Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and love that this blog helps with that. I consider much of my research as a work in progress, so please let me know if you have conflicting information. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My male Mayflower ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, and John Howland.
Female Mayflower ancestors: Mary Norris Allerton, Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Mrs. James Chilton, Sarah Eaton, and Joan Hurst Tilley.
Child Mayflower ancestors: Giles Hopkins, (possibly) Constance Hopkins, Mary Allerton, Francis Billington, Love Brewster, Mary Chilton, Samuel Eaton, and Elizabeth Tilley.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Moses Simmons b. ca 1605, died 1689-1691 and wife Sarah, of Leiden, Holland and Duxbury, MA

Moses Simmons was born probably in England ca 1605, assuming he arrived at Plymouth as a young servant. He moved to Leiden, Holland, with his parents who were Separatists. His parents aren’t known, but there was a William Symonson at Leiden, who had a younger son named Moses, a subject which Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs wrote an article about (see sources). His last name is also seen as Symonson, Symons and Simonson. He is my 10th great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family.

Moses came to Plymouth on the ship Fortune in 1621. He settled in Duxbury and is referred to in records as a yeoman (a farmer who owns his land).

That Moses was at Leiden is shown through Edward Winslow’s writing: "Moses Symonson, because a child of one that was in communion with the Dutch church at Leyden, is admitted into church fellowship at Plymouth in New England, and his children also to baptism, as well as our own." (Hipocrisie Unmasked)). He was a freeman in Plymouth and later in the Duxbury section of freeman (1639, 1658, 1670 and 1683/4)
Circa 1910 postcard of Duxbury. Imagine how beautiful and  unspoiled it was in the 17th century?

Moses married Sarah, whose maiden name is unknown, circa 1635. Older sources give her maiden name was Chandler, but no modern evidence supports this.

Moses and Sarah had at least seven children. Their births are not recorded, but all but Rebecca and Moses are mentioned in Moses’ will. Rebecca was already deceased, but in 1674 deeded land to John Soule and his eldest daughter Rebecca of Duxbury. Moses Jr. mentions his father Moses of Duxbury in a land transaction.

Rebecca born about 1635, m. John Soule
Moses born about 1639, m. Patience Barstow
Mary born about 1641, m. Joseph Alden (son of John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower) 
John born about 1644, m. Mercy Pabodie
Sarah born about 1649, m. James Nash

Elizabeth born about 1651, m. Richard Dwelly
Aaron born about 1653, m. Mary Woodworth

I descend from Rebecca who married John Soule, son of Mayflower passenger George Soule.

Moses is listed in a number of deeds, which he signed up until 1678 when he used a mark. He served on juries, as a highway surveyor and was on the 1643 list of men able to bear arms.

In the 1623 Plymouth land division "Moyses Simonson & Philipe de la Noye" jointly received two acres (PCR 12:5). In the 1627 Plymouth cattle division Moses Simonson was the 8th person in the first company headed by Francis Cooke (PCR 12:9). On 26 March 1628 Moses Simonson sold one acre to Robert Hicks (PCR 12:7). "Moses Symons" assessed 9s in Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 (PCR 1:11,28). On 3 June 1662 Moses Simonson was 25th on the list of those granted land "as being the first born children of the government," receiving two tracts of land (PCR 4:19). On 13 December 1660 Moses Symons of Scituate sold to Joseph Coleman Sr of Scituate, shoemaker, half of 40 acres of land at Coaksett which was sometimes the land of my father Moses Symons of Duxburrow; acknowledged by Patience, wife of Moses Symons Jr (PCLR 3:183). On 20 April 1669 "Moses Simons" of Duxbury, planter, deeded to "John Simons his true and natural son all that his dwelling house, outhouses and buildings, land, meadow and upland, orchards and garden" in Duxbury, containing 40 acres of upland and 3 acres of meadow "with two acres of meadow...at little wood island in the great marsh" (PCLR 3:139). On 30 Dec 1674 Moses Simons of Duxbury, yeoman "in consideration of a marriage heretofore consummated between John Soule of Duxburrow and my eldest daughter Rebeckah" deeded to them "all my purchased lands at Namaskett" (MD 19:96, citing PCLR 4:43). On 4 Dec 1678 Moses Simmons Senior of Duxbury, yeoman, deeded to "my son Aron Simmons of Scituate" all that my one-half share of land, with upland and meadow lands divided and undivided...that I have as a purchaser or old comer" in Dartmouth (PCLR 4:219).

Sarah died after 3 June 1673 when she is mentioned in a court record, but before 17 June 1689, when Moses does not mention her in his will.

Moses died between 17 June 1689 (will written) and 10 September 1691 (will proved). In his will, Moses Simmons called himself "aged and full of decay.” He bequeathed to "my daughter Mary the wife of Joseph Alden" 4 pounds; to "my son Aaron" 4 pounds; to "my daughter Elizabeth now the wife of Richard Dwelley" 5 shillings; to "my daughter Sarah now the wife of James Nash" 2 lb 10s; to "my son John" 4 lb, he to be executor (MD 31:60, citing PPR 1:106). The inventory of the estate of Moses Simmons was taken 10 September 1691 and totaled 33 pounds 11 shillings, with no real estate included as he had already deeded it to his children (MD 31:60, citing PPR 1:107).

Sources Not Listed Above:

Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, 1995

Eugene Stratton,  History of Plymouth Colony It's History and People, 1986

Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, Moses Simons of Leiden, Summer 2004 issue of New England Ancestors


  1. Thank you for these notes. Moses and Sarah are my 9x great-grandparents (through daughter Mary). Greetings to you, cousin!

    1. Welcome and thanks for your note! Chris

    2. Hello there,

      Recently I found my biological father.

      I too am a Simmons...dna traces me to Moses Simmon . 13th Great Grandfather.

      Very exciting to find that my grand father Frank Simmons was an Architect as am I in the Seattle Area. We both went to the University of Nebraska. I also played football for Nebraska 82-87. Graduated with Masters of Architecture 1989. Adoptive name Sellentin. My number was 53. I was at the age if 53 when I finally found a biological parent. My father was a All American Basketball player and pro. Grant Simmons. His college roomate was Frank Solich. Frank Solich was my Freshman Football coach and running back coach at Nebraska as well.

      I have many other exciting coincidences and overlaps related to England, Rotherhithe , the Mayflower and Fortune. Turner's famous painting of the Fighting Temeraire and so on.

      Very excited to understand the deep connections to this tree and amazing history. Makes me proud and stand even taller. 6'4" chesnut tree. Haha


    3. That's a remarkable story, Jeff! All of the "coincidences" gave me goosebumps.

  2. thanks for the info!. I just found out tonight that Moses and Sarah are my 9x great grandparents through daughter Rebecca and John Soule. I was FLOORED about the Mayflower. I've never been to Plymouth- but will def have to go and would love to go with a distant cousin
    -Sarah Vermuele

    1. What a great discover, Sarah. Keeping looking because where there's one Mayflower ancestor there are often more! Chris

  3. Hi Moses is my 10th GGF, and I also share relation through Rebecca and George Soule. I also share many of the Mayflower descendants with you. I am related to 17 total so there is quite a bit of overlap. I live 20 minutes from Plymouth. Paul.

    1. Hi Paul, That's great we have so many common ancestors. Must be wonderful to live so close to Plymouth for research! Chris

  4. My name is Kitty Myers and I, too, am related to Moses Simmons. I learned this going to the Case family reunion on my mother's side. It was held in Canandaigua, NY. They've also been held near Canandaigua in Bristol, NY. The first Case reunion was held in 1833 at the Jonathan J. Case home. My Grandmother Burgess was a Case and lived in Canandaigua her whole life.

    I scanned the Moses Simmons part of our genealogy and posted it here: http://kittymyersencore.blogspot.com/2017/12/moses-simmons.html

    I wrote about Moses, which you can find here: http://kittymyersencore.blogspot.com/2015/11/pilgrims-progress.html

    I live in Painted Post, NY.

    1. Thank you, Kitty, for posting those links. I will check them out! Chris

  5. Hopeless anyone descend from Moses Symondson son Jhon Simmons who married Mercy Pabodie through Charles Simmons Franklin west Virgina mssimmons42@yahoo.com

    1. I am a descendant. Jeffrey C. Sellentin-Simmons. Born Simmons.

    2. I have..
      .13th great grandfather. John Simmons fought along side George Washington...i am a descendant of that line. I am 55 and live in the Seattle Area. 6'4 275 lbs. of beef....like John Simmons

  6. I have a document that names Moses Simonson as a beneficiary in a share of cattle and goats the date on the document is 1624, it has a raised seal and a number of other names such as :
    Francis Cooke
    Hester Cooke
    Phillip Delanoy
    Experience Michaell
    John Jance
    It is signed by William Bradford
    All linked to freeman of Plymouth and the first voyages to the new world

    1. Hello, That's interesting. I know Moses was in Francis Cooke's company in the 1627 cattle division. I thought that was the first division, but maybe I am mistaken. Chris

  7. This is an older post, but I just came across this while researching. Very interesting! Trying to find more info on Moses and Sarah and Elizabeth Simmons Dwelley. I believe I am descended, but am finding conflicting research that Elizabeth had no children or that there were children.

    1. Amy, I Haven't seen anything about children for Elizabeth but she's not in my direct line. Hopefully someone else will read this and be able to help. Chris

  8. I have just started researching my ancestry and was excited to find I am descended from Moses Simmons and Moses Jr.(my grandmother was a Simmons)Also William Bradford is my 10th great grandfather, so they were both in the Plymouth colony together.

    1. Welcome to the world of family history, Matthew. Finding those connections of how our ancestors knew each other is always fun!

  9. My name is Kaylynn Sherwood, Moyses b.1604 is my x10 GG via his son Moses Jr. (& wife Patience Barstow) whom died prematurely to his own death and therefore I believe the reason as to why JR was left off of his (Moyses sr.) last will and testament. Grew up in Westchester NY.


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