J. SIMPSON was born in Johnson County, IL on Oct. 9, 1826, to William
and Kezia (PARMALEE) SIMPSON.
Kezia was the second wife of William. Lewis
from farming stock, but he became a Presbyterian minister. He
and Martha Ann THOMAS were married on March 17, 1846 and became parents
of six children. Martha was born
in 1828 in Calloway County, Kentucky.
the age of 36, he enlisted in the 120th Regiment, Company K, of the
Illinois Volunteers at Vienna, IL on Aug. 14,1862, to fight in the
Civil War. He
was mustered into the
Union army as a private on Oct. 29, 1862 at Camp Butler, IL. He
was promoted to chaplain on Nov. 15, 1862, being commissioned by the
"War Governor", Richard Yates.
one of the nearly 200,000 men the state of Illinois sent into this
devastating war between the states. After
approximately 3 years in the army, he was discharged on Sept. 18, 1865. Two
of the Simpson sons, John Bunyan and Andrew, also served in this war.
serving in the army, he requested leave from his commanding officer to
return home to Johnson County for a time to attend to church affairs
and to obtain much needed supplies
for the men in his Company, and it
in good health following the war due to the privations he experienced
during this period, Lewis lived to the age of 54, when
he died on Nov.
is buried in the Gilead Cumberland Church Cemetery
, north of Vienna,
along with a number of other Simpson family members.
written and contributed by Gerry
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