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M. L. Sims was the eldest child of Minor J. Sims and Malinda Cook. M. L.’s father, Minor J. Sims, died in 1847 when he was twelve years old. He lived with his widowed mother and siblings in Maury County, Tennessee, until he was about twenty. M. L. Sims moved to Red River County, Texas, about 1855 to study law. He became a lawyer and remained in Clarksville the rest of his life. His youngest brother, S. A. Sims, followed him to Red River County, in the 1860s. S. A. Sims also studied law and became a lawyer in Clarksville, Red River County.

In 1860, M. L. Sims was a twenty-four year old attorney in Clarksville, Red River County, Texas. He lived at an inn run by John W. Hughes.[1898] M. L. and Sue Sims lived in Clarksville, Red River County, Texas, in 1870.[1899] They lived in Clarksville in 1880. Sue’s mother, S. T. West, and her sister, Lucy Lane, lived with them.[1900]

M. L. and Sue Sims lived on Main Street in Clarksville in 1900.[1901] Sue Sims was head of the family in Clarksville, Red River County, Texas, in 1910.[1902] In 1920, Sue Sims, grandmother, lived with Roy and Lucy Goodman in Clarksville.[1903]



[1898] 1860 U.S. Census, Red River County, Texas, p. 117, #786/786, Clarksville. Jno. W. Hughes, age 33, innkeeper, born Tenn. was head of the household. Many people lived at the inn including, M. L. Sims, age 24, female(sic), attorney, born Tenn.

[1899] 1870 U.S. Census, Red River County, Texas, p. 2, #18, Clarksville. Sims, M. L., age 35, male, white, atty. at law, $15,000/$2,600, born Tenn.; Sue, age 26, female, white, born Texas; Estele, age 3, female, white, born Texas; Lucie, age 4/12, female, white.

[1900] 1880 U.S. Census, Red River County, Texas, S.D. 2, E.D. 98, Sheet 38. M. L. Sims, white, male, age 45, married, lawyer, born Tenn. Tenn. Tenn.; Sue Sims, age 38, wife, born Texas Tenn. Tenn.; Estelle Sims, age 12, dau., born Texas Tenn. Texas; Lucy Sims, age 10, dau.; Marshall Sims, age 8, son; Mary Sims, age 2, dau.; S. T. West, white, female, age 70, mother-in-law, widow, born Tenn. - -; Lucy Lane, white, female, age 32, sister-in-law, widow, born Texas Tenn. Tenn.; George Dickson, mulatto, male, age 40, servant, born Texas - -; Texana Norris, mulatto, female, age 25, servant, cook, born S.C. - -; Estelle and Lucy Sims at school.

[1901] 1900 U.S. Census, Red River County, Texas, S.D. 1, E.D. 103, Sheet 18, Ward 4, Clarksville. M. L. Sims, born December 1836, age 63, married 37 years, lawyer, born Tenn. Tenn. Tenn.; Sue Sims, wife, born April 1843, age 57, married 37 years, born Texas Va. Va., had had 8 children, 4 living; Mary Sims, dau., born November 1878, age 22, single, born Texas Tenn. Texas; Sallie Sims, dau., born July 1880, age 19, single; Lucy Swain, gdau, born October 1890, age 9. All white.

[1902] 1910 U.S. Census, Red River County, Texas, S.D. 1, E.D. 119, Sheet 24, Clarksville City. Sue Sims, own  free, female, white, age 68, widow, had had 3 children, 3 living, born Texas Va. Va., own income; Mary Sims Corley, dau., female, white, age 31, widow, 0 children, born Texas Tenn. Texas; Lucy Sims Swayne, grandchild, female, white, age 19, single, born Texas Texas Texas.

[1903] 1920 U.S. Census, Red River County, Texas, S.D. 1, E.D. 145, Sheet 33B, Clarksville. Roy Goodman, white, male, age 30, born Texas N.C. N.C.; Lucy Goodman, wife, age 30, born Texas Texas Texas; Roy Sims Goodman, son, age 7; Jason Goodman, son, age 5; Sue Sims, grandmother, age 77, widow, born Texas Tenn. Texas; William Marshall, age 58, widow, male, black, servant.

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