Sim Family of Scotland History
John Duncan Sim
John Duncan Sim was born July 5, 1903, in Newport News, Virginia. The family was living there because shipyard workers followed the ships rather than working at the same place for life. His parents were Duncan Monro Sim and Elizabeth Gormly.
He was originally named Duncan Monro Sim, Jr. but this was changed right after his birth. All his life he was known as "Dick."
In 1910, Dick, his parents, their entire family were living with Grandfather Bernard Gormley at 2804 E. Norris St., Philadelphia.
In 1917, at the age of around 14 Dick joined the U.S. Army to serve during the First World War. His mother came and got him because he was under aged and he returned home. About a year later he rejoined the Army, again underage, but this time his mother left him there. After basic training he was sent to France, but arrived there right as the war ended in 1919. He was a prisoner guard and guarded German prisoners.
The United States Census records for 1920 show Dick, a soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. The records show his age to be 19, but he was only about 17.
In 1923, he married Regina Difenberger, who was born?, in Pennsylvania, and they had one son:
William Duncan Sim, born June 9, 1924.
They divorced ?
Pop once told me that during the 1920s he drove a truck for some bootleggers.
In 1930, the Census records show the
In 193?, John married Helen Lawrie Fallows. They had three children:
John worked as a shipfitter, mostly at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. He retired from there after 30 years.
In 1965 John weighed 165 lbs. and was 5' 5" tall. He had brown hair and blue eyes.
John and Helen divorced around 1965, but remarried later.
John died in 1979 in Mobile,
Alabama, where he was living with his son William. He was buried at the
Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.