Friday, October 17, 2014

Alexander Semmes 1767 - 1814

Alexander Semmes
Son of
Born abt 1767
Died abt 1814
Bathsheba Follin
born October 02, 1777 in Fairfax, Co., Virginia
died January 01, 1858 in Washington, D.C

Samuel Catlett Simms
 Alfred Follin Simms
 Isaiah Wingfield Simms
Matilda Whitney Simms
Alonzo Smith Simms
William Douglas Simms
 Thomas  Simms

1793 - abt - Alexander Married Bathsheba Follin

Alexander probably died just prior to 1814 because Bathsheba bound out 4 sons(Richard, Alonzo,Isaiah & William D.) as apprentices after his death. 

December 19 1814 Richard was Orphaned bound to Rohn Cohagan to learn Brick Mason Trade by mother..

Alonzo likely apprenticed to brickmaker too - 
"Alonzo took his wife & 3 week old child, Sarah, from Virginia to Peoria, Illinois by pioneer wagon in 1834. Occupation: Brickmason. Had 11 children in all. At age 65 dropped dead in a local book store. Wife, Mary then ran Boarding house for income."

1850 - Residence
 Washington Ward 4, Washington, District of Columbia

Listed in the Boarding House of Mrs Williams - 

1850 United States Federal Census about Berseba Simmes
Name: Berseba Simmes
Age: 72
Birth Year: abt 1778
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: Washington Ward 4, Washington, District of Columbia
Gender: Female
Family Number: 64
Household Members:
Name Age
Matilda Williams 49
William Williams 27
Roberta Williams 18
Andrew Williams 11
James Williams 7
Berseba Simmes 72
Saml Casper 52
Elizabeth Casper 27
Taylor 35
Leroy Taylor 14
Henry Bean 23
Geo Uppeshammer 24
Eugene Laporte 43

Francis Murphy 16

1885 - Death
Burial: Unknown, Congressional Cemetary, Washington, D.C. 82 years old..

find a grave entry:
Birth: Oct. 2, 1777
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1858
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Parents: William Follin & Bathsheba Hurst

Spouse: Alexander Simms of Fairfax County. Wed about 1793. Both Bathsheba & Spouse said to be buried in Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia

Samuel Catlett Simms
Alfred Follin Simms
Richard Alexander Simms
Isiah Simms
Alonzo Smith Simms (shown below)
William Douglas Simms


There is an Alexander Semmes in the War of 1812 - check records.
from the 1812-1815 British Invasion of Maryland

Alexander is believed to be the uncle of Samuel Follin's wife Jane Bethelon Simms, Dec. 21, 1845, a native of Fairfax as were her father and grandfather.

Alexander and John Simms had a brother who had a least one son named Thomas, The latter being in the War of 1812 and having four daughters: Mary Ann, Mary Jane, Behethlem, and Nancy. Behethlem married into the Follin family. The name Behethlem is the same as found in the will of Alexander Simms of Westmorland County, Virginia, in 1745. A James Simms resided in Fairfax county, Virginia in 1810 and was, I (John Edwin Simms) believe another son of William Simms, Sr. (from the 1931 History of the Simms Family written by John Edwin Simms).
More About Alexander Simms:
Burial: Unknown, May be buried near Leesburg, Va..
Residence 1: 1782, Lived with his brother William Jr..

Residence 2: 1782, Lived with Father William Sr..

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