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James Sims

Male 1776 - 1858  (82 years)


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  • Name James Sims 
    Born 1776  , Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Name James Sim 
    Residence 1818  Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-292565 
    Died 8 Oct 1858  [1
    Buried Early Presbyterian Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I161725  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 

    Family Margaret Wisely,   b. 1779, , Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1859  (Age 80 years) 
    Children 
     1. Sim
     2. Peter Sims
     3. Isabella Maitland Sims,   b. 20 Mar 1811, Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Rev. James Sims,   b. 1816, Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Margaret Sims,   b. 10 Jul 1818, Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Andrew Sims,   b. 1824, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F40335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • THE subject of this sketch, the late James Sims, took a leading part in the education and religious life in the early years of the settlement of the County of Waterloo. He was born in 1812, in the Parish of Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His education was received at the Parish Schools and, though not extensive, the foundation was laid upon which by self study, extensive reading and an excellent memory, he became a man of general information and being a good conversationalist he readily cornmunicated such information to others. His early years of manhood were spent in farming which did not afford much time for literary work, but every spare moment was spent with books and in reading. In 1837 he married Janet Robertson, widow, and in the summer of that year sailed from Aberdeen in the ship "Hercules" with his wife, step children Alexander, John, and Jane Robertson ; accompanied by his father James Sims, his mother, his brothers Peter and Andrew, and his sister Margaret (Mrs. Wm. Fowler) and his nephews James and Peter Sims. After a voyage of eight weeks they landed at Quebec and immediately proceeded by boat up the St. Lawrence River, through canals and lake to Toronto, Ont., where they spent their first winter in Canada. In the spring of 1838 they went by boat to Hamilton and thence by wagons and on foot to the Queen's Bush and located on Lot 2, Con. 13, in the Township of Wellesley about one mile from Hawksville. At that time the country surrounding was practically an unbroken forest, there being only a few settlers in the neighborhood, with small clearings and no roads except trails through the bush.

      The nearest grist mill was at Waterloo village and many of the early settlers carried their flour and other provisions on their backs to their homes.

      Chronicle-Telegraph Newspaper, 100 Years of Progress in Waterloo County Canada Semi-Centennial Souvenir 1856-1906 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Chronicle-Telegraph Newspaper, 1906)pg 93

  • Sources 
    1. [S1236] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Early Presbyterian - Elmira Internet Link.
      Erected to the memory of/ James Sim/ died/ Oct.8th 1858/ aged 81 yrs/ Also his wife/ Margaret/ died/ June 28 1859/ aged 79 years/ natives berdeenshire Scotland

    2. [S2190] Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1864-1950.
      Margaret Sim Gender: Female Birth Date: 10 Jul 1818 Baptism Date: 19 Jul 1818 Baptism Place: Insch,Aberdeen,Scotland Father: James Sim Mother: Margaret Wisely FHL Film Number: 993191

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1776 - , Aberdeenshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1818 - Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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