Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of the Juniata Valley, Comptising the Counties of Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry, Pennsylvania. Chambersburg, Pa.: J. M. Runk & Co., 1897
AFRICA, John Simpson, a Representative from Huntingdon County; born, September 15, 1832 in the city of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa.; engineer, Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain railroad; surveyor, Huntingdon County (1853-1854); owner and editor, Standing Stone (1853-1855); elected, council, city of Huntingdon; journal clerk, Pennsylvania State Senate (1858-1859); elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1860 term; not a candidate for reelection to the House for the 1861 term; deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs (1873-1879); chief burgess, city of Huntingdon; supervisor, 7th Pennsylvania District, United States Census (1880); cashier, First National Bank (1880-1883); Secretary of Internal Affairs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1883-1887); president, Union Trust Company of Philadelphia (1887-1897); director, First National Bank of Huntingdon; director, Fidelity Mutual Life Association of Philadelphia; died, August 8, 1900 in the city of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; interred, Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
Africa, J. Simpson. History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties. Philadelphia, PA: Louis H. Everts, 1883.
J. Africa Simpson Papers (MG-014), Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg.