1776 - 1858 (82 years)
||James Sims |
||, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 
||James Sim |
||Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland 
|Eby ID Number
||8 Oct 1858 
||Early Presbyterian Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada 
||6 Sep 2021 |
||Margaret Wisely, b. 1779, , Aberdeenshire, Scotland , d. 28 Jun 1859 (Age 80 years) |
| ||1. Sim|
| ||2. Peter Sims|
| ||3. Isabella Maitland Sims, b. 20 Mar 1811, Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Rev. James Sims, b. 1816, Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||5. Margaret Sims, b. 10 Jul 1818, Insch, , Aberdeen, Scotland , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||6. Andrew Sims, b. 1824, , Scotland , d. Yes, date unknown|
||6 Sep 2021 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- 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
- [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
- [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