Kay Ogle and I recently made a trip to the Jones County court house...I was still trying to figure out who here John B Simmons born 1817 was...
I am fairly sure he was the son of John Simmons and Prudence Sanderson.
Here is what I base this, please let me know your thoughts.
1. In the 1820 census there are three Simmons family in Jones county with males under the age of 10 in their household, John Daniel Elijah
John has 3, males under the age of ten
Daniel Simmons was married to Penelope Hargett, they did have a son John who was born 1807, but did not marry Mary Koonce or father Prudence Caroline Simmons.
Elijah did not have a son named John.
2. Benjamin Clinton Simmons had a son named John who died 1902, in his will, one of the executors is a Joseph James Simmons, whom he names as a relative, the John B Simmon we are looking for has a son named Joseph James. (John B Simmons and BC's son John would be first cousins if my theory is correct)
3. Prudence Sandersons parents were Jospeh Sanderson and Nancy Frazier, John B Simmons and Mary Koonce name a son Joseph and a daughter Nancy (neither one of which are names that show up earlier in this Simmons family)
I am just sure that John B Simmons is the son of John and Prudence, and that the b stands for Becton.I KNOW John and Prudence were in Jones County in 1820, the John in the census has GOT to be him....