Bio: Simpson, Frederick (1823 - 1898)

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Surnames: Simpson, June, Furst, Redfield, O'Hearn, Bishop, Whiting, Kellogg, Richardson, Belding, Graves, Warren, Rogers, Manning, Goodwin, Guilford, Sprague, Howes

----Sources: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin

FREDRICK Simpson, surveyor and woodman. Black River Falls, Wisconsin was born in Franklin Co., Mass., July 29, 1823. Came West in 1856 and settled in Springfield, Jackson Co., Wis., and pre-empted a claim of 160 acres of land from the Government, on which he lived until the Winter of 1859, when he was elected to the office of County Clerk and moved to Black River Falls. Was afterward elected Clerk of Court for four years, after which he began working at his present occupation. Mr. Simpson is a member of the Universalist Church, also of the Good Templars and the Temple of Honor. Was married June 3, 1851, to Miss Mary June; she was a native of New York. Their family consists of six children—Joel T., George J., Fredrick B., Harry H, Bert L., and Mabel J.

*Frederick Simpson was born 29 Jul 1823 and died 30 Nov 1898.  He married Mary June (14 Jan 1832 - 21 Jun 1900) and both of them are buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.  Buried nearby are Champion Brown Simpson, son of F & E. J. (d: 16 Jan 1861 at 18 mo., 9 dy) & Elbridge Gran Simpson (8 Aug 1864 at 6 mo 9 dy)


Ashfield, Massachusetts Centennial, 1865

(excerpt from pg. 100)

Voted that Joseph Bishop, Whiting Kellogg, Gilbert Richardson, Aaron Belding, Dorus Graves, Joseph Warren, Benjamin
Rogers, Abner Rogers, Joseph Manning, Anson Goodwin, and John B. Simpson shall constitute a school district in the town of Ashfield. (South Ashfield.)

(excerpt from pg. 171)

Universalist Church

From a book: "Records of the First Universalist Church in Ashfield," now preserved in the town clerk's office we gather the following:

Ashfield, September 23, 1840.

Met according to legal notice and formed ourselves into a Religious Society to be called The First Universalist Society of Ashfield.

Over sixty names are signed below the Articles of Faith, Constitution and By-Laws. The principle secretaries were Nelson Gardner, Earl Guilford and John Sprague. Business meetings of the society were held mostly at the houses of the different members and at the store of Gardner & Guilford. Preaching services were held at the Baptist meetinghouse in South Ashfield. In March, 1844, it was "Voted, That we take the South Baptist meeting house at the appraisal of the committee. " March 5, 184G, Vote "That we raise money for preaching half the time and that the standing committee contract with Earl Guilford to preach the year ensuing. " For four or five years the committee was instructed to contract with Rev. Earl Guilford. In 1852 it was voted that John A. Simpson be sexton and that he have charge of seating strangers and others. The next year it was voted "That the Society accept the Bass Viol presented by the Ladies' Sewing Society, and Eugene Gardner have the care of the Bass Viol to keep it in repair." Also, "That the thanks of this Society be tendered to the Ladies' Society for the Bass Viol and that H. A. Field be a committee to tender the thanks to the Ladies' Sewing Society. In 1860, Voted "That the committee dispose of the Bass Viol at their discretion if any one should wish to purchase."

(excerpt from pg. 275)

"Our Soldiers—Crowns and honors belong to the gallant defenders of our country's flag. And for those martyred heroes who have gone down through the valley and the shadow of death from the pest prisons of the South, their names and memories shall be held sacred and enshrined in the hearts of a free and grateful people.

Responded to by a patriotic song, "Tramp, Tramp," from the Simpson Brothers, Mrs. John B. Simpson, who is 81 years old, being with her whole family, five sons and two daughters, present. They had come home from Mississippi, New York, Wisconsin and Canada to be present at the celebration and met for the second time in thirty-three years."

(excerpt from pg. 279)


There were fireworks in the evening, and everything passed off in a very satisfactory manner, with the exception of a little confusion at the entrance to the dinner table.

Among the natives or former residents present, were Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepard of Bristol, R. I., Rev. John Alden of Providence, R. I., Rev. Dr. W. P. Paine, Rev. John C. Paine, Rev. C. S. Porter, Wells Porter, Esq., of Cleveland, Ohio, Attomey- at-Law, Rev. Francis Williams of Connecticut, Rev.

Willard Brigham, Hon. II. L. Dawes, and Levi Cook, Esq., of Pittsfield, Chas. Baldwin and Augustus Knowlton of New York, Aaron Fuller, Edmund Bement, A. F. Ranney, J. H. Bassett, and Dr. H. B. Phillips of Central and Western New York, Nathan Loomis, Esq., of West Springfield, Alonzo Lilly and George C. Goodwin, Esqs., of Boston, Dr. Elbridge Simpson, and Joel T. Simpson, Esq., of Hudson, N. Y., Dr. F. Henry Simpson of Poughkeepsie, Frederic Simpson of Wisconsin, and Albert Simpson of Columbus, Miss. We also noticed Maj. Sylvester Smith of Hadley, General Howland of Conway, Judge Grennell of Greenfield, and other aged gentlemen.

Before the dinner hour several of the 34th boys arrived home and were received with cheers.

Family Notes for John Brown Simpson (father of Frederick Simpson, b. 1823, d. 1898)

Vital records of MA, born Ware, married Brookfield. Bur. Ashfield MA where he raised his family. Son John A. was sexton of Universalist church. Member, Ashfield social Library Ass'n which had 794 books. In Jun 1817 and Mar 1820 he was fined for getting dirt on some books. In 1824 he was part of a committee investigating the state of the fines in the county. His sons were known for their beautiful singing voices. He was a farmer and a shoemaker. His 8 children met at the homestead for the first time in 18 yrs, 11 Aug 1850, spent Sunday together, recorded their names in the family bible and separated for 15 yrs. until Ashfield centennial 21 June 1865, met again recorded names in Bible, places of residence, John had died 1861 in NY while visiting son.

1830, 1840, 1860 census, Franklin co MA, age 75, w/wife and son John A. and wife.


Father: Charles Foster Simpson b: 7 Jul 1744 in Boston Sussex co MA, d: 18 Jan 1834, Ashfield, Franklin, MA
Mother: Abigail King b: 27 Sep 1759 ? in Brookfield MA?

Married: Eunice Tucker (b: 19 Jul 1784 in N. Brookfield Worchester MA) 6 Feb 1806 in Brookfield, Worchester Co. MA


1. Fredrick Simpson b: 29 Jul 1822 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
2. Albert Simpson b: 19 Sep 1807 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
3. Infant Simpson b: 6 Sep 1808 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
4. Mira Simpson b: 23 Jan 1810 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
5. Elbridge Simpson b: 29 Jan 1812 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
6. Joel T  Simpson b: 1 Mar 1814 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
7. John Avery Simpson b: 14 Jun 1816 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
8. Albert Simpson b: 22 Nov 1818 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
9. Francis Henry Simpson b: 20 Apr 1821 in Ashfield Franklin co MA
10. Lucy Maria Simpson b: 8 Feb 1826 in Ashfield Franklin co MA

1850 Federal Census, Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, dwelling 494, Family 514, line 39

J. B. Simpson

Household Members
J B Simpson M 66 (1784 Massachusetts)
Eunice Simpson F 66 1784 Massachusetts)
John A Simpson M 34 (1816 Massachusetts)
Chs Barber M 21 (1829 Massachusetts)

1860 Federal Census, Black River Falls, Jackson Co., Wisconsin

Frederick Simpson
age: 36 years
estimated birth year: 1824
birthplace: Massachusetts
gender: Male
page: 3
family number: 21

Mary J Simpson
age: 27 years
estimated birth year: 1833
birthplace: New York
gender: Female
page: 3
family number: 21

Joel T Simpson
age: 7 years
estimated birth year: 1853
birthplace: Canada
gender: Male
page: 3
family number: 21

Frederick Simpson
age: 4 years
estimated birth year: 1856
birthplace: Canada
gender: Male
page: 3
family number: 21

Champion B Simpson
age: 0 years
estimated birth year: 1860
birthplace: Wisconsin
gender: Male
page: 3
family number: 21

1870 Federal Census, Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States

Frederick Simpson

Occupation: Farmer

Household Members
Frederick Simpson M 48y Maine
Mary Simpson F 38y New York
Joel Simpson M 17y Canada (Joel Tucker Simpson, b. 1852 Canada, d. 1909 OR, m. Sarah Freeman, b. 1860 WI, d. 1950 CA. children, Thomas and Bessie)
George J Simpson M 16y Canada (George June Simpson, b. 1854, d. 1926, OR., m. Isabelle O'Hearn. children; Eugene, June, Mary Phebe, Franimae Helen)
Fred B Simpson M 14y Canada (Frederick Brown Simpson, b. 1857 Canada, d.  1916 CA, m. Josie ? b. 1870 CA, children, Ruth w. b. 1895 CA, Frederick J. b. 1901, CA)
Harry H Simpson M 10y Wisconsin (b. 1861 WI, d. abt 1960, m. Nellie Redfield, b. 1864. children, Hal (Harry jr) b. 1885 WI, WA Hugh R. b. 1888 WI)
Bertina L Simpson F 8y Wisconsin (b. 1863 WI, m. Amelia Furst, b. 1867. children, Margaret, b. 1890, Ralph b. 1898)
Mabel J Simpson F 2y Wisconsin (b. 1869 WI. d. 1928 Was, m. Frank Pitcher. No children)

1880 Federal Census, Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 288

Fred Simpson, married American male
occupation : Surveyor
father's birthplace : Massachusetts, United States
mother's birthplace : Massachusetts, United States

Household Members
self Fred Simpson M 56 Massachusetts, United States
wife Mary J. Simpson F 47 New York, United States
son Joel T. Simpson M 27 Canada
son George J. Simpson M 25 Canada
son Fred B. Simpson M 23 Canada
son Harey H. Simpson M 20 Wisconsin, United States
son Bert L. Simpson M 18 Wisconsin, United States
daughter Mabel J. Simpson F 12 Wisconsin, United States

1900 Federal Census, ED 44 Black River Falls city Ward 1-4, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 7, family 150

Mary Simpson
birth date: Jan 1833
birthplace: New York
relationship to head of household:
father's birthplace: New York
mother's birthplace: New York
race or color (standardized): White
gender: Female
marital status: Widowed
years married: 48
estimated marriage year: 1852
mother how many children: 8
number living children: 7

Massachusetts Births & Christenings

John B. Simpson
gender: Male
birth date: 10 Jul 1784
birthplace: Ashfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts

Wisconsin Deaths

Frederick Simpson
gender: Male
burial place: Black River Falls, Wisconsin
death date: 30 Nov 1898
death place: Jackson, Wisconsin
age: 76
birth date: 1822
birthplace: Ashfield, Mass
occupation: Surveyor
race: White
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Mary Simpson
father's name: John Simpson



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