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This letter was written by Ada (Rivenburg) Holley to Milo Smith in Benton, PA. It starts as a condolence to Milo at the loss of his wife Gertrude (Ada's cousin). The letter continues with information about the Simmons family of Walton starting with Gertrude and Ada's grandparents Andrew Simmons and Catherine Rosa. Milo sent this letter to my father Norman Simmons, (Gertrude's nephew) in Jan. 1973. I found it stuffed inside of a book in 1997 and started digging for information about my family name. --Cindy Simmons, February 17, 2000 - CLICK TO SEE UPDATE

Dec. 21, 1972, Maryland, NY

Dear Milo

Thanks for writing me. I'm so sorry about Gertrude. Late years - hadn't seen her much but when I was 12 and she was 5 or 6 months old, I adored her. That was when Aunt Dora wanted to adopt me but I wasn't for sale. It seems she had so much to live for, one wonders the why for it.

I should have written before but Gertrude asked me to send what I knew of the Simmons Family. (My hands are so stiff - not out of shape - nor painful just stiff that I hate to write.) So as I had lots of evening gowns to make for girls for their Christmas parties. I kept putting it off. I'm mortified at the writing. Now you can pick out the highlights to send on or do as you wish but I knew lots of them and as you knew - they all came to my folks when they got in a jam even tho' they all felt we didn't have the money they did. There aren't many of them left.

Gertrude and Pearl were the two beauties of the family. The rest of us could get by in a crowd. I know the Holidays won't be happy for you and I'm sorry. Love, Ada

Andrew Simmons (married twice first wife died and then he married . . .an arrow points to Catherine's name.)

Catherine Rosa (They had 12 children) 5 girls - Mattie, Julia and 3 Mary Anns, who died when infants. 7 boys - Charles, Nelson, George, Clarence, Jim, Alonzo, William

Charlie - had his parents mortgage their home so he could go out West. He married - (had) 1 son: Earl - 2 daughters: - Pearl (and) Carol. When they were teenagers he came back to NY State. Located his family in Walton, hired out as a carpenter to Wood____ (looks like Woodburn) Bros. in Long Island (and) finally took his family there. Earl and Pearl married. In 1948 or so Earl Simmons' address was Brooklyn 7, 1_ _ (looks like 69) Schaefferest (sp.), NY. Pearl and Carol died about that time. Charlie died at 97.

Nelson - married - (had) 2 daughters Irma and ? Brother Clarence took his (Nelson's) wife and daughters and left N.Y. State and the family didn't contact them again. Nelson went to Alberta Canada, took up a track of land. In digging a well injured his back as years went by the injury grew worse so he sold and came back to N.Y. State. His money lasted for his board at his brother Alonzo's (and) his doctors and funeral expenses.

George - married - (had) 3 daughters: - Mabel, Iva, Leona. (When) they were older lived in Walton, N.Y. (Don't know any more about them.) HE left and went to Canada.

Jim - WORKING for someone - sick - Scarlet Fever (I think about 1882) he died.

Alonzo - married Minnie France - (had) 1 son: Floyd married Jennie Christian - (had) 2 daughters: Elizabeth and Marian. Marian died about aged 3 years and Floyd soon after (pneumonia). They always lived in Walton, N.Y.

Mattie - born 1859 - married John Frink - - twin girls died (Scarlet Fever). -Eva married Earl Dunbar - (had) one daughter Irene who, in about 1950 after her parents died went to Salt Lake City, Utah. -And Frink had 1 son Ray who married, had 2 sons and 2 daughters - lived in Norwich, N.Y. about 1955 (the last I knew).

William - married Eudora Atwell - went to Clearwater, Minn. - (had) 2 sons: Ross (who died in infancy) (and) Ward - (died) as a young man - 1 daughter - Gertrude - married Milo Smith - (who had) 1 daughter.

Julia - born 1866 - married John Rivenburg - (had) 2 sons: Bert (and) Leon - 2 daughters: Ada and Hazel-Maude. -Bert married Elizabeth Lake - (had) 2 daughters: - Edna (and) Ruth (and) 1 son: Claude. - Edna married Kenneth Aikens - (had) 2 sons: Richard and Raymond. Richard is a pharmacist - Ray manager of Grand Union Store. They live in Delhi N.Y. - Ruth married George Clark - (had) 2 sons: Steven and James. Steven married - 1 son and 1 daughter. Live in New Berlin, N.Y. James not married. -Bert's son Claude - wife died - (had) 1 son - live in Delhi, N.Y. Son Russell. -Leon never married - died 1967. -Ada - married Floyd Holley - (had) 1 daughter who died - aged 2 years. -Hazel-Maude married Reuben Thompson lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. - had 2 sons Reuben and John. Reuben now in Florida - John in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

There were only 2 male children in the second generation by the Simmons name - Floyd and Ward.

(Extra notes: in addition to Ada's letter)Jan 20 2015

Andrew Simmons was b. April 20, 1807, Columbia Co., NY and d. July 4, 1884, Walton, Delaware Co., NY. He was raised in Greene Co., NY and the son of Conrad and Maria Simon/Simmons.

Andrew's First Family:

Andrew's first wife has yet to be identified.

Children from this marriage are:

1) Lucinda: 1836/7 - July 8, 1875 *
2) William "Henry": 1839 - probably before 1869
3) Albert: 1842 - ?
4) Eliza(beth) C.: 1844 - April 8, 1893 *
5) Isaac: 1846 - Nov. 7, 1849*
6) Miriah: I have no dates for her. She probably died soon after her birth in 1847 or 1848.

*LUCINDA: She is the Lucinda Simmons listed in the 1875 Walton census death record. She was 36 (not 30) when she died. This is the only record that I have found so far that lists her county of birth as Ulster Co., NY. Other records list her birth location as Del. Co., NY.

* ELIZA(BETH: Eliza attended the NY Institute for the Blind from 1856-1860 and is the Eliza Simmons listed in the Walton Supervisory notes. After her schooling, she returned to Walton. She married Peter Henry Rosa (her step-mother's cousin).They had four known children: Bertie, Lillian, Daisy and Mary. Bertie and Daisy died as toddlers. Mary died in infancy. Lillian (Lilly) married William Clayton Davie. They had one son Harold St. John Davie born in 1891. In 1893, Lilly died nine days after Eliza, in Walton. William remarried a year later and started a new family in Schenectady. At the time of the 1900 and 1905 censuses, Harold was living with his paternal grandfather James Henry Davie in Tompkins. Eliza and Peter are buried in the Walton Cemetery.

* ISAAC: He is the "son of Andrew Simmons" in the Julius Pattengill ledger.

Andrew's Second Family:

His wife Anna Catharina "Catherine" Rose/Rosa was b. Aug. 22, 1832, Woodstock, Ulster Co., NY and d. March 16, 1902, Walton, Delaware Co., NY. She married Andrew Simmons on July 3, 1849. (Yes, she was 16 and he was 42!)

Catherine's lineage can be found in, "The Roosa Family of North America" compiled by Lorraine Luke.

Children from this marriage (all born in Walton) are:

1) Charles Ray: Sept. 13, 1850 - Nov. 7, 1947 *
2) Ursula: Apr. 8, 1852 - Sept. 24, 1854
3) James A or G: Sept. 5, 1854 - Nov. 6, 1888
4) Alonzo: June 15, 1856 - Mar. 30, 1928 *
5) Martha "Mattie" J: Apr. 20, 1859 - bet. 1930-1940 *
6) Nelson B: Mar. 6, 1861 - Sept. 28, 1915 *
7) George Mcclellan: July 30, 1862 - after 1913 *
8) Mary Adelia: June 12, 1864 - Dec. 18, 1864 *
9) Julia Etta: May 6, 1866 - Jan. 18, 1951
10) William Henry: Mar. 23, 1869 - July 30, 1938 *
11) Clarence Edward: Mar. 15, 1872 - maybe 1940 *
12) Mary Viola: Mar. 19, 1874 - May 19, 1874
(The above birthdates were supplied by David Thompson - gg grandson of Julia.)

*CHARLES: He married Harriet "Hattie" E. Heath in Wisconsin. They had one son and two daughters - Earl, Pearl and Carol. Prior to 1900 they returned to NY. Although some of the information is incorrect, they are the "Charles Simmons" family listed in the 1900 Sidney census. They moved to Long Island. Charles worked for Woodburn Brothers as a carpenter.

Earl married Bertha Koch and they had four sons: Charles, Robert, Stanley and Earl. Pearl married John Sieglinger and had two sons John and Harold. Carol never married.

According to Charles' obit, he built a number of single family dwellings on Long Island. In his 80's he worked as a cemetery caretaker in CT. Charles, Harriet, Earl, Bertha and Carol share the same headstone in Riverside Cemetery, Pleasant Valley, CT.

*ALONZO: His wife's name is Armena "Minnie" France. About a year after their son Floyd and granddaughter Marian's deaths, Floyd's widow Jennie married Augustus "Gusse" Wolcott and they lived with Alonzo for a short time. Later, Alonzo's only grandchild Elizabeth Simmons married Carlton Kinch and lived in Binghamton, NY and had only one son who was born in 1934.

Note: Nora Cooper, buried next to Floyd in the Walton Cemetery is not his wife. Nora is actually Alonzo's cousin. Her parents are Edward Graham and Sara "Margaret" Rosa. Her husband is Charles Cooper.

*MARTHA "MATTIE": Mattie lived with her sister Julia at the time of the 1930 Hamden census. Her daughter Eva and family (husband Earl and daughter Irene Dunbar) are buried in the same cemetery in Madison Co. NY. Irene never married.

*NELSON: Nelson married Hattie J Houghtaling. Their daughters are Irma and Martha "Mattie". Mattie is buried next to Hattie's adoptive parents (George Houghtailing and Melisa Wood) in the Walton Cemetery. Shortly after Mattie died, Nelson and Hattie separated. Nelson joined a Presbyterian church in Delancy. Hattie married Nelson's youngest brother (see Clarence below). Nelson never remarried.

*GEORGE: George married Nancy A Henderson. They had four children: Mabel (1887), Ira (1889), George (1892), and Vera Leona (1893). Both sons died before 1900. The marriage ended between 1900 and 1905.

*MARY ADELIA: She is the "Delia M Simons" listed in the 1865 census death record.

According to the 1905 Sidney census there is a "Mary" and Mabel Simmons living as borders. It's probable that Mary is just a poor transcription of Nancy. Leona was living in Walton with her maternal grandparents Halsey and Frances Henderson at that time. Later, Nancy, Mabel and Leona lived in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY in the 1910's and 1920's. Mabel married Raymond Marshall and Stephen Steele. Leona married Harold Miller and had two sons Harold and Robert (both born in Walton). As noted in Nelson's will, the last time the family saw George was in 1913.

*WILLIAM: William worked for the railroad as a telegraph operator in Minnesota. William and Eudora's first son Ross died at three years old. Son Ward married Cynthia Chase (my grandparents) and daughter Gertrude married Milo Smith.

*CLARENCE: Hattie (see Nelson) married Clarence (Sr). Their children are Flossie, Howard, Clarence, Muriel Loretta, Arthur and Edward. Irma (dau. of Nelson and Hattie) also lived with them. They lived primarily in Massachusetts. Although more research is needed, it is suspected that Clarence (Sr.) died on May 17, 1940 in Seattle, King Co., WA.

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