Elizabeth Jared Simmons1,2

b. 30 October 1817, d. 30 October 1906
Elizabeth Jared Simmons|b. 30 Oct 1817\nd. 30 Oct 1906|p6105.htm|John Simmons|b. 9 Oct 1790\nd. 1 Oct 1868|p6101.htm|Naomi Jared|b. 17 Sep 1797\nd. 30 Dec 1877|p6102.htm|Robert Simmons|b. c 1763\nd. 1830|p6234.htm|Ann Miller|b. 28 Sep 1762\nd. 1843|p6235.htm|Captain William Jared|b. 3 Jun 1758\nd. 22 Sep 1827|p10678.htm|Elizabeth Raulston|b. 6 Jan 1770\nd. 18 Jun 1835|p10679.htm|

Grandaunt of William Lemuel Horn Jr.
2nd great-grandaunt of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Horn and Allied Families
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Elizabeth Jared Simmons
     Elizabeth Jared Simmons was born on 30 October 1817 in Jackson County, Tennessee.1,2 She was the daughter of John Simmons and Naomi Jared.1 She married John Bascom Lee on 20 February 1833 in Putnam County, Tennessee.2,3,4,5 She married Reverend Perry Upton.2,5 She died on 30 October 1906 in Wright County, Missouri, at age 89.4,2,1 She was buried in Old Mountain Grove Cemetery, also called Old Pioneer's Cemetery, Wright County, Missouri.6
     Frank A. Robinett wrote of his grandmother:
     Elizabeth Jared Simmons was as courageous a character as her times produced. As a widow with a number of small children she lived in a newly settled area during the turbulent times leading up to the Civil War. She then married Perry Upton, a Methodist preacher. When the tides of war threatened them with starvation, the family was loaded into a covered wagon and driven to Arkansas to be near relatives. He later died there. Before leaving Missouri they hid their valuables, such as they were, in what she called a 'bee-gum tree.'

     After the war she drove home and found everything she had owned burned and stripped. She drove sixty miles through the woods to get salt for her family to use and to buy a cow, which she led home on foot.

     Wild fruit, berries, wild game and corn furnished the family's food. She carded her wool and wove it, and she raised and wove cotton for cloth. The family made all the clothes they wore.

     She used the help of her children and built a log house. Later on she made her home for thirty years with my mother, and grandma was a respected person in our household. Never do I recall my father ever showing any displeasure at having a mother-in-law permanently living in his home. She always took first place.

     She lived a great life and died on her birthday – 89 years old.

     She was a devout Southern Methodist and was always seen in her place in church.5


  1. [S637] Eleanor McAllister Hall, The Book of Jared, The Family Record of John Jared whose ancestors and descendants run the gamut of America's history (Salt Lake City: Publisher's Press, 1963), 290.
  2. [S643] Letter from Frank A. Robinett (Amarillo, Texas) to Mrs. Annie Laura Yates, 24 January 1940; Laura M. Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St., Arlington, Texas). Original was held by Naomi Yates Whitaker, now deceased, of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Mrs. Yates. She gave the writer a copy about 1984; present owner of the original is not known.
  3. [S646] Naomi Simmons application for widow's pension (John Simmons, private, 13th Louisiana Militia, War of 1812); Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1960; Records of the Veterans Administration, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington.
  4. [S1263] Col. Frederick Ira Ordway Jr., Ed., Register of the General Society of the War of 1812 (Washington, D.C.: General Society of the War of 1812, 1972), pp. 404, 607.
  5. [S637] Eleanor McAllister Hall, The Book of Jared, 295.
  6. [S669] Old Mountain Grove Cemetery, Wright County, Missouri, online <http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/mo/wright/cemeteries/…>, Elizabeth Jane Lee-Upton gravestone, row 13.