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Combs &c. Families of
Worcester, England

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Combs &c. Parishes in Worcester (partial)
Alvechurch, locally in the hundred of Halfshire*

Broadway, upper division of the hundred of Pershore


Elmley Lovett, lower division hundred of Halfshire*

Grimley, including hamlet of Hallow, in the lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow

Kidderminster, lower division of the hundred of Halfshire*

Longdon, lower division of the hundred of Pershore

Mamble , lower division of the hundred of Doddingtree)

Pedmore, lower division of Hundred of Halfshire

Shelsley Beauchamp
See also Visitations below

* The hundred of Halfshire is on the Staffordshire border

Visitations and Lineages of Worcester
According to the Hazel M. Kendall Manuscript (her sources not given), Combs were in Worcester as early as 1376:

"The Coomb or Combe family had been at Wineoband and Shiregreen in Yorkshire since 1276.
"Ulnoth Cambas (Combs) a freeman owned land in Stow before 1086
John, warden of Athelstone1376 Worcestershire, England.
Combe Petrus de fined 1339
Henry of Wineoband and Shiregreen, York
witness to dee(d?) 1399
John living 1443
William d. by 1476 wf Alicia
John living 1500 wf. Joanne
John Combes d. 1550 at Crowle, Worcestershire
John d. 1588 inherited Grovely Manor wife Rose
William ____ (?)1591: wife Elizabeth

Note: It is not clear whether the above was meant to be a descendancy or not and, other than the last three generations, has not been researched (No one in our group can get that far back anyhow <G>). John COMBES who d 1550 at Crowle, however, appears to be the same John Combs who is listed in the 1619 Visitations of Warwickshire as "John COMBE de Ashley, Com. Wor." whose son, John COMBE of Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire (d 1588) m (1) Joyce BLOUNT of Worcester; and (2) Rose CLOPTON of Warwickshire.

Further "clues" to the Combs of Worcestershire may lie in the genealogy of the STRATFORD Family in that Anthony STRATFORD, of Temple Guiting, m "Jane, dau. of William ROUSE of Worcestershire family," and Anthony's uncle Richard STRATFORD m "Margaret, dau. Of --COMBE, and had issue, a son, Henry, who m. Abigail, dau. of William COKE" (Burke's); and that the 1656 will of Thomas COMBES the younger of Warwickshire mentioned "My loving nieces Mrs. Mary ROUSE wife of John ROUSE of Tachbrooke [Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire] Esq" (widow of Thomas WAGSTAFFE)

According to the Combs Family, Visitation, Warwickshire, 1619 (Page 291) (1 of 2) (excerpted):
Arms- Ermine, three lions passant in pale gules.
Crest- a dexter hand and arm embowed in armour sable, garnished or, holding a broken tilting spear of the last and wreathed about the arm gules and argent.

1 Johannes COMBE de Ashley in Com. War.
….2 Johannes COMBE de Ashley in Com. Worc. [sic]
….….3 John COMBE de olde Stratford in Comitat. War.
….….+ ...filia BLOUNT in Com. Worcest.

Note the apparent change from Ashley of Warwick and Ashley of Worcester. Confusion in this regard has also been seen in other Visitations & is being checked. Of the 4 sons listed (no daughters indicated) of John & Joyce BLOUNT Combe of Old Stratford, Warwickshire, both Edward & Thomas are shown as of Warwickshire; No indication is given of the residences of the other two sons, George and John; however, other Worcester connections would include both Miss BLOUNT, and Mary SAVAGE of Elmeley, Worcestershire, wife of Thomas COMBE.

According to the LANE Family, Visitation, Warwickshire, 1619 (Page 307) (excerpted):
The Visitations of Warwickshire 1619 ( 307)

1 Nicholas LANE de Bridgetowne in parochia de Alueston in Com. War.
+ Com. Wigorn
…..2 Joh'es LANE 2 filius
…….+ Francisca filia Tho. NASH de Olde Stratford in Com. Warr.
…..2 Ric'us LANE de Bridgetowne in Com. War
…….+ Johanna fil. Henrici WHITNEY de Micham in Com. Surrey
……….3 Edwardus LANE fil. et haeres Aetat. 30 annoru' 1619.
………….+ Maria fil. Thomae COMBES de Old Stratford in Com. War.
……….3 Maria nupta Ric'o BISHOP de Cholsey in Com. Berks
(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens) Search Words: Alveston

(See Warwickshire for additional)
From very old, unsourced, unidentified research notes (included here for clues only): "During the reign of King Henry VII, about 1509-1547, John COOMBS lived in Ashley in Worchestershire [sic]. His grandson, John COOMBS was Seneschal or Steward of the Guild of the Holy Cross in Stratford [Warwickshire]. His great grandson, John COOMBS the 3rd. b. 1534 d. 1614."
ca 1661 Born: Edward COMBE, son of Edward, attended Merchant Taylors, then St. John's College, Oxford University (matriculated 10 Jul 1679, age 18), entered Cambridge University same date, B.A. from Penbroke College; 1683-4, MA. 1715. (Combs &c. of Cambridge University)

Longdon, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Pershore, county of Worcester, 3 miles south southwest of Upton upon Severn... with the perpetual curacies of Castle-Morton and Chaseley, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester... and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

8 Oct 1666 (Old Rappahannock Co VA. Deeds, Wills, Book 5:109) Robert WALTON of Rappa. By vertue of Letter of Attorney from Nicholas ANDREWS of Longdon Gent bearing date 15 Oct 1663… in consideration of 400 lbs. Of Tobacco… to John PAYNE of County of Rappa. 560 A of land by the within mentioned formerly sold and conveied to the said Nicholas ANDREWS by the said John PAYNE … he the said John PAYNE paying and performing the Rents and services thereof due… this 8th day of October 1666. s/Robert WALTON. In presence of John PAYNE, Jr., Charles MUMFORD, Richard PAYNE, Abraham COMB, Thomas PARKER. (Deed Abstracts of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia, Part I of1672-1676, Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, VA, 1989)

Notes: This may not be a Worcestershire record since Longdons are also found in the English counties of Shropshire and Stafford. See Also Archdale-Combs Families of England re ANDREWS/PALMER of Middlesex, EN; See Also George Combs of Henrico Co VA re William PARKER

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