|Birth: ||Mar., 1858|
|Death: ||Apr., 1951|
My Great-Great Grandmother, Catherine Lefleur Simmons. Her husband my Great-Great-Grandfather William Elihue (Hugh) Simmons Jr., His father William Elihue Simmons Sr was his slave master. My Great- Great- Great grandmother Ellen Snow Simmons was his bed wench and was impregnated by William Sr and bore him a son. William Sr. had no wife, so he immediately freed his new born son, my Great-Great grandfather Hugh Jr. He treated Hugh Jr. as son, he taught him medicine and even put 39 slaves in his name to avoid head taxes in Prince William County (William Hugh's Sr land straddled two counties) (It was against Virginia law to tax children) After the Civil War, my Great Great Great grandmother Ellen Snow Simmons took Hugh Jr. and left for Mississippi, we don't know what happened to Hugh Sr, maybe he was killed in the Civil War.
In Mississippi Hugh Jr. met Catherine Lefleur, a full blooded Native American of the Mississippi band of Choctaws. My great-great grandparents Hugh and Catherine married, and had nine children in this order: Andrew, Ollie, Lucillius, Nola, Paul, Thaud, Isadora, Mitchell and Pellum.
* My Great-Great Great Grandmother Ellen Snow Simmons was born in Africa and was illegally kidnapped at the age of 14. Her kidnap was illegal because it occurred after The War of 1812. The British made a mandate in 1807 against the importation of slaves to the New World. The penalty if caught with slaves was life at the lowest rank in the British Navy.
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Record added: Dec 18, 2010
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