I was very fortunate to have an enormous amount of help in developing our extensive family tree. My interest started from a beautifully illuminated Family Tree drawn on linen pages that fold together into a pigskin binder. This traces our male line back to Christian de Wudecrida, meaning Christian from Woodcrythe or more recently Woodcray. Woodcray Manor is about a mile south of Wokingham, HERE.
Christian was my eighteenth great grandfather and was a landowner living in Berkshire in 1228. His son John Symond [1st] is where the family name first emerged. The spelling of our family name varied slightly until it finally settled with Thomas Simonds (1700-1765).
In common with many family trees that can be traced so far back, it includes links to the kings of Mercia, including Kings Ethelred the Unready and Alfred the Great.
The ‘Pedigree’ was, we believe, prepared for George Blackall Simonds by the Herald College of Arms in 1927 and was extensively extended and digitised by Francis May Simonds III in North Carolina over a 30 year period up to 2010, when the ‘baton’ was passed on to me and I have developed it extensively from that solid base.
Click HERE for an abridged Family tree. [6 MB] It shows the three main branches of the family with whom I maintain contact. We have the Brewing & Banking family branches in the UK and one in the USA.
The direct male line of my ancestors is highlighted in blue.
The family suffered losses in both World Wars, as well as in Korea. Those who gave their lives for their country are honoured in red type.
In time, I may be able to load a link to a much more extensive version of this tree. Meanwhile, if you recognise your family on here and don’t know me – I would welcome contact.