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119. William James7Sims (John Dabney6, John5, William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), called Billy,[1330] was born in 1836 in Lafayette County, Mississippi, died 26 November 1864, near Vicksburg, Mississippi, while serving in the Confederate Army.[1331] He married 8 December 1858, Ellis County, Texas, to Rebecca Hardeman,[1332] born 21 July 1842, Washington County, Texas, died 19 January 1919, Italy, Ellis County, Texas,[1333] buried Italy Cemetery, Italy, Ellis County, Texas.[1334]

Rebecca Hardeman Sims married second, 24 November 1872, Ellis County, to Charles Columbus Snow,[1335] born 23 October 1848, Giles County, Tennessee, died 12 July 1910,[1336] buried Italy Cemetery, Italy, Ellis County, Texas.[1337]



[1330] Nicholas P. Sims, his uncle, referred to him as Billy Sims in an article in the Dallas Morning News in 1898. In all other references he is W. J. or William J. Sims.

[1331] His birth date is estimated by his placement in the family and the 1850 and 1860 census. His death date was written down by his daughter, Mary Hardeman Sims Martin. Family tradition says he died of sickness, not in battle.

[1332] Ellis County, Texas, Marriage Book B, p. 20. William J. Sims to Rebecca Hardeman, 8 December 1858. Rev. S. S. Yarbrough.

[1333] Texas Death Certificate. Rebecca Snow, born 21 July 1840, Washington County, Texas, died 19 January 1919, Italy, Ellis County, Texas. Parent: John Hardeman. Female, white, age 78 years [the 8 is marked through and a 6 is written over it], 5 months, 28 days, widowed. Place of residence: Italy, Ellis County, Texas. Burial: Italy Cemetery.

[1334] Tombstone photograph, Italy Cemetery, Italy, Ellis County, Texas. Mother, Rebeca Snow, born July 21, 1840, died January 19, 1919. Father, C. C. Snow, born October 28, 1848, died July 12, 1910. [The birth dates for both Rebecca and C. C. Snow are incorrect on the tombstone].

[1335] Ellis County, Texas, Marriage Book C, p. 13. C. C. Snow to R. S. Sims, 24 November 1872. Fobie Donnelly, M.G.

[1336] Texas Death Record. C. C. Snow, died 8 July 1910, Italy, Ellis County, Texas, male, white, age 66 years, 8 months [circa 1844], born Tennessee, married, farmer. Burial: Stotz Cemetery.

[1337] Tombstone, Italy Cemetery, Italy, Ellis County, Texas.

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