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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]
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