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In 1841, the probate judge of Lafayette County, Mississippi, learned that Thomas Sims was about to remove the slaves from the state. The local sheriff was ordered to seize the slaves and safely keep them. However, Thomas Sims had already removed the slaves to South Carolina, where he sold some of them to Margaret Black. Minor S. Sims is now administrator of the estate and as such is responsible for payment of the estate debts. He is also one of the heirs to the estate and one of the securities on bond given by his brother Thomas upon being appointed estate administrator in 1840. Minor Sims has now come to South Carolina in his triple capacity, to recover the slaves. He therefore prays that the Blacks be compelled to return the slaves to the estate and to account for the value of their hires since they purchased them.[278]

Two of the slaves, a mother and son, had been sold to John Caldwell or L. H. Trevet. And, 15 February 1847, in Lexington District, South Carolina, Minor S. Sims, the third administrator of the late Thomas Sims, seeks to recover a slave that belongs to his father’s estate. He stated that his father died in 1838 entitled to a considerable personal estate, part whereof consisted of 17 slaves. He cites that the said slaves were at the time of his father’s death in the state of Mississippi engaged in planting for his benefit. Admitting that William F. Sims, as well as Thomas P. Sims, received separate letters of administration on said estate, Minor reveals that the court has revoked said letters. He asserts that during Thomas’s tenure as administrator the court learned that Thomas was about to remove the property of the estate beyond the limits of the state of Mississippi and it ordered the sheriff to seize the property. He charges that Thomas ignored the order and removed the slaves and brought them to the state of South Carolina where he disposed of Riller to Jacob Stack.[279]

All three of Minor Sims’s South Carolina petitions were dismissed by 21 June 1847. Minor Sims never returned to Maury County, Tennessee.

On 19 November 1847, William F. Sims, placed a notice in the Nashville Christian Advocate: Information Wanted. Miner J. Simms left home, Maury County, Tennessee, February 1846, for Columbia, South Carolina, and not been heard of since. Any information thankfully received by his wife or his brother, William F. Simms, Mt. Pleasant, Maury County, Tennessee.[280]



[278] Ibid.

[279] Ibid.

[280] Nashville Christian Advocate, Nashville, Tennessee, 19 November 1847 issue.

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