Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William COOMBER (1783-?)

and Mary (c1785-?)

 

William Comber and Mary may have married in about 1810.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)  No possible marriage has been found for them in either the Sussex or Surrey marriage indexes or the IGI.

William Comber may have been baptised on baptised on 27 December 1783 in East Grinstead, Sussex as William Lucas Comber and have been the son of Mary Comber who may have been born in 1765 in East Grinstead, the daughter of Dorothy Comber (1737-1835).  Or might he have been baptised on 4 October 1778 in West Hoathly, Sussex, the son of William Comber and Sarah Bland?  (I favour 1783 as the husband of Mary, rather than 1778.)

Mary's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She may have died before the recording of the 1851 census and her death may have been registered in either the third quarter of 1841 or the first quarter of 1842 in the East Grinstead registration district.

When the 1841 census was recorded William Comber and Mary who were both said to be 57 years old and they were living alone at Tomsetts Bank in East Grinstead.  William was then an agricultural labourer.  In 1851 he may have been a 68 year old widower and agricultural labourer lodging in the home of Mary --add-by at Tomsetts Bank in East Grinstead.  William and Mary's daughter Caroline was also living in Tomsetts Bank in 1851.  In 1851 William gave his place of birth as East Grinstead and his age in the census would seem to imply he was born in 1783.  There was a William Comber born in East Grinstead, Sussex in 1779, but he seems to have married Susanna in 1804 and they had children baptised in East Grinstead from 1810-1825.

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

 

William Coomber and Mary had 5 known children:

  1. Harriot Coomber was baptised on 28 July 1811 in East Grinstead.

  2. William Coomber was baptised on 5 September 1813 in East Grinstead.

  3. Caroline Coomber was baptised on 4 August 1816 in East Grinstead.  She married John Turner on 5 June 1838 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.

    John was baptised on 14 February 1813 in West Hoathly and was the son of Richard Turner and Sarah.

    When the 1851 census was recorded the family were living at Tomsett Bank in East Grinstead and John was a 37 year old agricultural labourer.  They had the following children:

    1. Emily Sarah Turner was baptised on 28 June 1840 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  She was an 11 year old scholar in 1851.

    2. Harriette Turner was baptised on 29 May 1842 in West Hoathly.  She was 9 years old in 1851.

    3. Benjamin Turner was baptised on 28 April 1844 in West Hoathly.  He was 7 years old in 1851.

    4. George Turner was baptised on 14 June 1846 in East Grinstead.  He was 5 years old in 1851.

  4. Henry Coomber was baptised on 18 May 1817 in East Grinstead.

  5. Benjamin Coomber was baptised on 30 June 1819 in East Grinstead.  He died before the recording of the 1861 census.

    Benjamin married Eliza Backshall on 25 December 1843 in West Hoathly.

    When the 1851 census was recorded Benjamin and family were living in the home of his widower father-in-law, 64 year old William Backshell, at Lower Pentans in West Hoathly.  Benjamin was then a 31 year old shoe maker.

    Eliza was born on 26 June 1819 and baptised on 26 December 1824 in West Hoathly.  She was the daughter of William Backshall and Sarah Comber.  By the time of the 1861 census, Eliza was a 41 year old widow living in West Hoathly with her 7 children and 54 year old lodger, Elizabeth Pedlar.  The 1871 census records that she was a 52 year old post mistress living in West Hoathly with 6 of her children.  She was still the West Hoathly post mistress in 1881 living at the post office along with 2 children and a lodger, 20 year old Thomas Price who was a blacksmith.

    Benjamin and Eliza had the following children:

    1. William Frederick Comber was baptised on 19 May 1844 in West Hoathly.  He was 6 years old when the 1851 census was recorded.  In 1861 he was an 18 year old shoemaker.  He was an unmarried 25 year old shoemaker in 1871 living with his mother and siblings.

    2. Arthur Benjamin Comber was baptised on 12 October 1845 in West Hoathly.  He was 5 years old in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 17 year old.

    3. Henry Thomas Comber was baptised on 20 April 1848 in West Hoathly.  He was 3 years old in 1851.  The 1861 census records that he was 13 years old.  In 1871 he was said to be a 20 year old bricklayer living at home with his mother.

    4. Sarah Comber was baptised on 7 October 1849 in West Hoathly.  She was a year old at the time of the 1851 census.  In 1861 she was 11 years old.

    5. Alfred John Comber was baptised on 31 July 1853 in West Hoathly.  His name would seem to have been recorded as 7 year old  Frederick Comber in the 1861 census.  He was 17 year old Alfred J. Comber in the 1871 census and he was then a letter carrier.

    6. Ellen Comber was baptised on 29 April 1955 in West Hoathly.  She was 5 years old in 1861.

    7. Eliza Comber was baptised on 26 April 1857 in West Hoathly.  She was 3 years old in 1861.  She was a 14 year old scholar in 1871.

    8. Emma Comber was baptised on 31 July 1859 in West Hoathly.  She was a year old in 1861.  She was an 11 year old scholar in 1871.  She was 20 years old in 1881 and living at home with her mother.

    9. Benjamin Comber was baptised on 28 July 1861 in West Hoathly.  He was a 9 year old scholar at the time of the 1871 census.  He was a 19 year old bricklayer in 1881.

 

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This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012