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Binfield, a parish in the hundred of Cookham, county of Berks, 3 miles NE of Wokingham…the living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Berks, and diocese of Salisbury… and in the patronage of the Crown. The church is dedicated to All Saints … POPE, the poet, in the early part of his life, resided with his father in this village, where he wrote his poem entitled "Windsor Forest." Lies abt 33 miles southeast of Sparsholt; however, see also Hurst, only 3 miles northwest of Binfield with possible Archdale-Combs-Sayer connections.

2 EDWARD III [ca 1330] Chancery: Inquisitions Ad Quod Damnum, Henry III to Richard III [28 Oct 1216 - 22 Aug 1485]. C 143/197/13. "Roger de la GARSTON of Easthampstead to retain land in Binfield acquired of Peter de COMBE, William de BENTFELDE, Henry de BENTFELDE, Richard HOWE, Thomas JACOB, and William COK. Berks." (Combs &c. Extractions from the PRO Catalogue, C 142-143 Series - record not yet acquired)

14 Jun 1543 Binfield, Berkshire, England. Married: John COMBER and Agnes FRANKELEN (FamilySearch.Org, IGI, No. 6908372, Computer printout of Binfield, Berks., Eng - not yet viewed)

bef 1567 Lawrence LOVETT, Esq. = Elizabeth, dau, of Sir Reginald WILLIAMS of Binfield Co., Berks, eld. brother of John Lord WILLIAMS of Thame [Oxfordshire] (History of Bucks…)

Notes: Lawrence and Elizabeth WILLIAMS Lovett were the parents of Robert LOVETT, f/o Elizabeth LOVETT Combs. Other sources, however, list Sir Reginald's residence as Burvield and Burfield; however, neither of those parishes have been located (See Lovett Lineage Comparison)

1567 John COOMBER, Benfield, F. 85 (Extracted by Combs Researcher Joe Kendalll from "British Record Society. New Series. Vol.8. London, 1995," which includes Berkshire, England Wills and Administrations 1508-1652)

1551-1812, Parish Registers, Binfield, Berkshire, England (Extracted from IGI, FamilySearch.Org, Film No. 0088220, film not yet read, selected entries)

26 Jun 1569 Married: Agnes COOMBES (F) and John SOWTHEYE, [Search Words: SOUTHEY, SOUTHY]

09 Oct 1597 Christened: Richard COMBE, s/o COMBE

27 Feb 1599 Christened: Margaret COMBE, d/o John. COMBE,

26 Sep 1602 Christened: Agnes COMBE, d/o Rich. COMBE, Binfield, Berkshire, EN

29 Aug 1602 Christened: An COMBE, d/o John COMBE

09 Nov 1606 Christened: Johan_ COMBE, d/o John COMBE

24 Jul 1625 Christened: Jane COMBE, d/o John COMBE

8 Dec 1668 Christened: Solomon NASHE, s/o Solomon NASHE

17 Mar 1674 Christened: Jane ALEXANDER, d/o Henry ALEXANDER

25 May 1695 Will of Mrs Elizabeth LEE:- Dated 25 May 1695? "Elizabeth LEE, of Binfield, Co. Berks, widow, being ancient and sick of body; to be buried in par/ Church of Wycombe neare my ffather and mother with as small worldly pompe and charge as may be. To the Lady Mary ALEXANDER, the Earl of Starling's [sic] eldest dau., my Lady's god-dau., £100 out of £150 her father borrowed of me in his late Lady's dayes, and I have £150 more in his Lordship's hands on bond; also to Lady Mary my enamelled gold chaine and gold watch; to my Lord Henry ALEXANDER, Mr William, Mr Robert, Lady Jane and Lady Judy, each £10, remainder of £150 aforesaid; to my Lady Starling's youngest sonn, Mr Peter, my god-son £20; to my grandson William FLEETWOOD [orig. ffleetwood]£100; and to dau. Katherine FLETCHER £10, to my granddau. Mary SHIPTON, my god-dau. my great jewel but, if she hath noe children, then it to go to my grandson John FLEETWOOD or some of her brothers' daughter; to my cozen George his sonn Charles £20; to my cozen Alice FRESCOTT [orig. ffrescott]£5 and to her son Joseph, late my man £3, and to her son William and dau. Margaret 20s apiece; to John HAWKINS which was my tenant £5; to all servants £3 apiece and to my maid my apparel and linnen; to poor of great Missenden £10 and to poor of Benfield £5. So? Mr. Robert LEE, Res. Leg. and Executor. Witnesses, Solomon NASH, Michael WANDESFORD, mark of A SPULES" Proved, 17 June 1695, by executor named in will. (Memoirs of the Archdales…) (See Also the Genealogist, Vol 10 p. 72-73; the FLEETWOOD pedigree in Lipscomb's Buckinghamshire, and the LEE pedigree in the Visitation of Berks 1665-6)

Notes: Elizabeth ARCHDALE, d/o Richard ARCHDALE, Draper, and Judith THORPE & of High Wycombe, Bucks and granddaughter of Barnard & Mary FERNE Archdale), m (1) John FLEETWOOD (son and heir of Sir William FLEETWOOD); and (2) Robert LEE by whom she had Judith, wife of Lord ALEXANDER, Earl of Sterling.

Also note: Elizabeth's father-in-law William FLEETWOOD was a subscriber to the Virginia Company, and close associate of Sir Ferdinando GORGES whose grandson, Ferdinando GORGES married Elizabeth's niece, Mary ARCHDALE (d/o Thomas & Mary NEVILLE Archdale). Her first cousin once removed, Margaret ARCHDALE (d/o Thomas and Mary GLIFTON Archdale), married John COMBE, also a Draper, and also an investor in the Virginia Company.

Also Note: Two IGI records (not parish extracts) list the marriage of Judith LEE and Henry ALEXANDER as having taken place on 23 Dec 1663, one in "Binfield, Berwick, Scotland" and the other in "Stirling, Scotland." It is possible the marriage date is correct, but neither location appears to be. Elizabeth ARCHDALE Fleetwood's marriage to Robert LEE may have been the same recorded in the parish registers of Denham by Uxbridge, Bucks, on 3 Jul 1640. Denham by Uxbridge (not to be confused with Denham by Quainton, Bucks) is on the Bucks-Middlesex border: 2 miles southwest of Harefield, 2-1/4 mi. northwest of Ickenham, and 2-1/2 mi. northwest of Uxbridge (all in Middlesex); and only 4-1/3 mi. south of Rickmansworth, Herts. It is also less than four miles northeast of Langley Marsh and Iver parishes in Bucks, and only 6 mi. northeast of Upton, Berks.

Note also the Solomon NASH and the Combs-NASH Connections in both Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Needed: LEE Family Visitation of Berkshire. Was Elizabeth's husband, Robert LEE, somehow kin to the early LEES of Virginia?

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