Henry Clay Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

Henry was born in 1838 in Millerville, Clay County, Alabama, the son of Holman Freeman Simmons and Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns.

He died on 10 Feb 1898 in Alabama.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Jane Unknown. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. They had no known children.

His second wife was Mable Antoinette Saxon, who he married on 6 SEP 1867 in Levy County, Florida. Their nine known children were Robert Burns (1869-1889), Walter Troupe (1870->1900), Holman Benjamin (1873-1956), William Henry Huntley (1875-1900), Mable Jane (1877-1945), Chalmers Fletcher (1879-1954), Ralph Orr (1881-1968), Wilson Calhoun (1883-1973) and Marguerite Eliza (1886-1965).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Henry Clay Simmons
(1838-1898)

 

Holman Freeman Simmons
(1798-<1870)

 

John Simmons
(c1760-<1835)

 

James Simmons
(1733-1823)

 
   

Assume Mary Waters
(c1735-c1830)

 
   

Ann Freeman
(1761->1850)

 

Holman Freeman
(c1714-c1783)

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Sally Ann Cox
(c1715-?)

 
   

Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns
(1800->1870)

 

Robert Burns
(<1775-?)

 

Robert Burns
(1759-1796)

+
     
 
 
   

unknown McIntosh
(<1775-?)

   
 
 
     
 
 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth1838
Place: Millerville, Clay County, Alabama
Agency: 1880 census
Death10 FEB 1898
Place: Alabama
Census21 DEC 1850
Place: Tallediga, Talladega, Alabama
Age: 12
Address: dwelling 1850, family 1896 with parents and 6 siblings
Agency: 1850 census Ala
Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
Source: Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
Date: DEC 1850
Publisher: US Federal Census

Census8 AUG 1860
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 22
Address: Cashe Township, Family 1074
Agency: 1860 cemsis Ark
Census 1860 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Cache and Breckenridges Twp
Source: Census 1860 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Cache and Breckenridges Twp
Date: JUL 1860

Census19 JUN 1880
Place: Beat 4, Morgan Alabama
Age: 41 b Ala
Address: last family ED 270
Cause: signed twice by enumeraror Henry C Simmons
Agency: 1880 Census Ala
Census 1880 Alabama-twice signed by Henry Clay Simmons
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Burial1898
Place: Simmons Cemetery, Millerville, Clay Cty, Alabama
Type: no dates, Capt. COF 8 Fla. Inf. C.S.A.
Address: near Oak Hill Church, Clay Cty, Ala beside his wife Lat: 33° 13' 11"N, Lon: 85° 58' 51"W T21S, R6?, Sect 12 http://www.interment.net/data/us/al/clay/simmons/index.htm Find A Grave Memorial# 28671116
Other Event17 MAY 1862
Place: Flordia
Type: Military Service
Cause: muster in Captain Simmons Co, Coast Guard Artillery
Military Record of Capt Felix Simmons
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Military - Simmons, Henry Clay, CSA
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See Note 3
Other Event1862
Address: moved to Florida
Other Event1870
Place: Sec. 29, T10N R1W
Type: Deed
Address: Jackons County, Arkansas two different applications both east of Shoffner, east side of Cashe River near WT Saxon
Agency: Catalog of Ark resources and Archivlal Treasures
See Note 4

Attributes

AttributeDateDescriptionDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
OccupationSchool teacher, preacher and lawyer
Type: served in Alabama State Legistature
Occupation1860Surveryor of Jackson County, Arkansas

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Notes

Note 1

Henry Clay (Noble) Simmons stated that he had so many brothers and sisters, he was just a nobody (Nobe).

In 1862, Henry migrated to Flordia to join the confederate outfit being formed by his older brother Holman Felix, known as Captain Simmons Company, Coast Guard Artillery, Florida Volunteers, which later became the 8th Regiment, Florida Infantry,, Co C. He mustered in on May 17, 1862 and on Feb 17, 1863 he was promote from 2nd Lt to Captain to succeed his brother who resigned because of gunshot wounds to his feet. On May 3, 1863 Henry ran up against the enemy at Chancellorsville, Va and was captured along with 20 of his men.

paper copy of full file is in folder "Simmons Masters" envelope from Lindsey Hager. very faint may not be able to transcribe..

After the war he returned home with his injuries and weak lungs for which he later drew a pension form the state of Alabama. Henry Clay was a school teacher, a professor and lawyer. His speechs were full of wit and wison and bordered on oratory and he was much sought after as a speaker. He was very vocal on affairs of the day and delighted in political bantering, at one time being eleced to represent his districe in the Alabama State Legislature.

Mr Eddie B Rozell in his book, "Recollectionns, My Folks and Fields" had this to say of "Nobe" Simmons. "Simmons a plainly dressed, kindly-looking man was a lawyer. When his clients first saw him his appearance belied his knowledge, ability, humor and wit. In fact he seemed to take delight in conceling his abilities until he went into action in the courtroom or made a political speech, then he always brough down the pladit of his audience with his humor and wit."

Thomas Sellers is quoted as saying" Professor Simmons could "sit down and draw a crowd around him"

A former pupil, Mrs Silas Horn said; "Everybody loved Professor Simmons. He was brilliant."

Note 2

Henry Clay Simmons was the Enumerator for ED 270. Morgan Alabama.

His family is last entry , page 21. He signed the page twice, once in the enumerator line and again in a paragraph certifying the census.

Note 3

paper copy of full file is in folder "Simmons Masters" envelope from Lindsey Hager. very faint may not be able to transcribe..

17 Feb 1863 promoted from 2nd Lt to Captain succeeding his brother

3 May 1863 captured at Chancellorsville, Va with 20 of his men

Note 4

Last Name: Simmons

First Name: H. C.

Date: 10/20/1870

Box: 264 File: 6

Record Type:

Swamp Land Application

Notes: Appl. # 722

Location: Sec. 29, T10N R1W

Last Name: Simmons

First Name: Henry

Date: 8/16/1870

Box: 262 File: 6

Record Type: Swamp Land Application

Notes: Appl. # 637

Location: Sec. 29, T10N R1W

Sources

  1. Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
    Source: Census 1850 Alabama, Talladega County
    Date: DEC 1850
    Publisher: US Federal Census
  2. Census 1860 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Cache and Breckenridges Twp
    Source: Census 1860 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Cache and Breckenridges Twp
    Date: JUL 1860