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Memorable Manitobans: James Randolph Hartley Simms (1869-1934)

Educator, lawyer.

Born at Knowlesville, New Brunswick on 3 September 1869, son of Frederick W. Simms and Ellen G., he took teacher training and worked locally by the 1890s. He resided at South Knowlesville and married Ida May Shaw (1875-1915) on 30 June 1894. They had four children: Mary Ethel Simms, Frederick Webster Simms, Dorothy Annie Simms (1904-?), and Eldon Franklin Simms. Following Ida’s death in 1915, he remarried on 31 May 1916 to Charlotte Beatrice Battitude (c1888-1937). Via this second marriage he inherited a step-daughter, Beatrice Battitude [Simms] (c1909-?), along with another daughter, Beryl Anita Simms (1917-?, wife of Mr. Fast). Around 1920, he moved his family to Manitoba and was Principal of Kane School (1921) and Whitemouth School (1924-1925). He later worked as a lawyer and returned to Bath, New Brunswick where he died on 3 August 1934.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, New Brunswick Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Obituary Winnipeg Tribune, 10 August 1934, page 9.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 September 2021

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