women in John's life

Nancy Bailey Simmons

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Nancy Bailey Simmons

Nancy Bailey Simmons (1767-1855), John’s lovely mother, raised eight children. A lifelong resident of Little Compton, Rhode Island, she lived to be eighty-eight-years old.
(Photo courtesy of Little Compton Historical Society)

“The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.”
  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
“A mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”
  ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
  ~ George Washington
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Ann Small Simmons

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Ann Small Simmons

As the wife of a prosperous clothing manufacturer, no doubt Ann Small Simmons (1797-1861) paid close attention to detail in her wardrobe for her mid-life portrait.
(Photo courtesy of Simmons College Archives)

“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.”
  ~ Harold Macmillan
“A man’s best fortune, or his worst, is his wife.”
  ~ Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)
“I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.”
  ~ Oliver Goldsmith
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Mary Ann Simmons Ditson Buffum

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Mary Ann Simmons Ditson Buffum

Mary Ann Simmons Ditson Buffum (1819-1887), John’s oldest child, was the most traveled of his children, and she experienced dramatic personal upheavals—and great love—throughout her life.
(Photo courtesy of Little Compton Historical Society.)

Alvina Simmons White

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Alvina Simmons White

Alvina Simmons White (1824-1886) appears reserved in this family album photograph. What could have been on her mind?
(Photo courtesy of Little Compton Historical Society.)

“An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.”
  ~ Benjamin Franklin
“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.”
  ~ Euripides (c. 480-406 B.C.)
“A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter’s a daughter all of her life.”
  ~ Old Irish Saying
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