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Adam John William Simmons was born March 5, 1814, in Clermont County, Ohio.He went by the name of John A. Simmons.He was rather heavy-set, below medium height, with black hair and dark eyes.He served the Methodist Church as class leader, steward, and trustee for many years.He also taught school one or two years, and served the township as trustee several years.He was elected first lieutenant of the First Cavalry Company, 2nd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 8th Division of the Ohio Militia.He was soon promoted to captain and held this rank until the Ohio Legislature repealed the law requiring military parade in time of peace.
John A. Simmons married Florella Jane Donham, daughter of Colonel Jonathan S. Donham, on December 24, 1844.
The genealogy of Florella Jane Donham is one of particular interest.The Donhams were of Spanish origin, their original family name being Don Singleton.During the sixteenth century an ancestor of Florella had become an active Liberal, or Rebel, in Spain, and he was arrested and banished. After he served his term of banishment, he escaped to Scotland where he assumed the name of Don Ham, which was quickly corrupted to Donham.
The Donham family emigrated to New Jersey.Then a son, William moved to North Alabama, and another son, Nathaniel, went to Pennsylvania.Nathaniel married twice; his second wife was Miss Jennings.He was engaged for years in transporting groceries and store goods across the mountains to the pioneers in the frontier settlements.He purchased his supplies in Philadelphia and Baltimore, and shipped them via pack horses .Around 1784 Nathaniel emigrated West and by 1800 was in Clermont County, Ohio.
Col. Jonathan Singleton Donham was a son of Nathaniel Donham.Jonathan married Hiley Ross, who died without having any children.Jonathan then married Elizabeth Ayers of New Jersey on April 19, 1818.They had eleven children, one of whom was Florella.Jonathan was a colonel in the War of 1812, and was present at the siege of Ft. Meigs, now Fremont, Ohio. During the war, he was made a General of the militia.Colonel Donham was renowned for his fine farmland and his trading in livestock.He bred blooded horses, cattle, and hogs.
John A. Simmons owned a large farm in Laurel, and also owned a store there.He died in Laurel, Clermont County, on January 16, 1879, of typhoid. "In spite of the severe cold weather, funeral attendance was very large." (Obituary.) Hiswidow later married James H. Gates, widower of Mary Elvina Simmons. (Mary-37)Florella, born April 20, 1824, died March 17, 1894.