I would like very much to know what the J.N. Simmons' full name is. Also, I wonder if some of Riley's kids went to live with the Poseys instead of Riley going there. Do you have the Lawrence County History book? One of Riley J. Simmons' gr grandsons has written a story about him. He says Riley had two brothers, Houston and John as well as two sisters, Mattie and Alice, but that the kids were split up when they were young. This gentleman who wrote this, Dwight Long of Cullman, AL states that Riley's mother died in the 1870's and his father abandoned his children and married a woman in south Florence. He says that John moved to AR where he had three sons, Roy, Doc and Bill. Houston died young and is buried at Poplar Springs Cemetery not far from his grandmother. He says Riley and Emily Druscilla had 13 children. His oldest child, Ora Jane Simmons Ragan was Mr. Long's grandmother. I haven't tried to track any of these people in the census since 1900, but will see what I can find.
I have seen Riley's name given as Riley Jefferson Simmons and as Riley Jackson Simmons. I don't know what the J stood for in the original Riley's name. However, Jackson was a name that was used as a middle name by Mary Norton'sfamilies. She was the mother of Jacob Simmons, who I believe was Riley's father. She named one of her sons John Jackson Simmons. One of her brothers, Jacob L. Norton had a son named John Jackson Norton, I believe.