Beyond THE SYMMES MEMORIAL
Whilst searching the Internet to see whether the domain he wanted for his own Website was available, our cousin William Kirkland Symmes of Houston, Texas, had the good fortune of finding Eleventh Generation LEE RICHARDSON LUTHER ( Ric ) SYMMES in Canada.
Ric Symmes emailed details of his ancestry to the Webmaster, together with some fine specimens of Symmes tradition: a Coat of Arms, and a photo showing the amazing vessel redesigned by his Great Grandfather Luther Richardson Symmes to improve the yield of gold harvested from a river.
In this page we trace the living descendants of  Henry Richardson Symmes (b.1818) who married his cousin  Abigail Symmes (b.1826).
Please e-mail any corrections to the Webmaster.
DROIT ET LOYAL
A miniature scanned by Ric Symmes in June 2004 shows a Symmes family Crest bearing the motto 'DROIT ET LOYAL', and a scan of the original watercolour is shown below.
According to Ric, "Sandra Alice (his wife) says that while I may be loyal, I am not always right... I think that acknowledges that I was 'right' at least once so I will take that as good news!"
|Gen.||Ref.||Symmes||Place of birth||Date of birth|
|1||||Zechariah||England||5 Apr 1599|
|2||||William||England||10 Jan 1626|
|5||||John||North Medford||Aug 1755|
|6||||John||North Medford||17 Jan 1781|
|7||||Henry Richardson||Wobourn Mass||13 Apr 1818|
|8||||Luther Richardson||Three Rivers, Quebec||22 Aug 1856|
|9||[-]||Bertie Henry Luther||Sherbrooke, Quebec||2 Sep 1887|
|10||[-]||George Luther||Toronto, Ontario||27 Mar 1916|
|11||[-]|| LEE RICHARDSON LUTHER |
b.17 Jul 1941
|RODERICK VICTOR||LORRAINE ANNE|
|The children of "Ric" Lee Richardson Luther Symmes:|
|12||[-]|| ROBIN LORRAINE SYMMES|
b.7 Jul 1968
| SCOTT RAYMOND LUTHER SYMMES|
b.23 Jan 1970
|JENNIFER LYNNE SYMMES|
b.15 May 1976
Part of the e-mail sent by Ric Symmes to the Webmaster on 2 February 2004 reads:-
"Also attached is the Symmes Dredge at Boston Bar in British Columbia. The story is that while your Charles was building railways in Chile at the turn of the century, his cousin Luther Richardson Symmes and his brothers were building railways on the West Coast of Canada, in British Columbia. Luther saw men on their knees with pans separating gold nuggets from the gravel in the river. Thinking this was not an engineer’s approach, he went to Seattle, purchased a river barge, took it apart and brought it up the Fraser River canyon over the railway that he was expanding, and put it together above the rapids. He installed screens and sluices and separated gold from gravel on a grand scale. Unfortunately, the proceeds did not quite last to my generation."
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