Isham C. SIMMONS, M. D., a well known and skillful practicing physician, and resident of the First District, was born near his present place of residence January 30, 1845. He is the youngest of ten children, born to Rev. Dr. Isham and Amelia (NEIL) SIMMONS, both of whom were of Irish descent, and natives of Claiborne County, Tenn. The father was born May 11, 1806, married December 16, 1824, and remained in his native county the following eleven years. About 1835 he came to Bradley County, and settled on the farm upon which our subject now lives. He was a popular and influential minister of the Baptist Church. The last ten years of his life were given to the practice of medicine in which he was very successful. His death occurred November 20, 1852. His wife was born November 10, 1807, she is living with her son, in her eightieth year. The subject of this sketch received a liberal education in Bradley and McMinn Counties, and began life as a farmer. In 1870 he commenced the study of medicine, entering upon his practice two years later. He has received an extensive and lucrative patronage, and is considered one of the leading physicians of the county. Although not robust he has always been active and energetic. He owns 180 acres of valuable land. He is a consistent and esteemed member of the Baptist Church, and a Democrat. July 25, 1872, he married Miss Rebecca A. JULIAN, who was born in Bradley County April 19, 1847. Two sons and two daughters have been born to their union. Mrs. SIMMONS is an earnest member of the Methodist Church.

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