Magnus Simonson's children and wife were named in his will: "Will of Magnus Simonson, Proved in open Court 8 Sept '95. Recorded in Will Book A, Page 40, Box 2, Package 7. Office of Probate Judge, Union Co., S.C.
I, Magnus Simonson of the State of SouthCarolina Union County being sick and weak of body but of a sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following first it my will that my just debts be paid and as for such worldly goods wherewith it pleased God to bless me I give and dispose of in the following manner viz:
First give to my daughters Mary Hollingsworth Lydia Siminson Elenor Teague Hannah Bishop and Phebe Bishop each Fifteen Shillings Sterling I give to my son Isaac Simonson
one pound sterling.
I give my wife Elizabeth Simonson one third part of the Land whereon I now live during her widowhood and at her death to be divided as followeth is to say I give to my daughter Grace all the part of the land lying on the north side of creek be the same little or much and all the land on the south side of the creek to my son Magnus and my daughters Mary Ann and Nancy to be equally divided between them and as for my stock of horses cattle sheep &c my will is that they be equeally divided between my wife Elizabeth my son Magnus and my daughters Grace Mary Ann and Nancy and I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Magnus Simonson Arthur Thomas and Richard Cox to be Executors to this my last will and testament and hereby revoking all other wills by me made do make and confirm this my last will and testament this 21st day of June 1795.
His Mag x S sr. mark Magnus Simonson (seal)Signed sealed and delivered in presence of John Austin Bird Booker Nancy x (her mark) Scane."
Birth dates for his children are not know for sure but some can be guesstimated. Such as:
Phebe born about 1745, married James Bishop, brother to her sister Hannah's husband. I base Phebe's age on the following: It is documented in 1773, Wilkes Co., GA James with wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter ages 7 years to 3 months - 100 acres on Long Creek, 1 mile below lands of Stephen Bishop. This documentation indicates then that the oldest child was born about 1766 and we can assume Phebe and James married about 1765 and if she was about 20 years old - an average age for marriage, then I'm guessing she was born about 1745.
The same thing holds true for Hannah Simonson who married Stephen Bishop.Oct 15, 1773 Wilkes Co.,GA Stephen Bishop and Hannah w/2 sons, 2 daughters, ages 8 years down to 3 weeks. That would indicate the eldest child born about 1765, placing their marriage about 1764 and her birth 20 years earlier (average)to about 1744.
Mary Simonson supposedly married Joseph Hollingsworth (a neighbor) and as he was a Quaker there are records on his birth and siblings. He was born 1-28-1766. He is listed on the 1790 census living with his father and I believe Mary is also on the 1790 census living with her father Magnus as one of the four females numbered. She was a Hollingsworth by 1795, so she married between 1790 and 1795 leading me to think she was born between 1770/1775.
Eleanor who married William Teague, I'm basing her age on the age of her husband who was born 7-30-1733. I'm placing her birth about 1734/36. Birth dates for most of their children have only been guessed at.
Lydia - born before 1774. She is not listed with the younger children so I'm guessing she is over 21.
Nancy Simonson born about 1779 according to H. Elizabeth Johnson Browning in her book "Descendants of Nathan and Mary Sandage" published in 1996. Nancy married Thomas Sandage who was born 1/9/1776 in Union County, S.C. Their first child was born in 1804. Nancy and Thomas and family left S.C. for Perry County, Indiana about 1812.
Magnus Simonson, Jr. is listed as one of four of younger children but his is also listed as an executor of his father's 1795 will so he may have been 21 or almost 21 at the time? On the 1790 census there is one male under 16.
Isaac Simonson was probably the oldest child. He was born before 1774 because I think he is on the 1790 census as being the other person besides his father being over 16. As he was not listed as executor nor did he receive any land I'm wondering if he was in another state in 1795?
The 1790 Census for Magnus Simonson lists two males over 16 (he and Isaac?) one male under 16 (Magnus Jr.) and four females - (wife Elizabeth) and Mary ? Lydia? and Nancy? This reasoning would mean that Grace and Mary Ann were born after the 1790 census??? We know that Eleanor, Hannah and Phebe are already married so would be listed with their husbands.
There is a great wide range of birth dates from Eleanor's 1734/36 and those born after 1774 - some as late as 1790? Elizabeth has to be a second wife. Perhaps she is the mother of the four younger children only?
So now, we don't know who the mother of the other children are????
This also places Magnus, sr's birth much, much earlier - perhaps early 1700s or at least 1713?? Which just might place him the right age for being Magnus, Jr. in the Chester County, PA area.
Forum message number 308 gives a lot of info on Chester Co Simonson and Hollingsworth, so I won't repeat here.
If you plug in "Magnus" in your search on this forum you will pull up all kinds of information in discussing our thoughts on this family.
Hope this information is of some help to you. I descend from Nancy Simonson/Thomas Sandage line.
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