and Mary (c1785-?)
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
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
and Mary had 5 known
Coomber was baptised on 28 July 1811 in East Grinstead.
Coomber was baptised on 5 September 1813 in East Grinstead.
Coomber was baptised on 4 August 1816 in East Grinstead. She
married John Turner on 5 June 1838 at St. Nicholas in Brighton,
John was baptised
on 14 February 1813 in West Hoathly and was the son of Richard Turner
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:
Turner was baptised on 28 June 1840 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.
She was an 11 year old scholar in 1851.
Turner was baptised on 29 May 1842 in West Hoathly. She was 9
years old in 1851.
Turner was baptised on 28 April 1844 in West Hoathly. He was 7
years old in 1851.
Turner was baptised on 14 June 1846 in East Grinstead. He was
5 years old in 1851.
was baptised on 18 May 1817 in East Grinstead.
Coomber was baptised on 30 June 1819 in East Grinstead. He died
before the recording of the 1861 census.
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
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.
Eliza had the following children:
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.
Benjamin Comber was baptised on 12 October 1845 in West
Hoathly. He was 5 years old in 1851. In 1861 he was a 17
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.
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.
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.
was baptised on 29 April 1955 in West Hoathly. She was 5 years old
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.
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.
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.
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012