I believe John Sims was a person of prominence, certainly of influence, as he was manager of the forge and mill as shown on the 1861 Aberaman Kiln House, Globe Inn Row, Aberdare census. I am wondering if the owners sent him to France to study or serve as an apprentice so that he could manage the operation in Wales. The 1851 Wales census shows him as an "agent". I wonder if the forge/mill was being designed/built during this period.
This John Sims was in France circa 1843-1847(occupation unknown while in France) but I do wonder he were acting as an apprentice in forge/mill industry in order to return to Wales to manage a forge and mill as shown on 1851 census in
Would like to know if there are two Birth Records for sons, Thomas and William, as being relatively early in the Statutory Registration period, there may be additional details. SIMS, Thomas Son M 8 1843 Scholar France SIMS, William Son M 4 1847 France
1851 census transcription details for: On Aberaman Farm, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil Print Close National Archive Reference: RG number: HO107 Piece: 2460 Book: 348 Page: 6 Reg. District: Merthyr Tydfil Sub District: Aberdare Parish: Aberdare Enum. District: 2K Ecclesiastical District: City/Municipal Borough: Merthyr Tydfil Address: On Aberaman Farm, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil County: Glamorganshire Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation, Disability Where Born SIMS, John Head Married M 37 1814 Agent Merthyr Tydfil Glamorganshire SIMS, Ann Wife Married F 36 1815 Merthyr Tydfil Glamorganshire SIMS, Catherine Daughter Unmarried F 14 1837 Piler Bedwellty Monmouthshire SIMS, John Son M 12 1839 Errand Boy Bedwellty Monmouthshire SIMS, Ann Daughter F 10 1841 At Home Bedwellty Monmouthshire >>SIMS, Thomas Son M 8 1843 Scholar France >>SIMS, William Son M 4 1847 France SIMS, David Son M 2 1849 Aberdare Glamorganshire SIMS, Jane Daughter F 0 (9 MOS) 1851 Aberdare Glamorganshire
1861 census transcription details for: )) Print Close National Archive Reference: RG number: RG09 Piece: 4071 Book: 45 Page: 32 Reg. District: Merthyr Tydfil Sub District: 4 Aberdare Parish: Aberdare Enum. District: 38 Ecclesiastical District: City/Municipal Borough: Address: Aberaman Kiln House, Globe Inn Row, Aberdare County: Glamorganshire Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born SIMS, John Head Married M 47 1814 Forge And Mill Manager ... Glamorganshire SIMS, Sarah Wife Married F 38 1823 Newcastle Emlyn Carmarthenshire >>SIMS, William Son Unmarried M 14 1847 Labourer France British Subject SIMS, David Son M 12 1849 Labourer Aberdare Glamorganshire SIMS, Samuel Son M 8 1853 Scholar Aberdare Glamorganshire SIMS, Mary E Daughter F 6 1855 Aberdare Glamorganshire SIMS, Evan Son M 2 1859 Aberdare Glamorganshire SIMS, Rachel Daughter F 0 (2M) 1861 Aberdare Glamorganshire TRENCH, Sarah Servant Unmarried F 15 1846 Maid Servant Kington Herefordshire