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Edna (Sims) McGriff (abt. 1860 - abt. 1933)

Edna McGriff formerly Sims aka Thomas
Born about in Georgia, United Statesmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 6 Nov 1884 in Gadsden, Florida, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Cora Wade's Home at 972 Cypress Street, Pasadena, Californiamap
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US Black Heritage Project
Edna (Sims) McGriff is a part of US Black heritage.

By 1878 she had first married to Monroe THOMAS and their children included:

  1. THOMAS Mary, b.Dec 1878
  2. THOMAS Burton, b. Mar 1882 [1] [2]
  3. THOMAS Maggie, b. Nov 1883 +YOUNG.

In 1884 she next married to Washington McGRIFF and their children included:

  1. McGRIFF Gus, b.Aug 1885 d.1941
  2. McGRIFF William, b.04 Apr 1888 d.18 Dec 1957
  3. McGRIFF Mallie, b.02 Sep 1889 d.21 May 1968 m.21 Nov 1909 Jerry ROBINSON, b.Mar 1889
  4. McGRIFF Elizabeth, b.Feb 1891
  5. McGRIFF Coral, b. Aug 1894 d.Jul 1972 m. Samuel WADE, b. Dec 1896 d.21 Aug 1960
  6. McGRIFF Bud, b.Feb 1896
  7. McGRIFF Bashie, b.Nov 1896
  8. McGRIFF Ellie, b.Feb 1898
  9. McGRIFF Edkin, b. Feb 1899
  10. McGRIFF Paul, b.13 Apr 1903 d.16 Dec 1964.

Research Notes

Possibly her parents here, living in Decatur County?

1870 USA Census of Georgia, FamilySearch, FHL #545,645, NARAM593, p2, family 7, (all born in GA) with:
40 Simes Henry, race: mulatto
36 Simes Lucy, race: black, wife
15 Simes Charles
13 Simes Ella
11 Simes Ann
09 Simes Edney, b.1861, race: black
08 Simes Andrew
07 Simes Mary
05 Simes Bell
03 Simes Bryan
<1 Simes Mainer (male)
63 Lasiter Rose.


  1. "Jackie Robinson, A Biography" by Arnold Rampersad.
  2. USA Social Security Applications and Claims Index 1936-2007 for son Burton THOMAS, race: black b.07 Mar 1882 Cairo, Cady County, Georgia (father: Munrow Thomas & mother: Edna Sims) ss#565168790; Jan 1937.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Edney Simes in household of Henry Simes, Georgia, United States; citing p. 2, family 7, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,645.
  • 1880 USA Census of Harrison, Decatur County, Georgia; available at FamilySearch or citing FHL #1,254,143 NARA #T9_0143 ed #17, sheet 211D, dwelling #176 with:
28 THOMAS Monroe, b.1852 FL FL/FL, race: black, occ: farm labor
24 THOMAS Edney, b.1856 GA GA/GA, race: mulatto, occ: farm labor, wife
02 THOMAS Mary L., b.1878 GA, race: mulatto, daughter.
  • 1900 USA Census of Militia District 576, Duncanville, Thomas, Georgia; FHL #1,240,224, NARA T623, ed 84, sheet 2B, family 47, FamilySearch accessed 2 May 2017 for Eduin McGuff in household of Nash McGuff.
  • 1910 Census of Duncanville, Grady, Georgia, FHL #1,374,202, NARA T624_189, ed 90, sheet 4B, family 53, FamilySearch accessed 2 May 2017 for Edna McGriff in household of Washington McGriff.
  • 1920 Census of Duncanville, Grady, Georgia, FHL #1,820,257, NARA T625_257, ed 77, sheet 11A, line 20, family 203, FamilySearch accessed 2 May 2017 for Edna McGriff in household of Washington McGriff
  • 1930 USA Census of Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, FHL #2,339,903, NARA T626_168, ed 1205, sheet 3A, line 2, family 61, FamilySearch accessed 2 May 2017 for Edna Mcgriff in household of Jessie M. Robinson.
  • "California Death Index, 1905-1939," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 June 2015), Edna McGriff, 1933; citing 38506, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento, CA.
  • "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1962," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 October 2016), Edna Sims in entry for William Mcgriff, 18 Dec 1957; citing Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort; FHL #1,709,312.
  • Rampersand, Arnold. Jackie Robinson: A Biography. New York, New York: Ballantine, 1997. p. 25.

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