There is a lot of information on the family in one particular book:
From "Early days in Greenbush : with biographical sketches of the old
settlers" by William L. Snapp (published by H. W. Rokker Co., Springfield,
ILL - 1905, 208 pages).
I couldn't dig out all of the intertwining details of the various families,
but typed up a number of the highlights below.You might want to find a
copy of the book to read through.It has been microfilmed, and is available
online through various sources such as HeritageQuest and Genealogy.com.
After I typed up the following, I found the book was also available at this
link.Noting the name Simmons, it may have been created by a distant cousin
of yours -
I placed a couple of notes in brackets below - [ ].
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David Young was born in Virginia, near the Tennessee line, in 1798.He
came to Greenbush, Illinois in 1834.He was married to Sarah Simmons, April
19, 1835.She was a daughter of William Simmons, who was a brother of
Rowland and James Simmons, who came to Greenbush in an early day.To David
Young and wife were born the following-named children:
George W., born June 30, 1836; married Mary Massengale.
Abigail, born August 25, 1837; married Samuel Walker.She died in 1885.
William, born March 1, 1839; married Esther Simmons.
Cosby, born February 18, 1841; married Andrew Wigert, December 14, 1862.
He was born June 24, 1833.
Easter, born January 20, 1843; married Wm. Clark Griffin.She died in
Kansas, July 21, 1892.
James K. P., born January 30, 1845; married Mrs. Cynthia A. Purcell, in
David Young was a farmer by occupation; did some teaming; was constable
at one time; also kept hotel in the village.Politically he was a democrat.
In religion he was a member of the Christian church.He died July 4, 1868.
His wife was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church.She died
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Rowland Simmons was born in Virginia, in 1794.He removed with his
parents in early life to Warren county, Kentucky.After living there
several years, he moved to Morgan county, Illinois.In 1830, he moved to
what is now known as Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, and settled on
He was the first settler in Greenbush township.His brother James
followed him in 1833, and after living in the township a short time, settled
on lands now adjoining the village of Greenbush on the east, where he died,
William Simmons, another brother, came later and located in the
northeast part of the township.He afterwards moved to Galena, where he was
engaged in hauling mineral ore; and later he moved to Iowa where he died.
This William Simmons was the father of James Simmons, who died at the
residence of his son James Edmond Simmons, on section two, September 25,
1900.William was also the father of Sarah, who married David Young.
Charles Simmons, who was also a brother of Rowland, resided in Stoddard
county, Missouri, in 1845.During that year James and Rowland made him a
visit and induced him to move to Illinois.His family, household goods and
one sorrel mare were placed on board a boat at Cape Girardeau, and they all
started for Copperas Creek, Illinois.
Some place on the route the boat landed and James took the mare and rode
home across the country.When he arrived, he sent some of his and Rowland's
boys to Copperas Creek after the party.So they came across the country in
wagons, arriving at Greenbush, April 27, 1845.
John W. Nance and family were members of this party, he having married
Nancy, a daughter of Charles Simmons.
Charles Simmons was married two or three times, his last wife being Miss
Levicy Boydston.He was the father of the following named children:
James D., (sometimes called "Pumkin-Hook Jim") who married Clarissa
Morris.After his death, she married Robert M. Snapp.
John R., who married Nancy Strain; and after her death, was married to
the widow of James Taylor.
Madison, who died while in service in the Union arme during the civil
Sarah, who married Benjamin Gray.
Mary, who married Philip Davis Hedges.
Jane, who was never married.
Joanna, who married David Edie.
Harriet, who married a Mr. Kidoo of Iowa.
Rowland Simmons, the subject of this sketch, was married to Miss Julia
A. Jones.To them were born the following-named children:
William, born April 16, 1826, married Margaret Morris, in October, 1849.
She died June 15, 1873, at the age of 46 years.
Francis Marion, (better known as Tim), married a daughter of James D.
Smith.They moved to Oregon.
James H., married Lucinda Moulton.She died April 17, 1874, at the age
of 43 years. [NOTE - Thomas Moulton, wife Margery Howe and family found on
page 122 of this book - rsc]
Jasper, born in 1842, was thrown from a wagon and killed November 3,
Mary, married Thomas Joiner Willard.Both died in Kansas.
Harriet, married Joshua Rhodes.
Emily, married Alexander Willard.
John W., an infant, died in 1832, and was buried in the Greenbush
graveyard, it being the first grave in this yard.
Some time during the early '30', Rowland Simmons planted some apple seed
with the intention of grafting the trees after they had grown to sufficient
size.One of the trees, when it came to
bearing, produced a large yellow apple of the fall variety.This tree
sprouted and the sprouts, when dug up and set out, produced the same kind of
apple.James Simmons was among the first to procure sprouts from this tree,
having quite an orchard of them at one time.They are known as the "Simmons
Pippin," and are generally, considered the best fall apple in this country.
During the last days of Rowland Simmons, he suffered with a cancer of
his face from which he died May 23, 1858.His wife Julia Ann died January
Sarah Simmons, mother of Rowland Simmons, died at the residence of
Rowland, December 31, 1842.She was about 90 years old.
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James Simmons, who was a brother of Rowland Simmons, was born in 1795.
Late in the fall of 1816, he moved from Green River, Warren county,
Kentucky, to Madison county, Illinois.His wife and infant son (Andrew W.)
came with him.The made the entire trip on horseback.
He moved to Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, in October, 1833.He
first settled about one mile south of where the village is now located.He
afterwards moved east of the village on land adjoining it.
He was married in Kentucky to Sarah Stice.To them were born the
Rowland M., born November 7, 1819; married Dianna Stice.She died in
Missouri.He was a member of the militia and, in 1843, was elected first
lieutenant and commisioned by Governor Ford under Captain W. B. Blankenship,
who died in the service.R. M. Simmons was then elected captain to fill the
This was the 6th company, 2nd battalion, 84th regiment Illinois militia.
John C. Bond was major; John Butler, colonel; V. H. Marshall, adjutant; John
McMahill, first lieutenant; Levi Hedges, orderly sergeant.They mustered
three times a year company battalion; officers' drill, twice a year.They
had three places of meeting: Greenbush, Berwick, and New Lancaster.
Captain Simmons's company was composed of 80 substantial men.He was
drillmaster at officers' drill.The regiment was called out for volunteers
for the Mexican war.Wyatt B. Stapp, who was brigadier-general, went with
the company as captain to the Mexican war. [NOTE - Nicholas Earp was under
Wyatt Berry Stapp's command in the Mexican war, and named his son, Wyatt
(Berry Stapp) Earp for him - rsc]
R. M. Simmons is an elder in the Old-School Predestinarian Baptist
church, and has for many year devoted a great portion of his time to
preaching in different localities.
Andrew W., born in Kentucky, September 2, 1816; married Mary Ann Hedges,
January 6, 1842.She died July 19, 1847.His second marriage was to
Ascenath Brooks, March 2, 1848.
She was born in Kentucky, January 7, 1825.He filled the offices of
tax-collector and justice of the peace for several years in the township.
He died September 12, 1887.
Alfred W., born November 5, 1821; married Sarah Moulton, August 26,
1847.She was born September 18, 1829, and died May 18, 1902.
Charles Riley, born December 24, 1825; married Martha Bair.She died
December 13, 1884, at the age of 42 years.
William Jackson, born December 30, 1827; married Sarah Holeman.He died
in Gentry county, Missouri, November 4, 1884.
Francis Marion, born November 10, 1823; was never married.He died at
the residence of Peter Snider, his brother-in-law, in the village of
Greenbush, June 24, 1891.
Martin V. B., born October 5, 1839; married Hester Cunningham.He died
September 29, 1877.She died December 4, 1887, at the age of 42 years.
Nancy, born in Madison county, Illinois, February 17, 1831; married J.
Woodford Ray.She died March 11, 1853,
Sarah A., born January 27, 181; married William Hiet.She died March
25, 1863.He died March 23, 1895, at the age of 78 years.
Joanna, born October 11, 1843; married Isaac Holeman.She died August
22, 1901.He died May 20, 1901, at the age of 68 years.
Dianna, born August 2, 1835; married Peter Snider.
Arminda C., born November 14, 1837; married Benjamin F. Watt.He was
born September 30, 1840 and died February 13, 1904.
James Simmons died August 21, 1873.His wife died April 8, 1855, at the
age of 58 years.They were members of the Old-School Predestinarian Baptist
church.In politics Mr. Simmons was a democrat.
Page 124a - Photo of James Simmons (copy is poor).
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James Simmons was born in Warren county, Kentucky, August 10, 1809.He
was a son of William and Esther (Stice) Simmons, who were married in 1798.
He was bonr in 1775, and died in 1865.She was born in South Carolina, in
1779, and died in 1855.To them the following-named children were born:
Peter, Martin, Betsey, James, Charles, Sarah, Lucinda, John, Roley,
Susan, Herbert, Nancy, and William.
James Simmons in his young days moved with his parents from Warren
county, Kentucky, to Howard county, Missouri.Here they resided one year,
then moved to Boone county, Missouri, where they resided about eight years;
they then moved to Illinois and located in Morgan county, near Jacksonville.
They afterwards moved to Warren county, Illinois, and located in the
northeast part of Greenbush township.
William Simmons, father of James Simmons, was engaged about one year
hauling mineral ore at Galena, Illinois.He finally moved to Iowa, where he
died in 1865.
James Simmons, the subject of this sketch, was married December 18,
1839, to Melinda Jennings.She was a daughter of Aaron and Sarah Jennings,
and was born in Indiana, Janaury 27, 1821; died June 19, 1897.To James
Simmons and wife the following-named children were born:
Elizabeth Eunice, born February 28, 1842; married Thomas Stockton,
November 20, 1857.
Sarah E., born May 28, 1844; married William Young, September 4, 1862.
Samantha Jane, born August 15, 1846; married John Patterson, November
Nancy M., born December 12, 1848; married William H. Davis.She died
June 9, 1900.He died August 16, 1893.
William E., born November 30, 1851; died May 12, 1884.
Eliza E., born February 20, 1855; married Noah Davis.
Thomas J., born June 8, 1857; married Amy A. South, October 11, 1883.
She died February 6, 1894, at the age of 29 years.His second marriage was
to Victoria Miller, February 14, 1895.
Ida M., born August 22, 1860; married George Davis.
James Edmond, born August 1, 1863; married Cornelia Stice, July 8, 1885.
She was born September 10, 1864, and was a daughter of David and Elizabeth
James Simmons resided in Greenbush township for many years.He was a
successful farmer and stockraiser.In politics he was a democrat.He died
at his old home place, on section two in Greenbush township, September 25,
Page 174 - Greenbush Graveyard - David Young, died July 4, 1868; aged 70
A full listing of burials in Greenbush Cemetery can be found at these links: