Newit Sammons

Children of Newit Sammons
(Assumed Son of James III Sammons)
1  Newit Sammons b: Abt. 1749 Probably VA	d: 1838-1839 Williamson Co TN
.. +Claramon(d) Lawrence b 1760-1770 d aft 1830 census & bef Newit died 
    m: 13 Feb 1787 Greensville Co VA	
.....	2  	Richard Sammons	b 1789-1791	
.....	2  	John Sammons b 14 Apr 1793 	
.....	2  	Polly Sammons b 1794-1795			
.........		+Archer Hays			
.....	2  	Margaret M Sammons b 1796-1797			
.........		+Phillip Hodge		m: 29 Apr 1819 Williamson Co TN 
			 by: Horatio Burns Bondsman: Solomon Berson	
.....	2  	Edmund Sammons	b: 1797-1799 VA	d: 1857 Schuyler Co MO
.........		+Ann Mariah Hays b: 1810 Rutherford Co TN m: Oct 1826 
			 Williamson Co TN d: 01 Apr 1899 Joetta IL-Hancock Co
.....	2  	Watson Sammons	b: 1800 VA		
.........		+Lacy Dunn		m: 21 Oct 1830 Rutherford Co TN	
.....	2   *** George G. Sammons b: 05 Jul 1803 TN d: 27 Oct 1873 Schuyler Co MO
.........	+Sarah Bell b:27 Oct 1810 IL m:23 Oct 1828 Morgan Co IL 
		 d:12 May 1855
.....	2  	Abner Sammons	b: 1804 VA		

*** Go to Sammons page for numerous documents of George & Sarah Bell.

William G Stewart answered a querry of Charlotte Ramsey, on 8 Jan 1998, that he has 
Newit Sammons Revolutionary War Pension records.  He says Newit's wife is Claramon(d) 
Lawrence, of the Lawrence family in Virginia.

William G Stewart is descended from Edmund Sammons, the brother of Charlotte Ramsey's 
George Sammons.  He says that the Sammons line starts in Virginia' going thru 
Tennessee; to Morgan IL, then Hancock Co IL to Schuyler Co MO.  Then to points west--
primarily Rooks Co KS, with one line going to Nebraska to South Dakota to Montana.

So, when did the first Sammons arrive in the US?   There is no absolutely solid 
information on this and there are contradictions in the information available.  Mary 
Lou (Sammons) Martin relayed to William an unsubstantiated tale that three Sammons 
brothers got in trouble in England and came to Virginia about 1690.  One of the three 
allegedly went north, possibly to New York, while the other two stayed in Virginia.  
At the same time, the large cluster of Sammons in upper New York State seems to have 
descended from an emigrant from Holland around the mid-1600's and the documentation 
on this seems pretty sound but yet another document states that they descended from 
one Richard Sammons from England.  This merely illustrates the difficulties of getting 
substantiated and non-contradictory facts in genealogical research and the never-
ending need to keep plugging away. Nonetheless it is quite likely that some of these 
branches ultimately sprang from the same or related ancestors sometime in the 1600's.
     There were certainly some Sammons in Virginia, Some, including Newit Sammons, 
who probably is the progenitor of our "clan," headed west to Kentucky.  Others had 
gone south to North Carolina and from there some went west and some went on further 
south.  In any case the "common origin" of the Sammons is an intriguing subject and 
with some luck may become somewhat clearer as research in the future goes ahead.
Chapter 1: "Our" Sammons'
     The Sammons family that is the subject of this booklet springs from Sammons 
forebears who were in the midst of the broad westward migration from the original 
colonies, particularly Virginia.  In the post-Revolutionary War days, as the 
Kentucky and Tennessee territories became more demarcated and more open for 
settlement, there was a vigorous move to the west, particularly from Virginia.  
There were a number of Sammons' in Virginia, and more specifically, southern Virginia.  
Early census records, and deed abstracts show several families living in that area.  
Some of the Sammons' (and others such as the Legrand's) were very much a part of this 
historic westward movement, a movement that continued on from Tennessee and Kentucky 
in later years.  The Sammons typified the small farmer continually moving westward 
generation by generation in search of new land.
       There is very strong documentary evidence (that Charlotte Ramsey sent from a 
page from George Sammons bible) that one Newit Sammons is the progenitor of the "our" 
Sammons in Rooks County, as well as some who stayed in Illinois and others who moved 
onward to Montana and the northwest. Newit Sammons served in the Revolutionary War 
as a militiaman called up periodically for service in Virginia militias from the 
Brunswick County area -- part of Brunswick County later became Greenesville County -- 
in southern Virginia on the North Carolina border.  He served periodic short terms 
of service, typically about 6 weeks, was discharged, and then called up again.  A 
private with no record of unusual service, he nonetheless was witness to U. S. 
history in the making.  On one of his call-ups, he was marched north to the James 
River area where he noted that his units merged with troops under the command of 
General Washington.  Finally, in his last term of service, he recorded being at the 
battle of Yorktown where "Lord Corn Wallace [Cornwallis]" was defeated setting the 
stage for the British surrender.

     After the war was over, Newit married one Claramon[d?] Lawrence in Greenesville 
County VA on 13 February 1787,  Her family connections constitute some of the 
circumstantial evidence for the presumption that Newit is our ancestor.  Her father 
seems to have been a John Lawrence and she probably had a brother named Edmund and 
another brother named Devereux.  An Edmund Lawrence later appears in Williamson 
County, Tennessee and possibly Devereux does as well though the mangling of the 
name makes it difficult to confirm (census takers, etc., have had consistent trouble 
with that name).  It was -- and still is -- a common Southern custom to carry on 
family names from the wife's side in the new family.  Thus the assumption about the 
names Edmund and Devrix appearing later.

Newit probably migrated west to Williamson County, Tennessee around 1810. He settled 
on 120 acres on Nelson Creek, a short distance from its juncture with the Big Harpeth 
River.  This means his farm was located about 2 miles south southeast of present day 
Arrington, Tennessee (about 30 or so miles south of Nashville and not far from the 
Rutherford County line).  Oddly, in his pension application statement in the court in 
Murfreesboro in 1833 he claimed to have been a longtime resident of Rutherford County.  
It is possible that he moved to Rutherford County for a time in the early 1830's, but 
he definitely seems to have been a resident of Williamson County for the bulk of his 
life in Tennessee.  He first appears on the tax rolls of that county for 1811 and his 
name appears in the 1812 through 1815 tax lists and on the 1820 tax list and census, 
1830 tax list and census and the 1837 tax list.  He does not appear on the 1840 census 
and so probably died around 1838 -39, a reasonable assumption as he would have been 
about 88 years of age in 1837.


1.  Census of 1820     90, Williamson Co. Tennessee
    Males     Females
 #7  10-14 18-26 45 & up  16-26  45 & up
Newet Sammons 2 1 1   1  1
1a.  First Census of the US, VA
 1782 -1785
 Dept of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census
 Washington Government Printing Office  1908

 Virginia 1783
 Greenesville Co.  W B
 Sammonds, Newitt  1 0
 Sammonds, John  3 0

 Amelia Co.   W B
 Sammons, Thomas  8 3

 Sussex Co.   W B
 Sammons, Wm  6 0
 Sammons, James  9 0
 Sammons, Thomas  8 0
 Sammons, Benjamin  1 0
 Sammons, Ann  3 0

 Princess Ann Co.  W B
 Sammons   2 0

 1785    W B
 Sammons, Wm  2 0

2.  Tax Book 1, Williamson Co. Tennessee
 1800 -1813
Compiled and Published by Louise Gillespie Lynch 1971
  DAR Library
1811 Tax List   Acres  Location  W B
 Sammons, Newt 120  Nelson Creek  0 0
 Sammons, Newet 120  Nelson Creek  0  0

3.  From Williamson County Tennessee

Deed Book  C, D, & E
 Volume 2
 Southern Historical Press Inc
 Greenville SC 29601

Page 12
 Baxter Sammons and John Williamson witnessed deed Glover to McLemore 11
April 1812    McCrory's Creek

Page 111
 Bradshaw to Whitted, Orange Co., NC
 Tract bounded by Owens, Trotter, Mebane & John Sammons

Deed Book D
 Daniel Wilkes from Robert Sammons
22 July 1816
 $600   124 acres on Hays Creek
 Registered 22 Dec 1816

4.   Williamson Co. Tennessee Deed Abstracted  1799 - 1811
 Volume A.  No. 1, Volume A-2 and Volume B
 Abstracted by Joyce Martin Denny
 2921 Daniel, Dallas TX 72505
a. Indenture Deed Book B  12 January 1806 (10 Nov 1806)  Sawyers to Williams $150 
paid tract on Big Hespeth River being part of tract that was granted to Sawyers, 
Senr.? By Patent 19 July 1793, 50 acres beginning at corn of Benjamin Sammons' 
field b. Page 151 Indenture 6 August 1810  James Hampton and Newel Sammons $600 
paid, tract on Nelson's Creek off Harpeth River, 120 acres, tract adjacent Robert 
Carothers NE Corner

 Miscellaneous Information on Newit Sammons
Newit Sammons is listed in Virginia marriage records as having married Clarymo/
Claramond Lawrence in Greenesville Co., Virginia on 13 February 1787.  There is 
also a listing in the Virginia records of the marriage on 7 January 1799 of John 
Cowen and a Claramond Sammons with the Sur. of Edmund Lawrence (Married by "Rev. 
Lewis Griggs, Methodist."  
This Griggs is the same person who in 1832 swore out an affidavit for Newit Sammons 
attesting to his belief that Newit was a soldier of the revolution).  This marriage 
of a Claramond Sammons is a bit confusing but it is at least possible that there 
was a Sammons girl with the name Clarmond quite though quite a coincidence.

 Greenesville County, Virginia was part of Brunswick County until October 1781. On 
17 October 96, Mary Tucker in a letter said "....misc records of Williamson Co. Tenn 
929.3768W676 Lynn Deed Book J. Pg 389 25 Sep 1826 Alexander Ralston to [:Edmond 
Lawrence:], Nathan Adams, William S. Welby, John Freeman, Bartlett Yeargen, Sander 
J. Freeman and Wm. H. Downing as trustees for a meeting house on the waters of Nelson 
Creek, beginning at an elm tree in [:Newton Cannons [Sammons??] west boundary, 1 acre 
including the meeting house to be used as a Methodist Episcopal Church.
     In the same letter she noted that in Greenesville Co. indexes she had "found 
under Lawrence: Claramond, Devereux & Edmond, under Sammons Newitt and Claramond."  
She also noted [as I have found] there was a John Sammons in Greenesville Co. VA 
commenting that this could be why the name Lawrence, John, and Devereux passed down 
to the Missouri and Kansas branches of the family.
			"Virginia Marriages 1700-1799 Vol 1-4, 1800-1825 Vol 9-12
In further checking we found that in the book "Greensville Co. Marriage Records, 
1781-1852, the following marriages are listed: 
Groom   Bride    Date  Bondsman
Sammons, Newit Lawrence, Clarymo    13 Feb 1787 Long, Joseph  
Blanks, David  Sammons, Rhuamy  6 Dec 1791 Lawrence, Edmund
Lawrence, Edmund Lanier, Sarah   5 Feb 1794 Lawrence, Deverix
Cowin, John  Sammons, Claramond  27 Dec 1798 Lawrence, Edmund
Hobbs, Gilliam  Sammons, Rebekah  24 Dec 1803 Hobbs, Mathew
Hay, Archer  Sammons, Mary  21 Jul 1806 Lanier, Abner
Rawlins, Hinshia Sammons, Tempy  12 Dec 1810 Wilson, Fisher

NB:  Greenesville Co. VA was part of Brunswick Co. until Oct 1784
From "Marriage Bonds & Minister's Returns
         Greenesville Co. Virginia
                  1781 - 1825"
Page 17               (1793 in Virginia Marriages 1700-1794 Page 7) ...CR
      27 December 1898   John Cowen and Claramond Sammons
      Sur.  Edmund Lawrence
      Married (or returned) 9 January 1799 by Rev. Lewis Grigg Methodist
          "Greenesville County Virginia
          "Marriage Bonds "1781 - 1852
          "Typed by Genealogical Society of Utah
          "Salt Lake City, UT
          "June 1936"

Newett Sammons  Clarymo [sic] Lawrence 13 February 1787  cons Joseph Lord

The following information is from Mary Lou [Sammons] Martin in December 1996:
     1.  Newit Sammons appeared on the following Williamson Co. tax lists:
1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1820, 1830, 1837.

     2.  Newit Sammons did not appear in the book "Williamson County, Tennessee
Marriages 1804 -1850" by Edythe Rucker Whitney.

     3.  Newit Sammons did not appear in the book "Letters of Administration #1 -
1838 -1855" by Lynch 1971

     4.  Newit Sammons is listed in censuses as follows:
0 Males under 10  0 Females under 10
2 Males between 10 - 16 0 Females between 10 - 16
0 Males between 16 - 18 1 Females between 16 - 18
1 Males between 16 - 26 0 Females between 16 - 26
0 Males between 26 - 45 1 Females between 26 - 45 (wife?)
 1 Males over 45 (Newit) 0 Females over 45

 1830 Williamson County, Tennessee p 183:
 1 Males of 15 under 20   0 Females of 15 under 30
 1 Males of 20 under 30   0 Females of 15 under 30
 0 Males of 30 under 40   1 Females of 30 under 40
 0 Males of 60 under 70   1 Females of 60 under 70
 1 Males of 70 under 80   0 Females of 70 under 80

 1840 Williamson County Tennessee
 Newit Sammons does not appear - presumably deceased 1837 - 1838 since he did not 
appear on the tax rolls after 1837.  In 1837 he would have been around 88 years of 
age so this is logical.

Edmund Laurence/Lawrence   In:
Genealogies of Virginia Families
 From Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Vol II Gildat-Pettins Baltimore 
Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1981
John Lanier, Son of John Lanier  to  Bird Thomas Lanier (Or Thomas Bird)
1734 - appointed by Brunswick Court overseer of the new road to Shining Creek 
1735 - constable
2 January 1737 - Land warrant 312 acres on S side of Great Creek - sold this in 1739 
It is possible that his wife, Mary, was the Mary Lanier whose will dated 1798 and 
proved at September court of the same year.  
It names the following children:  
Edmund [Lanier], Bird, Abner, Tabitha, and Sally, wife of Edmund Laurence.

 John Salmon Sr. (ca 1630-1678) was imported as an indentured serv. from England to 
Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia by William Brothwait.  His son John Salmon Jr. (ca 1635-
1737) was born and died in Princess Anne Co., Virginia.
Descendants and relatives lived in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, West 
Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, and California.               

Data submitted by: William G. Stewart.

Charlotte Curlee Ramsey

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