Unique history part of upcoming family reunion
By Bobby Lee McCulley | June 26, 2017 7:16 am
On July 4, 2017, a family reunion for all of the descendants of Eli Simms/Sims and Rachel Townsend will take place at the Old Zion Pavilion, at 1168 Old Kentucky Rd., in White County.
The organizers of the family reunion, Lynn Holloway and Gail Sims, are hoping to reunite the many descendants of one of White County’s oldest families.
Eli Simms/Sims, who was born on Feb. 1, 1776, in Ireland, moved to America and ultimately married Rachel Townsend, in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Dec. 26, 1806. Between the years of 1808 and 1810, Eli and Rachel Simms/Sims moved from Knoxville and settled in White County, Tennessee.
An accomplished carpenter and mason, Eli Simms/Sims built what is believed to be the first brick house in White County. He served the community in many capacities, including being a public servant, justice of the peace, county treasurer, and a chairman of the White County Court.
Having 12 children, nine of which had large families of their own, has created numerous descendants, many of whom still live in White County and the surrounding area.
The family wishes to invite any descendant of Eli and Rachel Simms/Sims to attend the reunion, beginning at 11 a.m., July 4, 2017, at the Old Zion Pavilion, 1168 Old Kentucky Rd. Families are encouraged to bring a covered dish, including serving utensils and drinks for the family.
Enjoy reminiscing about the old times, along with potentially meeting some relatives for the first time.
For more information about the reunion, contact Gail Sims, at (931) 319-9323, or Lynn Holloway, at (931) 808-4434.