Shelby Huggins Simmons was born in White county, Tennessee on September 8th, 1831 to James and Margaret (Plumlee) Simmons. About the time Shelby was 10 years old, the family moved to Carroll county, Arkansas, I believe in the Berryville area. In 1854 Shelby married Darlutha Jane Daughtery and the couple headed west.
Their oldest daughter, Truckee Margaret was born on the trip while they were in Truckee, California. She is the baby in the picture above. I remember my grandfather talking about his Aunt Truckee when I was small and telling us the story of her name. Here is a note that Aunt Truckee wrote herself and some wonderful person shared on ancestry.com.
On April 15, 1855, Darlutha not yet ninteen but married and five months pregnant and her husband, Shelby N. Simmons, left Carroll County, Arkansas for California. From the D.A.R. Pioneer records we learn that Darlutha delivered her baby en route:
“I was born at Truckee August 19, 1855, in a covered wagon as my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Simmons, were coming from Arkansas to California with my grandfather, Capt. Hill Daugherty, at the head of the party.” ~Mrs. Truckee Rose
The Simmons were in Millville, California in Shasta county for a number of years. Six more children were born to the family before Darlutha passed away in 1874 at the age of 38. The couple had been married for 20 years.
Darlutha is buried in the Millville, California cemetery.
Three years later, at the age of 46, Shelby married Nancy Jane Newton who became my 2nd great-grandmother.
Shelby and Nancy had seven more children. My great grandfather Clay Taylor Simmons was born in Millville in 1882. Sometime between 1886 and 1890, the family moved to Harney county, Oregon to an area known as The Narrows and raised stock. Shelby was listed as a Farmer in all census’ between the years of 1860 and 1880.
Shelby Huggins Simmons died on November 26th, 1898 at the age of 67. Nancy continued to raise their stock on the farm until her own death in 1907 of stomach cancer. They are buried side by side in the cemetery in Burns, Oregon.
“Not Lost, But Gone Before”
From An Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur, and Harney Counties
“He grew to manhood in Butte county and there on September 18th, 1883, he was married to Miss Sadie E., daughter of Shelby and Darlutha (Daughtrey) Simmons. Mr. and Mrs. Simmons were pioneers from Arkansas to that county in 1850, crossing the plains with ox teams. ”
(Shelby is my 2nd great-grandfather. He and Nancy are the parents of Clay Taylor Simmons.)