Linah C. Mims1,2,3

ID# 13346, (1842 - 1927)
FatherDavis Russer Mims4 (abt 1810 - )
MotherElizabeth Van Swearingen Cresap5 (1817 - bef 1850)

Key Events:

Birth: 30 Oct 1842, Ballard Co., Kentucky6,7,8
Marriage: Susan Elizabeth Howe, 17 Dec 1871, Cass Co., Texas9,10,11
Death: 17 Nov 1927, Brea, Orange Co., California12,13,14
Burial: 23 Nov 1927, Douglassville Cemetery, Douglassville, Cass Co., Texas15,16

Spouse:Susan Elizabeth Howe (26 Dec 1852 - 9 May 1899)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
AncestryThe Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Linah C. Mims was born on 30 Oct 1842 in Ballard Co., Kentucky.6,7,8
     His mother died before 1850, when Linah was about 8 years old.17,18,19 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Trigg Co., Kentucky, in the household of Marcus Marcellus Tyler and Sarah Jane Mims, his father's sister and her husband.20
     He moved to St. James, Arkansas, with his father before 1860.21 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Franklin Twp., Independence Co., Arkansas, in the household of his father.22
     Linah and his brothers Byron and John enlisted in the Company C, 7th Arkansas Infantry 26 Jul 1861, at Camp Shaver, near Pocahontas, Arkansas, for twelve month's service.23,24,25 He was a private. He was discharged 14 Dec 1861 based on disability. He was suffering from chronic bronchitis, and had been unfit for duty for 40 days.24,26
     Linah and his brother John enlisted again 7 Jul 1862, at Roseville, Arkansas, in Company K, 1st Regiment Arkansas Cavalry. Linah enlisted as a private.27,28,29 Both he and his brother were absent without leave from Sep 1863 until 28 Jan 1864. John's rank was reduced to private on his return.30,31
     Linah and his brother John both moved to Texas after the War.32
     Linah married Susan Elizabeth Howe, daughter of William J. Howe and Celia Adline Harp, on 17 Dec 1871 in Cass Co., Texas.9,10,11
     Linah and Susan appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Cass Co., Texas, enumerated 22 Jun 1880. Their children Otho, Robert and Linah were listed as living with them.33
     Linah and Susan moved their familiy to Moore Co., in the northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle, in May 1892. They moved there for her health, as she had been very sickly in Cass Co. and the pure dry air there was supposed to help, and apparently did at least to a degree.34,35
     His wife died on 9 May 1899 in Dumas, Texas.36,37,38 Linah moved to Nolan Co. with his teenage son Ralph shortly afterwards.39 Linah appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Sweetwater, Nolan Co., Texas, enumerated 7 Jun 1900, reporting that he rented his home. His son Ralph was listed as living with him.40
     Linah reported his occupation as a farmer in 1860, presumably working on his father's farm. He became a dry goods merchant by 1880. His dry goods store evidently included a post office, as he is shown as postmaster of the Douglassville post office, in Cass Co., Texas in 1881. He is reported as receiving compensation of $79.58 for that position, presumably annually.41,42,43 He became a boat maker by 1900.44
     Linah appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Sweetwater, Nolan Co., Texas, in the household of his son Ralph and his wife, Maggie Arena Bradford.45
     Linah and his brother Robert appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Atlanta, Cass Co., Texas, enumerated 6 Jan 1920.46
     Linah died on 17 Nov 1927 in Brea, Orange Co., California, at age 85, at the home of his son Robert, while visiting.12,13,14 He was buried on 23 Nov 1927 in Douglassville Cemetery, Douglassville, Cass Co., Texas.15,16
     
Research Note, 16 Nov 2014:

I have placed Byron, John, Linah, Robert and Davis as sons of Davis Mims and Elizabeth Van Swearingen despite some conflicting evidence. They appear in the 1860 census with Davis. Apparently after Elizabeth had died the three older boys were with Sarah Jane (Mims) Tyler, Davis's sister, and her husband in 1850. The two younger were with Lawson Cash and Mariah Beck, relationship not yet identified. Robert's death certificate, for which Linah was the informant, shows Davis as his father and his mother as Lizzie Chisterfer. There is no evidence of anyone by that surname in Caldwell Co. at the time, so I conclude that is simply in error. Linah's death certificate, for which his son Robert was informant, claims Linah's father was John Mims, and his mother's surname was Cobb. Jan Davis, a descendant of John, reports a family tradition that the boys were the sons of John H. Mims and Caroline Hanson Cresap. That is clearly not correct, as their eight children are documented by two reliable sources, which do not include any of these four boys.47,48,49,32,50,51

Citations

  1. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 75274526,Linah C. Mims, includes tombstone photo showing same.
  2. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky, shows name as Linah Mims.
  3. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, 0.
  4. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  5. [S225] I assume Elizabeth is the mother of Linah, since it appears that Davis was his father, and she is the only known wife of Davis.
  6. [S2073] Linah Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows date.
  7. [S5085] Linah Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas, Certificate of Disability for Discharge, shows age 19 at discharge 14 Dec 1861, county, and state.
  8. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky, shows age 7, and state.
  9. [S1202] "Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002," Ancestry.com, record for L. Mims and Susan Howe, shows date and county.
  10. [S7540] Starling, The Dixon Harp and Allied Families, 1763-1993, pg 257, shows date.
  11. [S981] Linah Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Cass Co., Texas, shows married.
  12. [S2073] Linah Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows date, city, and county.
  13. [S4443] "California Death Index, 1905-1939," Ancestry.com, record for Linah Mims, shows date, county, and state.
  14. [S7550] L. Mins obituary, The Citizens Journal, shows died Friday last week, in Los Angeles at home of son while visiting.
  15. [S2073] Linah Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows date and cemetery.
  16. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 75274526,Linah C. Mims, includes tombstone photo.
  17. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky, shows Bryon, John, and Linah in the household.
  18. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, G:358, shows her husband appointed constable 19 Mar 18949; and G:387, shows him resigned as constable 20 Aug 1849.
  19. [S1822] Lawson Cash household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows Robert and Davis in the household.
  20. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky.
  21. [S7498] Hardison, "Re: Mims - LaFerry Family in your Ancestry tree," e-mail to author, 1 Jul 2017, shows location they lived, citing interview with man now age 105 whose family lived next to them. In email same subject 2 Jul 2017 explains present name of community.
  22. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas.
  23. [S5083] Bryon O. Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas.
  24. [S5085] Linah Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas.
  25. [S5084] John M. Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas.
  26. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 75274526,Linah C. Mims, includes photo of military tombstone showing rank and unit.
  27. [S3271] Linah Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas, card for company muster roll 7 Jul 1862 - 30 Apr 1863, shows enlistment and rank.
  28. [S7494] John M. Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas, card for company muster roll 7 Jul 1862 - 30 Apr 1863, shows enlistment and rank.
  29. [S1041] "U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006," Ancestry.com, record for Linah C. Mims, shows served as private.
  30. [S3271] Linah Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas, card for company muster roll Jan & Feb 1864, shows rank and absence.
  31. [S7494] John M. Mims, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Arkansas, card for company muster roll Jan & Feb 1864, shows absense and drop in rank.
  32. [S5082] Davis, in "Robert MIMS b. 1763 KY," listserve message 29 Jun 2003.
  33. [S981] Linah Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Cass Co., Texas.
  34. [S7540] Starling, The Dixon Harp and Allied Families, 1763-1993, pg 257, includes transcript of letter 1 Jun 1892 including mention of the move.
  35. [S7535] "Pioneer Plains Leatherworker Began on XIT," Amarillo Daily News, 11 Aug 1944, shows Robert moved to Moore Co. at age 14.
  36. [S7540] Starling, The Dixon Harp and Allied Families, 1763-1993, pg 257, shows date, town, and state.
  37. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 75274490, Susan E. Howe Mims, shows date, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  38. [S1205] Linah Mims household, 1900 U.S. Census, Nolan Co., Texas, shows her husband as widowed.
  39. [S5081] Ralph Tyler Mims, Certificate of Death, shows he has lived there 59 years.
  40. [S1205] Linah Mims household, 1900 U.S. Census, Nolan Co., Texas.
  41. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows occupation as farmer.
  42. [S981] Linah Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Cass Co., Texas, shows occupation as dry goods merchant.
  43. [S4043] Official Register of the United States 1881, vol II, pg 541.
  44. [S1205] Linah Mims household, 1900 U.S. Census, Nolan Co., Texas, shows occupation as boat maker.
  45. [S7500] Ralph T. Minns household, 1910 U.S. Census, Nolan Co., Texas.
  46. [S1206] Lina Mims household, 1920 U.S. Census, Cass Co., Texas.
  47. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows Davis with Bryon, John, Linah, Robert, and Davis Jr., apparently living as father and sons.
  48. [S5089] Robert Marsellas Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows father as Davis Russer Mims, mother as Lizzie Chisterfer.
  49. [S2073] Linah Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows father as John Mims, and mother's maiden namea as ----- Cobb.
  50. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible.
  51. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps.
  52. [S7550] L. Mins obituary, The Citizens Journal.
  53. [S5080] Otho William Mims, Standard Certificate of Death.
  54. [S2074] Robert Emmett Mims, Standard Certificate of Death.
  55. [S3227] Linah Mims, Jr., World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, shows closest relative as Linah Mims, Sr.
  56. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 85822240, Claude Davis Mims, shows the boy as buried next to his wife.
  57. [S5081] Ralph Tyler Mims, Certificate of Death.