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Symonds, William Phips, 1773-1824
William Phips Symonds (1773-1824) Papers
2 Linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains the papers of William Phips Symonds of Salem, Massachusetts, and his family, in particular, his wife Margaret and sons, Joseph and James Monroe.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the papers of William Phips Symonds of Salem, Massachusetts, and his family, in particular, his wife Margaret and sons, Joseph and James Monroe. The collection includes business papers, personal correspondence, legal documents, shipping correspondence, and business and domestic accounts and receipts. Also included are legal documents and correspondence concerning the disposition of the Symonds estate on North Street in Salem, genealogical materials on the Symonds and Ewing families, and newspaper clippings.
Folder 1 contains legal documents, business papers, and correspondence of William Phips Symonds, and Folder 2 contains his accounts and receipts. Many of the accounts pertain to the purchase of trade goods and the construction or alteration of the Symonds home on North Street, Salem. Also included are promissory notes, bank notices, and shipping papers, some of which pertain to the brig Martha or schooner Minerva.
Folders 3 and 4 contain family correspondence, particularly between Margaret Symonds and her sons, James Monroe and Joseph, who then lived in Lancaster, Ohio. Margaret's daughter Margaret, following her mother's death, continued this correspondence. Folders 5 and 6 contain the papers, diary, and notebook of James Monroe Symonds, minister. Included are school notes, legal documents and reminiscences of his childhood, education, and religious inspirations.
Folder 7 contains legal documents and correspondence concerning the disposition of the Symonds estate on North Street following the death of Margaret Symonds in 1848. Folder 8 contains genealogical information about the Symonds and Ewing families.Folder 9 contains a few miscellaneous papers, including receipts, accounts, and religious writings. Folder 10 contains printed materials including several wedding invitations and announcements. Folder 11 contains newspaper clippings, many reporting obituaries or other family news.
William Phips Symonds was born on October 3, 1773, in Salem, Massachusetts, the oldest son of William and Eunice (Gardner) Symonds. He was a Salem merchant in partnership with Benjamin Ropes (1772-1845). He married Margaret (Peggy) Ropes (1778-1848) in 1798; they had ten children: William Phips Jr, Benjamin Ropes, Timothy, George Washington, Margaret, Ephraim Gardner, Calvin, Joseph, James Munroe, and Kittredge Brown. William Symonds died on September 18, 1824, in Salem.
Joseph Symonds was born on March 7, 1814, in Salem, the seventh son of William Phips and Margaret Symonds. He was a stationer and jeweler who lived in Lancaster, Ohio, and later in Newton, Massachusetts. Joseph married Sarah Jane Ewing(1828-1888) in 1847; they had eight children: Margaret Jane, Sarah Adelaide, William James, Mary Ewing, Joseph Ainsworth, Sarah Ropes, Ellen Vida and Lois Effie. Joseph Symonds died in Newton on February 25, 1895.
James Monroe Symonds was born on July 24, 1817, in Salem, the eighth son of William Phips and Margaret Symonds. He attended Brown University, studied theology, and was ordained as a minister shortly before his death on October 17, 1849, at age 32.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Ropes, Benjamin, 1772-1845
Symonds, James Monroe, 1817-1849
Symonds, Joseph, 1814-1895
Symonds, Margaret Ropes, 1778-1848
Symonds, William Phips, 1773-1824
First Baptist Church (Salem, Mass.)
Pews and pew rights
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.