FROM PARISH REGISTERS AND MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS.
This document principally presents genealogical details from the research papers of Henry Symonds, FSA, author of “A MEMOIR OF THE FAMILY OF SYMONDS OF SOMERSET AND DORSET”, printed for private circulation in Taunton in 1933. Where possible credits to Henry Symonds would be appreciated.
In some parishes, these have been supplemented by extracts from Mormon films on the parish registers or bishop’s transcripts from selected parishes. Such supplements and their sources are clearly identified.
Extracts from parish registers, and monumental inscriptions in churches
1812, 17 Jan, Anne daughter of Edward and Elizabeth
In the Churchyard
Sacred to the
memory of William Lionel Southcomb son of James and Anna Maria Southcomb who
died March 13th , aged 2 years and 10 months.
In the Churchyard
In affectionate remembrance of Robert Newbery of Borough House in this
parish who died May 21st 1823, aged 39 years,
Lydia Newbery wife of the above who died at Musbury Dec. 30th
1872, aged 86 years.
Also of Gertrude Mary infant child of Thomas and C. E. Newbery of this
parish who died Sept. 5th 1866.
The Lickey Church.
the dear memory of Henry Burman Lowe who died October 24th 1915, aged
56 years. Also his wife Florence Mary who died 12 August 1923, aged 60 years.
the sight of the unwise they seemed to die;
is their hope full of immortality.
1808. 19 November born. 1812, 30 January baptised.
Maria daughter of Giles and Maria Symonds.
1810. 3 June born. 1812. 30 January baptised. Matilda
daughter of Giles and Maria Symonds.
15 July. Sarah daughter of Giles and Maria Symonds of Beaminster.
9 January. Giles son of Giles and Maria Symonds of Beaminster.
Altar tomb in the old churchyard.
Sacred to the memory of Honor Grabham wife of
Abraham Grabham who departed this life the x day of may MDCCCXL aged LXX years.
.. Also the above Abraham Graham who died April 5th 1847, aged 78
years. Eliza Humphrey daughter of Abraham and Honor died June 23rd
1847, aged 42 years.
April. Georgina Leekey, aged 20.
1874. 7 February. Jemima John Leekey, aged 66.
George Leekey, aged 77.
In the old
Sacred to the memory of Georgiana Leekey who departed this life on the 2nd
day of April 1863, aged 20 years. Heb.xii.
In loving remembrance of Jemima John wife of George Leekey of Wanderwell
House who entered into rest February 4th 1874, aged 65 years. Rev.
remembrance of George Leekey of Wanderwell House who entered into rest April 13th
1874, aged 77 years. St John xvii.24.
In loving remembrance of Eliza Parsons who died at Allington, Bridport,
January 28th 1880, aged 75 years.
In loving memory of Frederick James Parsons who died at Monchard Bishop,
North Devon, December 20th 1880, aged 46.
Sacred to the memory of Abraham Rooke James, Born February 2nd,
1826; at rest October 16th 1905.
In memory of Daniel Stone who died at Walditch the 17th day of
June 1833, aged LXXV years.
Also of Hester his wife who died February 12th 1848, aged
LXXXV years, Rev.xi.13.
In memory of John Symonds, born 21 July 1788, died 15th June
Also in memory of Mary Symonds widow of John Symonds who died November 17th
1881, aged 91.
In the church is a painted window with a tablet commemorating William Way
who died on Christmas eve, 1877, aged 76, and his widow Fanny Way who died
August 23rd 1895, aged 77.
April 4th 1758. Daniel son of Joseph and
Joan Stone of Bradpole.
December 26th 1770. John son of Richard
and Mary Craze.
August 23rd 1775. Richard son of Richard
and Mary Craze.
April 15th 1778. Richard son of Richard
and Mary Craze.
April 26th 1804. Eliza daughter of John
and Jemima Craze.
July 20th 1805. Mary Anne daughter of John
and Jemima Craze.
April 29th 1807. Sarah daughter of John
and Jemima Craze.
July 13th 1808. Jemima John daughter of
John and Jemima Craze.
June. James Southcomb of Bridport and Anna Maria Stone of Walditch, by licence.
April 9th 1777. Richard Craze, inf.
March 14th 1781. William Craze, inf.
June 22nd 1806. Mary Craze.
May 29th 1807. Sarah Craze, inf.
January 28th 1808. John Craze.
September 8th 1808. Mary Ann Craze, inf.
April 23rd 1809. Richard Craze.
chyrchyard, near south porch.
Sacred to the memory of John Craze who departed this
life on the 24th of January 1808, aged 38 years. Also of Sarah
daughter of John and Jemima Craze who departed this life on the 24th
May 1807, aged 5 months. Also of Mary Ann their daughter who departed this life
on the 6th of September 1808 aged 3 years and 3 months.
Sacred to the memory of Richard Craze who departed this life on the 10th
of April 1809, aged 63 years. Also of Mary Craze wife of the above who
departed this life on the 19th of June 1806, aged 69 years. Also of
John Craze their son who departed this life on the 24th of January
1808, aged 38 years. Also of William their son who departed this life the 9th
of March 1781, aged 8 years. Also of Richard and Mary their children who died in
In affectionate remembrance of Jemima the dearly
beloved wife of William Hewett Manley, born May 31st 1836, died
February 2nd 1869.
Mima Maud manley aged ten weeks, died February 13th
In memory of William Hewett Manley who died May 9th
1882, aged 54 years.
15 January. Giles sin of John and Mary Symonds.
13 September. John son of John and Mary Symonds.
May. Mary Ann daughter of John and Mary Symonds.
7 May. Daniel son of John and Mary Symonds.
15 January. Henry son of John and Mary Symonds.
17 June. George son of John and Mary Symonds.
27 July. Anna Maria daughter of John and Mary Symonds.
August. Frederick son of John and Mary Symonds.
4 April. Jean daughter of John and Mary Symonds.
23 May. Ellen Amelia daughter of John and Mary Symonds.
5 January. William and George twin sons of John and Mary Symonds.
1836. 2 June. William Udal of Aston, Warwick, and Mary Ann Symonds of
this parish. By licence. In the presence of John Symonds, Mary Udal, Annie
Studley and John Symonds junr.
1848. 27 April. John Amon Vidler of Rye, Sussex, and Anna Maria Symonds
of this parish. In the presence of Jane Symonds and J. Stone.
tablet in the church.
memory of Daniel Symonds born at Broadwindsor 4 May 1819, died at Dorchester 15
April 1892. Interred at Dorchester cemetery.
A painted board records “John Symonds’ Charity” of 1861. He gave a
fund for providing bread, meat, fuel or clothing to twelve of the oldest poor
residents annually in January. The donor was churchwarden in 1839.
tomb in the churchyard.
memory of Mary wife of Henry Symonds of Kimmeridge in the isle of Purbeck who
died November 23rd 1838, aged 46 years.
In memory of the above Henry Symonds of Cannon
Court who died May 21st 1854, aged 64 years.
Underneath this tomb lieth the body of Henry son of Henry and Mary
Symonds of Kimmeridge, isle of Purbeck, who died 1st day of October
1829 aged eight years.
December. John son of John and Honor Udal.
1802. 22 January. Ann daughter of Thomas and Ann
1798. 19 April. John Udal now resident and Honor
Symonds of this parish. By licence. In the presence of John Udal and James
1822. 2 January. Ann Slade of Beaminster, aged 45.
In loving memory of Francis Jego Gillett died April
26th 1896 in his 77th year. Also Mary his wife died
January 6th 1909 in her 88th year.
churchyard, on an altar tomb.
to the memory of John Roper who died at Mappercombe February the 10th
1837, aged 70 years. Also of Jane his wife who was buried on the north side of
this tomb; died January 28th 1855, aged 72 years.
In memory of Giles Symonds Roper son of John and Jane Roper of
Mappercombe who departed this life February the 8th 1814, aged 5
years. Also of Henry and George Roper their sons.
Thomas Farwell Roper of Musbury, Devon, the eldest son of Thomas Roper
gent. And Mary his wife, the daughter of William James of Colmer in this county,
gent. Their remains are also deposited near this spot.
Also in memory of Mary Sarah Symonds Roper (relict of the late John
Roper) whose body rests on the south side of this vault. Died at Bridport 21
October 1883, aged 51.
In memory of Sarah Gillett nee Roper widow of Henry Anning Gillett of
High Ham in the county of Somerset. She died December the 11th 1898,
1805. 19 March. Jane, daughter of John and Jane
1807. 19 March. John Farwell son of John and Jane
January. Giles-Symonds son of John and Jane Roper.
1810. 17 September. Joel son of John and Jane Roper.
1792. 6 June, Grace daughter of James and Mary
April. Grace Craze of Bishop’s Hull, 37.
in the church.
James Rogers of Bovey in this parish died 20 Jan. 1804. Aged 60 years.
Mary wife of the above died 27 June 1837, aged 85. Grace Craze their daughter
died 16 April 1831, aged 38. James Rogers their son died 1 Nov. 1851, aged 69,
and Maria his wife died 27 April 1853, aged 69.
1793. 16 November. Edward Symonds and Eunice
Warry, both of this parish. In the presence of Thomas Gould and Oness Warry.
Sept. John Jeygo of Dowlish and Mary Norris.
1730. 21 July. Edward Symonds of East Dowlish and
Honour Hutchens of Kingstone.
20 Apr. William Hutchens of Kingstone and Fortune Bullen of Seavington St. Mary.
1809. 9 Feb. William Gapper of Winsham and Elizabeth
1750. 13 May. Henry Simmons of Dowlish Wake and Mary
warren of Chillington were married.
1754. 24 June. James Dight son of James and Ann Dight
July. Susannah Wilment daughter of Richard by Susanna his wife.
1798. 25 Dec. Honor Ilett daughter of George by
Martha his wife.
7 Jan. George (born 26 Dec. 1799), Charles (born 27 Sept. 1802), and John (born
23 Jan. 1805) sons of George and Martha Ilett.
1819. 6 Jan. Edward and Giles, sons of George and
1832. 11 Nov. Philip son of George and Sarah Ilett
28 Aug. Richard Wilment of C.M. and Susannah Dight of Fivehead. In the presence
of Mark Dight.
1795. 16 Feb. George Ilett and Martha Bawler, both of
1795. 14 June. Richard Wilment.
1823. 25 Nov. Martha Ilett, aged 49.
1829. 29 Nov. Susannah Wilment, 78.
1837. 15 Sept. George Ilett, 66.
Edward Simmonds and Anne Milburn were married the 15 day of May anno p’dicto.
7 July. Edward Symonds bachelor and Mary Knott widow, both of this parish. By
licence. In the presence of Maximilian Brice and John Membury.
23 November. John Darby and Ann Dight both of this parish. By licence. In the
presence of Edward Symonds and John Templeman.
1782. 27 September. Mary Simmonds.
1785. 29 September. Edward Symons.
A note inside the cover of one of the registers states that Edward Symons
was churchwarden in 1783 and bought the book for 15s. on 3rd April in
Here lieth the body of John Darbey who departed this life October the 18,
1817, aged 55 years.
A friend both constant and sincere
A husband and a father dear
here till Christ shall call and say
Come come ye blessed and come away.
And also of six children who died in their infancy.
And also of Ann wife of the above John Darbey who
died January 22, 1830, aged 75 years.
friend morne not for me nor weep
I leave a toilsome world behind
this grave I sweetly sleep
A crown of glory for to find.
1734. Edward the son of Edward Simons bapt. 7
1737. Elizabeth the daughter of Edward Simonds bapt.
1741. Sarah the daughter of Edward and Honour Symons
bapt. 6 January.
1762. Mark ye son of James and Ann Deight baptised
September 12th .
1765. John ye son of James and Ann Dight baptised the
3rd day of March.
1767. Giles the son of James and Ann Dight baptised
November the 30th .
1742. Amell Savage of Illmester and Ann Symons
of Donyard the 20th April.
1804. 31 May. James Dight of Martock.
An Altar Tomb
Here lieth the body of James son of Mark and Susannah Dight who departed
this life May ye 24th 1804, aged 75 years.
He died in the faith of the blessed Trinity.
Also Ann Dight wife of James Dight who departed this life January 1st
1829, aged 97 years.
Also Edward Dight son of James and Ann Dight
who departed this life December 12th 1832, aged 74.
Also the body of John Dight son of aforementioned James Dight and Ann his
wife who departed this life 29th day of September 1847, aged 84.
Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man
cometh. Matt. xxiv. 44.
Also James Dight grandson of the aforementioned James Dight and Ann his
wife who departed this life the 14th of September 1838 and was buried
at Ilton, aged 54.
Sacred to the memory of Mark Dight son of the aforesaid James Dight and
Ann his wife, whose remains are deposited at Fivehead in this county. He
departed this life Sep. 19th 1838,
flat stone adjoining shows “JD.1817” cut upon a shield.
A painted window on the south side
“To the glory of God and in affectionate memory of
Giles Symonds and Jane his wife this window is erected A.D.1898.”
A painted window in the north aisle
commemorates Martha Mary, the widow of Giles Symonds, who died June 1st
As a tribute of parental affection this stone is erected to the memory of
three children of Giles and Jane Symonds;
Edward-Coleman who died on the 28th March 1843 aged seven
months, Emily Jane who died on the 16th May 1849 in her fourth year,
and Edward who died on the 22nd January 1858 in his tenth year.
Also to the memory of Kate another child who died on the 20th
March 1862 in her 12th year. 2
Kings iv. 26.
Sacred to the memory of Jane wife of Giles Symonds who died 8th
November 1877, aged 61. Also of the above named Giles Symonds who died 8th
December 1892 in his 81st year.
In loving memory of Daniel Symonds (of Ashton) born May 4th
1819, died Good Friday April 15th 1892. Also of Mary Anne Symonds his
wife (daughter of John Allen Pope of Sutton Poyntz) who died at Dorchester
January 22nd 1912, aged 81 years. St
John xi. 25.
In loving memory of George Symonds who died Oct. 15th 1906
aged 73. Also Florence youngest daughter of the above who died May 9th
1907, aged 37. Psalm 127. 2.
Also of Mary-Lowman widow of the above who died at Pendinas, Dorchester,
January 20th 1927, aged 90 years.
Sacred to the memory of Martha Mary, widow of Giles
Symonds and daughter of Edward Pope of Toller, who died June 1st
1916, aged 76.
In loving memory of Daniel John Symonds born at
Ashton 16th December 1857, died at Upwey 13th December
1905. 1 Peter I. 5.
In loving memory of Joseph Stone, died December 29th
1853. Also of Lucia Catherine Boswell Stone his wife, died February 8th
1670. 8 May. James the son of William Milburn
and Ann his wife. Born 26 April.
1677-8. 6 January. William son of William Milburn and
Joan his wife.
1702. 18 December. Ann daughter of Edward Simons and
Ann his wife.
1704. 14 July. Flora the daughter of Edward Symonds,
miller, and Anne his wife.
1705-6. 14 February, William the son of Edward and
1707. 14 November. Edward son of Edward and Anne
Symonds and baptised November 18.
1712. 10 July Anthony ye sonn of Anthony and
1714. 23 June. John the sonn of Edward and Ann
1728. 26 May. Henry ye son of William and Mary
Symonds was baptised.
1729. 11 September. Anne ye daughter of William and
1729. 6 December. Abraham son of Abraham and Mary
1730. 29 September. Mary ye daughter of William and
Mary Symonds was baptised.
1736. 6 May. Edward ye son of John and Mary Symons.
1737-8. 2 January. Ann ye daughter of John and Mary
Symonds was baptised.
1738. 3 December. Norris ye son of Anthony and Joan
Jago was baptised.
1742. 30 October. Susannah ye daughter of Richard and
Anne James was baptised.
July. Giles ye son of Edward and
Honor Symonds baptised.
1746. 7 January. Tho. Wellman ye son of William and
Mary Symons baptised.
1748. 3 July. Mary ye daughter of
Edward and Honor Symons.
1751. 5 April. Mary ye daughter of William and
1752. 22 October. Ann ye daughter of Henry Symmons
and Mary his wife.
1754. 9 June. Charles the son of Henry and Mary
1771. 13 October. Edward the son of Giles and Ann
1774. 29 December. William ye son of William and
Sarah James was baptised.
1783. 15 June. Mary ye daughter of Richard and Mary
James was baptised.
1785. 29 May. John son of Richard and Mary James was
1789. 23 April. Betty the daughter of Richard and
Mary James was baptised.
1791. 25 December. Richard son of Richard and Mary
1807. Abraham Rook James was born April 26 and
baptised July 19.
1810. 2 Feb: Ann Cuff daughter of John and Susannah
1812. 16 January. Mary Rook daughter of John and
Susannah James was baptised.
1746-47. 8 January. William Symons and Jane
Harris were married.*
1750. 14 February. James Dite of Ilmister and Ann
Symons of this parish.
1750. 4 June. William Knight and Elizabeth Simmons.
1753. 6 March. John James and Betty Rook.
February. Abraham Rook and Honour Symons both of this parish. By Banns. In the
presence of Edward Symmons and Robert Poole.
2 Feb. Thomas Stephens of Hurcott, Som., and Mary Rooke of this parish, maiden.
In the presence of Abraham Rooke
and John Stephens.
31 March. Norris Jego of the parish of Kingstone and Elizabeth Symons of this
parish. By banns. In the presence of Edward
Symons and Robert Poole.
12 April. William James and Sarah Symons both of this parish. By banns. In the
presence of Giles Symons and Norris Jego.
1775. 15 November. William Gapper of Winsham and Mary
Symonds of this parish.. By licence. In the presence of John Symonds and Susan
13 April. Richard James the younger and Mary Rook spinster, both of this parish.
By banns. In the presence of John James and Ann Dight.
1675. 12 Oct. Elizabeth Milburn.
1691. 22 August. Ann Milbourn.
1705. 5 March. William Milbourn, sen., miller.
1705. 1 July. Flora daughter of Edward Symonds,
miller, and Ann his wife.
1707. 25 December. Christopher Milbourn.
1708. 1 August. Ann ye daughter of Edward Symonds.
1709. 10 July. William Milbourne.
1728. 28 March. Edward Symonds was buried.
1730. 19 February. Mary ye daughter of William and Mary Symonds.
1731. 6 April. Anne ye daughter of William and Mary
1739. 14 August. John ye son of John and Mary Symonds
1741. 29 January. John Symonds was buried.
1745. 20 December. Ann Symonds was buried.
1746. 12 March. Tho. Wellman ye son of William and
1751. 23 September. Elizabeth the wife of William
1752. 10 July. Edward Symmons was buried.
1776. 22 Sept. Joan Jego.
1786. 1 June. Honour Symonds was buried.
1787. 20 April. Abraham Hull, aged 92.
1789. 27 February. Sarah James.
1789. 13 October. Honor Ilett buried.
1789. 26 Oct. John son of John and Susannah Symonds
was buried, aged 16 years.
1790. 7 Nov. Joan Rook.
1793. (neither month nor day). Sarah daughter of
Giles and Ann Symonds.
1796. 23 February. John Symonds.
1813. 18 may. William James of Marshwood, Dorset,
1815. 17 August. Honour Hull, 21.
1819. 2 July. Giles Symonds of Pilsdon, Dorset, aged
1821. 22 August. Ann Symonds of Broadwindsor, aged
1823. 7 January. Sarah James of Colmer, aged 82.
1829. 29 January. George Symonds of Marshwood, aged
1839. 25 November. Richard James of Hawkchurch, aged
A mural tablet in the church, above the door in south
wall of nave.
To the memory of Edward Symonds of East Dowlish who died, aged 51, 20
March 1727, this tablet has been placed here in 1907 by one of his descendants.
A mural tablet in the church.
Near this place are deposited the remains of Richard James gent. Who died
at hawkchurch Dorset November 10th 1839 aged 63 years; Also of
William brother of the above who died at the same place January 20th
1847 aged 73 years. This tablet was erected by a grateful relative to
commemorate their public as well as private worth, they having formed the design
and done much to accomplish the building of a church at Marshwood Dorset, of
which that parish had been destitute for nearly two centuries.
altar tomb of Ham stone.
Here lieth the body of Edward
Symonds who died March the 20th, 1727, aged 51 years.
Here I am laid down in ye dust
All men that live here too they must
Death took its stroke you plainly see
prepare & follow me.
Here also lies ye body of Ann Symonds wife of ye aforesaid Edw. Symonds
who departed this life the 14th day of December 1745 being in the 74th
year of her age.
In memory of Edward Symonds junr. He died ye 4th day of July
1752, aged 45.
A faithfull friend
A husband dear
A loving father
Here lies the body of Ann Symonds who departed this life the 4th
day of March 1739 being in the 2nd year of her age.
Here also lies the body of Edward Symonds who departed this life the 9th
day of August 1739 being in the 4th year of his age.
Also here lies the body of John Symonds son of Edward & Ann Symonds
& father of the two children aforesaid who departed this life the 21st
day of January 1741 being in the 27th year of his age.
lies the remains of Giles Symonds of Pilsdon Dorset gent. Who died 27 June 1819.
Aged 75 years.
in memory of Ann wife of the said Giles Symonds who died 22 August 1821, aged 72
a flat stone near the altar tomb.
In memory of Sarah daughter of Giles and Ann Symonds of Pilsdon, Dorset,
who departed this life the 6th of June 1793, aged 8 years.
Near this place lieth the body of George Symonds, son of Giles and Ann
Symonds who died January 23, 1829, aged 35 years.
a head stone.
Here lies ye body of Anthony Jego son of Anthony Jego who died March 27,
1763, aged 51 years.
In memory also of Joan Jego wife of Anty Jego junr. Who departed this
life ye 15 of Septr 1776, aged 66 years.
Also Ann Hull wife to Charles Hull daughter of the above who died June ye
2 1799, aged 54 years.
In memory of Sarah a daughter of William and Sarah James who departed
this life at Colmer Farm, Dorset, the 19th
of Febr. 1789, aged 10 years. (an epitaph follows, but it was almost
illegible in 1910.) John son of William ans sarah James died Oct. 31st
1809, aged 33.
Sacred to the memory of Joseph Duke who died the 23rd day of
March 1846, aged 80 years. Also Susannah Duke wife of the above who died the 24th
day of August 1849, aged 80 years.
In loving memory of James Jeffery Duke who died Feb. 5th 1916,
aged 82 years. And of Joan Darbey Duke, wife of the above, who died Feb. 14th
1911, aged 76 years.
In memory of Elizabeth wife of Abrahem Hull who died Nov. 26th
1781, aged 75. Here lieth ye remains of Abram Hull husband of Elizb Hull; he
departed this life ye 15 April 1787, aged 92 years. (There are other words, of
which “children” only was legible in 1910.)
1802. 17 June. Jane, daughter of Thomas and
1803. 19 Sept. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and
1805. 3 June. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Betty
1807. 18 June. Mary, daughter of Thomas and Betty
1823. 11 Dec. Thomas Aubrey Gapper and Jane
1826. 13 June. John Willot Eastment and Elizabeth
1804. 24 may. Elizabeth Meade.
1829. …Aug. Mary Meade.
1831. 15 Sept. Elizabeth Meade, aged 65.
1834. 16 Apr. Thomas Meade, aged 76.
An Altar tomb in memory of Thomas Meade and Betty his
wife (nee Jego) and of their three daughters Jane, Mary and Elizabeth Meade,
although Jane and Elizabeth bad been married at drayton as shewn above and had
been buried at Wincanton [from information by Francis Meade Eastment, a grandson
of Elizabeth Eastment nee Meade]
A tomb in
In loving remembrance of Henry Symonds who died April 16th
1879, aged 58 years, I Cor. 15, 22,
and of his widow Mary Eliza Symonds who died September 7th 1891, aged
59 years. Rev. 21, 4.
Also in loving memory of George Herbert Symonds youngest son of Henry
Symonds who died February 24th 1884, aged 12 years. Ps. 127, 3.
painted window on the north side.
To the glory of God and to the beloved memory of
Henry Symonds who died April 16th 1879, aged 58 years, this window is
dedicated by his affectionate widow and children.