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The Simpson Clan Volume XX Issue 4 Spring 2005

Volume XX, Issue 4 ISSN 0884-3805 Spring 2005

Published by Nona Williams, PO Box 746, Ben Lomond, CA 95005-0746
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Simpsons of Montgomery and Bath Counties, Kentucky
May 2005 - by Janet Allen

The purpose for publishing the story of these Kentucky SIMPSONs is not only to introduce another line of the clan, my family, to share the information obtained thus far, but to invite anyone who may know of this family to add to or correct the data herein. Many newly-confirmed branches still need exploration. Our data derives from heirloom letters used as roadmaps for further study, census images, many documents recently obtained in a visit to the courthouse at Mt. Sterling in Montgomery County, a large variety of books at the Genealogical Library of Independence, Missouri and Kansas City Public Library, records of Lewis Co., Kentucky, documents of Sangamon and Christian Counties in Illinois and publications of that area, the American Hereford Journal, and cemetery visits in numerous locations.

We are unable to name and locate the Virginia SIMPSON patriarch but know that is where he lived. His known children were:

1. Mary SIMPSON b. about 1765; d. aft. 1810, presumably in Bath Co., Kentucky.

2. Andrew SIMPSON b. April 15, 1772 in Virginia; d. Jan. 08, 1842 in Sharpsburg, Bath Co., Kentucky.

3. Elizabeth SIMPSON b. about 1777; d. 1864, possibly in Nicholas Co., Kentucky.

The two sisters' identities were just recently confirmed and information about them is currently being developed. Andrew SIMPSON is my ggggrandfather and much more is known about him. It has been believed that these three were the only children. However, recently in Montgomery County was found recorded in bk. 7, pg. 183 of the Deeds and Mortgages volumes, a sale of land, on Feb. 3, 1815, from not only Andrew, Mary and Elizabeth and spouses, but also Joseph SIMPSON and wife of Montgomery County, and Jane WALKER and husband of Scott Co., Kentucky. One could entertain the idea that they were also siblings, or perhaps cousins. Joseph H. SIMPSON and wife Ann ESPEY (ESPY) interacted with Andrew in several instances which are on record and they lived in the same area near Mt. Sterling. Joseph and Andrew witnessed the probation of the will of Jane (SIMPSON?) PEEBLES, in September 1811. So far, no information about Jane WALKER has been found. Marriage records and Circuit Court records of Montgomery County were destroyed by fire in 1850 and by the Confederates in 1863. Only reconstructed records exist for the period before 1850. A most valuable resource is Montgomery Co., Ky. Records Book No. 1, Reconstructed Marriages 1797-1850, Index of Wills 1797-1821, Wills 1797-1821, available in genealogy libraries.


Mary SIMPSON was born before 1765, probably in Virginia, and was married to James HUGHS before 1810. They are found in the 1810 census of Montgomery County as close neighbors to her brother Andrew and sister Elizabeth. Mary and James are both 45 years of age or older. There is a James HUGHS on the 1791 and 1800 tax lists for neighboring Bourbon County James and Mary were living in 1815, as cited in the deed above, in Montgomery County, but are not found in the 1820 census. There is a James HUGHES household, he is age 26-44, there is a girl under 10, and one "other" person. Possibly this James was Mary's son. The family story, however, is that Mary left no heirs.


Elizabeth SIMPSON was born about 1777 in Virginia and married Simon GILLESPIE of Virginia, born in 1774. In the Montgomery County Records Book No. 1, their marriage is recorded as "before 1834." In Family Search, the year given is 1796. Simon had a company of Kentucky militia which saw service in the War of 1812. This is found in a publication War of 1812 Pensioners, vol. 1, pg. 18, in the application for a pension by the widow of Joseph ALEXANDER, Patsy (MOUNCE) ALEXANDER, whose husband died March 17, 1832, having served in Simon GILLESPIE's Militia. The ALEXANDERs had married August 10, 1812.

Elizabeth and Simon acquired land and three transactions are recorded in Montgomery County In bk. 7, pgs. 47-8, on October 10, 1814, Simon bought from his wife's brother Andrew 100 acres, on Hinkston (Hingston) Fork of the Licking River, for 70 pounds. On the same day, they sold their interests, for $500, to Andrew, of land they had bought together from Richard and Catherine GRAY, date-of-purchase and acreage unknown but described in detail as to boundaries. On February 3, 1815, Elizabeth and Simon sold to William SIMPSON of Fayette Co., Kentucky, for $302.50, 30 1/2 acres on Cane Run in Fayette County, recorded in bk. 7, pages 181-2. They were also included in the deed referred to earlier, bk. 7, pg. 183, in which the GILLESPIEs, Mary and James HUGHS, Andrew and Jane SIMPSON, Joseph and Ann SIMPSON, all of Montgomery County, and Samuel WALKER and wife Jane of Scott County, sold 100 acres on Cane Run in Fayette County. This land bordered that of Samuel SIMPSON. This information is newly-acquired and yet to be explored.

In the 1810 census of Montgomery County, the home of Simon and Elizabeth GALASBY is near those of her brother and sister, on the Hinkston Fork, which in the following year of 1811 would become the boundary between Montgomery and newly-formed Bath counties. The GALASBYs are both in the age 26-44 category. There is a boy under 10, two of 10-15 years, and a girl under 10. In 1820, the family is listed as Simon GILLESPIE, Jr. and living next to Andrew. There is a boy under 10, one 10-15, and Simon 26-44 years. Two females are listed, both in the 26-44 years category. There is another instance in which Simon is called "Junior GILLESPIE" by the recorder of the deed of October 1814, though in the document itself his name is "Simon." In the 1830 census, there are two households headed by a Simon GILLESPIE. Our subject is listed as being age 50-59, the only male in the household, and Elizabeth is given as age 40-49, with two girls of 10-14 years, and one age 15-19 inclusive. In Family Search it is stated that Simon died February 1, 1835 and is buried near Mt. Sterling. He does not appear in the 1840 census where Elizabeth, age 50-59, heads the household, living next door to her son George W. GILLESPIE, and in her home are one boy under 5, one 5-9, and one 10-14. There are one girl age 5-9, one 10-14, and one 20-29. In the 1850 census of Nicholas County, District No. 1, Elizabeth GILLESPIE, of Virginia, is 73 years old and is living with daughter Ann who married Henry BRAMBLETT. The GILLESPIE-L SITE gives her year of death as 1864, burial location unknown. At the same site, the GILLESPIE children are listed as follows:

a. Andrew Simpson GILLESPIE, b. 1797; d. 1830
b. Jane Harvey GILLESPIE, b. Feb. 27, 1800; d. 1827
c. George Washington GILLESPIE, b. Feb. 12, 1805
d. Rebecca Wilson GILLESPIE, b. Mar. 6, 1816
e. Nancy Jane GILLESPIE, b. date unknown
f. Anne E. GILLESPIE, b. 1817
g. Armilda GILLESPIE, b. 1818
h. Mary GILLESPIE, b. date unknown

The last child, Mary, is named in History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky published 1882, page 524, which states that she is a daughter of Simon and Elizabeth (SIMPSON) GILLESPIE, natives of Virginia.


Andrew SIMPSON was born April 15, 1772 in Virginia, and Jane SIMPSON was born in Virginia in 1776/7. Two of her great grandsons say she was Jane SIMPSON. One states that she was Jane SIMPSON of an unrelated line in Virginia. His brother wrote that she was Jane MILLER, but later retracted. In notes taken at the bedside of this brother properly places the MILLER woman as his own grandmother, mother of his mother Caroline BADGER SIMPSON. With that, the disagreement with the other great grandson dissolves as they both state that Jane SIMPSON SIMPSON's daughter Frances married a first cousin Thomas Alexander SIMPSON, whose father was William Jamieson SIMPSON (brother to Jane SIMPSON SIMPSON). Thomas Alexander SIMPSON had also stated that he had married his first cousin. I am now confident that she was Jane SIMPSON before her marriage. No record has been found of the SIMPSON marriage but it took place likely in Virginia about 1797 (deduced from census reports of their children’s ages). She and Andrew appeared in Montgomery County about 1800, acquiring land on Hinkston Fork of the Licking River. Andrew became a prosperous planter and the plantation later was large enough that in 1841 he sold "500 acres to be laid off on the east end" to son James for one dollar. The census of 1820 indicates that he owned 16 slaves.

Andrew SIMPSON was active in local affairs in the county and in Mt. Sterling, and there exist records of 38 transactions of various kinds, dating from 1810 to 1841, registered in Montgomery County.

In deed bk. 9, pg. 24, November 27, 1818, he was given power-of-attorney by Wm. LUCKETT and Townshend D. PEYTON, of Loudoun Co., Virginia, to sell land owned by Mr. PEYTON in Montgomery County and in Ohio.

In bk. 14, pg. 443, Dec. 20, 1829, as attorney-in-fact for sixteen LUCKETTs of Loudoun Co., Virginia (one of whom was his daughter Harriett), he sold for $1 to Gabriel GILLESPIE of Bourbon Co., Kentucky 65 acres from the PEYTON estate. The LUCKETTs were represented by Harriett's husband, William F. LUCKETT.

In bk. 14, pg. 450, Jan. 4, 1830, Andrew, William YOCUM, Marcus THOMAS, William BANKS, Edward STOCTON, and Paul DURETT provided security bond of $4000 for Sheriff William YOCUM.

In bk. 16, pg. 544, Dec. 1, 1834, the County Court appointed Andrew SIMPSON, William CHILES, Samuel CHORN, and Benjamin J. TAUL commissioners to execute deeds of partition to sell land of John CLARKE deceased. Any three of the commissioners could perform the duty to the satisfaction of the court.

In bk. 19, pg. 191, November 20, 1840, Andrew was given power-of-attorney by George LOVE, of Fauquier Co., Virginia, executor of William HALE deceased, to sell or rent lands owned in Montgomery County by Mr. HALE.

In matters of real estate, Andrew has recorded in Montgomery County 11 deeds in which he was seller and 10 deeds in which he was buyer. It is not known when he became owner of the earlier lands, nor the quantity, for which he was taxed in 1799 and 1800 in Montgomery County.

In bk. 7, pages 46/7, October 20, 1814, Andrew and Jane SIMPSON sold 100 acres on Hinkston Fork to Roger CLEMENTS for $333.33 and 1/3, "lawfull money of the United States of America."

In bk. 7, pages 47/8, October 20, 1814, Andrew and Jane sold 100 acres bordering Roger CLEMENT's land to Simon GILLASPIE (husband of Andrew's sister Elizabeth) for 70 pounds.

In bk. 9, pg. 29, November 27, 1818, Andrew bought for $2300 from Townshend PEYTON 230 acres on the Hinkston Fork. Two years later he sold the same tract to William B. KIRK for $2415.

In bk. 13, pg. 403, Jan. 12, 1828, Andrew sold to Daniel HARRAH 200 acres on the Hinkston for $400.

In bk. 16, pg. 5, Aug. 11, 1831, Andrew sold to the justices of Montgomery County Court, for $40, a lot in Mt. Sterling at the intersection of High and Cross sts.

In bk. 17, pg. 254, May 11, 1831, he bought lot no. 75 on the west side of the public square "where the jail now stands" in Mt. Sterling, for $31. This lot had been part of the estate of Joseph SIMPSON deceased, administered by wife Ann (ESPY) SIMPSON and Reuben ROWLAND. A lien of $64.93 had been placed against the property and heirs in 1827, by the Court of Appeals, and Sheriff John WILLIAMS executed the levy against the property in Mar. 1827. It was sold to the highest bidder, Andrew.

Andrew SIMPSON's final sale of land was to his son James M. SIMPSON, six months before Andrew's death. On June 15, 1841, bk. 20, pg. 80, is registered the sale, for $1, of the aforementioned 500 acres of the plantation "on which I now reside," complete with "mansion house, stabels, and other buildings," nine slaves, "all horses, hogs, sheep and cattle, also my present growing crop of corn." Andrew died Jan. 08, 1842, in Sharpsburg, Bath County and is buried with a group of nine SIMPSONs in the yard of the old Springfield Presbyterian Church. The church dates from 1794 and still is in use. His gravestone is inscribed: In Memory of Andrew Simpson born April 15, 1772 and died Jan. 8th AD 1842, Age 69 yrs., 8 months and 23 das.

Little is known about Jane SIMPSON, called "Aunt Jennie" by some in the family. She bore nine children, six girls and three boys. At Andrew's death in early 1842, eight were still living and are named in a deed of settlement in bk. 23, pgs. 59-61, which was recorded on Aug. 16, 1848 in Montgomery County. They were: Eliza, Harriett, Emily, Thomas, Evaline, James, Mary and Jane. The last reference is to Frances Jane. Jane and Andrew had suffered the loss of son Joseph Alexander SIMPSON in 1819. She continued to live in the Sharpsburg area, some of the older children having married and moved away. During the long, involved settling of Andrew's estate, she lost her married daughter Mary (SIMPSON) STEPHENS, who died in 1845.

Settlement of the estate, described in the document named above as "divers tracts of land and also negroes pursonalty," took six-and-one-half years and was very complicated. When Mary died childless, her interest in her father's estate had not yet been settled and was thus inherited by other siblings and Jane, and they then sold their interest in Mary's estate to her husband Joseph STEPHENS for $200 each. This was done in the document recorded on Aug. 16, 1848. Mary had sold part of her inherited land to parties named BEAN & GAY, but her death caused interruption and irregularities in that transaction, and therefore in the inheritances to the siblings and Jane. This document makes a first step in clearing the situation. It also states that the land owned by daughter Evaline, and her husband Edward C. OWINGS, was excepted as this land was conveyed to her "not by descent." The affair must have caused a headache or two. In further deals, the heirs sold to Evaline and her husband, for $20 per acre, a parcel of land on Grassy Lick, recorded on May 7, 1844 in bk. 21, pg. 143. On the same day, the OWINGS couple sold to her brother Thomas SIMPSON and Joseph STEPHENS, for $3000, all their interests in the estate, recorded in bk. 21, pg. 54.

In September 1850, Jane is enumerated in the census for Sharpsburg, Bath County. She is age 72, and owns property valued at $1000. Living with her are daughter Frances Jane age 28, daughter Eliza J. CALDWELL age 50, and Eliza's daughters Lucinda T. CALDWELL age 22, Harriet J. CALDWELL age 20, Eliza J. CALDWELL age 18, and Mary CALDWELL age 16. Immediately thereafter, in 1851, Frances Jane married Thomas Alexander SIMPSON and Jane lived with them in Sharpsburg until her death in 1854. She is buried with Andrew in the churchyard at Springfield Presbyterian Church, south of Sharpsburg. On her stone is inscribed: In Memory of Jane Simpson died June 8, 1854 in her 77th year. Daughter Mary (SIMPSON) STEPHENS is alongside her parents, and their son Joseph is in the next row closeby.

Following are listed the children of Andrew and Jane. Birth years for a few are best guesses derived from conflicting census data, as birth records are not yet found for some.

a. Eliza J. SIMPSON, b. about 1799 in Kentucky
b. Harriett SIMPSON, b. about 1799/1800 in Ky.
c. Thomas SIMPSON, b. 1800 in Virginia
d. Mary SIMPSON, b. Apr. 20, 1807 in Kentucky.
e. Joseph Alexander SIMPSON, b. Aug. 21, 1809 in Kentucky.
f. Evaline (Evalina, Eveline) B. SIMPSON b. about 1811 in Kentucky
g. Emily SIMPSON, b. about 1815 in Kentucky
h. James M. SIMPSON, b. about 1818 in Kentucky
i. Frances Jane SIMPSON, b. 1822 in Kentucky.

The conflict here is among the first three children who must have been born very close together, judging from census ages given. It has always been said that Thomas, called "Tom 1800," was the only child born in Virginia and the family came to Kentucky immediately after his birth. The others were born in Kentucky. Yet, in the 1850 census for Sangamon Co., Illinois, his neighbor-sister Harriett is shown to be one year older and born in Kentucky. His given birth state is Virginia. Another problem arises with Eliza, who in the 1850 census of Montgomery Co., Kentucky, is age 50 in September, but in 1860 is 61 in July. I believe the census dates to be slightly off, and the girls could have been born after Thomas and before Mary and, therefore, in Kentucky.


Nancy E. SIMPSON born 28 December 1808 in South Carolina, 27 March 1882 in Meriweather Co., Georgia, buried Flat Rock Primitive Baptist Church, Meriweather Co., Georgia. She married Robert Newton WILLIAMS, location unknown. They are listed in 1850 census Meriweather Co., Georgia. Any clues in locating ancestors appreciated. Nancy’s maiden name was located in History of Clayton County, Georgia, p. 562 in a bio of George WOOSTER, who her daughter married.

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Summary of Hugh Simpson (1761-1833)Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky and His Descendants
By Dennis L. Simpson

I have been researching on my ancestral line for the past 25 years. Two years ago, my fellow genealogists and collaborators have persuaded me to compile the descendants of Hugh SIMPSON, so I’ve decided to take up the challenge. I am currently working on the descendants of Hugh SIMPSON and his wife, Mary Anna LONG, up to fifth generation and hopefully to have it published by the end of year 2005 or early in the year of 2006. Before I submitted this article, I’ve collected nearly 1000 descendants but still need help to strengthen the connections and cover some gaps. All of the works will be with sources included in the future book.

Hugh Simpson (1761-1833)

Hugh was born 23 March 1761 in Virginia, maybe in Fairfax County. He was a member of the Montgomery Co., Virginia militia at the time of American Revolution. He has participated in the skirmishes against the Tories and British in Virginia, North Carolina, and maybe South Carolina. The skirmishes include Alamance and Weitzel’s Mill near the Moravian town (Salem) in North Carolina. Hugh would have gone into the Battle of Guilford Court but was summoned by Colonel PRESTON to accompany the wounded men back into Virginia.

After the war, Hugh went into South Carolina and received a commission as a first lieutenant to serve under his brother, Captain John SIMPSON, in the Upper Division of the Ninety-six Regiment. Hugh then married Mary Anna LONG there. Mary Anna LONG, possible daughter of Mathew LONG and Elizabeth MONTGOMERY, was born 26 September 1761 probably in Abbeville Co., South Carolina. Their first 8 of ten children were born in the Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), South Carolina.

Hugh and his family first migrated into Kentucky where Isaac was born there but moved to Tennessee where Elias was born. Then Hugh decided to move his family back to Kentucky and settled in Warren Co., Kentucky.

Mary Anna died 24 March 1832 and Hugh died 19 April 1833 probably in Warren Co., Kentucky. Their burial locations are unknown at this time.

Out of the 10 children, 6 have gone and settled in northwest Arkansas while Isaac and Elias remain in Kentucky. All of the birth and some death records were from Isaac SIMPSON Family Bible which I received upon the death of my grandmother in 1992. This bible was a gift to Isaac from father Hugh. Through Isaac, Hugh is my great-great-great-great grandfather.

Children of Hugh Simpson and Mary Anna Long

1. Mathew L. Simpson: Mathew was born 22 November 1784 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), South Carolina. According to Warren Co., Kentucky deed records, Mathew’s wife is named Nancy with no known last name. They may have a child, according to one census. They moved and settled in the Upper Township, Crawford Co., Arkansas. Mathew died 4 January 1831. There is no further information on his wife and child at this time.

2. James Simpson: James was born 18 April 1786 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), SC. James married Margaret Catherine MARRS 17 November 1804 in Logan Co., Kentucky. Margaret is known as Peggy in several documents. It is been suggested that James may have served during the War of 1812 but I was unable to pinpoint which regiment James may have served under. Then the family moved and settled in present-day Washington Co., Arkansas. James died around 1838 and his wife, Margaret, died 26 December 1840 in Washington Co., Arkansas. I am unable to verify their death dates as well as location of their burial locations.

3. Hugh Simpson: Hugh was born 18 December 1787 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), SC. Hugh married Elizabeth Jane MORROW 3 January 1818 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Then the family moved and settled in present-day Washington Co., Arkansas. Hugh died 2 January 1852 and his wife, Jane died 5 May 1881 and are buried at the Brewster Cemetery, Washington Co., Arkansas.

4. Elijah Simpson: Elijah was born 1 March 1789 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), SC. Elijah married Elizabeth MARRS 1 March 1819 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Elizabeth is the sister of Margaret Catherine MARRS and is known as Betsy in several documents. Elijah died 16 April 1819 probably in Warren Co., Kentucky and his burial location is unknown at this time. It is been suggested that Betsy and her child may have moved and settled in Arkansas.

5. Mary W. Simpson: Mary was born 4 May 1790 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), SC. Mary married Joseph HARDIN 28 August 1822 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Mary and Joseph moved and settled in Clark Co., Arkansas. In 1829, both were divorced and then Mary married John COCHE 29 August 1841 in Clark Co., Arkansas. There is no further information at this time.

6. John Simpson: John was born 4 August 1791 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), South Carolina. It has been suggested that John may have served during the War of 1812 but I was unable to pinpoint which regiment John may have served under. John married Elizabeth BUTLER 23 January 1813 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Then the family moved and settled in present-day Franklin Co., Arkansas. John died 1 March 1863 and his wife, Elizabeth died 21 October 1871 and are buried at the Simpson Plantation in Franklin Co., Arkansas.

7. Absalom Simpson: Absalom was born 23 March 1793 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), SC. Absalom then died 7 August 1825 in Texas.

8. Anna Elizabeth Simpson: Anna was born 17 September 1797 in Ninety-six District (later Pendleton now Anderson), South Carolina. Anna married William Chambers MAXEY 21 October 1819 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Then the family moved and settled in Franklin (present-day Crawford) Co., Arkansas. Anna died 12 May 1853 and her husband, William died 9 May 1878 and are buried at the Shinbaugh and Marvin Cemetery in Crawford Co., Arkansas.

9. Isaac Simpson: Isaac was born 13 October 1799 in Kentucky. Isaac married Rachel Berry TYGART 13 November 1824 in Warren Co., Kentucky. The family lived in Butler County for a while then moved back to Warren Co. Isaac died 28 January 1846 and is buried at a private property in Warren Co., Kentucky. Then Rachel and the family moved and settled in Clinton Co., Missouri where Rachel died 19 October 1875 and buried at the Old Plattsburg Cemetery.

10. Elias Simpson: Elias was born 13 June 1802 in Tennessee. Elias married Nancy Morehead BRIGGS 15 September 1831 in Warren Co., Kentucky. Elias died 30 March 1854 and is buried at a private property in Warren Co., Kentucky. There is no further information on his wife, Nancy.

These are brief summaries; I have more information and will be happy to share with anyone who wanted to know about this family in return for any more additional significant information. I require proper documents/citations in order to include any information in the future book.
Anyone who contributed more information shall receive an acknowledgement in the book. Do feel free to contact me.

SIMPSON COMPARISON STUDIESFurther Notes and Perspectives, Footnotes 1 & 2
By Bryce Knight, 7419 Harris, Raytown, MO 64133

Absalom KNIGHT Jr. (son of Absalom, Sr. b 1761 Orange Co., North Carolina and brother of Thomas KNIGHT born ca 1740 who married SIMPSON) married first (1816 Wilson County) Elizabeth MARTIN, by whom probably at least five children, two of whom are considered to have lived with / near step-siblings Lafayette Co., Mississippi. WPA transcripts sometimes give him as Abraham.

Absalom KNIGHT, Jr. then married Penelope / Pernella DODD, according to descendant correspondence, daughter of William DODD (son of Joseph DODD), b 1755 Virginia and d November 1825, and Henryetta WEAVER, probably. In 1820 Stewart Co., Tennessee a William DODD lived near William H. COOLEY, Richard COOLEY and a Nathan CARTER. These COOLEYs were allied with the family of Wade Hampton KNIGHT (son of Absalom, Sr.) and appear to have also been allied with John KIZER earlier Stokes Co., North Carolina.

My suggestion is that Elizabeth MARTIN may have been related to Ally (Sally / Sarah?) MARTIN who married a Thomas KNIGHT 1812 Wilson Co., Tennessee. Quite possibly Thomas Polk KNIGHT, proposed as a son of the Absalom KNIGHT who was a son of Thomas KNIGHT born 1740 and SIMPSON, i.e., a first cousin (once removed) of Absalom KNIGHT, Jr. Thomas Polk KNIGHT was born after 1794 (census? – according to descendant correspondence) and this may fit better in terms of generations, if the MARTINs were siblings or cousins.

Thomas Polk KNIGHT’s (second?) wife was a granddaughter of General Griffith RUTHERFORD, familiar in deed with Reuben and Sarah SIMPSON.

Thomas Polk KNIGHT followed Absolom KNIGHT, Jr. and Sr. beyond Benton and Carroll Counties to Dyer Co., Tennessee (or actually vice versa) where his son William P. KNIGHT married Elvira Sarah Jane DODD (possibly related to Benjamin DODD a census neighbor to Absalom KNIGHT Jr.)

In Laurens Co., South Carolina lived the family of James KNIGHT (uncle of Absalom KNIGHT, Sr. whom he is said to have visited during the early Revolution) and David KNIGHT, Jr. (brother of Absalom, Sr.) who lived Rabon Creek with a John SIMPSON. A Benjamin SIMPSON 45+ can be found on the 1800 Laurens census.

A family appears later in Caldwell and Livingston Counties, Kentucky where Hannah, wife of William DODDS, and Benjamin SIMPSON are mentioned as children of William SIMPSON (The Simpson Clan, Winter 1994, p. 1, article by Mary Lou Delahunt). William DODDS is mentioned as a half-brother of Joseph DODDS.

This may be the same DODD family. According to The Genealogy and History of the Families of Francis DODDS and Mary Craig Dodds of Spartanburg, South Carolina and of the Dodds Families of Baltimore, Maryland compiled by Lydia Colby, Geneseo, Illinois: Francis DODDS born 1740-50 married (probably second) Mary Craig KIRKPATRICK, by whom William who married Hannah SIMPSON after they went to Kentucky from Spartanburg Co., South Carolina in 1798, and John who married Jane PERKINS, etc. Spartanburg County is adjacent to Laurens County as Newberry County, both apparently the locale of my ANDERSONs who later arrived Wilson Co., Tennessee then joined ATWOODs (same as associated with John SIMPSON and David KNIGHT, Jr. earlier?) Madison Co., Tennessee.

Thompson B. GORIN was with Brinson’s 1827 Stewart Co., Tennessee Militia Company as was Thomas P. KNIGHT (apparently a son of Absolom KNIGHT Sr.) and his father-in-law John KIZER. Also mentioned in 1854 Humphreys Co., Tennessee in a deed with David M. SIMPSON, a D.M. SIMPSON witnessed the 1859 Humphreys County deed of William J. KNIGHT, another Absalom KNIGHT Sr. son, … William SIMPSON and Margaret (Peggy) MATTOX:

Stewart County, Tennessee Wills and Settlements, Volume C, 1830: 229, Sale of the estate of Gladden GORIN, Sr. (Thompson GORIN probably son / heir): Buyers include in order Henry H. GORIN, Francis JACKSON, Thompson B. GORIN, George RUSHING, Adam MILAM, Elizabeth JACKSON, Drury B. BRINSON, Joel DUBOYCE, Thomas SIMPSON, Joshua P. KNIGHT (sic), John MILAM, Jesse PARCHMENT.

RUSHING, PARCHMENT and BRINSON are allied with KNIGHT and KIZER and lived in the Wells Creek area of Stewart County just south of present Cumberland City on the Cumberland River. JACKSON is somewhat allied with ANDERSON (as Thompson mentioned earlier) and may indicate previous Guilford / Rockingham relationships.

Joshua P. KNIGHT would actually be Joshua Y. KNIGHT and because he is listed beside Thomas SIMPSON may be of importance. According to Jill Knight Garrett in Knight Cousins, p. 50: Land grant 10338 in state archives, Book 12, page 675 in 1831 he was granted land on White Oak Creek, part of the original tract where Thomas KNIGHT, deceased, originally lived. Thomas and Nancy KNIGHT were the parents.

This Thomas KNIGHT was most probably a first cousin (once removed) of Absalom KNIGHT, Sr.; Thomas was a son of John (Hiram) KNIGHT and Sarah WADE who married during the Revolution, Randolph Co., North Carolina. John (Hiram) a son of Thomas KNIGHT Sr. Joshua Y. KNIGHT had a brother, William J. KNIGHT also of Humphreys County, and should not be confused with Absalom KNIGHT, Sr.’s son, William J.
Another researcher has no record on John Knight and Sarah Wade having a son named Thomas. Check her web site here. Unfortunately Bryce Knight doesn't cite sources so it's difficult to verify his claims.
In 1837 William J. KNIGHT (brother of Joshua Y.) bought two tracts of land from Thomas SIMPSON on White Oak Creek. In 1840 he was in Dickson County (Ibid, pp. 48-49) and sold to Wesley YOUNG of Humphreys County land on White Oak Creek which formerly belonged to Thomas KNIGHT, deceased.

Wesley YOUNG was the father-in-law of John William KNIGHT, son of Thomas P. KNIGHT, grandson of Absalom Sr. He may have been related to Archibald YOUNG, second husband of Polly (LINDER) KNIGHT of Wilson Co., Tennessee and indications are he was related to a Benjamin YOUNG of earlier Stokes Co., North Carolina (near John KIZER), having migrated through Baltimore Co., Maryland.

In 1840 this William J. KNIGHT was a school teacher “where three counties (today) meet, Houston, Dickson and Humphreys” somewhat north of White Oak Creek head. Lines shifted.

Thomas SIMPSON, Thomas KNIGHT (by then deceased) and son Johsua Y. KNIGHT lived approximately on Wells Branch (and / or Long Hollow, Humphreys County) of White Oak Creek, which heads the same ridge as Wells Creek of Cumberland River.

William J. KNIGHT, son of Absalom Sr. lived on Hurricane Creek (and Blue Creek, etc.), which heads south of White Oak Creek head. Nathaniel SIMPSON seems to have lived on Little or South Hurricane Creek probably somewhat near the Humphreys / Dickson County line.

Gladeen GORIN had probably settled near John KIZER between Wells Creek and Grice’s Creek (Stewart County), but by 1830 also owned land on Richland Creek (Humphreys County where Wade Hampton KNIGHT also owned, etc.), between White Oak and Hurricane and Blue which may or may not have been some of the attraction for Thomas SIMPSON and Joshua Y. KNIGHT.

And thus are SIMPSON connections to GORIN, a name that can be found on census, I believe, in earlier Guilford / Rockingham Counties, North Carolina.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Simpson Clan Volume XXI, Issue 1 Summer 2005

Volume XXI, Issue 1 ISSN 0884-3805 Summer 2005

The Family of Andrew and Jane Simpson
Bath Co., Kentucky
July 2005 - by Janet Allen

Andrew and Jane SIMPSON were Virginians, he born April 15, 1772, she born in 1776/7. They brought their first born, Thomas, born in 1800, to Kentucky very soon after his birth and settled in the beautiful green hills of Montgomery County, just east of Lexington. Andrew acquired land in the area as early as 1799, and it is likely that he and Jane were part of a family migration. Andrew's sisters, Mary (later Mrs. James HUGHS) and Elizabeth, who married Simon GALASBY (later GILLESPIE), arrived in the same time frame. There were also William Jamieson SIMPSON, brother of Jane (SIMPSON) SIMPSON, and Joseph SIMPSON, either a brother or cousin to Andrew, and Elizabeth and Alexander SIMPSON of undetermined relationship, who all established homesteads nearby.

Andrew and Jane, following the family's tradition, became planters and acquired extensive holdings over a period of years, recorded at the courthouse in Mt. Sterling. They eventually had nine children who grew up on the plantation, which straddled the Hingston Fork of the Licking River. In 1811, the Hingston Fork became part of the boundary between Montgomery County and the new Bath County. The family brought with them a knowledge of horse and mule husbandry which interest descended through the family for four generations, providing a handsome living for some members. They were avid violinists and small string ensembles were part of the family's culture for several generations. Several SIMPSON families became members of the historic Springfield Presbyterian Church, south of Sharpsburg, and are buried in its churchyard.

The order of birth of the first three children is not precisely established because records of Montgomery Co. were destroyed in a fire in 1850, and again burned by the Confederates in 1863. Only reconstructed records are available and offer limited help. Census data are not consistent.

Thomas Simpson
1800 - 1856

It has always been accepted by the family that Thomas SIMPSON, my gggrandfather, was born in 1800 in Virginia, and all other children were born in Kentucky. Census data support the locations. There are legal transactions on record in Montgomery Co. suggesting the family may have come from Loudoun Co., Virginia. The Levin LUCKETT family and heirs, of that area in Virginia, appointed Andrew to perform services regarding land transfers in Montgomery Co. on their behalf.

As a young man, Thomas began to acquire land on the Hingston Fork. In 1829, on Jan. 5, he bought from Sanford and Martha JAMESON 170 acres for $2464, which had been part of a 1000-acre grant to Thomas JAMESON, recorded in bk. 14, pg. 244 of the Deeds and Mortgages registers in the courthouse at Mt. Sterling.

Later in the year, on July 28, 1829, possibly in Taylor Co., Kentucky (by a nephew's account), Thomas married Caroline BADGER, daughter of David BADGER. Caroline was born Oct. 28, 1810 in Montgomery Co. Her father David was born about 1776/7 in Morristown, New Jersey, and died April 4, 1848 in Putnam Co., Indiana. He was the son of Mary HATHAWAY of Clark Co., Kentucky and Joshua BADGER of Tolland Co., Connecticut. Caroline was also a violinist as was her mother, Elizabeth MILLER, born Sept. 4, 1781 in Culpepper Co., Virginia. Caroline's brother and sisters played and sang, and Thomas was said by a nephew to have stopped his ears and run through the room while the group was playing, pretending the music hurt his ears. Thomas was a violinist, too.

On Feb. 6, 1830, the young SIMPSONs acquired 87 acres for nine dollars per acre, bk. 15, pg. l. On Jan. 18, 1831, another 129 acres adjoining their land was bought for $50, bk. 15, pg. 237. And in 1833, they acquired 43 acres and road on Hingston Fork for $800. There were sales of land: 137.5 acres on Hingston Fork in 1835, bk. 17, pg. 224; 170 acres for $30 per acre to Caroline's brother-in-law, Milton JAMIESON (husband of her sister Sarah BADGER), bk. 17, pg. 180; and in 1837, bk. 18, pg. 66, two lots of 6 and 7 acres, for $400 to the same Milton JAMIESON.

In late 1835, Thomas and Caroline, along with other SIMPSONs and PICKRELL relatives, moved to Sangamon Co. in central Illinois, spending their first winter at Springfield, then settling at Mechanicsburg nearby, acquiring land and resuming farming and stock-raising. Their family now consisted of: Andrew b. Oct. 22, 1830, "on the banks of the Licking River," by his words to a nephew; David B. b. Oct. 3, 1832 in Montgomery Co., and James Monroe SIMPSON b. Oct. 3, 1834 in Montgomery Co., my great grandfather. In Sangamon Co., Illinois, three more children were born: Emily C. SIMPSON b. about 1837, d. April 21, 1864 in Illinois; Alexander Hamilton SIMPSON b. about 1841, d. about 1860 in Christian Co., Illinois, and Mary S. SIMPSON b. about 1844, d. May 15, 1879.

In Jan. 1842, Thomas' father Andrew died in Kentucky. To represent Thomas' interests in settling the estate, Thomas appointed on Jan. 25, 1842 Jesse YEATES, of Montgomery Co., Kentucky, husband of Caroline's sister Polly BADGER and "good friend." As reported in a previous issue of The Simpson Clan, the settlement required six-and-one-half years. On Jan. 24, 1842, Thomas bought the interests of his brother James, instrument 7237-00. On May 14, 1844, book 21, pages 53-54, is recorded a deed selling all right of his sister Eliza SIMPSON CALDWELL's inheritance to Thomas and brother-in-law Joseph STEPHENS, husband of sister Mary SIMPSON STEPHENS, for $3000. On May 7, 1844, bk. 21, pg. 54, Thomas and Joseph bought all interests of Thomas' sister Evelina Belmont OWINGS, for $3000.

On Feb. 29, 1844, Caroline died and was buried in the Pickrell Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co. On Dec. 3, 1845, Thomas married Martha WARRINER in Sangamon Co. They moved to Christian Co., Illinois in 1846 where Thomas bought for $800 a 262-acre farm with improvements which included house, barns and fences, at the head of Bear Creek, just north of Palmer, Illinois, later buying a total of 444 acres. Four children were born to the marriage: William b. about 1848; Benjamin F. b. about 1850; Elizabeth b. about 1853; and Catherine (Cassie) b. about 1855.

Thomas was a "prominent Mason" and held various township offices, including County Commissioner. He and Martha lived at Bear Creek Farm until he died on Dec. 6, 1856. He is buried at Anderson Cemetery, near Palmer, in Christian Co.

Much of the information of Thomas' years in Illinois was obtained from family letters, a biographical sketch published in History of Christian County, Illinois 1880, page 353, and visits to the Pickrell and Anderson cemeteries.

Eliza Simpson1800/1 - After 1860

The exact year of Eliza's birth in Montgomery Co. is difficult to determine. Census data in later years do not agree, but it appears that she was probably born in very late 1800 or 1801. There is no debate that she was a Kentuckian. In the 1810 census of Montgomery Co., there are two girls under age 10 in the SIMPSON household.

Eliza remained in her home area all her life, as far as is known. In Montgomery Co., Kentucky Records Book No. 1, is recorded her marriage on April 14, 1825 to Robert P. B. CALDWELL. He was a physician of Logan Co., Kentucky. Robert was born in 1796, the son of Samuel CALDWELL. The wedding was performed by Rev. Joseph HOWE, a Presbyterian minister at the Springfield Presbyterian Church. The CALDWELLs' known children were: Lucinda J. b. in 1828; Harriet J. b. in 1830; Eliza J. b. in 1832, and Mary b. in 1834.

When Eliza's father died, Robert was appointed attorney-in-fact to represent his wife and her sister Emily SIMPSON COONS in settling their portions of the estate. Robert seems to have had more than medicine and legal matters of interest to him. In the 1850 census of Sacramento, California, Robert was living in household 1253 with his name given as R. P. B. CALDWELL, M. D., Kentucky. Eliza was still in Sharpsburg, Bath Co., age 50, living with her mother Jane, sister Frances Jane, and with Eliza's four daughters. Was Robert trying to get in on the gold rush? By 1860, he was back in Bath Co. with Eliza and Lucinda. He was 63, claiming real estate valued at $4700, personal property of $500. Eliza was 61, and Lucinda 34.

Eliza did not appear in the 1870 census, and likely died before that year. Robert, age 73, was living with Lucinda, age 42, in the home of farmer George HAMILTON in Sharpsburg. He claimed no real or personal property value. The fact that Lucinda was recorded as being 34 in 1860 and 42 in 1870 demonstrates the fallacy of relying too heavily on census data as fact. Neither Robert nor Lucinda can be found in the 1880 census. Nothing further is known about Robert except one surprising discovery. In Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Cass Co., Missouri, just south of Kansas City, in the plot of Thomas Alexander SIMPSON and wife Frances Jane (SIMPSON) SIMPSON, there is a headstone reading: Dr. Robert B. CALDWELL. No dates are on the stone. The cemetery records were poorly kept before 1950 and the sexton cannot assure that Robert is buried in this plot. It appears that Robert, as an elderly man, came to Missouri after Lucinda died, to visit or live near his sister-in-law Frances, and may have died while in Missouri.

Harriett Simpson
1801 - Aft. 1850

The census data do agree consistently that Harriett was born in the 1800/01 era in Montgomery Co. It cannot be determined whether she was younger or older than her sister Eliza. She was also a violin-player.

In the aforementioned Montgomery Co. Records Book No. 1 (reconstructed) is recorded Harriett's marriage on Oct. 29, 1818 to William F. LUCKETT of the Leesburg area of Loudoun Co., Virginia. The wedding was performed by the Rev. John SMITH. William was born March 4, 1788, recorded in the family Bible of his father Leven LUCKETT of Loudoun Co. The couple resided in that county where William practiced law. On May 12, 1817 he had granted Harriett's father Andrew power-of-attorney, recorded both in Montgomery Co., Kentucky and Loudoun Co., to rent, sell and convey land in Kentucky and Ohio on behalf of Leven LUCKETT and Leven's brother-in-law, Townshend PEYTON, also of Virginia.

In the 1820 census of Leesburg, Virginia, there were in the household one boy under 10, and two older boys who could not have been their sons. There were five slaves. The 1830 census of Bloomfield, Loudoun Co., pg. 107, enumerated two boys under 5, two boys age 5-9 inclusive, and one boy 10-14 inclusive. There were one girl, America ("Meck"), born in 1830, and two girls ages 5-9 inclusive. There were six slaves. The 1840 census found Harriett heading a household next door to her brother Thomas in Sangamon Co., Illinois. There is a daughter under 5 years of age. It appears that William may have died about 1836/7 and Harriett moved briefly back to Kentucky where daughter Ara was born in 1837. She then moved on to Illinois where a colony of SIMPSONs and PICKRELLs had moved in 1835. In the 1850 census in Sangamon Co., besides Harriett age 50, there were: Eliza age 20, born in Virginia; Thomas age 17, born in Virginia; and Ara (female) age 13, born in Kentucky. Harriett had property valued at $3500. Daughter America had married, on Dec. 30, 1847, William B. HUNDLEY of Kentucky, and was no longer in the LUCKETT household.

Harriett cannot be found in the 1860 census. It is not known where or when she died.

Mary Simpson1804 - 1845

The only known record of the birth date of Mary SIMPSON, the fourth child of Andrew and Jane, is on her tombstone. She was born April 30, 1804, in Sharpsburg. She was "admitted" to the Springfield Presbyterian Church on Sept. 3, 1837, which is recorded in the Session Book.

Mary married Joseph STEPHENS of Fleming Co., Kentucky, born about 1800. In the 1840 census, the earliest one in which the STEPHENS household can be found, there was a male child of age 5 but under 10. However, there was another male age 20-29 inclusive, and the child could belong to him. Mary was in the 39 - 39 age category, which is no help in determining her birth year. Mary lived less than four years longer than her father, who died in 1842, and in the documents concerning settling his estate, registered in Montgomery Co., she had begun to sell portions of her inheritance to various parties when she died. Her husband had bought, in partnership with her brother Thomas, certain parcels of land from her sister Eliza and sister Evelina, and then Mary died on Dec. 28, 1845 at one P.M. The document of August 16, 1848, bk. 23, pgs. 59-60, recorded in Deeds and Mortgages volumes states that Mary died childless. Her part of the estate not yet sold became the inheritance of her siblings and mother. The confusion and delay of further settlement is described in the story of her father in the Spring 2005 issue of The Simpson Clan. Joseph remarried and lived beyond 1870, fathering three daughters and one son.

Mary SIMPSON STEPHENS is buried in the churchyard of Springfield Presbyterian Church, next to her mother and father.

Joseph Alexander Simpson1809 - 1819

Discovering that there was a little boy named Joseph in this family was a surprise. He had never been mentioned nor written about within the family, and it is likely that succeeding generations simply didn't know that he existed. Joseph was born on Aug. 25, 1809, the fifth child of Andrew and Jane. Sadly, he lived only ten years and died suddenly on June 4, 1819 when he fell off a runaway horse. The journal of Rev. Joseph P. HOWE, pastor to the SIMPSONs, notes: "Sat. June 5, 1819 at Andrew SIMPSON's on Mathew XXIV.44 - the funeral of his son about 10 years old who was killed by a fall from a horse who ran away with him." Joseph is buried very near his parents in the churchyard.

Evelina Belmont Simpson
About 1811/13 - After1850

The first name of this SIMPSON daughter has been spelled in various ways - Evelina, Evaline, and Eveline. All three versions can be found in recorded documents. Her middle name is revealed in Montgomery County Records Book No. 1 and in the first Session book of the Springfield Presbyterian Church.

Evelina's birth year is very difficult to establish. Conflicting census data, the only sources remaining, don't settle the issue. In the 1810 census of Montgomery Co., in the household of her father, there were two little girls in age category "under 10." One would be Mary, and possibly the other was Evelina. In 1820, the two girls were ages 10 - 15 inclusive. In 1830, there was a female age 15 - 19. If this was Evelina, her birth year could be as early as 1811. In 1840 her age was 30 - 39 years. In 1850 she was recorded as being age. 37. These numbers translate to a birth year of 1811 or 1813.

The year of her marriage is given as "before 1828" in Record Book No. 1, and the groom was "Ed OWINGS." He was Edward Cockey OWINGS, b. 1802, son of Elihu OWINGS of Baltimore Co., Maryland and Mary Ravillon HALL of Bourbon Co., Kentucky. The 1840 census describes Edward as age 30 - 39. There is one male child age 5 - 9.

On May 7, 1844, in Montgomery Co. Deeds and Mortgages bk. 21, pg. 54, there was recorded a deed from Edward C. and Evelina B. OWINGS selling all their interests in her inheritance from her father, for $3000, to her brother Thomas of Sangamon Co., Illinois and her brother-in-law Joseph STEPHENS (husband of Mary SIMPSON) of Bath County. The county Clerk wrote her name as "Evelina."

Edward OWINGS was visited by the Rev. R. F. CALDWELL of the Springfield Church on Oct. 23, 1844. Edward, "who was very low in health, not expecting to live,” requested and received, after a full discussion of religion, baptism and communion in the church. He died Oct. 29, 1844.

Evelina received "dismission” from the church Feb. 13, 1848. The reason is not given but was regularly granted when the member was moving. These events were recorded in the first Session Book of the Springfield Presbyterian Church. The book was rescued from a fire and a typewritten copy is in the Mt. Sterling Library. In the 1850 census, she was listed in the census for Memphis, Tennessee, in the household of George W. and Emily SIMPSON COONS (her sister). Her name was recorded as "Eve OWEN" and her age was 37 years, born in Kentucky. Nothing further is known about Evelina.

Emily Simpson1815 - Before 1860

The only genuine proof of Emily's place in the family can be found in the documents settling her father's estate in which she is named as a surviving child of Andrew and Jane. All other evidence is drawn from census data and can be regarded as only approximate.

Emily was born about 1815 in Bath Co., the seventh child. Before 1839, she married George W. COONS, a Presbyterian minister and native Kentuckian. While in Kentucky, they had daughters Victoria, born about 1839, and Eva, born about 1842. When the May 7, 1844 document concerning Andrew's estate was drawn up, bk. 21, pg. 71, selling a tract of land on Blue Lick Road in Montgomery Co., Emily and George were represented by Eliza's husband, Robert CALDWELL, and all members were described as "now of the county of Montgomery." However, Thomas is also included in the group and he had moved to Illinois in 1835. By Jan. 29, 1846, in a deed recorded in bk. 28, pg. 157, Emily and George were described as "of Memphis, Tennessee." They were joining her mother Jane SIMPSON, Joseph STEPHENS (Mary's husband), Frances Jane SIMPSON and Thomas SIMPSON in selling 174 acres on the Hingston Fork for $30 per acre.

The 1850 census for Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee found the COONS family in household no. 538. George was described as age 40, an OSP clergyman, born in Kentucky, with real property of $3500 value. Emily was 35, with two daughters, Victoria age 11, and Eva age 8. With them was "Eve OWEN," age 37, born in Kentucky, undoubtedly Emily's sister Evelina OWINGS.

Emily seems to have died within the next decade and nothing further is known about her. In the 1860 census of Maysville, Mason Co., Kentucky, George had married Bettie ___, age 33, born in Kentucky. Eva COONS, age 18, is with them but Victoria is not. By the time the 1880 census of Falmouth, Pendleton Co., Kentucky, was taken, Eva was living there married to Charles DUNCAN, a lawyer and solicitor general, born in Kentucky. She was 38 and he was 47. With them were George and Bettie COONS, ages 72 and 52 respectively. There were also three granddaughters of Emily whom she never knew: Emily age 10, Eva age 7, and Bettie age 6.

James M. Simpson1818 - 1875

The birth year for James M. SIMPSON was 1818, noted on his tombstone. He grew up to become a livery-keeper. As a young man he went to Augusta, Georgia and on Dec. 22, 1840 he married Mary A. MEALING. Mary was born in Georgia about 1824/5.

By June 15, 1841, James and Mary had come back to Montgomery Co., Kentucky. On that date, Andrew had made an indenture to James, who was only age 23, for $1, conveying 500 acres "to be laid off the East End of the plantation on which I now reside to include the Mansion house, Stabels, and other buildings appurtenant thereto by a line as near a North and South line as may be made, so as to include said house and buildings--also the following slaves, to wit: Hariett about Seventeen years old, and her two children. Albert about thirty years old. Sanford about twenty years old. Wesley about twenty two Years old. George about twenty-six Years old. Cain about nineteen Years old and Edd about fourteen Years old; also all of my stock of Horses, Hogs, Sheep and Cattle, also my present growing crop of corn." Conveyed to James and heirs were "the above and foregoing described lands, slaves and other property to his and their own proper use and behoof." Attesting this document were G. W. THOMAS and Wm. J. MEALING. This deed is recorded in bk. 20, pg. 80 of the Deeds and Mortgages books in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery Co. On May 14, 1841, bk. 19, pg. 345, James had sworn the following: "James M. SIMPSON made Oath before me as Justice of the Peace for Montgomery County, that he brought from the State of Georgia, two Slaves named Susan and John which slaves came to him by marriage. Given under my hand this 14th day of May 1841." Signed S. G. MILLSPAUGH. James HOWARD, Clerk of the County Court, also certified that the certificate of oath was presented to him for recording on that day.

James did not own his handsome estate for very long. On Jan. 22, 1842, only two weeks after his father's death, he sold all the land, buildings, animals and crop to his brother Thomas and brother-in-law Joseph STEPHENS for $9000. The sale is recorded in bk. 20, pg. 81. Nothing is mentioned of the slaves. Thomas could not have taken them to Illinois which was a free state. What happened to them is not known.

By census time in 1850, James and Mary were back in Richmond Co., Georgia, he age 32, she 25. He had again become a livery stable keeper. They cannot be located in the 1860 census. It was reported by James' nephew, Hamilton SIMPSON of Christian Co., Illinois, that James came to Illinois to live with his nephew Andrew SIMPSON in Taylorville, Christian Co., Illinois and died in his home on Jan. 26, 1875. He is buried in Anderson Cemetery, near Palmer, Christian Co., along with many SIMPSONs, including brother Thomas. He died childless.

Frances Jane Simpson
1822 - 1872

Frances SIMPSON was the ninth and last child of Andrew and Jane. She, too, grew up on the plantation, and after her father's death in 1842, moved with her mother into Sharpsburg, Bath Co. nearby. In the Session Book of her parents' church, it is recorded that Frances, on Aug. 31, 1840, was received into the church, was found to be "born again," and was baptized a Presbyterian. In the 1850 census, she was listed in her mother's household, Frances' age given as 28. She had sold all her interests in her father's estate.

By 1851 or early 1852, Frances had married Thomas Alexander SIMPSON, b. May 22, 1822 in Sharpsburg. He was her first cousin. Thomas was the son of William Jamieson SIMPSON, brother to Frances' mother, Jane (SIMPSON) SIMPSON. Thomas and Frances began their married life in Sharpsburg and had only one child, a daughter stillborn Mar. 1, 1853, recorded in Bath Co. Thomas said in 1890 that Jane lived with them until her death in 1854.

Thomas was a very skilled trader in fine horses and mules, a profession which he had honed since boyhood, working in Kentucky, in Augusta, Georgia with his Uncle James SIMPSON, in Putnam Co., Indiana with his BADGER relatives, and back home again in Kentucky. By 1860, he and Frances had moved to Pleasant Hill, Cass Co., Missouri. He had set up a livery stable there trading in fine horses. Because of his sympathies with the South, his business was harassed and he felt it necessary to go back to Kentucky during the Civil War. While there he supplied the Southern Army with mules. He and Frances lived in the large household of Charles and James GUDGELL in Sharpsburg. These two brothers had become entrusted to Thomas' care by their father, Joseph GUDGELL of Bath Co., a longtime friend and sometime business partner, who died in Sharpsburg May 13, 1864.

Soon after the 1870 census, Thomas and Frances moved back to Pleasant Hill, Missouri and he resumed raising stock. Frances died in 1872 and is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. She didn't live to know that her husband would become internationally famous as a genius at breeding Hereford cattle, as a partner in the firm of GUDGELL and SIMPSON, and would become a very wealthy man. Thomas never remarried and joined her in death on Jan. 4, 1904.

This report is offered in no way as a finished genealogical product. Too many records were destroyed in critical years to make it possible. It is a summary of what can be gathered, and presented with hopes that it will provide a framework of clues for others interested in this family--perhaps descendants. I would be happy to hear from anyone at:

Walking to Iowa
A Family Tradition of the Journey from Guilford Co., North Carolina to Iowa
Margaret E. Rambo, 1154 South Oak, Hillsboro, IL 62049-2027

William and Nancy (PRICE) SIMPSON left Guilford County; North Carolina circa 1834 and settled in Daleville, Delaware County, Indiana. Three sons, John Wesley, Robert Drury, and Nathaniel M. SIMPSON came with them, as did William’s brother, John SIMPSON and other PRICE family.

John Wesley and Robert Drury went to Iowa to purchase land. With only one horse between them, they devised a plan for traveling the long journey. One man would ride the horse to a distance ahead, then tether the horse and walk on. The brother, who had been walking, would reach the tethered horse, and he would ride on ahead and again tether the horse, proceeding to walk on towards their destination. They followed this procedure all the way to Iowa. In this manner, both men would get a rest, as did the tethered horse.

Upon their arrival in Iowa, they purchased land and built a log cabin in Hardin County, Iowa. In the winter, the two men returned to Indiana. The trip back to Iowa was made in the spring, following the same traveling procedure so the land could be improved, in the three years of 1852, 53, and 1854. The William SIMPSON family moved to Iowa in wagons and driving a herd of cattle with them, in 1855. John Wesley and Robert Drury had sold the cabin they had built, and part of the land to Hugh JOHNSON in 1856.

William SIMPSON purchased land in Jackson Township, Hardin County, Iowa, but was dubious if it contained enough timber, thereby, was given the name of “Timber” SIMPSON. He and his sons improved that land and built a home

John SIMPSON, William’s brother and some of the PRICE family remained in Indiana.


Sara L. Simpson has retired after 32 years of teaching music in public schools of Illinois. She taught band, chorus and general music for 23 years and was also a high school choir director for 30 years. Ms. Simpson received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois and a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Her name appears in the year 2000 and 2005 editions of Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Sara is very happy to have more time now for visits with family, golf and genealogy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Simpson Clan Volume XXI, Issue 2 Fall 2005

Volume XXI, Issue 2 ISSN 0884-3805 Fall 2005

Charles Simpson
Choctaw County, Mississippi
Margie Simpson Gilmer, Rt. 1 Box 34, Weir, MS 39772

Charles SIMPSON was born 10.23.1782 and died 11.10.1852. Census records show he was from North Carolina. He married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). She was born 1788 and died 1857. Both are buried in Simpson-Rosamond Cemetery in Choctaw County, Mississippi. (No tombstones remain - I plan to erect them with their children when I find out more about them.) Their children were:

1. Matilda C. SIMPSON born 03.23.1813 in North Carolina, married William Buckley MOORE born 08.22.1806 died 04.02.1886 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee.

2. James Richard SIMPSON born 08.20.1816 in North Carolina, died 08.10.1894 in Vilonia, Arkansas, married Susan V. ROSAMOND

3. John F. SIMPSON born 08.05.1818 in North Carolina, died 12.04.1855 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, married Sarah Anderson HODGES

4. Joseph J. SIMPSON born 04.18.1820 in Giles County, Tennessee, married Mary A. (maiden name unknown)

5. Mary Jane SIMPSON born 12.22.1822 in Giles County, Tennessee, died 07.04.1892 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, married Thomas Andrew ROSAMOND

6. Martha A. SIMPSON born 08.15.1823 in Giles County, Tennessee, married William R. KILLGORE

7. Thomas Pinkley SIMPSON born 02.22.1825 in Giles County, Tennessee, died aft 1892 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, married (1) Sarah (2) Emaline TAYLOR

8. William C. SIMPSON born 07.22.1827 in Giles County, Tennessee, died about 1852 in the Civil War

9. Margaret Elizabeth SIMPSON born 12.02.1829 in Giles County, Tennessee, died 04.18.1917, married James Henry HENDERSON

This information is taken from the John W. & Mary L. HOGAN SIMPSON family bible. He was the son of John F. & Sarah HODGES SIMPSON. It is still in the family.

I believe that they traveled from North Carolina into Tennessee and only stayed a few years - at least until all their children were born. There is a land patent in Charles SIMPSON's name on 02.27.1841 and a purchase in July 1841 what appears to be a Sheriff's Sale.

I would appreciate any and all help in trying to connect Charles and Elizabeth to their family in North Carolina.

Notes on Sarah Elizabeth Simpson, Daughter of Thomas Carey Simpson
Oregon County, Missouri
Gail Goodwin; e-mail is gavag at

Sarah is my husband's paternal great-grandmother. She kept changing her name so it is very hard to track her down. I am not having much luck with her husband, Joseph P. MARTIN either.

My husband is Norman C. Goodwin of Warren, Trumbull, Ohio, grandson of Essie L. MARTIN, Sarah's daughter.

Sarah was born March 21, 1876 or 1875, Alton, Oregon, Missouri. Her parents were Thomas Carey SIMPSON of Tennessee and Mary Jane WHITTEN of Georgia 1880 U.S. Census in Woodside, Oregon County, Missouri Sarah was listed as a 5-year-old child with her family
1900 U.S. Census, Cooper Twp., Gentry, Missouri, she might be the Sarah SIMPSON born Jan., 1877, age, 23, single born in Missouri, father from Illinois, mother from Illinois.

Her occupation was milliner (Series: T623 Roll: 855 pg. 220)1920 U.S. Census St. Louis, 14-WD, St. Louis, Missouri, she was listed as Gertrude HARVEY, Head of household, age 50, widow, born in Missouri, both parents born in Missouri. Her occupation was “Seamstress factory” Her son, Elmer was 21, born in Missouri. Both his parents were born in Missouri. His occupation was “Cigar clerk building”(Series: T625 Roll: 955 pg.164)

Sarah Elizabeth SIMPSON’s husband, Joseph P. MARTIN was born about 1873, Arkansas and her children were:1. Essie L MARTIN born November 26, 1893 in Winthrop, Little River, Arkansas, died August 24,1960 in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio.

She married Benjamin GOODWYN (GOODWIN) born 1884 in Texas (in the 1910 U.S. Census, Bessimay, Jasper, Texas: Benjamin, Essie & daughter Willie born 1910) had a son, Cecil Bennie born May 8, 1912 in Kirbysville, Texas & died April 29, 1976 in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio.). No record of Benjamin after the 1910 census.

She married William Omar WELTY born November 22, 1880 in Belpre, Kansas. They were married July 13, 1913 and had a son Albert Lee on Dec 19, 1915 in Des Queen, Sevier, Arkansas, died on April 23, 1982 in Champion, Trumbull, Ohio) died Nov. 2, 1921 in El Reno, Canadian Co., Oklahoma

She married Unknown HOEFER and they were divorced

I have a copy of Essie's delayed birth certification which her parents are identified as Joseph P. MARTIN, age 20, & Sarah SIMPSON, age 19.)

2. Earl MARTIN born February 3, 1898 in Oklahoma, died 1968 in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio

3. Elmer N. MARTIN born September 8, 1900 in Oklahoma, died May 5, 1976 in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio

4. Ina MARTIN born November 16, 1906, died April, 1974, married Unknown JORDAN

5. Maybelle MARTIN born April 25, 1908, died November, 1985 (SS# issued in Washington), married Unknown STREITFERDT

6. Glen MARTIN born February 3, 1909, died June, 1974 in Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio

I have a copy of Essie's death certificate on which her parents are listed as Joseph P. MARTIN & Gertrude SIMPSON. She was listed as a retired dressmaker. In her obituary it was stated that she came to Warren, Ohio in 1917. She also lived in California.)

I have a copy of Sarah's death certificate where her name was listed as Mrs. Gertrude Elizabeth HARVEY - she was the widow of Glen HARVEY. She died on October 14, 1944 in Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio.

Her parents were Thomas SIMPSON & Mary Jane WHITTEN on the certificate)

1930 U.S. Census Watonga, Blaine, Oklahoma
Essie WELTY 36 Wd Missouri
Willie GOODWIN 20 S Texas
Cecil GOODWIN 17 S Texas
Albert WELTY 14 S Arkansas

1930 U.S. Census Otter, Kingfisher, Oklahoma
WELTY Bert William's brother
Millie sister-in-law
June their daughter
Willie 20 niece
Albert 14 nephew

Frances Sinai Simpson, Daughter of Valentine Simpson
Oregon County, Missouri
Nona Williams email: [check my profile for this blog for my email address]

In August of 2004, I received an email query from Mary Taylor who was looking for information about Frances Sina “Sinie” SIMPSON born 20 January 1830, wife of Charley McKINLEY. Sina, as she was called, was born 1838-1840 in Cannon Co., Tennessee and her father was Valentine SIMPSON, born in North Carolina. Our information from the 1850 census shows that Valentine SIMPSON had a daughter identified as “Fransina” and we assume that this was Frances Sina.

Mary’s information identified Valentine’s father as Peter SIMPSON who married Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM on September 22, 1795.

She also had “a note that says Dhyani YWAHOO the Chief of the Cherokee Nation may be ancestor on this line. Dhyani is the 27th generation granddaughter. (She wrote some books including Voices of Our Ancestor"). “When I was just a six year old girl we went to a care center in Richfield, Utah to visit my great grandmother who said she can remember going to the Indian reservation to visit her own grandmother. She told me she was a little thing like me but she still remembered that day and she wanted me to remember her always also.”

An article titled “Original Marriage Returns Turned In By Ministers & J.P.’s” was published in the May 2004 – August 2004 issue of the Oregon County [Missouri] Genealogical Society Newsletter and included on that list was a marriage between Charles McKINLEY and Francis Sinai SIMPSON, dated 17 December 1857. P.R. SIMPSON performed the ceremony.

An examination of the Oregon County, Missouri census records for 1860 shows that Charles McKINDLEY [sic] lived near Valentine SIMPSON in Woodside Township:

185 336 338 Charles McKINDLY 24 M Farmer 200 119 Kentucky
Francis S. McKINDLY 19 F Tennessee
David R. McKINDLY 3/12 M Missouri

Their real estate was valued at $200.00 and the value of their personal property was $119.

Enumerated nearby was the household of Valentine and Lucretia SIMPSON and their children on page 186, dwelling number 330.

Francis Sina’s sister, Ellen and her husband, Abraham GOODEN (GOODING, GOODWIN) lived in the same neighborhood.

186 329 331 Abraham GOODEN 23 M Farmer 64 50 Tennessee
Ellen GOODEN 23 F Tennessee
Thomas J. GOODEN 7/12 M Missouri

Although I searched census records for subsequent years, I couldn’t find any further record of Charles and Francis Sina (SIMPSON) McKINLEY. Perhaps they moved away, or he died and she remarried.

Mary stated that Charles and Sina had a daughter, Almarinda McKINLEY who married John William RILEY. A search at finds several entries for Almarinda but the records are confusing. Some records show that she was born 27 October 1861 in Oregon Co., Missouri and others show the same date of birth in the location of Ozark, Christian Co., Missouri. One IGI records indicates that Almarinda C. RILEY McKINLEY died 27 March 1952. This record shows that she was born in Christian Co., Missouri. Another IGI records shows that Almarinda Clementine McKINLEY married Alexander Sinnott GREGSON on 26 September 1910 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

One IGI record shows that Chas. McKINLEY and Sinie SIMPSON had a daughter, Almarinda C. McKINLEY born 27 October 1861. The Ancestry File shows entries for a marriage between John William RILEY and Almarinda McKINLEY, 1 March 1875 but no location is given. They had a daughter, Minnie Riley born 20 November 1883 Madisonville, Hopkins Co., Kentucky. She married Oscar STAPLEMAN.

I could find nothing more about Sina SIMPSON and Charles McKINLEY.

New Book: Tippah County, Mississippi Simpsons
By Bobby A. Simpson

I have researched my SIMPSON line for the past ten years and have written a booklet on my findings. The booklet traces my Tippah County, Mississippi line from myself back to old Richard born about 1683. It includes many of the SIMPSONs in that line and attempts to connect them. I have included photos of many of my clan. It contains 100 pages of data on 8 x 11 sheets with some embedded photographs.

If anyone is interested, I still have 4-5 copies that I will let go for the publishing cost of $20.00 plus mailing cost.

Bobby A. Simpson, 5852 Ward Ranch Rd., Crestview, FL 32536. 850-689-1648

John Simpson and Martha Holland Simpson
Lineage & Photographs

The following photographs were emailed to me by Shirley Hopkins whose ancestry is as follows:

Samuel SIMPSON born 3 January 1783 North Carolina; died 1854 Johnson Co., Arkansas; married April 1804 to Elizabeth “Betsy” FULTON born 1784 Hickman Co., Tennessee; died 1845 Johnson Co., Arkansas. Their children were:

Jennett SIMPSON born 12 February 1807

Thomas SIMPSON born 7 July 1809

Mary C. SIMPSON born 26 July 1811; died 16 September 1874 Johnson Co., Arkansas; married 7 September 1838 to John Holland SIMPSON

Susannah SIMPSON
born 17 August 1813

John SIMPSON born 5 April 1815; married Erildia GOSSETT

Samuel SIMPSON born 23 April 1817

Elizabeth SIMPSON born 9 March 1819

Rebeckah SIMPSON born 2 September 1821

Nathaniel SIMPSON born 26 September 1823

Lovina SIMPSON born 30 November 1826.

Her source notes indicate that the information was provided by the private notes of Mary Mickels, deceased, author of four volumes of The History of Johnson County, Arkansas.

E.L. Harris, now deceased, is also a descendant of this line and he noted that John Holland SIMPSON was the son of “Big John” SIMPSON and Martha HOLLAND.

Shirley believes this is Little John SIMPSON, and with him is his son Samuel, Samuel was born in 1845. The youngest boy was born John Walton 1855.

Shirley’s great-aunt, Tennessee SIMPSON CHANDLER.

Simpson Tidbits Gleaned in Journals and Books
Accomack County, Virginia

From the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Volume 41, Number 2, May 2003, pages 94.

The Common Wealth of Virginia to the Men Belonging to the Accomack Galley[1] for Back Rations of Spirits Commencing the 21st of July and Continueing until the 15 October 1779:

William SIMPSON, Elisha SIMPSON, Hancock SIMPSON

Page 95, Accomack Galley 10th May 1780:


In Williamsburg 20 May 1780
Satathail SYMPSON

Augusta County, Virginia
1777 Tithables, page 147

Alexr SIMPSON 1 tithable

Loudoun County, Virginia

Index to tithables

Gilbert SIMPSON 1763, 1765, 1768, 1770, 1771-1773 Shelburne Parish
Isaac SIMPSON 1760-1761, 1770, 1771 Shelburne Parish
John SIMPSON 1784, 1786 Shelburne Parish
Musgrave SIMPSON 1785 Shelburne Parish
William SIMPSON 1782 Shelburne Parish

Richard SIMPSON 1773 Cameron Parish
Thomas SIMPSON 1761, 1784 Cameron Parish

From Abstracts of Wills, Inventories and Administration Accounts of Loudoun County, Virginia 1757-1800, page 4:

John ETHEL, 17 March 1766, 12 May 1766. All estate of wife Winnifred ETHEL who is names as executrix. Wit: Thomas LEWIS, Gilbert SIMPSON, Ferdinand O’NEAL.

Nelson County, Kentucky

From The Nelson County Genealogist, Volume 20, #4, page 20: Jonathan SIMPSON and Henry GORE witnessed the will of William R. HYNES.

Rockingham County, North Carolina

From the Journal of The Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties, North Carolina, Volume X, Issue 1, Whole Number 31, June 2003, page. 1244:

John SIMSON, was on a list of persons who failed to “give in their Taxable Property in Rockingham County for 1795”. He had 350 acres and one poll.

DeKalb County, Tennessee

From The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Volume XVI, Number 3, Winter 2003, page 108:

Thomas Simpson signed a petition to protest a toll road. (Petition Number 161, Legislative Records of 1843)

Davidson County, Tennessee

From The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Volume XVI, Number 3, Winter 2003, page 114:

Davidson County Tax List 1812: Robert SIMPSON

Knox County, Indiana

From History of Old Vincennes and Knox County, Indiana, Volume I and II, page 258. Patrick SIMPSON was a member of a company of militia at Vincennes in about 1790.

Page 277, Patrick SIMPSON was mentioned as a member of the first grand jury convened in Indiana territory in 1801.

Page 891, the community of Bruceville in Knox County was named for William BRUCE. John T. SIMPSON was Bruceville’s first merchant.

Page 443, William SIMPSON was secretary of the Old Post Country Club which was formed in 1904.

[1] Galley was a term used for oared gunboats serving in North American waters (including on the lakes) during the Revolutionary War. The Accomack was in service in the Chesapeake Bay.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Simpson Clan Volume XXI, Issue 3 Winter 2005/2006

Volume XXI, Issue 3 ISSN 0884-3805 Winter 2005/2006

A DNA Crack in the Wall
By Jim Simpson

My Henry SIMPSON has been an enigma for years. I knew he was probably born between 1790 and 1796 in South Carolina, assuming he reported correctly to the census takers in 1850 and 1860 when they found him in Paulding and Haralson Counties, Georgia. I’ve been trying to push beyond this little snippet of information, but Henry’s wall keeps pushing back.

Recently, I participated in National Geographic’s Genographic Project. If you don’t know about it, this is essentially a DNA study to describe world-wide population origins and migrations. My Y-DNA results came back with an astonishing “R” Haplotype. I was looking for something more Western European, like R1b, because I had hypothesized I was descended from the Scots-Irish. I also participated in the Border Reivers Project at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), confirmed the “R” result, and promptly learned I was the only “R” in the whole Reivers group! I was slack-jaw stunned. “Who am I” was a question that kept working around in my brain.

Then I got lucky. Another male SIMPSON had submitted his sample and received his results. Since he and I had authorized sharing of basic information in such events, we both received word about each other and the match. We have an exact 12-marker match. There can be abundant 12-marker matches with different surnames, but one with the same surname deserves closer inspection.

Based on the latest results of the mutation rate study conducted by the University of Arizona, with 12 markers there is a 50% probability that the MRCA was within the last 7 generations. Compare these with 25 and 37-- With 25 markers, there is a 50% probability that the MRCA was within the last 3 generations, while with 37/37 (all 37 markers match), there is a 50% probability that the MRCA was no longer than 2 generations, and a 90% probability that the MRCA was within the last 5 generations (Family Tree DNA).

A 25 marker test is next up for me; and my 12 marker Simpson correspondent already has his. This other Simpson and I have exchanged genealogy, and plan to visit in a few weeks. We haven’t found the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) yet, but the potential is highly intriguing.

• Are you a male Simpson?*
• Have you hit a brick wall?
• Can't find your ancestor's homeland?
• Wondering if you are related to another family with the same surname?

Start with a 12-marker test at Family Tree DNA and join the Simpson Surname Project.

*Since a Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname, and females (a) don't carry their father's Y-DNA, and (b) acquire a new surname by the way of marriage, in order to be relevant to the Surname Project, the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's father's father's...). The test to be ordered is either the Y-DNA37, Y-DNA25 or Y-DNA12, and females should look for a brother or cousin with that surname to be tested.

Jim Simpson is co-Group Administrator for the Simpson Surname Project. For more information, go to this web site.

[Comment from Nona: If male descendants of the Haw River Simpson’s join this DNA project, we might learn whether these Simpsons were SIMONSONs from Sweden or Scots from Great Britain or Ireland. In addition, DNA testing could verify or dispute some theoretical lines.]


By Janet Allen, Jan. 2006

Thomas A. SIMPSON, born May 22, 1822, in Bath County, Kentucky, was a son of William Jamieson SIMPSON, a soldier of the War of 1812, wounded at the disastrous Battle of River Raisin. Thomas's mother was Mary LOGAN, also a Kentuckian of the Bluegrass Country.

When Thomas was just four years old, his father died on Sept 17, 1826, at age 36, leaving three children: Thomas, Mary Jane born about 1823, and William Franklin born June 11, 1826. A fourth child, Elizabeth, died in 1822 at age four years, and is buried in the historic Springfield Church Cemetery in Bath County, along with her father and other Simpsons.

Thomas grew up on a farm in the area until, as a twelve-year-old, he went to live with his BADGER relatives in Putnam Co., Indiana. As a fifteen-year-old, he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois to live with cousins, the Thomas SIMPSON family, formerly of Bath Co., Kentucky, and at age 22, Thomas relocated briefly back in Kentucky, then on to Augusta, Georgia where another SIMPSON cousin, James, was running a livery stable. Through all these years, Thomas was learning the business of raising and judging stock and, in later years, was recognized as one of the keenest judges of livestock in the United States.

In his early Kentucky days, he had acquired the nickname of "Governor," given him by the black "servitors" on the farm. It was the name he was commonly addressed by in his adult years.

Thomas returned to Kentucky in the late 1840s and married his first cousin, Frances Jane SIMPSON, in 1851. She was a sister of the aforementioned Thomas (Illinois) and James (Georgia), born in Sharpsburg, Kentucky in 1822, on the plantation of her father, Andrew SIMPSON. Her mother, Jane (SIMPSON) SIMPSON, was a sister of William Jamieson SIMPSON. In other words, Frances's mother and Thomas's father were siblings. In the year 1853, on March 1, a daughter was stillborn to the couple, the only child they were to have.

During the years in Kentucky, Thomas had joined in a livestock business, dealing principally in mules, with an old friend, Joseph GUDGELL, who was a successful farmer a few years senior to Thomas. Joseph had, through settlement of a debt owed to him, acquired 480 acres of fine farmland near Greenwood, Cass County, Missouri, just south of Kansas City. He was not interested in it and never saw it.

Thomas and Frances moved to the Missouri area, to Pleasant Hill, very near Greenwood, in 1855, where he set up a livery stable and then began to raise and train fine horses. The venture prospered until the contentiousness of the border area and strained relations between North and South brought trouble to his doorstep. Thomas was a known southern-sympathizer. His horses were stolen and life became extremely difficult. The SIMPSONs went back to Kentucky during the war and he resumed business with the GUDGELLs. As his friend, Joseph, lay dying in 1865, Thomas accepted the care of and responsibility for Joseph's sons, Charles and James R. GUDGELL. These young men were well-off and later college-educated businessmen. The three resumed their cattle enterprises. The brothers, besides operating the farm at Greenwood, became partners in the firm TOWERS & GUDGELL, with ranches for range cattle in Colorado and Montana.

In 1872, Frances Jane died in Pleasant Hill and is buried there. Thomas never married again. He continued his livery business and, a few years later, went into partnership with the GUDGELLs, in Pleasant Hill, working not only the large livery barn, but extensively buying and selling horses, mules and grade Shorthorn cattle.

In 1876, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the cattle division was featuring Hereford cattle, originally of the British Isles, and little-known among western stockmen. At the time, most beef in the United States were range-grown, stringy, and tough. These Herefords were heavy, meaty, and a breed that appealed to the practiced eyes of the men from Missouri. Charles traveled to Ontario, Canada, to buy from F. W. STONE the first Hereford bull and eight females. Later, he visited the Stone ranch and brought back to Missouri a dozen young bulls and a few more cows and heifers. This was the beginning of the first Hereford herd in Missouri.

The herd grew in the next few years, and in 1880 the formal name, "GUDGELL and SIMPSON" became commonly used. It was in 1880 that Thomas went to England to buy one bull and 59 cows and calves. The next year, accompanied by James GUDGELL, he returned to England with instructions from Charles to bring back a bull "with some end on him." They selected 100 Herefords. There was among them a young bull which attracted Thomas's eye, Anxiety IV, which he bought, along with North Pole 8946. Also in the shipment were a considerable quantity of Angus cattle, which were also raised by the firm.

It was Anxiety IV which forever changed the quality of beef in the United States herds. He was a bull of extraordinary features and quality of conformation. According to reports in the American Hereford Journal of August 1922, it was the unerring eye and genius of Thomas A. SIMPSON, in selecting him and directing the breeding of his progeny, that established the greatest herd of Hereford cattle in the United States. By that year, the premiere beef on American dinner tables came from Hereford cows, nearly all of which traced, through several lines, back to Anxiety IV, according to Donald R. Ornduff, who was quoted in the Kansas City Star of Nov. 30, 1997.

By 1883, Thomas had moved in with the GUDGELLs at 700 S. Main Street in Independence, Missouri. There was a newly-acquired ranch northeast of the city, and another at Richmond, Kansas, for a total of 1700 acres. Ranch managers were hired in Scotland to come and oversee the farm at Greenwood and the ranches. By 1904, the breeding herd totaled about 750 Herefords. Those specimens deemed less-acceptable, in the thousands, were sent to the ranges, many of them unregistered product of Anxiety IV.

The reputation of GUDGELL & SIMPSON spread world-wide, as the firm showed their stock at various expositions: the Chicago World's Fair, the Columbia Exposition, the International Livestock Exposition and the American Royal in Kansas City in 1905.

Thomas continued to live with the GUDGELL family until his death on the morning of Jan. 4, 1904, at age 83. He had been ill with kidney trouble and severe rheumatism for more than a year. It was reported that there was much mourning at his passing, in Independence and Pleasant Hill. The funeral was held in the home of Charles GUDGELL the next morning, according to the obituary in The Jackson Examiner, and the "Governor" was carried that evening, in the company of many friends, to Pleasant Hill to join Frances at rest.
Thomas left everything he owned to Charles GUDGELL. A copy of his will, and many other papers, can be viewed at the museum of The American Hereford Association at 1501 Wyandotte in Kansas City, Missouri. It reads in part: "As a token of my appreciation of his kindness and friendship through a long business association, and through all the years I have lived as a member of his family, I give to Charles GUDGELL of Independence, Missouri all my property both real and personal absolutely, and hereby appoint him as the executor of this will to act without giving any bond. Signed 12th day of Sept. 1896." These artifacts were contributed to the museum by a member of the GUDGELL family, according to the senior historian of the association, Mr. Bud Snidow. There are also in the museum oil portraits of Thomas SIMPSON and Charles GUDGELL, and of many of the famous Hereford bulls.

According to the Pleasant Hill Times of Jan. 8, 1904, at the world's record Hereford sale held a few days after Thomas' death, "Fond Memory," one of the leading heifers of the Anxiety IV herd, was sold for $5000. The money was used to erect a large monument at Thomas' grave, and a memorial slab was to be placed in the Herefords' Breeders Association building at the Kansas City stockyards. I have visited the gravesite. It is a large and imposing monument. One hundred years later, Thomas SIMPSON's name and reputation are well-known among cattlemen of the Kansas City area.


Who were the parents of Robert SIMPSON born ca. 1780? He married Rebecca LYONS in eastern Tennessee in 1800. The ceremony was performed by Minister Jonathan MULKEY. His wife’s parents were Ezekiel LYON(S) and Hannah ARCHER. Robert died ca 1813. His widow and young son, Asher, moved to Dewitt Co., Illinois. Was Robert killed in the War of 1812?

Marilyn Collins, 1430 Scenic Ridge Drive, Houston, TX 77043

Nathaniel Simpson of Humphries Co., Tennessee
Back to Their Origins
By Fran Laird, 115 Lexington Rd., Bel Air, MD 21014

The following table shows the ancestors of - Edward, Ellen, and Alan Laird - leading back to the members of the SIMPSON and NORRIS families who were probably among the first to be born in the American colonies in what was then the northern section of Baltimore Co., Maryland, often referred to as "old Baltimore Co.". In 1774 that area became Harford County, named for Henry Harford, the illegitimate son of Lord Baltimore.

The SIMPSON ancestors were born "near to the mouth of Susquehanna River" as recorded in St. George's Parish Register. Today Havre de Grace now sits at the mouth of the Susquehanna River, where Edward, Ellen, and Alan were born in the hospital 267-275 years later. They grew up in the area near "Everly Hills", home of the NORRIS family, members of St. John's Parish, near what became Bel Air, established in 1782 as the first and only seat of Harford Co., Maryland:

2nd Generation through the 9th Generation:
(2) REESE, Frances, b Tennessee

(3) REESE, Dudley, b Mississippi

(4) SIMPSON, Frances, b Mississippi

(5) SIMPSON, Benjamin H., b Tennessee
NORRIS, Margaret, b South Carolina

(6) SIMPSON, Nathaniel, b North Carolina
NORRIS, Felix, b South Carolina

(7) ?SIMPSON, "then was b. Samuel SYMPSON s/o Thomas SYMPSON and Mary his wife Feb. 4, 1731" as recorded in St. George's Parish register in old Baltimore Co., now Harford Co., Maryland

NORRIS, Thomas, b South Carolina

(8) ?SIMPSON, Thomas "s/o Richard SIMSON b. near to Susquehanna River 5 Nov 1691" old Baltimore Co., now Harford Co., Maryland

NORRIS, Thomas, b 1737, "Everly Hills" near St. Paul's Parish, old Baltimore Co., now Harford Co., Maryland

(9) SIMPSON, Richard, b by 1663 England, d 7 Jun 1711, Spesutia Hundred, old Baltimore Co., now Harford Co., Maryland

NORRIS, Benjamin, b 1698 Anne Arundel Co., Maryland/d 1772 "Everly Hills", old Baltimore Co., now Harford Co., Maryland

Some Simpsons in Burke Co., North Carolina
By Nona Williams, publisher and editor

Burke Co., North Carolina was formed 1777 from western Rowan County adjoining Tennessee state line.

1777 Thomas SIMPSON bondsman for Mary KENNEDY, other bondsman: Leroy TAYLOR, deceased not named (From Burke Co., NC Land Records, 1779-1790 and Important Misc. Records 1777-1800, Vol. II, p 273: Misc. Estates 1777-1795, courtesy of Linda Bollinger) Thomas KENNEDY of Silver Creek was a Captain in the Revolutionary War (Burke: The History of a North Carolina County 1777-1920 With a Glimpse Beyond) by Edward William Phifer, Jr. page 309.

1777 probate record requested by Mary KENNEDY, signed by Samuel SIMPSON and Leeroy TAYLOR, record in bad shape and does not include the given name of the deceased. (from Jayne McCarley (Don Simpson’s unpublished research report #8, September 1996 page 2)

1777 - 1783 Thomas SIMPSON, land probably on Upper Creek (Don Simpson’s research report #9, August 1996)

1778, 29 Dec Thomas SIMPSON mentioned in land record near John PERKINS, Thomas DAVENPORT and Jonathan GILBERT and Thomas WHITE Jr.

1778 December 29 Samuel SIMPSON was issued a grant of 200 acres on the south fork of Warrior Fork of Johns River adj. John PERKINS, Thomas DAVENPORT, Jonathan GILBERT and Thomas WHITE Jr. (now in Avery Co.) (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995) this land was signed over to Perminus TAYLOR, chain carriers were Edward BENBOW and Joshua GILBERT (Don Simpson’s unpublished report #8, September 1996 page 2)

1778 16 December William SIMPSON, 100 acres, Bolls Creek joining Abraham ROBINSON (Burke County Land Records Vol. I, So. Hist. Press, pg. 114, #1224 page 4030 (Sarah SIMPSON married 24 September 1744 Baltimore Co., Maryland to Abraham ROBINSON.)

1779 William OSBORN volunteered as a mounted militia man under Captain William ADAMS and Lieutenant William SIMPSON for a tour of three months. Ca 1801 William OSBORN moved from Burke Co., NC to Scott Co., KY. (Rev. War Pension Papers of William Osborn per Linda Bollinger)

1779 June 24 land surveyed by William WHITE for John SIMPSON, 150 acres at Mill Fork and Upper Creek, Mill Fork is probably the branch of Upper Creek that was later known as Simpson Fork, chain carriers Joseph COPLE and James SIMPSON (Don Simpson’s unpublished report #8, September 1996)

1780 John SIMPSON, Thomas SIMPSON and Jonathon ROBINSON indicted by grand jury as Tories. (Tories in Southwestern, North Carolina courtesy of Linda Bollinger)

1782 November 12 Thomas SIMPSON and John SIMPSON, subpoena docket for tories witnesses for Thomas SIMPSON were Thomas MACKEY of Silver Creek and William WHITE (Silver Creek enters the south side of the Catawba River in Morgantown), witnesses for John SIMPSON were Thomas WHITE Sr., David BAKER and Jacob ANTHONY (residents of Upper Creek) (Don Simpson’s research report #9, August 1996)

1785 Thos. SIMPSON vs. Abraham REESE (Misc. papers of Civil & Criminal Cases 1755-1790) Note: Abraham REESE born 11 June 1744, Balto. Co., Maryland, son of Daniel REESE and Elizabeth KNIGHT.

1786 November 16 Thomas SIMPSON, silversmith, vs. Robert ADAMS, (Don Simpson research report #9, August 1996)

1786 December 15 Thomas SIMPSON and John SIMPSON and other inhabitants of the Three Creeks area (Upper Creek, Middle Creek aka Johns River and Lower Creek) signed a petition (Don Simpson research report #9, August 1996)

1787 April Thomas SIMPSON vs. Robert ADAMS, Thos. SIMPSON juror in trial of overseer of the road from Little Silver Creek to the Pleasant Gardens (Don Simpson’s research report #9, August 1996) Joshua SHERRILL (from Reva Bruhn)

1788 July Thomas SIMPSON vs. Robert ADAMS, Joseph WHITE, Jacob ANTHONY (Don Simpson’s research report #9, August 1996)

1789, 20 Feb. John W. SIMPSON was born per his War of 1812 records. He later resided in White Co., Tennessee

1790 James SIMPSON, (1 male over 16, 1 male under 16) and 1 female John SIMPSON (1 male over 16, 2 males under 16 and 3 females) probably lived on the North Fork of Upper Creek. Reuben WHITE and Thomas WHITE lived nearby. Thomas SIMPSON is NOT on this census. (Don Simpson’s research report #9, August 1996)

1794 Wm. SHERRILL (from Reva Bruhn) and Thomas SIMPSON made oath in Burke Co., North Carolina that in 1794 he received a warrant for 4995 acres on Duck River adjoining Gen. GREEN’s land & that William WHITE sent the warrant to SIMPSON’s house 17 November 1806 (Courtesy of Shirley Hopkins)

1794 Sept. 23 Robt. & Wm. TATE entered 640 acres; border, south side of SIMPSON’s line on waters of Grassey Creek. ("Burke County Land Entries" 1778-1795 by Bruce Pruitt on page 109 of Journal of Burke Co. Gene. Soc., Vol. SSI No. IV, Nov. 2003)

1795 April 9 deed proven John SIMPSON to James SIMPSON, 150 acres (Don Simpson’s unpublished report #8, September 1996

1800 census no James or John SIMPSON, just Ralph SIMPSON age 26-45

1802 Capt. Samuell [sic] SIMPSON’s company reported a list of taxable men (Journal of Burke County Genealogical Society, Vol. XXIII No. 3, August 2005, page 71)

1806 November 17 Thomas SIMPSON made oath that about 1794 he received a warrant for 4995 acres on Duck River of Rutherford Co., Tennessee adjoining or opposite Gen. GREENE’s land and that William WHITE sent the warrant to SIMPSON’s house (Tennessee Genealogical Records: Records of Early Settlers from State and County Archives by Edythe Rucker Whitley)

1870 Jan.1 James I. SIMPSON, 50 acres on Catawba River adj. lands of Joseph SIMPSON, Samuel SIMPSON & W.F. AVERY et al (Journal of Burke Co. Gene Soc. V. XX No. 1, Feb. 2002, p. 10)

1870 Mar.8 James H. CURTIS 100 acres on Brindle Branch, waters of little Silver Creek adj. lands of Joseph SIMPSON & Samuel SIMPSON & heirs of John E. BUTLER (Journal of Burke Co. Gene Soc. V. XX No. 1, Feb. 2002, p. 10)

1870 March 24 Geo. M. CURTIS & Jno. W. SIMPSON 640 acres on Catawba River adj. Henry M. ONEAL & A.L. GREENLEE & W.F. AVERY.

Connections to Bedford Co., Tennessee

??? date: Samuel SIMPSON (wife Rebecca MORROW) moved with his young family to Tennessee. They had five sons. Samuel, William and Nathaniel who lived on Duck River near Nashville, Tennessee. John and Thomas moved to Kentucky and lived 25 miles apart, John in Pulaski County and Thomas in Wythe County, Kentucky. [sic: Wythe County is in West Virginia.]

Tradition states that Samuel SIMPSON was killed at Kings Mountain in 1780. (The Simpson Family of America, author unknown, not dated, copy sent by Shirlie R. Simpson.) There was a Rebecca SIMPSON whose dates were 1786-1867 in Bedford Co., but her husband is unknown and only 4 of her children known: Isaiah (b 1807) - James M. (b 1809/10-d before 1855) - John (b 1812 - d 1869) - Elizabeth (b 1814, d 1901, m Spencer HILL.) – Fran Laird.

1806 November 17 Wm. SHERRILL (from Reva Bruhn) Thomas SIMPSON made oath in Burke Co., NC that in 1794 he received a warrant for 4995 acres on Duck River adj. Gen. GREEN’s land & that William WHITE sent the warrant to SIMPSON’s house 17 November 1806 (Courtesy of Shirley Hopkins)

1808 March 4 James SIMPSON entered 226 acres on Little Flat of Duck River, CC: Saml & Jas. KIMZEY, Adj. tract owned by David ROSS. James and Mary KIMSEY also had surveys on Duck River in 1808 (TSLA 2nd Surveyors Dist,) This is the James SIMPSON who married Elizabeth KIMSEY. He was the son of Thomas SIMPSON and Mary KNIGHT of Rockingham Co., North Carolina.

1808 August 17 Archibald SIMPSON, 300 acres, CC Allan _, Philandr_ CAMPBELL; adj. Levi CAMPBELL. (TSLA 2nd Surveyors Dist)

1808 August 18 William SIMPSON, 300 acres, CC: Philandrer CAMPBELL, Archibald SIMPSON, adj. Levi CAMPBELL, Jesse CORNWELL & ____ KING (TSLA 2nd Surveyors Dist)

1808 August 19 Archibald SIMPSON, 150 acres, CC: Isaac EATON, Wm. SIMPSON, adj. Wm. CROSS and Eddy HODGES; also 204 a adj. Isaac EATON and Jno. ARNOLD (TSLA 2nd Surveyors Dist)

1810 February 16 Archibald SIMPSON was in "Bedford Co. Tenn. Wills & Vital Records from Newspaper" by the Marshes, p 302, from a paper dated 16 Feb 1810: "Sale - Sat 24 Feb 1810, Archibald SIMPSON, 300a of land lying on Middle Fork of Duck River, judgement by George MAXWELL & wife. B. BRADFORD, Sheriff." (From Fran Laird.)

1842 circa James M. SIMPSON died (family group sheet of Fran Laird)

1845 March 3 Samuel and Evaline B. SIMPSON formerly Evaline B. COLDWELL of Gibson Co., Indiana to John C. COLDWELL, 2 tracts on Duck River adj. Wilson COATS’ survey, adj. road leading from Shelbyville to McMinnville. (Courtesy of Shirley Hopkins)

1849 November 10 W.P. BOBO & others to Samuel BOBO 108 ½ acres. Thomas E. SIMPSON & Salina his wife, Nathan A. HODGES and Elizabeth his wife, Lucretia J. BOBO, Burrell BOBO & Washington P. BOBO, sold to Samuel BOBO all in Bedford and Lincoln Co., Tennessee all their interest in land in Bedford Co on Big Flat Creek, land which descended to Elijah BOBO from Sarah PEARSON. Wit: Kindred PEARSON, Rufus SMITH (Courtesy of Shirley Hopkins)

1852 February 17 John W. SIMPSON to William LITTLE and Robert ALLISON, John W. SIMPSON has interest to take effect upon the death of Emily WEAVER who has a live estate in the same, Dist. 10 John LITTLE & William LITTLE. Wit: E.D. WINSETT & R.S. GANTT & W.S. TAYLOR. (Courtesy of Shirley Hopkins)

1869 October 31 John W. SIMPSON died (family group sheet of Fran Laird)

Connections to White Co., Tennessee

1800 Thomas and his brother William Wesley HASH came to White County in early 1800 and built a cabin west of Calfkiller River. These brothers hunted and explored, going back and forth to NC. When they returned to Tennessee they found that Daniel WALLING had obtained title to their Calfkiller site during their absence. Richard SIMPSON married Louisa HASH, 7th child of Thomas. (Warren County Story)

1814 James SIMPSON of White County to William MORRISON, negro girl named Cherry, 18 years. Attest: Eli SIMS, Henry LYDA (Wilson Co Deed Book)

1818 Apr. 13 James SIMPSON, 10 acres, (Grant #11464 Bk. P, pg. 69)

1820 census James SIMPSON (Don Simpson research report #8, September 1996)

1826 Nov. 4 James SIMPSON, 18 acres (Grant #1828)

1827 James SIMPSON’s will mentioned wife Elizabeth, granddaughter Polly SIMPSON, daughter of “my daughter Elizabeth SIMPSON, dec’d; sons William and Randal and daughter Rodale LEDBETTER, wife of Geo. M. LEDBETTER. (T.J. Barnes Papers from TSLA)

1830 census James SIMPSON (Don Simpson research report #8, September 1996), Thos. SIMPSON (00001-00001), John W. SIMPSON (0000001-120001)

1836 Apr. 12 John SIMPSON bought land from George ALLEN (Deed Book I, Vol. 9, pg. 379-381)

1838 James H. JENKINS et al vs. William SIMPSON, original bill heard in White County Chancery Court. (Supreme Court Records, Bos 60, Middle Tennessee Supreme Court Records: Second Series by Betsy Ragsdale and Gale Williams Bamman in Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. XVII, No. 2/61, Fall 2003.)

1839 Aug. 9 William SIMPSON of White Co to Thomas T. CROWDER, sold land John SIMPSON had purchased from George ALLEN in 1836. (Deed Bk. I, Vol. 9, p. 379-381)

1840 census James SIMPSON (Don Simpson research report #8, September 1996)

1850 census James SIMPSON age 81, born Pennsylvania (Don Simpson research report #8, September 1996) John W. SIMPSON, age 61, born North Carolina and Jane age 58 born North Carolina (Don Simpson research report #9, August 1996)

1854 June James SIMPSON will named Bartlett, John, Freeland, Locky

1862 March 6 John W. SIMPSON died, W.M. SIMPSON admr. (Don Simpson research report #9, August 1996)