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Collection Number: 04238-z

Collection Title: Sims Family Papers, 1854-1922.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 38 items
Abstract Francis E. Moody Sims (circa 1845-circa 1912) of Lenoir, N.C., and, later, Charlotte, N.C., attended Davenport Female College in Lenoir, graduating in 1866. She was supported at the college by her paternal uncle, Marcus D. L. Moody and later married James Monroe Sims. The collection is primarily correspondence, 1864-1869, of Francis E. Moody Sims. Some of these letters, written while Sims was a student at Davenport Female College in Lenoir, were addressed to or received from an uncle, Marcus D. L. Moody, who lived in Charlotte; they concern Sims's studies and teachers and local and family news. Other letters concern marriage plans and family news and were exchanged with James Monroe Sims (1840-1922), whom Francis E. Moody married in 1869. Additional material includes scattered Moody family correspondence and Sims family financial records.
Creator Sims family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Sims Family Papers, #4238-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Pauline Wearn of Chapel Hill, N.C., June 1980.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Francis E. Moody Sims (circa 1845-circa 1912) of Lenoir, N.C., and, later, Charlotte, N.C., attended Davenport Female College in Lenoir, graduating in 1866. She was supported at the college by her paternal uncle, Marcus D. L. Moody and later married James Monroe Sims.

Marcus D. L. Moody (circa 1826-1869) owned and operated a store in Charlotte, N.C., in the years just before the Civil War. During the war he served as a private in Company I, 37th North Carolina Regiment.

James Monroe Sims (1840-1922) was at one time a clerk in the Charlotte store of Marcus D. L. Moody and married Francis E. Moody in 1869. He served as a quartermaster sergeant of Company A, 11th North Carolina Regiment in the Civil War. After the war Sims operated a grocery store in the Dilworth section of Charlotte until a few years before his death. He was involved in the Presbyterian church and in Confederate veterans' affairs.

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The collection is primarily correspondence, 1864-1869, of Francis E. Moody Sims. Some of these letters, written while Sims was a student at Davenport Female College in Lenoir, were addressed to or received from her uncle, Marcus D. L. Moody, who lived in Charlotte, N.C.; they concern Sims's studies and teachers and local and family news. Other letters concern marriage plans and family news and were exchanged with James Monroe Sims. Additional material includes scattered Moody family correspondence and Sims family financial records.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1854-1876.

28 items.

Primarily letters between Francis E. Moody and Marcus D. L. Moody and between Francis E. Moody Sims and James Monroe Sims. Nine of the letters were written by Francis while at Davenport College, 1863-1866, to her uncle in Charlotte, N.C., discussing her studies, teachers, and local and family news. One letter of advice to her from Marcus Moody is included as is one letter from A. G. Stacy, the college president, itemizing semester expenses. There are also nine letters between Francis E. Moody Sims and James Monroe Sims in which they discuss marriage plans, local and family news. Other correspondence consists of two letters to his father from James Monroe Sims while at Hart Island Prison, N.Y., May-June 1865; letters to Marcus D. L. Moody from his brother, Robert H. Moody , and one from his father; and two brief notes, 1863, to Marcus D. L. Moody regarding Confederate payments and supplies.

Folder 1

Original finding aid #04238-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1854-1876." Folder 1

1854-1876 #04238-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1854-1876." Folder 1

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10 items.

Items include Francis E. Moody's graduation essay and a tribute to James Monroe Sims. Other material includes tax receipts and a poem, apparently by Francis E. Moody.

Folder 2

Miscellaneous items #04238-z, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Material, 1866-1922." Folder 2

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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