Published On: 1 May 2012
Updated/Edited: 3 May 2016
Variations of Surname on Records: Salmon, Sammon, Sammons, Simmons
Descendants and Researchers:
Janet (Sammon) McLemore – firstname.lastname@example.org – Direct Descendant
Lois (Roork) Kessler – Direct Descendant
Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust – email@example.com – Granddaughter
This is the ancestry of Gran’s Grandmother Rachel Faye Sammon, beginning with her immigrant ancestor, James Salmon, born possibly in Ireland about 1675.
First Known Generation in America
(Gran’s 8th Great-Grandfather)
1. JAMES¹ SALMON, possible Irish immigrant (not yet verified), was born about 1675 and he died in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia after 18 Nov 1730 (date of will) and before 22 March 1731 (probate of will). He married MARY (_____). They had children as early as 1695 in Virginia. That would make James 20 years old at the birth of his first child. Maybe he was born before 1675?
Biographical Notes: The Salmon family was originally from Britain, very likely England or Ireland, but still to be proven. The name was originally Salmon but changed over time to Sammon without an “s”. The children’s names below were found in the will of James Salmon. See: Last Will and Testament of James Salmon.
Children of James and Mary (_____) Salmon:
2. i. ANNE² SALMON b. in VA or ? bef. 1695; m. ROBERT SEAT [not positive if Anne is daughter.]
2. ii. JAMES² SALMON, II (or Jr.)+, b. in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, c1695; died in Sussex County, Virginia in 1765; m. PHILLIS AVEY/IVEY.
2. iii. PHILLIS² SALMON, born in Virginia in 1697
2. iv. WILLIAM² SALMON, born in Virginia in 1700
2. v. MARY² SALMON, born in Virginia in 1702
2. vi. THOMAS² SALMON, born in Virginia in 1704
2. vii. JOHN² SALMON, born in Virginia in 1706
2. viii. SARAH² SALMON, born in Virginia in 1708
(Gran’s 7th Great-Grandfather)
2. ii. JAMES² SALMON, II (or Jr.), (James¹) was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, about 1695 and he died in Sussex County, Virginia in 1765. He married in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1724, PHILLIS AVEY/IVEY.
Children of James and Phillis (Avey) Salmon, all born in Virginia:
3. i. JAMES³ SALMON, III (or Jr.), born about 1724?
3. ii. WILLIAM³ SALMON+, b. in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1725 , d.in
Greenville County, South Carolina in 1804.
3. iii. AVEY SALMON, b 1727 in Sussex County
3. iv. JOHN SALMON, b. in 1730; d. in Sussex Co., VA in 1766; m. LUCRETIA”Lucy” SEAT.
3. v. THOMAS SALMON, b 1733; d. in 1792; m. MARY WOOD.
3. vi. SARAH SALMON, b 1735
3. vii. MARY SALMON, b 1737
3. viii. PHILLIS SALMON, b 1739
(Gran’s 6th Great-Grandfather)
3. WILLIAM³ SALMON/SAMMON (James², James¹), was born in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1725 and died in Greenville County, South Carolina after 5 August 1804. He married twice. Probable first wife was 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 Sammon born 1745.
William Salmon apparently didn’t or couldn’t write his name and from this generation down there are multiple spellings of Salmon. According to the will William had SIX legatees or representatives, meaning six biological children/heirs. I have only found three children.
See: Last Will and Testament of William Salmon/Sammon/Sammons.
Probable children of William Salmon:
4. i. JOHN4 SAMMON+, born in Virginia about 1750 and died in the Greenville District, South Carolina in 1812: Executor of Will.
4. ii. ELIZABETH4 SAMMONS, married Mr. BRUCE; relinquished land inheritance to George SAMMONS for sum of $85.00.
4. iii. GEORGE4 SAMMONS, mentioned in will, he bought Elizabeth’s share of land for $85.00.
(Gran’s 5th Great-Grandfather)
4. JOHN4 SALMON/SAMMONS, (William³, James², James¹) was born in Virginia about 1750 and died in the Green District, South Carolina in 1812. He married at Nottoway, Nottoway, Virginia in 1792, ELIZABETH “BETTY” WALKER.
SEE: John Sammon will 1812
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
Children of John and Elizabeth (Walker) Sammon: (Need more research on the children.)
5. i. SUSANNA SAMMON, born in 1767 and died in 1844.
5. ii. EDWARD SAMMON, born in 1769.
5. iii. RICHARD SAMMON, was born in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Virginia on 18 Feb 1771.
5. iv. SARAH “SALLY” SAMMON, was born in 1773
5. v. MARY SAMMON, was born in 1774 and died in Greenville District, South Carolina on 3 Aug 1847.
5. vi. WALKER SAMMON, was born in Amelia County, Virginia in 1775 and died in Travelers Rest, Greenville County, South Carolina.
5. vii. NANCY SAMMON, was born Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Virginia on 5 Oct 1777 and died in Spartanburg County, South Carolina on 15 May 1855.
5. viii. JANE “JANEY” SAMMON, born in Virginia in 1777 (TWIN???)
5. ix. JOHN B. SAMMON, was born in Caswell County, South Carolina and died in Gwinett County, Georgia on 12 Sep 1850.
5. x. PATSY SAMMON, was born in Virginia and died in Greenville County after 1812.
5. xi. BARBARA WILLIAMS SAMMON, born in Greenville County, South Carolina about 1784 and died in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana on 1 Jan 1869. She married ROBERT BURWELL MOORE.
5. xii. WILLIAM E. SAMMON+, was born in Virginia on 18 Jul 1786 and died in Texas after 1850.
(Gran’s 4th Great-Grandfather)
5. xii. WILLIAM E.5 SALMON/SAMMON, (John4, William³, James², James¹) was born in Virginia on 18 July 1786 and died in Texas after 1850. He married, first, before 1810, UNKNOWN (_____). He married, second, LAURA (_____).
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.
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. and possibly Laura (_____) Sammon, (if born earlier than 1800) otherwise unknown, all born in South Carolina, probably Greenville County:
6. i. JOHN LEWIS6 SAMMON+, born between 17 Nov 1812 and 17 Nov 1813; d. in Rusk County, Texas on 25 May 1880; m. in 1844, MARTHA LINCHICUM.
6. ii. EDWARD W.6 SAMMON+, born between 17 Nov 1824 and 17 Nov 1825
6. iii. EDWIN SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1829 and 17 Nov 1830
6. iv. THEODORE SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1832 to 17 Nov 1833
6. v. THOMAS SAMMON, born between 17 Nov 1836-17 Nov 1837.
(Gran’s 3rd Great-Grandfather)
6. EDWARD W.6 SAMMON, (William E.5, John4, William³, James², James¹) was born in South Carolina, probably Greenville County before 16 Nov 1825. He married in Lawrence County, Alabama on 3 Feb 1850, FRANCES ELIZABETH TERRILL.
By 16 Nov 1850 they were in residence at Rusk, Rusk County, Texas. They had at least FIVE children.
Children of Edward W. and Frances Elizabeth (Terrill) Sammon:
7. i. JULIUS JABUS7 SAMMON, b in Rusk County, Texas in 1851
7. ii. WILLIAM T.7 SAMMON, b in Rusk County, Texas in 1854
7. iii. JOHN EDWARD7 SALMON+, b in Rusk County, Texas in 1856
7. iv. FRANCES T. “Fannie” SAMMON, b in Rusk County, Texas in 1861
7. v. MARY W. SAMMON, b in Rusk County, Texas in 1865
7. JOHN EDWARD7 SALMON, (Edward6, Wm. E.5, John4, Wm.³, James², James¹) was born in Rusk County, Texas in 1856. He married, first, MARGARET ELIZABETH BENNETT, and with her had FIVE children. He then married THREE more times! Maybe in this order: Emma Seapoul, Ada Belle (Manning) Crenshaw (widow), and then Mary Catherine Terry. I am still working on the dates and order of the last three marriages. I also think that the name should either be Salmon or Sammon but not plural Sammons.
Children of John Edward and Margaret Elizabeth (Bennett) Sammon:
8. i. WILLIAM TERRILL8 SALMON/SAMMON,
8. ii. JOHN ELLIS8 SAMMON, b. in Grimes County, Texas on 23 Jan 1881.
8. iii. FRANCES ELIZABETH SALMON/SAMMON, b. in Texas in 1884
8. iv. LYDA ELIZA CLEMENTINE SALMON/SAMMON, b. in Texas in 1888
8. v. RUBIN WILLIS BENNETT SALMON/SAMMON, b. in Texas in 1890
8. JOHN ELLIS8 SAMMON, (John E.7, Edward6, Wm. E.5, John4, Wm.³, James², James¹) aka “Ellis” SAMMON, was born in Grimes County, Texas on 23 Jan 1881 and died at Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma on 5 Apr 1961. He married, first, at (possibly Madisonville) Madison County, Texas on 30 Jul 1902, LILLIAN PRISCILLA DAVIS.
DAVIS, Lillie – SAMMON, J. E. – 30 Jul 1902 – Book: E Page: 42
Marriage Book E, Madison County, Texas 1901-1906
Children of John Ellis and Lillian Priscilla (Davis) Sammon:
9. i. BRADY DOWARD9 SAMMON, was born near Keith, Grimes County, Texas on 8 Jun 1905 and died at Dallas, Dallas, Texas in 1968.
9. ii. HOLLIE DAVIS SAMMON, was born in Texas about 1907 and died at Shreveport, Louisiana on 26 Apr 1947.
9. iii. JOSIE W. SAMMON, b. Texas in 1910 and died before 1920 US Census?
9. iv. OPAL SAMMON, b. in Texas about 1913
9. v. FLOSSIE SAMMON, b. in Texas about 1916; m. Mr. VANDIVER
9. vi. RACHEL FAY9 SAMMON+, b. at Iola, Grimes, Texas on 3 May 1918.
9. vii. ADELL ERNEST SAMMON, b. at Iola, Grimes, Texas on 24 Sep 1920
9. vi. RACHEL FAYE9 SAMMON, (John E.8, John E.7, Edward6, Wm. E.5, John4, Wm.³, James², James¹) was born at Iola, Grimes County, Texas on 3 May 1881 (her mother’s 37th birthday). On the 30th of January on the 1920 US Federal Census, the family is living at Keith in Grimes County, Texas. It does make me wonder if the family actually moved or maybe they were living in Keith when she was born at Iola, possibly at another relative’s home or where there was a midwife or doctor?
Rachel Fay Sammon about 1933? Age 15? Texas
SOURCES AND NOTES:
2 November 1798 Nottoway County – Marriages from Chancery Suits — Order Books 1 and 2, 1793-1801, p. 226, 2 November 1798. Benjamin Jones married Mary Walker, dau. of Thomas; John Sammons married Betty Walker, dau. of Thomas; Hooper married Susanna Walker, dau. of Thomas; Matthew Williams married Barbara Walker, dau. of Thomas;.David Wood married Pattey Walker, dau. of Thomas; and, Jacob Wray married Elizabeth, dau. of John.
By Tommie Clayton October 27, 2003 at 08:56:03
In reply to: Salmon Family – Greenville, SC/Rusk County, TX
Hope Coslett Pees 7/22/03:
“Hope…add to this list another child, Laura Francis Salmon, born 24 FEB 1847 in AL; she is listed with this family in the 1860 Census, Rusk Co., Texas, M653-1304, Pg. 288A.Laura was my maternal great grandmother.Also on the same page you’ll find Martha Linthicum’s parents, Byrd and Susan Booker Linthicum.The 1850 Census, Rusk Co., shows Salmons,Linthicum and Birdwell families.
Laura F. Salmon (Mrs. Benjamin F. Birdwell) died 4 ARP 1912
and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Gainsville, Cooke
Co., Texas.I have more detailed information, just contact me.
Another interesting posting in the forum is message 1095, subject “1893 funeral in north Texas”…this says a Mrs. Salmon, mother of Mrs. S.E. Galloway died at ther home in Gainesville…this has to be in the same family, perhaps
Martha Linthicum Salmon?
I have bits & pieces collected from the research and postings of others that need to be verified in Rusk Co. if at all possible.What do you have and what is your connection in the family?”
Salmon/Sammon Family Records – Last Will and Testaments Plus more!
McClain Notes – Rootsweb: Misc. Salmon/Sammons Records (Records to be followed up!)