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Sim(m)ons - 1870 Arizona, Claiborne Par
Posted by: Karen Levin Date: May 22, 2000 at 11:25:48
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I have just recently found out that one of my Simons ancestors, and currently our dead-end may have come from AL (Alabama) per an 1860 Winn Parish, LA Census (and also the first census of Winn Parish). I am reposting the first two generations with the hope of making a connection out there.

Descendants of Thomas A. Simons

Generation No. 1

1. Thomas A.2 Simons (UnkM1) was born Abt. 1826 in AL, and died Unknown in Winn Parish, LA?. He married Eliza Jane Scarborough. She was born Abt. 1825 in MS, and died Unknown.

Notes for Thomas A. Simons:
Could middle name be Alba? Abner? Amber? I have heard that his name was Amber - but it was word of mouth and over the years it could have been misconstrued. - Karen

Thomas was a resident and one of the first land owners in Winn Parish, having purchased land in 1860.
There are lots of Simmons and Simons in that area, so far none of them appear to be related. Thomas’s last name has been found as Simmons, Simons and Simonds. The family currently goes by the name SIMONS and has done so for the last three generations. The majority of this family is buried inTulip Cemetery, location is N of Marsalis and E of Athens, Claiborne Parish, LA.


Simons, Briant - 1857
Simons, Thomas A. - 1860 *********

Is Thomas related to Briant?

Year Surname Given Name (s) County State Page Township or Other Info Record Type Database ID#
1860 SIMONS NANCY C. Winnpar. LA 934 Goodwater P.O. Federal Population Schedule LA 1860 Federal Census Index LA390108849

1860 SIMONS THOMAS Winnpar. LA 933 Goodwater P.O. Federal Population Schedule LA 1860 Federal Census Index LA390108853 *********
* Is Thomas related to Nancy? If so, then how?

In the 1860 Winn census, dwelling # 638.....
Thomas Simons, 34, M, Farmer, $500 real estate, $400 personal prop., b.
Elizer J. - 35, F, b. MS.
Elizabeth J., 6, F, b. LA
Mary S.(?), 5, F, b. LA
David R., 4, M, b. LA
Nancy C., 3, F, b. LA
Lousindr (?), 2, b. LA
Johnathan, 6/12, b. LA

Winn Parish was created in 1852 from three parishes: the east part of Natchitoches, the west part of Catahoula and the north point of Rapides. Later Grant Parish was carved from the south part of Winn. The parish was named for Rapides legislator Walter Winn. Because there was such a debate about which town would become the parish seat, it was decided that it would be placed in geographical center of the new parish.

Many towns were listed in the first census of 1860 and included: Pine Ridge, St. Maurice, Montgomery, Wheeling, Winnfield, Kyiche, Goodwater, and Winnfield, which was the smallest settlement of any of them.

The first census of Winn Parish was taken in 1860. The census districts
were Pine Ridge (essentially the northwest corner of the parish), St.
Maurice (the southwest section along Red River), Montgomery (the
south central area along Red River), Wheeling (the upper south-central
and southeastern area), Winnfield (the central area), Kyiche (pronounced
ki-eese, the area east and north of Winnfield near what is present day
Gaars' Mill and New Hope) and Goodwater (essentially the northeast
corner of the parish

Notes for Eliza Jane Scarborough:
Database: Louisiana Census Index, 1810-1890
1870 SIMONS JANE Claiborne Parish LA 093 3 W Haynesville Federal Population Schedule LA 1870 Federal Census Index LA010194284

Need more information, but I know that the family moved to the Arizona community of Claiborne Parish – and that Thomas and family disappeared after the 1860 census in Winn Parish and moved to Claiborne Parish – it appears that Thomas died.
1870 SIMMONS E. J. Claiborne Parish LA 200 7 W Arizona Federal Population Schedule LA 1870 Federal Census Index LA010193657
1870 SIMMONS ELISABETH J. Claiborne Parish LA 200 7 W Arizona Federal Population Schedule LA 1870 Federal Census Index LA010193662

Children of Thomas Simons and Eliza Scarborough are:
+ 2 i. David Richard3 Simons, born February 08, 1855 in Winn Parish, LA; died October 16, 1924 in Buried atTulip Cemetery, Athens, LA N of Marsalis E of Athens LA.
3 ii. Cindy Simons, born Unknown. She married UnkM Sharping.

Notes for UnkM Sharping:
Could be Charping

+ 4 iii. Daniel Winslow Simons, born April 10, 1862 in Winn Parish, LA; died January 08, 1952.
5 iv. Sarah Simons, born Unknown. She married UnkM Reno.
6 v. Susie Simons, born Unknown. She married UnkM Goslin.

Generation No. 2

2. David Richard3 Simons (Thomas A.2, UnkM1) was born February 08, 1855 in Winn Parish, LA, and died October 16, 1924 in Buried atTulip Cemetery, Athens, LA N of Marsalis E of Athens LA. He married Georgianna McClendon January 17, 1882 in Claiborne Parish, LA13, daughter of Samuel McClendon and Frances Reese. She was born July 12, 1862 in Cuthbert, Randolph Co., Georgia, and died April 27, 1937 in Buried at Tulip Cemetery, Athens, LA N of Marsalis E of Athens LA.

Notes for David Richard Simons:
Birth discrepancy two different dates February 08, 1855 or September 08, 1856.
Death discrepancy two different dates October 16, 1924 or August 16, 1924.

Reared in Winn Parish, LA. Both David and Daniel (his brother) worked at a factory during the Civil War that was located in the Arizona Community in Claiborne Parish, LA.

Could this have been the cotton factory that was built after the war in Arizona? NOTE: I feel that these children were too young to have worked in a factory during the Civil War.

Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA
DOB on marker is 08 Sept 1856

Arizona, six miles east of Homer, may be said to have been founded in 1866. Soon after the war a magnificent cotton factory was erected at this place, capable of employing a large number of hands. Its
inconvenience to easy and rapid transportation, with other trouble, caused it to cease operating after a few years. It is now owned by the John Chaffe estate, and is motionless. Arizona, for a number of years, was the seat of Arizona Seminary, a very popular and flourishing school under the principalship of J. W. Nicholson, now professor of mathematics in the State University at Baton Rouge. Notwithstanding the discontinuance of the factory, and the decadence of its school, Arizona has held many of its old citizens, the Willises, Wafers, Nicholsons, Drs. Calhour and Baker, Dutcher, Corrys, etc

During the Reconstruction Period, Merrell Monk was one of the stockholders in the company that built the "cotton factory" at Arizona, Louisiana. This was probably the first manufacturing enterprise in North
Louisiana. It was a very complete plant that produced thread and cloth from the cotton grown locally. Because of the lack of transportation and a market for the finished cloth, the factory failed, but it was an important step in the rehabilitation of a shattered world.

More About David Richard Simons:
Burial: Tulip Cemetery, Athens, LA N of Marsalis E of Athens LA

Notes for Georgianna McClendon:
Note: In one record (Simons/Roach Family Bible) the name is written in as Georgia Ann McLendon. Tombston marker has name as Georgianna McClendon Simons – note the variations in her first name and maiden name.
Burial: Tulip Cemetery, Athens, LA N of Marsalis E of Athens LA

Children of David Simons and Georgianna McClendon are:
7 i. Eliza Jane4 Simons, born Aft. 1883.

Notes for Eliza Jane Simons:
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA
No dates on marker only indication that she is d/o of D R & G A Simons

8 ii. Laura Simons, born Aft. 1883. She married S. L. Joyner January 15, 1923.
9 iii. Claude Simons, born November 08, 1883; died July 17, 1930 in Aycock, LA - Tulip Cemetery.

Notes for Claude Simons:
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA
name on marker is Claud
WOW Emblem and FHM on marker

10 iv. Daniel Simons, born April 07, 1885; died September 25, 1886.

Notes for Daniel Simons:
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA
Marker indicates he is the s/o D R and G A Simons

11 v. Mary Frances Simons14, born August 17, 1886; died November 06, 1973. She married Charles Alford Roach14 December 11, 1907 in Claiborne Parish, LA; born April 05, 188115,16,17; died January 24, 1963 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana18.

Notes for Mary Frances Simons:
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA
Survey of cemetery taken in Sept 1984 incorrectly lists year of death as 1923

A first hand story about the Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.
Believed to have been told to Mary Frances Simons by her grandmother, Fanny Reese/Reece McClendon Steffens

My grandmother, Frances Jane Reese/Reece McClendon, was the oldest of five sisters. They fared right well during the first years of the Was as her father was too old to be conscripted into the war. He owned a little farm and grew wheat that was made into flour, shorts and seconds at a watermill nearby. He also grew hogs, corn, cane and penders. His family lived in a small town of Cuthbert, GA. and he and the girls went out to the little farm to work each day. They also had by frugal living saved a small amount of money. My grandmother's husband was killed at the battle of Shiloh in the early part of the War. She and her small daughter lived with her parents, she still in her teen years.

After the first years of the War, the South ran low on supplies, both food and clothing, and could hardly feed and clothe their own soldiers. When Andersonville was opened up, they conscripted the old men and young boys to use as guards. The young boys most being trigger-happy would shoot a prisoner for the least provocation. The older men did not like being guards or seeing men starve by the hundreds, but with their muskets in hand, stayed at the post where they were assigned. When these old men were conscripted for guard duty, the ones living nearby had their farm animals taken too. Taking the farm mules made it impossible for the Reese girls to plow and farm their plot of land.

Conversation between my grandmother and her mother (my great grandmother) following this conscription of the older men and boys as guards: "Frances Jane, you are the oldest of the girls, married and widowed. I am asking you to make a weekly trip to the prison to carry a basket of food and a change of clean clothes for your father. I dislike you making this trip alone and would send one of your sisters with you, but the train fare for 60 miles from Cuthbert to the prison camp will cut into our savings each week. So go my daughter and do the best you can."

Now this goes into what appears to be a first hand account:

I, Frances Jane, took the food and clothing the first week of his stay. It was mid-summer and the Georgia summers were very warm. As I approached the prison camp and presented my pass. I was allowed to pass through two log gateways each surrounded with many guards and muskets. I had to cross quite a distance to where my father was stationed on a scaffold with rifle in hand. The prisoners were all so poor and underfed some without shirts, in the boiling sun. The pines were so tall they didn't afford shade and the prisoners weren't allowed to stand near the stockade logs to get shade. The ground was covered with the dead and dying. The stench was great. The stream that ran through the stockade was almost dry and there were dying men lying with their lips in the mud. Blowflies and maggots were in their mouths and bodies. I finally reached poor Pa and asked him if he would shoot an enemy soldier if necessary. He said, "No, Frances Jane, I would not shoot either above or below. They are already suffering too much." The prisoners died at the rate of 350 per week. When one died who had on better clothes, some one would exchange clothes with him before a wagon came to pick them up to bury them in ditches outside the stockade. First and last 3000 prisoners were sent to Andersonville. This lasted thirteen months before the surrender. After my first trip I was sick in body and soul and told Ma I couldn't go back, but Ma said that poor Pa would starve unless I did. I knew they were enemy soldiers and that my own husband had been killed by them, but I was not inhuman enough to stand all of that, but I held out until the surrender. Poor Pa came home but did not live long. He wasn't made of sturdy enough stuff to stand all he had gone through. After the war, the men who were in charge of the prison stockade were tried and hung for the inhumane treatment of the Northern prisoners. Most prisoners died from scurvy and dysentery due to starvation.

In the North the Southern prisoners too died in great numbers. Their food was adequate, but they were not used to the extreme cold weather of the North and died mostly of pneumonia.

More About Mary Frances Simons:
Burial: Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens, LA

Notes for Charles Alford Roach:
Have also seen his middle name as Alfred
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis and E of Athens LA
Marker has WOW Emblem

12 vi. Ruth Simons, born April 06, 1890 in Arcadia, LA; died August 22, 1968 in Pineville, LA. She married L. E. Heath April 15, 1917.

Notes for Ruth Simons:
Buried at Arlington Cemetery in Homer, LA
DOD also listed as August 21, 1968

13 vii. Thomas Aquilla Simons, born November 20, 1895; died February 27, 1939. He married Lessie Herrze June 01, 1931.

Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA
marker has PVT LA Army on it.
Supposedly was on LAPD in California

14 viii. Clyde Lee Simons, born September 19, 190219; died May 19, 1975. He married Henrietta Ogden Morgan September 16, 1922; born October 15, 189820; died October 198520.

Notes for Clyde Lee Simons:
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA

Notes for Henrietta Ogden Morgan:
Buried at Tulip Cemetery N of Marsalis E of Athens LA

4. Daniel Winslow3 Simons (Thomas A.2, UnkM1) was born April 10, 1862 in Winn Parish, LA, and died January 08, 1952. He married (1) Louisa Skinner January 11, 1888. She was born January 11, 1869, and died December 21, 1907. He married (2) Mary Aft. 1907.

Notes for Daniel Winslow Simons:

Reared in Northern Louisiana and moved to East Texas in 1897 and died on Jan 08, 1952 in Nacogdoches, TX. He was married 4 times, but only had children with Louisa Skinner.

In 1900 census book a Dan & Lula Simons (from LA) have a daughter named "Iler" born Jan 1895 in LA. In 1910 census she is named Ila Lee. Seems like Dan remarried to a Mary. Lou died in 1907. Dan died in 1952. Also didn't see Dan listed in the 1920 census book.

More About Daniel Winslow Simons:
Burial: Jackson Cemetery, Shelby Co, Texas

Notes for Louisa Skinner:
Burial: Jackson Cemetery, Shelby Co, Texas
Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Children of Daniel Simons and Louisa Skinner are:
15 i. Pearl4 Simons, died in died young.
16 ii. Mae Simons. She married Unknown Palmer.

17 iii. Ila Lee Simons, born January 1895 in LA. She married Unknown Jones.

Notes for Ila Lee Simons:
Could be derivation of Lillian

18 iv. Jewel Simons, born Abt. 1898; died in Nacogdoches, Shelby Co., TX. She married Unknown Crisp.
19 v. Genie Simons. She married Unknown Craft.
20 vi. Era Irene Simons, died April 19, 1986. She married J. Farris Jinkins September 13, 1919; died September 11, 1986 in Orange, TX.
21 vii. Daniel Earl Simons.

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