I was excited to hear from you, in fact I was just going to genforum to make contact with you. I too have been looking at the same thing and have a theory. In 1825 Jonathan Simmons married Sally Woodall in Jefferson Co. Ala. There is also a Jonathan Simmons who married an Elizabeth Laney 2-14-1824. The J Simmons in the Yalobusha census was b. in 1793 in S C. If he is the Jonathan who married the Sally and or Elizabeth he would have been 32.More than likely he had a wife before this one or ones.In 1850 he is married to Sarah, possibly another wife.John Simmons who appears in the 1850 census with the wife named Elizabeth and child named Granville is my gggrandfather.I believe he would have been a child by one of the above marriages.He was b. in Ala. in 1827, Jefferson Co.If my theory is correct Jonathan Simmons would be the father to John (my gg)and to Lafayette (by wife Sarah).The ages are right for both of them. They also both ended up in Oak Grove, La.
Jonathan appears in the 1830 Jefferson Co Ala census.The reason I know that it is him is because he is present with the same families who were in SC, Ala, and in Mississippi in 1850. They are Murphees', Woodalls' and Boldings'.They have married into each others families since SC. Roland Jenkins Murphee and Marvel Bolding married sisters in Jefferson co.Roland to Polly Steelman and Marvel to Sarah Steelman. Census1840-41-45 shows Jonathan Simmons, Roland Murphee, Marvel Bolding and John Woodall, all in Yalobusha Co. MS. and then the 1850 census just lists him as J.Simmons.I believe that these are all the same families. My ggrandfather John b. 1827 ala. married Elizabeth Woodall in March of 1847 Yalobusha Co. MS.only at this time his name was spelled Seamons.He died sometime between 1856 and 1859 because she married James S. Bolding in 1859. Elizabeth is found in the 1870 census for Randolph Co. Arkansas in the home of Abram Woodall (A brother I think). We found much info on Lafayette in East Carroll Parish this past summer. Don't know if you have it or not.I would be glad to pass it on.He is found in Confederate Research Sources Vol 3 page 570.it is as follows, "Simmons, Lafayette, Pvt., Co 1 14th La. Inf. En. May 20, 1861, Carroll Parish., La. Present on all Rolls to Aug., 1861. Roll Nov. and Dec., 1861, Discharged Nov. 15, 1861, Born Louisiana.(this is wrong) occupation farmer, Res. Penhook, La,. age when enlisted 24, married" I don't know if you have had the same experience I have had in finding wrong spellings and wrong dates.I am sure that this is your Lafayette. Penhook was the name of Oak Grove until the union army burned it during the civil war.When it was rebuilt it took the name of the Plantation Home of the Postmaster, which was Oak Grove. I know that you already know that he married Laura Tamicos Strong, 3-18-1864 (somewhere I have a copy) in Carroll Parish.She was the d/o Amos R. and Charlotte Strong. Her siblings were Amanda Jane, Rosanah Adelaide and Franklin. Amos died Nov. 18 1885.I have the date of Lafayette's death and his accession somewhere.If you need it I will look for it.I also saw a document where Everett Marcus, Grandson of Amos and Charlotte sold land that he had inherited from his ggrandparents, Amos and Charlotte Strong. You do know that he is burried in Grenada MS. don't you? We are definately looking for the same family.I am going to MS this summer to spend some time looking for graves in the cemeteries around Coffeeville.Hopefully I will come up with something.I also intend to visit Jefferson Co. Ala at sometime in the near future. Keep in touch. Jo Ann