What are the chances that I can't find my fifth great grandfather on my mother or fathers side. I have the same predicament on both sides. Well, I have came up with recent findings about James Simmons and who his father might be. I noticed the close relationship he and his family had with families like the Maxey's, Moakes and Grimes families. Jacob Grimes seems to be the key in all of this. Jacob is the father of Phebe Grimes and Phebe is the husband of James Simmons. She is listed on Jacobs will as receiving $30.00 and a cow (see his will).
""Ansearchin" News." The Tennessee Genealogical Magazine 34 (1987), http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1987-3.pdf (accessed October 22, 2011).