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William Symmes (abt. 1544)

William Symmes
Born about in Sandwich, Kent, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2010
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  • Source: S122 Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: Ancestral File (TM) Publication: Name: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996; Repository: #R6 NOTE_ITALIC: Y CONT _PAREN: Y CONT


  • This person was created on 13 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.
  • WikiTree profile Symmes-99 created through the import of Terry Kraft and Ancestors as of 093011.ged on Oct 1, 2011 by Terry Kraft.
  • Symmes-144 was created by David McKnight through the import of Beadle-McKnight_2014-06-21a.ged on Jun 24, 2014.

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Hi again - yup. Different than William Symes-17. His son William was born after 1577, as he was not yet 21 at the time of his father's will (Symes-17 left a will dated/proved 1597).

The profile of this (Symmes-10) William's descendant Zechariah has the info from pages 47-48, Annals of the American pulpit..., by William Buell Sprague, 1795-1876.

That biography says his father (son of this, Symmes-10, William) was ordained 1588. Since an 11-year-old would not have been ordained, then Zachariah's father is not the son of William Symes-17. The inscription seems to imply the father of Zechariah had only two sons - William & Zechariah - while Symes-17 named several sons in his 1597 will (no Zechariah though), which means that Symes-17 wasn't the father either.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
this bio, of Zechariah Symmes (born Canterbury, 1599), son of Rev. William (ordained 1588)/brother of William, quotes an inscription by his (Zechariah's) father Rev. William: "I note it is a special mercy... that both my father and mother were favourers of the Gospel, and hated idolatry under Queen Mary's persecution. And I charge my sons, Zachariah and William,..."

So - I'm thinking that this Symmes, b 1544, is the one ordained 1588, and had two sons, William and Zechariah (the inscription isn't dated, but Symes-17 died 1597, leaving a will that named lots of children - no Zechariah, and William not yet 21).

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
David - I'm having second thoughts about this profile and Symes-17 being the same person. From what I can tell, the Symes-17 family was Somerset (the c1544, Sandwich, Kent birth info for Symes-17 was apparently borrowed from this William - I can't find documentation for either birth).

The main reason I think they're different, though, is I think they're different religions... I haven't found anything to show that Symes-17 or his son John was a recusant, but it seems that William Symmes-10 (father of Rev. William) was.

I'm not having much luck researching this... so far, I've only found that maybe I should be looking for Puritans? (See this HOP page.)

continued ....

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
She bares the name of her husband, that is not her name at birth.

Please correct.

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posted by Pierre Goolaerts

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