Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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Francis COMBER (?-1689)
and Mary (?-1703)
Mary were my
8x Great Grandparents.
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married before or about 1646
and possibly in Ardingly, Sussex or the surrounding area. No possible
marriage appears in the IGI. The Sussex Family History Group's
marriage index comes up with just one possible marriage on 7 January 1646 in
Wadhurst, Sussex, between Francis Comber and Mary [blank],
but this was a different Francis who was well documented in the Wadhurst
I have a copy of the Sussex Records
Society's transcript of the Ardingly registers, and no marriages were
recorded as having taken place in Ardingly between 29 June 1643 and 23
Francis Comber's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown.
He was buried on 16 May 1689 in Ardingly, and the burial register records
that he was a servant. He may have been baptised on 7 February 1611/12 in Lindfield,
Sussex, the son of Francis Comber (1583-?). However, neither John
Comber, who researched and published the Pedigrees for the Combers of
Lindfield and Ardingly, nor Geoffrey Barrow author of "The Comber
Family", considered that "our" Francis was the one born in 1612. Nor
have they recorded what became of 1612 Francis - he is a dead end in their
pedigree charts. Geoffrey Barrow's pedigree chart suggests that "our"
Francis was the son of one of two brothers: Richard Comber born
1624 or John Comber born 1627, both sons of Richard Comber
(1592-?) and Bridget Bursty (1585-?). But that does not seem
possible, as Francis's eldest known son was born in 1646, so he himself must
have been born at least before 1628. Unless Francis was the brother of
Richard and John. Another Francis Comber was baptised in 1606
in West Hoathly, but seems to have married Anne and/or Elizabeth
and had 3 children baptised in Horsted Keynes: Barbara 1638,
Francis 1639 and John in 1642. According to Geoffrey
Barrow's pedigree chart, 1606 Francis had 3 sons and 2 daughters (unnamed on
the chart). Yet another Francis Comber was baptised in May 1614
in East Chiltington, but he also seems to be accounted for. 1614
Francis was said to have married Elizabeth Evans and they raised
their family in London.
and place of birth are unknown - see
notes below. The IGI records that she may have been
born in about 1619 - but where did they get this date from? She was buried
on 11 December 1703 in Ardingly. The burial register only records her name
as Mary Comber and no other helpful details.
Francis Comber and Mary had 9 known children:
Comber was baptised on 13 April 1646 in Ardingly.
Elizabeth Patcham (c1650-1685) and
Elizabeth Waller (1658-1716). (They have their own page.)
baptised on 3 October 1647 in Ardingly.
baptised on 17 June 1649 in Ardingly. Before her marriage she had an
was mentioned in her Aunt Susanna’s Will of 1716.
on 6 June 1689 in Ardingly.
Alexander was baptised on 20 January 1655/6
in Ardingly and was the son of
born about 1651.
Tuffens on 25
June 1676 in Lindfield.
William was born about 1647 and was mentioned in
his sister-in-law Susanna Comber's will.
was born about 1653. She was mentioned in her sister
Susanna's 1716 will, at which time Elizabeth was said to be living in
Gibb on 29
September 1670 in Ardingly.
Thomas was buried on 3 December 1681 in
Elizabeth had 5 known children:
was baptised on 26 November 1671 in
Ardingly. He and his 3 children were mentioned in his Aunt
Susanna Comber's will.
was baptised on 26 October 1673 in
Ardingly. He was of Blackstone and was also mentioned in his Aunt
Susanna's will. He was married with 5 children.
was baptised on 17 February 1675/6 in
Ardingly and buried there on 16 April 1678.
was baptised on 9 December 1677 in
Ardingly and buried there on 8 February 1678/9.
was baptised on 4 July 1680 in Ardingly.
born about 1655. She was mentioned in her sister Susanna's will.
Sarah married ? Nightingale, of Charlwood,
Cumber may have been
born/baptised between 25 May and 14 August 1656 in Ardingly. Her name was
recorded in the baptism register, but not the date.
baptised on 30 October 1657 in Ardingly, but her baptism was entered in
the burial register on that date. She was buried on 4 August 1716
in Ardingly. She died unmarried and left a will dated 11 June 1716
and proved on 23 October 1716.
John Comber, my 7x Great Grandfather,
was born on 16 March 1660 in Ardingly. He married
in 1690. (They have their own page.)
If Mary's youngest
child was born in 1660, then I would think she was born after about 1615.
The Ardingly baptism registers have the following Mary's baptised between
17 June 1616, Marie daughter of
20 November 1620, Marie daughter of
4 December 1620, Marie daughter of
William Nicholas - she was buried on 18 August 1622.
2 August 1622, Marie daughter of
Robert Burt. Robert may have married Joanna Kidder on 15
June 1606 in Maresfield, Sussex.
11 August 1622, Mary Archer
daughter of [blank] - she died aged 13 and was buried on 15 March 1635/6.
11 July 1625, Mary daughter of Thomas
Pilbeame and Mary Hover. As Mary Pillbeame of
Ardingly she most probably married Nicholas Wakefeilde of Newtimber
on 6 November 1649 in Pyecombe, Sussex.
14 May 1626, Marie daughter of George
Gatland and Anne (she may have been Agnes Saye who married
George in 1620 in Lindfield).
13 August 1626, Mary daughter of
Richard Michell and Mary.
12 November 1626, Mary daughter of
Richard Payne and Mary Picknoll.
20 August 1627, Mary daughter of
Richard Paine of Hoocke and Joane Geale.
22 May 1628, Mary daughter of Edward
Wickham and Dorothy Bassett.
1 February 1628/9, Mary daughter of
John Symons and
Millam (this couple were my 9x Great Grandparents).
Of the above, Mary Eliot looks possible, but of course, the Mary who
married Francis Comber may not have been baptised in Ardingly!
Francis Comber of Wadhurst
At the East Sussex Record Office under the "Archives of the Portman Family
of Buxted Place", there are several references to leases and mortgages of
several properties in Wadhurst that were "in the occupation of Francis
Comber and Richard Comber". These include a "messuage" called
Combe with 120a, a "messuage and tenement called Austens and land called
Riseden" of 80a in Wadhurst. The references are for 7 December 1650 and 1
April 1678. It is unlikely, therefore, that this Francis is the same
as the one raising children in Ardingly. (Thanks to John Howes
for this data.)
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012