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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Coombs

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: John Coombs was born about 1607, based on his estimated date of marriage.

    Death: He died after November 5, 1644, when he was involved in a lawsuit, and probably before October 15, 1646 when his wife went to England, leaving the children behind.

    Ship: Unknown, 1630

    Life in England: It is possible that he is the John, son of Francis Coombs, baptized on March 13, 1596/7, at Hemel Hempstead, Hampshire, but this identification remains tentative.

    Life in New England: He was first mentioned in the Plymouth records when he bought a house and land from Ralph Wallen on October 12, 1630.“Mr. John Coombs, gentleman” appeared in a number of records, frequently for cases of debt. He was made a freeman of Plymouth Colony before January 1, 1632/4, but disenfranchised in September 1639 for “being drunken.” He was readmitted on June 5, 1644. Around October 15, 1646, his wife had left for England, leaving at least one child in Plymouth. No mention was made of John Coombs in this record and he had either died or left the colony before that time.

    Family:  John Coombs married Sarah Priest by about 1632 and had two sons.

    Children of John and Sarah Coombs:

    • John was born about 1633. He married Elizabeth (Royal?) Barlow on Boston on February 24, 1661/2, as her second husband and had three children. He died in Boston before May 29, 1668. She married (3) John Warren about 1669 and had one son.
    • Francis was born about 1635. He married (1) Deborah Morton by 1673 and had two children. She died in Plymouth about 1678. He married (2) Mary (Barker) Pratt as her second husband and had three daughters. He died in Middleboro in December 1672.
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