William B. and Lucinda Mimbs
also see: MIMBS Family File

William B. Mimbs was born about 1845 in Laurens County, GA.
 He was the son of Jesse and Rebecca Mims.
William is listed in Jesse Mims‟ household in 1850.1
For more information on Jesse and Rebecca, see the Jesse and Rebecca Mims History.
The name "Mimms" or "Mims" is of English origin.
The name comes from the Latin root word "mimus," meaning "an imitator."2
William‟s grandfather, Thomas, appears to have added a “b” to the spelling of the last name.3
While Jesse did not use the spelling with the “b,” his children did.
While William has not been found in either the 1860 or 1870 census records
 he appears on the Orange County, FL Voter Registration List, 1867-1868.4 He was voter number 239 in Precinct 3.
He registered to vote on April 23, 1868. He stated he had lived in the State of Florida for 12 years.
It is interesting to note that in 1868 amnesty was granted to everyone involved in the Civil War and the Southern States
were readmitted into the United States.5 It has not been determined whether or not William served in the Civil War.
Assuming the Voter Registration List is correct, William was about 11 years old when his family moved to Florida around 1856.
These were difficult times in America. A new depression began in 1857.6 William‟s migration to Florida
could possibly have included living in Sumter County, Orange County, and eventually settling in Polk County just before 1880.
 Some of William‟s siblings were living in Sumter County, FL in 1860. Neither William nor any of his family have
 been found in Sumter County land, tax, or probate records.7
William‟s descendants tell different versions of the following colorful story as to how he came to live in Florida:
“William was driving cattle for the Confederate Army in 1865 when the war ended. He would have been a
young man about 15 or 16 years of age. William's family was from Americus, Sumter County, GA. William's father
owned a large plantation and many slaves in Sumter County. Sometime during the war William's father died and his mother remarried.
 While on a cattle drive near the end of the war, William came to Polk County to buy cattle.
He had already met Lucinda Roberts in Bartow, FL, and had taken a liking to her. As he was heading back to Georgia,
 William got as far as Marianna, FL, when he heard the war had ended. In light of his father's death and his mother's
remarriage to a man named „Mason,‟ along with the fact that the slaves had been freed,
 William turned around and returned to Polk County. He figured there would be nothing left for him at the plantation.
William and Lucinda were later married and eventually settled in Polk County.” 8
Elements of this story do ring of the truth. The Sumter County mentioned is probably Sumter County,
 Florida, not Georgia. William‟s family has not been found in Sumter County, GA. Some of his siblings,
 though, have been found in Sumter County, FL. William‟s father, Jesse, remarried after the death of his first wife.
Jesse was significantly older than his second wife, Rebecca, William‟s mother. It has been speculated that Rebecca
may have remarried following Jesse's death. This has not been proven. It should be noted that Rebecca J. Mims
 married J. H. Sanders on December 20, 1868, in Pulaski County, GA.9 This may be William's mother. Rebecca
has not been found in census records after 1850. This could be due to the fact that she remarried.
 The name “Mason” was the surname of one of William‟s brother-in-laws.
William was married to Lucinda Roberts (daughter of Jackson Roberts and Frances Brown/Green) about 1868 in Florida.
 Lucinda was born around 1843 in Lee County, GA. She is found with her parents in the 1850 Lee County, GA census.10
William and Lucinda were most likely married in Orange County, FL. Orange County marriage records were destroyed
 in 1869 due to a fire at the County Courthouse.11
William is in the 1880 Polk County, FL census.12 He is listed as a "laborer." Lucinda was a housewife.
 Both William and Lucinda were born in Georgia. William's parents were born in North Carolina,
while Lucinda's parents were born in Georgia.
On October 14, 1882, William purchased 40 acres of land in Polk County southwest of Bartow from the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund for one dollar per acre.13 It is interesting to note that William and Lucinda
sold the same piece of land to M. W. Fuller for $100.00 on October 5, 1882.14 The land was sold before they had a clear
 title to the land.  It should also be noted that William‟s middle initial is known from these land transactions.
Lucinda Mimbs
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