PATRICK SYMMES, a keen motorbike enthusiast and intrepid journalist who lives in New York, learnt that Argentinean Ernesto Guevara had once taken leave from Medicine School to take a motorcycle ride across the Andes Mountains from Argentina into southern Chile, making it all the way north to Perú and Bolivia. That trip took place in 1952, before Ernesto became known as Ché Guevara, the revolutionary who helped Fidel Castro in the occupation of Cuba. Our relative Patrick Symmes, always ready for adventure, shipped his own BMW R80 G/S bike to Buenos Aires in 1996 and traced very closely the route Ché Guevara had followed 44 years earlier. Upon his return to New York, Patrick Symmes wrote "Chasing Ché", a book which became compulsory reading as much for adventurous motorbike riders as for armchair lovers of exciting literature.
More recently, as Contributing Editor with "Harper's" and "Outside" magazines, Patrick Symmes has reported from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Cuba and various South American countries and has even traveled with Maoist insurgents in Nepal. For further information on his literary work, search for "Patrick Symmes" in Google.Today Patrick Symmes is alive and well but seldom at his home in the State of New York where his ancestors have lived for three generations. We are indebted to Patrick's mother Jean Symmes, née Sinclair, for her kind permission to include this page in our Website and for telling us in August 2006 that:
"At the moment Patrick is in China, having just gone through a strenuous trip through Tibetan monasteries; he is traveling with an Irish photographer, Seamus Murphy, and it looks like he will get articles in England and in "Outside" Magazine in the US in addition to a book out of it".
JEAN SINCLAIR SYMMES is a devoted student of the life of Anne Hutchinson, fellow passenger of Reverend Zechariah Symmes on board "Griffin", the ship which conveyed them from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Jean has written a poem on the subject "because," she says, "I felt someone in the family owed her an apology".
|Gen.||Ref.||Symmes||Place of birth||Date of birth|
|1||||Zechariah||Canterbury, England||5 Apr 1599|
|2||||William||Dunstable, England||10 Jan 1626|
|4||||Zechariah||Charlestown, MA||1 Sep 1707|
|5||||Samuel||Woburn, MA||20 Oct 1746|
|6||||John||Winchester, MA||19 May 1786|
|7||||William Bittle||Winchester, MA||18 Jun 1822|
|8||||William||New York, NY||31 Jul 1851|
|9||[ - ]||William Bittle, Jr||New York, NY||19 Jun 1877|
|10||[ - ]||David||New York, NY||4 Sep 1929|
|The children of DAVID SYMMES and JEAN SINCLAIR:|
|11||[ - ]|| BRIAN DAVID SYMMES|
b.23 JuI 1958
New Haven, CT
|DEBORAH JEAN SYMMES|
b.27 Dec 1959
New Haven, CT
| PATRICK WYMAN SYMMES|
b.12 JuI 1964
New Haven, CT
|10||William Dwight||16 Apr 1913||-|
|10||Dwight Arven||16 May 1915||Catherine Burch|
|10||David||4 Sep 1929||Jean Sinclair|
|The children of DWIGHT ARVEN SYMMES and CATHERINE BURCH:|
|Dwight Arven Jr.
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|Below is a portion of the List of Passengers who arrived in Boston from England on board "Griffin" on 18 September 1634, including Rev Symmes and Mrs Hutchinson. A complete list of passengers, believed to have been about 100, has not been found by the Webmaster who would be grateful for news of its existence.|
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