I have that he was born in Bayboro, N.C. which I believe is in Pamlico County. I found a copy of a birth record book with Hill R. Simmons which I believe is him. He was born in 1903. I believe his father's name was William and his mother name may be Clarissa, or Classy (Classie) or something like that. I think Classy may be a nick name. Because of the literacy back in those days there are many misspellings of her name I think he also had a sister but I don't have a name.
My understanding that he was married in North Carolina prior to coming to NY and marrying my mother. I don't think that he always used his middle name or initial.