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Devonshire, an enormous shire in the southwest of England, was east of Cornwall, with the counties of Somerset and Dorset to its east, and included large numbers of Combs Families (including all variant spellings) as early as the 1300s.


Ed. Note: Combs &c. of Devonshire has just concluded a major reorganization as well as doubled in size with over 70 new Combs &c. Parishes now added, which may make the use of our Devonshire Search Engine (below) recommended.

Index to Combs &c. Devonshire Holdings
Combs &c. of Devonshire by Parish and Town

Index to Devonshire Estate Records

"The History of the Coumbe's of Devonshire and Cornwall"
(Manuscript: Author Unknown)

Earliest Combes of Devonshire

1085-6 Devonshire Domesday Surveys

1332 Devonshire Lay Subsidy Rolls

The History and Geography of Devonshire (General)
Note: Combs &c. highly recommends: GenUKI Devonshire, which includes maps and gazettes, histories, records and references.

Gone Missing

Missing Devonshire Combs #1: Chrian (Christian? Christine?) COMBE married a LANGWORTH of Devonshire pre-1629, and may have been the sister of John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combe, Merchant and Draper of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, London. Researcher Denise Mortorff reports that Devonshire IGI extracts indicate that Langworths are found in the parishes of: Hache Arundel as early as 1583 [no Combs]; Totnes in 1665 [Combs as early as 1612]; Widecombe In the Mar as early as 1608 (popular area for Langworth) [no Combs]; Bridford as early as 1613 [no Combs until 1698]; Crediton, Crediton Hundred, Southern Division, as early as 1573 [Combs as early as 1568].

Missing Devonshire Combs #2: According to the late researcher Fred Coombes of Madison, WI, USA, one Richard COMBES of Combe Manor, Devonshire, EN, died 7 Apr 1619, leaving issue: Joseph, William, Austin, Richard and John Combs, the latter born 10 Mar 1566/7. Seeking Combe Manor and these records.

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