Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William COMBER (1779-1857)

and Susanna HYATT (1784-?)


William Comber and Susannah Hyatt married on 13 October 1804 at St. George in Hanover Square, Westminster, London.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

William Comber may have been baptised on 1 August 1779 in East Grinstead, Sussex and have been the son of William Comber (1759-?) and Sarah Young (c1760-?).  (William, senior was most probably the son of Dorothy Comber (1737-1835).)  William left a very brief will dated 26 May 1849, which was proved in London on 19 November 1857.  William was then of Hollybush in East Grinstead.  He appointed his son John Comber and daughter Mary Ann Simmonds, wife of Thomas Simmonds as joint executors of his will.  (I will eventually transcribe his will and include that transcript in this site.)

Susanna Hiat was born on 1 September 1784 and baptised on 5 October 1784 in Flaunden, Hertfordshire.  She was the daughter of James Hiat and Susanna Hatton.  She was mentioned in her husband's will, but not by name.  She may have died before the recording of the 1861 census.

When the 1841 census was recorded there was a 55 year old William Comber living in Holly Bush Cottage in East Grinstead along with 20 year old Harriet Comber.  William was then a farmer.  When the 1851 census was recorded he may have been a 72 year old farmer of 8 acres living at Hollybush in East Grinstead, along with his 65 year old wife Susannah, who had been born in Herefordshire, and their servant 25 year old unmarried Elizabeth Wheeler who had been born in East Grinstead.  In 1851 William gave his place of birth as East Grinstead and his age in the census implies he was born in 1779.  There was a William Comber born in East Grinstead in 1783, but he may have married Mary in about 1810 and had children baptised in East Grinstead from 1811-1819.

Note:  1779 and 1783 William's may both have been the grandsons on Dorothy Comber.


William Comber and Susanna had 8 known children:

  1. Mary Ann Comber was born on 26 March 1806 and baptised on 11 July 1806 in Latimer, Buckinghamshire.  She was appointed a joint executor of her father's will.  She married Thomas Simmonds and in 1857 they were living in Brighton, Sussex.  I have not found their marriage recorded in the Sussex marriage index or the IGI.  When the 1851 census was recorded Thomas and Mary Ann were living at 2 Church Place in Brighton and he was then a 45 year old fly master who gave his place of birth as Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.  Their eldest child at home as 19 years old, therefore, the couple married sometime before 1832.

  2. Benjamin Lucas Comber was baptised on 27 April 1810 in East Grinstead and buried there on 21 June 1810.

  3. Charlotte Comber was baptised on 14 March 1813 in East Grinstead.

  4. James Hyatt Coomber was baptised on 19 April 1815 in East Grinstead.

  5. John Millson Comber was baptised on 15 March 1819 in East Grinstead.  He was a appointed a joint executor of his father's will.  When the 1861 census was recorded John Wilson Comber was 41 years old and living at 18 Brighton Terrace in Lambeth, Surrey, where he was a victualler and fly master.  He was then said to be married but his wife was not at the same address on census night.  John's household then comprised of 7 year old son John Wilson Comber and 24 year old housekeeper Jane Hughes Luke who was unmarried.

  6. Henry Comber was baptised on 13 December 1820 in East Grinstead.

  7. Joseph Coomber was baptised on 12 February 1823 in East Grinstead.

  8. Susannah Comber was baptised on 6 April 1825 in East Grinstead.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012