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Linah MIMS
Rebecca DAVIS
Husband:  Linah / Lynah MIMMS / MIMS
Birth:  14 Nov 1772, Goochland Co., VA
Baptized:  7 Feb 1772/3, St. James Church, Northam Parish, Goochland Co., VA
Death:  1847-50, Caldwell Co., KY
Father:  John MIMS (1731-1773)
Mother:  Sarah HORN (1736-1789)
Marriage:  bet. 1800-1804
Wife:  Rebecca DAVIS
Birth:  certainly 1775-94, but probably 1775-85
Death:  1820-24, Christian Co., KY
Father:  John DAVIS
Mother:  Jane CLENDENIN
Children:
  1.  (Daughter A) MIMS, b. 1804-10
  2.  Addison MIMS, b. 1804-10 
  3.  John Harrison MIMS, b. 6 Jun 1806, Lewisburg, Greenbrier Co., VA [now WV]; d. 1850 
  4.  Davis/David N. MIMS, b. 1810-15 
  5.  Julia Ann MIMS, b. Jul 1812; d. 1841 
  6.  Cornelia Rebecca MIMS, b. 1816, said to be born in Richmond, Henrico Co., VA

born in Christian Co., KY:
  7.  Sarah Jane MIMS, b. 1818/9
  8.  (Daughter B) MIMS, b. 1820-25
  9.  Rufus K. MIMS, b. 1820/1

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Timeline
Year Location Event
1772 VA: Goochland Co. birth of Linah MIMS
c1775-85   birth of Rebecca DAVIS
1777/8 VA [now WV]: Greenbrier* Co. formed from Botetourt and Montgomery Cos.
1800 Census VA and KY census schedules destroyed in the War of 1812
1800-1804   marriage of Linah MIMS & Rebecca DAVIS
1801 VA [now WV]: Greenbrier Co. Linah MIMS, purchases 60 acres
1803 VA [now WV]: Greenbrier Co. Linah MIMS, guardian of minor, Elizabeth DAVIS
1804-10   birth of Daughter A
1804-10   birth of son, Addison
1806 VA [now WV]: Greenbrier Co. birth of son, John Harrison
1808 VA [now WV]: Greenbrier Co. Linah MIMS mentioned in letter
1810 Census Greenbrier Co., VA [now WV], census schedules lost/destroyed
1810-15   birth of son, Davis
1812   birth of daughter, Julia Ann
1814 Linah MIMS, Lt. Gov. of Virginia is he our subject?
1816 VA birth of daughter, Cornelia Rebecca
1817 VA: Henrico Co.: Richmond Linah MIMS, bond is he our subject?
1817 Virginia to Kentucky family moves
1818 KY: Christian Co. Linah MIMS, mortgagee
1818/9 KY birth of daughter, Sarah
1819 KY: Christian Co. Liman MIMS, taxpayer
1820 KY: Christian Co. Linah MIMS, taxpayer
1820 Census KY: Christian Co. Linah MIMMS, head-of-household
1820-25   birth of Daughter B
1820/1   birth of son, Rufus
1820-24   death of Rebecca (DAVIS) MIMS
1822 KY: Christian Co. Lenah MIMMS, mentioned in estate appraisal
1823 KY: Christian Co. Linah MIMMS, taxpayer
1828 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, Addison, to Elizabeth PURSLEY
1830 Census KY: Christian Co. Linah MIMS, head-of-household
1830/1 Christian Co. to Caldwell Co. family moves
1831 KY: Caldwell Co. marriage of son, John, to Caroline CRESAP
1832   Linah MIMS made Indian Agent
1835 KY: Caldwell Co. marriage of daughter, Cornelia, to Robert COBB
1835 KY: Caldwell Co. marriage of daughter, Julia Ann, to Joshua COBB
1838-40 KY: Caldwell Co. Linah MIMS, taxpayer
1840 Census KY: Caldwell Co. Linah MIMS, living w/son John H. MIMS
1841 KY: Caldwell Co. Linah MIMS, taxpayer
1841   death of daughter, Julia Ann (MIMS) COBB
1842 KY: Caldwell Co. marriage of daughter, Sarah, to Marcus TYLER
1843-7 KY: Caldwell Co. Linah MIMS, taxpayer
1847/8   death of Linah MIMS
*In addition to a number of minor boundary adjustments, several counties and parts of counties were later formed from Greenbrier Co., but Lewisburg remained in Greenbrier Co. throughout.

Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Virginia Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):  not found.

2.  William MacFarlane Jones, transcriber.  1928.  The Douglas Register: being a detailed record of births, marriages and deaths [in Goochland County, Virginia]... as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750 to 1797.  J.W. Fergusson & Sons, Richmond, VA (online at Ancestry.com).
p. 252 John Mims & Sarah Horn a son named Lynch born Nov. 14, 1772.  Baptized Feb. 7, 1773.  p. 93.
Jones has apparently misread "Lynah" as "Lynch."

3.  In a Query (online at the Greenbrier County WVGenWeb site), Linah MIMS is said to have been in the
...tax records/censuses in Lewisburg, Greenbrier Co., in 1790, 1800, and 1810, but vanishes by 1820 and appeares in 1830 in Eddyville, KY.
There are no extant census schedules for Virginia for 1790 or 1800, and there are also no extant census schedules for Greenbrier Co., VA, in 1810, so if Linah appears anywhere in Virginia during this period, it would have to be on tax rolls, not the Federal census.  Linah does appear on the tax rolls of Christian Co., KY, beginning in 1819, and he is in the 1820 and 1830 censuses of Christian Co., KY.  He does not appear on the tax rolls of Caldwell Co. until 1838.  In the 1840 census, he is living with his son, John H. MIMS, in Caldwell Co., KY.

4.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but the entire Virginia census was lost.

5.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, and while the Virginia census is extant, the schedules for Greenbrier County have been lost.

6.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #15 of 23; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Christian Co. p. 43 Linah Mimms 120001-31010-0-300 0000-0010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = Davis
2 males 10-15 1804-1810 = Addison
= John (b. 1806)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Linah 
3 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Sarah (b. 1819)
= Cornelia (b. 1816)
= Julia (b. 1812)
1 female 10-15 1804-1810 = Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Rebecca
3 persons engaged in agriculture
1 female slave 26-44 1775-1794 = ?
Linah is the only MIMS/MIMMS in the county.

7.  1830 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #45-46 of 94; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 KY Christian Co. pp. 28B-29A Linah Mims 010 100 010 - 012 100 000 000 000 - 010 000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = Rufus (b. 1820/1)
1 male 15-19 1810-1815 = Davis
1 male 50-59 1770-1780 = Linah
1 female 5-9 1820-1825 = Daughter B
2 female 10-14 1815-1820 = Sarah (b. 1819)
= Cornelia (b. 1816)
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = Julia (b. 1812) 
 
1 female slave 10-23 1806-1820 = ?
Linah is the only MIMS/MIMMS in the county.

8a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):  not found as head-of-household, but the elderly man living with John H. MIMS in Caldwell Co., KY, is surely Linah.  There are no MIMS/MIMMS in Christian Co., KY, at all.  There is a Daniel MINNER in Christian Co. in this index who has been mis-indexed as Daniel MIMS in the next source.

8b.  Christian County Genealogical Society (Hopkinsville, KY).  1995.  Christian County, KY, Census Records, 1820-1830-1840.  Simmons Historical Publ., Melber, KY.  The transcription shows a "Mims Daniel" on p. 68 (1840).  Upon examining an image of the page (online at Ancestry.com), I agree with the Broderbund index that it's Minner, not Mims.

9a.  A.B. Willhite.  [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809.  (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):  not found.

9b.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):  not found.

9c.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818.   (Self-published.  This book is out of print.  I do not have a copy.  If you have one to sell, please contact me.)

9d.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D Acres Watercourse
40 1819 Liman Mims 1 2 3 4    
99 1820 Linah Mims 1 1 1 2    
  1821                
  1822                
228 1823 Linah Mimms 1     3    
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses
The absence of land ownership by someone who appears otherwise prosperous usually means they are a city dweller.  It's not unusual for persons to be skipped on the rolls for various reasons (e.g., community service can get one an exemption).

10.  Mims Tax Records (online at the Caldwell County KYGenWeb site [link died]).  Special thanks to Pat Oliver, from whose table I have extracted the Linah MIMS data (missing columns contained no data for Linah).
Year County Last
Name
First
Name
WM>21 B>16 TotB Horses Value Index
1838 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3852
1839 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3854
1840 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3856
1841 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0   3858
1843 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3863
1844 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3869
1845 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3870
1846 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3877
1847 Caldwell Mims Linah 1 0 0 0 0 3881

11.  Virginia State Land Office Grants, 44, 1799-1800 (online at the Library of Virginia, Digital Library Program abstracted by "Gracie" in Message #669 in the Arbuckle Family Genealogy Forum online at GenForum and brought to my attention through the courtesy of Regena Cogar; here transcribed verbatim from the images by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
p. 607 Thomas Arbuckle
60 acres
Greenbrier
delivered to
Lina Mims
25th Mar 1801
James Monroe Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to all to whom these presents shall come Greeting  Know Ye, That by virture of a Land office Treasury Warrant Number one thousand eight hundred and eight issued the twenty second of february one thousand seven hundred and ninety six, There is Granted by the said Commonwealth unto Thomas Arbuckle A Certain tract or parcel of land Containing sixty acres by Survey bearing date the sixth day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety six, lying and being in the County of Greenbrier, on waters of Burne Creek, and on both sides the road leaving from David
p. 608 McCoy's to John Carrels, and joining the land of John Blake, Andrew Hamilton and Murpheys old Survey, and bounded as followeth to wit... [detailed land location] with its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract on parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Thomas Arbuckle and his heirs forever, In Witness whereof the said James Monroe Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia has hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and of the Commonwealth the twenty fourth
James Monroe

12.  Anon.  1992.  Genealogies of West Virginia Families: from The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, 1901-1905.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):
"...John McElhenney was sent by the Presbytery of Lexington [Amherst Co., VA] on a month's missionary journey to Greenbrier, carrying an introductory letter, dated February 13, 1808, from the Reverend Samuel Brown, of Rockbridge County, addresssed to "Messrs. John Anderson, Henry Hunter, Alexander Welch, Thomas Grattan, Charles Arbuckle, William Morrow, Linah Mims, and Thomas Cright."

13.  Anon.  1993.  Christian County, Kentucky, Wills and Estates, 1815-1823:  Christian County Will Book C.  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL.
"C" = Christian County.
p. 63 Page 238... M Patton Jr, appointed by C Court, curator, to sell the estate of Jesse Cravins deceased, took notes from these purchasers... J. Mians... Signed Jun 4, 1819...
p. 123 Page 501. Inventory...
p. 124 ...Signed Aug 10, 1822 - Wm Murrel, JP.
Appraisement bill of John Weir deceased.  Includes mention of Lenah Mims, Wm Long, Dudley Williams. Total: $763.10. Signed - Daniel Harrison, Richard C Faulkner, David Usher. Recorded Feb 3, 1823.
I take "J. Mians" to be a misreading of "L. Mims"; it might not be.

14.  Christian County Genealogical Society.  1997.  Christian County, Kentucky, Deed Abstracts of Books G-H-I (1816-1819).  Christian Co. Gen. Soc. (1101 Bethel St.), Hopkinsville, KY 42240.
p. 128 DB I-352, July 25, 1818, from LINAH MIMS to SAMUEL ARBUCKLE and THOMAS ARBUCKLE, for $941.00, paid to him as a loan, said Mims delivered to Samuel Arbuckle one Negro man SOLOMAN, age about 32 yrs., one Negro woman MARY, her age about 21 years, and her child about 6 months.  Mims to pay Arbuckle the sum of $941.00 on or before Sept. 1, 1819, or Arbuckle is authorized to sell the Negros to recover said sum.  S/Linah Mims, Thomas Arbuckle, Samuel Arbuckle, Rec. Sept. 21, 1818.

15.  Lyman Chalkley.  1912.  Chronicles of the Scots-Irish Settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800.  3 vols.  Commonwealth Printing Co., Rosslyn, VA (reprinted 1965, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; online in the USGenWeb Archives).  In Vol. II, on p. 161:
Davis vs. Rogers - O. S. 199; N. S. TO -- Bill, July, 1803.  Complainant is Elizabeth Davis (infant by Linah Mims, guardian).  Joseph Davis in 1780 obtained a certificate from the Commissioners for Greenbrier County by right of settlement for 400 acres in Greenbrier, and assigned it to John Davis, father of oratrix, who then lived in Greenbrier.  Afterwards John contracted to sell to John Rodgers, who had son, James Rodgers.  Jane Davis deposes, 3d July, 1805, oratrix is 22 years old last May.  Jane is widow of John Davis, John Rodgers answers, John and Joseph Davis were brothers.  Will of John Davis, of Greenbrier:  Wife, Jane; daughter, Polly (infant); daughters, Sally and Rebekah; daughter, Betsey; daughter, Nancy, wife of Donel Fear; daughter, Jenny ('), Teanny (?).  Dated 17th March, 1800.  Proved in Greenbrier, April, 1800. William Comer deposes at Lewisburg.  For some time prior to 1781 he had lived with John Rodgers.  Surveys and plats.  Deed dated 29th January, 1799, by John Rodgers of Greenbrier to James Rodgers of samee place, conveys 400 acres, patented, to John, 6th February, 1195, on Sewil's Creek.  Proved in Greenbrier, January, 1799.  Archibald Rodgers deposes, son of John Rodgers.
"Infant" meant "minor" in today's terminalogy.

16.  Anon.  "Benjamin Brand Papers, 1779-1863, Hanover County and Richmond, Virginia."  Microfilm No. Mss1B7332b in the series, Slavery in Ante-Bellum Southern Industries.  Virginia Historical Society, P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, VA 23221-0311.
Section 18 consists of twenty-five items, materials, 1816-1831, concerning lawsuits in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and the Hustings Court of Richmond, Virginia, concerning the orphans of James W. Brand and land in Richmond, Virginia. Items include... bond, 1817, of Linah Mims to Reuben Burton...
Is this our subject?

17a.  Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr. & James Taylor Killebrew.  1985.  County Court Order Book "A" for Christian County, Kentucky for the Years 21 March 1797 - 29 August 1805...  Christian County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240):  not found.

17b.  Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr.  1987.  County Court Order Book "B" Part 1 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years 14 Oct 1805 - 12 Sep 1809 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville. Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240):  not found.

17c.  James Taylor Killebrew.  1987.  County Court Order Book "B" Part 2 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years Nov. 1809 - 6 June 1814 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville.  Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240):  not found.

17d.  James Taylor Killebrew.  1999.  County Court Order Book "C," Parts 1 & 2, Christian County, Kentucky, 1814-1819.  Christian County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240):  not found.

17e.  There are no Court Order Books "D" or "E"; the letters were skipped.

17f.  James Taylor Killebrew.  1999.  County Court Order Book "F," Parts 1 & 2 [but not Part 3], Christian County, Kentucky, for the years 1819-1825.  County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  First column is the page number in Killebrew; second column is the page number in Court Order Book F.
p. p. Date Motions
44 44 7 Sep 1819 Ordered that William Henry be appointed surveyor of that part of the road leading from Hopkinsville to Lindsey's Mill commencing at William Means's and continuing to said Mill with the following boundary to wit:  Beginning at David Breeding's so as to include Peter Berry and John Breeding on the East side of said road and from said Breeding's so as to include the widow Bozarth and Limar Mims and on the West side beginning at Joseph Mean's including the hands of old Mr. Thrift, Daniel Henry, Eddin Morris, Sam'l Northington, J. Northington, Michael Northington, John Long, Meredith Brewer, Caleb Reed and Samuel Arbuckle.
330 319 4 Aug 1824 Ordered that John Estes be allowed the following allotment of hands to work on the road, to wit:  The hands of the farms of Mrs. Lucy Green, Haman Haggart, Samuel Alexander, Samuel Harry, Edmond McCarty, Dabney Haggart, John McDaniel, John Estes, Robert Stephenson, Thomas Offutt, Sinah Mimms, John Wright, Merit Young, Joel H. Hayden, Lewis Daniel, Charles Thrift, Mrs. Mary Cravins, Tunis Harrison, Robert Harrison, Edward Duncan and ____ Stapp and all other person living within those boundes.

18.  William Henry Perrin, ed.  1884.  County of Christian, Kentucky:  Historical and Biographical.  F.A. Battey Publ. Co., Chicago.
p. 277 CHAPTER XII...
UNION SCHOOLHOUSE PRECINCT, designated on the map as No. 6, extends from Hopkinsville Precinct on the east to the Trigg County line on the west.  On the north it is bounded by Bainbridge and Hamby Precincts, and on the south by the Lafayette Precinct... Little River laves its entire southern border, dividing it from Lafayette Precinct, while the Sinking Fork of that river forms the western border, dividing it from Bainbridge Precinct. 
p. 279 Mr. Mimms, the father of John, Addison and David Mimms, came from Virginia about 1816-17, and settled about one mile west of Means' Spring.  He was sent in 1832 by Gen. Jackson as agent to the Northwestern Indians. 
Presumably, "Mr. Mimms" is Linah MIMS as Linah was the only MIMS in the 1820 and 1830 censuses of Christian Co., and he is said to have been an "Indian Agent."  In 1819, there were just three MIMS/MIMMS on the Christian Co., KY, tax rolls:  Linah, Shadrach, and Gideon.  Shadrach and Gideon lived in what became Todd Co., KY, so dropped off the Christian Co. tax rolls when Todd Co. was formed in 1820.  In other words, only Linah was lived in what is now Christian Co.

19.  Gary M. Williams.  1982.  "Colonel George Blow: Planter and Political Prophet of Antebellum Sussex."  Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, v. 90, n. 4 (online at the Blow Standard family web site [link died]):
...Blow had managed to return to Tower Hill several times before November 1814. On one such occasion, 4 August 1814, he qualified as justice of the Sussex County Court, after being recommended by the county court in June and commissioned by Lt. Gov. Linah Mims on 2 July...
Until I get better documentation, this is the only solid evidence I currently have that Linah MIMS was ever Lt. Gov. of Virginia.

20.  Emails from Terry Reigel.

21.  Emails from Carole Arbuckle Marlow.

22.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

23.  Caldwell County, Kentucky, Queries (online at the Caldwell County KYGenWeb site).

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