The Browns’, Simmons’, Stith’s and Wimp’s Of Meade County, Kentucky And Corydon, Indiana

This blog is dedicated to my Aunt, Barbara E. Shannon, 1931-1992, who began the search for her mother’s ancestors so many years ago. She complied an enormous amount of material, which included, but is not limited to, copies of wills of my great great grandmothers owners, land records and newspaper clippings. She intended to publish her research in the form of a book titled Parables.

This is from her book;  Author’s Note

“For the most part, the historical events depicted in this book are based on true occurrences and can be documented. Further, in most instances, the real names of those who participated in the events portrayed have also been used. Of course, some fictionalization of details was necessary in order to add clarity and substance to the story line.” copyright; Parables by Barbara E Shannon 1984.

I would love to transcribe her stories for you, they are fascinating! But until I can determine who her copyright belongs to since she had no children, I’ll just have to present what I have based on her research in my own manner.

As to documentation, some I have been able to locate on my own and some came from copies she obtained. I am currently seeking the documents I am missing that would substantiate the information.

Alford Brown, 1828 Kentucky -1982 Corydon, Indiana and Emeline Wimp, 1837 Meade, Kentucky-1919 Corydon, Indiana were my great great grandparents. And here is a small portion of their lives.

Emeline was born in either Jan. or Feb. 1837 in Meade County, Kentucky she was born a slave,  on the farm of Jonathan Simmons. Her father’s name was George Stith, he came from Virgina with his family, Jack and Annie Stith and their owners, the Stith’s. Milley, Emeline’s mother was born in Kentucky and may have been a slave on the Simmons farm since that’s where George and Milley met.

George and Milley had ten children, Mahaley (died at age 12), Henry, Deliah, America (may have been Milley’s mother’s name), Malinda, Mary, George Jr., Sanders (called Sandy), Moses and Emeline.

April 21 1824 Jonathan Simmons died, four months after his death the Meade County Courts appointed three people to administer his estate. William Wimp was one of the administers. Now Milley had been bought and sold several times but was kept in the Simmons family, this time she was sold to Joseph Simmons but her husband, George went to Jonathan Simmons Jr. Jonathan Simmons Inventory pp 26-28

From the Bullitt County, Kentucky Will Book B 1823-1838 GEORGE   1824 estate sale for estate of Jonathan Simmons left in Meade Co. – Jonathan Simmons Jr. purchases “A Negroe George” for $355.00

Simmons InventorySimmons Inventory pg 7Simmons Inventory pg 8Simmons Inventory pg 10

Joesph Simmons died three years after buying Milley..and she gets sold again, only this time to John Wimp Jr.

It’s 1836 and Milley has three children, Henry, Mahaley and Malinda. In the twelve years since Milley and George were separated and sold they each were sold two more times. Eventually they both wound up in the Wimp family, they were back together again after twelve years!

Sometime in September of 1836, Mahaley died of consumption and Milley was pregnant with Emeline. Owner, John Wimp was the father.

1830 Slave Schedule John Wimp
1830 Slave Schedule John Wimp

Perhaps as George and Milley walked away from the grave of their daughter my grandmother, Emeline kicked, kicked to let her mother know that the darkest hours are just before dawn and that dawn was coming!

This is just the beginning of life for Emeline Wimp Brown, there is so much more!

10 thoughts on “The Browns’, Simmons’, Stith’s and Wimp’s Of Meade County, Kentucky And Corydon, Indiana

  1. Beautifully written piece, with so much sadness in it. Your Aunt Barbara was an amazing woman. How wonderful that you have her work/research. Her story as told by you was very interesting. George and Milley went through a lot and after a 12 year forced separation were reunited. Thank you for sharing their story.


  2. Our Ancestors endured SURREAL hardships yet continued to live & strive for better. They gifted us the same resilience. Aunt Barbara wants her work finished & has called you. I know copyright & family can be touchy, especially as it relates to book publishing. Seek the answers you need to complete her work. This is why you are here.


    1. You are so right, they endured and survived! I have always known I came from strong stock. I’m the only family left with the exception of some cousins, third and removed. My plan is to see to it that her book is published!


  3. I have been doing some research on Moses and Mary A Stith and found your article. Mary is buried on our property in Corydon, IN. It looks like there are other graves there as well. The only stone I can read is Mary’s. From what I have read Moses is Emaline’s brother. Moses married Mary in 1870 and she passed in 1880. I could not find record of any children. Moses remarried in 1881 to Matilda and they had 10 children. Do you have any other information about Mary? I would like to restore the cemetery and have found the research so interesting.


    1. Michael!
      I am so very sorry that it has taken me so very long to respond!!
      I am so pleased to hear that you are considering restoring the cemetery! I have a tree on Ancestry that shows the connections. Are you by chance doing any of that research?
      Anyway, PLEASE feel free to reach me at my email or I am soo much better at checking emails! LOL

      I still have family in Corydon and in Anderson!
      I do hope we can keep in touch!


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