Name: Andrew SIMPSON
RELA: 14th cousin 5x removed
Birth: 22 OCT 1830 in near Mount Sterling, Montgomery Co., KY
Death: 10 MAR 1883 in Taylorville, Christian Co., IL
Military service BEF 4 OCT 1862 Cpt., Co. H, 14th Illinois Inf.
JUDGE ANDREW SIMPSON was born near Mt. Sterling, Ky., October 22, 1830, and was a son of Thomas and Caroline (Badger) Simpson, also natives of Kentucky. His paternal grandfather, Andrew Simpson, was born of English parentage. He reared a large family of two sons and seven daughters, one of whom, Thomas, became the father of the Judge. He was a farmer by occupation, and followed that pursuit in his native State until 1831, when he emigrated to Sangamon County, Ill. About 1848 he came to Christian County locating on the present site of Palmer, at the head of Bear Creek, where he made his home until his death, which occurred about 1853. The family numbered six children, four sons and two daughters, but James is the only one now living.
Andrew Simpson was a lad of nine summers when the family came to Illinois. In the public schools he acquired his education, and upon the home farm was reared, remaining under the parental roof until nineteen years of age, when he accepted a position in the office of the County Clerk (then Judge William Moore), in Taylorville.
It then became his desire to enter the legal profession, and, after studying for some time, he engaged in practice for a number of years. His natural and acquired ability made him a successful practitioner, placed him in the front ranks of his professional brethren, and won him the honor of an election to the office of County Judge, though a Republican in a Democratic County, which position he creditably filled for some years. His rulings were always wise and just, and the attorneys with whom he was associated in business always held him in the highest regard.
The Judge was twice married. He wedded Miss Eliza Caldwell, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., who died about 1861. Soon after her death he entered the army as a member of Company H, Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, which company he had himself raised in Taylorville, and of which he was elected Captain. He was wounded at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, in April, 1862, and on the 4th of October following resigned.
Returning home, he resumed his law practice. On the 5th of August, 1863, he was again married, his second union being with Miss Almeda daughter of Dr. Richard and Mary A. (Fender) Fulton, the former a native of Loudoun County, Va., and the latter of Wayne County, Ind. Her paternal grandfather, Elisha W. Fulton, was a native of Virginia. He died at the age of seventy-two years, his last days being spent in Putnam County, Ind.
The maternal grandfather, Henry L. Fender, was born in North Carolina, and was a farmer by occupation and a soldier in 1812. He died in Wayne County, aged eighty-three years. Richard Fulton was a physician, and successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Wayne, Union and Putnam Counties, Ind., for some years. After her husband's death, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Simpson, until called to his final rest, in April, 1893, at the age of seventy-five years. His wife still survives him and is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Simpson. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was her husband.
Unto the Judge and Mrs. Simpson were born three children, a son and two daughters. Cullen, who died at the age of seven years; Mary, wife of William Scott, a shoe dealer of Taylorville, by whom she has a little daughter, Eleanor; and Caroline, an accomplished young lady, who graduated from De Pauw University, in Greencastle, Ind., in the Class of '91, and who lives at home.
Mr. Simpson was a stalwart Republican in politics. He was a deep thinker and a logical reasoner, and his conclusions were reached as the result of earnest and careful meditation. He was firm in support of what he believed to be right, and neither fear nor favor could change his purpose.
In his business dealings he was very successful, and became the owner of nineteen hundred and forty acres of land in Christian County, besides his fine residence and a number of business houses on the square of Taylorville. He was a lover of fine horses, and always had some excellent specimens of the noble steed in his stable.
Possessing many excellencies of character, he gained many warm friends and won their high regard. He passed away March 10, 1883, at the age of fifty-three years, and his loss was widely mourned. His widow is still living in the home which he left her, and she shares its comforts with her mother. She is a faithful member of the Methodist Church, and, like her husband, has the confidence and respect of all.
--- Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois; Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.
Father: Thomas SIMPSON b: 1800 in Richmond Co., VA
Mother: Caroline BADGER b: 28 OCT 1810 in Kentucky
Eliza J. CALDWELL b: ABT 1832 in Bath Co., KY
- Cullen SIMPSON
- Mary SIMPSON
- Caroline SIMPSON