Name: Adam Symes
Given Name: Adam
Birth: Abt 1689 in SC, Virginia or Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Death: Jul 1733 in Brunswick, Virginia
Change Date: 20 May 2013 at 08:10
• John Sims (Symes) I (b. about 1690 in VA; d. about 1751 in Hanover Co., VA
Wife - Mary Rice (b.1694, Hanover, VA; m. about 1705-1712)
Parents of Thomas, Micajah, David, Sherwood, Edward, James and:
• John Sims II (b.1713, Hanover Co., VA; d. about 1766, Granville Co., NC)
Wife - Sarah Bullock (m. abt. 1734, Hanover, VA) (see Bullock)
Parents of William, Elisha, Agnes, Dorcas, Sarah, Susannah, Mary, Lucretia, Euphrates and
SOURCE: Sharon Newell for Early Syms/Sims lineage Adam lived in Surry and Brunswick Counties. He apparently settled on 250 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River in Brunswick Co., VA in 1726.
Death: His will is dated Feb 1733. A copy of it was obtained from the Brunswick County Clerk's office and it is very much multilated so that it is hard to ascertain exactly who his devisees were.
His will was presented in Brunswick County Court on 5 Jul 1733 by Mary Sims, executrix and proved by John Douglass, William and Thomas Jackson. Probate granted and ordered recorded. (Brunswick County Court Orders 1732-1737, p.29)
***SOURCE: 'The Virginia Genealogists", Brunswick County Deed and Wills", the bequest below have been extrapilated from the multilated will: COPY IN RECORDS To ( ) 101 acres on both sides of Cold Water on upper part of said land; To my well and beloves son Adam Symes 3 cows and calves, one young steer; To son, Issac (Syms) 100 acres out of tract I gave my son Adam Symes, the lower part of the land on Cold Water and on both sides of Cold Water; To son, Isam (?) Syms 3 cows; To sons William and John Symes land to be equally divided; To son Wi...one cow and Calf To son ....one Cow and Calf To son David Symes one cow and calf; To my daughter Mary Feather Bed and furniture, Cow and Calf To ( (male)....Symes ) my plantation known as Watson and all land thereto belonging as far as Spring branch to him and his heirs forever; To son James Symes my plantation and all the land; To son Ge( George Symes) after his mother de (deceases probably), one shilling sterling; To wife Mary .....and to her disposal....in what matter or quality waht....point my loving wife Mary Sims; /s/ Adam (Sims) This 15th Day of March one thousand...... Adam...... There was also a son names Charles as Mary Sims gave a deed of gift of household items, etc. to "her much beloved son, Charles" General:
and then this
FRAGMENT OF THE WILL OF ADAM SYMS
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN—I Ad…… of Brunswick …… my last will and Testament
…… and for what worldly …… arrangement of my funeral …… ITEM …… hundred and
ninety acres of Land …… on both sides of the aforesaid Cold Water on the upper part of the Said
Land to him and his heirs forever ……
I give unto my well beloved son Adam Syms three Cows and Calves and their increase and
one young Steers……
ITEM I give unto my well beloved son Isham Syms one hundred acres of Land out of the tract
of (land) which I gave my son Adam Syms the Lower part of the aforesaid tract of Land beyond
being on Cold Water and it is to be on both sides of Cold Water to him and his heirs forever……
ITEM I give to my well beloved son Isham Syms three Cows and Calves and their increase……
ITEM I give unto my two Sons William and John Symes that tract and parsel of land that lies
…… le S— ake to be Equally divided between them to them and their heirs forever……
ITEM I give to my well beloved son Wi…… one
Cow and Calf and her increase. ITEM I give to my well beloved son…… hn one Cow and
Calf and her increase I give unto my well beloved son David Symes one Cow and Calf and her
increase. ITEM I give to my well beloved daughter Mary Symes …… Feather Bed and furniture
…… Cow and Calf and their increase. ITEM I give to my well beloved …… Symes the plantation known (by the name of) Watson and all land thereto belonging as far as Spring branch to
him and his heirs forever ITEM I give unto my well beloved son James Symes my plantation and
all the Land thereunto belonging and to h…… ITEM I give unto my well beloved son Ge(orge
Symes) …… after his Mothers de…… one shilling sterling ITEM …… and all the Residue I
give to my well beloved Wife Mary …… and to her disposal …… in what matter or quallity
what …… point my loving wife Mary Sims……
this 15th day of March one thousand……
Virginia State Library,
June 18, 1936
THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the print on the back of this sheet was this day made from a certified photostat Volume now in this office, entitled “Brunswick County, Deeds, Wills, etc., 1732-
MORGAN P. ROBINSON,
The information below was taken from a book review by R.A. Stewart for the "Virginia Historical Magazine": Quoting from the opening paragraph of Jane Morris' book "Adam Sims and His Descendants": "While this is the story of Adam Symes and his descendants, records are given to show that his brother was George of Brunswick and Hanover Counties, Virginia; that John, Matthew and Edward Symes of Havover were his kinsmen, if not his brothers; that his father was George, in 1687 of Surry County, Virginia, son of George, who died in Antigua (descendant of William of Poundsford; arms in 1591); and that in October 1698, George of Surry gave John Skelton a general power of attorney to handle his affairs and sailed for Antigua, as English records show that legaccies were due January, 1699, "To Christopher, Henry and George 'who was then in Antigua' children of George Symes, late of this Island, dec'd. (English Lineage and Records in Appendix)" The inference, presumably drawn from the baptismal name of one of the sons of the first Adam Symes (Sims) that the latter's wife, Mary, was a family of Isham, is not reasonably grounded.
Throughout the eighteenth century in Southside Virginia, Isham (Isum) was a given name not uncommon in a number of families of no known blood relationship with the Ishams.
As to Mary, the daughter of Henry Isham of Henrico, she became the wife if the first William Randolph of "Turkey Island", it will be recalled. (Ended at second paragraph of four of R.A. Stewart's book review) 11 Nov 1717 - William Temple of Prince George County to Samuel Temple 266 acres of land on north side of WArwick Swamp in Prince George County next to Adam Sims. (Prince George County Deed Book, p 194) 7 August 1719 - Francis Coleman, Jr. and Mary his wife of Princef George County to Adam Sims of same for 20 pounds 150 acres of land bounded bby land where John Ledbetter lives in Bristol Parish. Witness: Robert Munford,George Tillman, Richard Cooke. Recorded 13 Oct 1719.
(Prince George County Deed Book, p. 359) 6 Jan 1719 - Adam Sims of Bristol Parish, Prince George County to John Ledbetter of same, 150 acres next to where John Ledbetter lives on Warwick Swamp Witness: John Leath, Samuel Temple. Recorded 12 Jan 1719. (Prince George County Deed Book, p. 383) 12 Apr 1720 - Will of Richard Bland, Gent. of Westover Parish, Prince George County, dated 4 Feb 1719 Witness: Adam Sims. Proved and recorded 12 Apr 1720. (Prince George County Deed Book, p. 394) 5 Aug 1720 - Adam Sims of Surry County to John Ledbetter of Prince George County, 150 acres on Warwick Swamp, bounded by John Ledbetterr's ;and. Witness: William House, Gil Hay, William Hardyman, Richard Ingram. Recorded 13 Dec 1720.
(Prince George County Deed Book, p. 429) 28 Sept -1726 - Patent granted to Adam Sims 200 acres new land in Brunswick County on south side of Maherin River on east side of Cold Water Run. (Brunswick County Patent Book 13, p. 86) 331 Oct 1726 - Land Grant to Adam Syms of Brunswick County - a certain tract of land containing 250 acres new land lying on the south side of Meherrin River in the County of Brunswick adjacent to the land of Mrs. Chapman and William Ledbetter (near the road to Christiana)
(Virginia State Land Office, Patent Book 13, p. 69) 28 Sep 1728 - Land Grant to Adam Symes of Brunswick ounty - a certain parcel of land containing 290 acres lying on the south side of Maherin River. (Virginia State Land Office, Patent Book 14, p. 86) 26 Feb 1732 - From Joseph Kymball and Ralph Jackson of Brunswick County to Adam Syms of the same, for 5 shillings current money, a certain tract of land with appurtances thereon containing 325 acres lying on Reedy Branch and down the courses of the river to Little Creek.
(Brunswick County Deed Book 1,p. 23) Joseph Kymball and Ralph Jackson acknowledge their deed to Adam Symes Ordered. (Brunswick County Orders 1732-1737, p. 86) Indenture between William Huggins and John Huggins of Craven County, Province of South Carolina (should Be North Carolina) sell to John Randle of Brunswick County, Colony of Virginia for 30 pounds...a tract of land in Brunswick County on the south side of Meherrin River on the lower side of of Coldwater Run containing 200 acres, more or less, which is a part of 290 acres formerly granted to Adam Symes by patent and by him conveyed to William Huggins, the elder.
(Recorded 23 Jun 1752, Brunswick County Deed Book 5, p. 221-20 Nov 1751) Referred to as Adam Sims (Symes) Sr, he moved to Brunswick County (created from Prince George County), Virginia, with his brother, George in 1726. In his will of 1732, he gives lands on Cold Water, Rattlesnake Creek, and Spring Branch to various people. Nine children are listed.
From "Virginia Genealogist" Vol 1, pp 78-79, 1957: Will of Adam Sims, dated 15 March 17?? To..........20acres on both sides of Cold Water on upper part of said land. To my well beloved son, Adam Syms, 3 cows and calves, one young steer. To son Isaac.....Syms, 100 acres out of tract I gave son Adam Syms, the lower part of the land on Cold Water and on both sides of Cold Water. To son Isam...Syms, 3 cows. To sons William and John Symes, land to be equally divided. to son David Symes one cow and calf. To daughter Mary Syme, bed and furniture, cow and calf. To .............plantation. To son James Symes, my plantation. To son Ge...... To wife Mary...... Presented in court 15 July 1733 by Mary Sims, executix. In "Sims Kin, History and Genealogy, The Descendants of William Symes of Poundsford and Related Families", by B L and R J Owens, 1982, Adam Sims (Symes) death is shown as "before July 1733, Brunswick County, Virginia."
**SOURCE: DESCENDANTS OF HENRY II PLANTAGENET William Bartholomew email@example.com December 2000
While this is the story of Adam Symes himself and his descendants, records are given to show
that his brother was George of Brunswick and Hanover counties, Virginia; that John, Matthew,
and Edward Symes of Hanover were his kinsmen, if not his brothers; that his father was George,
in 1687 of Surry County, Virginia, son of George who died in 1687 in Antigua (descendant of
William of Poundsford; arms in 1591); and that in October, 1698, George of Surry gave John
Skelton a general power of attorney to handle his affairs and sailed for Antigua, as English records
show that legacies were due January, 1699, to Christopher, Henry, and George “who was
then in Antigua,” children of George Symes, late of the Island, dec’d. (English Lineage and Records
ADAM SYMES of Surry and Brunswick Counties, Va., b. circa 1689; d. July 1733; m. circa
1708, Mary Isham, d. circa 1747.
1. GEORGE of Brunswick, planter and surveyor, b. 1709.
2. Adam, b. 1711; d. 1771; m. Tabitha, daughter of Ambrose and Ann Jackson.
3. John of Surry and Brunswick, b. 1713; d. May 1778; m. (secondly) between 1754 and
1756, in Isle of Wight Co., Honour Lightfoot.
4. William, b. circa 1715, of Brunswick Co., Va., and Johnson Co., N.C; d. March, 1814,
in Columbia County, Ga.; m. Susanna, daughter of Richard and Ann (Henley) Bullock.
5. James, of whom as yet there are no records.
6. David of Brunswick and Sussex; d. Sept., 1773; m. Elizabeth (surname unknown).
7. Charles, of Edgecombe Co., N.C., in 1762, but did not remain and left no records
there; m. Easther, dau. of Thomas Murry. Charles Sims may have had issue, Charles
and Murry. Charles and Murry are noted in the North Carolina Revolutionary Rolls
and in records of Oglethorpe and Madison Counties, Ga.
8. Isham, in 1745 of Bladen Co., N. C; in 1748 of Granville; d. in Wake Co., N.C., May
1796; m. Mary (surname unknown).
9. Mary, m. William Smith (vestryman of St. Andrew’s, Brunswick Co.).
Adam Symes’ will may be found, somewhat illegibly, in a volume of Brunswick County Deeds,
Wills, &c., 1732-1740, as follows:
In the name of God Amen – I Adam Syms of Brunswick County do make and
Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (to-wit)
First bequeathing my soul to the hands that gave it and my body to the earth from
Whence it came and for what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I
Give and bequeath as follows after arrangement of my funeral expenses and just
Debts are paid.
ITEM: I give unto my well beloved son Adam Syms one hundred and ninety acres
Of land … [torn from book] … on both sides of the aforesaid Cold Water on the
Upper part of the said land to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give unto my well beloved son Adam Syms three cows and calves and
Their increase and one young steer.
ITEM: I give unto my well beloved son Isham Syms one hundred acres of land
Out of the tract of [land] which I gave my son Adam Syms the lower part of the
Aforesaid tract of land beyond being on Cold Water and it is to be on both sides of
Cold Water to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give to my well beloved son Isham Syms three cows and calves and their
ITEM: I give unto my two sons William and John Symes that tract or parcel of
Land that lies on the Rattle Snake to be equally divided between them and their
ITEM: I give to my well beloved son William Symes one cow and calf and her
ITEM: I give to my well beloved son John Symes one cow and calf and her
Increase. I give to my well beloved son David Symes one cow and calf and her
ITEM: I give to my well beloved daughter Mary Symes one feather bed and
Furniture… one cow and calf and her increase.
ITEM: I give to my well beloved son Charles Symes the plantation known as
Watson and all the land thereto belonging as far as Spring Branch to him and his
ITEM: I give to my well beloved son James Symes my plantation and all the land
Thereto belonging to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give unto my well beloved son George Symes after his mothers deceased
One shilling sterling.
ITEM: The remainder of my estate and all the residue I give to my well beloved
Wife Mary the profits of the same and to her disposal of as she shall think fit in
What manner or quantity whatsoever.
I hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife Mary Sims and my son George
Sims to be executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all
Former wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereto set my
Hand and affixed my seal this fifteenth day of March one thousand seven hundred
And thirty two.
Signed Sealed and Published (Signed) Adam Syms
Proved 15 July 1733
Book 1, 1722-1740, pages 65 and 66
Brunswick County, Virginia.
Father: George Symes b: Abt 1672 in Antigua, Leeward Islands, British West Indies
Mother: Elizabeth Sherwood
Mary Isham b: 1689 in Brunswick
- Change Date:
20 Dec 2011
- William Symes b: 1713 in Bristol Parish, Prince George, Virginia
- Adams Symes b: Abt 1711
- Mary Symes
- David Symes
- Isham Symes
- George Symes
- Charles Symes