THE SYMMES MEMORIAL

SIXTH GENERATION

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INDEX 1 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [54] ZECHARIAH:
[1] Zechariah
[4] William
[17] William
[54] Zechariah
[90] Zechariah[91] Samuel[95] William
[154] ZECHARIAH[157] BENJAMIN[160] Samuel[162] Zechariah[163] Joseph[164] John[165] Nancy[166] Stephen[167] HORATIO[168] Mary




INDEX 2 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [56] TIMOTHY:
[1] Zechariah
[4] William
[17] William
[56] Timothy
[96] Timothy[97] Daniel
[174] Martha[182] GEORGE




INDEX 3 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [58] JOHN:
[1] Zechariah
[4] William
[17] William
[58] John
[100] John
[185] JOHN[186] THOMAS[187] Abigail[188] ELIZABETH[189] MARSHALL[191] EBENEZER[192] EDMUND[193] CHARLES




INDEX 4 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [62] TIMOTHY:
[1] Zechariah
[4] William
[18] Timothy
[62] Timothy
[112] Hon. John Cleves[113] Timothy[116] William
[201] MARIA[204] ANNA[205] CELADON[206] DANIEL[207] WILLIAM[208] Captain JOHN CLEVES[210] Mary[211] Juliana[212] PEYTON[213] Timothy[216] Timothy




INDEX 5 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [80] THOMAS:
[1] Zechariah
[11] Zechariah
[31] Thomas
[80] Thomas
[126] Caleb
[227] CALEB[229] THOMAS




INDEX 6 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [81] ANDREW:
[1] Zechariah
[11] Zechariah
[31] Thomas
[81] Andrew
[129] Hannah[130] Andrew[131] Ebenezer[136] William
[236] Susanna[238] Lydia[240] ANDREW[241] Mary Ann[248] WILLIAM




INDEX 7 to the SIXTH GENERATION
via Fourth Generation [85] ZECHARIAH:
[1] Zechariah
[11] Zechariah
[31] Thomas
[85] Zechariah
[147] Isaac
[253] ISAAC[258] LAZARUS[262] ZECHARIAH





[154] ZECHARIAH SYMMES, son of Zechariah and Rebecca (Tuttle) Symmes; born in Woburn before 1780; married 6 October 1801 Hannah Richardson daughter of Nathan Richardson of Woburn.
He was by trade a cooper; lived and died in Woburn. Late in life he became a member of the Congregational Church where his wife had long been a member.

Their children [not mentioned further in the Memorial] were:

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[157] BENJAMIN SYMMES, brother of the preceding and son of Zechariah and Rebecca Symmes; born in Woburn about 1780; married Rizpah Saunders of Tewkesbury, Mass. They were published 25 March 1809.
He lived and died in Woburn, about 1815. His widow married Charles Stackpole of Charlestown.

Their children [not mentioned further in the Memorial] of Benjamin and Rizpah Symmes were:

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[167] HORATIO SYMMES, youngest son [of six sons and one daughter] of Samuel and Susana (Richardson) Symmes; born in South Woburn, now Winchester, 8 November 1795; married 11 November 1819 Charlotte Johnson born in Lexington 7 July 1798, daughter of Munson and Betsey (Monroe) Johnson of Lexington, afterwards of Woburn.

He was by trade a shoemaker and is now a stiffener or maker of the stiffened part of shoes. He and his wife are still living in Winchester in the house where he was born, but a few rods from the spot where his grandfather Zechariah Symmes lived. He and his wife were converted in the great revival in Woburn in 1827 when two hundred and twelve were admitted to the church by profession, and this couple among them; and they have ever since remained in covenant with God and his people.
Their children were: The three sons of this family now living [317, 319 and 321] reside near their father in Winchester. Stability is a marked characteristic of the Symmes family. The farm of their ancestors, William [17], William [4], and Zechariah [1], is but a stone's throw from their present residence.

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[182] GEORGE SYMMES, son of Daniel and Sophia (Emerson) Symmes of Medford; married ....
He occupied the homestead in Medford and was a blacksmith.

His children [none of whom is seen again in the Memorial] were: [331] Louisa, married Charles L. Newcomb of Boston; [332] Mary Jane, [333] Abby, [334] Ella, [335] Hephzibah born about 1857, and [336] Charles.
Though I have tried, I have not been able to obtain a better record of this family.

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[185] Deacon JOHN SYMMES, eldest son of Captain John and Elizabeth (Wright) Symmes; born in North Medford now included in Winchester 27 January 1781; married 28 June 1804 Pamelia Richardson born 13 July 1782, daughter of Deacon Jeduthun Richardson of South Woburn by his wife Mary Wright, born 29 January 1741, eldest daughter of Deacon John and Mary (Locke) Wright of Woburn.

He resided at "Symmes's Corner" in a house built by himself in that part of Medford which, together with South Woburn and part of West Cambridge, was incorporated as the town of Winchester.

He was a good man, just and upright, and useful in his day. In addition to the cultivation of a valuable farm, part of which he inherited from his early ancestors, he carried on during many years the business of a wheelwright as his father had done before him. He settled many estates of deceased persons and held at different times most of the offices of trust in the town and parish. He attended public worship in Medford and was a staunch supporter of civil and religious order. He was a deacon of the first Congregational Church in that town from about the year 1818 till his death, which occurred 15 February 1860 at the age of 79. He left a valuable estate to his children. His wife Pamelia died 1 December 1845 aged 63 years and 4 months.

Their children were:

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[186] THOMAS SYMMES, brother of the preceding and second son of John and Elizabeth (Wright) Symmes; born in North Medford 30 March 1783; married Sarah Lloyd Wait daughter of Nathan Wait of Medford.
He lived in Medford, was a farmer, and was killed in the woods by the irregular action - what is called slewing - of a sled heavily laden with fire-wood. This took place in the winter of 1811-12.
His children were:

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[188] ELIZABETH SYMMES, sister of the preceding; born 10 April 1787; married Abel Stowell in 1814, son of Abel Stowell of Worcester, a noted clock maker.

His home after marriage was in Charlestown where he carried on the business of a jeweller. He purchased of John L. Sullivan for four thousand dollars, the mill privilege on the Aberjona River in the present town of Winchester which had, from the settlement of the country till 1823, been partly at least in the possession and occupancy of the Symmes Family. He had on this stream an iron-foundry. After some years he sold it to Robert Bacon, hatter, of Boston and it is now in the possession of Mr. Bacon's children. Mr. and Mrs. Stowell are both deceased.
Their children [all surnamed Stowell, none mentioned further in the Memorial] were: [349] Eliza, [350] Abel, [351] Alexander, [352] Caroline, [353] Emily and [354] Abby Maria.

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[189] MARSHALL SYMMES, brother of the preceding and fifth child of Captain John and Elizabeth Symmes; born in North Medford 30 July 1789; married 26 January 1818 Lephe Stowell born 1791, sister of Abel Stowell the husband of her sister Elizabeth (see preceding paragraph). Her name, judging from the name she gave to her eldest daughter, may have been Relief.

He pursued the business of a blacksmith at "Symmes's Corner" in what is now Winchester. He is still living in Winchester in November 1872 and is able to be about. His wife Relief died 23 November 1848 aged 57.

It is a remarkable fact that he and the children of his brother Edmund still own fifty or sixty acres of the farm in the present town of Winchester, which was given to their ancestor Rev. Zechariah Symmes by the town of Charlestown two hundred and thirty years ago. It has never gone out of the Symmes family. When transferred from one person to another it has been by the Probate Court.

Their children were:

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[191] EBENEZER SYMMES, brother of the preceding; born at "Symmes's Corner" in the present town of Winchester 17 August 1793; married first HannaH Davis of Wilmington, Mass. sister of the wife of Joseph Bond of that town, the noted baker of excellent crackers. He married second, Lanissa ....

Mr. Symmes carried on the baking business in Hanover, N.H., as many who were students at Dartmouth College in 1825 and the following years may remember. He removed to Concord and there had a wholesale flour store. In 1867 he removed to Medford where he now lives on an ample income.

His children by his first wife were: By second wife:

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[192] EDMUND SYMMES, brother of the preceding; born at "Symmes's Corner" 14 August 1795; married 15 November 1820 Elizabeth Ann Smith, born 27 November 1803, daughter of Elijah and Lydia Smith of Medford.

He was a farmer; lived and died on the spot where he was born. He died 6 September 1843. The house, built by his father about 1783, was consumed by fire 17 August 1864.

His children [none mentioned further in the Memorial] were:

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[193] CHARLES SYMMES, brother of the preceding and youngest child of Captain John and Elizabeth (Wright) Symmes of North Medford; born 4 April 1798; married Hanna Ricker 6 April 1824.

In his youth he was in the counting room of Mr. Newhall, ship chandler in Boston. Afterwards he settled in Aylmer, Canada East, on the Ottawa River in the neighborhood of his mother's brothers.

The children of Charles and Hannah (Ricker) Symmes:

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[201] MARIA SYMMES, elder daughter of Hon. John Cleves Symmes by his first wife Anna; born on Long Island about 1762; married about 1790 Major Peyton Short, a wealthy farmer of Kentucky.
Little is known of either the husband or the wife. They lived in Lexington, Kentucky.*
* Her father, in a letter to his brother-in-law Colonel James Henry of Somerset County, New Jersey, dated 'North Bend, May 22, 1791', says: "Poor dear Maria, she seems to be lost to us all, and buried at Lexington in a circle of strangers. She would not come here with me, nor is she willing yet to come; the fear of Indians deters her. And yet there is not the least danger. As to her health it is very poor. She is very infirm and weakly. She trembles for my safety, let the Indians should kill me".
It is supposed that she died about 1820.
Their children were:

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[204] ANNA SYMMES, sister of the preceding and younger daughter of Hon. John Cleves Symmes; born at Flatbrook, New Jersey 25 July 1775; married at her father's residence, North Bend, in what is now the State of Ohio, 22 November 1795, William Henry Harrison.

Her father , in her earlier years, called her Nancy. Her mother died when she was about a year old. In her fourth year she was placed in the care of her mother's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Tuthill at Southhold, Long Island. The incidents of this journey she well remembered. The city of New York was then occupied by the British Army, and her father, though a Colonel in the American service, contrived by assuming the British uniform to pass the hostile lines with his young charge without suspicion.. Her grandmother was a godly woman whose soul had been stirred to its depths by the preaching of Whitefield. From her lips Anna Symmes received her first religious instruction, which produced impressions lasting as her life. She early acquired a relish for religious reading and committed to memory large portions of the Bible and many hymns, which she delighted to repeat after eighty years had passed away.

In early life she enjoyed the advantages of a female school at Easthampton, Long Island [Both Southold and Easthampton were settled from Connecticut about 1650 and have always been pervaded by a New-England influence], and afterwards was a pupil of Mrs. Isabella Graham and an intimate of her family. For that excellent woman she always cherished the highest regard.

In the autumn of 1794, her father having married again, she left her eastern home in company with her father and stepmother; but the journey at that time was made with difficulty and the party did not reach North Bend, her father's home, till the morning of the first of January 1795. That region was then regarded as the Ultima Thule of civilization. Soon after, she paid a visit to her elder sister, the wife of Major Short, near Lexington, Kentucky, and there she first met with her future husband, Captain Harrison, who was then in command at Fort Washington, Cincinnati. Her home was with him at that place till 1801 when, on his appointment as the first governor of Indiana Territory - then extending to the Mississippi River - she accompanied him to Vincennes where she resided till the commencement of the war of 1812. She then returned to Cincinnati and after the war removed with her family to North Bend.

She united with the First Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati but transferred her connection to the church at Cleves, near North Bend, on its organization, and continued a member of it till her death.

She could never tell the precise time of her conversion; the new life must have begun in her very early youth. She could not remember a time when she was not penitent for sin, or when she did not prefer the service of Christ to all the pleasures of the world. Her only reliance for acceptance with God was the atoning merit of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Her influence was most happy on all who came within its reach. During the active Presidential canvass of 1840 a company of politicians from Cincinnati visited one Sabbath day the residence of General Harrison at North Bend. The General met them at some place near by and, extending his hand, courteously said: "Gentlemen, I should be most happy to welcome you on any other day, but if I had no regard for religion myself, I have too much respect for the religion of my wife to encourage the violation of the Christian Sabbath".

Mrs. Harrison was not indifferent to political interests, and few were better informed on public affairs than herself. But her real life was in a higher sphere. The Spirit of Christ from childhood reigned in her heart. Her chief joy was humbly to follow the Redeemer. Her love embraced all mankind. To relieve want, to succor the distressed, gave her unspeakable joy. A writer sums up her character thus:-
"She is distinguished for benevolence and piety. All who know her view her with esteem and affection. Her whole course through life, in all its relations, has been characterized by those qualifications that compose the idea of an accomplished woman".
She retained her intellectual and physical powers almost to the last, and at the age of eighty-eight was an agreeable companion both to young and old. She calmly fell asleep in Jesus at Longuevue, the residence of her son Hon. John S. Harrison, February 25, 1864, in her 89th year. [Cincinnati Prebyter, 11 May 1864].

We must not omit to sketch the principal events in the life of her noble husband.
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON was born in the County of Berkeley in Virginia in the year 1775. His father, Benjamin Harrison, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated at Hampden Sydney College in that State and studied medicine; but, preferring a military life, entered the Army of the United States in 1791 with an ensign's commission at the early age of sixteen. He soon became a lieutenant and in 1794, as captain, had command of Fort Washington on the ground now occupied by the city of Cincinnati. In 1797 he was appointed secretary of the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, and in 1799 was its first delegate to Congress. In 1801 he was appointed Governor of the newly formed Territory of Indiana, which office he held for thirteen years, during which time he resided at Vincennes.

In 1811 he defeated the Indians at the battle of Tippecanoe, receiving a bullet through his stock, without further injury. After the surrender of General Hull in 1812, he rose to the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army. In 1813, after Perry's victory on Lake Erie, he invaded Canada and gained the battle of the Thames. A misunderstanding arising between him and General Armstrong, Secretary of War, he resigned his commission in 1814 and retired from the army after a connection with it of nearly twenty-four years.

From this time his course was wholly in civil life. Not long after, he laid our the village of Cleves, Ohio, just back of the hills in the vicinity of North Bend, giving it that name in honor of his father-in-law, John Cleves Symmes.

In 1816 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio; in 1819, to the Senate of that State; and in 1824, to the United States Senate.

In 1828 he was appointed minister of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, South America, which position he held but one year. From 1829 to 1834 he quietly lived on his farm at North Bend. From 1834 to 1840 he served as prothonotary of the court of Hamilton county, Ohio, in which North Bend is situated.

On the 4th of March, 1841, he was inaugurated PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, to which great office he had been elected, after a most animated canvass, by an overwhelming majority. The enthusiasm of his supporters has never been exceeded in this country. But amid the general rejoicing consequent on his election, he suddenly died just one month after his inauguration.


The children of William Henry and Anna (Symmes) Harrison were:

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[205] CELADON SYMMES, eldest son of Timothy and Abigail (Tuthill) Symmes; born in Sussex County, New Jersey 30 May 1770; married 14 October 1794 Phebe Randolph, said to be a cousin of the famous John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia.

He went, probably in the company led by John Cleves Symmes in 1789, to the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio and there took up his abode for life. In Cincinnati he bought a small lot of land for eight dollars, built a shop eight by ten feet, and worked one year at his trade of a silversmith which he had learned of his father. He then sold his lot and shop for seventeen dollars. It may well be supposed that in a new country like that around Cincinnati in 1789, little encouragement could be found for such a business.

In 1790 he went to North Bend and during four years took the oversight of the farm of his uncle, Hon. John Cleves Symmes. He also acted as one of the guard whose duty was to protect from the Indians the surveyors who were laying out his uncle's lands. It was then a time of war, and the Indians were troublesome.

There seems to have been no price stipulated for his services, only Judge Symmes said to his nephew: "You shall never be the worse for it". The uncle afterwards gave him a section of land in Butler County estimated to be worth eight hundred dollars, of which three hundred dollars might be considered as a present.

During his residence at North Bend he was often in danger from the savages. Once he and his brother Daniel, both being unarmed, were followed several miles by two Indians, one of whom proposed to kill them. He was prevented by the other, who maintained that they were too good to be killed.

He was a man of daring courage. At a certain time his dogs were fighting with a wounded panther and the beast seemed to be getting the advantage. Mr. Symmes rushed into the fray, seized the animal by the fore paw and stabbed it to the heart, thus ending the conflict.

Hon. John C. Symmes, his uncle, often speaks of him with interest in his letters. In a letter to Colonel Henry of New Jersey, dated Cincinnati 8 October 1803 he says: "Celadon is very unwell. He hurt himself in the harvest field [last summer] and has never got over it. He and his brother William were both elected justices of the peace in one day by the body of the people; and the next week after, Celadon was elected captain of the company of militia; and the week following, the Governor [Dr. Tiffin of Chilicothe] sent him a commission appointing him commissioner for leasing", &c. In a letter dated Cincinnati 10 February 1805 he calls his nephew "Major Celadon".*
* In a letter dated Cincinnati 5 November 1810 John Cleves Symmes says:" We have great crops of all kinds of grain this year. Corn at 20 cents, wheat at only 50, delivered at the Mill; beef and pork $2.50 per hundred weight. We begin to hope for better times".
He served several terms (seven years in all) as judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County. He owned a section of land three miles south of Hamilton, Ohio, which was afterwards known as "Symmes's Corner". On the southern side of his farm he laid off two acres as a public burying-ground, which received the designation "The Symmes Cemetery". There he was buried, dying 11 July 1837 aged 67 years, 1 mo. 11 days. [Family Record].

Their children were:

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[206] DANIEL SYMMES, second son of Timothy and Abigail (Tuthill) Symmes; born in Sussex County, New Jersey, 1772; married about 1795 Elizabeth Oliver.

He studied at Princeton College and went out west with his uncle. He was clerk of the court of the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio until that Territory was discontinued. He afterwards studied law and practised at the bar for some years. In 1802 he was elected to the senate of Ohio and re-elected in 1803 for two years. He presided over that body as its speaker. On the resignation of Judge Meigs in 1804, he was appointed judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He was captain of the militia in 1803.

He settled in Cincinnati when it was a mere village. His house, a two-story framed building, was for a time the best in the place. After the war of 1812-15 he was employed as the attorney of some persons who claimed from the United States government a large tract of land in the present State of Mississippi [probably the celebrated "Yazoo claims"]. He was successful in prosecuting the claim and received in remuneration a square league of the land included in the claim.

In 1814 he received the appointment of Register of the U.S. Land Office in Cincinnati, which position he held until a few months before his death, which took place 10 May 1827. In that office he was succeeded by his half-brother Peyton Short Symmes.

After his death his widow, an excellent Christian woman, married again. But her second marriage deprived her not only of her large property but of her domestic peace, so that she obtained a divorce. There being no law in Kentucky, where she had resided, which allowed a divorced wife to resume the name she bore previous to marriage, the legislature of that State honored her by passing a special act permitting her to bear the name of Symmes, to which she was devotedly attached. I have before me an autograph letter of hers dated Dayton, Ohio, 8 May 1856 in which she says that in three days more she would arrive at the age of 81.
Daniel Symmes had no issue.

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[207] WILLIAM SYMMES, brother of the preceding and third son of Timothy and Abigail Symmes; born in Sussex County, New Jersey, 1774; married in 1796 Rebecca Randolph, a sister of his brother Celadon's wife.

He learned the trade of silversmith of his father, but after his removal to Ohio - or rather to the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, as it was then called - he devoted himself wholly to farming. He resided in the south part of Butler County, Ohio, near what is now known as Jones's Station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad.

He died in 1809, leaving the children whose names follow:

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[208] Captain JOHN CLEVES SYMMES, half-brother of the preceding and son of Timothy and Mercy (Harker) Symmes; born in Sussex County, New Jersey 5 November 1779; married at Fort Adams, Louisiana, 25 December 1808 Mrs. Marianne Lockwood, widow of Captain Benjamin Lockwood of the U.S. Army, who had died in that year.

In early life he received a good common English education, and then and in later life was particularly fond of mathematics and the natural sciences.

In the year 1802 he entered the U.S. Army with an ensign's commission. In a letter dated Cincinnati 8 October 1803, his uncle of the same name says to his correspondent and brother-in-law Colonel Henry:
"Johnny Symmes is a lieutenant in the standing troops, and is beloved by his men and respected by his officers. So much for bringing up boys as they ought to be, to keep them steady to business, without discouraging them".
In 1807 he was stationed at Natchez and New Orleans. "Johnny Symmes" was commissioned as a captain of infantry 20 January 1812. He was in the battle at Bridgewater, sometimes called the battle of Lundy's Lane, on the evening of 25 July 1814 and was then senior captain in his regiment. The company under his command discharged seventy rounds of cartridges and repelled three desperate charges of the bayonet from veterans who had driven Napoleon's troops out of the Spanish Peninsula. His regiment was almost the only one which maintained its position throughout the action. In a sortie during the siege of Fort Erie, 17 September 1814, he with his command captured the enemy's battery No. 3 and with his own hand spiked their heaviest cannon, a twenty-four pounder. He was universally esteemed a brave soldier, a zealous and faithful officer. [From statements made to him by General Jessup, General Brown in his official report makes honorable mention of the bravery of Captain Symmes in this battle].

He left the army on the general disbandment, 1816, at the close of the war and took up his residence at St. Louis where he was engaged for about three years in furnishing supplies to the troops stationed on the Upper Mississippi. Contrary to the usual experience, he did not make this business profitable and he left it in 1819.

Captain Symmes has become extensively known as the author of a "Theory of Concentric Spheres and Polar Voids" which he promulgated at St. Louis in 1818 and which attracted considerable attention about the year 1824. We will present here in as few words as possible the substance of his theory and the arguments by which the author attempted to sustain it. For this we are indebted to a book written by James McBride, Esq., of Hamilton, Ohio, entitled "Symmes's Theory of Concentric Spheres, demonstrating that the earth is hollow, habitable within, and widely open about the poles".
On page 28 of that book we read:
"According to Captain Symmes, the earth is composed of at least five hollow concentric spheres, with spaces between each, and habitable as well upon the concave as the convex surface. Each of these spheres is widely open about the poles.
"The north polar opening is believed to be about four thousand miles in diameter, the south six thousand, and they incline to the plane of the equator at an angle of about twelve degrees. The highest point of the northern polar opening is near the coast of Lapland on a meridian passing through Spitzbergen; the lowest point will be found in the Pacific Ocean, about North latitude fifty degrees, on or near a meridian passing through the mouth of Cook's River.
The lowest point of the southern opening will be found in the South Pacific about latitude forty-two degrees south and longitude one hundred and thirty degrees west. The highest point will be found in about latitude thirty-four degrees south and longitude fifty-four degrees west".


His namesake and uncle ( [112] John Cleves Symmes ) gave him a valuable section of land near Hamilton, Ohio. He removed to it in 1824 but, as may well be supposed, his estate was insolvent at his death and his affairs greatly embarrassed, demanding the most vigorous exertions of his eldest son Americus to provide for the widow and the family. Mrs. Marianne Symmes, the widow, made her home most of the time with her eldest son Americus and died at Mattoon, Illinois, on a visit to her son Dr. William H.H. Symmes on August 5, 1864.

Captain Symmes was a man of great simplicity and earnestness of character, high-minded, honorable, honest, exemplary in every walk of life, beloved, trusted and respected by all who knew him. The lady whom he married came to him with a family of five daughters and one son by her former husband. These children wee brought up and educated by him as his own.

So entirely convinced was he of the soundness of his theory that for ten years, though laboring under great pecuniary embarrassment and buffeted by the ridicule and sarcasm of an opposing world, he persevered in his endeavors to convince others and interest them in it. The theory finally cost him his life.

The children of Captain John Cleves Symmes [with the exception of [422] Elizabeth who died at seven years old] are referred to under "Seventh Generation", [419] to [423].

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[212] PEYTON SHORT SYMMES, brother of the preceding and son of Timothy and Mercy Symmes; born in Sussex County, New Jersey in 1793; married Hannah B. Close in 1819.

He went to Ohio in his childhood and was one of the pioneers of the West. He passed his life in Cincinnati and was one of its most respected and valued citizens. His name stands intimately connected with every important social improvement made in the Queen City. He took a deep interest in the cause of education and did much to promote the efficiency and success of the public schools. He had refined tastes and was a man of much culture. He wrote often in prose and verse for papers and magazines, He was distinguished for purity of character and was courteous and pleasant in social life. He was fond of humor and excelled in wit, but not at the expense of others. He was apt with the pencil and could draw the human countenance with remarkable success. He gave much time to the affairs of the city, in the City Council and in the Board of Health, of which he was a member from 1833 to 1849. He was one of the Trustees of Cincinnati College, an active member of the Horticultural Society, and prominent as a member and corresponding secretary of the Pioneer Association. He succeeded his brother Daniel in 1827 as Register of the U.S. Land Office in Cincinnati. He was the last male survivor of the elder John Cleves Symmes, the purchaser and pioneer settler of the wilderness of the northwest between the Great and Little Miami, where the flourishing cities of Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton now stand.

He died of a paralytic stroke on the afternoon of Saturday 27 July 1861 aged 69, at the house of his son-in-law Charles L. Colburn at Mount Auburn near Cincinnati, where he had been resting for a few weeks during the heat of the weather. On the morning of that day he had attended the weekly meeting of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society at its rooms in the city. His funeral was attended on Friday 2 August by many of the old pioneer families, and the body deposited in the Spring Grove Cemetery. [Cincinnati Daily Gazette].

The children of Peyton S. Symmes [of whom only [443] Mary Susan is mentioned under "Seventh Generation"] were:

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[227] CALEB SYMMES, son of Captain Caleb and Elizabeth (Hall) Symmes; born in Charlestown, Mass., 7 March 1762; married first Lydia Trowbridge in Westford on 23 November 1784. She was born in Shirley, Mass., 25 December 1762, daughter of Thomas and Lucy Trowbridge. She died in Groton, Mass., 5 December 1812 and was buried at Littleton on the 7th. Thomas was son of Rev. Caleb Trowbridge of Groton. Mr. Symmes married second Mary (Chittenden) Lane, a widow, daughter of Calvin and Sally Chittenden in Charlestown, marriage ceremony by Rev. James Walker 20 July 1820. She was born in Malden 19 March 1781; died in Charlestown 13 September 1826 and was interred in Malden on September 14.

In his childhood Mr. Symmes was fond of study and obtained some knowledge of Latin and Greek. Afterwards he learned the trade of a blacksmith. He resided, after marriage, in Westford till about 1792; in Hollis, N.H. one year; in Peterborough N.H. about the same length of time. In 1796 his mother bought a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in the south part of Groton, of her brother-in-law Captain Jonas Minot, father of Judge Minot of Haverhill, Mass., to which place they removed the same year. After his first wife's death he lived in Charlestown.

He died trusting in Christ at Malden near Boston 15 December 1843, aged 81 years 9 months, and was interred in the family tomb in the old cemetery in Charlestown on December 23.

His children by first wife Lydia were:

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[229] THOMAS SYMMES, brother of the preceding and son of Captain Caleb and Elizabeth (Hall) Symmes; born in Charlestown 19 September 1765; married Rebecca Carver born 3 July 1766, youngest child of Ensign Benjamin and Edea Carver of Westford. Her mother, Edea Fletcher, was sister of Captain Benjamin Fletcher, his step-father.

He went with his mother in 1774 to Westford where she married Captain Fletcher in 1779. He was brought up under Captain Fletcher to the business of husbandry, to which he added that of a cooper. He was unsuccessful un business, as many were in the pinching times that followed the war of the Revolution. He found it necessary in 1796 to dispose of his interest in the farm at Westford, which had belonged to Captain Fletcher, and removed to Ashby where Dr. Thomas Carver, his wife's brother, was the practising physician. He bought a farm there and engaged in trade but soon sold out and in 1799 returned to Westford, which, with some additions since made, remains in the hands of his descendants.

He was a man honest, industrious and of exemplary life, a church-going man and very careful in observing the Sabbath. He was fond of church music and took part in the devotions of the sanctuary.

He died on 1 September 1817, aged nearly 52. His widow Rebecca remained at the homestead till 1832 when she removed to the house of her son Edward, where she died 17 November 1836 in her 71st year.

The children of Thomas and Rebecca (Carver) Symmes were:

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[240] ANDREW ELIOT SYMMES, only son of Colonel Andrew Symmes by his wife Mary Ann (Stevens) Symmes; born in Boston; married Eliza Coffin, daughter of Hon. Peleg Coffin, a native of Nantucket and a member of Congress from the district in which Nantucket was situated. He was an intimate and confidential friend of Caleb Strong, the excellent governor of this commonwealth. He resided in Boston and was one of the firm [Samuel] Torrey, Symmes & Company from 1806 to 1810.

He had two daughters:

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[248] WILLIAM SYMMES, only son of William and Elizabeth (Russell) Symmes; born in Boston 1802; married first in 1826 Elizabeth Ridgeley, a native of England. She died in Dorchester in 1833 aged 26. He married second Eliza A. Mayland on 2 May 1836.

His father dying when he was but eight years old, his mother's brother Hon. Benjamin Russell was his guardian. He spent much of his early life in his family. He was a harness-maker in Boston and has lived in Boston, Dorchester and Framingham. He and his wife are living in Framingham in March 1873.






[253] ISAAC SYMMES, son of Isaac and Hannah (Davis) Symmes; born in Plymouth, Mass. 16 November 1771; married 1 January 1798 Mary Whitman who was born 19 August 1778.

We suppose he lived in Plymouth, Mass., possibly in Kingston, an adjoining town.

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[258] LAZARUS SYMMES, brother of the preceding; born 18 February 1781; married 7 November 1802 Mary Weston born 1784, daughter of William Weston of Plymouth, Mass.

Their home was in Plymouth but the last part of their lives they spent mostly with their children. Mr. Symmes died 25 January 1851 aged 70. Mrs. Symmes died 4 December 1863 aged 79.

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[262] ZECHARIAH PARKER SYMMES, brother of the preceding; born in Plymouth, Mass., 8 May 1791; married first Elizabeth Dukes Berry born 16 August 1791, died 23 November 1834; married second Elizabeth Young, who died 17 December 1840; married third Caroline Fox Esty born 21 April 1808, now deceased. Mr Symmes died 6 September 1865.