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Honored by Gen. John Archer Elmore Chapter, AL Sons of the American Revolution

Arthur Simkins

Accomack, VA
Born 1742
Edgefield District, SC, United States
Died 1826


Affectionately called Captain Bigfoot by his troops, Arthur Simkins served as a Captain in the SC Militia under Lt. Col. John Purvis. According to the pension application of Thomas C. Jones, Captain Arthur Simkins was a stout portly man with long nose, dark skin & unusually large feet. He was about forty-five years old had some sons grown to manhood. He was a good Soldier & wealthy; and his singular appearance and acknowledged bravery caused a song to be made & sung in camp of which the following is all now recollected by him as follows to wit: Captain Bigfoot – he's a responsible man; Allowed by the Country to be the plan; He's a long yellow fellow with a buccaneer nose; And see him when you will wears one suit of Clothes; The Suit as I tell you is a Sky Colored Blue; And Swears to his Country he'll always prove true.


Captain Arthur Simkins lived on a plantation named Cedar Fields (outside present Edgefield, SC). He served as a Captain of Militia, judge, member of the SC Provisional Congress, and is credited as a founder of the town of Edgefield, SC. He served on the commission to make the Ninety-Six District into counties. Patriot Simkins is buried on the grounds of his plantation.

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Wars, Campaigns, & Battles

American Revolution
Southern Campaign