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Benjamin Simons was a relative of the DuPre family and also married his cousin, Mary Esther Dupre`, the daughter of Josias Dupre and Martha Brabant.  The first wife of Captain Jacob Milligan, Margaret Bennett, was the great granddaughter of Benjamin and Mary Simons.

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Benjamin Simons History

From the Book: Thomas Grange Simons III, His Forebears and Relations, 1954 Charleston: (copy found at SC Archives, Columbia, also available at Higginson Books:

Notes on the Simons Family. p. 73
Benjamin Simons I (1672-1717) was born in 1672 in the region of La Rochelle and the Ile de Re' on the Bay of Biscay. Orphaned early, he was adopted by his aunt Martha DuPre', the wife of Josias DuPre', a Huguenot minister. When Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the DuPre' family was among the Huguenots who fled from France. Benjamin went with his foster parents to the Netherlands - to Middleburg, the capital of the Province of Zeeland, Walcheron Island, at the mouth of the River Schelde. From here the family proceeded to England and soon crossed the Atlantic to Carolina; and although there is no evidence that they came in the Royal Navy Frigate Richmond, which made several trips, it is known that by 1686 they were in Carolina, living in the Orange Quarter on the South Bank of the East Branch of the Cooper River.

When he was 20 years old, he married his first cousin, Mary Esther DuPre', the daughter of his foster parents. (Josias DuPre', Jr., the brother of Mary Esther, married Sarah Garnier in 1701 and had five children. However, "the two cons of M. DuPre' unaccustomed to the privations and labors incident to emigrant life soon became tired of it and returned to La Belle, France.")(SC Historical & Genealogical Magazine, Oct. 1936). Their first three children were baptized "in the house of Maptica" (Family Bible of Thomas G. Simons III in the library of the SC historical Society). As there is no record of a house or plantation by that name, it is believed that this may have been an Indian name applied to the place afterwards called "Middleburg", or possibly to the house of the Rev. Josias DuPre' nearby. Their fourth child was baptised in the house near Pompion Hill which Benjamin Simons built and called "Middleburg" in remembrance of his first place of refuge.

Back of Middleburg Plantation HouseBenjamin Simons was highly thought of , as these directions to Gov. Ludwell from the Lords Proprietors show:

We do wish that you would pick out from amongst the moderate part of the people honest men industrious of parts and affectionate to us and raise them to office by degrees that they may in time be qualified to be of the first rank. We heare well of one Capt. Simons who hath paid the rent due and bought his land that he may be troubled no more. This man we desire that you will make a Justice of the Peace. If you have no sufficient reason to the contrary and he may in time be also an assistant in the County Court for we heare he lives well with his neighbors and deals fairly with all men and we would have all such men encouraged and brought up by degrees to be fit for the highest imployment's......"
(Letter from the Lords Proprietors to Gov. Phillip Ludwell, Apr 12, 1693, British Public Records Office, Vol 1691-1697,. p.94)

He was an extensive landowner at an early age, for we find 100 acres in Berkley County allotted to him as of 15 July 1697, 350 acres as of 5 May 1704, and 1000 acres granted by the Lords Proprietors 7 May 1709. (This grant is still in the possession of a member of the family). Considering the difficultly of travelling the then great distance to the county court house to apply for the deeds of allotment, and the length of time required for the formalities of the large grant to cross and recross the Atlantic, there is no doubt but that these lands were occupied for some time before the dates of record. Middleburg Plantation, adjacent to Pompion Hill Chapel of the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Denis on the eastern Branch of the Cooper River, comprised 2599 acres at the death of Benjamin Simons III in 1789. Benjamin Simons I and his wife are thought to be buried under the present (1954) Pompion Hill Chapel. 

Copy of a land grant was found on the SC GENWEB :        

Grant of Land From The Lords Proprietors to Benjamin Simons, 7 May 1709:
WHEREAS His Excellency William Lord Craven Palatine John Lord Carteret Maurice Ashly Esqr John Colleton Barrt. & the rest of the true & absolute Lords & Proprietors of Carolina, By their Commission & under their hands & seals bearing date this eighth day of March Anno Domini 170- [1704] Have empowered us the Right Honble Sr. William Johnson Knt. Governor: of South & North Carolina The Honble Nicholas Trott Thos. Broughton Robt. Gibbs Henry Noble & John Ashby Esqrs or any of them to give and grant land whose names are hereunder written Do for an.d in consideration of the Sum of seventy pounds current money to our Receiver Genl in hand paid Give and Grant unto Benjamin
Simmons a Plantatzon containing One Thousand acres of Land English Measure now in the possession of the said Benjamin Simmons situate & lying in Berkley County and butting & bounding as appears by a plot thereof hereunto annexed To Have and Hold the said plantation to The said Benjamin Simmons his heirs and assigns for Ever in Free and Common Soccage with the privilege of hawking hunting fishing & fowling within bounds of the same with all woods and trees & waters thereon standing & Growing or therein being or thereunto by any manner of ways or means belonging or in any wise appertaining wtsoever Except all Royal Mines & Quarrys of Gemms & precious stones & one sixth part of all base mines after these same be Digged & washed & one Tenth part of the Same when & after
Refined he or they Yielding& Paying therefor yearly to the Lords Proprietors their heirs or assigns or to their Receivers by them or the Maj or part of them authorized on every first of Xber after Xber 1709 after ye rate of Ten Shillings and or the value thereof in such Commodities & at such prices as are ascertained
by Directions of an Act Entitled an Act to ascertain ye prices of Lands & the forms of Conveyance & the manner for Recovery of Rents for Lands & the prices of the Several Commodities the sums may be paid in Lieu of & for all Manner of Service due to the Lords proprietor and Lords of the Fee Given under the Great Seal appointed for that purpose at Charles Town the seventh Day of May Anno Domini 1709 [endorsed]

The Lords Proprietors
to } Granted for 1000 acres
Benjamin Simons of Land in Berkley County
Date 7 May 1709

[A memorial of Five Hundred acres of Land bequeathed to Samuel Simons son of Benjamin Simons was entered in the auditor's office the 18th day of April 1733]


Vol. 37 (1936)

p, 142. S0ME EARLY SIMONS RECORDS (Pronounced Simmons)
Copy made by A, S, Salley,

The following records were copied by Keating simons (1753-1834) in 1820, from what he states appeared to have been a record from the family Bible of the first Benjamin Simons, and from that of his son Benjamin (1713-1772:

*(Footnote: The Bible, with the Records, has been placed in the S, C, Historical Society for safe keeping by the sons of the late Dr, J, Grange Simons. The house at Middleburg plantation is still standing and is owned by a Simons descendant.)

The first child which God gave us was a boy, born on Sunday the 9th day of July, 1633, at five o'clock in the morning in Charles Town; was baptized in the French Church by Mr. Trovilar, Minister Mr. Peter Gizzar, Merchant in the said place, God-father, and Miss Martha Dupree, wife of Mr, Francis Blanchar, Godmother; and was named Peter.

The second was a boy born on Wednesday, 24th day of April, 1695, at five o'clock in the morning in the house of Pimlica Maptica; died 15th of May, 1695, without baptism and buried at Pompion Hill near Mr. Samuel Dupre.

The Third: is a boy born Tuesday, 14th day of April, 1696, at ten o'clock in the morning, in the house of Maptica; baptized three weeks afterwards by Mr. Prioleau, Minister in Orange Quarter; Mr, Peter Pinset, coppersmith residing in Charles Town, was God-Father and Mrs. Blanchar God-Mother and was named Samuel,

The Fourth is a boy born Tuesday 7th of Dec., 1697, at ten o,clock in the morning I.n the house of Maptica, baptized in the house at Pompion Hill Mr. Prileau, Minister, on Monday, 3rd of Jan., 1698; Mr, Blanchar and wife God-father and God-mother, and was named Francis.

The Fifth is a girl born on Tuesday, 21st of April, 11599, at 6 o'clock in the evening in the house at Middleburg Plantation; baptized by Mr, Prioleau, Ministers; Mr, Josias Dupree, Jr., (representing James Dupree, who was in Europe), Godfather, and Mary Esther Dupree Simons, her mother, God Mother and was named Ann.

The Sixth is a girl born on Wednesday, 11th/Sept,, 1701, at eleven o'clock at night in the house at our plantation and was baptized on the 23rd of said month in the church ;t Charles Town by Mr. Lescot, Minister; Mr, Blancher, Godfather, snd Mrs. Mary Lee Cruzier, Godmother; and was named Mary.

The Seventh is a girl born on the 26th of April, 1704, on Friday at five o'clock in the morning in the house on our plantation; baptized by Mr, Samuel Thomas, English Minister, in The house at Pompion Hill, where Divine Service was usually performed; myself and wife (Father and Mother) were Godfather and Godmother; and site was named Elizabeth

The eighth is a girl born on the 9th of Feb., 1705, Midnight, in the house on our plantation; baptized on the 14th of April following in the the at Orange Quarter by Mr. Trovaillar, Minister; Mr, Isaac Lesesne young man Cooper residing now at Berrisford, Godfather, and Mrs. Blanchar Godmother; and her name was Martha,

The 9th was a boy born on the 21st or Aug,, 1708, at 11 o'clock at night in the house at our plantation; was baptized the 23 by Mr, Hasell, minister at Pompion Hill; Mr. Benjamin Simons, Godfather, and Mary Esther, his wife, Godmother; and his name was Benjamin; died 20th of Aug., 1709, and buried in our garden.

The 10th was a girl born the 1st of June, 1710, in the house on our Middleburg plantation was baptized 3 weeks after in the church at Pompion Hill by Mr.Hasell, Minister; myself and wife and Miss Briban Dupree, godfather and godmothers; and her name was Esther.

The 1lth was a girl born 1st of March, 1712, in our house on our Middleburg plantation; was baptized by Mr. Lapier, minister; Mr. Manigault, godfather, and Mrs. Oran, godmother; and was named Judith.

The 12th was a boy born the 12th of July, 1713, in our house; baptized 8 days after in the church of Pompion Hill by Mr. Hasell; Peter and Ann, his brother and sister, were Godfather and godmother; and was named Benjamin.

The 13th was a boy born the 1Sth of July, 1715, and was baptized at Charles Town by Mr. Whitehead; Messrs. George and Hasell, Godfathers, and Mrs. Manigault, godmother; and was named Thomas; died the 14 of July 1716.

The 14th was a girl born the 17th Oct. 1717, and was baptized 15 days after; her brother Samuel, godfather, and her sisters Ann and Mary, godmothers; and was named Catherine.

My husband died 18th Aug. 1717, and was buried at Pompion Hill, and the little children taken out of the garden and buried close by their father.

Mary Esther Simons departed this life the 15th of April, 1737, and was buried at Pompion Hill church.

NOTE: Other records of some later generations follow the above; however, they will not be given here.
(South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol 37, (1936), p. 142, from an article entitled "Some Early Simons Records (Pronounced Simmons)", copy made by A. S. Salley, as quoted in The DuPre Trail Vol. 1, pp. 152-153.)

Some information above is copied from which is a website that may not always be available (many tripod pages have disappeared) and was last updated over 13 years ago. I am copying this info in order to preserve it.




Allied Families

Bennett Family

Benjamin Simons

Swinton Family

Dupree Family

Middleburg Plantation

Pompion Hill Chapel

Brief history of Middleburg

Another Simons Website


Gen. James Simons

Great-Grandson of Benj. Simons I


Gen. James Simons (1813-1879) of Charleston, S.C., was a lawyer, legislator, and militia general. He was speaker of the house in the South Carolina legislature when the Civil War began. During the war, he served as brigadier general of the South Carolina Militia Fourth Infantry Brigade. James Simons married Sarah L. Wragg and with her had at least two children: James Simons Jr. and Henrietta Simons.

James Simons (1813 1879) was speaker of the house in the South Carolina legislature when the Civil War began. During the war, he served as brigadier general of the South Carolina Militia Fourth Infantry Brigade. After the war, he and his son, James, Jr. (1839 1919) practiced law in Charleston as Simons and Simons.

James Simons Elementary School in Charleston SC is named for him.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. As a boy Simons was placed under the tutelage of Mr. McClintock, a well known and respected teacher of Pendleton, South Carolina. Later he enrolled at the College of Charleston, but soon left and transferred to South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina where he graduated number one in the class of 1833. He then decided to pursue a law degree and studied in the law office of Eggleston & Frost. In 1835 he was admitted to the bar and began his law practice. In 1842 Simons was elected to represent Charleston in the House of Representative of South Carolina. By 1850 he was elected Speaker of the House succeeding J. Izard Middleton. At the time South Carolina seceded from the Union he had risen to the command of the Fourth Brigade of the State Militia. At the start of the outbreak of hostilities in the War between the States Simons was the first general officer of the Confederacy appointed by Jefferson Davis. He was the commanding officer of the Confederate defenses at Morris Island during the first attack at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. General Pierre Beauregard would send a letter to Simons expressing his earnest wish that he might have the benefits of his services should he again be called upon to command Carolina troops. A difference with then Governor Pickens barred the way to longer active service befitting his rank and position, but Simons cheerfully volunteered as a private soldier in the Marion Artillery. After the war Simons became President of the State Society of the Cincinnati as well as continuing his law profession. (bio by: John Schneider)


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