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Descendants of James Simmons / Symonds

Generation No. 5


6. RICHARD5 SIMMONS (JOHN4, JOHN3, ROBERT2, JAMES SIMMONS /1 SYMONDS)5 was born c 1740 in Near Raleigh, NC5, and died 1796 in Oglethorpe Co., GA5. He married (1) UNKNOWN5. He married (2) MARY BAKER. He married (3) ELIZABETH DEAN5 1764 in North Carolina, daughter of WILLIAM DEANE.

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ICHARD SIMMONS:

Notes for Richard SIMMONS:
Richard grew up near Raleigh, NC. He later married an Elizabeth Dean, daughter of William Deane. They had a son, William who married a Sarah Brown in 1784 with Richard being the security. Richard bought his first land in 1765. He sold all his land in November 1784 and then moved to Wilkes Co., Georgia, settling in what is now Oglethorpe, Co., GA. He died in 1796, leaving a will that mentions a second wife, Mary Baker, and a third wife (not named) and two young daughters (less than 12 years), Betsy and Nancy, and a sizable estate.
     

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ICHARD SIMMONS and ELIZABETH DEAN:
Marriage: 1764, North Carolina
     
Children of R
ICHARD SIMMONS and MARY BAKER are:
  i.   BETSY6 SIMMONS, b. N.C..
  ii.   NANCY SIMMONS, b. N.C..
     
Child of RICHARD SIMMONS and ELIZABETH DEAN is:
  iii.   WILLIAM6 SIMMONS5, b. c 1765, Wake Co., NC near Raleigh5; m. SARAH BROWN5, December 23, 1784, Wake Co., NC5.
  More About WILLIAM SIMMONS and SARAH BROWN:
Marriage: December 23, 1784, Wake Co., NC5



7. JOHN J.5 SIMMONS (JOHN4, JOHN3, ROBERT2, JAMES SIMMONS /1 SYMONDS)5 was born January 04, 1742 in Wake Co ,NC, and died 1837 in Talbot Co., GA. He married MARGARET NUTT October 25, 1766 in North Carolina, daughter of ROBERT NUTT. She was born c 1742 in N.C..

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OHN J. SIMMONS:

Notes for John J. SIMMONS III:
Not listed on any of the wills, but father is called John Simmons, Sr. in a number of places. John Jr. and his family lived in the vicinity of Raleigh, NC, throughout the 1750s, 1760s, 1770s, and early 1780s. County records indicate he was very active in land deals, farming, owning slaves, serving on juries, apparising estates, proving documents, heading road work crews, etc. John Jr. received 2 State land grants in 1779, one for 640 acres and one for 300 acres.

In 1770, John Simmons, Jr., his son, William, Isaac Nutt and possibly John & william Nutt, enlisted in the NC Militia. They fought in several small skirmishes with the Bristish in 1780. Then they fought in the major Battle of Cowpens in NC in January of 1781. This was one of the most decisive battles for the Americans during the American Rev War. John Simmons, Jr., suffered a severe injury to his left leg which hit by a musket ball. William Simmons came thru the battle uninjured. His b-i-l, Isaac Nutt was killed. John, Jr.'s son, William's enlistment was cut short so he could accompany his injured father home to Wake Co., NC. To perpetuate the honor and memory of Isaac Nutt, John, Jr., and Margaret Simmons added "Isaac" to the name of their son, William. He went by the name Issac for the rest of his life. Then had another son (#7) and named him William also.

Birthdates taken from Pension Application of Son William Isaac Simmons, may be in error as he would have only been 13 when 1st child was born, probably should be 1734.

John Simmons, Jr. and his son Isaac lived on their land in Bladwin Co., GA, until 1816. According to county tax and deed records, three of their closest neighboring families were the George Thompson family, the Joshua Schurlock family and the Joseph Westmoreland family. Several marriages between the children and grandchildren of these families occurred. The Oconee River was a natural territorial line between the white settlers on the east and the Creek Indians on the west as proclaimed by President Washington. However, it was difficult to enforce. The white settlers kept movign across the riber tot he west and the Indians kept slipping across to the east and raiding the whites. The attempt at enforcement of the border did not last long.

In 1816, the John Simmons, Jr., family, the Issac Simmons family, the John J. Simmons family, and the Joseph Westmoreland family sold their land in Baldwin Co., GA. In the Jan 31 1816 issue of the Georgia Journal, published at Milledgeville, county seat of Baldwin Co., the following was advertised for sale by John & Issac Simmons: 410 acres on Deriso Creek, 1 brown Bay Mare, 1 yoke of oxen and cart, 22 head cattle, 9 head sheep, 2 sows and 10 pigs. The families then moved to the northwest about 40 miles to Jasper Co., GA, in the vicinity of Monticello, county seat. it appears that Issac Simmons purchased land in Jasper Co. as he is shown on the 1820 census. By this time, John Simmons, Jr. was in his 80's and living with Issac Simmons. The George Thompson family, the John J. Simmons family and the Joseph Westmoreland family left Jasper Co. by 1818 and moved to Montgomery Co., Alabama.

By 1830, the John Simmons, Jr., family and the Isaac Simmons family had moved westward to Talbot Co., GA about 30 miles northeast of Columbus, GA. By this time, John, Jr., was in his 90's and still living with Isaac. According to son, Isaac's, war pension application, John Jr. died in 1837 in Talbot Co., his age being about 99 years and he died as a result of his war injury. No info has been found on the time and location of his wife, Margaret's death.

More About John J. SIMMONS III:
Burial: Abt. 1837, Talbot Co, Georgia
     

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OHN SIMMONS and MARGARET NUTT:
Marriage: October 25, 1766, North Carolina
     
Children of J
OHN SIMMONS and MARGARET NUTT are:
11. i.   WILLIAM ISSAC6 SIMMONS, b. February 11, 1768, Wake Co., NC; d. c 1857, Talbot Co., GA.
12. ii.   RHODA ANN SIMMONS, b. August 01, 1771, Wake co ,NC; d. March 13, 1851, Muscogee Co., GA.
  iii.   WINNEY SIMMONS, b. April 01, 1774, Wake co ,NC.
  iv.   SARAH SIMMONS, b. September 17, 1777, Wake co ,NC; m. (1) ISSAC WILLIAMS, 1792, GA; d. 1794, GA; m. (2) DANIEL SCURLOCK, Bef. 1795, GA; b. c 1775, Ga.
  More About ISSAC WILLIAMS and SARAH SIMMONS:
Marriage: 1792, GA

  More About DANIEL SCURLOCK and SARAH SIMMONS:
Marriage: Bef. 1795, GA

13. v.   JOHN J. SIMMONS, b. January 27, 1781, Wake co ,NC; d. Bef. 1843, Montgomery Co. , AL.
  vi.   WILLIAM B. SIMMONS, b. December 25, 1784, Wilkes Co., GA; d. Aft. 1850, Dale Co., AL; m. DOROTHY; b. c 1785, GA; d. Aft. 1850, Dale Co., AL.


8. ADAM5 SIMMONS (JOHN4, JOHN3, ROBERT2, JAMES SIMMONS /1 SYMONDS)5 was born c 1743 in Wake Co., NC near Raleigh5, and died September 1806 in Oglethorpe Co. ,GA. He married (1) REBECCA POGUE5 c 1760 in Wake Co., NC5. He married (2) REBECCA POGUE Bef. 1782 in North Carolina, daughter of ROBERT POGUE. She was born c 1750 in N.C., and died Aft. 1819 in Oglethorpe Co., GA.

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DAM SIMMONS:

Notes for AdamSIMMONS, SR.:
Named in brother Willis' Will dated1771. According the family tradition, this Adam served in the Rev War although no details of his service have been found. The first trace of Adam, Sr., was in 1765 when he registered his mark in Johnston Co., NC., for his livestock, which was a crop and a half crop in the left ear. On October 21, 1766, he was appointed Canstable and served his area of the county thru 1768. He also served on numerous juries, headed up road work crews and proved many documents. He lived on land he bought located on Richland Creek and also received a grant for 640 acres in 1779, also located on Richland Creek. According to Wake Co., NC., deed records, Adam, Sr., sold all his land in September 1782. Shortly thereafter he moved his family, along with his in-laws and many others from the area, to Wilkes Co., Georgia. They settled on the Broad River in what is now Oglethorpe Co., GA. Adam, Sr., received a headright grant for 400 acres and son, Asa received 200 acres. Adam, Sr., bought and sold several tracts of land but held on to his original. According to DAR, Adam Simmons, Sr., died in 1808. His wife, Rebecca was still living in 1819, being mentioned in Adam, Jr.,s Will while still in Oglethorpe, Co., GA. Asa's wife's name was Winney. Adam, Sr., had 10 children before he died before 1808.

More About AdamSIMMONS, SR.:
Burial: Sep 1806, Oglethorpe Co, Georgia
     

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DAM SIMMONS and REBECCA POGUE:
Marriage: c 1760, Wake Co., NC5

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DAM SIMMONS and REBECCA POGUE:
Marriage: Bef. 1782, North Carolina
     
Child of A
DAM SIMMONS and REBECCA POGUE is:
  i.   REBECCA6 SIMMONS5.
     
Children of ADAM SIMMONS and REBECCA POGUE are:
14. ii.   ASA6 SIMMONS, b. c 1783; d. 1813.
  iii.   ADAM SIMMONS5, b. 1790, N.C.; d. c 1820; m. ELIZABETH MCELROY, c 1810, NC.
  More About ADAM SIMMONS and ELIZABETH MCELROY:
Marriage: c 1810, NC

  iv.   REBECA SIMMONS, b. 1792; m. JAMES TUCKER.
  v.   MATILDA SIMMONS, b. 1784.
  vi.   WILLIAM SIMMONS, b. c 1786; d. c 1808.
  vii.   WINIFRED "WINNY" SIMMONS, b. 1788; m. BENJAMIN KNOX.
  viii.   BETTY SIMMONS, b. 1789.
  ix.   ANNA SIMMONS, b. 1794.
15. x.   DICEY SIMMONS, b. 1795, GA; d. 1835, GA.


9. WILLIAM5 SIMMONS (JOHN4, JOHN3, ROBERT2, JAMES SIMMONS /1 SYMONDS)6,7 was born c 1748 in Wake Co., NC near Raleigh7, and died Aft. July 11, 1819 in Putnam Co., GA7. He married PATIENCE7 c 1785 in North Carolina. She was born 1764 in N.C., and died 1826 in GA7.

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ILLIAM SIMMONS:

Notes for William SIMMONS:
Was left 100 acres on Simmons Branch by father's Will, and was also named in brother Willis' Will dated 1771. William sold this land in 1785 while living in Wilkes County, GA, having moved there abt 1784, purchasing 200 acres located on Clark's Creek. Shortly after settling in GA, William sold the 100 acres he inherited to his younger brother, Solomon. All of William's children were born prior to 1798 when William, who must have felt he was about to die, wrote a Will. He later wrote a Deed of Gift in 1819, naming a son, Henry as guardian, which included William H. Simmons listed in it. Since William didn't die, he and Patience sold their 200 acres in 1801 and moved along with their children to Putnam Co., GA, about 50 miles to the west where new Indian land had opened up. Putnam Co., GA, marriage records indicate most of the children married between 1810 & 1815. William apparently died about 1819 as deed records indicate his wife, Patience sold their land in that year. This William could not write. It has been noted that this William Simmons may have been a Revolutionary soldier, having received 287-1/2 acres of land for his services. This needs to be checked out more as the other William Simmons (1808 death in Oglethorpe Co., GA) received the 287-1/2 acres also.
WILKES CO., GA - Deed filed:
"....for divers goods causes me hereunto moving, I give grant release ..... To my five sons, Viz; Willis, Solomon, John, Henry and Asa Simmons the following to wit:....
and to my four daughters, Viz; Polley, Nancy, Rachel and Celinda the following properties.....
I the said William Simmons, have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of June 1798. his
William X Simmons
mark
Sealed and signed and acknowledged
in pressense of
John Dyson, J.P.
Recorded 15th June 1798

Papers & correspondence for the research of Hansford Simmons & Edna Simmons Campbell has been shared by Sandra Dunnaway and her uncle and is in the files with Sue Meinhart in California also. There is some misinformation that has been filed on this William Simmons with the wife, Patience and who died approx. 1819 in which the same year, the wife, Patience sells the land they had in Putnam Co., GA. Patience lived several years after William died in 1819. It is believed that William Simmons and his wife, Patience did not leave wills.

A will for a different William Simmons with the wife named Mary is filed in:
WILL BK B pg 26 - Lexington, Oglethorpe Co., Georgia (1808)

More About William SIMMONS:
Burial: Putnam Co, Georgia

Notes for Patience _______:
After William died about 18198, Patience sold the land.
LAND DEED, PUTNAM CO., GA BK I, p 210 and dtd 27 Dec 1819:
by Patience Simmons to John Williams, both of Putnam Co.; $400; 50-1/2 a. from sw corner of Lot 120 of 2nd Dist "to form a complete square out of said corner" adj thomas Napier, Francis Williams, Asa Simmons and James McKissack; signed by mark; wit: Frs. Williams, Henry C. Lang and Charles R. Waller, J.P.
     

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ILLIAM SIMMONS and PATIENCE:
Marriage: c 1785, North Carolina
     
Children of W
ILLIAM SIMMONS and PATIENCE are:
16. i.   WILLIS6 SIMMONS, b. 1784, Wilkes County, GA; d. May 31, 1862, Pike County, Willis Simmons Cemetary SE1/4 of SW1/4 of S9-T1-R9 ,1/8 mile E of Silver Creek Cemetary, 1/4 mile in woods on S side of road.
  ii.   JOHN SIMMONS7, b. c 1785; d. February 04, 1828, East Adam, Putnam Co., GA; m. SARAH STEWART, December 17, 1807, Hancock Co., GA.; b. c 1785.
  Notes for JOHN SIMMONS:
Notes for JohnSMITH, SR.:
In 1796, James Smith of Wilkes County, GA, deeded property in Oglethorpe County, GA, to "his son John Smith and son-in-law William Barron" (Deed Book A, p. 335). This same property was mentioned in the 1797 will of James Smith in Wilkes County to be given to his son, John, and daughter, Patty Barron. The 1801 returns for the James Smith estate list money paid to William Barron, for his wife's legacy.

John (see above), followed William's family to Hancock, then Putnam Counties, GA, in the early 1800s.

John Smith bought Prudence Barron's land just two after the probate of her estate in Wilkes Co., GA (1798).
9 Jan 1798, Samuel Barron to John Smith, both of Wilkes Co., for $200, 100 acres, part of tract granted to Prudence Barron on Little River waters, on north side of said land, laying in an exact square, adj. north by Mills & Porter, east by Porter, south & southwest by Brooks, west by Lipham. (signed) Samuel Barron. wit: Wm. Triplett, A. Lipham, J.P. Recorded 18 Jul 1799.
[Source: "Wilkes Co., GA Deed Bks A-VV 1784-1806" by Michal Martin Farmer 1996, page 739]

WILL - JONES CO., GA dtd 18 Mar 1826 and probated 2 Jul 1827.
Widow: Nancy
Sons: John Smith Jr., Nathan, Willis, Joseph, Asa, Bassel, James, William and Henry.
Daus: Prudy, Nancy Cook, Sarah Gammon.
Source: "History of Jones Co., GA 1807 - 1907" by Carolyn White Williams 1957
Source: Jones Co., GA Will Book BK A, pg 957.

  More About JOHN SIMMONS and SARAH STEWART:
Marriage: December 17, 1807, Hancock Co., GA.

  iii.   SOLOMON SIMMONS7, b. c 1786.
17. iv.   NANCY SIMMONS, b. c 1788, GA; d. Jones Co., GA.
18. v.   ASA SIMMONS, b. c 1790, N.C.; d. GA.
  vi.   HENRY SIMMONS7, b. c 1790, N.C.; m. SUZZY GONAD, January 17, 1813, Putnam Co., GA.
  More About HENRY SIMMONS and SUZZY GONAD:
Marriage: January 17, 1813, Putnam Co., GA

  vii.   POLLY SIMMONS7, b. Bef. 1792; m. (1) SILAS MATHERS; m. (2) HENRY WILLIAMSON, August 13, 1812, Putnam Co., GA.
  More About HENRY WILLIAMSON and POLLY SIMMONS:
Marriage: August 13, 1812, Putnam Co., GA

19. viii.   MELINDA SIMMONS, b. January 01, 1796, Wilkes Co., GA; d. April 17, 1875, Rapides Parish, LA.
20. ix.   RACHEL SIMMONS, b. c 1797, N.C.; d. Aft. 1850, Tallapoosa Co., AL..
21. x.   WILLIAM HARRISON SIMMONS, b. 1797, Putnam Co, GA; d. Aft. 1860, Pike Co., MS..
  xi.   SANDERS W. SIMMONS, b. c 1799, Putnam Co., GA; d. c 1849, Jasper Co., GA; m. NANCY WALKER, September 16, 1824, Jasper Co, GA; b. c 1801, Putnam Co., GA.
  More About SANDERS SIMMONS and NANCY WALKER:
Marriage: September 16, 1824, Jasper Co, GA



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