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About Leven Simmons

Leven Simmons, born 1 August 1812, in Mead county, Kentucky. Came to Utah 1847, Captain Howell oxteam company. Indian war veteran. Served in Echo Canyon war. Died at Spanish Fork.

Father died when he was 8 and a year later his mother married John Welch who was appointed guardian of Samuel Simmons Estate. Somewhere around 1833. the family moved to Hancock Co., Illinois where he met and married Harriet Bradford Feb. 27,1836. They Joined the Mormons and suffered all of the persecutions of that time. Leven farmed but was a cooper by trade and was kept busy making barrels, tubs, buckets and churns and helped mend wagons. In 1852 they decided to come west with Captain Howell's ox team. They had some encounters with the Indians especially while crossing through Nebraska and arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sept. 26,1852. They settled in Spanish Fork, Utah, Leven married Mrs. Lydia Rebecca Fisher Parsons, a young widow with one daughter on Feb. 21,1856. Leven died Feb. 8,1876 of dropsy and heart trouble at Spanish Fork and was buried there.

Marriages and Children

  1. Harriet Bradford (daughter of George and Sarah Bradford), who was born March 30, 1821, in Jefferson county, Illinois. Their children:
    1. Samuel born 1838, married Gulety Hilman;
    2. Sarah Jane born 1840, married William J. Warren 1853;
    3. Jonathan born 1842, married Betsy Sumerville;
    4. Leven, Jr., born 1844, married Luna Spencer;
    5. Matthew born 1846, married Lyda C. Butler;
    6. Levi born 1848, married Mary Powell;
    7. Lizzie born 1850, married Pratt Pace;
    8. Harriet born 1854, married Hubard Tuttle 1872;
    9. Mariah born 1857, married Andrew Ferguson;
    10. Ammon born 1860, married Elizabeth Thomas 1885;
    11. Albert born September 11, 1866.
  2. Lydia Fisher, Spanish Fork, Utah, in 1856. Their children:
    1. Vard John, married Jennie Steward;
    2. Benjamin F., married Ann Warner;
    3. William R., married Martha Warner;
    4. Andrew J., married Aggie Bellos;
    5. Almond Charles, married Miss Coyle;
    6. Sadie E., married Charles Forsyth;
    7. Fannie E., married Charles Steward.


   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 123
   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1161

Leven Simmons was the son of Samuel Simmons and Elizabeth Scott. He was born August 1, 1812 at what is now Meade county, Kentucky.

Somewhere around 1833 the family moved to Hancock county, Illinois. Here Leven met and married Harriet Bradford February 27, 1836. They lived on a farm about twelve miles from Nauvoo. Leven and Harriet joined the Mormons and suffered all of the persecutions of that time and in 1845 they were driven into Nauvoo by mob violence and their crop was burned. Leven had intended coming west with the first company to leave there, but Orson Pratt needed a team and Leven delivered up his team to him and sold his $1500 farm for $250 and bought another team.

They moved to Pisgah in the spring of 1847, and planted crops. That fall he left the crops for people coming after and moved to Winter Quarters. They later moved to Little Pidgeon, Iowa, and he kept busy making barrels, tubs, buckets and churns and helped mend wagons. In the spring of 1852 they decided to come west with Captain Howell's ox-team company. At Sweetwater River in Nebraska they were forced upstream by swollen waters. After crossing they became lost. The abundance of buffalo in the area kept them alive until they found the trail again.

They arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 26, 1852, but stayed only long enough to rest and then were advised to go on further south to find a home. They stopped in Springville and built a cabin and began farming in the mouth of the canyon.

About 1856, Leven moved his family to a farm about three miles west of Spanish Fork, on the bank of the Spanish Fork River. Leven married Mrs. Lydia Rebecca Fisher Parsons, a young widow with one daughter on February 21, 1856. He built a log cabin for her in Spanish Fork on the opposite end fo the block on which his older home was located. Leven had twelve children by his first wife and eight by his second.

Leven was in several skirmishes with the Indians and served as guard in the Echo Canyon War. He was city councilman in Spanish Fork for a number of years and was mayor of the city from 1863 to 1865. He worked at his trade of cooper along with farming. He was of kindly disposition , a hard-working man, and a good singer.

  • Immigration: 1852 - Deseret, United States
  • Emigration: 1852
  • Military service: Echo Canyon Indian War
  • Residence: Spanish Fork City, Utah Territory, Utah, United States - 1860
  • Residence: Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah Territory, United States - 1860
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Leven Simmons's Timeline

August 1, 1812
King Haven, Meade, Kentucky, United States
December 20, 1836
Age 24
Hancock, Illinois, United States
September 26, 1838
Age 26
Hancock, Illinois, United States
July 8, 1840
Age 27
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
February 22, 1843
Age 30
Hancock, Illinois, United States
May 11, 1845
Age 32
Hancock County, Illinois, United States
October 1, 1847
Age 35
Winter Quarters, Missouri, United States
December 23, 1849
Age 37
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States
May 29, 1853
Age 40
Springfield, Green, Missouri, United States