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

Charles Simms

Male 1755 - 1819  (64 years)


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  • Name Charles Simms 
    Born 1755  Dettingen Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Aug 1819  Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Christ Church Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I034686  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2018 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Jane Glasscock,   b. Abt 1724, Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1782, Prince William County, Virginia - Admin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Jul 1752  Dettingen Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F20528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne 'Nancy' Douglass,   b. Abt 1760, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1819, Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1778  Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Simms,   b. 2 Feb 1780, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1872, Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. John Douglass Simms,   b. Abt 1782, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1843, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     3. William Douglass Simms,   b. 27 Aug 1783, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1822, Pensacoloa, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     4. Anne Douglass Simms,   b. Between 1792 and 1793, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1832, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     5. Jane Simms,   b. Abt 1793, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1833, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     6. Phobe Maria Simms,   b. 21 Oct 1799, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1888, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F20527  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Simms_(lawyer)
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      https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15090461
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      Charles County, Maryland, Inventories,1791-1797; Page 429.
      Mrs. Sarah (Sara) Stewart - Inventory. Late of cc, decd. Mar 4, 1797.
      Negro men: Harry (aged 37 years), Ben (24). Negro boy Mark (15) . Negro women: Pegg (17) , Frances ( 43) .
      Total amount: 642.19.2.
      Signed - Thos. A. Dyson, Zach'h McDonald.
      Nearest Kin; Eleanor Simms, George Stewart.
      Creditors: G.R. Brown, John Dyson.
      CC, Apr 1d, 1797. Then came Charles Semms, one of the executors of Sarah Stewart, late of CC, decd. & made oath. Certified by Humphrey Barnes, Registrar of Wills.
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 240. Power of Attorney, recorded at the request of Wilsey Poston.
      I, Leonard Poston of Loudoun County, Virginia, appoint my son, Wilsy Poston of the same County, my true and lawful attorney, to ask, demand, and receive from the representatives of Susanna Waters, late of CC, my proportional part of the property which the sd Susanna Waters died possessed of, which I am entitled to in right of my late wife, Ann Poston, as well as under the will of James Waters, her father, and her right as one of the children of the sd Susanna Waters. Signed Oct 11, 1785 - Leonard (L his mark) Poston. Wit - Ch Simms. Acknowledged in Loudoun County by Leonard Poston before Chas Binns, [Loudoun County] Clerk of Court, Recorded Apr 4, 1786.
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      http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/MDSTMARY/2003-02/1045761959
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      === There is an error in the following Mason Report. Charles was not the s/o Alexander Simms.
      ALEXANDRIA LODGE NO. 39
      ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA 1783-1788

      COL. CHARLES SIMMS, was born in Prince William County, Va., in 1755, and was a son of Alexander Simms, Esq., of "Simms' Forest," in Cecil County, Md., who married in Stafford County, Va., and settled there.
      He was about to conclude his law studies with General Mercer at William and Mary College, when the war of the Revolution began. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 6th Regiment of the Virginia line, and distinguished himself at Red Bank, Forts Mifflin and Mercer. Whilst in camp at Valley Forge, he married Miss Nancy Douglas, of Trenton, daughter of Major William Douglas and they had several children Col. Simms was chosen as a delegate to serve in the Convention of Virginia of 1788. He was one of that celebrated committee appointed to recommend amendments to the Constitution of the United States, among whom were Hon. George Wythe, Benjamin Harrison, Mathews, Patrick Henry, Edmund Randolph, Governor of Virginia and Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 1788, George Mason, Nicholas, Grayson, Madison, Tyler, John Marshall, Monroe, Ronald Bland, Meriwether Smith, Hon. Paul Carrington, and the Hon. John Blair, (first Grand Master of Masons in Virginia).
      When the war of the Revolution began, Col. Simms had just attained his majority, and on its termination settled in Alexandria, where he resided about thirty-five years. He was Mayor of the city when the British occupied Alexandria, in 1814, and was censured for surrendering the town. Of course time vindicated his course - the city was not defendable. He was a member of the "Society of the Cincinnati," and a pallbearer at the funeral of Washington, December 18, 1799. He was collector of the port of Alexandria at the time of his death, and an eminent member of the Alexandria bar, his name appearing in nearly every suit of importance for plaintiff or defendant. Died August 29, 1819, aged 64 years, and was buried on the 31st, with military and Masonic honors. (The Lodge of Washington by Franklin L. Brockett, page 117 & 138)
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      http://www.mastermason.com/dresden/WHO%20WERE%20THEY.htm

      CHARLES SIMMS; was born in Prince Williams County Va. in 1755, and was about to conclude his law studies with General Mercer when the Revolutionary War began. Simms was made Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th Reg. of Virginia, and distinguished himself at Red Bank, Fort Mifflin and Fort Mercer.

      While in camp at Valley Forge, he married Miss Nancy Douglas of Trenton, Col. Charles Simms had six children; Nancy, Kitty, Phoebe, Charles, Douglas, and John. Col. Simms wqs a delegate and served in the Convention of Virginia in 1788. He was one of that celebrated committee appointed to recommend amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

      On that distinguished committee were Geroge Wythe, Patrick Henry, Gov. Randolph, George Mason, James Madison, John Marshall, James Monroe, John Brair,(the first Grand Master of Masons in Virginia.) and many others. For those who might be interested in the political side of Simms there is an intresting account in the "Memoirs of Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson" page 508, from Jefferson's diary of April 25,1798.

      In reference to a dinner party, Simms was listed as a Federalist, and in his introduction of the guests, Jefferson wrote, "So was Col. Charles Simms of Alexandria, who is here on a lawsuit against General Irvine." Col Simms resided in Alexandria about 35 years, Simms was Mayor of Alexandria when the British occupied the town in 1814, Simms was censured for surrendering the town.

      Of Course time vindicated his action as the Town was not capable of defending itself. Col Charles Simms died Aug. 29, 1819 at the age of 64 and was buried on the 31st with both Military and Masonic honors. Charles Simms was a member of Alexanria-Washington Lodge 22.

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      Prince William Co VA Bond Book 1732-1847
      February 2nd 1778 (1-166)
      Know all Men by these Presents, that we Charles Simms, William Brent and John Murray are held and firmly bound to Henry Lee, William Carr, Jesse Ewell and John McMillon, Gent. Justices of the Court of Prince William County, now sitting, in the sum of two thousand pounds current money, To the Payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said Justices, and their Successors, we bind ourselves, and each of us, our and each of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals, this second day of February in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bound Charles Simms administrator of the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of John Simms deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have, or shall come to the Hands, Possession, or Knowledge of him the said Charles Simms or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the County Court of Prince William as such Time as he shall be thereunto required by the said Court, and the same Goods, Chattels, and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, at the Time of his Death which at any Time after, shall come to the Hands, or Possession of the said Charles Simms or into the Hands, or Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law: And further do make a just and true Account of his Actings and Doings therein, when thereto required by the said Court, and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators Account, the same being first examined and allowed by the Justices of the Court for the Time being, shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively; as the said Justices by their Order or Judgment shall direct, pursuant to the Laws in that Case made and provided and if it shall hereafter appear, that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named, do exhibit the same into the said Court, making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Charles Simms being thereunto required, do render and deliver up his Letters of Administration, Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court: Then this Obligation to be void and of none
      Effect, or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.
      Sealed, and delivered, in presence of the Court
      Charles Simms SEAL
      Wm. Brent SEAL
      John Murray SEAL


      === Contributed by Sue Simms

      Prince William Reliquary

      February 27, 1753 Court, page 99.
      Churchwardens of Dettingen Parish [to] bind out Mary Dimsdim, a bastard child of Mary Dimsdim, to John Simms, according to law. Possibly adopted.
      Mary Purcell, will of Jane Simms (1782)
      Witness signature Mary Purcell on receipt between Charles Simms and George Purcell dated Feb 19, 1783. Simms Manuscripts Library of Congress.

      1) William Purcell referred to Charles Simms as brother in will dated October 24, 1784 Prince William County proved November 2, 1784 recorded on page 315 Will Book G. Margaret Randolph witnessed and Charles Simms listed as one of the administrators.

      2) George Purcell ensign in Revolution died 1804-1808 relocated to Mason Co Kentucky in 1795. Abstract of Rev. War pension file by his widow Margaret Randolph indicated he is half brother of Charles Simms. VA Line, W6661
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      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=482&last=&g_p=GY&collec tion=LO Grant
      Title Fisher, Stephen.
      Publication 1 June 1786.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-.
      Note Location: Jefferson County (Ky.).
      Description: 600 acres on Ash’s Creek adjoining lands of Leven Powell and Charles Simms.
      Source: Land Office Grants Y, 1786, p. 482 (Reel 65).
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1785-1787; Liber HH {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 333. At the request of Haswell Magruder the following Judgment was recorded May 7, 1787
      At a county court held at Upper Marlborough Town in PGCo April Term 1785 came Peter Carnes by Charles Simms his attorney and recovered judgment against James Wilson, planter late of PGCo 1166 pounds of crop tobacco and 299 pounds of tobacco for his cost of suit. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office this May 14, 1787, John Read Magruder (clerk)
      On the back of the aforegoing was the following indorsement, to wit; In consideration of Haswell Magruder having paid the amount of the within judgment and costs as special bail of James Wilson, I assign the within judgment to Haswell Magruder. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this May 4, 1787, Chs. Simms, attorney at law for Peter Carnes
      Witness; Francis Digges