George W. Sims, farmer, was born in Franklin County, February 18, 1843. His father, William, was born in Kentucky, July 10, 1803, and reared chiefly in Tennessee, where he married Sarah J. Parrish, of Jackson County. Of their eight sons and three daughters, six died in 1854 of typhoid fever. The father was a farmer, and came to Franklin County, Ill., in 1835. He was an earnest Democrat, and died in 1860: The mother, born in Georgia, July 16, 1803, is now living with our subject in her eighty-fourth year. George W. was reared on the farm, and educated in the common schools. August 13, 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Tenth Illinois Infantry, under Col. Casey, and was at Murfreesboro, Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, and through the entire Georgia campaign, including the battle of Jonesboro. He was captured at Woodbury, Tenn., by Morgan's men but soon paroled. He
served through the entire war, and was discharged June 23, 1865. January 19, 1862, he married Anna E., daughter of Ralph Rogers, a native of Jackson County, Tenn. Their children are Lillie Bell, William T. and George M. His wife was born in Franklin County November 18, 1840. Our subject is a Democrat and Mason, and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church. He has a fine farm of eighty acres fifteen miles southwest of Benton.