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Great Farringdon, Berkshire, England

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Great Farringdon which lies abt 3.34 miles east northeast of Coleshill, and 6 miles northwest of Sparsholt, is a parish comprising the market town of Farringdon, the chapelry of Little Coxwell, and the tything of Hospital, in the hundred of Farringdon, and the tything of Wadley, or Littleworth with Thrupp, in the hundred of Shrivenham, county of Berks… 35 miles WNW of Reading, and 68 NW of London… During the civil commotions in the reign of Charles I., Farringdon house was garrisoned for the king, and a large body of the parliamentary forces sustained a repulse before it a short time prior to the reduction of Oxford… The living is a vicarage … formerly a prebend in Salisbury Cathedral, but now (1830) a lay fee in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Lord of the Manor. Farringdon hill… commands a fine view of the rich vale, and of parts of the counties of Oxford, Gloucester, and Wilts.. (See also Parishes within 11 miles of Sparsholt, Berks).
9 Apr 1620 (SOAME, FOL. 46; 538; pg 179) Will of Phillipe COMBE of Great Farringdon, Co Berkshire, yeoman, dated 09 Apr 1620, proved 27 May 1620, to be buried in churchyard of Farringdon; Ch. And poor of Farringdon; poor of Westbrooke; brother Thos. COMBE; leases of 1d. in Farringdon and Westbrooke; Barnarde, 2d son of brother Thos.; sister Agnes GEORGE, decd., her children.; sister Eliz. TUCKWELL'S chn.; my sd. brother's chn.; my servants, Margery YOUNGE and Alice BUTLER; wife's kinswoman Joane SMITH; neighbor Wm. LAWNDER; Extx: wife ELIZ.; Overseers: friends. Thos. REYNOLDES of Coleshill and Wm. GREENE of Farringdon, baker. [mark] Wits: Thos. COMBES, Richard HILL, William HEARDE, Jo. HICKS, script. (Pr. 27 May 1620.) (Abstracts of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at Somerset House, London, England; Register SOAME 1620 by J. Henry Lea, 1904) SW: LAUNDER REYNOLDS
Phillip is a given name seen frequently among the Combs of Early Maryland & Westmoreland County, Virginia. Might Barnard COMBS above have been named after Barnard ARCHDALE, uncle of Margaret ARCHDALE Combs? Also note that a Thomas REYNOLDS witnessed Phillip COMBE'S will, and that in 1608, the will of John COMBE of Old Stratford, Warwickshire, named a Thomas REYNOLDS as kinsman, and Thomas COMBS of Old Stratford was the step-father of Bridget YONGE, d/o William & Mary BONNER Yonge (Young), and granddaughter of Anthony & Bridget SAVAGE Bonner. Also note the Jo. HICKS as a witness and the PENN-COMBS-HICKS wills of Somerset and Worcester, which also include, among the COMBYES [sic] a Phillip.
9 May 1666 Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Other Probate Jurisdictions: Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. PROB 4/1442. COMB [e ?] Philip, of Farringdon the Great, Berks. (Combs &c. Extractions from the PRO Catalogue, PROB Series - record not yet acquired)

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