Sirmon descendants unite with Hardees and other neighbors

Published 3:02 am Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Sirmon family, primarily of Conecuh County, Ala., was featured in the two previous columns. Today’s story will be a continuation of the Sirmon descendants and a look at some of their relationships to other neighboring families.

The lineage and descendants of Nathan Sirmon has been the focus of the review of this family. The families of his children and grandchildren have comprised the majority of the two earlier columns as well as today’s

The listings of Nathan Sirmon’s grandchildren was begun in last week’s story, so they will be continued at this point. For convenient reference, children of Nathan’s oldest son, Levi Sirmon, and wife, Mary, include the following: Martha Lollie, b. 1829, m. James T. Thomas; Mary Tabitha, b. 1832, d. 1912, m. Thomas D. Moore; John Ransom, b. 1834, d. 1898, m. Susan Thompson; and Nathan James, b. 1836, d. 1864, m. Elizabeth A.H. Simmons.

Levi Sirmon’s grandchildren included the children of Martha Lollie and her husband, James T. Thomas: They are Leah Francesan, b. 1844, d. 1881, m. (1) Furman W. Mims (2) Jefferson Beeland; John L., b. 1846, d. 1865, m. Matilda Farrar; Levi James, b. 1848, d. 1911, m. Matilda Anna Chapman; Marie D., b. 1850, m. Columbus Walker; Nancy J., b. 1852, d. 1917, m. C.C. McMillian; Sarah Catherine, b. 1854, d. 1927, m. Charles Edward Chapman; Elizabeth Aelsie, b. 1855, d. 1919, m. Charles E. Bruner; and Daniel Rigsby, b. 1859.

Levi’s second daughter, Mary Tabitha Sirmon, and husband, Thomas D. Moore’s, children included: Elmira, b. 1852, m. Thomas Kendall; John Allen, b. 1853,; James Levi, b. 1855, d. 1929, m. Lula Virginia McGowen; David E., b. 1857, m. Acrie ?; William Watt, b. 1859, d. 1938, m. Sarah Foshee; Sanford Fletcher, b. 1862, m. Mary Howell; Mollie, b. 1863, m. George Simmons; Ransom Dunkin, b. 1867, m. Minnie P. Lunsford; Margurette, b. 1871, m. Dennis Lindsey; Jessee Walker, b. 1873, m. Jimmie Walker; and Missie, b. 1877, m. John W. McGowin.

Levi’s son, John Ransom Sirmon, and wife, Susan Thompson’s, children were: James Andrews, b. 1857, d. 1878, m.  Martha J. Seale; Polly D., b. 1859, d. 1883, m. Henry A. Clark; John Ransom Jr., b. 1861, d. 1921, m. (1) Mariah Bird (2) Mittie Hayes; and William F., b. 1864, d. 1932, m. Fanny Vickery. Levi’s son, Nathan James Sirmon, and wife, Elizabeth A.H. Simmons’s, children were: Rufus Tilden, b. 1857, d. 1930, m. Adeline Cornelia Handley; Sally, b. ca 1860, m. ? Fail; and Nathan Joel, b. 1853, d. 1928, m. Emma Lou Dozier.

The grandchildren of Nathan Sirmon’s son, John Hennings Sirmon, and his wife, Elizabeth J. Ellis, were outlined in last week’s column, so the next descendants presented here are the grandchildren of Nathan’s son, Daniel T. Sirmon.

The grandchildren of Nathan Sirmon’s son, Daniel T. Sirmon, and his wife, Elizabeth McKinney, include the children of their son, Nathan Simpson Sirmon, and his wife, Asa Anna Turner: John Daniel, b. 1873, d. 1958, m. (1) Ida Elizabeth Dean (2) Mattie Lee Wright; William Richard, b. 1876, d. 1955, m. (1) Mary Francis Hughes (2) Martha Jane Hughes (sister to Mary Francis); James Henry, b. 1878, d. 1963, m. Carrie Elizabeth Mosley; Joseph Gilbert, b. 1880, d. 1940, m. (1) Mary Elizabeth Sirmon (2) Frances Edwards; Mary Elizabeth, b. 1883, d. 1974, m. (1) James Richard Coleman (2) James Arthur Sims (3) John Martin; Nathan Taylor, b. 1885, d. 1944, m. Amanda Luatha Gilmore; Lucy Agnes, b. 1888, d. 1966, m. James Ulma Till; Lora Mae, b. 1890, d. 1966, m. Malachi White; Arthur Jefferson, b. 1893, d. 1981, m. Ada Lee Coleman; and Clarence Lee, b. 1898.

Others were the children of their daughter, Matilda Lucretia Sirmon and husband, Thomas B. Andrews: George Daniel, b. 1891, d. 1944, m. Meta J. Barron; and Nancy Elizabeth, b. 1893, d. 1970, m. (1) Charles Lafayette Barron (2) Robert S. Fenn. Also, the children of his adopted son, William S. Sirmon, and wife, Sally Florice Chavers: Daniel Uriah, b. 1884, d. 1941, m. Hattie Mckenzie; Mary Elizabeth, b. 1886, m. Joseph Gilbert Sirmon; Leila Alvania, b. 1881, d. 1973, m. (1) James Edward Strickland (2) John Robert Armistead; and William Arthur, b. 1894, d. 1971, m. Sallie Ruth Connelly.

The grandchildren of Nathan Sirmon’s three youngest children were identified in last week’s column, so this concludes the presentation of that particular generation. The next generation is far too numerous to list in this type format, so this will end the review of this family line.

As in most communities in South Alabama, members of the Sirmon family intermarried with their neighbors. Some of the most significant unions were when Sirmons married Hardees. This resulted from the marriages between children of Joel Hardee and Rev. John Hennings Sirmon: Cynthia Susan Hardee married Asbury Daniel Sirmon. James Marion Hardee married Mary Elizabeth Sirmon. Mary Isabel Hardee married James Tillman Sirmon.

An even more complex relationships are found in the Mixon-Hardee-Higdon-Sirmon connections. This was a result in the following marriages: Nathan Ziba “Dick” Hardee, older brother of the above Hardee siblings, married Mary Hixon. Then Mary’s sister, Louisa Mixon, married W.R. Higdon. The Higdons had a daughter, Pheriba, who married Boling G. Sirmon who was the younger brother of the above mentioned Sirmons. Further, Martha Sirmon, sister to Rev. John H. Sirmon, married Irwin Mixon, who was a first cousin to Mary and Louisa Mixon.

Naturally the Sirmon descendants chose marriage partners among the area families which included the following: Andrews, Beasley, Brooks, Brown, Cobb, Coker, Cone, Dean, Ellis, Etheridge, Fore, Gandy, Garrett, Grantham, Higdon, Holland, Hughes, Lee, McKinney, Middleton, Mixon, Moore, O’Gwynn, Patrick, Polk, Robinson, Salter, Simmons, Skates, Thomas, Thompson, Turner, Weaver, Williams, and Williamson.

Today’s column concludes this review of the extended Sirmon family.

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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