Bethel SIMMONS Lecey Elvina SIMMONS Arminda SIMMONS Hulda Jane SIMMONS Eliza SIMMONS Early M SIMMONS Malsa SIMMONS John A STROUD Mollie STROUD Gertrude STROUD Fannie STROUD James Madson STROUD John Henry STROUD William Magness CHENAULT George B SIMMONS Sarah A Nancy SIMMONS Mary GRAVES Mini tree diagram
Mary Respy SIMONS

Mary Respy SIMONS2,7,8,3,1,4,5,6

also known as Mary Respy Simmons

Jan 18532,3,1,4,5,6 - 19331

Life History

Jan 1853

Born in Alabama.2,3,1,4,5,6

about 1869

Married John A STROUD in based on birth of Mollie Stroud in Jul 1870 (1900 census)

Jul 1870

Birth of daughter Mollie STROUD in Alabama.11,12,13,5,14

about 1873

Birth of daughter Gertrude STROUD in Alabama.11

about 1874

Birth of daughter Fannie STROUD in Alabama.11

3rd Dec 1877

Birth of son James Madson STROUD in Texas.15,6,2,16

after 1880

Death of John A STROUD in Rockwall County, Texas

11th Mar 1880

Birth of son John Henry STROUD in Rockwall, Rockwall, Texas.5,2,17,11,18

1903

Married William Magness CHENAULT in Kaufman County, Texas.8

between 1920 and 1926

Death of daughter Mollie STROUD in Richland, Stephens, Oklahoma.9,10

9th Apr 1929

Death of William Magness CHENAULT in the home, Grady County, Oklahoma.8

1933

Died in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.1

1933

Buried in Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma.1

Notes

  • Mary is commonly called Mollie, a common nickname for women namedMary.  Even on her gravestone her name is Mollie Simons Chenault.  Herdaughter Mary Stroud was also called Mollie.  In the 1870 census,Mollie's nickname was entered as the affectionate diminutive Molsey.

    1860 Federal Census, Pike County, Alabama, 13 June, Eastern Division,PO Jasper, Page 15 (191), House/Fam #98
    Bethel Simmons 53 M Farmer $400 Real estate $2360 Personal b NC Cannotread or write [born abt 1807]
    Mary Simmons 36 F b SC Cannot read or write [born abt 1824]
    Arminda Simmons 16 F b Ala [born abt 1844]
    Huldah J Simmons 13 F Ala [born abt 1847]
    Leacy E Simmons 11 F Ala [born abt 1849]
    Eliza Simmons 10 F Ala [born abt 1850]
    Early M Simmons 8 M Ala [born abt 1852]
    Moley (Molly) Simmons 7 F Ala [born abt 1853]
    George B Simmons 5 M Ala [born abt 1850]
    James H Rogers 23 M Farm Laborer Ala $800 Real estate $500 Personal bNC Cannot read or write [born abt 1837]

    Mollie's family name in 1860 is Simmons.  Most genealogies report thefamily name as Simmons, but on Mollie Stroud Chenault's graveheadstone, her maiden name is Simons.  Some genealogies have Simons.A great grandson states that the last name is Simmons.  The Simonssurname is found across Oklahoma and North Texas.

    "My great grandmother's name was Mollie 'Mosley' [Molsey] RespySimmons. Notice the two m's in Simmons."
    --  Lee, Note on Genealogy Site, 22 July 2011

    Lee gives the form of his grandmother's name as Mosley.  Perhaps hemeant to write Molsey, as she was reported in the 1870 census.Several genealogies have either misread this or tried to correct it,making it Mosley.  However, I have seen no reference to Mosleyanywhere in the records.  It appears to me Molsey was the correct formintended by the enumerator.

    The name Molsey is an old common diminutive or affectionate form forMollie, under which she is usually listed.  Mollie is a nickname forMary, which is her "proper" name and the one that occurs in somecensus records, as above in 1860 and below in 1880.

    1870 Federal Census, Pike County, Alabama, 7 June, p 24, PO Troy,Hse/Fam #163
    Stroud, John 19 M W Farm Laborer $No Real Estate $No Personal Estate bAlabama Married Nov 1869 [b abt 1851]
    Stroud, Molsey (diminutive of Mollie. for Mary) 19 F W  Keeping HouseAlabama [born abt 1851]

    They are living next door to her parents.  The family name is writtenas Simnons, probably intending Simmons.  Mary's grave has the name asSimons, which is the form used by most genealogies.  Some have thefather as Simmons, but Mary as Simons.

    1870 Federal Census, Pike County, Alabama, 7 June, p 24, PO Troy,Hse/Fam #163
    Simnons, Bethel 63 M W Farm Laborer $500 Real Estate $500 PersonalEstate b South Carolina Cannot read or write [b abt 1807]
    Simnons, Mary 52 F W  Keeping House South Carolina Cannot read orwrite [born abt 1819]
    Simnons, Jessey B 18 M W  At Home Alabama Cannot write [born abt 1852]
    Simnons, Graves Nancy 9 F W  Alabama [born abt 1819]

    In 1880, she and her daughter, who was also known as Mollie, are bothenumerated under their proper name Mary.

    1880 Federal Census, Rockwall County, Texas, 10 June, District 32,page 3, Hse/Fam #21
    Stroud, John A  W M 29 Husband Farmer AL GA GA
    Stroud, Mary R  W F 30 Wife Keeping House AL SC SC
    Stroud, Mary  W F 9 Dau Attended School AL AL AL
    Stroud, Gertrude  W F 7 Dau Attended School AL AL AL
    Stroud, Fannie  W F 9 Dau AL AL AL
    Stroud, James M  W M 2 Son TX AL AL
    Stroud, John H  W M 2 months Son TX AL AL

    In 1900 for some reason Mary is enumerated as Martha.  Her middleinitial, however, fits with her middle name reported in genealogies,Respy.  I have found no source for this name Respy.  Likely it is afamily name from a previous generation.  Mary's daughter Mollie (Mary)Williams here is reported with her three children, the sons of herfirst husband, whose first name we do not know.

    1900 Federal Census, Kaufman County, Texas, 18 June, Justice Precinct3, District 74, page 14A,  Hse #157, Fam #161
    Stroud, Martha R Head W F Jany 1850 50 Widow 7 child/6 living FarmerAL NC NC Owns [but in 1860 she was only 7 years old]
    Stroud, J Henry Son W M Mar 1880  20 TX AL AL Farm Laborer
    -- Fam #162 --
    Williams, Stroud, Mollie  Dau W M July 1870 Widow AL AL AL
    Williams, Stephen GSon W M June 1890  9 TX TX AL
    Williams, Robert Lee GSon W M Feby 1892  8 TX TX AL
    Williams, Wiley GSon W M Dec 1897  2 TX TX AL

    Just three houses away is William Chenault and his wife Maggie withtheir children.  Mary Simons Stroud will marry William Chenault in1903 after Maggie dies.

    1900 Federal Census, Kaufman County, Texas, 18 June, Justice Precinct3, District 74, page 14A,  Hse #148, Fam #158
    Chenault, William W  Head W M July 1851  48 Married 15 years TN MS TNFarmer
    Chenault, Maggie Head W F Oct 1857 42 Married 15 years 5 child/3living TN VA TN
    Chenault, Lillie Alma  Dau W M Oct 1886  13 TN TN TN
    Chenault, John Lomar Son W M Dec 1887  12 TN TN TN
    Chenault, Robert Mac Son W M Jany 1890  10 TN TN TN
    Chenault, Asberry Dau W M Feby 1894  6 TN TN TN
    Wells, Nancy P  Sister-in-Law W M Nov 1854  45 Single TN VA TN
    Cloyd, David C Hired Hand W M [No birth date, age or birth statesreported]

    Note the mixed designation of Asberry, a Daughter, yet Male.  This iscorrected in 1910, with the designations Son and Male.  In 1910, wefind Mollie and William Chenault near Marlow, Stephens County,Oklahoma, where many other Texas families had been moving since the1880s.  This was Chickasaw Nation, which was merged in December 1907with other Indian Nations and Oklahoma Territory and some additionalterritory to make the new state of Oklahoma.

    Many other family lines in this genealogy were in and around Marlow atthis same time.  Mollie Stroud Chenault's daughter Mollie is here andmarries local resident Joe T (Toliver Jorile) Green before the 1920census, where they are living in this same Richland Township outsideMarlow.

    1910 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 21 April, RichlandTownship, District 243, page 4B, No Hse/Fam Numbers
    Chenault, William M  Head M W  59  Married 7 yrs TX MS TX Farmer Rents
    Chenault, Mollie Wife  F W  59  Married 7 yrs 7 children/6 living ALAL AL
    Chenault, Robert M Son  M W 20 Single TX TN AL Farm Labor
    Chenault, Asbry Son  M W 15 Single TX TN AL Farm Labor
    Stroud, Jay H Labor [sic] M W 28 Single TX TN AL Farm Labor

    The enumerator has spelled the initials J H as the name Jay H, forJohn Henry Stroud.  This is Mollie Stroud's son, so it is interestinghe was listed simply as a Laborer, rather than a stepson of William.Notice that John (Jay) is reported as being born in Tennessee, as theChenault sons, although John was born in Texas.

    Next door to William and Mollie is another of Mollie's sons, James M.James' wife Laura is reported as having only one is living, and thereis a second daughter Lela here, James' child from a previous marriage.

    1910 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 21 April, RichlandTownship, District 243, page 4B, No Hse/Fam Numbers
    Stroud, James M  Head M W  32  Married 7 yrs TX AL AL Farmer Rents
    Stroud, Laura Wife  F W  24  Married 7 yrs 2 children/1 living TX TXTX
    Stroud, Bertha Dau  F W 6 Single TX TX TX
    Stroud, Lela (?) Dau  F W 10 Single TX TX TX

    William Magness Chenault
    Birth 2 July 1850 in Lawrence County, Tennessee
    Death 9 April 1929 in Grady County, Oklahoma
    Marriage 1903 to Mollie Respy Simons [in Kaufman County, Texas, ref1900 census]
    --  Moncrief,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/18702437/person/2053200034

    1920 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma, [no date], StarrTownship, District 189, page 3B, Hse/Fam #46
    Chenault, Wm Head Owns M W  67 TN MS TN Farmer
    Chenault, Mollie Wife  F W  67 AL AL AL
    Chenault, Jesse Son M W  11 Single TX TX AL Farm Laborer

    Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    Chenault
    Rev Wm M
    1851 - 1929
    Mollie Simons
    1850 - 1933
    --  Marlow Cemetery List,http://stephenscogen.org/~okstephe/MarlowCem2.txt

Sources

  • 1. Marlow (Oklahoma) Cemetery List
  • 2. 1910 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    • 21 April, Richland Township, District 243, page 4B, No Hse/Fam Numbers
  • 3. 1920 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma
    • [no date], Starr Township, District 189, page 3B, Hse/Fam #46
  • 4. 1870 Federal Census, Pike County, Alabama
    • 7 June, p 24, PO Troy, Hse/Fam #163
  • 5. 1900 Federal Census, Kaufman County, Texas
    • 18 June, Justice Precinct 3, District 74, page 14A,  Hse #157, Fam
  • 6. 1880 Federal Census, Rockwall County, Texas
    • 10 June, District 32, page 3, Hse/Fam #21
  • 7. 1860 Federal Census, Pike County, Alabama
    • 13 June, Eastern Division, PO Jasper, Page 15 (191), House/Fam #98
  • 8. Ancestry Trees
    • Moncrief, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/18702437/person/2053200034
  • 9. Lou Ila Gregory Jenkins, Family History Dates
  • 10. 1920 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    • 2 February, Richland Township, District 262, page 10A (No house of
  • 11. 1880 Federal Census, Rockwall County, Texas
    • 10 June, District 32, page 3, Hse/Fam #21
  • 12. 1900 Federal Census, Hunt County, Texas
    • 15 June, Justice Precinct 7, District 138, page 14A, Hse #242, Fam
  • 13. 1920 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    • 2 February, Richland Township, District 262, page 10A (No house or
  • 14. 1910 Federal Census, Rockwall County, Texas
    • 29 April, Justice Precinct 3, District 180, page 8B, Hse/Fam #158
  • 15. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #15508733
  • 16. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • 17. 1940 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    • 18 April, Richland Township, District 69-24, page 6B, Hse #116, Rents
  • 18. Ancestry Trees
    • Karen Thomason,

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