I've been told some of those same family talk stories, but they just don't hold water.
Here is what has been learned about William Sims:
William Sims (c 1739-1789) son of Robert.
William, a son of Robert, died in Laurens County, South Carolina, and could not have been more than fifty years old.His estate was administered by son Clayborn and was appraised by A. Rodgers, Jr., Abel (O) Boling, and Thomas Babbon 8 June 1789.
Records show that William's wife was named Loranor, or Lauraner, and that they married about 1760 Probably in Halifax County, Virginia.The Antrim Parish Register, Halifax County, is not known to exist, therefore, no record of their marriage is available.
William's first purchase of land was in Halifax County, Virginia IN 1762 when he bought a tract of land from Thomas Hodge and his wife Mariah.That land adjoined the land of Thomas Fenney.The following year he purchased additional land from the Hodges all of which was part of a patent to William Welcome Hodges in 1756 -- being "the upper part" of the Hodge grant lying on both sides of Bradley Creek.
At court held in Halifax County, 1766, William Sims brought suit against the estate of Daniel Blevins.
The Simses sold a part of their Halifax County land on 21 February 1765 to Nathaniel Hall and their final land sale in Virginia was to John Carr on 20 January 1768.
Willaim Sims probably moved his family to South Carolina before spring of 1768.
He took title to 205 acres on Warrier Creek (off Enoree River) Laurens County 5 May 1772 and on 26 September same year he received a grant of 200 acres on the North side of Enoree River which had been surveyed for Phillip Swanson in 1769.Benjamin Powell and his wife Martha sold 150 acres to William Sims on 1 January 1773 situated on Little River, Laurens County, adjoining Robert Sims and Robert Sims, Jr.
He also received 200 acres from Thomas Farr, Sr. of Charleston on 29 May 1775.
Note: Robert Sims just mentioned and at the beginning of this message was in fact the father of the William Sims that is main subject of this message.
In his lifetime, Willaim Sims sold the land purchased from the Powells to Sampson Munger, hatter, in 1776.This deed defines the land as adjoining William Dendy, Robert Sims, George Norwood, James Burnsides, and Robert Sims, Sr.
William Sims also sold his Royal Grant on Enoree River to his brother Robert Sims, Jr. in 1778.This acreage was in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, when it was created in 1785.The Robert Sims, Jr. family lived there from then on.The balance of Wiliam Sims land which he owned at death was sold by son Clayborn Sims
From best evidence obtainable it appears that William Sims was born about 1739 in Hanover County, Virginia.It is certain that he was born in Virginia and was a son of Robert Sims.William Sims went to Halifax County, Virginia with his father's family, lived there until the move to South Carolina where he died.
No knowledge if known of his wife, lauraner, beyond her given name.
Three sons have been identified, however, a complete list of their children does not exist.
Children of William and Lauraner () Sims:
Clayborn Sims b. c. 1760; d. 1812; m. Martha
William Sims; d. Greenville Co.,SC m. Esther Kellett.
James Sims; to Lee Co., VA.
Laurens Co., SC Probabe Bk A-1, p.13.
Halifax Co., VA. Deed Bk. 3, p. 385
ditto Deed Bk. 4, p. 156
ditto Pleas Bk. 5, p. 263
ditto Deed Bk. 5, p. 263
ditto Deed Bk. 7, p. 45
Laurens Co., SC Deed Bk., B, p. 352
South Carolina Royal Grants, vol. 26, p. 632
Laurens Co., SC Deed Bk. C, p. 221
ditto Bk. H, p. 28
ditto Bk. H, p. 223
Spartanburg Co., SC Deed Bk. K, p. 318
Laurens Co., SC Deed Bk. C, p. 168
ditto Bk. F, p. 262
ditto Bk. F, p. 390
To give credit where it is richly deserved, almost everything in this message was researched and sent to me several years back from a very dear lady with whom I exchanged numerous letters.I'm not at liberty to divulge her name, but can say she was a very thorough researcher and provided verifiable references for her findings.I've since purchased copies of most of the documents and books that support her findings.
Hope this helps to clear up some things with regard to our Sims ancestry.
Charles E. Sims