Re: John Simmons, d. 1763 Bute Co NC
Let me bounce this idea off of you and see if you have additional records to prove or disprove it.
We know that Mary Lee named as an heir in the John Simmons' will and the wits Frederick Lee and Burrell Lee were the widow and sons of Thomas Lee of Bristol Parish. We also have this record concerning the estate of John Simmons d 1749 IOW.
Thomas Lee, William Nelson & als. versus Benjamin Simmons with will annexed of John Simmons decd., with Charles Simmons & William Simmons an infant under the age of 21.Frances Simmons of the County of Surry appointed guardian to deft. William Simmons.1750. Order Book I, page 60. B. A. C.
We know that John Simmons d 1749 did not name all his children in his will. At least one daughter, Sarah Simmons who m Joseph Gray, can be proven by the Gray Bible records. I suspect there were others.
This John Simmons' wife at his death was Mary Cocke, dau of William Cocke, and widow of John Spratley. They did not marry until 1728 or later. So John Simmons must have been married at least once before since he had children born well before 1728.
Since Charles Simmons, William Simmons, and Benjamin Simmons were named as sons in the IOW will of John Simmons, if this is the same Thomas Lee who is suing these heirs, his wife Mary may have been another daughter of John Simmons d 1749 IOW and sister to John Simmons d 1773. We know Mary was the wife of Thomas Lee in 1749 because Frederick was b 1744/5 and Burwell was b 1750 with parents named as Thomas and Mary Lee in the Bristol Parish records.
John Simmons Jr d 1749 IOW was son of John Simmons Sr d 1738 Surry Co who was son of William Simmons and Mary of Surry. John Simmons Sr d 1738 and William Gray Jr served together as Burgesses from Surry, and it was this John Simmons Sr who began the negotiations with the Nottoway Indians concerning their land. In his will, he left his land in IOW to his son John. John Simmons d 1749 IOW continued the negotiations with the Nottoways and was a trustee with his brother-in-law Thomas Cocke and Benjamin Edwards for the sale of the circular tract of Nottoway land. John Simmons d 1749 served as a Burgess from IOW with Joseph Gray, son of William Gray Jr who had served with John Simmons Sr d 1738 Surry.
Now let's examine the will of John Vaughan 1741 IOW. This is the complete will. http://www.vaughan-vaughn.org/willjohn741va.htmhttp://www.vaughan-vaughn.org/willjohn741va.htm
Nowhere does it name a dau Rebeckah and neither does it state that John Simmons the minor heir was the grandson of John Vaughan as I've seen stated again and again on the web. It does state that John Simmons the minor was the son of another John Simmons Jr of Surry, and that the minor's grandfather was still another John Simmons Sr who was living at that time, but we don't know where. We can't tell if John Simmons Jr of Surry was living or not. I don't know where the name Rebeckah came from that I've seen so often on the web. Certainly not from this will. Maybe it was picked up from one of the Simmons wills.
That eliminates John Simmons d 1738 as the grandfather since he was dead by 1741 even though his will named wife Rebeckah. It also eliminates John Simmons d by 1744 in Surry. His wife's name was Rebeckah and his son John was under 14 in 1744, but his father's name was William, not John.
The only John Simmons I know of who might work as the grandfather would be John Simmons d 1749 IOW. The Vaughan will would require that this John Simmons have a son John Simmons Jr of Surry with a son John Simmons, who was a minor in 1741.
On Feb. 15, 1748 Granville Co. NC John Simmons and John Simmons Jr. witnessed a deed from Robert Dickerson to William Simmons of Granville County NC for 640 Acres on Cypress Swamp. Jan. 18, 1757 William Simmons of Granville Co. NC deeded to John Simmons Jr. 300 acres on the western side of Cypress Swamp. The deed was signed by William Simmons and Elizabeth Simmons.
We know John Simmons and wife Ann had a son named William Simmons who was given 100a of land in Edgecombe by Henry Jones Jr in 1743 - Wallis Jones wit. We know that Henry Jones Jr's uncle William Jones (brother of Henry Jones Sr) sold land in Edgecombe to Henry Hunt in 1742/3, father of Elizabeth Hunt who m William Simmons. Wallis Jones wit again. Wallis Jones was the son of John Jones of Edgecombe, brother of both William Jones and Henry Jones Sr.
I finally found the Gheesling Manuscripts athttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tompkins/manuscripts/manuscripts_gheesling1.txthttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tompkins/manuscripts/manuscripts_gheesling1.txt From that we know that the William Hunt II will March 20, 1711/12 Surry Co named Major Nathaniel Harrison and John Simmons as overseers of his will. At this time, the John Simmons could have been either John Sr d 1738 or John Jr d 1749. William Hunt III was father of Henry Hunt whose dau Elizabeth m William Simmons, son of John and Ann Simmons.
There is no absolute proof, but it would appear that John Simmons and Ann probably had another son John Simmons Jr who wit William Simmons' deed in 1748 and purchased a part of his land on Cypress Swamp in 1757. This could easily be the minor John Simmons named in the 1741 Vaughan will. If so, that would establish that John Simmons and Ann with minor son John were in Surry in 1741, and John Simmons d 1749 IOW would have been the grandfather. That also agrees with the Lee records that seem to associate Thomas and Mary Lee with the estate of John Simmons d 1749 and Mary Lee and sons Frederick and Burrell with the will of John Simmons d 1773 Bute.
What do you think?