Saturday, October 31, 2015

Marie (Ingels) Ralston - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Marie Angeline (Ingels) Ralton, daughter of  Elizabeth (King) and John Ingels,  was born 1847 and died 28 June 1913. She married James Ralston born 1840 and died 20 March 1922. Both are buried in the Farmington Cemetery in Farmingdale, Sangamon County, Illinois

Death Caused by Paralysis
Mrs. Marie Ruston [sic] of Farmingdale Summoned
Deceased Was 66 Years Old - Born and Raised in Vicinity of Farmingdale
Two Brothers Live in This City

Ralston - Died, at 8:45 o'clock, Sunday night, June 29, 1913, at the Springfield hospital of paralysis, Mrs. Marie A. Ralston, wife of James H. Ralston, residing one and one-half miles southwest of Farmingdale, aged 66 years and 8 months.

Deceased was born in Farmingdale and had resided in that vicinity all of her life. She was married in 1874 to James Ralston. Surviving are her husband, and three brothers, John P. and James Ingles of this city and Charles K. Ingles of New Berlin.

The remains were removed to the undertaking establishment of E.P. Metcalf in South Fifth street and will later be taken to the family residence, where the funeral services will be held at a time to be announced later.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Mon. 30 June 1913]

Ralston--The funeral services for Mrs. Marie A. Ralston wife of James H. Ralston, who died Sunday at Springfield hospital of paralysis, will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Farmingdale. Friends wishing to view the remains may do so between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. today at the undertaking establishment of E. P. Metcalf in South Fifth street. At 4:10 o'clock they will be taken to the family residence at Farmingdale.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues., July 1, 1913]

James H. Ralston, 81, Paid Final Tribute
Special to the State Journal.
Pleasant Plains. March 20.--Friends and relatives from throughout central Illinois gathered this afternoon to pay final tribute to the memory of James H. Ralston, 81 years old, who spent his entire life in Sangamon county.

Services were conducted at 1 o'clock at the home of his niece, Mrs. Sophia Irwin of Pleasant Plains, and at 2:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church in Farmingdale, Rev. Meeker officiating.

Pallbearers were Oscar Whitcomb, Charles Watt, Charles Bomke, J.K. Knudson, Dan Kendall and D.G. Harms. Burial in Farmingdale cemetery.

Surviving are several nephews and nieces living in Sangamon county and the west. He was married in 1874 to Maria Angeline Ingels who died several years ago.
[Souce: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues., Mar. 21, 1922]

Census records for Marie (King) and James H. Ralston:

14 June 1880, Gardner Twp., Sangamon County, IL:

199-199
Ralston, James W M 39 Farmer b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Maria W F 28 Wife Keeping house b. IL fb. KY mb. IL
-----Francis W F 78 Mother  b. KY fb. VA mb. VA
-----Elizabeth W F 57 cousin Keeping house b. Ind. fb. KY mb. KY
-----William W M 61 cousin Gardening b. KY fb. KY mb. KY
Engls, Elizabeth W F 18 s-i-l Teacher b. IL fb. KY mb. IL

Dumephry, John W M 18 Laborer Farm laborer b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

7 June 1900, Gardner Twp., Sangamon County, IL:

37-37
Ralston, James H. Head W M Aug 1840 59 M-21 b. IL fb.TN mb. KY
-----Mariah A. Wife M F Nov 1847 52 M-21 1-0 b. IL fb. KY mb. IL
Ingles John b-i-l W M Sept 1819 80 Wd b. KY fb. KY mb. VA
Morgan, John bo boz W M Sept 1887 12 S b. KS fb. IL mb. IL

Jeremiah King - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Jeremiah King, son of Sarah (Earnest) and John King, was born 19 Sept 1830 in Sangamon County, Illinois and died 19 March 1922 in Sangamon County, Illinois. He is buried in the Wood Wreath Cemetery in Sangamon County.

An honor roll was taken of the pioneers present, which was made as accurately as possible. One of the interesting characters of the day was Jeremiah King, 88 years of age, the only "snowbird" who was present. Mr. King was born on Sept. 19, 1830, the fall of the year of the big snow. He spent all his life on his farm on the Jacksonville road about twelve miles from Springfield until about twenty-five years ago, when he moved to the city, where he has resided ever since. He now lives on West Monroe street, but state yesterday that each time he visits the old farm on which his son, Roy, now lives, he feels that "somehow that is where he ought to stay." All but one of Mr. King's eight children are at the present time residing in Sangamon county.

In speaking of the days gone by Mr. King said: "I remember the time when the court house was fenced in with rail fence. This rotted away and was replaced with a post and rail structure." Concerning Lincoln, Mr. King said: "Lincoln's statue doesn't look as I  remember him. Perhaps that is because the sculptor couldn't make his great kind heart shine forth. Lincoln was a man with a big heart, once he knew a man he always knew him."
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 29 Aug 1918]

J. King Is Dead At New Berlin
New Berlin, March 19 - Jeremiah King, 91 years old, died at 10 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons at New Berlin. He was the last surviving member of a family of seven, and was a pioneer of Sangamon county having been born in this county September 19, 1830.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons. Burial will be in Wood Wreath cemetery.

He was the father of eleven children, eight of whom survive. They are: Mrs. J.W. Anthony, Bates City, Mo.; Mrs. W.G. Coons, New Berlin; Mrs. D. V. White of Bates City; Edward E. of Farmingdale; Earnest of New Berlin; Mrs. Jessie Houston of Springfield; Otis of New Berlin; Roy of Curran; twenty-three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon. 20 March 1922]

Jeremiah King to be Buried Tomorrow
New Berlin, March 20 - Funeral services for Jeremiah King, 91 years old, who resided in Sangamon county during his entire life, will be conducted at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons. Burial will be in Wood Wreath cemetery.

Mr. King died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter in New Berlin. He was the last survivor of a family of seven. Eight of his eleven children survive.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues. 21 March 1922]

Jeremiah King Will Filed For Probate

Directing executors to sell his property and divide it equally among his sons and daughters, the will of Jeremiah King was filed yesterday morning in the office of Probate Clerk O.G. Addleman.

Recognizing the fact, that several sons and daughters were given property during his life, Mr. King, in his will, directs that the amount that each has received be deducted from his or her share in the estate.

The will names the following heirs: Otis King, Ida B. Anthony, Sadie Coons, Elizabeth White, Edward E. King, Earnest King, Jessie Houston and Ray King. Edward King and Ernest King are named executors. The will was signed March 28, 1902.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 2 April 1922]

7 & 8 June 1880, New Berlin Twp. Sangamon County, Illinois:

60-61
King, Jeremiah W M 49 Farmer b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Mary E. W F 36 wife Keepinghouse b. IL fb. KY mb. VA
-----Ida W F 16 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Sarah W F 14 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Anis W F 13 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Elizabeth W F 11 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Edward E. W M 9 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Mary E. W F 7 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Ernest W M 5 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Jesse W M 3 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Otis W M 1 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Eberhardt, John W M 25 Boarder b. IL fb. OH mb. OH

Elizabeth (King) Ingels - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Elizabeth King, daughter of Sarah (Earnest) and John King, married John Ingels.

Golden Wedding at Farmingdale.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ingels celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at their home in Farmingdale yesterday. A magnificent dinner was spread, to which fifty or sixty persons sat down. Many valuable presents were made the aged couple. Mr. Alex Irwin presented them with a valuable present after a feeling speech. The present was a memento from neighbors and friends. The bride, Mrs. Ingels, and her bridesmaid, Mrs. Simon Rickard, wore wreaths of flowers. Andrew Craig, groomsman to Mr. Ingles fifty years ago, is now dead, but was remembered by the old friends present. James Parkinson's genial, happy face was much missed on this occasion.

Before the company dispersed R. W. Diller made a few remarks, comparing fifty years past with the present, after which John Ingles closed, expressing gratitude to friends and to God for his preserving care for so many years.

John Ingels was born in Lexington, Ky., September 2d, 1819. Miss Elizabeth King was born in Sangamon county February 1st, 1828. They were married on Spring Creek March 14, 1843, and have lived in this section ever since. Of eight children born to them six are now living. They are John T., Maria Angeline, (now Mrs. Ralston) Charles K., William, James U. and Elizabeth Ingels Scott.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Wed., Mar 15, 1893]

Obituaries of John Ingels:

Ingels--Died, at 1:50 o'clock, Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 1904, at the residence of his son-in-law, James Ralston, 311 South Douglas avenue, of senility, John Ingels, aged 84 years.

The decedent is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James Ralston of this city; three sons, Charles, of Sudduth, Ill., James and John Ingels, jr., of this city. Mr. Ingels was born in Kentucky, and had been a resident of Sangamon county for the last sixty-five years. He resided for a number of years near Farmingdale, and he enjoyed an extensive acquaintance throughout the county.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, Ill., Fri., Feb. 5, 1904]

Ingels--The funeral of John Ingels will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning at New Salem M.E. church, Rev. Hartmann officiating. The interment will be made in the King cemetery.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs., Feb. 4, 1904]

Ingels--The funeral of John Ingels took place yesterday at 11 a.m. from the New Salem Methodist church. The attendance was large. The Rev. Thomas Hartman, pastor of the Chatham Methodist officiating. Burial was in the King cemetery.

The pallbearers were George Washburn, D. V. White, W. G. Coons, James Kennedy, William Kennedy and William Morrison.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Sat., Feb. 6, 1904]

Sarah (Earnest) King

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Sarah Earnest, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest, married John King.

KING, JOHN, was born Jan. 22, 1804, in Kentucky. He was a brother to Jeremiah King, came to Sangamon county about 1821, and was married Feb. 18, 1824, to Sarah Earnest. They had ten children, three of whom died in infancy.
Of the other seven--

WILLIAM E., born June 12, 1826, married Almyra Bradley. He died Feb. 16, 1856, leaving a widow and two children. She married Henry Morgan. He died, and she resides near Fredonia, Kansas.

ELIZABETH, born Feb. 1, 1828, in Sangamon county, married March 14, 1843, to John Ingels.

JEREMIAH, born Sept. 19, 1830, married Aug. 29, 1862, to Mary E. Douglas, who was born Sept. 19, 1843, in Sangamon county. They have six children, IDA, SARAH, ANNIS, ELIZABETH, EDWARD, and MARY, and reside two and one-half miles west of Curran.

JOHN E., born Dec. 21, 1832, married Mary Campbell; have four children and live near Fredonia, Kansas.

CHARLES W.,  born July 6, 1835, married Oct. 3, 1872, to Virginia Beach, and lives with his mother.

SARAH C., born May 12, 1836, married Daniel H. Brundage; have six children, and reside in Iola, Allen county, Kansas.

MARTHA F., born March 18, 1839, married Feb. 14, 1860 to Jacob J. Ingels, who was born Aug. 25, 1834, in Bourbon county, Ky. They had three children. The two youngest died in infancy. Mrs. Ingles died May 23, 1866. LIZZIE, born Sept. 14, 1861, is the eldest child, and the only member of the family living, resides with her grandmother King.

John King died Dec. 29, 1838, and his widow resides four miles northwest of Curran, Sangamon county.
[Source: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois]

Obituary of Sarah (Earnest) King:

Death of a Venerable Lady...Mrs. Sarah King, relict of the late John King, died at her residence in Curran township, eight miles west of the city, on Friday afternoon last, at half-past three o'clock. On Tuesday she was taken down with a congestive chill, and gradually sank until death occurred, as above. Mrs. King was the daughter of Jacob Earnest, who settled on Spring creek, in this county, as early as 1819. She was born on the 7th of April, 1806, in Kentucky, and was married in this county to John King on the 18th of February, 1824. He died on the 29th of February, 1838, leaving her with a family of seven children, all of whom she succeeded in raising to worthy men and women. She possessed all of the rugged virtues that were distinguishing characteristics of many of the pioneer women, and died as she lived, with the respect of all with whom she came into contact. She was for fifty years a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has not entered upon the rewards of a well spent life. Register.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon., Nov. 24, 1879]

23 Oct 1850, Sangamon County, Illinois:

1134-1134
Sarah King 44 F $1,500 b. KY
Jermiah King 18 M Farmer b. IL
John King 17 M Farmer b. IL
Chas. King 16 M Farmer b. IL
Sarah King 13 F b. IL
Martha King 11 F b. IL
Wm. King 24 M Farmer b. IL
Elmira King 21 F b. NC
Laura King 6/12 b. IL

1860, Dist 16, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois:

Ingols, J.J. M 24 b. KY
-----Martha F 21 IL
King, Sarah F 55 b. KY
Ingols, G G F 20 b. KY

24 June 1870, Curran, Sangamon County, Illinois:

139-139
King, Chas W. 34 M W Farmer $5,000-$600 b. IL
-----Sarah 64 F W K. House b. KY
Engles, Elizabeth 8 F W b. IL
Winston, William 23 M W Agent $11,000 b. IL
Abernathy, James 24 M W Farmer $0-$300 b. Iowa


Children of Sarah (Earnest) and John King:

1. William E. King married Almyra Bradley
2. Elizabeth King married John Ingels
3. Jeremiah King married Mary E. Douglas
4. John E. King married Mary Campbell
5. Charles W. King married Virginia Beach
6. Sarah C. King married Daniel H. Brundage
7. Martha F. King married Jacob J. Ingels

Robert S. McMurray

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Robert S. McMurry, son of Lavina (Earnest) and James McMurry, was born 9 Nov 1828 in Sangamon County, Illinois. He died 23 Feb 1913 in Wallace, Calaveras County, California. He is buried in the Ione Public Cemetery, Ione, Amador County, California. He married Elizaeth Reno on 30 Oct 1867 in Amador County, California.

6 July 1870, Twp. 2, Ione City, Amador County, California:

161-161
McMurry, R.S. 42 M W Farmer $2,000-$800 b. IL
-----Elizabeth 32 F W Keeping House b. OH
-----W. W. 17 M W At Home b. IL
-----Mary 14 F W At Home b. CA
-----Leuella 13 F W At Home b. CA
-----Frank 12 M W At Home b. Ca
-----Alta 11 F W At Home b. CA
-----O.M. 9 F W At Home b. CA
-----H. Grant 6/12 M W At Home b. CA (Oct)
162-162
Merkel, E. 31 M W Farmer $0-$200 b. Hamburg
-----Lavina 19 F W Keeping House b. Iowa
-----Mary A. 1 F W At Home b. CA
Merkel, Frank 33 M W Farmer Laborer b. Hamburg

Robert McMurray was agreeably surprised on Wednesday, November 9, 1910 it being his 82 birthday, when his brother and two sisters which are all that is left of a large family, and his seven children came to ay him a visit, it being the first time in several years that all were together. Two grandchildren and one great grand child were present. Among those present were: Jas. McMurray and wife of Ione; Mrs. I.B. Gregory of Ione; Mrs. Frank Dickey of Stockton; brother and sister of Mr. Murray, the children, Wm. McMurray and wife, Mrs. --- Merrill, Robert McMurray, all of Stockton; Mrs. E. Merkel of Ione; Mrs. Louella Streeter of Modesto; Mrs. Alta Malloy and Grant McMurray of Wallace; Mr. and Mrs. Shackelford of Stockton and Lawrence Malloy and Wilda Carr of Wallace. He was the recipient of ninety very pretty birthday cards and three very handsome cakes. The table was heavily laden with all the delicacies the ladies know how to prepare. Pictures were taken of the different groups. They all went home wishing their father and brother many more birthdays.--Prospect.
[Source: Amador Ledger; Jackson, California; 25 Nov 1910]

Martha Jane (McMurry) Gregory

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Martha Jane McMurry, Lavina (Earnest) and James McMurry, married Inglefield B. Gregory on 2 March 1843 in Lee County, Iowa. She was born about 8 March 1827 in Sangamon County, Illinois and died on 21 Feb 1816 in Ione, Amador County, Illinois. She  buried beside her husband, Inglefield Buril Gregory, in Ione Public Cemetery. He was born 5 April 1819 in Sumner County, Tennessee and died 7 March 1883 in Ione, Amador County, California.

I.B. GREGORY
Was born in Sumner county, Tennessee, April 5, 1819, and for the succeeding thirteen years remained a resident of that State. His advantages for obtaining an education were somewhat limited, but he managed, by energy and close attention to his studies, to acquire a knowledge of the common branches, to which he added, in after years, a large amount of practical knowledge, which places him on a firm basis in that direction. In 1832 he removed from Tennessee to the State of Missouri, where he remained until 1846, at which time he went to Texas, and for about three years was a resident of that State. In 1849 he again emigrated, this time to Iowa, and stayed there three years, and then returned to Missouri. One year later he started for California by way of the plains, and after experiencing the usual incidents connected with such a trip, reached his objective point and located at Ione City, Amador county, where he followed the occupation of contractor and builder. In 1862 Mr. Gregory was elected a Supervisor of his district, serving in that position about three years. In 1867 - 68, he represented his people in the Assembly of the State Legislature, in a very creditable manner to himself and to entire satisfaction of his constituents, and was solicited to again accept the nomination for the same office, but declined. Mr. Gregory possesses the enviable distinction of being almost the only man ever elected to office in the county who did not urge his canvass with whiskey. Some years since he joined a temperance society, the secretary of which firmly posted the two sheets containing his signature and pledge, together, in consequence of which he cannot erase his name, and still feels bound by the obligation. His honor and integrity are the brightest jewels of his character. About three years since he removed from Ione City to his present home in Jackson valley, a view of which is to be found in this volume. Mr. Gregory was married to Miss Martha Jane McMurry, March 2, 1843; nine children are living at the present time to bless their union, one being laid to rest to meet them no more on earth.
[Source: History of Amador County, California: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Jesse D. Mason]


Obituary of Martha Jane (McMurry) Gregory:

Mrs. I.B. Gregory, who came to California across the plains in 1853 and ever since had been a resident of Ione, Amador County, passed away at that place February 21. She was a native of Illinois, aged 90 years, and is survived by a large family of children.
[Source: The Grizzly Bear, 1915 by J. Rush Bronson, Clarence M. Hunt]

1860, Twp. 2, Amador County, CA:

Gregory, I B 41 M W b. TN
-----Martha 33 F W b. IL
-----Sarah 14 F W b. MO
-----Martha 12 F W b. TX
-----John H 10 M W b. Iowa
-----Mary J 8 F W b MO
-----Jas M 5 M W b. CA
-----Malzine 2 F b. CA

Daughter Malzena B. Gregory died 21 June 1960 in Ione, Amador County, California and is buried in the Ione Public Cemetery.

Births. In Ione City, March 28th, the wife of I.B. Gregory, of a son.
[Source: Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, CA, 31 Mar 1869]

28 June 1870, Twp. #2, Amador County, California, P.O. Ione City:

52-52
Gregory, I.B. 51 M W Carpenter $4,500 - $1,000 b. TN
-----Mary J. 43 F W Keeping House b. IL
-----John H. 20 M W Farm Laborer $0 - $75 b. Iowa
-----Mary J. 16 F W At Home b. MO
-----James M. 14 M W At Home b. CA

5 June 1880, Twp. 2, Amador County, California:

153-153
Gregory, I.B. W M 61 Farmer b. TN fb. VA mb. TN
-----William M W 18 son Works on farm b. CA fb. TN mb. IL
-----James T W M 17 son Works on farm b. CA fb. TN mb. IL
-----Edgar G W M 15 son Works on farm b. CA fb. TN mb. IL
-----Eugene W M 11 Son b. Works on farm b. CA fb. TN mb. IL
-----Martha J. W F 53 Wife Keeping house b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
[note: census is very dark]

4 June 1900, Ione, Amador County, California:

40-41
Gregory, Martha Head W F March 1827 73 Wd 10-9 b. IL fb. VA mb. KY
-----Eugene Son W M March 1868 F S b. CA fb. TN mb. IL
McMurry, Mattie Niece W F Sept 1882 17 S b. CA fb. IL mb. AL
-----Eddie Nephew W M April 1886 14 S b. CA fb. IL mb. AL
-----Hulda Niece W F Feb 1888 12 S b. CA fb. IL mb. AL
--42
Violett, Henry Head W M July 1877 22 M-0 b. CA fb. KY mb. TX
-----Josephine Wife W F July 1878 21 M-0 0-0 b. CA fb. unk mb. LA

Gregory Death Records:

Edgar Grant Gregory, b. 1 Mar 1866 in CA, died 23 Dec 1940 in San Francisco, CA.
Father: Gregory. Mother: McMurry.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lavinia (Earnest) McMurry

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Lavina Earnest, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest, married James McMurry. Lavina (Earnest) McMurry died 6 May 1891 and is buried in Ione Public Cemetery, Ione, Amador County, California. Her husband, James McMurry died 23 April 1859 is buried beside her.

MCMURRY, JAMES, born April 5, 1798, in Botetourt county, Virginia, was married in Sangamon county, Ill., to Lavina Earnest. They had six children in Sangamon county, and moved to Keokuk, Iowa; from there to Independence, Mo., thence to California, about 1855. Of their children, SARAH married Rev. Mr. James. She died in 1854, leaving one child. Martha J. married Inglefield Gregory. ROBERT S. married in 1849, and his wife died Nov. 16, 1863, leaving children, Luella, Alta, Sarah, Mary L., William H. and Olive M. THOS. FRANK, JAMES and ELIZA,--the three latter are married. James McMurry died near Ione City, California, and his family reside there.

[Source: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: "Centennial Record" by John Carroll Power and Sarah A. Harris p. 506-7]

McMurry marriages in Lee County, Iowa:


Martha McMurry married Inglefield Gregory on 2 Mar 1843

Sarah McMurry married John James on 4 Feb 1847
[Source: familysearch.org]

5 Sept 1850, Montrose Twp., Lee County,  Iowa:


309-315

James McMurray 52 M Farmer $1,500 b. VA
Lavina 45 F b. KY
Thomas N. 15 M Farmer b. IL
Francis A. 13 M b. IL
James 6 M b. Iowa
Eliza 3 F b. Iowa
Robert Nousan 2 M b. Iowa
310-316
Robert S. McMurray 21 M Farmer b. IL
Mary 25 F b. KY

McMurry Marriages in Amador County, California:


P.H. Egan married M.E. McMurry 2 Sept 1866

F.A. McMurry married C.C. Hamrick 6 Sept 1866
Robt S. McMurry married E. Reno 30 Oct 1867
Jas W. McMurry married Mrs. Mary Billington 14 June 1874 in Ione
[Source: familysearch.org]

28 June 1870, Twp. #2, Amador County, California, P.O.: Ione City: 

57-57

McMurray, J.W. 26 M W Apothecary $0-$2,000 b. IL
-----, Lavina 65 F W Keeping House b. IL
[By 1870, Lavina (Earnest) McMurry was a widow, living with her son James W. McMurry]

25 June 1880, Sheep Ranch, in 7th Twp. (Washington), Calaveras County, California:

Egan, P.H. W M 42 Hotel Keeper b. Mich fb. Ireland mb. Ireland
-----Mary E. W F 33 Wife Keeping house b. Iowa fb. VA b. KY
-----Etta May W F 13 Dau Goes to school b. CA fb. Mich mb. Iowa
-----Frank A. W M 11 Son Goes to school b. CA fb. Mich mb. Iowa
-----Bertie M. W F 7 Dau Goes to school b. CA fb. Mich mb. Iowa
-----Henry E. W M 2 Son b. CA fb. Mich mb. Iowa
McMurray, Lavina W F 75 m-i-l Assists dau b. KY fb. SC mb. SC
-----Alta W F 20 niece Waiter  b. CA fb. IL mb. TN


Not of Unusual Age
Yet She Could County Ninety-nine
Of Her Progenitors
            Mrs. Levina McMurray died at Ione, Amador County, on the 6th inst, aged 86 years, after a residence in that village of thirty-eight years. She was the mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother of a family of ninety-nine, seventy-nine of whom survive her. Her husband James McMurray, died three years after arriving in California, since which time she has resided with some one of her children, at the time of her death being domiciled at the house of her daughter, Mrs. L. B. Gregory. The surviving family consists of six children, thirty-five grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, all living in California. Two sons, Robert S. and Francis McMurray, are engage in farming near Redding. Thomas McMurray, another son, is similarly occupied near Merced, while James McMurray, the youngest son, is Postmaster at Ione. One daughter, Mrs. Eliza Eagan, resides at Sheep Ranch, Calaveras County, while the other daughter is Mrs. L.B. Gregory of Ione.
            During all the years of her widowhood Mrs. McMurray was devoted to the interests of those she loved, while giving much of her time to the Methodist Church, of which she was a devout member. Mrs. McMurray was known by a large circle of friends, by whom she became familiarly called “Grandma.” The memory of her deeds of Christian charity will long survive. During her last illness she objected to the administration of remedies prescribed by the attending physicians, saying she was
“ready to do to her Savior,” and requested the members of the family who were at her bedside to sing “Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly.” The request was complied with, and then the venerable woman clasped the hand of her granddaughter and said: “Make haste; let us go.” She died in the full consciousness of having served God during a long and useful life and without regrets that this summons had not come before, and rejoiced that it had found her prepared at the eventful moment.
[Source: San Francisco Call, 20 May 1891]

Page last updated on 18 December 2016


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest - Sangamon County, Illinios

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Elizabeth Sims, sister to Rev. James Sims and Rev. William Sims, was also an aunt to John Sims and Nancy (Sims) Kelley. Like her siblings, she migrated to Sangamon County, Illinois. She married Jacob Earnest, supposedly in South Carolina - possibly in Spartenburg County, South Carolina. The birth dates for both Jacob and Elizabeth, as they are provided in The History of the Early Settlers in Sangamon County, seem to be in error by 20 years each. Each would have been under ten years old when second daughter Sarah Earnest was born. Jacob's tombstone in Hancock County, Illinois provides a birth date of 1779, and Elizabeth's tombstone in Sangamon County, Illinois provides a birth date of 1778. Both of these dates seem more accurate, and indicate that a search of records for Jacob and Elizabeth need to expanded by 20 years. Additionally, the birth date of 1824 in Kentucky for daughter Lavina Earnest seems to also be in error. By 1824, the Earnest family was firmly established in Illinois. Jacob Sims was a brother to Thomas Earnest, who also removed to Sangamon County, Illinois. Since, Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest was my husband's ancestor, I have more information on the Earnests.

Published biographies for Jacob Earnest that include Elizabeth Sims:

Jacob Earnest was born April 24, 1799, in South Carolina, was married there to Elizabeth Sims, who was born April 26, 1798. She was a sister of James and William Sims, one of whom was older and the other younger than herself. They moved to that part of Simpson which later became Logan county, Kentucky. In 1817, the family moved to St Clair county, Illinois, and they moved to what became Simpson county, Illinois, arriving in the fall of 1819, on Spring creek, in what is now Curran township.
[Source: History of Sangamon County, Illinois: Together with Sketches of its Cities; Chapter XXXVI, Township of Curran, Interstate Publishing, 1881. p. 103]

EARNEST, JACOB, born April 24, 1799, in South Carolina, was married there to Elizabeth Sims, who was born April 26, 1798. She was a sister of James and William Sims, one of who was older and the other younger than herself.  They moved to that part of Simpson which later became Logan county, Ky., where they had seven children. In 1817 the family moved to St. Clair county, Ill., where they had one child, and they moved to what became Sangamon county, Ill., arriving in the fall of 1819, on Spring Creek, in what is now Curran township, where one child was born. Of their nine children--

LAVINA, born Nov. 28, 1824, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county, Ill., to James McMurry. He died, leaving a widow and six children near Ione City, Ione Valley, California.

SARAH, born April 7, 1806, in Kentucky, was married Feb. 18, 1824, in Sangamon county, Ill., to John King.

WILLIAM, born August 18, 1807, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county, Ill., to Jane Parks. They had five children. Mr. Earnest and three of the children died near Northfield, Iowa. Mrs. Earnest died there, Dec. 7, 1870, and the children reside near Northfield.

ROBERT, born April 6, 1810, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county to Susan Kendall. They had one child, SUSAN A., born Jan 25, 1831, married James Turner. He died and his widow married Henry B. Chambers. Robert Earnest died Sept. 22, 1831, and his widow married Joseph Ralston.

MAHALA, born Dec. 18, 1811, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county to James Parkinson.

GRIZELLA, born April 8, 1813, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county, Ill., to Martin L. C. Kendall. Mrs. Kendall and her two children died.

RACHEL, born March 5, 1816, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county, Ill., to Rezin D. Brown.

HENRIETTA, born April 3, 1818, in St. Clair county, Ill., was married in Sangamon county, March 22, 1838, to James V. Ingles.

SOPHIA, born April 2, 1820, in Sangamon county, married Amos W. Brown. Mrs. Brown died.

Mrs. Elizabeth Earnest died March 1, 1831, and Jacob Earnest married Rebecca Blunt. They had two children, and moved to Hancock county, Ill., Of their children--

ELIZABETH, born Sept. 29, 1833, in Sangamon county, was married July 29, 1852, to William Jones. They had eight children, JACOB H., FRANCES M., MARY M., EMMA A., IANTHA B., IDA M., WILLIAM B., and LIBBIE. William Jones drowned Jan. 1, 1869, while crossing the Mississippi river. Mrs. Elizabeth Jones was married Dec. 1, 1870, to William Isenberger. They have two children, GEORGE W. and RACHEL, and reside near Appanoos, Hancock county, Ill.

JACOB H., born August 18, 1836, in Sangamon county, married in Hancock county, Feb. 19, 1860, to Elizabeth Riman, who was born May 16, 1836. They have five children, EDWARD M., HENRIETTA, LYDIA F., ALVIN P. and ZENA MAY, and reside near Appanoos, Hancock county, Ill.

Jacob Earnest died Sept. 29, 1842, and Mrs. Rebecca Earnest died March 8, 1858, both in Hancock county, Ill.
[Source: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: "Centennial Record" by John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris, p. 274-5]

Jacob Earnest in St. Clair County, Illinois:

Jacob Earnest was a voter in the Tuesday, September 17, 1818 election in St. Clair County, Illinois. This was the first election held in St. Clair county, after the admission of Illinois as a state.
[Source: History of St. Clair County, Illinois ]

In 1826 Jacob Earnest, living in Sangamon County, Illinois, was involved in a political firestorm over a letter to the newspaper that alleged he did not write:

From the Illinois Intelligencer
(The following is the letter referred to by Mr. Kinney in the preceding page.)

Mr. Editor,
SIR - Mr. Kinney has been electioneering in this county, [Sangamon] and in doing which he has falsely misrepresented facts, no doubt with a design to deceive the people, as he has been in the habit of doing: had he not have called into question the transaction between the undersigned and himself, I would not have said any thing about him. Kinney seven years since, borrowed of the subscriber $1,000, in Georgia and Carolina money, which was to be paid when the subscriber's land should come into market, in land office money, and eight per cent interest; now, Kinney states in this county, that he proffered to pay the same in state paper at its specie value when called on, as he had not the specie, which is absolutely false, and without the shadow of truth. The facts are as follows: Kinney attempted to persuade the subscriber, after holding out that he could not pay him on account of misfortune, to exchange his (Kinney's) paper with Smith Crane, for work, and some cash, at a credit, at the same time informing the subscriber that Crane was good; when in fact and in truth the said Crane owed Kinney more, even after deducting the amount that Kinney owed me, than he could pay; which arrangement was not at that time entered into. The subscriber again called on Kinney and offered to take state paper at its specie value, which Kinney refused to do but offered it to him at two for one- this was in the fall of 1823, at which the state paper was worth about 30 cents to the dollar; less than three for one. Finding then that he could not get his pay from Kinney, and that Kinney was trying to keep him out of his money in a manner which the subscriber considered dishonest this together wit the representations of Mr. Kinney, induced the subscriber to exchange Kinney's paper to Crane; and as soon as Mr. Kinney ascertained that his paper had been exchanged, he immediately took a bill out of sale of all Crane's property, which cut the subscriber off--and has been the means of almost reducing him to complete poverty--at all events, it has the effect of keeping him out of a home, and from purchasing the land on which he had expended three years labor, unless he borrowed money at a high interest; these Mr. Editor, are the facts of this transaction, which I consider base and dishonorable. I should not have published the transaction had not Mr. Kinney sneakingly misrepresented the facts. Before closing this, I must make one more remark--Mr. Kinney has been advocating the canal in the county and denying that he ever was opposed to it, except that he considered it an unfit time to cut the canal; he has likewise taken to himself the credit of the memorial to the last legislature to Congress; you, sir, know that this is also untrue, and I should be glad to have Mr. K's opposition make known to the people.
Yours,
Jacob Earnest
[Source: Edwardsville Spectator; Edwardsville, IL; Fri. 14 July 1826]

The Rev. Wm. Kinney occupies a large space in our paper to-day, in clearing his private character from the imputation cast upon it by Mr. Earnest. We hope he may be successful. It would afford us great pleasure to find that his private transactions comport with his scared calling. But there are some insinuations against other candidates for public office, which ought not to be received without caution. We do not believe, and challenge the proof, that Mr. Earnest was instigated to the publication of his charge by any of the candidates for high offices who are opposed to Mr. Kinney's election. More hereafter.
[Source: Edwardsville Spectator; Edwardsville, IL; Fri. 14 July 1826]

Children of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest:

1. Lavinia Earnest married James McMurry
2. Sarah Earnest married John King
3. William Earnest married Jane Parks
4. Robert Earnest married Susan Kendall
5. Mahala Earnest married James Parkinson
6. Grizella Earnest married Martin L. C. Kendall
7. Rachel Earnest married Rezin D. Brown [my husband's direct line ancestors]
8. Henrietta Earnest married James V. Ingles
9. Sophia Earnest married Amos W. Brown

Children of Jacob and Rebecca (Blunt) Earnest:

10. Elizabeth Earnest married 1.) William Jones and 2.) William Isenberger
11. Jacob Earnest married Elizabeth Riman

This page last updated on December 20, 2016.



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Robert Simms

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Robert Simms, son of Rev. William and Delilah (Welch) Sims, seems to have been a bachelor.

Obituary of Robert Simms:

Robert Simms, one of the oldest settlers of Rock Island county, died on Friday morning last at the residence of William Whiteside, with whom he has resided for several years. His funeral sermon was preached Sunday last by Rev. Mr. Davis at the Methodist church. The minister read the following obituary: Robert Simms was born in Kentucky in 1807. His father was known as Rev. William Simms, of the Methodist church. He came from St. Claire county to Illinois in 1816, then moved to Sangamon county in 1825, coming to Rock Island county in 1827. He was one of a family of 10 children. He died May 27, 1892. Mr.Simms lived a life of single blessedness and was reported to be a man of considerable means, which consisted of notes out at interest.
[Source: Rock Island Daily Argus; Rock Island, IL; 2 June 1892]

Jemima Ann (Simms) Timberlake

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Jemima Simms, daughter of Rev. William and Delilah (Welch) Sims,  married Robert Douglas Timberlake.

Obituary of Robert D. Timberlake Jr., son of Jemima (Simms) and Robert D. Timberlake Sr.:

OLD COUNTY PIONEER DIES SATURDAY NIGHT
ROBERT D. TIMBERLAKE SUCCUMBS AT THE HOME OF DAUGHTER
Funeral Services Held at Home Monday Afternoon—Resident of Mason Township—Active Politician of County for Many Years.
Robert. D. Timberlake.
Robert D. [ouglas] Timberlake, who was stricken with pneumonia a few days ago, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lliott] Anderson, at 5:30 Saturday evening. A weak heart and a kidney trouble of long standing caused complications impossible for one of his age to resist.

Funeral services were held from his late home in Mason township Monday, December 13, at 1 p. m., conducted by Rev. C. W. Proctor, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Gravity and the Gilead church. Interment was in the Graceland cemetery west of town.

Deceased had been a resident of Mason Township for more than forty years, where he took a piece of raw prairie land and improved it until it is one of the best farms in the township. He has always taken an active part in the affairs of his township and county, and took a decided and aggressive stand on public questions, being fearless in the advocacy of what he believed to be right.

An ardent believer in democratic principles, deceased was active in local politics and was in one campaign for state representative, receiving a flattering vote for a minority candidate in the November election.

As a friend and neighbor he was highly esteemed and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Robert Douglas Timberlake was born at the old Timberlake homestead near Alpha, Henry County, Illinois, October 24, 1844, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lliott] Anderson, Dec. 10, 1915, aged 71 years, 1 month and 16 days.

He was the son of Robert and Jemima [Ann Simms] Timberlake. His early life was spent near the old home in Illinois. In 1866 he was married to Minnie [Amanda] M. [elissa] Gamble of Woodhull, Ill., where they lived until 1874, when they moved to Taylor county, settling on the farm where they have continuously resided since.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake, all of whom are living. They are Harry P. [ierce] Timberlake, who lives on the home farm in Mason township, Mrs. Nellie [Bly] Sparks, near New Market, Mrs. Bertha [Blanche] Anderson of Bedford and Claude I. [rvin] Timberlake, who is now in Havana, Cuba. All except the latter were present at the funeral. In addition to the above named children, deceased had nine grandchildren, five boys and four girls, who are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent grandfather, whose cheerful stories will always be to them a loving memory.

Deceased was of a family of thirteen children, ten of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Seven of these are still living, five sisters and two brothers. They are J. [oseph] M. [adison] Timberlake of Greenfield, Iowa; W. [illiam] S.[imms] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.; Mrs. J. A. [ugust] Sherbeck [Ann] of Oelwein, Iowa; Mrs. H. J. [osiah] Tilden [Delilah Jane] of Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. W.[illiam] T. Furlong [Lucy Ellen] of Rochelle, Ill.; Mrs. John J. Walbert, Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. A. [rthur] S.[tanberry] Wainwright [Susan] of Mason Township. His sister Mary died fifty years ago and his twin brother George [Washington] twenty years ago, since which time there has not been a death in the family.

Mrs. Timberlake died Feb. 16, 1899, her death being caused by the same malady that caused the death of Mr. Timberlake.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were W. [illiam] J. [ay] Furlong, Jr., Rochelle, Ill., and W. [illiam] S. [imms] Timberlake and O. [tis] B.[rown] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.
[Source: Bedford Free Press; Taylor County, Iowa; Tues. 14 Dec 1915]

Robert D. Timberlake
Robert D. [ouglas] Timberlake died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T.[homas] E. [lliott] Anderson, in Bedford at 5:30 o'clock Friday evening. Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon at the farm home in Mason Township, conducted by Rev. C. C. Proctor, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Gravity, who also officiates at the Gilead church. Interment was in Graceland cemetery.

While there were many older settlers, Mr. Timberlake came here in time to take up prairie land in Mason Township, in 1874, and that has since been his home. He acquired a wide acquaintance in Taylor County and was one of the active men of the community during his entire life. Politically he was a democrat, and was frequently honored by his party.

Robert Douglas Timberlake was born at the old Timberlake homestead near Alpha, Henry County Illinois, October 24, 1844.

He was the son of Robert and Jemima [Ann Simms] Timberlake. His early life was spent near the old home in Illinois. In 1866 he was married to Minnie [Amanda] M. [elissa] Gamble of Woodhull, Ill., where they lived until 1874, when they moved to Taylor County, settling on the farm where they have continuously resided since.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake, all of whom are living. They are Harry P. [ierce] Timberlake, who lives on the home farm in Mason Township, Mrs. Nellie [Bly] Sparks, near New Market, Mrs. Bertha [Blanche] Anderson of Bedford and Claude I. [rvin] Timberlake who is now in Havana, Cuba. All except the latter were present at the funeral. In addition to the above named children, deceased had nine grandchildren, five boys and four girls, who are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent grandfather, whose cheerful stories will always be to them a loving memory.

Deceased was of a family of thirteen children, ten of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Seven of these are still living, five sisters and two brothers. They are J. [oseph] M. [adison] Timberlake of Greenfield, Iowa; W. [illiam] S.[imms] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.; Mrs. J. A. [ugust] Sherbeck [Ann] of Oelwein, Iowa; Mrs. J. [osiah] H. [erbert] Tilden [Delilah Jane] of Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. W. [illiam] J. [ay] Furlong [Lucy Ellen] of Rochelle, Ill.; Mrs. John J. Walbert, Chicago, Ill; and Mrs. A. [rthur] S. [tanberry] Wainwright [Susan] of Mason Township. His sister Mary died fifty years ago and his twin brother George twenty years ago, since which time there has not been a death in the family.

Mrs. Timberlake died Feb. 16, 1899, her death being caused by the same malady that caused the death of Mr. Timberlake.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were W. [illiam] J. [ay] Furlong, Jr., Rochelle, Ill., and W. [illiam] S. [imms] Timberlake and O. [tis] B.[rown] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.
[Source: Bedford Times-Republican; Taylor County, Iowa; Thurs. 16 Dec 1915]

Obituary of William Simms Timberlake, son of Jemima (Simms) and Robert D. Timberlake:

W. S. Timberlake, 99, Dies In Illinois
Harry P. [ierce] Timberlake, Mrs. Nellie Sparks of Gravity, Mrs. T. [homas] E.[lliott] Anderson [Bertha], Mrs. Harold Fitch, Mrs. Verne Timberlake, Mrs. Claude Timberlake, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stephens returned Wednesday from Alpha, Ill., where they attended the funeral services for their uncle, William Simms Timberlake on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Timberlake was a brother of the late R. [obert] D. [ouglas] Timberlake and Mrs. Susan Wainwright of this community and was the last member of a family of thirteen children, seven of whom lived to be more than eighty years of age. He was in his one hundredth year and had spent his long life in the same locality, residing the past few years on the same section on which he was born.

Possessed of a wonderful personality, Mr. Timberlake retained his cheerfulness and optimism and keen mind to the last. His death was caused by a fall, breaking a bone in his leg, and came peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg, Ill., on Sunday, Oct. 15.

He was a life-long member of the Masonic order and was one of the very last survivors of the 102 Illinois Company, which was of Civil War prominence. His grandfather, Joseph Timberlake served seven years in the Lifeguard of George Washington.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. D. Lee of Goodhope, Ill., under the auspices of the Kewanee Post of the American Legion. Burial was in the Summit Level cemetery at Woodhull, Ill.

Mr. Timberlake is survived by one son, O. [tis] B. [rown] Timberlake. Also by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His wife was the former Miss Sarah Powell and was an aunt of the Powells of this community.
[Source: Bedford Times-Press; Taylor County, Iowa,Thursday  19 October 1939]

Death notice of George Washington Timberlake, son of Jemima (Simms) and Robert D. Timberlake:

Robert Timberlake received a message last Friday morning from Alpha, Ill., bringing the intelligence that his twin brother, Geo. [Washington] Timberlake had committed suicide on Friday evening at his home near Alpha; Further particulars of the sad affair have not been learned.
[Source: Bedford Free Press; Taylor County, Iowa; Thurs. 27 Feb 1896]








George Simms

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

George Simms, son of Rev. William and Delilah (Welch) Sims, married Hester Jones.

Information about George Simms is revealed in the following biography of his son, Isaac Newton Simms:

Isaac Newton Simms, who was a well located and handsome residence on section ten, township nineteen, range twenty-one, Custer county, has a well equipped and improved stock and grain farm and is highly respected as an able business man and as a public spirited citizen. He has succeeded through perseverance and thrift and in promoting his own interests, and has assisted in the development and upbuilding of the community. He was born sixteen miles north of Galesburg, Knox county, Illinois, September 12, 1847, and was the eighth born child of George and Hester (Jones) Simms, parents of seven sons and six daughters. The father was a native of North Carolina and the mother of Kentucky. Both the Simms and Jones families had been living in the southern states for many generations before the birth of the individuals mentioned. The grandfather Simms was an early settler near Springfield, Illinois, and the father early located in Knox county, where he was living at the time of the Black Hawk war. He worked several years for Peter Cartwright, the honored pioneer preacher of Illinois. He erected the first log house in Mercer county, was married in Illinois and passed away through the experiences of frontier life, being honored by the personal friendship of Abraham Lincoln, of whom he was an ardent admirer, and for whom he gave his services during his first campaign for the office of president. George Simms died in Illinois in 1865.

Isaac N. Simms was reared in his native state and lived there until his twenty-sixth year, receiving the usual educational advantages of farmer's sons and early helping with the work on the home farm. He was married in Knoxville, Illinois, September 19, 1872, to Miss Clarinda Chilson, daughter of William and Harriet (Potter) Chilson, her father a native of New Jersey and her mother of Ohio. Her grandfather Potter erected the first saw and grist mill in Warren county, Illinois, and his daughter (Mrs. Chilson) was in Chicago when there were but three log houses in the town. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Simms spent one year in Illinois, and then moved to Kansas, where he lived five years in Shawnee county, and a like period in Wabaunsee county. In the fall of 1883, he came by prairie schooner, over the "overland trail" to Custer county, and his wife and their two sons, Theodore N. and George. They reached their destination in November and purchased the Temp Merchant homestead on section ten, township nineteen, range twenty-one, which was one of the original homesteads on Victoria creek. Isaac Merchant had come there with his family in the early seventies, and during the Indian uprising of 1876 a fort of hewed logs was erected on the homestead. these logs were afterward used in erecting the Simms home. Six or seven acres of trees had been set out by Temp Merchant and Mr. Simms and family also set out trees, so that there was a splendid grove surrounding the house, and water from the springs of Victoria creek is piped over the farm here and there by a good system of water works, so that the home is located in a picturesque spot. The fine flowing springs add to the beauty and charm of the place; some of the trees are more than three feet in diameter, through which are interspersed many fine cedars, some of the apple trees having limbs over thirty feet in length.

Mr. and Mrs. Simms have but two children. George is married and living just west of the home farm, and he and his wife have one child; Theodore, married and living in Colorado, as two children. The reader is referred to the sketch of George W. Simms in this work.

The mother of Mr. Simms came to Custer county in 1881 with her married daughter, Hettie, now Mrs. Edward Bishop, and took up a homestead on which she proved her claim. Her death occurred in Broken Bow, the interment being in Gates cemetery, where she was in her eighty-seventh year, a woman who had lived in a frontier home most of her life, greatly loved by all who knew her. She left one son, David B., who lives at Arnold, Custer county and her daughter, Mrs. Martha G. Herbert, lives at Broken Bow, these being the only ones in the county besides Isaac N. Of the thirteen children in the family six sons and one daughter now survive.

Mr. Simms is one of the most enterprising of citizens and he and his family have made many friends in the community.
[Source: Compendium of History, Reminiscence, and Biography of Nebraska: Containing a History of the State of Nebraska, Alden Pub. Co., 1912]

Rev. William Sims - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Rev. William Sims was the brother of Rev. James Sims and Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest, and an uncle to John Sims and Nancy (Sims) Kelley. All eventually migrated to Sangamon County, Illinois. The family of Williams Sims has been more difficult to research than those of his siblings. Most of his descendants seem to have added an extra "m" to Sims, going by the Simms name.

SIMS, WILLIAM, (uncle to John Sims) was born in Virginia, taken when young to South Carolina, married there to Miss Welch. He came to Sangamon county among the earliest settlers, and raised a family of nine children, none of whom now live in the county. He was for many years a pioneer local Methodist preacher of limited  education, but remarkable for piety and good common sense. He died in Knox or Henry county, Illinois, in 1859.
[Source: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: "Centennial Record" by John Carroll Power]

Marriages Performed by Rev. William Sims in Sangamon County, Illinois:

MARRIED.--In this County, on the 17th inst., by Rev. William Sims, Mr. Joseph Holliday, to Miss Ann Mariah Fleeharty.
[Source: Illinois Weekly State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 26 July 1832]

In this County, by Rev. Wm. Sims, Mr. L. C. Kendoll to Miss Grecilla Ernest
[Source: Illinois Weekly State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sat., 6 April 1833]

"Recalled to Life" by John E. Vaughn
The union of L.G. Kendall and Miss Grecilla Ernest was also announced. Rev. William Sims officiated. [The Journal, 6 April 1833]
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues. 5 Feb 1929]

Rev. William Sims was still living in Sangamon county in 1846 although he had evidently left the county by the time of his death in 1859:

State Temperance Convention
The Delegates appointed to attend the State Temperance Convention, assembled at the First Presbyterian Church, at 10 o'clock A.M. and were called to order by Mr. M. B. Denman...

The credentials of the Delegates were then called for, when the following names were presented, to wit. --

Spring Creek, Sangamo Co. -- Rev. William Sims, Rev. D. Whitney, J.W. Earnest, B.S. Robinson, J. H. Stephenson, Thomas Earnest, W.R. Moffett, T. Campbell, O.R. Moffett, J. B. McDowell.
[Source: Illinois Weekly State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs 5 Mar 1846]

William Sims married Delilah Welch. Children:

1. George Simms
2. Robert Simms
3. James Simms
4. Benjamin Simms
5. a son
6. Jemima Simms
7. Thomas Simms
8. Elizabeth Simms

Monday, October 26, 2015

Lucy (Sims) Robinson

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Lucy Sims, daughter of John and Lucinda (Duff) Sims, married David P. Robison:

Mrs. Lucy Robinson, No. 1028 West Monroe street, and her family, consisting of Misses Kate and Minnie Robinson and Thomas Robinson left yesterday noon for Chicago, to remain.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 4 Dec 1890.

Death of Lucy (Sims) Robinson:

Robison--Died, Saturday evening, April 17, at 10 o'clock, in Chicago, Mrs. Lucy Robison.

The deceased was an old settler of Sangamon county. She was the eldest child of John Simms, who formerly resided four miles west of Springfield on the Jacksonville road.

The funeral will take place at Old Salem cemetery, west of the city, at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon. 19 April 1897]

Robison--At her home in Chicago, Sunday, April 17, 1897, at 10 p.m., Mrs. Lucy Robison.

Mrs. Robison was an old settler of Sangamon county, and was a daughter of John Sims, who formerly resided four miles west of the city on the Jacksonville road. She leaves to mourn her loss a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Sims, residing here, J.B. Sims, a son, residing on the old home place west of the city: another son, Virgil Sims, residing near there, besides two sons and daughters residing in Chicago, as follows Mrs.Dolan, Miss Kate Robison, and Thomas and George Robison, all of whom accompanied the remains to this city yesterday afternoon, reaching here on the C. & A. limited at 4 o'clock.

The remains were taken to the old  home place, from where the funeral will occur at 11 a.m. to-day.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues. 20 April 1897]

Children of Lucy (Sims) and David Perry Robinson:

Marion P. Robinson:

Sangamon Circuit Court. In the Sangamon Circuit court yesterday, Mrs. Phoebe Robinson, of Riverton, filed a bill for divorce from Marion P. Robinson. She alleges they were married in Riverton Jan 21, 1880, and that they lived with each other until July, 1893, when she left him on account of drunkenness and failure to support. The defendant is a farmer. The complainant was only 17 years old, at the time of her marriage, and is the daughter of Andrew J. Hamilton.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues. 2 July 1895]

Mrs. Phoebe Robinson was granted a decree divorcing her from her husband, Marion Robinson, on the ground of desertion. The couple were married Jan. 2, 1880, and lived together until July, 1893, then Robinson tired of his wife and left her and she does not now know his whereabouts. Mrs. Robinson claimed that her husband's desertion of her was unwarranted.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Sun. 1 March 1896]

George J. Robinson:

Robinson - Died, Tuesday, Oct 8, 1907, in Tillman county, Oklahoma, George J. Robinson, aged 53 years, 1 month and 2 days.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the home of A.O. Saunders, 950 South College street. F.W. Burnham, pastor of the First Christian church, will officiate. The interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Mr. Robinson was born four miles west of Springfield and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. David P. Robinson. He spent his boyhood in Sangamon county. When 20 years old he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Litrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Litrell of this city. They afterwards moved to Lincoln, Neb., leaving after ten years' residence for Chicago, where they lived twelve years. While there Mr. Robinson conducted  grocery and transfer business on the West Side.

Mr. Robinson purchased land in Tillman county, Oklahoma, and went there in August of this year. He was taken ill, September 6. He is survived by his wife, Hattie, and two daughters, Miss Nettie and Mrs. L. Wolfe, both of Chicago, and one son, Ernest, of Oklahoma. He is also survived by two brothers, Marion of Riverton and Thomas of Chicago, and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Sims of this city, Mrs. Mattie McClure of Linden, Kans., Mrs. Julius Dolan of Chicago and Mrs. Hattie Kirkland of York, Neb.

Mr. Robinson was a member of the Christian church and also of the Modern Woodman of America.

The remains were brought to this city over the Chicago & Alton railroad at 8:30 last night and were taken to the undertaking establishment of Metcalf & Branson and will later be removed to the home of A. O. Saunders.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Fri. 11 Oct 1907]

Julia (Robinson) Dolan:

Dolan - Died, Monday, March 15, 1915, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Raymond,  Rogers park, Chicago; Mrs. Julia Dolan, wife of Michael Dolan, aged 68 years.

Decedent was born four miles west of Springfield and was the daughter of Perry Robinson and Lucy Sims Robinson, and granddaughter of John Sims, one of the earliest settlers of Sangamon county. Surviving are the husband and seven children, John, Edward, William, Nicholson, Perry, and Carl Dolan, and Mrs. Howard Raymond; three sisters, Mrs. Martha McClure, Lindon, Kans., and Mrs. Kate Lambertson, York, Neb. The remains will be brought to this city today and burial will be at Old Salem.

Funeral announcements will be made later.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Wed. 17 Mar 1915]

Children of Julia (Robinson) Dolan:

Ella May (Dolan) Nickelson:

Nickleson-Dolan
Jesse William Nickelson, a young farmer of Bradfordton, and Miss Ella May Dolan, daughter of Michael Dolan, of the same place, were married in Springfield Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Rev. J. A. Kumler, pastor of the second M.E. church, officiating.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Fri. 27 Feb. 1891]

Mrs. Nickleson, 58,
Dies In Hospital
Special to the State Journal
Bradfordton, Sept 12 - Mrs. Mary Ella Dolan Nickleson, 59, lifelong resident of Sangamon county, died at 12:10 p.m. today at St. John's hospital, Springfield.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed but interment will be made  in Old Salem cemetery.

Mrs. Nickelson was born Nov. 3, 1868, and in 1890 she married to Jesse William Nickelson, who with their five children survives. They are Jesse Raymond, Seattle, Wash., William LeRoy, Bradfordton, Clarence Oliva, Springfield, Jewel Marie Zimmer, Bradfordton, and Glen Michael, Chicago. Also, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. H. D. Raymond, and four brothers, John, Edward, Perry and Carl Dolan, Chicago; and seven grandchildren.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 13 September 1928]

Mary E. (Robinson) Sims:

Mrs. Mary E. Sims, Once Resident Of County, Dies at 92
Funeral Will Be Held In City Tomorrow

Mrs. Mary E. Sims, 92, former resident of Riddle Hill, died yesterday morning at the residence of her daughter at Webster Groves, Mo., following a short illness. She was a member of a pioneer Illinois family.

The body will arrive in Springfield early tomorrow morning to be taken to the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Veara, 620 South Lincoln street, Funeral services will be held there at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev,. LaVerne Taylor, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemeter.

Mrs. Sims was the daughter of David P. and Lucy A. Robison. She had an acquaintance with Lincoln and her great-grandfather, Col. Edward Robison, served in the state legislature at Vandalia before the capitol was moved to Springfield. Colonel Robison earned his title in the Revolutionary War.

The late Thomas A. Sims, a farmer, near Riddle Hill, was Mrs. Sims husband. He died in 1903. she was born on a farm near Riddle Hill in 1840.

Her survivors include 48 direct descendants; including eight children; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sims, and the eight surviving are as follows: James P. Sims of Belevue, Mich.; Mrs. Henry Jamison of this city; Mrs. Searcy of Webster Groves, Mo.; George P. Sims of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Nellie Veara of Springfield; Mrs. Eunice Upton of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Joseph Hohlstine of St. Louis, Mo.; and Charles H. Sims of Chicago.

She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Kate Lamberson, and a brother, Thomas Robison, both of York, Neb.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 11 Dec 1932]






Sarah A. (Sims) Rickard

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Sarah A. Sims, daughter of John and Lucinda (Duff) Sims,  married Henry Washington Rickard.

Death Record of Henry Washington Rickard:

MORTUARY. RICKARD.

Mr. Henry Washington Rickard, an old settler of Sangamon county, and a highly esteemed citizen, died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning of typhoid fever, aged 61 years. Mr Rickard was born in Fauquier county, Va., Jan. 1, 1830, and was one of a family of ten children. He came to Sangamon county with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rickard, in the fall of 1830. They settled on the homestead, three miles west of the city, and he has ever since resided there. He was married April 4, 1852, in this county to Miss Sarah A. Sims, daughter of John Sims, now deceased. She died Dec. 21, 1864, and on June 7, 1866, Mr. Rickard was again married to Miss Henrietta M. Earnest, who, with eight children, survive him. The children are Frank Irving, George and Miles Rickard, and Mrs. Minnie Gray, all residing in Kansas; Mrs. Lizzie French, residing in this city, and Thomas E. Rickard and Miss Catherine J. Rickard, both residing on the homestead.
The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the family residence.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Sun. 9 Aug. 1891]

RICKARD-Died, Aug. 8, at his residence, four miles northwest of this city, of typhoid fever, after an illness of a month, Henry Washington Rickard, aged 61 years.
Mr. Rickard was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, Jan. 1, 1830, and was the youngest of ten children. When Henry was but one year old his parents moved to Sangamon County, and in the spring of 1831 settled on the farm where the deceased has lived ever since. He was married April 4, 1852, to Miss Sarah A. Sims of this county, by whom he had seven children, one of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Rickard died Dec. 21, 1864, and June 7, 1866, Mr. Rickard was married to Miss Henrietta M. Earnest, who survives him. He also leaves to mourn his demise eight grown children, as follows: Mrs. Lizzie M. French of this city, Mrs. Minnie Gray of Lyons, Kas., L. Rickard of St. Libory, Neb. Miles Rickard and Irwin Rickard of Lyons, Kas., and George, Thomas E. and Kate Rickard, who reside at home. Mr. Rickard was a thorough Christian and was highly respected by all who knew him.
The funeral will take place from the late residence at 2 p.m. today,
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 9 Aug 1891]

Children of Sarah A. (Sims) and Henry Washington Rickard:

Elizabeth (Rickard) French:

French Funeral To Be Held
Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth L. French, widow of Isaac French who died early yesterday morning, will be held at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Russell M. James, 1416 South Fifth street. Rev. W.R. Cremeans, pastor of Westminister Presbyterian church, will officiate. Interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sat. 1 Sept 1928]

E.T. Rickard:

E.T. Rickard, 74, of Champaign, Dies
E.T. Rickard, 74, of Champaign died Wednesday at his residence in Champaign. He was born three miles west of Springfield.
He is survived by his wife, May; one daughter, Mrs. J.T. Taylor, of Roscoe, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Louis E. Wood, of city, and one brother, L.F. Rickard of Nelson, Neb.
Funeral services will be held his morning in Champaign.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sat. 9 Aug 1947]

Louis Franklin Rickard:

Louis Franklin Rickard was born at Springfield, Illinois, October 13, 1856, the son of Henry Washington Rickard and Sarah Ann (Sims) Rickard. His father, who was a farmer, was born in Farquar County, Virginia, January 1, 1830, and died at Springfield, August 1, 1891. He was a pioneer in Nebraska, and his father was one of the early settlers of Illinois where he moved in 1831, by the covered wagon route. The grandfather of Louis F. Rickard, John Sims, built the first house in Springfield, Illinois, in 1818, and was an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln made his home with members of the Rickard family and at one time proposed marriage to Sarah Rickard, an aunt of Louis F. Rickard.
Louis F. Rickard has been engaged in the hardware business at Nelson, Nebraska, for many years, and has been active in civic affairs there. He is affiliated with the Republican party, holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and is a member of The Nebraskana Society.
On January. 13, 1881, he was married to Carrie B. Brown at Farmingdale, Illinois. Mrs. Rickard, whose ancestry was English, was born at Farmingdale, May 4, 1862, daughter of J. J. and Emily (Ralston) Brown, and died at Nelson, June 23, 1924. Their children are: Louis Peyton, born January 9, 1882, who married Adelaide Irvin; and Cyrus Dale, born June 24, 1884. Both sons are connected with the Rickard Hardware Company at Nelson. Residence: Nelson.
[Source: Nebraskana, 1932]

L.F. Rickard Obituary:
L.F. Rickard, 95, formerly of Springfield, died yesterday in Nelson, Neb.
Mr. Rickard was born in 1856, four miles west of Springfield, on the old Jacksonville Road. He was the son of Henry W. Rickard and Sarah Anne Sims Rickard, whose father came to Illinois in 1830 and settled on a homestead in a log cabin.
Mr. Rickard attended the old Crack Neck school and the old Fourth ward (Trapp) school. After completing his education he went overland in a wagon drawn by a team of horses to Rice, county, Kansas, where he was engaged in the hardware business for more than 50 years. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Miss Carrie Brown, daughter of Jacob Brown, one of the first settlers near Farmingdale.
Surviving are two sons, Peyton and Dale, and several grandsons, all of Nelson, Neb.; one sister, Mrs. Lewis E. Wood, and two nieces, Mrs. Russell James and Mrs. Susan F. Creech, all of Springfield.
Burial will be tomorrow in Nelson, Neb.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 3 Feb. 1952]


Green Virgil Sims

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Green Virgil Sims, son of John and Lucinda (Duff) Sims, married Mary McClure.

Overturned in the Street

As Virgil Sims, G.W. Yates and two other men whose names the reporter did not learn were driving west between Fourth and Fifth street, on Capital avenue, about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon Yates, who was driving, being somewhat elated by frequent potations, began whipping the horses, which immediately started on a run, increasing their speed until, in turning suddenly south on Second street, the wagon overturned, throwing all the men out on the pavement with great violence. Virgil Sims was knocked senseless and the other occupants of the wagon thoroughly shaken up. Mr. J. R. Stuart and some other gentlemen passing by rushed to the rescue, and after some time succeeded in resuscitating Sims. The wagon in the meantime having been righted the damages temporarily repaired the party again resumed their journey, but in a more sober and dignified frame of mind.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield Fri. 3 Feb 1888]

Without A Warning
Death Comes Suddenly to Virgil Sims on the Street
Appeared to Be in Good Health Only a Few Minutes Before He Fell with Heart Disease

Virgil Sims, a gardener, living four miles west of the city on Jacksonville road, dropped dead about 5 o'clock last evening in front of C.H. Edmands' stove store, 515 East Monroe street. His sudden demise is supposed to have been caused by heart disease. He had been drinking during the day and this had an effect on his heart action.
Charles Hinchee was with Sims all day. They had visited a number of saloons and left Natterman's place to go to Gutzweiler's lunch room for supper. While in the restaurant Sims became boistrous and the proprietor told him if he did not keep quiet he would put him out. Sims quieted down and soon left the lunch room. He walked west on Monroe street but had gone only a short distance, when he fell to the pavement. Joseph Faro, a negro employed at Edmands' store, picked up the sick man and carried him to a stair way. Before a physician could be summoned the man expired. The police were notified and the body was removed to Bisch's undertaking parlors. Last night the Coroner Baer held the inquest. The jury decided that his death was due to heart failure.
George Gutzweiler testified that he did not know either Hinchlee or Sims. He said they were in his place of business and that Sims was boisterous and he told him to be quiet. He said Sims made the remark that he was a mighty good man yet and left the restaurant. That was the last he saw of him.
Joseph Faro said he was sitting in front of the stove store when Sims passed. He said Sims walked only a few feet when he swooned and fell to the pavement. He asked Israel T. Pearce of Curran to assist him in caring for the man and they removed him to the stairway. He said he was there about five minutes before the breath left him.
The testimony of Pearce was the same. The latter had known Sims for forty years and recognized him as soon as he was called to assist in moving him. Charles Hinchee testified that he met Sims about 11 o'clock in the morning and was with him all day. They had been drinking together. He was in the restaurant when Sims left and had heard Sims complain of being ill. Mary C. Sims, a sister-in-law, testified that she had never heard Sims complain of any ailment except a pain in the back and rheumatism.
The body will be taken this morning to the family residence, west of the city. Sims was 62 years of age. He is survived by his widow and several grown children. He is a brother of James Sims, who resides in the same neighborhood. The funeral will be announced later.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL; Thurs. 29 Sept 1898]

James B. Sims

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James B Sims, son of John and Lucinda (Duff) Sims, married Mary F. Massie.

Veteran Farmer Called by Death
J.B. Sims, Aged 75 Years, Succumbs to Illness
Deceased Was Born on Farm Four
Miles West of City on Jacksonville Road, Where He Died
Yesterday

Sims--Died, at 12:45 o'clock, Friday morning, Jan. 23, 1913, at the family residence, four miles west of Springfield on the old Jacksonville road, of a complication of diseases, following a short illness, J.B. Sims, a life long resident of Sangamon county, aged 75 years, 9 months and 10 days.

Deceased was born in April 1838, on the farm four miles west of the city, where he died yesterday. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sims, who were also well known in this county. Ever since he was of age he had engaged in farming and stock raising, and was conceded to be one of the most successful farmers that Sangamon county has ever produced. He married Miss Mary Frances Massie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Massie of this county. Mrs. Sims died, and Mr. Sims on Dec. 5, 1877, married Miss Mary Cone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cone of Springfield.

Surviving are his wife, four children Mrs. Edward Rimmerman of this city, Mrs. Samuel Springer of Springfield, Mrs. H.D. Craig of Paris, Mo., and Mrs. W.F. Ernst of Farmingdale, and eight grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the family residence, four miles west of Springfield on the old Jacksonville road, the Rev. Donald C. MacLeod, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Springfield officiating. The interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Sat. 24 Jan 1914]

Children of James F. Sims and Mary Frances Massie:

Carrie A. (Sims) Rimmerman:

Rimmerman-Sims
Edward Rimmerman of Lincoln was married to Miss Carrie A. Sims, at the residence of the bride's father, southwest of the city. The groom is a business man of Lincoln and the bride is a daughter of James Sims.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Fri. 28 Nov 1890]

J.E. Sims:

Sims - The funeral services of J.E. Sims were held at 2 p.m. May 1 at the residence of his father, five miles west of Springfield on Jacksonville road, Rev. A.P. Cobb of Springfield officiating, forming one of the longest processions that ever traveled that road. The interment took place at Oak Ridge. The pall bearers were: Henry Springer, W.H. Hughes, Samuel Drennan, O.J. and J.O. Baldwin and T.W. Wickham.

The vicinity in which the deceased was born and had always lived greatly mourn the loss of him who had been their true friend, and who possessed so many estimable traits of character. While in health he was ever mindful of his duty and never shirked or hesitated, always comforting and assuring and obedient, as a brother kind and respectful, and as a friend staunch and true.

Though naturally delicate he always had been a great help to his parents and their family. During his last sickness of about three weeks he exhibited a vast amount of fortitude, sustaining his affliction manfully. During the last of his illness he asked forgiveness of Him who only can forgive, and seemed to realize that pardon had been granted him. He then bade the watchers good bye and as he expressed it was soon at rest. He leaves to mourn, his father, mother and four sisters, Carrie A. (Mrs. Rimmerman of Mattoon, Ill.), Jessie, Grace and Gertrude, and many friends.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 2 May 1895]

Children of James F. Sims and Mary Cone:

Jessie Sims married Samuel Springer:

Mrs. Sim, 83, Dies at Home of Daughter
Mrs. Mary Cone Sims, lifelong resident of Sangamon county, died at 10 o'clock yesterday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel F. Springer, 314 South Illinois street, at the age of 83 years, 1 months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Springer home, Rev. John T. Thomas, pastor of First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Mrs. Sims was a daughter of the late William Cone and was born and reared on a farm three miles west of Springfield on the old Jacksonville state road. She had been a member of First Presbyterian church since March 3, 1866. She was married to James B. Sims, son of the late John Sims on Dec. 5, 1877. Three daughters were born to this union; Mrs. Samuel F. Springer, city; Mrs. W.D. Craig, Paris, Mo.; Mrs. W.F. Ernst, Farmingdale; also ten grandchildren and on great-grandchild.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Fr. 2 Mar 1928]