14850. Thomas Symcockes & 14851. Dorothy Meller
4/28/1616, Thomas christened in England, only s/o 29700. Thomas Symcockes & 29701. Alice Sutton .
~1617, Dorothy born in England, d/o 29702. Sir John Meller & 29703. Mary Swinnerton.
Thomas married Dorothy.
7/8/1628, Thomas named in the will of his uncle Dyer Symcocks.
1633-34, “1] James Levingston, Groom of the Bedchamber 2] Thomas Symcockes of Butleigh and Christopher Coward of Evercreech Assignment of 30a of Southmoor or Aldermoor in Glastonbury manor. Rent to Crown 30s.”
1638, “Livery of inheritance to Thomas Symcockes son and heir of Thomas Symcockes decd. Attached valor of Thomas’s estate comprising Whitley hundred, Butleigh rectory, manor and advowson, and a house in Newark, Notts.”
1638, “1] Thomas Symcockes 2] William Coward of Wells Grant for life of Butleigh manor and advowson [to suffer a recovery]. Recovery with half-length portrait of Charles I.”
1638, Licence for Thomas Symcockes to alienate the manor of Butleigh to William Coward. (S) UKNA, Butleigh Court Papers. [William married Thomas’ daughter Katherine.]
1641, “1] Thomas Symcockes 2] Sir John Meller of Little Bredy, Dors., kt, his son and heir Robert, Wolley Meller of Upcerne, Dors., and William Coward of Wells: Grant for lives of Barbara Keeping's messuage, water grist mill and 3a, Katherine Symcockes' s messuage”.
1641, Thomas took a mortage on Butleigh manor with Mary Butcher of Bristol.
1646, Thomas “severely sequestrated” by Parliament.
1646-47, “1] Thomas Symcockes, son of Thomas decd who was son of Christopher decd 2] Mary Butcher of Bristol 3] John Haggatt and Christopher Griffith of Bristol Grant in fee of Butleigh manor, charged with an annuity of £200 to Thomas's wife Dorothy after his death.”
1647, “Thomas Symcockes and wife Dorothy daughter of Sir John Meller 2] Sir John Meller of Little Bredy, Dors., kt 3] William Coward of Wells Settlement in trust for Dorothy of Butleigh manor, demesnes and advowson.”
1647-48, “1] Thomas Symcockes, Sir John Meller of Little Bredy, Dors., kt, his son and heir Robert, Wolley Meller of Upcerne, Dors., and William Coward of Wells 2] William Percie of Butleigh, yeoman Lease for lives of 3a in Cowhorsies, part Callows tenement Rent.”
1653, “1] Thomas Symcockes and wife Dorothy, his mother Alice, widow of Thomas Pawlett 2] Mary Butcher 3] John Webb of St. Martin in the Fields Grant in fee of Butleigh manor and advowson, and Whitley hundred, with attached schedule of leases. Consideration £8.”
1653, 1] John Webb 2] Thomas Symcockes and wife Dorothy, Alice Pawlett Fine on Butleigh manor and Whitley hundred.”
1653, “1] John Webb 2] Robert Meller of Little Bredy, Dors., Wolley Meller of Upcerne, Dors., William Coward of Wells and Thomas Symcockes of Butleigh Agreement concerning a recognisance for payment of £1,500”. [Grant in fee of tenements in Butleigh held in trust for Thomas' younger children.]
1654-55, “1] Alice Powlet and Thomas Symcockes of Butleigh 2] Robert Meller of little Bredy Demise for 4,000 years of a messuage late Dyer Symcockes and 61a and Hutchings (8a) in Butleigh.”
1657, Thomas the executor of his mother’s will.
1658, Assignment of judgement of debt against Thomas Symcockes of Butleigh. (S) UKNA, Butleigh Court Papers.
10/27/1658, Thomas buried at Butleigh.
(S) The Midland antiquary, ed. by W.F. Carter, Volumes 1-2, P42.
• This family has a complicated genealogy with conflicting supporting evidence – this is a “best effort” to properly align the ancestors. The Coward and Symcock families intermarried several times.
Children of Thomas and Dorothy:
[Possible sons named Joseph, George and Josiah.]
i. Mary Symcockes, born ? in England.
1657, Mary named eldest daughter in the will of her paternal grandmother. [No other daughters named.]
ii. Thomas Symcockes, born ? in England.
1657, Thomas named in the will of his paternal grandmother.