N. N. SIMS, the gentleman whose name introduces this biography, was born in Bartholomew County, Ind., on the 20th of February, 1833, son of William P. and Mary A. C. (Murphey) Sims, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. Paternally, the Sims family were Scotch, while the subject's mother was descended from English ancestry. William P. Sims was by occupation a butcher, in which business he accumulated a handsome competence. He died a number of years ago, and lies beside his wife in the cemetery at Edinburg. Mr. and Mrs. Sims were the parents of eleven children, of whom these are living, viz.: J. L., W. P., John F., Christian P., Palmyra and Mary. N. N. Sims' first practical experience in life was as a railroader, having been engaged for some time as fireman and locomotive engineer with the J., M. & I company. Later he engaged in the produce business at Edinburg, and for a period of three years served as city marshal. He was proprietor of a meat market for twelve years, and in 1886, began dealing in poultry, a business which proved quite remunerative. In addition to his business career, Mr. Sims has a military record of which he feels deservedly proud, having responded to his country's call, in 1860, by enlisting in Co. C, Twenty-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he shared the fortunes and vicissitudes of the war for three years. He was with his regiment in many of the bloodiest battles of the eastern campaign, including Gettysburg, and earned the reputation of a brave and gallant soldier. He was honorably discharged in September, 1864. Mr. Sims was married October 1, 1854, to Miss Emily Huff, of Johnson County, Ind., by whom he had five children, namely: William D., Louis A., Edward B., Jerome H. and Alvarado (deceased). Mrs. Sims died in the year 18__. Mr. Sims subsequently married a half-sister of his first wife, to-wit: Miss Mary Danver, who has borne him two children, both deceased. In his various business enterprises Mr. Sims has been quite successful, his property at this time representing a value of over $20,000. He has done a great deal to advance the material interests of Edinburg, and is justly considered one of the city's leading citizens.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.