Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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Richard COMBER (1794-1879)
and Sarah BOX (1792-1872)
Comber and Sarah Box married
by banns on 5 November 1818 in Ardingly, Sussex.
He was a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Ardingly. (The
date has come from the Sussex marriage index. If someone could or has
checked the original register, would you let me know the names of the
(They were not my direct ancestors. My 6x Great Grandparents were
George Box (1687-1757) and Anne Comber
(1697-1753). Sarah Box was the Great Granddaughter of
George and Anne. Richard Comber's Great Grandfather,
Francis Comber (1695-1756), was the brother of 1697 Anne.
Therefore, Richard and Sarah were distantly related, via their Great Great
Grandparents, John Comber (1660-1729) and Judith
Richard Comber was born on 25 March
1794 and baptised on 17 May 1794 in Ardingly, Sussex. He was the
second son and sixth child of
(1758-1833) and Mary Tully
(1761-1841). Richard was a farmer. He died aged 85 years and his
death was registered in the first quarter of 1879 in the Cuckfield
registration district. (Did Richard leave a will?)
was born on 12 March 1792 and baptised on 26 March 1792 in Ardingly,
She was the eldest daughter and third child of William Box (1765-1845) and
Elizabeth Wood (1765-1843).
She died aged 80 years and her death was registered in the fourth quarter of
1872 in the Cuckfield registration district.
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and 5 children were living at
Linwood Cottage in Ardingly. Richard and Sarah were both said to be 45
years old and his occupation was not recorded.
In 1851, Richard was a 57 year old farmer of 143 or 163 acres and Sarah was
59. They were living at Great Linwood Farm in Ardingly. Also
with them were 4 of their children and 2 servants, namely George
Williams aged 26 and 19 year old Thomas Faulkner.
The 1861 census records the couple were living alone in North Street,
Ardingly. Richard was a 67 year old retired farmer and Sarah was 69.
By 1871, 77 year old Richard and 79 year old Sarah were living alone in the
High Street, Cuckfield and he was a retired farmer.
Richard Comber and Sarah Box had
children and possibly more:
Sarah or Sally Comber was born about 1818 and
was probably part of this family. The 1851, 1891 and 1901 census
records she was born in Ardingly, whilst in 1861 and 1881 she said she
was born in Cuckfield. She died aged 82 years in the third quarter
of 1901 in the Lambeth registration district. Her baptism was not
recorded in the Ardingly parish registers as either a Comber or a Box -
I have not checked Cuckfield.
Sally married James Wilkinson on 24 January 1841 at All
Souls, Langham Place, London. Her father's name was recorded on
their marriage certificate as Richard Comber a farmer.
The witnesses to their marriage were Mary Comber and
Many thanks to Ian Hutt for the details from James
and Sarah's marriage certificate. Ian is searching for information
to confirm whether Sarah/Sally was the daughter of Richard Comber
and Sarah Box.
The 1841 census records there was a 23 year old Sarah Wilkinson
living in Warwick Street, St. James, Golden Square, Middlesex. She
was then a scholaistic and not born in Middlesex. She was living
in the home of William Roe a tailor.
When the 1851 census was recorded Sally Wilkinson was a
31 year old baker's wife, although her husband was not at home on census
night. She was then living at 4 Little Stanhope Street, St. George
Hanover Square, May Fair, Middlesex, along with her 2 sons.
James and Sally had the following children:
James Wilkinson was born about 1842 in St. George
Hanover Square. He was a 9 year old scholar in 1851.
William Wilkinson was born about 1846/7 in St.
George Hannover Square. He was 4 years old when the 1851
census was recorded. The 1861 census recorded that he was 15
year old William W. Blair and he
was a scholar living with his mother and step father.
George Frederick Wilkinson was born in the third
quarter of 1853 in St. George Hanover Square. The 1861 census
recorded that he was 8 year old George W.
Blair and he was a scholar living with his mother and
stepfather. In 1881 he was an unmarried 28 year old porter
living with his mother.
George married twice, firstly to Frances Hill on 17
April 1881 at All Souls church, Marylebone.
Frances was born in 1850 in Willinghall, Staffordshire and was the
daughter of Elijah Hill and Eliza Hill.
She died aged 44 years on 2 June 1893 at 10 Mary Street, Lambeth.
She had previously married William Russell in 1868.
When the 1901 census was recorded he was living at 1 Crozier Street,
Lambeth, London and he was then a 45 year old widower and passenger
lift man. With him on census night were 4 of his children and
his 81 year old mother S. Blair.
George and Frances had the following children:
Bessie Winifred Wilkinson was born in the first
quarter of 1882 in Lambeth. At the time of the 1901 census
she was a 19 year old waitress with the A.B.C. Company and
living at home with her father. Bessie married
Eveline Russell Wilkinson was born in the third
quarter of 1884 in Lambeth. She was 16 in 1901. She
died on 15 November 1918 in Ealing. Eveline married
Hilda Ellen M. Wilkinson was
born in the fourth quarter of 1889 in Lambeth. She was 11
years old in 1901. Hilda married Ernest Russell.
Edgar Frederick Wilkinson was born in the
fourth 1889 in Lambeth. He was 11 year old
Frederick Wilkinson in 1901.
George next married Annie Norley in the third
quarter of 1902 in Lambeth.
Annie was born about 1873 in Brighton, Sussex.
After James's death, Sally married Robert Blair in the
first quarter of 1859 in the St. George Hanover Square registration
district. The witnesses to their marriage were James
Kennard and Mary Ann Kennard. (James was
born about 1815 in Mayfield, Sussex and Mary Ann about 1817 in
Robert was born about 1814 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 1861 census records that Robert and Sally were living at 9 Pollen
Street, St. George Hanover Square. Robert was then a 47 year old
grocer and Sally was 41. With them were 2 of her sons and 4
In 1871, 57 year old Robert was a tea dealer and Sally was 51.
They were living together in part of 39 Great Castle Street, Marylebone,
London. The census just recorded that he was born in Scotland and
she in Sussex.
By 1881 Sarah Blair was a 61 year old widow and
housekeeper and she was living at 14 Market Place in Marylebone.
With her on census night was her son George and 3 boarders.
The 1891 census records that Sara Blair was a 71 year
old widow and caretaker and she was living alone at 19 Market Place,
Mary Comber was baptised on 11 August 1822 in Ardingly. The
1841 census recorded that she was 15 years old.
Elizabeth Comber was baptised on 25 April 1824 in
Emma Comber was born on 20 May 1826 and baptised on 16
June 1826 in Ardingly. The 1841 census recorded she was 14 years
old. In 1851 she was an unmarried 24 year old and the eldest of
her siblings living at home. The 1911 census index records there
was an 84 year old Emma Leppard living in Edmonton,
Middlesex. She died aged 101 and her death was registered in the
third quarter of 1927 in the Edmonton registration district.
Emma married James Leppard on 11 November 1854 in
Horsted Keynes, Sussex.
James was baptised on 3 April 1825 in Bolney and was the son of
James Leppard and Ann Davey. He died
aged 55 years and was buried on 26 January 1882 in Cowfold.
When the 1861 census was recorded the couple and their 3 children were
living at Brownings in Cowfold, Sussex. James was then a 35 year
old farmer of 220 acres employing 6 men and 2 boys. He then said
he was born in Cowfold. Emma was also 35 and said she was born in
Ardingly. Also with the family were 4 servants, namely,
Elizabeth Newnham a 16 year old maid servant, Mary Ann
Fairhall a 14 year old nurse girl, Edwin Thomas
a 17 year old agricultural labourer and 16 year old William
Hilmon who was also an agricultural labourer.
In 1871, James and Emma were both 45 years old and he this time said he
was born in Bolney. He was still farming 220 acres at Brownings
and employing 5 men and ? boys (could be 1 or 7). With the couple
on census night were 6 of their children and 3 servants, namely, 18 year
old farm servant William Comber from Nuthurst, 19 year
old Mary Martin and 15 year old Harriet
Mitchell who were both general servants.
The 1881 census records that 55 year old James was farming 225 acres at
Brownings Farm and employing 6 labourers. He again said he was
born in Bolney. Emma was 55 and born in Ardingly. With the
couple were 5 of their children and daughter-in-law Ann, 2 grandchildren
and 3 servants, namely, Jesse Stoner aged 30, 35 year
old James Silsby and 17 year old George Johnson.
By 1891 Emma was a 63 year old widow living on her own means at 35 Rose
Hill Terrace in Brighton, Sussex. With her on census night were 2
of her daughters, 5 year old granddaughter Kate Leppard
who had been born in Lewisham, Kent, and 61 year old unmarried board
Annie Tucker who was also living on her own means.
The 1901 census records that 74 year old Emma was living at 97 Warren
Road, Leyton, Essex. She was living on her own means and with her
was her daughter Edith and 71 year old boarder Annie Tucker.
(Ann Tucker was born on 21 January 1830 in Brighton
(birth from IGI) and was the daughter of John William Tucker
and Mary Ann Cragg who had married in Warnham, Sussex
in 1833 (marriage from Sussex marriage index).)
James and Emma had 9 known children:
Henry Leppard was baptised on 24 June 1855 in
Cowfold. The baptism register noted that his father was a
farmer. He died aged 5 months and was buried in Cowfold on 31
James Alfred Leppard was baptised on 19 October
1856 in Cowfold. The baptism register noted that his father
was a farmer. The 1861 census records that he was 4 year old
Alfred Leppard and he was a scholar. Alfred
was 14 years old in 1871.
As Alfred James Leppard he married Ann
Campion Bush in the fourth quarter of 1877 in the Romford,
Essex registration district.
Ann was born about 1854 in Essex.
In 1881 Alfred J. Leppard was 24
years old and Ann C. Leppard was
Alfred and Ann had the following known (to me) children:
James Leppard was born about 1879 in Kingsbury,
Middlesex. He was 2 years old in 1881.
Annie Leppard was born in 1880 in Kingsbury.
She was 5 months old when the 1881 census was recorded.
Willy Leppard was baptised on 26 September 1858 in
Cowfold. He died aged 6 years and was buried in Cowfold on 4
March 1865 as William Leppard. Willie was 2
years old in 1861.
Mary Ann Leppard was baptised on 9 December 1861 in
Cowfold. She died aged 14 years and was buried on 15 July 1875
in Cowfold. She was 5 months old when the 1861 census was
Robert Leppard was baptised on 5 April 1863 in
Cowfold. In 1871 he was an 8 year old scholar. (His name
was recorded ahead of his brother in the baptism register and the
Ernest Leppard was baptised on 5 April 1863 in
Cowfold. He was an 8 year old scholar in 1871. He was an
18 year old farmer's son in 1881.
Elizabeth Leppard was baptised on 21 May 1865 in
Cowfold. She was a 6 year old scholar in 1871. In 1881
she was 16 years old. She was an unmarried 26 year old typist
and phonograper in 1891 and living with her mother in Brighton.
Anne Laurie Leppard was baptised on 26 December
1866 in Cowfold. The 1871 census recorded that she was 4 year
old A. Laura Leppard and she was a
scholar. In 1881 Laura was 14 years old.
Edith Ann Leppard was baptised on 30 November 1870
in Cowfold. The baptism register noted that her father was a
farmer from Brownings. She was 5 months old when the 1871
census was recorded. In 1881 she was 11 years old. She
was a 20 year old student in 1891 and living with her mother.
In 1901 she was an unmarried 30 year old typist and living with her
mother. The 1911 census index records there was a 40 year old
Edith Leppard living in Edmonton, Middlesex.
William Comber was born on 2 May 1828 and baptised on
25 May 1825 in Ardingly. The 1841 census recorded that
Willie Comber was 13 years old. In 1851 he was an
unmarried 22 year old servant and shopman living in the home of
William Dives a shopkeeper, in D??mans Lane or Land in
Richard Comber was baptised on 20 February 1831 in
Ardingly. In 1851 he was 20 years old and living with his parents.
Richard married Charlotte, possibly Charlotte
Penfold in the second quarter of 1867 in the Croydon
Charlotte was born about 1830 in Greatham, Sussex
At the time of the 1871 census, 40 year old Richard was living with his
31 year old wife Charlotte and their young son at the Headley Arms in
Great Warley, Essex. He was then an innkeeper. Also with the
family was unmarried 36 year old lodger John Curtis.
Richard and Charlotte had the following son:
Harold Comber was born about 1868 in Parham,
Sussex. He was 3 years old in 1871.
Ellen Comber was baptised on 30 June 1833 in Ardingly.
She was 8 years old in 1841. In 1851 she was 17 years old.
Thomas Comber was born on 18 July 1839 and baptised on
23 August 1839 in Ardingly. The 1841 census recorded that he was 2
years old. In 1851 he was 11 years old.
Thomas married Lydia Packham on 14 January 1864 in
Many thanks to Ian Hutt for
additions to this page.
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012