William Syme

19 January 1848–12 July 1926 (Age 78)
Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland

The Life Summary of William

When William Syme was born on 19 January 1848, in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland, his father, John Syme, was 22 and his mother, Barbara Wyley, was 28. He married Elizabeth Abiah Morley on 23 November 1873, in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Perry, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Castle Dale, Emery, Utah, United States in 1880. He died on 12 July 1926, in Moroni, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Moroni City Cemetery, Moroni, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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William Syme
Elizabeth Abiah Morley
Marriage: 23 November 1873
John William Syme
Isaac William Syme
Franklin Syme
Betsy Abiah Syme
Oscar Syme
George W Syme
Thomas Edgar Syme
Loretta Syme

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 November 1873Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 8
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
    Age 15
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment
    Age 22
    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: variant of Sim .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    The History of William Syme

    Son of John Syme and Grace Marshall written by Anna G. Christensen May 6, 1932 William Syme was born in Ayer shire, Scotland, January 19, 1846. He came across the ocean August 30, 1850 at two years o …

    Sources (35)

    • William Syme in entry for Unknown, "Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951"
    • William Sims, "United States Census, 1880"
    • William Syme, "Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941"

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