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35. Thomas5Sims (William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), was born 16 February 1791, Hanover County, Virignia, died 24 December 1838, Maury County, Tennessee, intestate.[265] He married circa 1810, Maury County, Tennessee, to Mary Winn,[266] born circa 1792, Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina, died circa 1821, Maury County, Tennessee.

Mary Winn was the daughter of Richard Winn, born 1750, probably Prince William County, Virginia, died 18 December 1818, Maury County, Tennessee, and Priscilla ——, died after October 1819 and before 23 April 1821, Maury County.[267] Richard Winn was the son of Minor Winn, who made his will, 30 July 1775, Fauquier County, Virginia.[268]

Major-General Richard Winn was a distinguished statesman and soldier in the Revolutionary War. He moved from Fauquier County, Virginia, to Fairfield County, South Carolina, where he was a cotton buyer and land surveyor. He was a colonel in the state militia in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. After the war he was major general of the militia. Richard Winn was superintendent of Indian affairs for the Creek Nation in 1788.

Richard Winn was a member of the U.S. Congress from South Carolina, from 1793 to 1797, and from 1803 to 1813. But, he moved his family to Duck River in Maury County, Tennessee, by 1810. Winn was the highest ranking officer of the American Revolution to settle in Maury County. He bought 5,000 acres on Duck River north of Williams Ferry, which became Williamsport, Tennessee.



[265] Tombstone, Maury County, Tennessee. Thomas Sims, died 24 December 1838.

[266] Maury County, Tennessee, Will Book C, p. 476. Petition of the heirs of Richard Winn, decd.

[267] Maury County, Tennessee, Will Book C, p. 476. October Term 1819, Petition by Priscilla Winn, widow of Richard Winn, decd. 23 April 1821, John Winn filed petition for a division of his mother’s estate, “who is now dead.”

[268] Fauquier County, Virginia, Will Book 1, p. 343. Will of Minor Winn, made 30 July 1775, proved 23 March 1778. Named children: William Winn, James Winn, Minor Winn, Richard Winn, Margaret Johnson, Mary Smith, Susan Grant. Granddaughter: Martha Smith. Children of daughter, Elizabeth Smith. Exors: wife, Margaret Winn, son, Minor Winn. Witnesses: Stephen Tolle, Thomas White, James Fleming.

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