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Dennis Simpson (#46906948)
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Bio Photo Dennis William Simpson was born 01 Apr 1952, in Los Angeles, California. He was the eldest child of Arthur Marcus, III and Lillian Nadine (Saso) Simpson. Mr. Simpson served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, and recently retired from the US Postal Service with 33 years dedicated service to his country.

Mr. Simpson is an avid Genealogical Researcher for more than 45 years experience. He has authored several books, "Simpson and Allied Families," 1985; "The Descendants of Doctor William Simpson," 1993; "Members of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of California, The First Five Years," 1994; and has written numerous articles for several historical societies throughout the United States.

He resides in Madison, Alabama, where his ancestors were among the first settlers in the area when it was part of the Mississippi Territory. He has served the General Society of the War of 1812 continually for the past 12 years as District Deputy President General (Pacific Area). He holds life membership in the Limestone County, Alabama Historical Society, and the California Society of the War of 1812. An organization he founded on the 200th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States. He is also a life member of Disabled American Veterans, and served as Senior Vice Commander of Camp Kearney in Van Nuys, California.

During the 1996 Presidential election, Mr. Simpson served as a delegate in the Republican National Committee, casting his vote for Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. He is member of the Independent Baptist Church.
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Dennis Simpson
Simpson Cemetery
I don't know who it was who put the Simpson cemetery with the chain link fence calling it John Simpson's Cemetery is gravely mistaken.

John Simpson and his family are all buried miles away from the cemetery shown in the picture in Find A Grave.

The grave stone of Mary Louise Jones Proctor is the correct cemetery where John and his family are all buried. Please note the difference of the fences. It is surrounded by an Iron Fence, not a chain link fence.

The Simpson Cemetery has a large tombstone in the middle of the cemetery. It is inscribed with all the Simpson buried in the cemetery as well as four individual tombstones. The smaller tombstones belong to Margaret Ann Simpson, Juriah Simpson, Emma B. Stubbs, and the aforesaid Mary Proctor. Additionally is a VA Memorial Marker I personally laid in family cemetery, was placed in memory of Dr. William Simpson, father of John Simpson.

Dr. Simpson was actually buried at Hobbs Island next to his wife, Marguerite (McAlpine) Simpson. I have done a complete genealogy of Dr. William Simpson's descendants in a published book entitled, "The Descendants of Doctor William Simpson," published for the author by Bookcrafters, in 1993. A copy is located in the Heritage Room in the Madison County Library at Huntsville, Alabama.

A final edition is being made which will include the McLeod Family, missing from the first edition. Anybody interested in learning more about this family may contact me at

I also notice several other people claiming relationship to this family, and many of their claims is baseless. I am a direct line descendant of these Simpson buried at Redstone Arsenal. Arthur Marcus Simpson was my great-grandfather.

The Simpson buried in the cemetery surrounded by the chain link fence is not the same family.
Added by Dennis Simpson on Dec 05, 2013 11:39 PM
Sue Sterling Tretter
FAG - Henry Cate FAG # 28308074
Hello, I did make the transfer even though you didn't use the "Edit" button in the upper right of the memorial page. I'm usually a stickler for that procedure because it makes the transfer process so much easier.
You certainly have an "interesting" family! Thanks for the information.
Best wishes. sue
Added by Sue Sterling Tretter on Oct 27, 2013 1:39 PM
James Ethridge
Bethyl Cemetery is a toough one!
I have been in contact with the new care taker of the cemetery. He has accepted 15-20 names of people we are attempting to locate. Perhaps within 7 days I will have an answer as to the location and perhaps a picture of a grave stone you have requested, Only 1 more week!

Added by James Ethridge on Oct 09, 2013 3:03 PM
William G. Latham Jr.
RE: Another Child to Add
Thank you for letting me know about Mary Adaline "Shaffer" Redus, and her husband's memorials. I appreciate your time, and help/
William Latham
Added by William G. Latham Jr. on Aug 22, 2013 1:00 PM
Thomas Whitehead
William M. Cunningham
I have put a picture of the tombstone of William M. Cunningham in the Shannon Cemetery, Lee County,Mississippi
Added by Thomas Whitehead on Aug 19, 2013 4:45 PM
William G. Latham Jr.
RE: Another Child to Add
Hello Dennis,
Thank you for letting me know about Mary Adaline "Shaffer" Redus, I will include her memorial linked to her parent's. Thank You.
William G. Latham Jr.
Added by William G. Latham Jr. on Aug 16, 2013 7:37 AM
Cotton Port Cemetery
On your Hannah DeWoody page. The Hayden Cemetery (where the Cotton Port graves were moved to), is in the New Hope area, not Huntsville. It is just off Poplar Ridge Road. You take New Hope/Cedar Point Rd. north out of New Hope and then Poplar Ridge Rd. to Hayden Cemetery Rd. I noticed the directions are wrong in the "Lure and Lore of Limestone County" c.1918 also.
Added by grammy on Aug 15, 2013 2:44 PM
Vicki Conyer Gieselman
RE: Thomas Triggs
You're very welcome Dennis, when I decided to go to this cemetery to find the grave with a 1842 death date I didn't think I would find it & if so that the stone would be readable so was surprised to find a new stone. It is sad that you don't know where Thomas is buried but is great that he is not forgotten which is what matters most.
Added by Vicki Conyer Gieselman on Jul 07, 2013 8:28 AM
Jim Sager
Eddie Grigsby and Carnelia Greenshaw Graves

I spent several hours walking through the New Garden Cemetery, near Elkmont, Alabama, looking for the graves of Eddie Grigsby and Carnelia Greenshaw. Unfortunately, my search was unsuccessful.

The cemetery is bisected by a road. The area on the west side of the road is known as the "Old New Garden Cemetery" and contains the oldest graves in the entire cemetery which includes those from the early to mid-late 1800's. This part of the cemetery is very overgrown, and the inscriptions on most of the grave stones are illegible or the stones have been destroyed by vandalism or the ravages of time.

After spending over 2-1/2 hours in my own unsuccessful search, I happened upon and talked with two cemetery care-takers, and neither of them remembered ever seeing the names "Eddie Grigsby" or "Carnelia Greenshaw" among the headstones. However, both said it was likely, considering the dates of death, 1866 and 1867, respectively, that if they are buried in the New Garden Cemetery, it would be in the "Old" Section.

I would be glad to go back to the cemetery in the late fall or winter when the overgrowth has died back and the threat from snakes is non-existent and look again. Sorry the search has been unproductive to this point.

I did take photos of the "Old New Garden Cemetery" as well as the historical marker which reveals some interesting facts about the cemetery's origins. I would be glad to share those with you if you'd like.

Added by Jim Sager on Jun 24, 2013 12:35 PM
RE: Jack Johnson Jr
Dennis, you should put that entire message on Jack Jr's memorial page, in a flower. I'm not sure if any of his family members are contributors here. Edith isn't related, but she's the kind soul who went and looked for Jack Sr.'s obit to put on his memorial.
Added by Diana on May 15, 2013 12:02 PM
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