I’m not related to any member of this family.
This is your problem -
Facts you should know about the early census records –
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++
WVA was not a state at the time of Levi's birth.
So, he was probably born in VA.
Name: Levi Simmons
Birth Year: abt 1824
Home in 1850: District 25, Highland, Virginia
Levi Simmons 26, VA - blacksmith
Polly Simmons 30, Pendleton, VA
Mavina Simmons 5, Pendleton, VA
Wm L Simmons 3, Pendleton, VA
cem. record -
Birth: Feb. 16, 1816 Pendleton County, West Virginia
Death: Feb. 3, 1900 Alton Upshur County, West Virginia
Son of Jacob and Sarah Elizabeth (Wooten) Simmons. Married first to Mary "Polly" Eye (d. 1860), then Louisa J. Abbott (d. 1902). Children included Sarah Elizabeth Simmons (w/Mary Eye).
Sarah Elizabeth Simmons Carpenter (1853 - 1928)