NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The origin of the surname Simson or Simpson is obviously Sim's son (Simeon's) and is like that of Johnson, Jackson, Henson, Billson. The Scottish family of Simson was settled before 1700 in Ayrshire and other counties. A branch of the family located in county Antrim, north of Ireland, and from this branch most of the American immigrants came. The family is still numerous in America. The Simpsons of New England are all of this Scotch-Irish stock. Rev. Gilbert Simpson was minister of Barryclare, presbytery of Antrim, and was deposed in 1661 by the English authorities. He may have been the first ancestor in Ireland; he was doubtless of the same family.
(I) George Simpson was born in the north of Ireland in 1821 and doubtless descended from this old Antrim family. He was educated in the schools of his native land. When a young man he came to this country and made his home at Lisbon, New York. He followed farming there during the remainder of his active life and was an upright, respected and useful citizen. He died at Lisbon in 1876.
He married Jane, born at Glasgow, Scotland, 1842, daughter of James Hamilton. She is now (1910) living in West Potsdam, N.Y.
1. Alexander, a farmer, resides at Amsden, Vermont.
2. George Hamilton, mentioned below.
Four others died young.
(II) George Hamilton, son of George Simpson, was born in Lisbon, N.Y., Feb. 19, 1868, and was educated there in the district schools. At an early age he began to help his father on the farm, and at the age of fifteen began to "work out" on neighboring farms. His father died when he was eight years old and his mother carried on the farm afterward with the aid of her sons. At seventeen he had charge of the homestead, which was afterward sold.
In 1896 he became a clerk in the store of C. W. Chambers, Rensselaer Falls, N.Y. After five years he was admitted to partnership by his employer and the firm name was Simpson & Chambers from 1902 to 1907, when he bought out Mr. Chambers, and has since continued the business along under his own name. he conducts an extensive business in general merchandise, and is one of the leading merchants in this section.
He is active and influential in public affairs and distinguished for his public spirit. In politics he is a Republican. He was appointed temporary postmaster of Rensselaer Falls. He has been poor master of the town and town committeeman.
He attends the Methodist Episcopal church of Rensselaer Falls. He is master of Fellowship Lodge, No. 749, Free and Accepted Masons.
He married Eppie Savage. They have no children.
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