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[OK] Jake C. Simmons, Making of an African-American Oil Dynasty


I have discovered a historical mistake with one of our earlier African-American an

I seems that an old African-Indian tale has been told with the ancestry of one Jake C. Simmons, The Making of an African-American Oil Dynasty.

The tale is that Jake Simmons was a Great-Grandson of Cow Tom, a African Creek Indian Freedman and the Grandson of Malinda Cow Tom.
This is not true.


1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Fannie Simmons
Home in 1930: Muskogee, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Age: 54
Estimated birth year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Race: Negro (Black)


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View image
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Household Members: Name Age
Fannie Simmons 54
Christabell Simmons 18
Jake Simmons 20
Lewis Simmons 22


Name: Jake C Simmons
Birth Year: 1909
Race: Negro, citizen
Nativity State or Country: Oklahoma
State: Oklahoma
County or City: Muskegee

Enlistment Date: 28 Nov 1942
Enlistment State: Oklahoma
Enlistment City: Tulsa
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 3 years of college
Civil Occupation: Tracktor Driver* or Truck Driver, Heavy or Chauffeur or Truck Driver,
Light An asterisk (*) appearing after a job title indicates that a trade test for the
particular occupation will be found in the United States Employment Service Manual,
Oral Trade Test
Marital Status: Married
Height: 70
Weight: 211

Name: Jake C Simmons
Veteran's Rank: T/5
Branch: US Army
Last known address: 1423 Cemetery Road Fort Gibson , OK 74434
Birth Date: 3 Sep 1909
Death Date: 5 Jan 1984
Veteran Service Start Date: 5 Dec 1942
Veteran Service End Date: 9 Dec 1945
Interment Date: 9 Jan 1984
Cemetery: Ft. Gibson National Cemetery
Buried At: Section 10 Site 2310

Cemetery URL:
Ft. Gibson National Cemetery

Harrison Thomas LaTour
LaTour Genealogical Research & Collection

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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