Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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George COMBER (1831-?)

and Sarah STREETER (1835-?)


George Comber and Sarah Ann Streater married on 7 April 1862 in Rotherfield, Sussex.  He was 28 and she 26 years old.  Their fathers were named as John Coomber and James Streater.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  George was most probably the nephew of my 3x great grandmother Frances Dadswell.)

George Comber was born at Turks and baptised on 4 December 1831 in Rotherfield.  He was the son of John Comber (1798-?) and Mary Dadswell (1803-1847).  In 1841 he was 9 years old and living with his parents at Hole Farm, Rotherfield.  He was a 19 year old agricultural labourer in 1851 and again living at Hole Farm with his parents.  When the 1861 census was recorded he was a 28 year old agricultural labourer, visiting the home of the family of his sister Eliza Pattenden at Pellings in Rotherfield.  George may have died between 1875 and 1881.

Sarah Streeter was baptised on 22 March 1835 in Rotherfield.  She was the daughter of James Streeter (1811-?) and Sarah Pratt (1814-?).  When the 1841 census was recorded she was 6 years old and living with her mother in Crowborough.  In 1851 she was 16 years old and living with her parents at Holly Bridge in Rotherfield.  At the time of the 1861 census she was an unmarried 24 year old general servant in the home of 38 year old Moses Pratt at the grocers shop in Withyham (Moses was her uncle).

When the 1871 census was recorded the couple and 3 children (Frances, Alfred and Elizabeth) were living at Knole Cottage in Frant.  George was then said to be a 33 (I assume this should be 38) year old agricultural labourer and Sarah was 37.  He gave his place of birth as Rotherfield and she as Buxted.  Also with them was 16 year old sister-in-law, Naomi Streeter.

By the time of the 1881 census, Sarah Coomber was said to have been a 45 year old widow and she was living in Pilmer Road, Rotherfield, along with her 3 daughters (Elizabeth, Rose and Ellen).  Sarah was then a charwoman.

In 1891, Sarah was living at 46 Dukes Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, where she was a 53 year old widow and charwoman.  She was sharing the property with 50 year old widow Jane Welch and her 2 sons and 48 year old widower Mathew Knight.


George Comber and Sarah Streeter had 5 known children:

  1. Frances Coomber was baptised on 12 April 1863 in Frant.  In 1871 she was an 8 year old scholar.

    Frances married Walter Saunders.

    Walter was born about 1863 in Rotherfield, Sussex.

    When the 1891 census was recorded the couple and 3 children (Daisy, Sissy and Alfred) were living a6 6 Clement House in Kemsing, Kent.  They were both 28 years old and Walter was a general labourer.  His place of birth was recorded as Rotherfield and hers as Frant.  Also with the family was Frances's sister Rose Coomber.

    Walter and Frances had the following children:

    1. Daisy Saunders was born about 1886 in Bidborough, Kent.  She was 5 years old in 1891.

    2. Sissy Saunders was born about 1887 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  She was 4 years old in 1891.

    3. Alfred Saunders was born about 1890 in Groombridge, Kent.  He was a year old in 1891.

  2. Alfred Coomber was baptised on 12 November 1865 in Frant.  In 1871 he was a 5 year old scholar.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was a 15 year old servant and ostler at the Crowborough Cuss, where John Spearpoint was the innkeeper.

  3. Elizabeth Coomber was baptised on 23 February 1868 in Frant.  In 1871 she was 3 years old.  She was a 13 year scholar in 1881.

  4. Rose Coomber was baptised on 7 May 1871 in Frant.  In 1881 she was a 10 year old scholar.  When the 1891 census was recorded she was an unmarried 20 year old general domestic servant and living with the family of her sister Frances.

  5. Ellen Amelia Coomber was baptised 14 March 1875 in Frant.  She was a 5 year old scholar in 1881.  In 1891, Nellie Coomber was a 16 year old general domestic servant in the home of Olivia Emma Mary Walker at 11 St. Johns Road in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012