NICHOLAS SYMONS the Second

Born in 1614 in Weedon, Bucks, England.
Christened at Hardwick on 24th October 1614
Died 5th December, 1682; buried at Hardwicke on 9th December, 1682.
Nicholas married Francisca Collett on 3rd June 1644, at Ivinghoe, Bucks, England.
In a second marriage around 1657, Nicholas married Sarah , however no record of any children from this marriage has been located.
Nicholas and Francisca had 1 daughter and 3 sons:

  • Mary, Born 1645, married John Raynor at Stoke Mandeville on 1st May 1672;    
  • Edmund, Born 1647 (Christened at Hardwick Parish on 11th April, 1647), married Ruth Croft at Hardwick on 2th May 1681 and died 5th November 1711 (7 children);
  • Michael, Born 1650, married Phebe Howe at Fleet Marston on 22nd April 1685, and died in 1736 in Swanbourne (2 children);
  • John, Born 1653 (Christened at Hardwick Parish, 17th May 1653), married Sarah Goldney at Hardwick church on 3th May 1682, and died in 1733.

As was the case with his father, the second Nicholas entered into a period which saw yet a further improving family fortune. During his lifetime, the old farmhouse at "Loves" was replaced by a substantial structure which still stands today.

Just before Nicholas' 11th birthday, his mother died, and two months later, his grandmother Isabel, also passed away. His three elder sisters ensured that there was no lack of womenfolk to direct him in the right paths.

It would seem that Nicholas's first marriage to Francisca Collett may have been a wartime romance. They were married in 1644 in the village of Ivinghoe, which was a mustering point for the parliamentary forces during that civil war period.

In the same year, Nicholas purchased some freehold property in Hardwicke for the sum of £60, and with Frances lived there, rather than at Weedon. Frances bore him three sons and a daughter, before her untimely death which left the young family motherless. A second marriage to Sarah ensured that there was a mother to care for the young family. The eldest son, named Edmund, inherited the "Loves" farmstead. The second, named Michael, left Weedon for a prosperous life elsewhere (Michael and his son broke the earlier family records for longevity of age).

The third son, named John, was a tornado of energy. As the third son in a family, he had little to inherit from his father. His step-mother, however, favoured him, and a prudent marriage ensured that he did not sink into pauperdom, as had been experienced by some of the junior descendants of the first Nicholas.

The second Nicholas made a will in which he left various articles of furniture to his eldest son. Some of these articles never left the house, but were passed on generation by generation, until the Seamons' descendants finally left the "Loves" homestead around 1877.

Nicholas did not achieve a great age as some of his descendants had done, passing away at the age of 68.

"Loves" homestead in Weedon, Bucks. This picture was taken in the 1800's before substantial renovations were made to the home. This home remained in the Seamons' family for over 330 years. The home stands on the corner of New Rd and High St Weedon. The view is looking up High St from Stockaway.
[Photo© by courtesy of Elizabeth Edes (nee Bates)]