Jesse Simmons, one of the venerable citizens and retired agriculturists of Marion county, has resided within
its borders for a period of sixty eight years, being brought here by his parents when a little lad of but four
years and having therefore witnessed the development and growth of the district from pioneer times to the present.
He devoted his time and energies to farming throughout his active business career, and is now living retired in
Attica, enjoying the fruits of his former toil in well earned ease. His birth occurred in Logan county, Illinois;
on the 27th of February, 1842, his parents being Smith and Nancy (Stroud) Simmons, both of whom were natives of
Tennessee. Removing to Illinois, they remained in the Prairie state until 1844, when they came to Iowa, settling
first in Mahaska county. Two years later, however, they took up their abode in Marion county and here the remainder
of their lives was spent. They became the parents of six children, two of whom survive.
Jesse Simmons, as above stated, was a little lad of but four years when brought to this county, and he spent the
period of his minority under the parental roof. In 1864, when twenty two years of age, he enlisted for service
in the Union army as a member of Company I, Eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, remaining with that command as a brave
and loyal soldier until the cessation of hostilities. He was then mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, and returned
to this county, taking up the pursuits of civil life as an agriculturist. The work of the fields claimed his attention
throughout his active business career and in his undertakings he won a gratifying and well merited measure of success.
He is now spending the evening of life in honorable retirement at Attica and enjoys an enviable reputation as one
of the esteemed pioneers and prosperous citizens of the county.
In January, 1864, Mr. Simmons was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca C. Gullion, who was born in Marion county,
Iowa, in 1846, her parents being Jeremiah and Hannah (Pierson) Gullion, natives of Kentucky and Indiana respectively.
They came to this county in 1844, entering one hundred and sixty acres of land in Liberty township on which the
father built a log cabin that was the family home for several years. Their children were ten in number and five
are yet living. Mr. and Mrs. Simmons became the parents of nine children, as follows: Jeremiah; Nancy A.; William
S.; Hallie, the wife of Thomas Hartness; Wyant, who is deceased; Fred; Jessie; Hannah, who gave her hand in marriage
to Alford Righter; and Columbus. The parents are devoted and consistent members of the Methodist Protestant church.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Simmons have lived in Marion county throughout a period covering nearly seven decades and they
are widely and favorably known here, having won the warm regard and friendship of all with whom they have come
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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