25 May 1971
MEMO TO Bob; James
SUBJECT, William Sims
FROM Bob Steinbach
With reference to your memo regarding in-
formation concerning William Sims, a search of all
available documentary sources indicates that William
Sims was a native of Scotland, he was married and
had one son at the time he resided in St. Augustine,
He owned four (4) negroes and lived in a borrowed
house on south St. George St. across the street
from the present convent.
We have no specific information as to his
point of origin in the northern colonies, if in fact
he was ever there. There is also some doubt as to
whether he ever practices his craft in St. Augustine
as the census normally will give this information
and in Sims' case there is no specific mention of
his conducting a business.
There is the possibility that Sims im-
migrated directly from Scotland to East Florida.