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Cheltenham, a market town and parish in the hundred of Cheltenham, County of Gloucester, 8 miles ENE from Gloucester, and 95 WNW from London… includes the parish churches of All Saints , Christchurch , Emmanuel , Holy Trinity , St John , St Luke, St Mark, St Mary (the old Parish Church), St Michael, St Paul, St Peter and St Stephen. Cheltenham is less than two miles northwest of Charlton Kings, Gloucester.

[22 Jun 1377 - 17 Nov 1558] Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Early Proceedings, Richard II to Philip and Mary. C 1/1338/40. Richard COMBES of Cheltenham, yeoman, v. Edward SMYTH, constable of Walton in Deerhurst (Durest Walton).: Resistance to service of a writ on William SMYTH, husbandman, in an action in the Court of Requests (XXIII, 116?).: GLOUCESTER. (Combs &c. Extractions from the PRO Catalogue, C Series - record not yet acquired)


1623 - Visitations of Gloucestershire, England [Harleian Manuscripts]


+ Margarett d. and heire.
    + Elizabeth Stenmarsh Stafford d. of John of com.
      3 John STRATFORD
        + Catherine d. and heire [the line goes up from her showing her
parents who were: Henery EYTON [ETON] of com. Warwick.=
Catherine d. and coheire of Thom. LANGLEY sonn of Sr. Hen. LANGLEY
         4 Rob. STRATFORD Esq.
           + Anne d. of Nicholas ATWOOD of com. Stafford.
             5 Richard STRATFORD
               + ffrancis d. of Thom. KYRKEBY Esq.
               6 John STRATFORD of ffarnecott [Farmcote ftnote 1] in com. Gloc.
                 + Margerett [Christian footnote 1] d. of Richard HOVELL
                 7 Richard STRATFORD 3 sonn of Hellings
                   + Margaret d. of Will'm COMBE of Cheltenham.
                   8 Henry STRATFORD sonn and heire
                     + Abigale d. of Wm COLE of Heyfford.
                   8 Elianor
                   8 Richard of London
                     + [Allicia filia CHURCHMAN de London ftnote. 1] 
                     9 Henry 24 ann' modo studens.
                     9 Richard
                     9 Antonius in Hospitio de Gray's Inn
                     9 George
                   8 John [ ux. eius....filia....BEDELL de London ftnt. 1] 
                     9 John
                     9 Anthony
                   8 Anthony of London 4 sonn.
                     9 Henery [ Mercator in Polonia ftnote. 1] vide Middlesex.

Footnote 1: According to official record in the Heralds' College.

More about Margaret COMBE Stratford of Cheltenham is found in Burke's Family Records by Ashworth P. Burke, 1897, p 559, 560:


Robert STRATFORD, m. Anne, dau. of Nicholas ATWOOD, of the co. of Stafford, and had issue, a son and heir, Richard STRATFORD, m. Frances, dau. of Thomas KERKEBY, and had issue, a son, John STRATFORD, who m. Margaret, dau. of Richard HOWILL, and had issue,

I. John, of whom presently.

II. William, who m. Joice, dau. of Richard de LAMOT, and had issue,
1. Anthony, of Temple Guiting, who m. 1st Jane, dau. of William ROUSE of Worcestershire family, and had issue, a son, (1) Rouse. He m. 2ndly, Mary, dau. F --William GENT, by whom he had issue, (2) William and (3) Anthony.
2. William.
3. Ferdinando, of Walford, m. Ursula, dau. and co-heiress of John HORRIFORD, and had issue, as son, John STRATFORD, of Walford, m. Barbarah, dau. of Edmond ROWS, and had issue, a son, Robert STRATFORD, of Walford, co. Gloucester, m. 1st, Hester, dau. of Robert WILLIAMS, and had issue, (1) William, d. young; (1) Ann, m. John HOOKE, of Crook, co. Gloucester. He m. 2nd.y, Martha, dau. of William STRACHY, by whom he had issue, (2) John; (2) Martha; (3) Hester; (4) Mary; and (5) Elizabeth.

III. Richard, m. Margaret, dau. of --COMBE, and had issue, a son, Henry, who m. Abigail, dau. of William COKE. (Provided by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin who adds: "Time frame for the above four generations prior to 1640.")

Re William ROUSE, see John & Mary COMBS Rouse of Tachbrook, Warwickshire. Was William STRACHY of the STRACHIE-STACY Family? Also note marriage of Richard WARRE of Hestercombe, Somerset, to Joan, d/o John ATWOOD, their son, Richard WARRE having m Joan COMBE, d/o John COMBE, of Dalwood, Co Dorset (now Devonshire). See also Burroughs-Vassal-Weare Families.

Only two Combe entries are found in the IGI, and neither are from transcribed parish records:

14 Jun 1576 Cheltenham, Gloucester. Married: Anne COME & John NEWMAN (IGI, but possibly not a Parish Extract. Pre 1970. O#: 29636. F# 177920@, P#: 785. Film not read)

18 May 1640 Cheltenham, Gloucester. Christened: Richard & John COMBE, s/o William COMBE. (IGI Parish Extracts, Ba: C043991, So: 417138, Pr: 0883732. Film not read)

Relationship, if any, to Margaret COMBE Stratford, d/o William COMBE of Cheltenham, not yet known. See also John NEWMAN and James COMBS of 1632 Wood Stanway (Stanway?), Gloucester.

Negative findings:

On-line indices to monumental inscriptions for the parishes of Christ Church, St. James include no Combes.

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