William Gilmore Simms

William Gilmore Simms

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William Gilmore Simms

William Gilmore Simms

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WILLIAM GILMORE, SIMMS was born at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 7th of April, 1806. His father, who bore the same name, emigrated to Charleston shortly after the Revolution, from the little town of Larne, in the north of Ireland. He was a mere youth at the time of his coming; and he may have accompanied some one of his brothers, three of whom are known to have sought homes in the new world. Of these Matthew and Eli settled in Tennessee, where they lived long lives and left descendants. James, the third brother, settled in Lancaster District, South Carolina, and was the only one of his uncles, indeed of his father's kinsmen, that the subject of these pages ever saw. He made some impression upon his young nephew by his extreme ugliness, his eternal smiles, and his constant kindness, from which characteristics, and from other facts, it may be inferred that he was an old bachelor.

Little is known of the early life of William Gil more Simms . . .

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