| || Notes for WILLIAM LEROY SIMMONS:|
William Leroy Simmons was born January 10, 1822, in Clermont County, Ohio.He emigrated to Jefferson County, Iowa, when he was twenty years old, arriving May 1, 1842, and purchased a farm there.After clearing the land, which was "only wilderness", he returned to Clermont County.He made the trip to Ohio onhorseback, spending the winter in Illinois, probably with Simmons relatives living there.
He married Sarah Weaver in Clermont County in 1849 (Fulton) or 1852 (Margaret Hoerner.) Sarah was the daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Robinson) Weaver.Samuel was the son of John Weaver of Virginia. (Rockey, p. 247.) Sarah was born Jan 31, 1825, Cler. Co.
William L.F. Simmons brought his bride back to Jefferson County to live, and all their children were born there.His farm was six miles north of Fairfield, near Brooksville.
He and Sarah returned to Clermont County in April, 1861, and remained there until the spring of 1863, when they once again returned to Iowa.William was elected to the State Legislature in 1875.He was prominent in the public life of his community, was a Methodist and a Republican.He farmed and also taught school.In later life he moved into Fairfield, where he died July 5, 1901.
Children of William L.F. and Sarah (Weaver) Simmons:
107=i. Eben Frankb. Mar 10, 1855d. Apr 23, 1927
ii. Charles Walterb. Dec 8, 1857d. 1946
Graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College.Methodist Minister; lived in Plateau City, Colorado.
iii. Sarah Belleb. 1864
Did not marry.Teacher and in home mission work. Lived in Utah.
iv. Nancy Wrightb. Sep 18, 1867
Did not marry.Teacher and home mission work. Lived in Chicago.
Three infants died.
(Fulton.p. 89; Simmons Scrapbook, letter from Margaret Hoerner, daughter of Eben-107.)