Elizabeth Sims was the daughter of Rev. James Sims and Dolly Spillers.
Elizabeth Sims married James Black on 10 Aug 1817 in St. Clair County, Illinois
[Source: Vol. B pg. 29, St. Clair County, IL Marriages]
17 Oct 1850, Menard County, Illinois, p. 335:
James Blacke 60 M Farmer $1,200 b. VA
Elizabeth " 54 F b. SC
Presley " 26 M Farmer b. IL
Martha " 25 F b. IL
James S. " 13 M b. IL
Elizabeth Black, aged 75 years, 11 months, and 7 days, who died on 30 July 1872, is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Menard Co., IL.
James S. Black Sr., aged 75 years, who died on 14 Aug 1860, is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Menard Co., IL.
7 June 1880, Petersburg, Menard Co., IL, p. 210:
Black, Jas S W M 42 Book Keeper b. IL fb. VA mb. SC
-----Margaret W F 35 Wife Keep House b. IL fb. VA mb. New Hamp
-----Gertrude W F 13 Dau At Home b. IL
-----Arthur W M 12 Son At Home b. IL
-----Florence W F 8 Dau At Home b. IL
-----Fredrick W M 5 Son At Home b. IL
DEATH OF JAMES S. BLACK
Prominent Citizen of Petersburg Expires Suddenly at His Home
Petersburg, March 29--James S. Black, a prominent citizen and book-keeper for many years in the First National bank of this city, died at his home in East Petersburg at 12:05 this morning of heart trouble. His demise came suddenly. He spent the day at work at the bank and went home at his usual hour. He complained of his heart about midnight and a few minutes later he expired.
The death of James S. Black removes from human action one of the best known business men of this city. He had lived here since 1878 and had been connected with the bank for the past ten years.
Mr. Black married Miss Goldsby and she survives him. He is also survived by a brother, Daniel, who is in the west, and three children; Arthur C. Black of Peoria; Misses Gertie and Floy of this city.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Wed. 30 Mar 1898]
COFFIN CARRIED IN BOAT
High Water at Petersburg Causes Unusual Burial Feature
Petersburg, March 30--The funeral of the late James Simms Black, who died at his home in this city on Monday, March 28, will be held at the family residence at 2 o'clock p.m., Thursday, March 31, and will be conducted by Rev. Thomas J. Stevenson, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. The interment will be made at Rose Hill cemetery.
Mr. Black was born near Rock Creek, this county, and had lived his lifetime in Menard county. He was a respected citizen, a conservative business man and amiable gentleman. His death removes from active business circles of Petersburg one of its most capable and enterprising workers.
A sad feature in connection with the funeral of Mr. Black is that the remains will be borne to the grave without the attendance of the usual funeral cortege, owing to the fact that it is impossible to cross the Sangamon river with conveyances. The coffin will be transported across the wide channel in a boat and the remains will be laid at rest at Rose Hill.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 31 Mar 1898]
James Black died at his residence in Petersburg, Tuesday, March 29, at 12:05 a.m. of heart failure, aged about 62 years. The deceased was one of the best known residents in Menard county. Though he has been in failing health for some time past his death was not expected and his demise was very sudden. For almost ten years he was employed as a bookkeeper at the First National bank in Petersburg. He was born and reared in Menard county. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, one son and one brother, residing in the west.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Fri. 1 April 1898]
James Sims Black was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois.
Marriage of Florence Black, daughter of James Sims and Margaret (Goldsby) Black:
APPROACHING WEDDING AT PETERSBURG
Petersburg, Ill, Sept. 6--The marriage of Mr. Will A. Bone and Miss Floy Black will be solemnized at the home of Miss Black's mother, Mrs. J. S. Black, of this city, Wednesday afternoon, September 16.
Mr. Bone is now a resident of Clinton, Ill. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Bone of this city.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon. 7 Sept. 1903]
SOCIETY GIRL IS MARRIED
Miss Floy Black of Petersburg United With W.A. Bone
Petersburg, Sept. 16--The marriage of W.A. Bone and Miss Floy Black was solemnized at the home of the bride's mother in this city this afternoon.
Rev. Mr. Varney of Clinton performed the ceremony. Misses Carolyne Cheaney and Geraldine Fouche were ribbon girls.
The marriage was a quiet affair, and the invited guests included only the relatives and a few of the most intimate friends.
After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served and the young couple took the afternoon train for Clinton, where they will reside.
The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Bone of this city. For some time he has made his home in Clinton.
He is a professional reader, and has gained a considerable reputation in his line. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. J.S. Black of this city and is popular in society.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 17 Sept 1903]
Death of Margaret Goldsby Black, widow of James Sims Black:
MENARD COUNTY PIONEER DEAD
Peoria, Ill, Dec. 17--Mrs. Margaret Goldsby Black, daughter of the first sheriff of Menard county, James Goldsby, died here. She had nearly reached her 77th birthday. Her husband, James Sims Black, died a number of years ago.
Mrs. Black's father was also one of the commissioners who hired Abraham Lincoln to plat the town of Petersburg. She was born and reared in Petersburg and resided there more of her life.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues. 27 Dec. 1921]
Margaret (Goldsby) Black was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois.
The donation of a pair of wool carders, links Florence Black Bone to her father James Sims Black and to his parents Elizabeth (Sims) and James Black:
82. WOOL CARDERS
Donated by Florence Black Bone
(Mrs. William A. Bone), 1319 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria, HI.
Originally Owned by Elizabeth Sims, born 1797, married to James Black, 1817.
Subsequent Owners: James Sims Black, son; Florence Black Bone, granddaughter and donor.
[Source: Catalogue of New Salem Collection of Pioneer Relics, 1947]
Mrs. F. Bone Dies; Widow of Peoria Writer
Mrs. Florence Domby Bone, a resident of the John C. Proctor Endowment home, formerly of 320 Frye ave., died at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Francis hospital. She had been a patient there for 10 days and ill for several month.
Mrs. Bone was the widow of William A. (Bill) Bone, prominent writer and humorist, who died in Peoria in 1943. She was born in Mason county, daughter of James S. and Margaret Goldsby Black. She married Mr. Bone in Petersburg, Sept. 16, 1903. Mrs. bone was a member of Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian church, North Peoria Women's club, and the PEO.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John G. Rix, Detroit, Mich., a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Ray, Los Angeles; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Grace Bone, Peoria, and two grandchildren. One brother is dead.
Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Gauss mortuary. The Rev. E. L. Fernandes will officiate. Interment will be in Rosehill cemetery, Petersburg. Friends may call at the mortuary from 4 to 9 today.
[Source: Journal Star; Peoria, IL; Tues. 18 Sept. 1951]