After the registrar noted that no physician had been in attendance at Washington Simms‘ demise, some other person added “getting drunk on cider” as a cause of death.
A newspaper article sheds some light.
Charlotte Observer, 19 October 1916.
There were at least two Washington Simmses in Wilson County in the late 19th century. This seems most likely to be the one above.
In the 1870 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farm laborer Washington Sims, 34, in the household of Rufus, 47, and Rebecca Edmundson, 34.
In the 1880 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: Washington Simms, 40, common laborer.
In the 1900 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farm laborer Washington Simms, 64.
In the 1910 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: odd jobs laborer Washington Simms, 71.