Monday, March 17, 2008

The Simpson Clan Volume XIX, Issue 3, Winter 2004

THE SIMPSON CLANVolume XIX, Issue 3 ISSN 0884-3805 Winter 2004

Published by Nona Williams, email & website

Archival Research on the Simpsons of Spesutia Parish, old Baltimore Co. MDBy Don Simpson

In volume 1, issue 5, of this Newsletter, Linda Bollinger reported an idea proposed by Byron Gibson in which he suggested that the Martha SIMPSON of St. George’s Parish, Old Baltimore (now Harford) Co., Maryland, who married William HAMBY in 1722, may actually have been the child of Richard & Ann SIMPSON whose birth was recorded in the parish register as 27 Aug., 1702, but in the transcription of the register was listed as “Mathew SIMPSON.” Given that there is no other record of a Mathew SIMPSON known in that parish it seems a plausible idea.
The records of St. George’s Parish available to most of us are those held by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (the “Mormon Library”) which consists of two published transcriptions and one roll of microfilm of the hand copied transcript made in the 1880's from the original register. The original register and the hand written transcription are both deposited in the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland. The Archive does have microfilm of both the original and the transcribed copy and researchers are encouraged to use those microfilms rather than request to see the originals which due to age and deterioration are very fragile.

I had never been in Annapolis until October of 2003 when on a research trip there. While in that area researching the ancestry of a client, I had opportunity to spend three days at the State Archive. Although most of that time was spent on work for the client, I did take a little time to work on some of my own interests.

Examination of the microfilm of the original register of St. George’s shows the same problem so often found in microfilm of old records. Parts of the microfilm are very difficult to read and have areas that are completely illegible. I made photocopies of the pertinent pages and did the same from the film of the transcribed register. With those and an explanation of the problem, plus discussion of the possibility of errors in the transcription, the Archivists permitted me to examine the registers themselves, both the original and the transcribed register.

The transcribed register is just as seen on the microfilm and the writing is clear with the entry for Mathew unmistakable. The original register is darkened by age and weathering but the writing is clearly legible even in the parts that are not legible on the microfilm. There also the entry for Matthew SIMPSON is unmistakable, and there was no entry for the birth of a Martha SIMPSON on the pages I examined.

This leaves us with the unanswered question of Martha’s identity and whether she was part of the family of Richard & Ann SIMPSON. It is possible that Martha was a daughter of Richard & Ann, but for reason unknown her birth was not recorded. There is a gap in the births of their children which is suggestive between the birth of Matthew on 27 Aug., 1702, and that of Ann on 25 Jan., 1706. Given Martha’s marriage in Dec., 1722, a birth date of about 1704 seems reasonable. This does not prove that she was a child in that family but only suggests a possibility.

I would now list the children of Richard & Ann SIMPSON as follows:
1. Thomas SIMPSON, b. 5 Nov., 1690.
2. Susanna SIMPSON, b. 2 April, 1692.
3. William SIMPSON, b. 14 Feb., 1694 new style.
4. Elizabeth SIMPSON, b. 5 April, 1697; buried 30 Sept., 1698.
5. Jonathan SIMPSON, b. 12 Nov., 1699.
6. Mathew SIMPSON, b. 27 Aug., 1702.
7. [perhaps Martha SIMPSON, b. ca. 1704.]
8. Ann SIMPSON, b. 25 Jan., 1705 new style.
9. Elizabeth SIMPSON, b. 27 Aug., 1707.

Of course the entries for William and Ann were in the old style, as 14 Feb., 1693, and 25 Jan., 1704, and I have changed those to new style dates here.

Note: Don Simpson cannot remember what he has written that has been published in the newsletter. It would be helpful if a volunteer would go through the newsletter & list all his articles by title and where published (volume & issue). He has a lot of short notes and manuscripts in his computer files but has lost tract of which have been sent for publication. Click here to email him

Descendants of William Simpson [and Elizabeth Hocking] in Cherokee Co. GA[1]
Thomas SimpsonBy Kathleen Akin, 380 Braxton Place, Tucker, GA 30084, email
Continued from Volume XIX No. 2 Fall 2003

Thomas SIMPSON is a brother to John, the father of my Balis Wilson SIMPSON. I have a Thomas SIMPSON whom I haven't been able to do anything with of this same age. He was born in North Carolina about 1776 (his age is 74 in the census) per the Cherokee Co., Georgia 1850 census, #1267. His occupation is listed as "cooper". His wife's name is Mary. She was also born in North Carolina, about 1786 (her age is 64 in the census). There is a Mary Elizabeth SIMPSON, age 14, living with them in 1850. I have always just assumed she was a granddaughter because the mother would have had to be 50 when she was born.

I have not found any record of a Thomas in DeKalb Co, Georgia. in the 1820's or 1830's.
In the 1860 Cherokee Co., Georgia census there is a Mary SIMPSON, age 74, born Georgia living alone, #1071/1136, p. 810.

And, of course, to complicate matters, there is a completely different set of SIMPSONs living in DeKalb Co. in the 1820's and early 1830's who moved to Cobb Co., Georgia. They are Leonard SIMPSON/Hanna MOFFETT. They came with several of their children about the same time as John. He is the son of John SIMPSON, a famous Presbyterian minister in South Carolina and his wife Mary RHEMER.

In the 1840 Cherokee Co., Georgia census, p. 191 Thomas SIMPSON’s family is listed as follows: 00012001000-000110010000

So he is 60-70 years old as is his wife. He has 2 sons 20-30 years old, 1 son 15-20 years old, 1 daughter 20-30 years old and 1 daughter 15-20 years old.

2 sons b. 1810-1820
1 son b. 1820-1825
1 dau b. 1810-1820
1 dau b. 1820-1825

There is a John SIMPSON, age 25 living next door to him in the 1850 Cherokee Co., Georgia census (#1268) who could easily be his youngest son. This John was born in South Carolina and his occupation is "sawyer". His wife, Elizabeth, is 25 and was born in North Carolina. Their children are Mary Ann, age 7, Sara J., age 5 and Satira E., age 5 mo. All 3 are girls. Because of the age differences in the children, this could be a second marriage for either him or his wife and the older 2 children could be either his or hers. Their last name is listed as "SIMPSON."

Birth year of 1776 for Thomas estimated per 1850 Cherokee Co., Georgia census (# 1267). He is 74 years old, born North Carolina and his occupation is given as "cooper". His wife Mary is 64, born in South Carolina.

Balis, his nephew was a blacksmith as was one of the others.

Living with them in the 1850 census is Mary E.SIMPSON, age 14. A Mary Elizabeth SIMPSON married Martin J. SMITH in Cherokee Co., Georgia 13 Oct 1853 per Cherokee Co., Georgia Marriage Book B p. 202.

Thomas is not listed in the 1860 census for Cherokee Co., Georgia but his wife is there as a widow. She is 74, living alone in the Wild Cat District, p. 810, #1071/1136. It says she was born in Georgia.

To be continued

More Descendants of William Simpson [and Elizabeth Hocking]
Hermon, son of Thomas Simpson
By Diane Clawson E-mail:

Thomas SIMPSON’s son Hermon was born 1808 per headstone in Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Lee Co., Iowa. He died 4 Jan 1861. His wife Margaret TRAINER is the daughter of John TRAINER (the Baptist Minister) who married Nancy SIMPSON, daughter of William SIMPSON & Elizabeth HOCKING. Margaret was born 1811 (per headstone) in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, married 9 Jan 1833 Gibson County, Tennessee. She died 19 May 1888 in Montrose.

The following are notes taken from a biographical sketch of their son Thomas J. SIMPSON. Harmon SIMPSON and Margaret had nine children. They were among the earliest settlers of Montrose Township in Iowa, having arrived May 1843 from Gibson County, Tennessee, as passengers on a steamboat which traveled up the Mississippi River. Two thousand Indians were then camped on the ground now owned by Zachariah OWENS. Mr. SIMPSON was friendly with them, and traded and mingled with them to his own profit and their convenience. He did butchering for the settlers, and ran a farm. His wife Margaret never remarried after Harmon's death January 4th, 1861. Harmon and his wife Margaret were members of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, and both saw the prophet, and his brother, Joseph, and Hiram SMITH, after their assassination at Carthage. They lived in Nauvoo about two months. They were converted by an elder preaching in Tennessee, in company with several families. Their son Thomas told of his recollections of the mob of 300 who came to drive the Mormons out of Nauvoo in 1846, and burning of the Mormon Temple at Nauvoo in November of 1848, which was attended by some 20,000 people. He said that when the Temple was burned the light was so bright at Montrose that one could see to pick a pin from the ground.

Mary Ann SIMPSON born April 1833 (from her 1880 census) Gibson County, Tennessee. She died 1914 in Montrose and is buried in the Simpson Plot. She married Nelson COOPER 9 Aug 1857 in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa.

John David SIMPSON born 1836 Gibson Co. Tennessee and died 1905 Burlington, Des Moines Co., Iowa

Thomas J. SIMPSON born 8 Oct 1841, Gibson Co., Tennessee, died 7 May 1918 Montrose, buried in Simpson Plot.

Margaret SIMPSON born abt 1842, Gibson Co., Tennessee, died (date unknown) Burlington, Des Moines Co., Iowa.

In Pendleton District and Anderson County, South Carolina in Wills, Inventories and Tax Returns and Census Records compiled by V. Alexander, C.M. Elliot and Betty White, p. 112:1843: “16 May 1843...Will of Harmon CUMMINS, pp 314-17, son Thomas CUMMINS, dau Sarah TRAINER, daughter Mary SIMPSON, dau Hannah DAVIDSON and her husband John L. DAVIDSON, son Griffith CUMMINS, son Samuel CUMMINS, Harmond CUMMINS, son John CUMMINS, dau Malinda JUNKIN. Samuel CUMMINS the son of Griffith CUMMINS. Exrs: Aaron HALL and Andrew O. NORRIS; Wits: John MOORE, James STEVENSON, George STEVENSON.

The Descendants of William Simpson of Amherst Co., Virginia
by Bonnie Simpson Valko

William SIMPSON was the son of Allen SIMPSON of Londonderry Twp., Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Allen's will was made 22 Jan 1754 and probated 2 Sept 1756, book D, page 56. He named his sons: David, William, John, James, Robert (my 3rd great grandfather) and daughter Cataran (Catherine) SIMPSON, respectively.

Page 140 of Albemarle Co. Virginia, July 1746; Josiah CLAPHAM to William SYMSON; to Alexander PATTON. Note: William must have sold this land later on to PATTON.

Page 47 10 May 1749 Alexander PATTON to John THOMPSON for 9 pounds, 10 shillings, 172 acres both sides Taylor Creek, adjacent Archibald WOODS, mountain spur, a branch . Witnesses: William SIMSON, William MALER, John MORRISON

Page 214, 7 April 1767. Samuel SHANNON, Amherst Co., Virginia to John MORRISON, Amherst Co, Virginia for 27 pounds, 13 shillings, 175 acres branch of Rockfish near Blue Mountains. Lines, Thomas SHANNON, William CROW, William SIMPSON. Witnesses: James DINWIDDIE, Joel CRAWFORD, Robert DINWIDDIE. (Note: DINWIDDIE is spelled "DUNWOODY" in this instance.) This same acreage seems to have sold several times over the ensuing years.

Page 68, 6 Feb 1775. Thomas SHANNON, Fincastle, to Simon RAMSEY, Amherst Co. for 60 pounds, 75 acres branch of Rockfish, near the Blue Mts. Lines of: William IRVINE, Witnesses: William SIMPSON, John MURRELL, David SIMPSON, Allen SIMPSON. Original delivered to RAMSEY 27 Sept. 1790. Final proof, 2 Nov 1778, by John MURRELL. 3 April 1775 by William and Allen SIMSON.

The above proves that William SIMPSON of Amherst is indeed the son of Allen SIMPSON of Chester Co., Pennsylvania. David SIMPSON is William's son and Allen SIMPSON is a grandson, probably the son of David SIMPSON.

Page 139, 1 May 1779. Alexander HENDERSON Sr. of Amherst Co. & Parish, to Alexander Jr. for 100 pounds, 150 acres both sides of Rockfish. Lines: James HENDERSON, mountain spur, Francis MERIWETHER, William SIMPSON, Alexander PATTON; all houses etc. Witnesses: James and Andrew HENDERSON, James DINWIDDIE. Original delivered to Alexander HENDERSON Jr. (Here we see some of William SIMPSON's neighbors.)

William would die intestate, however, we located an administrator's bond: Book 3, Page 22f, Administrators Bond, Agnes SIMPSON, David SIMPSON, Moses HUGHES, Alexander HENDERSON, 1 Jan 1787 for Agnes SIMPSON. Book 3, page 32, Inventory, 2 April 1787, 822 pounds, 7 shillings, 81/2 pence John MURRELL Jr. Thomas MORRISON Jr. Alexander HENDERSON.

Page 454. 26 Sept 1789. Agnes SIMPSON, David SIMPSON and wife Margaret, Amherst Co. Virginia. to Hudson MARTIN, Albemarle, for 1100 pounds , 550 acres Rockfish where David and Agnes now live, Lines: Col. John COLES on NE, Sherrod MARTIN on N. Thomas WILLIAMSON on W. Thomas PATTON on S. Two surveys: 1) 400 acres bought by William SIMPSON of Josiah CLAPHAM. 2)150 acres by deed from John McCLURE to David SIMPSON. Witnesses: Nathaniel CLARK, James SIMPSON, Nicholas M. LEWIS, William MILLER, Joseph SIMPSON.

Page 455. Order to Nathan CRAWFORD, William HARRIS and John DAWSON to quiz Margaret, wife of David SIMPSON, 7 Oct. 1789, done, 28 Oct 1789. Original delivered to grantee, 22 Aug 1805, per order.

I found Agnes SIMPSON, widow of William SIMPSON in the Virginia Tithables for 1787 in Lincoln Co, Virginia (Kentucky territory) later Agnes would settle with her family in Shelby Co. Kentucky.

According to the DAR Patriot application papers of Jane Craig Reichlien, #462381+435, a descendant of William SIMPSON, he was too old to serve in the Revolutionary War, but furnished supplies and helped where and when he could. The following was found: Public Service Claims, Amherst Co. Virginia Court Booklet 62-1922, page 24;

To William SIMPSON for 42 sheaves oats.....Oct. 9, 1780
To William SIMPSON for four diets P Cert. June 17, 1781
To William SIMPSON for Guard to British prisoners.
To William SIMPSON for 6 sheaves of oats....June 17, 1781 for Hampshire Militia to Carolina.
To William SIMPSON for 2 bushels oats... Oct. 24, 1780, Shenandoah Militia to Carolina.
To William SIMPSON for 3 bushels of corn... August 17, 1781 for British Prisoners
To William SIMPSON for 400 lbs. hay p. cert. June 19, 1781 for the team of 10 wagons in Public Service.
To William SIMPSON for 1 peck of corn and hay for 2 horses P. Cert. March 10, 1781 for White's Regiment.

(Note: This was quite astounding to me, and it definitely shows what a wealthy man William SIMPSON was, to be able to have all of these supplies available.)

Under Amherst County, Virginia in the Revolution by Lenora H. Sweeney, page 71, among a long list of names appears the name of William SIMPSON. His son, David was a Revolutionary soldier as he was granted 200 acres in Garrard Co., Kentucky on Paint Lick Creek in 1783. This is from Virginia Grants in Garrard Co., Kentucky, page 202.

Jane Craig Reichlien gives the names of William and Agnes MAY SIMPSON children as being:

Else SIMPSON, born abt. 1754; md. Matthew MONTGOMERY, 7 March 1769

David SIMPSON, born abt. 1756; md. Margaret DINWIDDIE

James SIMPSON, born abt. 1758, md. Mary LANCASTER, 2 April 1787

Agnes SIMPSON, born abt. 1760, md William DINWIDDIE (Note: this is not correct, it was the daughter of James SIMPSON, brother of William SIMPSON, who married William DINWIDDIE. Her father, James SIMPSON signed her marriage bond.)

Robert SIMPSON, born abt. 1762; md. Hannah POWELL, 6 April 1791 in Kentucky

Joseph SIMPSON, born abt. 1764; md. Elizabeth COX, daughter of Benjamin COX in Shelby Co., Kentucky, 8 August 1798

Samuel SIMPSON, born abt. 1771. (Note: Samuel was not listed on the DAR Patriot papers, however, I found him in the list of Virginia Tithables of 1787. He was listed with his mother, Agnes and was 16 years old. They were now living in Shelby Co., Kentucky. ) I have no further information on Samuel at this time.

Agnes SIMPSON's will is dated 21 January 1823 in Shelby Co., Kentucky; I do not have a copy of this at the present time.

Joseph SIMPSON, who was married to Elizabeth COX, had an argument with his cousin, Aquilla WHITAKER in which there was a duel fought. Joseph was killed by his cousin. WHITAKER was captured and jailed, but soon after, allowed to escape. Dueling laws forbade dueling, but Virginians and now Kentuckians chose to ignore the law for many years, until authorities made it known that dueling would not be tolerated.

This is respectfully submitted by Bonnie Simpson Valko. For the most part, I have listed the source of my statements in the text, however, the deeds and administration for William SIMPSON were found in Bailey Fulton Davis's Books, The Deeds of Amherst and Albemarle Counties 1748 to 1763,: also The Wills of Albemarle Co. Virginia 1761 to 1855 by Bailey Fulton Davis. This man is wonderful at transcribing old documents.

Simpson Creek and Thomas Simpson
Nelson Co., Kentucky

By Robert P. Moore, 176 Valley Rd., Lexington, Ky 40503, email:
Published in Nelson County Genealogist, Volume 19, #4, Summer 2003 pp. 85-94
Reprinted with permission

It has been a matter of curiosity to me, and doubtless to others, to learn something about the man for whom Simpson Creek is named. Mention of this water course has been the main means of identifying early residents of the Bloomfield area. Who was this Thomas SIMPSON? Where did he come from? Why and when was his name assigned to this creek and its branches? Obviously some of these answers are to be sought right in Nelson County. The records of deeds, wills and marriages are useful, but sometimes law suits and depositions can provide more details and more interesting information.

Thomas SIMPSON left a will in Nelson Co. in 1825, naming, in effect, 10 children, although he does not mention by name his daughter Thamer, but only her husband Silvanus MAY and a grandson Allen MAY. (Thamer/Tamer SIMPSON married Silvanus MAY on 28 August 1807 in Nelson Co. ) This unusual name of Thomas's daughter helps to confirm his relationship to earlier generations of his family.

Previous generations of this Simpson family are treated in a recently published article by Robert C. Neibling on pp. 837-925, vol. 7 (2002) of Northern Virginia Genealogy. This extensive article, entitled "Profiles of the Three Gilbert SIMPSONs," examines the records on these three men with the same name in order to distinguish one from the other and establish as far as possible their relationship to each other, as well as their descent. (Northern Virginia Genealogy is published annually at 39475 Tollhouse Road. Lovettsville, VA 20180-1817; email . I would strongly recommend it to those researching families of northeastern Nelson Co.)

The Gilbert SIMPSON who is applicable to the Nelson Co. family is labeled by Neibling "Gilbert Loudoun Co. (Va.)" His relatives are "Gilbert SIMPSON of Pohick (Fairfax Co., Virginia. )" and "Gilbert SIMPSON Sr.," also of Fairfax Co. The family was earlier recorded in Charles County, Maryland., where Gilbert SIMPSON Sr., the eldest of the three Gilberts, married Elizabeth WILLIAMS on 6 April 1730. It is the opinion of Neibling that Gilbert of Loudoun Co., father of Thomas of Nelson ; Co., Kentucky., is a nephew of Gilbert SIMPSON Sr., and that Gilbert of Loudoun is the son, therefore, of an unknown brother of Gilbert Sr. The parents of Gilbert Sr. and of the father of Gilbert of Loudoun are said to be John SIMPSON of Charles Co., Maryland and wife Elizabeth.

Interestingly, all three Gilberts had dealings with George WASHINGTON, although the business affairs with WASHINGTON of "our" Gilbert of Loudoun Co. were the most extensive. They had a sometimes rocky partnership in some land on the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania. This partnership lasted for a good many years until it was dissolved in September 1784. SIMPSON was still in Pennsylvania on a tax list in Franklin Township, Fayette Co., but by 1786 he was in Kentucky.

Neibling's article gives indirect evidence of Gilbert SIMPSON's consent in Bourbon Co., Kentucky for his daughter Ann to marry Zachariah MASTERSON on 25 August 1786. From 1787 through 1793, Gilbert SIMPSON was on Fayette Co., Kentucky tax lists. He wrote his will on 27 January 1794 (proved in May), naming first his sons Thomas, Samuel, John and Gilbert and then his daughters Jemima BYRN, Susanna SHORE, Ann MASTERSON, Tamer SIMPSON and Hannah SIMPSON. Neibling cites the research of Dwight and Rosemary Barr in stating that Gilbert SIMPSON married ca. 1754 Tamer JOHNSTON, daughter of Samuel and Hannah (MARTIN) JOHNSTON and that Gilbert and Tamer's son , Thomas was born on 27 June 1757 in Fairfax Co., Virginia. They are also the source of the statement that Thomas married Abigail MOORE on 3 February 1790 in Nelson Co., Kentucky. No such record, however, has been found for this marriage in Nelson Co. John SIMPSON, son of Gilbert Sr. of Fairfax Co., Virginia, married into the Samuel MOORE family of Fauquier Co., Virginia and Mercer Co., Kentucky. However, there has not yet been found any information to connect Abigail with this Samuel MOORE family.

It is unlikely that any of Thomas SIMPSON's children remained in Nelson Co. There is a John SIMPSON in the 1810 census, but he appears to be too old to be the son of Thomas. There are two Thomases in the 1810 census, who could be "our" Thomas and a son, but further investigation would be required to prove that the second Thomas is the son of "our" Thomas. One needs to look in adjoining Spencer Co. for any descendants of Thomas. (Perhaps the land they occupied was in the part of Nelson that became Spencer.)

Here is an abstract of Thomas SIMPSON's will in Nelson Co., Kentucky. Will Book F, p. 124, wr. 22 July 1825, codicil 25 July 1825, pr. 11 Sept. 1826. Wife Abigal, plantation, livestock, household goods for life; daus. Betsey, Hannah, proceeds of sale of plantation after their mother's death and one half of household goods; son Samuel, $1; grandson Allen MAY, $1, Silvanus MAY, $1; granddau. Fanny SIMPSON, cow after grandmother's death; son Gilbert SIMPSON, cow after mother's death; other chn., Tom, Mary SHORE, Eleanor SILKWOOD, Nancy RHODES, John SIMPSON to share equally in sale of balance of personal property. John EASTBURN Sr ., exr Witn. James HEADY, John EASTBURN Sr., John BEMISS.

Nelson Co. Marriage Records
[It cannot be determined which of the men are Thomas's relatives, although other documents would indicate that Samuel was.] John SIMPSON, 24 Feb. 1791, Margaret [Mary?] McELROY, dau. of Hugh and Easter McELROY. [Hugh McELROY's 1794 will calls his SIMPSON daughter Mary.]

John SIMPSON, 2 March 1790, Mary NORRIS; bondsman Jo LEWIS; Jonathan McCARTY and Richard McKAY, both Simpson Creek residents, stated that Mary was over 21. John and Polly SIMPSON appear in a marriage record in Nelson Co. in 1802, so he is not the same as the John who m. Mary/Margaret McELROY.

Mary SIMPSON, dau. of Thomas, 13 Dec. 1812, Thomas SHORE; bondsman, Samuel SIMPSON; witn. to consent James and Samuel SIMPSON. (A SHORE family appears in Fayette Co., Kentucky.)

Nancy SIMPSON m. 23 Apr. 1821, Nelson Co., Kentucky., Burwell RHODES.

Thomas SIMPSON, m. 22 Jan. 1806, Anna HOWELL.

Thamer SIMPSON, dau. of Thomas, 28 Aug. 1807, Sylvanus MAY; witn. to consent Samuel SIMPSON and Joseph ROBINSON.

Samuel SIMPSON, 12- Oct. 1817, Elizabeth SCOTT, dau. of Thomas SCOTT; consent witn. by Redmon SCOTT. He is probably Thomas's son.

Nelson Co., Kentucky. Deeds
5/49, 10 March 1795. David MAY and wife Mary to John MASON of Loudon Co., Virginia., £33, 113 acres on waters of Simpsons Creek, adj. Thomas SIMPSON and MAY's 950-acre preemption.

5/57, 14 July 1795. David MAY and wife Mary to William MONROE, £60, tract in the drains of Simpsons Creek adj. Thomas SIMPSON.

5/307, 30 March 1797. Deposition by John MULDRAUGH that he and John SIMPSON marked trees in May 1776 to establish the claim of Thomas SIMPSON. Ashes Creek.

5/308, 30 March 1797. Depositions by John MULDRAUGH and John SIMPSON that they marked trees to establish the claim of Hugh MULDRAUGH on Ashes and Jack's Creek in May 1776.

5/350, 15 Nov. 1797. Thomas SIMPSON and wife Abigail to James WOODSMALL, £35, 100 acres on waters of Simpson Creek.

5/623, 5 Sept. 1798. Deposition of Thomas SIMPSON, age 41, taken at John EASTBURN's, states that in 1779 when exploring he saw the improvement near the EASTBURNs' house, a beginning cabin and deadened trees, and since living in the county heard it called Brashears.

6/4, 14 Sept. 1801. Report of commissioners Nicholas MINOR, Walter STALLARD, Bryant STONE and Thomas HALL to establish calls in land entry of John WELCH entered 27 May 1780, 30 acres on Salt River 3 miles below the mouth of Simpsons Creek. Depositions for Andrew WELCH: James PATTON was in the company of Thomas CLARKE and Tobias BRASHEAR in Nov. 1779 when they built a smokehouse there; Thomas SIMPSON, Patrick McGEE and William SMILEY depose on the name of Simpson Creek. William SMILEY certifies the hearing was advertised in Palladium 11 Aug. 1801.

6/885, 13 Sept. 1808. Benjamin BLINCOE and wife Elizabeth of Breckinridge Co. to James BROWN, £1035, 117 acres on Simpson's Creek adj. Thomas SIMPSON and OWSLEY's line.

6/886, 3 Apr. 1809. Thomas BLINCOE and wife Rebeccah to Benjamin DOWNS, $485, 117 acres on Simpson's Creek adj. Thomas SIMPSON, OWSLEY and James BROWN.

6/907, 20 Nov. 1809. Depositions taken by Nicholas MINOR and John STONE at the spring near the Presbyterian Meeting House. David EVANS states that he was present 22 or 23 years ago [1787-88] when Isaac COX laid off 500 acres for John MAY and that they met at Thomas SIMPSON's on Simpson's Run and proceeded up the right-hand fork of Simpson's Creek to the spring where they are meeting. He also recalls two licks, one called Sulphur Lick and the other near where Samuel Brown formerly lived. Thomas SIMPSON and Richard CONNER also gave depositions concerning the licks along Simpson's Creek.

7/219, 22 Aug. 1797. John E. KING and wife Sally to Benjamin BLINCOE, £70, 10 shillings, 235 acres on Simpson's Creek adj. OSWLEY's corner and Thomas SIMPSON.

9/17, 9 March 1810. John MASON and wife Ruth to Vincent DAVIS, £75, 10133/4. acres on waters of Simpson Creek Fork, adj. David MAY and Thomas SIMPSON.

9/184, 2 March 1811. Thomas SIMPSON and wife Abigail to Samuel SIMPSON, 100 acres on east side of Simpson's Creek.

10/115, 14 March 1814. Thomas SIMPSON to Sulvania MAY, $93.75, 1814. acres on Simpson Creek adj. MAY. Recorded same date.

10/185, 20 June 1814. Hezekiah MURPHY and wife Sally to Edmund COTTON, $725.00, land on east side of east fork of Simpson's Creek, a branch of Salt River, bounded on the south by the POWELL survey, on the north by Thomas SIMPSON, on the east by Thomas LEWIS, adj. James HEADY, John BEMISS. Recorded same date.

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).


dcain777 said...

Did Gilbert Simpson have slaves in PA

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Scott said...

Do you have any more information about Anne Simpson's marriage to Zachariah Masterson? All the information I've found shows Zachariah marrying first Elizabeth Miller and second Tabitha Masterson-Brownfield. I'm descended from his son Joseph who was born in Pottenger's Creek, KY on February 14, 1793. I'm wondering if Anne isn't the mother of five of his children, and that possibly Elizabeth died after giving birth to their second child. So far, everything I have found shows Elizabeth as the mother of at least 10 of his 14 children. Tabith was the mother of 3 - 4 of his children. Thanks.


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