Irene's birth, marriage and death are given in the Tupper Genealogy by Eleanor Tupper, 1976: She was born May 22, 1817. She married Benjamin Foster Tupper on March 20, 1836 at St. Mary's in Auburn, Nova Scotia. She passed away December 13, 1890. A list of the Tupper children is also found in this reference. No parents are given for Irene. No source is given for the date of birth or death.
In a transcript of the church records (see sources for online transcript), Irene's birth is given as April 17, 1814 and baptism in July, 1818
A second option for parents would be Benjamin Simmons and Maria (Mary?) Hooper, daughter of Jonathan Hooper and Mary Messenger. This also fits with the written family tradition. (Hooper Genealogy p. 20) Mary Messenger, Maria's mother, was also listed on the family tree, without clearly connecting lines. The following reference has Maria married to Edward Casey on October 3, 1820 at All Saints Anglican, Granville, Annapolis, Nova Scotia: [Maria Hooper Edward Casey] This seems to rule out the second option.
Wilson in his history of Digby County gives Mary Hooper's husband as Alexander Simmons. In the Hooper Genealogy by Cole and Hooper, her husband is given as ______ Simmons.
Our written tradition gives Benjamin Simmons' parents as Rebecca Harrington and Benjamin Simmons.. In 1910, according to the federal census, Rebecca Harcourt (Tupper) Downey was living in the same household as Hollis and his parents. It seems reasonable that she would have known and supplied the names of her grandparents.
My parents, Bill Nally and Beck Bartlett Nally, spent a summer in Nova Scotia searching for confirmation of this, but found no evidence either way. So far, I have not been able to confirm that the Simmons who married Mary Hooper is Benjamin, the son of Rebecca Harrington and Benjamin Simmons. There is evidence that Alexander Simmons married this Mary Hooper.
Irene, Daughter of Alexander and Mary (Hooper) Simmons: In fact, there seems to be some evidence in the transcript of the records of St. Mary's Church. The birth and baptism of Irene, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Hooper) Simmons does not match exactly that of the Irene who married Benjamin Tupper, as described in the Tupper Genealogy. No sources are given for the dates in the Tupper Genealogy. However, this is the only Irene Simmons listed in the church baptism and census records.
The children of Alexander Simmons and his wife Mary are listed as Rebecca, Irene, Benjamin, Alexander, Margaret, Thomas, James Leonard, Ezekiel, John Wilson, Mary Eliza, William Allen. The following may be grandchildren, living with Alexander and Mary Simmons: Wesley Sleep, Henrietta, Eric Sylvestis [or Sylvester?].
Using names of children as a clue to parents and grandparents, an educated guess would be that Mary, the daughter of Ezekiel Hooper and Mary Wilson, had married Alexander Simmons and that Alexander was a son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Harrington) Simmons. Since Benjamin Simmons, Jr. and Alexander Simmons apparently have the same parents, they would be brothers.
The ancestry of both Benjamin Simmons and Rebecca Harrington can be traced to the 1600's.
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