Nancy Jane Newton was born on January 4th, 1845 to William and Nancy (Haley) Newton. I believe she was born in Mississippi. By 1850, the census found the family living in War Eagle, Arkansas. Nancy married Shelby Huggins Simmons. The couple lived in Millville, California for a number of years where my great-grandfather, Clay Taylor Simmons was born in 1882. About 1890, the family moved to Harney County, Oregon where they farmed and raised stock in an area that was known as The Narrows. Nancy passed away on May 11th, 1907 from cancer at the age of 62. She is buried in the cemetery in Burns, Oregon next to her husband, Shelby.
The inscription on the headstone says, “Not lost but gone before”
(From the local newspaper, The Times-Herald)
~Died – at her home in this city at 2:30 am today, Mrs. Nancy J. Simmons, aged 62 years. She had been suffering from cancer of the stomach for several months and her death was not unexpected. The funeral will take place from the Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock. Reverend A.B. Minake will conduct the services. Deceased was a highly respected pioneer lady of this section. She was the mother of seven children, all of whom survive her and all have been with her during her last days getting as much aide and comfort as possible. Her husband died eight years ago. The children are Mrs. J.V. Cawlfield, Mrs. F.J. Cawlfield, Mrs. W.C. Brown, Mrs. Fred Scott, Miss Maude Simmons, Geo W. Simmons, and C.T. Simmons. Four step-children James Simmons, H.S. Simmons, Mrs. C.M. Como, and Mrs. S.C. Johnson. Geo Newton, now residing here, is a brother to Mrs. Simmons. The Times-Herald regrets its inability to publish an obituary at this late hour, but will give it attention next week.
(Nancy is my 2nd great grandmother. She is the mother of Clay Taylor Simmons.)