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William Dillwyn Sims

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William Dillwyn Sims (1825-1895) of Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies

Nephew of Charles May

1825 July 7th. Born the son of John Sims and his wife Lydia nee Dillwyn, in London. John and Lydia were married on 16 April 1823 at Friends Meeting House at Winchmorehill, (Winchmore Hill). Lydia was a daughter of William Davenport Dillwyn (1743-1824) and Sarah Weston.

Lydia's sister Ann married Richard Dykes Alexander. [1] The couple cared for William when his parents died whilst he was still young.

The family were Quakers.

1851 Living at St. Matthew Street, Ipswich (age 25 born London), Iron Founder. He is in the house of Richard D. Alexander (age 62), a retired banker and RDA is his uncle. Others in household. [2]

1855 September 13th. Married at Tottenham to Eliza Curtis May the daughter of Edward Curtis May of Tottenham and Caroline (nee Hooper). [3]

1857 Announcement about an enclosure of land [4]

1861 Living at Maybush Lodging House, Felixstowe (age 35 born London), Agricultural Implement Maker in the firm of Ransomes and Sims. With wife Eliza Sims (age 34 born Tottenham) and brother-in-law George Alexander (age 46), a retired banker and his couson Margaret Sims (age 35) [5]

1871 with wife at Bruce Grove, Tottenham, Middx. gives occupation as Manufacturer of Agricultural Implements - Visiting Edward Curtis May and Caroline (nee Hooper).

1881 Living at St. Matthew Street, Ipswich (age 55 born London), Retired Engineer. With wife Eliza (age) and children Lydia (age 22), Anna Oliva (age 20), John Dillwyn (age 18), Engineer Pupil, and Caroline May (age 17). Also his nephew Edward Ernest May (age 23 born Tottenham), an Architect. Plus two visitors (including a Temperance Lecturer from the USA) and four servants. [6]

1884 Exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club.

1891 Living at 75 St. Matthew's Street, Ipswich (age 65 born London), Retired Ironfounder Engineer and Manufacturer of Agricultural Implements. With wfe Eliza (age 64 born Tottenham) and children Lydia (age 32), Anna O. (age 30) and Caroline M. (age 27). Also a visitor and three servants. [7]

1895 March 7th. Died at St. Matthew's, Ipswich age 69. [8]

1895 November. Will (written in 1882). Mentions his wife Eliza Sims; son John Dillwyn Sims; Samuel Alexander, a baker of Ipswich; John Green Hine of Nottingham; cousin Sarah Ann Clarke; cousin Lydia Burt Alexander the wife of Frederick Alexander; cousin Janet Bowles; cousin Jane Sims; late cousin Walter May and his three children. Leaves his money in Ransomes provided any two of Robert Charles Ransome, James Edward Ransome and John Jefferies remain involved with the business. [9] [10]

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Sources of Information

  1. Family member
  2. 1851 Census
  3. The Ipswich Journal, Saturday, September 15, 1855
  4. The Ipswich Journal, Saturday, July 4, 1857
  5. 1861 Census
  6. 1881 census
  7. 1891 Census
  8. The Morning Post, Monday, March 11, 1895
  9. The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Standard, Tuesday, November 05, 1895
  10. The Ipswich Journal, Saturday, November 9, 1895