SILAS J SIMMONS, farmer, P.O. Divide, was born in Sumner (now
Macon) County, TN., May 28, 1835, and is a son of Joel SIMMONS, of Marion
Co, IL who was born in Franklin Co.,VA., Jan 17, 1804, and came to Marion
Co in 1840, and to this county in 1844, where our subject has since resided.
Silas J was married, Nov 1, 1855, to Prudence E., daughter of Ellis
BRANSON, of Marion County, IL. They have twelve children, but three
of whom are living---Mary J. (Mrs. John BARNETT), William F.
(see biography) and Carroll J. The latter is a promising young school
teacher, with a bright future prospect. One daughter--Martha A.--died in
her sixteenth year. Mr. SIMMONS was postmaster at Divide Post Office
from Dec 1879, until March 1883. He owns eighty acres of land. In religion
he is a Baptist. 

Source: Taken from "History of Jefferson County, Illinois" by Wm. Henry Perrin
Submitted by Misty Flannigan
Sept 7, 1997

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