Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Abraham Combs

Male Bef 1646 - 1685  (> 39 years)

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  • Name Abraham Combs  [1
    Born Bef 1646 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jan 1684/85  St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002406  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 

    Father Essex County VA Combs 
    Family ID F01710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret MNU Bassett,   b. Aft 1640,   d. Aft 1685, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 45 years) 
    Married Bef 28 Oct 1684  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Sarah Combs,   b. Abt 1659, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1715, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F01485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/md/charles/tax/1733-pte.html

      Abraham Combs 8.289 I 36.8.0 Feb 3 1684
      Appraisers: William Roswell, Mr. Stephen Goph.
      James Hughes 2006-04-21 19:46:50
      Supplement to Early Settlers Query by Dr. Carson Gibb

      Coombes, Abraham
      JJ:198 Film No.:
      In Maryland by 1670
      Transcript. 12:571
      MSA SC 4341-
      On December 26, 1684, Abraham COMBS signed his name for what was probably the last time - to his will:

      26 Dec 1684 - 30 Jan 1684/5 (St. Mary's Co, MD) Will of Abraham COMBS.
      In the name of God amen, The twenty sixth day of December Anno Domini one Thousand six hundred eighty & foure.
      I Abraham COOMBS of St. Maries County in the province of Maryland Govt. being sick and weake in body but of sound and perfect memory. (Thanks be to God for the same), and calling to mind the uncertain state of this transitory life & that all flesh must ____ unto death when it shall please God to call, and being desirous to settle things in order do make this my last will & testament wherein is contained my last will and testament in manner & form following. Revoking and anulling all former will and wills by me made, and this only to be taken for my last will and testament & use other ________ I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God, my Maker & to Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, and to the Holy Ghost, my Sanctifier. And my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such decent and Christian manner. As to my dear & loving wife shall seeme meete and convenient.
      Secondly, I give and bequeath to my dear & loving wife all my servants, being two boys and one woman servant together with all my stock of hoggs.
      Thirdly, my will is that after my debts and funeral expenses are first paid, that the remainder of my estate except what is before bequeathed unto my wife, Margaret COOMBS, shall be divided equally into two parts, one half whereof I give and bequeath unto my said wife and the other half, I give unto my daughter, Sarah CLARKE.
      Fourthly, I do hereby order, nominate, and appoint my dear and loving wife, Margaret COOMBS, executrix of this, my last will and testament and witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above written.
      Abraham COOMBS
      Sealed, signed, published and declared
      in the presence of
      Clement HILL
      Henry PAYNE
      Thomas SWALE
      Peter MILLS
      The 30th day of January anno 1684, then came before me Henry PAINE, Thomas SWAILES, and Peter MILLS witnesses to the within written will and took their oaths upon the holy Evangelist that they saw the within named, Abraham COOMBS sign, seal, publish & declare the within written will to be his last will and testament sworne before me the day and year above written.
      Clement HILL (signature)
      (Transcribed by COMBS-Clark Researcher Jerry Clark)

      Only four days after the proving the will of Abraham COMBS, an estate inventory was filed for Abraham COMBS in Charles County, Maryland, indicating he owned either real or personal property in that county:

      03 Feb 1684/5 Charles MD. Inventories, Liber 8:290. Abraham COMBS 336.80. Apraisers: William ROSWELL, Mr. Stephen GOUGH (Abstracts of the Inventories and Accounts of The Prerogative Court Of Maryland, 1679-1686 Libers 6, 7a, 7B, 8, V. K. Spiller)

      Note: The Charles Co MD inventory of Abraham COMBS included a horse, plates and other household items (abstracted by COMBS Researcher C. Hammett from copy of original), indicating that either Abraham or someone using his personal property was residing in Charles Co MD at the time of his death. Presumably, the personal property was located somewhere near to the residences of William ROSWELL and Stephen GOUGH.

      1 Sep 1679 (Liber WC2, Folio 47) Abraham COMES of St. Mary's assigns to Clement HILL of St. Mary's Co. (Gent) the right of 100 acres due him for transporting "myself and my daughter; Sarah COMBE." Witnesses Richard GARDINER, Luke GARDINER. (Skordas' Early Colonial Settlers of Maryland)

      In July of 1685, the estate records of Abraham COMBS identify the husband of his named daughter, Sarah COMBS Clarke, as Robert CLARKE, and prove his wife's remarriage to John VAN RESWICK [sic]:

      (MD Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings Book 13, p. 243) 10 Jul [1685]. "Mr. Ca.... Pray ... a Citacion... and ... to the Sheriffe of St. Mary's County agt. John RESWICK and Margaret his wife Executrix of the last Will and Testament of Abraham Combs her late husband.... be ... this .... of Robert CLARKE and Sarah his wife Daughter of the Said Abraham. Lett it bee made .... the .... day of August... the Judges have appoyntd to writ. s/Ro. CARVILE. This upon Citationi ... as a Gov. Direct... (Maryland State Archives No. SM15, Roll 76, Transcribed by C. Hammett, 1998) Note: This document difficult to read. It will be uploaded as a graphic shortly so as to permit other researchers to assist in determining missing/partial words.

      July 18, 1685(St. Mary's Co, MD. Book 13, page 243, Prerogative Court Testamentary Procedings) July 18, 1685. (Provided by COMBS-Clark Researcher Jerry Clark)

      In November of 1685, a Mr. Abraham COMBS is listed as a payee on the Estate Accounts of one Daniel HEALLY:
      Abraham COMBS of 1672 St. Clements transported himself and daughter Sarah COMBS (who later married Robert CLARKE), between 1668 and 1670 from Old Rappahannock County, Virginia. On 1 Sep 1679 Abraham COMBS of St. Mary's assigned to Clement HILL of St. Mary's, Gent, the right of 100 acres due him for transporting "myself and my daughter Sarah COMBE," as witnessed by Richard and Luke GARDINER. Whether this was simply the right of 100 acres, or if Abraham also deeded specific acreage to HILL is not known. That Abraham was still (or again) residing in St. Clement's Hundred as late as 5 Nov 1681 is presumed from an entry in the Journal of the Upper House of the Assembly of Maryland on that date:

      Then read a Petition from Diverse the Inhabitants above the head of Wicocomoco River and Divers other parts of this Province Praying an Act of Assembly for Building houses Convenient by the Water Side for Sheltering Tobaccos of the Forresters either at the Charge of the Forresters or owners of the Land, by a Jury to be Asscertained at what rates

      A Letter also to Mr CARVILE one of the Members of the Lower house to speak to the Same Subscribed by James BOWLING, Thomas MUDD, Richard LLOYD, William BOARMAN Junr, John DENT, William ROSEWELL, Thomas TURNER, Thomas MARSHALL, Abraham COOMBES, and Thomas GRUNWIN

      Mr GERRARD being called Declares that he had already received Sufficient Damage by the Forresters bringing their Tobaccoes, by Seamen continually Lying at his house all the time of Shipping besides the Spoiling and throwing Down his Plantation and Fencing, that he had proposed unto them to Build them Houses Sufficient for Securing their Tobaccos, and be Answerable for the Same at ten pounds Tobacco pr hhd

      Archives of Maryland, Vol. 7:224)
      Shortly before his death, Abraham COMBS married Margaret, widow of Thomas BASSEN or BASSET and Edward FISHBECK (she afterward married a fourth time, to John VANRESWICK (aka RESWICK). Abraham wrote his will on 26 December 1684, naming both wife and daughter, witnessed by Clement HILL, Henry PAYNE, Thomas SWALE and Peter MILLS.

      By May 1670, Abraham COMBS has apparently moved to St. Mary's Co MD, probably residing from the beginning at St. Clements Manor of that county, perhaps not coincidentally the same hundred in which Phillip COMBS is earler found.

      The first record of Abraham in Maryland is when Abraham COMBE witnesses, on 25 Jun 1670, along with John JARBOE (brother-in-law of testator), David DRIVER and William ASSITER, the will of Wm. TETTERSHALL of Brittains Bay [Leonardtown], St. Mary's Co MD, which mentions, among other items, TATTERSHALL'S neighbors Luke BARBER and John GREENWELL, a brother John TATTERSHALL of Odd Stoakes in Wiltshire, ENG, a Mrs. Mary ANDREWES, land in Charles Co, and "friend Mr. WALTER."

      John JARBOE married William TATTERSHALL'S sister Mary TATTERSHALL who later married Stephen GOUGH. Their son, Benjamin GOUGH, married Jane CLARKE, daughter of Robert CLARKE Sr. & Sarah COMBS (d/o Abraham). William TATTERSHALL married Anne LEWGER (d/o John & Anne UNKNOWN Lewger), the latter marrying 2nd in 1671 Henry NEALE. Witness William ASSISTER'S son, Henry, m Anne (-----), and their daughter, Mary ASSITER, m Henry PAINE, witness to 1684 will of Abraham COMBS. (Abstracted from Colonial Settlers St. Clement's Bay, 1634-1780 St. Mary's County, Maryland, Mary Louise Donnelly).
      Mr. Thomas Cooly 4.520 I #34633 (1677)
      List of debts: John Hoskins, Matt. Carwright, John Warring, Nehemiah Blackstone, Abraham Coomes, John Turlings, John Sly, Dr. Perce, John Coode, Robert Cole, John Tenison,
      Mentions: Mr. Blackstone, Mr. William Watts, Mr. Justinian Gerrard, Mr. Stephen Hicks & Co,, Dr. Pearce, Mr, Nehemiah Blackstone.
      Mentions: Mr. Robert Quarine (guardian of executor), Mr. Turling,
      Robert Farrar 5.298 A #58060 #59052 Oct 1 1678
      Payments to: Stephen Morly, Robert Graham, William Watts, John Newton, John Evans, John Tunnoth, Kenelm Cheseldyn, William Kennedy, Marmaduke Simms, Francis Sourton, Henry Phippes, Abraham Coombs, John Morise, Thomas Evans, Thomas Wynne, William Greengoe, Clement Hill, Capt. Slye, Henry Jones.
      Executrix: Jane Farrar.
      Joseph Alvey 7A.137 A SM #13117 #3018 Jul 20 1680
      Payments to: Mr. Turling, Mr. Langworth, Mr. Langford, Abraham Coombe, Anne Martin, Abraham Taylor, Daniell Hamon, Henry Firmly.
      Executrix: Elisabeth Alvey (widow),
      James Pean 7A.215 A #7290 #12694 Aug 28 1680
      Received from: Robert Cole, John Tant, Henry Spinke, John Davis, Michaell Thompson, Robert Brigen, James Pattison, John Warren, Sr., Michaell Realy. John Angell, William Farthing, Richard Craydon, William Roswell, John Williams.
      Mentions: Peeter Howard, Peeter Mills.
      Payments to: Abraham Combs, Robert Craft, Michael Duquas, Randolph Hanson remainder payable to Abraham Beele (merchant) & John Stone (merchant), David Driver, Thomas Spalding, Thomas Nottingham for wages for administrator's wife, Matthew Cartwright, Thomas Salmon, Nehemiah Blackiston, John Bayley of Clements Bay, Gerrard Slye, William Roswell, John Addison, Robert Ridgley for fees for naturalization of deceased & his wife & daughter.
      Administratrix: Magdalen Bayley (widow), wife of John Bayley.
      David Driver 7A.347 I SM #1760 Jul 29 1680
      Appraisers: Peeter Mills, Abraham Coombs.
      Michiall Tompson 8.144 I 71.11.4 May 20 1684
      Appraisers: Cuthbert Scott, Abraham Coombe,
      James Hughes 2005-12-09 14:07:32
      Abraham Combs (-1684/5) of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and Charles & St. Mary's Counties, Maryland
      URL: http://www.combs-families.org/combs/families/c-ab1.htm
      URL title: Abraham Combs (-1684/5) of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and Charles & St. Mary's Counties, Maryland
      28 Aug 1680 (? Co? MD, Liber 7A:215, #7290, #12694) Estate Accounts. James PEAN. Received from Robert COLE, John TANT, Henry SPINKE, John DAVIS, Michael THOMPSON, Robert BRIGEN, James PATTISON, John WARREN, Sr., Michael REALY, John ANGELL, William FARTHING, Richard CRAYDON, William ROSWELL, John WILLIAMS. Mentions Peter HOWARD, Peter MILLS. Payments to Abraham COMBS, Robert CRAFT, Michael DUQUAS, Randolph HANSON, remainder of payments to Abraham BEALE (merchant) & John STONE (merchant) David DRIVER, Thomas SPALDING, Thomas NOTTINGHAM for wages for administrator's wife Mathew CARTWRIGHT, Thomas SALMON, Nehemiah BLACKISTON, John BAYLEY of Clements bay, Gerrard SLYE, William ROSWELL, John ADDISON, Robert RIDGLEY for fees for naturalization of deceased & his wife & daughter. Administratrix: Magdalen BAYLEY (Widow), wife of John BAYLEY (Abstracts Of the Inventories And Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland 1679-1686 Libers 6, 7a, 7b, 8, V. K. Spiller)
      1663-1668 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 3; [Antient Press]; Page 50
      THESE PRESENTS W ITTNESSETH that I HENRY PEETERS in the County of Rappa. in Virga doe constitute Ordaine and appoint my Friend ABRAHAM COMBS to be my Lawful! Attorney for me and in my name steed & place to answer the suite of JNO. SMYTH as alsoe to lmplead the sd Smyth at my suite in the County Court abovesd Rattifying and confirming all Every thing by these presents what my said Attorney shall or cause to be Don in the premises As Witness my hand this 12th of Apl 1666 & Seale
      Recordat Com Rappa 10th Die Maii 1666
      1682-1686 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 7, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 155
      WHEREAS ABRAHAM COOMBE of the Province of MARYLAND Gent. did formerly put in to the hands & possession of my late Brother in Law, JOHN MEADOR deced, one heifer for the use and Acct. of my Godson, JOHN MEADOR, Son of JOHN MEADOR the Elder deceased, wch the said JOHN MEADOR, the Son deceased, in his minority Now Know all men by these prsents that I ABRAHAM COOMBE do by these prsents give MARY MEADOR, Daughter of the said JOHN MEADOR the Elder deced and sole Sister of the said JOHN MEADOR, the Son, two coves and two calves being the produce of the first given heifer To have and to hold the said Cowes and Calves with all future Increase unto the said MARY MEADER for ever, And in case of the death of the sd MARY without issue of her body lawfully begotten then I the said ABRAHAM COOMBE do hereby give and grant the said Cowes and Calves with all their future Increase unto RICHD. MEADOR, Son of JOHN MEADOR of Rappa. County now liveing and to his Ezrs. and assignes forever. Witness my hand and seale this sixteenth day of October 1683
      Signed sealed and delivered in the prsence of us
      16th fiber 1683. of Record in Rappa. County Decembr, 10th 1684
      11 Sep 1668(Old Rappahannock VA DB4:283) Mr. PAYNE I pray be pleased to doe me that favor as to be my atturney in ye recording of one cow calfe for the use of John MEDOR Junr & the marke & soe doing you will much oblige him who is yr Esteemed Friend. (s) Abraham COOMBES The calfe is marked with a Flowre Deluce on the right ear & a swallowfork on the Left - September the 11th 1668. Teste. John MEDOR, Samuell JOHNSON (Old Rappahannock Co, Virginia Deed Abstracts, 1668-1672, Ruth & Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, Virginia, 1987, p. 149)
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      p.263. "A list of several bills belonging to John Jefferys Esq and Mr Thomas Colclough Mercht dd to Giles Cale by Samuel Griffin Vizt"
      [Abratr Combs 206]
      "Received of the hands of Mr Samuel Griffin the several bills above mentioned xx " Dated 1st June 1663.
      signed Giles Cale
      Robt Rogers
      Ambrose Cleare
      Recorded 20th June 1663.

      Fleet, Beverley,
      Lancaster County, record book no. 2, 1654-1666, pages 1-394
      Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. County, 1961, 141 pgs.
      James Hughes 2006-04-29 13:11:19
      Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, October 1678-November 1683 Volume 7, Page 224

      A Letter also to Mr Carvile one of the Members of the Lower house to speak to the Same Subscribed by James Bowling, Thomas Mudd, Richard LLoyd, William Boarman Junr, John Dent, William Rosewell, Thomas TURNER, Thomas MARSHALL, Abraham COOMBES, and Thomas Grunwin

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Oct. 28, 1684-Nov. 11, 1684 - Abraham Coomes et ux admx. Fishwick vs. John Williams for 548 lbs. tobacco. Sheriff's return: Non est inventus. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber L, p. 10.)

      Nov. 12, 1684-Jan. 13, 1684/5 - Abraham Coomes et ux admx. Fishwick vs. John Williams for 548 lbs. tobacco. Sheriff's return: Plaintiff dead. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber L, p. 61.)

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    1. [S044761] Coombes.

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