I have been researching the Simonton’s from Portland / Falmouth / Cape Elizabeth for over 10 years. With the help of several others, volunteers and descendants alike, much has been learned.
The problem is the lack of primary documentation for the trail of Andrew and William descendants said to have come over from Ireland in 1718.
I have a large collection of sketches, census records, deeds, books, cemetery records, etc. but still can not prove a couple of things.
First it has been proven that there were two Thomas Simonton’s in the mid 1700’s, one married Mary Hatch and the other married Mary Alden (my line). Proving my Thomas’ parents is my problem.
My Line is as follows: (William L Simonton b 1843, Benjamin Simonton b 1795, Thomas Simonton b mid 1700’s) all in Portland Maine.
Several sources mention Andrew and William as being either brothers or father and son again with no real proof either way.
A book “The History of Cape Elizabeth” by Jordan states that William died in the early 1800’s at age over 100 with a large family.I have a written account of the family written by a sibling of my grandmother stating they had had a conversation with their uncle John Simonton, brother of my William L Simonton and John stated that his grandfather Thomas had two brothers John and James.They all lived at Cape Elizabeth with their fathers whose name he did not know.This is the key problem. The written account goes on to say the father lived to be 125, which seems a little old but is consistent with the Jordan book stating William lived to be over 100.
If anyone wants to help solve this please let me know and before any effort is put forward I can provide the primary documentation that I currently have in order to save re-doing work that is already complete.