About the Project
Most Nims families are descendants of Godfrey Nims who appears to have taken the name Nims after arriving in the American Colonies about 1660. His origin is unknown but he is believed to have been born in England or France about 1650. The most compelling theory is that he was born Godfray Nymm, near London about 1648. How he arrived in America at such a young age (about 12-15 years old) without his parents is still a mystery.
Other Nims families unrelated to Godfrey Nims arrived in the United States from Germany (Prussia) in the 1800s.
How to Join
To participate in the Nims Name Study do the following:
- Add the Nims Name Study sticker to your profile. Copy the following code into your profile anywhere below the == Biography == line.
- Add yourself to the Researchers, Nims Name Study category. This will identify yourself to fellow genealogists interested in Researching the Nims family. Copy the following code into your profile just above the == Biography == line.
- [[Category:Researchers, Nims Name Study]]
- Post a comment' at the bottom of this page to discuss the Nims family or introduce yourself to the group.
- Contact the project leader Brian Baker or other researchers using the [send private message] links on their profiles.
Each of the Team/Research pages is also setup as a separate category.
- John Line - Descendants of John Nims
- Thankful Line - Descendants of Thankful (Nims) Munn
- Ebenezer Line - Descendants of Ebenezer Nims
- Abigail Line - Descendants of Marie-Elizabeth (Nims) Raizenne
This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Nims surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.
Goals vary from genealogist to genealogist. As more people join this study and bring new ideas our goals will likely change with them.
- Complete the Nims family tree as much as possible so that family members new to WikiTree will be able to find their place in history easily and quickly.
- Properly source profiles. Ideally, all profiles will have primary sources (original birth, death or marriage documents, etc.). See the Source help and Source Style Guide.
- Profiles in need of a manager: Nims Profile Orphans
- Profiles that need connecting to the main tree: Unconnected Nims Profiles
- Nims profiles that are not yet connected to the Nims family tree (Please add/remove as necessary):
- Samuel Nims (abt.1756-)
- Joshua Nims (abt.1782-)
- Mary Nims (1786-1854)
- Simon Juda Nims (bef.1838-aft.1854)
- Nancy Eliza Nims (1845-)
- Mason Adams Nims (1845-1921)
- Imogene (Nims) Reynolds (abt.1857-abt.1916)
- Clark Ruel Nims (1881-1958)
- Edna (Nims) Porter (abt.1885-)
- Walter Palmer Nims (1886-1975)
- Elihu Beonona Nims (1888-1959)
- Eileen (Nims) Fullington
- Josephine Nims
- Sheldon, George. A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts (E.A. Hall & Co., Greenfield, Mass., 1895)
- Oathout, Susan S. The Nims Family: Seven Generations of Descendents from Godfrey Nims (Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1990)
- The Nims Family Association, Non-profit Domestic Corporation (https://www.nimsfamily.com/ : Accessed 8 Jun 2019)
- The Internet Archive (https://archive.org/)
- Vital records of Deerfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850
- Vital Records of Conway, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass. 1943.
- Vital Records of Greenfield, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass. 1915.
- Vital Records of Heath, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass. 1915.
- A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts (1636-1886), George Sheldon, Deerfield, Mass. 1895.
- The story of Godfrey Nims, as read to the Nims family association, at Deerfield, Massachusetts, on August 13, 1914.
- History of the Town of Sullivan, New Hampshire 1777-1917, Rev. J. L. Seward, D. D. Vol. I.
- History of the Town of Sullivan, New Hampshire 1777-1917, Rev. J. L. Seward, D. D. Vol. II.
- True Stories of New England Captives, C. Alice Baker, Cambridge, 1897.
- The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield, Mary P. Wells Smith, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, 1996.
- Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield, Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney, University of Mass. Press, Amherst and Boston. 1969.
- A list of genealogy books about other families
- More genealogy books
- List of On-line book resources from Kitty's Library
- WikiTree Profiles that use this source
This is my first One Name Study and I came into it having no idea what to do or how to to do it. Please bear with me as I figure it out...
I may make mistakes. If you find one, please let me know.