Maternal Great Great (Great) (Great) Grandparents - Simms / Green - Hunter - Neale ...

Hannah Neale - married 1771
Mary Ann Hunter - married 1800
Marian Green - married 1843
(d. 1886)
Edward Simms
Samuel Simms
Henry Simms
(1807 - 1883)
of Oriel Lodge, Bath.

Music Seller

The Musical Instrument firm of Duck, Son and Pinker, founded in 1848 and later incorporated - to be known in 1948 as C. Milsom & Son of Milsom Street, Bath - acquired the music business of Messrs. Henry Simms & Son in 1916.

Henry Simms appears to have been one of twelve children. His parents were Samuel Simms, born in about 1772, possibly at Dursley in Gloucestershire and Mary Ann Hunter. They were married in about 1800. Samuel died in 1854 but Mary Ann (Hunter) Simms predeceased him - in October 1841. Samuel's parents are thought to have been Edward Simms and Hannah Neale, married in 1771.

A son of Henry Simms - and brother of Eleanor Mabel Simms - was William H. Simms, agd 45 in March 1901, at the date of the census. He described himself as a piano dealer and lived with his wife May E. Simms, at 31 Gay St. in Bath. May was born in Oxford and was aged 41 at the Census date. They may have been married in 1884. Their son, William H. Simms (ii) was at school and aged 16. Their daughter, Dorothy G. M. Simms, was also a school student and was aged 13. Edith Osborne (aged 21) was a General Domestic living at the property.

Other known siblings of Eleanor Mabel Simms were Marion Simms (the eldest) Florence Simms, Ada M. Simms and George R. Simms.

Oriel Lodge, the former home of Henry Simms, is now a nursing home. The property lies on the eastern fringe of the old town, about a mile from the centre. The house is a large, three-storey, detached building. An extra wing has been added relatively recently. There are extensive gardens to the front and rear of the property.

Nestling amongst the hills, Bath has been built, in the main, from a milky, white local stone. The city had its foundations in pre-Roman times but is famous throughout the world for its Roman Baths. The old town strides the River Avon and its medieval Poultney Bridge, based on the design of the "Ponte Vecchio" in Florence, is now unique in Europe with its tiny shops still thriving on either side.

Additional lineage information on this page generously supplied by Judith (Hall) Sloane, in September 2004. Judith's mother was born into this Simms family line.

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