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 Humphrey R. Symons

Humphrey R. Symons

Cornwall, England
Death 21 Jul 1879 (aged 34)
Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada, USA
Burial Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada, USA
Plot Masonic Section
Memorial ID 5172931 · View Source
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Humphery Symons
Was Born in Herland Cross Breage Cornwall England on July 31st 1844 He came to Nevada in the 1860s
He was Buried in the Masonic Section in The Gold Hill NV. Cemetery Next to His Daughter Sarah age 11 who had Died a little over two Years before in 1877,
His Wife Sarah moved away from Gold Hill shortly after Humphreys Death Virginia City NV (About 1 mile) were she lived alone working as a seamstress She died Oct. 11th 1924 and is now buried in the Virginia City Cemetery.
The Attached Photo is Courtesy of The William Kellete Collection and is from the Symons/Lester Family Photo Album
The Tin Type is IDed in old ink in the Album, Along with the Photo of His Daughter Sarah.
The Two Color Photos were taken in 1998 to show you what The Gold Hill City Cemetery Looks Like Today.

The following was sent to me Oct. 23 2010

The Gold Hill Murder. Last Monday evening, Humphrey R. Symons, a policeman of Gold Hill, was murdered by John T. Pritchard, whom Symons was trying to arrest. Pritchard was in a house beating his mistress, and when Symons entered to interfere, Pritchard fired three shots at him. A desperate fight then followed, but Symons soon became weak from his wounds and crawled away to die. Pritchard and the woman for some time kept the crowd at bay with drawn revolvers. Pritchard gave himself up some hours after, after another struggle with the Gold Hill police, in which he was shot in the arm. The woman's name was Woodward. They both were lodged in jail to await their trial. Symons died from his wounds yesterday morning. The excitement over this brutal murder has been intense in Gold Hill and Virginia. Reno Evening GazetteJuly 23, 1879

one more: New trial for Pritchard. The Supreme Court yesterday afternoon rendered its decision in the case of John T. Pritchard, convicted of the murder of Humphrey Symons, and sentenced to be hanged, ordering a new trial. The decision is by Judge Leonard and concurred in by Justice Beatty. Justice Hawley dissents. The Supreme Court holds that the Court below erred in refusing preemptory challenges to the jury on the part of the defense. The Carson Tribune says that when the news of the decision was communicated to Pritchard he was so overcome that he could not speak. Daily Nevada State JournalMarch 30, 1880

Humphrey's father was Henry Symons and he was a tin miner. He was born in 1806, in Breage, Cornwall. His mother was Frances (Cater), born in 1808. As per the 1851 census Humphrey had 9 siblings. Henry Symons died before 1881.

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  • Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 25 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5172931
  • JMW
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Humphrey R. Symons (31 Jul 1844–21 Jul 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5172931, citing Gold Hill Cemetery, Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Herbert Rickards (contributor 10274696) .