Sims - 1948 edition

Typescript by Almon J. Sims

Prepared for Kinnexions by Stephen M. Lawson.

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Cover page - 1948

The 1948 edition includes the beginnings of The Pariss Sims Family and Related Families 1765-1965. Although the typescript is undated, the text indicates that the preparation date was August 1948. A copy of this work was located in the vertical file of the Genealogy Department of Seattle Public Library about 1960.

Though the genealogy information is limited, the 1948 edition provides some background not available in the later edition, and is presented for historical use and to show how the author developed the foundational family data into a detailed genealogy. The early edition was prepared for sharing at a 1948 Sims family reunion in Wayne Co., TN, and included the following cautionary note: "No doubt there are errors, which the writer hopes those who discover them will call to his attention. Many family lines, names and dates are incomplete." In the 1965 edition, the author writes: "At the 1948 reunion I discussed and distributed a brief history of the family which I later found contained some errors that are being corrected in this history." [See below for a more extended quote.]

All genealogical information in this 1948 edition should be compared to the updated information provided in the 1965 edition.


In the 1965 edition, the author writes the following concerning this 1948 edition and his entry in the COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY, Volume IV (1930):

     At the 1948 reunion I discussed and distributed a brief history of the family which I later found contained some errors that are being corrected in this history. At that time I gave Pariss Henry Sims as our ancestor -- the name Henry was given me by a great aunt many years ago. Census records have since proven the "Henry" part of the name to be an error.

     In Volume IV, the Compendium of American Genealogy, issued in 1930, I listed our ancestor as Henry Sims (Simms) and his brothers as Parish (Pariss) and Robert. Now we known different -- Pariss (Parish) was our ancestor and Abraham and Robert were brothers who came to America with him about 1765.

     In the brief history of the family which I prepared for the reunion in 1948, I made another serious error, by confusing Pariss Sims, our ancestor of Giles County, Tenn., with Parish Sims who made Sims Settlement on Elk River, just south of Giles County, in Limestone County, Ala., in 1807, the same year our Pariss arrived in tennessee from North carolina. This error was caused by the two being confused in an early history of Giles County. Parish Sims of Limestone County, Ala., is now believed to have been a nephew of Pariss Sims of Giles County.


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