Note: g relocated there from Grayson County, Virginia shortly before. During the next 15 years, his family moved back to Grayson County, then to Wilkes County, North Carolina and to Overton County, Tennessee. After a few years there, he returned with his father to Grayson County, while his mother remained in Overton County, Tennessee. In February 1827, at age 16, he became indentured to Joshua Stoneman, a doctor, from whom he learned the practice of medicine. James was a wiitness to the 1828 Grayson County deed from James and Lydia Davis to John K. Simcock.
Upon reaching adulthood, he joined his mother and other family members in Overton County, Tennessee, where he purchased land, married his first wife and used the training he had received from Joshua Stoneman to practice medicine. He sold his property and left Overton County, Tennessee about 1837, selling many personal belongings, including "all my jars and Medicine Book" to his partner, Samuel Brown, probably a relative to his first wife, Elizabeth Brown. About this time, the spelling of his name was changed from Simcock to Simcoke.
He moved his young family to Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana where he remained a short time. He then moved by 1840 to Whitley County, Indiana, arriving there in wagons after many hard days of traveling. They settled in the county seat of Columbia City, amongst Indians, wolves and forest. The county was sparsely populated and there were very few white people. James was a physician and member of the American Medical Association. He had some practice among the Indians and the few whites, until he was elected as County Sheriff in November 1841 serving one term until August 1844.
In the spring of 1845, he moved to Adams County, Indiana, getting there with many difficulties. He settled in Decatur, where he engaged in clearing the land in the summer and teaching school in the winter. He became very active in County Politics. In 1846, he was elected Sheriff and served two years, and then was elected County Treasurer for two terms.
James and Letitia were married in 1853 and soon after moved with their children to Cincinnati, Ohio. The object was to school them and attend law school himself. After graduating from Cincinnati Law College, they returned to Decatur, where he was editor and publisher of the Adams County Democrat newspaper until about 1860. He was also elected County Clerk in 1855 and served for two four-year terms.
About 1868, James left Decatur for California and Nevada, leaving Letitia and the younger children behind. He was in Ormsby County, Nevada in 1870 and 1875, working as an attorney. He met with business reverses and disappointments and soon returned to Decatur. He remained for a few years, then left for his native state of North Carolina for a short while and from there went to Jackson County, Tennessee by 1877. He gave a deposition the 29th of Dec 1885 for the pension application of Joseph Pigg. He gave his age as 73 and residence as Gainesboro, Jackson County, Tennessee. He stated, "I am not a graduate of medical college, but I have practiced medicine since 1833."
According to the court records of Jackson County, Tennessee, the land owned by James B. Simcoke at the time of his death was ordered to be sold and the proceeds divided among his six surviving children: J.B. [Joseph B.] Simcoke of Shelby County, Tennessee; James T. Simcoke of California; Owen R. Simcoke of Washington; V.B. [Martin Van Buren] Simcoke of Indiana; and Victoria Hill and husband, A.J. Hill of Indiana; and Mary B. Skank and husband, Mr. Skank, residence unknown.
Note: James was born while his parents were residing in Iredell County, havin
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