Simmons, Erastus[1]

Male 1814 - 1892  (77 years)


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  • Name Simmons, Erastus 
    Born 16 Sep 1814  Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Land 26 Jan 1838  Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    A complex transaction in which Erastus bought parts of lots 23 and 26 in Westfield from Jonathan and Ruth for $1500. 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.  
    Died 12 Feb 1892  Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Friendsville Cemetery, Westfield Center, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Erastus is in an unmarked grave at Friendsville Cemetery, but a memorial stone was placed next to his wife's headstone in the Old Westfield Cemetery (New Leroy Cemetery). Ruth Simmons Stebbins explained: "His remains were hoped to have been moved to LeRoy beside Eliza after her death, but a large locust tree had grown into grave [sic]. His monument is the tree but a granite marker is placed in LeRoy beside Eliza . . . "
    Person ID I738  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2011 

    Father Simmons, Jonathan Sr.,   b. 31 Jan 1768, Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1845, Leroy, Medina, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother 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  [4, 5
    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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    Family ID F55  Group Sheet

    Family Daniels, Eliza Agusta,   b. 11 Sep 1826, Palmyra, Portage, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1910, Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1850  [6
    Children 
     1. Simmons, Caroline F.,   b. 27 Feb 1851
     2. Simmons, Evalina Urania,   b. 18 May 1853
     3. Simmons, Anise,   b. 1 Aug 1855,   d. 1 Apr 1856  (Age 0 years)
     4. Simmons, Hariette,   b. 25 Jul 1857
     5. Simmons, Maryette,   b. 25 Jul 1857,   d. 26 Jul 1857  (Age 0 years)
     6. Simmons, George E.,   b. 10 Jul 1859,   d. 20 May 1932  (Age 72 years)
     7. Simmons, Isaiah E.,   b. 6 Dec 1862, Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Old Westfield Cemetery, Westfield Center, Medina, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Simmons, Edwin Orestus,   b. 8 Feb 1865,   d. 25 Aug 1930, Hartville, Stark, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     9. Simmons, Lillian May,   b. 20 Jan 1867
    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 23 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F287  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1814 - Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - A complex transaction in which Erastus bought parts of lots 23 and 26 in Westfield from Jonathan and Ruth for $1500. 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 MapsDied - 12 Feb 1892 - Westfield, Medina, Ohio, USA 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, Erastus
    Simmons, Erastus
    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
    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.)
    Simmons, Ruth Gooding 1850 US Census Westfield, Medina, Ohio
    Simmons, Ruth Gooding 1850 US Census Westfield, Medina, Ohio
    In dwelling 509 were: Isaiah Simmons, 51 (on prev census page); Erastus Simmons, 37; Eliza [Daniels] Simmons, 22; Ruth Simmons, 82; John Murphy, 19; Phebe Smith, 35.

    In dwelling 511 were: Simpson Simmons, 43; Sally Simmons, 39; Lucretia Simmons, 17; Lydia Simmons, 13; Adoline Simmons, 8; and Joseph Horn, 23.
    Simmons, Isaiah, 1850 US Census Westfield, Medina, Ohio
    Simmons, Isaiah, 1850 US Census Westfield, Medina, Ohio
    The household was listed on two pages. Isaiah Simmons, 51, is at the bottom of this page. On the next page are Erastus Simmons, 37; Eliza Simmons, 22; Ruth Simmons, 82; John Murphy, 19; Phebe Smith, 35.
    Map of Medina County, Ohio, 1857
    Map of Medina County, Ohio, 1857
    A section of the map showing parts of Westfield and LaFayette Townships. The map was drawn from actual surveys and shows the owners of properties. Large numbers are lot numbers, smaller numbers are acreage.

    Headstones
    Simmons, Erastus
    Simmons, Erastus
    Erastus' memorial stone was placed next to his wife's headstone in the Old Westfield Cemetery (New Leroy Cemetery), but he is buried in an unmarked grave in the Friendsville Cemetery.
    Simmons Family Monument
    Simmons Family Monument

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Simmons Family Bible, Ruth Simmons Stebbins, (Photocopy of family record in the front of bible. Also typescript of same by Ruth Simmons Stebbins.).

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

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

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

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

    6. [S7] Simmons Family of Westfield Township, Medina County, Ohio, Ruth Simmons Stebbins, p. 1.


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