Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William COMBER (1759-1832)

and Sarah BLAND (c1760-?)


William Comber and Sarah Bland married on 23 May 1777 in West Hoathly, Sussex.  William was then of West Hoathly and Sarah of Horsted Keynes, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

William Comber may have been baptised on 21 January 1759 in West Hoathly and have been the son of Francis Comber (1730-1799) and Mary Allcock.  He died aged 74 years was buried on 21 January 1832 in West Hoathly (as per the National Burial Index).

Sarah Bland's date and place of birth are unknown, to me.  She may have died before the recording of the 1841 census.  The IGI records that a Sarah Bland was baptised on 6 November 1757 in Upper Beeding, Sussex, the daughter of John Bland and Sarah Parsons who had married there in 1749.


William Coomber and Sarah Bland had 8 known children:

  1. Mary Comber was baptised on 14 June 1777 in West Hoathly and buried there on 5/6 July 1777.  (NBI 5th, IGI 6th)

  2. William Comber was baptised on 4 October 1778 in West Hoathly.  He may have been the John Comber who married Mary before or about 1810 and then settled in East Grinstead to raise their family.  But there were 2 John Combers baptised in East Grinstead, one in 1779 and the other in 1783.

  3. Francis Comber was baptised on 4 March 1781 in West Hoathly.

  4. Thomas Comber was baptised on 25 January 1782 in West Hoathly.  He died aged 12 years and was buried on 10 July 1795 in West Hoathly.

  5. Mary Comber was baptised on 17 October 1785 in West Hoathly.

  6. Jane Comber was baptised on 10 February 1788 in West Hoathly.

  7. John Comber was baptised on 19 September 1790 in West Hoathly.

  8. Ann Comber was baptised on 15 February 1795 in West Hoathly.


I have not been able to identify, 1778 William, 1781 Francis and 1790 John in the 1841 and 1851 census.  Nor do the 3 brothers appear to have married or had any children baptised in West Hoathly - of course they may have married and settled elsewhere.

I had wonder if 1790 John, above, had married Ruth, as the 1841 census records that a 50 year old John and 40 year old Ruth were living at Heigate in East Grinstead.  John was an agricultural labourer.  In 1851 the couple were living at Highgate, East Grinstead, which was the home of Ruth's parents, Edward Inkpin and his wife Mary.  John gave his place of birth as East Grinstead.  That John was most probably baptised on 14 November 1790 in East Grinstead, the son of Thomas Comber and Mary Hunt.

The 1841 census also records a 50 John, senior, living at Mill House in Horsted Keynes, Sussex, along with:  Elizabeth 45, Emma 12, Alfred, 10, Harriet 8 and Ann 3.  The 1851 census sees the family still living in Mill House and John gave his age as 55 and said he was born in Ardingly, Sussex.  Also part of the household were:   wife Elizabeth 53, son Alfred 18, daughter Anne 12, son Arthur 9, sister Eleanor Comber unmarried 66 and 2 servants.

The National Archives web site records that a William Comber, labourer of West Hoathly left a will which was proved on 18 November 1813.


The details about the family of William Comber and Sarah Bland have come from the IGI, Sussex Marriage Index and National Burial Index.  We need to check each event against the original West Hoathly registers which are held at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester.  The parish registers may also record burials that have not been included in the NBI.  There may also be a will for William, if so there maybe a copy of the document on microfilm at the East Sussex Record Office in Lewes.  The WSRO may also have manorial records showing property ownership/tenancy succession.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012