Simmons Family History

The Simmons Family Histories pages have a red color theme and contain major family lines of: Simmons, Bennett, Eddy, Gibson, Griswold, Jesiek, Tanner, Young and other families.  My Simmons family line is traced back to the mid 1700's to Rensselaer County, New York where my research has encountered a 'Brick Wall'. Although I have encountered a Brick Wall, my research for the Simmons could take me to Palatine German ancestors or possibly to Scotland.

Cropsey Family Histories

The Cropsey Family Histories pages have a teal color theme and contain major family lines of: Bohnenstiehl, Bonesteel, Carrier, Cottrell, Cropsey, Coons, Griffith, Jager, Koons, Michel, Muller, Newell, Rosenberg, Simon, Simmons, Sterner, Wiggins and other families.    This family line is located mainly in eastern New York and links into the Peter Simmons family line.     We have tracked this family back into the early 1700's and believe this family is linked into the Stephen Van Rensselaerwyck land area of New York.

Beckett Family History 

The Beckett Family Histories pages have a brown color theme and contain major family lines of: Beckett, Borgwaldt, Rittersdorf, Schroeder, Zabroski and other families.  The Beckett family branch I have traced back to the mid 1700's to an area near Dublin, Ireland. Also, research taking me into Germany is my Borgwaldt family line.

Ball Family History 

The Ball Family Histories pages have a green color theme and contain major family lines of: Ball, Robinson and other families.  The Ball family has been tracked back to the late 1500's to Hans Ball b. abt 1590 in Mauchenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. 

Moon Family History

The Moon Family History pages have a violet color theme and contain major family lines of: Moon, Bevins, Emmons, Gerred, Sailer, Sichler and other families.  This family line is located mainly in Michigan and New York with some other states such as Washington and also into Canada. We have traced this family line back to about 1814 in Genesee County, New York.

Beeman Family History

The Beeman Family Histories pages have a blue color theme and contain major family lines of: Beeman, Butler, Case, Clark, Robarge, Schuyler and other families.  The earliest date that I have tracked back (on this website) is to the late 1500's through my Beeman and Case family lines to Kempston, Bedfordshire, England.

Next Family Histories

The Next Family Histories pages have a blue sky color theme and are reserved for the next family line to be documented on this website.  The next family line pages will look something like this, click on the banner to see some examples.  Will this be your family line?

Simmons & Related Family Trees

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The Simmons & Related Families Histories presented here are related directly or indirectly with the Descendants of George Simmons and Catrina Lyst. Currently, there is only one major family line stemming from this couple who are William Simmons and Betsey Ives (and their twelve children). This website author believes that the Simmons family tree and the tree of the Cropsey Family line have a common connection. As research continues from this family line there will be additional major family lines discovered stemming from George Simmons and Catrina Lyst, as well as other Simmons & Related Families' ancestors.

This site is a work-in-progress and as such the format and content will be updated on a regular basis. These updates are a collaborative effort with all of the Contributors as noted on the Thank You page of this website.

The family histories presented here are a subset of the total family histories contained in the database of this website. I have selected the family histories displayed with color themes to begin your query for this website with more family histories to be added at a later date. Selecting the next family line to present here will be based on the amount of data the website author has available. If you have data you wish to contribute for any family line within this website, please contact me via "Contact US" or "Suggest" links contained here and throughout this website.

Each family link will take you to a color themed Home Page for that family where the information contained there will be specific about that family. Other family data can be accessed anywhere on this website but the family specific data will only be available using these color themed family links. On each page within this database one can transition into another family Home Page by selecting the color coded links in the "Families" pull down menu of each page.

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We believe that living individuals have a right to privacy. Every attempt has been made to protect the names and the details of the living and they will appear only as "Living" on this website. Generally people born after 1911 and without a known date of death will be presumed to be living. A login account is required to browse our website. Family members may request a login ID and password in order to access the private component of the website. A request for a login must be accompanied by a clear demonstration of your connection to a major family line of this website.  For all the details of this policy use this link:  Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Website Projects

To keep this website updated, accurate and interesting there are a number of projects that are needed to keep pace with the database growth and the family information acquired. Project efforts that are in progress and are scheduled, are listed here to give the visitor to this site a look at how they might be able to contribute beyond family data and photos. Please visit the page titled Simmons & Related Families Projects.

The Story Tellers: We are the chosen ones.

My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.


To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were, by our genes.


Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story! So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us!" How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.


It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference, and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.


It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.


It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. (For we without them cannot be made perfect.)


So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.


By: Della M. Cummings Wright - Re-written by her Granddaughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson - Edited and Reworded By: Tom Dunn


A major undertaking, such as this website, would be impossible without the help from many generous cousins, friends, visitors and groups. This link is a small way that I can publicly thank you for your contributions.

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