Lyman Simmons

Lyman Simmons

Male 1821 - 1900  (78 years)

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  • Name Lyman Simmons 
    Emigration 1821  , Rensselaer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • We know from a deed that by 1821 his father had purchased land in Rotterdam, Schenectady, NY and the family appears in the 1830 census for that town.
    Born 13 Jul 1821  , Rensselaer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Birth Journal Entries
    Birth Journal Entries
    This is a copy of (what is believed to be) of the birth journal kept within a Simmons Family Bible owned by Scott Simmons, a grandson of William Simmons and Betsey Ives.
    Gender Male 
    Census Abt 1830  Rotterdam, Schenectady, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1830 US Census (William Simmons)
    1830 US Census (William Simmons)
    The 1830 US Census shows the heads of household and number of persons living with that head of household. This census shows William Simmons (aged 20-30) living with a female aged 20-30 who is assumed to be his wife Betsey. It is interesting to point out that the enumerator marked in the wrong column for the age range of William and Betsey as they should be in the 30-40 age column. There are two males under the age of 5 indicated who would be Amos and Leonard F, there are two males between the age of 6-10 who would be Lyman and Edward, there is one male under the age of 15 who would be William W., and there is one female under the age of 5 who would be Huldah Ann.
    Emigration 1836  Rotterdam, Schenectady, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • In 1836 William sold the family farm in Rotterdam and moved his family to a farm in Wheatfield, Niagara, NY.
    Occupation Abt 1837  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    At about this time Lyman along with others from New York arrived in Berlin Twp and quickly became some of the first Pioneers in Berlin Twp, Ionia County, Michigan. See The New Simmons Kinfolk Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 1 for more details. 
    Census Abt 1840  Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1840 US Census (William Simmons)
    1840 US Census (William Simmons)
    The 1840 US Census is the last census that shows the heads of household and number of persons living with that head of household. This census shows William Simmons (aged 40-50) living one female aged 40-50 who is assumed to be his wife Betsey. There are the following other individuals and age groups: one male aged 5-10 years who would be Abel Jesse, two males aged 10-15 who would be Amos and Leonard F., two males aged 15-20 who would be Edward and Lyman, one male aged 20-30 who would be William W., two females aged 0-5 years who would be Eunice Maria and Hester Lydia, one female 5-10 years who would be Polly Ann and one female aged 10-15 who would be Hulda Ann.
    Emigration Abt 1849  Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Lyman moved to Berlin Twp. before his parents did, around 1849. His wife, two small children and possibly his brother Leonard F. Simmons went with him.
    Residence Abt 1849  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Lyman bought 160 acres in the western half of the eastern half of section 11 of Berlin Twp. and became a prosperous farmer, later owning 400 acres of land.
    Farm land owned by Lyman
    Farm land owned by Lyman
    Land outlined in red and labeled as box "1" and "2" are owned by Lyman Simmons and land labeled as red box "3" is owned by his father William Simmons. Map date is 1891 and that is why Lyman's son Nelson appears as owner of box labeled "1". Also, box labeled "3" indicates J. Simmons which is Abel Jesse Simmons who inherited the land from William Simmons in 1872.
    Census 25 Jul 1850  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1850 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    1850 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    In this census Lyman (28) is living with his wife Anna (25), daughter Amelia (3), son Nelson (1) and apparently his brother Leonard (23) who is listed as being a farmer born in NY.
    Land 15 Dec 1855  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lyman Simmons
    Lyman Simmons
    Land Grant, 15 Dec 1855
    Land Grant reads: the South East quarter of the South East quarter of section Twenty six in Township Six North of Range Seven, West, in the District of Lands subject to Sale of Ionia Michigan containing Forty acres. See description of land grant for more details.
    Remembrance 08 Dec 1858  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wife Annie died leaving 5 children. 
    Census 15 Sep 1860  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1860 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    1860 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    Lyman and his brother Edward and families are listed on this census page in Berlin, Ionia, Michigan as farmers and appear to be neighbors.
    Individuals listed here are: Lyman Simmons (39), his wife Annie (35), daughter Amelia (13), son Nelson (11), son Scott (7), son Fredrick (4) and daughter Anna E. (1). Also, this census indicates that Lyman's land is valued at $3,000 and his personal property is valued at $800. Lyman's occupation is stated as Farmer. Living with Lyman is a servant Mary J. Anderson (23).
    Listed in the next residence are: Edward Simmons (36), his wife Betsey(40), son Edwin W. (11), son Charles L. (9), son George W. (5), son Warren (3), and daughter Sarah J. (1).
    Census 05 Jul 1870  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Obviously, he became a prosperous farmer there. An inventory of his estate in 1900 indicates a well-furnished home. He apparently was the leader of the family. Both his married brothers and his parents with the younger children followed him to Ionia County and bought land nearby. He "doctored" many of them and assisted with such problems as applications for Civil War service pensions.
    1870 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    1870 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    In this census of Berlin, Ionia, Michigan Lyman Simmons (48) and his second wife Jane (31) are living with children: Ida (7) and Nellie (5). Also, with them are children from Lyman's first marriage with Anna: Nelson (21) listed as a farm laborer, Scott (17) listed as a farm laborer, Fredrick (14) listed as a farm laborer, and daughter Anna (11). As of this census Lyman has $10,900 in real estate value and $2,425 personal property value.
    Census 14 Jun 1880  Ionia 3rd Ward, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1880 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    1880 US Census (Lyman Simmons)
    This census shows Lyman (58) living with his wife Jane (41), daughter Anna E. (21), daughter Ida A. (17) and daughter Nellie A. (15). Occupation is listed as a retired farmer.
    Land 1891  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • As is noted in Crawford, D.C. Atlas of Ionia County, Michigan 1891.
      Lyman Simmons' property is the Western half of the Eastern half of Section 11. Close by are farms of his brother Abel, inherited from their father, William and such other relatives as Youngs, Bennetts, and Moon.
    Berlin Twp 1875 Land Map
    Berlin Twp 1875 Land Map
    The highlighted rectangle in red shows Lyman Simmons owned 160 acres in section 11.
    Residence 15 May 1900  Ionia 3rd Ward, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    We know from Lyman's death certificate that he was residing at 825 West Main Street, Ionia, Michigan at the time of his death. 
    Died 15 May 1900  Ionia, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Heart Disease 
    Death Certificate - Lyman Simmons
    Death Certificate - Lyman Simmons
    State of Michigan Certificate and Record of Death reads:
    Place of death: Ionia, Ionia, Michigan
    Name: Lyman Simmons, male, white, widowed
    Date of Death: 15 May 1900
    Age at death: 78 years, 10 months, 2 days
    Date of Birth: 13 Jul 1821
    Married: Married for 22 years with 7 children born and 6 children still living
    Occupation: Farmer
    Father: Wm Simmons born in New York
    Mother: Betsy Ives born in Massachusetts
    Cause of death: Heart Disease
    Burial 17 May 1900 at Balcom Cemetery
    Informant: Nelson Simmons of Ionia, Mich
    Buried 17 May 1900  Balcom Cemetery, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lyman Simmons
    Lyman Simmons
    Lyman's headstone has inscriptions on all 4 sides. See Balcom Cemetery map for details.
    Plot: Interred in Addition 2, lot 133
    Obituary 24 May 1900  Ionia, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    The Ionia Sentinel 5-24-1900;

    Lyman Simmons, for Fifty-one Years a Resident of Berlin Died in Ionia at the Age of 80.

    The funeral for Lyman Simmons, who died at 825 West Main street, on Tuesday last at 2:30 p.m. was held from LeValley church yesterday.

    Lyman Simmons was born in New York state in 1821, being within a few days of 80 years old at the time of his death. On April 3, 1843 he was united in marriage to Anna Kelly, in Niagara county, N.Y., who preceded him forty-two years.

    From this union five children were born, all of whom are living, Amelia Griswold, of Ionia, who cared for him through his last suffering days, being the oldest; Nelson Simmons, who has charge of the Simmons homestead in Berlin; Scott Simmons, of Sydney; Rev. Frederick Simmons, of Carson City and Anna Moon of Berlin.

    After three years of single life, Mr. Simmons, in 1851, then married Jane Millard, who died in Berlin in 1890, leaving her husband and one daughter to mourn her loss. Mrs. Oscar Jennings, is the only surviving child from this union.

    A few months later he was again married, to Clarissa Bates, who only lived seven years.

    Rev. Orwick, formerly pastor of LeValley church, but now of Jackson, was the officiating clergyman. He spoke in very eloquent terms of Mr. Simmons; of his Christian life, of his efficiency as an officer in the church, of which he had been a member for upwards of fifty years, holding positions to the credit of the church and community.
    Nearly fifty near relatives followed the remains to the church, where others joined the escort to his last resting place in Balcom cemetery, where he was buried midst those of the family who preceded him.

    Until two years ago, Mr. Simmons had been a resident of Berlin, but being in feeble health he came to Ionia, and enjoyed comparatively good health until seven months ago when a stroke of paralysis confined him to the house, but he was too aged and feeble to rally sufficient to get out, though he was able to sit in a chair till two weeks previous to his taking away. His son Nelson, and daughter, Amelia, were with him to the last.
     
    Person ID I26  WilliamSimmons1796 | Simmons Branch
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2012 

    Father William (Wilhelmus) Simmons (Semon),   b. 16 Jun 1796, Troy, Rensselaer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1872, Ionia, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Betsey Ives,   b. 29 Jul 1797, Sand Lake, Rensselaer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1871, Ionia, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Family ID F341691864  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Anna Elizabeth Kelley,   b. 19 Mar 1825, , Livingston, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1858, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 03 Apr 1843  Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Type: Other 
    Marriages
    Marriages
    This is a copy of (what is believed to be) of the Marriage journal kept within a Simmons Family Bible owned by Scott Simmons, a grandson of William Simmons and Betsey Ives.
    Obituary 1858  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Annie Died leaving 5 children 
    _STAT 1858 
    Other 
    Children 
     1. Amelia A. Simmons,   b. 18 Jun 1846, Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1905, Ionia, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Nelson Coy Simmons,   b. 31 May 1849, Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1921, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Scott Simmons,   b. 14 Oct 1852, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1920, Sidney, Montcalm, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +4. Frederick L. Simmons,   b. 3 May 1856, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1932, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Anna Elizabeth Simmons,   b. 30 Nov 1858, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1937  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2010 
    Family ID F341654949  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Jane E. Millard,   b. 4 Mar 1839, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1890, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 9 Sep 1861  Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Type: Other 
    Marriages
    Marriages
    This is a copy of (what is believed to be) of the Marriage journal kept within a Simmons Family Bible owned by Scott Simmons, a grandson of William Simmons and Betsey Ives.
    _STAT 10 Feb 1890 
    Other 
    Children 
     1. Ida A. Simmons,   b. 31 Jul 1862, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1941, Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Nellie A. Simmons,   b. 14 Jul 1864, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1881, Berlin Twp, Ionia, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    Photos
    Lyman and Jane Simmons
    Lyman and Jane Simmons
    Picture of Lyman and his second wife Jane. Date picture was taken is unknown.
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2007 
    Family ID F341654950  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Clarissa J. Wolverton,   b. 27 Mar 1837, , , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1897  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1890  Okemos, Ingham, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Marriages
    Marriages
    This is a copy of (what is believed to be) of the Marriage journal kept within a Simmons Family Bible owned by Scott Simmons, a grandson of William Simmons and Betsey Ives.
    Michigan Marriage Register
    Michigan Marriage Register
    This document is a Michigan Marriage Register of Ionia County for year ending 31 Dec 1890.
    Page 235, entry #890 reads:
    Date of License: 25 Oct 1890
    Groom's Information
    Name: Lyman Simmons
    Age: 69
    Residence: Berlin Twp, Ionia, Mich
    Birthplace: New York
    Occupation: Farmer
    Previous Marriages: Two
    Father: Wm Simmons
    Mother: Betsey Ives
    Bride's Information
    Name: Clarissa J. (Wolverton) Bates
    Age: 53
    Residence: Rockford, Montcalm, Mich
    Birthplace: New York
    Occupation: House keeper
    Previous Marriages: One
    Father: John Wolverton
    Mother: Unknown
    Date of Marriage: 29 Oct 1890
    Place of Marriage: Okemos, Mich
    Minister: Rev. M.E. Gibbs, ME Minister
    Witnesses: Fred Simmons of Sheridan, Mich and Pauline Simmons of Okemos, Mich
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2007 
    Family ID F228  Group Sheet


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