Sim Family of Scotland History

 

James Sim (#3)

James (#3) Sim was born in 1842.  His parents were James #2 Sim and Elizabeth Rhind

Scottish census records of 1860 show that James (#3) Sim, at the age of 18, was a ploughman (farmer, probably a farm hand as there is no record of him owing land).

He married Mary Kennedy, December 25, 1863, in Kirkhill, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland.


Possibly James and Mary
Photo found taken at Port Heron, Michigan
Found in a Sim bible

(I have information that James and Mary had ten children, but another relative reports that they had another son named Edward.  She also adds that Edward was a dwarf, and when he died he donated his body to the John Hopkins Hospital so that they may do research to find out why he was born that way.  There is also mention of a Pauline, born in Scotland, but again I can find no information about her.  I have also found information on the web as to another James Sim who married a Mary Kennedy, and I believe some of the history of this family has spilled over into our family.  Any information of Edward and Pauline, or any other children is much appreciated.)

Children of James #3 and Mary:

    1.  John B. Sim, born February 10, 1864 in Moray, Duffus, Scotland
    2. James Sim Jr. #4, born April 12, 1866 in Urquhart, Scotland
    3. William (Billie) Ryan Sim, born April 7, 1872, in Govan, Lanark, Scotland (Glasgow area)
    4. Duncan Monro Sim, born August 29, 1874, in Clydebank, Old Fitzpatrick, Scotland.
    5. Andrew Sim, born 1877, probably in Clydebank, Scotland
    6. Robert Sim, born April 14, 1879, probably in Clydebank, Scotland
    7. Mary Sim, born 1871 in Scotland, probably Clydebank
    8. Elizabeth (Betty or Bessie) Sim, born May 15, 1883, probably in Clydebank, Scotland
    9. George Thompson Sim, born July 7, 1885 in Clydebank, Scotland
   10. Allen Kennedy Sim, born November 14, 1888 in Scotland
Click on any of the names above for further family history.

Sometime between 1860 and 1871, James (#3), went to work in one of the small shipyards along the coast of the North Sea.  There were a number of small yards making fishing boats in Lossiemouth, which is only about ten miles from either Duffus or Urquhart.

In 1870, the J. & G. Thomson Shipbuilding Company of Glasgow, Scotland, had to move their yard in the Glasgow area, so they purchased some land on the west side of Glasgow, on the north side of the Clyde River, to build a very large shipyard.  At the time, the Thomson yard had many contracts to build a number of large ships.  Because of this, there was a need for shipyard workers and since James #3 was a journeyman shipwright he was probably recruited to work at the new shipyard.  He left the Highlands and moved to Clydebank (as the area was named later), with his family around 1871.  They lived at 12 Clydebank Terrace, now Glasgow Road.  This was a tenement house for Journeyman who worked for the Thompson yard.  The tenement house was called "Tamson's Toon" (Thomson Town) by the workers.  It was actually two building and was next to the entrance to the yard.  It was at this address that Duncan Monro was born in 1874.  For pictures of the shipyard and the tenement house click on J. & G. Thomson Shipbuilding Company.

It is believed that Duncan Monro was the first to emigrate to the United States.  The story is that at the age of 14 he came over with his aunt Margaret Moneoe 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.

A year of two later, probably in 1890, James (#3) Sim, and the remainder of the family came to the United States.  It is not known what ship they came on, or when or where they arrived in the U.S. 

The following was taken from the Detroit City Directory from 1890:
James A. Sim, working for the MCRR and living at 281 17th St.
Mary Sim, working at a nurse and living at 316 Warren St.
William A. Sim, working as a lithographer and living at 581 15th St.
James Sim, 281 17th St.
There is no Andrew, but there is a Angus, working as a helper and then as a tinner, living at the same address as James, 281 17th St.
(I do not believe this is our family, but just in case it is I am listing it here.)

According to Rose Baran (a decendent of William Ryan) the family came over in 1890 and went to Bay City, Michigan.  Bay City is right next to Saginaw, Michigan, where there was a shipyard.

According to the Bay City, City Directories I found the following:

1892-1893
James (#3) Sim, fitter (shipfitter), resides 501 Smith St. 
Andrew, laborer, boards 501 Smith St.
Mrs. Clellie Sim (wife of William Ryan), boards 503 Lincoln St.
John, laborer, boards 501 Smith St.

1895
William, fitter, boards 503 Smith St.

1896
James (#3), fitter, resides 1111 Lewis
James (#4) Jr., steel worker, resides 305 Lincoln
John (#1), laborer, boards 1111 Lewis
Robert (#1), helper, boards 1111 Lewis
William (#1), fitter, resides 305 Lincoln

1897
James (#3), fitter, resides 1111 Lewis
James (#4)Jr., fitter, boards 1111 Lewis
Andrew, fitter, boards 1111 Lewis
Elizabeth, clerk, boards 1111 Lewis
John (#1), laborer, boards 1111 Lewis
Mary, boards 1111 Lewis
Robert (#1), helper, boards 1111 Lewis
William (#1), fitter, boards 1111 Lewis
William (#1), fitter, boards 503 Lincoln  (It looks like they found William at home at both places)

1899
James (#3), removed to Philadelphia, Pa.
James (#4)Jr., removed to Bath, Maine
Andrew, fitter, resides 503 Marston
Elizabeth, boards 503 Marston
John (#1), removed to Baltimore, Maryland
Mary, boards, 503 Marston
Robert (#1), boilermaker, boards 503 Marston
William (#1), fitter, resides 501 Lincoln

1900
Robert (#1), boilermaker, resides 202 Smith
William (#1), removed to Philadelphia, Pa.

No further records were found in Bay City.  One more thing, years ago, my aunt Margaretta told me that James #3 was killed by a train in Bay City, Michigan.  I could not find any Sim in any death records of Bay City between 1890 and 1910.  The directory above also states that he moved to Philadelphia.

1900 U.S. Census records lists the following living at 2522 Gordon St., Philadelphia.
James (#3) Sim
James (#4) Sim, Son
Mary Sim, Daughter in Law (Probably the wife of James #4)
Bessie Sim, (Probably Elizabeth Sim), Daughter
For some reason, Mary Kennedy Sim, wife of James (#3) Sim is not listed at this address.

It is believed that James (#3) and Mary are buried in a cemetery in Bay City, Michigan, across from Visitation church.  This could be either Oak Ridge or the Visitation church cemetery.  The latter is very much neglected and many were moved from there to Calvary in Kawkalin during the 1950s.  Donald Crispien, who supplied us with this information, is going to check on this.

Please click on the above names to follow the decendents of this family.

It is believed that James and Mary are buried in a cemetery in Bay City, Michigan, across from Visitation church.  This could be either Oak Ridge or the Visitation church cemetery.  The latter is very much neglected and many were moved from there to Calvary in Kawkalin during the 1950s.  Donald Crispien, who supplied us with this information, is going to check on this.

 

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