As early as the Fall of 1988, I published a query in The Simpson Clan for Margaret G. Baldock of Clovis, New Mexico as follows:
Am seeking the father of David Marshal Simpson. D.M. Simpson b. 4 Apr. 1814 in Ohio or TN d. 30 Oct. 1903 in Clay Co., Ark. He married Susan J. Hamilton b. 14 Feb. 1815 in Nashville, TN & died 7 May 1891 in Clay Co., Ark. They had 10 children & my gr-gr-grandmother, Martha Jane Simpson b. 31 Oct. 1841, d. 16 Dec. 1915 was their 4th child.In a follow-up letter, Ms. Baldock wrote that an article in the Commonwealth of Kentucky written in 1896 by David Marshall Simpson's youngest son, James, named his grandfather as David who was connected with the steamboat lines which plied between Cincinnati and New Orleans. On the 1840 U.S. Census a David Simpson is listed in Humphreys Co., Tennessee with 1 m. under 5, 1 m. 20-30, 2 f. under 5 and 1 f. 20-30.
Martha Jane and Ulysses S. Grant were cousins (either 1st or 2nd) but I've not been able to make the exact connection. Family members who knew her remember her talking about visiting with him as a child, but no information has come forth as to their exact kinship. Can anyone help?
Margaret G. Baldock, 117 W. Plains, Clovis, NM 88101
Recently, Terry Hazlewood contacted Don Simpson with information about David. M. Simpson's family. He stated that he'd been told that the Simpsons, Hazlewoods and The McKeels all moved together around the 1880s thru 1900 and that her father's great-grandmother was Ellen Isabell "Bell" Simpson McKeel.
1. Mary Ann born 1837 in Graves Co., Kentucky
3. William H. born 1840
Terry noted that he doesn't know who David Marshall Simpson Sr.’s father was but has wondered if it might be William Simpson age 73 in 1850 census and living in Humphreys Co., Tennessee very near David Marshall Sr.
(Note from Nona: I have attempted to list various Simpsons in Humphreys Co., Tennessee in my other blog here. The color-coded names demonstrates my attempt to identify family groups, but may not be accurate.)
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