Jason--Thanks for the info. I doubt there is a relationship here, for the SIMMONS I mentioned started spelling the surname differently from then on! I could find no other SIMMONS souls after that one.
I did, however, know a Mike SIMMONS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and he did spend some time in TX, if not perhaps born there. Close to OK at any rate! I'll see if I can find him again (it's been several years back) and ask him about the family1