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There is a marriage bond in Rockingham Co., North Carolina, for ThomasCRUMPTON to SenahSIMPSON,
dated 17 December, 1800, with SamuelKING as bondsman. I have previously suggested that Senah
could have been a daughter of Thomas & Mary (KNIGHT) SIMPSON of the Haw River Simpsons. I still do not have
proof of this relationship but the following data support that guess.
1. Census & Marriage Records.
Nona has forwarded to me
information sent her by others that suggests Thomas & Senah (SIMPSON)
CRUMPTON may be the COMPTONs listed on the early
censuses of Howard & Johnson Cos., Missouri. The 1830 census of Howard
Co., Missouri, lists on p. 140 a ThomasCOMPTON (oldest male & female in household are
ages 40-50), on p. 142 a JourdenCOMPTON (1 M & 1 F ages
20-30), and on p. 161 another ThomasCOMPTON (1 M & 1 F ages
20-30 and 1 M & 1F ages under 5) On the 1840 census in Johnson Co.,
Missouri, was listed a SinaiCOMPTON, age 50-60, and near her
(pp. 128 & 9) a JohnJ. COMPTON and a Thomas S.COMPTON, both age 30-40. On the 1850 census of Johnson County was Thomas
S. CUMPTON, age 45, born
Tennessee, wife, Polly, 42, born
Kentucky., and 10 children, ages 4 to 22, all born
Missouri; and on the following page was WilliamB. (or E.?)
CUMPTON, age 27, wife, Martha A., age 17, and
daughter, Margaret E., age 1. The presence in Howard and Johnson Cos.,
Missouri, at the same time as the Thomas & Mary (KNIGHT) SIMPSON family
suggests these could be the Thomas & SenahCUMPTON / CRUMPTON
of Rockingham Co., North Carolina.
Marriage records of Howard Co., Missouri, have the following: LittletonWEST to FarabaCOMPTON, 7 September, 1826; ThomasCOMPTON to MarySTEPP, 28 September, 1826; JurdenCOMPTON to HannahANDERSON, February, 1829; and SimonCOMPTON to EllenFRUMAN, 3 January, 1833. Johnson
Co., Missouri, marriage records have: AlfordWOOLIVER to SinaiCOMPTON, 17 May, 1835; JamesPATTERSON to PollyCOMPTON 31 October,
1839; and WilliamE.COMPTON to MarthaAnnHARRIS, 21 September, 1848.
2. Before Missouri.
The 1850 census entry for Thomas S.CUMPTON/ COMPTON, as mentioned above,
suggests the COMPTON family was probably in Tennessee much earlier than the ThomasSIMPSON family. We know that Peter RyanSIMPSON and his brother-in-law, DanielGOUGH, were in Wilson Co.,
Tennessee, as early as 1807 when they
were listed on the tax list for Capt. ROSEBOROUGH’s District. They were
probably there in 1806 as Peter was listed in the same district although
Daniel was not. Is it possible they were part of a larger group who
moved to Tennessee soon after 1800, perhaps including the COMPTONs? ThomasCOMPTON / CRUMPTON is not listed on those early tax lists of
Wilson County. However, there was a ThomasCOMPTON listed on the
1805 tax list of Anderson Co., Tennessee, but not there at the 1808
3. The Children’s Families.
On the 1830 census, LittletonWEST was in Howard County, Missouri. By the 1840
census he was in
Tebo Township of Henry County and by 1850 was in Jefferson Twp. of Johnson
County. He was listed then as age
45, born Kentucky., with wife Sarah,
age 43, born Tennessee, and several children. It is
not clear whether “Sarah” is a second wife or a miswriting of Faraba,
but the birth date and place suggest this could be Faraba. Neither Littleton
nor “Sarah” are found on the 1860 or later censuses and it appears their
home place was occupied by their younger son, William, while two other
sons are found to have moved to other counties of Missouri, and one, LindseyWEST, had moved to Maricopa
In 1850 Thomas S. & Mary (STEPP) COMPTON were in Post Oak Twp. of Johnson County. Thomas
& Mary (KNIGHT) SIMPSON are buried in Post Oak twp., which is joined
on the east by Jefferson Twp., and on the south by Tebo Twp. of Henry County. Also in Post Oak Twp. in
1850 were William B. CUMPTON & family and James & Mary
(COMPTON) PATTERSON. Thus the COMPTONs
and most of their children continued to be in the same area as the SIMPSONs
until the 1850 census.
Alfred WOOLIVER & family were in Bates Co., Missouri, in 1850 and his wife listed
there was Mary, apparently a recent second marriage. The Bates
County marriages from that period are
lost so it is not possible to check for that marriage.
From this meager evidence it appears that only a
few of the children of Thomas & SenahCOMPTON survived to the 1850 census. Of those who
survived, I have not been able to trace any of them to the 1880 census to learn
what was listed for their parents’ birthplace. Thus the identification of this
family remains only tentative, but their presence in 1850 in the same township
where Thomas & Mary (KNIGHT) SIMPSON are
buried does lend support to the assumption that this was the family of Thomas
& Senah (SIMPSON)
Rockingham Co., North Carolina.
A Gough & Crumpton
Record of Guilford Co., North Carolina
Nov., 2000 - by Don Simpson
Recently while reading Guilford Court Minutes (Book for 1796 - 1811,
p. 280; February term, 1804) I found an entry which seems to pose a puzzle. It
reads as follows. “Ordered that BetsyCRUMPTON aged three years last August be bound to SamuelGOUGH until she arrives to full age and he is to
learn her to read and write & give her two suits of clothes, wheel &
cards as freedom dues.” The provision to provide clothes, a spinning wheel and
wool cards for processing wool was standard in most court out bindings of
orphan girls of that time. This record does not say she was an orphan but most
such bindings occurred after a parent, usually the father, had died.
Samuel GOUGH was a son of Stephen & Jean
(PRICE) GOUGH, and had
been married in 1801 to Eleanor, daughter of Richard & SelahSIMPSON. I have seen no record of
any connection between the GOUGH family and any of the CROMPTONs.
However, there was a marriage in Rockingham County in 1800 between ThomasCRUMPTON and a SenahSIMPSON.
I have long assumed this Senah to have been one of the younger daughters
of Thomas & Mary (KNIGHT) SIMPSON but have no proof of that. If that assumption
is correct then Senah was first cousin to SamuelGOUGH’s
wife, Eleanor. However, there is no proof that the BetsyCRUMPTON
of the court record was related to Thomas & Senah (SIMPSON)
Samuel GOUGH was listed on the 1810 census in Guilford
County and also on the 1815 tax list. By the census
of 1820 the SamuelGOUGH family was in Stokes County and Samuel & Eleanor were
still there at the 1850 census. A search was done of marriage records in
Guilford, Rockingham, Surry and Stokes Counties, North Carolina, but without
finding any for a Betsy or ElizabethCRUMPTON. Given that she was three
years old in August, 1803, she would have been of marriageable age by 1818. No
other record of Betsy CRUMPTON is known to me at present. I am inclined to think at this time that she
was probably not a daughter of Thomas & Senah (SIMPSON)
A 1909 Letter from Emily J.
Nov., 2000 - by Don Simpson
In September of
this year, Carl Simpson of New Mexico sent me a copy of a letter that is of
special interest to descendants of those Haw River Simpsons who removed to Grant
& Pendleton Counties, Kentucky. Carl introduced the letter by writing the
“I was going
thru my pile of papers and found something that I’ve had for about 20 years. It
is the last two pages of a letter from Emily J. SIMPSON,
written to my great grandfather, W. H. SIMPSON. I had borrowed the
letter from my great aunt, Mabelle Lobban, a daughter of W. H. .......
At the time, it didn’t make much sense to me, but now I see that Emily
was a sister to WarrenDILWORTH, married a STONER, and then married GreenSIMPSON, whom I think you said
was closely related to you. The letter was probably written about 1909, because
early in that year is when W. H. moved from the farm in Texas into town at Clovis, New Mexico. Unfortunately, my great aunt didn’t have the
first 2 pages of the letter.”
Carl is right
about the identity of Emily. She was a daughter of Lindsey & Sarah
(SIMPSON) DILWORTH, and was married first on
11 September, 1864, in Gage Co., Nebraska, to William H. STONER, & second on 16
September, 1875, Gage County, to Green T. SIMPSON,
son of Peter & Elizabeth (PHIBBS) SIMPSON.
At the end of the letter, Emily signed as “your affectionate Cousin, Emily
J. SIMPSON.” The significance of
this closing is discussed below.
grandfather, William Hawkins SIMPSON, was a son of Nathaniel & Mary
(AYDELOTT) SIMPSON who were residents of Pendleton Co., Kentucky. William H. moved to
the panhandle of Texas with his
family and later moved on to Clovis, New Mexico. Apparently he had just moved
to Clovis when Emily wrote this letter.
The text of
pages 3 & 4 are given here, with the original spelling, original
capitalization and lack of punctuation as in the original. Words &
punctuation in [brackets] are my additions. Page 3 begins in mid sentence as
yesterday[.] I like to be at
home when bed time comes in the Winter season unless I am at Warren’s[.]
We had a hard snow Storm some weeks ago & quite a Storm of Wind & snow
Saturday knight sonday & sondy knight[.] Fine weather Tuesday &
Wednesday & Thursday[.] Warrens Edest Grand Daughter was
married one week ago today To a Mr FULTON of Juniaatta Nebraska[,
which is] over an hundred miles Northwest of Crab Orchard[.] she’s About 20 or
21 years of Age[;] I don’t remember which[.] she & her Sister next to her ware
very Pretty girls[,] the Prettiest in Crab orchard[.] the next after them was A
son & next to him an other Daughter & last A son & last forth of
July an other son[;] they call him Pollen Eddason. 2 sons to Bear
the DILWORTH Name[.] i have only one son & 2 Grand Son
left to bear the STONER Name[.] you have A Number of Sons to Bear the SIMPSON
Name[.] I think I should like to see your & converse with you for hours at
A time[.] this is A Cloudy Day[,] has the appearance of wet weather[.] I wish
you would write A letter to our Cousin John. V SIMPSON he wants you to write to him & he is so
old & Poorly can hardly [g]et out Any[.] I will Give you his Address
John V. SIMPSON
F D No 2
he Does like So well to get
letters from his Relatives[.] now Aunt Lizabeth has Died &
uncle William WORK moved away & so many Died & others
gone away he misses them so and uncle Wm WORK is Blind[.] will
you Please write to me as obten[often] as you can conveniently[.] I wish [I]
could write you a good letter[,] one that would do you good to read[.] is the
Water Good & Soft whare you are[,] & how fare Down Do you have to go to
get it[.] is the Water as good as that at your home in Texas[.] have you all of
your Children with you that are Single[.] Do you think you will like that Place
whare you are[?] Do you like to live in Town[?] I hope I shall be Able to write
a better letter the next time your affectionate Cousin.
O may we meet in Heaven at
last whare Sickness Sorrow Pain or Death shall not Enter
Good bye for
The fact that Emily
signed the letter as “your affectionate cousin” is not definitive since she was
a cousin to Wm. H. SIMPSON thru both her mother and her father. However,
the mention of “our cousin, John V. SIMPSON”,
aunt “Lizabeth” and uncle WilliamWORK are very valuable proofs of relationships
within the SIMPSONs of Grant & Pendleton Counties, Kentucky.
SIMPSON was a son of Ezekiel & Tamsey
(VICKERS) SIMPSON of Pendleton County, and lived west of
Demossville, Kentucky, between that and the
villages of Knoxville and Gardnersville. Ezekiel was a son of Nathaniel
(Jr.) & Mary (DEWEESE) SIMPSON.
I had in the 1980's concluded that Emily’s mother, Sarah, was probably a
daughter of Nathaniel & Mary, but had not yet found proof. In
the E. E. Barton Collection in Pendleton County is a paper written in 1944 by
Harvey E. Simpson in which he stated his father was John VicarsSIMPSON and
that John V. was a son of Nathaniel & Mary (DEWEESE)
SIMPSON. In the same Barton
Collection is proof that Wm. H. SIMPSON was a
son of Nathaniel (Jr., Jr.) & Mary (AYDELOTT) SIMPSON and that Nathaniel
Jr, Jr.,. was a son of Nathaniel, Jr. and his second wife, Jane. Thus Nathaniel,
Jr., Jr., and Ezekiel were half-brothers, and Wm.
H. and John V. were half first cousins.
The mention by Emily of “uncle WilliamWORK” is interesting. William
had been born ca. 1819 in Guilford Co., North Carolina,
the son of Henry & MargaretWORK who also came to
Pendleton Co., Kentucky. William was married
in 1841 in Grant Co., Kentucky, to Ann, daughter of NathanielJr.
& JaneSIMPSON. William died in
Pendleton Co., Kentucky, in 1910, and is buried in
Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery, Pendleton, County.
surprising is the extent of Emily’s knowledge of the relatives still
living in Kentucky. She and her parents must have continued to correspond with
those relatives throughout their lives. Emily had been only about 6 or 7
years old when her parents left Kentucky to move to Illinois, then after a few
years, on to Nebraska. From census records it appears that Emily lived
most of her life in eastern Gage County, Nebraska, near the Johnson County line.
brother, WarrenDILWORTH, was married in 1862 in
Pike Co., Illinois, to TabithaWALKER, and they had only one
child, James M. DILWORTH. Warren & Tabitha lived most
of their lives in the Village of Crab Orchard which is located in western
Johnson County near the Gage County line.
Their son, James, was married in Johnson County, in 1886, to Emma V.
BEATTY, James & Emma
had (census 1900, 1900 & 1920) Ruby E., born 1888; Pearl L.,
born 1890; Wendel F., born 1893; Vira L., born 1897; and Poland
E., born 1908. Johnson County marriage records show that Ruby Elfa
DILWORTH, daughter of James Milton & Emma Violet (BEATTY)
DILWORTH, was married 10 February, 1909, to RalphEdgarFULTON of Juniata, Nebraska, son of David Edgar
& MaggieLouella (SHIPPEN) FULTON. Thus the
letter from Emma J. DILWORTH to Wm. H. SIMPSON must have been written in February, 1909.
I am still
unable to identify with certainty the “Aunt Lizabeth” mentioned by Emily.
Emily’s mother did have a sister, Elizabeth, but she died in 1847
and by 1909 this would not have been “news” to any of the relatives. The “Aunt Lizabeth”
may have been Elizabeth (ATKINS) SIMPSON,
wife of Richard. They lived in the northwest part of Pendleton County,
southeast of Gardnersville. I have seen no cemetery or death records for either
Richard or Elizabeth.
Concerning the relationship between Emily and William H.
SIMPSON, it is a complex picture.
Emily’s two grandmothers, Mary (DEWEESE) SIMPSON and Sarah
(DEWEESE) DILWORTH, were sisters and their
sister, Susannah (DEWEESE) AYDELOTT, was the maternal
grandmother of WilliamH. SIMPSON. Thus Wm. H.
& Emily were double second cousins. Also, Emily’s mother, Sarah
(SIMPSON) DILWORTH, was
half sister to William H. SIMPSON’s father, NathanielSIMPSON, Jr., Jr.
Thus Emily and Wm. H. were also half first cousins.
William T. Simpson, son of
“Nat,” of Rockingham Co., N.C.
by Don Simpson
A. In Pulaski Co., Kentucky.
record in Pulaski County, Kentucky, leads to solving a problem
about the fate of one of our “Haw River Simpsons.” That record was for the
marriage of Albert Lomax SIMPSON to NancySTOGSDILL and was dated 3 June, 1886. The marriage
record (Pulaski Co. Mg. Book 18, pp. 308 a & b) stated that this was the
first marriage for both parties, that the bride was age 51 & born in
Pulaski County, father born Pulaski County, mother born Virginia, and that the groom was age
53 & born Rockingham Co., North Carolina,
father and mother both born Rockingham County. Under remarks was stated “parties
had been living together 32 years, had several children.” The marriage was
performed by the Rev. James W.LEDBETTER, at the home of John
ROBERTS in Pulaski County. No earlier marriage record
is known for this couple but it is possible there could have been an earlier
civil marriage which did not get recorded. On the marriage record the clerk
wrote the groom’s name as “Albert Lamex SIMPSON” but it is clear from
other records and evidences that his name was Albert Lomax SIMPSON and
that this is relevant to his origin in Rockingham Co., North Carolina.
SIMPSON first appeared on the Pulaski County tax list for 1854 but was not
listed prior to that. He was taxed for land located on Line Creek. Beginning in
1856, a William T. SIMPSON was listed on the Pulaski County tax lists and
also as owning land on Line Creek. The listing of Wm. T. SIMPSON
continued through 1860 (the 1861 list is faded beyond legibility) but in 1862
his name is replaced by Tempy SIMPSON. Tempy was listed again in
1863 but not thereafter, though Albert L. continued on the lists long
The 1860 census
of Pulaski County lists William SIMPSON, age 65, miller, born
N.C. and Temperance, age 65, also born N.C. Near them is the family of Albert
L. & Nancy (STOGSDILL) SIMPSON,
ages 28, born N.C., and 23, born Kentucky, and four children.
On Tuesday, May
6, 1862, the Pulaski County Court appointed Albert SIMPSON as Administrator of the Estate of William
SIMPSON, deceased. In July of
that year Albert submitted to the county court an inventory and sale
bill for the estate (Pulaski Co. Will Book 6, pp. 107-108). Among the
purchasers the only SIMPSONs were Albert and the widow, Tempy.
No other record for this estate is known to me and that does not name any
B. In Hawkins Co., Tennessee.
On the 1850
census of Hawkins Co., Tennessee, in District 11, (at
household 112) was listed William SIMPSON, age 54, born Tennessee, Temperance,
age 53, born Tennessee, Elizabeth, age 19, born Tennessee, & Albert,
age 17, born North Carolina. The listing of Tennessee as their birthplace is
obviously an error by the census taker. Several of their neighbors in District
11 in 1850 were also from Rockingham and Guilford Counties, North Carolina and are discussed below.
C. In Rockingham Co., North
Co., North Carolina most records of this William SIMPSONlack the middle initial “T”, but a
trust deed dated 1837 does give his name as William T. SIMPSON,
and a deed of sale dated 1839 to James T. SIMPSON lists the grantor as “William F. SIMPSON”,
apparently an error intended to be William T. In 1840, William
SIMPSON was listed in Rockingham Co., North Carolina,
p. 163, among neighbors whose farms were on the upper part of Troublesome
Creek. In 1830 William was listed on p.332 near Shadrack LOMAX, MosesLOMAX,
SamuelMAXWELL & RobertBROWN.
SIMPSON should not to be confused with the William
SIMPSON, Sr., or his son, William,
Jr., who lived near the head of Jacobs Creek (see 1830 census, p. 330;
1840, p. 126). That William SIMPSON, Sr., of Jacobs Creek was married to
Isabelle, daughter of JohnCUMMINGS. He was, I believe, a son
of Richard & SelahSIMPSON of Mears Fork, Guilford County, North Carolina.
SIMPSON whose wife was Temperence, appears to
have been a son of NathanielSIMPSON of Rockingham County, and grandson of ThomasSIMPSON of Rockingham County. In the Minutes of the Rockingham County
Court for May term, 1835, is a road order in which AlbertLOMAX was appointed road overseer for the road from
New Bethel Crossroads to the [Guilford] county line at OGBURNs, with various hands
including “WilliamSIMPSON son of Nat”, JamesSIMPSON,
& others. I mentioned this record in Research Note 8 [see Simpson Clan,
vol.2, issue 3, Dec., 1986].
Recently I have
found another record mentioning William as a son of Nathaniel. In
Rockingham County, Record of Settlements, Book for 1829 - 1843, Part 2,
Settlements with Admrs.(part 2 is separately paginated), p. 6, is a settlement
of the Estate of JemimaBRASHIER, deceased, dated 19
February, 1830, William WILLIAMS, Executor. Among a list
of small debts owed by the Estate is one for forty cents owed to “William
SIMPSON (son of Nat)” [the parenthesis are in
the original]. Thus at least two records in Rockingham Co. attest to William’s
father being Nathaniel.
of N. C., is a granddaughter of James
T.SIMPSON of Rockingham County. Some years ago she wrote
me that there is a tradition in her family that James T. was the son of
a WilliamSIMPSON who went to Kentucky (see Simpson Clan, vol. 2, issue 2, p.
3). Rockingham County records show
close association between James T. and WilliamSIMPSON. James’
age suggests he may have been the oldest son of William.
It is not yet
possible to assemble a list of the children of William & TemperanceSIMPSON, nor is it certain that Temperance
was the only wife of William T. SIMPSON.
It is likely the two children listed on the 1850 census of Hawkins Co., namely Elizabeth and Albert L.SIMPSON were their children. It is also likely that James
T.SIMPSON was a son of William T.SIMPSON,
but whether Temperance was his mother is uncertain. There are certain
other SIMPSONs named in Rockingham County records who were probably
children of William T. & Temperance but listing them would
only be speculation at this time.
D. The Rockingham Co.
neighbors of William T. & Temperance.
One of the adjoining
landowners on upper Troublesome Creek was MosesLOMAX who died in 1842 leaving a will that named his
wife, Susan, and children, Shadrack, Albert, Eliza
& Susan. He named his son, AlbertLOMAX, as executor,
and the will was witnessed by Elijah WITTY, Jr., and WilliamSIMPSON.
Albert LOMAX was a member to the Rockingham County Court for many years and was
frequently called on by his neighbors to help them with their legal documents
such as deeds and wills. Moses LOMAX was one of the two witnesses to the
will of JemimaBRASHIER whose estate is mentioned above. Jemima
was probably the widow of AsaBRASHEAR, one of the earliest
settlers in the area of upper Jacobs Creek and upper Troublesome Creek.
E.. The Hawkins Co.,
Tennessee, neighbors from North Carolina
The household of William T.
& TemperanceSIMPSON was listed on the 1850 census as no.112 in
District 11. Household 113 was MiltonGLADSON, age 26, born North
Carolina, Katherin, age 21,
born Tennessee. & Madison, age 1, born Tennessee and next to them in
household 114 was LevenGLADSON, age 60, born North Carolina, Katherin,
age 59, born North Carolina and several children all born North Carolina LevenGLADSON was on the censuses of 1820, 1830 & 1840 in Guilford Co.,
Also on that
census in District 11 were Joshua & LucyGLADSON (hhld 53), ages 58 & 54, both born North
Carolina and several children all born North Carolina JoshuaGLADSON
was married to LucyPERKENSON in Guilford County, bond of 13 January, 1819.
Near them (hhld 56) was MargaretKILLINGSWORTH,
age 50, born North Carolina, and several children. William
R.KILLINGSWORTH was married in Guilford County to MargaretCHILCUTT, bond of 27 February,
1821. William died in Guilford County in 1843, after which Margaret
moved with her children to Tennessee. At household 57 was P. W. & ElizabethGORRELL, ages 30 & 28, both
born North Carolina, with three young children. Pinkney W.GORRELL
was married in Guilford County to ElizabethPERKENSON, bond of 8
Some of the
children of William R. & Margaret (CHILCUTT) KILLINGSWORTH were living in Perry Co., Illinois, by the 1860 census and some
of those later removed to Worth Co., Missouri.
Although the GLADSON families were from the northern part of
Guilford County, I have not seen any
indication that they were in any way associated with or related to either the KILLINGSWORTH,
CHILCUTT, or SIMPSON
families of that area. After arriving in Tennessee there was at least one
marriage between a GLADSON and a KILLINGSWORTH, but I know of no
earlier inter-tie. It seems strange that they should be in adjoining households
in Tennessee, suggestive of possible earlier acquaintance in North Carolina.
The records of Guilford and Rockingham
Counties are very good and though some have been lost, those that have survived
to the present are fairly well preserved. Despite that, they still leave us
with large gaps in our knowledge of these people in the first century after
William SIMPSON born
ca 1810 in Tennessee married (?) Martha E. JOHNSTON, daughter of William JOHNSTON and Margaret
of whom were born in North Carolina. The COLLIERs and JOHNSTONs
and I believe the SIMPSONs were from Lancaster County, later Dauphin
Co., Pennsylvania and I
believe traveled together in the late 1700s. There are deed transactions
mentioning all three names during this time period in Lancaster Co.,
Pennsylvania. The JOHNSTONs are buried in Kings Creek ARP Church
Cemetery, Newberry Co., South Carolina. Am seeking the parents of William SIMPSON and the marriage date of William and Martha JOHNSTON SIMPSON.
to Marilyn Finer-Collins, 10039 Kemp Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77080. E-mail marilync@hal-pc-org.
Note: Jim Martin’s article will continue in the next issue.
Sidney Simpson is, once again, hosting a family reunion
for the descendants of Peter S. SIMPSON of Tennessee. Descendants of Peter S.
SIMPSON’s relatives are also welcome.
The reunion will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 9 &
10 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Old Forte Park Building #1. This is the same
building previously used.
Bring enough food for your family and a little extra to
share. Also bring pictures from the past reunions, also pictures of any who
Contact Sidney Simpson, 437 Shirley Lane, Smyrna, TN
37167, phone 615-896-0625 or Gloria
Giesen, 1146 Skyview Drive, Lancaster, WI 53813-9405
the parents of James SIMPSON (born 1788 in New Jersey) husband of Rachel MILLS (died 1845 Union Co., Ohio).
Dwight C. Stewart, 9515 Bartley Drive, Louisville, KY 40291-3213
of Warren Co., TN, and
Nacogdoches Co., TX.
2001 - by Don Simpson
Nona has recently sent me a
question that led to the following and that illustrates the wealth of
information on Simpsons and others that can be mined from back issues of this
newsletter, The Simpson Clan, especially in conjunction with the
excellent indexes by Carolyn W. Bayse.
Nona had been asked by a
correspondent for information on the following SIMPSON. Julia (SIMPSON) MORROW, b. 11 Oct., 1796, Virginia; d. 1830, Washington Co., Illinois; md. RobertMORROW, 28 Nov.,
1816, Warren Co., Tennessee. RobertMORROW was a son of Robert
& Elizabeth (SHAW) MORROW of Warren County but formerly
of Guilford Co., North Carolina. Robert, Sr., died in Warren Co. 18
Because of the marriage of Robert & Julia occurring
in Warren Co., Tennessee, Nona wondered if Julia could be related to the
that early removed from North Carolina to old
Warren County, Tennessee, but that has proven not to be so.
Nona has abstracted the early
land grant surveys for lands in Warren County and published those in a four
volume set titled Warren County Tennessee Plat Book. Two of those
abstracts mention as adjoining property the land of the heirs of RobertMORROW, deceased, located on the Barren Fork of
Collins River (vol. 2, pp. 28 & 142). Collins River runs through the east
part of Warren County and the Barren Fork runs from west to east, heading along
the present line between Cannon & Coffee County passing west through McMinnville &
entering Collins River just east of that town. The ThomasSIMPSON clan
was located on the headwaters of Hickory Creek in present Coffee County and
some miles southwest of Barren Fork.
The 1820 census of Warren County
lists ThomasSIMPSON’s son, Peter
his sons, Thomas and Valentine, among other residents of the head
of Hickory Creek, on page 19. RobertMORROW is
listed on p. 5 of that census and on the same page is an IsaacSIMPSON. I do not find Isaac listed on any
later census in Warren County, nor
do I find him in Washington Co., Illinois where
the MORROWs later lived. Checking Nona’s plat abstracts I do not find
any mention of IsaacSIMPSON.
Using Carolyn Bayse’ index to the
first ten volumes of The Simpson Clan I found mention of an IsaacSIMPSON who may be the same as the one on the 1820 census of Warren County. In volume 10, issue 3, pp.
5-8, is a detailed account of the probate of the estate of IsaacSIMPSON,
deceased, in Nacogdoches County, Texas.
Those records state that IsaacSIMPSON had died intestate in April, 1840, and that at the Oct. term of
the Probate Court of Nacogdoches County, OscarENGLEDOW was
appointed Administrator of the Estate. The report of settlement (No. 122 on
Settlement Docket) states that after settlement of the Estate, there remained
$88.55 due to “PollyFOSTER and JuliaMORROW’s heirs of said decedent, their residence
unknown.” The Court then ordered that the said sum be paid over for their
benefit to the Treasurer of the State of Texas. It appears that because two of the
daughters or their heirs had residence unknown to Oscar, that their part
of the Estate had to be deposited with the State Treasurer until some
disposition could be made of that fund. Since JuliaMORROW had
died in 1830 in Illinois it is
likely her heirs were among those for whom the remainder was set aside.
Returning to Nona’s abstracts of
Warren County plats, I find that an Oscar ENGLEDOVE was
chain carrier on a survey for JohnENGLEDOVE of an eight
acre tract located on Barren Fork
(vol.1, p. 58). It appears that the name ENGLEDOW was
transformed into ENGLEDOVE by the clerks in Warren County.
A number of fine publications on
Nacogdoches County families have appeared in recent decades, some by
individuals and some by the Nacogdoches County Genealogical Society. In S. Kae
Partin’s They All Came to Texas, vol. 5, pp. 37 - 39, it is stated that OscarENGLEDOW was
born 13 Nov., 1809, Wythe Co., Virginia, the son of John & Elizabeth
(SIMPSON) ENGLEDOW. John & Elizabeth
were said to have been married 14 Nov., 1808, in Grayson Co., Virginia. At that date, Grayson County included
present Carroll County and the area just south of the Pine Run area where the JamesSIMPSON family
lived (see below). It further states, though it does not offer supporting
evidence, that Elizabeth was a daughter of Isaac & HannahSIMPSON. If this is correct, and I think it likely,
then the two heirs mentioned in the IsaacSIMPSON Estate records
were not the only children of Isaac & HannahSIMPSON,
but may have been the only two whose current residence was unknown to OscarENGLEDOW, the Administrator. If the ENGLEDOW information is
correct then Oscar was a grandson of Isaac & HannahSIMPSON.
Although there were several IsaacSIMPSONs in early Virginia it now seems likely the IsaacSIMPSON
of the 1820 census of Warren Co., Tennessee, had come from the area of old Wythe Co.,
In a part of old Wythe County
which was later cut away to form part of present Pulaski County, there was a SIMPSON family
whose land lay on Pine Run, a tributary on the north side of New River. JamesSIMPSON left a
will in Wythe County dated 6 May, 1804, and recorded 13 April, 1808. In it he
named his wife, Mary, sons William, James, Robert, Hugh,
Isaac, John (deceased), & Alexander, and daughters JeanBAXTER, EleanorMEARS, MaryFOSTER, & MargaretSMITH. MarySIMPSON made a
will 6 Aug., 1808, recorded 12 March, 1809, naming the same children and adding
mention of Alexander’s wife, Agnes, and their daughter, Elizabeth.
In Wythe County Deed Book 1, pp.
218-9, is a deed from CorneliusM’GLISTER to IsaacSIMPSON dated
2 March, 1794, for 226 acres of land located on Pine Run of New River. In the
same book, p. 311, is a deed dated 9 June, 1795, from IsaacSIMPSON
and Hannah his wife to FranklinBRIDGEMAN for
the same 226 acre tract. I have not found any deed record in Warren Co.,
Tennessee, for IsaacSIMPSON but
have not had time for an extensive search.
In summary, it appears that Isaac
& HannahSIMPSON from
Wythe Co., Virginia, came to Warren Co., Tennessee, probably in company with their son-in-law &
daughter, John & Elizabeth (SIMPSON) ENGLEDOW. In Warren County, their daughter, Julia,
was married to RobertMORROW, Jr. in 1816 and sometime thereafter the MORROWs
moved to Illinois. Sometime after 1820, the SIMPSONs
and ENGLEDOWs moved to Nacogdoches County, Texas, where Isaac died in 1840. It is not
clear at this point how many or who were the other children of Isaac
(Jr.) & JuliaSIMPSONMORROW's 7 children were all
born in Warren County, Tennessee. They are: WilliamLockhartMORROW, b. 24 September 1817; JohnMORROW,
b. 27 November 1818, MaryMORROW, b. abt. 1819; IsaacNewtonMORROW (a twin), b. 21 March 1821; R.D.MORROW (a twin),
b. 21 March 1821 (died when an infant); Alex M. MORROW, b. 22 Feb
1823; and LafayetteMORROW, b. 29 Jul 1825. RobertMORROW
(Jr.)'s second family with ElizabethJOYNER, consisted of
8 more children. They were all born in Ozark, Greene Co., Missouri.
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Simpson of Caldwell Co., Kentucky
From the research of Dianna Williams, 5737 E.
Jacaranda, Mesa, AZ 85205
Note from Nona: Dianna contacted me sometime
ago wondering if her William SIMPSON could
be the brother of Reuben SIMPSON. She would appreciate hearing from anyone
with additional information about her family.
My earliest known SIMPSON is William
born ca. 1750 and died before 1831 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky. He left a will deeding property to my known
g-g-g-grandfather Daniel SIMPSON, wife Rachael along with other SIMPSONs
that are brothers and sisters in the Gasconade County area of Missouri. His children Joseph, James, Benjamin,
Nancy, Hanna, Daniel, John, Moses, Rachael and Rutha were born in
South Carolina from
beginning in 1775 until their move to Caldwell Co., Kentucky before
1819. My g-grandfather left a letter giving the names of his mother Sarah
Hannah SIMPSON, parents as Daniel SIMPSON and Rachel
DUFF. In the History of Maries Countyby
King. (where many of these children ended up in the early 1800’s) this family
was from Baltimore Co., Maryland. I also have PERKINS, HUGHES, BALLEWs, HIGGINS, BIRCHFIELDs and JONES from
Baltimore and they all seemed to have traveled this same path from Baltimore,
most of them going to Rowan and
Burke Cos., North Carolina then
to Kentucky and
Missouri, however, my SIMPSONs seems to have
gone directly to South Carolina.
Following are abstracts of original deeds:
Deed Book F pp. 412-413, Caldwell Co.,
Kentucky, 28 September 1831, John BRADLEY Sheriff of this town Princeton to Will
LANDON, from the Clerks office of the Caldwell
Circuit Court on 5 April 1829 in favor of William O’BUTTERY, administrator of William SIMPSON deceased and against the administration and
heirs of Joseph SIMPSON deceased for the trust of $576.95 deposited to
the sheriff and placed in the land of Jefferson G. MOOSE. . . two lots of ground in the town of
Princeton, Kentucky town
lots 12 & 13 sold at Sheriff’s sale. The sheriff conveys to the said LANDEN
the aforesaid lotts with their appurtenances [difficult to read] William C.
HAYOM? & Eliza his wife, Bum
CALDWELL and Martha
his wife, William McGOWAN and Caroline
his wife, James W. SIMPSON, Essy? (Espy?) SIMPSON, Julian SIMPSON and George
of Joseph SIMPSON deceased.
Deed Book H, pp. 89-92 Caldwell Co., Kentucky 7
December 1835 Robert BARR to John
SYMPSON and Delila
his wife of Franklin Co., Missouri, $20.00 and $80.00 to John SYMPSON
attorney in fact of James SYMPSON and Rachel
his wife, Daniel SIMPSON & Rachel
his wife, Anthony MARGRAVES and Ruth,
late Ruth SYMPSON his
wife, & Moses SYMPSON to
the said John SYMPSON and
delivered to the said Robert BARR, all being heirs at law of William
SYMPSON deceased late of the state of Kentucky and
now Caldwell County sold to Robert BARR. We John SYMPSON and Delila
his wife one undivided fourteenth & by virtue of the letter of attorney one
fourteenth parts owned and claimed by James SYMPSON & Rachel
his wife, Daniel SYMPSON, Rachel his wife, Anthony MARGRAVES
by his intermarriage with Ruth his wife and Moses SIMPSON heirs
of the William SYMPSON deceased a tract of land in Caldwell County
Kentucky which the said William SYMPSON died seized of on Donaldson’s
fork of the Tradewater containing 200 acres
Deed Book Q pp. 185-188, 3 December 1835
between Robert BARR of
Caldwell County Kentucky and Thomas
SYMPSON of the
estate of William SYMPSON late
of Kentucky and Keziah his wife, William
DODDS and Hannah his wife, late Hannah
SYMPSON heirs of the said William SYMPSON, Benjamin
SIMPSON son heir of the said William
SIMPSON aforesaid, Nancy EDDS late Nancy SYMPSON and heir at law of the said William
SYMPSON deceased of Gasconade Co., Missouri, Calob BALY by his intermarriage with Rachel
SYMPSON and Rachel his wife of
Franklin Co., Missouri of the second part in consideration of $40.00.
Signed by William DODDS, Hannah DODDS, Nancy EDDS, Benjamin SIMPSON,
Caleb BALEY, Rachel BALEY.
Deed Book Q pp.
511-514, 10 November 1853
between Thomas SIMPSON, Stephen SIMPSON, William SIMPSON, John SIMPSON, Elizabeth SIMPSON and Benjamin
SIMPSON of Saline Co., Illinois to Robert BARR. This
deed conveys property to the heirs of Isaac SIMPSON, deceased, heir of William SIMPSON of
Caldwell Co., Kentucky. Signed by Thomas SIMPSON, Steven SIMPSON, William SIMPSON, Elizabeth SIMPSON, Benjamin SIMPSON, John SIMPSON and
identified as heirs of Isaac SIMPSONdeceased
10 November 1853 between Celia MARGRAVES heir
of Thomas SIMPSON deceased of Saline Co., Illinois and Robert
BARR of Caldwell
Co., Kentucky for
$10.00 for her interest as heir of the said Thomas SIMPSON deceased.
Deed Book N p. 212, 12 May 1847 Andrew W.
McCHEASNEY to William
of Caldwell Co., Kentucky for
$350.00, 100 acres on Donaldsons Fork of Tradewater. Signed by Andrew W. McCHENEY and Sarah S. McCHESNEY and witnessed by I.H. McCHESNEY and Thos.
Deed Book Q p. 210,
16 March 1853 William SIMPSON heir at law of Thos. SIMPSON deceased to Robert BARR for $10.00 releases his interest in the land
on Donaldson Fork of Tradewater.
Simpson Family of New York
a work in progress by Jim Doty Martin Jr., 1017 N. Niagara St.,
Burbank, CA 01505-2628
1. John SIMPSON, b. 3 July 1758, New York, d. 16 January 1812, Camillus twp (in that
part that later became Elbridge twp), Onondaga Co., New York, m. ca 1779,
probably Newburgh, New York, DeborahCOLEMAN, b. 29 October 1763, New York, d. 30 July
1826, Elbridge twp, Onondaga Co., New York. Deborah 2nd m. before 21
June 1813, Onondaga Co., New York, David REDMAN Sr. David is bur with his 1st wife Christina
Elbridge Rural Cemetery so it seems Deborah would be bur with John.
John and Deborah are possibly bur on the JohnSIMPSON farm
in lot 62 Camillus now Elbridge where a "grave yard in the S.W. comer of
the farm formerly owned and occupied by JohnSIMSON" is
mentioned in a David REDMAN Sr. to David REDMAN Jr. deed as a
boundary marker in deed book I page 629. Not too far to the north of the S.W.
comer and probably also on the old JohnSIMPSON farm
is Redman cemetery. In Redman cemetery John's grandson John 2nd,
son of Benjamin is buried on the side of a small knoll. There is nothing
atop this knoll but there is enough room for several burials. If there were
any, no markers remain today. Surely John and Deborah are buried
close to this area.
John served in Rev War as a pvt. in the 4th Reg
Orange County Militia. He was also a Corporal in Col. JonathanHASBROUCK’s Reg. He is identified with Wolvert
ACKER and Brom
the trio were noted for hunting Tories. They had a song which began;
"Gallus Brom Johnson rides up and down,
Bringing the poor Tories to Newburgh town"
After the war John
and Deborah of Newburgh, Ulster Co., New York, on 17 October 1795, sell ten acres of land
in the town of Newbugh to JohnDOWNSand moved to Onondaga Co., first obtaining a 138 1/2 acre farm in lot
62 on 29 December 1796, 50 acres in lot 35 in 1806, and also in lot 35 a 126
acre parcel with sawmill in 1811 on the bank of the Seneca River.
Col. JonathanHASBROUCK's home with landing on the bank of the
Hudson River in Newburgh was Washington's headquarters late in the war. It is
2. Samuel SIMPSON
3 Benjamin SIMPSON
4 William SIMPSON
SIMPSON, b. 6 March 1787, Newburgh, New York, d. 21 November 1858, Carlton, Orleans Co., New York, bur Brown, also called Two Bridges
5 Asa SIMPSON
6 Mary "Polly"
SIMPSON, b. 15 February 1795, d. 26 July 1816,
Elbridge, New York, buried Elbridge Rural cemetery, d.
previous to nine way division of father's estate. JohnSIMPSON heirs
as of 1819 named in Onondaga Co., New York Deed
book DD, pp. 521 & 522
SIMPSON (twin), b. 22 July 1797, Elbridge, New York,
d. 1798, bur probably in family farm cemetery
9 Ira B.
SIMPSON, b. 4 April 1806, Elbridge, New York, d. 29
May (probably 1806), bur probably in family farm cemetery
SIMPSON, b. 9 May 1780, Newburgh, New York, d. 4 Jul 1806, Camillus later Elbridge, New York, bur probably in family farm cemetery., m. a
daughter of John KESTER and Charity
b. 22 February 1805, Elbridge, New York, d. 5 Jun 1827, Clarendon, Orleans Co.
New York, m. Sarah Ann. Probate papers show Benjamin
had no children mention widow SarahAnn, aunts and uncles Seely
SIMPSON, JohnSIMPSON, PollyTAPPAN, HannahKESTERIraSIMPSON, and the children of BenjaminSIMPSON. This document signed by AsaSIMPSON. There is no mention of Margaret, the
child of WilliamSIMPSON, or any of his mother's siblings
SIMPSON, b. 21 November 1782, Newburgh, New York, d. 30 September 1822, Elbridge, New York, bur Elbridge Rural cemetery, m. ElizabethREDMAN, b. 15 October 1790, Orange Co., New York, d. 30 April 1864, Clinton Co., Iowa, bur in William BROWN family
farm cemetery S.E. of DeWitt, Iowa, daughter of John REDMAN and Sarah
(John REDMAN, b. 14 February 1769, d. 12 May 1827, bur Redman cemetery
Elbridge, New York, is found on 1790 census Newburgh, New York with DavidREDMAN and John SIMPSON, all of whom came to Onondaga Co., New York, also in this migration were Daniel VAIL who
served in 4th Orange Co Militia
and bur Elbridge and Moses CARPENTER from
Warwick in Orange County whose daughter Susannah married Col. Michael
REDMAN) (Newburgh, New York, now in Orange County, was in Ulster County
in 1790). Benjamin purchased land near his father's and later the Erie
Canal passed through his farm probably after his death, though this section may
have opened in April or August of 1822). The Erie Canal opened the entire
length on 25 October 1825 with the passing of the first boat "Seneca
SON, d. prior
to his father
SON, d. prior
to his father
prior to her father
10 John SIMPSON (II,
11 Elizabeth "Betsy" SIMPSON
SIMPSON, b. 6/9 June 1819, Elbridge, New York, d.
13/16 September 1841, Elbridge, New York bur Elbridge Rural cemetery
12 William Ward SIMPSON
SIMPSON, b. 4 February 1785, Newburgh, New York, d. 9 April 1814, Elbridge, New York, bur Elbridge Rural cemetery, married but name of wife unknown. No one
in the SIMPSON family was appointed Guardian for Margaret at William’s
death. The Guardian was Truman ADAMS. Perhaps he or his wife were some relation
to William's wife.
SIMPSON, property dispersed to her on 18 June 1821,
when she came of age (what age?). In 1833 William WEAR of
Newburgh, New York was appointed special Guardian of Margaret under aged
21 to sell her land in Onondaga Co. The relationship of William WEAR, if
any, is unknown
SIMPSON, b. 10 October 1789, Newburgh, New York, d.
19 April 1868, Carlton, New York, m. before April 1814, Mrs. Minerva (FISH) ELLIS, b. 6 Jun 1794, Cayuga Co., New York, d. 10 Jul 1858, Carlton, New York, daughter
of Nathan FISH and PRITCHARD, both bur Mt Albion
Albion, New York. Minerva had a daughter by previous m. Halliet D.ELLIS, b. 8 Aug 1811. Asa lived Aurelius,
Cayuga Co. New York, moved to Carlton in 1822
Walter W. SIMPSON, b. 2 June 1815, Aurelius, New York, d. 31 July 1888, Wall Lake, Iowa, first m. Ophelia BOARDMAN, b. 1824, d. 14 May 1880, bur Mt Albion
cemetery, Albion, New York, daughter of Col. John BOARDMAN and Hannah
H. FULLER Walter second m. about one month before his death,
his cousin Margaret SIMPSON, b. 14 December1823, Elbridge, New York, d. 18 Aug 1902, Wall Lake, Iowa,
daughter of JohnSIMPSON and MaryWALROD, both bur Wall Lake, Iowa cemetery
SIMPSON b. 19
October 1819, Aurelius, New York, d. 3 June 1825, Carlton, New York
Ellen W. SIMPSON, b. 7 December 1821, Aurelius, New York, NFI
SIMPSON, b. 20 April 1825, Carlton, New York, d. 11
6 Mary "Polly"
SIMPSON, b. 13 January 1793, Newburgh, New York, d. 27 April 1884, at the home of her daughter Alzina in East
China twp, St Clair Co., Michigan bur Rosehill
Cemetery East China twp, m. AsherTAPPEN, b. 6 September 1785, Camillus twp (in that
part that later became Van Buren twp), Onondaga Co., New York, d. 9 October 1858, bur Adair cemetery,
Adair, Michigan (Casco
twp), son of Rev War patriot "Deacon" JohnTAPPEN and SarahMUNSON, Asher and Polly moved to
Casco twp, St Clair Co., Michigan in 1837. Most, if not all descendants, have
adopted the spelling TAPPAN
TAPPEN, b. 2 May 1816, Camillus/Van Buren twp,
Onondaga Co., New York
TAPPEN, b. 25 May 1818, Camillus/Van Buren twp,
Onondaga Co., New York