“Grandma” Marcy Simons, who for sometime has been credited with being the oldest person in the state, died at 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, February 1, 1899, at the home of her son, D. Simons, three miles south of Lebanon, aged 104 years, 3 months and 12 days. Deceased was born in Saratoga County Illinois, and came to Oregon from that state with her husband in 1857. They settled on the farm three miles south of here, they continued to reside up to the time of their death. Her husband preceded her to the better land by twenty-four years and six days.
She was the mother of eight children, seven boys and one girl, only one of whom, D. Simons is now living. He has lived on the home place for many years, and has cared for his mother for a number of years past, she having been helpless for a good while. She was at the head of five generations, and leaves many grand children and great grand children.
Her exact age is not known, some of her grandchildren claim that she was 106 or 107 years old, but Mr. D. Simons, who has lived with her right along, places her age at the figures we have given above.
Deceased was a consistent Christian and a most estimable woman. — Lebanon E.A.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR), Feb. 11, 1899, pg. 4, col. 2. University of Oregon Knight Library’s Newspaper Collection
And from the Daily Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) – Friday, February 3, 1899 we find a shorter article, but full of a lot more family names to further the family tree.
“Death Of Mrs. Simons
Oregon’s Oldest Citizen Dies at the Remarkable Age of 106 Years.
Mrs. Simons died at home of her son, Daniel Simons, near Sodaville, February 1, 1899, at the very advanced age of about 106 years. The exact date of her birth is not known but he age as nearly as can be learned, and as she believed, was as stated. Mrs. Simons was at the head of five generations, descending through her daughter Mrs. Young, her daughter Mrs. John Clelan, her daughter Mrs. C. G. Rawlings to her child, a record to be proud of.
Mrs. Simons came to Oregon in 1858.”
See the Find a Grave website for additional information on Marcy’s husband Daniel, and her son, Washington P. Simon’s family buried at the Lebanon Oregon Pioneer Cemetery.