From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

Simonds Ancestry in England   Phippen Ancestry in England
          William Simonds and Judith Phippen

          Joseph Simonds and Mary Tidd

          Elizabeth Simonds and Jonathan Brown

          Lydia Brown and Elias Mason

          Elijah Mason and Sarah Child

          Eli Morey and Sophronia Mason

          Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill

          William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

          Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

          Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

          Stephen Martin Lawson

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Symonds ancestry in England

The information concerning Symonds/Simonds roots in England is from History of the Simonds Family, by Robert and Rollo Simonds (Barre, VT: 1985).

John and Joan (Pett) Symonds

John SYMONDS - b. about 1514; bur. Oct. 1542, Winchester Cathredral churchyard. Lived in High Street, Winchester, Hampshire. Bailiff of Winchester 1539-40.

Joan PETT - d. 1590. Married second Mr. BETHELL of Winchester.

  1. Peter - d. 1577, Winchester, Hampshire. Apprenticed to John WILKYNSON, a London mercer. His will provision for scholarships for divinity students formed the beginning of the Peter Symonds School for Boys, Winchester.
  2. Thomas -
  3. John - Married Anne. Bailiff of Winchester in 1565-6 and 1580.
  4. William - b. about 1540-42; d. Jul. 27, 1606.

William and Alice Symonds

William SYMONDS - b. about 1540-42; d. Jul. 27, 1606; bur. Winchester Cathedral. Sworn into the merchant guild Oct. 26, 1565. Owner of lands at Chawton. Three times mayor of Winchester in 1575, 1585, and 1596.

Alice - d. Jun. 18, 1601; bur. Winchester Cathedral.

  1. Thomas -
  2. William - b. perhaps 1571.
  3. John - Married Elizabeth.
  4. Jane - b. 1587. Married after Jul. 26, 1605 Thomas MOREY the younger of Chawton.
  5. Rebecca -
  6. Mary -
  7. Ellen - Named in her Uncle Peter's will. Married Thomas BOSTOCKE, Gent.

William Symonds

William - b. perhaps 1571. Named in his father's will, and given equivalent of about $16,000. He was a student at Winchester College and matriculated at Magdalene Hall, Oxford University, on Feb. 4, 1591/2 at age 20. Perhaps the William SYMONDS who married the widow Alice ROSEBLADE of Kingswothry on Jan. 29, 1617.

  1. William - bap. Nov. 20, 1612, St. Peters, Winchester, Hampshire; d. Jun. 7, 1672, Woburn, MA.

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Phipping ancestry in England

William and Judith Phipping

William PHIPPING - bur. Oct. 5, 1647, Wedmore, Somersetshire. The will of William PHIPPING, baker, named brother Joseph living in Ireland, and four daughters, including Judah (Judith) in New England. Joseph PHIPPEN married Elynor MARTEN on Aug. 2, 1603 at Wedmore, Somersetshire, and had there the following children: Christopher, Isabella, Joseph, and George.

Judith - bur. Dec. 10, 1637, Wedmore, Somersetshire. One source suggests her surname may have been DEBURROW.

  1. Judith - b. about 1619, Wedmore, Somersetshire; d. Jan. 3, 1689/90, probably at Woburn, MA. Married William SIMONDS.
  2. Elizabeth - b. about 1625/6, Wedmore, Somersetshire. Married John ADAMS, and had children by 1647.
  3. Frances - bap. Feb. 10, 1627/8, Wedmore, Somersetshire.
  4. Joan - bap. Jan. 9, 1630/1, Wedmore, Somersetshire.

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The Simonds family in America

William and Judith (Phippen) Simonds

William SIMONDS (or SYMONDS) - bap. Nov. 20, 1612, St. Peters, Winchester, Hampshire, England; d. Jun. 7, 1672, Woburn, MA. Believed to be a descendant of the SYMONDS Family of Winchester, Hampshire, England. To America about 1635, settling first at Charlestown, MA where he became freeman 1639. Moved to Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA about 1643, where he was taxed in 1645 and built house in Cummingsville section used as a fort during the early Indian wars. Married first Sarah (bur. 3 (2) 1641, Concord, MA); and second Jan. 18, 1643/4 at Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA.

Judith PHIPPEN - b. about 1619, Wedmore, Somersetshire, England; d. Jan. 3, 1689/90, probably at Woburn, MA. Licensed to embark from Stepney on the 'Planter' March 22, 1634/5 at age 16, a servant of Nicholas DAVIES, together with James HAIEWARD at age 22, servant and tailor. Judith married first by 1642 in MA James HAYWARD (or HAIEWARD) (b. about 1612, England; d. Nov. 20, 1642, Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA), and had daughter Rebecca (b. Dec. 4, 1642, Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA). It may be supposed that servants Judith and James arrived in MA about Jul. 1635, and completed a seven year indenture before marrying about 1641. The license list included only one family, Nicholas and Sarah DAVIES, with son Joseph. Nicholas DAVIS is found in Woburn, MA in 1643. Information for Judith appears in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Volume V (Boston, 2007), pp. 456-57. Daughter of William PHIPPING and Judith.

Children of William and Judith Simonds

  1. Sarah - b. Jul. 28, 1644, Woburn, MA. Married Nov. 30, 1665, Concord, MA, John HEYWOOD (b. about 1631). John had married first Rebecca ATKINSON (d. Aug. 5, 1665, Concord, MA), and they had children: Rebecca died at age 18 days; Rebecca; John; Pirses; and Benone died at age 13 days. Children of Sarah and John HEYWOOD: Sarah married John BALDWIN, Jr.; Judith; Mary; Abigail; William; and Huldah.
  2. Judith - b. Mar. 3, 1646, Woburn, MA. Married Dec. 9, 1668, Concord, MA, John BARKER (b. 1646; d. 1718). Daughters: Mary married Richard TEMPLE; Judith married Thomas HAPGOOD; and Abigail married Hugh BROOKS.
  3. Mary - b. Dec. 9, 1647, Woburn, MA. Married Apr. 14, 1671, Concord, MA, Roger CHANDLER (d. 1716, MA).
  4. Caleb - b. Aug. 16, 1649, Woburn, MA. Married Sep. 25, 1677 Sarah BACON.
  5. William - b. Apr. 15, 1651, Woburn, MA; d. Dec. 1672, Woburn, MA. Did not marry.
  6. Joseph - b. Oct. 18, 1652, Woburn, MA; d. Nov. 12, 1733, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA.
  7. Benjamin - Mar. 18, 1654, Woburn, MA; d. Sep. 26, 1726, Woburn, MA. Soldier in King Philip's War. Married 1678 Rebecca (d. Apr. 17, 1713, Woburn, MA). One unconfirmed source gives Sarah's surname as TIDD. Children: William married first Elizabeth WILSON, and second Sarah BALDWIN [daughter of Benjamin's niece Sarah (HEYWOOD) BALDWIN]; Benjamin married Abigail WOOD; Joseph married Abigail SPENCER; John married Sarah JOHNSON; Rebecca married Nathaniel WALKER; Daniel married Susanna WILSON; Jacob; Judith married Samuel EAMES and Hulda married Nathan WYMAN.
  8. Tabitha - b. Jul. 20, 1655, Woburn, MA; d. Aug. 20, 1655, Woburn, MA.
  9. Joshua - b. about 1657, Woburn, MA; d. Jul. 16, 1657, Woburn, MA.
  10. James - b. Nov. 1, 1658, Woburn, MA; d. Sep. 15, 1717, Woburn, MA. Married Dec. 29, 1685 at Woburn, MA Susanna BLODGETT (b. Feb. 17, 1665; d. Feb. 9, 1715, Woburn, MA), daughter of Samuel and Ruth (IGGLEDEN) BLODGETT. Children: James; Susannah; Abigail; Sarah married Samuel WILSON; Nathan; and Ruth.
  11. Bethiah - b. Nov. 3, 1659. Married Aug. 13, 1696 John WALKER, Sr.
  12. Huldah - b. Nov. 20, 1660, Woburn, MA; d. Mar 14, 1746. Married Apr. 30, 1682 Samuel BLODGETT (b. Dec. 10, 1658, Woburn, MA; d. Nov. 5, 1743), son of Samuel and Ruth (IGGLEDEN) BLODGETT. They moved from Woburn to Lexington, MA by 1691, where Capt. BLODGETT was an Assessor in 1710 and a Selectman in 1714. Children: Samuel married Lydia JOHNSON; Daniel married Mary MALLETT; William married Sarah (HALL) SPALDING; Huldah married Ebenezer READ; Caleb married first Elizabeth, second Sarah WYMAN, and third Elizabeth WYMAN; Joshua married Dinah MORSE; Josiah married Elizabeth; John married Sarah JOHNSON; Benjamin; and Nathan married Abigail CONVERSE.

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Joseph and Mary (Tidd) Simonds

Joseph SIMONDS - b. Oct. 18, 1652, Woburn, MA; d. Nov. 12, 1733, Cambridge Farms (became Lexington in 1713), MA. Son of William SIMONDS and Judith PHIPPEN. Moved to Cambridge Farms in 1681 with father-in-law. Admitted to church there in 1698. A subscriber to first meeting house in 1692, taxpayer in 1693, caretaker of ammunition in 1700, common school subscriber in 1711, selectman in 1712-13, and Ensign in 1712. Married Mar. 7, 1680/1, Woburn, MA.

Mary TIDD - b. Nov. 13, 1656, Woburn, MA; d. Dec. 4, 1732, Lexington, MA. Admitted to church at Lexington in 1698. Daughter of John TIDD and Rebecca WOOD.

Children of Joseph and Mary Simonds

  1. Rebecca - b. Jun. 11, 1682, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA. Married 1708 Thomas WELLINGTON.
  2. Mary - b. Dec. 15, 1684, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA. Married 1705 William GRIMES.
  3. Joshua - b. Jan. 23, 1686/7, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA; d. Nov. 3, 1768, Lexington, MA. Married Hannah POULTER (b. Nov. 12, 1697; d. Nov. 11, 1789), daughter of John POULTER and Hannah HAMMOND. Children: Joshua died young; John died young; Sarah married Francis BOWMAN; Hannah married Joshua BROOKS; Betty married Hammon REED; Joshua married Martha BOWERS; and Joseph married Elizabeth STONE.
  4. Joseph - b. Jun. 8, 1689, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA; bur. Congregational Church Yard, Ware, MA. His children were all born at Killingly, CT (1725-1741). Married first Rachel, second Mary, and third, Nov. 17, 1738, Hannah ABBE. Son of Joseph and Rachel: Benjamin (Col. at Lexington Alarm 1775). Children of Joseph and Mary: Huldah; John; Joshua; and Nathan. Children of Joseph and Hannah: Jothamand Hannah.
  5. Daniel - b. Nov. 3, 1693, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA; d. Apr. 3, 1776. Chosen Hog-reeve 1716, and selectman 1740 and 1755. Married Nov. 29, 1716 Abigail SMITH (b. Jul. 7, 1697, Watertown, MA; d. Apr. 2, 1776, Lexington, MA), daughter of Jonathan SMITH and Jane PEABODY. Children: Mary married James MANN; Daniel married Mary MIXTER; Nathan married Hannah FLAG REED; Jane died in infancy; Ruth; Abigail died in infancy; Abigail married Isaiah TAY; and Sarah married Abraham MERRIAM.
  6. Jonathan - b. 1692-3, Lexington, MA; d. Feb. 22, 1747/8, Lexington, MA. Selectman in 1732. Married Lydia BOWMAN (b. 1695; d. Apr. 18, 1790), daughter of Francis BOWMAN and Lydia STONE. As widow of Jonathan, Lydia married second Thomas CUTLER. She married third Samuel WINSHIP. Children: Jonathan; Lemuel; Joseph; Amos died as infant; Frances; Francis died as infant; Amos; Francis; John married Mary HUTCHINSON TUFTS; and Ebenezer died young.
  7. Abigail - Married first William HASTINGS (bap. Jul. 13, 1690; d. Oct. 20, 1723), son of John HASTINGS and Abigail HAMMOND; and second John KNIGHT. Sons: William; and Edmund.
  8. Elizabeth - bap. Nov. 13, 1698, Cambridge Farms (Lexington), MA; d. Aug. 6, 1765, Waltham, MA. Married Jonathan BROWN.

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