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41. Francis Asbury6Winn (Jane “Jenny”5Sims, William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), called Berry, was born 8 December 1814, Maury County, Tennessee, died 14 September 1875, Dallas County, Texas. He married 24 December 1835, Greene County, Alabama, to Avarilla H. Finch,[372] born circa 1810, Tennessee, died after 1880, Dallas County, Texas. Francis Asbury Winn is buried in Webb Chapel Cemetery, .3 miles north of Interstate 635 (Lyndon B. Johnston Freeway) on the west side of Webb Chapel Road in Farmers Branch, Dallas County, Texas.

Francis Asbury Winn was the first descendant of William Sims and Judith Cross to move to Texas. He moved from Greene County, Alabama, to Dallas County, Texas, in 1846. Dallas County had a population of about 800 people in 1846.

Nashville Christian Advocate, 23 October 1875: Francis Asbury Winn, born Maury County, Tennessee, 8 December 1814, died north of Dallas, Tex as, 14 September 1875, married Avarilla Finch, 24 December 1835.[373]

Francis A. Winn married Avarilla H. Finch in Greene County, Alabama, 24 December 1835. His first cousin, Mrs. Eliza Harlan Cross, married in Greene County, 5 February 1841, to William Tannehill. Eliza’s daughter, Sarah Ann Cross, married in Greene County, 6 September 1842, to Joseph C. Calhoun. And, Eliza’s son, James F. Cross married in Greene County, 16 October 1852, to Margaret R. Dunlap.

Francis Asbury Winn’s tombstone in Webb Chapel Cemetery has an incorrect death date. The stone says he was born in 1814 and died in 1878. He died in 1875. F. A. Winn is one of the four Peters Colonists buried in Webb Chapel Cemetery.[374]

Francis A. and Avarilla H. Winn lived in Dallas County, Texas, in 1850. His aunt, Nancy Sims Harlan, age 68, born Virginia, lived with them in 1850.[375]



[372] Greene County, Alabama, Marriage Records. Francis A. Wynne to Averilla H. Finch, 24 December 1835.

[373] Nashville Christian Advocate, Nashville, Tennessee, 23 October 1875 issue.

[374] Webb Chapel Cemetery Association, Farmers Branch, Texas. Web site. Photograph of tombstone of Francis Asbury Winn.

[375] 1850 U.S. Census, Dallas County, Texas, p. 98, #375/387. Winn, Francis A., age 35, farmer, $3000, born Tenn.; Avarilla, age 37, born Tenn.; Sophrona J., age 12, born Ala.; William M., age 10, born Ala.; Martha E., age 4, born Ala.; Francis A. Winn, age 11/12, male, born Texas; Nancy Harlan, age 68, female, born Va.

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