Sirmon’s children, grandchildren were numerous

Published 12:45 am Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Sirmon family of Conecuh County, Ala., was featured in last week’s column. Today’s story will continue a review of this family beginning with the descendants of Nathan Sirmon who migrated during the early 1800s to the Sepulga community of Conecuh County from Montgomery County, Ga. In the previous column, all of Nathan’s children were covered with the exception of the youngest three daughters. Today, those and additional descendants will be outlined.

For convenient reference, the children of Nathan will be shown here. Nathan Sirmon was first married in 1806, most likely in Jackson County, Ga., to Lucretia Dean. They were the parents of the following children: Levi, b. ca 1808, d. after 1880, m. Mary ?; John Hennings, b. 1810, d. 1862, m. 1829 Elizabeth J. Ellis (1814-1899); Richard P., b. 1811, d. 1880, m. (1) Frances A. ? (1823-1857 (2) Gracy ?; Daniel Taylor, b. 1817, d. 1899, m. (1) 1847 Elizabeth R. McKinney (1815-1856) (2) 1860 Mary Ellan McKinney (1825-1910); Martha, b. 1820, d. 1880, m. 1840 Irvin Mixon (1820-1867); Eleanor, b. 1827, d. 1850; and Elizabeth Jane, b. 1829, d. 1897, m. John Daniel Weaver (1821-1895). Nathan was married second in 1838 in Conecuh County to Nancy Mansel. It appears they did not have any children.

Next to the third youngest daughter of Nathan, Martha Sirmon, was born in 1820 in Conecuh County after the family had moved from Georgia. She grew up in Conecuh County and was married around 1840 to Irwin Mixon (1820-1867). They became the parents of the following children: Nathan, b. 1842, d. after 1869, single; set of twins, Green, b. 1844, d. 1865, single, and Martha, b. 1844, d. before 1869; Lucretia, b. 1847, m. Marion Thompson; Evaline, b. 1834, m. 1872 J.J. Warren; and Daniel Irwin Jr., b. 1854, d. 1920, m. 1879 Susan Emma Morgan (1855-1937).

Sometime following her husband’s death, Martha Sirmon Mixon was enumerated in the 1870 census for Caldwell Parish, La., with three of their children in her household: Lucretia, Eveline and Daniel. In later years, she moved to Shreveport, La., and then on to Texas and later to Arizona. Some of her grandchildren migrated on to California.

The known children of her youngest son, Daniel Irwin Mixon Jr., and his wife, Susan Emma Morgan, include the following: Eula Virginia, b. 1875, d. 1960, m. 1893 John Custer Powell; Haynes Volmer, b. 1878, d. 1957, m. Donnah (Smith) Sherrer; Marion Vincent, b. 1879, d. 1962, m. ? Smith, sister to Donnah Smith Sherrer; Lizzie Vera, b. 1883, m. Fred C. Purcell; Mattie Irene, b. 1885, d.1926, m. Harry Jones; Bessie, b.&d. 1887; and Nelson Irwin, b. 1882, m. 1925 Dorothy Scholey Barter.

Next to Nathan Sirmon’s youngest daughter, Eleanor Sirmon, was born in 1827 in Conecuh County and died after 1850. It is not known for certain if she was married or had any children. There is one speculation that she may be the Mary Simmons (Sirmon ?) listed as marrying Elias Rhodes in 1859 at the residence of Richard P. Sirmon in Butler County, Ala.

Elizabeth Jane Sirmon was the youngest daughter of Nathan, and she was born in 1829 in Conecuh County.  She was married there in 1847 to John Daniel Weaver (1821-1895). Following their marriage, they settled in the Burnt Corn Creek community where they lived and died. At their deaths in 1897 and 1895, they were buried in the Brushy Creek Methodist Church Cemetery which is located near Lenox in Conecuh County.

Elizabeth Jane and John Daniel Weaver were the parents of the following children: John Daniel Jr., b. 1851, d. 1913, m. 1875 Nancy E. Holland (1853-1930); Martha Lucretia, b. 1855, d. 1936, m. 1902 Frank M. Gandy; James Pierce, b. 1858, m. 1884 Hattie S. O’Gwynn; Nathan Levi, b. 1860, d. 1935, m. 1892 Sara T. Robinson; George Hunter, b. 1862, d. 1895, m. 1889 Frances L. Lee; and William Marion, b. 1864, d. 1948, m. 1888 Cordelia Polk (1866-1937).

The grandchildren of Elizabeth Jane and John Daniel Weaver include the children of their oldest son, John Daniel Jr.: Luman Bascom, b. 1876, d. 1877; Elizabeth Matilda, b. 1877, d. 1957; John Boland, b. 1879, d. 1945; Martin Luther, b. 1880, d. 1956; William Atticus, b. 1882, d. 1903; Amy Corine, b. 1845, d. 1926; Ellen Winifred, b. 1886; Allen Thurmond, b. 1888, d. 1979; Jessie Aline, b. 1890, d. 1975; and Mary Pauline, b. 1892, d. 1979. Also, the children of their son, James P. Weaver, and his wife Mattie: Infant son, b.&d. 1886; Era Mazella, b. 1887, d. 1966; and Alma Lucretia, b. 1891, d. 1965. The son of Nathan L. and Sara Weaver: Clarence L., b. 1894, d. 1977. Also, the children of William M. and Cordelia Weaver: George Hunter, b. 1890, d. 1939; William Edward, b. 1891, d. 1972; Uriah Blacksher, b. 1895, d. 1971; Luman Dewey, b. 1896, d. 1980; Annie Estelle, b. 1898; and Earl Shofner, b. 1909, d. 1982.

Dropping back to Nathan Sirmon’s second son, John M. Sirmon, He and his wife, Elizabeth, were the grandparents of the following: Matilda Sirmon and husband, George W. Cone’s, children: Mary E., b. 1850, d. 1887; Nancy J., b. 1851, d. 1865; William T., b. 1853, d. 1902; Julia J., b. 1857, d. 1876; John J., b. 1859; George Ann, b. 1860, d. 1929; and Cora Ella, b. 1864, d. 1865. Children of William F. and Mary Alice Sirmon: John Asbury, b. 1855, d. 1918; Alice, b. ca 1857; William A.; and Mary J.

Additional grandchildren of John H. Sirmon were the children of Lucretia J. Sirmon and Silas Garrett: John W., b.&d. 1854; and Matilda, b. 1855, d. 1893. Also, the children of Lucretia J. and James P. Grantham: Walter, b. 1861, d. 1921; James A., b. 1864, d. 1915; Luther D., b. 1867, d. 1935; Frances A, b.1869, d. 1870; Florence I, b. 1871, d. 1894; Rodney G., b. 1873, d. 1911; Lucy D., b. 1875, d. 1955; Roscoe C., b. 1878, d. 1956; and Hunter S., b. 1880, d. 1887. Also, the children of Asbury Daniel Sirmon and wife, Cynthia Susan Hardee: Elizabeth V., b. 1858, d. 1895; Isabella L., b. 1860, d. 1884; and Matilda A., b. 1861, d. 1885. Children of Richard G. and Mary Jane Sirmon: Richard T., b. 1861, d. 1944; Martha E., b. 1864, d. 1900; Matilda L., 1867, d. 1897; John T., b. 1869, d. 1890; Alphonse L., 1881, d. 1896; Beulah V., b. 1874, d. 1955; Erie M., b. 1876, d. 1882; Emerson B., b. 1877, d. 1878; Boling E., b. 1879, d. 1951; Nathan J., b. 1881, d. 1945; and Ella W., b. 1883, d. 1908.

Additional grandchildren of John M. Sirmon are the children of Arthur E. and Frances Sirmon: William G., b. 1869, d. 1936; and John M., b 1876, d. 1926. Also, the children of Manetta Ann Sirmon and John Etheredge: Martha V., b. 1876, d. 1957; Elizabeth, b. 1878, d. 1961; Allen G., b. 1880, d. 1939; and Ella, b. 1883, d. 1906. Also, the children of Mary E. Sirmon and James M Hardee: John H., b. 1868, d. 1941; Joel R., b. 1871, d. 1941; Daniel A., b. 1872, d. 1949; Luther E., b. 1875, d. 1938; Laura; Sallie, b. 1880. d. 1959; Mettie F., b. 1882, d. 1937; Sam J., b. 1885, d. 1975; Maude M., b. 1887, d. 1983; Henry G., b. 1889, d. 1969; and Alice E., b. 1892, d. 1977. Children of James T. and Mary Sirmon: Joel W., b. 1873, d. 1910; Lucy V., b. 1874; Unnamed son, b. 1877, d. 1878; Rufus E., b. 1878, d. 1899; George E., b. 1881, d. 1971; and Clara L., b. 1885, d. 1886.Children of Boling G. and Pheriba Sirmon: Minnie, b. 1873, d. 1896; Nannie, b. 1875, d. 1936; and Sallie, b. 1877, d. 1932.

Due to the length of this writing, the grandchildren of the additional children of Nathan Sirmon will be presented in next week’s column.

The source of this family’s genealogy was the publication intitled The Known Descendants of John Ziba Hardee (1782-1862) and Nathan Sirmon (1786-1850) of Conecuh County, Alabama and Monroe County, Alabama.

Anyone who might discover an error in the above is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson, at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-804-1442; or Email:


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