Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Simpson Clan Volume XIX, Issue 1, Fall 2003

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

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

Continued from Volume XVIII No. 4 Spring 2003

Silas Milton Simpson and Mary Melissa Campbell Family

Silas Milton SIMPSON son of Balus Wilson SIMPSON and Permelia born 10 November 1840[2] Cherokee Co., Georgia ; died 30 March 1913[3] DeKalb Co., Georgia; buried Rehoboth Baptist Church, DeKalb Co., Georgia; married 9 January 1868 DeKalb Co., Georgia[4] to Mary Melissa CAMPBELL [5][6] (daughter of William H. CAMPBELL and Malinda Malissa CASH ) born 13 February 1853 Cherokee Co., Georgia[7]; 5 February 1935 DeKalb Co., Georgia[8]; buried Rehoboth Baptist Church, DeKalb Co., Georgia. Their children were[9]:

1. Sardinia SIMPSON [10][11] born 14 January 1869 Cobb Co., Georgia [12]; died 4 November 1941[13] Georgia; buried Rehoboth Baptist Church, DeKalb Co., Georgia; married 29 December 1895 DeKalb Co., Georgia to Dock CAMPBELL.

2. Unknown

3. Homer Andrew SIMPSON born 26 February 1872 Cobb Co., Georgia[14]; died 24 March 1924 Fulton Co., Georgia [15]; buried Rehoboth Baptist Church, DeKalb Co., Georgia; married 15 January 1905 DeKalb Co., Georgia[16] to Lula WEEMS .

4. Unknown

5. Adelaide SIMPSON born 22 February 1875[17] Cobb Co., Georgia; died 4 March 1961[18] Georgia; buried Rehoboth Baptist Church, DeKalb Co., Georgia; married 23 January 1905 DeKalb Co., Georgia to Henry Thomas CHEWNING

6. “Ocie” SIMPSON born 22 February 1875 Cobb Co., Georgia; died 1886[19] Fulton Co., Georgia.

7. Cleve SIMPSON [20] born about 1878[21] Cobb Co., Georgia.

8. Unknown

9. Claude P. SIMPSON born 21 April 1881[22] Cobb Co., Georgia; died 16 November 1905[23] DeKalb Co., Georgia; buried November 1905 Rehoboth Cemetery, Tucker, DeKalb Co., Georgia

10. Theresa Mae SIMPSON [24] born 1884[25] Cobb Co., Georgia; died 17 November 1965[26] Fulton Co., Georgia; buried November 1965 Rehoboth Baptist Church, DeKalb Co., Georgia; married 27 November 1904 DeKalb Co., Georgia to Thomas Marion FRAZIER.

Muster Roll of Company D, 28th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee, C.S.A., Cherokee Co., Georgia; McAFEE and DONALDSON guards.

SIMPSON, S.M. – 3rd Sergeant, September 3, 1861, Roll for December 31, 1863, last on file, shows him present. No later record.

Originally known as the Twentieth Regiment, what became the Twenty-eighth Georgia Infantry was mustered into service at Camp Stephens, near Griffin in September 1861. Colonel T.J. WORTHEN originally commanded the regiment which contained men from Cherokee, Emanuel, Jefferson, Meriwether, Richmond and Washington Counties. By November the regiment had reached Richmond, Virginia, and was subsequently ordered to Manassas Junction. There many men were lost due to disease in the winter of 1861-1862.

The regiment defended Yorktown, and was present at Williamsburg, but its first major battle was at Seven Pines, where it lost nearly 150 men. It then took part in the Seven Days Battles, losing its colonel at Malvern Hill. Missing the battle of Second Manassas, the Twenty-eighth fought at South Mountain and Antietam, held a supporting position at Fredericksburg, and was engaged at Chancellorsville.

By August 1863 the Georgians were in Charleston, and helped garrison Forts Wagner and Green on Morris Island, and later Fort Johnston and Fort Sumter. In February 1864 the Twenty-eighth fought at Olustee under the command of Captains William P. CRAWFORD, until he was severely wounded in the leg and replaced by Captain James W. BANNING. During the battle James ROWE of Company E “plant[ed] the colors of the regiment over two Napoleon guns captured by the enemy.” The Twenty-eighth lost niney-five (then killed and eighty-five wounded) men in the battle. In the spring of 1864 the regiment returned to the Charleston defenses with the rest of Colquitt’s Brigade , When the brigade was ordered to Virginia the Twenty-eighth remained in Charleston on provost duty for several days. When the brigade was ordered to Virginia the Twenty-eighth remained in Charleston on provost duty for several days. When it reached Virginia it was temporarily assigned to Martin’s Brigade, although it shortly thereafter rejoined Colquitt’s command. The regiment then fought at Cold Harbor and Petersburg before being assigned to North Carolina, where it surrendered in 1865.

Orange County

This March 23, 1862

Dear Father & Mother,

I seat my self to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope theas few lines will find you all well. I received your letter by W. JOHNSON and also one from George ANDREWS , glad to hear that you was all well. We have had some rite tiring times since I rote last. We have left Mannassas and are some 40 or 50 miles this side. We was from the 9th until the 20th getting to this place though we lay over on the way a few days. Ther was greate distruction when we left Mannassas for I suppose that every thing was burnt that they could not get away and that was a good deal for there was boxes of clothing broke open and the men took such as they wanted. Barels of molasas poured out on the ground and we had a very fatiguing time while on the march for we had a very good load to toat. Our knapsack & gun, carterage box, haver sac canteen and it was very hard on us and how long we will stay hear I cannot tell. The wagons after tents for I know that old ones was burnt up for we sent them to the depot & pact up all of our bed clothes but one & sant them also & I recond they are all destroyed.

William JOHNSON landed the 7 and we had to start the 9. Martin FOWLER & it finely though it was tite times for the first to brake recruits. The newes was that the Yankes was follering on after us all the time and was said to be in ten miles of us one night but they have not come yet. It is supposed that we will make a stand at Gordanville about 30 or 35 miles from this place.

There is three Brigades here and suposed to be about 12 thousand men.

I want you to tell William that when he gets off he must write to me and let me know where he is. Tell George I will anser his letter soon. I forgot I got a letter from William by JOHNSON and will anser it too. I want you to write to me often. So I will close fore this time. Direct your letter to Orange Co. Va. in care of Capt. GARISON 28 Reg. Ga. Vol. I will write more the next time. So I remain yours until.



[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 to be posted here in the future).
[2] Birth and death per tombstone.
[3] Ibid.
[4] DeKalb Co., Georgia marriage records.
[5] Is living with daughter Mae and son-in-law Thomas FRAZIER in the 1920 census.
[6] “She was born in Cherokee County, Georgia and got married when she was 14 years old.” Ruby Chewning Ramos, 19 February 1986.
[7] Birth and death date per death certificate, state of Georgia, DeKalb County, Registered No. 14.
[8] Ibid.
[9] 1900 census says she had 10 children with 6 living in 1900. Need to check the 1870 census and see if any are living.
[10] “Aunt Deanie went to school at a Presbyterian Church (it was a school at the time) at Lost Mountain. I don’t know the name of the church.” Rubye Chewning Ramos, 19 February 1986.
[11] She is listed as a worker at Expo Cotton Mills in 1890 and living at Oglethorpe Park, Atlanta, Georgia ( Individual Database Search Results, Atlanta, Georgia Directories, 1889-1890).
[12] Birth and death dates per tombstone.
[13] Ibid.
[14] Birth, death, and burial dates per conversation with wife, Lula WEEMS SIMPSON sometime before she died in 1976.
[15] Ibid.
[16] Marriage date per DeKalb County, Georgia marriage Book H, p. 132.
[17] Birth and death dates per tombstone.
[18] Ibid.
[19] “Was a twin to manna. Ocie died at 11.” Rubye Chewning Ramos, 19 February 1986.
[20] “He left home and headed west. The last he was heard of he was visiting a CAMPBELL uncle in Texas. 
He left the uncle’s, still traveling west but was never heard from again.” Lula Weems Simpson, some time before her death in 1976. 1900 census shows that he has already left home. He is not listed with the rest of the family in the 1900 DeKalb Co., Georgia census. “Cleve went to Oklahoma when he was 18 years old. There is a picture of him at Charles FRAZIER’s home. He lives at Logansville. He is Bruce’s son.” Rubye Chewning Ramos, 19 February 1986.
[21] Birth year estimated per birth dates of other children.
[22] Birth and death dates per tombstone.
[23] Ibid.
[24] She was baptized at Rehoboth Baptist Church, September 9, 1899 per Rehoboth Church records.
[25] Birth and death dates from children.
[26] Ibid.

To be continued


Bonnie Simpson Valko

1775 --- Samuel SIMPSON and Martha DAY

1790, Aug. 18th Amos SIMPSON and Rebecca ALBERTSON

1796, April 10th Elizabeth SIMPSON and Henry Lewis WIEDERHOLT

1777, April 23rd James SIMPSON and Elizabeth McCONNELL

1797, Feb. 28th James SIMPSON and Elizabeth RAMBO (RAMBEAU )

1791, April 17th Margaret SIMPSON and James DUFFY

1795, Aug. 12th Stuart SIMPSON and Elizabeth FRIEND

1779, Nov. 8th William SIMPSON and Eleanor GARDNER

1781, May 30th Eleanor SIMPSON and John FITZPATRICK

1759, Feb. 11th John SIMPSON and Mary JOHNSON

1761, Dec. 29th John SIMPSON and Susannah BURNETT

1793, Oct. 8th Nancy SIMPSON and John McKECHIN

1787, Aug. 14th Rachel SIMPSON and Martin HIGHTS

1777, May 12th Thomas SIMPSON and Sarah BURNS


From The Warren County Story, by Eugene M. Wiseman (c.1995-Genealogy Publ. Svc. / Franklin, NC).

The following SIMPSONs are included:

1. Cynthia Ann (p.377)

2. John (pp.80, 355)

3. Richard (p.255)

4. Scott (p.23)

5. Tom (p.140)

1. Cynthia Ann (SIMPSON) HILL (p.377):

She is referenced in the section on Reverend Allen HILL. 3rd child of Allen HILL & Mrs. Lydia (WHITE ) JONES HILL (widow of Hugh JONES & Wm. HILL) was Milton (b.1816-Georgia. His 2nd wife was Cynthia Ann SIMPSON. She was also his 3rd wife. Author states it appears they possibly divorced and remarried.

2. John SIMPSON (p.80):

"The first bridge authorized by the Legislature in Warren County was on Sept. 23, 1823, when Christian SHELL was authorized to build a bridge across the Collins River near the mill. Also about this time, William MARTIN was authorized to build a bridge across the Collins River, to be known as Read's Ferry, where the Stage Coach near the mouth of Barren Creek in Warren County. On Dec.23, 1831, John MARTIN, John PERKINS, and John SIMPSON were authorized to build a bridge across Caney Fork River near the mouth of Barren Creek in Warren County."

John SIMPSON (p.355):

His name is among those listed on the Index of the 1840 Warren County Census (on page 2).

3. Richard SIMPSON (p.255):

He married Louisa HASH , the 7th child of Thomas (b.1782 / d.1864) & Drucilla HASH.

4. Scott SIMPSON (p.23):

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, Inc. was organized in 1940 to serve Warren , Van Buren, White & DeKalb counties....Among the early employees was overseer Scott SIMPSON.

5. Tom SIMPSON (p.140):

Mary ROBERTS [7th child of James Harris ROBERTS & Martha Jane GRISSOM] b. 10 July 1890 / d. 14 July 1924, married Tom SIMPSON (2nd husband); 1st husband was James EARLS .

(p.254) - Calfkiller River:

Of note, Thomas and his brother William Wesley HASH came to White County in early 1800 "and built a cabin west of Calfkiller River, facing Milk Sick Mountain. Today, Young Bridge crosses Calfkiller at this point. These brothers hunted and explored, going back and forth to North Carolina When they returned to Tennessee, they found that Daniel WALLING had obtained title to their Calfkiller site during their absence." [part of Warren Co. was formed from White co. in 1807]

(p.22) - Simpson's Mill:

Simpson's Mill on Rocky River was in operation before 1810, along with mills on Charles Creek, Barren Fork River and Mountain Creek.

A History of Southwestern Virginia and Northwestern North Carolina

By Dr. A. B. Cox
Originally published by The Star Pub. Co. Print, Sparta, N.C. Aug. 1900.

The following are the names of some of the leading families that settled at an early date and made their homes in Grayson county [Virginia ]: OSBORNEs, COXes, REEVES es, HASH es, PHIPPes, WARDs, HALEs, FULTONs, FERRELLs, BOURNEs, THOMASes, and PERKINSes, whose lineal descendants have in some degree gone to help populate almost every state west to the Pacific coast.

Esquire Enoch OSBORNE and family settled on New River, in what is known as Bridle Creek, but for many years known as OSBORN settlement. About the same time other families located there. Enoch OSBORN had three brothers, Solomon, Ephraim, and Jonathan, who came to the county with their families about the same time.

A fort was built on the farm now occupied and owned by Joshua OSBORNE and son, John, at Ansella post office. Indian depredations were common on the border settlements and preparations for protection and defense was necessary. It was fortunate for society that the first settlers were people of moral worth and piety.

Enoch OSBORNE and wife were professors of religion and aided in planting the standard of Christian civilization over the land that was recently inhabited by savages. An incident occurred with the OSBORNE brothers in their newly occupied territory that tells of the dangers and exposures to which pioneer settlers were subjected. Enoch OSBORNE and brothers Solomon and Ephraim, went into what is now Watauga County, North Carolina , on a hunting trip--deer being plentiful in that section--and getting wet by a shower of rain and wet bushes struck up camp, hung up their wet clothes by the camp-fire and lay down to sleep. The Indians surprised them by shooting and killing Solomon OSBORNE. An Indian chased Enoch some distance and lost him in the dark. Ephraim, after fleeing from camp, carefully crept back in the dark to find his mare that was fastened with a hickory-bark halter to a tree, loosed her and rode home. Enoch OSBORNE returned home without shoes and in his night clothing. The author of these sketches learned these facts from Mrs. Mary McMULLEN, who, before her marriage, was Miss Mary WOODS, granddaughter of Solomon OSBORN who was murdered by the Indians, and married Hon. Fayette McMULLEN, member of congress from Scott County in his district in Virginia for several sessions. It was at the old fort where Esquire Enoch OSBORN, Sr., first located a home. He married a Miss HASH. Their home was a resting place for the way-worn traveling preachers. The venerable Bishop ASBURY in after years called with them, rested and took refreshments as he was making his ministerial tour through this newly settled country, preaching the gospel. . . .

Simpson Families of Middle Tennessee

By Nona Williams

James and Ruth Simpson of Smith County

There were at least three, possibly four, distinct SIMPSON families in Smith County, Tennessee:

The following is probably James SIMPSON, son of William SIMPSON and Elizabeth HAWKINS / HOCKING :

Smith Co., TN Deed Bk. I, pg. 486: 8 Feb. 1828, Aaron BRASWELL to James SIMPSON, $1000, 3 tracts on Dry Fork of Smiths Fork and bought of Henry HAYS on tract of 30 acres, 62 acres, 17 acres, total of 109 1/2 acres. test: Adam DALE , Sam'l WILLIAMS , M.S. WEST.

Smith Co., TN Deed Bk. L, pg. 195: James SIMPSON indebted to Leonard FITE for $700 mortgaged land on the waters of Dry Fork of Smiths Fork of the Caney Fork that Jas. SIMPSON bought from Aaron BRASWELL, 30 acres and 62 ½ acres. Payment due 1 Jan. 1834. Date of mortgage 23 Nov. 1832. James (his mark) SIMPSON. Test: Wm. C. GARRISON, David FITE and Thos. WHALEY .

Note: This is the location that my WILLIAMS family lived. Aaron BRASWELL, from South Carolina, married a sister of Samuel WILLIAMS one of the witnesses. Samuel is my ancestor.

Smith County Circuit Court Book 12, p. 15: Ordered that Jacob FITE , Leonard FITE, James SIMPSON be appt'd a jury to view and mark an alteration in that part of the road which passes through the land of Samuel WILLIAMS, 24 Nov. 1838.

Smith County Circuit Court Book 13 p. 70, Feby 1834: James SIMPSON, John HAYS, Matthew SIMPSON, etc. jury to road from Elizabeth HAYS on the Dry Fork to intersect with the road on Indian Creek.

Smith County Circuit Court Book 15, p. 166: John JOHNSON , Reuben ALEXANDER , Robin BRASWELL , William J. BENNETT , Thomas SIMPSON, Thos. LANCASTER, etc. jury for road of 3rd class from Coggins Ferry to intersect the Wolf Creek road passing round the east side of William F. DANIELS, 25 Aug. 1834

Coffee County Tax List 1836

Coffee County was formed from Franklin, Warren and Bedford Counties in 1836

District 10

David SIMPSON 100 acres 300 value .30 tax

200 school land 300 value .30 tax

1 wp 25 27 ½ .55

George SIMPSON 20 acres 20 value .2 tax

220 school land 500 value .50 tax

John SIMPSON 600 acres 20.00 value 1 slave 150 value

152 sch land 21.30 value 10 wp

Coffee County Tax List 1839

District 10

David SIMPSON 200 sch land 300 value .15 tax

1 wp

John SIMPSON 50 acres 100 value (no slaves)

(3 CUNNINGHAMs in same district)

Davidson County

Marriage Book 1 Thomas SIMPSON to Drusilla VERRA April 6, 1801

Rutherford County Census Records

1810 Census


1 m 1-10, 1 m 16-26, 1 m 26-45

1 f 0-10, 1 f 16-26, 1 f 26-45, 1 f 45 +


1 m 0-10, 1 m 26-45

3 f 1-10, 1 f 26-45


5 m 0-10, 2 m 26-45, 1 m 45 +

1 f 0-10, 3 f 10-16, 4 f 16-26, 1 f 26-45


2 m 0-10, 3 m 10-16, 1 m 26-45

1 f 10-16, 1 f 26-45

1820 Census

Canada SIMPSON 000010-00101/2

Jacob FALKENBERRY 120201/11200/0

David SIMPSON 220001/10000/0

William SIMPSON 000010/00000/0

Thomas SIMPSON 000100/00000/0

Notes: no CUNNINGHAM s, Peter SIMPSON was not near the other SIMPSONs. Gilbert and William SIMPSON lived near one another. George SIMPSON didn’t live near other Simpsons.

Rutherford County Deeds Index

1812 Book G p. 327 George R. NASH to George SIMPSON

1812 Book H p. 61 W.P. ANDERSON to George SIMPSON

1812 Book I p.3 Comx of Murfreesboro to James SIMPSON

1814 Book I p. 29 Robert WEAKLEY to George SIMPSON

1820 Book O p. 34 William HIX to William SIMPSON

1824 Book Q p. 90 Jno. KILLOUGH to Kenedy SIMPSON

1824 Book Q p. 356 Thompson WRIGHT to Jeremiah SIMPSON

1824 Book Q p. 398 Wm. EDMONDSON to George SIMPSON

1824 Book R p. 58 George W. LEIGH to Peter SIMPSON

1825 Book Q p. 399 A.H. HARRIS to George SIMPSON

1833 Book T p. 376 William SANDERS to John S. SIMPSON

1833 Book T p. 282 John B. SEATS to John S. SIMPSON

1833 Book T p. 627 Thos. SAPPINGTON to George SIMPSON

1836 Book V p. 402 Arch. H. HARRIS to George SIMPSON

1837 Book U p. 499 Eliz. CRASTHWAIT to George SIMPSON

1837 Book W p. 625 Amos WEST mortgage deed to John W. SIMPSON

1838 Book X p. 79 Mary & Fuldon ACUFF mortgage deed to Robert SIMPSON

1838 Book W p. 175 John D. FULKS bill of sale to Kenedy SIMPSON

1839 Book X p. 417 Elihu SANDERS to Robert SIMPSON

Smith County

Smith Co., TN Deed Bk. B, p. 327: 11 March 1805 James CALLAWAY of Bourbon Co., Kentucky to William SIMSON of Smith Co., TN, $500, 335 acres, east fork of middle fork of Goose Creek. Wit: Isaac SIMSON, Joshua OWINGS attorney for James CALLOWAY , Elijah ADAMS, Daniel OGLESBY.

Smith Co., TN Deed Bk. B, p. 487: 9 Dec. 1805, William SIMSON of Smith Co. to Solomon ADAMS , $200, north side of Cumberland River on Goose Creek, middle fork. Wit: Josiah HOWELL and William SIMSON

Smith Co., TN Wills: Return of the heri___? of the property of the heirs of James SIMPSON for 1820, 1821, 1822. Augustine ROBINSON

Smith County Circuit Court Records, Book 11 p. 18: Augustin ROBINSON , guardian of the heirs of James SIMPSON, 1824, 27 Feb. 1824.

1830 Smith Co., Tennessee Census

s-105 Thomas SIMPSON 121001-11001

s-97 Thos. SIMPSON 00001-00001

s-118 John SIMPSON 00101-000000001

1840 Smith Co., Tennessee Census

Thomas SIMPSON 1200011-10000101

Thomas E. SIMPSON 10001-12001

The following notes are from a biographical sketch written by Merle Stevens and published in the Smith Co., Tennessee history book: Thomas SIMPSON born 1806 Kentucky , son of James who probably died when Thos. was a teenager.

Thomas came to Smith Co., Tennessee ca. 1821. His mother was probably Sallie ROBINSON , daughter of Stephen ROBINSON Sr. and Elizabeth HOLLAND. Sallie SIMPSON had at least: Thomas, John and Agnes SIMPSON. Augustin ROBINSON (Sallie's brother) was guardian to minor children. By 1 Jan. 1827 all children were of age and rec'd a share of their father's estate. Agnes married G.W. COOPWOOD by then.

Thomas SIMPSON died 1862 Smith Co., Tennessee, md. ca. 1830 to Atlanta ELLISON. Atlanta was born 1804 in Virginia (now West Virginia ). Their children were:

James SIMPSON born 1833; Charlotte D. SIMPSON 23 Jan. 1836 md. Archibald A. DAVIS ; Joseph Thomas SIMPSON b. 28 Jan. 1839, d. 1910, md. Eliza KITCHENS ; Lewis E. SIMPSON b. 3 Oct. 1841 Smith Co., Tennessee, md. Nancy DOWELL ; William B. SIMPSON b. ca. 1845, md. Frances WILLS ; John SIMPSON b. ca. 1854.

To be continued