The eldest daughter of Frederick William Simonds and his wife Sophie de luze was Ellen Hearn Simonds (1850-1935)
She was born in New York, where she married Marion Jackson Verdery (1887-1958) in March 1914 at St George’s church in Flushing.. They had 3 children.
In 1925 at the age of 75 her family persuaded her to write down her recollections of her family from this period.
You can read about her life in the stories that she wrote, on the bookshelf of this page.
Her family so enjoyed her first set of recollections, that in 1926 she reluctantly wrote some more, this time focussed on the other side of her family, the De Luze family of Bordeaux and Switzerland.
It is the story of the Printed Linen Industry in Neuchatel, Switzerland and the role of the De Luze and De Pourtales families in the 17th & 18th centuries, summarising work by Alice Dreyer. Click on the front page to open her 2nd story:
This picture of Ellen is from about 1855.
Marion J. Verdery Jnr, about 1940.