Ben Fletcher Jr Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

Ben was born on 18 JUL 1899 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas, the son of Benjamin Fletcher Simmons and Lucy James Rotenberry.[Note 3]

He died on 13 SEP 1963 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.[Note 4]

His wife was Dove Jane Hopkins, who he married on 3 OCT 1925 in Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas. Their only known child was James Robert (1926-2005).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Ben Fletcher Jr Simmons
(1899-1963)

 

Benjamin Fletcher Simmons
(1860-1939)

 

Holman Felix Simmons
(1824-1893)

 

Holman Freeman Simmons
(1798-<1870)

+
   

Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns
(1800->1870)

+
   

Theodora Mary Saxon
(1834-c1917)

 

Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon
(1798-1861)

+
   

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
Birth18 JUL 1899
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Type: Delayed Birth Certificate
Address: in possession of AFB 1Mar03
Agency: Arkansas State Board of health
Birth Cert-Simmons, Ben Jr
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Death13 SEP 1963
Place: Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Age: 64y, 1m, 27d
Address: Certificate of Death, State of Tennessee dated 18Sept1963 and certified Sept 23, 1963. Copy in possession of A Bowie 13Jun2000
Cause: Crushed when he fell under a road grader in Memphis
Obit - Ben Simmons jr +SS Card
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Obit - Ben F Simmons Jr 1963
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Death Cert, Simmons, Ben Jr
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Census1 JUN 1900
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 10 months
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: Breckenridge Township, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 10 b Ark
Address: dwelling 109, family 113 with father and stepmother or aunt
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

Census3 APR 1930
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 30 b Ark
Address: East of RR Track Dwelling 22 -father in law, family 24
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

Census3 APR 1940
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansa
Age: 40 born Ark
Address: House number 611, visit number 54, renter, Simmons, Ben F head mw 40, born Ark, same place in 1935, Salesman for Insurance Co. __ Dove J, wife fw 36 fw married born Ark, same place in 1935. Recreation Leader in under priviledge recrecation Center. __ James R son, mw, 13 single born Ark.
Burial15 SEP 1963
Place: Haywood County, Tennessee
Age: 64y, 1m, 27d
Address: Tabernacle Cemetery Brownsville Funeral Home, Brownsville, Tenn http://tngenweb.org/haywood/cemetery/tabernacle.htm
Agency: Certificate of Death, Tenn
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Residence13 SEP 1963
Place: Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Age: 64
Type: 20 years at this address
Address: 1035 Goodman Memphis, Tennessee
Other EventFROM 12 SEP 1918 TO 1 DEC 1918
Place: Detroit, Michigan
Type: Military Service
Address: WWI
Agency: draft registation card, Detroit Mich
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Other EventFROM 22 DEC 1920 TO 22 DEC 1922
Place: San Francisco, California
Type: Military Service
Address: US Navy San Francisco - USS Eagle Pearl Harbor - USS Chicago
Military Rec-Simmons,BenF Jr
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Attributes

AttributeDateDescriptionDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
OccupationChief Inspector for Tenn Highway Dept
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ReligionChurch of Christ

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Notes

Note 1

Memorial Obituary: A tribute published in the pages of the Jaskson Sun, Jackson, Tenn. Sep 15, 1963.

Entered into enternal rest Friday, Sept, 16, 1963; B.F, Simmons Rites Said at Brownsville.

Brownsville, Tenn.-Ben Fletcher Simmons, 64, who died Friday in Shelby County will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brownsville, Funeral Home with the Rev. W.T. Call officiating.

Bural will be in Tabernacle Cemetery near Brownsville.

Mr. Simmons had lived at 1035 Goodman Road in Memphis and had been a resident there for 20 years. He was chief inspector for the Tennesse Highway Department since 1951. He was a member of the American Legion and also a vetern of World War 1. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ben F Simmons, one son, James R.Simmons of Brownsville;two brothers, Felix Simmons, and Lon Simmons of Tupelo, Ark; two sisters, Mrs Arthur Snow of Tupelo Ark, and Mrs Cora Bowie of Newport, Ark, and three grandchildren.

Note 2

Ben Jr was in Detroit Mich in 1918 for draft register and enter service.

Note 3

certificate signed by sister Cora-- Mrs A Bowie, 9 Sept 1943

Note 4

Inspector for Tenn Highway Dept. Deceased was walking up hill when he tripped and fell down hill under wheels of a road grader

Immediate cause of death: crushing injury to abdomen

7:59 AM, 9/13/63 on a road in Memphis, Shelby, Tenn.

Note 5

Sept 12, 1918 Detroit Mich

tall, slender build, brown eyes, black hair

serial number 6724, order number 1064

Ben Fletcher Simmons

266 Lycaste , Detroit, Mich

age 19, DOB July 18, 1899, white, native born

Occupation:Auto Mechanic, employed by Hudson Motor Car Co

Jefferson Ave, Detroit, Mich

nearest Relative:Ben F Simmons (Father)

Tupelo, Jackson County Ark

signed Ben Fletcher Simmons

From Index to Arkansas World War I Soldiers

compiled by DesomondWalls Allen

Simmons, Ben F Jr, # 5348288, race W

residence: Tupelo, Jack Co

Entered Detroit, MI on 10/21/1918

Born Tupelo dob July 1899

two periods of service

Co B 334 Battation Tank Corps, US Army from 21 Oct 1918 to 1 Dec 1918

enlisted in US Navy at Oklahoma City on 22 Dec 1920 as Seaman second Class.

Service included receiving ship, San Francisco USS Eagle #14 Naval Hosp

and Pearl Harbor T.H. USS Chicago.

Discharged after 2 yrs and 1 day on 22 Dec 1922 at San Francisco.

Copies of both discharge records in hand, A Bowie 24 Aug 2009

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 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