Sims Family Generations
The Sims family story is described by generation, starting with
our "Brickwall"; the parents of Robert Sims, of Dover, in Kent,
Robert Sims is the first generation of which we have clear
evdence. He died in Dover in 1789 and left a widow, Sarah (nee
Robert and Sarah had three children; James, Elizabeth and
Robert. A James Sims married Jane
Castleman and lived in Plumstead. We think this is the same
James Sims, but proof is elusive. They had three boys;
Ebenezer William, Henry and
Ebenezer William married Francis Warren and they moved to Van
Dieman's Land, now Tasmania.
James John Sims married
Elizabeth Chammings. The couple had seven children before he
died prematuely at age 38. Elizabeth returned to Devon where she
James John and Elizabeth's oldest son was
Ebenezer Edwin Sims. He married
twice and had a total of eight children.
Their fifth child Montague Sydney Sims
married Emma Lucy Cullen and they had four boys;
Donald, Jack and Sydney.
Jack had a son, Andrew and he is
this site's editor.
Leonard Sims, age 20½ months, with his mother and grandmother
Leonard Edward Montague Sims was the first of four sons for
and Emma Lucy Sims. He was born at 25 Ridley Road, Rochester
on February 10, 1909.
As a child, Leonard attended the local Church of England School
in Rochester, and went to the Sunday School, probably at Rochester
Cathedral, since it was very close by. He was a Boy Scout and
went to the usual camps. He took piano lessons, but without
exhibiting any notable talent in that direction.
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pure and spotless let us be...
Leonard would have been about ten when the family left Rochester
to move to Southboro. There, until he was at least fourteen, he sang in the church choir.
At age 19, while still at school, Leonard suffered from a long illness and eventually
died on September 5, 1928. He died, at home at Southview, Powder
Mill Lane, Southbro, Kent. The cause of death was listed as (i)
asthenia and amyloid degeneration of the bowel and liver and (ii)
Pulmonary Tuberculosis heated after artificial pneumothoris in
March. This may have followed from an accident in the chemistry lab
His death was a shattering blow to his
parents. While his mother worked hard to help the family, and
particularly her husband, overcome the grief, Monty was never the
Leonard Sims, age 17