Wednesday, April 22, 2015


There are three people in my file that are supposedly named “Angerone” but so far I can’t find this exact spelling for any of them.

It starts with Silas Simmons and his wife Janet who had a daughter named “Mary Jane Angerone Simmons”  (abt 1820-aft. 1870). This name was documented in a family history written in the 1950s (no source).  Family Lore is that Silas Simmons had a Bible that named all of his children but no one that I have spoken to in the past 22 years has every seen this Bible nor have they actually spoken to anyone that has seen this Bible. They only “heard” about it. A lot of people have this complete name in their file but no evidence to support it.  All I can prove is that her name was Mary and she was my 2nd great-grandaunt.  Here are the records I have.

1830 census no name, listed as a white female age 5 to 9
1840 census no name, listed as a white female age 20 to 29
1850 census Mary Simmons
1860 census Mary Simmons
1870 census Mary Simmons

In 1870 Mary was 50, unmarried, and living with one of her brothers. I can’t find her in the 1880 census.  It is more likely that she had died and not married.  I haven’t been able to find a grave marker for her though I am guessing she is buried in the Simmons Family Cemetery in Baylis, Marion County, Mississippi since she was last known to be living with her brother John and that is where he and his family are buried.  With the available data it is a pretty big leap of faith to say that her full name was Mary Jane Angerone Simmons.

Mary had a sister named Nancy who married John Gillespie.  They had a daughter named Angerone Alice Gillespie (1848-1922).  Though I don’t have her name as “Angerone” I am certainly a lot closer than I was with Mary.  Nancy could have easily named her daughter after her sister so it is still possible.

1850 census Angerona Guluspie
1860 census Angeroney Galaspie
1870 census Angie Gillespie
1880 census A. A. Helpman
1900 census Angie A. Helpman
1908 Civil War pension index
waiting for actual file to arrive
Angee Helpman
1910 census Angie Helpman
1915 son Irvin’s death certificate A. A. Gillespie
1920 census unable to locate
1922 death certificate Angie Alice Helpman
1922 grave marker Angie Alice Helpman
Angie’s husband and the rest of her children died before death certificates were required so I can’t look for her name there other than one daughter that I haven’t been able to track past 1900.  I am still working on her.
Mary and Nancy had a great niece name “Angerone” Simmons (1884-1960).  This is through their brother James and then his son William.  At least I get something close.
1900 census Anjaronie Simmons
1910 census Angie Nichols
1920 census Angie Nichols
22 Mar 1928 in the Hattiesburg American Angie Nichols
18 Apr 1929 in the Hattiesburg American Angie Nichols
1930 census Angie Nichols
24 May 1930 in the Hattiesburg American Angie Nichols
1940 census Angie Nichols
07 Jul 1948 in the Hattiesburg American Angie Nichols
22 Jul 1959 in the Hattiesburg American Angie Nichols
1960 death certificate Angie Simmons Nichols
1960 obituary Angie Simmons Nichols
1960 grave marker Angie S. Nichols

This Angie only had one child.  I can’t get his death certificate because it is too recent and I am not a direct descendant of his.  His obit doesn’t mention Angie. I have requested a copy of Angie’s delayed birth certificate (I am hoping she has one) from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

So why is this so important to me?  It just is.  I feel as though a person’s name identifies them and I want to get it right.  I know of course that sometimes this isn’t possible but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.

The closest I have to Angerone is Angerona, Angeroney and Anjaronie.  So is Angerone even a valid first name?  When I do an exact name document search (not trees) on and FamilySearch I do get quite a few hits for women named Angerone (along with some variations).

Angerona was the name of a Roman goddess.  I doubt if a family living in rural Mississippi in the 19th century would have named a child directly after a Roman goddess but the name was out there.  Maybe they heard it and liked it, who knows.  There is also a couple of species of butterfly that have Angerona in their name (most likely named after the goddess). 

I will probably never prove Mary’s name but I might have some luck with the two Angies. At this point I am leaning toward Angerona since the second woman in the list had this as a variation.  So do any of you have an Angerona\Angerone in your family tree or any information about this unusual name?

*All sources available upon request.  I was too lazy to type them all.


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