Simmons, Jonathan Sr.

Male 1768 - 1845  (77 years)


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  • Name Simmons, Jonathan  
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 31 Jan 1768  Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • aka Deighton.
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 31 Mar 1804  Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Appointed Captain in Major William Pitts battalion of militia in Ontario County, New York. (See document below) 
    Residence Abt 1800 - 1832  Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land 29 Sep 1832  Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    When Jonathan Simmons Sr. moved to Westfield in 1832 he bought a house and 50 acres of land in lot 23 for $450 from his son Jonathan Jr and wife Abigail.  
    Land 26 Jan 1838  Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    A complex transaction in which Jonathan and Ruth sold parts of lots 23 and 26 in Westfield for $1500 to their son Erastus. Erastus then returned the land to his parents with the promise to take care of them in their old age. If he kept his promise, he could use the land, but if he failed to keep his promise he would lose the land.  
    Residence 1832 - 1845  Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Moved to Westfield in 1832 and remained there for the rest of his life.  
    Died 19 May 1845  Leroy, Medina, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • The name Leroy was changed to Westfield Center in 1971.
    Buried Friendsville Cemetery, Westfield Center, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Row 13
    Person ID I146  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2016 

    Father Simmons, Constant Jr.,   b. 5 Feb 1742, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1831, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Soper, Silence,   b. 26 Jan 1749, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1835, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married Dec 1766  [9
    Family ID F63  Group Sheet

    Family Gooding, Ruth,   b. 20 Feb 1769,   d. 20 Mar 1859, Friendsville, Westfield Twp, Medina, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 5 Nov 1790  Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
     1. Simmons, Ruth,   b. 24 Mar 1792, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1875, Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Simmons, Lucy,   b. 24 Jan 1794, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1858, Goodings Grove, Will, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +3. Simmons, Jonathan Jr.,   b. 3 Mar 1796, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1863, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. Simmons, Isaiah,   b. 23 Oct 1799, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1867  (Age 67 years)
     5. Simmons, Simpson,   b. 24 Mar 1802,   d. 10 Sep 1803  (Age 1 years)
     6. Simmons, Sally,   b. 20 Aug 1803,   d. 20 Feb 1887  (Age 83 years)
     7. Simmons, Simpson,   b. 10 Oct 1805, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1881  (Age 75 years)
    +8. Simmons, Harriet,   b. 20 Dec 1807,   d. 1 Nov 1877  (Age 69 years)
    +9. Simmons, Elmina,   b. 16 Oct 1810,   d. 13 Sep 1873  (Age 62 years)
    +10. Simmons, Erastus,   b. 16 Sep 1814, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1892, Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Documents
    Simmons Family Bible
    Simmons Family Bible
    Transcription by Ruth Simmons Stebbins. The Bible was purchased by Jonathan Simmons Sr. and repaired by Eliza Daniels Simmons, wife of Erastus. It was published in 1829 and probably purchased after 1832, when Jonathan Sr. moved to Ohio. Thus, at least some of the records were not made contemporaneously with the events. The oldest persons recorded, Constant and Silence Simmons, lived in Bristol, New York at the same time as their grandchildren.
    Histories
    The Simmons Family of Westfield Township, Medina  Co.,Ohio by Ruth Simmons Stebbins
    The Simmons Family of Westfield Township, Medina Co.,Ohio by Ruth Simmons Stebbins
    Part 1 outlines the relocation of several Simmons family members to Ohio and their lives there. It also includes some information on the founding of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Co., in which members of the Simmons family played roles. Part 2 was originally a separate document, but it is appended here because it provides more information on the extended Simmons family in addition to details on Erastus Simmons descendants and family life.

    Ruth Stebbins sent part 1 to her cousin, Lottie Tanner Martin and Patricia Vanhoose donated part 2 to the Medina County Public Library.

    Download a PDF (50 KB) of this history.
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    Last Modified 1 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Jan 1768 - Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Nov 1790 - Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Appointed Captain in Major William Pitts battalion of militia in Ontario County, New York. (See document below) - 31 Mar 1804 - Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1800 - 1832 - Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - When Jonathan Simmons Sr. moved to Westfield in 1832 he bought a house and 50 acres of land in lot 23 for $450 from his son Jonathan Jr and wife Abigail. - 29 Sep 1832 - Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - A complex transaction in which Jonathan and Ruth sold parts of lots 23 and 26 in Westfield for $1500 to their son Erastus. Erastus then returned the land to his parents with the promise to take care of them in their old age. If he kept his promise, he could use the land, but if he failed to keep his promise he would lose the land. - 26 Jan 1838 - Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Moved to Westfield in 1832 and remained there for the rest of his life. - 1832 - 1845 - Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 May 1845 - Leroy, Medina, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Friendsville Cemetery, Westfield Center, Medina, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Simmons' Tin Trunk
    Simmons' Tin Trunk
    This is the tin trunk described by Ruth Simmons Stebbins (see the Simmons Family of Westfield, Medina County, Ohio under histories). Originally the property of Jonathan Simmons Sr., it is now in the possession of descendants of Jonathan's son Erastus. It contains many documents including Jonathan Simmons' appointment as Captain in the New York State Militia in 1804, and deeds to land in Bristol, Ontario, New York and in Medina County, Ohio.

    Documents
    Simmons Families, 1840 US Census Westfield, Medina, Ohio
    Simmons Families, 1840 US Census Westfield, Medina, Ohio
    On this page are Jonathan Sr., Jonathan Jr., and Simpson [Simson] Simmons, Luther King (m. Ruth Simmons Allen), and Isaac Jones (m. Sally Simmons). On the previous page is Ebenezer Bissell (m. Harriet Simmons) and 2 pages later is S. H. Pomroy (m. Elmina Simmons).
    Simmons Birth Records, Children of Constant and Silence
    Simmons Birth Records, Children of Constant and Silence
    Copy of birth records from Dighton, Massachusetts for Simpson, Jonathan Sr., Hannah, Isaiah, Sally, Lucy, Lydia, Enoch, Esther, Cynthia and Achsah Simmons deposited in the Medina District Library, Medina, Ohio by P. Vanhoose.
    Simmons, Jonathan -- Certificate of Appointment as Captain in the New York State Militia.
    Simmons, Jonathan -- Certificate of Appointment as Captain in the New York State Militia.
    (Document from the Simmons' tin trunk.)
    Deed -- Jonathan Simmons Jr and wife Abigail Simmons to Jonathan Simmons.
    Deed -- Jonathan Simmons Jr and wife Abigail Simmons to Jonathan Simmons.
    When Jonathan Sr. moved to Westfield in 1932 he bought 50 acres of land in lot 23 for $450 from Jonathan Jr. and Abigail. Microfilm of record of land sale, Medina County, Ohio, Book F pp 392-393. (Medina County District Library)
    Deed -- from Jonathan and Ruth Simmons to Erastus Simmons.
    Deed -- from Jonathan and Ruth Simmons to Erastus Simmons.
    Jonathan and Ruth sold parts of lots 23 and 26 to Erastus Simmons for $1500. In the next document Erastus deeded the land back to Jonathan and Ruth along with the promise to care for them for the rest of their lives. If he kept his promise the land was his to use, but if he failed to keep his promise he would forfeit the land. Signed 26 Jan 1838 and recorded by Medina County 26 Jun 1839 in Book Q pp 88 - 89. (Document from the Simmons' tin trunk.)
    Deed (p. 1) -- from Erastus Simmons to Jonathan and Ruth Simmons
    Deed (p. 1) -- from Erastus Simmons to Jonathan and Ruth Simmons
    The second step of the arrangement in which Erastus agreed to care for his parents for the rest of their lives. This page is the transfer of land from Erastus to Jonathan and Ruth at no cost. Signed 26 Jan 1838 and recorded Medina County 27 Jun 1839 in Book Q pp. 89 - 90. (Document from the Simmons' tin trunk.)
    Deed (p. 2) -- from Erastus Simmons to Jonathan and Ruth Simmons
    Deed (p. 2) -- from Erastus Simmons to Jonathan and Ruth Simmons
    On this page Erastus agreed to care for his parents for the rest of their lives. Signed 26 Jan 1838 and recorded Medina County 27 Jun 1839 in Book Q pp. 89 - 90. (Document from the Simmons' tin trunk.)

    Headstones
    Simmons, Jonathan
    Simmons, Jonathan
    Gravestone
    Plot: Row 13

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Simmons Family of Westfield Township, Medina County, Ohio, Ruth Simmons Stebbins, part 2, p. 2.

    2. [S9] Mayflower ancestors of the Simmons, Ruth Simmons Stebbins, (unpublished, 1958).

    3. [S164] Deed, Recorded Book F pp 392-393, Medina County, Ohio (microfilm at Medina County District Library).

    4. [S164] Deed, Recorded Medina County, Ohio 26 Jun 1839, Book Q, pp 88 - 89.

    5. [S164] Deed, Recorded Medina County, Ohio 27 Jun 1839, Book Q, pp 89 - 90.

    6. [S137] History of Medina County and Ohio, William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, Weston Arthur Goodspeed, (Baskin and Battey, Chicago, 1881), p. 899.

    7. [S7] Simmons Family of Westfield Township, Medina County, Ohio, Ruth Simmons Stebbins, part 1, p.2; part 2, p. 1.

    8. [S134] 1840 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Westfield, Medina, Ohio; Roll: 244; Page: 412; Image: 1076; Family History Library Film: 0020171.

    9. [S24] Stebbins Papers, Ruth Simmons Stebbins, SimmonsHandwrittenNotes.pdf.

    10. [S14] Jones Hathaway Richards Gooding, by Melvin E. Jones, (self published, 1934), p. 221.


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