John M. Mims1,2,3

ID# 14437, (1840 - 1888)
FatherDavis Russer Mims4,5 (abt 1810 - )
MotherElizabeth Van Swearingen Cresap6 (1817 - bef 1850)

Key Events:

Birth: 29 Apr 1840, Kentucky7,8,9
Marriage: Margaret Makinro Warren, 26 Dec 1866, Red River Co., Texas10,11,12
Marriage: Elizabeth [surname unknown], 13 Feb 1876, Logan Co., Arkansas13,14
Death: 12 Mar 18887,15
Burial: Caulksville Cemetery, Caulksville, Logan Co., Arkansas16

Spouse:Margaret Makinro Warren (22 Dec 1847 - 29 Dec 1873)
     Children:

Spouse:Elizabeth [surname unknown] (11 Apr 1855 - 1 Jun 1938)
     Children:

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

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     John M. Mims was born on 29 Apr 1840 in Kentucky.7,8,9
     His mother died before 1850, when John was about 10 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
     John and his brothers Byron and Linah 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 enlisted as a 3rd lieutenant, was promoted 1 Oct 1861 to 2nd lieutenant, and on 3 Mar 1862 to 1st lieutenant. He served until the Battle of Shiloh and was discharged 16 May 1862.25,26
     John and his brother Linah enlisted again 7 Jul 1862, at Roseville, Arkansas, in Company K, 1st Regiment Arkansas Cavalry. John enlisted as a 1st sergeant.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
     John and his brother Linah both moved to Texas after the War.32
     John married first Margaret Makinro Warren, daughter of James F. Warren and Emily Harris, on 26 Dec 1866 in Red River Co., Texas.10,11,12
     After their marriage John returned with his wife to Arkansas. They first lived in Buckhorn, where he had lived before the war, which is now known as St. James.21 Their first son was born en route, at Ft. Smith.32
     John and Margaret and their young son moved down the river shortly after the death of their daughter, Marcella. According to local lore, the child had so enchanged the neighbors that when the town of Hesstown was renamed after the Civil War it was named for her.33 John and Margaret appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Ozark, Franklin Co., Arkansas, enumerated 28 Jul 1870. Their son Oscar was listed as living with them, as was Mary Neleton, age 30, a housekeeper.34
     His wife died on 29 Dec 1873.35,36
     John married second Elizabeth [surname unknown] on 13 Feb 1876 in Logan Co., Arkansas.13,14
     John and Elizabeth appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Six Mile Twp., Logan Co., Arkansas, enumerated 6 Jul 1880. Their daughter Emma and Sagie and his children Oscar by his prior marriage were listed as living with them.3
     John reported his occupation as a farmer in 1860, presumably working on his father's farm. He became a clerk in a dry goods store after the War. He identified himself as a dry goods merchant in 1880.37,38,39
     John died on 12 Mar 1888 at age 47.7,15 He was buried in Caulksville Cemetery, Caulksville, Logan Co., Arkansas.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.40,41,42,32,43,44

Citations

  1. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky, shows name as John H. Mims.
  2. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows name as John M Mims.
  3. [S982] John M. Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas.
  4. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  5. [S4057] Caldwell Co. tax lists,, 1845, pg 3:12, shows Davis had two children age 5 to 16.
  6. [S225] I assume Elizabeth is the mother of John, since it appears that Davis was his father, and she and Davis were married shortly before John's birth.
  7. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 49894833, J. M. Mims, shows date and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  8. [S569] M. M. Tyler household, 1850 U.S. Census, Trigg Co., Kentucky, shows age 9, and state.
  9. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows age 20 and state.
  10. [S1202] "Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002," Ancestry.com, record for John M. Mims and Margaret M. Warren, shows date, county, and state.
  11. [S1972] Glass, "Descendants of John M. Mims", shows date, county, and state.
  12. [S3455] James Mims household, 1870 U.S. Census, Franklin Co., Arkansas, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  13. [S5091] Elizabeth Mims, Confederate Pension Records, 27 Jul 1909, Arkansas History Commission, Questionnaire, 18 Feb 1932, shows date, county, and state.
  14. [S982] John M. Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows married.
  15. [S5091] Elizabeth Mims, Confederate Pension Records, 27 Jul 1909, Arkansas History Commission, Widows's Application for Pension, shows date.
  16. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 49894833, J. M. 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. [S5091] Elizabeth Mims, Confederate Pension Records, 27 Jul 1909, Arkansas History Commission, Widows's Application for Pension, shows unit, and discharge 1 May 1865; Proof of Service by Linah Mims and D. R. Mims 9 Feb 1909 and by D. R. Mims 6 Mar 1909, show unit and dates of services as 10 Jun 1861 to Battle of Shiloh.
  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. [S7498] Hardison, "Re: Mims - LaFerry Family in your Ancestry tree," e-mail to author, 1 Jul 2017, citing interview with man now age 105 whose family lived next to the family.
  34. [S3455] James Mims household, 1870 U.S. Census, Franklin Co., Arkansas.
  35. [S3456] Arkansas Archives, online, Mildred Collins Wasser, "Sewell (Roseville) Cemetery - Logan County, Arkansas," 14 Jun 1998, stone for Maggie Mims, shows date.
  36. [S1972] Glass, "Descendants of John M. Mims", shows circa 1872.
  37. [S980] Davis R. Mims household, 1860 U.S. Census, Independence Co., Arkansas, shows occupation as farmer.
  38. [S3455] James Mims household, 1870 U.S. Census, Franklin Co., Arkansas, shows occupation as clerk in D. G. store.
  39. [S982] John M. Mims household, 1880 U.S. Census, Logan Co., Arkansas, shows occupation as "Dry G Mch."
  40. [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.
  41. [S5089] Robert Marsellas Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows father as Davis Russer Mims, mother as Lizzie Chisterfer.
  42. [S2073] Linah Mims, Standard Certificate of Death, shows father as John Mims, and mother's maiden namea as ----- Cobb.
  43. [S2003] John Mims Family Bible.
  44. [S736] Cresap and Cresap, History of the Cresaps.
  45. [S7498] Hardison, "Re: Mims - LaFerry Family in your Ancestry tree," e-mail to author, 1 Jul 2017, citing interview with man now age 105 whose family lived next to the family in Buckhorn.
  46. [S1972] Glass, "Descendants of John M. Mims."
  47. [S3455] James Mims household, 1870 U.S. Census, Franklin Co., Arkansas, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  48. [S3456] Arkansas Archives, online, Mildred Collins Wasser, "Sewell (Roseville) Cemetery - Logan County, Arkansas," 14 Jun 1998, stone for Dora Mims, appears with stone for Maggie, in area near where the family appears in the 1870 census.