| || Notes for JAMES GRANT SIMMONS:|
James Simmons, born June 15, 1807, married Elizabeth Gatch Matson on Dec 13, 1830, in Clermont County.Elizabeth Matson was the daughter of Elizabeth (Gatch) and Aaron Matson and was born in 1812. Her mother, Elizabeth Gatch, born Feb 7, 1786, was the daughter of Elizabeth (Smith) and Philip Gatch, who were married June, 1778.Philip was born near Baltimore, Md., March 2, 1751.A member of the Church of England, he was converted to Methodism in 1772. After his marriage, he and Elizabeth suffered persecution because of their religion and moved to Buckingham Co., Va.There Philip freed all his wife's slaves in 1780.They moved to Clermont County, where Philip was an associate judge.Elizabeth, sister of Conduce Gatch, (See Elisha-39) married Aaron Matson, who was born in Pennsylvania Nov 2, 1776, and died April 13, 1857.He was the first postmaster of Milford, Ohio.Elizabeth died July 16, 1834.
Elizabeth Gatch (Matson) and James Simmons later moved to Sedalia, Pettis Co., Missouri.Elizabeth died there January 25, 1888, and James died March 6, 1892.Both are buried in Sedalia.James was postmaster of his community.
Children of James and Elizabeth (Matson) Simmons:
106=i. Aaron Matsonb. May 17, 1832d. Sep 16, 1894
ii. Philip Gatch m. Laura Lane, b. Jul 29, 1842 and who died April 4, 1919. Two infants died. Married Oct. 27, 1869.
d. October 21, 1902, bur. Little Rock.
iii. Saram. William Dial.Sara bur on Simmons lot.
iv. Williamd. February 26, 1871, unmarried.
v. Lucindab. 1843
m. Joseph Hillis.No children.
d. January 6, 1872. Bur Crown Hill, Sedal.
vi. George G.d. January 25, 1917, San Diego. unmarried.
vii. Charles Wesleym. No children. Wife died Jan 10, 1895.
d. May 6, 1897, bur. Sedalia.
viii. Maryb. 1850
m. Hugh C. Crawford.He died Oct 20, 1888, and is buried Colorado Springs.One child, Hubert, died Jan 24, 1891.
d. March 27, 1931.
(Rockey, pp. 462-3; V.O. Markham, pp. 52, 88.)