Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry

The Colcombs

Sarah Colcomb (or Colecomb or Colcombe) was my 3xgreat grandmother. The first definite thing I know about her is that she married my 3xgreat grandfather Thomas Powell Chamberlain in 1828 in Hereford's St Nicholas church. Thomas & Sarah had 8 children before her untimely death in 1848 in Mansel Lacy. Since she died before the 1851 census, I only have her on one census - the 1841, which unfortunately only tells us that she was born in Herefordshire, not which parish. But her death certificate gives her age as 38, putting her birth around 1810.

For a long time I thought Sarah was probably the daughter of George Colcombe & Mary Francis, who had a child Sarah baptised in 1806 in Kings Pyon. But I have now realised this cannot be my Sarah, as this Sarah Colcombe was alive and well in 1851 and living with her brother Thomas in the Leominster area. So the only other likely candidate I can find is a Sarah Colcomb baptised in 1809 in Dilwyn, the illegitimate daughter of another Sarah Colcomb. This senior Sarah seems to have had at least 2 other children in Dilwyn, but I can't find a marriage for her. At the moment, the most likely parents for this Sarah are a James Colcomb and a Sarah Parton who married in Leominster in 1767.

I have checked out the Dilwyn & Leominster baptisms to make sure the IGI had them correctly - which it did. The images below show Sarah's baptism in Dilwyn in 1809, Sarah senior's baptism in Leominster in 1778 and James Colcomb and Sarah Parton's marriage in 1767.

Thomas Chamberlain and Sarah Colcomb's marriage was witnessed by an Eliza Colcomb. With an unusual surname like this, Eliza must have been a relative of Sarah's, but as yet I don't know who - possibly a sister, aunt or some other relative. I have also been trying to find out what happened to Sarah's mother Sarah Colcomb. She was alive at least until 1821 when she had Elizabeth. There are 2 deaths registered in Herefordshire for Sarah Colcombs of about the right age - one in 1840 in Hope under Dinmore and one in 1847 in Kings Pyon. The Kings Pyon one seems most likely, but the only way to know for sure will probably be to buy the death certificate and hope that it was a family member who registered the death.

As for the previous generation, I have no idea what James Colcomb did for a living. He seems to have signed his name when he got married, suggesting he had at least some education, so hopefully he managed to rise above the usual agricultural labouring occupation!



The family tree below summarises what I know about the Colcomb/Colcombe family. It is hopefully reasonably accurate, but if you spot any errors, or any relatives, please feel free to E-mail me

Please click on one of the red links on the tree to move to a different page.

If any of the above is of further interest, please feel free to contact me at: n.rowberry@btinternet.com

Nicky Rowberry 2012

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