THE SYMMES MEMORIAL
REV. ZECHARIAH SYMMES
MINISTER OF CHARLESTOWN, 1634 - 1671
GENEALOGY AND BRIEF MEMOIRS OF
SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS.
(Title page of "The Symmes Memorial" by John Adams Vinton, printed by David Clapp & Son, Boston 1873)
Introduction to the Internet edition
Few copies remain of the printed version of Mr Vinton's excellent biography of the early SYMMES family, covering the period from 1599 to 1873, and those copies are zealously guarded by their fortunate owners. Due to the poor condition of the only original available to us, the Webmaster has chosen to transcribe - rather than to scan - the Memorial where appropriate.
This transcription respects the vocabulary and syntax of Mr Vinton's text, but not the fonts or format used in the printed book.
The Webmaster claims no erudite contributions of his own to Mr Vinton's findings, least of all regarding the religious views and comments expressed in the printed work. We have merely transcribed The Symmes Memorial as found, for the benefit of any living descendants of Zechariah Symmes interested in their ancestry, in the sure hope that they can access the Internet.
[This Internet version excludes Mr Vinton's "Autobiography of the Compiler", his "Introduction" and his "Explanations", which occupy the first 16 pages of the printed book.]
After the end of the Memorial, section Beyond the Memorial contains pages based on data supplied to the Webmaster by worldwide Symmes people alive in the 21st Century [ see SYMMES TODAY under CONTENTS ].