Francis L. Simon

Francis Lafayette Simon Born September 4, 1856 in Athens, Ohio Died January 1, 1929 in Westmoreland, Kansas Married Jennie Kandis Dinwiddie February 16, 1885 in Westmoreland, KS View the ancestors of Francis Lafayette Simon here. Pedigree Chart for Francis Lafayette Simon Parents: Frederick Auguste Simon Sarah Emeline Benton Children: Bertha Rebecca Simon Walter Scott Simon Nannie Belle Simon Sarah Elizabeth Simon Alice Lola Simon Mollie Goodren Simon Francis Lewis Simon Hallie Grace Simon Frank came to Kansas with his parents and siblings in 1869. They settled in Neuchatel in Nemaha County. Frank and his wife, Jennie, cooked for the railroad crew in Graham County and western Kansas. They herded cattle on the plains of western Kansas when Bertha was a baby. One day while Jennie and the baby were in the covered wagon in which they lived, the cattle stampeded and Jennie was sure the wagon would be tipped over and they would be trampled to death. But the cattle went around the wagon and it stood. Frank and Jennie moved many times, attested by the birth places of their children. Frank farmed and worked for farmers in the Onaga area. He also worked with his son-in-law, Charles Bairow, in the flour mill in Westmoreland; and with another son-in-law, George Miller, when Miller and Hause did custom threshing with a steam engine. From Old Settlers' Tales by F.F. Crevecoeur: "Frank went to Illinois with his uncle, Mr. Benton, in 1874. Mr. Simon (August) sold out to L. J. Glover in 1875, and moved back to Illinois. His sons Ed and Frank, came back to this locality, in 1877, stayed a year, and then went back to Illinois and stayed that winter, and the next spring they came back to Kansas, with their parents and their brother, Fred."

Sarah E. Benton

Spouses of the Simon Children: Jake Graf, Henry Hedke, Charles Bairow, Bertha Brockish, Jesse Schlegel, Mabel Corrick, George Miller, John Wright (not sure about order)

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