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Wotton Underwood (a.k.a. Wooton under Wood), a parish in the hundred of Ashendon , 14.49 miles southwest of Soulbury (within 5 miles of Quainton and Dinton, Bucks; and Thame, Oxfordshire), in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury… and in the patronage of the Duke of Buckingham. The church, dedicated to All Saints…


?? Jan 1614 Wotten Underwood Parish Register. "1614. Thomas COMBS or GOMBS or GOMB the sonne of Edward COMB/GOMB was baptized the ??? day of January." (Extracted from "Buckinghamshire Parish Registers Gen Register 1599-1654." BAPTISMS-MARRIAGES-BURIALS, WOTTON UNDERWOOD 1599-1654, Buckinghamshire Record Office; FHC Film 1042447 Item 3, by Combs Researcher Denise Mortorff)

DM Notes: Both date in January and surname spelling hard to read. The use of "C" and "G" is extremely difficult to decipher at times, as are the letters "h" and "b". I could have made errors simply because the handwriting was too difficult to decipher. I am utilizing a script chart with different styles of letter formation for the period, however, during this period I have had problems with the numbers of different persons making entries in different styles of handwriting, even on the same page, and a change in general style occurring moving from the older medieval form into what I call a script more like the ones in use today. I stopped at 1654 although this parish continued further into 1654, 1680 to 1812. There could be more COMBES records contained in these records. Notes: Neither Edward nor his son, Thomas, have been identified as yet.


03 Apr 1614 Wotten Underwood Parish. "1614. Elizabeth LOVETTE Daughter of Robert ?fono nous? baptized the third day of April. "(Extracted from "Buckinghamshire Parish Registers Gen Register 1599-1654." BAPTISMS-MARRIAGES-BURIALS, WOTTON UNDERWOOD 1599-1654, Buckinghamshire Record Office; FHC Film 1042447 Item 3, by Combs Researcher Denise Mortorff)

DM Note: The day could be debated as the "first" although I think it is the "third." Also, I would not assume at this point that this is the Elizabeth LOVETT who married John COMBE in 1630 in Sparsholt Parish (see below) although she should be considered as a candidate. There are other LOVETTS and LOVELLS in this register up to 1654, however the above is the only entry with a father Robert named. Since the LOVETTS had what appears to be a number of land holdings in different locations, it is possible that this is why a baptism could appear in an isolated location from other known residences. Learning more about the locations of specific land holdings would be most useful (See Dinton Parish).


15 Nov 1634 Wotten Underwood Parish. "1634. Alise daughter of Robt COOMS was buried November 15. "(Extracted from "Buckinghamshire Parish Registers Gen Register 1599-1654." BAPTISMS-MARRIAGES-BURIALS, WOTTON UNDERWOOD 1599-1654, Buckinghamshire Record Office; FHC Film 1042447 Item 3, by Combs Researcher Denise Mortorff) [SW: Alice, Robert]

Notes: Neither Alice nor Robert COMBS have been identified as yet.


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