Looking for Simmons from Baden, Germany, son Lafayette W born 1832, Ohio

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Does anyone have information on SImmons family, migrating from port cities through Ohio before 1832, and into Bartholomew County Indiana in the 1850's?  Lafayette W Simmons ( 1832-1918) ists his father as born in Baden, Germany.

Lafayette married Mary Ellen Chambers, granddaughter of Joseph Chambers, in Bartholomew, Indiana in 1857.  They had sons named John Hamilton, Charles Henry, Ralph Ellsworth, and Banjamin F.. Family lore indicates they were Scots-Irish or Welsh.

Any clues would be McL appreciated
WikiTree profile: Lafayette Simmons
in Genealogy Help by Linda Simmons G2G4 (4.1k points)
There are a few resources on emigration from Baden, but one needs to know the location, and also, Since Simmons is not a German name, something indicating what name to look for.
Thank you.  I'm guessing I will need to search backward from Bartholomew County, Indiana, where Lafayette married Mary Ellen Chambers, or from 1832 in Ohio, where Lafayette was born.

I don't know anything about European History to explain why Baden, Germany would intersect with someone of Scotch-Irish, or Welsh decent.

I am pinning my hopes on information relating the Chambers and Simmons families to each other in Indiana and before.
There was a letter written to William Chambers about 1925, referenced in his writings in Trails of our Ancestors.  The letter was written by Luella Wolff of LaFontaine, Huntington, Indiana and contained information about the Chambers genealogy, as well as the Gibbs, Carter, and Simmons familiea.

 The history claims that the familie traveled into Canada from New Jersey, and thence into Ohio and Indiana.  Some were involved in the French and Indian wars and the War of 1812..  jUst hoping to reach someone else who is acquainted with this group of immigrants.

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The first Union officer who was killed in the Civil War was named Ellsworth, so Lafayette Simmons may have decided to name one of his sons, Ellsworth as did many others in honor of officer Ellsworth. 

Ellsworth Simonds

United States Census, 1910

Name Ellsworth Simonds
Event Type Census
Event Date 1910
Event Place Mt Carmel Ward 4, Wabash, Illinois, United States
Gender Male
Age 40
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1870
Birthplace Illinois
Father's Birthplace Illinois
Mother's Birthplace New Jersey
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 11






Mary R Simonds Head F 83 New Jersey
Ellsworth Simonds Son M 40 Illinois
Lyde Oldham Niece F 53 Illinois
Floss L Oldham Niece F 13 Illinois


"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKF3-C6S : accessed 14 April 2016), Ellsworth Simonds in household of Mary R Simonds, Mt Carmel Ward 4, Wabash, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 179, sheet 11A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,344.


by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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
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Pvt Lafayette W. Simmons

Birth:  Mar. 15, 1832
Ohio, USA
Death:  Jun. 18, 1918
Missouri, USA
19th Indiana Infantry, Company H 
Family links: 
  Mary Ellen Chambers Simmons (1842 - 1916)*
  John Hamilton Simmons (1860 - 1940)*
  Charles Henry Simmons (1860 - 1949)*
  Ralph Elworth Simmons (1863 - 1943)*
  Mary Loretta Simmons Huffman (1866 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Steele Memorial Cemetery 
Wright County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Feb 19, 2010 
Find A Grave Memorial# 48359330
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

Son, Ralph Ellsworth "R. E." Simmons born half way through the Civil War. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-death-of-colonel-ellsworth-878695/?no-ist


Birth:  Aug. 8, 1863
Indiana, USA
Death:  Feb. 21, 1943
Webster County
Missouri, USA
Family links: 
  Lafayette W. Simmons (1832 - 1918)
  Mary Ellen Chambers Simmons (1842 - 1916)
  Luella Simmons (1866 - 1906)
  Blanche Campbell Simmons (1885 - 1969)
  Ray C. Simmons (1889 - 1890)*
  Clyde R. Simmons (1891 - 1912)*
  Dan Ellsworth Simmons (1911 - 1960)*
  Mary Ellen Simmons Helfrecht (1917 - 2014)*
  Charles Henry Simmons (1860 - 1949)*
  John Hamilton Simmons (1860 - 1940)*
  Ralph Elworth Simmons (1863 - 1943)
  Mary Loretta Simmons Huffman (1866 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Seymour Masonic Cemetery 
Webster County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Anonamouse
Record added: Jun 17, 2015 
Find A Grave Memorial# 147987404
Thank you for the additional information regarding Ralph Ellsworth.  I'm not a good student of history so that was interesting. Perhaps I will find a cousin somewhere who has traced the line of Lafayette.  They must have been a patriotic family.

I know the men were Masons, and also there were some connections later to the oil drilling business, first in  Pennnsylvania, then in Oklahoma.

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