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sylvania and Ohio, several of which it prac-
tically owned and operated.

When Colonel Sims retired from the Cana-

dian consulship, he took up his residence at
Mount Holly, New Jersey, which was asso-
ciated in his mind with the memories of his
maternal ancestors, John Brainerd, Dr. Alex-
ander Ross and Major John Russ. It was at
that place he spent the remainder of his life.
He was elected president of the New Jersey
Society of the Cincinnati, July 4, 1883. over
whose deliberations he presided with grace
and dignity, even so late as Washington's
Birthday, in 1896, when the society met at
Lakewood, although somewhat of an invalid
at the time. The report prepared by him in
1862, relative to the society, was published
at Albany, under the title, "the Institution of
the Society of the Cincinnati ; togetiicr with the
roll of the original, hereditary and honorary
members of the Order, in the State of New
Jersey, from 1783 to 1866." This was a hand-
somely printed octavo volume of seventy-nine
pages, with rubricated title-page. Under his
presidency the New Jersey Society became
one of the most successful, numerically, finan-
cially and socially, in the country, a result at-
tributed to his earnest and capable supervision.

An outcome of his legal studies was the
publication at Albany, in 1870, of a new edi-
tion of Noy's "Grounds and Maxims: and
also an Analysis of the English Laws." with
a biographical sketch of the author, which edi-
tion is accepted as a standard work in law
libraries and schools. His extensive investiga-
tions into land titles in the southern or western
section of New Jersey, led to his becoming;
a member of the Council of Proprietors of
West Jersey, a body whose existence dates
back to" the colonial period of New Jersey, two
centuries ago.

The court of errors and appeals of New
Jersey is composed of the nine justices of
the supreme court, and six other judges spe-
cially appointed. As a clever satirist put it,
"Tt consists of six laymen and the court be-
low." Occasionally a governor has seen fit
to select as one of the "lay" judges a person
particularlv fitted by legal attaiiiments, and
it was with this view that Colonel Sims was
appointed judge on March 28. i804- He
brought to the bench a mind thoroughly train-
ed for the exercise of the judicial function,
and in every rc-^pect he fulfilled the hiehcst an-
ticipations of his friends in that position. In
the same year, he was licensed to practice law


in New Jersey, and thus had the pecuHar dis-
tinction of having been admitted to the bar
of four diiiferent states. In 1895, he received
the degree of D.C.L., from St. Stephen's Col-
lege, New York. He was a deputy from the
diocese of New Jersey to the General Con-
vention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in
1889, 1892 and 1895.

In addition to his membership in the his-
torical societies already mentioned, he was
elected a resident member of the New Jersey
Historical Society, January 15, 1885, and a
corresponding member of the New York His-
torical Society, October 6, 1888. He acquired
extensive information regarding the families
of the Lowlands of Scotland and was ever
ready to place it at the service of others. He
was also proficient in the art of heraldry and
numismatics. In politics he was a Democrat,
and in 1895 was somewhat prominently men-
tioned in western New Jersey for the nomina-
tion of governor, his own county, Burlington,
sending a strong delegation in his favor to the
state convention, but seeing that the Hon.
Alexander T. McGill, the able, upright and
scholarly chancellor of the state, was pre-
ferred by some other sections. Judge Sims
gladly threw his strength to aid in the nomina-
tion of the chancellor, who was a man after
his own heart.

In person. Judge Sims was of medium
height, somewhat large of frame, yet spare
of body, giving the impression of rugged
virility, which was intensified by his square-
cut visage; this aspect, however, was softened
by an indefinable gentleness of expression that
was very winning. There was about him a
masterfulness, a strength of will, a superior
mentality, all modified yet strengthened by his
thorough training and scholarship, that caused
him to be recognized as a man among men.
His inflexible integrity, his high-mindedness,
R'cre the natural outcome of an instinctive
purity that was childlike in its transparency.
These qualities won for him a host of friends
among his social, professional and political
associates, and his death, while on his way
to sit in court, came as a terrible shock.

Judge Clifford Stanlev Sims married, at
Memphis, Tennessee, August 2. 1865, Mary
Josephine Abercrombie, of Roseland. Tennes-
see. She was born at Natchez, Mississippi,
April 14, 1841, and died at Mount Holly. New

Jersey, June 3, 1908. Her father was Charles
Steadman Abercrombie, M. D., of Roseland,
Tennessee, son of Rev. James Abercrombie,
of Philadelphia, and her mother was Mary
Caroline Bowmar. Children: Charles Aber-
crombie, see forward; Clifford Stanley, see
forward; Launcelot Falcon, see forward;
Ralph Abercrombie, born August 23, 1871,
died July 31, 1886; John Clarke, born March
25, 1876, died September 27, 1902; James Pea-
cock, born November 12, 1879, died March 10,
1888; Thomson Neale, born November 12,
1879, died in November, 1912; Ross Brainerd,
born May 11, 1889.

(XX\TII) Charles Abercrombie, son of
Judge Clififord Stanley and Mary Josephine
(Abercrombie) Sims, was born at Memphis.
Tennessee, June 5, 1866, and resides at Ger-
mantown, Pennsylvania. He was educated at
schools in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and filled
various positions on the Pennsylvania rail-
road's engineering corps from 1882 to 1886,
when he was made assistant engineer, having
charge of the construction of the West Vir-
ginia Central railroad, for one vear. In 1887
he was assistant engineer in charge of con-
struction surveys for the Pennsvlvania rail-
road until 1890. when he became managing
partner of Charles A. .Sims &вАҐ Company, op-
erating in railroad construction in the eastern
states. He was resident engineer in charge
of the building of the Pennsylvania railroad
ccinipany's stone arch bridge over the Cone-
maugh river which stood the test of the great
Johnstown flood in t88o. Thi-^ same firm built
the four-track stone bridge over the Delaware
river at Trenton. He is a member of tlie So-
ciety of the Cincinnati. Sons of the Revolu-
tion. T.oval Leeion. and other organizations;
is an Episcopalian in religion, and in politics
a Democrat.


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