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Wilson Dabney Sims almost always used his initials, W. D. In 1850, Wilson D. Sims, age 25, lived with his parents, John Dabney and Elizabeth Coleman Elliott Sims, in Lafayette County, Mississippi.[1211] In 1860, W. D. Sims, lived with his parents in Ellis County, Texas.[1212] In 1870, the census records him as William D. Sims. He lived next door to his parents in Ellis County, Texas.[1213] He was called W. D. Sims in the wills of both of his parents. The obituary of his first wife, Sallie, calls him Mr. Dabney Sims. He was W. Dabney Sims for his biography in the Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County, Texas (1887). His brother, William J. Sims, called him Dab or Dabs in his letters home during the Civil War.

W. D. Sims married first to Sallie High when he was forty-six years old. She was twenty. He married second to Bettie High when he was fifty and she was eighteen. He married third to Evelyn Whitfield when he was fifty-five and she was thirty.

Sallie and Bettie High were sisters. They were daughters of Henry A. High and Elizabeth A. Moseley.[1214] H. A. High, born 17 January 1821, died 4 March 1894, and Elizabeth Ann High, died 14 November 1876, are buried in Bethel Cemetery in Ellis County.[1215] Elizabeth Moseley High was born 18 December 1822. Henry A. High and his family lived in Morgan County, Alabama, in 1850.[1216] Henry A. High and his family lived in Ellis County, in 1870.[1217] Henry High made his will, 8 July 1891, and it was filed in Ellis County, 25 April 1894.[1218]

[1211] 1850 U.S. Census, Lafayette County, Mississippi, p. 254, #399. John D. Sims, age 48, born Va., head of the family.

[1212] 1860 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, p. 15, #619/598. Sims, J. D., age 58, male, farmer, $6000/$17,100, born Va.; E. C., age 56, female, born Va.; W. D., age 35, male, farmer, $830/$200, born Tenn.

[1213] 1870 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, p. 322, #2/2, Milford Pct. & P.O. Sims, William D., age 48, male, white, farmer, $3000/$4000, born Tenn.; Henry, age 40, male, black, $250, born Tenn.; Bettie, age 30, female, black, born Texas; Oscar, age 6, male, black, born Texas; Henry, age 8, male, black, born Texas.

[1214] Morgan County, Alabama, Marriage Records. Henry A. High to Elizabeth A. Moseley, 24 October 1838.

[1215] Tombstones, Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas.

[1216] 1850 U.S. Census, Morgan County, Alabama, p. 434, #293/280. High, Henry A., age 27, $4400, farmer; Elizabeth High, age 27; Robert A. High, age 9; William High, age 7; Mary High, age 5; Charles J. Lane, age 27; Sarah Lane, age 25. All born in Ala.

[1217] 1870 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, p. 392, #378/367, Waxahachie P.O. High, Henry A., age 49, $6000, born Ala.; Elizabeth, age 47, born Ala.; Sallie, age 19, born Ala.; Bettie, age 13, born Ala.; Albert, age 10, born Ala.; Fannie, age 7, born Ala.; Gregg, age 4, born Texas.

[1218] Will of H. A. High, recorded 26 April 1894, Ellis County, Texas, Will Book A, p. 475.

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