John Picklesimer (deceased)

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About John Picklesimer

John P. Simer was born about 1795. Many notations has shown Buncombe County, North Carolina as the place of his birth. However, it is most likely that his father was Henry Picklesimer who was starting a family in nearby Pendleton District, South Carolina. Pendleton District was formed in 1789 from wilderness lands in the Northwest corner of South Carolina, bordering North Carolina, that at the time was still considered Indian Territory occupied by the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee Indians lived in this region long before the American Revolution. It was the Cherokee's choice to side with Great Britain during the war for independence, which led to the loss of their land in what is now the northwest corner of South Carolina. In 1791 Buncombe County was formed from several surrounding counties and occupied the Southwest corner of North Carolina. Somewhere in these areas the Simer's were settling and it is easy to see why there may have been some confusion as to which state John P. Simer was actually born in.

At the time the Simer name was actually Picklesimer. Its been speculated that the names origins may have come from the area of Germany where the family originated from, possibly meaning Simer of Pickle. Other ideas being circulated claim the name is not an origin but rather a profession, possibly barrel making. During John P. Simer's life he has used the notation Picklesimer, P'Simer and P.Simer. These are common spellings of the name that can be found in many of the Picklesimer families that still use the name today. John's children sometimes would use the P'Simer or P. Simer name but by John's grandchildren it was shorted to just Simer.

He married Elizabeth LOVE around 1815 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

John Picklesimer and his wife Elizabeth Love and their family immigrated from Buncombe County to Tennessee when their son J. Riley was between ten and twelve years old[1835]. They came to Illinois and settled in Marion County close to the county line, East of Kell, Illinois. They came with a Baptist minister and family by the name of Keele. They settled close together. Tradition has it that the young people walked and herded the cattle all the way to Illinois. Being both girls and boys a lo of fun was had along the way. John Picklesimer's family had belonged to the Quaker faith - when they arrived in Illinis they join the Baptist chuch, for which ac the family renounced him and all contact was lost with the family in North Carolina. Pleasant Hill Baptist church was organized about 1850-1852. It was formed in a log cabin and the first preacher was Elder James Keele. The present church was built in 1867, is a frame 34x40 feet, and cost $1375.00. It is located near Mt. Vernon, Rome Township, Jefferson County, Illinois.