Walter Saxon Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

Walter was born on 7 DEC 1889 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas, the son of Benjamin Fletcher Simmons and Lucy James Rotenberry.

He died on 23 FEB 1959 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas.[Note 3]

His wife was Mary Lucille Gardner, who he married on 7 APR 1928 in Tupelo, Woodruff County, Arkansas. Their only known child was Betty Jo (1930-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Walter Saxon Simmons
(1889-1959)

 

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)

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Theodora Mary Saxon
(1834-c1917)

 

Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon
(1798-1861)

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Mary Collingsworth Terry
(1812-<1875)

+
   

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
Birth7 DEC 1889
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Type: draft card shows 7 Dec 1889 birth date
Death23 FEB 1959
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 70y, 2m, 18d
Address: struck by car near Newport Post Office
See Note 3
Census1 JUN 1900
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 11
Address: Breckenridge Twp, dwelling 8, family 8 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: 21 b Ark
Address: 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: 30 b Ark
Address: Breckendidge Twp, dwelling 21, family 22 single with brother and his family
Agency: 1920 Census Ark
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: 41, b Arkansas,
Address: Breckenridge Twp, dwelling 2 family 2 rented and shared with brother Felix,
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

Census5 APR 1940
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 51
Address: Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp, dwelling 65 Simmons, Saxon, head mw married, 12 yrs school, born Arkansas, lived same house 1935, farmer __ , M. Lucille wife fw 30 married 12 yrs school, born Arkansas, same house 1935 __ , Betty Joe, daughter fw 10 single 4 yrs school born Arkansas, same house iin 1935
BurialFEB 1959
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 70y, 2m, 18d
Address: N35° 36.894' W91° 16.165' beside grandfather HF Simmons Walnut Grove Cemetery, section F row 7 Find A Grave Memorial# 33240775
Agency: tomb stones confirmed by A Bowie 29Jun00
Cemeteries -Jackson County Arkansas
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Grav-SimSax
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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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Other EventABT 1917
Type: Military Service
Address: WWI per 1930 census
Agency: WWI Draft regist card, roll 1530465
Draft Registration -Simmons, Saxon W
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See Note 4

Attributes

AttributeDateDescriptionDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Occupation9 MAY 1919taught at Salem Arkansas High School
Type: In Photo of Conf for School Teachers, Newport Ark
Address: copy of photo from Bobby Bowie, notes front and back. Bobbie Lewis in Flordia supplied photo.
OccupationFarm Labor per 1930 census
Agency: Betty Jo story to Arthur in 2007
See Note 5

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Notes

Note 1

"Pocket full of rocks,

Head full of knowledge,

Rather to to Peabody,

Than any other College."

Sac wrote this school yell for the one room school he taught in according to notes on back of photo supplied by Bobbie Lewis of Flordia.

Sac picked up his cousin Sherra Simmons when she was about 4, turned her upside down, and put her head in a cow pattie. Gran made him wash Sherra's hair really good afterward!

Note 2

Betty Jo remembers her father working two farms while she was growing up in Jackson County, Arkansas. One farm was south of Tupelo and the other was north of town. Each day he walked to one in the morning, came back home mid day to eat and rest, then walked to work the other farm in afternoon.

Facebook discussions Feb 2012:

Bobby Simmons ok I knew it was something like that. June that was Conners grocery next to Mary and Willies. Sax or Sack we called him lived in a place between the pool hall and the store on the corner . the theather was behind them.

Jim Simmons Bobby, that was Colmer's store. We called him Jick Colmer. That's where we could buy comic books and other good things that kids liked.

Alcorn Ferguson was of the Augusta family that owned the house we've all discussed. He was born in that house, and he died there in the same room and on the same bedstead where he was born.

Arthur, I thought Sax was hit in front of the post office in Tupelo which was only two doors down from where he lived. Of course I could be wrong.

Jim Simmons ‎@Arthur. I said in one of the posts above that Lon moved in the "late" 40's. I meant "early" 40's. The mind does play tricks in our old age. I remember when they lived there the little girls had a tricycle. They had page-boy haircuts and their hair was the same color as mine. We called it white back then, but now we call it platinum blonde. After they moved, the Clyde Henderson family moved into that house. The Overcup school house was on the south side of the road just a little west of there.

Note 3

Sept 2008, one of the letters in BBB collection said that Sax died of injuries as he was leaving Post Office and was struck by a car. 2012 - Others who lived there and knew many of the Simmons family recall the car accident was at Tupelo Post Office, near Sax's home.

I think letter is from Aunt Sally Simmons and is in file box with lots of BBB notes and correspondence.......

Note 4

WWI Draft regist card, roll 1530465

Tupeolo, Jackson County Ark June 1, 1917

medium height, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair.

Saxon W Simmons age 28

Home Tupelo Ark

DOB Dec 7, 1889 at Tupelo Ark

Occupation Farming at Tupelo

single, caucassion

Note 5

Betty Jo remembers her dad worked two farms, one north and one south of home in Tupelo. He worked one in the morning, came home at noon, and then worked the other in afternoon. He walked back and forth every day, may have been barefoot in summer....

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