Loula SIMMONS Sallie Amanda WAKEFIELD Lillie SEAMONS Ethel Oral SEAMONS Tempie SEAMONS Arthur Edward SIMMONS Jennie MILLER Isabella THOMASON Nannie A NOMAIDENNAME Mini tree diagram

Pleasant S SIMMONS6,1,2,3,4,5,5

about 18456 - after 1920

Life History

1844

Born in Tennessee.6

(less likely)

about 1845

Born in Tennessee.1,2,3,4,5,5

(most likely)

between 1850 and 1860

Resident in Hardeman, Tennessee.1,4

about 1882

Married Sallie Amanda WAKEFIELD

11th Nov 1886

Birth of daughter Lillie SEAMONS in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,7

19th Jul 1889

Birth of daughter Ethel Oral SEAMONS in Possum Waller, Arkansas, Arkansas.5,8,9,10,3,11,5,12,13

Dec 1892

Birth of daughter Tempie SEAMONS in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

Feb 1894

Birth of daughter Loula SIMMONS in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

before 1896

Death of Sallie Amanda WAKEFIELD in Arkansas County, Arkansas.19

9th Aug 1896

Married Jennie MILLER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,5

21st Aug 1898

Birth of son Arthur Edward SIMMONS in Van, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,14,15,5,16,17,18

1900

Residence2 in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.3

19th Mar 1903

Married Isabella THOMASON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5

about 1907

Married Nannie A NOMAIDENNAME.6

before 1907

Divorced from Jennie MILLER in marriage of PS Simmons to Nannie A ? in abt 1907.6

between 1910 and 1920

Resident in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,6

before 5th May 1910

Death of daughter Tempie SEAMONS in Arkansas County, Arkansas

after 1920

Death of Isabella THOMASON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.20

after 1920

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas

Notes

  • I first found Pleas (Ples) S Simmons as the 2nd husband of JennieMiller Seamons in the 1900 census.  Later I discovered him as a childwith his parents in Hardeman County, Tennessee in 1850 and 1860.

    1850 Federal Census, Hardeman County, Tennessee, 27 November, page 345(scan p 173), Hse/Fam #1482
    L D Simmons 27 M Farmer $200 Real Estate born NC
    Amy Simmons 26 F b NC Pleasant Simmons 6 M born Tennessee [b abt 1844]
    Williams Simmons 9 months  M born Tennessee [b abt Feb 1850]

    1860 Federal Census, Hardeman County, Tennessee, 6 September, MilitiaDistrict 16, PO Bolivar, page 245 (scan p 270), Hse #1829, Fam #1697
    Lem Simmons 35 M Farmer $1000 Real Estate $649 Personal  born NC
    Amy Simmons 35 F b NC
    Pleasant Simmons 16 M born Tennessee [b abt 1844]
    William Simmons 10 M born Tennessee [b abt Feb 1850]
    Martha Simmons 7 F born Tennessee [b abt Feb 1850]
    John Simmons 5 M born Tennessee [b abt Feb 1850]

    Anorther genealogist contracted me in 2008 about Pleasant withinformation about a wife named Sally Amanda Wakefield.  She had foundtheir marriage record in the Arkanas County marriage records.  Only in2014 was I able to find the marriage record finally on Ancestry.com.Pleasant married Sally in 1888.  Pleasant was married at least oncebefore, because he had a daughter named Loula who was born in 1884,age 16, who is enumerated in the 1900 census with Pleasant and hisnext wife Jennie Miller Seamons.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    P S Simmons
    Gender Male
    Age 44, Birth Year abt 1844
    Spouse's Name S A Belknap
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 45
    Marriage 5 Dec 1888 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 4 Dec 1888

    After Sally died, Pleasant married widow Jennie Miller Seamons, whohad three children.  They had a son named Arthur in 1897.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    P S Simmons
    Gender Male
    Age 51, Birth Year abt 1845
    Residence St Charles, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Jennie Seamons
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 30
    Spouse's Residence Saint Charles, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 9 Aug 1896 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 8 Aug 1896

    Arthur is reported as 2 years old in the 1900 census.  The birth dateof Arthur is reported as August 1897.  This census is the first recordwe have of a daughter named Loula.  She was born before the marriageof Pleasant to Sally Wakefield Davidson Belknap in 1888.  The censusreports her as born in 1884 but only 6 years old.  It appears therecord should read born in 1894 and 6 years old.  She is thus Amanda'sdaughter.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 6 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 4A, Hse #55, Fam #56
    Simmons, Pleas S  Head W M  Sept 1874  55 Married 3 yrs  TN NC NCFarmer
    Simmons, Jennie Wife W F Apr 1867  33 Married 3 yrs borne 4 children,4 living  AR MS MS  Dairy Farmer
    Simmons, Loula Daughter W F  Feb 1884 [1894]  6  AR TN TN
    Simmons, Arthur Son W M  Aug 1897 2  AR TN AR
    Seemons, Lillie Daughter W F  Nov 1884  5  AR TN AR
    Seemons, Ethel Daughter W F  ? 1888  2 [?]  AR TN AR
    Seemons, Tempa Daughter W F  Dec 1882  7  AR TN AR

    In the home are Jennie's three daughters from her first marriage toThomas Seamons.  Note that the girls' name is spelled Seemons in thiscensus, and Seamans in 1910.  The name Pleas, reported as Ples in1920, was presumed to be short for Pleasant, which was a ratherpopular name for men in the 1800s.

    The census reports that the oldest child in the household is Loula,age 6 and born in February 1884.  Thsi would be before Pleasant andJennie married.  This girl is older than Jennie's daughters from herfirst marriage.  Loula is also born in the same year as Lillie, age 5and born November 1884.  Thus Loula appears to be the daughter ofPleas from an earlier marriage.  the earliest wife I had informationwas Sally Amanda Wakefield, a two-time widow.  They were marriedPleasant married Sally on 5 Dec 1888.

    Only on 10 May 2014, I discovered another wife of Pleasant that fitsin here, making four wives total.  This was Isabella (Belle) ThomasonHorton, widow of Richard Wynn Horton.  They married in 1903.  Hemarried again in 1907, so he and Belle divorced some time before thatmarriage date.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    P S Simmons
    Gender Male
    Age 57, Birth Year abt 1846
    Residence St Charles, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Bell Horton
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 57
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 19 Mar 1903 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 5 Mar 1903

    It is interesting that 6-year-old Loula Simmons is in her fther'shousehold, rather than her mother's.  Her mother Belle Simmons is isthe home of her son Richard Wynn Horton not far away.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 28 April, PrairieTownship, District 12, page 6A, Hse/Fam #106
    Horton, R W Head M W 25 Married 5 yrs AR GA MS Farmer Rents
    Horton, Katie Wife F W 25 Married 5 yrs 3 children/3 living AR AREngland
    Horton, Jeff Son M W 4 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    Horton, Mashel Dau F W 2 Single AR AR AR
    Horton, William Son M W 2 Single AR AR AR
    Horton, Belle Mother F W 65 Widow MS Unknown Unknown
    James, William Ward M W 15 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer

    By 1910, Jennie and Pleas have divorced and Pleas is married for thefourth time.  The 1910 census reports P S Simmons married to Nannie ASimmons, and living in DeWitt, La Grue Township, Arkansas County.  Itis reported that they have been married three years.  The problemcomes in the report that this is Pleas' second marriage, as well asNannie's.  This report would seem to be wrong, if Pleas had beenmarried before he married Jennie, and we ahve the record of his 1903marriage to Belle Horton.  The 1900 census did not report the numberof marriages, only the length of time of the present marriage.  So thestatus of Loula Simmons is still not totally cleared up.

    But based on the information in the 1900 census, she could not be thechild of Jennie.  The biggst part of this mystery was cleared up inOctober 2008, when a descendant wrote with information on Pleasant'sfirst marraige, before Jennie Miller.  His first wife is identified byLibby Beliew as Sallie Amanda Wakefield, hergreat-great-great-grandmother.  Libby had located the marriage recordfor Sallie and Pleas in the Arkansas County courthouse in ArkansasCounty, Arkansas, reporting they were married on 5 December 1888(presumably in DeWitt).

    Even with this the number of marriages would still be wrong, sincethis would make 4 marriages.

    Even with this information, however, Pleas could have been marriedeven earlier, since in 1888, he would have already been 45 or 46, withbirth based on census age is consistently 1843-1845.  I have found asingle man in 1870, Pleason Simmons, age 27 (Born about 1843), born inTennessee, working as a Farm Hand near Jacksonport, Jackson County,Arkansas.  This could be our Pleasant.

    This Pleason is reported as unable to read and write. The 1850 and1860 censuses do not have a report on Pleasant's literacy or schoolattendance.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 27 April, La GrueTownship, DeWitt Town, District 9, page 4B, Hse/Fam #63
    Simmons, P S  Head M W 66 Marriage2 3yrs TN NC NC Carpenter
    Simmons, Nannie A  Wife F W 50 Marriage2 3yrs AR NC MS
    Perry, Sadie Boarder F W 50 M1 2  KS USA USA

    Note that the boarder Sadie Perry is reported as married for 2 years,but her husband is not reported in this household or any other nearby,that I can find.  Nannie A is reported as as Nancy A, the wife of PlesS Simons in 1920 census.  They are now officially running a boardinghouse, though only one boarder is reported.  And that boarder isreported as a Carpenter, the occupation of Ples (Pleas) in the 1910census.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 5 February, La GrueTownship, DeWitt Town, District 12, page 17A, Hse#359, Fam #375
    Simmons, Ples S Head M W 75  TN NC NC  Proprietor, Boarding House
    Simmons, Nancy A Wife F W 59  AR AR AR
    Walker, William L  Roomer M W 50 Single IL Mass Mass Carpenter

    I have not yet found Pleas in the 1930 census.

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