File 19 - Oberholtzer, Clara to her aunt Jemima Sims.

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Oberholtzer, Clara to her aunt Jemima Sims.

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SCA369-GA427-1-19

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  • December 10, 1890 (Authorship)
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    Sanford, Clara

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(1812-)

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The Reverend James Sims was born ca.1812 in Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On June 1, 1836, he married the widow Janet Harvey Robertson and in 1837 came to Canada with a large party of relatives: his father and mother, his wife and step-children Alexander, John and Jane Robertson, his brothers Peter and Andrew Sims, his sister Margaret, and nephews James and Peter Sims. In 1838 they moved to land near Hawkesville, Wellesley Township. James and Margaret Sims had four children: Janet Sims, (1838-1926), James Campbell Sims (1842-1929), Peter Harvey Sims (1844-1920) and William Andrew Sims (1846-1930). James Sims died October 31, 1880. Both he, his immediate descendants and further generations were important forces in the educational, religious and commercial development of what is now the Region of Waterloo.

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Letter from Clara Oberholtzer dated Alanson, [Michigan], December 10, 1890 to her aunt Jemima Sims reporting on the death of her aunt Angelina Dunham (nee Cook), the grief of Mr. Dunham, and the effect on other family members.

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Donated in 2019 by the Sims Family.

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Margaret Angelina Cook, September 13, 1847-1890, had married Gilbert Pringle of Breslau on October 15, 1868. She is listed in the 1880 U.S. Census as a boarder at her sister Melinda Carolina Oberholtzer's home in Michigan, along with her two sons born to her and Gilbert Pringle, James and Harry. In 1886 she is listed as Angelina Dunham, wife of John Dunham, on the birth record of their son Charles Dunham, born December 22, 1886. In this letter Clara is worried that Harry may leave to Join his brother James to "find" their father.

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Described July 2019 JSB

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