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Rev Temple Sims Williams

posted 6 Dec 2017, 13:11 by James SW

A friend recently visited St Mary’s Church Thorncombe and found Temple’s photo on the notice board! See attached photo... 

Rev Temple Sims Williams

Stoker Grimes of the RMS Titanic

posted 9 Jan 2014, 00:04 by James SW   [ updated 9 Jan 2014, 00:06 ]

A good new years tale as shown in the below:
This story is mentioned in "Guy's Tales of the SWs" - but he did not have
the cutting - so missed some details.
It reads:-
At 386
On one occasion before the Kaiser's War the Sims Williams children found
down on the Back Strand at Murvagh, a bottle which had been washed up there
by the tide and which apparently had a piece of paper in it.  The children
took the bottle home with them to Murvagh and it was found to contain a
piece of paper on which was written (in pencil?) the following message; “Our
ship, Titanic, sinking.  Please inform Mrs. Blank of Blank Street,
 Liverpool”, or words to that effect.  Frederick Sims Williams wrote a
letter to “The Times” reporting this find.  His letter was printed there,
but there was a footnote by their Shipping or Liverpool correspondent, that
he had made enquiries, that Blank Street had been demolished some few years
previously and that there was no record of any seamen on board of that name.
So that the family was left with the fact that it was not possible to say,
but that, perhaps the whole thing was a hoax.  Elsie Sims Williams rescued
the original piece of paper and had it in a Family Album.

Anja had a look on the crew list but...
Had a bit of a look for him. If he used his real name then he was not a stoker/fireman or in fact any of the crew members on the Titanic.
So it was a hoax, however if I was Peepa, I will have reported it as he will have had no knowledge on the name or address.

80th anniversary of the Surname SIMS WILLIAMS

posted 31 Dec 2012, 01:58 by James SW   [ updated 31 Dec 2012, 02:00 ]

From Tim SW : As I was looking through Uncle Guy's Pedigree, I noticed that the deed poll by which Temple, Hugh, Guy and Michael Sims Williams changed their surname from Williams to Sims Williams was made on 20 December 1932 and that therefore with all the other special dates in 2012, our family name has been going for 80 year tomorrow.  The Sims came from the need for the Frederick Williams' to have a different name from just Williams in chambers and Peepa chose Sims after his friend Mr Sims who was the Chief Inspector of Customs in London
Looking through Uncle Hugh's photograph albums, the best one I could find were the attached photos taken in 1962.Some of you may remember that in later days, whenever they were together a photo was taken.
With only Temple and Michael producing boys, there are now about 31 Sims Williams' inc 10 wives with 2 more next year!
Congratulations and may the tribe continue to flourish


posted 24 Sep 2010, 01:46 by James SW

Just spotted this link to the origins of Sims Williams in the London Gazette.

a Lieutenant, R.N., and MICHAEL VERNON SIMS SIMS WILLIAMS, Esquire, all of The Grange, Windlesham ...

follow this link for the rest of the story London Gazette.

North Ward Cosy Eco Cottage

posted 26 Jan 2010, 14:36 by James SW

As you may know Jon's family has a cottage in the Tamar Valley in Devon. The cottage has just been completely refurbished and made ecological (ground source heat pump, and lots and lots of insulation and double glazing). It is as a result warm as toast and ready to rent!
It would be great if you fancied renting it or recommending it to friends. Price varies according to season and it sleeps seven. Do have a look at the new website!!

Sub Lieut.Leofric T.S.Williams R.N.

posted 22 Feb 2009, 04:39 by James SW   [ updated 1 Nov 2009, 12:38 ]

A link to another family's website detailing the Ship that Temple served on in 1919.


posted 22 Dec 2008, 03:02 by James SW

Happy Christmas and all the best for 2009


posted 2 Aug 2008, 05:22 by James SW

There is a new arrival in the family. She's grown up quite a bit since this photo was taken!


posted 30 Jul 2008, 07:33 by James SW   [ updated 2 Aug 2008, 05:12 ]

Welcome to the new SW website

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