local history book has opened!
Are you into genealogy? Mazaloom Historical
Society has worked hard to build a new genealogy system to trace the Simmerville
families' ancestors. Who were they, and how are they related? First out
is the Mervil family.
The first chapter is the
story of the Mervils. Study the tree and read about their 300 years long
presence in Simmerville. All information might be adjusted over the next
weeks or years, and the Historical Society
promises to bring a new chapter at least monthly!
The family tree below is
just an illustration showing the portraits. In the brand new Simmerville
Families History Book you will find the interactive family tree where
you can click any portrait to scroll generations or to get additional information
on each sim.
These are the descendants of
the family that founded Simmerville 300 years ago. You might have guessed
that the Simmerville name is based on their family name, Mervil.
300 years ago there was a
Knight named Edmund Mervil, who from heroic battle efforts was rewarded
by Duke Mazaloom with the entire Simmerville area. Back then no sim lived
there, but the forest was full of wild dragons, guinea pigs and chicken.
Edmund Mervil made a living from hunting, he married Edihild Aragoon, and
when he died only 46 years old there were three children to make use of
the land, Stella, Brigoon and Axantrus. It is Brigoon's descendants who
lead to the Mervil family of today, and it's also the only family line
where male family members bring on the Mervil name up to our time.
This line can easily be traced
because they all resided on the same lot, today's 77 Simmerville (Maple
Str.). The names were Brigoon, Edgar, Britin, Edven, Brigort,
and finally Edgar Wilfred Mervil who was born 100 years ago. It
is interesting to see how the names alternate between Bri and Ed, according
to the old naming tradition.
All these Mervils made a
living from hunting, farming and trades. The dragons and pigs became rarer
as the forest was cut down about 200 years ago. At the large county meeting
210 years ago cabbage was assigned as Simmerville's main product, and along
the riverside there was some early trading activity including a few hand
crafters. The Mervils controlled all those trades from the start and they
established two local markets that are still operated. First Lucie Mervil
established Mervil's Market at #61. She died with no children, and her
niece Listher Mervil ran Mervil's Market for another generation.
Then Listher's nephew,
Edgar Wilfred Mervil (also known as Ol' Ed)
established Ol' Ed's Market at #72,
The first market was a direct
result of the huge family property being split between heirs, and Mervil's
Market is today Simmerville's main market and was even the main location
of the SimCity Food Expo 2003. Also Ol' Ed's Market at #72 still exists,
but it has been modernized a lot.
Ol' Ed was the last Mervil
to reside 77 Simmerville, as he moved to 66 Simmerville. Many say that
the Mervil dynasty died with Ol' Ed ten years ago, but two generations
later the Mervils are still on top of our community. Before Ol' Ed died
most of the family goods had been sold out of the family. The trade competition
from SimCity and other hoods was simply too hard. The family still holds
6 lots in Simmerville, but Ol' Ed put strange restrictions to them in his
will, such as letting an organization ("Organization For Unfairly Jailed
Young Sims") use #77 for free for 50 years ("Maple Inn"). #63 he let to
renters on a 30 years irreversible contract. This meant that today's Mervels
are still waiting to make use of their right property. Whilst they wait,
they must reside less valuable lots. Ol' Ed was a clever and friendly man,
and nobody really knows why he changed his will shortly before he died.
Ol' Ed had two sons, Brion
and Blurt, and from these two Brion Mervil is the only one who is
still alive, residing at 66 Simmerville with his 2nd wife, Marta. The next
generation counts three children, all residing in Simmerville. Only Blurt's
daughter Angela has inherited her father who died 4 years ago. Brion's
two sons, Egoon and
Aroon, are the only Mervils left to bring
on the family name.
[Text composed by Mazaloom
Historical Society, December 2003]