Lee County Genealogy
Vital Records

Births, Marriages & Deaths      

Contributed by Frank Best

Thomas J. SIMPSON was born 8 October 1841 in Tn., and was brought by his parents up the Mississippi on a steamboat in 1843, landing at Montrose in the month of May. Harmon SIMPSON, his father, was born in S.C. and was married to miss Margaret TRAIDOR, who was born in Warren Co. Ky. They had nine children: Thomas J. was fourth in order of birth, and the only surviving member of the family being one sister, Mrs. Margaret SNIVELY of Burlington, Iowa.

At the time Mr. SIMPSON immigrated to Iowa with his parents, and settled in Montrose Twp., there were many Indians encamped on the ground now owned by Mr. OWEN. His father was friendly with them and traded and mingled with them to his own profit and their convenience. He was among the earliest settlers of Montrose Twp and died 4 January 1861. Mr. SIMPSON is a descendant from a family noted for their bravery. His maternal great-grandfather, a Mr. CUMMINS, served in the Rev. War. The mother of Mr. SIMPSON departed this life 19 May 1888. Mr. SIMPSON'S parents were members of the church of Latter Day Saints, and both saw the Prophet, Joseph SMITH and his brother Hiram after their assassination at Carthage. 

TomSimpson.jpg         Thomas J. SIMPSON was a student in a subscription school before the day of public instruction., At the time the Civil  War broke out, Mr. SIMPSON was employed as a farm laborer. In January 1862, he enlisted in Co. B,. 17th
Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served Uncle Sam as a private until 12 September 1861. He was mustered into service at Keokuk to serve three years or during the war. His regiment was assigned to the Army of Tn. He took part in the         siege of Corinth, the battle of Iuka, Champion Hill and Chattanooga and received an honorable discharge at Keokuk,12 September 1862, on account of disability. He re-enlisted 25 February 1864, as a private in Co. C. 3rd Iowa        Volunteer cavalry, a part of the Army of the West. He participated in the Guntown expedition and the battle of Cupolo,
Mississippi, also many other engagements of less importance. He was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa in July 1865, on account of the close of the war. When he regained a portion of his health after the close of the Civil War, he enlisted in the regular Army and was stationed at Ft. Wadsworth, Dakota, then on the far frontier. After his military career, he came back to Montrose, where he was engaged in hotel work. Was a member of Tip Best Post No. 75 of the Grand Army of the Republic. His dearth occurred at his home here 7 May 1918. Buried Montrose in the family plot.





   Mary Ann was the sister to Thomas J. Simpson and she is my Great Great Grandmother)


Mrs. Mary Ann Cooper was born April 16, 1833 in Gibson County, TN. She came to Iowa the 20th of May 1843. This has been her home most of the time since.
   Was married to Nelson Cooper July 1857. Born to this union eight children six of whom survive. Her husband preceded her to the grave Sep 10, 1888;
Died Easter Sunday April 12, 1914.
    Buried April 14 in Montrose Cemetery Montrose, Iowa.

Sermon by William Lambert of Reorganized Latter Day Saints Church


Nelson Cooper was born in 1829 in Davidson Co. NC - Died Sep 10, 1888








 Margaret Trainer Simpson
 Thomas J. Simpson's mother
 Born in Lexington KY.
in 1811. Died died 19 May, 1888 in Montrose Iowa.  












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