John COMBER (c1789-1867)
and Mary FOSTER (c1794-1871)
Comber and Mary Foster
married on 22 January 1815 at the parish church of St. Andrews in Nuthurst, Sussex. They
were both then of Nuthurst.
The witnesses to their marriage were Peter Comber and Eleanor
Comber. (They were not my direct ancestors.) Peter was
probably John's uncle and Eleanor his sister.
John Comber was born in about 1789 in Broadwater, Sussex, according
to the 1851 census, but in the 1861 census he gave his place of birth as Nuthurst.
Broadwater was a manor in Nuthurst, to the west of the village centre - see
the page for Nuthurst at
British History Online.
He died aged 78 years and his death was registered in the second quarter of
1867 in the Horsham registration district. John was probably the son
of Richard Comber (c1750-1841) and
Mary Smart (1762-1844).
There was a John Comber baptised on 15 August 1790 in Nuthurst, the
son of Henry Comber (c1746-1826) and Dinah Duffel,
(1753-1837) but he died as a child and was buried on 26 February 1794 in
Nuthurst. John was a witness to the marriage of William Killner
and Mary Comber on 7 September 1813 in Nuthurst, and Mary was the
daughter of Richard and Mary. John was appointed and executor of his
father's will along with his brother Peter and Simeon.
Mary or Mary Ann Foster was born about 1794 in Nuthurst,
according to the 1851 census. She died aged 77 years and her death was
registered in the first quarter of 1871 in the Horsham registration
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their young son were living
at Jackrells Farm in Nuthurst, where John was a farmer. Also living
with them at that time was 15 year old servant, Eliza Carter.
In 1851 the couple were living at New Pool, part of Sedgwick in Nuthurst and
John was a farmer of 200 acres, employing 6 labourers. Their son
Richard was also with them on census night, as were 4 servants: 22
year old David Petersfield, 17 year old William Slaughter, 16
year old Edmund Greenfield who were all farm labourers and 22 year
old Mary Wood who was a house servant. The next property listed
in the 1851 census was Bottings Farm which was occupied by 48 year old
Simion Comber who like John said he was born in Broadwater. In
1861 the couple were still living in Nuthurst and John was still farming 200
acres. They also had a boarder with them in 1861, 66 year old widower
John Howard who was an agricultural labourer, and 5 servants:
Henry Thompson aged 23,
Alfred Mansbridge aged 14, William Francis aged 19, Eliza
Heasman aged 16 and 14 year old Mary Attwater.
and Mary Foster had 2 known children:
was baptised aged 16 years on 29 April 1832 in Nuthurst, at which time his
father was a farmer of Nuthurst. He married
in 1839. (They have their own page.)
Richard Comber was baptised on 29 April 1832 in Nuthurst. He
was 9 years old when the 1841 census was recorded. In 1851 he was a
19 year old farmer's son living with his parents. In 1861 he was
described as an idiot and was living with his parents. In 1871 he
was a 39 year old imbecile living with his brother John at Jackrells in
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012