|i.||HANNAH CATHCART5 SIMMONS, b. October 17, 1818; d. April 29, 1879.|
Notes for HANNAH CATHCART SIMMONS:|
Hannah Cathcart Simmons, first child of Adam and Mary (Cathcart) Simmons, was born October 17, 1818, in Harrison County, Indiana. As a young girl she was sent to visit her uncle, Joseph Cathcart, who owned a plantation near New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a very successful planter, with two hundred slaves, and a French governess for his two daughters and an English tutor for his son. (See Cathcarts.)
There Hannah learned French, and came home with a pair of silk stockings ordered from Paris, an item not seen before in frontier Iowa.
Hannah married her first cousin, Hugh Sherwood Simmons, who was seven years younger than she, in Linn County, Iowa, on August 20, 1843. (DAR Gen. Data. Vol. III. p.88.) The marriage is recorded in Jones County, the neighboring county to Linn.
|ii.||SARA CATHCART SIMMONS, b. December 29, 1820; m. NELSON JOHNSON, April 15, 1841.|
Notes for SARA CATHCART SIMMONS:|
Sara Cathcart Simmons was born December 29, 1820, in Harrison County, Indiana. She married Nelson Johnson April 15, 1841. (Marr. Rec. Des Moines County, Iowa.)
|iii.||JOHN WESLEY SIMMONS, b. January 19, 1823.|
Notes for JOHN WESLEY SIMMONS:|
John Wesley Simmons was born January 19, 1823, in Zenas, Indiana, in Jennings County. (Indiana Gazetteer, also Lib. of Congress Map Division.)
He studied to become a physician and moved to Independence, Missouri where he married Elizabeth Beeler Collins on March 2, 1848. Elizabeth was born July 21, 1825, in Kentucky, and was the daughter of Alexander and Tabitha (Sharp) Collins. Alexander Collins was the son of Stephen and Catherine (McIntosh) Collins. Stephen was a Revolutinary War soldier. Alexander was born January 6, 1789, and married Tabitha Whitten Sharp August 29, 1811. She was born March 12, 1792. The Collins were originally from Halifax County, Va., but moved to the region of Lexington, Kentucky, circa 1780. Tabitha was also b. in Va.
By 1854 Dr. Simmons moved his family to Douglas County, Kansas to a farm near Baldwin, and set out a peach orchard. Four years later, Baker University, a Methodist college, was established at Baldwin. At least eight of the Simmons children attended or graduated from this university, the first college in the state of Kansas.
During the Civil War years, all young men were in the militia or the army, and the collage's enrollment "looked like a female seminary." Then followed the Panic of 1873, and the college, already heavily in debt, was about to be closed. Dr. and Mrs. Simmons decided they would do what they could to keep this center of learning open. Dr. Simmons rode fifteen miles to Baldwin and mortgaged his home for four hundred dollars, which he gave to the collage. "This was sufficient to enable the school to meet the immediate obligation." (W.C. Markham.)
Dr. John W. Simmons died five years later, on September 16, 1878, and was buried at Vinland Valley Cemetery, near his hillside home with several of his children. His wife Elizabeth died January 29, 1910 at her home in Hutchinson, Kansas, and is buried beside her husband at Vinland Cemetery, Douglas County, Kansas.
Children of John Wesley and Elizabeth (Collins) Simmons:
111= i. Jefferson Davis b. Dec. 22, 1848
112= ii. Lee Bruce b. Oct. 30, 1850 d. Dec. 7, 1902
113= iii. Alba Ann b. Feb. 14, 1852 d. Aug. 30, 1884
iv. Laorus Nebraska b. Nov. 8, 1853 d. July 21, 1854
v. Benjamin Rush b. Sep. 14, 1855 d. Sep. 3, 1856
114= vi. Emma Medora b. June 12, 1857 d: Feb. 16, 1893
vii. Adda Byron b. Dec. 30, 1858
115= viii. John Stuart b. Aug. 5, 1860 d. Dec. 17, 1944
ix. Eberle B. b. Mar. 10, 1862 d. Aug. 30, 1864
116= x. Rosa Belle b. Aug. 30, 1864 d. Dec. 25, 1916
117= xi. Ella May b. May 18, 1866.
xii. Bertice Irene b. November 18, 1872. Did not marry.
Lived in K.C., Mo., with Adda B.
(E.B. Simmons: W.C. Markham; Connelley, Vol. IV. p. 1906.)
|iv.||ELIZABETH ANN SIMMONS, b. November 25, 1824; d. April 04, 1825.|
|v.||MARY ELLEN SIMMONS, b. July 25, 1826; d. July 25, 1826.|
|vi.||ADAM WILLIS SIMMONS, b. November 04, 1828.|
Notes for ADAM WILLIS SIMMONS:|
Adam Willis Simmons was born November 4, 1828. He married Martha C. Simpson in 1856. Martha's parents were Luke and Anna Simpson of Adams County, Illinois. Luke was born in South Carolina and Anna in Virginia; Martha was born in Indiana.
Adam was a schoolteacher in Des Moines County, Iowa, for ten years; he then moved to Hancock County, Illinois, where he continued teaching but also bought a large farm in the Mississippi Valley. (Gregg. p. 650.)
Children of Adam Willis and Martha (Simpson) Simmons:
i. Elizabeth A. b. 1858. Was schoolteacher.
ii. Josephine J. b. 1866
iv. John S. b. 1868
v. Charles B. b. 1869
vi. Frederick W. b. 1874
(Census of 1880; Gregg. p. 650.)
|vii.||ELIZABETH MARGARET SIMMONS, b. November 15, 1830.|
Notes for ELIZABETH MARGARET SIMMONS:|
Elizabeth Margaret Simmons was born November 15, 1830. She married Benjamin Jackson in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 31, 1848. Benjamin was born in Ohio; Elizabeth was born in Indiana.
Child of Benjamin and Elizabeth Margaret (Simmons) Jackson:
i. Roseannah b. April, 1850
(Marriage Rec Des Moines Co. Iowa: Census of 1850.)
|viii.||ROSEANNAH MALINDA SIMMONS, b. July 23, 1835.|
Notes for ROSEANNAH MALINDA SIMMONS:|
Roseannah Malinda Simmons was born in Fountain County, Indiana, on July 23, 1835. She married George Nicholson. George Nicholson was born in September, 1829, in [Springfield Twp?, Clark Co.,] Ohio. George and Roseannah Nicholas were living in Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas, in 1900. [George Nicholson is son of Benjamin and Ann (Tomkinson or Tonkinson) who lived in Clark Co., Ohio, Springfield Twp. Benjamin was born in England as was Ann.]
Known child of George P. and Roseannah (Simmons) Nicholson:
[i.] Lilla B. b. ca 1858, Des Moines?, Iowa see 1860 & 1870 census.]
[ii.] Mary Annah b. ca 1859, Des Moines?, Iowa see 1860 & 1870 census.]
[iii.] Edna Viola b. ca 1861, Des Moines?, Iowa see 1870 census.]
i. Josephine b. Dec. 1874, in [Pawnee] Kansas [w/f c 1900]
(Census of 1900; marriage given in E.B. Simmons.)
[bracket information in italics is from Family Group Sheet
supplied by Natalie B. (Miller) Orozco, Douglas, AZ.]
|ix.||BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SIMMONS, b. November 22, 1832.|
|x.||ANN ELFLETA SIMMONS, b. January 28, 1838.|
Notes for ANN ELFLETA SIMMONS:|
Ann Elfleta Bettison Simmons was born January 28, 1838, in Des Moines County, Iowa. She married Benjamin Nicholson.
|xi.||RICHARD FLETCHER SIMMONS, b. August 28, 1840.|
Notes for RICHARD FLETCHER SIMMONS:|
Richard Fletcher Cathcart Simmons, who was called "Fletcher", was born August 28, 1840, in Des Moines County, Iowa. He died in September, 1879, in Salina, Kansas, of cancer of the groin. (Mort. Sch., 1880.) His occupation was given as wagonmaker, and he was listed as married.
|xii.||JAMES BOLIVAR SIMMONS, b. December 07, 1843.|
Notes for JAMES BOLIVAR SIMMONS:|
James Bolivar Simmons, known as "Bolivar", was born December 7, 1843, in Des Moines County, Iowa. [1900 census gives his year of birth as 1846. James and a son lived with Anna Elfleta B. (Simmons) Nicholson. James was divorced.]
[Material in brackets and italics was supplied on a Family Group Sheet supplied by Natalie B. (Miller) Orozco of Douglas, AZ.]
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