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John SYMES

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  • Name John SYMES 
    Born 4 Mar 1572  Chard, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Oct 1661  Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • (1) Jay B. Wright, http://people.ne.mediaone.net/lsimms/tsdescent.html:

      3. JOHN SYMES, D.L., J.P.,, was b. 4 March 1572 or 1581 or 1586 or 14 Mar 1573 at Charde, Somerset, Eng. He matriculated from Exeter College, Oxford, 23 Feb 1587 8, æt. 14. B.A. 9 July 1591. Student of Lincoln's Inn 1589; M.P. for Somerset; High Sheriff. He m. about 1605 (where?) Amy Horner. He d. 21 or 23 Oct. 1661 at Winterbourne, Gloucestershire. Owens (p. 3) says, "A monument to memory of John Symes was erected in Church of Bishop Hull" and gives a shorter version of his "epitaph." His will was dated 5 Oct. 1658; proved 19 Dec 1661.

      John Symes of Poundsford, co. Somerset. Will dated 5 Oct. 1658; proved 19 Dec. 1661 (206 May.) To be bur. at Frampton Cotterell, co. Glouc. To my neph. Arthur Symes ££100 at the end of his apprenticeship. I am possessed of many years to come & undetermined of the Mansion of Poundsford, my Ex'ors shall convey it to Wm Symes, 1st s. of Jno Symes, decd, he not to vex or prosecute any suit against Hen. & Tho. Symes. To my 2 nieces Eliz. & Grace Symes ££800 to be pd out of Poundsford. John & Ed. Symes, sons of my s. Tho. Symes. All residue to my sons Hen. & Tho. Symes, Ex'ors.

      He is presumably the John Syms mentioned on p. 115 of Antigua:

      1649. John Syms of Poundford. Sequestration of an annuity of ££80 taken off, he having assigned it for his sons Henry and Thomas, and the farm. He is accused of having omitted ££3000 from his composition at Goldsmith's Hall. (Calendar of Committee for Compounding Royalist Estates, p. 993.)

      He is the John Symes described in the following "Extract from 'Barwick and its Church,' by John Batten, F.S.A.," reprinted on pp. 116-117 of Antigua:

      The family of Roger, or Rogers, whose chief seat was at Bryanston, Dorset (see Hutchins's 'Dorset,' i., 250), held Barwick for six generations, extending to the latter part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when Sir Richard Rogers, knight, sold the manor and advowson to William Symes, of Chard, merchant.

      This gentleman married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Hill of Poundisford, near Taunton, a very old Somersetshire family, and he was succeeded at his death by his son and heir, John Symes, who at the close of his life left Poundisford for the residence of his son, at Winterborne, in the parish of Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire, where he died, and was buried. The remarkable career of this "Somersetshire worthy" is minutely detailed in the monumental inscription to his memory in Frampton Church. It is engraved on a brass plate surmounted with the arms of Symes: Azure, three escallops in pale or; impaling those of Horner: Sable, three talbots passant argent, two and one.

      "Here lyeth the body of John Symes of Poundisford, in the Parish of Pitminster in the county of Somerset, Esquire, he was born on the 4th day of March, 1572 (in the 12th year of Queen Elizabeth). He lived soberly, righteously, and godly, and died on the 21st day of October 1661.

      "Reader, thou treadest on the sacred ashes of John Symes, Esq., who in the late unhappy times of rebellion was forced (for his signal loyalty to his Prince) to leave his former habitation at Poundisford, in the parish of Pitminster, in the county of Somerset, and to seek a repose for his old age in this parish. He was a man greatly renowned for wisdom, justice, integrity, and sobriety, which talents he did to hide in a napkin, but religiously exercised in the whole conduct of his life, especially in the government of that county, wherein he bore all the honourable offices incident to a country gentleman (as Knight of the shire, elected nem. con.), for the Parliaments held at Westminster in the 21st year of King James, High Sheriff, Deputy Lieutenant for many years, and Justice of the Peace for 40 years and upwards, and as he was careful and solicitous to discharge his duties to God, his soverigne and his country, so God was pleased to bestow on him several badges (also) of his special favour, as length of days, accompaned with a most healthy constitution of body for above 80 years, and of his mind to the last, as also a numerous posterity even of children and children's children, to the number of 100 and upwards, descended from his loynes (by his only wife Amy, the daughter of Thomas Horner, of Cloford, in the county of Somerset, Esquire).

      "And when he was full of days and honor, having lived 88 years 7 months and 7 days, and seen the safe return of his Prince to his crown and kingdom, after a long and horrible exile, and thereby the flourishing condition of both Church and State. Having finished his work on earth, he cheerfully resigned his soul to God that gave it, the 21st day of October, anno domini 1661, in full assurance of a joyful resurrection."

      Page 177 of Antigua also includes the Latin inscription on the south wall of the south aisle of Exeter College Chapel [at Oxford] about this same John ("Joannes") Symes.

      (2) Brockman, William Everett, Orange County Virginia Families, Vol. III, Minneapolis, MN: 1959, pp. 66-76:

      Abst. of the Will of John Symes, of Poundsford: Oct. 5, 1658; prov. Dec. 19, 1661 (206 May). To be buried at Frampton Cotteral Co., Glouc. To my nephew Arthur Symes 100 pounds at end of his apprenticeship. I am possessed for many years to come & undetermined of the Mansion of Poundsford my Exors shall convey it to Wm. Symes, eldest son of John Symes decd. He not to vex or prosecute any suit against Henry or Thomas Symes. To my two nieces Eliz. & Grace Symes 800 pounds to be paid out of Poundsford. My nephews John and Edw. Symes sons of my son Thomas Symes. Residue to my sons Henry & Thomas Symes Exors."

      From Somerset Wills, First Series (Brown), p. 53

      Library Congress, Washington

      In the Church of Bishop Hull there is a monument to "Georgio Farewel. . . ." Another to the memory of John Symes of Poundsford records that he was "greatly renowned for wisdom, justice, integrity, and sobriety, which talents he did not hide in a napkin but religiously exercised in the whole conduct of his life, especially in the government of the county wherein he bore all the honourable affairs incident to a country gentlemen as knight of the shire, high sheriff, deputy lieutenant for many years, and justice of the peace for forty years and upwards."

      From Quarter Session Records, for the Co. of Somerset

      James I. (Somerset Records Society, Vol. 23, p. XXV).

      John Symes of Poundsford and his wife Amy Horner had issue:

      1. John, who d. before his father.
      2. Henry m. Amy, dau. of Sir John Seymour
      3. Thomas, of whom later

      John Symes (eldest son of John of Poundsford and his wife Amy Horner) d. before 1658; m. Abigail, dau. of Arthur Arscott of Tolcott, Devon, and had issue Wm., to whom Poundsford was conveyed, Henry, and Abigail.

      Wm. Symes of Poundsford, son of John of Poundsford and his wife Abigail Atscott, was b. in 1623; d. 1687; m. Rachel Bluett, dau. of Francis Bluett (killed at Lyme 1664) and his wife Joan Moore (Brown's Somerset Wills - Second Series, p. 33).

      Collison's "History of Somerset," Vol. 3, p. 54: "North Pextherton is a very large parish between the towns of Bridgewater and Taunton. Within it are North Newton and about 15 other hamlets. It was one of Wm. the Conqueror's towns, and came into possession of the Bluett family which is so closely allied with the Symes family."

      Abstract of Wm. Symes Will

      Wm. Symes of Poundsford in Pitminster, Somerset, Esq. Will dated Nov. 30, 1687; proved Feb. 16, 1687-8 (Archdeaconry of Taunton). All my goods to my wife, Extrix. If not money enough to pay my debts to sell my estate & return the overplus to my bro., Henry Symes of Bristol, Gent. My brother-in-law John Bluett of Holcombe, Rogus, Devon, Esq., & my bro. Francis Bluett to be my friends in trust, etc. Estate of Hancreech & West Monckton. Geo., John & Elinor, ch. of my bro. Henry Symes 100 lbs. each. To my cousin Rachel Davison, dau. of Joseph Davison of Freshford, Gent. 500 lbs. at age of 21. Poor of Poundsford 10 lbs. To my bro. John Bluett, my young Strawberry mare. To my bro. Mr. Francis Bluett, my silver hilt sword & all my arms. Sealed with a coat of arms."

      (Brown's Somerset Will - Fourth Series pp. 70-71.)

      Abst. of Will of Henry Symes, bro. of Wm. of Poundsford: "Henry Symes late of Bristol now of London, Gent. Will dated May 15, 1693. (100 Coker) To be burd., at Tyson (Ruyshton) Somerset. Estate given me by my late bro. Wm. Symes's Will. My wife Elinor, my youngest son Geo. Symes 200 lbs. My dau. Elinor. My son John shall have my estate. Edward and Robert Westcombe, sons of my late sister Abigail" (Brown's Somerset Wills - Fourth Series, p. 71). John d. without heirs: "John Symes of Poundsford, Somerset, decd. Admin. May 20, 1698, To my sister Elinor, wife of Francis Duncombe" (Same source as above). His bro. Geo. became heir-at-law of Poundsford. This Geo. Symes had children, Sarah, Henry, and Elinor, christened in London between years 1702 and 1710.

      Henry Symes, second son of John of Poundsford and his wife Amy Hornew [sic]: "Henry Symes of Frampton Cottrell, Gloucre., Esq. (*) Will dated Jan. 28, 1678; proved Feb. 12, 1682" (*) Henry Symes was a son of John Symes of Poundsford, by Amy Horner. He md. A mye, dau. of Sir John Seymour, of Bitton, Glou.". (From Brown's Wills, p. 52 Visitation of Glos. in 1682-3 p. 183. Edited by Fenwick & Metcakfe).

      From Mr. W. H. Bason, Genealogist, "I copied a part of the will of Henry Symes because of the genealogical footnote. This Henry mentions no sons but 5 dau. Seymour is a Royal Line".

      Thomas Symes, son of John of Poundsford and his wife Amy Horner, In Brown's Somerset Wills, p. 48, there can be found the tabulated descendants of Edw. Bridges, showing that he md. Phillippa, dau. of Sir Geo. Speke, and that his fifth child, Amy md. Thomas Symes in 1640.

      Will of Elizabeth Symes, dau. of Thomas Symes & his wife, Amy Bridges: "Eliz. Symes of Doynton, Glouc., spinster. Will dated Nov. 22, 1675; pro. July 12, 1676 (Gloucester Will). My body to be buried at the disposing of my loving Ants!, Mrs. Eliz. Langton & Mrs. Katherine Bridges. To brothers Henry, Geo. & Richard Symes, 5 lbs. each. Rings to my bro. Edw. and John, my sisters Amy, Katherine, and Mary Symes, my cousin Eliz. Guise, my cousin Still, Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes, Mr. Ware & my cousin Ann Merideth. 5 lbs. to my 'Ant' Langton "Ant' Bridges, bro. Wm. Symes. Poor of Doynton. To my Uncle Geo. Bridges?Robert Wilskes for sermon. To Mary Seymour. To my bro. Thomas Symes. To my uncle Mr. Guise. To my bro. Charles; bro. Edw. & John Symes. Residue to my sisters Amy & Katherine, Extrices.

      From Somerset Wills - First Series - Brown, p. 53

      Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

      John Langton md. Eliz. Bridges. In his will in Brown's Somerset Wills - 4th Series, he refers to Henry Symes, son of his brother-in-law, Thomas Symes.

      "Eliz. Langton of Doynton, Co., Clouc. widow. Will 1696, Codicil 1699 prob. Apr. 24, 1703, by Charles Symes & Amy Meridth. Names nephew Harry Bridges bro. Sir Thomas Bridges, nephews Harry & Geo. Bridges, nieces Ann Powell & Eliz. Orange, cousin Arabella Bridges dau. of Harry Bridges, cousin William Bridges, cousin Edw. Symes, cousins Harry Symes, Geo. Symes, Charles Symes, Wm. Guise; Nephew John Symes, to his son John Symes & each of his two daus.; To Wm. Symes, Thomas Symes, & Richard Symes sons of Nephew Wm. Symes....to their sister Amy Symes. Mary, wife of nephew Richard Symes, Ann, wife of nephew Charles Symes; to poor of Almeshouse erected by my bro. Sir Thomas Bridges; to Mary wife of Nephew Wm. Symes; To Charles Symes & Amy Meredith heirs of Tenement now in the possession of Deborah Mathew; to Amy Symes, dau. of Nephew William, articles that belonged to my sister Katherine Bridges; to niece Amy Powell my silver "Bason that hath my own Coat of Arms ingraved on it'; my niece Ann Still; Eliz. Symes, dau. of my Nephew Charles Symes; Cousin Matthew Huntley of Boxwell London." Pro. Apr. 24, 1703.
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    Father William SYMES,   b. Between 1550 and 1555, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 4 Jun and 27 Jul 1597, Poundisford, Pitminster Parish, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth HILL,   b. Abt 1545, Nard, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1580  Poundisford, Pitminster Parish, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F811  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amy HORNER,   b. Abt 1575, Mels, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1658, Poundisford, Pitminster Parish, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married Bef 1605  Somersetshire, England? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas SYMES,   b. Between 1615 and 1620, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1682, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
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    Family ID F810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart