HISTORY OF ROCK ISLAND COUNTY p. 1432
Simmons Theodore-Among those who have a practical knowledge of various lines of industry activity in Andalusia, is Theodore Simmons, stone mason and general contractor. He was born Feb 27 1844 in Bristol Indiana., a son of Jeremiah and Margaret (Deford) Simmons, the former born in Vermont in 1800. The father came to Rock Island around 1847 or 1848, bringing with him his wife and three children. Being by trade a potter, the father found employment at this work for about two years, and then moved to Andalusia. He entered land one and three-quarter miles west of the village, and lived in the vicinity until his death, which occurred May 1857, he being drowned. His wife had passes away the previous March. The children born to these parents were; Angeline, who is the deceased wife of Samuel Moore; George Washington, who is deceased; Frances Marian, who is deceased; Angelet who is deceased; Theodore; Almira, who is the the wife of George Griffin of Milan, IL. ; Jerry who is deceased; Louisa who is the wife of James Moore of Kewanee, IL. ; Albert who is of Washington.
Theodore Simmons enlisted for service in the Civil War 1861 when only seventeen years old, in Company D, Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Robert Keohler, and served four years. He received his honorable discharge July 10, 1865. His first active engagement was at Fort Donelson, where he was wounded. He recovered in time to engage at the battle of Pittsburgh Landing, and divided his time between guard duty over the camp and fighting. He was also at Corinth, and in Sherman’s march to the sea, siege of Atlanta, at Savannah and at the Grand Review of Washington. Mr. Simmons was mustered out at Louisville, KY., and was discharged at Springfield, IL., from whence he came to Andalusia, where he began learning the trade of stonemason, at which he has since worked. He owns a beautiful home and five lots in Andalusia.
On September 10, 1865, he was married to Sarah C. Gorham, daughter of Joshua and Priscilla (Floyd) Gorham, the former born in Dayton OH. The parents came to Illinois in 1852, locating at Illinois City, where the father, a potter, worked at his trade. There he died in 1870, his widow surviving until 1889. Mrs. Simmons has brothers and sisters as follows: Calvin who is of Iowa; Ellen, who is the wife of Mathias Volk, is deceased; Martha Weaverland.and Mrs.Simmons. Mr. And Mrs. Simmons became the parents of the following children: Edward M.; William H.; Mary L.,(deceased), Priscilla, Charles, Fred; Ira E.; Theodore; Mathias; Rose M.; Guy; Benjamin H., (deceased) ; and Frank. They have thirty-two grandchildren. Mr Simmons is a member of the United Brethren Church. Politically he is a republican , but has never sought public office. For years, he has been a member of Alfred Bing Post, No 494, G.A.R. of Andalusia. An honored veteran the war, a man of high standing in the community, Mr. Simmons has been a desirable citizen in both war and peace, and his children are maintaining the he has raised
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