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2 June 1852, Nicholas P. Sims gave land to the Methodist Church: Nicholas Sims binds himself to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, for $5.00 paid, 10 acres in Ellis County, part of a headright granted to Hill. The trustees are to hold the property for the use of the church. Witnesses: G. H. Cunningham and Jas. H. Addison.[455]

In Ellis County, 26 May 1854, P. C. Sims of Ellis County, Texas, is bound to D. M. Gray for $4400. Sims has sold to Gray today for $2190 a tract of 438 acres, is part of Archibald Greathouse’s Survey of 640 acres on Chambers Creek. This tract is where Sims lives. Nicholas Sims is to have use of his saw mill. Sims is to make deed. Witnesses: Benj. F. Hawkins, Samuel J. Goodloe.[456]

Nicholas P. and Amanda Sims lived in Ellis County, Texas, in 1860[457] and 1870.[458] N. P. Sims and his second wife, Eliza Sims, lived with her son, Oscar Dunlap, in Waxahachie, Ellis County, in 1880.[459] In 1900, Nick P. Sims, age 93, lived with his stepson, Sam Dunlap, in Italy, Ellis County.[460] He was counted twice in 1900. N. P. Sims also lived with his stepson, O. E. Dunlap, in Ellis County, in 1900.

[455] Ellis County, Texas, Deed Book A, p. 127.

[456] Ellis County, Texas, Deed Book B, p. 355. Recorded 29 November 1855.

[457] 1860 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, p. 15, #621/600. N. P. Sims, age 53, male, farmer, $2,754/$11,330, born Va.; A. N., age 47, female, born Tenn.

[458] 1870 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, p. 323, #19/19, P.O. Milford. Nicholas P. Sims, age 64, male, white, farmer, $2000/$1200, born Tenn.; Amanda Sims, age 56, female, white, $7000, born Tenn.

[459] 1880 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, S.D. 3, E.D. 44, Sheet 37 & 38. Waxahachie. Oscar Dunlap, age 29, justice of the peace, born Miss. S.C. Tenn.; Ella Dunlap, age 24, wife, born Miss. N.C. N.C.; Estell Dunlap, age 2, dau., born Texas Miss. Miss.; N. P. Sims, age 76, father-in-law, born Tenn. Va. Va.; Eliza Sims, age 66, mother, born Tenn. Va. Va. All white.

[460] 1900 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, S.D. 6, E.D. 33, Sheet 14, Italy. Sam Dunlap, born April 1857, age 43, married 19 years, born Miss. N.C. Tenn, banker; Alice Dunlap, wife, born January 1861, age 39, married 19 years, born Texas Mo. Tenn, had had 1 child, 1 living; Edna Dunlap, dau., born September 1882, age 17, single, born Texas Miss. Texas; Nick P. Sims, stepfather, born August 1806, age 93, widow, born Tenn. N.C. S.C. All above are white. And, Melvin Bly, servant, black, born September 1876, age 23; Ella Bly, black, born August 1880, age 19.

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