Snaps, no. 33: Hannah Malinda Smith Simms, Jeanette Simms Bonner and Claude D. Bonner Jr.


This photo depicts Hannah Malinda Smith Simms, her daughter Jeanette Simms Bonner, and grandson Claude L. Bonner Jr., circa early 1940s. A family portrait of Hannah and John Simms and their children is found here.


On 7 February 1894, John L. Smith [alias Simms] married Lyndy Smith in Wayne County.

In the 1900 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer John Simms, 33, wife Malinda, 23, and son Ashley, 1.

In the 1910 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer John Simms, 43, wife Melinda, 37, and children Ashley, 10, Marcellus, 8, Frank, 7, Gertrude, 6, Jennette, 4, and Rosettie, 1.

In the 1930 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: John Simms, 63, wife Milindy, 54, and children Jenette, 23, Rosetta, 20, Johnnie, 18, Paul, 16, Julia, 13, and Mary, 12.

Claude Bonner, 30, son of Richard and Maggie Bonner, married Jeanette Simms, 23, daughter of John and Melinda Simms, on 3 August 1931 in Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia.

In the 1940 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: John Simms, 78, wife Melanie, 65, and children and grandchildren John Simms, 29, Paul Simms, 26, Mary L. Simms, 21, Cleo Bonner, 8, and Jesse, 6, Willie, 5, and Else Simms, 5.

John Simms died 15 December 1942 in Wilson township, Wilson County. His death certificate indicates that he was born 9 October 1867 in Wilson County to Curtis Simms and Caroline (last name unknown), that he was married to Malinda Simms; and that he was buried in Rountree cemetery near Wilson. Marcellus Simms was the informant.

Claude Leonard Bonner Jr., 22, son of Claude L. Bonner and Jennatta Simms Bonner, married Jean Williams, 19, daughter of Jim and Josephine Batts Williams, on 12 October 1957 in Wilson.

Hannah Malinda Simms died 28 March 1961 in Wilson, North Carolina. Her death certificate indicates that she was born 15 August 1880 in Wayne County to Minerva Smith and an unknown father. She was buried in Rest Haven cemetery. Jeanette Bonner was informant.

Jeanette S. Bonner died 1 December 1999 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 21 January 1907 in Wilson County.

Photo courtesy of user brianandrewbonner.