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County Cork (Corcaigh. From corcach, meaning “marsh”) - Before the advent of the Normans in the twelfth century, the county was part of the kingdom of Desmond, ruled by the McCarthys, following their expulsion from Tipperary by their arch-enemies, the O'Briens. As English rule in Ireland became more secure through the sixteenth century, large areas were granted to English “undertakers”, who included Sir Walter Raleigh and the poet Edmund Spenser, but the rebellions and wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries put paid to the scheme. (Irish Times)

See 1911 County Cork Census


Until 1922, when the Republic of Ireland was created and six of the nine counties forming the province of Ulster (Antrim, Armagh, Londonderry, Down, and Tyrone) voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, the island of Ireland was a single country, and one under the rule of England for much of it's history. As a result, many records pertaining to Ireland are to be found in English repositories, and many others were destroyed during the Civil War.


22 Feb 1658 Holy Trinity (Christ Church), Cork, Ireland. Christened: Nicolas CAM, s/o Edward and Elizabeth CAM (FamilySearch.Org)

See also Nicholas COMBES, gent., of Dublin in 1656; and Nicholas and Priscilla SAMES Cam of St. Giles Cripplegate, London in 1607.


7/3/1697 Joseph COOMB born in the 3rd day of the 4th month 1697 at Cork to Samuel and Elizabeth, place of abode, Cork

Cork, Ireland, Monthly Meeting, Births 1625-1859, p.7, extracted by Researcher David Kendall Martin and provided by Combs Researcher Dale Larson.

25 May 1709 - no date (Philadelphia MM PA)

26 Mar 1709 - 2 Apr 1710 Society of Friends (Quaker) Certificate of Removal from Cork, Ireland to Philadelphia, PA dated 5 Mo. 26, 1709. Received 2 Mo. 1710. “Samuel COMBE, "Late of ye Citty Corke, Cooper, having transported himselfe and family to Pensilvania at Such time as severall friends of this place were Removing to that Country and not knowing he Should goe with them, they Layd their Intentions of going before our meeting time nor Season afterwards did not offer for his getting a Certificate to Cary with him wherefore Since his arrivall there he having writ unto a friend here to procure one for him… ye sayd Samuel being a bristall man [Bristol, England] came over into this Country [Ireland] with his wife som time after ye Wars ended to settle in Corke and follow ye Cooping trade and although he was observed to be a Laborious painfull man, ye world favoured him not with Success we hope and desire it may be better in that countrey where we suppose workmen of that Calling are no so plenty as in this nor materials to worke on Soe hard to be obtained as here.” Clear in relation to marriage. Received 2 Mo. 28, 1710.

Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, Albert Cook Myers, Swarthmore, PA, 1902

Samuel COMBS received on certificate from Corke three weeks meeting dated 25 May 1709

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Pennsylvania by W. W. Hinshaw

SW: Cooper

Samuel COOMBE was born in Bristol, England in 1663, the s/o Quakers Samuel and Elizabeth COMBE. He married Elizabeth in 1693 at the Friends Church in Frome, Somerset. Elizabeth HILL was born in Beckington, Somerset, the daughter of John and Elizabeth HUNT Hill who married in 1663 at the Friends Church in Bristol. Samuel was born in Bristol in 1662/3, to Samuel and Elizabeth COMBS and by 3 Jul 1697 birth of son, Joseph) they were in County Cork, Ireland.

See also Quaker John COMBE of Lisburn, County Antrim.


Extracted from the Index of O'Kief, Coshe Mange, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland, 16 vols, Albert Eugene Casey, Eleanor L. Downey-Prince, and Ursula Dietrich, Knocknagree Historical Fund, Birmingham, Alabama, 1952-1971:

1757 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland William COMBE & Mary HOARE

1763 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Francis COMBE & Susanna COLLINS

1767 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Thomas COOMBS & Abigale SEALY

1768 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Joseph COOMBS & Ann MORGAN

1790 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Isaac COMBS & Margaret SPRATT

1797 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Jhn. [John] COOMBS & Jane BRUCE.

1815 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Rober COOMBS & Ellen MORANE

1823 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland William COOMBS & Abigail HORNIBROOK

1838 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Joseph COOMBES & Elizabeth FARR

1844 Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland James COOMBS & Eliza DAMERY

See also Quaker John COMBE of Antrim and Combs &c. Quakers.


Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives

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