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Elizabeth Gaither Maynard Simmons

Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Death 16 Apr 1915 (aged 86)
Buckeystown, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Burial Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 103788524 · View Source
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Elizabeth Gaither Maynard was born 1828 in Frederick Co, MD the youngest of 2 known surviving children born to George Washington Maynard (c. 1797-1848) and Ann Poole (c. 1802-1847). Her only brother was Dennis Howard Maynard (1825-1890) who was prominent in New Windsor, Carroll County, MD where he was a farmer and phosphate manufacturer, and owned extensive land holdings and the original homestead of town found, Isaac Atlee.

Elizabeth was an orphan and 22 years old when she married on May 7, 1850 to 27-year old Charles Simpson Simmons, son of Major James Simmons, III and his (2nd) wife Sophia Ann Simpson. Both Elizabeth and Charles are descended from both sides of their family tree from prominent families in the Frederick County, MD area.

Charles Simmons was a large land and slaveowner in Buckeystown, Frederick Co, MD, and was considered an enterprising citizen. He purchased the Delaplaine Mill on the Monacacy River; and besides grinding flour, he probably was the first in the United States, to grind limestone to apply on the land as a soil enhancement.

Elizabeth and Charles would have 8 children, with only 5 surviving:

* Ann Simmons (ca. 1851)
* Charles P. Simmons (ca. 1857)
* Fannie Simmons DeLashmutt (1858-1929)
* T. Frank Simmons (ca. 1861)
* Lee Howard Simmons (1864-1928)

During the Civil War, Maryland was considered a Union State, but Charles Simmons was ardently Southern in his views. The friction in the community existing between those who sympathized between the North and the South during the Civil War became so intense that it led to the building of another Methodist church in Buckeystown. The land was given by Mr. Simmons, and the Church was built
on a part of the Springdale Farm.

The following story appeared in the "History of Carrolton Manor, Frederick County, Maryland" by William Jarbone Grove and gives a glimpse of Charles Simmons as a man -- One of Mr. Simmons' slaves, Israel Timothy, was an interesting character. He was the teamster and the roads then would almost become impassable on account of the heavy hauling over them many times, Israel would have troubles on the road, Mr.Simmons who was constantly in his saddle, overseeing the work,would find the team stalled, he would inquire the trouble, Israel would invariably reply, "Moss Charles, Buck (which was his lead horse) throwed up here and I can't pull out." "Buck Throwed up, eh!" Give me the whip, was Mr. Simmons' reply. Israel, understood by that, the whip would be used on him instead of Buck. He immediately used his tongue and applied the whip on Buck with such vigor, that the stalled team would
soon pull away.

Elizabeth Maynard Simmons was widowed in 1883 when her husband of 33 years passed at age 60. She survived him another 32 years, passing in 1915 at the age of 87.

Except for Lee Howard Simmons, her youngest, who removed to North Carolina, it is not known what became of her sons or eldest daughter, Ann Simmons.

Daughter, Fannie Simmons, married prominent local merchant John A. DeLashmutt (1845-1907) and resided in Buckeystown until she was widowed in 1907. She then removed to Baltimore with her 2 surviving daughters -- Mary and Emilie Frances DeLashmutt. Her daughter Mary DeLashmutt (1891-1980) became a trained nurse, and never married, dedicating her life to her profession. Daughter, Emilie Frances DeLashmutt (b. 1895) married Harvey Moore of Philadelphia and was last known to be living in Burlington Co, NJ in the early 1940's.

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