Rachel Fay SAMMON (1918-1993)

Updated: 2 Nov 2013

This is the ancestry of my Grandmother Rachel Fay SAMMON, beginning with her immigrant ancestor, James SALMON, born about 1675 possibly in Ireland.

Rachel Faye (SAMMON) ROORK, born 3 May 1918, Iola, Grimes, Texas

Rachel Faye (SAMMON) ROORK, born 3 May 1918, Iola, Grimes, Texas

First Known Generation

1. James SALMON/SAMMONS 1, possible Irish immigrant (not yet verified), was born c 1675; he died 18 Nov 1730 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married Mary. They had children as early as 1695 in VA. That would make James 20 years old at the birth of his first child. Maybe he was born before 1675?

NOTES for James Salmon/Sammons:
Supposedly James was born in Ireland but I have yet to verify this.
I am also looking for records to verify the following information:

“This data was originally posted on RootsWeb:
Descendants of James I Salmon/Sammons
1 James I Salmon/ Sammons b: 1675 d: 22 Mar 1730 or 1731 in Isle of Wight Co. VA
.. +Mary b: 1675 m: Abt. 1693 d: Bef. 1730
….. 2 Anne Sammons b: Bef. 1695
……… +Robert Seat
….. 2 James II Sammons b: 1695 VA d: 1765 Sussex Co VA
……… +Phillis Avey/ Ivey b: 1709 m: VA d: 09 Dec 1765 VA
….. 2 Phillis Sammons b: 1697
….. 2 William Sammons b: 1700
….. 2 Mary Sammons b: 1702
….. 2 Thomas Sammons b: 1704
….. 2 John Sammons b: 1706
….. 2 Sarah Sammons b: 1708″

It is possible that this list of children above was created from the Will of James SALMON:
Page 240


I do make & ordain this to be my last will & testament.
ITEM I give unto my daughter Phyllis Salmon my horse bridle, and saddle
ITEM I give unto William Salmon one gun and two cows and my plantation.
ITEM I give unto my son James Salmon three iron pots and two cheses [chests?] and carpenters tools
and a set of wedges and a pair of fire dogs and all my clothes.
ITEM I give to Mary Salmon one feather bed and furniture.
ITEM I give to John Salmon two cows and a mare and her increase to be divided amongst the children.
ITEM I give to James Salmon Junior two cows. [James SAMMONS, Jr. had a son James born about 1724, he would be about six years old.]
ITEM I give to Sarah Salmon one feather bed.
ITEM I give to John Bass two cows.
I do appoint my son James Salmon the sole Executor of this my last will & testament, as Witness my
hand this 10th day of November 1730.
Witnesses: John Dortich & John Bass.
James (his X mark) Salmon [He could not sign his name.]

At a court held for Isle of Wight County the 22nd day of March 1730/31, the last will and testament of James Salmon, deceased, was presented in court by the executor therein named and being proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto is admitted to record. Test. James Ingles Clk.

Isle of Wight County
Will Book 3, Page 258
A true and perfect inventory & appraisement of the Estate of James Salmon deceased taken and appointed by the subscribers are underwritten this 19th day of April in the year 1731.

2 stears Lb. 1.15.0
2 stears 1.2.0
3 heifers 2.2.0
6 cows and year old 7.10.0
1 horse and bell 4.0.0
one set of sparrow teeth 0.5.0
one set of carpenters tools 0.10.6
one suit of cloths & lott of iron wedges 4.5.0
one suit of cloths 1.10.0
one piece of tiching 0.12.0
1 piece of drugget and triming 0.13.4
1 hat & neehcloth 0.3.6
1 parcel old pewter 0.12.6
1 feather bed & furniture 4.0.0
1 gun 1.0.0
1 parcel of tools 0.7.3
2 cows 2.4.6
2 cows & calves 1.15.0
1 mare 1.5.0
3 hoggs 1.5.0
1 old bed and bolster 1.15.0
3 glass bottles 0.1.0
1 table 0.12.6
2 cheses 0.12.6
1 tankard and 2 candlesticks 0.5.6
1 iron pessle and fire tongs 0.6.9
1 pair of pot racks 0.4.0
1 cain 0.4.0
1 pair of andirons 2.8.9
3 iron potts 1.15.0
1 old saddle & bridle 0.1.6
Owen Myrrick Due to the Estate 0.10.9
Mr. Kinchin Due to the Estate 1.10.0
2 chairs 0.2.6
2 new pewter dishes 0.5.6

Owen (His X mark) Merrick, Timothy Thorp, John Thorp

At a court held for Isle of Wight County the 26 day of April 1731 – The above appraisement of the Estate of James Salmon deceased was presented in Court by the executor and, it is admitted to record. Test. James Ingles Clk.

Leg: daughter, Phillis
To William SALMON
to Mary SALMON
to Thomas SALMON
to John SALMON
to Sarah SALMON
to John BASS
Ex: son James SALMON.
Dated November 18, 1730.
Recorded March 22, 1730/1731.”

Children of James SALMON and Mary:
i. Anne SAMMONS b: Bef. 1695 in VA or ?; m. Robert SEAT {not sure if Anne is
2. ii. James SAMMONS, II (or Jr.), born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, c 1695;
         died 1765 in Sussex County, Virginia.
iii. Phillis SAMMONS, b 1697, Virginia
iv. William SAMMONS, b 1700, Virginia
v. Mary SAMMONS, b 1702, Virginia
vi. Thomas SAMMONS, b 1704, Virginia
vii. John SAMMONS, b 1706, Virginia
viii. Sarah SAMMONS, b 1708, Virginia

Second Generation

2. James SAMMONS, II (or Jr.), (James 1) was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, about 1695; he died in 1765 in Sussex County, Virginia. He married Phillis AVEY (IVEY) in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1724.

Children of James SAMMONS and Phillis AVEY all born in Virginia:
i.  James SAMMONS, III (or Jr.), born about 1724?
3. ii.  William SAMMONS, born 1725 in Brunswick County, Virginia, died 1804 in
         Greenville County, South Carolina.
iii. Avey SAMMONS, b 1727 in Sussex County
iv. John SAMMONS, b 1730; m. Lucretia “Lucy” SEAT; died 1766 in Sussex Co., VA.
v. Thomas SAMMONS, b 1733; m. Mary WOOD; died 1792
vi. Sarah SAMMONS, b 1735
vii. Mary SAMMONS, b 1737
viii. Phillis SAMMONS, b 1739

Third Generation

3. William SAMMONS (James 2, James 1), born 1725 in Brunswick County, Virginia. Died after 5 August 1804 in Greenville County, South Carolina. He married twice. Probable FIRST wife is Annis COMER. She was most likely the mother of his first children. His SECOND wife is Rebecca AVEY and she was not born until 1731 (died 1762) so she would most likely not be the mother of John SAMMONS born 1745.

Probable children of William SAMMONS (he had SIX children according to the will):
 4  i. John SAMMONS, b 1750 VA; d. 1812 Greenville District, South Carolina: Executor
of Will.
ii. Elizabeth SAMMONS, married Mr. BRUCE; relinquished land inheritance to George
SAMMONS for sum of $85.00.
iii. George SAMMONS, mentioned in will, he bought Elizabeth’s share of land for $85.00.
Other names in will:
Hannah Dillingham??
Thomas last name not legible?

The Will of William SAMMONS:
Administration File 7-8
August 5, 1804
In the name of God, amen, I William Sammons being weak of body but sound of mind, etc. etc. Do make etc. Etc.
Item, I give to my grandson Henry Grady [must be son of a daughter?] 50 acres of land lying {illegible} Halifax County, Virginia.
Item. I desire that my negro fellow Gilherd be sold at 12 mos. Credit and with money arising from this sale to be divided between the children of Daniel and Samuel Comer [how related to Annis COMER?]. I desire that all money coming to me be carefully collected and my just debts be paid. I desire that all my estate not mentioned in my will be sold at 12 mos. Credit and the money from {illegible} arising from such sale with the money collected be divided into eight parts and to be divided between my children and such child as has not had land given them by me to draw two such parts. And lastly I nominate my son John Sammons to execute this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of Aug. 1804.

WILLIAM (X) SAMMON [did not or could not write his name]

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Thos. {Illegible} _____, Walker Sammon [ his grandson born to son John 1775], David MacDaniel [how related?], Jno. Sammons.

When the will was taken to probate, Walker Salmon and David McDaniel said they heard William Salmon {illegible} and pronounce the same to be his last will and testament. John Salmon swears he saw the deceased sign the same, the other two only heard him declare that this was his last will and testament and that the said deceased appeared to them to be of sound mind, memory and understanding when they heard him pronounce it was his will. But the other witness (to wit) John Salmon says he thinks he had not much mind, memory and understanding—that this will was subscribed in presence of the testator (only by John Salmon) and published in the presence of all three of said witnesses. Sworn before me on the day and the year [no date given], John Gun(?).

Reasons given by John Sammon why the testator had not sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding.

  • First, this will materially differs from others by said testator made.

Secondly, this will directs that the estate be divided into 8 parts and there is but 6 Legatees or their representatives. This will says “That child who had no land given to it to draw 2 such parts.” There is only one who did not receive land and money was given for that one to buy land.

[Same microfilm]: Halifax County, State of Virginia, March the 2nd, 1805. Got $2.00 from George Salmon against a part of the estate of Wm. Sammon and gave George Salmon rights, etc. Jonathan Grady.

It was witnessed by William Hall and Robt. Terry J.P.

[Same microfilm]: Elizabeth Bruce of Greenville and George Salmon. George Salmon paid her $85. And she gave up any right to any share of the estate of her father William Sammon of the County of Halifax, State of Virginia. Elizabeth (X) Bruce.

Witnesses: Polley Young [his granddaughter through son John born 1775], Hannah Dillingham, Elizabeth (X) Wood.

Fourth Generation

4. John SAMMONS, (William 3, James 2, James 1)
According to the “Heads of Families at the first U.S. Census. VA. By the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (189p.): 60″ there was a John Sammons born in 1750 in Virginia.

1775-1783 – American Revolutionary War Rolls – “John Sammons” “Private” “Roll Box 113 and Roll State VA”

Age 33 – In 1783 a John Sammons was on a tax list in Blackwell Precinct, Princess Anne County, Virginia.
William E. SAMMON

Fifth Generation

5. William E. SAMMON, (John 4, William 3, James 2, James 1):
Birth Research:
Based on him being 65 years old on the 16 Nov 1850 US Census taken in Rusk, Rusk County, Texas, William was born between 17 Nov 1784 and 16 Nov 1785.  The 1850 US Census also reveals that his birthplace was South Carolina, possibly the Greenville District/County where his grandfather and father died.

Marriage Research:
Based on the US Census records it appears that William was probably married twice. William born in about 1785 would have been of marriageable age in about 1806. The 1820 US Census finds William “E” Sammon  on the 7th of August as a head of household which includes one female between the age of 26 and 44 (presumably his wife) and another female aged 45 years and or older (elderly mother or mother in law?). There are four children under the age of ten, two boys and two girls. This would put the four children being born sometime between 8 Aug 1810 and 7 Aug 1820. Sometime after the 1840 US Census William married “Laura.” She is only 50 on the 16 Nov 1850 US Census in Rusk, Rusk County, Texas, that would make her birth date close to 1800, making her too young to be the female on the 1820 and 1840 census with William. The 1850 census also reveals that Laura was born in South Carolina.

7 Aug 1820 US Census in Greenville, South Carolina:
1-male, 26-44, William Sammon, [35 years]
2-males, under 10, John L. Sammon [7 years] and one son unknown
1-female, 45 and over, possible mother or mother-in-law?
1-female, 26-44, Wife
2-females, under 10, two daughters

1840 US Census in Lawrence County, Alabama:
William Sammons, 1-male 50-59, [age 55]
1-male 15-19, Edward Sammons, [age 15]
1-male 10-14, Edwin Sammons, [age10]
1-male 5-9, Theodore Sammons, [age 7]
1-male under 5, Thomas Sammons, [age 3]
1-female 10-14, [Unknown daughter]
1-female 50-59, [William’s wife, not Laura, she would be about 40 years old]

16 Nov 1850 US Census in Rusk, Rusk County, Texas:
Household Number 847:
John L. Sammons, 37, SC, born before 16 Nov 1813 [possible child of Wm. and 1st wife?]
Martha Sammons, 27, Alabama, born before 16 Nov 1823
Laura Sammons, 6, Alabama, born before 16 Nov 1844 [named after William’s 2nd wife?]
William Sammons, 2, Texas born before 16 Nov 1848 [named after Grandpa William?]
Edwin Sammons, 20, farmer, South Carolina, born before 16 Nov 1830 [prob. son of Wm.]

Household Number 848:
William Sammons, 65, SC, born before 16 Nov 1785
Laura Sammons, 50, SC, born before 16 Nov 1800 [not in 1820 or 1840 census!]
Theodore Sammons, 17, SC, born before 16 Nov 1833
Thomas Sammons, 13, SC, born before 16 Nov 1837 [still in South Carolina in 1836-1837]

Household Number 849:
Edward Sammons, 25, SC, born before 16 Nov 1825
Frances Sammons, 18, Alabama, born before 16 Nov 1832

William and Laura Sammon seem to be the patriarch and matriarch of these three households. Looking at the census records most likely William had SIX sons, maybe all by a first wife, and not Laura (b1800), whom is still unknown. I think FIVE of William’s sons traveled with him from South Carolina to Alabama where two of them picked up wives and then all moved on to Rusk County, Texas. These FIVE sons are John L., Edward, Edwin, Theodore and Thomas. Looking at the birth dates and places it appears that family may have migrated from the Greenville District/County of South Carolina after the birth of Thomas to Alabama where they were in the 1840 US Census. They moved on to Rusk County, Texas by 16 Nov 1850. William and Laura were still living and heads of a household in the 16 Nov 1850 US Census in Rusk, Rusk County, Texas.

Children of William E. SAMMON and possibly Laura )if born earlier than 1800) otherwise unknown, all born in South Carolina, probably Greenville County:
i. John L. SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1812 and 17 Nov 1813
6. ii. Edward W. SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1824 and 17 Nov 1825
iii. Edwin SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1829 and 17 Nov 1830
iv. Theodore SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1832 to 17 Nov 1833
v. Thomas SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1836-17 Nov 1837.

Sixth Generation

6. Edward W. SAMMON, (William E. 5, John 4, William 3, James 2, James 1) was born before 16 Nov 1825 in South Carolina, probably Greenville County. He married Frances Elizabeth TERRILL on 3 Feb 1850 in Lawrence County, Alabama. By 16 Nov 1850 they were in residence at Rusk, Rusk County, Texas. They had at least FIVE children.

Children of Edward W. SAMMON and Frances Elizabeth TERRILL:
i. Julius Jabus SAMMON, b 1851 in Rusk County, Texas
ii. William T. SAMMON, b 1854 in Rusk County, Texas
7. iii. John Edward SAMMON, b 1856 in Rusk County, Texas
iv. Frances T. “Fannie” SAMMON, b 1861 in Rusk County, Texas
v. Mary W. SAMMON, b 1865 in Rusk County, Texas

Seventh Generation

7. John Edward SAMMON, (Edward 6, Wm. E. 5, John 4, Wm. 3, James 2, James 1)

85effaaf-076c-4ceb-8d9b-eb1fb0ef6858John Edward Sammon c1892

Eighth Generation

8. John Ellis SAMMON, (John E. 7, Edward 6, Wm. E. 5, John 4, Wm. 3, James 2, James 1) aka “Ellis” SAMMON, was born on 23 Jan 1881 in Grimes County, Texas. He was the son of John Edward SAMMON and Margaret Elizabeth BENNETT.

Children of John Ellis SAMMON and Lillian Priscilla DAVIS:

Ninth Generation

9. Rachel Fay SAMMON, (John E. 8, John E. 7, Edward 6, Wm. E. 5, John 4, Wm. 3, James 2, James 1) was born on her mother’s 37th birthday. Her birth date is 3 May 1918 and her mother was born on 3 May 1881. She was born in the little town of Iola, Grimes County, Texas and was the sixth child and fourth daughter of John Ellis SAMMON and Lillian Priscilla DAVIS On the 30th of January on the 1920 US Federal Census, the family is living in Keith, Grimes, Texas. It does make me wonder if the family actually moved or maybe they were living in Keith when she was born in Iola, possibly at another relative’s home or where there was a midwife or doctor?

Sammon Siblings: Grimes County, Texas, c1925, L-R: Flossie, Adell, Opal, and Rachel Sammon

Sammon Siblings: Grimes County, Texas, c1925, L-R: Flossie, Adell, Opal, and Rachel Sammon

Brady Doward SammonBrady Doward Sammon 8 Jun 1905-12 May 1968, one of my grandma’s brothers.

Miscellaneous Salmon/Sammons Records

6 Responses to Rachel Fay SAMMON (1918-1993)

  1. Janet McLemore says:

    Hi, good job! I have a question: Did Rachel die in 1993 or 1995? You have it listed both ways on your site. Thanks, your cousin Janet

  2. 1993! Thanks for noting that and letting me know! Don’t hesitate to correct me. :)

  3. Kimberly Aston says:

    Hello. I have researching the Sammon part of my ancestry for a long time. My gg-Grandfather was William Ellis Sammon. I have been given to understand his parents were Edward William Sammon and Frances E. Terrill. Do you have information that confirms this and that W.E. Sammon was a brother to your ancestor, John Edward Sammon? Thank you so much.

    • Hi, I do have a William T. Sammon as a brother to my John Edward Sammon. William T. Sammon (the “T” may be for Terrill) was born about 1853/4 possibly in Rusk, Texas. In the 1860 and 1870 US Census he is in Rusk , Texas with his parents Edward W. Sammon and Frances Elizabeth Terrill. By 1880 he is married to Sarah. William T. is my 2nd great grand uncle. :)

    • Janet McLemore says:

      Hi, William Ellis Sammon was a nephew of Edward William Sammon and a cousin of John Edward Sammon. I have a little info on him, if you contact me I would love to compare notes with you. Hope this helps! Janet McLemore

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