Fonds SCA369-GA427 - Sims Family collection.

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Sims Family collection.

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SCA369-GA427

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  • 1833-1963 (Creation)
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    Sims family

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1.8 m of textual material; 34 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 18 cm or smaller

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(1812-)

Biographical history

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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The Sims family collection encompasses records of the Sims and Cook, Davidson and Garden families retained by members of the two family branches that came together when Harvey James Sims and Florence Katherine Roos married in 1902. Their Sims and Davidson forbears were equally significant in the history of the Waterloo-Wellington area and in the growth and development of agriculture, education, business and government. Harvey James Sims and Florence Katherine Roos were deeply involved in their local community of Berlin, (later Kitchener) Ontario and their own records contain significant additions to our knowledge of local personalities and affairs. Harvey was a childhood and lifelong friend of William Lyon Mackenzie King; they wrote and visited each other regularly. King's sister Bella was also a close friend of Florence from school days on.

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Donated in 2019 by the Sims Family.

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Arranged in series as follows:
1.Peter Harvey Sims and Jemima Cook Family
2.George Davidson and Margaret Garden Family
3. Harvey James Sims and Florence Katherine Roos Family
4. Harvey J. Sims: correspondence with William Lyon Mackenzie King
5. Harvey J. Sims : personal correspondence
6. Harvey J. Sims : Chicopee
7. Harvey J. Sims : Library
8. Harvey J. Sims : personal business.
9. Photographs
10. Publications, newspapers
11. Kenneth J. Sims

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  • English

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Described July 2019 JSB

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