Posted By:Daniel Simmons
Subject:Re: SIMMONS Eliza, Ida, Sarah J, James J, George W Mays
Post Date:March 17, 2005 at 05:08:58
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Forum:Wood County, TX Genealogy Forum
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I'm trying to find out the same thing!
I'm decended from Ida's younger brother James Isiac Simmons(the J should actually be an I on the census)

Oral family history as passed down says that Eliza's Husband ______ Simmons abandoned her and the children and started another family. Years later one of the sons from this 2nd family knocked on the door of James I. Simmons, being his half brother, but James was bitter toward the father who had abandoned him and didn't want anything to do with his father's other children so he sent him away.

I obtained the death certificut for James hopeing it would list his parents names but those spaces where marked UNKNOWN. Do you have the death date and place for Ida? Maybe her death certificut might give the names of her parents. Or the death Cert. of Sarah?

I understand that there was a fire in Wood County in 1878 and alot of records at that time were destroyed. So that makes it difficult to find any record of death for Eliza or any adoption records for Ida coming under the guardianship of Augustus H. Jones.

Trying to find out the Father of these Simmons children has been the most frustraiting point of all my genealogy work over the last 10-12 years. Especially since it's my dirrect patriarchal line.
I decend as follows:
1.Mr._________Simmons + Eliza ________
2.James Isiac Simmons + Clara Clemintine Barber
3.James Preston Simmons + Woodie Adaline Derrick
4.Daniel Reed Simmons + Annie Ruth Springer
5.Dennis Gordon Simmons + Lorna Claire Priday
6.Daniel Scott Simmons + Jessica Louise Gerken

thats me #6