Sims - 1965 edition

by Almon J. Sims

Prepared for Kinnexions by Stephen M. Lawson.

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Sixth Generation

211 W. Holbrook Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee

[Digitized 2002 by Stephen M. Lawson]


The information in this history has been compiled chiefly from the following sources:

Family Bible and Census Records.

Old Letters on Family History by grandsons and great grandsons of Pariss Sims.

Family Lore, handed from generation to generation.

Early Histories of Pioneers in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Records of the North Carolina Department of History and Archives.

"Lost Tribes of North Carolina" by Worth S. Ray.

Records of the Tennessee Historical Library.

"Early History of Giles County, Tenn.," by James McCullum.

"Sims Family History" by Clifford S. Sims, Jr.

Genealogical and Census Records, Library of Congress, Washington.

The Compendium of American Genealogy--Virkus.

Histories of England, Scotland and Ireland.


Foreword - Sims
Chapter 1 - Ancient records of Sims family in Scotland, England and Ireland
Chapter 2 - Early Sims in America: Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee
Chapter 3 - The Pariss Sims Family of North Carolina and Giles County, Tenn
Chapter 4 - The Robert Sims Family of Wayne County, Tenn., oldest son of Pariss Sims; the Sutherland and Youngblood families
Chapter 5 - The Matthew J. Sims Family; the Greeson, Turman and Helton Families
Chapter 6 - The Matthew J. Sims Family; the Greeson, Turman and Helton Families
Chapter 7 - The M. J. Sims Family; the Davis, Cypert, Thompson, Copeland Families
Chapter 8 - The A. J. Sims Family; the Clark, Fain, Jackson Families
Chapter 9 - The Families of Four Sons of Matthew J. Sims: Matthew J., Jr., Robert Clay, Taylor and Sam Sims
Chapter 10 - The Robert W. Sims Family of Crockett and Madison Counties
Chapter 11 - The George W. Sims Family of Wayne County and father of Cong. Thetus W. Sims
Chapter 12 - The Abraham Martin Sims Family of Wayne County, youngest son of Robert Sims
Chapter 13 - The Abraham Simms Family, second son of Pariss Sims; Macon and Lawrence Counties, Tenn.
Chapter 14 - The Martin Sims Family, third son of Pariss Sims; Bedford County, Tenn.
Chapter 15 - The Matthew Sims Family, fourth son of Pariss Sims and the ancestor
of the Sims Families of Alamo and Brownsville, Tenn., and Illinois
Chapter 16 - The John Sims Family, fifth son of Pariss Sims and the ancestor of the
Sims families of Red Bay, Ala., and Columbus, Miss.
Chapter 17 - The William Sims Family, sixth son of Pariss Sims and the ancestor of the
Sims Families of the Fulton and Mantachie, Miss. area
Chapter 18 - Families of Brothers of Pariss Sims: Brief sketches of Thomas, William, John, James, Robert and Abraham Sims
Chapter 19 - Sketches of Sims Families believed to be related to Pariss Sims and his brothers: The James and Littlepage Sims Families of Blount County, Tenn.; Dr. James Marion Sims, South Carolina; Dr. Swepson Sims, Rutherford County, Tenn.; William Gilmore Sims, South Carolina


"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold." Prov. 22:1.

When I was a boy I became interested in family history. I went to my grandfather and other "old ones" seeking information. Then it was I began this history of the Pariss Sims family which I am now, after some 60 years of research, putting into print for generations now living, and, those to come.

It has been an interesting task, tracing the family back through the dim pages of history; a fascinating journey that has taken me to old home places, to family burying grounds, to distant relatives in several states, to County Court Houses, libraries, census records, early histories; to the Library of Congress in Washington, to England and Ireland and to the ancient home of the Sym Clan in Scotland, dating back to 1066 A. D., It was out of this ancient Clan that our family and most Sims families of today developed.

It has been said, "The past interprets the present and produces the future." If this is true, it is well for us to know our heritage; our ancestors, who they were, what they were like; where they came from and the part they have played in founding and developing this great land of ours. From them we can gather inspiration, strength and pride-guidelines for our lives and those of our children.

Knowing that Pariss Sims and his brothers were of Scotch-Irish ancestry, I have made every effort to confine this history to their family lines and those of Sims families believed to be related to them. This was indeed no small task since there were more than 100 Sims families in Virginia, North and South Carolina alone, when the first census of the United States was taken in 1790.

In tracing our branch of the family I soon found there was a general pattern of relationship in their movements and settlement in this country in the early days, indicating kinship and a clannish characteristic, tracing back, no doubt, to the ancient Sym Clan of Scotland.

Family and public records, family characteristics, traditions and lore, given names, who they married, birth and marriage dates, old letters and word-of month reports. handed down from generation to generation in regard to kinship and contacts between them, served as our chief source of information, in this connection, I am deeply indebted to many members of the family and others for assistance in compiling the various family records.

In tracing our branch of the family I collected considerable information on other branches of the family, including the brothers of Pariss Sims and other Sims families, believed to be related.

My objective from the beginning has been to produce an attractive, well bound book at a reasonable price per copy in order to give it as wide distribution as possible in all branches of the Pariss Sims family. To do this I have been compelled to limit the information on the brothers of Pariss Sims and related families to brief sketches in the last two chapters of the history. I hope these sketches will be of assistance to their descendants and other Sims families in tracing their family lines.

While every effort has been made to make the family records as accurate as possible, I am aware of the fact that some errors will no doubt be found-for which I humbly apologize. In some instances, in dealing with early records, we had to reach conclusions by the process of elimination, based on information we had at the time.

Trusting you and your family will enjoy and treasure this history of our family as much as I have enjoyed compiling it, I hereby dedicate it to all those of the Sims name who take pride in the name and seek to hold it above reproach.

The Author

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