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John Symonds

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: North Walsham, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: September 19, 1671 (77)
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Symonds and Mary K. Smythe
Husband of Elizabeth Symonds; Elizabeth Simons and Ruth Symonds
Father of Samuel Symonds; Samuel Simons; Robert Simons; John Symonds; Edmund Symonds and 4 others
Brother of Edmund Symonds; Dorothy Symonds; Mary Symonds and Dionyce Symonds

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About John Symonds

According to Savage, Vol 4, Page 245 (266/756):


JOHN, Salem 1637, freem. Mar. 1638, had w. Eliz. and ch. beside James bef. ment.; Samuel, whose bapt. was 4 Nov. 1638; Catharine; and Ruth; and d. a. 1671. His will of 16 Aug. was pro. 19 Sept. of that yr. Catharine, m. 26 June 1657, Jacob Towne of Topsfield; and Ruth m. 19 July 1658, Job Swinnerton of Salem, and d. 22 May 1670.


  •  John Symonds was born circa 1595 at England.1. And died between 18 August 1671 and 19 September 1671 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.1
  • From Ancestry of My Parents - Rejoice Foster Towne and Elizabeth Chloe (Sessions) Towne, by George Towne:

John Symonds, our Immigrant Ancestor, was b. in Eng. about 1595. He came to Salem in 1636 and was made a freeman there the next year. He was a joiner and lived first on the western corner of St. Peter and Bridge Streets, but before 1652 settled where the school house stood on North street.


  1. Ruth Fox died
  2. Elizabeth (?) after 1633.1

   Children of John Symonds:

  1. John Symonds   b. 30 Mar 1625
  2. Edmund Symonds   b. 31 Dec 1626, d. probably young
  3. Mary Symonds   b. 18 May 1628, d. probably young
  4. Catherine Symonds+   b. 18 Apr 1630, d. a 1704
  5. Ruth Symonds   b. 20 Feb 1630/31
  6. James Symonds   b. 19 May 1633
  7. Samuel Symonds   b. c Nov 1638, d. 14 Aug 1722


  • [S240] Walter Goodwin Davis, Mass. and Maine Families, v.3, p. 399.


As writted by "HGT July 1960" "John Symonds of Salem, Mass the early settler of Salem, was granted land there near North River in 1636. On 1/29/1669 aged abiyt 74 years old he disposed in the case of Ingersol vs. Barney (Essex Quarterly Court Files). His family in Salem consisted of a wife Elizabethr and four children (James - he desposed of on 24 June 1685 age 50 Suffolk Court Files no 2339; Catherine married Jacob Towne; Ruth married Job Swinnerton Jr.; and Samuel born in January 1637/38) John's will dated 16 Aug 1671 was proved 19 Sept 1671 (Essex County Probate).

John came from Great Yarmouth Co, Norfolk England and Elizabethr was his second wife. She was perhaps the mother of his younges child Samuel. Dr. Bently in his diary (ed. Essex Institute) notes that he saw the papers inan old law suit of James Symonds (son of John) which stated that John came from Great Yarmouth Co Norfold where he married Ruth Fox. He expected to inherit lands in Norwich (England). Copied from Pager 205, Vol. 96 1942 NE Historical Genealogoy Register"

  • page 674 of New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey
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John Symonds's Timeline

October 9, 1593
North Walsham, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
March 30, 1625
Age 31
December 31, 1626
Age 33
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
May 18, 1628
Age 34
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
April 18, 1630
Age 36
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
February 20, 1631
Age 37
Age 39
Age 44
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 49