Taken from a 1922 document:
The earliest authentic record we have of our ancestors is the maternal branch, being William Symmes of Canterbury, England - Born 1525, died 1600, his son Rev. William Symmes, born 1556, ordained 1588 and died 1621.His son Rev. Zachariah Symmes born 1599, emigrated to American in 1634 and died at Charleston, Mass., 1671.
His son, Capt. William Symmes, born 1627, died 1691.His son, Timothy Symmes, born 1688 in Scituate, Mass., 1714, graduatedHarvard 1733, ordained 1736, married Mary Cleves 1740, died 1756.Had two sons, Judge John Cleves Symmes(who made the Miami Purchase) and Timothy Symmes, born on Long Island, 1744, removed to New Jersey, died 1777.These two brothers married sisters, Anna and Abigail Tuthill. Judge Celadon Symmes was the son of Timothy and Abigail Tuthill Symmes, born in New Jersey in 1770, emigrated to Ohio in 1800, died 1837.He had five sons - William, Daniel, John Cleves, Benjamin Randolph and Joseph Randolph and three daughters Sarah, Nancy Harrison and Esther Woodruff.
John Cleves Symmes was born at River Head, Long Island, July 10, 1745.He took part in the great struggle of the Revolution.Was chairman of the Committee of Safety for Susses County in 1774 and was a Colonel in 1775 of one of the Sussex Militia Regiments.In March 1776 he was ordered with his regiment to New York and employed in erecting forts and batteries there, and on Long Island.He assisted in covering the retreat of Washington to the Deleware.While thus engaged Col. Symmes attacked a detachment of 800 British troops under Gen. Leslie, at Springfield, DEc. 14th.This, it is said, was the first check to the progress of the enemy toward Philadelphia.
He was with Gen. Dickinson when he surprised the British on Staten Island.He was at Red Bank when the hostile Ships Came up the Delaware and attacked the fort there, and Fort Miffin.
He was at the battle of Monmouth Sunday, June 28th, 1778.He conducted five expeditions to LOng Island when it was in the hands of the British. In one of the battles of the war he had three horses shot under him.