Individual Notes

Note for:   Mary Jane (Jane) Simpson,   1 Mar 1839 - 1 Jul 1925         Index

     Place:   Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Walla Walla, WA

Individual Note:
      From a note written by Mary Jane’s son, dated July 1, 1925: “Mother died on the 1st of July and we laid her away on the 3rd, in Walla Walla, by the side of my Father." signed, Lewis Theodore Beardsley.
        CENSUS DATA:
        Census 1: 1850, NY Otsego Otego Pg 161A(See Father). In 1850, “Jane Simpson” lived in Otego, Otsego County, NY with father William (38), mother Lovina (39), and Helen (6), Lewis (8) and Harriet (9).
        Census 2: 1860, NY Otsego Unadilla(See Husband)
        Census 3: 1870, NY Otsego Unadilla Pg 585(See Husband)
        Census 4: 1880, WA Walla Walla Dist 47 Pg 194D
        Census 5: 1900, OR Umatilla Milton Dist 114 Pg 112A
        Census 6: 1910, OR Umatilla S Milton Pct Dist 265 Pg 205A
        Census 7: 1920, OR Umatilla Pct 11 Dist 150 Pg 57A
        The town of Morris was originated from Butternuts April 6, 1849. The town of Butternuts, with which Morris was connected, derives its name from three butternut trees growing from one stump, which marked the corner of the three towns of Pittsfield, New Lisbon and Butternuts. This village was first called Louisville, in honor of Louis, brother of Paschal Franchot; but trouble having been produced by Louisville wishing to be separated from Butternuts, the dispute was finally settled by giving it the name of Morris, in honor of Gen. Jacob Morris. During the decade 1830-1840, Morris passed through its "stone age," according to an article in the Morris Chronicle in 1917. Five large stone buildings were built, including the Gardner hotel (later Morris Inn).

Individual Notes

Note for:   Albert H. (Bert) Simpson,   30 Mar 1867 - 26 Oct 1915         Index

     Place:   Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, Delaware, NY

Individual Note:
        p121: “Albert H. Simpson attended the Delaware Literary Institute at Franklin, N.Y. 1884-85 with Charles H. Beakes.”
        p175: "The spelling of Sidney Centre was changed to 'Sidney Center' August 27, 1897 with Albert H. Simpson as Postmaster." (This was the same date that Albert became Postmaster.)
        p175: "May 8, 1915(WR)--Edward Comstock, the new Postmaster, took possession of the office on May 1st keeping it in the same location where it has been for the past thirty years. A.H. Simpson, who leaves the office after being Postmaster for nearly 18 years--." (The previous paragraph says the Post Office was moved to the Simpson block in 1907 where it apparently stayed for about 30 years.
        p211: "May 8, 1915(SR)--A.H. Simpson who leaves the office after being Postmaster for nearly 18 years, will remain in Sidney Center for the present and is fitting up an office in his residence to use for his Justice of Peace business, etc."
        p265: "July 14, 1915(SE)--Sidney Center suffered greatly from the deluge last Thursday which was one of the most expensive floods causing hundreds of dollars to the crops, especially hay that in many places was totally destroyed...a henhouse containing 40 hens belonging to A.H. Simpson was carried downstream, another was taken off its foundation but lodged against the barn."
        p52: "June 5, 1923--A meeting of the Cemetery Association was held at the home of Albert Youngs last Saturday evening. A committee of 5was appointed to solicit funds and take charge of the work of laying a concrete walk to Highland Cemetery. The committee is composed of A.H. Simpson, Secretary; James Hodges, Treasurer; Albert Youngs, Joseph Mudford and G.E. Holley.”
        WEDDING: From local newspaper, 1900 or 1906: "Hymneal - Simpson-Youngs. About forty relatives and friends assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Youngs in Sidney Centre Thursday, March 29, to witness the marriage of their daughter, Mary A., to Albert H. Simpson. The ceremonies of the occasion were entirely free from formality the couple mingling with the company and visiting until the time for the ceremony, when they took their places under the festoons of evergreens, arranged for the occasion, and were married. The Rev. L.H. Long, of Calicoon Depot, brother-in-law of the bride, was the officiating minister. After the ceremony a beautiful dinner was served and then the happy couple left on train 1 for a short wedding trip. In a few days Mr. and Mrs. Simpson will commence housekeeping in the house of D.R. Southard near the ME Church. Many presents were given the bride and groom and had among their money gifts amounts to quite a sum. Mr, Simpson is Sidney Centre's postmaster and is well known to Delaware County. Miss Youngs was one of Sidney Centre's most highly esteemed young ladies."
        BERT'S LETTER: Letter from A.H. Simpson to his aunt Mary Jane (Simpson Beardsley) Moss in Oregon, undated: "I am still the Postmaster here which takes up part of my time. Mary helps me in the office and we have a boy that helps nights and mornings and goes to school. I can just remember you as you looked the night you started west a good many years ago - Frankie and I were small then - Now we will soon be old folks if we live. I wish we could see you all and some time I intend to come to the Coast - but we can't go anywhere now on account of the Post Office. How are all my cousins getting along? Write me all about them what their business is and how many children they have and everything. I remember soon after Frankie was married we heard her husband had very poor health - Has he gotten all strong? Did any of you get a chance to see the President in his recent trip to the West? I have seen him once. We had strawberry shortcake for dinner today and will have one for tomorrow - but the berries were not grown here - they came from the south. Ours will be ripe in about 10 days. Write soon. Your nephew, A.H. Simpson"
        Bert was active in the Methodist Church and was a loyal Republican. He died in 1915...cause of death - cancer.