Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Cleborne Simms

Male Abt 1704 - 1750  (~ 46 years)


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  • Name Cleborne Simms 
    Born Abt 1704  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jul 1750  Frederick County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I017524  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father John Simms,   b. Abt 1672, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1723/24, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Female MNU Simms,   b. Abt 1676, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1724, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 1701  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F03088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eleanor Lemaster,   b. Abt 1708, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1724, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 16 years) 
    Married Abt 1724  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Simms,   b. Abt 1721, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1749, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
     2. Cleborne Simms,   b. Abt 1724, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1768, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F02452  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Simpson,   b. Bef 1709, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1787, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 78 years) 
    Married Bef 1725  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Simms,   b. Between 1725 and 1730, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1778, Prince William County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     2. Richard Simms,   b. Bef 1730, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1750, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 22 years)
     3. William Simms,   b. Bef 1736, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)
     4. Susannah Simms,   b. Abt 1742, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1770, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
     5. Thomas Simms,   b. Bef 1750, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Jul 1792, Georgetown, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 42 years)
     6. Ignatius Simms,   b. Bef 1751, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1801, Ohio County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F11157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Clebbin Simms 44.199 FR 128.1.10 Jul 7 1750 Sep 1 1750
      (also Cleburn Simms)
      Appraisers: John Middagh, Joseph Wood.
      Mentions: John Finch, Phil. Church, George Moor, James Jackson, Elisabeth Jones.
      Next of kin: Elisabeth Jones, Richard Simms.
      Administratrix: Mary Simms.
      ===
      John Lancaster [Lemaster] 18.418 A CH 120.11.0 73.5.9 Oct 22 1741
      Sureties: Jest. Cookesy, Daniel Murphey.
      Received from: Thomas Middleton, Jr.
      Payments to: William Sampson, Luke Davis, John Parnham, Joseph Pile, Ignatius Tendson, Anne Ebernethy, Martha Yoakley, John Cookesy, Dr. Parnham, Thomas Banon, Mary Semme, William Cookesy, Margarett Ward, Dr. Gust. Brown, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Samuel Hanson, Walter Hanson.
      Representatives: widow (unnamed), Cleborn Semmes (grandchild).
      Administratrix: Christian Lancaster [Lemaster]

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      1733 - Cleborn Simms is in the 1733 Tax List of Newport West Side Lower Part, Charles Co., Md., with 1 taxable.

      Mar. 1743 - Charles County, Md. Probate Court. Cleburn Semmes,
      Jr., of Prince Georges County, Md., an infant under the age
      of 21, by Cleburn Semmes, Sr., his father and guardian vs.
      Christian Lemaster, of Charles County, Md., widow and
      administratrix of John Lemaster, late of Charles Co.,
      deceased. This suit was brought in Mar. 1742/43. Semmes
      alleged that Eleanor was John's only child, that Eleanor
      had predeceased John, that Cleburn Semmes, Jr. was Eleanor's
      only child, and that Christian had refused to pay over the
      share of John's estate that was due to Cleburn Semmes, Jr.,
      despite repeated requests that she do so. Christian had
      no real defense. First, she tried to claim that she had
      no knowledge that Cleborn Semmes, Jr. was John's only
      descendant [belied by both her preliminary and final account
      of John's estate.] With respect to the previous requests
      by Semmes that she pay over the portion due to Cleburn Jr.,
      she claimed that the reason she had not done so was because
      she was concerned that future creditors of John might appear
      [belied by the fact that she had already extended John's
      administration account in the event of late creditors, and
      had only then closed the estate; also Semmes presented
      depositions of John Biggs, Marmaduke Semmes, and William
      McPherson Jr. that Semmes had offered security for that
      contingency.] In July 1744, the Court found that Cleburn
      Semmes, Jr. was entitled to 2/3 of John's estate, including
      the Negro Nann. Semmes' attorney was Henry Darnall, and
      Christian's attorney was Stephen Bordley.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court (Testamentary Papers),
      Box 44, File # 40. The substance of this litigation is also
      reported in Newman, H. W., "The Maryland Semmes and Kindred
      Families," p. 121, 1956, Maryland Historical Society.

      Mar. 1744/5 - Prince George's Co., Md. Court. Cleborn Simms
      and Mary his wife vs. Thomas Munroe, for slander. In Sep.
      1743 at Prince George's Co. Munroe stated loudly that Mary
      Simms killed her servant maid Jane Williams as surely as
      William Hill killed John Dement's child (William Hill had
      previously been executed at Prince George's Co. for the murder
      of Elizabeth Dement, an infant child of John Dement.)
      Source: Prince George's Co., Md. Court Records, Liber
      DD, pp. 38-40.
      Comment: Since Munroe's slander was uttered in Sep. 1743,
      Elizabeth would have been killed before that date.

      Aug. 1767 - The following deposition was given at a land commission for "Margarett [sic; Market] Overton" owned by John Dunn, lying partly in Charles Co. [and partly in Prince George's Co.]
      Andrew Gibbs, aged 50 years or thereabouts, deposeth that Cleborn Simmes, Robert Gordon and Thomas Monrow? showed him this deponent [not said when] the tree that he now lays his hand on being the gum mentioned in William Downes' deposition and told him it was a division tree between Wade and Stone ....
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber P No. 3, p. 654.
      Comment: The deposition was taken at a bounded gum standing on the side of a stony hill about 40 yards from the main road that crosseth the head of Pomonkey Creek.

      Issue of Cleborn Simms and 2nd wife Mary:
      1. Mary Simms, Jr.
      2. Susannah Simms, m. James Barrance.
      3. Richard Simms.
      4. Elizabeth Simms, m. _______ Jones.
      5. Ignatius Simms, m. 1st ___________, and m. 2nd Mrs. Jocasta Wealaxton Dement.
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      Semms (Simes, Simmes), John, Charles County, 15th Apr., 1723; 12th Jan., 1724.
      To son Thomas and hrs., 110 A. dwelling plantation
      To son Cleburne (Cleaburn) and hrs., 110 A. of "St. George's" and personalty.
      To daus. Anne and Rebecka, and their hrs., 125 A. of "St. George's" equally.
      To cousin Marmaduke and hrs., 100 A. of "Sime's Settlement," where he now lives.
      To cousin Anthony, :100 A. of "Simes Settlement."
      To cousin Elizabeth and hrs., the pt. of "'St. George's" where bro. Marmaduke lived.
      To cousin Elinor and hrs., 100 A. joining last-named tract.
      To cousin Ruth and hrs., 100 A. joining to the 200 A. before bequeathed to her 2 sisters.
      To 4 child. afsd., personal estate equally,
      Son Cleburne to be of age at decease of testator and ex. with son Thomas.
      Test: Benedict Leonard Roarman, John Higton (Higdon), Jr.,
      Benj. Higton (Benj. Higdon dec'd at date of probate). 18.368.
      ===
      SIMPSON, ANDREW, Charles Co. 2 Nov, 1744;3 Dec, 1744
      To son THOMAS, personalty.
      To son JOSEPH GREEN SIMPSON, personalty,
      To dau Anne CLARK, personalty,
      To grandson, JNO. SEMMES, son of CLEBURN SEMMES, 5 shillings.
      To dau MARY,. personalty*
      To dau CLARE, personalty.
      To wife JULIANA, personalty and residue of estate, sole extx.
      Test: Jos. M. Semmes, Wm Hagan. 23.659-660
      ===
      Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page 304.
      At the request of Henry Wathen, the following deed was recorded this Aug 17, 1726.
      Aug 11,1726 from Cleborn Simms of CC, planter, to Henry Wathen of CC, planter, for 4000 lbs of tobacco & 2 pistoles, that tract of land, being part of a tract of land called Saint Georges; a parcel of land in CC, bounded by the east line of Saint Georges, containing and laid out for about 100 acres. Signed - Cleborn (C his mark) Simms. Wit - Thomas Simone*, Robt Hanson*.
      ===
      Charles County Land Records, 1733-1743; Book O#2, Page 175.
      Recorded Dec 3, 1736. Nov 11, 1736 from Marmaduke Simms of CC, planter, to Cleborne Simms of CC, planter, for 600 lbs tobacco and 40 shillings, and for divers other good causes, all that part of a tract of land called St Georges, lying in CC, bounded by the Swamp of Piles fresh, being platted and laid out for about 230 acres & 74 perches. Signed - Marmaduke (M his mark) Simms. Wit - S Hanson Jr*, Jno Briscoe*. Mary Simms, wife of the sd Marmaduke Simms, released her dower.
      ===
      Prince George's County Land Records 1746-1749, Liber EE#1; Page 601.
      Nov 19, 1748 from Cleburn Simmes of PG, planter, and Mary, his wife, to John Jones of PG, planter, for 125 sterling money of Great Britain, all that tract of land called Markett Overton, lying in PG, containing about 185 acres. Signed - Cleburn (C his mark) Simmes. Wit - John Stoddert, John Wheeler, Jno Hawkins Jr*, Geo: Parker*. Mary, the wife of the afd Cleburn Simmes, relinquished her right of dower to the within mentioned land. Recorded Dec 6, 1748.
      ===
      Misc: List of Debts formerly Due to Cleburn Simms, 1749-1762: Washington County, MD

      File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Lisa Simms


      A list of Debts formerly Due to Cleburn Simms [sic], InnKeeper (deceased 1750)
      Frederick County, now Washington County-Frederick County Register of Wills
      (Inventories) 1749-1762 A 1, i (pp. 93-99) Wife Mary Simms. Witnesses to
      inventory Elizabeth Jones and Richard Simms, nearest of kin. Sworn before John Darnell.
      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 366-28: ST. GEORGES: 1180 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Ash, William: 200 Acres - Edelen, Richard : 200 Acres - Hagoe, Robert: 200 Acres - Simms, Anthony: 318 Acres - Simms, John: 318 Acres - Simms, Mark: 150 Acres - William, James: Surveyed (no time when) for Thomas Simpson at a bound oak on the West side the freshes of Piles run: Other Tracts Mentioned: ST. THOMAS SIMPSON; ; ; Conveyance notes - Jointly possessed by Simms, Anthony and Ash, William, 40 Acres - Richard Edelen from Robert Hagoe Sr. & Robert Hagoe Jr.; 09 Nov 1700,100 Acres - Henry Walker from Clebourne Simms; 11 Aug 1726, 787 Acres - Resurveyed into ST. THOMAS SIMPSON; 19 Oct 1721, folio 400., 103 Acres - Francis Simms from Marmaduke Simms; 11 Nov 1736 230 Acres - Clebourne Simms from Marmaduke Simms; 11 Nov 1736 93 Acres - John Biggs from Marmaduke Simms; 11 Nov 1736 93 Acres - Abel Carricoe from Marmaduke Simms; 11 Nov 1736, 1180 Acres - Henry Walker from Clebourne Simms; 11 Nov 1736, 100 Acres - Marmaduke Simms from Anthony Simms; 8 Dec 1736 120 Acres - John Walker from Clebourne Simms; 3 Jan 1738 via Folio 453.

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      My branch of the Simms appears to be somewhat singular insofar as we didn't migrate to the South or Midwest in the 18th or 19th century. And while I can't find the firm evidence, I'm now convinced of my family's link to Marmaduke Semmes/Semme of St. George's, Charles County, MD through his third son John. Marmaduke arrived in MD from England sometime in the mid-1600's and settled on a plantation he called St. George's.

      Son John, born in Charles County, MD about 1672, had a son named Cleburn Semmes who died 1750 in Frederick County, MD. Cleburn had sons Clebburn, Thomas, Richard, Ignatius and John of two or three wives. I believe we're related to one of them, and have ruled out all of them but Richard. My genealogy partner, Virginia Simms Holmes, delivered a hand drawn image of a Richard Simms dated 1704. It had been passed down through the family to her.

      My brother kindly submitted his DNA to the FamilyDNA project. He was one of the first. I compared it to a known Marmaduke descendant and he was one tick off. I lost hope then, but Im not quite sure I should be totally downhearted or still see a glimmer of hope. It stopped me then, for sure. And I have little interest in pursuing any more reasearch. My brother was the last of the line and hes gone now.

      My claim to a relationship to Marmaduke is questionable because every Marmaduke researcher has come up short for the descendants of John. You need only look at the printed Semmes resources to see that John gets little attention for lack of documentation. However, my GGGG Grandfather Claiborne Richard Simms was born in Cleburn Semmes's neighborhood of Washington/Frederick County, MD according to oral history. The librarians I've consulted have said that it's likely the rumor is truth because of the specificity of the locale, Conegocheague or Ringgold Manor...which no longer exitsts. Actually, the Manor was used as a reference point for a fairly large area in Washington County in the times predating the 1776 incorporation of Hagerstown.

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