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George Henry Simpson

George Henry Simpson was the son of Edward William and Mary Ann Merreth Fox Simpson.  They were married at St. Mary Newington Parish, in the county of Surrey, England, on June 1, 1845.  George Henry Simpson was born on June 18, 1846, and he died at age 78 on January 15, 1925.  He is buried in Old St. Mary's Cemetery outside of Brookville, PA.

George Henry was the oldest of nine children.  George, Alfred, Mary and Samuel were born in London, England.  The Simpson family arrived in New York about 1851, and had Elizabeth, John, Maria, Robert and Henry.  In 1860, Edward and Mary Simpson reside on a farm in Winslow Township, Jefferson County.

George Henry served in the Civil War in as a Private in Co B, 74th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry.

By the 1870 Census, Edward and Mary Simpson and children left Winslow Township and take advantage of the "Homestead Act of 1862" and take up farming in Douglas, Nemaha County, Nebraska.  Alfred is 22 years old by 1870, marries Levinia from Kentucky and gets his own farm land.  George Henry stays in Rose Township, Jefferson County, marries Susan Brooks, daughter of Frederick and Mary (Verbeck) Brooks, who migrated from Belgium.  Their obits state they had 12 children.  I have found Edward Joseph, twins Ralph and Mabel, George Frederick, Ella and Samuel.

By the 1920 Census, George H. Simpson retires as a merchant and his son, Ralph, takes over the small store that is located in Belgiumtown.  Any information as to the name of this small store would be greatly appreciated.

(Biographical information by Darlene Pirozzi) 


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