep 1816  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
    +1. Benjamin Thomas Simms,   b. 8 Aug 1817, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1886, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Almira Elizabeth Simms,   b. 24 Nov 1820, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1903, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Franklin Robert Simms,   b. 8 Mar 1823, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1890, Hopkins County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [Birth]
    +4. James Alexander Simms,   b. 27 Apr 1825, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1881, Ranger, Eastland, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Susan A Simms,   b. 15 Dec 1827, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1874, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +6. John Dickinson Simms,   b. 19 Dec 1830, Corinth, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1921, Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [Birth]
    +7. Sarah Margaret Tabitha Simms,   b. 12 Mar 1833, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1916, Corinth, Heard, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +8. Mary Emily Simms,   b. 28 Dec 1836, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1877, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 14 May 2009 
    Family ID F0134  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jun 1780 - Wayne County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Dec 1809 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Sep 1816 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitical - 9 Jun 1826 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1830 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1840 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Dec 1863 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Admission of will. - 30 Jan 1864 - Coweta 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), 714.

    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: Coweta, Georgia; Series: M19; Roll: 16; Page: 386; Family History Library Film: 0007036.
      Name: John Simms
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Coweta, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4
      Total Free White Persons: 11
      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: 356.
      Name: John Sims
      Home in 1840 (City, County, State): District 3, Coweta, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 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 - 40 thru 49: 1
      Slaves - Males - Under 10: 6
      Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
      Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 3
      Slaves - Females - Under 10: 3
      Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 5
      Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 2
      Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 2
      Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 1
      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 10
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 9
      Total Slaves: 23
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 32

    5. [S014374] 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004), Division 19, Coweta, Georgia.

    6. [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: 365; Image: 541.

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

    8. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: Several Districts, Coweta, Georgia; Roll: M653_118; Page: 848; Image: 301.

    9. [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.