Simeon Warner (1669 – 1754), Quaker Timber Merchant of London

Simeon Warner is my 10th great-grandfather, he was born to a Quaker family on 3rd July 1669 in Spitalfields, London just a few years following the great fire.

The family became involved with the Timber Trade and traded as merchants in Europe. It was probably a very lucrative time to trade in Timber too as the demand was high with the rebuilding of London following its devastation of 2nd – 5th September 1666.

The family probably amassed a huge fortune during this time alongside the ‘old money’ that the Warner’s had inherited through their ancestors. Simeon’s grandfather John Warner of Blockley (1582 – 1657), is a common ancestor between myself and Cherilyn ‘Cher’ SARKISIAN, and his great-grandfather, Thomas Warner of Blockley (1535 – 1595) was married to Francis Dennis (Denis/Denys) who was a descendant of the Berkeley’s of Berkeley Castle.

The family may have had money invested in ships too and probably paid for many voyages in order to trade. The National Archives holds records for this, these records are certainly worth a look (not something I have undertaken), but I may even find connections with other family members here too.

Merchant trade records: port books 1565-1799

During the 16th century exploration and trade were closely linked. London merchants and ship-owners initiated many of the great voyages of discovery.

Exploration and trade were both risky. Ships were in danger from pirates, enemy shipping, unfriendly local rulers and bad weather.

To share the risks, merchants with similar interests joined together in a joint stock company. This could raise capital from landowners and other investors.

During the Middle Ages and Stuart period, Great Britain had large domestic supplies of timber too, especially valuable were the famous British oaks. This timber formed the backbone of many industries such as shipbuilding.

The Family of Simeon Warner

Simeon Warner was a son of Isaac Warner, Cooper of London and Anna Packwood he was born on 3 Jul 1669 in Whitechapel, Middlesex County, England. He died on 26 Aug 1754 in Southwark, Surrey, England. He was buried on 30 Aug 1754 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

Simeon was employed as Timber Merchant.

Simeon married Anna ‘Giesberts’ Jacobs (1675 – 1743), it is believed she is a daughter of Jacob ‘of Friedrichstadt’ Giesberts who was born about 1640 in Friedrichstadt, Nordfriesland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, he died in 1691.

They had the following children:

Anna Warner was born on 10 Jun 1695.

Isaac Warner was born on 2 Feb 1697 in Southwark, Surrey, England. He died on 2 Apr 1697 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

Martha Warner was born on 11 Aug 1698 in Southwark, Surrey, England.
Martha married James Harle on 10 Oct 1717 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

Mary Warner was born on 5 Jul 1700 in Southwark, Surrey, England. She died on 20 Jul 1700 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

Margaret Warner was born on 9 Nov 1701.

Isaac Warner was born on 13 Jul 1703 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

+Katherine Warner was born on 13 Mar 1706.

Mary Warner was born on 4 Apr 1707.

Rebecca Warner was born on 23 Mar 1709 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

Simeon Warner was born on 23 Sep 1711 in Southwark, Surrey, England. He died on 9 Jun 1716 in Southwark, Surrey, England.

—- Warner was born in Jun 1713. —- died in Jun 1713 in Mary Magdalens, Bermondsey, Surrey, England.

Jacob Warner was born on 17 Jun 1715. He died about 30 Mar 1758.

Anne Warner (Isaac) was born on 12 Jun 1677 in Whitechapel, Middlesex County, England. She died after 8 Oct 1716.

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