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The Family Simmons
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Sunday, 25 January 2009 09:13

John W. Simmons was born on May 18, 1816, in Georgia, in either Putnam or Oglethorpe counties. His family moved to Harris County, Georgia and were living there in 1832. He married Lorena Welden on November 30, 1837, in Harris County, Georgia, and started a family. He and Lorena lived on a farm in the north western part of Harris County. They had several children before moving to Alabama. After the recording of the 1840 census, John and Lorena have moved across the Chattahoochee River into Chambers County, Alabama. By 1856 he had moved his large family to an area in eastern Tallapoosa County known as Church Hill. When war came in 1861 his two eldest sons, Henry and Allen Simmons, enlisted with the 47th Alabama Infantry in Company B. Both sons were lost in the Gettysburg campaign in 1863. One was killed in action at Gettysburg and the other was captured and died in POW camp at Ft.Delaware. John's younger son, Tillman S. Simmons, enlisted in the 2nd Alabama Reserve Regiment later designated the 63rd Alabama Infantry and fought at Mobile,Spanish Fort, and Blakely. John at age 48 enlisted as a private in Company A of the 3rd Alabama Reserve Infantry Regiment at Camp Watts near Notasulga, Alabama on the 1st of April 1864. He served until the 4th of April 1865. He survived the war and remained in the area of Tallapoosa, Chambers, and Lee Counties of Alabama until his death April 18th 1902. He and his wife are buried at Roxana Methodist Church Cemetery in Lee County, Alabama.

 

His son Andrew R. Simmons moved to Arkansas some time prior to 1906. He settled in Shover Springs and founded the Church of Christ there. Andrew married Ella Laney, and they had several children. Andrew had a blacksmith shop on his farm in Shover Springs.

Simmons Home in Shover Springs
Simmons house and family: Circa 1906. Front row: Maggie, Alden; six girls on front row: Lurline, Lillian, Velma, Grace Virginia, Lucile, Ida (Jackie) Back row: Efette, Mr. Andrew Simmons, Early, Mrs. Ella Laney Simmons

Descendants of John W. Simmons

    Generation: 1


  1. John William Simmons b. MAY 1816, Georgia; d. 18 Apr 1902, Dadeville, Tallapoosa, Alabama.
    John m. Lurena Waldin (27 Nov 1838, Harris County, Georgia).   Lurena b. 1820, Georgia; d. 1886; bu. ,Lee County,Alabama.

    Children:
    1. 2. Margarette M. Simmons  . b. 13 Sep 1838; d. 18 jul 1907.
    2. 3. Henry D. Simmons  . b. 1839; d. 3 jul 1863.
    3. 4. Jackson Simmons  . b. 1841; d. BEF 1855.
    4. 5. Allen G. Simmons  . b. 1842; d. 9 oct 1863.
    5. 6. Martha J. Simmons  . b. 14 Feb 1842; d. 6 aug 1928.
    6. 7. Mary F. Simmons  . b. 14 Feb 1842; d. 16 Mar 1928.
    7. 8. Tillman S. Simmons  . b. May 1845; d. 07 Dec 1904.
    8. 9. Thomas J. Simmons  . b. Aug 1846; d. 1925.
    9. 10. Zeph T. Simmons  . b. 20 Nov 1847; d. 25 Dec 1857.
    10. 11. Sara A. Simmons  . b. 25 Jan 1849; d. 5 jan 1895.
    11. 12. Joseph W. Simmons  . b. 07 Apr 1849; d. 25 sep 1925.
    12. 13. Elizabeth Antoinette Simmons  . b. 03 Jul 1850; d. 6 dec 1912.
    13. 14. Andrew R. Simmons  . b. 27 Dec 1852, Dadeville,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 20 AUG 1934, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.
    14. 15. James B. Simmons  . b. 26 Aug 1854; d. 01 Apr 1931.


    Generation: 2


  1. Margarette M. Simmons (1.John1) b. 13 Sep 1838; d. 18 jul 1907.
  2. Henry D. Simmons (1.John1) b. 1839; d. 3 jul 1863.
  3. Jackson Simmons (1.John1) b. 1841; d. BEF 1855.
  4. Allen G. Simmons (1.John1) b. 1842; d. 9 oct 1863.
  5. Martha J. Simmons (1.John1) b. 14 Feb 1842; d. 6 aug 1928.
  6. Mary F. Simmons (1.John1) b. 14 Feb 1842; d. 16 Mar 1928.
  7. Tillman S. Simmons (1.John1) b. May 1845; d. 07 Dec 1904.
  8. Thomas J. Simmons (1.John1) b. Aug 1846; d. 1925.
  9. Zeph T. Simmons (1.John1) b. 20 Nov 1847; d. 25 Dec 1857.
  10. Sara A. Simmons (1.John1) b. 25 Jan 1849; d. 5 jan 1895.
  11. Joseph W. Simmons (1.John1) b. 07 Apr 1849; d. 25 sep 1925.
  12. Elizabeth Antoinette Simmons (1.John1) b. 03 Jul 1850; d. 6 dec 1912.
  13. Andrew R. Simmons (1.John1) b. 27 Dec 1852, Dadeville,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 20 AUG 1934, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.
    Andrew m. Ella Laney (14 NOV 1882, Lee County, Alabama).   Ella b. 13 OCT 1859, ,Lee County,Alabama; d. 20 NOV 1934, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.

    Children:
    1. 16. Alden Furman Simmons  . b. 5 SEP 1883, ,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 1 MAR 1962, ,,Arkansas; bu. Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.
    2. 17. Maggie Lula Simmons  . b. 20 APR 1885, Dadeville,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 18 MAR 1967, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.
    3. 18. Noble Efette Simmons  . b. 27 NOV 1886, ,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 21 FEB 1961; bu. 1961, Beulah,Bolivar County,Mississippi.
    4. 19. Earley Forman Simmons  . b. 20 DEC 1888; d. 1 NOV 1966.
    5. 20. Lurline Simmons  . b. 1 DEC 1890; d. 15 JUN 1969.
    6. 21. Lillian Simmons  . b. 29 JUN 1892; d. 25 FEB 1963.
    7. 22. Velma Simmons  . b. 20 AUG 1894; d. 25 FEB 1980, Fresno,CA.
    8. 23. Grace Virginia Simmons  . b. 25 JAN 1898; d. 23 OCT 1920.
    9. 24. Lucille June Simmons  . b. 27 JUN 1900; d. 31 MAY 1983, Dallas,Dallas County,Texas.
    10. 25. Ida Simmons  . b. 27 DEC 1902; d. 26 JAN 1984.

  14. James B. Simmons (1.John1) b. 26 Aug 1854; d. 01 Apr 1931.

    Generation: 3


  1. Alden Furman Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 5 SEP 1883, ,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 1 MAR 1962, ,,Arkansas; bu. Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.
    Alden m. Minnie Lou Card (4 JUL 1908, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas).   Minnie b. 7 FEB 1891; d. 1 JAN 1933.

    Children:
    1. 26. Joe Simmons  . d. ,,Arkansas.
    2. 27. Unknown Simmons  .
    3. 28. James Milton Simmons  . b. SEP 1910, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas; d. 17 MAR 1996, Houston,Harris County,Texas.
    4. 29. Benjamin Franklin Simmons  . b. 19 AUG 1912; d. 12 JAN 1990.
    5. 30. Paul Judson Simmons  . b. 26 JUL 1914; d. 9 NOV 1991.
    6. 31. Ethel Pauline Simmons  . b. 10 AUG 1915; d. 23 JAN 1990.

    Alden m. Jane Abbie Shields.   Jane b. 9 FEB 1895, Washington,Hempstead County,Arkansas; d. 22 JUN 1966, Washington,Hempstead County,Arkansas.

  2. Maggie Lula Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 20 APR 1885, Dadeville,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 18 MAR 1967, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.
    Maggie m. Homer Cranford Davidson.   Homer b. 27 MAY 1877, Dadeville,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 17 JUN 1953, Shover Springs,Hempstead County,Arkansas.

  3. Noble Efette Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 27 NOV 1886, ,Tallapoosa County,Alabama; d. 21 FEB 1961; bu. 1961, Beulah,Bolivar County,Mississippi.
    Noble m. Flora May England (23 DEC 1906, Hempstead Co.,AR).   Flora b. 7 FEB 1888; d. 12 MAR 1974; bu. 1974, Beulah,Bolivar County,Mississippi.

  4. Earley Forman Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 20 DEC 1888; d. 1 NOV 1966.
  5. Lurline Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 1 DEC 1890; d. 15 JUN 1969.
  6. Lillian Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 29 JUN 1892; d. 25 FEB 1963.
  7. Velma Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 20 AUG 1894; d. 25 FEB 1980, Fresno,CA.
  8. Grace Virginia Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 25 JAN 1898; d. 23 OCT 1920.
    Grace m. .  

    Children:
    1. 32. Ford Jr. Farr  . b. 3 APR 1919; d. 23 OCT 1920.

  9. Lucille June Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 27 JUN 1900; d. 31 MAY 1983, Dallas,Dallas County,Texas.
    Lucille m. Robert Austin Crowder.   Robert b. 29 JAN 1901, Minden,Rusk County,Texas; d. 26 NOV 1972, Dallas,Dallas County,Texas.

    Children:
    1. 33. Marcoline Crowder  .
    2. 34. James Thomas Crowder, Sr  . b. 08 Apr 1919, Hope, Arkansas; d. 23 Jun 2005, Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado.

  10. Ida Simmons (14.Andrew2, 1.John1) b. 27 DEC 1902; d. 26 JAN 1984.

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