• There were 2 different John Simmons born about the same time in NC.  Many family trees have confused these two John Simmons or combined them into one. 
    • John Simmons b. 1763 married Leodosia Gore in 1789 and died in 1844.  He lived his entire life in NC.  He served in the Revolutionary War.  Luke R Simmons b. 1791 was one of his sons.
    • John Simmons b. ~1765 in NC and lived there through 1820.  In the early 1820s, he and his son Isaac Simmons Jr moved to Dallas Co AL along with Isaac Simmons Sr who was probably John's brother and not Isaac Jr's father. This John Simmons died in 1844 in Pike Co AL.  His wife is unknown but could have been named Mary.  There is no known record of John serving in the Revolutionary War.  He could have been too young as he would only have been about 11 in 1776.

 

  • Luke R Simmons was born on May 20, 1791 (not 1780) and married Priscilla Soles (probably not Hargett) on Jan 24, 1811.  He is not the father of Luke R Simmons b 1809.
  • At present (Jan2016) dna has NOT indicated that the two family lines are related but they could have been.
  • No documentation has been found that lists either or these as Sr or Jr nor listed their middle name as Russell.  As adults, they were both in Pike Co AL at the same time for a very few years.  Maybe somebody used Sr and Jr to distinguish the two.

 

  • There were many John Simmons in NC and a few Isaac Simmons.  No documentation has been found that identifies any of them as John Isaac Simmons.

 

  • In the 1830 Dallas Co AL census, there was a John Simmons, an Isaac Simmons Sr, and an Isaac Simmons Jr.  Isaac Jr is the son on John, not Isaac Sr.  The relationship between John and Isaac Sr is unknown but dna shows they are related.  John was born about 1765, Isaac Sr in 1786.  The age difference suggests a nephew relationship more than a sibling relationship.

 

  • At present (Jan 2016), it appears that the Jacob, John, and Benjamin are given names used in the English Simmons lines.  Moses, John, and Isaac are given names used in the Dutch Simmons lines.  John is very common in both lines and really adds confusion.