|b. abt. 1615 in England||b. Abt. 1715 in England|
|d. Aug 1669 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. Probate 13 Jun 1709 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Bef. 1634||Henry Coombs to Elizabeth in New England|
|Marriage||After 1669||Elizabeth (MNU) Coombs to Stephen Griggs in Marblehead|
|Children (Events in Marblehead Unless Stated Otherwise)|
|Michael Coombs b. abt. 1634 in Salem; m. by 1667 Joanna (Surname Unknown); two children: Michael and Joshua Coombs; d. ?|
|Humphrey Coombs b. 11 Jul 1637 in Salem, m. 29 Jul 1659 in Salem Bathsheba Raymond (b. 11 Jul 1637 in Salem); two children: Hannah and Humphrey Coombs; d. ?|
|Henry Coombs b. 1645 in Salem; m. about 1683 in York, York, Maine Sarah Preble (b. 1659 in York, York, Maine, d. 25 Oct 1724 in York); and d, 25 Oct 1724 in York, York, Maine); d. 10 Feb 1724/25 in ?|
|Susannah Coombs b. abt. 1648; m. 22 Oct 1668 Francis Grant (b. 1644, d. 26 Feb 1718); nine children: Mary, Susanna, Francis, Jr., Sarah, John, Jane, David, Henry, and Mary Grant; d. 1729|
|Elizabeth Coombs; b. abt 1654 m. 1) 1674 Edward Humphrey (b. abt. 1640, d. abt. 1698); five children: Stephen, Henry, Elizabeth, Edward, and William Humphrey; m. 2) 18 Nov 1701 Thomas Trefry (d. abt 1709); d. after 1709|
|Mary Coombs b. abt. 1659; m. 15 May 1670 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts John Ingersoll (b. 11 Sep 1644 and d. Jan 1694 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts); five children: Mary, Ruth, Samuel, John, and Sarah Ingersoll; d. 27 Jun 1711 in Salem|
|Richard Coombs; b. abt. 1660; m. Margaret; one child: Bridget Coombs; d, Jan 1693-4|
|John Coombs b. abt. 1663 d. 22 Oct 1689 in Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Deborah Coombs b. abt. 1664; m. 1) Abt. 1681 in ? (first Name Unknown) Sharpe (d. bef. 15 Aug 1682); one child: Benoni Sharpe; 2) 15 Aug 1682 in Marblehead Joseph Gannett (b. abt 1660 and d. 14 Aug 1693 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts); five children: Hannah, Joseph, Matthew, Deborah, and Joseph Gannett;3. 17 Jun 1703 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Joseph House (d. 20 Sep 1732 n Scituate); d. 19 Sep 1728 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts); five children: Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, David, and John House; d. 19 Sep 1728 in Scituate|
The Coombs family came early to New England. Many who have researched them believe them to have come from Cornwall or The Jersey Islands. Numerous family members existed, and I have done the best I can to pull together facts from numerous sources.
Henry, a fisherman, married his wife Elizabeth before 1635 when he was was a proprietor of Salem in 1635. Some of their children were born in Salem. The birth dates are in all cases estimated and should be read as approximations. The Coombs had probably moved to Marblehead by 1646 when he purchased about eight acres of land. In December 1648, Henry and others were recorded as having lots of land laid out in the swamp. He sold a cow lease to John Legg in 1653. He was chosen as a way warden in 1656 and had temporary charge of the ferry, near which they lived. In 1662 for reasons unknown, the townspeople sought to replace him in his position with the ferry. Their youngest child was born about 1664. I have seen some speculation that because of the long child-bearing interval, he may have had two wives,but I can find no evidence of that. In 1667, complaints against him were gathered for having made slanderous statements against our ancestor the Reverend Walton. In 1668, he was one of 85 men who signed a petition to the Massachusetts Bay Colony government. On 30 Aug 1669, a jury of inquest found that Henry Coombs had "drowned by accident, being drunk." Administration of his estate was granted to his wife and children in Oct 1669.
Elizabeth outlived him by forty years and saw the marriages of most of her children. In 1670, she conveyed a half acre of land to her daughter, Susannah, and her newly married husband, Francis Grant, our direct ancestors. In 1685 Elizabeth married Stephen Griggs, a seaman who had settled in Marblehead in 1664 at the age of 25. I could not find exactly when they married, but in 1685, Moses Maverick filed a suit against them both for reasons unspecified in the record. Elizabeth's son-in-law, Francis Grant, administered the estates of both Elizabeth and Stephen Griggs in June 1712. Their dates of death are unknown.
Proof of relationship is lies with the vital records, genealogical artivess and the probate administration of Thomas Grant.
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