About John Humber
TRADITIONAL FAMILY INFORMATION
John came from Nottingham, England, with brother Charles,
between 1720 and 1725 (prefered date: 1723) when he was 16 years old.
His family originally came from Hull, England. He was apprenticed by
his uncle [who he was is not known] to a tailor named Thompson in
Hanover County, VA, [IT:[ltr to RLH, Jr. from Herman Humber Sr. of 16
Sept. 1936; Cousin Rosa King mss. notes on the Humber family:IT]].
John and his brother Charles at some point bought adjoining lands in
Goochland County , VA., and Charles soon sold his lands and returned
At the time of sale 1 acre of land was reserved in perpetuity as
the Humber family cemetary from Charles' land. In this family
cemetary are thought to be buried:
1. John Humber and Betty Meeks
2. John Humber and Elizabeth Christian
3. William Humber and his wife, ? Hudgins
4. Children who died in infancy: Charles, Mary and John
5. Mary Christian Humber Finch (Aunt Polly) and probably her
John Humber married Betty Meeks, a school teacher, in 1734.
[[IT:Cousin Rosa Ki ng indicated 1732 in her MSS. on the Humber
family:IT]]. Almira Josephine Cox, b. 6 Aug 1840, claimed in her 1895
D.A.R. Membership Application that her great, great grandfather, John
Humber (father of Elizabeth Christian's husband) married DIANNAH
HOLLOWAY of Mecklenburg County, VA, the daughter of John Hollowy . No
source for this information is given in the application or has been
found so far.
Elizabeth Christian Humber Wallace and Robert Kendall Humber,
great grand chi ldren of William Hudson Humber, inherited the mirror
on the back of which is inscribed: "This glass was brought from
England by John Humber who helped to throw the tea overboard from the
ship when we rebelled against England." The circumstances claimed by
this statement and the particular John Humber involved are not known.
5 Dec 1734 - Deed from Vinkler Cobb to John Humber for land in
St. Paul's Parish, Herndon City, Hanover County, VA, adjoining William
Winston, Edward Bullock, James Wase, Thomas Glass and Robert Bullock
and formerly belonging to John Brown. Source: The Valentine Papers,
Vol. III, p. 1638. (From Alice McGann) He was ancestor of the Humbers in America. At the age of sixteen, he embarked on a sailing vessel from the shores of the Humber River, England, where his family lived and from whom it is said the river Humber derived its name. He reached America about the year 1720 and settled in Hanover, Virginia (Hanover County, VA)
Source, Humber Book
He was married to Betty MEEKS in 1734 in VA. (4) Betty MEEKS (1)(2) was born about 1705. She has reference number 264. She was born. John HUMBER and Betty MEEKS had the following children: