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28. Elizabeth “Betsy”5Sims (William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), was born 25 March 1777, Hanover County, Virginia, died 25 August 1839, Maury County, Tennessee, buried in the Cross Cemetery, on Downey Farm, Cross Bridges Road, north of Mount Pleasant, Maury County, Tennessee.[205] Elizabeth’s death date in the Harlan bible disagrees with her tombstone. The bible entry: “Elizabeth Harlan, daughter of William Sims was born in Hanover County, Virginia, 25 March 1777, died in Maury County, Tennessee, 25 August 1837, age 60 years, 5 months, 0 days.”[206]

Elizabeth Sims married first, circa 1800, Hanover County, Virginia, to William Tinsley, son of John Tinsley, whose will was proved in Hanover County, in 1795.[207] William Tinsley died before 24 July 1809 in Hanover County, intestate. He owned a large number of slaves and considerable real property. He was survived by his widow, Elizabeth, who married a Mr. Harlow (sic-Harlan), and removed to Tennessee, where she died in 1837. In 1809, Joseph Cross was Elizabeth’s attorney in fact. He sold the dower slaves to Anthony Street and Laney Jones. William Tinsley had no children at the time of his death, and his heirs at law were his brothers and sisters.[208]



[205] Tombstone photograph. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Harlan who was born March the 25th 1777 and departed this life the 25th of August 1839.

[206] Maury County, Tennessee Historical Society, Maury County Cousins, Bible and Family Records (Columbia, Tennessee, 1967), p. 689. Harlan Bible, presented to Harry Green Harlan, 7 January 1883, by Jehu Harlan. Bible was published in Nashville, 1859.

[207] William Ronald Cocke, III, Hanover County Chancery Wills and Notes (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978), p. 43. Will of John Tinsley, made 13 October 1795, proved 3 December 1795, named son, William Tinsley, and his siblings.

[208] Cocke, Hanover County Chancery Wills and Notes, p. 148.

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