Sims, James

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Sims, James

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[ca. 1812]-1880

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The Reverend James Sims was born ca.1812 in Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and was largely self-educated. 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, his sister Margaret, and nephews James and Peter Sims. In the spring of 1838 they settled near Hawkesville, Wellesley Township, a journey probably complicated by the birth of James and Janet’s first child, Janet Sims, born March 1, 1838. They had three sons, James Campbell Sims (1842-1929), Peter Harvey Sims (1844-1920) and William Andrew Sims (1846-1930). Excerpts from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame describe him: “He became a significant religious and educational leader in Waterloo County in the 1800s. After working a couple of summers in Doon, he joined the Baptist Church in Blair and became a Baptist Minister in 1842. He was pastor of that church for 20 years and was known as Elder Sims. Every other week from 1845 to 1860 he travelled by horseback from Wellesley Township to Blair where he preached twice on Sunday. … Sims was perhaps best known for his significant leadership role in promoting public education. In 1853, when Waterloo County was established, he became the first Superintendent of Schools for the Townships of Woolwich and Wellesley. He also became the first Chairman of the Board of Public Instruction.” James Sims died October 31, 1880.

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McQueen, Janet (1838-1926)

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McQueen, Janet

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Sims, James

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1838-1880

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Sims, Peter Harvey (1844-1920)

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Sims, Peter Harvey

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Sims, James

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1844-1980

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Sims, James Campbell (1842-1929)

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Sims, James Campbell

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Sims, James

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1842-1880

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Sims, Janet Harvey ([ca. 1806]-1881)

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family

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Sims, Janet Harvey

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Sims, James

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1836-1880

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Created JSB September 2019

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