It was Sunday August 30, 1936 under the sign of Virgo that Jerry J Sims was born. Franklin D Roosevelt (Democratic) is president and the Second World War is only a few years away. Joseph David "Joe" Sims and Mary Gladys "Gladys" Dickey my parents had been married just over a year and a half. They received two acres of land and a building in "Zipp City" a place about 12 miles east of Dallas (3 mile east of Pleasant Grove). This was a wedding present received the summer before I was born. Daddy began the process of moving the building that was to become our house. November 2, 1936, a nice warm day, it was ready—the three of us moved into our new home. A one-room house, mother had bought a bedroom suite and a table planning for her future and daddy bought a wood stove so we were all set. The wood stove was hookup and ready but daddy said he would wait until the next day to cut wood for the stove. November 3rd came in with a real surprise—it snowed that night, the ground was cover with snow—mother and I stayed in bed while daddy cut wood and built a fire to warm the house. Yes, grew up in a one-room house.
Thanks to the US Navy, I spent a year in San Diego going to school studying electronics and computers and three years traveling—Japan, Hong Kong, Philippians, New Zealand, Australia, and a few other places. After the navy, in 1960, I met and married an exceptional woman we raised her two children both grew up as Sims. My job required us to move to various shipyards and navy bases around the states we move to New York City in 1970. We made that into a wonderful life. We owned a farm in Michigan (almost 300 acres of land) and a two-bedroom co-op apartment on the 9th floor in NY City. We owned and operated a shop that sold gourmet cookware and published a cookbook for Cusinart Food Processor. I worked on computers in NYC until 1979.
After our divorce in 1979, I moved to Dallas where I completed degrees at the University of Texas at Dallas and studied art and automotive technology at the Community Colleges.
My interest in genealogy began in the late 1990's when a friend knocked on the door with copies of a letter written by Viola Hunt and other details about Sims. She had spent the day at the Nicholas P Sims Library in Waxahachie doing genealogy research. She had just enough Sims info and my sister had a letter written to aunt Mozelle, that letter describe a little bit about our family. Just enough to ignite a genealogy fire. Yes, I have been lucky to have a very good friend who is always willing to help with research. I must say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU!
I think about my own journey of life. Yes, the iceman that came in back door to put ice in the Ice Box, we did not have electricity. We got electricity in the 40's. Hershel Wright dug our cistern using a shovel—100% by hand. The bathroom was located in a small build call the outhouse. No we were not poor that was life.
My paternal grandparents died over 30 years before I was born. My great grandfather possible probably lost an arm in the civil war. What did my ancestors do? Who were they? I would like to convey my belief in the importance of knowing….
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