George Washington Smith and Mary

It was for a while believed by the family that Daniel BREWER’s wife was Nancy GARNETT or GURNET, but we now know otherwise.

Nancy Benton writes:

The “cousin” who gave me the family sheet of Daniel which listed his mother as “Nancy Gurnet” said there was some scandal about her, but she didn’t know what it was. In some of mother’s writings I found mention of Nancy Garnett as wife of Daniel.

In corresponding with other researchers (including Steve Brewer and Debbie Schmidt) I found that Nancy Smith who md. Daniel Brewer in 1805 in Mercer County was mentioned as a daughter in George Smith’s probate records. George had been married previously and had five children before marrying Nancy’s mother and having six more.

Isom: “Marriage Bonds and Consents, Mercer Co., KY 1786-1820, p. 13–“Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith; Consent of Mary Smith for her daughter, same date, witnessed by Narney Smock and Abraham Brewer.

So, we know George Washington Smith was father of Nancy.

George Washington Smith, what an odd name for a man born about 1740. It wasn’t like he could have been named for George Washington.

Things get confusing with George Smith so I’ll set it out in dates, the bulk of this research via Debbie Schmidt and Irma Korbitz.

Abt. 1740 he is born.

Before 1762 he marries a Jerusha or a Jessica Jerusha.

1762 circa, Rebecca is born. Will marry a Samuel Brewer in 1787.

1774 circa, George Washington Smith is born. Will marry Mary Fulkerson in 1794 and move to St. Louis.

Milley Smith born unknown. Marries Isaac Carson.

Catherine Smith b. unknown. She will marry Jacob Wilmore in 1786.

1779 Dec 29, concerning land.

Debbie Schmidt gives from Irma Korbitz:

PIONEER KENTUCKY BY Willard R. Jillson , Frankfort, 1934, p. 101 – Smiths station…is shown by Filson west of the Dicks River on the trail from the Low Dutch station to the juncture of the Dicks and Kentucky River.

EARLY KENTUCKY LAND RECORDS 1773-1780 by Neal O Hammons, published by Filson Club gives that settlers were allowed only one Settlement and Preemption entry so that would indicate the George Smith had a settlement claim of 400 acres on 12-29-1779 on Harrods Run and 600 acres Settlement Preemption on 10-15-1780 on Harrods Run.

There is a 1000 acre entry from a treasury warrant on Silver Creek which was sold/passed on to Andrew HANNAH. There is also a land commission record of this land dated 1804 and the land had an area called Gerusha’s Grove. It was at St Alsaphs just below Danville.

According to Irma (IKATHRYNK) who did this research, there was a treasury warrant purchased from the state. Treasury warrants could not be entered until May 1780 giving those with settlement certificts and preemption
warrants the opportunity to make earlier entries.

Debbie Schmidt gives Irma Korbitz’ notes having George Smith as appearing in Kentucky County, Kentucky records as early as 1780 with land grants, then later in Lincoln county from which Mercer County was formed in 1786.

1780 Dec 22, Dorcas Dobitha is born. She will marry Alexander Vanarsdall.

After 1780, George marries Mary.

Debbie Schmidt: Second Wife: Mary married before 1793 ( Mercer Co. KY Deed Book II, p. 58-60.)

Irma Korbitz notes she has a record of a marriage in January of 1785 of a George SMITH to a Polly GORDON in Lincoln County Kentucky. Polly was a common nickname for Mary. She tried checking GORDONS in Lincoln County Kentucky and came up with two GORDON men who died, one of whom had a wife Mary in Mercer County Kentucky Court Records–1801, Mary SMITH vs. George SMITH Sr. and George SMITH Jr.

1785 Dec 4, Nancy Smith is born who will marry Daniel A. Brewer Sr. in 1805. His mother is Jane Van Arsdale. Unknown relationship to the above Alexander Vanarsdale but I bet there is one. DIRECT LINE.

Jerusha Smith b. unknown date will marry John Hunter in 1804. He’s a son of Henry Hunter. His brother Charles marries Susannah Hedden, daughter of Abraham Hedden and Charity Munson. His brother Carter Hunter, in 1818, will marry Anne Hedden, daughter of Abraham Hedden and Charity Munson. This Hedden family marries into our Brewers with Catherine Hedden (a descendant of Abraham and Charity) marrying Daniel Levi Brewer, son of Daniel A. Brewer and Nancy Smith, in 1843.

1787 census in Mercer County, Virginia

1787. Debbie Schmidt gives this from Irma Korbitz: In 1787 George Smith entered himself as special bail for Henry Hunter (whose son John Hunter marries Jerusha Smith, George’s daughter in 1804) in the suit of Henry Hart in an action for debt.

Elizabeth Smith, born unknown date,will marry David McEwin in 1817.

1790. Mercer County, West Virginia. Margaret S. Henson records on the Rootsweb Mercer Co. KY Deeds board, Wed., 30 June, 1999, that Charles McKinney came to then Lincoln Co in 1785 and located unknown date on Harrods Run. Court Order book July 1789 says he wants road moved to the west side of his property. Neighbors were James Harrod and George Smith.

1791. Debbie Schmidt gives this from Irma Korbitz: In 1791 Mary James and Jeremiah Tilford were appointed guardians to Sarah James, Leah James and George James, orphans of Abraham James, dec`d. George and Thomas Smith were sureties.

1792. Debbie Schmidt gives this from Irma Korbitz: In 1792 Thomas Vincent, 7 years old was bound to George Smith.

1794. In 1794 George Smith entered into bond with Frederick Baker to keep a tavern at Danville.

1794. An indenture from George Smith to John Allin was proved by George S. Smith and William Gaines in 1794.

1795, appears on the tax list in Mercer, West Virginia.

1795. An indenture from Daniel Bulger to George Smith was proved by George Smith Jr. and Thomas Freedman and David Black in 1795.

Levi Smith, b. 1797 in Kentucky, will die 1851 in St. Louis.

James Smith b. 1799 in Kentucky, marries Elizabeth Ellis in 1819 in St. Louis.

According to (HISTORY OF SHELBY COUNTY, KY; Geo. L. Willis, Sr.; Shelby County Genealogical-Historical Society`s Committee on Printing; 1929; p 50, 51) a Low Dutch colony came from Mercer County into Shelby county between 1784-1786 and settled around Pleasureville. Brewers and Vanisdals were among those who moved to Shelby Co. James Smith, son of George Smith was reportedly born in Shelby Co, in 1799. George evidently moved there for a brief time before moving on to the St. Louis area.

1800 March 18, a land transaction in Powhattan, Virginia.

Irma Korbitz records:

18 March 1800 a Benjamin Sublett of Pohattan Co, VA to George Smith, also of Powhattan, 1oo pounds for 1,178 2/3 acres in Lincoln Co on the waters of the Cumberland River, a miles below Stinking Creek, and north. This was recorded in Powhattan Co, Va. Other land owned by George was on Stinking Creek.? Powhattan may have been the county he came from in VA.

1800, appeared on the tax list in Mercer, West Virginia.

1800 Sept 3. Deed in Mercer Co.

Irma Korbitz notes:

Deed in Mercer Co, Deed Book,4, p 220,3 Sept 1800, Power of Attorney from George Smith sr to George Smith jr. “to sell or transfer to Milly Smith, daughter of said Smith sr. .. all the property of the Said George Smith Sr, now in the Elynoy grant, northwest of the Ohio, except land, and the said land, to be sold now whereby the said George Smith jr is empowered to transact all any any of my business whatever..”

The Illinois grant was the land given to George Rogers Clark to give to the men who fought with him. There were two George Smiths, one fortunately, died early. The other I believe to be our George. In THE FIRST AMERICAN FRONTIER, CONQUEST OF THE COUNTRY NORTHWEST OF THE RIVER OHIO ; 1778-1783, VOL I AND II, William Hayden English; Arno Press and the New York Times, 1971.

The plats of land are displayed on a map and George Smith was granted 104 acres. I have not been able to find where the land was sold. It was actually in Clark County Indiana.

1801, May 25. George Smith is appointed an assistant to Joseph McKinney, Captain of Patrollers, to patrol the companies of Moore, Walls and Davis.

1801. In 1801 Josiah McKinney was appointed Constable in place of George Smith. Irma Korbitz notes it has not been found where George Smith was appointed constable and wonders if this means he was on the move in 1801.

1801 in Mercer, West Virginia. A court case with his wife. Mary Smith vs George Smith Sr. and George Smith Jr.

Wait…what? Mary Smith in court against her own husband and stepson? Things aren’t looking so good between Mary and George.

1802. George is in St. Louis. Maybe things were looking soooooo not good that George decided it was time to leave.

The first record of George Smith in the St. Louis area is 18 Dec 1802 when he claimed 300-400 arpents of land, adjoining the fields of St. Ferdinand (claiming as assignee of Peter Payan) producing to the Board a special
permission to settle, from Charles D Delassus, same date, and a survey of four hundred and seventy-Three arpents taken Nov 25, 1805 [sic] and certified 5 Jan, 1803; and a deed of transfer of the same, dated 14 Feb., 1805. In testimony on 15 Sept 1806, John Ellis, probably brother of Peter and Abraham, says Peter Payan settled the said land in 1800 and prior to and on 20th Dec. 1803 actually inhabited and cultivated the same. On 15 Sept, 1806 the Board granted George two hundred arpents of land, situated as said, provided so much be found vacant there. George Smith most likely came to Ky from VA. A letter was left at the St. Louis Post office July 1, 1808 for George Smith and Simon Vanarsdal. Simon was from Mercer/Shelby Ky. and it was possibly his son who married Dorcas Smith.

1803 Feb 7. Receipt for sale of two slaves named Sam and Rachel from Uriah Taylor to George Smith of Kentucky. (Notation on the back of the document states that the document was recorded in St. Louis County, Missouri Territory.)

1804 Jan 9 he’s in St. Louis, Missouri Territory.


Vol 4 p. 54 9 JAN. 1804. George Smith bought from William Musick 475 arpens on river(cold water) and bordering on lands of Daniel Musick and the Royal Denesue. Signatures are William Musick. G.W. Morrison, John Long and Santiago Mackay. From the Recorder of Deeds, Room 126 City Hall, 12th and Market. St. Louis, MO.

SOURCE: Debbie Schmidt

1804 Feb 14, again in St. Louis.

P 474;F465 E17,1986
St. Louis County; Grantee Index no. 4; p 47; 14 FE 1804. George Smith bought from Thomas Jones, 240 Arpens. S. side of the Missouri River, corner of Creuve Coerve banded west by Missouri and on all other sides by the Royal Deneseau, for $320. George Smith signed name. From the Recorder of Deeds, Room 126 City Hall, 12th and Market. St. Louis, MO.

Source: Debbie Schmidt

1804 Feb 21. Again in St. Louis.

Vol 4 ;p 103 21 Feb. 1804 George Smith Bought from Baptiste Belille a piece of land , 3 arpens ? , bounded N. by Baptiest Crely, S. by Peter Ellis, E by Little River, W. by River Missouri. From the Recorder of Deeds, Room 126 City Hall, 12th and Market. St. Louis, MO.
Source: Debbie Schmidt

1804 Sept. 1.

in Mercer Co, John Hunter and Jerusha Smith, daughter of Mary Smith and son of Henry Hunter, married. Teste is Nancy Smith. This indicates that Mary was not living in Mo and that George was no longer in Ky to give his consent. However, in George`s will date 17 February, 1810 he mentions daughters Nancy Smith, yet unmarried, daughter of Mary Smith with Jerusha Smith daughter of Mary Smith. He does not give Jerusha`s married name or name her husband. Possibly, the marriage bands were published and the marriage never took place. Wife Mary is mentioned in the will only as mother to her children and does not appear to be provided for indicating she may have been dead.

1805. Eli Smith is born. An Eli Ruth (Smith) and Elizabeth Ruth (abt. 1806) are said to be children fathered out of wedlock, mother being a Leah Ruth. Estate papers concerning Levi Smith seemed to have something about his guardianship over his half-brother, Eli Ruth, alias Eli Smith. Someone wrote about this…

Eli and Elizabeth…were children he had with Leah Ruth and he admits in the deed (he wrote to them) that the children were born out of wedlock.

1805, Oct 5 in Mercer, West Virginia, daughter Nancy is married to Daniel A. Brewer. Nancy’s mother signs. George isn’t there for the nuptials.

He died before Feb 17, 1810 in St. Louis.

SOURCE: Debbie Schmidt

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of George Smith naming his wives and children.


Be it remembered that I GEORGE SMITH of the district of St Louis in upper Louisana territory being weak of body but of sound mind and memory. Blessed be Almighty God for for the same do make and for ________________ last will and testiment hereby revoking all other wills by me made. that is to say first my will is that all my just debts be paid by my excutors. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my son GEORGE SMITH son of JESSICA SMITH one dollar he having received his portion of my estate heartofore – – – – I give and bequeath unto my son LEVI SMITH son of MARY SMITH my __________________ athon where I now live containing four hundred and seventy five acres of Land as by the platt with appears to ________ the said LEVI his heirs and assigns forever togeather with one rifle gun – – – – – – – – – – – – – – I give and bequeath unto my son JAMES SMITH son of MARY SMITH one ________ or parcel of land lying in the St Ferdinan Field ___________ two hundred and thirty arpants bounded on the upper side by a tract of landbelonging to AUGUST CHOTAU to the __________ of the said JAMES his heirs and assigns forever I give and bequeath unto my daughter MILLEY CARSON daughter of JESSICA SMITH one dollar She having received her share of my estate heartofore – – – – – – – – – I give and bequeath unto my daughter ROBECAH BREWER wife of ___________ BREWER and DARCUS VANASDALL wife of ALEXANDER VANASDALL and my daughter NANCY SMITH yet unmarried daughter of MARY SMITH with JESSICA SMITH daughter of MARY SMITH all my estate real ____________ which I have not disposed of before this my Last Will as that the above mentioned property be sold in due time after my demise at twelve months _______ the amount of which to be equally divided between the above named daughters all excepting the heirs of my daughter —- CATHERINE WOOLMORE who I gave and_________________________ the __________ received her portion of my estate heartofore futhermore my will is that a certain deed of ___ft be exicuted ________ date the fifteenth day of august where I have given a certain tract or parcel of land containing three hundred and fifty acres to geather with one smooth bored rifle gun unto ELI SMITH his heirs and assigns forever as well as a certain ________ of the property I have ____________________ my daughter ELIZABETH SMITH as by the _______ deed of gift will appear Shall __________ force and virtue without any alteration whatsoever further more I do hearby appoint my trusty friends ALEXANDER CLARK and JOHN BROWN ______ both living in the district of St Louis to be my executors to this my last will and testement in writing where of I have set my hand and seal this 14th day of february in the year of our lord one thousand and eight hundred and ten.

Signed Sealed
and ___________ by said GEORGE SMITH GEORGE SMITH {seal}
in the presance of ____ who hearunto set our names as witness to the same


Before me the undersigned Judge of Probate for the District aforesaid personally came & appeared JOHN HOWESHELL and JOHN MUSICK who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almight God deposes & says that they were present when GEORGE SMITH signed sealed and executed the written last will & Testament for the purposes & effect therein contained & mentioned, that he said GEORGE SMITH was at the time of signing the same in his perfect memory and understanding, that they at the same time subscribed their names thereto as witnesses and that they saw WILLIAM MARTIN subscribe also the same time his name to the same as witnesses Sworn to & Subscribed before me Judge of Probate aforesaid given under my hand this 7th day of March A.D. 1810.

M. E. HOUC {SEAL} Judge of Probate

Though George Smith was one of the early St. Louis settlers, his line down through Nancy wouldn’t set foot in Missouri until some 60 years after his death.

Robert Reuben Simmons and Frances Smith

Robert “Reuben” SIMMONS was born about 1820 to William Seldon SIMMONS. He is believed to have been born in NC, but he is also given as born in AL in the census, and Delores Tousineau reports that his son Middleton’s death certificate gives both Robert Reuben SIMMONS and Frances SMITH being born in West Virginia. James Madison’s death certificate states that his father was born in NC. (Source for James Madison info, posting by Betty at Rootsweb MSPIKE-L. 17 Feb 2001)

Delores Tousineau writes that her aunts say Robert married Frances SMITH in 1844 in Lowndes Co. AL. Frances SMITH was the daughter of Ward SMITH and Easter EVERIDGE. Ward SMITH’s mother was Cherokee.

Bob Ann Breland notes, “His birthdate on his tomb is 1819, which is incorrect. His name is also incorrect. There has never been any reference to him as Robert Simmons, but always as Reuben Simmons. We shall refer to him as both, however, since that is what is indicated on his tomb. (The tombstone was placed there many years after his death by his grandson, I.O. Lang, the son of Albert W. Lang and Reuben’s youngest daughter, Narcis Simmons Lang.)”

Bob Ann Breland further notes, “Descendants claim his father was William Seldon Simmons. The 1880 census gives Reuben’s father as having been born in North Carolina. Descendants claim he went to Georgia from North Carolina, then to Coffee County, Alabama. His parents have really been hard to track down, since Reuben was apparently the youngest child of an older couple, and courthouses in Alabama have been flooded and records destroyed…Frances Smith was the daughter of Ward Smith and Easter Everidge Smith, who came to Pike County along with her parents and the Murdock Wilson family. Murdock married Martha Smith, sister of Frances Smith Simmons, wife of Reuben. The Murdock Wilson and the Reuben Simmons’ families settled close to the Mississippi line in Pike County. Easter Everidge Smith was known as ‘Granny Ward’. Granny Ward had been crippled by a broken leg when she was thrown from a horse, and had to crawl to get around.”

Frances and Reuben had seven children:

  • James Madison “Red Jim” SIMMONS was b. 20 July 1845 in AL and died 18 Feb 1913 in Pike Co. MS. He married, 22 Dec. 1864, Mary E. PHELPS b. 9 Nov 1841 in Coffee Co. AL and died 8 Dec 1925 in MS. She was a daughter of Marshall and Caroline (Parker) PHELPS. Her sister, Sarah, married William Perry LANG when she was 14 years of age. Sarah and William were parents of Albert Winston who married Narcissus SIMMONS, a sister of James Madison.

    James is buried in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Mary’s burial site is not known. James served in the Civil War in Forrest Cavalry, 4th Mississippi Regiment. Mary applied for a pension in 1923, at the age of 81. The following data is had on the pension application at Jackson, MS:

    Mary E. Simmons, Pike County, Miss., wife of J. M. Simmons made application for pension on her husband’s Civil War record. She and J. M. Simmons were married in Pike County on Dec. 22, 1864. Her husband enlisted in Pike County in Forrest’s Cavalry, Miss. Regiment.

    An earlier application was filed in 1916 when Mary was 64, in which she reported herself as born in MS and was living in Pike Co., a widow of J. M. Simmons whom she married Dec. 22 1864. He resided in Newton County, MS when he enlisted in Forrest’s 4th Mississippi Regiment. He died in Magnolia, Pike Co., MS on 18 Feb 1913. He was living with his youngest son when he died.

    James and Mary SIMMONS joined the Bala Chitto Baptist Church in 1873.

    James and Mary had 9 children: William F., Austin, Robert T. “Babe”, James Marshall, David, Dudley, Samuel, Emma and Mary Elizabeth.

  • William S. SIMMONS
  • Mary Ann “Daught” SIMMONS, b. 5 Sept 1848, d. 10 Feb 1910. Married James J. LANG b. 1854, d. 1936.

    James J. LANG was a son of James Jefferson LANG and thus a brother to William Perry LANG, a daughter of whose married James Madison SIMMMONS above.

    Mary Ann is buried in the Lang-Simmons Cemetery at Sheridan LA. James J. LANG is buried in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery at Magnolia. They had 6 children: Fannie, Monroe, Esco, Della, Mattie and Marjorie.

  • Charles Monroe SIMMONS b. 12 July 1857, d. 24 March 1925. Married Abi Jane SANDIFER b. 15 Feb. 1861, d. 7 Dec. 1939, daughter of John W. Sandifer and Jane G. STRICKLAND. Abi was also reportedly of Cherokee descent through the STRICKLANDS (of NC and GA) and her ggrandmother Elizabeth HUNT b. abt. 1736 Barnwell Co., SC September 08, 1815 Wayne Co., GA. Abi and Charles are buried in the Ponemah Cemetery at Bogalusa, LA. Their six children were: Willie Arnold, Mary Ida, Beulah Jane, Illey Arthur, Charlie Ada and Sidney Albert.
  • John B. SIMMONS b. 16 June 1862, d. 25 Feb 1946, married Lula “Lou” BROWN b. 2 July 1873, d. 5 Dec. 1940. Lou was a sister to Julia Brown Simmons, the wife of John B.’s nephew, William F. “Blow Gun” Simmons.) John B. and Lou ran a store in the Union community in Pike County, Miss. and “Uncle John” was one of the more prosperous members of the family. (Their large home across the road from the store was remembered by my father, Seldon Lang, as quite handsome for the time. The house burned several years after the death of John B. and Lou, but the old store building still stands on the corner, overgrown with weeds and trees in 1991.) The children of John B. and Lou Simmons were: Helmer, Alice, Jewell and Prentis.
  • Murdock Middleton “Steve” SIMMONS b. 1863 married Louisa Clarinda THIGPEN.<.li>

  • Narcissus “Narcis” “Dink” SIMMONS b. 5 Jan 1870 d. Sept 1944, married Albert Winston LANG, b. 20 Oct 1869, d. Feb. 1959. They are buried in the Lang-Simmons Cemetery at Sheridan. Their 9 children were: Iva O., Evie, Lillian and Leslie (twins), Norman and Narvel (twins), Fannie Frances, Clyde, Seldon.

Robert is said to have had land in Alabama that he lost. Jean Kearns had heard a story that he was gotten drunk and signed away the land that Birmingham, AL is on. Delores Tousineau writes that her aunts had heard a story he once had land around Birmingham.

The family has thus far been located on the following censuses:

NOTE: There are numerous SIMMONS and SMITHS and WILSONS in this Coffee County census. I will give a number of them.

3. George WILLSON 50 NC
Harriet 30
Nancy Ann 13 GA
Giles P. 10 AL
Joseph T 5
Michael M 3
John D 1

14. William PETTIT 61 NC
Eliabeth 64
Samuel 29
15. John I. WILSON 40 NC
Nancy A. 34 GA
Frances A. 13
Mary J. 11
John S. 9
Georgia Ann 7 AL
Caroline 6
Elizabeth A. 4
Josephine 3
Alabama 6 mo.

20. Alfred SIMMONS 29 NC
Elizabeth 26 AL
James J. 4
Elizabeth 2
Martha C. 2
Isaiah JORDEN 24 GA
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland notes this Alfred married an Elizabeth BYRD in Pike Co. 19 Sept. 1844.

119/119 Bartholomew GIDEON 34 NC
Milly 23 GA
Frances A. 9 AL
Thomas SIMMONS 13 AL
Darcas SIMMONS 18 AL
George W. 2 AL
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland notes that Milly is Amelia MALONE and that a Darcas ELLIS was living as a domestic servant in the home of a Thomas W. SIMMONS in 1880. She notes Thomas SIMMONS as being a son of John SIMMONS at household 121.

121/121 John SIMMONS 40 NC
Keran 30 GA
William 12 AL
Jason 6
Mason 11 mo.
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted that Thomas SIMMONS in household 119 was a son of this John SIMMONS. She reported she didn’t know his parents, siblings or wife’s maiden name.
122. Andrew J. SIMMONS 29 NC
Mahala 21 AL
Elizabeth 3
William LZT 1
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted Mahala was Mahala HUTCHINSON, daughter of William Jason HUTCHINSON. He is given as probably a son of Levi SIMMONS at household 124. “In 1840 he had 2 sons in this age category.”
… 124. Levi SIMMONS 53 NC
Mary 40
Martha 16 AL
Alzeda 14
Levi 12
Emeline 8
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted that Andrew J. SIMMONS (household 122) who married Mahala HUTCHINSON is likely a son of Levi. Thomas W. in household 126 is also given as a son. Levi is given as likely being the Levi in Dale Co. in 1840 and Pike Co. in 1830.
125. Isaac HURST 41 SC
Jane 45
Lewis 14 AL
Pherobie 13
Thomas 11
King J. 9
Isaac C. 6
John T. 4
Quintillian 2 m.
Elizabeth McMATHAN 16
126. Thomas W. SIMMONS 21
Emeline 20
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted Thomas is a son of Levi in household 124. Ann is given as probably being a sister.
162. William H. SMITH 37 GA
Tabitha A. 27 SC
John T. 9 AL
James J. 6
Susan E. 4
William I. 2
Frances C. 9 mo. f
Stephen WILLIAMS 57 NC
Susan B. 52 NC
Stephen J. 15 GA
… 202. Stephen CARLTON 45 NC
Sarah 36
Mallisee 17 GA
Mary E. 15
Martha J. 10
Nancy 8
Susan 6
Thomas 5
John 3
Rebecca 1
Moses SIMMONS 17

204. Robert P. BROOKS 31 GA etc.
205. Elizabeth BROOKS 50 GA etc.
206. James M. SMITH 38 SC
Mary 28 AL
Richard 6
Elizabeth 4
Washington 1

213. John A. SMITH 26 NC
Catharine 20 AL
Elizabeth 3 GA
214. Blake CARLTON 22
Mary 22
Shadrack CARLTON 70 NC
Catharine 65
John S. 24
S? 20 m GA
Catharine 16

218. James BAKER 60 NC
Fanny 45
Calvin SMITH 17 GA
Council BAKER 13
Mahala 8 AL
219. James AKRIDGE 39 GA
Sarah 26
Elbert 5 AL
James 4
Mary A. 1

231. David WILLSON 45 NC
?? 35 f
Johnathon 7 AL
William 5
Elizabeth 4
Caroline 1

233. Amelia BAKER 44 NC etc.

300. Stephen SMITH 44 SC
Margaret 34
David 15 GA
William 11 AL
Eliza 7 FL
Mary 5
Josephine 4 AL
William BROOKS 34 GA
301. Henry SMITH 55 SC
Sebella 62
John A. 34
302. William FREEMAN 43. GA
Sylvesta 38 etc.
303. Calvin H. YORK 43 SC
Elizabeth E. 27
Patrick H. 11 GA
Francis B. 8 AL
Matilda J. 4 FL
Richard J. 3 AL
Mary E. 1
Mary Ann SMITH 64 NC
304. Benjamin FREEMAN 39 TN etc.

316. Nicholas WILSON 25 GA
Teresa 27
William A. 3 FL
Rebecca 56 GA

420. G. T. SYLVESTER 33 SC
Martha G. 27 GA
William G. 9 AL
Frances V. 7
Narcissa E. 2

472. John SIMMONS 57 NC
Lydia 43
Sarah A. 16 AL
Mary J. 14
Thomas J. 10
Francis A. 7 f
Amanda R. 4
William I. 2
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted this SIMMONS is probably observed in the Elba District of Dallas Co. in 1840, the children’s ages matching. …
511. Harvy B. MILLER 52 SC etc.
512. John SMITH 30 GA
Dorca A. 22 AL
Delissa 14 GA
Melvanna 12
William 3 mo. AL
513. Lemuel FLANINGHAM 46 SC
Elmer 52
Winney 15 AL
Celia 13
William 11
Iven BROOKS 14
515. David DONALSON 54 SC etc.
516. Mary E. SMITH 37 SC
Synthia A. 18 AL
John 16
Jackson A. 9
Minor J. m
Stephen A. 4

588. Charles WARD 55 NC
Mary 45
Roselle 16
Benjamin C. 14
Ann 9 AL
William H. 7
588. Wiley WILKERSON 30 GA
Emily J. 25 AL
William 4
Adam 2
Francis M. SMITH 21

594. Mary WARD 40 GA
James M. 19 AL
Michael W. 14
Millberry J. 11
595. James WARD 38 NC
Eliza 25 AL
John J. 10
Mary J. 8
William E. 7
Hezekiah 3

628. Samuel W. SIMMONS 29 AL
Susannah 30 GA
Samuel M. 4 AL
James J. 3
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted that he is a son of Isaac SIMMONS in household 643. He married Susannah STEWART 13 August 1844 in Pike Co. In 1860 they were in Holmes Co. FL.
629. C. H. KYSER 31 SC
Nancy 21 AL
Sarah E. 1
James BELL 15 GA
Jackson RICE 22 SC
630. Bazel BUZZBEE 29 SC
Elizabeth 27
Emmanuel 5 AL
Joshua 4
Newton 2

638. John KYSER 83 SC
Barbery 65
Jacob 22 AL
Mary 17
Daniel 15
Elizabeth RICE 20
(GENFORUM KYSER posting by Amy Bryant gives as a daughter of John and Barbery, Clarissa Harlow KYSER who married Green Berry Wilbur BAILEY. Had a son Green Berry BAILEY. John and Barbery also had Philip KYSER who is shown at household 650 in the census. She gives her great grandmother as Carrie Bell KYSER-DRIGGERS whose father was Wylie DRIGGERS, a horse trader. Mother was Itella.)
NOTES: Ann Hood wrote in a 4 Jan 2001 posting that the KYSERS in the census at that time are one of her family lines; that she wasn’t exactly sure how the RICE family fit in but she suspected “John KYSER (KISER)’S daughter oldest (sic) daughter may have married a RICE.” An Alfred BOYD was close to the family and she notes that the idea that “Alf was a Boyd leads me to believe that Reuben may have been part of William B. Simmons family, another group of Simmons, possibly related, who were in Dale County 1850 census, but moved to the other end of Coffee County, around Elba, by 1860. Someone in their family married a Boyd. They were a more ‘educated’ ground of Simmons and had a lot to do with the development of the town of Elba.”
639. W. B. BOYETTE 35 SC
Julia 22
Benjamin ENGLISH 3 AL
NOTE: A Bennett BOYETTE lives a couple house away from Ward SMITH and Frances SIMMONS (daughter of Reuben in the next household) in the 1850 Covington County Census. He was married to a Fatama UNDERWOOD. has “Bennett J. Boyett born 1818 in Georgia. Died June 29, 1862 in Winn Parish, LA. Killed by a man named Mad Dog Smith.
640. Reuben SIMMONS 28 NC
Frances 26 AL
James M. 5
William S. 2
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted that Reuben had 60 acres of land listed in Coffee County.
641. John SMITH 46 SC
Nancy 30
William 15 AL
John 12
Amanda 10
Eliza 6
Duncan 4
Neal 2
642. Thomas DAVIS 25 SC
Martha 34
William RICE 26
James WALKER 22 GA
643. Isaac SIMMONS 57 NC
Lydia 60
NOTE: Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted that Isaac SIMMONS was in Dallas Co. AL in 1830 and then in Pike Col AL in 1846. He had a wife and 2 son in both censuses. Gardner B. (household 644) and Samuel W. SIMMONS are his sons.
644. Gardner B. SIMMONS 25 AL
Margaret 23 SC
Malissa 7 AL
Rebecca 4
Lydia 2
(NOTE: Parents of Gardner were Lydia NEELY b. 1803 Elba Coffee Co. AL m. Isaac SIMMONS in 1824, Elba, Coffee Co. AL.) Ann Hood 1993 communication to Bob Ann Breland noted that Gardner was a son of Isaac in household 643, and that in 1860 he was in Holmes Co. FL.
645. George BODIFORD 40 NC
Elizabeth 18 GA
646. Loveless SMITH 44 m SC
Sarah Ann 25 GA
Joanna 9 AL
James H. 6
John S. 5
(NOTE: Sarah Ann was Sarah Ann EDWARDS b. 1822-23, daughter of James Harvey EDWARDS and Sinai MCMICHAEL. Sarah and Loveless were married Sept.27,1839 according to Rena (email message 23 Nov 2002). Parents of John Harvey EDWARDS were David EDWARDS Dinwiddle Co. VA m. Elizabeth SPEARS. Rena writes that Loveless SMITH was born in SC to a John and an Elizabeth(?) and that John and Elizabeth had about 13 children. John is 80 and living with Loveless in the 1850 census. Loveless was later married to a Martha, possibly Johnson.)
647. Eliz. H. SMITH 80 SC
Caroline RICE 18 AL
Adaline 16
Irvin 16
648. Ashfield JOHNSON 52 GA etc.
NOTES: b. Greene Co. GA. married Elizabeth ASHFIELD.
649 Thomas SESSIONS 35 SC
Frances 30 NC
Mary 12 GA
Milly 6 AL
650. Philip KYSER 24 AL
Vastia 24 GA.
Narcissa 1 AL.
(NOTE: Genforum KYSER posting by Amy Bryant gives Philip as a son of John and Barbary KYSER, who live on the other side of Reuben SIMMONS. Philip married Vastia DAVIS. Gives Philip as b. abt. 1826 KY.)
651 Samuel SMITH 51 SC
Martha 39 GA
Asia 20 m. AL
Catharine 15
Martha 15
Alfred 10
Edmond 8
Zylphia 5
652. Frederick BUZBEE 58 SC
Sarah 48
Elizabeth 23 GA.
Hulda 22
Lucinda 20
Frederick 17
Thomas J. 15
Elizabeth 78 NC
Louisa 4 GA
(NOTE: Genforum postings by Jackie Buzbee Davis gives Frederick as born possibly in Edgefield Co. A brother was William b. 1795 Lexington Co. Parents were Elisha BUZBEE b. abt. 1765 in Johnston Co. NC and Elizabeth. Amy Bryant gives her great grandfather’s sister, Eula KYSER, marrying a Franklin Walker BUZBEE. August 14 1999 GENFORUM posting.)

811. Nicholas SMITH 41 GA
Jane 40
Alfred 17 AL
John 13
Jane 10
Sampson 7
Nicholas 3
Alvinia 1 mo.

Pg. 656 “High Hill”
821/844 R. SIMMONS 37 farmer no real estate personal estate was $260 NC
Francis 35 AL
James M. 14
Mary A. 8
Charles M. 4 MS
Murdock M. 6/12
822/849 Robert GREEN 31 farmer b. NC $400 $120 NC
Winne 23 b. GA
William C. 10
Enoch T. 8
Sarah J. 6
Mary C. 4 b. MS
John S. 8/12
D. A. HENDERSON 24 farmer b. MS
NOTE: On the next page is a Joseph Morrow 58 b. SC with family born in AL. from the age of a 22 year old child. And an A. J. SMITH 28 b. SC with wife Elizabeth 24 and Margaret 2 and Marth A. 6/12 b. MS.
823/850 W. A. WATKINS 34 farmer personal value $416 b. NC
Sarah 40 b. AL James 14 b. MS Mary A 12 Malcolm 9 Roxanna 4 Andrew J 1
824/851 G. (or J.) M. WILSON 38 farmer real estate $800 personal $1174 b. AL
Hannah C. 39 SC
John M. 10 b. MS
Andrew J. 6
Mary A. J. 4
Anderson WATKINS 16 farmer
NOTES: John Mills WILSON married Hannah CARTER. John MILLS WILSON’s mother is Jennet NELSON WILSON. John’s sister, Sarah Ann married a WATKINS (see household 823). 825/852 Jennet WILSON 69 housekeeper $200 $5210 SC
A. J. WILSON 33 farmer $460 or $260 and $1660 AL
826/853 W. P. SANDERS 52 $4800 $7332 GA
Margaret and family

pg. 125
27/27 LEGGET John 39 farmer $4000 $1670 b. MS and Mary and family
SIMMONS Robert F. 22 student b. MS
28/28 LEA Mingo 55 (b) farmhand b. GA
Catherine 25 (b)
Delilah 17 (b) domestic servant wife b. MS
29/29 LEA Alexander 27 (b) farmhand b. MS
Gormelia 22 (b)
Jefferson 2 (b)
infant 3/12 (b)
30/30 JAMES Philip 34 (b) farmhand
Louisa 40 (b)
and family
31/31 JAMES Letty 28 (b) laborer and family
31/32 SIBLY Joseph 24 (b) farmhand
32/33 SIMMON Reuben 49 farmhand $100 personal prop. b. AL
Frances 45
Mary 16 b. MS
Charles 13 b. MS
Stephen 11 b. MS
John 7 b. MS
infant 7/12 b. MS
33/34 SIMMONS James 26 farmhand $300 personal prop. b. AL
Mary 22 b. AL
James 5 b. MS
John 2 b. MS
34/35 WARD Mary 37 b. MS
? 15 (female)
Joseph 9
35/36 FRIED David W. 59 and Matilda and family farmer b. TN
36/37 MCCLENDON Charles 55 (b) (and Mourning (b) and family) farmhand $15- b. VA
37/38 ? John (b) (and Charlotte and family) farmhand $150 b. MS
38/39 SIMMONS Miriam 34 farming $300 $200 b. MS
Nancy 9
Mary 7
John 4
Martha 3
Benjamin 15
39/40 SIMMONS William 40 farmer $2500 $1220 b. MS
Martha J. 33
William 17
Wright 15
James 9
Fanny 8
Alexander 7
Angeline 5
Thomas 4
Elizabeth 3
Willis 7/12
REEVES ? Nancy 14
George 17
40/41 BRUMFIELD Richard 27 (b) farmhand
41/42 SIMMONS Thomas 33 farmer personal value $350 b. MS
Sarah 21 b. LA
John T. 3 b. MS
Richard 2
Mary 10/12
SANF? Dicy 23 laborer
42/43 SIMMONS John R. 55 farmer $775 ? b. MS
Margaret 49
Richard J. 17
Jesse 15
Margaret 12
Haman 10
43/44 CHENY Philip 37 (b) farmhand (and family)
44/45 SIMMONS John D. 29 farmer RE value $100 personal $700 b. MS
Margaret B. 29
Sarah 8
Benjamin F. 6
Margaret 4
Julia J. 2
WOOD Mary E. 15
pg. 127 B 58/61 WILSON Robert farmhand 25 $100 b. AL
Sarah 23 b. MS
Laura 2
? 2
Murdock 7/12
(Note to self: I only went through a portion of the census, pages 170-188 of 298)

pg. 339 (page 15 at
125/126 SMITH William 37 farmer b. AL father b. SC mother b. GA
Josephine 30 can’t read or write b. MS. father b. GA mother b. MS
Adaline 10 can’t read or write, been in school b. MS
Henry 8 been in school
Minnie 6
Lethaann 5
Francis (male) 3
Willie or Wallie b. Jan.
126/127 SIMMONS Reuben 60 Farmer can’t read or write b. NC parents b. NC
Frances 59 can’t write b. AL father b. SC mother b. GA
John 16 Farm hand can’t read or write b. MS father b. NC mother b. AL
Narcissus 10 maimed or crippled, can’t read or write b. MS
127/128 SMITH Ward 81 Farming b. SC parents b. SC
Easter 77 can’t read or write, b. GA, parents b. GA
128/129 SIMMONS Steve 22 farmer b. MS father b. NC mother b. AL
Clarinda 22 b. MS parents b. MS
Esco 7/12 b. NOV

Robert and Frances are buried at the Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Pike Co., MS. Frances was the first person buried there and has the oldest date of birth of anyone buried there. (Source: Delores Tousineau) The Union Baptist Church Cemetery is 5 miles 3ast of Magnolia. The tombstone data reads: Robert SIMMONS, 1819-1903; Frances SIMMONS, 1820-1898.

Bob Ann Breland relates:

Incidently, I don’t know where the name Robert (for Reuben) came from, but my father’s oldest brother, Iva Lang, had the tombstones made. He was the oldest child in my Daddy’s family, so he might have known something Daddy didn’t know about Reuben’s name. I’m sure he knew his grandfather, even though he would have probably been a child when Reuben died. I’m also pretty sure he didn’t just draw that name out of a hat. He was a pretty concise fellow. But everything I have ever found names him as Reuben.

I don’t know if it is included in any of the material that you have but there is a pretty funny story about my grandmother and her daddy.

Reuben traveled about a good deal visiting with his children. At the time, my grandmother and grandfather (Narcis and Albert) were living in Pike County. Reuben came to Sheridan to visit with his son Murdock “Steve” and while he was here, Reuben died. Murdock and others of the family who lived here buried him up at the Nobles Cemetery at Pine. It was freezing cold, and soon after the burial, the ground froze.

Meanwhile my grandmother, up in Mississippi, who was definitely a daddy’s girl and the baby of her family, was grieving herself to death. She was pregnant with a set of twins (I don’t know if it was the first set or the second set, but dates will tell us) and she couldn’t come. She cried day and night until my grandfather came to Louisiana with a wagon to bring him back to Pike County.

They had to build a fire on top of the frozen grave to thaw the ground so they could dig him up. They then transported him back to Pike County where he was buried in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

This was probably as illegal then as it is now, but it apparently made my grandmother happy to bring him back home.

1820 – 1898

Photo contributed by Delores Bateman Tousinau

1819 – 1903

Photo contributed by Delores Bateman Tousinau

East Union Baptist location of graves of Frances and Robert SIMMONS

Census data
Bob Ann Breland
Delores Tousineau