Lafayette had a son, Ralph Ellsworth, b 1863 in Bartholomew, IN..He later moved with the family to Wright County, MO.
The possibility of the German, ‘Simonds’, for “Simmons’, might be helpful.
The only references I have for Lafayette’s childhood are the family Bible page that says he was born in Montgomery, Ohio; and a document showing he was indentured as a poor boy 1839, in Shelby County, IN. So sad that there seem to be no records of how he became a ward of the court.
A couple census records show his father was born in Baden, Germany, but family believed they may have been Welsh, or Scots Irish????? Still hope to find a connection between his surname and that of his wife’s family, ‘Chambers.’
Thanks for any leads!
Linda Hutcherson Simmons