Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Family Photos #1: John W. & Dolly [Jennison] Simmons
We begin with the oldest of the photos that I have access to on my ancestors. The picture above was posted on Find A Grave by Douglas Bean. The guess is that it was taken during the mid to late 1850s. The couple, Dolly [Jennison] and John William Simmons would have been residing in Henry Co., IN or Northern Kentucky. Two versions of John's death exist: (1) He passed away in Wisconsin while helping one of his sons relocate in 1859. (2) He died in Northern Kentucky, Campbell or Kenton County in either 1857 or 1859. Dolly passed away in Covington, Kenton, Kentucky in 1862.
Dolly was born in Worcester Co., MA on 31 March 1787. John was born on 16 October 1781 supposedly in New York City. The Simmons family had evacuated New York during the British occupation in 1776, thus making John's birth in the city questionable. John's father was in Orange Co., NY during the Revolutionary War. The 1850 Newport, Campbell, KY census gives NY as his birthplace.