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Capt William Strange Sims

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Capt William Strange Sims

In 1937, Frederick A. Sims privately published in Indianapolis a small hardbound book titled Contribution to the History and Story of the Family of Stephen Sims and Descendants. It contains, among other things, a letter written by the compiler's father, Capt James N. Sims, shortly before the latter's 1899 death, and a similar account written by the compiler's uncle Cicero Sims.

Capt. James N. Sims seems to have omitted his youngest full brother, William Strange Sims, from his account.

Cicero Sims (p. 35 of Frederick A. Sims' book) says "William S., married Salina Strong." And (beginning on p. 35), "William S. Sims, the youngest son of the first set of my father's children, was made Captain of Company F, 86th [Indiana], by the vote of every member of the Company at its organization. He commanded the Color Company in the charge on Missionary Ridge. The flag was shot down, the staff being shot off short. He picked it up by the stub and with the flag wrapped around his arm, jumped the Rebel bank. A Rebel lay in waiting behind the bank. He made a dash at the flag, failed, and was overpowered in an instant. He surrendered with the remark that he 'was watching that d----d flag for an hour, but I didn't get it, did I?' I had this history of the affair from Captain Perry Gorham."

In 1972-1973, Lela Wolfe Prewitt published Ancestors & Descendants of Thomas Sims of Culpeper County, Virginia, Edmund Butler of Virginia and Kentucky with Allied Families & Other Culpeper Data. On p. 61-62, she has extensive information about William Strange Sims and his descendants.

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Working list of children:

Children
1. Charles Edmond Sims b: 26 JUL 1858 [Died young.]
2. William Elwood Sims b: 31 MAY 1859 [Died young.]
3. Samuel Eddy Sims b: 12 NOV 1860 in Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana
4. Amelia Elizabeth Sims b: 17 APR 1862 in Dwight, Illinois Died 1863.]
5. Annie Minette Estelle Sims b: 4 JUL 1865 in Dwight, Illinois
6. Caroline "Carrie" Sims b: 20 JAN 1867 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois
7. Elizabeth May "Lizzie" Sims b: 3 NOV 1869 in Dwight, Livington County, Illinois
8. Salina Temperance Sims b: 2 JAN 1872 in Dwight, Livington County, Illinois [Died in infancy.]
9. George Stephen Sims b: 21 MAY 1874 in Dwight, Livington County, Illinois
10. Ellen Strong Sims b: 13 JUN 1876 in Pontiac, Livington County, Illinois
11. Lucy Eugenia Sims b: 8 AUG 1879 in Pontiac, Livington County, Illinois



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  • Created by: Jay Wright
  • Added: 11 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84801715
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Strange Sims (20 Feb 1834–22 Mar 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84801715, citing South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Jay Wright (contributor 47711501) .