To give further credence to the Simonson/Ashby connection, I have found the following additional information but still can't quite connect to Magnus Simonson, Sr. (yet)
From the "Knox, County, Indian History" Ashby-Mackey.William Perry Ashby (1835-1888), born in Indiana, was a Vigo Township farmer.There are conflicting family traditions:"His father or grandfather came to Knox County from south Carolina with two SIMONSON SISTERS, married one and had children by both.""He was a descendant of the John Ashby that 'Ashby's Gap' was named for, and was related to General Tuner Ashby of Civil War fame.""His father and a brother came from Fauguier County, Va.The father worked for Alfred SIMONSON at Edwardsport.He died of cholera on a trip by flatboat to New Orleans and was buried on an island in the Mississippi River. Alfred SIMONSON raised William Perry Ashby."The article goes on to tell of the descendants of William Perry Ashby and his wife Sarah Ann Harrington, one being John Ashby (1855-1936) who married Catherine "Suly" Mackey.... thus the title of the article Ashby/Mackey.The article lists Nancy Jane Ashby (1837-1925) married no. 1 Joseph Summers and #2 Samuel Medley... that her parents were Joseph Ashby and Matilda Timmons... that because William Perry Ashby's children called Nancy Jane "Aunt Jane" that she is a sister to William Perry... which would indicate that the family tradition mentioned earlier would be that William Perry's grandfather was the one who married the Simonson woman????
That same history book (Knox Co., Indiana) had this to say about Alfred Simonson...."was born in a fort half-way etween Edwardsport and Bicknell Oct 1, 1815, one of four children born to Mary Simonson of Scotch-English descent born Oct. 15, 1769, in South Carolina...Nov 11, 1841, he married Sarah Perkins...he gave each of his eight living children farms of 150 acres upon adulthood...it appeared he was pretty industrious and prospered as a merchant. Much of the lumber for the Edwardsport United Methodist Church was donated in 1882 by Alfred Simonson.
Jerry Richmond's site http://members.tripod.com/~jrichmon/smsn001.htmhttp://members.tripod.com/~jrichmon/smsn001.htm has Alfred's siblings as:Frances born 1809 Union S.C. d. 1860 Knox Co., Indiana, married Peter Hoover; Isaiah born 1813 Knox Co., Ind. d. 1876 Davies Co., Indiana and married Mary Bruce; and John 1817 Knox Co. Indiana d 1883 Knox co., Indiana.Their mother Mary (maiden name unknown) born 1769 S. C. and died 20 May 1835 Knox Co., Indiana.Her grave being the earliest burial in Edwardsport town cemetery, Knox Co., Indiana.The first name of her husband is unknown but he is believed to have been born in S. C. and died about 1818 in Knox Co., Indiana.Jerry hypothesizes that the father is son of Isaac Simonson born Orkney, Scotland and died before 1800, Union District S. C., wife Elizabeth_____ ; siblings Josiah born about 1781, William born about 1787 d. about 1846 Knox Co., Indiana and married Rebecca_____; and John S.It would appear the people from Union, S.C. came to Indiana about the same time in early 1800s.
So why would Alfred Simonson raise William Perry Ashby if there was not some kind of relationship?If Alfred's father is Isaac - is it Isaac, son of Magnus Simonson, Sr., or a brother to Magnus, Sr.???And who were the Simonson sisters with the grandfather of William Perry Ashby as mentioned in the one family tradition in the Ahsby-Mackey story?Could it possibly be Lydia, Grace and/or Maryanne, daughters of Magnus Simonson, Sr.????