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Hampshire, more familiarly known as “Hants”, is a county in the south of England which includes the Isle of Wight (and is not to be confused with “Northants” which is Northamptonshire, a county in the English Midlands). Also not to be confused: Hampshire includes the town of Southampton whereas Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire. This county is in the south of England, bounded by Berks, Surrey and Sussex, the English Channel on the south, and by Wilts and Dorset to the west. In Lewis’ Topography of England, he refers to Hampshire as the County of Southampton, not yet determined if same boundaries, but is also described as the seaport, borough and market town of Southampton, a town and county of it’s own within the bounds of Hampshire. The town of Southampton comprises the parishes of All Saints, Holy Rood, St. John and St. Lawrence united, St. Mary, and St. Michael, all, with the exception of St. Mary’s, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Winchester. The living of All Saints’ is a discharged rectory… and in the patronage of the Crown…” (Lewis…, 1831)

Combs &c. Records by Hundred and Parish in which Combs and Associated Families have been found thus far

To learn more about medieval terms for land see the ENGLAND: Land from Medieval to Present Day.

1213-1316 Provided by Combs Researcher Joe Kendalll and typed by Combs Researcher Denise Mortorff from HONORS AND KNIGHT’S FEES, William Ferrars, ed, Oxford Press, 1913, p. 80:

…with respect to “Honor of Arundel”

"….Thomas TYREL succeeded and died in 1240, when the sheriff of Sussex was ordered to assign dower to Alice late wife of the said Thomas in his land in Chinting, Sussex, which he held of the king in chief.

Custody of the land and heirs of the same Thomas was assigned to Roger le GRAS, and in 1241 dower was assigned to Alice in her late husband’s land in Catherington, [hundred of Finch-Dean] Hants.; her right to marry her daughters, which she claimed by sale made to her by Hugh earl of ARUNDEL, was under examination until it was decided whether the right belonged to her or to the king. In 1242-3 Thomas TYREL (sic) was returned as holding I fee in Catherington of ancient feoffment of the earl of Arundel, and in 1243 Roger le GRAS complained that the sheriff of Southampton wrongfully disseised him of the custody of the land late of Thomas TYREL in Catherington. In the ensuing year the service of John le CUNTE for I fee in Catherington was assigned to the pourparty of Roger de SOMERY and Nicholaa his wife.

Robert CORBET, William WANCY and dame Oliva TYREL held the manor Chinting in 1275 of the king in chief. In 1284 Lucy de WAUNCY made a settlement of lands in Catherington, Hants., and lands in Sussex on Roger de WAUNCY and his heirs, subject to her life interest, with an ultimate remainder to her heirs. In 1289 Nigel de CUMBE had permission to enter tenements in Chinting which he had acquired from Lucy de WAUNCY. The fee appears to have descended by the marriage of Thomas TYREL’S three daughters in the families of OLMSTEDE, HANGELTON and CUMBE.

In 1312 John de OLMESTEDE held at his death a third part of a messuage in Chinting by the courtesy of England after the death of Matilda his wife, daughter and heir of Olive TYREL, of the king in chief by the service of the third part of a serjeanty of finding in the king;s army a man with unbarded horse, with haqueton, hauberk, sword and knife for 40 days and castle guard of Pevensey; William his son was aged 27 years. Ralph de HANGLETON and his parceners held Catherington in 1284-5 or 1302, and in 1316 Richard de HANGLETON and Nicholas de CUMBE were Lords of that part of Catherington which belonged to this fee."

Notes: Chinting, Sussex has not been located (possibly a different spelling) and no other Combs records located near Catherington as yet…

See Southampton


Provided by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1937, pp. 462 & 463, COMBE of Oaklands Park:

Edward COMBE, of Norton Ferrers Manor, and Combe Bissett, Wilts, b. 1642; mentioned in the will of his maternal uncle, sir Francis TOPPE, 1668; sold the greater part of the Norton Ferrers estate to John and Richard MADOX, and Sir Stephen FOX, in 1675 and 1677. He m. 1661 Elizabeth, dau. of John HANCOCK, J.P., of Combe Bissett, by Ursula his wife, dau. of William SYDENHAM, of Chilworthy [Chilworth, Hants?], and by her (who was bur. 31 Dec. 1680) he had issue. Mr. COMBE was bur. 22 Jan. 1684-5. His 4th son, Edmund COMBE, of Grante Court, Lincoln’s Inn [Inns of Court], and Hartley wintney, Hants, b. 16 Oct. 1677; m. 14 April, 1702, Katherine, dau. of Rev. Thomas PRETTY, Rector of Winchfield [Hants], by Ursula his wife, dau. And co-heir of Nicholas HARVEY, of Whittington, Staffs, by whom he had issue,

  1. Matthew, b. 19 April, 1706; m. 1745, Hannah HAHN, widow; d.s.p. 1747.
  2. Edmund, of Craven Street, Strand; adm. a Solicitor, Nov. 1733; m. (lic. 26 Dec. 1752) Mary EDWARDS, of Thame, and d.s.p.m. 1793
  3. Harvey, of New Inn, of whom hereafter.
  4. Ursula, b. 1709; m. - MAYSON; living 1747.

Mr. COMBE was bur. 20 June, 1754. His third son,
Harvey COMBE

Wootton Saint Lawrence

7 Apr 1656 Wooton Saint Lawrence, Hants. Married: COOMBER, Elizabeth & WILDE, Willm. (Phillimore’s Hampshire Parish Record, volume 1, transcribed by Reg Moore, New Zealand, Hampshire, EN GenUKI)


14 Apr 1702. Winchfield Parish, Hants. Married: COMB, Edmund & PRETTY, Katherine 14 Apr 1702 (Phillimore’s Hampshire Parish Record, volume 3, transcribed by Reg Moore, New Zealand, Hampshire, EN GenUKI)

Notes: Son of Edward and Elizabeth HANCOCK Combs per Burke’s above.


07 Nov 1707 Herriard Parish, Hants. COAMS Thomas & ELDERFIELD, Mary (Phillimore’s Hampshire Parish Record, volume 8, transcribed by Reg Moore, New Zealand, Hampshire, EN GenUKI)


24 Dec 1781 Whitchurch Parish, Hants. Joseph COOMBS & Ann BEAL (Phillimore’s Hampshire Parish Record, volume 8, transcribed by Reg Moore, New Zealand, Hampshire, EN GenUKI)


11 Jun 1792 Wolverton Parish, Hants. ARNOTT, John, widower, and COOMBS, Mary, 21 (Phillimore’s Hampshire Parish Record, volume 8, transcribed by Reg Moore, New Zealand, Hampshire, EN GenUKI)


06 Nov 1802 Basing Parish, Hants. Married: COOMBS Rhoda & Thos BAKER (Phillimore’s Hampshire Parish Record, volume 3, transcribed by Reg Moore, New Zealand, Hampshire, EN GenUKI)


01 Dec 1881 Petersfield Church, Hampshire, EN. Marriage: Charles COOMBS aged 27 & Charlotte Ann MULLINS aged 20. Groom’s father: William COOMBS. Bride’s father: Henry MULLINS. (Combs Researcher Alan Coombs who adds: I believe they came from Tisbury, Wiltshire, as Maria COOMBS (on the Funeral Card), Charles’ mother, was registered by the Register in Chilmark, Wiltshire as COOMBES on the Death Certificate which I believe was a spelling error and his father was William COOMBS.)