Sarah Davis Dennington Sims
Sarah Davis is the daughter of Sullivan Davis and Elizabeth
Granddaughter of James Davis and Mary Bromley
Sarah DAVIS 1832 – 1915 m. 1st John Dennington; 2nd Jeremiah M. Sims d. 1930
Sarah first married John Dennington, a man working on the farm of Philip Davis after 1860. In Hamilton County Deed book Q p. 362 reference is made to Dennington tobacco house next to the property of her Aunt Eliza Davis. This union produced no children. He dies prior to 1865. After the war Jerry Sims had moved to Hamilton County from Gilmer County, Georgia. Sarah is 10 years his senior. With the death of her brother William Davis, she tries in vain, to obtain custody of his three children. There is a bitter battle with Louisa Stover Davis. People in the community have lined up on both sides. There are allegations and counter-allegations. In the end Louisa is granted custody of the children and the government payment that comes with it. William’s children remain on friendly terms with Sarah, and stay in her home to help with chores and assist her with her young children. In an Atlas of Tennessee, Jerry Sims is listed as a cattle dealer and living in the area of Norman’s Store. They have sufficient money to employ a servant full-time. Sarah and Jerry separate and she moved in with her daughter Betty Bettis. There must have been a divorce, although the records of James County were consumed in a fire. Jerry marries Sarah’s niece the daughter of William, Sarah Isabel – she is 10 years younger than Jerry. Sarah dies in 1915, but for some unexplained reason, her death certificate is listed as Sarah DENNINGTON. The informant for her death certificate is a nephew Fred Davis. It is unknown why her children did not register her death. Sarah, Jerry and Sarah Isabel lie close to each other in the Old McDonald Cemetery. All of their tombstones are the same, but the dates on each are incorrect.
Betty L. Sims 1869 - 1928 m. John A. Bettis 1866
Samuel 1897 – 1993
Sarah E. 1899
David M. 1902 m. Tammie J.
Charles 1905 - 1979
Martha 1908 – 1963 m. Ralph Neely
William Lafeyette Sims 1871 m. Idella Elizabeth Havens 1875-1914
They married in 1898, in the 1910 census they state they have had 8 children but only 5 are living. Idella died giving birth to Paul.
James A. 1898 m. Ivey Davis
Katie Belle 1919
William E. 1901- 1979 m. Bertha J. 1903 - 1986
Willie M. (f) 1906 – 1985
Jerry Mars 1907-1993 m. Liddie m. 1910 - 1985
Mary Grace 1910 m. George A. Denton 1918 - 1988
Taught first grade at Snow Hill Elementry in the 1940's.
George W. Sims 1877 m. 2nd Minerva