Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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David COMBER (c1792-1820)

and Emily MILLYARD (1796-1839)


David Comber and Emily Millyard married by banns on 25 April 1816 at the parish church of St. Andrews in Nuthurst, Sussex.  They were both then of Nuthurst.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Blake and Peter Comber.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

David Comber was born about 1792/3 and baptised at the age of 19 years on 31 March 1812 in Nuthurst.  He was the son of Richard Comber (c1750-1841) and Mary Smart (1762-1844).  David died aged 27 years and was buried on 23 January 1820 in Nuthurst.

Emily Millyard was baptised on 8 November 1796 in Boxgrove, Sussex. She was the daughter of John Millyard (1774-1840) and Mehetabel Fogden (1775-1832).  She died aged 42 years and was buried on 18 April 1839 in Nuthurst, as Emily Pronger.

As a widow, Emily Comber married John Buckwell on 1 April 1823 in Nuthurst.  (They have their own page.)


David Comber and Emily Millyard had 3 known children:

  1. John Comber Millyard was baptised on 25 April 1816 in Nuthurst.  The baptism register records that he was the illegitimate son of John Comber and Emeley Millyard a farmer's daughter.  (I assume his father's name should read David, rather than John.)  He died before the recording of the 1871 census.

    John married twice, firstly to Mary Dinnage on 19 October 1840 in Nuthurst.  They were both then of Nuthurst.  He was then a 24 year old bachelor and labourer.  She was a 24 year old spinster.  Their fathers were named as David Comber a labourer and James Dinnage a broom maker.  The witnesses to the marriage were Maryann Comber and John Pronger.

    When the 1851 census was recorded, John and his wife Mary were living in Horsham along with 2 daughters, 10 year old Mary Ann Millyard and 5 year old Emily Millyard who were both scholars.  Also with them was John's 60 year old widower father-in-law, Thomas Jenner.

    As John Comber Millyard he next married Ann Waller by banns on 25 October 1853 in Cowfold.  He was then described as a widower and labourer, whilst Ann was a spinster.  John's father was not named on the marriage certificate.  Ann's father was named as Benjamin Waller a farmer.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Pronger and Betsey Pronger.

    Ann was born about 1831/2 in Lower Beeding.

    When the 1861 census was recorded, John Millyard was a 45 year old agricultural labourer.  His wife Ann was then 29 and they were living with their 4 children at Gods Hill, Cowfold, either next door or part of the same house as Benjamin Waller aged 71 and his 68 year old wife Ann, who were most probably John's parents-in-law.  (In 1861 Ann Waller gave her place of birth as Reigate, Surrey, and in 1871 as Ann Walder  she also gave her place as Reigate.)

    John and Ann had the following known children:

    1. Jane Millyard was baptised on 5 November 1854 in Lower Beeding.  She was 7 years old in 1861.

    2. George Millyard was baptised on 9 March 1856 in Cowfold.  He was 5 years old in 1861.

    3. Betsey Comber was baptised on 27 December 1857 in Cowfold.  In 1861 she was 3 year old Betsey Millyard.

    4. Isaac Comber was baptised on 2 September 1860 in Cowfold.  When the 1861 census was recorded he was 8 month old Isaac Millyard.  In 1871 he was a 9 year old scholar.

    5. David Comber was baptised on 13 December 1863 in Cowfold.  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1871.  David married Elizabeth Rachel Baines in the second quarter of 1891 in the Lambeth registration district.  Elizabeth was born in 1863 in Lambeth and was the daughter of Stephen Baines and Rebecca Anscombe.

    6. Ernest Comber was born about 1866 in Hurstpierpoint.  In 1871 he was 5 years old.

    7. Sarah Ann Comber was baptised on 4 April 1869 in Lower Beeding.  She was 2 year old Ann Comber in 1871.

  2. Mary Ann Comber was baptised on 29 October 1817 in Nuthurst, at which time her father was described as a husbandman of Nuthurst.

  3. George Comber was baptised on 31 October 1819 in Nuthurst, at which time his father was a labourer of Broadwater.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012