Drury6 Mims (Joseph5, Lionel4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born 1730 in St. James, Northam Parish, Goochland County, Virginia (Source: Photo of tombstone of Drury Mims, Edgefield County, South Carolina, Picture shows dates 1730-1818.), and died November 1818 in Edgefield County, South Carolina. He married Lydia Jones ABT. 1759, daughter of Francis Jones (son of Matthew Jones and Mary Tignall) and Mary Ridley (daughter of Capt. Nathaniel Ridley, Sheriff of Isle of Wight County and Elizabeth Day).She was born Abt. 1741 in Isle of Wight, Virginia (Source: Mitchell, William Thomas, LDS Family Search), and died August 23, 1821 in Edgefield County, South Carolina (Source: Mitchell, William Thomas, LDS Family Search).
Children of Drury Mims and Lydia Jones are:
Winifred7 Mims, born January 11, 1760 Goochland Co., Virginia; died December 14, 1812.She married Henry Ware, Jr.
Lydia Elizabeth Mims, born Abt. 1762 in Lincoln County, Georgia married John Moss.She died in 1827 in Washington County, Georgia.
John Mims, born Abt. 1764; died 1828 in Edgefield County, South Carolina, he married Mary Gray, daughter of John A. Gray.
David Mims, born Abt. 1766 Edgefield County, Georgia; died 1827 in Lincoln County, Georgia.He married Sarah Scott.
Britton Mims, born June 22, 1769; died September 8, 1833 August County, Georgia. He married Mary Ann Edwards February 5,1799 Edgefield Co., South Carolina
Livingston Mims, born Abt. 1773 in North Carolina; died 1816, he married Martha "Patsy" Perrin, daughter of William C. Perrin.
Mary Ridley Mims, born Abt. 1775 Edgefield, South Carolina, married in 1798 John A. Gray, Jr.
Tignall Mims, born Abt 1777 Edgefield County, South Carolina; died November 3, 1826 in Edgefield County, South Carolina.He married Nancy Tillman
Matthew Mims, born June 16, 1780 in Edgefield County, South Carolina, he married Elizabeth TuttDecember 20, 1808 Edgefield County, South Carolina.Died October 6, 1848.
Drury Mims, Jr. was born January 16, 1783 in Edgefield County, South Carolina (Source: Linwood Cemetery, Tombstone.), and died June 18, 1858 in Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama. He married Charlesey Edwards 1806 in Edgefield County, South Carolina, daughter of Charles Edwards and Letitia Martin.She was born March 25, 1788 in Edgefield County, South Carolina (Source: Linwood Cemetery, Tombstone.), and died October 8, 1854 in Columbus, Muscogee County.
The following deeds in 1770 and 1772 provide proof of Drury’s relationship to his father Joseph:
Pg. 86, April 3, 1770 Chatham County, North Carolina - Cape Fear area –Joseph Minns (Mims) of Orange Co., to Joseph Mims of same for ... and more especially for the Love...etc. that I Joseph Mims Planter of Orange Co., hold and bear to my son Joseph Mims of the same. 100 acres, land was an original grant from the Lord Proprietors, in the county of Craven on the N. fork of Cape Fare/Fear River. signed by Joseph Mims and Susannah Mims, both signed using an x.
Sept. 28, 1772 Drury Mims and Lidda his wife of JOHNSTON Co., NC, sell to John Avent of Chatham Co., 95 acres, for 60 pds., in the county of ORANGE on the N. side of Cape Fear River, joining Cheeks line. Drury Mims signs and Lydia Mims signs with an "x". The witnesses were Joseph Avent and Robert Mims.
Edgefield County Historical Society. (1951) The Mims Families of Edgefield. SCL: 929.2 Ed3m. Photos of old homes. Drury Mims noted as one of the founders of Edgefield. (JR)
Lydia's last child was born in 1783 giving her an estimated birth year of 1741.This would place her at the age of 42 when her last child was born.
The Jones family came from Virginia, and settled in NC on Crab Tree Creek, 12 miles from present day Raleigh, NC. He owned land on Swift Creek in Johnston Co., Jacket Swamp in Edgecombe Co., and Crabtree Creek in Wake Co., NC. It is believed that Albridgton and Mary lived in that part of Edgecombe Co. that later became Halifax Co. Mary Ridley was the third child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Day) Ridley, born abt 1706. She married Francis Jones. He was a nephew of her stepfather, Matthew Jones. Francis and Mary (Ridley) Jones lived on a 200 acre plantation acquired from Nathaniel Jones on the N. side of the W. prong of the Cypress Swamp in Nottaway Parish, Isle of Wight Co., VA. They sold the land in 1740 and moved to Edgecombe Co., NC where he received a land grant in 1744. Francis Jones died in Edgecombe by Aug. of 1755.
Francis Jones, father of Lydia Jones, died in Edgecombe by Aug. of 1755. He mentioned thirteen children in his will, but the order of their birth is not certain according to North Carolina Colonial Records, vol. 4, p. 710.His wife Mary Tignal was born ABT 1703, and married ABT 1720.If Mary Tignal had her first child in 1721 at age 18, her last child would have been born in 1745 at age 42, this appears to be a reasonable spread for childbearing years.This would indicate that Lydia could have been born anywhere from 1721 to 1745.
Mary Jones b: Abt 1721 in Mulberry Island, Warwick, Virginia
Nathaniel Jones b: Abt 1723 in Of, Wake, North Carolina
John Jones b: Abt 1725 in Of, Wake, North Carolina
Judith Jones b: Abt 1727
Matthew Jones b: Abt 1729 in Of, Halifax, North Carolina
Francis Jones b: Abt 1731 in Of, Wake, North Carolina
Tignal Jones b: 1733 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina
Lucy Jones b: Abt 1735 in Of, Wake, North Carolina
Elizabeth"Betsy" Day Jones b: Abt 1737 in Of, Wake, North Carolina
Albridgton Jones b: Abt 1739 in , Johnston, North Carolina
Lydia Jones b: Abt. 1741 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina
Ridley Jones b: Abt 1743 in North Carolina
Jemima Jones b: Abt 1745 in North Carolina
WILL OF FRANCIS JONES
Abstracts of North Carolina Wills by Bradley 1750-1755
Francis Jones 14 Jan 1750 O Aug Ct 1755 (before Jos Montfort) of Edgcombe Co. "weak of body"
Sons Nathaniel & Tingnall - land on Crabtree Creek in Johnston Co.
Son-in-law John Cutler to run a line through my land on Crabtree Creek in Johnston Co. for land & 1 part to him & 1 part to my son John.
Son Matthew - land on Swift Creek in Johnston Co & 5, Va.
Son Francis - land on Jackit Swmp in Edgecombe Co at age 18.
Wife Mary - use of where I live during her lifetime & then to my son Francis.
Son Albridgton - 25, Va.
Daughter Judith Wilson - negro girl Judith already given her.
Daughter Marry Cutler - negro boy Rodger already given her.
Daughter Lucy Jones - negro girl Homer already given her.
Wife Mary - negro women Nan & Phillis.
Rest of my estate to my wife & my children Nathanial, Tingnall, John, Matthew, Albridgton, Betteday, Lydia, Ridley, Jemima, & Francis Jones.
Ex: wife Mary Jones, son Nathanial Jones
Wit: Thos Wiggins, Francis Drake
Samual Walker 02 August 1800 SC Edgefield Land description Edgefield Deed Book 18 pp. 510-513. Drury Mims to Livingston Mims 240 acres on Shaw Creek. Adj. Samuel Walker, James Barrentine, David Burk, Rice Swearington, Abigal Jones. Surveyed for Drury Mims. Edgefield Deeds Book 18 Jones, Barrentine, Swearington, were neighbors of Ezekial, Joseph, and Hezekiah Walker in the 1790 Census Wells, Carol 122 neighbors land.
Samuel Walker (a neighbor of Drury Mims), one of the early residents of Edgefield, South Carolina, fought beside his neighbors and other American patriots at the Revolutionary Battle of Stono, South Carolina, in June 1779.
Edgefield Co SC Abstracts of Deed Books 1-12, Hendrix. Deed Book 11: 1794-1795, p 234-236. 7 Jun 1794: Samuel Mays, Sheriff of Edgefield Co SC. Wit: Jonathan Moore, Briton Mims.
Edgefield Co, SC, Minutes of the County Court 1785-1796, Brent H. Holcomb, So. Hist. Press, 1979: p 33(60): The Court met according to adjournment at the house of Drury Mims near the County Goal the 6th of January 1787.Present the worshipful Arthur Simkins, Hugh Middleton, John Moore, Esq.
The children of Drury and Lydia Jones Mims were: John, David, Britton, Livingston, Matthew, Drury, Tignal, Winnie, Ridley and Lydia. John married Mary Gray, daughter of John A. Gray. David married Sara Scott, Britton married Mary Ann Edwards, Livingston married Martha Perrin, daughter of William C. Perrin, Drury Mims Jr. married Charlesey Edwards and moved to Alabama, Tignal married Nancy Tillman of Edgefield, no children, he died in 1826. Winnie married Henry Ware, Lydia married John Moss and moved to Washington, Georgia. This information was taken from an address by Gen L.G. Merritt at the Edgefield Historical Society June 29, 1951.
From "Leaves from the Mims Family Tree, Sam Mims, March 1961 - "At the annual meeting of the Edgefield County Historical Society on June 29, 1951 Drury and his wife, Lydia Jones Mims, were ably represented by one of their descendants - Major General Lewis Griffith Merritt.He related a sad episode in the life of Drury, who lived through the hectic days of the American Revolution.Having shot and killed a Tory horse thief, Drury was tried, convicted and sentenced to be hanged.
"Here I think should be related the story of one of the real heroines of the Revolutionary period.Remember, at this time the county was still a wilderness with many hostile Indians and ruffians and with practically no trails and roads.It is the story of devotion of Lydia Jones Mims to her husband who was facing death on the gallows.The seat of government was then at Charleston, so Lydia, unescorted, rode to Charleston to plead with the Governor for Drury's life.On arrival she found that the Governor had gone to Beaufort.Without hesitation she changed horses and rode eighty miles to Beaufort, obtained an audience with the Governor and won a full pardon for her beloved husband.Edgefield was still a part of Ninety-Six District where the seat of Government was located.Lydia rode there and arrived a few days before Drury was to die."
He received 287 1/2 acres on bounty for his Revolutionary services in Washington County, Ga., Sept. 22, 1784 but he never left Edgefield County, S. C.
Drury Mims will was signed and dated 13 May 1817. It was probated in the Probate Court, Edgefield Cty, SC on 11 Nov 1818. It is 3 pages long and starts on Page 9, Will Book "C", Edgefield Cty, SC.
"I, Drury Mims, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind. First I will & desire is that all my just debts be paid. I give unto my beloved wife Lydia Mims 5 shillings sterling, I also lend her during her natural life or widowhood the plantation whereon I now live with all my household & kitchen furniture, tools of every kind, two negroes, viz Old Jim & his wife Olive & my stock of cattle, hogs & horses, land. At my wife's death or marriage it is my will & desire that all the property loaned to my beloved wife except the desk, cupboard, the 3 beds & furniture, wagon & gear & cotton gin to be sold and the money to be equally divided between my son Mathew Mims & my daughter Ridley Gray. I give unto my son John Mims 5 shillings. I give unto my son David Mims 5 shillings. I give unto my son Briton Mims 5 shillings. I give unto the children of my son Livingston Mims deceased 5 shillings to be divided among them to share & share alike. I give unto my son Mathew Mims negroes Little Dicie & Hampton, one feather bed & furniture and one tract of land lying on the waters of Beaverdam Creek bound on the north by John Oliphant's land & on the east by Wallry's land & on the south by John Mims' land & on the west by land given to my son Matthew Mims by deed. I give unto my son Drury Mims after the death of his mother the plantation whereon I now live lying between the Big Branch & Rays Creek being part of the tract of 211 acres, also negroes viz Big Jim & his wife Olive & Cilea, one desk & cupboard, the wagon & cotton gin & one rifle gun. I give to my son Tingnell Mims all my land not disposed of lying on Rays Creek, bound by lands of John Mims, Matthew Mims, Elias Blackburn, Watties & Drury Mims & my silver watch. I give unto the children of my daughter Winney Ware deceased 5 shillings to be divided among them. I give unto my daughter Ridley Gray 5 shillings, I also lend to her during her natural life a negro woman named Lettis & two feather beds and furniture and at her death the said negro with her increase to be sold & the money equally divided amongst her children. I give unto my daughter Lydia Moss 5 shillings, also negroes Anney & her children, also Hannah & her children & at her death the negroes to be sold and the money divided equally amonst her heirs." [no executor named] Witnesses: John S. Jeter, Levie Rardin, Richard H. Tutt. Signed Drury Mims.
10-107: 25 July (blank year), Joseph Tucker Bell, planter, to Drury Mims, planter, both of Edgefield Co. SC, £150, 550 acres, being two tracts: (1) 100 acres granted 1 Sept. 1768 to John Sneed in Granville Co. SC near lick fork of Cedar Creek of Savannah River who conveyed 25 Jan. 1771 to George Strothers who by will dated 16 Sept. 1772 appointed his friend John Hopkins sole exec. to sell and dispose of the property; (2) 450 acres granted 8 Feb. 1773 to Solomon Peters on Cedar Creek of Savannah River adj. N. by John Snead & Thomas Ray; W. by Snead, Ray & John Spencer's, David Duncan; S. by Duncan & Colonel Barnard; whereas Solomon Peters conveyed 9 Oct. 1773 to John Hopkins and whereas was conveyed 8 June 1775 to Benjamin Bell, who made bonds and obligations to make title to Drury Mims but Benjamin Bell died intestate before title could be made, and the lands descended to Joseph Tucker Bell, heir at law of said lands. Plat certified by William Coursey, 19 July 1790, /s/ Joseph T. Bell; wit. David Mims, Henry Ware Jr. who swore by oath 11 Dec. 1790
Tombstone Inscription:DRURY MIMS SOUTH CAROLINA PVT INFANTRY REV WAR 1730-1818
9.Winnifred “Winnie”7 Mims (Drury6, Joseph5, Lional4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born January 11, 1760 in Goochland Co.She married on December 14, 1783 in Goochland Co. Henry Ware, Jr. born December 16, 1756 in Caroline Co., VA, son of Henry Ware, Sr. and Martha Garrett.She died December 14, 1812 in Lincoln County, Georgia.
Children of Winnifred “Winnie" Mims and Henry Ware, Jr. are:
John Mims Ware, b. 29 Feb 1788 Edgefield Co., SC d. 18 Aug 1838 Heard Co., GA m. Lucy Sturdivant on 11 May 1811.
James Anthony Ware, b. 26 Feb 1785 m. Mary "Polly" Mims.
Britton Ware, b. 15 Dec 1786
David Ware, b. 22 May 1793
Sarah “Sallie” Ware b. 23 Apr 1790
Lucy Ware b. 18 Dec 1791 Edgefield Co., SC d. 15 Dec 1831 Pike Co., GA m. George W. Turrentine on 4 Jan 1821.
The will of Henry Ware, Jr. shows him as Henry Ware, Sr., this may be due to him assuming the title of Sr. after his father's death.
Last Will and Testament of Henry Ware, Jr.
Written 16 Nov 1807
Lincoln County, Georgia
State of Georgia - In the name of God amen, I Henry Ware, Senr. of the county of Lincoln and state aforesaid being at present in a low andfeeble state of health, but of a perfect sound mind and memory do make and constitute this my last will andtestament revolting and disannuling allothers by me heretofore made.First it is my will and desire that all my just debts be first paid.Secondly that all the remaining part of my estate both real and personal I give wholly and soley to my dear and well beloved wife Winey Ware during her life, but at her death to be equally divided among my dear and well beloved children as follows:James, John, Sally, David, Lucy and Britton.But until the death of my dear and well beloved wife Winey Ware, it is my will and desire that she has the management and feesimple right to all my estate both real and personal and if she wishes or feels disposed at any time, to give to any of mywell beloved children any part of the estate she is at liberty to do so.But it is my will and desire that it be first valued by three disinterested persons and what they say to be the value of said property to be set down against suchchild or children that received it as that much received out of their part of the estate.But no gift of this kind made to any of my children by my dear wife shall extend to in real value to more than what they are actually entitledto by an equal division of the estate.And it is further my will and desire that my dear and well beloved wife Winey Ware and my beloved son James Ware and Shadrack Mims do act and serve as my lawful executors to my estate andfor my dear children.In testemony whereas I have here unto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hunderd and seven.Signed and sealed and acknowledged by thepresence of us.Signed:Henry WareWitnesses: Robert Paul,William Fuqua, Henry Isham, Herman Kennon.In Lincoln Co., GA Will Book D, Pages 1 and2.
Henry’s wrote his will on 16 Nov 1807 and probate commenced in Jan 1808 at Lincoln Co. GA; an appraisal of his estate was recorded on 4 Feb 1808. Probate on his will continued until Feb 1815. William Harper recorded the last entry in his records on 17 Jul 1816. Included in his files is record of a payment to a man “for part of the deceased wife’s coffin”; this payment may have been for his deceased wife Winnie’s coffin; this last entry also pays the taxes on Henry’s estate for the years 1814 and 1815. James Ware, his son, was Executor of Henry’s will.