Notes for Brigade Major James SIMONS

Family Bible photo with his death entry is attached. Children are listed in family bible.

The South Carolina Gazette and Successors (1732-1801).
Marriage Notices Excerpts 1780 - 1789
Married: Thursday evening Mr. James Simons, merchant, to Miss Sarah Dewar, youngest daughter of the deceased Mr. Charles Dewar, merchant. (Thursday, January 15, 1784.)
Gen. Marion to Col. Peter Horry

January 10, 1782.


You will take the command of my Brigade until I return. You will keep the guards at Cainhoy and Fogartie's; their orders is to prevent any boats or persons from going to or from town without a written pass from me or yourself. Such persons who have already had my pass to get out goods for the army must be permitted to pass and re-pass for that purpose, and the goods brought up you receive and send over Santee to Mr. Joseph Legare. You will not permit any men to have leave of absence without they are relieved or served two months. You will endeavor to cover this part of the country as much as possible, and may remove to my place from which you may get subsistence and forage. Col. Maham's corps will be ordered to Mepkin to remain there until my further orders. I think in a few days you may remove to my old quarters at Comingtee, and get your forage for the Brigade from the other side of the river at ; but that position may only be taken when the forage about this neighborhood is expended. I expect Mr. Lockwood will send out some goods for me, and I have given Lieut. James Simons a permit to send boats to town to get out goods; whatever you can get for soldier's clothing you will embrace by all means. Serg't. Mathew Smith has a small command at Goose Creek, and is to remain to give us intelligence and prevent women and others from going in town; his orders is to take all their horses and send them back on foot. I wish you to send him four men; Philips' Schooner has my passport to come up to with Mrs. Pinckney, Mrs. Sinkler, and Doughty, with their goods, and the vessel to return. You will let me know every occurrence per express. I am,

Your obedient servant,

F. MARION, Brig. Gen. Militia

(No. 237 From Documentary History of the American Revolution, by Gibbes, Volume 3, pp. 228-229)
Doc ID: Gibbes, v. 3, p. 228a
Col. Motte to Capt. Simons
[Horry MS.]

Governor's Quarters, September 7, 1782.

Dear Sir:

I received yours of this date, enclosing Capt. Giles' declaration. I remember perfectly well that you and an officer of the Pennsylvania line (his name I do not recollect) had a long and warm conversation respecting the resignation of the officers of Col. Lee's corps, at Mr. Thomas Waring's; but I do not recollect particulars. This much I can say, that I did not hear you make use of any expressions reflecting on those gentlemen for their conduct, than that you thought Major Rudolph was wrong, or to that effect, in giving as reasons for his resignation that he was tired of the service. On the contrary, that you knew them well, had served with them, and loved some of them as brothers; and I am sure, whilst I was present, the gentlemen of the Pennsylvania line did not make use of the words scoundrel or rascal to youso far from it, that I never thought offence had been taken at anything that had passed that day.

I am, dear sir, your most obedient servant,


(From Documentary History of the American Revolution, by Gibbes, Volume 2, p. 223)
Doc ID: Gibbes, v. 2, p. 223
Date: 9/07/1782

Capt. in Mayham's Reg. Light Dragoons. Eutaw flag bearer, Wounded at Cowpens and Eutaw.

1839 Letter from Peter Hagner, Auditor, Treasury Department states that James was paid as Brigade Major from Dec 1782 to April 1782 (SC Historical Society)

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Ola Cook Timmons, Captain John Timmons and his Descendants by Kathy Dodge Loyd, H. F. Prioleau, Happy Heritage by Cannon,
Sermons in Stone by Jason Cockfield, Minute Books of the Hebron Baptist Church, Our Kin by Bernice McCutcheon,
Three Rivers Historical Society, Old Darlington District Genealogy Chapter,
Berkeley County Historical Society, Huguenot Settlers in North America, and the US Census.

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