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Middlesex County was created in 1683, one of the four original provinces in East Jersey. In 1702, the West and East Jersey provinces were merged. In 1842, Mercer Co, NJ was formed from Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Burlington.

Middlesex after 1776


1700 Newtown. “In 1679, Francis COMBS, a cooper, was granted lands in Newtown, Long Island, [Suffolk Co, NY] to induce him to settle there and ply his trade for the convenience of the settlement. He d. in 1700, and his two sons, Francis and Thomas, settled in Hopewell [Middlesex Co], N. J.” (Footnotes in Teunis Bergen's 1876 The Bergen Family)

Note: Sources still needed.


22 Mar 1711-12 - 2 Apr 1712 NJ Wills, Vol. 1. Will of George CONIN of Amboy, Middlesex Co, NJ. Witnesses included a Thomas COOMES.

(George D.A. Combes' 1925 Manuscript, hereinafter GDAC, 1925)


3rd da 8th mo 1723 (Chesterfield MM, Burlington Co, NJ) Thomas COMBS of Stoney Brook to Mary SHIPPEY.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Jack Mount from Records of the Chesterfield Monthly Meeting of Quakers).

Notes: This Thomas was probably the Thomas COMBS of 1728 Hopewell, Middlesex Co, NJ (record includes mention of Stony Brook), and may have been the Thomas COMBS who d 1757 in Upper Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ. See also 1747 Middlesex Records as well as the 1755 Marriage Bond of Susannah SHIPPEY and Gach BLOODGOOD, Robert COMES (s/COMBES), bondsman, all of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ.


12 Mar 1728 Hopewell. Attended the town meeting “ye 12th of March 1728” - Among others, Thomas COMBS, Abraham TEMPLE, Overseers of the Poor (Extracted from The Town Records of Hopewell [later Mercer Co], New Jersey compiled by Lida Cokefair Gedney, Registrar, published 1931, by Combs Researcher Jean Smallwood who adds: I find also at town meetings March 1728 or 1729, Thomas EVINS, overseer of the lower roads on the north side of the Stony Brook, John ANDERSON overseerer of the River Road, Benjamin ANDERSON overseerer of the lower road on the north side of Stony Brook, Cornelius ANDERSON overseer of the River Road)

Notes: See 1723 Chesterfield (Quaker) MM, Burlington Co, NJ marriage of Thomas COMBS of Stoney Brook (Hopewell Twp., Middlesex?) & Mary SHIPPEY. See also 1766 marriage of Ezekiel ANDERSON & Mary COMBS, d/o a Thomas COMBS.


9 Jun - 11 Sep 1730 Will of Robert COMBS of Woodbridge, Middlesix Co., Yeoman. Sons - Dennis and Robert. Daughters mentioned, but no names given. Land bought of Moses COLLER. Executors - wife Euniss, eldist son Dennis and Henry POTTER of Woodbridge. Witnesses, Richard CARMAN, Timothy BLOOMFIELD, Nugient KELLY. Proved Sep 11, 1730

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Jean Smallwood from Documents relating to the Colonnial of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol XXX, edited by A. Van Doren HoneymanNew Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills Vol II, 1730-1750, Published 1918)

SW: Eunice

9 Jun - 11 Sep 1730 Will of Robert COMBS of Woodbridge, Middlesex Col, yeoman, dated 9 Jun 1730, proved 11 Sep 1730, in which he named wife Eunness; eldest son, Dennis, son Robert a minor and “other children”; daughters also mentioned, but their names not cited; real and personal property; executors: said wife, eldest son Dennis and Henry POTTER; witnessed by Richard CARMAN, Timothy BLOMFIELD and Nugent KELLY. The inventory, dated 29 Aug 1730, was taken by Richard CARMAN and William FORD; total of £135-09-01.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 1:103; 2:106, “the estate is twice recorded, the second recording adding essentials”)

GDAC Notes: Was this Robert (I), s/o Richard & Elizabeth, listed on the 1698 census of Hempstead, Queens Co, NY, but found in no other Hempstead records?

Notes: Per Combs Researcher Kate C. DiBlassio, Robert COMBS of Woodbridge m Eunice DENNIS, d/o John and Rachel (HULL) Dennis (sources still needed).


1732 Estate of David LARUE of Hopewell [Middlesex Co, NJ]. Debtors included Robert COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills 2:79)

Combs &c. Note: The editor included this record with Hunterdon Co, NJ, which was probably(?) in error.


20 Dec 1732 Will of William BRYANT of Hopewell [Middlesex Co, NJ]. Witnesses included Robert COMBS [sp.?], who with others made the inventory, 2 Feb 1732-33.

(GDAC, 1925, Ref: NJ Wills: 2:454, 456)

Note: The editor included this record with Hunterdon Co, NJ, which was possibly(?) in error. See 29 Nov 1708 Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ Affidavit of Mary BRIANT Wood, then age 41, which was filed in Hempstead, Queens Co, NY, and was in reference to Richard and Thomas COAMS.


1 Dec 1732 - 16 May 1733 Will of Thomas MORRILL of Hopewell [Middlesex Co, NJ], 1 Dec 1732, bequests to wife, Mary, children: Martha, Mary, Hannah, Abigail, John and Daniel; executors wife, Benjamin BUXSON of Amwell and Andrew SMITH of Hopewell, unborn child; wit: John FIDLER, Joseph REED and George SMITH; proved 16 May 1733; inventory 25 May 1733; another, same year.

(GDAC, 1925, NJ Wills, 2:266) N.B. The editor included this and the next record with Hunterdon Co, NJ, which was probably(?) in error.

28 Jun 1734 [Middlesex Co, NJ?] Estate Account of Thomas MORRILL [will 1 Dec 1732], administered by Robert COMBS and Mary, his wife, later [late?] Mary MORRELL, etc.

(GDAC, 1925, NJ Wills 2:290)

Note: See also 1740 Essex Co, NJ will of Mary ROBERTS, widow of Jonathan, who names daughter, Mary, wife of Robert COMBS. Question: If this Robert COMBS was the same who died in 1781 in Shenandoah Co, VA, was he also of Hopewell, Middlesex rather than Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ (where resided his daughter, Martha COMBS, w/o Thomas COMBS of Freehold)?


24 Sep 1740 Middlesex Co, NJ. Born: Joseph COMBS, per his Rev. War pension application dated 2 Aug 1832, Monmouth Co, NJ, having lived in Freehold at enlistment.


3 Jun 1741 New Jersey Marriage Bond # 14 Jonathan COMBS of Perth Amboy, and John JOLLY of the same place… [bound to]… Lewis MORRIS… Governor… 500 pounds… 3 June 1741. … Jonathan COMBS… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Elizabeth REED of Freehold [Monmouth Co], spinster… [w] Tho's BARTOW Sec'y

    Early New Jersey Marriages Extracts,z by Patricia M. Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb; and
  1. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 72)

Notes: See 1762 will of John REED, Sr. of Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ which names daughter, Elizabeth, a son-in-law, Jonathan COMBS, and grandsons, John & Robert COMBS. See also Combs-Jolly Families of the Tonoloways Settlement (MD-PA).


29 Oct 1747 Inventory of estate of Robert EVILMAN, cordwainer, of Middlesex Co, NJ, made by Thomas COMBS[sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:170)


10 Oct 1748 Estate Accounts of Jonathan KETCHAM of Middlesex Co, NJ. Payment to John COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:280)

Notes: GDAC tentatively identifies the early John COMBS of Middlesex as John3 (Thomas2, Richard1), but his Editor, Ms. Holman, adds that another possibility was John4 (Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) who was also of Middlesex Co, NJ.


9 Jun 1743 New Jersey Marriage Bond # 24. John COMBS and Jonathan COMBS, both of Perth Amboy [Middlesex Co, NJ]… [bound to]… Lewis MORRIS… Governor… 500 pounds… 9 June 1743. … John COMBS… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Sarah TILTON of Monmouth County, spinster… [w] Tho's BARTOW Sec'y. [affidavit of] John COMBS… asked the consent of the parents of the said Sarah TILTON… they gave their consent [the parents are not named]

(Early New Jersey Marriages - Extracts Early New Jersey Marriages Extracts, by Patricia M. Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb)

Note: The source, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 72, lists Jonathan [sic] COMBS as having married Sarah TILTON. Not yet known which is correct?


1747 July 9 Marriage License. COMES, Mary, Piscataway, and John DOWDEN, Piscataway

(Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 92)

1747 July 30 (Piscataway Seventh Day Baptist Church Marriage Records, Middlesex Co, NJ, 1745-1776) COMBS, Mary, and John DOWDEN (ibid., p. 644)


Nov 1748 Session NJ Supreme Court. ACKERMAN vs. COMES. “Writ to the Sheriff of Middlesex County, 22 March, 21 Geo II (1748), to have Dennis COMES, of Piscataway, in court at May term next to satisfy Gerlyn ACKERMAN in a debt of L154 as well as damages of L5.13.8 as lately found in court against Comes.
(267)”

(Combs Researcher Kate D. DiBlassio)

Notes: See also 1786 Middlesex marriage of Jane COMBS and Garlon OCKARMAN.


23 Dec 1748 New Jersey Marriage Bond # 81 John COMBS and James ABRAHAMS Jr, both of Perth Amboy… [bound to]… Jonathan BELCHER, Governor… 500 pounds… 23 Dec 1748. … John COMBS… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Mary ABRAHAMS of Perth Amboy aforesaid… [w] Tho's BARTOW. [affidavit] John COMBS… deposeth that James ABRAHAMS, father of said Mary ABRAHAMS doth consent to the marriage…

  1. Extracted from Early New Jersey Marriages by Patricia Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb; and
  2. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 72)

Notes: See also 1765 Middlesex will of James ABRAHAM.


4 Jun 1749 Will of John DAVISON of New Brunswick [Middlesex Co, NJ], dated 5 Jun 1749, Jonathan COMBS, Executor.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills: 3:88)

GDAC Notes (paraphrased): Jonathan3 COMBES (Thomas2, Richard1), probably born in Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ about 1712, living there [sic] as late as 2? Sep 1762. He married by New Jersey License dated 3 June 1741, Elizabeth REED, living in 1762, daughter of John REED Sr. of Freehold. Who was the Jonathan who married, by New Jersey license dated 9 Jun 1743, Sarah TILTON of Monmouth? There is indeed a contemporary Jonathan who was of Middlesex County and who must not be confused with Judge Jonathan5 COMBES of that place…


16 Aug 1749 Estate of Joseph BURT of Hopewell [Middlesex Co, NJ]. Robert COMBS [sp.?] appraiser.

(GDAC, 1925, Ref: NJ Wills 2:71)

Combs &c. Note: The editor included this record with Hunterdon Co, NJ, which was probably(?) in error.


31 Aug 1749 Estate Accounts of John KING of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ. Payment to Solomon COMES

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:283)

Notes: See also Mary COMBS Dowden and Dennis COMBS of Piscataway (s/o Richard of Woodbridge who d 1730). This is the only record located thus far for a Solomon COMBS in Middlesex, although this given name is also found in both Monmouth Co, NJ and Queens Co, NY.


29 Jan 1750 Estate of Zachary ALLEN of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. Debtors included Robert COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:17)


28 Jul 1750 Estate of Ebenezer MERRY of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. Debtors included Robert COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:332)


12 Oct 1750 Estate Inventory of Hugh TAYLOR late of Middlesex Co, NJ, deceased, by John COMBS.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ wills, 2:474 and 3:318)


7 Nov 1750 Estate of James JACKSON of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ. Debtors included Robert COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:260)


23 Apr 1751 Middlesex Co, NJ. Estate Inventory of John IRELAND by Jonathan COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills: 3:173)

GDAC Notes: This record is “too early for Judge Jonathan5 COMBES… I do not think they apply to Jonathan3 COMBES of Freehold.”


1752 Sept. 19 Marriage License. COMBS, Elizabeth, Middlesex, and James GILLELAND, Middlesex

(Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 92)


1752 Dec. 23 Marriage License. COMBS, Rachel, Middlesex, and John LORTON, Jr., Middlesex

(ibid.)


22 Feb 1753 Inventory of estate of Richard HANKINS of New Brunswick, Middlesex Co, NJ, by Thomas COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 2:220)

3 Dec 1753 Will of William CHEESMAN Sr. of New Brunswick Corporation, Middlesex Co., names Mary and Martha daughters of Charity ("?decd.") therein; Jonathan COMBS [sp.?] executor.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills: 3:58)

Note: See also 11 Mar 1706 record where Richard CHEASMAN witnesses deed between Thomas COMBS of Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ and John COMBS of Madnans Neck, Hempstead, Queens Co, NY; and 28 Jan 1760 Middlesex will of William CHEESMAN, Jr. witnessed by Thomas COMBS.


4 Sep 1753 New Jersey Marriage Bond #156 Robert COMES (COMBES) of Woodbridge [Middlesex Co, NJ], yeoman, and David EVANS of the same place, yeoman… [bound to]… Jonathan BELCHER, Governor… 500 pounds… 4 Sept 1753. … Robert COMES… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Margaret LOOFBOURROW of Woodbridge af'd, spinster… [w] Tho's BARTOW. [consent] “Sir be pleasd to let Robert COMBS have a lisence and you will oblige your freind Katherren LOOFBORROW”

(Extracted from

  1. Early New Jersey Marriages by Patricia Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb)
  2. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 72)

Notes: Margaret LOOFBORROW was the d/o Nathan & Catherine VAN GALEN Loofborrow. According to Genealogies of New Jersey Families, Volume I, John LOOFBOURROW of Woodbridge: Founder of the LOOFBOURROW Family in America, © Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division 1997, Nathan LOOFBOURROW, b. Woodbridge, April 23, 1706, m. 1st, Rebecca______, who was b. 1708 and d. 1731 (M); 2nd, ca 1732-3, Catherine VAN GALEN, dau. of Laurens and Treyntje (VREELAND) Van Galen. Nathan d. ca. 1763. His children are named in the will of his wife, Catherine (VAN GALEN) Loofbourrow, dated 1789…

See also 17 Sep 1759 Philadelphia MM, Philadelphia Co, PA Quaker record re William COMBS, apprentice of William and Mary LOOFBOURROUGH, received on certificate from Abington MM. William appears to be the maternal uncle of Margaret LOOFBORROW Combs.


24 Dec 1753 New Jersey Marriage Bond #158 John COMBS Jr and John COMBS Sr, both of Perth Amboy… [bound to]… Jonathan BELCHER, Governor… 500 pounds… 24 Dec 1753. … John COMBS Jr… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Sarah ABRAHAMS of Amboy af'd… [w] Tho's BARTOW

(Extracted from

  1. Early New Jersey Marriages by Patricia Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb
  2. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 72)

Notes: Mary ABRAHAMS Combs is named in the 1765 Middlesex will of her father James ABRAHAM.


4 Mar 1754 Will of Daniel BAKER of New Brunswick, Middlesex Co, NJ, names friend Jonathan COMBS as one of the executors

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 4:25)

GDAC Notes: This record is “too early for Judge Jonathan5 COMBES… I do not think they apply to Jonathan3 COMBES of Freehold.”


15 Nov 1755 New Jersey Marriage Bond #197 Gach BLOODGOOD and Robert COMES (s/COMBES), both of Woodbridge, yeomen… [bound to]… Jonathan BELCHER, Governor… 500 pounds… 15 Nov 1755 … Gach BLOODGOOD… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Susannah SHIPPEY of Woodbridge af'sd, spinster… [w] Tho's BARTOW. …

(Extracted from Early New Jersey Marriages by Patricia Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb)

Notes: See 1723 Burlington Co, NJ Quaker marriage of Thomas COMBS of Stoney Brook (Hopewell Twp., Middlesex?) and Mary SHIPPEY.


23 Feb 1757 Estate of George MOORES of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co, NJ, who died intestate, had widow Mary as administratrix, and Robert COMBES of Woodbridge, yeoman, was her surety.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 3:227)


28 Jan 1760 Will of William CHEESMAN Jr. of South Ward, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co, NJ witnessed by Thomas COMBS.

(ibid., 3:58)

Note: See also 11 Mar 1706 record where Richard CHEASMAN witnesses deed between Thomas COMBS of Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ and John COMBS of Madnans Neck, Hempstead, Queens Co, NY; and 3 Dec 1753 will of William CHEESMAN, Sr. of New Brunswick, Middlesex witnessed by Jonathan COMBS.


18 Apr 1760 - 8 Dec 1760 Will of John BLOOMFIELD of Woodbridge [Middlesex Co, NJ] witnessed by Dennis COMBES.

(ibid., 3:34)


[date not given, possibly early 1760s?] Will of Mathias ISELTON of Perth Amboy [Middlesex Co, NJ], mason, witnessed by Thomas COMBS

(ibid., 3:174)


4 Jan 1761 Will of Samuel NEILSON of New Brunswick, Middlesex Co, NJ, witnessed by Thomas COMBS

(ibid. 4:304)


25 Apr 1761 New Jersey Marriage Bond #286 Joseph CLAYTON of Frehold* in the County of Monmouth, and Daniel HAYS of the same town and county, yeomans… [bound to]… Thomas BOONE, Governor… 500 pounds… 25 April 1761. … Joseph CLAYTON… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Sarah COMBS of the County of Midelsex*… [w] Sam LEONARD

(Extracted from

  1. Early New Jersey Marriages by Patricia Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb
  2. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 92)

10 May 1761 Estate Inventory of Richrd BYRNES of Middlesex Co, NJ taken by John COMBS [sp.?]

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: 4:70)


19 Nov 1761 New Jersey Marriage Bond #103; Ezekiel ANDERSON of Maidenhead in Hunterdon County, and John LOTT of Middlesex County… [bound to]… Josiah HARDY, Governor… 500 pounds… 19 Nov 1761 … Ezekiel ANDERSON… obtained license of marriage for himself and Mary COMBS of Middlesex County, spinster… [witness:] John SMYTH Maidenhead, 10 Nov 1761; Consent of John ANDERSON for son Ezekel ANDERSON… Affidavit of John LOTT that Thomas COMBS, father of Mary COMBS, gave consent

  1. Early New Jersey Marriages - Extracts by Particia M. Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb, http://files.usgwarchives.org/nj/statewide/vitals/marriages/marr3.txt; and
  2. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900)

Notes: There were two New Jersey Rev. War soldiers named Ezekiel ANDERSON, but the other was born b. 20 December, 1734, d. 16th April 1800, thus not this Ezekiel ANDERSON who was underage. See also DAR Lineage of Miss Elizabeth Carmel HENDRY (Vol. 45) which states that Mary COMBS was second wife of Ezekiel ANDERSON, and that the latter served as a private in the 2nd New Jersey regiment, 1777; d 1820 at Henry's Mills [County?], NJ. Virgil White's Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files includes:

21 Aug 1790 Rev. War Land Bounty BLW#8071-100-21. Abel BELKNAP, assigneee of Ezekiel ANDERSON, private, NJ Line

No Date Hannah ANDERSON, w/o Ezekiel ANDERSON (aka ANDRASON) of NJ and NY Lines, N. A. Acc #874 #050003 (not 1/2 pay) (Virgil Anderson's Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files)


24 Jan 1762 Will of Daniel ACCOR of New Brunswick [Middlesex Co, NJ] names as a co-executor his friend Jonathan COMBS. On 14 Apr 1772, Jonathan COMBS renounced the appointment.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 5:9)

GDAC Notes: This record is “too early for Judge Jonathan5 Combes… I do not think they apply to Jonathan3 Combes of Freehold.”


25 Sep 1762 - 10 Nov 1762 Will of William FOORD of Woodbridge [Middlesex Co, NJ] witnessed by Dennis COMBES.

(ibid., 4:416)

GDAC Notes: The surnames BLOOMFIELD (BLOMFIELD) and FORD appear in connection with Dennis' father's estate in 1730; “they may point a clue to the identity of mother Eunice.” Combs &c. Note: Other sources have stated that Eunice was neè DENNIS, the d/o John & Rachel HULL Dennis. Sabine's American Loyalists includes a Dennis Combs from Long Island, who settled at St. John's New Brunswick [Canada], etc., also a Samuel and a James Combes, all who were loyalists.


24 Sep 1763 Estate Inventory of Hendrick VAN PELT of New Brunswick [Middlesex Co, NJ] by Jonathan COMBS [sp.?]

(ibid., 4:454)

GDAC Notes: This record is “too early for Judge Jonathan5 Combes… I do not think they apply to Jonathan3 Combes of Freehold.”


10 Aug 1765-10 Oct 1765 (JNA 33:6) Will of James ABRAHAM bequeaths to son George one pew in Topanemus Church, and one half of his pew in Spotswood Church, and to son James [m Anne PERINE, d/o John, by lic. dated 17 Jun 1755 (NJMB A:63] the other pew at Topanemus and the rest of the Spotswood pew. The will also names children, Charles, Samuel, Mary COMBS [m 1748, John COMBS], Sarah COMBS [m 1753, John COMBS, Jr.], John [m 1759, Agnes PERINE (NJA 22:I)], Ann, Phebe, Jeane, Hannah [m 1759 William JOLLY, 1759. (NJMB J:121)], and Margaret; and children of daughter Elizabeth DAVID, deceased [m 1754, Enoch DAVID (NJMB D:98)]

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt from (Genealogies of New Jersey Families Vol II, A Genealogical Dictionary of New Jersey, Abraham" © Broderbund Sofetware, Inc., Banner Blue Division. page 36, 37)

BM Notes: According to this source, James ABRAHAM was b. in “North Hamptonshire”, England, on or abt Feb 25, 1696, and d Sept. 13, 1765, aged 69 years, 6 monts and 18 days. His wife Janet, b. about January, 1704, d. April 3, 1747, aged 43 years and 3 months. They and their Children Charles and Elizabeth are buried in
Topanemus Burying Ground, Marlboro Tp., Monmouth Co. (SHGM I:286). James ABRAHAM was in New Jersey as early as Jan. 24, 1727/8, when the will of Charrles JOLLEY (JOLLY) of Perth Amboy names James ABRAHAM as one the executors of his will. “In the jurat of the executors he is called James Abraham JOLEY, but this is doubtless an error of the clerk. (NJA 23:266). On Dec. 10, 1728, John JOLLY and Jean JOLLY of Amboy Tp. deeded some property to James ABRAHAM, located near the line between Middlesex and Monmouth Counties (EJD D3:131). The ABRAHAM's had a child bapt. at Freehold in 1735 by the Pastor of Christ Church, Shrewsbury. (SHGM I:159). On March 30, 1741, James ABRAHAM, of Middlesex Co., yeoman, bought of John HEPBURN for £100. a tract on the east side of Matcheponix River in Middlesex Co. In 1743 he bought another tract in the same area, and in this deed he is described as of the South Ward of Pert Amboy. The same place of residence is used in a deed by his executors in 1769. (NJD D3:133,146; G3:450), so that he doubtless lived on the Middlesex Co. Estates, either as witness, creditor or bondsman. (NJA 30:197,280; 33:367).” See also Combs-Jolly Families of the Tonoloways Settlement (MD-PA).


13 Feb 1766 South Amboy, Middlesex Co, NJ. Public Notice. To be sold at Public Vendue, on Monday and Tuesday, the Third and Fourth Days of March next. Two Plantations belonging to the Estate of James ABRAHAM, deceased, in South Amboy: The First containing about 270 Acres, the greatest Part whereof is clear'd, and near the one Half of the clear Land mowable Meadow, mostly good Clover Grass, and therefore is famous for Stock: Having also an excellent Range and Outlet for the same. The said Plantation is well water'd, and very convenient to Church, Meeting, Mill and Market; also a good bearing Orchard, and extraordinary Buildings of every Sort, necessary for a Farmer, &c. The Second Farm lies adjoining to Lewis JOHNSTON, Esq; on Matchepenex, containing by Estimation 400 Acres or upwards, 200 of which is cleared, and Part of that will afford near 40 Loads of good Hay yearly; the cleared Land in good Order, and well fenced, and Water in every Field; a large young Orchard of good Fruit, a large dwelling House quite new, a good Kitchen, and a large convenient Barn, and every other necessary Building; advantageously situated for fencing, two thirds being well secured by Brooks and Creeks, &c. The Conditions will be made known on the Day of Sale, by

John COMBS
and
Nicholas EVERSON
February 13, 1766

} Executors

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New Jersey, Vol VI, edited by William Nelson, New Jersey Historical Society, 1903)

Notes: Probably John COMBS who m Mary ABRAHAMS in 1748 (above). See also 1772 record of Lewis JOHNSTON with Robert COMBS and his son, John COMBS.


20 Dec 1768 - 20 Apr 1782 Will of William JOHNSON of the South Ward of new Brunswick [Middlesex Co, NJ], dated 20 Dec 1768, proved 20 Apr 1782, witnessed by Jonathan COMBS.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 6:224)

GDAC Notes: This record is “too early for Judge Jonathan5 COMBES… I do not think they apply to Jonathan3 COMBES of Freehold.”

[Combs &c. Note: He has identified Jonathan3 as the s/o Thomas2 of Freehold, and gs/o Richard1 of Hempstead. The ancestry of Jonathan5 is in the missing section of the ms.]


25 Mar 1772 New Jersey Marriage Bond #525 Robert COMBES of Woodbridge and County of Middlesex, and Robert (Robart) COMBES of Pennington and County of Hunterdon… [bound to]…William FRANKLIN, Governor… 500 pounds… 25 March 1772. … Robert COMBES… obtained license of marriage for himself and for Hulda COMBES of above Pennington… [w] Foster WALTERS and William FRAZER

(Extracted from Early New Jersey Marriages by Patricia Bergener, 1999, NJGenWeb); Author's Note: this bond does not clearly indicate which Robert COMBES was named in the marriage license! [*Pennington became part of Mercer Co, NJ in 1838]

Note: The source, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 72, lists only Robert COMBES of Woodbridge with no mention of the second Robert. Generally, the first bondsman named is the groom, but not mandatory. Might Robert of Pennington have been Hulda's father or brother?


1772 Bill from Robert COMBS to Dr. Lewis JOHNSTON of Amboy. Robert COMBS had sent his “son John COMBS” to collect the debt for “a double reined bridle for your daughter”.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt from The Johnston Papers, Tutgers University Library)


30 Mar 1774 Estate of Cornelius BOICE of Middlesex Co, NJ, who died intestate. John COMBS of said Co., was appointed administrator with John CLARK as his surety. On 29 Mar 1774, Hannah, the widow, had renounced in favor of her father John COMBS, witnessed by Jonathan COMBS; inventory made 12 Mar 1774.

(GDAC, 1925. Ref: NJ Wills, 5:51)

SW: BOUCE, BOYCE.

Note: See 1780 Monmouth Co, NJ will of Adam BOUCE who named as co-executor his friend John COMBS.


Continued after 1776


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