Name: Willis Simmons III
Birth: 17 DEC 1810 in MS 1
Death: BEF 1850 in LA or GA
Census: 1810 Armite Co, MS: lists Willis, Matilda, and "three sons."
P. Hill's Records 8566 Family Group Record
Residence: Willis and Matilda lived on what was known as "The Old Breeland Place," in Pike Co., MS, where Jackson and George (the twins) were born.
Burial: UNKNOWN Grandson says Willis, Jr., "Died in LA and was buried there before Matilda returned to MS to live with his parents. 2
Children Jackson J. (Joel) and George W. were born in MIssissippi; Solomon, Letitia and Mason were born in Louisiana. 3
Reference Number: 149
Willis Simmons was born just after his parents came to the Mississippi Territory from Georgia.
Walter O. Simmons, son of Jackson Simmons, says that his grandparents, "Moved from Mississippi to Louisiana, lived on Beth River. He and his brother, George, went with them, and the other three children were born in Louisiana. Grandfather Willis was buried in Louisiana, then his widow, Matilda, came back to Mississippi with her five children." On the other hand, Albert Leon Simmons, son of Mason, said that his grandparents "Moved back to Georgia and that Willis died there. Afterwards, Matilda came back to Mississippi with the children."
This will not be settled until Willis' burial spot is found, but most believe Walter's version.
Father: Willis (SCS) Simmons II b: 1784 in Wilkes Co, Georgia
Mother: Jane Goslin b: BET 1784 AND 1785 in Wilkes, Lancaster Co., GA
Matilda Bond b: 16 NOV 1812 in MS
- Joel Jackson Simmons b: 25 NOV 1836 in MS
- George Washington Simmons II b: 25 NOV 1836 in MS
- Solomon Samuel Simmons , Sr. b: 15 JAN 1842 in Beth River, LA
- Matilda Lutitia Simmons b: 29 MAY 1844 in LA
- Mason Cornelius Simmons b: 15 NOV 1848 in LA
- Title: Family Bible, Simmons
Note: in the possession of Albert Leon Simmons, 1960
Text: Willis, Jr. was the first Simmons child born in the Mississippi Territory. This is described in detail in "The Silver Creek Simmons," pp. 9 and 76
- Silver Creek Simmons, pg. 76.
- Title: "Silver Creek Simmons," Campbell and Simmons, ed., 1966
Page: pg. 76
- Estimated based on age of first child, born in 1836.