My mother was a very quiet, shy, modest woman and for this reason I could not persuade her to tell me much about the ancestors on her side of the family. She also comes from a fairly well-off farming family which has always lived in Harscheid. As well as the usual farm work her father also bred and sold horses. My mother often told us how she used to play with the young horses as a child. She must have had a happy childhood.

My mothers brothers and sisters were:
 
1.

Johannes Dax

, farmer in Harscheid;
2.

Johann Friedrich Dax

, farmer in Harscheid;
3.

Anna Catharina Dax

, married to a man called

Otto

, who lived in Harscheid;
4.

Elisabeth Dax

, my mother;
5.a girl whose name I do not know, married to a farmer called

Becker

, who lived in Harscheid
6.

Wilhelmine Dax

, married to a farmer called

Löltgen

, who lived in Langenbach.

My grandparents on my fathers side had five children - three sons and two daughters:
 
1.

Christian Simon

, married, who lived in the village of Eichen where he managed a farm;
2.

Anna Katharina

, married to a man called

Adolphs

, who stayed on the farm Zum Hoff;
3.

Kaspar Heinrich Simon

, my father;
4.

Ferdinand Simon

, unmarried, who died young;
5.

Louise Simon

, married to the farmer Wilhelm

Schuhmacher

, who lived in Lützingen.
Her descendants still live there.

As a result of a quarrel between my mothers father, Johannes Dax (born 1772), and a French soldier between 1806 and 1812, my grandfather fled from home and lived unknown somewhere else.

I found the following dates concerning the Simon family in the church register in Waldbröl:
 
1.

Johann Thomas Simons

, date of birth unknown
   (probably about 1690; ­it is likely that he was a son of Henrich and Gertrud Simonis,
    born 1660 resp. 1662, who are mentioned in the inscription of the Tackeplatte above)
2.

Johannes Bertram Simons

, born Sept.15th 1720, married to

Anna Catharina Adolphs

3.

Johann Bertram Simon

, born 1748 (from 1748, the final s no longer appears
 
4.

Johann Bertram Simon

, born 1783, my grandfather,
   married to

Anna Margarete Schuhmacher
 

5.

Kaspar Heinrich Simon

, my father, born May 13th 1818,
  married to

Elisabeth Dax

, born October 28th , 1814.

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Amalie Simon

Amalie Simon and the author of this chronicle, Wilhelm Simon, were sister and brother
born on 10 August 1843  in Harscheid
died on 12 May 1892  in Elberfeld
 

Chronicle of the Simon family  (2)

 by Wilhelm Simon

 
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