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John Wesley Simmons was born January 19, 1823, in Zenas, Indiana, in Jennings County. (Indiana Gazetteer, also Lib. of Congress Map Division.)
He studied to become a physician and moved to Independence, Missouri where he married Elizabeth Beeler Collins on March 2, 1848. Elizabeth was born July 21, 1825, in Kentucky, and was the daughter of Alexander and Tabitha (Sharp) Collins. Alexander Collins was the son of Stephen and Catherine (McIntosh) Collins. Stephen was a Revolutinary War soldier. Alexander was born January 6, 1789, and married Tabitha Whitten Sharp August 29, 1811. She was born March 12, 1792. The Collins were originally from Halifax County, Va., but moved to the region of Lexington, Kentucky, circa 1780. Tabitha was also b. in Va.
By 1854 Dr. Simmons moved his family to Douglas County, Kansas to a farm near Baldwin, and set out a peach orchard. Four years later, Baker University, a Methodist college, was established at Baldwin. At least eight of the Simmons children attended or graduated from this university, the first college in the state of Kansas.
During the Civil War years, all young men were in the militia or the army, and the collage's enrollment "looked like a female seminary." Then followed the Panic of 1873, and the college, already heavily in debt, was about to be closed.Dr. and Mrs. Simmons decided they would do what they could to keep this center of learning open. Dr. Simmons rode fifteen miles to Baldwin and mortgaged his home for four hundred dollars, which he gave to the collage. "This was sufficient to enable the school to meet the immediate obligation." (W.C. Markham.)
Dr. John W. Simmons died five years later, on September 16, 1878, and was buried at Vinland Valley Cemetery, near his hillside home with several of his children. His wife Elizabeth died January 29, 1910 at her home in Hutchinson, Kansas, and is buried beside her husband at Vinland Cemetery, Douglas County, Kansas.
Children of John Wesley and Elizabeth (Collins) Simmons:
111=i. Jefferson Davisb. Dec. 22, 1848
112=ii. Lee Bruceb. Oct. 30, 1850d. Dec.7, 1902
113=iii. Alba Annb. Feb. 14, 1852d. Aug. 30, 1884
iv. Laorus Nebraskab. Nov.8, 1853d. July 21, 1854
v. Benjamin Rushb. Sep. 14, 1855d. Sep.3, 1856
114=vi. Emma Medorab. June 12, 1857d: Feb. 16, 1893
vii. Adda Byronb. Dec. 30, 1858
115= viii. John Stuartb. Aug.5, 1860d. Dec. 17, 1944
ix. Eberle B.b. Mar. 10, 1862d. Aug. 30, 1864
116=x. Rosa Belleb. Aug. 30, 1864d. Dec. 25, 1916
117=xi. Ella Mayb. May18, 1866.
xii. Bertice Ireneb. November 18, 1872. Did not marry.
Lived in K.C., Mo., with Adda B.
(E.B. Simmons: W.C. Markham; Connelley, Vol. IV. p. 1906.)