Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Simpson Clan Volume XIX, Issue 2, Fall 2003

THE SIMPSON CLANVolume XIX, Issue 2 ISSN 0884-3805 Fall 2003

Descendants of William Simpson [and Elizabeth Hocking] in Cherokee Co. GA[1]

By Kathleen Akin, 380 Braxton Place, Tucker, GA 30084, email:
Continued from Volume XIX No. 1 Summer 2003

Thomas B. Simpson Family

Thomas B. SIMPSON born about 1820 Georgia; married about 1839 Georgia to Sarah Ann PARAMORE; married second 7 January 1845 Dekalb Co., Georgia. Children of Thomas B. SIMPSON were:
  1. Samuel SIMPSON born ca. 1840
  2. James SIMPSON born about 1842
Thomas B. SIMPSON bought 40.05 acres of land in Attala Co., Mississippi on 1 October 1850 (Bureau of Land Management – Eastern States General Land Office, Land Patent Report – Attala Co., Mississippi, Document #37031.
A Thomas SIMPSON, age 30, born in Georgia is found on page 171 of the 1850 Attala Co., Mississippi census with wife Sarah and some children. They are living next door to a Mary PARAMORE, age 50. I believe this is Thomas B. SIMPSON who married Sarah PARAMORE and that the Mary PARAMORE is possibly his mother-in-law. Thomas SIMPSON age 30, born Georgia, Sarah SIMPSON age 25, born Georgia, Samuel SIMPSON age 10 born Georgia, James SIMPSON age 8, born Georgia, Elizabeth SIMPSON age 6, born Alabama, Rachel SIMPSON age 4 born Alabama, Louisa SIMPSON age 2, born Mississippi.[2]
I’m not sure how all the children fit, however, because at least two of them were born before Thomas and Sarah married. I wonder if they are children from a previous marriage of Thomas’s. Elizabeth could be their child. They were married in January 1845 and the census was taken in October 1850.
I am guessing that there was a wife before Sarah PARAMORE to account for the two oldest children, Samuel and James, in the 1850 census. I certainly have no proof.
July 15, 1854, Koscuisko, Attala Co., Mississippi. Notice to Elenor SIMPSON, Baylis W. SIMPSON and the heirs at law of Benjamin SIMPSON, deceased, and all other persons interested in the estate of J.M. SIMPSON, deceased. You are hereby notified to appear before the Probate Court of Attala County.[3]
1850 Census Attala Co., Mississippi 10th October 1850
#825, 825 Jos__ka KIMBRO age 26 male Farmer born Georgia
Sarah SMITH age 34 female born Georgia
Nancy SIMPSON age 13 female born Mississippi
James D.(?) SIMPSON age 10 male born Mississippi
Uashaw F. SIMPSON age 8 male born Mississippi
Martha SIMPSON age 4 female born Mississippi
#843, 843 A.M. SIMPSON age 40 male farmer born South Carolina
Martha SIMPSON age 39 female born South Carolina
Elizabeth SIMPSON age 18 female born Mississippi
William SIMPSON age 16 male born Mississippi
John F. SIMPSON age 14 male born Mississippi
Martha W. SMITH age 12 female born Georgia
John F. SMITH age 10 male born Georgia
William T. SMITH age 8 male born Georgia
Ellen J. SMITH age 6 female born Georgia
Sarah SMITH age 3 female born Georgia
To be continued

[1] More information about this family can be found in this newsletter Vol. XIV, No. 1 Summer 1998 p. 1-6 and Vol. XVII, No. 1, Summer 2001, p. 1-2 (includes a photo of Rufus Marion Simpson).
[2] Family Archives CD-ROM #453, Census Microfilm Records of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, 1850, Disk 5, Attala Co., Mississippi Location: 13th Route 3 East, page 171, census taken 28 October 1850, dwelling #1205, dwelling #1205, household #1210.
[3] Early Mississippi Records on CD-ROM, “The Southern Sun, Koscuisko, Mississippi” W.D. Roy, Editor, W.C. Cannon Publisher.


Who were the parents of Hannah ARCHER and Ezekiel LYON whose daughter, Rebecca married Robert SIMPSON in Washington Co., Tennessee in 1800. Who were Robert SIMPSON’s parents?
Please respond to Marilyn Finer Collins, 10039 Kemp Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77080.

Clarification on the Hillmans

By Don Simpson

In my first article on the Lands of the Haw River Simpsons in Guilford Co., North Carolina, (see this newsletter, vol. 8, issue 2, p. 6, fall, 1992) I stated that the Ezekiel HILLMAN who was in Guilford Co. in the early 1800's was a brother to Patience (HILLMAN) SIMPSON, wife of Nathan SIMPSON. That seemed a reasonable assumption at the time it was written, but was later proven wrong.
Part of the information below is also given in my article on the family of Wesley & Priscialla (HILLMAN) SIMPSON, published in this newsletter in vol. 18, issue 2, fall, 2002. During the past year I have been able to find much additional information on the Hillmans and have put together a more complete account of them. I have been preparing a manuscript on the Hillmans but have not yet completed it. Many other projects are more urgent, but I have completed the parts treating those Hillmans who came to Guilford Co., North Carolina. Documentation for the statements made below is contained in the manuscript but is too much to cite here.
Joshua HILLMAN of Somerset Co., Maryland, died ca. 1795 leaving three surviving children. Joshua was married 1st, to Betty, daughter of George THOMAS, and by her had one son, James Thomas HILLMAN. Joshua married 2nd, to name unknown, by whom he had son, Winder Jacobs HILLMAN. Joshua married 3rd to Priscilla REDDISH, by whom he had daughter, Patience Reddish HILLMAN. After Joshua’s death, his widow, Priscilla, married 2nd to Thomas HEATH. Sometime after 1800, Thomas, Priscilla & daughter, Patience, moved to Guilford Co., North Carolina. Patience was married there about 1816 to Nathan SIMPSON, son of Nathaniel SIMPSON, Sr., & his 2nd wife, Sarah KNIGHT.
About 1807 Joshua’s son, Winder J. HILLMAN, moved to Warren Co., Georgia, where he farmed and served as a Baptist minister at local churches in the area. He was married there to Gracy McGRATH in 1808. They had no surviving children and after Winder’s death in about 1822, Gracy married Samuel T. HILLMAN, son of Ezekiel & Frances. Samuel & Gracy also had no surviving children and Samuel died in 1831 after which Gracy married in 1834 to Fielding HILL.

Ezekiel HILLMAN (probably a brother of Joshua HILLMAN, but that is not yet well proven) was married ca. 1780 - 1785 probably in Somerset Co., Maryland, to Frances (maiden surname unknown). Ezekiel & Frances came to Guilford Co., North Carolina, ca. 1799, and are listed there on the censuses of 1800 & 1810. Their children were: Caleb, Rachel, Joshua, Priscilla, Samuel T. & Ezekiel, Jr. Rachel was married in Guilford Co. in 1812 to James KERR or CARR. Priscilla was married there in 1819 to Wesley, son of Nathaniel, Sr., & Sarah (KNIGHT) SIMPSON. Joshua, son of Ezekiel & Frances, was married in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, in 1810, to Mary WINCHESTER, daughter of Coleman & Nancy (MARTIN) WINCHESTER.
Ezekiel seems to have died after 1822, possibly in Guilford Co. or possibly on the way to Georgia. By 1830, Ezekiel’s widow, Frances, and their children (excepting daughter Priscilla) were in Warren Co., Georgia, and most of them remained there several decades. Wesley & Priscilla (HILLMAN) SIMPSON also moved to Georgia shortly after the 1830 census but settled in the northern part of Gwinnett County. Priscilla probably died before the 1850 census at which time Wesley was shown with his 2nd wife.
As mentioned above, Ezekiel & Frances’ son, Samuel T. HILLMAN, was married in Georgia to Gracy, the widow of Winder J. HILLMAN. Samuel left a will in which he named his wife, his mother, some of his siblings and several nieces and nephews. This will, with the will of his mother, Frances, serve well to document the descendants of Ezekiel & Frances HILLMAN.
Ezekiel & Frances’ son, Joshua, the one who had married Mary WINCHESTER in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, in 1810, also moved to Warren Co., Georgia. Joshua & Mary apparently arrived in Georgia before the rest of Ezekiel & Frances’ family, as they were listed on the 1820 census there living near Winder & Gracy HILLMAN. Joshua & Mary had a large family including a son named Winder Hillman, thus the name Winder continued to be used among HILLMAN descendants.

Simpson Families of Middle Tennessee

By Nona Williams

Sumner County

Sumner Co., Tennessee Abstracts of Will Books 1 & 2:
Thomas SIMPSON and Alexander ROBINSON witnessed the will of Laurence THOMPSON 26 Oct. 1790.
Sumner Co., Tennessee Inventories, Settlements & Guardian Accts, p. 30-31: Sale of estate of James SIMPSON, dec’d by Robert SIMPSON, admr. Buyers: Robert SIMPSON, Isaac SIMPSON, Eliz. SIMPSON, widow SIMPSON, Charles SIMPSON, E. SIMPSON, Elijah SIMPSON, John SIMPSON, Nancy SIMPSON. 20 July 1806.
Sumner Co., Tennessee Abstracts of Will Books 1 & 2:
John SIMPSON, will dated Mar. 7, 1816 prob. 13 May 1834, wife Elizabeth. His will was in Sumner Co. but all his heirs Jane, Bennett and Gilliam were in Madison Co., Missouri.

Warren County

Warren County Tennessee Deeds
Book 1 pg. 81, Nathaniel HUNT of Franklin County to Valentine SIMPSON of Warren County, waters of Hickory Creek, 50 acres for a valuable consideration, NE corner of Peter SIMPSONs 50 acre tract to DOAK’s line, Peter SIMPSON’s SE corner, 10 Aug. 1820. Test: George PRICE and J.C. ISAACKS
Book 1, pg ??, Josiah F. MARFAND and John W. FORD, 31 May 1834, whereas John W. SIMPSON and Theadrus B. RICE late of the firm of Rice and Simpson at the Jan. session of the county court of Warren recovered judgment against sd. John W. FORD for $187.54. Test: B.L. RIDLEY, John CUNNINGHAM.
From Kristie Simpson: Richard SIMPSON (son of Jesse SIMPSON and Mary GRIFFIN) married Louisa Pearl HASH July 8, 1860. This is Rev. Richard SIMPSON born Nov. 11, 1811 in Henry Co., Virginia and died August 2, 1889 in White Co., Tennessee. He was married 4 times with Louisa being his last wife. They had three children; Jefferson Davis SIMPSON, Drucilla Ann (Puss) SIMPSON and Robert Bruce SIMPSON. Jesse SIMPSON is said to be the son of William SIMPSON and Elizabeth CHESHIRE of Prince William Co., Virginia,
From The Warren County Story, by Eugene M. Wiseman (c.1995-Genealogy Publ. Svc. Franklin, NC)
1. Cynthia Ann (SIMPSON) HILL (p.377): She is referenced in the section on Reverend Allen HILL. 3rd child of Allen HILL & Mrs. Lydia (WHITE) JONES HILL (widow of Hugh JONES & Wm. HILL) was Milton (b.1816-Georgia. His 2nd wife was Cynthia Ann SIMPSON. She was also his 3rd wife. Author states it appears they possibly divorced and remarried.
2. John SIMPSON (p.80): "The first bridge authorized by the Legislature in Warren County was on Sept. 23, 1823, when Christian SHELL was authorized to build a bridge across the Collins River near the mill. Also about this time, William MARTIN was authorized to build a bridge across the Collins River, to be known as Read's Ferry, where the Stage Coach near the mouth of Barren Creek in Warren County. On Dec.23, 1831, John MARTIN, John PERKINS, and John SIMPSON were authorized to build a bridge across Caney Fork River near the mouth of Barren Creek in Warren County."
John SIMPSON (p.355): His name is among those listed on the Index of the 1840 Warren County Census (on page 2).
3. Richard SIMPSON (p.255): He married Louisa HASH, the 7th child of Thomas (b.1782 / d.1864) & Drucilla HASH.
There is reference to Simpson's Mill (p.22) and Calf Killer River (p.254) as follows: (p.254) - Calfkiller River: Of note, Thomas and his brother William Wesley HASH came to White County in early 1800 "and built a cabin west of Calfkiller River, facing Milk Sick Mountain. Today, Young Bridge crosses Calfkiller at this point. These brothers hunted and explored, going back and forth to North Carolina. When they returned to Tennessee, they found that Daniel WALLING had obtained title to their Calfkiller site during their absence." [Part of Warren Co. was formed from White Co. in 1807]
(p.22) - Simpson's Mill: Simpson's Mill on Rocky River was in operation before 1810, along with mills on Charles Creek, Barren Fork River and Mountain Creek.

White County

1830 White Co., Tennessee Census
wh17 - Thos. SIMPSON 00001-00001
wh10 - John W. SIMPSON 0000001-120001
William SIMPSON of White County to Thomas T. CROWDER of White County, 9 Aug. 1839, $175 acres. John SIMPSON bought it from George ALLEN, 12 Apr. 1836 and registered it in White County Book I, Vol. 9, pg. 379-381.

Wilson County

Wilson Co. Deed Books 1793-1829
Archibald SIMPSON to John ALEXANDER, 135 acres on Round Lick Creek. Wit: James CURREY and Robt. ALEXANDER, 21 Feb. 1807
John W. SIMPSON to Wm. GLENN, $19.00, lot #13 in Sparta. Test: Robert PUCKET, Alexander LOWREY, 28 Jan. 1813.
James SIMSPON of White County to William MORRISON, $400, negro girl Cherry, 18 years. Attest: Eli SIMS, Henry LYDA, 20 Jan.? June? 1814
Shippy A. PUCKETT to Hannah SIMPSON of Smith Co., 70 acres on Fall Creek, 20 Nov. 1818
Henry WHITLOW, admr. of Nathan SIMPSON dec’d to Wm. H. SMITH, 47 acres on Falling Creek, 20 Mar. 1830
Nathan SIMPSON to Robert JENNINGS, 102 acres on Fall Creek. Wit: J. Jennings. 7 May 1829.

Bedford County

TSLA Second Surveyor’s District, Early Survey Recordings Abstracts, 1807-1808.[1]
#471 James SIMPSON, 226 acres, Bedford County, Tennessee, on Little Flat Creek of Duck River, 4 March 1808. CC: Saml. and Jas. KIMZEY. AT: David ROSS
#474 James KIMZEY, 300 acres, Bedford County, Tennessee, on Little Flat Creek of Duck River, 5 March 1808. CC: Abner HOWELL, Jas. SIMPSON. AT: Jas. McCRAKIN, Jas. DUNLAP.
#467 Mary KIMSEY, 259 acres, Bedford Co., Tennessee on Little Flat Creek of Duck River, 3 March 1808. CC: Jas. KIMSEY, Saml. KIMSEY. AT: David ROSS, Jas. SIMPSON
#967 Archibald SIMPSON, 150 acres, S7 R7, 19 August 1808. CC: Isaac EATON, Wm. SIMPSON, AT: Wm. CROSS, Eddy HODGES. Tract includes home of Eddy HODGES.
#968 Archibald SIMPSON, 204 acres, S7 R7, 19 August 1808. CC: Isaac EATON, Wm. SIMPSON. AT: Isaac EATON, Jno. ARNOLD. Tract includes home of Jno. ARNOLD.
#969 Archibald SIMPSON, 300 acres, S7R7, 17 August 1808. CC: Allan PHILANDR__, Philandr__ CAMPBELL. AT: Levi CAMPBELL
#971 William SIMPSON, 300 acres, Bedford County, S7 R7, 18 August 1808. CC: Philandrer CAMPBELL, Archibald SIMPSON. AT: Levi CAMPBELL, Jesse CORNWELL, ____ KING.
#1590 George SIMPSON, 152 acres, Maury Co., Tennessee on the north side of Elk River, 14 April 1809. CC: Jas BUFORD & Jas. McCULLOCH. AT: Jno. EASLEY, Isaac PRICE.

Some Tennessee Land Grants

James SIMPSON #1513, 70 acres, 23 Aug. 1809, Jackson Co., Tennessee Bk. C, p. 38. General Grants
James SIMPSON, #4661, 20 acres, 19 Apr. 1813, Jackson Co., Tennessee Bk. I, pg. 456
James SIMPSON, #11464, 10 acres, 13 Apr. 1818, White Co, Tennessee Bk. P, pg. 69
James SIMPSON, 4 Nov. 1826, White Co., Tennessee 18 acres, 1828
James SIMPSON, #10121, 50 acres, Nov. 15, 1830, Bk. 12, p. 456, Smith Co., Tennessee
Thomas SIMPSON, #2473, Warrant # 3096, 450 acres, assignee of Edward GRIFFIN, 31 Dec. 1793, Sumner Co., B-2 p. 196 (NC grant)

[1] Tennessee State Library and Archives Microfilm RG50 Roll #31 available online at