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     Silas Simms, of Company "D" of the 1st West Virginia Infantry Vols. & "G" 2nd W. Va. Veteran Vols., was the son of John and ---- Sims/Simms of Greene County, Pa. The family is found there in the 1850 Census:

John SIMS, 67, Farmer, $600, b PA
Sarah SIMS, 50, b PA
Joseph SIMS, 21, b PA
Westley SIMS, 21, b PA
Mary Jane SIMS, 22, b PA
Silas SIMS, 13, b PA

     John Sims, Jr., brother of Silas, was living next door in the 1850 Census. In the 1860 Census, Silas is a laborer on the farm of George Miller. George's daughter, Lucinda Miller, became the wife of Silas in 1863. John Sims, Jr. married George Miller's daughter, Philene. Following the death of Lucinda, Silas married Sarah Babbit.


Provided by Virginia Simms Toney.

Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D. C., Oct 19, 1897

     Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.
Very Respectfully,
H. Clay Evans, Commissioner

Silas Simms
Marshall County, W. Va.

No. 1. Are you a married man? if so, please state your wife's first name, and her maiden name.
Answer: Luncinda Simms formerly Lucinda Miller

No. 2. When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer: By (illegible) Justice of the Peace in and Aleppo Tp Greene Co. Pa.

No. 3. What record of marriage exists?
Answer: Married March 1863.

No. 4. (not previously married.)

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.

Nowton S. Simms Born Agust 9 ad 61
George W. Simms Born November 5 ad 1863
Alabama Simms Born May 8? ad 1866
Mary M Simms Born August 4 ad 1868
Hooker Simms Born february the 11 ad 1871
Sharlotte B. Simms Born June the 10 ad 1873
William M. Simms Born January the 12 ad 1876
Thompson Simms Born November the 2 ad 1878
Virginia Simms Born Aprile the 13 ad 1880
My wife and Mother of the above Named children died November 1884 1 Silas Simms Balls, W. Va.

February the 27 1898