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Buckinghamshire is surrounded by (clockwise from the north) the counties of Northampton, Bedford, Herts, Middlesex, Surrey, Berks and Oxfordshire. With the exception of a few parishes, forms an archdeaconry, and is included within the diocese of Lincoln, and province of Canterbury; contains 202 parishes; eight hundreds: Ashendon, Aylesbury, Buckingham, Burnham, Cottesloe, Desborough, Newport, and Stoke. Buckinghamshire is within the Oxford civil circuit.
Combs &c. Records by Hundred and Parishin which Combs and Associated Families have been found thus far
- Hundred of Ashendon
- Hundred of Aylesbury
- Dinton (includes Aston-Mollins and Moreton);
- Missenden (Great and Little)
- Hundred of Buckingham
- Hundred of Burnham
- Beaconsfield (near Wycombe),
- Chalfont St. Giles (near Beaconsfield),
- Chesham Parish
- Hundred of Cottesloe
- Soulbury Parish (includes Liscombe);
- Hundred of Desborough
- Hundred of Newport
- Great Brickhill,
- Ravenstone (near Gayhurst)
- Hundred of Stoke
To learn more about medieval terms for land see the ENGLAND: Land from Medieval to Present Day.
See Also Parishes within 21 miles of Soulbury, Bucks; Parishes within 21 miles of High Wycombe, Bucks; and the GenUKI Map of Buckinghamshire showing the Hundreds.
Among the COMBS and COMBS-Associated families recorded in Buckinghamshire, England are:
- John COMBE (s/o John COMBE and Margaret ARCHDALE of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, London) & Elizabeth LOVETT (d/o Robert & Ann SAUNDERS Lovett), of Soulbury Parish, Bucks, and their elder children: Elizabeth, John, Robert, Ann and Archdale COMBE.
- Richard ARCHDALE (s/o Barnard & Anne FERNE Archdale) and Judith THORPE (d/o Richard & Elizabeth BROOKE Thorpe) of Chipping Wycombe Parish (a.k.a. High Wycombe), and their son, Thomas ARCHDALE and wife, Mary NEVILLE (d/o John NEVILLE of London). Richard ARCHDALE and Margaret ARCHDALE Combs were first cousins. (See Descendants of John ARCHDALE of STaffordshire)
- Elizabeth MARSHALL (d/o William MARSHALL of Edlesborough, Bucks and Richard COMBS (s/o Robert & Agnes WATERHOUSE Combs) of Hemel-Hempstead, Hertsfordshire.
- John WATERHOUSE of Whitchurch Parish, h/o Margaret TURNER of Blunt's Hall, Essex, and brother of Agnes WATERHOUSE Combs. Their grandson, Thomas (s/o John & Ann BIRKENHEAD Waterhouse), m a daughter of Valentine PIGGOTT of Beachampton Parish
- Thomas DUNCOMBE of Whitchurch Parish and wife LOVETT (d/o Thomas and Ann DANVERS Lovett), distant cousin to Elizabeth LOVETT Combs (See Lovett Lineages)
- Thomas LOVETT of Liscombe Parish (Soulbury) and wife NEVILLE (d/o Sir Godfrey NEVILL of Gayhurst Parish), ggg-grandfather of Elizabeth LOVETT Combe
- Francis and Susan LOVETT Saunders of Dinton Parish, the latter the sister of Elizabeth LOVETT Combs.
Although no Combes were apparently prominent in Buckinghamshire, one cannot say they did not marry well. According to Gen-UKI's Sheriffs of Buckinghamshire:
Anno 1558, I Elizabeth
6th Year Thomas FLEETWODE Esq. Seat, The Vache, Com. Bucks. Arms, Per Pale Nebulee Az and Or, 6 Martlets counterchanged.
Anno 1602, James I
7th Year Robert LOVET, Knt. Seat, Liscombe. Arms, Argent three Wolves passant in pale Sable, armed and langued Gules.
20th Year Sir William FLEETEWODE, Knt. Seat Missenden Abbey. Arms, as before
Anno 1625, Charles I
15th and 16th Years Thomas ARCHDALE, Esq. Seat, High Wycombe. Arms, Azure a Chevron Ermine inter three Talbots passant Or.
Restauration (Restoration), 1660
5th Year (16th year of Charles II) Robert LOVET, Esq. Seat, and Arms, "as before."
Anno, 1688, William and Mary, and William alone
1st Year William FLEETWODE, Esq. Seat, and Arms, as before.
Anno 1702, Anne
9th Year John FLEETWODE, Esq. Seat, and Arms, as before.
12th Year John PIGOTT, Esq. Seat, Dodershall. Arms, Ermine Fuselle, in Fess Sable.
The Combe surname (including var. sp.) is found in Bucks as early as 1246:
Pleas of the Manors in England of the Abbey of Bec for the Hokeday Term. A.D. 1246.
Bledlow [Buckinghamshire]. Saturday before Ascension Day.
The court has presented that Simon COMBE has set up a fence on the lord's land. Therefore let it be abated.
Simone COMBE gives 18 d. for leave to compromise with Simon BESMERE. Pledges, John SPERLING and John HARDING.
John SPERLING complains that Richard of NEWMERE on the Sunday next before S. Bartholomew's day last past with his cattle, horses and pigs wrongfully destroyed the corn on his [John's] land to his damage to the extent of one thrave of wheat, and to his dishonour to the extent of two shillings; and of this he produces suit. And Richard comes and defends all of it. Therefore let him go to the law six-handed. [he must bring five compurgators] His pledges, Simon COMBE and Hugh FRITH. (Extracted by Combs Researcher David Vidler from Fordham University's Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1246)
Bledlow, Bucks is on the (pre-1974) Oxford/Bucks border, its adjacent parishes having been Horsenden, Saunterton, Ilmer, Risbrough (Princes and Monks), Bucks; and Chinnor and Emmington, Oxfordshire. It is less than five mi. from each of Haddenham, Bucks and Thame, Oxfordshire. According to Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England:
“BLEDLOW, a parish in the hundred of AYLESBURY, county of BUCKINGHAM, 5½ miles (E. S. E.) from Thame [Oxfordshire], containing, with Bledlow-ridge, 1050 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Buckingham, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at £16. 9. 7., and cndowed with £400 private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty. Lord Carrington was patron in 1808. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, stands on the edge of a cliff, overhanging a deep glen, into which several springs fall, and uniting form a pool, called the Lyde, the water of which is stated to be continually undermining the rock, so as to have given rise to a rhyming proverb, expressive of the insecure foundation of the church.”
In 1321, John de CUMBE of Stoke by Arundel is mentioned in records referencing Wing, Bucks.
Parishes in which Combs and Associated Families have been found thus far are:
Miscellaneous Records (Parish Not Known)
bef 1563 Stephen HALES of Newland, Warwickshire married Anna MORRISON, d/o Richard MORISON of Bucks. Their daughter, Anna HALES married 26 Dec 1570, at Coventry, Warwickshire, Edward COMBS of Stratford, Warwickshire (See also Combs &c. Visitations)
2 Jul 1685 Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Other Probate Jurisdictions: Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. PROB 4/14544. "Richard COMBS of St. Clement Danes [Westminster], Mdx., ob. at Eaton, Bucks, bachelor" Text date: 1685 2 July Undated. (Combs &c. Extractions from the PRO Catalogue, PROB Series - record not yet acquired)
No Eaton, Bucks located as yet.
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