Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Eli Sims (Simms) ~ February 1, 1776-September 14, 1862

Marker ID: THC 2D 26
Location: TN 136, White County, 200 yards north of junction with U.S. 70
County: White
Waymark: None


This White County farmer, educator, road commissioner, and county trustee established the first cotton gin in White County. He served also as chairman of the White County Quarterly Court. Born in Lame, Ireland, he settled in White County in 1810 and built this house in 1824, thought to be the first brick house in the county. He married Rachel Townsend in 1807, and they reared 12 children. Sims is buried in the old Zion Cemetery.