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Descendants of ADAM SIMONTON of Ohio

Generation No. 1

      1. ADAM SIMONTON of1 Ohio was born Bef. 1748, and died Aft. July 1808 in Miami Township, Clermont County, Ohio (probably). He married ? Cooper, daughter of JOHN COOPER and JANE ?. She died Bef. 1808.

Notes for ADAM SIMONTON of Ohio:
      This report attempts to undertake the monumental task of documenting 5 generations of all the known descendants of Adam Simonton. In the Fall of 1796, Adam Simonton moved from Iredell County, North Carolina along with his three sons John, Theophilus, and William Simonton and their families to become original settlers of Clermont/Warren County Ohio. In this report, he is designated "Adam Simonton of Ohio" to differentiate him from a contemporary "Adam Simonton" who moved from Iredell County, North Carolina to Georgia a few years earlier. The latter "Adam Simonton" was a son of Robert Simonton and grandson of the original "Theophilus Simonton" who came to America from Ireland, being of Scottish ancestry. Although Adam Simonton of Ohio has yet to be clearly connected to the main group of Simonton settlers of Iredell County, North Carolina, he is no doubt related in some way which will hopefully someday be established. For the present, we shall simply refer to him as "Adam Simonton of Ohio", for it is from Ohio that all of his descendants trace their ancestry.
      The earliest record of Adam Simonton comes from the 1768 Rowan County Tax List of Walter Lindsay. As reproduced on page 88 of Jo White Linn's 1995 book entitled "Rowan County North Carolina Tax Lists, 1757-1800: Annotated Transcriptions", the list clearly shows the name of Adam Simenton (sic) following the listing of his father-in-law and neighbor John Cooper. Their precise location in Rowan County (later Iredell County in 1788) is shown on an ancient map made in 1773 by William Sharpe,Esq. of landowners in the Fourth Creek Community around present day Statesville, North Carolina. Adam is shown residing between the South Yadkin River and 5th creek nearby John Cooper.
      Early church records (Bethany Presbyterian Church - Iredell County, North Carolina, Volume Two, p. 39) also show that both Adam Simonton and John Cooper were on the original Session membership list of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in 1779, when that church was formally organized and a house of worship was erected nearby their property. They both probably began worshipping at that church as early as 1775 when it was an open air church, newly split off from the Fourth Creek Presbyterian Church in Statesville.
      Based on land deeds and the 1790 Federal Census, it is clear that Adam Simonton moved about a few miles northward along with sons Theophilus, William, (and 5 females) before 1790 (probably by 1783). At that time he was living on Hunting Creek in Iredell County at a point where Iredell County borders with Surry County. Meanwhile, his son John remained living at or near the original homestead about ten miles due south, probably next to Adam's wife's aging parents, John and Jane (or Jean) Cooper.
      Based on additional land deeds, sometime around 1794 or 1795 (about the time of the death of John Cooper), Adam Simonton and his family (including William), along with the newlyweds Theophilus and Mary (Sale) Simonton probably returned back to their original homestead between the South Yadkin River and Fifth Creek to rejoin John Simonton. The following year (1796) they all moved together to Ohio, eventually selling off their remaining land holdings in North Carolina by 1800.
      Although poorly educated and illiterate, Adam Simonton was evidently an industrious and enterprising man as evidenced by his many land deeds in North Carolina and Ohio. He was also a generous and excellent provider for his family, giving large acreages to sons Theophilus and William for a nominal fee and love and affection to help them get a start in life. (His oldest son John had been given a similar provision by Adam's father-in-law John Cooper.)
                  North Carolina Deed Transactions

A list of Adam Simonton's land deed transactions in both Ohio and North Carolina, in part contributed by Dave Ross (Email: and Virginia Farquer (Email: appears below:

      Rowan County NC Vacant Land Entries, 1778-1789. Abstracted by Richard A. Enochs, copy 1988.

13 Apr 1778:
pg 54: #745 ADAM SIMINGTON [sic] 640 A. on S side South Yadkin [R] & starting on James HALLís line, one cut west of his NE corner, then NE from Hugh HALLís SE corner, then W touching sd corner, then along Hugh HALLís line to his SW corner, then near a SW corner along a conditional line made by SIMINGTON [sic] and James COOPER to within 15 poles of SE corner of COOPERís field next to Thomas HALL, then a direct Cource [sic] to William HALLís NE corner, NE along Thomas & James HALLís lines to the station corner. A Claim Sett [sic] up by John COOPER.

From IREDELL COUNTY, NC, DEED ABSTRACTS, Vol. I, 1788-97 (of Books A&B, copy 1977), compiled by Shirley Coulter, Edie Purdy & Lois Schneider. Publ. by Abstract Publishing, P.O. Box 308, Statesville, NC, 28677:

pg 15: A: 221 10 Oct 1783 State of North Carolina No. 308 to Adam SIMONTON for 50 sh per 100A, 200A on N side of Hunting Crk in Rowan Co. adj. Wm. CAMPBELL on bank of Buck Shoal Crk. Alex. MARTIN, Gov. Altough issued 10 Oct 1783, this land purchase was originally entered into on 30 Dec. 1778.

pg 53: B:123-124 11 Oct 1787 James McGAUGHEY, Rowan Co, shoemaker (John MORDAK, farmer, attorney) to Jacob NICHOLS 320a on So Yadkin. To Adam SIMONTON 320A of same tract adj widow BAGLEY, Hugh HALL, Wm HALL, James & Thomas HALL. John MORDAK, Aug 1791 (see B: 132-133)

pg 54: B: 132-133 11 Oct 1787 James McGAUGHEY, shoemaker Rowan Co, makes John MORDAK his attorney to give Jacob Nichols 320A on So Yadkin R. to give Adam SIMONTON 320A of same tract adj widow BAILEY(sic), Hugh HALL, Wm HALL, James & Thomas HALL. John MORDAK, Jr. Aug ses 1791 (see B: 123-124)

pg 49: B:80-81 17 Feb 1794 John MORDAK to Adam SIMONTON 100 pds 320A on So Yadkin and Fifthe Ck. adj. James HALL, Hugh HALL, Jacob NICHOLS, Thomas HALL. Joshua NICHOLS, Wm YOUNG 20 June 1794

pg 71: B:305-306 18 May 1795 Adam SIMONTON to Theophilus SIMONTON love & affect & $3 200 A on So Yadkin & Fifth Ck adj James HALL, Hugh HALL. Part of orig 320A conveyed to Adam SIMONTON by John MORDAK 17 Feb 1794, Bk B, Pg 80. Hugh HALL, John MORRISON. 30 July 1795

pg.108 B: 794-5. 20 Aug, 1795. Adam SIMONTON to Anderson JOHNSON for 200 pds- 290A. Sit: northside of Hunting Creek adj. William CAMPBELL's line. Orig. granted to Adam SIMONTON by N.C. State d/d 10 Oct. 1783. Bk A. Pg221. John JOHNSON, Samuel WELSK, 06 Jan, 1798.

Iredell Co., NC, Deed Abstracts, Books C&D, 1797-1802 (copy 1993): Lois M.P. Schneider, Rt. Box 270-R, Troutman, NC, 28166-9678.

pg. 7: C-121-23 Sep 1797 Adam SIMONTON of Hamilton Co., Ohio, to Leonard ROBEY for $120, 120 ac on So Yadkin & 5th Crk joining Theos SIMONTON, James HALL, Hugh HALL, Jacob NICHOLS & Thomas HALL, part of a deed by by John MORDAH 17 Feb 1794. Wit: Jugh HALL, Wm. RUGLES. 16 May 1798

pg.73: D-357-9 11 Aug 1800 Adam (X) SIMONTON of Hamilton, Northwest Territory, Ohio, to Nathaniel BAGWELL for 60 pounds, 132 ac on the north side of South Yadkin joining John GIBSON, part of 200 acres granted John COOPER, decíd, 28 Nov 1792 (Book B, pg 128). Wit: John SIMONTON Sr., Jt., John DOBSON, Wm. WASSON. 5 Nov 1801

                        Ohio Deed Transactions

5 Aug. 1800 Thomas Paxton and Martha Paxton his wife of Clermont County and Territory N.W. of the Ohio River of the one part and Adam SIMONTON of said County and Territory of the other part....for 150 pounds, Pennsylvania Currency...a parcel of land lying and being in Clermont County and Territory aforesaid...on the South bank of Obannons Creek, on a line of Joseph CARRINGTON's...300 acres...Wit. John DONNELL, Alexander HALL

9 Dec. 1800 Adam Simonton of Clermont County and State of Ohio of the one part and William Simonton of the same place of the other party...for $100 lawful money...a parcel of land, lying and being in the County and State aforesaid, situated on the lower side of O'Bannon's Creek...and on a line of a certain Joseph CARRINGTON's William WASON's survey...115 acres...Wit. James MONTGOMERY, Benjamin MCMAIUS.......on 29 July 1808 Adam (X) SIMONTON appeared before Justice of the Peace Silas HUTCHINSON of the County of Clermont, Township of Miami to acknowledge his signature of the above transaction.

                        Census Data

1790 Federal Census, Iredell County, District 6, Page 3

            Men       Boys       Women      Slaves
Adam Simonton      3 0 5 0


Simmonton, Adam

Children of ADAM Ohio and ? Cooper are:
  2 i.   Ann2 Simonton, born 1766.
  More About Ann Simonton:
Burial: Hill Cemetery, Goshen Township, Warren-Clermont County line

+ 3 ii.   Ellen Simonton, born 1766; died September 29, 1848.
+ 4 iii.   John Simonton, born Bef. 1767 in Fourth Creek Community, Rowan County (later Iredell County), North Carolina; died Aft. 1806 in Ohio.
+ 5 iv.   Esq. THEOPHILUS SIMONTON, born Abt. August 12, 1769 in Fourth Creek Community, Rowan County (later Iredell County), North Carolina/Iredell Co., NC; died November 07, 1855 in Hamilton Township, Warren County, Ohio.
+ 6 v.   William Simonton, born Abt. January 1774 in Fourth Creek Community, Rowan County (later Iredell County), North Carolina; died October 31, 1853 in Loveland, Clermont County, Ohio.
  7 vi.   Jane Simonton. She married John Reed 1802.
  More About John Reed and Jane Simonton:
Marriage: 1802

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