John Boone Simmons

18 November 1857–19 April 1946 (Age 88)
Warren, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Boone

When John Boone Simmons was born on 18 November 1857, in Warren, Iowa, United States, his father, William C. Simmons, was 38 and his mother, Mary Bird Allen, was 36. He married Matilda Jane Whitt on 16 October 1878, in Madison, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. He lived in Jefferson Township, Warren, Iowa, United States in 1860. He died on 19 April 1946, in Malheur, Oregon, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Twin Falls Cemetery, Twin Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Boone Simmons
Matilda Jane Whitt
Marriage: 16 October 1878
Jettie May Simmons
Maud Simmons
Myrtle Ann Simmons
Melinda Bird Simmons
Freta Merl Simmons
Leta Perl Simmons

Spouse and Children

16 October 1878
Madison, Iowa, United States



    Maud Simmons


    Myrtle Ann Simmons


    Melinda Bird Simmons


    Freta Merl Simmons


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



+11 More Children

World Events (8)

1859 · Oregon Becomes a State

Age 2

Oregon became the 33rd state admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. 

Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 27

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

English (southern): patronymic either from the personal name Simon ( see Simon ) or, as Reaney and Wilson suggest, from the medieval personal name Simund (composed of Old Norse sig ‘victory’ + mundr ‘protection’), which after the Norman Conquest was taken as an equivalent Simon, with the result that the two names became confused.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Simmons in household of William C Simmons, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John B. Simmons, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John B Simmons in entry for Richard Delfield Reed and Malinda Brid Babcock, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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