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West Ilsley, Berkshire, England

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West Ilsley, less than 9 miles southeast of Sparsholt, a parish in the hundred of Compton, county of Berks, 2 miles west northwest of East Ilsley… and 4.85 miles northeast of Chaddleworth. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Berks, and diocese of Salisbury… and in the patronage of the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church is dedicated to All Saints. Here are two extensive breweries, the beer of which has obtained great celebrity. The learned Mark Antonio de Dominis, Archbishop of Spalatro, was presented to this rectory by James I.; and, in the reigns of Charles I. and II., Calybute DOWNING, a celebrated divine, was rector… Note: Early West Ilsley records are stored at the Bodleian Library at Oxford rather than the Archdeaconry of Berks. (See also Parishes within 11 miles of Sparsholt, Berks).

The following IGI entries are located, film not yet read, in West Ilsley:

24 Oct 1603 Married: Johannes COMBS and Margaret PRESTON, West Ilsley, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: E019752, So: 088484)

19 Aug 1604 Christened: Elizabetha COMBES, d/o Johanis COMBES West Ilsley, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: C019752, So: 088484, Pr: 0933386)

27 Feb 1606 Christened: Jhoannes COMBES, s/o Jhoannis and Margaretae COMBES, West Ilsley, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: C019752, So: 088484, Pr: 0933386) SW: Johannes

30 Apr 1609 Christened: Joanna COMES (F) C: Ba: C019752 Father: Johannis COMES West Ilsley, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: C019752, So: 088484, Pr: 0933386)

2 Aug 1612 Christened: Margareta COOMBES, d/o Johannis COOMBES, West Ilsley, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: C019752, So: 088484, Pr: 0933386)

Note: This family is of particular interest due to (1) the given name, Margaret, common amongst both Archdale and Combs Families; (2) the unidentified Margaret COMBE who d in Sparsholt in 1653; and (3) the Combs-Preston connection in Calvert Co, Maryland in the later 1600s.

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