William Sanders Sims

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William Sanders Sims

Birthplace: Meriwether County, Georgia, United States
Death: August 03, 1940 (70)
Meriwether County, Georgia, United States
Place of Burial: Woodbury, Meriwether County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. John Thomas Sims and Margaret Leila Sims
Husband of Anna Clara Sims
Brother of Leila Strayton Sims

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About William Sanders Sims

W. S. Sims Record
(The following is a undated handwritten document signed by W. W. Sims that was photocopied and stapled to other documents addressed to Mrs. Copeland in 1952 that had been in the possession of Mrs. Anne Claire Strickland Pearson.)

Debating to night and with a sad heart and knowing that my days here are short I write a bit of history as told me by my father John T. Sims. My mother was Margaret L. McLendon. My only sister Margaret S. Sims was 20 at her death.

My mother was the daughter of William and Judy McLendon who had thirteen sons & daughters. My favorite uncle was Jasper and my favorite aunt was S____/Bettie Grimsly. Their Eldest son Joe is and was as a brother to me. There is not much of the history of my Uncles and Aunts on my Mothers side.

Hist. I know. My Grand Mother on my Fathers side was a Goode. My Grand Fathers name was Sanders B. Sims.

He and his wife moved from Wilkes Co. in the Spring after the Indians were forced west of the Chattahooche River, he drew a Government Lot of land near where old Warm Springs Camp ground Stands.
They followed the Indian trail and crossed flint river at flat shoals.

Their earthly possessions consisted in a pony and vehicle in which he moved his all, a few Bu. corn and beading, put his calf in wagon tied cow behind and was on his way to his new home.

His nearest neighbor lived east of Greenville, a Mr. Durham. His next nearest neighbor was at Thompson Mill east of Flint River in Pike Co.

On arriving he built home. A (1) room log house with a dirt floor and a log hut adjoining in which he kept his pony & cow. This was necessary in order to keep the wolves from destroying them.

He planted the patches in corn. The Indians vacated. Killed thirteen deer and Turkey were abundant. He also brought (2) dogs with him. He killed (1) panther also.

Next he moved into the old Pender(?) place east of Greenville. Then to the old Sims place where Roy Sims now resides.

His Son/Bro were Benjamin L, James G, Sterling and Mark. His sisters were Fannie & Sallie/Bettie, Perl (?) Any others I know not.

My Father was 67 years old.

I do not remember my Dear Mother except once in life and once in death. My Sister was (8) years my senior. All are buried at Antioch Church.

My wife was Anna Clara Bartee. We are blessed with (2) girls and 1 Boy. Mrs. Julia Copeland of Manchester. Mrs. Essie Strickland of Woodbury and Robert Sims of Louisville. His wife was Annie May Mills of Wadley Ga.
My Grand children are Bernard Copeland Jr. Julia's boy and Robert, William Ted & John (boys) and Anne Claire, Leila and Ruth, (4) boys & (3) girls. These are Essie's children.

My wifes Mother & Father were James A. & Julia Bartee. They formerly lived near Rockanna/Roxanna, Ala. Their children were 3 boys Harvey, Maxie & Fletcher 5 Girls Anna, Ozella, Elvie, Rachel & Ada. Mr. & Mrs. Bartee are buried in Woodbury. Mrs. Bartee was a Thornton.

These lines are scribled by me that my Grand Children may know some thing in years to come of their ancestors.
When I recall that 150 years ago my Grand Father & Mother were happy in a new land all alone, among wild bests I can't under stand why all this unrest and dissatisfaction as exists to day. Where are we drifting.
W. S. Sims

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William Sanders Sims's Timeline

April 14, 1870
Meriwether County, Georgia, United States
August 3, 1940
Age 70
Meriwether County, Georgia, United States
Woodbury Cemetery, Woodbury, Meriwether County, Georgia, United States