In 1807, William and Judith Sims and their children moved from Hanover County,Virginia, to East Tennessee. They lived for about a year near Limestone, Tennessee, and the Nolichucky River, near the line of Greene and Washington Counties, Tennessee. State Road 34 and roads 321 and 11 E cross over the Greene-Washington County line in this neighborhood. Two of William and Judith’s daughters married in East Tennessee and remained there. Susannah Sims married James McAlister and Sarah Sims married Allen Gillespie. In 1808, William and Judith Sims and most of their children moved to Maury County, Tennessee, near Mount Pleasant.
Susan McAlister lived in Broylesville, Tennessee, in 1860. William Sims’s Gillespie and McAlister granchildren remained in this area for many years, at West’s Store, Brownsboro, Rhea Town, Jonesboro, Broylesville, and Millwood, in Greene and Washington Counties, Tennessee. This neighborhood is where Davy Crockett was born and where Gov. John Sevier lived in early life.
Viola Winn Hunt had in her possession a letter written in 1808 by William Sims. He was in Virginia on business. William Sims, at Hanover Courthouse, Virginia, to his wife and children in Tennessee. The letter was dated, Sunday, 25 December 1808, and addressed to William Sims, Hickueay County, Tennessee, Lick Creek near Duck River. It was to be left at Franklin Post Office and to be hastened on to Lick Creek by some friend. The paper was folded to form an envelope.
Will of Williams Sims, made 14 March 1812. Will Book A, page 86, Maury County, Tennessee. In the name of God Amen. I, William Sims of the County of Maury and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: Imprimis: It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid out of the money arising from the sale of all my lands in Hanover County and State of Virginia and also the money arising from the sale of one negroe man George now living in the said County of Hanover & State aforesaid, and after my debts are paid, it is my desire that the balance of said money be converted to uses hereafter mentioned.
Item, I do lend unto my wife Judith for her and my children's support or maintenance during her life or widowhood the following slaves (to wit) Jack, Ned, Salley, Lucy, Ben, Chaner and their increase.