Lillis <I>Richmond</I> Simmons

Lillis Richmond Simmons

Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 2 May 1808 (aged 62)
Bristol, Ontario County, New York, USA
Burial Bristol Center, Ontario County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 30954482 · View Source
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Lillis was the daughter of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Cook) Richmond, descendants of Mayflower pilgrims John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden as well as Richard and Elizabeth Warren.

She married David Simmons on 8 November 1768 in Dighton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts where they remained and had eight children. In 1781 David became an ordained Baptist minister and found a church two years later in Freetown, Massachusetts. Sadly, he drowned in the Taunton River on June 7, 1786 after visiting a family in this congregation. Lillis was forty at the time and their children ranged in age from one to seventeen.

About ten years later she came with Rev. John Smith and a group from Dighton to Bristol, Ontario Co., New York. It was known as the "Dighton Purchase" and the settlers named the town for Bristol Co., Massachusetts where Dighton was located. All of Lillis' six sons came, her daughter Rebecca remained in Massachusetts having been married by that time. Many of the Simmons in-laws were part of this group. The 1800 census lists seven members of the Simmons' family in Bristol. Lillis may have been living with a brother-in-law (perhaps Seth Simmons).
Her children in 1800 ranged in age from 31 to 15 but the older sons are not individually listed on the census (her son Richmond may have been listed as Richard).

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  • Created by: Ann Freeman
  • Added: 28 Oct 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 30954482
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lillis Richmond Simmons (Feb 1746–2 May 1808), Find a Grave Memorial no. 30954482, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol Center, Ontario County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Ann Freeman (contributor 47054791) .