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)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Simpson Clan Volume XXI, Issue 4 Spring 2006

THE SIMPSON CLANVolume XXI, Issue 4 ISSN 0884-3805 Spring 2006
Two Simpson Lines
Sherrill’s Ford and Union County, North Carolina
By Donna Simpson Waldo, 1085 Jenkins Branch Lane, Mount Ulla, NC 28125

I have SIMPSONs on two sides of my family, on my maternal grandfather’s side and also on my paternal grandfather’s side:

My maternal grandfather’s side goes back to Sara SIMPSON of Sherrill’s Ford North Carolina

My Grandfather: Robert DAY

His Father: Ira K DAY

His father: Robert Franklin DAY

His Father: Julius DAY (Civil War Soldier) married to Sarah Louisa SHERRILL (of Sherrill’s Ford North Carolina)

Her Father was: Michael SHERRILL

His father was Moses SHERRILL married to Sarah SIMPSON b 1750 d 1831

Her father was: William SIMPSON married to Avarilla PERKINS (which it my understanding the PERKINS came down with the SIMPSONs and SHERRILLs from Maryland to settle here in Sherrill’s Ford North Carolina)

His father was William SIMPSON married to Elizabeth PREBLE

This side is pretty well documented in the Sherrill’s Ford Library.

I have very little info on my paternal grandfathers side, his side goes back to an Isaac SIMPSON in Union County North Carolina in 1797. I have dates that I have collected from records in Union County Library but I have no information on the people themselves.

My grandfather: Paul Wayne SIMPSON b 1922 d 2005 Union County North Carolina

His parents : Oscar Feree SIMPSON b 1894 Union County North Carolina d 1974 married to Lola ELLIOT b 1898 Laurinburg North Carolina d 1985 Union County North Carolina

His Parents: William L SIMPSON b 1854 d 1939 Union County North Carolina married to Angaline A. HELMS b 1865 d 1940 Union County North Carolina

His parents: Evan A SIMPSON b 1822 d 1876 Union County married to Zelphia WINCHESTER b 1826 d 1908 Union County North Carolina

His parents: Isaac SIMPSON b 1797 d 1886 (I think Union Country) married to Matilda McKOY b 1799 d?

There seems to be a lot of SIMPSONs in the Union County area but I cannot connect Isaac to anyone.

I have to believe somehow that the Sherrill’s Ford North Carolina, SIMPSONs and the Union County North Carolina SIMPSONs have to be connected because of the time period they all show up in North Carolina

If anyone has any info that would be helpful I would be extremely grateful.

William Simpson and Clara Riley Descendants
England, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri & Wyoming
By Sally King, 1935 Zinnia St., Golden, CO 80401
William SIMPSON born about 1841 in Canada (parents from England); married about 1852 in Pennsylvania to Clara RILEY (In 1920 census, Minnie recorded that Clara was born in Kentucky, her mother was Elizabeth RILEY from England. They were the parents of the following:

Elizabeth (Minnie) SIMPSON born about 1869 Illinois; married about 1860 Scotland to James L. McDONALD in Missouri. He was born about 1860 in Scotland and resided in Macon Co., Missouri. They had children: Clara McDONALD born 1890 and Montgomery McDONALD born about 1888. She married second to a GAVES of Clarence, Missouri.

Joseph C. SIMPSON born about 1871 in Illinois

Oscar J. SIMPSON born about 1873 in Streator, Illinois (in Kemmerer in 1942)

John Leroy SIMPSON born 27 September 1875 in Streator, Illinois; died 17 September 1942 (67); married 22 November 1905 Deitz, Wyoming to Sarah Harriet GRIFFITH(S) He was a member of the Spanish America War Veterans. Sarah married second to James E. OLDHAM on 18 March 1945 in Hastings, Nebraska.

William H. SIMPSON born April 1980

Edgar SIMPSON of Oakland, California, He was noted as a brother in John’s obituary. An Edward SIMPSON was present in on a wedding license and picture but didn’t appear in the 1880 census.

The children of John Leroy SIMPSON were:

Agnes Dorothy SIMPSON born 26 December 1906 in Kemmerer, Wyoming; died 14 July 1986 in Holdredge, Nebraska.; married 12 June 1930 Denver, Colorado to Earl Elmer FLANAGAN born 8 November 1905, d. 22 February 1975 Denver, Colorado

Robert Leroy SIMPSON born 12 July 1908 in Sheridan, Wyoming, d. 24 August 1931 Laramie, Wyoming at age 23.

Simpson’s of Charles County, Maryland
By Michael Johnson, 2712 Ellicott Dr., Chester, MD 21619, e-mail:

My wife’s SIMPSON ancestor, her 5th great-grandfather, is John Lawrence SIMPSON (1762-1843) of Charles County, Maryland. He was a Planter and a Revolutionary War Veteran. I believe that he is a descendant of Thomas SIMPSON (born c1630) and Elizabeth CLARK of Charles County, but have not been able to prove a connection.

Descendants of John Lawrence Simpson
Generation No. 1
1. JOHN LAWRENCE1 SIMPSON was born 1762 in Maryland1, and died 02 February 1843 in Charles County, Maryland2. He married SARAH CARRICO 1799 in Charles County, Maryland. She was born 1765 in Maryland3, and died 13 August 1853 in Charles County, Maryland(4).
2. i. MARY ANN2 SIMPSON, b. Abt. 1805, Charles County, Maryland; d. Aft. 1850, Maryland or Washington, D.C.
Generation No. 2
2. MARY ANN2 SIMPSON (JOHN LAWRENCE1)5 was born Abt. 1805 in Charles County, Maryland, and died Aft. 1850 in Maryland or Washington, D.C. She married (1) JOHN WOOD5 28 May 1821 in Mattawoman, Charles County, Maryland5, son of UNKNOWN WOOD. He was born Bet. 1790 - 1800 in Maryland, and died Bet. 1836 - 1840 in Charles County, Maryland. She married (2) PETER W. BURK 5 19 May 1846 in Mattawoman, Charles County, Maryland(5).
Children of MARY SIMPSON and JOHN WOOD are:
i. SARAH ANN3 WOOD5, b. 06 May 18225.
ii. HENRY THOMAS WOOD5, b. 02 May 18245; d. Bef. 1836.
iii. MARY JANE WOOD5, b. 16 October 18265.
iv. ALEXIOUS ALEXANDER "L.A." WOOD6,7, b. 18 February 1827, probably Charles County, Maryland8,9; d. 14 October 1907, Washington, D.C.; m. MARY A. BLUMER 10; b. Bet. 1839 - 1841, Maryland10; d. Bef. 1880, Washington, D.C.
v. WILLIAM HENRY WOOD11, b. 18 July 1829, Hughsville, Charles County, Maryland11; m. MARY ANN SOTHORON/BURROUGHS, 21 January 1852, St. Mary's County, Maryland; b. Abt. 1833, St. Mary's County, Maryland.
vii. JOHN RICHARD WOOD11, b. 20 March 183711.
1. Revolutionary War Pension Application of December 1819.
2. Widows Revolutionary War Pension Application - February 1853.
3. Judicial Court Records for St. Mary's County, Maryland, March 1821.
4. Widows Revolutionary War Pension Application by daughter - December 1853.
5. Records of the Congregations of Upper & Lower Zachian, Mattawoman, and St. Mary's (Bryantown), 1793-1861.
6. 1860 Census - Washington, D.C.
7. Records of the Congregations of Upper & Lower Zachian, Mattawoman, and St. Mary's (Bryantown), 1793-1861.
8. 1860 Census - Washington, D.C.
9. Records of the Congregations of Upper & Lower Zachian, Mattawoman, and St. Mary's (Bryantown), 1793-1861.
10. 1860 Census - Washington, D.C.
11. Records of the Congregations of Upper & Lower Zachian, Mattawoman, and St. Mary's (Bryantown), 1793-1861.
Listed in Revolutionary War records. Lawrence SIMPSON was enlisted into service in 1780 and was on the Muster and Payroll for the 6th Company, 3rd Regiment in 1781, the 4th Company, 4th Battalion in 1782 and back in the 3rd Company in 1783. He was discharged on 29 November 1783.

Lawrence SIMPSON of Charles Co., in the State of Maryland, Who was a private in the Regiment, Commanded by Colonel Stewart of the Maryland Line for the term of three years Inscribed in the Roll of Maryland At the rate of 8 dollars per month, to commence on The 17th of December 1819 Certificate of Pension issued the 1st of April 18?? And sent to pensioner at Benedict, Charles Co. Arrears to the 4th of Mar. 1820 $20.90 Semi-anl. all’ce ending 4 Sep 1820 48. $68.90

On this 17th day of December 1819, before me, the subscriber, one of the Judges of the First Judicial District of Maryland for the said District, personally appeared, Lawrence SIMPSON, age fifty seven years, resident in Charles County in the said district, who, being by me first duly sworn, according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress, entitled, “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war:” that he, the said Lawrence SIMPSON enlisted for the term of three years on the day of May in the year 1780 in the State of Maryland in the Company commanded by Captain WATERS of the 3rd Regiment of the Regiment commanded by Colonel John STEWART in the line of the State of Maryland on the Continental Establishment; that he continued to serve in the said Corps or in the service in the United States until October 1783, when he was discharged from service at Frederick Town state of Maryland That he was at the battles of the siege of Little York, Virginia; at Ashby Mills under General G??ss when he ???? gall??? was captured from the British And that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in the need of assistance of his country for support; And that he has no other evidence now in his power, of his said services.

Sworn to and declared before me, the day and year aforesaid,
I, ______________J. R. PLATER_____________ Judge, as aforesaid, to certify that it appears to my satisfaction, that the said Lawrence SIMPSON, did serve in the revolutionary war, as stated in the previous declaration, against the common enemy, for the term of nine months at one time, on the continental establishment; and I now transmit the precedings and testimony taken and had before me, to the Secretary for the Department of War, pursuant to the directions of the aforementioned Act of Congress. I am also satisfied that he need the assistance of his country for support.

Dec. 17th 1819 J.R. PLATER
The First Judicial District of Maryland composed of the counties of Saint Mary’s, Charles, and Prince Georges
On this 23rd day of March 1821, personally appeared in open court being a court of records with unlimited jurisdiction points of amount with a power to fine and imprison, Lawrence SIMPSON, a revolutionary soldier of Charles County, Maryland age about fifty-eight years and resident in the county and state aforesaid, in the First Judicial District, who being first duly sworn according to the law, doth declare on his oath that he served in the revolutionary war as follows. That he enlisted on or about the month of May 1780 under Lieutenant Francis WAR in the 3rd Maryland Regiment at that time he believes commanded by Colonel GUEST for six months at the expiration of the six months he reenlisted for three years and served to the end of the war. That he was at the siege of York and Ashby Mills South Carolina and that he was discharged at Frederick Town Maryland at the end of the war. He is indigent in circumstances and unable to support himself without the assistance of country and I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war,” passed on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property, securities, contracts, or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed. Schedule of property necessary bedding and clothing excepted: 1 small pair of steers, 1 old cart, 1 old mare, 1 old cow, 1 yearling, 3 hogs valued at $50.

That he receives from the state of Maryland the sum of $40. That his family consist of a wife aged about 56 years infirm and helpless, and a daughter 17 years old. Acept his occupation is that of a planter, but his infirmities are such as almost renders him incapable of working. The date of his original certificate is the 17th day of December 1819 and the number of his pension certificate is (16627)

Sworn to and declared on the 23rd day of March 1821 in open court

John BARNES, Clk of Charles County Courts, District of Columbia, County of Washington

Sarah SIMPSON of Charles County, in the State of Maryland being duly sworn according to the law, on her oath makes the following declaration, for the purpose of obtaining the benefit of the Act of Congress 29th July 1848, to wit, that she is the widow of Lawrence SIMPSON, late of Charles County, Maryland, who, was in his lifetime, a Revolutionary Pensioner. That she was married to the said Lawrence SIMPSON in said Charles County in the year 1799, as she believes she does not recollect the exact day. It was however, prior to the first day of January 1800. She further states that the said Lawrence SIMPSON died on the 2nd day of February 1843, leaving this declarant his widow. That she has not again married, but still remains the widow of the said Lawrence SIMPSON, deceased.


Sworn to and subscribed before the undersigned this 7th day of July 1852.
B. MITHUNE, Justice of the Peace for the County of Washington, in the District of Columbia
District of Columbia, Washington County

On this 7th day of July 1852, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace, in and for the county aforesaid, Peter BURK, and made oath on the Holy evangel of the Almighty God, that he is personally acquainted with the above named Sarah SIMPSON, and knows her to be the widow of Lawrence SIMPSON. Was personally well acquainted with the dec’d.

District of Columbia
County of Washington
On the 12th day of December 1853, personally appeared before me, Sam GRUBB, a Justice of the Peace duly authorized & commissioned to act as such in said county, Mary BURK, a resident of the County of Charles, in the State of Maryland, age 52 years, who first being duly sworn according to the laws, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision of the law of the United States passed 3rd March 1843 that she is the only child of Sarah SIMPSON the widow of the identical Lawrence SIMPSON who was a Revolutionary Pensioner in the said Charles County under Act of 1818 at $96 per annum for the Rev. services in the Maryland Line, that the said Sarah SIMPSON was married to the said Lawrence SIMPSON in the said Charles County on the ______ day of __________ In the year seventeen hundred and ninety eight, that her said husband, the aforesaid Lawrence SIMPSON, died on the second day of February eighteen hundred & forty three, that the said widow, the aforesaid Sarah SIMPSON, died on the 13th day of August (1853) eighteen hundred & fifty three in consequence of old age. That the maiden name of the said Sarah SIMPSON was Sarah CARRICO, that she was the only child born of the said Lawrence & Sarah SIMPSON. That she makes this application for the purpose of obtaining the Revolutionary Pension due her deceased mother under the Act of Congress.

Sworn to & subscribed this 12th day of December 1853 before me Saml GRUBB Justice of the Peace

In 1836, he made a Deed of Trust with his son-in-law: "At the request of John WOOD the following Deed of Trust was recorded this 23rd day of May Anno Domini 1836.

This Indenture made this twenty third day of May Anno Domini eighteen hundred and thirty six between John L. SIMPSON or sometimes called Lawrence SIMPSON of Charles County in the State of Maryland of the one part and John WOOD of Charles County and the State of Maryland of the other part. Witnesseth that the said John Lawrence SIMPSON for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred dollars to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, hath given granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell unto the said John WOOD his heirs and assigns all thos several tracts, parts of tracts or parcels of land called and generally known by the name of Motts Advantage or by whatsover name the same may be called containing forty three acres of land more or less being all that tract of land conveyed by Reazin SMOOT to John L. SIMPSON by a deed which is recorded amongst the land record of Charles County of by whatever name the same may be called and also all my personal estate consisting of eight beds, beds leads, and furniture, one yoke of Oxen and one yoke of Bulls, one cow, and two yearlings, three draft horses and one colt, four tables, one chest of drawers, one desk and other household and kitchen furniture, one ox cart, and cart wheels, four ploughs and twelve hoes and one negro woman named Henny aged about forty years of age unto the said John WOOD his heirs and assigns forever in trust to and for the uses intents and purposes, that is to say, in trust for the use of the said John L. SIMPSON of Charles County and Sarah SIMPSON wife of the said John L. SIMPSON for and during their join and natural lives and the life of the survivor of them without impeachment of or for any manner of waste and after the death of the said John L. SIMPSON and Sarah SIMPSON his wife to have and to hold the same for the use of Mary WOOD, wife of the said John WOOD and after her death then to have and to hold the said tracts or parcels of land to Alexius A. WOOD, William H. WOOD, and George W. WOOD to them and their heirs forever reserving to Sarah Ann E. WOOD and Mary WOOD daughters of the said John WOOD and Mary WOOD single life estates in the same and to have and to hold the rest and residue of said personal estate to be equally divided between the said Sarah Ann E. WOOD, Mary WOOD, Alexius A. WOOD, William H. WOOD and George Washington WOOD, in case of the death of either of said children before they arrive to the age of twenty one or without issues of their bodies, then their share or proportion of said real and personal estate shall immediately discend to the other brothers and sister. In Witness, whereof the said John Lawrence SIMPSON hath both signed and sealed this instrument of writing the day and year first herein before written.

Signed sealed and delivered John Lawrence SIMPSON in the presence of
Charles M. CANN, Francis NALLY

At the foot of the aforegoing Deed of Trust is thus written. Maryland, Charles County To Wit. on this twenty third day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty six, John L. SIMPSON party grantor mentioned in the aforegoing deed or instrument of writing personally appears before us two Justices of the Peace in and for Charles County, and acknowledges the said deed or instrument of writing to be his act and deed and the land and premises therein mentioned and other personal property thereby bargained and sold to be the right and estate of John WOOD, the party grantee, thereing mentioned his heirs and assigns forever according to the purport true intent and meaning of said deed or instrument of writin and the acts of assembly in such case made and provided and we further certify that we are satisfied of our own personal knowledge that the said John L. SIMPSON who has signed the aforegoing deed and acknowledges the same to be his act and deed is the identical John L. SIMPSON profusing to be the party grantor in the aforegoing deed or instrument of writing acknowledged before.
Charles M. CANN
Francis NALLY

Source: Year: 1830; Census Place: Bryantown, Charles, Maryland; Roll: 56; Page: 167.
1830 Bryantown, Charles County, Maryland
Lawr. SIMPSON 2100010001000 0110200010000
two males under age 5 - Alexius Alexander and William Henry WOOD
one male age 5-10 - Henry Thomas WOOD
one male age 30-40 - John WOOD
one male age 70-80 - John Lawrence SIMPSON
one female age 5-10, Sarah Ann WOOD
one female age 10-15 - unknown
two females age 20-30 - Mary Ann (SIMPSON) WOOD and unknown
one female age 60-70 - Sarah (CARRICO) SIMPSON
Source: Year: 1840; Census Place: District 4, Charles, Maryland; Roll: 163; Page: 157.
1840 District 4, Charles County, Maryland
Jno L. A. SIMPSON 1120000000100 0100010001000
one male under age 5 - John Richard WOOD
one male age 5-10 - George Washington WOOD
two males age 10-15 - Alexius Alexander and William Henry WOOD
one male age 80-90 - John Lawrence SIMPSONone female age 5-10 -
one female age 30-40 - Mary Ann (SIMPSON) Woodone female age 70-80 - Sarah (CARRICO) SIMPSON
Source: Year: 1850; Census Place: Bryantown, Charles, Maryland; Roll: M432_290; Page: 283; Image: 566.
1850 Bryantown District, Charles County, Maryland
Mary BURK, 45, f, b Md
Peter BURK, 30, m, laborer, b Md
Richard, 13, m, b Md
James, 6, m, b Md
Ed. Note: An outstanding source for Simpsons of Charles Co., Maryland is Charles A. Heavrin, 4832 Rolling Fields, Memphis, TN 38128. He wrote and published a book Simon’s Sons: Some Simpson Family Ancestors in 1995, revised in 1996.

Information please on David SIMPSON, wife Nancy, grandson Samuel (Sammy), census 1880. Respond to Dorothy W. Simpson, PO Box 38, Eufaula, AL 36072.

Mary Jane Whitten and Thomas Carey Simpson (above)
Thomas Carey Simpson is the son of Thomas Simpson and Nancy Moreland

Photo (above) of unknown couple, framed with a page of the Oregon County, Missouri newspaper dated 1873.

The photo above is owned by Carole Fowler of Arkansas, descendant of Joseph Simpson, son of Peter Ryan Simpson of Cannon Co., Tennessee. The editor of this newsletter descends from Peter R. Simpson and believes that the unknown couple in the photo may be Thomas Simpson and his second wife Joanna Warren of Oregon Co., Missouri. Thomas was an older brother of Carole's Joseph Simpson of Arkansas. It's possible that this photo is Sarah Simpson, daughter of Thomas Simpson and her husband Gilbert Williams. This couple moved from Tennessee to Missouri with Thomas Simpson and Nancy Moreland in about 1853. Sarah would be the niece of Joseph Simpson of Madison Co., Arkansas.

Joseph Simpson, son of Peter Ryan Simpson
Brother of Thomas Simpson
Photo provided by Carole Fowler of Arkansas