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Will of John Sims, 1836

There were 4 Sims wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) in the period 1809 to 1849 and to get a fuller picture the other three need examining. However, this is a start...

Abstract of will

I John Sims of Old Brentford ... carpenter and builder ... now of the Running Horses

... I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Sarah Sims all such worldly estate ... amongst our children ... I appoint her sole executrix

... dated 26th November 1835

... witnessed by John ATKINSON and Sarah SIMS junior

... proved at London on 2nd January 1836 ... by the oath of Sarah SIMS widow

The testator

John SIMS died before the 1841 census and his will does not name his children, so it will be necessary to look at parish register entries to establish his descendants.

The 1841 census of Brentford includes John SIMS, carpenter aged 30 (ie 30 to 34), living at 2 Albany Place West, Brentford in 1841: it is tempting to assume he is the son as he has the same trade as the testator. There is also a Charles Sims, wharfinger, living in Boars Head Yard, Brentford in 1841. He is 57 and could be a brother to the testator John (he is probably too old to be his child).

There are some further details of the SIMS family under the Tayler family. Top

The witnesses & executrix

John ATKINSON: Holden's 1811 directory for London includes a John ATKINSON, special pleader, at 1 Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn, London; there were no John Atkinsons recorded in Brentford in the 1841 census

Sarah SIMS: a PCC will of Sarah SIMS, widow of Old Brentford, was proved in early 1837 and this seems likely to be John's wife.

John's will suggests he had a daughter Sarah SIMS. I have not found a Sarah SIM, SIMS, SIMM or SIMMS living in Brentford in 1841 and there is a death registration of a Sarah Emma SIMS in Brentford in 1838, suggesting his daughter died the year after her mother.

How to see this will in full

A copy of the original will can be downloaded from The National Archives Documents Online service, or it can be viewed free of charge by visiting TNA at Kew.