John SIMMONS (c1820-?)
and Ann BACK (1824-1847)
John Simmons and Ann Back were my 3x Great Grandparents.
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They did not marry, but met
sometime before March 1843 and most probably in Brighton, Sussex. They
were the parents of my 2x Great Grandfather, John Simmons Back
born in November 1843.
John Simmons's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
Might he have been baptised on 21 January 1821 in Brighton, and have been the
son of Stephen
Simmons (1792-?) and
(1791-1823)? The Simmons family were then living in Air Street, Brighton
and Stephen was a bricklayer. This is the only possible baptism recorded
in an index of baptisms that took place at St. Nicholas between 1813 and 1837,
but of course, John may have been baptised elsewhere. In 1836 the Back
family were also living in Air Street. When the 1841 census was recorded
John was a labourer living in Orange Row, Brighton along with his father, step
mother and younger brother. When the 1851 census was recorded he may have
been an unmarried 32 year old labourer lodging in the home of 72 year old
Sarah Goble at 8 Thomas Street in Brighton. His name was then recorded
as John Simmonds. I have not found him in the 1861 English census.
I can not find anything that positively links the John baptised in 1821 as being
the father of John Back born in 1843. Nor do I know what became of 1821 John.
Ann Back was baptised on 1 August 1824 at St. Nicholas, Brighton, at
which time her parents were living at Jerrards Court in Brighton and her father
was a labourer. (This was most probably Jarratts Court in King Street.)
She was the daughter of
(1797-1879). Ann died aged 23 years on 22 May 1847 in Carlton Row,
Brighton. Her cause of death was phihitis. Her death certificate recorded that she was a
laundress and her death was registered by Ann Beck, who presumably was her
mother, and was living in Carlton Row when the 1851 census was recorded.
In 1841 Ann was an 18 year servant in the home home Augustus Warneford,
a chemist, at Richmond Place, Brighton.
The 1841 census records there was a Simmons family living in Richmond
Buildings, Brighton: John Simmons a 52 year old watchman, Mary
Simmons 50, Eliza Simmons 21, Alfred Simmons 16, Samuel
Simmons 13, Matilda Simmons 8 and Emma Simmons 4. Might
they have had a son named John?
John Simmons and Ann Back had 1 known son:
Simmons Back was my 2x Great Grandfather. He
was born on 27
November 1843 at 6 Sion Gardens, Brighton and his birth was registerd as
John Simmons. He was baptised as John Simmons
Back at St. Nicholas in Brighton on 22 September 1844, at which
time he was said to have been the son of John and
Ann Back of Dorset Court and his father was a labourer. He married
in 1864. (They have their own page.)
The 1841 census records that 15 year old John Simmonds, a brick
labourer, was living in Jubilee Street, Brighton along with 55 year old
Sarah Simmonds. Neither were said to have been born in Sussex.
In 1841 there was also another 15 year old John Simmonds who was a
patient and railway labourer in The Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
1841 census - HO107/1121, folio 55, page 25
31 Richmond Place, Brighton, Sussex
Augustus Warneford, 25, Chemist, not born in Sussex
Catherine Warneford, 25, not born in Sussex
Catherine Warneford, 1½, born in Sussex
John Williams, 18, Ap, not born in Sussex
Ann Back, 18, FS, born in Sussex
This page was last updated on 17 July 2009