Notes for Isaac Simmons: Isaac Simmons Family The state of Alabama was only 3 years old when Isaac Simmons (8 Apr 1786-8 Mar 1864) brought his family from Columbus County, NC, to Dallas County, AL, in 1822. In I836, he moved to Pike County (between Mossy Grove and Spring Hill, on the waters of Big Creek). While still in Columbus County, Isaac was married to Elizabeth Fowler (12 June 1790-17 Sept 1857), daughter of Revolutionary War Soldier, John Fowler (1747-1844), who came to Pike County about 1837 to be near his children. Isaac and Elizabeth Simmons are buried on the land where they lived. The Simmons Family Cemetery today has only 2 marked graves (those of Isaac and Eliza-beth), but "old-timers' of the area say that there used to be several others. On Dec. 27, 1856, Isaac and Elizabeth "sold" to each of their children (for love and affection and for $1.00) a certain parcel of land (some got 80 acres, others got 120) and 3 or 4 slaves. The share of property which was to go to sons Bethel and Eli was given instead to their wives with the stipulation that it would belong to the wives for as long as they were married to Bethel and Eli; then it would pass to their heirs who were also bodily heirs of Bethel and Eli. No explanation was made for this action, but they must have felt strongly about it because in each case, they appointed another member of the family to act as trustee to see that their wishes were honored. Isaac and Elizabeth were the parents of 8 children. 1. Bethel Simmons (abt 1808-1889) married Sarrye (last name unknown) Mary Graves, and Sarah Frances Stroud, a widow. His family is covered in a separate sketch in this book. 2. Emmanuel Simmons (31 May 1813-___) may be the Manuel J. Simmons who married Nancy Ann Blackwell in 1834 in Lowndes County. I have not found his family in any census. He was not included when his parents gave away their land (probably was deceased). 3. Anguish (Angus) M. Simmons (I Sept 181.5---) married 1st Respa Ann Adams in 1839 and 2nd Nancy L. Chambers in 1857. He lived in Lowndes County and was Justice of the Peace there. 4. Molissey J. Simmons (7 May 1819-1941) married James Milton Gibson of Pike County in 1839. She died after the birth of a daughter, Melissa, who received her mother's share of the Simmons property. 5. Eli A. Simmons (17 July 1823- ) married 1st Mary Jane Adams in 1844 and 2nd Catherine C. Forehand in 1858. He lived in Lowndes County. 6. Elizabeth H. Simmons (abt 1824-1857) married William A. Jones; they had 4 children. She was still living when her parents gave their inheritance to their children in December of 1856, but must have died soon afterward because William Jones married again in 1858. (This family is covered in the William A. Jones sketch of this book.) 7. Rebecca Caroline Simmons (23 Oct 1829- ) married Acriel Johnson; they lived in Dale County. 8. Jane Catherine Simmons (22 Dec 1833-20 June 1911) was mar-ried in 1851 to William Asa Gibson of Pike County who died in 1862 in a Civil War Hospital in Columbus, Mississippi, (Co K, 37th AL Infantry). Jane was left as a young widow with 6 children: Ophelia R., Nathaniel Theodore, James C., Olivia, Elizabeth, and Adelaid Gibson. She then married Thomas Weldon Ballard, a Civil War Vet-eran (22nd AL Infantry) who had lost a leg in the war. He helped her to raise her 6 children and they had 5 more: Lula, Lilla, Victor, Her-bert Weldon, and Walter Eugene Ballard. They also were guardians of the orphaned children of Jane's sister Elizabeth Simmons Jones, Jane and Thomas W. Ballard are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery. The photo which accompanies this family sketch shows the family of William Jefferson "Will" Jones and Fanny Stroud; both were great grandchildren of Isaac Simmons. Will was the grandson of Elizabeth Simmons Jones and Fanny was the granddaughter of Bethel Simmons. Will and Fanny married in 1895 had six children: Alton, Addie Lee, Felix, Florene, Willie Glen, and James. Five of them are in the photo; James was born four years after the photo was made. James and his wife Margaret Elizabeth Reeves are long-time residents of Pike County; they live near Spring Hill. Submitted by: Anne Wise Hood (ggg-granddaughter of both Bethel Simmons and Elizabeth Simmons Jones). Written from the Genealogy files of Anne Wise Hood, 3363 Holland Road, Newton, AL 36352
More About Isaac Simmons: Burial: Unknown, Simmons Family Cemetery, Pike County, Alabama.
Children of Isaac Simmons and Elizabeth Fowler are:
+Bethel Simmons, b. 1808, North Carolina, d. Abt. 1889, Columbus County, North Carolina.
Manuel Simmons, b. 31 May 1813, North Carolina, d. date unknown, Columbus County, North Carolina.