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Sarah Simmons (unknown)

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death: October 27, 1675 (65-73)
West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown father of Sarah Simmons and unknown mother of Sarah Simmons
Wife of Moses Simmons, of Duxbury
Mother of Moses Simmons; Rebecca Soule; Mary Alden; John Simmons, of Duxbury; Sarah Nash and 2 others

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About Sarah Simmons

Parents: Roger Chandler, Isabella Chandler (born Chilton).

Not the same as Sarah Leonard

  • * NOTE: She does appear the same person as above; as she reportedly married at least twice: first to Leonard and secondly to Moses Simmons/Symonton, which would give her the Simmons name, and thus after her marriage to Joseph ALDEN ( son of John ALDEN), makes sense of her name prior to marrying Joseph ALDEN. Her mother was very likely --as per sources indicating this, Isabell CHILTON (dau. of James CHILTON (of Lyonel, of Mayflower passengers, the oldest of those passengers, who other daughter was Mary CHILTON WINSLOW). Isabell/ Isabella married Roger CHANDLER/Chandelaer/Chaundler (of Dutch origin), so hence the spelling variations).

From History of the Simmons Family from Moses Simmons, 1st. (Moyses Symonson), Ship Fortune 1621 by Lorenzo Albert Simmons Lincoln, Nebraska 1930

Moses Simmons was married, (probably in Duxbury) about 1632 to Sarah b.1616 in the Netherlands (most of the early writers think she was Sarah Chandler, daughter of Roger Chandler, but no definite record obtainable.) "Moses Simmons married Sarah in 1632 in Duxbury. She was thought to be the daughter of Roger Chandler, but that has been disproved."

The Children of Moses and Sarah were:

  1. Moses, who married Patience Barstow about 1662.
  2. Rebecca, who married John Soul 2 (Son of George 1)
  3. Mary, who married Joseph Alden, 1654.
  4. Elizabeth, second wife of Richard Dwelley.
  5. Aaron, who married Mary Woodworth, 1677
  6. Sarah, who married James Nash of Duxbury.
  7. John, who married Mercy Paebody, 1669.


  • The ancestry of John Simmons : founder of Simmons college by Rowe, Henry Sherburne, comp
  • MOSES SIMMONS, the Immigrant Ancestor of John Simmons, was probably born in England, his family of English origin.
  • He went to Holland with the Pilgrims and sailed from Leyden, in 1621, in the ship Fortune, one of the second party of Pilgrims.
  • In 1607, the Pilgrims began to go from England to Holland. In 1617, they had increased in number and thought of going to America. They sent a committee to England, consisting of William Bradford and Robert Cushman, to procure a grant of land in America. The grant was obtained in 1619.
  • .... etc.
  • Each of the thirty-five Pilgrims who came in the Fortune received a land grant of one acre of land in Plymouth, in 1623. Moses Simmons was one of the thirty-five.
  • On May 22, 1627, Moses Simmons received an unmarried man's share of a Division Grant of land in Plymouth, so he must have been of age and unmarried at that time.
  • Moses Simmons must have been a man of considerable importance in the colony. In addition to the grants of land in Plymouth, in 1623 and 1627, re received a grant of forty acres in Duxbury in 1638 and a grant of land in Bridgewater in 1645.
  • .... etc.
  • He was taxed in Duxbury, in 1633, and continued to live there until his death in 1689. .... etc.
  • John Simmons, son of the first Moses, had land granted him in Duxbury, in 1686.
  • .... etc.
  • Moses Simmons, the Immigrant, died in Duxbury, in 1689. His will, dated June 17, 1689, was as follows:
  • .... etc.
  • This will was filed September 15, 1691. .... etc.
  • His oldest son, Moses, died in 1676, before the will was made. His oldest child, Rebecca, who married John Soule in 1655, must have died before 1680, when John Soule married a second wife, so was living at the time the will was made.
  • It have been said that the Immigrant, Moses Simmons, had a son Thomas. In a forty years' study of the Moses Simmons family, I have failed to find any reliable record that the first Moses Simmons had a son Thomas.
  • .... etc.
  • 1. MOSES SIMMONS, the immigrant ancestor, married Sarah * —— , (maiden name not known) after May 22, 1627, when Moses received an unmarried man's share of land grant in Plymouth. Moses died in Duxbury, in 1689. His will, dated June 17, 1689, was allowed in Court on September 15, 1691. Sarah must have died before June 17, 1689, as she was not mentioned in the will.
  • Their children, all born in Duxbury, were:
    • 1. Rebecca, born about 1635, married John Soule, son of George Soule of the Mayflower, in 1655. Rebecca died before 1680, when John Soule married a second wife, Esther (Nash) Sampson, widow of Samuel Sampson, who was killed in King Philip's War in 1678. Esther was born in 1639 and died September 12, 1735. John Soule was born in 1632 and died in 1707.
    • 2. Moses, born about 1640, married Patience Barstow of Scituate, in 1665. She was the daughter of William and Ann Barstow, born October 3, 1643. William Barstow came to Scituart in the Truelove in 1635. Moses Simmons died in 1676. His will was dated March 7, 1676, and recorded December 17, 1676. Patience married, second, Samuel Baker of Marshfield, February 21, 1678. hed died in 1699, in Duxbury.
    • 3. John, born about 1642, married November 16, 1669, Mercery Pabodie,† daughter of William ‡ and Elizabeth (Alden) Pabodie
    • * The maiden family name of 'Sarah,' wife of the immigrant MOSES SIMMONS, is not known at the present time. The Town Records of Duxbury, previous to 1666, were destroyed by fire, so that the exact date of birth of the children of Moses Simmons, the immigrant, and his wife Sarah, are not now known. The first entries in the existing Records of Duxbury were made by William Pabodie, who was Town Clerk of Duxbury in 1666.
    • † Mercy Pabodie, daughter of William and Elizabeth A. Pabodie, born January 2, 1649, in Duxbury, married John Simmons, November 16, 1669, in Duxbury. William Pabodie died December 13, 1707, in Little Compton. He went from Duxbury to Little Compton, R.I., in 1684.
    • ‡ William Pabodie was born in 1620, the son of John Pabodie. On December 20, 1644, in Duxbury, William Pabodie was married to Elizabeth Alden, daughter of
    • John Alden. Elizabeth was born in Plymouth, Mass., in 1625 and died May 31, 1717, in Little Compton, R.I.
    • and grand-daughter of John Alden. She was born in Duxbury, January 2, 1649. They went to Little Compton, R.I., to live, in 1684. John died in 1715; his will was dated February 11, 1715, and was recorded February 9, 1716, when Mercy was appointed administratrix. Mercy died in 1728; her will, dated September 26, 1728, was recorded November 8, 1728. John was Town Clerk of Duxbury in 1683. He had a grant of land in Duxbury, in 1685.
    • 4. Mary, born aout 1644, married in 1664, Joseph Alden who was born in Plymouth, in 1624, son of John and Priscilla (Mullens) Alden. Joseph Alden died in Bridgewater, February 8, 1697. Mary died after June 17, 1689, the date of her father's will.
    • 5. Aaron, born about 1646, married Mary Woodworth, December 24, 1677, in Scituate. Mary was daughter of Walter Woodworth, born March 10, 1651. They lived in Scituate. Aaron died after June 17, 1689.
    • 6. Elizabeth, born about 1648, married Richard Dwelley, before 1689, his second wife. Dwelley's first wife was Eams Glass whom he married in Scituate, April 4, 1682.
    • 7. Sarah, born about 1650, married James Nash, Jr., of Weymouth, and they lived there. Sarah died after June 17, 1689. Sarah and James Nash, Jr., had one child, Sarah, born April 21, 1669.
  • 2. Moses Simmons (1-2), married Patience Barstow.
  • Children, all born in Scituate:
    • .... etc.


  • Sprague's Journal of Maine History, Volume 7
  • The early records have revealed little regarding the ancestry of Moses Simmons (formerly written Moyses Symonson, also Simonson, Symons, Simons), who came in the ship "Fortune" in 1621. Some one has suggested that Moyses Symonson may belong to the same family as Samuel Symonson who came to New York in 1640 and whose ancestors have been traced back two hundred years. There appears to be some basis for this Dutch ancestry theory since all the early accounts state that Moses Simmons was born in Leyden, Holland, of Dutch parents, and Edward Winslow wrote that "Moses Simmons was a child of one that was in communion with the Dutch Church at Leyden, and as being admitted into Church fellowship at Plymouth in New England and his children also to Baptism as well as our own."
  • The members of the Simonson family in New England soon dropped the "on" and some added an "m," giving the name the present spelling. This change in spelling together with the fact that there are many of the same name in England has led some to believe that the Simmons family is of English origin, possibly connected with Symonds or Simonds of Dorcet, Somerset, Gloucester,
  • Norfolk, etc. There was a Roger Simmons, a probable member of the Pilgrim Church at Leyden, Holland. His ancestry may throw some light on the antecedents of the American Simmons family.
  • It is known that Moses Simmons came to Plymouth, Mass., in the ship "Fortune" in 1621 and had land allotted to him. .... etc.
  • Moses Simmons was a surveyor in Duxbury in 1657 and 1662; was one of the original purchasers of "Old Dartmouth" (New Bedford) and in 1662 one of the proprietors of Middleborough, his lot being the 18th 'bounded with a red oak and a Walnut tree Marked ;' "October 25, 1668, on jury to settle difference between Winslow brothers."
  • .... etc.
  • I have read the statement that Thomas of Scituate, Mass., whom Davis, Barry, Mitchell, and Winsor give as son of Moses Simons, was a brother, and that John of Freetown was a cousin, also that Moses Simmons was not married in 1627. I have seen no records that would verify this statement. But I do believe, after investigating, that Moses (1) and Moses, Jr. (2) as given by earlier writers are one and the same. Therefore I give here Moses Simmons who married Sarah ( —— ) and came in the "Fortune" 1621 and died "very aged" in 1689. (Probably 1691 Sept.) as an inventory was made Sept. 10, and psented Sept. 15, 1691.
  • The will of Moses Simmons follows :
  • .... etc .
  • The children of Moses Simmons and Sarah ( —— ) were:
    • Rebecca Simmons (Eldest daughter) M. (about 1655) John Soul (George1).
    • Mary Simmons M. (about 1664) Joseph Alden.
    • Elizabeth Simmons M. (about 1690) Richard Dwelley.
    • Aaron Simmons ——
    • Sarah Simmons M. James Nash.
    • John Simmons M. Nov. 16, 1669, Mercy Pabodie.
  • Note — 1673 (Winslow Gov) Ply. Col. Rec. Richard Sutton of Roxberry, made a complaint against a Moses Symons and wife
  • Sarah for not allowing their daughter Elizabeth to marry him (Elizabeth having promised). The Court let Moses Symons pay Sutton 3£ for time spent around the premises and Elizabeth and Sutton were released from their engagement.
  • .... etc.


  • Sarah Simmons
  • Birth: Oct. 15, 1622, Netherlands
  • Death: Oct. 27, 1675 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Born in Leyden
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
* Roger Chandler (1580 - 1665)
  • Spouse:
  • Moses Simmons (1604 - 1691)*
  • Children:
    • Rebecca Simmons Soule (1635 - 1678)*
    • Mary Simmons Alden (1638 - 1697)*
    • John Simmons (1644 - 1715)*
    • Aaron Simmons (1650 - 1718)*
  • Siblings:
  • Sarah Chandler Leonard (1622 - 1675)*
  • Sarah Simmons (1622 - 1675)
  • Martha Chandler Bundy (1628 - 1674)*
  • Roger Chandler (1637 - 1717)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 72422527
  • From:


  • SIMMONS, Moses
  • b. 1 JAN 1603/4 Holland
  • d. 15 SEP 1691 Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1637
  • Spouse: CHANDLER, Sarah
  • Children:
    • SIMMONS, Aaron
    • SIMMONS, Elizabeth
    • SIMMONS, Mary
    • SIMMONS, Moses
    • SIMMONS, Sarah
    • SIMMONS, John
  • From:


  • Sarah Chandler1
  • F, #119532, b. circa 1616, d. 27 October 1675
  • Father Roger Chandler2 b. 4 Apr 1580, d. 3 Oct 1665
  • Mother Isabella Chilton2 b. 15 Jan 1587
  • Sarah Chandler was born circa 1616 at Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands.1 She married Moses Simmons, son of William Simmons and Ann, circa 1637.1,2 Sarah Chandler died on 27 October 1675 at Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.1
  • Family Moses Simmons b. c 1604, d. 15 Sep 1691
  • Child
    • John Simmons+1 b. c 1647, d. 9 Feb 1716
  • Citations
  • [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 674.
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From:


Appears she was married 3 times - John, Mosses (my grandfather) and Edmund. She had 6 children with John and 10 with Moses


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Sarah Simmons's Timeline

Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Age 29
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Age 29
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 35
Age 38
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 43
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
March 10, 1650
Age 44
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 45
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
October 27, 1675
Age 69
West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts