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68. Minor J.6Sims (Thomas5, William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), was born circa 1811, Maury County, Tennessee, died after 21 June 1847, and probably before 19 November 1847, somewhere between Maury County, Tennessee, and Columbia, South Carolina.[708] He married 1 April 1833, (date of bond), Maury County, Tennessee, to Melinda Cook,[709] born circa 1816, Tennessee, died after 1880, Marshall County, Tennessee.[710] In 1880, Melinda Sims lived with her daughter and son-in-law, James H. and Victoria J. Lewis, in Marshall County. Melinda was the daughter of John O. Cook.

It isn’t known what happened to Minor J. Sims. He didn’t return to his home in Maury County, Tennessee, in 1847, after his trip to Columbia, South Carolina. He either died on his way home or he deserted the family.

Minor Sims’s father, Thomas Sims, died 24 December 1838 in Maury County, Tennessee. At the time of his death, Thomas Sims owned land and slaves in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Thomas’s son, William F. Sims, lived in Lafayette County, when he died. He was tending to his father’s property in Lafayette County. Thomas’s brother, William Sims, also lived in Lafayette County. Also, Thomas’s sister-in-law, Sarah Priddy Sims (widow of John Sims), and her children lived in Lafayette County, Mississippi.

Minor’s brother, William F. Sims, was appointed administrator of their father’s estate in 1839. William F.’s appointment as administrator was revoked in 1840 and his brother, Thomas P. Sims, took over. In 1841, Thomas P. Sims took some of the slaves belonging to the estate of their father, Thomas Sims, to South Carolina and sold them. Minor Sims was administrator of the estate of Thomas Sims, in 1846.

[708] Minor Sims’s petitons in Richland District, South Carolina, were dismissed 21 June 1847. He hadn’t returned home by 19 November 1847, when his brother, William F. Sims, placed the notice in the Nashville Christian Advocate asking if anyone knew Minor’s whereabouts.

[709] Whitley, Maury County, Tennessee, Marriages 1808-1852, p. 197. Minor Sims to Melinda Cooke. Date of bond: 1 April 1833. Bondsman: James Robertson.

[710] 1880 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Tennessee, S.D. 3, E.D. 146, Sheet 9, Lewisburg. Malinda Simes, white, female, age 63, born Tenn. S.C. Tenn., lived with J. H. Lewis, white, male, age 43, lawyer, and his wife, V. J., age 36, and their children.

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