Friday, February 1, 2013

The Simpson Clan me XVII, Issue 2 Fall 2001



Looking for William, son of Robert SIMPSON and Rebecca LYONS of Washington Co., Tennessee. Robert died ca 1815 and Rebecca married Abraham LIVENSY. She then moved to Dewitt Co. Illinois where she died in 1831. Did William move with her to Dewitt Co., Illinois or does anyone know what happened to him?

Respond to Marilyn Finer Collins, 10039 Kemp Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77080-2601

The state of North Carolina granted land in Green Co., Tennessee to Andrew SIMPSON in 1789. Andrew's son, James SIMPSON, has land records in this area 1805-1811 when it was Jefferson County. Located near the town of Dandridge, James owned two small islands in the French Broad River as well as outland on the north side of the river. In 1855 James left a will in Jefferson County naming his children: daughters: Margaret LANE, Eliza SHANNON, Nancy , sons Joseph R SIMPSON, George W SIMPSON, John W. SIMPSON, F. H. SIMPSON.

The executor was George W WILLETT or John B DEADRICK. D J GIBSON and Elijah HASHBARGER witnessed it. Would like to exchange with anyone having any tie to this line or any line in eastern Tennessee.

Respond to Nancy Schonemann 5805 Palomino Dr. St. Joseph, MO 64505 e-mail:

Land Tax List of 1782

James SIMPSON 242 acres
Solomon SIMPSON 325 acres 2 males and 2 females, in Capt: MILL’s Company 2 males and 2 females. [2]
Alexander SIMPSON 183 acres
James SIMPSON 85 acres
John SIMPSON 24 acres
The last two were listed one after the other. The other men were scattered throughout the list.


Solomon KNIGHT was named as one of the intruders on Cherokee lands in the Sequatchie Valley on 10 February 1813.[3]


A Robert SIMP___ and a Reuben SIMMON [SIMPSON perhaps?] were two of the signers of a petition from supporters of the lost state of Franklin to the North Carolina legislature in the fall of 1787. The petition was titled from the “Inhabitants of the Western Country”.[4]


In 1815, the legislature passed an act “encouraging” a seminary of learning in Rutherford County, and appropriated the old Jefferson County courthouse and the public square belonging to it for the Jefferson Seminar of Learning. Trustees for the new seminary were to be John COFFEE, Peter LEGRAND, Shelton CROSTHWAIT, George SIMPSON and Walter KIBBLE.[5]

The estate of John WALLACE, a prominent blacksmith, was settled at the January term of 1817 in Rutherford County. While no SIMPSONs were indebted to the estate, there were a few interesting names mentioned: John KNIGHT, William CUNNINGHAM, James CUNNINGHAM, John MATTHEWS and James ESPY[6]

The following Simpson men were listed on the Rutherford Co., Tennessee Tax List in 1809:[7]

Hugh SIMPSON 1 free poll
David SIMPSON 1 fee poll
Thos. SIMPSON 1 free poll
Wm. SIMPSON 1 free poll
Gilbert SIMPSON 1 free poll
George SIMPSON 10 town lots, 1 free pole, 5 slaves


Thomas SIMSON was a member of the jury in Sumner Co., Tennessee in the May Court in 1795. A James ESPY was on a jury in Davidson County in that time period also. Another family with possibly SIMPSON connections who appears in these records is David ALLISON who was appointed Clerk of Mero District on 25 August 1790.[8]


Curtis Hopper, Department Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, P.O. BOX 105185, Jefferson City, MO 65110-5185, located the following records.

Thomas M. SIMPSON of Oregon Co., Missouri took the oath of Allegiance at Pilot Knob, 10-12-1863. S. S. VANSICKEL, Co. K of 3rd M.S.M. Cavalry administered the oath. Thomas was described as age 21, 5’8”, blue eyes, black hair. There was also a Bond document, dated 10-12-1863 for $1000 following his arrest for disloyalty, co-signed by Thomas J. FERGUSON, William PROFFETT, Thomas J. LEE, S.G. WALKER and J.R. SHARP.[9]

This indicates that Thomas was arrested by the Union command, under James S. WILSON, during the raid into Oregon County in the fall of 1863. Peter Rine SIMPSON was also arrested on this trip. Many Oregon County men were rounded up and escorted to Pilot Knob as prisoners. They were held, interrogated as to their prior service in the Confederate Army and in some cases, as in this one, released on bond and signing an Oath of Allegiance not to take up arms against the U.S. again. The bond required security or someone with property willing to post it as bond to secure the prisoner’s release.[10]

A work in progress by Jim Doty Martin Jr., 1017 N. Niagara St., Burbank, CA 01505-2628
Continued from previous issue

Albert SIMPSON, b. 23 Aug 1877, d. 4 Sep 1877, bur Wall Lake, Iowa cemetery
Catherine SIMPSON, bur Wall Lake, Iowa cemetery
Elmer SIMPSON, b. 9 Oct 1882, d. 18 Nov 1882, bur Wall Lake, Iowa cemetery
33 Alma Augusta SIMPSON, b. 10 Mar 1841, Elbridge, New York, d. 29 Mar 1909, Clinton Co., Iowa, m. 19 Nov 1862, Clinton Co., Iowa, Abraham B. CORRELL, b. 25 Jul 1840, d. 20 Feb 1909, Clinton Co., Iowa, both bur Pine Hill cemetery, Grant twp, Clinton Co., Iowa
Albert Duane CORRELL, b. 11 Sep 1863, Welton, Iowa, d. 20 Nov 1864, bur Union cemetery, 3 miles south of Maquoketa, Iowa
Alva Elbert CORRELL, b. 12 Feb 1866, d. 23 Aug 1951, bur Pine Hill cemetery
84. Imogene Frances CORRELL
Dennis Simpson CORRELL, b. 6 Aug 1870, Welton, Iowa, d. 28 Nov 1898 or 30 Nov 1899, bur Pine Hill cemetery
5 Pauline CORRELL
Roger CORRELL, b. 20 Nov 1875, Welton, Iowa, d. 23 Oct 1880, bur Pine Hill cemetery
86 Chester Harold CORRELL
Roy Jerrold CORRELL, b. 21 Feb 1886, Welton, Iowa
34 Charles Ira SIMPSON, b. 10 May 1844, Elbridge, New York, d. 13 Oct 1935, m. 1 Jan 1877, Mattie GROW
Marie SIMPSON, lived Biloxi Mississippi
35 William Abner SIMPSON, 3 Mar 1846, Elbridge, New York, m. 12 Feb 1874, Dora CHASE, b Jul 1852, NY, lived Boise, Idaho
Leon S. SIMPSON, b. 29 Sep 1877, Idaho d. Sep 1969, Boise, Idaho
Leafy/Leapy E. SIMPSON, b. Jan 1881, Idaho
Len L. SIMPSON, b. Aug 1884, Idaho
Clyde E. SIMPSON, b. 24 May 1886, Idaho, d. Oct 1970, Boise Idaho
Clark C. SIMPSON, b. Sep 1891, Idaho
Linda SIMPSON, b. Nov 1894, Idaho
36 Deborah SIMPSON b. 1827, d. 1911, m. 1846, Carlton New York, Henry E. COLLINS
Alma COLLINS, b. ca 1849 Carlton New York
87 Ida Minerva COLLINS
37 Sarah Minerva SIMPSON, b. 14 Aug 1833, d. 17 Feb 1899, Chicago, Illinois m. 1852, Ira TOMBLIN, b. 9 Mar 1831, Plano Illinois, d. 19 Dec 1897, Chicago Illinois. Ira 1st bur Spring Lake cemetery, Aurora, but Sarah and her sister Margaret's family bought adjoining plots in Rose Hill cemetery, Chicago. Sarah or her daughter had her husband's remains, and three of her children's, moved to the new family plot
Ira TOMBLIN, b. 1 Jan 1855, d. 1 Feb 1855
Frederick S. TOMBLIN, b. 26 Aug 1858, Aurora Illinois, d. 23 Feb 1859, Aurora, bur Spring Lake later Rose Hill cemetery
88 Ida Beulah TOMBLIN
Edward C. TOMBLIN, b. 14 May 1860, Aurora IL, d. 29 Jan 1872, Aurora, bur Spring Lake later Rose Hill cemetery
(William) Wallace TOMBLIN, b. 8 Oct 1867, Aurora IL, d. 3 Feb 1872, Aurora, bur Spring Lake later Rose Hill cemetery. In researching Eddie and Wallie in the newspaper there was no cause of death mentioned but elsewhere in the paper was noted a Diphtheria epidemic among the town children. They had a joint funeral
Clara TOMBLIN, b. ca 1885, d. 5 Mar 1940, Wilmette Illinois, m. SCOTT, bur Rose Hill cemetery, Chicago Illinois
38 (Saly?) Margaret SIMPSON, b. 25 Oct 1844, Carlton New York, d. 1 Dec 1937, Evanston Illinois, m. Azariah EDDY, b. 3 Nov 1833, Ohio, d. 8 Aug 1909, Evanston Illinois, both bur Rose Hill cemetery, Chicago Illinois
George Simpson EDDY, b. 12 Apr 1867, d. 20 Oct 1947, New York, New York, bur Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
89 Thomas Hooker EDDY
Harriette M. EDDY b. 26 Feb 1873, d. 31 Jul 1899, Evanston, Illinois, bur Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
To be continued


Beginning in 1995, a group of Simpson family researchers sent contributions to Don, a professional researcher, enabling him to spend some of his time researching various SIMPSON families. He wrote a series of research reports that were sent to the contributors. Those reports will now be published in this newsletter.
February 1995 - By Don Simpson

This begins a new series of reports on the results of a new project aimed at increasing our knowledge about our Simpson ancestors and their relatives.

1. The Cannon & Coffee Counties Area, Tennessee
In 1836 the Legislature of Tennessee created the new County of Cannon from parts of Rutherford, Warren and Wilson Counties, and the County of Coffee from parts of Bedford, Franklin and Warren Counties. The County Court of Cannon County was organized and held it's first session in the May of 1836. Among the Justices of the Court at the time of it's organization was Joseph SIMPSON, son of Peter Ryan SIMPSON and his wife, Elizabeth (CUNNINGHAM) SIMPSON. At the August session, 1837, seven more justices were sworn and took their seats on the Cannon County Court and among them was Joseph's brother, Thomas SIMPSON.

Joseph and Thomas both served on the Court through the January session, 1838. At the February session, 1838, Joseph tendered his resignation and did not serve thereafter. At the same time Thomas ceased to be listed among the Justices of the Court but this resulted from his being in the old 10th Civil District which was taken from Cannon County and incorporated into the new County of DeKalb. Joseph was one of two Justices from the 3rd Civil District that was the area immediately around Woodbury, the County Seat. Joseph continued to be active in some public affairs as is shown by several further entries in the Court Record over the following years. Most interesting of these is his listing as a bondsman for an appointment of an estate administrator.

At the June Session, 1839, of the Cannon County Court, Leroy ROSE was named Administrator of the Estate of John G W ROSE, deceased. Leroy posted bond for five thousand dollars with Elisha B ROSE and Joseph SIMPSON as his securities and thereupon was granted Letters of Administration by the Court. It is known from family records that two of the Simpsons of the Cannon and Coffee Counties area were married to ROSE women but the parents of those women have never been determined. It may be that this record may lead to solving that question. This is of interest to us because it may throw some light on the uncertainty regarding the status of John and David SIMPSON of Coffee County.

No proof has been found so far that John and David were sons of Peter R & Elizabeth (CUNNINGHAM) SIMPSON but some of us have tentatively assigned them to that family. It is known that the wife of Joseph SIMPSON of Cannon County was married to Sarah B ROSE and that David SIMPSON of Coffee County was married to Jane ROSE. John SIMPSON of Coffee County was married to Sarah BICKLE. I do not know if Sarah and Jane ROSE were related but that is likely. A study of the ROSE families of that area might provide some clues to the relationships of David and John SIMPSON of Coffee County to the Peter Ryan SIMPSON family of Cannon County.

The John SIMPSON of Coffee County should not be confused with another John SIMPSON who appears on record in the Cannon County Court Records in March 1837. The latter John SIMPSON was appointed by the Court to a Road Jury that was directed to lay out a new road in the 10th District, between Indian Creek and Dry Creek. This was part of the area that was transferred to the new County of DeKalb in 1838, and that John SIMPSON was a resident of the area near Thomas SIMPSON. This John SIMPSON is known to have been a son of James & Ruth (ALEXANDER) SIMPSON who were residents of that same area. No relationship is yet known between the Haw River Simpsons and the family of James & Ruth but the circumstances suggests further study is needed. [Ed. Note: The subsequent discovering of the letter of 1874 suggests that James SIMPSON was a son of William SIMPSON and Elizabeth HOCKING) and these two families were related and had come to North Carolina from old Baltimore Co., Maryland.]

On the 1850 census of DeKalb County Thomas & Nancy (MORELAND) SIMPSON were listed adjacent the family of James & Mary SIMPSON. That James was a son of James & Ruth (ALEXANDER) SIMPSON and brother of John. Descendants of James & Ruth SIMPSON have sent me group sheets which list the birthplace of both James & Ruth as South Carolina, but indicate that their parents are still unknown. I am reminded that some of the Simpsons who were early in Anson Co, North Carolina, not far from the South Carolina border there were some who appeared to have been from the Harford Co, Maryland Simpsons and thus related to the Haw River Simpsons.

2. A Marriage Clue for a Related Family.
In about 1787 several families arrived in Guilford Co, North Carolina from the area of Delaware and eastern Maryland. Among them was the family of Ezekiel & Sarah DEWEESE who settled on a farm on the west side of Nathaniel SIMPSON Sr.'s place. Ezekiel & Sarah had a daughter, Mary, who was the first wife of Nathaniel SIMPSON Jr. They also had two daughters who married two of the sons of Benjamin & Ann (DILWORTH) DILWORTH [not an error; Ann's maiden name was DILWORTH). Those two couples were Thomas & Sarah (DEWEESE) DILWORTH and Isaac & Martha (DEWEESE) DILWORTH. When Ezekiel made his will in 1821 he left bequests the two DILWORTH daughters, to the heirs of his daughter, Mary SIMPSON (already deceased), and to the heirs of a daughter, Susannah AYDELOTTE, who was apparently deceased. The identity of Susannah's spouse and children has remained unknown to me but recently discovered clues lead to a tentative identification that is of considerable importance to some of the descendants of the Haw River Simpsons.

There is no marriage bond preserved in North Carolina for Susannah DEWEESE to an AYDELOTTE but it seems likely the marriage occurred in Guilford County. I have been unable to find a clue to Susannah's family in Guilford Co but in studying the Simpsons in Kentucky find evidence suggesting a likely identity.

Susannah's sister, Mary DEWEESE, was married in 1796 to Nathaniel SIMPSON Jr., son of Nathaniel Sr. Mary died ca 1807 in Guilford County and Nathaniel Jr. married 2nd, ca 1809, to Jane, maiden name unknown. Nathaniel & Jane moved ca 1836 to Grant Co, Kentucky, and their oldest son, Nathaniel Jr. Jr., was married in Pendleton Co, Kentucky, in 1839 to Mary AYDELOTTE, daughter of John AYDELOTTE.

John AYDELOTTE had come to Kentucky from Guilford Co, North Carolina, sometime between 1812 and 1819. He may have traveled with Thomas & Sarah (MILEHAM) SIMPSON who accompanied Sarah's brothers, John and Ebenezer MILEHAM in 1815. All these families were from the area between Reedy Fork and Haw River in northern Guilford Co, North Carolina and settled in the Grassy Creek area on the Grant Co - Pendleton Co, Kentucky line.

No marriage bond is preserved in North Carolina for John AYDELOTTE but his oldest children are shown on the 1850 & 1860 censuses as born in that state. John was probably married in Guilford Co, North Carolina between 1800 & 1808. From the naming pattern among his granddaughters it seems likely his first wife was named Susannah, and I think it likely she was that daughter of Ezekiel & Sarah DEWEESE who was had died before March, 1821.

The Pendleton Co, Kentucky Marriage Records show that John AYDELOTTE was married in May 1819, to his 2nd wife, Margaret, widow of Samuel HUTCHINSON. I do not know Margaret’s maiden name. The 1850 census shows John & Margaret in Pendleton County in the 1st District. John's age, given as 62, is probably a few years less than his true age. John's will made in 1845 was probated in March 1853.

In that will, John, mentioned his daughter, Mary SIMPSON, and his granddaughter, Susannah AYDELOTTE, daughter of his daughter, Sarah WORK, wife of Henry WORK, and other children. The mention of Sarah WORK's daughter as Susannah AYDELOTTE seems at first puzzling. A check of Court records shows that Susannah was Sarah AYDELOTTE's illegitimate daughter born some time before Sarah's marriage to Henry WORK.

As mentioned above, John's daughter, Mary SIMPSON, was the wife of Nathaniel SIMPSON Jr. Jr. Nathaniel & Mary (AYDELOTTE) SIMPSON had a daughter born in May, 1846, which they named Susannah Jane SIMPSON. It appears that this daughter was named to honor both grandmothers, Susannah AYDELOTTE and Jane SIMPSON.

The parents of John AYDELOTTE in Guilford Co, North Carolina is not yet certain, but one result of my recent studies of land records there has led to an interesting possibility. It will not be possible to discuss that complex finding now so that will be taken up in a future report.
To be continued

[1] Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin, Volume 3, Nos. 1-2, 1974. The late Mrs. Mary Hoss Headman transcribed this tax list from the original manuscript in the Courthouse at Fincastle sometime in the early 1930’s. Whether the original survives is not known, but the Virginia Archives does not have a certified copy in its collection.
[2] Botetourt County Tithables, 1782, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Volume 33, No. 3, Summer 1995, p. 230.  This list was found among a bundle of original court papers at The Library of Virginia. Apparently they only found a portion of the list abstracted by Mrs. Headman.
[3] The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History Volume XV, No. 2, Fall 2001, p. 73.
[4] Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin Volume 30, No. 2, 2001 pp. 91-97.
[5] Ansearchin’ News Volume 48, No. 3, Fall 2001 p. 16.
[6] Middle Tennessee Genealogy, Volume III, No. 3, Winter 1990, pp. 75-80
[7] The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History Volume XV, No. 2, Fall 2001, p. 76. This list was alphabetized.
[8] Middle Tennessee Genealogy, Volume III, No. 3, Winter 1990, pp. 72, 73.
[9] Union Provost Marshall’s File of Papers Relating to Individual Citizens, Microcopy No. 345, National Archives Roll 246.
[10] Lou Wehmer of Willow Springs, Missouri

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