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3. John Sr HUTTON


Pensioner James Galloway says he served under Capt. John Hatton at Lancaster, Penn., when the Hessian soldier prisoners passed through. They had been captured Dec. 25, 1776 at Trenton, NJ. The Hessians might have passed through Lancaster in late December or early January 1777 en route to Hagerstown and Winchester, Virginia. Galloway was from 100 miles west of Lancaster.

John and his wife Jane were both members of Christ Protestant Episcopal Church in Huntington Twp. Their daughter Eleanor was christened in that church on 01 Nov 1761. John was elected vestryman 04 Jun 1761, 27 Jun 1762, and 16 Apr 1770. According to his father Edward's will, he lived on a tract of land that his father gave him 08 Jan 1764. The following item, taken from Christ Church records in
the York County Historical Society was not dated, but was probably about 1784-1790: "An Aspersion thrown upon the character of John HATTON, late a Member of this Congregation, and now of Holstein in the State of Virginia, was done away to the entire satisfaction of the said Congregation and the compleat vindication of the said John HATTON's character." (The word "Holstein" would be in reference to Washington Co., VA where the North, Middle & South Forks of the Holston River are located). John Hutton appeared in Huntington Township tax lists through 1784. That suggests the family moved to the Holston area in about 1785.

John Hutton received a 50 acre land grant on December 20, 1792 for land on Thompson's Creek [also called Stalnaker's Creek and Baker's Creek, now called Hutton Creek] on the waters of the Middle Fork of the Holston River, by virtue of a VA Land Office Treasury Warrant # 9829 dated 12 Dec 1781. There is also a deed dated May 8, 1786 for 106.75 acres from Humphrey BAKER to John Hutton, referring to both of them as from Washington County, Virginia.

Abbrev: Hatton Family
Title: See Hatton genealogy in the Graham book identified in the Simmons Family footnote; the Simmons footnote also describes the Hatton family bible. York County real estate information and other facts have been most recently verified by the Fords of California.
Abbrev: Simmons Family
Title: Simmons family information is primarily from four sources: 1. Family Record from 1735 to 1882 written in December 1884 by James B. Simmons for his grandson Fred A. Archerd, original now in hands of Jennifer Horeis [Clinchard]; 2. James B. Simmons Scrapbook, original at Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka; 3. Descendants of John Simmons and Allied Families, by Ruth Maxwell Graham, copyright 1975, copy at Minnesota Historical Society; and 4. Genealogical compilation of Holly Simmons Lundberg, which in part is based on her own searching of various census records.
Text: More details:
1. Copy of the Family Record from 1735 to 1882 written in December 1884 by James B. Simmons for his grandson Fred A. Archerd, original now in hands of Jennifer Horeis [Clinchard]. It appears that James prepared at least two "Family Records". According to Kathy Simmons, James Simmons prepared a family record for her great grandfather, Henry T. Simmons, entitled: "A Sketch of the Life and Trials of James B. Simmons, The Son of a poor Farmer of Mason County, Kentucky" [inscribed by J.B. to "Henry T. Simmons, A Merchant of Bloomington, Ill. 1875"].

2. James B. Simmons Scrapbook. James wrote: "I quit business in 1873, and . . . have been gathering up records of the Simmons family and their connections, until it includes eight generations. Among those families nearest allied are the Nichols', Hitch's, Buchanan's and Gates' and the record with notices have grown to near 300 pages, and in sketching some of the reminiscences of my early life, to gratify my grandchildren, and for their information write short biographical sketches of our ancestors as far back as I can remember, showing where they were born and what station they filled in life. While this gives amusement to me it gives information to them . . . I enjoy receiving letters from my friends and answering them. By reference to my letter register, since March 4, 1878, I have written 746 letters, and my correspondence has been mostly with the young, and generally quite interesting . . . . I showed my old scrapbook to the Editor of the Mattoon "Journal" , and he has made the following note: "Mr. Jas. B. Simmons, father of Mrs. J. M. Goble, has in his possession a very interesting scrap book, which contains articles and extracts about important events away back to 1840, or farther, letters of acceptance of Presidential candidates, for many years past, and a good deal in the line of historical facts are collected therein, as well as the material of which an almost complete family history could be compiled." The original scrap book referred to in the previous paragraph is now in the archives of the Kansas State Historical Society at Topeka. I have copies of 20 pages of newspaper clippings from the scrapbook. These are the articles written by James B. Simmons for The Clermont Courier of Batavia, Ohio, and The Independent of New Richmond, Ohio.] The scrap book is a hard bound journal with entries by James B. of his cases and decisions as a Justice of the Peace in Clermont County. In this journal he pasted, over the top of his hand-written entries, various newspaper clippings.

3. Descendants of John Simmons and Allied Families, by Ruth Maxwell Graham, copyright 1975, copy at Minnesota Historical Society. This hardbound book contains many references to a James B. Simmons family history document written in 1882. These references are remarkably similar in many respects to the Family Record written by James B. Simmons in 1884 for Fred Archerd [see 1 above], and to the clippings from Clermont County newspapers found in the James B. Simmons Scrapbook [see 2 above].

4. Simmons' genealogy compiled by Holly Simmons Lundberg, based in part on her searches of census and other records.