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The parish of St. Stephen Coleman Street lies 1.24 mi. due north of City Centre, adjacent to St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. The church was destroyed in 1666, damaged in 1940 and then sold. It was united with St. Margaret Lothbury in 1954. St. Stephen's parish records are in the Guildhall Library: baptisms, 1538-1951; marriages, 1538-1952; banns 1754-1847 and burials, 1538-1853. The IGI includes a partial index to baptisms and marriages for the years, 1538-1875.

Except where otherwise noted, parish register records were extracted from FamilySearch.Org, IGI, #0375013, Parish registers, 1539-1953 Church of England. St. Stephen Coleman Street Church (London) (source not yet viewed)
1545 Commissary Court of London. Robert COMBES, citizen & leathers., St. Stephen, Thorpe by Waynfleete, etc., Lincs. (O.W. 1545, Register 11, Folio 164) (Combs &c. English Estate Records)
This record does not specify if this is St. Stephen Walbrook or St. Stephen Coleman St. Considering the presence of Ellis COMBE in St. Stephen Coleman St., and the given name Robert amongst the families of Ellis and John COMBE (h/o Margaret ARCHDALE), this record may be significant. Thorpe St. Peter is less than a mile from Wainfleet in Lincolnshire.

28 Oct 1554 St. Stephen Coleman Street, London, EN. Married: Margery KOOMES and Walter JONS. (IGI, Ba: E019662, So: 375013, source not viewed) [COOMES, JOHNS]

Notes: Not identified. Not known if "JONS" was JOHNS or JONES.

7 Feb 1596 Saint Stephan Coleman Street, London, England. Married: Roberte CHURCHMAN and Anne BYMON (FamilySearch.Org)

Not the same, but see Robert CHURCHMAN whose daughter, Alicia, married Richard STRATFORD of London, son of Richard STRATFORD of Hellings and Margaret COMBE, daughter of William COMBE of Cheltenham, Gloucester

02 Feb 1619 [1619/1620?] St. Stephan Coleman Street, London, EN. Christened: Judithe COOME, d/o Ellis COOME. (IGI, Ba: C019662, So: 375013, Pr: 883922, source not viewed)

1620-1621 Ellis COMBE, Draper, pays quarterage "Coleman St" Woolsack Alley" at "Fwr. Carrier's house at the lower end of Aldermanbury at the end of Bamshaw near the Wall." (Drapers Company)

16 Sep 1621 St. Stephen Coleman Street, London, EN. Christened: ----- COOME, d/o Ellis COOME. (IGI, Ba: C019662, So: 375013, Pr: 883922, source not viewed)

Ellis COMBE was apprenticed to John COMBE "a merchant in Aldermanbury 7 years at his master's house"on 03 Jan 1605, and freed on 15 Jan 1616 (apparently upon the death of Margaret ARCHDALE, wife of John). On 9 Aug 1617, Ellice COMBE of Aldermanybury, Draper, married Judith BARGAR, St. Peter Pauls Wharf. Although the relationship of Ellis COMBE to John COMBE has not been determined, that there was one is proved by the 1629 Oriel College, Oxford University will of John's son, William COMBE who bequeathed "to my kinsman Ellis COMBE fourerscore pounds." Ellis COMBE died testate and was buried on 2 Apr 1633 at St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury.

Whether a relationship existed between Ellis COMBS and the following Ambrose COMBES is also not known at this time:

1634-1642 Saint Stephen Coleman Street, London. Christened (IGI Film No. Pr: 883922):
16 Apr 1634 Nathaniell COMBES, s/o Ambros COMBES
18 Feb 1635 Phillip COMBES, s/o Ambros COMBES
13 Jan 1636 Henoch [Enoch?] COMBES, s/o Ambros COMBES
14 Jan 1637 Prisilla COMBES, d/o Ambros COMBES
27 jan 1638 Ambros COMBES, s/o Ambros COMBES
22 Mar 1639 Grace COMBES, d/o Ambrose and Hester COMBES
11 Jun 1641 Nathaniell COMES, s/o (blank)
13 Nov 1642 Elewthelip COMBES, s/o Ambrose COMBES
No marriage record has been located as yet for Ambrose and Hester. Other relevant IGI records include the 15 Apr 1628 christening of Hester COOMES, d/o Ambrose COOMES, at Saint Mildred Poultry with Saint Mary Colechurch and the 13 Sep 1586 marriage of Ambros COMES and Annis CLARK at St. Antholin, Budge Row (the same parish where John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combe married).

Also note that many of these children also have IGI entries for christenings on the same date at Saint Luke, Chelsea, Middlesex (3.62 mi. from London's City Centre)

Given the presence of Enoch and Phillip COMBS in Early Maryland where they are closely associated with Alvey-Archdale-Combs Families, in conjunction with presence in this parish of Ellis COMBS (cousin of John & Margaret ARCHDALE Combs), the above records may be of significance. Also note the earlier Ambrose COMBS (m Annis CLARK) of St. Antholins Budge Row the year before John COMBS and Margaret ARCHDALE... not to mention Ambrose as a given name among the Combs-Meador Families of Old Rappa Co VA.

See also Devonshire for a possibly related Ambrose and Marian COMBS Cook.
25 Nov 1690 Saint Stephan Coleman Street, London, England. Married: James COUMBES and Mary COOPER (FamilySearch.Org, IGI Parish registers, 1538-1716, #0375013, Film NO. 6903595

20 Aug 1698 Saint Stephan Coleman Street, London, England. Married: Robert COOMS and Margaret MARS [NIGI 1998]

09 Sep 1704 Saint Stephen Coleman Street, London, EN. Christened: Margrett COMBS, d/o Robart COMBS

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