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Richard COMBER (c1750-1841)

and Mary SMART (1762-1844)

 

St. Andrew's, Nuthurst.  Photo taken from http://www.mdcomber.com/Richard Comber and Mary Smart married on 5 August 1783 at the parish church of St. Andrews in Nuthurst, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Richard Comber was born in the 1750's.  His death was registered in the third quarter of 1841 in the Horsham registration district.  He was the son of John Comber (1719-1803) and Mary Bourne.  Richard left a will dated 28 October 1840 and proved on 20 November 1841.  (Click here to read a transcript of his will.)  He was most probably the son of John Comber who left a will in 1803, naming Richard as his son and sole executor.

Mary Smart was baptised on 11 July 1762 in Nuthurst.  She was the daughter of John Smart and Mary.  Her death was registered in the second quarter of 1844 in the Horsham registration district.  (Might her parents have been John Smart and Sarah Mitchell?  They married in 1759 in Horsham, and the banns were published in Nuthurst.  John was a wheelwright.)

When the 1841 census was recorded, 90 year old Richard and 74 year old Mary were living at Drybuilding in Nuthurst, along with Peter and Ellen (their children?), probable grandson Frederick, and 3 15 year old servants, Hannah Lucas, Charles Carter and Allen Flint (the boys were both agricultural labourers).

 

Richard Comber and Mary Smart may have had 12 or 13 children:

  1. Mary Comber was baptised on 26 October 1788 in Nuthurst.

    Mary married William Killner by banns on 7 September 1813 in Nuthurst.  He was then a bachelor of Horsham and she a spinster of Nuthurst.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Blake and John Comber.

  2. Sarah Comber was baptised on 26 October 1788 in Nuthurst.

  3. Charlotte Comber was baptised on 26 October 1788 in Nuthurst.  She married William Smart in 1815.  (They have their own page.)

  4. John Comber may have been born about 1789 in Broadwater, which is within the parish of Nuthurst.  He married Mary Foster in 1815.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Elizabeth Comber was baptised on 13 June 1790 in Nuthurst.

    Elizabeth married Richard Blake by banns on 24 November 1812 in Nuthurst.  He was then of Ashurst, Sussex.

  6. David Comber was born about 1792/3.  He was baptised at the age of 19 years on 31 March 1812 in Nuthurst.  The names of his parents were also recorded in the baptism register.  He married Emily Millyard in 1816.  (They have their own page.)

  7. Peter Comber may have been born about 1792-5 in Nuthurst.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was living with his parents in Nuthurst and he was a farmer.  He was appointed an executor of his father's will along with his brothers John and Simeon.

    Peter married Matilda Chart, a widow in the first quarter of 1843.  As Matilda Millyard she had previously married Edward Chart on 23 August 1814 in Nuthurst.  She was then described as a minor and married with the consent of John Millyard a farmer of Nuthurst.  Matilda's daughter, Eliza Chart married John Comber who was the son of John Comber, above.

    When the 1851 census was recorded the couple were living in the hamlet of Maplehurst in the parish of Nuthurst and Peter was a 59 year old farmer of 4 acres.  Matilda then gave her age as 51 years.  Their young son was also with them in 1851 and they also had a lodger, 30 year old William Share and 14 year old servant Harriett Flint.

    Peter and Matilda had 1 known son:

    1. Alexander Comber was baptised on 17 April 1847 in Nuthurst.  When the 1851 census was recorded he was 4 years old and living with his parents.

      Alexander married Elizabeth Mitchell on 21 March 1868 in Nuthurst.  He was then 21 years old and she 19.

      They had 1 known child (possibly more, but I haven't looked):

      1. Mary Comber was born about 1871.

  8. Eleanor Comber was baptised on 28 February 1796 in Nuthurst.  In the 1841 census she may have been recorded as 35 year old Ellen Comber who was living in Nuthurst in the home of Richard Comber.  In 1851 she was probably 50 year old unmarried Ellen Comber who was a housekeeper in the home of James Hammond at Newmans Farm in Horsham.  She then gave her place of birth as Broadwater.

  9. Hannah Comber was baptised on 18 March 1798 in Nuthurst.  She may have been the mother of an illegitimate son:

    1. Frederick Comber was baptised on 13 November 1825 in Nuthurst.  In 1841 he was 15 years old and living with his grandparents in Nuthurst.

    Hannah may have married William Bonniface by banns on 30 June 1832 in Nuthurst.  He was a bachelor and she a spisnter and they were both of Nuthurst.  William made his mark and Hannah signed her name.  The witnesses to the marriage were Henry Killner and William Gorringe Worcester (he witnessed many marriages at that time).

  10. Lucy Comber was baptised on 23 March 1800 in Nuthurst.

  11. Simeon Comber was born on 14 October 1802 in Broadwater and baptised on 14 June 1834 in Nuthurst.  The baptism register records his date of birth and the names of his parents.  He died aged 89 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1889 in the Horsham registration district.  He was appointed an executor of his father's will along with his brothers John and Peter.

    Simeon married Jane Stone by banns on 17 September 1828 in Nuthurst.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Comber and Ann Stone.

    Jane was baptised privately on 12 July 1805 in Nuthurst.  She was the daughter of Thomas Stone and Elizabeth Pannatt.  She died between 1861 and 1871.

    When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their 4 sons were living in Nuthurst and Simeon was a farmer.  Also with them on census night were 20 year old John Stone, an agricultural labourer and 14 year old servant Jane Comber.  In the 1851 the couple and their 4 sons were living at Bottings Farm in Nuthurst and Simeon was a farmer of 80 acres employing 1 out and 3 indoor labourer.  Also with them was their 18 year old unmarried house servant, Sarah Harding.  The 1861 census records that the couple and their son George were living at Copsall in Nuthurst and Simeon was then farming 110 acres, employing 2 men and a boy.  Also with them was 15 year old servant/carter boy, William Carter.  By 1871 Simeon was a widower and a retired farmer, loding with Mary Gratwick a 59 year old widow at Monks Green in Nuthurst.  In 1881 Simeon was lodging with James Walder and his wife Hannah in Monks Gate

    Simeon and Jane had 4 known children:

    1. William Comber was born in Broadwater, as per the census, and baptised on 18 January 1829 in Nuthurst, at which time his father was a labourer of Nuthurst..  He was 12 years old in 1841.  In 1851 he was a 22 year old farmer's son

    2. Henry Comber was born about 1833 in Shipley, Sussex.  He was 8 years old in 1841.  In 1851 he was 18 years old.

    3. Joseph Comber was born about 1834 in Nuthurst.  In 1841 he was 7 years old.  He was 16 years old in 1851.

    4. George Comber was batpised on 2 April 1837 in Nuthurst, at which time his father was a farmer of Nuthurst.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was 4 years old.  In 1851 he was 14 years old.  He was an umarried 24 year old cowman living at home in 1861.

  12. Jane Comber was baptised on 20 February 1806 in Nuthurst.  (Should this be James Comber?)

  13. James Comber was mentioned in his father's will, in which he was left a legacy of 100.

    When the 1841 census was recorded, there were 2 James Combers living next door to one another in Nuthurst.  The first was a 35 year old agricultural labourer with Frances aged 30, and they were next door to 60 year Stephen Comber and 55 year old Mary.  The other was a 30 year old wheelwright with 30 year old Hannah and 2 children.

    In 1851, 47 year old James with wife Frances aged 41 were living in Maplehurst along with his 43 year old brother Thomas Comber.  The other James aged 45 with wife Hannah aged 44 were also living in Maplehurst.

    James married Frances Lindfield on 6 November 1830 in Nuthurst.  The other married Hannah Hentey on 13 November 1829 in Bolney.

    A James Comber was baptised on 25 March 1804 in Nuthurst the son of Peter Comber and Hannah White.  They also had a son named Thomas baptised in 1807.

 

To create this page I have drawn on data to be found in Michael Comber's web site - I have also pinched the above photo from his home page.  (Thank you Micbael.)

As at 29 August 2008, Michael's web site was unavailable.

COMBER          SMART

This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012