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Among the Archdale, Combs &c. Families recorded in Leicestershire, England is that of Barbara ARCHDALE Palmer, sister of Margaret ARCHDALE who m John COMBES in 1587 in St. Antholins Budge Row, London, EN, the two of them daughters of Thomas and Mary CLIFTON Archdale.

1 Dec 1638 Saint Nicholas, Wanlip, Leicester, England. Christened: Archdale PALMER, s/o Archdale and Martha SMITH Palmer (FamilySearch.Org)

Based on his own 1673 Wanlip will, and Vann's Alumni, Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University, this is Archdale PALMER, s/o Archdale and Martha HUNT Palmer. Thus far, the only Leicester record that includes a Combs by surname is the will of Barbara ARCHDALE Palmer, widow of William PALMER, and sister of Margaret ARCHDALE Combe:

13 Sep 1650 - 10 Jun 1651 (Co. Leicester, Grey 126) Barbara PALMER of Onelepe in the Co. of Leicester, widow, 13 September 1650, proved 10 June 1651. It is my earnest desire that the younger children of my sons Archdale PALMER Esq. and Sir William PALMER, Knight, shall have those moneys paid them which I have given them by their said fathers. To my son John PALMER a messuage in or near Page Green in the parish of Tottenham, Middlesex (and other tenements). To my cousin Sarah WILLETT, wife of James WILLETT clerk, to John SARE, son of Archdale SARE, at twenty one, to my cousin John COMBE'S wife, to my cousin Mary DITCHFIELD, to my cousin Susanna DUTTEN. Other bequests and legacies. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1889)

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Notes: The adjective “cousin” more often than not referred to nieces and nephews. According to the Manning (and Ditchfield) Family Visitation of London, 1633-5, Randall MANNING of Edmonton, Middlesex, s/o Randall & Katherin DERING Manning of London, m 1st, Mary, d/o John COMBE, by whom he had a daughter, Mary, who married Edward DITCHFIELD. John COMBE, father of Mary COMBE Manning, had Margaret ARCHDALE, sister to Barbara ARCHDALE Palmer. The reference to her “cousin John COMBE'S wife” was probably to Elizabeth LOVETT (d/o Robert & Ann SAUNDERS Lovett) who had m in 1630 in Soulbury,Bucks, John COMBE II, s/o John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combe I. See Also the 1629 Orion College, Oxford University will of Barbara's nephew, William COMBE, who also made a bequest to Sue (crossed out and changed to Sarah) “SARE, wife of Mr. DUTTON”. She was Sarah “Susan” SARE, d/o Ady SARE and Sarah ARCHDALE (the latter the sister of the testator), and wife of Thomas DUTTON whom she had married on 3 Nov 1623, St. James Clerkenwell, Midlesex).

Also significant is the fact that the Page Green, Tottenham, Middlesex messuage of Barbara PALMER Archdale was adjacent to Edmonton, Middlesex, both Randall & Mary COMBE Manning and Edward and Mary MANNING Ditchfield resided, and where, it appears probable, did John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combe (in addition to their residence in St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, London)

Also Note: A more complete abstract/transcription of this will is needed to determine the “other bequests and legacies” mentioned. Thus far, Barbara's “cousin” Sarah WILLETT remains unidentified, although possibly Sarah, d/o Barbara's sister, Sarah ARCHDALE (Smith) Sare. See Also Capt. Edward DITCHFIELD of London in 1643.

Also of possible interest is the fact that Barbara's son, Archdale PALMER, as High Sheriff of Leicester, became involved in the events of the Civil War and by a writ of 25 June 1642 the King removed him from his office and appointed in his place Henry HASTINGS, a son of the Earl of Huntingdon. (Memoirs) This might indicate that certain family members were “required” to depart England precipitously. Archdale PALMER d 1672/3 in Leicester:

Will of ARCHDALE PALMER, of Oneleppe in the co. of Leicester, Esq. 3 April 1672, proved 20 September 1673.

My body to be buried in the parish church of Oneleppe by my dear mother, Mrs. BARBARA PALMER, widow, deceased. To my son WILLIAM PALMER and Martha his wife, to my son Archdale PALMER and his wife ANNA and son THOMAS, to my son THOMAS PALMER and MARY his wife, to my son SAMUEL SLEIGH and BARBARA his wife (my daughter), to my DAUGHTER MARTHA PALMER, to my SON SAMUEL PALMER at one and twenty, to my SON JOSHUA PALMER, at one and twenty. My houses &c in Stepney to my four sons, ARCHDALE, THOMAS, SAMUEL AND JOSHUA. To my brother Mr. JOHN PALMER and Mary his wife. To my brothers in law MR. JOHN SMITH, MR. HENRY SMITH AND MR. THOMAS SMITH. To my sister in law MRS. JANE GORE AND MRS. ELIZABETH DANVERS. My brother in law MR. JOHN PEGG and his wife. My COUSIN THOMAS PALMER of Stafford. My COUSIN ROBERT PALMER of Bassie-shaw, London. My WIFE, MARTHA to be the guardian of sons SAMUEL AND JOSHUA, and also to be executrix of this my will &c.

(Pye, 115, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1889)

Archdale PALMER'S son, William, also died testate in Leicester:

WILLIAM PALMER of Wanlippe als Oneleape, in the co. of Leicester Esq. 13 April 1692, proved 14 July 1693. To my WIFE MARTHA and my DAUGHTER MARTHA, at her age of one and twenty. My eldest son and heir ARCHDALE PALMER. Thre of my children, THOMAS, WILLIAM AND HENRY. Reference to adventures in Barbadoes. To my SON JOHN PALMER & heirs the reversion and inheritance, after the death and decease of my sister in law MRS. ANNE APPLETON, of and in all my lands &c in Astbury als Newbold Astbury, in the co. Palatine of Chester, with remainder to my YOUNGEST SON SAMUEL, then to my right heirs. My late mother Mrs. MARTHA PALMER deceased. My loving uncle JOHN PALMER Esq. My two brothers SAMUEL PALMER and JOSHUA PALMER, and their two wives. My wife's three brethren, ROWLAND HUNT ESQ., THOMAS HUNT merchant and JOHN HUNT Esq., and her sister Mrs. ELIZABETH BEALS. My BROTHER IN LAW, JOHN MOOREWOOD Esq., and his wife. (Coker, 115, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1889)

Note: Elizabeth HUNT may have been the same who married Bartholomew BEALL in 1652/3 in St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. Also note: We are seeking to learn of any possible further connections between the ARCHDALE-PALMER family and the PALMERS of the Colonies, particularly those of Isle of Wight Co, Virginia, but also New England and Bermuda…

…Also not to be forgotten, given certain records found in the Colonies indicating possible Quaker associations among the Combs, is the fact that George FOX, the charismatic leader of the original Quaker movement, was Leicestershire-born, and an associate of the poet John MILTON who had married Mary POWELL, d/o Richard & Mary MOULTON Powell, grd/o Robert & Mary ARCHDALE Moulton, and ggrd/o Richard & Mary FERNE Archdale w/Richard ARCHDALE having been the uncle of Barbara ARCHDALE Palmer and Margaret ARCHDALE Combs. (Memoirs and The Prophet Disarmed: Milton and the Quakers, Steven Marx, Studies in English Literature 1500-1800 Winter 1992)


26 Mar - 11 May 1726 The Prince George's Co MD will of one John BRADFORD, planter, includes bequest to his son, John, of a "cottage, pasturage, etc., nr. village of Thinkinson in Co. of Leicester, Gr. Britain, bequeathed testator by uncle John SMITH, of the town of One Leap [Wanlip] in sd. Co., also land nr. Town of Stoak Gelding, in Leicester Co., now in poss. of father John BRADFORD, of sd. town, these parcels known as Wykin Hole, Peggs Wykin Hole, Olden Close, Peggs Olden Close to pass to son John at decease of father ——.

Notes: John BRADFORD'S will was witnessed by, among others, Edward SPRIGG, nephew of Sarah SPRIGG who m (1) John PIERCE (or POORE) and (2) Enoch COMBE, d 1726-7, Prince George's Co MD. Many years earlier, Archdale COMBE of Old Rappa. Co VA appears in the records of that county with another John BRADFORD. Was John SMITH of Wanlip, Leicester, uncle of John BRADFORD, kin to John SMITH, brother-in-law of Archdale PALMER, nephew of John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combs? To Martha SMITH, wife of Archdale PALMER?


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