Sim Family of Scotland History
Duncan Monroe Sim and Elizabeth Gormley
Duncan was born August 29, 1874, in Clydebank, Old Fitzpatrick, Scotland.
His parents were James (#3) Sim and Mary Kennedy.
He was the fourth born of 10 children. At the time of his birth his father was working at the Thomson Shipyard in Clydebank. His father had been recruited to come to the Thomsson yard because he was a journeyman shipfitter. Being a journeyman he and his family were entitled to live in the tenement house owned by the yard. This was where he was born. After the yard closed, the famous tenement house was finally torn down around 1995 and is now a park.
According to Margaretta, it is believed that Duncan Monro was the first to emigrate to the United States around 1888. The story is that at the age of 14 he came over with his aunt Margaret Monroe and her husband. Duncan stayed in Philadelphia, but Margaret and her husband eventually went on to Baltimore, Maryland. Duncan went to work on a tug boat. His parents and the rest of the family came to the U.S. in 1890.
According to the Michigan census of 1894, Duncan is list as living in Bay City, Michigan with the other members of his family. They were all working in a shipyard in Saganaw, Michigan.
Duncan returned to Philadelphia. He then began working in shipyards as a shipfitter.
Duncan Monroe Sim married Elizabeth M. Gormley in 1898.
They had four children:
James Monro Sim, born October 12,
1900, in Philadelphia
The reason that John was born in Newport News is that was where his father Duncan was working. In those days the shipbuilders followed the ships. When the ship they were working on was finished, they moved on to another yard to get work.
The 1910 United States Census
records show Duncan and his entire family living with the Gormly family at 2804 E. Norris St.,
Philadelphia, with his Father-in-Law:
In 1918 Duncan registered for the military draft. At the time he was 43, living at 2542 Dauphin St., Philadelphia, and working as a shipfitter at Cramps & Son Shipyard. This shipyard was down the end of Norris St., a few blocks away.
In 1920 the following were living at
2542 Dauphin St.
In 1930 the following were listed
again at 2542 Dauphin St., Philadelphia.
Elizabeth died at age 49 on July 2, 1932 and is buried at the New Cathedral cemetery, in Philadelphia.
In 1941, Duncan was working at the Kensington Ship & Drydock, in Philadelphia.
Duncan worked in many of the shipyards around Philadelphia, he even worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War Two. He was around 72 at that time. He was living at 1306 Berks St. in Philadelphia. His height was 5' 1" and he weighed 130 lbs.
Duncan was killed in a fall on March 27, 1950, at the house on Dauphin St., and is buried at the New Cathedral cemetery (on Tioga Avenue) in Philadelphia.