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
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Date of Transcription: 12 Nov 2000
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