James Felix Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

James was born on 4 JUN 1885 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas, the son of Benjamin Fletcher Simmons and Lucy James Rotenberry.

He died on 20 MAR 1968 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas.[Note 2]

His wife was Sallie Edwina Johnson, who he married on 2 JUL 1911 in Jackson County, Arkansas. Their four known children were Margery Mae (1916-1993), Benjamin Felix (1922-1985), Sybil (1929-2008) and Lucy Jane (1930-2016).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

James Felix Simmons
(1885-1968)

 

Benjamin Fletcher Simmons
(1860-1939)

 

Holman Felix Simmons
(1824-1893)

 

Holman Freeman Simmons
(1798-<1870)

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Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns
(1800->1870)

+
   

Theodora Mary Saxon
(1834-c1917)

 

Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon
(1798-1861)

+
   

Mary Collingsworth Terry
(1812-<1875)

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Lucy James Rotenberry
(1863-1900)

 

James A Rotenberry
(1838-c1866)

 

Bowen Geoff Rotenberry
(1811-c1860)

 
   

Mary A Winsett
(1814-1894)

 
   

Cornelia Jane McGuire
(1838-1877)

 

William B McGuire
(1812-1866)

 
   

Martha Peace
(-<1848)

 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth4 JUN 1885
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Death20 MAR 1968
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 82y, 9m, 17d
Agency: from tombstone in Walnut Grove by A Bowie 15Jun00
See Note 2
Census1 JUN 1900
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 14
Address: Breckenridge Twp with father, grandmother, 6 siblings and 3 cousins
Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
Source: Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
Publisher: Twelfth Census of the US

Census22 APR 1910
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 24 b Ark
Address: Breckenridge, dwelling 109, family 113 with father and stepmother
Agency: census 1910 Ark
Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
Source: Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
Publisher: US Department of Commerence

Census13 JAN 1920
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 25 born Arkansas
Address: Breckendidge Twp, dwelling 21, family 22 with wife, daughter and brother Saxon
Agency: 1920 census
Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
Source: Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
Date: JAN 1920
Publisher: US Deptartment of Commerence

Census2 APR 1930
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 44, b Ark
Address: Breckenridge Twp, Dwelling 2, shared and rented with Sax with wife, 2 daughters and 1 son
Agency: 1930 census Ark
Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8
Source: Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8

Census17 APR 1940
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 54 born Ark
Address: Breckenridge, Simmons Switch Road to Cashe River, Dwelling 187 Simmons, Felix 54, wife Sallie 46, Felix Jr 17, Dyble 11, Jane 9, Lippman Maggie mother in law 63 widow practical nurse
Burial1968
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 82y, 9m, 17d
Address: section F row 7 N35° 36.894’ W91° 16.165’ Walnut Grove Cemetery beside grandfather HF Simmons see also http://arkansasgravestones.org/ Find A Grave Memorial# 33240860
Agency: from tombstone in Walnut Grove by A Bowie 6/15/2008
Cemeteries -Jackson County Arkansas
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Grav-SimSal
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Walnut Grove, Lot description and burials, by Walter Heard
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Simmons, HF, family group of 10 spaces
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Probate1968
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Address: file 1396

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Notes

Note 1

Felix was a farmer and his favorite pastime was fishing. He and younger brother Lon fished together a lot in their later years.

Their father Ben often said that Felix could eat more buffalo fish than anyone else...claimed that Felix would eat the whole fish and spit out the bones afterward. The common or bigmouth Buffalo is a large, important commercial species of sucker fish, It is very common in Jackson County and surrounding area, very boney, but low price and generally good flavor when properly prepared.

Doris in 1966 letter to Bobby said Felix was charter member of SAE at UA Fayetteville. However Arkansas Alpha-Upsilon Chapter ("AR A-U") was founded on July 9, 1894, so maybe something to the memory, either another uncle or another frat.

Note 2

James F. Simmons

(obit from Gazette State News Service)

James Felix Simmons, aged 82, of Tupelo (Jackson County) died Wednesday. He was a Mason and a member of the First Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs Sally Johnson Simmons; a son Ben F Simmons of Mississippi; Three daughters, Mrs. Noel Bone of Batesville, Mrs Fletcher Sullard of Corning and Mrs Ranson Hayden Jr. of Missouri; a sister, Mrs Earl Eckhart of Texas and eight grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 pm today at the First Methodist Church at Tupelo. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery by Jackson Funeral Service.

Sources

  1. Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
    Source: Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
    Publisher: Twelfth Census of the US
  2. Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
    Source: Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
    Publisher: US Department of Commerence
  3. Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
    Source: Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
    Date: JAN 1920
    Publisher: US Deptartment of Commerence
  4. Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8
    Source: Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8