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SIMMONS, George Washington, son of Robert and Sarah (Ward) Simmons, was born February 17, 1814, in Lower Paxtang township, Dauphin county, Pa. His father was a native of Paxtang, of English ancestry, and died about 1859, aged seventy-five years. He married Sarah, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Whitley) Ward. She died at Dauphin at the age of seventy-three. The children of Robert Simmons and his wife Sarah Ward were, George Washington, John, Jane, who married Samuel Fertig, Matilda, who married a Mr. McCollough, Robert, and Mary, who married Revere Hetzel. George W. passed his early years on his father's farm, came to Harrisburg in 1831, and learned chair-making with George W. Boyd. After serving his apprenticeship, he began business for himself, which he carried on about ten years. He was for three years in charge of a packet-boat on the Pennsylvania canal, and from 1849 to 1862, a baggage-master on the Pennsylvania railroad. He was subsequently elected warden of the Dauphin county prison, a position he filled fourteen years, when he retired from active life. Mr. Simmons married, in 1836, Elizabeth Bates, of Middle Paxtang, and their children were: John, who died at Philadelphia in 1881, William Henry, Major Oliver, Annie, Martha, who married Nelson Kilgore, and Frank.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Becky Tuszynski for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 12 Nov 2000

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