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Reuben Coombs

Male 1723 - 1770  (47 years)


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  • Name Reuben Coombs  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1723  Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 1770  Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I4253  drabold
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 

    Father Anthony Coombs,   b. 01 Mar 1695, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1738, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mercy Hodgkins,   b. 28 Jul 1700, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1738, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 21 Oct 1722  Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F2788  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary, ??,   b. 1722, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1746, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Children 
     1. Hannah Coombs,   b. 12 Apr 1744, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1769, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F1560  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Thankful Borden,   b. 1724, Newport, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1786  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 31 May 1746  Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Anthony Coombs,   b. 07 Jul 1753, Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1817, Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F1561  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Thankful Borden,   b. 1724, Newport, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1786  (Age 62 years) 
    Children 
     1. Comfort Coombs
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F3660  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1723 - Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 May 1746 - Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1770 - Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    SAR Membership Number: 87308


  • Notes 
    • From: DORIS R.SHERIDAN Troy, NY dsheridan001@nycap.rr.com
      DESCENDANTS of REUBEN COMBS and MARY (---)1. REUBEN1 COMBS, born say 1720; died abt. 1770 in Douglas, Worcester Co., MA. He married (1) abt. 1740/41, MARY (---), died abt. 1744/47. He married (2) on 31 May 1746 in Tiverton, Newport Co., RI, INTENTIONS (VR Bk 2:173 both of Tiverton), THANKFUL BORDEN , died bef. 24 Aug 1786 when her widow's share of Reuben's estate was divided in Douglas, Worcester Co., MA (Worcester PR Series A. #13506). According to THE STORY OF ANTHONY COMBS AND HIS DESCENDANTS by William Cary COOMBS published in 1913, Pages 79-83 Reuben may be the son of Anthony & Mercy COOMBS of Rochester, Mass. and Newmeadow, Maine. This couple were married in Gloucester, Mass. on 27 Oct. 1722. Their first recorded child wasHannah born 27 Aug. 1727 in Gloucester. Since there is a five year hiatusbetween the marriage and birth of Hannah, Mr. Coombs feels Reuben and perhapsothers could be placed here. He also states that the Town of Douglas, Mass.where Reuben lived is only about 50 miles northwest of Rochester, Mass. whereAnthony lived for many years. Anthony's family is the only COMBS family in Mr.COOMES opinion, that Reuben could fit into. Much more work should be done in the records of the towns where the COMBS resided to verify ReubenCOMBS' parentage. In any case this genealogy deals only with my direct linederiving from Reuben COMBS of Douglas, Mass. On 25 May 1752, Reuben COOMES, cooper, of Freetown, MA purchased land inGloucester, RI from John ROSS of Gloucester (Gloucester LR Bk. 5:92). On 26 May 1753 Reuben COOMBES of Gloucester, RI, cooper, purchased more land in that place from Joseph EDDY of Gloucester (ibid Bk. 5:216). On 13 May 1755 Reuben COOMBES late of Gloucester but now of Douglas, Mass., sold land in Gloucester to Joseph JEPHERSON. This included the dwelling house in which JEPHERSON was residing (ibid Bk. 6:14). This same day Reuben sold land in Gloucester to Rufus McINTIRE of the same place (ibid Bk 7:97) There are many deeds and land records for Reuben COMBS of Douglas, MAfiled at Registry of Deeds of Worcester County, Mass. in City of Worcester. Asketch with notations of the property Reuben owned at the time of his death was included in his probate papers. A copy of this can be found within. On 8 Jan. 1762 Reuben COMBS of Douglas, MA petitioned the Mass. GeneralCourt for reimbursement of funds Reuben spent in the care of his son JoshuaCOMBS when he was taken sick while serving in the Army (Mass. Archives). See within On 21 Nov. 1770 widow Thankful Combs declined administration of herhusband's estate and gave permission to her eldest son Joshua Combs to replace her. The estate was inventoried 22 Nov. 1770 in the amount of L309:16:4 by John EMERSON, Samuel BALKCOM & Nathaniel SNOW. Reuben's estate was divided in April of 1773. It was ordered by a Commission established by the Court to settle the estate, that if Reuben's real estate was broken up and divided among the heirs, the whole estate would be spoiled. The widow stated that her husband in his lifetime had paid their daughter Hannah TURTELOTT deceased, L8:10:2 and their daughter Mary HILL L6:12:5 toward their portions of the future estate. When the estate was settled Joseph COMBS, son of Reuben COMBS, late of Douglas, received all that piece and parcel of land with buildings and appurtenances thereon thereunto belonging, containing forty seven acres and ninety eight rods of land scituate in Douglas aforesaid with corn house, standing except widow's third & a log house & grist mill....."Joshua COMBS received L16-10s-3p& half penny; Mary HILL rec'd 32s 8 p. 3 farthings; Comfort, Anthony, Susannah, Rosella, Barnabus, Thankful, Peter, Reuben & Ithamar all received L8:5s:1 p & 3 farthings. The latter heirs were to be paid their sums by their brother Joseph COMBS who received the whole of the real estate excepting the widow's third (Worcester Probate Series A -Docket #13506). On 1 Apr. 1772 Samuel BALCOMB was appointed as guardian for Anthony COMBS, an 18 year old minor (Worcester Docket #13488A). See Worcester Probate Records for guardianship records of Reuben's other children: Barnabus #13489; Reuben Jr. #13507; Rosilla #13508; Thankful #13514; Susannah #13513). On 27 Sept. 1786 Thankful COMBS' widow's share of her husband's estateconsisting of 16 acres of land was divided among the following: heirs of Hannah Turtelott, Ithamar Combs, Peter Combs, Thankful Vinton, Barnabus Combs, Rhoda (probably same as Rosella) Hill. Each received 1-1/4 acres of land. Susannah (Combs) Peters was given 2-1/2 acres. The other six acres belonging to other heirs were assigned to William Jepherson Jr. (Worcester Probate 13506). On 12 Oct. 1786 Anthony Combs & Rhoda Hill, wife of Jonathan Hill ofWinchester, Cheshire Co. NH & Barney Combs of Chesterfield, NH sold theirthree lots of land to William Jepherson Jr. of Douglas, MA (Worcester Co. Mass. Deeds Bk. 115:304).Children of REUBEN COMBS and MARY (---) (Douglas MA VRS)+2iJOSHUA2 COMBS , born 15 Feb 1742 He married ELIZABETH JEPHERSON . +3iiHANNAH2 COMBS, born 12 Apr 1744 She married ABRAHAM TOURTELOTT.

  • Sources 
    1. [S57] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived;), Source number: 336.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LSS..
      Birth date: 1726
      Birth place: MA
      Marriage date: 1752
      Marriage place:

    2. [S142] Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, Vol. 1&2 A - Z, July 1731-1881, Flint, James, comp., (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Oliver B. Wood. Index to the Probate Records of the County of Worcester, Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1898.Original data:;).
      Residence date:
      Residence place: Douglas

    3. [S17] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls;).
      Birth date: 1722
      Birth place: Gloucester, Massachusetts
      Residence date:
      Residence place: United States

    4. [S456] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1700s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

    5. [S42] Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850, Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp., (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - With some noted exceptions all marriage records in this collection can be found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and may be available through Famil;).