Holman Freeman Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

Holman was born in 1798 in North Carolina, the son of John Simmons and Ann Freeman.

He died in BET 1861 AND 1870 in Brooksville, Flordia or Millerville, Clay Co Alabama.[Note 5]

His wife was Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns, who he married on 25 DEC 1818 in Elbert/Franklin County, Georgia. Their ten known children were Anna Jane (1819-1912), Holman Felix (1824-1893), Robert (1824->1860), Joseph Bibb (1831-c1900), Mary Ella (1833-1882), Martha (1835-?), Fletcher (1835-c1865), George McIntosh Troupe (1836-1897), Henry Clay (1838-1898) and Susan Burns (1843-1918).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

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)

 

George Freeman
(1684-<1736)

 
   

Jane Holman
(1689->1735)

 
   

Sally Ann Cox
(c1715-?)

 

John Cox
(c1690-?)

 
     
 
 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth1798
Place: North Carolina
Agency: Census 1850 and 1860 Alabama
DeathBET 1861 AND 1870
Place: Brooksville, Flordia or Millerville, Clay Co Alabama
See Note 5
Census21 DEC 1850
Place: Talladega County, Alabama
Age: 52 born North Carolina
Address: dwelling 1850, family 1896 with wife and seven children
Agency: 1850 census Ala
Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
Source: Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
Date: DEC 1850
Publisher: US Federal Census

Census6 AUG 1860
Place: Talladega County, Alabama
Age: 60 N C
Address: southern division, dwelling 1038 family 1061 Brownsville Post Office
Agency: 1860 Census Ala
See Note 6
BurialBET 1861 AND 1870
Place: Clay County, Alabama
Address: unmarked grave with sides of rock maybe Simmons Cemetery near Millerville, Clay Cty, Alabama
Doc-Primary Researchers
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Will6 JAN 1830
Place: Elbert County Georgia
Address: my two sons Holman F Simmons and Moses W Simmons, Executor
Will - Simmons, John, Senr 1835 signed Jan 6, 1830. probated Jan 20, 1835 Elbert County, Ga
Source: Will - Simmons, John, Senr 1835 signed Jan 6, 1830. probated Jan 20, 1835 Elbert County, Ga
Date: 20 JAN 1835
Publisher: Will Book 1830-1835 pages 483-484 Ordinary's Office Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia

Will - Simmons John 1835
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WillSEP 1856
Place: Rutherford, North Carolina
Address: North Carolina Archives Volume CR 086.314.1 Rutherford County, N.C. Equity orders and Decrees 1839-1838, pp 170-180 Charles Simmons Estate, abstracted by Miles Philbeck , Jr
Will- Simmons, Charles 1856 abstract of estate
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Other Event25 DEC 1861
Place: Talladega Territory, Alabama
Address: Christmas Celebration
Agency: The Old South, by HM Hamill, D.D.
Doc-Simmons, HF and Eliza
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Notes

Note 1

Holman Freeman Simmons and Sarah Eliza H Burns were married Dec 25, 1818 in Franklin County, Georgia. They moved from Georgia to Talladega Territory in Alabama and he became a successful planter. He had 27 slaves and a fine plantation home, possibly called "Spanish Oaks" which was burned by the Union soldiers during the War between the States. This plantation was located in what is now Millerville, Clay County, Alabama. Clay County was created by the Alabama Legislature on Dec 7, 1866 and is located in the east central part of the state in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

In his manuscripts, Judge Junius Hillyer, a Freeman descendent describes Col. Simmons as one of the finest looking men of his day, a remarkably stylish man, very popular and much respected. Col Simmons raised his sons to be learned, and respected citizens of the community. Each of the sons had a young black valet, the same age as their young master. Each son was sent to college to learn a profession and each valet was sent to take care of the boys and to learn a trade.

Col Simmons may be buried in the old Simmons Cemetery near Miller, Ala in an unmarked grave with sides of rock. His wife is buried near Newport, Arkansas in an unmarked grave on Bowens Ridge which is near Auvergne.

Note 2

possible match in 1840 census, Georgia, Flyd dist 829, roll 41, page 257 for H Simmons age between 30 and 40.

Note 3

3 Simmons, childred of Holman Freeman married 3 Saxons, children of Ben W Saxon the tavernkeeper.

H Felix Simmons and Theodora Mary Saxon

Susan Burns Simmons and Walter Terry Saxon

Henry Clay Simmons and Mable Antonette Saxon

All of these were in Jackson County Arkansas, at least for a while between 1860 and 1900. Others from H Felix Simmons family in Jackson County during that time inclue his mother Eliza Burns Simmons, brothers Joseph Bibb, Henry Clay, and probably Robert Simmons.

Note 4

Estate of Charles Simmons in the Fall of 1856, Rutherford County, North Carolina names and dates Charles Simmons 1777 Va-1850 and his wife Didama 1780 NC who died between 1850 and 1856.

The abstract I have names 12 siblings of Charles Simmons. Of the 6 thought to be alive their place of residence is stated. Of five of six deceased siblings, their living children and state are named.

My confidence in this abstact of the estate is based on

(1) 1850 census Rutherford NC dwelling 497, fam 508 Charles Simmons 73 va and Didama 70 NC

(2) Marriage of Charles and Didama recorded 1 FEb 1807 Rutherford NC

(3) census confirms the 7 of first 8 siblings listed in the abstract

(4) three sons, and daugher Susanah Richardson of sibling #8 John Simmons are a unique set of names, that I know well.

These names, dates, and places match those found in the Moses Simmons Family Bible 1733-1923 transcribed by Sallie Taylor Simmons in 1925. The Bible ties these 8 sibling together and to father James with this entry "James Simmons died 9 of February 1823 not lost but gone before in his 91 years of age my old farther. Moses Simmons"

A second tie to father James who died 1823 is found in records of James Jr Simmons born 10 July 1757 in Virginia and died 1851 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Amherst County Virginia, in the Revolution, Lost Record book - " Gave his discharge to his father who lived in Rutherford Co, N.C."

Microfilm Frame #1096 "DISTANT CROSSROADS" APRIL 1992"Amherst County, Virginia, In the Revolution, Lost Order Book, 1773--1782" Lists James Simmons who moved to Hawkins Co., Tenn., dated Aug. 1818: b. 10 July 1758: enlisted Jan. 1777: under Ensign William Powell, Capt. James Franklin, 10th Va. Regt., Gen Weedon's Brig. Gave his discharge to his father who lived in Rutherford Co., N.C. Placed on Pension Roll Sept. 30, 1819.

Third tie to father James who died 1823 is page 262 GENEALOGY OF THE LEWIS FAMILY……….. E 3. Mary Lewis, daughter of Charles C., Sr., was born in 1791 in Rutherford, N. C. S.....In 1811 she married Moses Simmons, son of James and brother -page 263-of Joshua. Moses was also a member of the Methodist church. They lived some three miles below Island Ford on Broad river, in Rutherford county, North Carolina., where he died very suddenly in 1856. Mary, his wife, died in 1877.

Note 5

Reearch of Barbara Daugherty, 2 Alexander Dr, Nenonah, N.J. 08090

Research of Bobby Bennett Bowie, 722 N Bryan, Little Rock Ark 72205

Wife Eliza is with daughter Mary Ella Mallory in 1870 census, Jackson County Arkansas.

Note 6

Holman F Simmons age 60 male, Farmer,

Eliza ", age 60 born Ga

Martha ", age 25 born Ga

Susan ", age 17 born Ala

Sources

  1. Will - Simmons, John, Senr 1835 signed Jan 6, 1830. probated Jan 20, 1835 Elbert County, Ga
    Source: Will - Simmons, John, Senr 1835 signed Jan 6, 1830. probated Jan 20, 1835 Elbert County, Ga
    Date: 20 JAN 1835
    Publisher: Will Book 1830-1835 pages 483-484 Ordinary's Office Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia
  2. Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
    Source: Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
    Date: DEC 1850
    Publisher: US Federal Census