||William Symmes migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Capt. William Symmes was ?born 10 Jan 1625/1626 at Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
William Symmes was baptized at Dunstable, Bedfordshire on Jan. 10, 1626/7, son of Zachariah and Sarah (Baker) Symmes. (p. 641)
He came to New England with his parents and sisters on the ship Griffin in 1634. 
He married Mary Sparhawk, daughter of Nathaniel Sparhawk about 1652. 
He married Mary Chickering about 1675.
Passengers on the Griffin: Arrived at Boston September 18, 1634
from Lee Richardson 'Ric' Luther Symmes, WFT Vol 2 Tree #5554, 1995:
son of Zechariah Symmes, Reverend and Sarah Baker.
Some dispute as to death date: Symmes Memorial says Feb 4, 1670/1; while American Genealogist"s extract from Register of St George's, Canterbury, 1538-1800: says he died Jan 28, 1670/1.
Zechariah signed the register in St Peters in Dunstable from 1625 until 1633. He was frequently harassed by prosecutions in the Bishop's Courts run by William Laud, Archbishop of London,(beheaded in 1644/45).
He arrived in Boston, with his wife and seven children, in the ship "Griffin, Sept 18, 1634, along with about 200 other immigrants. Mr. Symmes, and his wife Sarah were admittted to the church in Charlestown, Dec 6, 1634, and subsequently ordained their teacher. Difficulties arose with the pastor, one Reverend James, and subsequently, James left for Providence in 1637.
Mr. Symmes was elected freeman of the colony May 6, 1635.
He became involved in controversy concerning one Mrs Hutchison who claimed revelations from God.
He must have been a man of no small ability to retain a firm hold of such a parish for so many years. "He knew his bible well".
The Quakers came to New England in 1656. The propogated contempt for the ministry and of the civil power. Some went naked through the streets.
The Town of Charlestown gave Mr. Symmes a tract of three hundred acres of land, extending from the north end of Mystic Pond to the borders of Woburn. The Town also granted three hundred acres in the "Land of Nod".
Zechariah is buried in the old Charlestown Mass. cemetry called "Phipps". He preached at the 1st congregationalist church in Charlestown. It was founded by Governor Winthrop who arrived in 1630 with 10 ships. However, most of the congregation decided to move to the Boston peninsula (Sawmut), to get away from the dampness of the low ground at "the neck", avoid the risk of privateers and French attack, and to get better quality water.(source plaque at 1st Boston burying ground -- next to the "King's chapel"). About 30 remained, and had the church reconvenented in 1632, and Zechariah was elected first minister. Subsequently, the church moved up to a variety of meeting houses, the most recent being on Green St. The ruins of the old church were found when a new expressway was built by the River.
The Phipps Street Burial ground has a small hill, and a number of Symmes graves are evident at the crest. There is also a a receiving tomb # 43 on the east side containing one "Caleb Symmes". Our information is that the limestone stone of Zechariah has long since become illegible. LRLS 1992.
Capt.Symmes received that title from being an officer in the train bands. He was a lieutenant in 1687. At the time of his death, he was in hs 65th year. He had seven children. He died suddenly, 
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