Holman Felix Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

Holman was born on 10 JAN 1824 in Georgia, the son of Holman Freeman Simmons and Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns.

He died on 30 MAR 1893 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas.

His wife was Theodora Mary Saxon, who he married on 20 APR 1852 in Autauga County, Alabama. Their six known children were Mary (1856->1880), Benjamin Fletcher (1860-1939), Jane (c1862-?), Holman Snell (1866-1950), Robert Terry (1868-1947) and Henry B (1871-<1887).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Holman Felix Simmons
(1824-1893)

 

Holman Freeman Simmons
(1798-<1870)

 

John Simmons
(c1760-<1835)

 

James Simmons
(1733-1823)

 
   

Assume Mary Waters
(c1735-c1791)

 
   

Ann Freeman
(1761->1850)

 

Holman Freeman
(c1714-c1783)

+
   

Sally Ann Cox
(c1715-?)

 
   

Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns
(1800->1870)

 

Robert Burns
(<1775-?)

 

Robert Burns
(1759-1796)

+
     
 
 
   

unknown McIntosh
(<1775-?)

   
 
 
     
 
 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth10 JAN 1824
Place: Georgia
Type: tombstone in Walnut Grove Cementary
Address: Jackson Cty Ark, Breckenridge Twp
Agency: 1880 census Arkansas
Death30 MAR 1893
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 69y, 2m, 21d
Address: tombstone in Walnut Grove Cementary, Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas The Stream of History, Jackson county Historical Society, Oct 1978, page 29.
Census13 SEP 1850
Place: Coosa County, Wetumpka City, Alabama
Age: 27 b Ga
Address: Wetumpka City, Coosa County, Alabama Clerk in Tavern with future wife and her parents
Agency: 1850 census
Census 1850 Alabama
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Census 1850 Alabama, Wetumpka
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Census 1850 Alabama, Coosa
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Census24 AUG 1870
Place: Breckenridge Township, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 46 b Georgia
Address: dwelling 12, Family #12 with Wife Theodora and 5 children mother and sister next door
Agency: 1870 census Ark
Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
Source: Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
Authors: US Federal Census
Date: 21 AUG 1870
Publisher: ancestry.com

See Note 5
Census14 JUN 1880
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 56 born GA
Address: Breckenridge Twp, page 19, Supver dist 1, ED 131 with wife and 5 children brother JB Simmons nearby in ED 132
Agency: 1880 census
Census 1880 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge twp, ED 131, page 19, stamp 438
Source: Census 1880 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge twp, ED 131, page 19, stamp 438
Publisher: ancestry .com

See Note 6
Census26 OCT 1887
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansa
Address: Sheriff’s Census of Newport Town Felix Simmons, male over 21 T. M. Simmons, female over 21 Snell Simmons, male over 21 Robt Simmons, male 6 to 21
Census 1887 Newport 1
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Census 1887 Newport, certification
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Burial1893
Place: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Newport, Arkansas
Age: 69y, 2m, 21d
Address: N35° 36.891' W91° 16.164' Lot 67, Block B, original addition. Find A Grave Memorial# 32412537
Cemeteries -Jackson County Arkansas
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Grav-SimHF
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Grav-SimmonsHF Base of Gravestone
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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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See Note 7
ResidenceFROM 1870 TO 1893
Place: Section 31, 2 miles, SSW Tupelo Ark
Address: Section 31, Breckenridge Twp, Jackson Cty, Ark N35° 21.823' W91° 14.645'
Map of Tupelo Arkansas Area
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Other EventFROM 1 JUL 1861 TO 17 SEP 1862
Place: from Flordia to Virginia
Type: Military Service
Address: Co F, 8th Regiment, Florida Infantry Co C, 3rd Regiment, Florida Infanty Capt Simmons’ detchmt Artillery of Coast Guard
Cause: resigned because of gunshot wound
Military Rec-Simmons, CSA Capt HF letter of resignation
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Military Record of Capt Felix Simmons
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See Note 8
Other Event16 AUG 1870
Place: Sec. 9, T10N R2W
Type: Deed
Address: about one mile east of Auvergne Jackson County Arkansas
Agency: Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures
See Note 9
Other Event18 MAR 1893
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Address: Commander of Tom Hindman Camp The Stream of History, Jackson County Historical Society. Oct 1978, page 29.
Cause: Elected commander
See Note 10

Attributes

AttributeDateDescriptionDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
OccupationFROM 1878 TO 1888Surveryor for Jackson County,Ark 1878 -1888
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Agency: Goodspeed's Jackson County, Ark History & Biographies
See Note 11

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Notes

Note 1

Holman Felix Simmons migrated early in his life to Flordia with his wife Mary Theodora Saxon of Autauga Co Alabama and they became early pioneers of Flordia's new Hernando County. In 1862 he formed his own company of Confederate Soldiers and was Captain of Co F, 8th Florida Infantry, during the Civil War. Before forming his own company he had belonged to the 3rd Florida Infantry, Co C, (Hernando Guards) whose Captain was Walter Terry Saxon, his brother-in-law. He listed Co C when he was member of United Confederate Veterans in Jackson County, Arkansas 1889.

He was wounded in civil war, loaded wife and five kids in wagon and moved to Jackson county Arkansas. Home place became know as Simmons Switch, near Tupelo, and Ben F inherited as oldest son.

He worked as surveyor in Jackson county Arkansas.

1860 Census Jackson Cty Ark, Cashe Twp has bothers Joseph Bibb Simmons, Henry Clay Simmons and sister Mary Mallory. In 1870, Felix and his wife Mary Theodora Saxon are also nearby. Mother Eliza Simmons, age 72 is with Mary Mallory.

In 1880 Dr Joseph has wife Lauretta who is 20 years younger and oldest child now 13 is named for sister in law Theodora.

Brothers Holman Felix and Henry Clay and sister Susan Burns Simmons all three married Saxons.

Tomb stone inscription "HF Simmons, Born Jan 10, 1824, died Mar 30, 1893. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, and a friend to all." This stone is in old section of Walnut Grove, just NE of caretaker's shack, son BF Simmons is a short distance to the NE and closer to the road. His wife, Mary Theodora Saxon, is beside him with a maker that says only "Gran". Three Grandsons are also beside him, Felix and Sax sons of Ben and infant David a son of Snell. There is no maker for David. Maggie Lipman is the mother of Sallie wife of Felix and os Sallie's Sister Bill Hardin. LB Bowen and Otto M Bowen are nearby, note that HF brother Joe Bibb and his mother Sarah Eliza lived on Bowen's Ridge which is east of Sand Hill Cemetary, and Bowen appears in descendants name. I haven't researched the connection, but certain it is there.

Note 2

Arkansas State Land Records

Six of the ten children of Holman Freeman Simmons, along with three Saxon spouses, and maybe mother Sarah Eliza made application for land grants in Jackson County Arkansas between 1860 and 1870.

Last Name: Simmons

First Name: Felix

Date: 8/16/1870

Box: 262

File: 6

Record Type: Swamp Land Application

Notes: Appl. # 638

Location: Sec. 9, T10N R2W

Record Type:State Land Records Location:ASA

Last Name:Simmons First Name:Felix

Date(s): 1/7/1873

Notes:5828 Box: 483 File: 6

Land Record Type: Swamp Land Patent Land Location: Sec. 9, T10N R2W, 120 acres

multiple records for other family members in same area:

Ann Simmons

H.C. Simmons 1870

Henry Simmons 1870

Joseph Simmons 1861, 1891

J.B. Simmons x 3 1860, 1861, 1861

Robert Simmons x 2? 1860, 1903 Relinquish

William Simmons 1860

William H Simmons 1888

is this mother Eliza?

Last Name: Simmons

First Name:Sarah

Date:7/23/1860

Box:214

File:4

Record Type:Swamp Land Application

Notes:Appl. # 1608

Location:

W T Saxon

and others. most are swamp land application

State Land Records

Last Name:Mallory

First Name:William

Date:10/20/1870

Box:264 File:6

Record Type:

Swamp Land Application

Notes:Appl. # 723

Location:Sec. 27, T10N R3W

Note 3

Coosa County Al, Archives Military Records.....The 5th Cavalry Battalion Of Hilliard's Legion

Civilwar - Roster Company C

http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/coosa/military/civilwar/rosters/coc10cav.txt

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:

Linda Ayres WwLSARANDOLPH@aol.com January 11, 2005, 11:18 am

The 5th Cavalry Battalion of Hilliard's Legion

The 5th Cavalry Battalion was organized with five companies at Montgomery on 25 June 1862.

It merged into the 10th Confederate Cavalry Regiment on 30 December 1862. Each company,

"A" through "E", retained its original letter designation.

Company C, The 5th Battalion of Hilliard's Legion

Tallapoosa and Coosa Counties

Muster roll dated Jul 2, 1862

Slaughter, Martin G Captain

[Martin Green Slaughter born Sep 14, 1821, died Jun 12, 1881 Clay County Alabama]

......

Privates:

Simmons, Holman F [Died in Arkansas] !careful! this is son of Moses Waters Simmons b1801 and Harriet Renfro.

Simmons, J. R.

Simmons, Nathaniel H.

Simmons, Robert

Company C, of the 10th Confederate Cavalry Company A

Tallapoosa/Coosa Counties [This area this unit was from is now Clay County Alabama]

Slaughter, Martin G Captain

......

Privates: these are sons of Moses Waters Simmons b1801 and Harriet Renfro.

Simmons, Holman F

Simmons, James F

Simmons, Moses

Simmons, Nathaniel

Simmons, Robert

Note 4

SAXON WALTER TERRY CN 00JUL61 26APR65 RL 25MAY00

SAXON JAS RANDOLPH PV 00JUL61 K TN MISS RDGE 25NOV63

SAXON FRANKLEN H E PV 00JUL61 26APR65 W KY PERRYVLLE 08OCT62

SAXON BENJAMIN PV 00JUL61 DG AT REORG UNDER AGE 62

SIMMONS FELIX PV 00JUL61 DG FERNANDINA

SIMMONS JAMES R PV 00JUL61 TR 8INF CO F

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

about Walter Terry Saxon

Name: Walter Terry Saxon

Occupation: Surveyor Age at Enlistment: 25

Enlistment Date: 19 Jul 1861 Rank at enlistment: Captain

Enlistment Place: Brooksville, FL State Served: Florida

Survived the War?: Yes

Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company C, Florida 3rd Infantry Regiment on 19 Jul 1861.

Mustered out on 09 Apr 1865.

Transferred to Company C, Florida 1st Infantry Regiment on 09 Apr 1865.

Mustered out on 26 Apr 1865 at Orange County, NC.

Birth Date: 23 Apr 1836 Death Date: 23 Dec 1924 Death Place: Hamilton, TX

Sources: Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...

Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865

THIRD FLORIDA INFANTRY, COMPANY C (Hernando County Wildcats)

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Deborah Byrd, dbyrd@lightcom.net

A Biographical Roster of Brooksville's Confederate Soldiers

(1861-1865).

THIRD FLORIDA INFANTRY,COMPANY C (Hernando County Wildcats)

Captain Walter Terry Saxon (b.4/23/1836 Autoga AL; d.12/23/1924

Hamilton TX) and his son served in the same company. He was a

surveyor and surveyed the Everglades prior to the war.He was paid

$20,000 which he spent toward the Confederate cause. He enlisted

7/19/1861 at Brooksville. He was wounded as Perryville 10/8/1861

and captured later the same year.He was exchanged near Vicksburg

in the late 1862.He commanded companies C & H at the battle of

Murfreesboro 12/31/62.Wounded in the head at Dallas GA. in mid 1864.

Saxon, Benjamin (b.1844 Autauga Co. AL.) enlisted 7/19/1861 at

Brooksville. Appointed musician 3/1/1862. Discharged 6/30/1862. He

was 5'1", fair skin, blue eyes, light hair, occupation: student.

May have served in L.G.Lesley's Company.

Saxon, Franklin Elmore (b.9/28/1841 Autauga Co. AL; m. Marena May

12/15/1866 (1st); m. Tulula Hope 2/10/1876 (2nd); d. 2/25/1922

buried Hernando County.) Seminole War veteran enlisted 7/19/1861

at Brooksville. Wounded at honeymoon near Jacksonville in 1862.

Badly wounded at Perryville 10/8/1862 in the leg and instep and was

going to be left behind. Franklin's father persuaded Thomas Ellis

(also wounded) to stay behind with Frank. In the evening, both men

were taken to a farmhouse serving as a hospital and were captured

the next morning. Frank was exchanged in the mid 1863 then

furloughed 8/29/1864. He hid the regimental flag in his bosom during

the surrender and brought it back to Brooksville. He later donated

it to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.

Saxon, James Randolph enlisted 5/1/1862 at Midway. Serving as a

nurse in Bardstown,Ky when captured. Exchanged near Vicksburg in

late 1862. Mortally wounded at Missionary Ridge 11/25/1863 and

captured. He died 1/31/1864 at USA General Hospital in Chattnooga.

Simmons, Benjamin Felix (b. 3/6/1830 Lake Jackson; m. Elenora

11/17/1852; d.7/29/1904 St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola)

enlisted in Brooksville 7/19/1861. Transferred to Capt. Simmons

Coast Guard in late 1861. Wounded in foot and resigned 9/17/1862.

Simmons, James R (b.1831 Cuthbert Co. GA.) enlisted 7/19/1861 at

Brooksville. Discharged 8/15/1862 at Chattanooga. Ht: 6'1", dark

skin, hair & eyes. A farmer.

Note 5

Family #13 is William and Mary E Mallory with

Mother Eliza Simmons 72, F W no occupation, born Georgia

Family #9 is Walter Saxon and Susan

see alsoRichwoods Twp family #24

Simmons, James 39 MW physician, $400 real estate, born Georgia

no family listed

Note 6

brother Joseph B Simmons WM 49 born Gerogia

with Lauretta W 29 Ohio

Theodora D 13 Alabama

Edward S 10 Kentucky

Norah D 3 Arkansas

are nearby in ED 137, Cashe Township

Note 7

Tomb stone inscription "HF Simmons, Born Jan 10, 1824, died Mar 30, 1893. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, and a friend to all."

This stone is in old section of Walnut Grove, just NE of caretaker's shack, son BF Simmons is a short distance to the NE and closer to the road. His wife, Mary Theodora Saxon, is beside him with a maker that says only "Gran".

Three Grandsons are also beside him, Felix and Sax sons of Ben and infant David a son of Snell. There is no maker for David.

Maggie Lipman is the mother of Sallie, wife of Felix and of Sallie's Sister, Bill Hardin.

Section F Row 7 N35° 36.891' W91° 16.164'

LB Bowen and Otto M Bowen are nearby, note that HF brother Joe Bibb and his mother Sarah Eliza lived on Bowen's Ridge which is east of Sand Hill Cemetary, and Bowen appears in descendants name. I haven't researched the connection, but certain it is there.

see also http://arkansasgravestones.org/ Find A Grave Memorial# 32412537

Note 8

Brothers Henry Clay 2nd command, George MT is a private, Staff Adjutant BF Simmons is likely brother Fletcher Simmons

Xrox copy of handwritten letter signed by F Simmons, File disignation Felix Simmons, 8th Flordia Infantry, from National Archives & Record Service. copy dated 3/11/68

Note 9

Last Name: Simmons

First Name: Felix

Date: 8/16/1870

Box: 262

File: 6

Record Type: Swamp Land Application

Notes: Appl. # 638

Location: Sec. 9, T10N R2W

Note 10

29 Jun 1889 member of Tom Hindman Camp318, Confederate Vets

The Stream of History, Jackson County Historical Society. Oct 1978, page 35.

Note 11

Billy Bowie told story about his grandfather or great grandfather surveying Walnut Grove Cemetary in Newport --maybe when first train came in?

Jacksonport’s grand courthouse, planned before the war, was built in 1869. The old river town enjoyed prosperity until the Cairo and Fulton Railroad’s north and south rail lines met at the White River at old Newport in 1873. A revived Newport grew quickly, providing much-needed services for the railroad, and Jacksonport began declining. In 1891, Newport waged a successful effort to have the county seat moved from Jacksonport.

Sources

  1. Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
    Source: Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
    Authors: US Federal Census
    Date: 21 AUG 1870
    Publisher: ancestry.com
  2. Census 1880 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge twp, ED 131, page 19, stamp 438
    Source: Census 1880 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge twp, ED 131, page 19, stamp 438
    Publisher: ancestry .com