William Somes (c1573-1617), Buckinghamshire & Bedfordshire, England

I am always very thankful when someone publishes details about new research findings, particularly when ancestral towns in Europe are identified.

In 2012, Timothy M. Farr published an article “The English Origins of Morris Somes of Gloucester, Massachusetts: A Reconsideration” in The American Genealogist, volume 86:3, pages 161-169.

Because of Mr. Farr’s work, the parentage of Morris Somes was updated (from 1945 and 1977 work) to prove his ancestral home and provide the name of his father and siblings.

Thank you, Timothy M. Farr!

William Somes was born c1573, England and was buried 4 April 1617, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England. the name of his wife is unknown.


1. Elizabeth, named before her brothers in her father’s estate, so born c1598, if the eldest child; unmarried in 1617
2. William, likely the one baptized 5 October 1600, Astwood, Buckinghamshire, England, living in 1617
3. Morris Somes, baptized 21 September 1607, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England; died 13 January 1688/89, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; married (1) Marjorie Johnson, 4 June 1636, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England (2) Elizabeth Kendall, daughter of John, 26 June 1648, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
4. Richard, baptized 21 October 1610, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England; living in 1617

This post is short and to the point, but it extends Morris Somes’ ancestry back into England in the 1500s.

The article provides many further Somes’ church book entries, which may indicate further family relationships. It can be accessed on American Ancestors by subscription.


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