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Re: Simon/Myers connections
Posted by: Step Tyner (ID *****4963) Date: May 30, 2009 at 07:51:53
In Reply to: Simon/Myers connections by Sheri of 1138

First, the Simons of Washington Co, PA, and Trumbull/Mahoning/Wood Cos, OH, did NOT come from Switzerland, at least, not immediately prior to emigrating to British North America. Most families had one or two energetic and well-meaning but not scrupulously accurate "family historians" back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and mistakes like that are common. Of course, much of my own information is subject to question due to lack of documentation, but others have verified what I am about to say, primarily through baptismal/marriage/death data gathered in Rheinland-Pfalz.

The earliest Simon progenitor I have been able to find is Johann SIMONIS (merely the Latin possesive of "Simon," hence one who is the son of a man named Simon or perhaps one born in a village called St. Simon?). He is alleged to have been born before 1600 in Kirschweiler, Kreis-Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, (then-Bavaria), in what is now Germany. As a Protestant, however, it is perfectly plausible that his own parents had come from Switzerland, either as ethnic Swiss or (more likely) as descendants of German refugees who fled to Switzerland during the Thirty Years' War. Since Pfalz lay on the Rhine River, just downstream from Switzerland, and since there was a modicum of religious tolerance there, many Protestants made that migration.

Though I have data on only one child of Johann Simonis, namely (Johann) Adam Simon (b. before 1623, d. 17JAN 1658/59, Herren-Sulzbach, Kreis Küsel, Pfalz), he and his wife, Eva STRAUSS (dau. of one Hans Strauss) had at least six children. They were married in Grumbach, now-Germany, and their eldest son, Johann Peter Simon (b. OCT 1645, Herren-Sulzbach, d. AUG 1739, Warwick Twp, Lancaster Co, PA) married Maria Agnes MEYERS on 9AUG1676 in Herren-Sulzbach. This was his second marriage, and I lack data as to the fate of his first marriage's offspring, but Johann Peter emigrated to America with several of his adult children aboard the "Samuel," arriving in Philadelphia on 7AUG1739, apparently succumbing to death shortly after his arrival in America. Other offspring followed on different ships, apparently.

Johann Peter's son, Johann Nickel (or Nicholas) Simon had a son, Johann Adam, who moved into what was then Westmoreland Co, PA (now Washington Co) and his children and some grandchildren were born there. One of his sons, John Michael Simon, served in the Revolution under Captain Abner Howell in the 3d Battalion, Washington Co Militia. Michael was married four times, and had at least 15 children, one of whom was Jacob Simon (1786-1861) who moved to the Youngstown, OH area, and from whom I descend through his son, Levi Simon, of Wood Co, OH.

As you probably know, Myers = Meyers = Meiers = Myer = Meyer = Meier in terms of alternative German spellings of the 17-19th centuries, so it is quite possible that Johann Peter Simon's wife was part of the same family you discuss. The Simons married into the Diehl family twice around the time of immigrating to America, and the Diehls had connections with other Myers/Meyers in both Germany and America.

It's quite likely there's a lot more to this connection than my poor data would indicate, but the only other Meyers in my Simon file married a great-great grandson of Michael Simon, one Jackson Simon, in Hancock Co, OH in 1884; they also resided in Wood Co after marriage.

I, too, had once been told that Michael Simon and his son Jacob were both buried in Youngstown, but I believe that to be incorrect. I once possessed a photo of his gravestone, and was told it was in Bethlehem Twp, Washington Co, PA. Apparently, however, Michael at least temporarily relocated to Ohio, so it is possible he was buried elsewhere, then exhumed and planted in Pleasant Grove.

As to a Jacob Simon who served in the Revolution, one of Michael's brothers was named Jacob, served as a private in George Miar's (Meyers/Myers/Meiers) company, 5th Battalion (Washington Co?) militia. My data say he is buried in Pleasant Grove as well, though he died in Trumbull or Mahoning Cos, OH, in 1845.

I expect this has been of very little help to you, but I wanted to correct your impression of the Simons' origins: (1) from the German Rhineland, not Switzerland, (2) direct from Europe to Eastern PA in the 1730s, (3) to (now-) Washington Co, PA, via Franklin Co, PA, around 1776, (4) thence to Boardman Twp, Trumbull/Mahoning Co, OH, and subsequently (my own line) to Wood Co, OH, (5) no connection to Connecticutt or Maryland that I am able to ascertain.

Andrew Simon, the scalping victim, was born in York Co, PA, patented land in Washington Co, PA, and died in Columbiana Co, OH. I have no data to suggest he ever lived in Maryland, so the incident with the Native Americans may have occurred in PA, instead. His father, John Adam Simon, did not make it to Ohio, succumbing in 1788 in Bethlehem Twp, Washington Co, PA.

As a final observation, you'll have noted that in some generations all the boys are given the first name John. This was their baptismal name, but all apparently went by their middle names in life. Nevertheless, English colonial authorities frequently would have listed these folks as John on official documents and the like, adding to our confusion several centuries later!

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