236. James Frederick7Sims (Augustus C.6, Thomas5, William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), called Fred, was born 15 April 1854, Maury County, Tennessee, died 7 June 1928, Dawson, Navarro County, Texas. He married 12 November 1876, Navarro County, to Lou Ann Crews, born 25 June 1857, Tennessee, died 18 July 1945, Dawson, Navarro County. She was the daughter of Wesley Crews of Tennessee. Fred and Lou Ann Sims are buried in Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, Navarro County, Texas.
In 1870, J. Fred Sims was a seventeen year old wagon maker living with James M. Anderson, wagon maker, in Mt. Pleasant, Maury County, Tennessee. Fred moved from Maury County, Tennessee, to Navarro County, Texas, in 1874. In 1880, Fred and Lou Sims and their children lived at Spring Hill, Navarro County, Texas. He was a wheelwright.
J. F. Sims worked on a farm until he was sixteen, when he entered a wagon shop. After completing the trade, he followed that occupation for ten years, five years at Mt. Pleasant, Maury County, Tennessee, and the reaminder in Spring Hill, Navarro County, Texas. Since which time he was engaged in farming and ginning. In partnership with his brother he owned a 900 acre tract of land in Navarro County, and in 1883 they built a three-stand gin in Dawson, Munger’s patent, with a capacity of thirty bales per day. In 1891, they turned out 1,000 bales, and in connection with that they also ran a grist mill.