James W. Sims was born in 1817, in New Jersey.
James married New York native Mary Lewis (1817-1870) and they had at least four children: Emma (1844-1921, Mrs. Konkle), James Larie (1848-1866), Emily Arvilla (b. 1850) and William L. (1853-1885).
By 1846 James and his wife had settled in Michigan, and by 1850 James was working as a magistrate and living with his wife and children in Plainfield, Kent County. In 1860 he was working as a lawyer and living with his wife and four children in Plainfield.
James was 44 years old and probably living in Kent County when he enlisted in (but was never mustered into service) in the 3rd Michigan.
Instead, James enlisted in Company F, 14th Michigan Infantry on December 17, 1861, at Grand Rapids, and was mustered on January 7, 1862. He was a hospital attendant from June through August, in September he was assigned to the hospital at Tuscambia, Alabama as of August 29, 1862, and he was at Tuscambia in October. In January of 1863 James was detached to the hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee through April of 1863.
He died of disease at Nashville, Tennessee, on February 28, 1864. His body was apparently returned to Michigan and he was buried in Plainfield cemetery, Kent County: 1-52.
In May of 1864 his widow Mary applied for and received a pension (no. 28687). She is buried in Plainfield cemetery, Kent County: 1-52-4.
|Family plot it's likley that the father James W. is buried in the open space next to his wife Mary|