Kirksey is a collateral line for me, but I have a small bit of information to share.I found this family on the 1880 census CD's recently ordered from the Family History Center. Census Place: District 7, Lauderdale, Tennessee Source: FHL Film 1255266National Archives Film T9-1266Page 172D Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Alex C. KIRKSEY Self M M W 45 TN Occ: Farmer Fa: TN Mo: TN Mary KIRKSEY Wife F M W 40 TN Occ: Keeps House Fa: TN Mo: TN Emma HOWARD Dau F W W 18 TN Occ: At Home Fa: TN Mo: TN Henry KIRKSEY Son M S W 17 TN Occ: Works On Farm Fa: TN Mo: TN Bettie KIRKSEY Dau F S W 14 TN Occ: At Home Fa: TN Mo: TN Sarah E. KIRKSEY Dau F S W 12 TN Occ: At Home Fa: TN Mo: TN Laura KIRKSEY Dau F S W 6 TN Fa: TN Mo: TN Minnie L. KIRKSEY Dau F S W 3 TN Fa: TN Mo: TN James UNDERWOOD Other M S W 23 TN
The Bettie Kirksey above is Senthia Elizabeth Kirksey who was born in Edith, Lauderdale Co., TN abt. 1866.She married John Richard Simmons 7 Oct 1885, Lauderdale Co., and died there 21 April, 1925. They were the parents of seven children:Her obituary mentions the whereabouts of some of her sisters in 1925:
"Lauderdale Co. Enterprise", Friday, April 17th, 1925 Senthia Elizabeth (Kirksey) Simmons "...She was married when 18 years old, and to this union seven children were born, the following five of whom survive:Harvey A. Simmons, instructor in the University of Chicago;George E. Simmons, city editor of the Nashville Tennessean;Richard H. Simmons, well-known farmer of Gates; Mrs. Ethel Dickens, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mrs. Ela Travis of Gates.The following sisters survives;Mrs. Emma Williams, Gates;Mrs. M.E. Griffith, Memphis;Mrs. Johns Curlin, Nocana, Texas;Mrs. Laura Richardson, Halespoint, TN; and Mrs. Addie King, Calif."