Thursday, October 29, 2009

THE SIMPSON CLAN, Volume XVII, Issue 4, Spring 2002


Compiled by Vicki Jackson, email: with additions by Nona Williams

Generation One

1. John1 SIMPSON (son of Thomas SIMPSON and Nancy MORELAND) was born on 23 Nov 1830 at Tennessee[1],[2],[3] He married Martha Jane HARBIN on 18 Mar 1851.[4] He married Martha Ann ROBERTS on 4 Apr 1875.[5] He died on 2 Jul 1878 at age 47.[6] He was buried on 4 Jul 1878 at Bailey Cemetery, Oregon Co., Missouri[7]

He was a Methodist church member between 1850 and 1851 at Cannon Co., Tennessee[8] He and his father Thomas SIMPSON executed a deed on 27 Nov 1851 at Dry Creek, DeKalb Co., Tennessee[9] He was in court in 1860 at Oregon Co., Missouri[10] He appeared on the census of 9 Jul 1860 at Oregon Co., Missouri[11] He began military service circa 1861 at Missouri[12] He witnessed the deed of Gilbert WILLIAMS and Simeon Marion WILLIAMS on 1 Jan 1876 at Oregon Co., Missouri[13] Vicki’s dad told her a story about his great-grandmother, Martha Jane HARBIN SIMPSON. During the Civil War when the Union soldiers came to the farm, she had a keg of molasses. To protect it, she sat on top of the keg while brandishing an ax. In time the soldiers left without damaging great-grandmother or the molasses keg.

Children of John1 SIMPSON and Martha Jane HARBIN were as follows:

2. i. Nancy Elizabeth2, born 12 Jan 1852 at Wayne Co., Missouri; married Joseph N. FLETCHER

ii. born 1 Feb 1855;[14] died 23 Aug 1855.[15]

3. iii. Sarah Susan born 15 Oct 1857 at Oregon Co., Missouri married William Crockett HODGES

4. iv. Thomas born 27 Sep 1860; married Sis

v. Mary Jane born 23 Mar 1864.[16]

There were no children of John1 SIMPSON and Martha Ann ROBERTS.

Generation Two

2. Nancy Elizabeth2 SIMPSON (John1) was born on 12 Jan 1852 at Wayne Co., Missouri[17],[18] She married Joseph N. FLETCHER on 20 Sep 1881.[19] She died on 6 Sep 1921 at Oregon Co., Missouri at age 69.[20],[21] She was buried on 18 May 1921 at Bailey Cemetery, Oregon Co., Missouri[22]

She also went by the name of Aunt Babe FLETCHER[23]

Children of Nancy Elizabeth2 SIMPSON and Joseph N. FLETCHER were as follows:

i. Willie3

ii. Sam

iii. Ben

iv. John Robert Calvin born 19 Nov 1883;[24] died 10 Nov 1923 at Oregon Co., Missouri at age 39;[25] buried 12 Nov 1923 at Bailey Cemetery, Oregon Co., Missouri[26]

3. Sarah Susan2 SIMPSON (John1 was born on 15 Oct 1857 at Oregon Co., Missouri[27],[28],[29] She married William Crockett HODGES on 23 Dec 1877 at Greer, Oregon Co., Missouri[30] She died on 24 Jul 1936 at Oregon Co., Missouri at age 78.[31],[32] She was buried on 26 Jul 1936 at Elem Pond (Macedonia) Cemetery, Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri[33],[34]

Children of Sarah Susan2 SIMPSON and William Crockett HODGES were as follows:

i. Ella Lee3 born 4 Sep 1880 at Alton, Oregon Co., California[35] married Arthur Lee NIVEN 10 Feb 1904 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri[36] died 11 Nov 1952 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri at age 72.[37]

ii. Elmer born 7 May 1883 at Alton, Oregon Co., California[38] married Muce Dora JACKSON 25 Aug 1907;[39] died 19 Sep 1960 at Greer, Oregon Co., Missouri at age 77.[40]

iii. Effie born 13 Feb 1886 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri[41] died 13 Sep 1892 at age 6.[42]

iv. Ethel born 10 Jul 1889 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri[43] married Lee Francis JACKSON 20 Jun 1907;[44] died 11 Feb 1952 at age 62.[45]

v. Etta born 17 Jan 1892 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri[46] married Clyde Earnest JACKSON 30 Mar 1919;[47] died 21 Mar 1987 at Thayer, Oregon Co., Missouri at age 95.[48]

vi. Elzie born 27 Feb 1895 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri [49] married Johnnie McKINNEY[50] died 8 Sep 1972 at Duncan, Oklahoma at age 77.[51]

vii. Elfie born 10 Sep 1898 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri[52] married Irvin McKINNEY[53] died 28 Oct 1967 at Alton, Oregon Co., Missouri at age 69.[54]

4. Thomas2 SIMPSON (John1) was born on 27 Sep 1860.[55] He married Sis circa 1880.[56]

He also went by the name of Black River Tom SIMPSON[57]

Children of Thomas2 SIMPSON and Sis were as follows:

i. William3 born after 1880.

ii. Charlie born after 1880.

iii. Thomas born after 1880; married Alice ANDERSON circa 1900.[58]

iv. Zora born after 1880; married William ANDERSON circa 1900.[59]


Rocky Point Methodist Church Sunday School Class Lists, John D. Sissom, 1312 Corvair Court, Kokomo, IN 46902-2531,, Cannon Co., Tennessee.

Alton, Missouri. Registrar of Deeds. Oregon County Missouri Deeds, 1869-1900.

Carol Baker-Hodges. 1860 Census of Oregon County, Missouri - Alphabetical (n.p.: privately published).

Carol Baker-Hodges. Oregon County in the Newspapers, Cemeteries, & Courthouse. Vol. 3. Springfield, Missouri: privately published).

Jean Fletcher, letter. 11 March 1993, from 4480 S. Meridian #249., Wichita, KS 67217, to Nona Williams. Copy in my personal collection; PO Box 746, Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz, California, USA 95005.

Jefferson City, Missouri. Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Death certificate. Nancy Elizabeth Fletcher entry.

John Simpson and Nancy Harbin. Simpson - Harbin Family Bible. n.p.:, n.d.. Vicki Jackson, 4228 N. Lister, Kansas City, MO 64117. The front pages of the Bible are missing.

Jorene Washer Parsley. DeKalb Co., Tennessee Census 1850. Smithville, TN: privately published, 1988.

Smithville, Tennessee. Registrar of Deeds. DeKalb County, Tennessee Deeds, 1838-.

Vicki Jackson "John Simpson of Oregon Co., MO." E-mail message from at 4228 N. Lister, Kansas City, MO 64117. 7 Apr. 2002.


I’m still looking for information on Alley RODGER who married Pohatan D. SIMPSON, November 15, 1865. I’ve been trying to locate her parents.

Respond to Carolyn W. Bayse, 618 Willow Oak Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322

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Searching for SIMPSON – PRICE connections. Nancy PRICE married “Timber” William SIMPSON in Guilford Co., North Carolina, bond 6 March 1823. Need information on Nancy PRICE born 16 March 1805 Guilford Co., North Carolina. Parents names? Mother said to be Irish.

Respond to Margaret E. Rambo, 1154 South Oak, Hillsboro, IL 62049-2027

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Two SIMPSON lines: One originated in South Carolina to Alabama to Texas; the other in Virginia to Kentucky to Arkansas.

Respond to Sheila Simpson, 8105 S.E. 79th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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I am looking for a SIMPSON branch that went to Oregon County Missouri. My father is Daniel Lee SIMPSON, born: Aug. 7, 1931 in Kansas City, Kansas. His father is Ralph Brotherton SIMPSON, born: Aug. 1, 1901 location I am guessing is Oregon County Missouri, died: Oct. 12, 1954 and is buried in Kansas City, Kansas. His father is Richard N. SIMPSON, born: May 2, 1867, Hickory Grove, Missouri. His father is Thomas M. SIMPSON son of Peter Rine SIMPSON. I am trying to locate more information on Richard N. as so far I have been unable to locate my grandfather’s name on anything I have found. I know he was married to Arthula E. KING and have located some of his brothers, but not all of them.

Respond to Mary L Sigg e-mail:

Pennsylvania Descendants of Baltimore Co., Maryland Simpsons Perhaps

By Nona Williams

While researching my HARROD family in western Pennsylvania, I found several SIMPSON men who were neighbors of a SMITH family that had come from old Baltimore County (now Harford County) Maryland. There was also a PRIBBLE family in the area that might be related to the PREBLE family of old Baltimore County. The following references were found in a book by Howard L. Lecky called The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, published by Closson Press in 1997. The Tenmile Country is about the Tenmile Creek and the surrounding area. The term “Tenmile Country” refers to land in the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania, located along the Tenmile Creek, in the counties of Greene and Washington. A review of this book that appeared in The Virginia Genealogy Society Newsletter noted, “. . . many of the family names included have a familiar sound throughout the Shenandoah Valley to the south.” On page 4 of Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families is the following:

Some time before 1772, a man named HENDRICKS made an improvement on what is now Smith Creek, not far from the present town of Waynesburg, for the land which Ralph SMITH bought for his father, Thomas SMITH of Baltimore, on December 10, 1772, is described as being “a tract of land joining HENDRICKS. Since most of the land about Waynesburg was settled by families from the head of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, it is most likely that descendants of the early Maryland trader, James HENDRICKS, with were in the Tenmile Country, and had picked out a choice location. . .

One page 5:

In the same record of sale of land next HENDRICKS’, the land is described as being on the south side of WILLIAMS’ Run, indicating a man named WILLIAMS had also taken land here. We are inclined to identify him as William WILLIAMS, who is reported in the Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, as having bought land on Tenmile on January 8, 1774, from John JONES, who had purchased it first from John SIMPSON, who made an improvement on what is now Bates Fork, before 1772. William WILLIAMS then sold it to Jacob REES on July 31, 1775. Records show that Hannah, the wife of Jacob REES, had accompanied him into the section, in 1773, as did Isaac HORNER. There is no record to show that William WILLIAMS was one of the traders, but it is probable that he belonged to the Baltimore family of that name, and may have been related to Colonel John MINOR, whose entry into the Tenmile is set at 1765, and whose first two wives were named WILLIAMS.

The 1780 muster roll of Capt. William HARROD on pages 25-26 included a Thomas SIMPSON. Capt. HARROD lived on Tenmile Creek in what was then Washington Co., Pennsylvania and presumably recruited men from that area. In 1782 Elisha and Reuben PERKINS and Thomas SMITH who had come from Harford Co., Maryland served in the Pennsylvania Militia under the command of Benjamin STITES (page 35). These men had been recruited in Morgan Township, Washington County. Morgan Township included roughly all the section north of Tenmile and south of the Dividing Ridge, extending from the Monongahela River, at the mouth of Tenmile to Bates Fork of Tenmile, west of Fort Jackson. In 1785 Reuben and Richard PERKINS appeared on the assessment roll in Morgan Township, Washington Co., Pennsylvania. Three Reuben PERKINS were listed, one Reuben PERKINS Jr. was listed as single rather than head of a household. No SIMPSONs appear on that list.

In Cumberland Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania William PURKINS and a PURKINS estate were on the assessment roll of 1788. Cumberland Township was roughly that portion of present Greene County located between Tenmile and Big Whiteley Creeks, extending from Monongahela River to Purseley Creek. No SIMPSON men appeared on this roll.

The assessment roll for Greene Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania for 1784 included William PARKINS. Greene Township included the territory between Big Whiteley Creek and the present West Virginia line.

An undated petition in favor was creating a new state to be called Westsylvania was circulated (pages 141-153). The petition was probably signed between 1770-1780 and the following names were on it: Gilbert and Samuel SIMPSON. Capt. William HARROD and other members of his family signed this petition.

A list of privates who served under the command of Capt. William HARROD appears on page 255. On that list were Thomas SIMPSON and Thomas PRIBBLE. Capt. HARROD’s brother-in-law, Capt. Evan SHELBY Jr. commanded a company in service from July 15, 1759 to November 1, 1759. These men were recruited from the Conochacheague and nearby counties of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. On the list were Samuel and John SIMPSON.

On page 379 is the following:

Jacob REES Sr., recorded a deed on July 31, 1775 for land he bought on Tenmile from William WILLIAMS, who had bought it on January 8, 1774, from John JONES, who had it from the original improver, John SIMPSON.

On pages 416-423 is a discussion of the SMITH family. Extracts appear below:

L.K. Evans says of the SMITH Family, “Thomas SMITH, the grandfather of my clever old bachelor friend, Hugh SMITH, lived in Harford County, Maryland, on the bank of the Susquehanna River. There he kept a tavern and a ferry and reared a family of thirteen children – eight boys and five girls. In the year 1772, he sent Ralph, his eldest son, then 21 years old, west of the mountains to buy land for a future home for himself and younger brothers. He crossed the mountains with a number of others on a like errand, some of whom stopped in Fayette County, but he pushed on west of the Monongehela, and following up Ten Mile to the present site of Jefferson, purchased a body of six hundred acres of land, some little improved, and situated on both sides of the creek above the Clarksville bridge. . . .

“In March, 1774, Ralph SMITH and his brother, Thomas, then but eighteen years old, set out with a party of eight or ten others from the same neighborhood, to seek their fortunes in the West, to improve lands and cultivate a summer’s crop – those that were married intending to bring on their families in the fall. . . . Thomas SMITH and Thomas KENT, then nineteen years old, repaired to the Smith Creek purchase and built them a cabin about where Josiah INGHRAM’s brick mansion now stands. . . .

The will of Thomas SMITH appears on pages 416-418. It begins, “In the Name of God Amen: I, Thomas SMITH, of Harford County, State of Maryland; Farmer . . . The will was dated 11 April 1791 and was proved 19 December 1791. His wife, Hannah, of Harford County, Maryland made her will 8 May 1807. Her son, Nathaniel SMITH was executor.

In his pension application dated 8 May 1833, Thomas SMITH stated that he was born in Baltimore Co., Maryland in 1757. He said he was drafted into Capt. David OWENS’ Militia Company in the Fall of 1776, and was stationed on Fishing Creek for about three months. John BOGGS, (BIGGS?) was his Lieutenant and James ARCHER the Ensign. Later he served under Capt. William HARROD on Fishing Creek. In 1780, he was in Capt. James ARCHER’s Company, scouting between Fishing Creek and Wheeling Creek. About 1777, Thomas SMITH married Mary WILLIAMS.

On page 450 is the following:

The REES name is found among the earliest settlers of the Tenmile. Chalkley in his History of Augusta County, Virginia says that Jacob REES, Sr., bought of William WILLIAMS on July 31, 1775, land on the Tenmile which WILLIAMS had purchased from John JONES, who had bought it from John SIMPSON, the original improver, on January 8, 1774. Jacob REES divided this land with William ROBINSON.

Note: I’m now reading History of Washington County, Pennsylvania by Boyd Crumrine. On page 81 Emanuel, Jacob and John SMITH were privates under the command of Capt. Nehemiah STOKELEY October 16, 1777. (I have more than 900 pages more to read in this book.) In old Baltimore Co., Maryland Mary, daughter of Emanuel SMITH, married Thomas SIMPSON.


Among a list of volunteers in John MURRAY’s Company on 10 September 1774 were:[60]

John SIMPSON, Serg’t. and Wm. SIMPSON

In Capt. Phil LOVE’s Company of volunteers on the same date was:[61] James SIMSON

I’ve been told, but haven’t verified that SIMPSONs of Botetourt Co., Virginia were early residents in east Tennessee.


Washington District, North Carolina was formed 1777 and included all of what was later Tennessee

1776 July 5 the following petitoned Virginia for annexation, among the signers were: James ROBERTSON, Thomas SIMPSON, Adam SHERRILL, Samuel SHERILL Jr. and Sr, Ossa ROSE and John ROBINSON (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker page 15)

1776, July Gen. RUTHERFORD led 2400 men down the French Broad River to fight the Cherokees in western NC (the area that later became eastern TN) Thomas SIMPSON (would have been at least 16 years old and born before 1761), William MORELAND, Capt. James ROBINSON, Charles PERKINS and others (article in Ansearchin News, The Tennessee Genealogical Society, Vol. VII, No. 4, October 1960)

1776 November and December petiton to create Washington District was signed by Samuel SHERRILL, Jr & Sr., John SHERRILL, Adam SHERILL, Urias SHERRILL, George SHERRILL, Thomas SIMPSON, and others (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker p. 16)

1776 Among the members of the court of the newly formed Washington District were Andrew GREER and Thomas SIMPSON but this court was short-lived (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker p. 16)

1777 early in the year Thomas SIMPSON was not listed as a member of the court (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker page 16)

1778 February the first court met and two of the constables were John and Samuel SMITH (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker)

1778-1779 tax list no SIMPSONs on the list, on the list were Samuel SHERRILL Sr. & Jr., Adam SHERRILL, and others (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker)

1780 tax list Thomas SIMPSON, Samuel SIMPSON (had 4 horses @ value of 210., 3 cattle @ value of 30 and a total value of 240.0.0) (research of Barbara Baker)

1781 tax list Thomas SIMPSON, Samuel SIMPSON (had 4 horses @ value of 210., 3 cattle @ value of 30 and a total value of 240.0.0) (research of Barbara Baker)

1782? tax list (before 1783) Samuel SIMPSON (had 630 horses, 30 cattle, for total value of 660.0.0)(research of Barbara Baker)

1783, April 2 Wm. SIMSON, Saml SIMPSON, Wm. KENNEDY & others signed a petition (Watauga Assn of Genealogists of Upper East TN Vol 31 No. 1)

1785 June 10 a treaty with the Cherokees opened land on the French Broad River to settlement (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker page 21)

1787 December a petition was signed by the inhabitants of “Western Country” by a Reuben SIMMON (perhaps this was SIMPSON?), Harmon KENNEDY, Robert SIMPSON, William KENNEDY, Moses KENNEDY and others (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker p. 22-23)

1790 tax list Samuel SIMPSON 1 white pole, no black poles, no stud horses, no town lots. In this tax list, he was listed as Samuel SIMMONS (research of Barbara Baker)

1798 James SIMPSON on upper Big Limestone Creek (Don Simpson report No. 3, June 1995)

1799 James SIMPSON and John SIMPSON (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995)

1800 Nathaniel SIMPSON witnessed a deed from Peter MOORE to Peter EPPERSON for land on Kendricks Creek (Don Simpson report No. 3 June 1995)

1800 Robert SIMPSON and Rebecca LYON were married

1801 Nathaniel SIMPSON on Kendricks Creek. (Don Simpson report No. 3 June 1995)

1801 January 14 Thomas SIMPSON who owned 100 acres on Horse Creek, Washington Co., TN was listed in the Tennessee Gazette, Collection District #2, the following tracts of land were sold for nonpayment of a direct tax within US on Feb. 2, 1801.

1801 John SIMPSON tax list (per info from Barbara Baker this John SIMPSON was born 1777 Ireland, died April 29, 1844 Greene Co., Tennessee; married 1st Elizabeth BOWMAN ca, 1799, married 2nd Barbara BASHAR 1 September 1842 Washington Co., Tennessee)

1801 James SIMPSON, John SIMPSON, Robert SIMPSON upper Limestone creek area.

1810 Pointon Charlton purchased 200 acres on both sides of Kendricks Creek from the heirs of Edward MERCER, deceased. One of those heirs was John SIMPSON of Wayne Co., Kentucky. (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995)

1816 July Robert SIMPSON had died by this date (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995)

1819 August 9 John SIMPSON of Wayne Co., Kentucky & Palbert HALE of Wayne Co., Kentucky, Thomas MURRAY of Washington Co., Tennessee and Butler HALE of Sullivan Co., Tennessee and heirs of Edward HARIN of Washington Co., Tennessee paid $1100 for 100 acres on the banks of George LINDRIEL’s Creek in Washington Co., Tennessee (from Barbara Baker)


[1]Jorene Washer Parsley, compiler, DeKalb Co., Tennessee Census 1850 (Smithville, TN: privately published, 1988), Microfilm #61, Household #472. He was aged 20 years. Hereinafter cited as DeKalb Co., TN 1850 Census.

[2]Nancy Elizabeth FLETCHER's death certificate, Nancy's father was listed as having been born in Tennessee by the informant Joseph FLETCHER, Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Jefferson City, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Nancy E. FLETCHER's death.

[3]John SIMPSON and Nancy HARBIN, Simpson - Harbin Family Bible (n.p.:, n.d.); Vicki Jackson, 4228 N. Lister, Kansas City, MO 64117. Hereinafter cited as Simpson-Harbin Bible.




[7]Vicki Jackson, "John Simpson of Oregon Co., MO," e-mail message from (4228 N. Lister, Kansas City, MO 64117) to Nona Williams, 7 Apr. 2002, Information from Lewis Simpson sent to Vicki Jackson. Hereinafter cited as "John Simpson".

[8]Cannon County Tennessee Methodists, he was on the 1850-1851 list of members of the Rocky Point Methodist Church Sunday School class. He appeared again on the list of 1851 with a + by his name (+ meaning unknown), Rocky Point Methodist Church Sunday School Class Lists,, John D. Sissom, 1312 Corvair Court, Kokomo, IN 46902-2531,, Cannon Co., Tennessee. Hereinafter cited as Rocky Point Methodist Church Members.

[9]DeKalb County, Tennessee Deeds: Book E page 69. John SIMPSON and Thomas SIMPSON to Elias C. BARNES 300 acres near road leading from Smithville to Dry Creek. Wit: Thomas SIMPSON and James L. BARNS, Registrar of Deeds, Smithville, Tennessee. Hereinafter cited as DeKalb Co TN Deeds.

[10]Carol Baker-Hodges Oregon County in the Newspapers, Cemeteries, & Courthouse, Vol. 3 (Springfield, Missouri: privately published), p. 213 Oregon County Twp. 22N, R 2W vs. John SIMPSON, P.R. SIMPSON, Martin SIMPSON and HURST. Note. [Oregon Co., Circuit Court Records, Box 3, Folder 219] and W.C. Boyd vs. P.R. Simpson. Note [Oregon County Circuit Court Records, Box JP1, Folder 3]. Hereinafter cited as Oregon Co MO in Newspapers Etc.

[11]Carol Baker-Hodges, 1860 Census of Oregon County, Missouri - Alphabetical (n.p.: privately published), Copy provided by Ruby Norton, p. 7. Hereinafter cited as Oregon Co MO 1860 Census.

[12]Capt. John A. RICE v. Peter R. SIMPSON, Folder 13240, Missouri State Microfilm Roll CFD146.

[13]Oregon County Missouri Deeds: Book 23 pp. 17-18 Gilbert WILLIAMS and wife gave to their son Simon a tract of land, Registrar of Deeds, Alton, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Oregon County Deeds.

[14]Simpson-Harbin Bible, Vicki Jackson can't read the name of this child.


[16]Simpson-Harbin Bible.

[17]Nancy E. FLETCHER's death, This source gives her date of birth as 26 Jan. 1852.

[18]Simpson-Harbin Bible, This source gives her date of birth as 12 Jan. 1852.

[19]Letter from Jean Fletcher (4480 S. Meridian #249. Wichita, KS 67217) to Nona Williams, 11 March 1993; Copy in my personal collection (PO Box 746, Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz, California, USA 95005), March 11, 1993.

[20]Nancy E. FLETCHER's death.

[21]Carol Baker-Hodges Oregon County in the Newspapers, Cemeteries, & Courthouse, Vol. 3 (Springfield, Missouri: privately published), p. 3 This source gives her date of death as 16 May 1921 and she is identified as Nancy Elm SIMPSON FLETCHER. Hereinafter cited as Oregon Co MO in Newspapers Etc.

[22]Ibid. p. 3.

[23]Vicki Jackson, "John Simpson," e-mail to Nona Williams, 7 Apr. 2002.

[24]Carol Baker-Hodges Oregon Co MO in Newspapers Etc, p. 3.



[27]Oregon Co MO 1860 Census, p. 7.

[28]Simpson-Harbin Bible.

[29]Carol Baker-Hodges Oregon Co MO in Newspapers Etc, p. 157.


[31]Simpson-Harbin Bible.

[32]Carol Baker-Hodges Oregon Co MO in Newspapers Etc, p. 157.

[33]Simpson-Harbin Bible.

[34]Vicki Jackson, "John Simpson," e-mail to Nona Williams, 7 Apr. 2002, Once when she and her sister were playing, Nancy accidentally put Susie's left eye out.

[35]Simpson-Harbin Bible.






[41]Ibid., Muce was a daughter of James B. JACKSON and Sarah Jane CHERRY.



[44]Simpson-Harbin Bible.

[45]Ibid., Muce was a daughter of James B. JACKSON and Sarah Jane CHERRY.

[46]Simpson-Harbin Bible.










[56]Vicki Jackson, "John Simpson," e-mail to Nona Williams, 7 Apr. 2002, "Uncle Tom SIMPSON's wife was always called Sis. I don't know what her real name was".

[57]Ibid., Information from Lewis Simpson sent to Vicki Jackson.

[58]Vicki Jackson, "John Simpson," e-mail to Nona Williams, 7 Apr. 2002.


[60] Gold Thwaites and Louise Phelps Kellog, Documentary History of Dunmore’s War, 1774, Madison, WI: 1905, 1989, p. 406.

[61] Ibid., p. 407.

THE SIMPSON CLAN, Volume XVIII, Issue 1 Summer 2002

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

By Kathleen Akin, 380 Braxton Place, Tucker, GA 30084, email:

Thomas SIMPSON, son of William SIMPSON, was born ca 1776 North Carolina; died 1850/1860 Cherokee Co., Georgia; occupation cooper. He married Mary ______ born ca. 1786 South Carolina; died after 1860. In the 1840 Cherokee Co., Georgia census, District 817, p. 191 his 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 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 is 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.

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

He 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. She is listed as 64 years in the 1850 Cherokee Co., Georgia census, Wild Cat District. She is living alone.

Information about the SIMPSONs below is based on information from the Brownings District Justice of the Peace Docket Books, called “DeKalb County, Georgia Court Records or something similar on the microfilm index at the Georgia Archives. My copies are from the original records. One of my aunts had them from her grandfather who was one of the last Justices of the Peace in this part of DeKalb County. It had several names but the last name has been the Brownings Militia District. It is the area around Tucker, Georgia. This has been the only record I could find to show that Balis SIMPSON and his brothers were actually in DeKalb Co., Georgia. I feel sure that Griffin SIMPSON is related, too, because he shows up in these books.

There is another set of SIMPSONs who lived in DeKalb County at the same time. They were Leonard SIMPSON and his children. They also came from South Carolina. They moved to Cobb Co., Georgia in the 1830’s. They lived in and around Decatur, Georgia. It took a while to get them separated out. (Leonard is the son of John SIMPSON, R.S., Presbyterian Minister, and Mary REMER.)

John SIMPSON, possible son of Thomas SIMPSON above, was born ca. 1825 South Carolina; married 11 August 1842 Cherokee Co., Georgia to Elizabeth McKINNEY[2] born ca. 1825 North Carolina. Their children were Mary Ann SIMPSON born ca. 1843, Sarah J. SIMPSON born ca. 1845 and Satira E. SIMPSON born ca. 1850.

John SIMPSON, son of William SIMPSON, was born 1760/1770; died 1848/1850; resided in DeKalb Co., Georgia. His wife was born 1760/1770[3] and died 1840/1850. Their children included the following:

1. A son born 1790/1800

2. Abner C. SIMPSON born ca. 1796 South Carolina; married 1847 in Gwinnett Co., Georgia to Martha WATERS.

3. A son born 1800/1810

4. A daughter born 1800/1810

5. A daughter born 1800/1810

6. John L. SIMPSON born ca. 1805 South Carolina; married Nancy.

7. A daughter born 1800/1810

8. Benjamin Franklin SIMPSON born 1810/1820 South Carolina; died 1841/1854

9. James Madison SIMPSON born ca. 1813 South Carolina; died ca. 1853; married 29 March 1836 Newton Co., Georgia to Sarah SOUTH and married second ca. 1838 in DeKalb Co., Georgia to Caroline CASH.

10. Balus Wilson SIMPSON born 28 July 1814 South Carolina; died 16 December 1901 Georgia; married December 1836 DeKalb Co., Georgia to Permelia EVINS.

I believe he is the John SIMPSON, age 70-80, in the 1840 DeKalb Co., Georgia census, District 572, p. 50. The unnamed children are from the 1840 census.

He shows up, often along with John L. SIMPSON, in the Browning Court House Justice of the Peace Docket Book, 1828-1833, as early as 1827. I believe this John L. SIMPSON is his son and is the John L. who moves later to Cobb Co., Georgia. Other SIMPSONs named with him in this book are Larkin SIMPSON (1828) and James M. SIMPSON (1838).

He owed $42.47 on two notes dated 1 August 1837 to James H. KIRKPATRICK, recorded in “Admin…Appraisement, DeKalb Co., Georgia”.

He is living on LL 163, 18th District, DeKalb County in 1849. It is land owned by his son James Madison SIMPSON per DeKalb Co., Georgia Deed Book L, 1848-1852, DeKalb Co., Georgia p. 581.

In the 1840 DeKalb Co., Georgia he is living two doors down from William CASH. This puts him on the 163rd land lot, approximately, and James Madison SIMPSON, who I believe is his son, married Caroline CASH, a daughter of Stephen P. CASH who is the son of William CASH.

Neither he nor his wife is listed in the 1850 DeKalb Co., Georgia census. William CASH and Stephen P. CASH are still there, living in the same places they were in the 1840 census, the Brownings District. There are no SIMPSONs living in that district in 1850.

Land lot 163, 18th District, DeKalb County, Georgia is where the family graveyard is located per DeKalb Co., Georgia Deed Book L, p. 581. It is called the LIVSEY Family Cemetery today and is at the corner of LaVista Road and Frazier Road in DeKalb County, Georgia. There are no SIMPSON gravestones existing today. There are, however, some graves marked only by rocks. My grandmother, Lula Weems Simpson (1883-1977) used to say that the “SIMPSON giants” were buried there. Apparently these SIMPSONs were very tall people.

Cherokee County, Georgia Land Records Volume 7, Deed Book G: p. 121 #140, 7 December 1843 from William GRISHAM of Cherokee County to John SIMPSON, 40 acres, Lot 587, lot 637, and lot 638 in the 15th District, 2nd Section. Witnesses: Thomas SIMPSON, James A. FOWLER, Posey MADDOX and David H. BIRD

Book G, p. 121-122 John SIMPSON takes a mortgage from William GRISHAM on the same date, money due 1 January 45, 46 & 47 (333.33 plus interest each payment) “also a car log cart & log hooks, farm picks, mill screws & other apparatus including all implements, tools, saws & stones to both mills on the aforesaid premises.” Same witnesses.

Book G, p. 379-380, 10 February 1845, Balis W. SIMPSON is a witness to sale of land Lot 636, 15th District, 2nd Section.

Brownings District Justice of the Peace Docket Books: April Term 1838, Charles WHITLOCK vs. John SIMPSON & James M. SIMPSON, note due the 25th 1837 with credit, 7 April 1838, Default, Judgments.

February Term 1838. R.D. GREEN vs. J.H. JONES, John CAMPBELL & John SIMPSON. March the 3d ____ of this February the 3d 1838, Judgment for plaintiff, March 3d 1838. Rec’d in full on the case, cost paid.

February 1838 R.D. GREEN vs. John CAMPBELL, J.H. JONES and John SIMPSON February the 3d 1838 default, March the 3, 1838 Rec of the case $29.95 act in full and cost paid and Directed.

Daniel STONE Administer of the Estate of John ADAMS vs. Larkin SIMPSON Due Bill Date 13th Jun(?) 1828. June 5th 1830, Judgment for plaintiff, Jas. WOOD J.P.

Thos. AHIRE? For the use of Daniel STONEs ___ of the Estate of John ADAMS Dec’d vs. John SIMPSON Due 2nd January 1828, June 5th 1830 Judgment for Plaintiff, Jas. WOOD, J.P.

April Term 1832. John WINTERS vs. John SIMPSON and Larkin SIMPSON December 25, 1831. May 5th Judgment for Plaintiff, Laid over by order. 14 May 1832.

To be continued

Two “Lost” Simpsons Found

Aug., 2002 - Don Simpson

While researching the problem of what happened to Elijah KIRKPATRICK, I happened to find two of the daughters of Nathaniel SIMPSON, Sr., (died ca. 1830, Guilford Co., North Carolina) whom I had not previously been able to trace. In his will written 1827, probated 1830, Nathaniel mentioned his daughters Sarah LANE and Mary SIMPSON. Sarah was married in Guilford County. to Reuben LANE, bond of 17 July, 1802, with Thomas SIMPSON (probably the Thomas, son of Nathaniel, Sr.) as bondsman. Reuben LANE was listed as head of household on the censuses of Guilford County in 1810, 1820, & 1830, and on the tax list of 1815 as paying tax on 129 acres of land in Guilford County. I have several times in recent years made brief searches for them in several states on the 1840 & 1850 census indexes but without success. It now appears that they moved sometime between 1830 & 1840 to McNairy Co., Tennessee.

On the 1840 census of McNairy County, were listed (p. 29) James LAIN, age 30-40, & family; (p. 34) Reuben LAIN, age 60-70, with one female each in 40-50, 50-60, & 60-70; and (p. 64) Thomas LAIN, age 30-40, & one female age 15-20. The 1850 census (sheet 84) has in household 1158, Thomas LANE, age 42, b. North Carolina, wife, Jane, age 26, b. North Carolina and five children, plus four females as follows: Sarah LANE, 78, b. North Carolina; Margaret WILSON, 70, b. North Carolina; Mary SIMPSON, 50, b. North Carolina; & Nancy HOLDER, 32, b. North Carolina. In 1860 (sheet 446) Thomas, age 53, & Jane A., age 41, are listed with six children plus Nancy HOLDER, age 60, and a 22 year old farm laborer.

After examining many families in the same part of McNairy County, it appears that the 1850 census is very accurate in recording state of birth, but the ages given there are, in several cases, off by some years.

From the census data, it appears that Reuben probably died between 1840 & 1850 and that Sarah (SIMPSON) LANE probably died between 1850 & 1860. Whether Mary SIMPSON also died in that interval is uncertain but I think it likely. It also is likely that the James “LAIN” of the 1840 census, and the Thomas LANE of the 1840, 1850 & 1860 censuses were probably sons of Reuben & Sarah (SIMPSON) LANE. The early census entries in Guilford County for this LANE family suggest there may have been other children as well. Unfortunately, McNairy County suffered major record losses in 1856 and again in 1861 due to courthouse fires, and the surviving marriage records do not begin until 1861.

I have more information of the parents and siblings of Reuben LANE which I can send to those interested. Send self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 1468, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-1468.

More on the Family of William T. Simpson of Rockingham Co., NC, & Pulaski Co., KY

July, 2002 – Don Simpson

The preceding article on this family was published in this newsletter in the fall of 2000 (The Simpson Clan, vol. 16, no.2, pp. 5 - 7). At the time of writing that article I could be sure of only two children of William T. & Tempy SIMPSON , Albert Lomax SIMPSON and Elizabeth, wife of John ROBERTS of Pulaski Co., Kentucky. Vanessa Wood who is a descendant of Wm. T. & Tempy, has been very active in researching this family and in contacting other descendants. She has very generously shared with me the results of her work to which I have been able to add some data.

Some time ago, Vanessa found reason to think that Wm. T. & Tempy also had a daughter named Permelia and that she was the “Milly SIMPSON” who was married in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, to Elijah KIRKPATRICK. Although that has not been proven, substantial circumstantial evidence (detailed below) supports that conclusion.

Another child can also be added, based on convincing circumstantial evidence. That is a son, also named William T. SIMPSON, whose record is also detailed below.


Rockingham Co., North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1785 - 1868, publ. by Francis T. Ingmire, 1984, lists a bond dated 23 Aug., 1836, for Milly SIMPSON to Elijah KIRKPATRICK. The old WPA abstracts of marriage bonds also lists that bond with the same date and lists Robert CAFFEY as bondsman. The Guilford County marriage bonds are available on microfilm at Family History Libraries but the Rockingham County bonds are not and I have seen no copy of this bond. Later records of Milly in Kentucky and tradition among her descendants there both suggest she was Permelia SIMPSON, daughter of William T. & Temperance SIMPSON. Her life in Kentucky is well documented but her earlier life as the wife of Elijah KIRKPATRICK is less well documented.

Elijah KIRKPATRICK was the son of Hugh & Martha KIRKPATRICK who were residents of Guilford Co., North Carolina., having land on the north side of Haw River near the Rockingham County line and just south of the New Bethel community in Rockingham County where the land of Wm. T. & Temperance SIMPSON was located.

A marriage bond exists in Guilford Co., North Carolina, dated 12 July, 1822, for Elijah KIRKPATRICK to Patsy HARRIS, with Harmon HARRIS as bondsman. Elijah was listed as head of household on the censuses of 1830 & 1840 as follows:

1830 Guilford County (p. 163), Elijah KIRKPATRICK with 1 male age 5 - 10, 1 age 20 - 30, 2 females age under 5, & 1 age 20 - 30; 1840 (p. 306) has 2 males 5 - 10, 1 age 30 - 40, 1 female 5 - 10, 1 age 10 - 15, and no adult females.

If Permelia’s age as given on the censuses of 1860, 70 & 80 (see below) is near correct then she would have been between 10 & 14 years old in Aug., 1836, which seems unlikely. Is it possible the date of the marriage bond could be wrong, or that this was some other Elijah KIRKPATRICK? No children are known yet for Elijah & Milly (SIMPSON) KIRKPATRICK.

The 1850 & 1860 censuses of McNairy Co., Tennessee include in the 8th District, several families originally from Guilford Co., North Carolina. On the 1850 census is Elijah KIRKPATRICK, age 50, b. North Carolina, (McNairy County p. 61) living with an immigrant family. Nearby was another Elijah KIRKPATRICK, age 17, b. North Carolina (p. 62), living with another family. In 1860 the older Elijah was not listed and is assumed to have died. The younger Elijah, listed as W. E. KIRKPATRICK, age 27, b. North Carolina, (McNairy County p. 441) was living with the family of Moses KIRKPATRICK, age 35, b. North Carolina, and his wife. Nearby was a Hugh KIRKPATRICK, age 25, b. North Carolina, with wife, Elizabeth, age 19, b. N.C (p. 447). These three were too old to have been sons of Milly (SIMPSON) KIRKPATRICK. Some of their descendants claim they were sons of the older Elijah and his wife, Martha (HARRIS) KIRKPATRICK and that seems likely so. I have found no record of Milly (SIMPSON) KIRKPATRICK on the 1850 census either in Tennessee or North Carolina.

On the 1850 census Guilford County (p. 426) was a “Gillee KIRKPATRICK” age 23, b. Guilford County, living in the household of Levi & Mary STEPHENS. Levi STEVENS had many dealings with Elijah KIRKPATRICK (see deed records). I find no marriage record for a Gilly KIRKPATRICK, either in Guilford or Rockingham County. Could this have been a daughter of Elijah & Martha (HARRIS) KIRKPATRICK? Or could this possibly be “Milly,” written wrong and with the age and county of birth wrong? It seems unlikely to have been Milly, so we are left with an unsolved puzzle.

McNairy County suffered record losses in 1856 & 1861 such that nearly all records prior to 1861 are lost. Lacking probate, court and deed records prior to 1861 there is no indication when Elijah died or who his heirs were. Tombstones exist and are on record for his three sons but not for Elijah.

I have additional information on the parents and siblings of Elijah KIRKPATRICK as well as more data on his records in Guilford Co., North Carolina, and can send to those interested in the KIRKPATRICKs. Send self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 1468, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-1468.


In Pulaski Co., Kentucky records is a marriage dated 12 April, 1852, of Noah SALMON to “Pamelia KIRKPATRICK,” with bondsman Albert L. SIMPSON. At the 1860 census Noah & Permelia SAMMONS were in the adjacent county of Rockcastle (p. 487), he as age 40, b. Tennessee, she as age 35, b. North Carolina, with daughter, Tempy, age 6, b. Kentucky. At the 1870 census of Rockcastle County (pp. 78-A&B) were the following: #103 DYER, John F., 30 b. North Carolina, Tempy E., 17 b. Kentucky, Permelia A. 1 b. Kentucky; #104 SALMONS, Noah, 51 b. Virginia, Permelia, 45 b. North Carolina. The 1880 (ED 96, p.1 = sh. 368) has: SALMONS, Noah, 60, b. Va., f.b. North Carolina, m.b. Kentucky., Parmelia, 57, b. North Carolina, f.b. North Carolina, m.b. North Carolina.

From these it appears that Permelia (SIMPSON) KIRKPATRICK was probably widowed sometime before 1852 when she was married 2nd to Noah SAMMON/SALMON. Noah & Permelia were the parents of Tempy E. SAMMONS, born ca. 1853. Tempy E. SAMMONS was married ca. 1868 to John F. DYER and they continued to appear on the census in Rockcastle County through 1900. Neither Noah nor Permelia are found in Rockcastle County on the 1900 census. Noah was witness to the marriage in 1891 of one of his DYER granddaughters. Rockcastle Co., Kentucky Cemetery Records, by J. S. Bonham & P. H. Hiatt, publ. 1986, list (on p. 505) the tombstone of Noah SALMON, County B, 12th Kentucky. Inf., with “no further information”, in the DEATON/Old CROMER Cemetery. Possibly Permelia may be buried there also as the authors comment that there are “several graves marked with field stones - no other information.”

3. William T. SIMPSON [Jr.].

The 1860 census of Christian Co., Kentucky, (p. 603) has the following SIMPSON family. “W.T. SIMPSON” age 35, b. North Carolina; “Manerva” age 34, b. Tennessee; James R. age 13, b. Tennessee; W.A. age 10, b. North Carolina; A.L. age 7, b. Kentucky; L.H.H. age 1, b. Kentucky. From this it appears that “W.T.” & “Manerva” had probably been married in Tennessee, then moved to North Carolina, then moved to Kentucky. In Knox Co., Tennessee is a marriage for William SIMPSON to Minerva JACKSON on 6 Oct., 1846; the marriage by J. C. ROBERTS, Minister of the Gospel. A record in Trigg Co., Kentucky states that son, James R. SIMPSON, was born in Roane Co., Tennessee.

The 1850 census of Rockingham Co., North Carolina, (p.49) lists family #25 as: William SIMPSON, age 22, b. North Carolina; Minerva, age 22, b. North Carolina [sic.]; & James R., age 3, b. North Carolina [sic]. On the same page, family #28 is James T. & Delia (TAYLOR) SIMPSON. As mentioned above, by 1860 William T. & Minerva were in Christian Co., Kentucky and were still there in 1870. On that census they were listed in Sleat’s Mill Precinct (p. 567) which was in the northwest part of the county near the Trigg County line. Their household was as follows: SIMPSON, William T., 45, carpenter, b. North Carolina; Manerva, 45, b. Tennessee; William, 20, b. North Carolina; Thomas C., 4, b. Kentucky; Albert, 17, b. Kentucky; & Lafayette, 11, b. Kentucky. The 1880 census Christian County, ED 6, p. 34 = sh. 123, family #290, head SIMPSON, William T., 53, b. North Carolina, f.&m. b. North Carolina; wife Minerva, 53, b. Tennessee, f.&m. b. Virginia; son Toby S., 11, b. Kentucky, f. b. North Carolina, m. b. Tennessee.

On the same page of the 1880 was listed their son, Wm. A. with his wife, Harriet and two daughters, and on sh. 109 was son, “Albert L. SIMPSON” with his wife, Paulina, and two children. None of these are found in Christian County on the 1900 census.

I have additional information on some of the children of William T., Jr., & Minerva (JACKSON) SIMPSON and may do an article on them for this newsletter sometime in the future.


I am still unable to find ancestry of Mildred (Maxmillia) “Millie” SIMPSON who married Morgan BRYAN III. Anna SIMPSON & Dorcas SIMPSON named daughters Millie or Maxemille and Dorcas named son Morgan B.[4] which means to me that Mille and Morgan must have been beloved aunt & uncle. Is Millie brother to James, father to Dorcas & Anna?[5] Any information gratefully received.

Cynthia H. Spurr, P.O. Box 1305, Center Harbor, NH 03226.


The post office in East Finley Township was known as the SIMPSON post office. It was named for “the Rev. Mr. SIMPSON [who] was postmaster for many years.[6] J.A. SIMPSON was a pastor of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in East Finley Township December 12, 1874 and July 14, 1879.[7] Dr. Jonathan SIMPSON was an early doctor in East Finley Township.[8]. In 1882 Rev. John A. SIMPSON was a minister at the North Wheeling Baptist Church in West Finley Township.[9]

Jane ALLISON, daughter of Thomas ALLISON and Jane CRAWFORD, married a Mr. SIMPSON. The ALLISONs resided in Canton Township of Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[10]

In 1881 E.C. SIMPSON was pastor of the United Presbyterians Chartiers Congregation in Canonsburg Township in Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[11] Jeremiah SIMPSON was an elder in 1799.[12] He was a trustee on 26 December 1797 when the land was purchased for the Oak Spring Cemetery.[13] A Jeremiah SIMPSON was later mentioned as one of the pastors of the Methodist Protestant Church in East Bethlehem Township but no date was provided.[14] Nancy J. McCLELLAND, daughter of James McCLELLAND, married John SIMPSON.[15]

Franklin SIMPSON was a private in Company D of Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[16] George F. SIMPSON served in Co. K, mustered in September 19, 1862, discharged on surg. Certif., December 22, 1862, with the rank of Corporal.[17] Jefferson T. SIMPSON was a private in Company F. He was mustered in February 29, 1864 and mustered out with Co. G, 3d Regt. Pro. Cav. October 31, 1865.[18] John P. SIMPSON was a private Co. A. He was mustered in February 29, 1864 and discharged May 19, 1865.[19] William H. SIMPSON was a private in Co. C. He was mustered in February 16, 1864, transferred to Co., D, 53d Regt., P.V. Mary 30, 1865.[20]

Before the Mason – Dixon line settled the land dispute between Virginia and Pennsylvania residents in the disputed area could appear in records of the West Augusta Court in Virginia. The following record is dated February 21, 1775: “On the petition of James JOHNSTON and others it is ord. Edward COOK, Joseph HILL, Senr., Levi STEVENS, Gilbert SIMPSON, Richard McMAHON, John DECKER, Paul FROMAN and James INNES, they being first sworn View a Road from Thomas GISTs to Fort Dunmore, to Paul FROMANs on Shirtees Creek by James DEVORES ferry, and make report of the Conveniences and Inconveniences to the next Court.”[21] In a subsequent record regarding this road, he is identified as Gilbert SAMPSON.[22]

The following were gleaned from George WASHINGTON’s journal entries dated between September 1, to October 4, 1784, “September 18th. Set out with Doctor. CRAIK for my Land on Miller’s run (a branch of Shurtees Creek) crossed the Monongahela at Deboirs [Devore’s) Ferry, 16 miles from SIMPSONs . . . ” and “September 21st. Accompanied by Colo. CANNON and Capt. SWEARINGEN who attended me to Debore’s Ferry on the Monongahela which separates the counties of Fayette and Washington, I returned to Gilbert SIMPSON’s in the afternoon; after dining at one Wickerman’s [WICKHERHAM’s] Mill near the Monongahela.[23]

In 1882 Isaac SIMPSON lived in Smith Township of Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[24]

In 1827 Robert SIMPSON purchased 140 acres of land in Cross Creek Township, Washington Co. Pennsylvania. In 1882 the land was owned by James SIMPSON.[25] Ann LYLE, daughter of Robert LYLE, married Robert SIMPSON in 1820, and in 1827 they lived in Cross Creek Township.[26] James SIMPSON, a native of Ireland, immigrated to Delaware in 1768 and was in the Revolutionary War. In 1779 he married Margaret CONIER, and in 1783 with two others, visited western lands. There were no public roads, but the trail (supposed to be the old Mingo path) was marked by blazed trees. He settled first in Chartiers Township, between Pigeon Creek and Chartiers Creek. On the 10th of April 1797, he purchased 50 acres of land from George STEPHENSON, adjoining Hugh PATTON, John WOODS, George STEPHENSON, and Francis ANDREW. It was part of two tracts on the headwaters of southwest fork of Chartiers Creek, one of which was called “Hillsbury”, the other “Walnut Bottom.” His wife died in 1815, and he died in September 1819. They left four sons: John, James, William and Robert and four daughters, who all married and moved to Ohio. John and James also went to Ohio and settled. William and Robert remained on the homestead. In 1881 that land was owned by William SIMPSON, the son of William and grandson of James. Robert, in 1827, purchased a farm in Cross Creek Township, where he lived until his death, April 22, 1875, aged 78 years. James, the son of Robert lived on the property in Cross Creek in 1882.[27]

A Robert SIMPSON is buried in the town of Paris, Hopewell Township, Washington County. He died October

An early settler in Hanover Township, Washington Co., Pennsylvania was James SIMPSON who obtained a warrant for a tract of land lying on the waters of King Creek dated February 18, 1785, surveyed as “Middle Brook” January 18, 1786, adjoining Samuel MOORE, Hugh MILLER and John Lee WEBSTER.[28]

R.L. SIMPSON was a justice of the peace on May 10, 1861 in Buffalo Township of Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[29]

T.R. SIMPSON, M.D. of Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania attended the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Canonsburg in Washington Co., Pennsylvania in 1843.[30]

On December 31, 1824 and William SIMPSON was an elder of the Miller’s Run Presbyterian Church in Cecil Township, Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[31] A William SIMPSON was a member of the Mount Prospect Church in Mount Pleasant Township as early as 1824[32] and served as an elder in 1825 in the Miller’s Run church.[33]


[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] Marriage date, Cherokee Co., Georgia Marriage Book A, p. 31. Other names and dates are from the 1850 Cherokee Co., Georgia census.

[3] She is the older woman in the John Simpson 1840 DeKalb Co., Georgia census, p. 50, household who is listed as being 70-80 years old, the same age as John.

[4] Pioneers of Kentucky p. 306.

[5] Marriage Bonds of Franklin County:1799 16 March Archibald WHITE & Dorcas SIMPSON. Permission of James, father of Dorcas.

[6] History of Washington County, Pennsylvania by Boyd Crumrine, p. 777.

[7] Ibid, p. 779

[8] Ibid, p. 777

[9] Ibid, p. 985

[10] Ibid, p. 689.

[11] Ibid, p. 404

[12] Ibid, p. 618

[13] Ibid, p. 621

[14] Ibid, p. 773

[15] Ibid, p. 875

[16] Ibid, p. 322

[17] Ibid, p. 351

[18] Ibid, p. 361

[19] Ibid, p. 356

[20] Ibid, p. 338

[21] Ibid, p. 205

[22] Ibid, p. 206

[23] Ibid, p. 858

[24] Ibid, p. 924

[25] Ibid, p. 725

[26] Ibid, p. 853

[27] Ibid, p. 854

[28] Ibid, p. 807. The author had no further information about this Simpson family.

[29] Ibid, p. 673

[30] Ibid, p. 409

[31] Ibid, p. 704

[32] Ibid, p. 861

[33] Ibid, p. 862

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Simpson Clan Volume XVIII, Issue 2, Fall 2002

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

By Kathleen Akin, 380 Braxton Place, Tucker, GA 30084, email:

Continued from the previous issue

John L. SIMPSON born about 1805 South Carolina.[2] He lived in DeKalb Co., Georgia in what would later become the Brownings District. He was the plaintiff in a small civil law suit settled May 16, 1829.[3] He was there also in 1833 drew Land Lot 241 in the 4th District, 4th Section, Cherokee County in the 1833 Cherokee Land Lottery.[4] This became part of present day Floyd Co., Georgia. He was listed as John S. SIMPSON of Johnson’s District, DeKalb Co., Georgia in the book’s transcribed record. I have not seen the original, but I believe it will show him as John L. Johnson’s District included what were later known as the Brownings District, Doraville and parts of Shallowford District and Cross Keys District. He also is found as being is a small civil lawsuit settled January 17, 1833 in DeKalb County.[5]

He was not listed in the 1834 Cobb Co., Georgia census[6] or the 1834 Cherokee Co., Georgia census[7] so he probably did not move from DeKalb County until the late 1830s.

In 1840 he was living in the 898th district of Cobb Co., Georgia which is the district around Marietta[8] 0100010000000-2100100000000. The ages of the children fit for his three oldest children listed in the 1850 census: James L., Pinina E., Harriet and Eleanor.

On 12 November 1845 John L. SIMPSON of Cobb County sells Land Lot 337, 15th District, 2nd Section “of Cherokee Golds region” of Cherokee County. B.W. SIMPSON is one of the witnesses.[9]

28th December 1849 John L. SIMPSON of Cobb Co., Georgia, acting as agent for James M. SIMPSON of Attala Co., Mississippi sold land in DeKalb Co., Georgia.[10] John and his family were living in Cobb Co., Marietta District in 1850.[11] In 1860 he was still living in Cobb Co., Georgia.[12] He may have been living in Cherokee Co., Georgia in 1863, or, perhaps, he went to Cherokee County to join the Georgia Militia, and is the John T. SIMPSON who served in the Cherokee Legion, Georgia Militia, from the 39th Senatorial District, the 1010th Militia District. The record says he was 54 years, 1 month old. His occupation was farmer and he was born in Laurence [Laurens?], South Carolina.[13] This was the Home Guard that was organized to defend the state against the invasion of the Yankees. It was active for about 6 months in 1864 and consisted of those men too old and too young for regular service or for other reasons remained at home.

His wife was Nancy ALLGOOD[14] born about 1807. They were married about 1831 DeKalb Co., Georgia.[15]. Their children were James L., Harriet C., Elenor P., Milton F., William, John F., Pinkney E., W. and J.A.

(2) 1.1 Pinina E. SIMPSON[16] born about 1832[17] DeKalb Co., Georgia[18]

(2) 1.2 James L. SIMPSON[19] born about 1833[20] DeKalb Co., Georgia.[21]

(2) 1.3 Harriet C. SIMPSON[22] born about 1835[23] DeKalb Co., Georgia[24]

(2) 1.4 Elenor P. SIMPSON[25] born about 1837[26] DeKalb Co., Georgia or Cobb Co., Georgia

(2) 1.5 Milton F. SIMPSON[27] born about 1841[28] Cobb Co., Georgia[29]

(2) 1.6 William SIMPSON[30] born about 1843[31] Cobb Co., Georgia[32]

(2) 1.7 John F. SIMPSON[33] born about 1845[34] Cobb Co., Georgia[35]

He may have been living in Cherokee Co., Georgia who served in the Cherokee Legion, Georgia Militia, from the 39th Senatorial District, the 1010th Militia District. The record says he was 17 years, 2 months old. His occupation was farmer and he was born in Edgefield, South Carolina. He is listed with John T. SIMPSON, age 54, presumably his father.[36]

(2) 1.8 Pinkney E. SIMPSON[37] born about 1848[38] Cobb Co., Georgia[39]

(2) 1.9 W. SIMPSON[40] born about 1857[41] Cobb Co., Georgia[42]

(2) 1.10 J.A. SIMPSON[43] born about 1858[44] Cobb Co., Georgia[45]

To be continued

Wesley & Priscilla (Hillman) Simpson

Nov., 2002 - by Don Simpson

Wesley SIMPSON of Guilford Co., North Carolina, was a son of Nathaniel SIMPSON, Sr. Wesley’s mother was probably Nathaniel’s second wife, Sarah (KNIGHT) SIMPSON. Wesley was named in his father’s will and in several other records in Guilford & Rockingham Counties. After his father’s death, Wesley, like most of his siblings, left North Carolina and moved elsewhere. Unlike his siblings who moved west or northwest, Wesley moved to Georgia where he spent the rest of his life.

1. Wesley in North Carolina.

Wesley’s date of birth is uncertain but may have been about 1792. The 1850 census lists him as age 65 but this does not agree with earlier censuses and seems highly unlikely. From information in the E. E. Barton Collection in Kentucky, it appears that the descendants of Nathan SIMPSON had an oral tradition that Wesley was a younger brother of Nathan who was born in 1788. That tradition also stated that Wesley had a son named Gilbert SIMPSON, a valuable clue in tracing Wesley in later life.

Wesley was married in 1819 to Priscilla HILLMAN. The marriage bond in Guilford County was dated 17 Aug., 1819, with Nathan SIMPSON as bondsman. In 1995 I wrote a short article on Priscilla’s possible ancestry which appeared in this newsletter, The Simpson Clan, vol. 11, no. 2. Recently I have found further evidence of her HILLMAN family and that is discussed below.

Wesley was listed on only two censuses in Guilford Co., that of 1820 (p. 119) where he is shown as age 26 - 45, and that of 1830 (p.157) where his age is given as 30 - 40. He has not been found on the 1840 census either in North Carolina or in Georgia, but other records in Georgia indicate he was probably there by 1837. There was a Westley SIMPSON family listed in 1840 in Clarke Co., Georgia, (p. 206) with the head of household listed as age 30 - 40, not old enough to be Wesley, but the census entry may be in error. If so this could be Wesley & Priscilla’s family.

Guilford Co. records (Deed Book 16, pp. 345 - 6) show that Wesley bought 100 acres of land from William DICKSON in 1821 and in 1826 sold it to his brother, John (Book 16, pp. 342-3; yes, they were recorded in reverse order). This land was part of the original State Land Grant to Wm. DICKSON and lay just south of the farm of Wesley’s grandfather, Richard SIMPSON, Sr.

2. Wesley in Georgia.

By 1850 Wesley SIMPSON was living in the northwest part of Gwinnett County, Georgia, where he was listed in the Sugar Hill District on the 1850 census (p. 200). The household listed Wesley, age 65, b. Elizabeth, age 55, b. N.C., Caroline, age 2, b. GA, and Lewis P. JACKSON, age 18, b. Georgia. Nearby in the same district was an Elizabeth SIMPSON, age 24, b. GA, living with John JONES, age 25, b. GA.

That Wesley arrived in that area much earlier seems to be indicated by a couple of other records. In the publication “Gwinnett County Records as Recorded in Athens, Georgia, Newspapers: 1827 - 1849,” by Larry W. Parr, there are two mentions of Wesley SIMPSON. An 1837 list of letters remaining in the Lawrenceville Post Office includes Wesley SIMPSON, and an 1842 court suit: James TUGGLE versus Wm. McDOWEL, Charles ROGERS & Wesley SIMPSON, concerning 80 acres adjoining KIRCUS and CAMP.

On the Rootsweb query site for Guilford Co. is a query concerning Lewis Perry JACKSON, b. 1832, Gwinnett Co., Georgia, whose mother & father were both born North Carolina and whose widowed mother, Elizabeth, was the second wife of Wesley SIMPSON. No marriage record is known for the marriage of Wesley to Elizabeth, nor is Elizabeth’s maiden name known. Neither Wesley nor Elizabeth have been found on any later census nor is any will or estate record known for either of them. Also, nothing more is known about the 24 year old Elizabeth SIMPSON who was on the 1850 census but I think it likely she was a daughter of Wesley & Priscilla.

The following listing of the children of Wesley & Priscilla is still very uncertain. However, it appears they had at least four children as follows: below); Gilbert, b. 25 Aug., 1824, d. 7 Feb., 1890; Elizabeth, b. ca. 1825; Samuel H., b. Feb., 1827, d. 20 Jan., 1906.

2. The Families of Gilbert and Samuel H. Simpson.

On the 1850 census, Gilbert and Samuel SIMPSON, ages 26 & 21, were living in Ben Smith’s District of Gwinnett County, and in their household were two children, Dilmun, age 3, and William, age 3 months. Gwinnett Co. marriage records show that Gilbert was married in 1845 to Nancy C. BROWN. Listed on that census next to Gilbert & Samuel, was the widow, Mary BROWN, with her three grown daughters including Gilbert’s wife, erroneously listed as Nancy C. BROWN.

The 1860 census shows that Mary BROWN was still living next to Gilbert & Nancy SIMPSON (Gwinnett Co., p. 566). Living with Mary BROWN were two boys, Wiley SIMPSON, age 7, and John SIMPSON, age 5. I think these two boys were probably sons of Samuel H. SIMPSON. Gilbert & Nancy’s family included Dilmun, age 13, William, age 10, Mary, age 8, Albert, age 6, and Eliza, age 1. The 1870 census of Gwinnett Co. is missing the part of Ben Smith District that included the Gilbert SIMPSON family and Mary BROWN.

The 1880 census (Gwinnett Co., ED 124, p. 34) has Gilbert, 57, Nancy C., 56, sons, William T., 29, widowed, and Simon H., 20, single, and three grandchildren, the children of William T. & his deceased wife. Also in the household was Mary BROWN, age 88, listed as “mother-in-law.”

The Ben Smith District occupied the northeast corner of Gwinnett County and in 1914 much of that district was cut away to become part of the newly created County of Barrow. Thus, many of the burials of these SIMPSONs were in cemeteries in present Barrow County.

Much of the information on the family and descendants of Gilbert and Samuel SIMPSON is from the censuses of 1860, 1880, & 1900, and from tombstone data as published in “Gwinnett County, Georgia, Deaths, 1818 - 1989,” edited by Alice Smythe McCabe, and “Barrow County, Georgia, Cemeteries,” compiled by East Georgia Genealogical Society.

Samuel H. SIMPSON, both parents born SC. Since his wife, Nancy E. was listed as born SC and both parents born SC, it is probably her response to the census taker that gave the erroneous birthplace for Samuel. His two sons, John W. and.

Both Gilbert & Samuel H. SIMPSON served in Company C of the 8th Georgia Militia Regiment. That regiment and the other Georgia Militia regiments were organized in the summer of 1864 to provide defense in their home counties, but due to the shortage of men in the Confederate forces, was soon dispatched to Confederate service. The 8th Regiment was serving under General Joseph E. JOHNSTON in Orange Co., North Carolina, at the end of the War when he surrendered.

I have more information on the families and descendants of the children of Gilbert and Samuel H. SIMPSON which I hope to be able to recount in some future article.

3. The Hillman Family.

Ezekiel HILLMAN appears on the census of 1800 & 1810 in Guilford Co., North Carolina, but not thereafter. On the 1810 & 1820 censuses in Guilford was a Caleb HILLMAN, and on the 1815 tax list of Guilford Co. were listed Caleb HILLMAN and Joshua HILLMAN. Joshua HILLMAN was married in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, in 1810 to Polly WINCHESTER. Two HILLMAN women were married in Guilford Co.; Rachel HILLMAN to James KERR in 1812, and Priscilla HILLMAN to Wesley SIMPSON in 1819. No HILLMANs are listed on the 1830 or later censuses in either Guilford or Rockingham Counties.

Joshua HILLMAN appears on the 1820 census in Warren Co., Georgia, as age 26 - 45, wife age 16 - 26, 2 males & 3 females all under 10. On the 1830 census his widow, Mary (WINCHESTER) HILLMAN, was listed as head of household so presumably Joshua was deceased. That census also lists the households of the widow, Francis HILLMAN, that of Caleb HILLMAN & of Samuel T. HILLMAN.

In 1831, Samuel T. HILLMAN made his will in Warren Co. In it he named his wife, Gracy, his mother Frances HILLMAN, his brothers Caleb, Joshua & Ezekiel HILLMAN, and several HILLMAN nieces and nephews.

In 1832 Samuel’s mother, Frances HILLMAN, made her will. In it she mentions son, Ezekiel HILLMAN, grandsons Samuel H. SIMPSON and Ezekiel H. CARR (=KERR?), granddaughter Frances CARR, and Frances SIMPSON (presumably a granddaughter but not so designated), and others.

From these and other things it appears that Ezekiel HILLMAN, Sr. & wife, Frances (maiden name unknown), had sons Caleb, Joshua, Samuel T., and Ezekiel, Jr., and daughters Rachel & Priscilla.

There was also in Warren Co., Georgia as early as 1807, a Winder HILLMAN who was listed on the 1820 census in the same district as Joshua HILLMAN. Winder HILLMAN left a will written in 1823, naming wife, Gracy, to whom he left much of this property. He also left property, including some of his land, to Joshua & Samuel HILLMAN, and Joshua’s daughter, Elizabeth. He did not indicate any relationship to Joshua or Samuel. In the will of Samuel T. mentioned above, he mentions the land in Early County, Georgia, left him by Winder HILLMAN, but also does not indicate any relationship to Winder. We can only assume there was likely some relationship and that Winder, lacking any surviving children, left part of his estate to Joshua and Samuel T.

In Somerset Co., Maryland, where these HILLMANs originated, the name Winder seems to have been used repeatedly among HILLMAN families. Nathan SIMPSON’s wife, Patience (HILLMAN) SIMPSON, had a half-brother named Winder J. HILLMAN. It is not known yet if this Winder HILLMAN of Warren Co., Georgia, was Patience’s brother or some other Winder HILLMAN.


Addendum -- Nov., 2002

A note in this newsletter, vol. 8, no. 3, winter 1992/3, by Jerri Chasteen of Prior, Oklahoma, led me to finding what happened to the oldest daughter of Wesley & Priscilla SIMPSON. That daughter, Frances SIMPSON, was mentioned in the will of her grandmother, Frances HILLMAN, in 1832, but was not known from any other record.

Jerri’s note in The Simpson Clan mentioned that she was named in an application for membership in the Cherokee Nation had been married to William ROGERS probably in Georgia about 1836, and among the several children they had was a son named Samuel H. ROGERS who was married in Paulding Co., Georgia, in 1878 to Lucinda TIDWELL, who was part Cherokee Indian.

Samuel & Lucinda (TIDWELL) ROGERS moved to Indian Territory [now Oklahoma] in about 1895 and Lucinda died there before the 1900 census. At that census Samuel and children were living in the town of Stillwell [now in Adair County]. He made application before the Dawes Commission for citizenship for himself and his children in the Cherokee Nation. Due to some technicalities his application was rejected but that for his children was accepted. In the application he had to declare his date and place of birth and names of his parents and the same for his wife. He named his parents as William ROGERS and Frances SIMPSON, both deceased by the time of the application, and his birthplace as Georgia.

William & Frances ROGERS were living in Cobb Co., Georgia, at the 1850 census (Bart’s Dist., p. 130), and on the 1860, 1870, & 1880 censuses in Acorn Tree Dist. of Paulding Co. (1860 p. 718; 1870 p.384; 1880 ED 156, p. 19). Their whereabouts in 1840 is not certain but they may have been in Grinnett Co.

On the 1880 census Frances is listed as head of household and it appears that William was deceased by then. She was listed as age 59, born North Carolina, and both parents born NC. It appears that Frances was probably born ca. 1820 and if so was probably the first child of Wesley & Priscilla who were married in 1819 in Guilford Co., North Carolina.

A website on the ROGERS family is maintained by Jerri and cousins and contains detailed information on them. One can do a Goggle search for Jerri Chasteen and the ROGERS family website should be listed among the results. The listing there of Frances as born in South Carolina probably should be North Carolina.


Robert SIMPSON was married to Rebecca LYONS daughter of Ezekiel and Hannah ARCHER LYONS in the year 1800 in Washington Co., Tennessee leaving children: Margaret, Nancy, Ezekiel, Hannah, William, John and Asher. Robert and Rebecca LYON SIMPSON were married by Rev. Jonathan MULKY. Does anyone know of this man or his religion?

Respond to Marilyn Collins, 10039 Kemp Forest, Houston, TX 77080. E-mail Phone: 713-462-4242.

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Researching progenitors of David Marshall SIMPSON of Humphries Co., Tennessee. Other locations of this family were Arkansas and Kentucky.

Respond to Joseph E. Simpson, 1524 Agawela Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919


By Fran Laird, 115 Lexington Rd., Bel Air, MD 21014, e-mail

David M. SIMPSON was in both the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Humphreys Co., TN. [Perhaps others that I haven't checked.]

Humphreys Co., TN, Deed Book M:

p. 142 - SHIPMAN, Daniel V. to David M. SIMPSON, land, entire interest of heirs of Simeon BUCHANAN, dec'd, 30 acres on Tenn. River, 1854. This entry headed Itawamba Co., Mississippi, Thomas to William O. BRITT, tracts in Dist. 4 in Humphreys Co., excluding school house & what ground David M. SIMPSON deeded to public.

p. 160 - SIMPSON, David M. to Thompson B. GORIN, land in Dist. 4 on Tennessee River, mentions interest heretofore claimed by heirs of Simeon BUCHANAN, dec'd, 1854.

With that in mind, I found the following of interest:

Wills & Inventories of Lincoln Co., TN, 1810-1921 by Helen & Timothy Marsh, Southern Hist. Press, 1989:

p. 30 from Will Book #1, p 149 - Samuel BUCHANAN. Wife Sally. Sons: James M. SIMPSON, & William BUCHANAN. Signed 3 May 1838.

p. 60 from Will Book #2, p 240 - Joseph COMMONS. .... my daughter Sarah, wife of Simpson BUCHANAN.....wd/21 Feb 1858 & wp/5 Apr 1858.

And then I just list the children of David M. & wife Susan (BUCHANAN) SIMPSON that appeared in the 1850 census. Also David M. SIMPSON signed as D. M. SIMPSON a petition to keep the county seat of Humphreys Co. in Waverly in 1837.

Coming soon: an article about Fran’s Nathaniel SIMPSON of Humphreys Co., Tennessee


by Sheila Simpson, 8105 SE 79th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040;; 206-236-2910 Fax 206-236-2883

NOTE: This article would not have been possible without the kind assistance of H. Wayne Beck, a descendant of Calvin Henderson ROBERTS and Malinda Jane SIMPSON SUGGS ROBERTS. Much of this article is based on his research. Thanks also to other Simpson researchers - Carolyn Mayo, Lauri Rowell, and Mike Worsick – who helpfully shared information about their Simpson ancestors with me.

The first mention of Hosea SIMPSON in South Carolina is found when he is listed as buying an item from the estate of John SIMPSON on November 8, 1823 in Laurens County, South Carolina Wills 1784-1850 by Colleen Elliott. It is not known what relationship, if any, existed between Hosea and John SIMPSON. John SIMPSON died in 1823 in the Durbin Creek area of Laurens County, South Carolina. The heirs of John SIMPSON were listed as Isabella, Sarah, Betsey, John, Peter, Peggy, William and James. In 1824 daughter Isabella SIMPSON and her husband, John COLEMAN, filed a petition for division of John SIMPSON’s 300 acres of land on Warriors Creek and 150 acres in Laurens District on Beaverdam. John’s son, Peter, who was born about 1810 and died in 1847 moved from Durbin Creek to an area known as Plain, Greenville County in 1836 where he was a farmer and blacksmith. The town later became known as Simpsonville, Greenville County, South Carolina.

There is also mention in the 1822 Boston Directory of a Hosea SIMPSON who was a general laborer. His address is listed as Town Dock, Boston, Massachusetts. The directory was published by John H. A. Frost and Charles Stimpson, Jr. However, it is not known if this Hosea SIMPSON is the same one later found in South Carolina records.

The first census in which Hosea SIMPSON appears is the 1830 Laurens County, South Carolina. He is also found in the 1840 census for Laurens County, South Carolina.

By 1845 Hosea and his family have moved to Anderson County, South Carolina. On November 12, 1845 he is listed as the buyer of an item from the estate of Robert GUYTON in Anderson County, South Carolina. In 1850 he and his family are listed in the Anderson County, South Carolina census. Sometime after 1858 the family moved to Alabama and is found in the 1860 DeKalb County, Alabama, born about 1800, was married to Alesy, born about 1808, last name unknown, sometime before 1827. Alesy is the French spelling of Alice. They had eight children: Sanford born 1827 in South Carolina; Elizabeth born 1830 in South Carolina; John born 1836 in South Carolina; Mahala born April 1839 in South Carolina; Malinda Jane born May 1, 1842 in South Carolina; David born 1846 in South Carolina; Peter born 1847 in South Carolina; and Samuel born 1851 in South Carolina, also died sometime between 1860 and 1870. His wife, Kessiah, is listed as living with the family of her daughter, Frances Louisa SIMPSON DICKSON, in the 1870 DeKalb County, Alabama census. Kessiah is listed under her maiden name of HEAFNER. By 1880 Kessiah and her daughter’s family moved to Travis County, Texas.

Mahala SIMPSON is listed as marrying A. W. ROBINS of Marion County, Alabama. However, the 1860 census does not list a child for Mahala so the 1859 birth year for her son is most likely incorrect. Mahala’s situation is a mystery. Sometime between 1870 and 1880 she reverted to her maiden name of SIMPSON. In the 1900 census she states she is a widow, was married for one year and had only one child. Her son, John Perry ROBINS, also shed the ROBINS surname and was known as Perry SIMPSON.

The first husband of Malinda Jane SIMPSON was SUGGS, first name not known. They had one child, George W. SUGGS, born about 1860. The second husband of Malinda Jane SIMPSON SUGGS was Calvin Henderson ROBERTS, born about 1814 in Orange County, North Carolina. He and Malinda were married in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. She and Calvin had five children: Mary born December 19, 1864; John Alexander born March 1867; Hannah J. born November 1870; Florence C. born April 28, 1872 and Robert Carey born November 16, 1876. Sometime after 1880 the ROBERTS family adopted the spelling of “ROBERDS”. However, records for descendants may be found under either spelling. After the death of her husband, Malinda and her youngest son, Robert, known as Bob, lived in Fannin County, Texas is listed as marrying Jane BREWER on September 2, 1870 in Jackson County, Alabama and Jane BREWER are as follows: Josephine born 1872; July born 1874; Martha born 1879; Ruben born August 1881; Ben A. born August 1884; Judae V. born October, 1890; and are also found later in Fannin County, Texas.

No information has yet been found to determine the location of Hosea’s other three children, Elizabeth, John, David or Peter, after the 1860 DeKalb County, Alabama census.

Perry SIMPSON, the son of Mahala SIMPSON ROBINS, and Mary ROBERTS, the daughter of Calvin H. ROBERTS and Malinda J. SIMPSON SUGGS ROBERTS were married to each other on February 28, 1880 in Jackson County, Alabama. The marriage was listed as taking place at Jane ROBERTS’ and performed by James H. LANGSTON, Minister of the Gospel.

Sometime after 1880 Perry SIMPSON and his family moved to Madison County, Alabama where he applied for 80.17 acres of land through the Homestead Act of 1862 in 1893. By 1900 Samuel SIMPSON and his family had also moved from Jackson County to Madison County, Alabama.

The children of Perry SIMPSON and Mary ROBERTS are as follows: Monroe Perry born August 15, 1882 in Scottsboro, Jackson County, Alabama; Sarah J. born January 31, 1884 in AL; Wade Hampton born October 1886 in AL; Alice Lecy born October 1890 in AL; Dema born May 23, 1891 in AL; Laborn P. born March 21, 1894 in AL; Fannie Bell born February 20, 1896 in AL; Lev Richard born January 31, 1898 in AL; Pearl born May 1900 in AL; Josh Franklin born June 25, 1902; James Moses born February 24, 1904; and Fred born 1907. In 1910 Mary stated she had 14 children with 13 still living. The name of the 13th child does not appear on the 1900, 1910 or 1920 census.

Perry SIMPSON died on December 5, 1948 in Texas. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas. Mary ROBERTS SIMPSON died in Bowie, Montague County, Texas, date unknown, and is also buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas.

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] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[3] DeKalb Co., Georgia Brownings Courthouse Justice of the Peace Docket Book, 1828-1833.

[4] Lucas, Rev. Silas, The 1833 Cherokee Land Lottery, Southern Historical Press, p. 331.

[5] DeKalb Co., Georgia Brownings Courthouse Justice of the Peace Docket Book, 1828-1833.

[6] 1834 Cobb Co., Georgia head of household census

[7] 1834 Cherokee County head of household census

[8] 1840 Cobb Co., Georgia census, 898th district, p. 277.

[9] Cherokee Co., Georgia deed book ___, p. 480.

[10] DeKalb Co., Georgia deed book L, p. 583.

[11] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[12] 1860 Cobb Co., Georgia census, p. 450.

[13] Cornell, Nancy J. 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia, p. 118.

[14] Letter written in 1874 by a descendant of John SIMPSON naming his posterity as best remembered. The letter is on the web site:

[15] Lucas, Rev. Silas, The 1833 Cherokee Land Lottery, Southern Historical Press, p. 331.

[16] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[17] Ibid.

[18] Lucas, Rev. Silas, The 1833 Cherokee Land Lottery, Southern Historical Press, p. 331.

[19] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[20] Ibid.

[21] Lucas, Rev. Silas, The 1833 Cherokee Land Lottery, Southern Historical Press, p. 331.

[22] Ibid.

[23] Ibid.

[24] Ibid.

[25] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[26] Ibid.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Ibid.

[29] 1840 Cobb Co., Georgia census, 898th District, p. 277.

[30] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[31] 1840 Cobb Co., Georgia census, 898th District, p. 277.

[32] Ibid.

[33] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[34] Ibid.

[35] 1840 Cobb Co., Georgia census, 898th District, p. 277.

[36] Cornell, Nancy J. 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia, p. 118.

[37] 1850 Cobb Co., Gerogia census, Marietta District, p. 231, #1840

[38] 1840 Cobb Co., Georgia census, 898th District, p. 277.

[39] Ibid.

[40] 1860 Cobb Co., Georgia census, p. 450.

[41] Ibid.

[42] Ibid.

[43] Ibid

[44] Ibid.

[45] Ibid.