About Enoch Combs, Sr.
Enoch COMBS, Sr., with wife Barbary and son, Enoch, Jr., came to Maryland by 1664, and probably by 1663, to either Calvert County or Talbot County, and probably from Lancaster County, Virginia (adjacent to Old Rappa), where an Enoch COOME is recorded in 1662. Enoch may have had close Quaker affiliations: In 1669, he witnessed the Calvert County will of Quaker leader Richard PRESTON and in 1689, either he or his son (and John NUTHALL) signed a Protestant Petition in that county. Either Enoch or his son, Enoch, Jr., or both, were recorded in St. Mary's by 1698, possessing two tracts in Poplar Hill Hundred, listed as Enoc COMBS: (1) 100 acres of the 200 acre tract "Poplar Hill" in Poplar Hill Hundred and (2) the 100 acre tract, "North Banks" ("this land is disclaimed by John COOMBS").
Enoch, Sr. is thought to have been the father of William COMBS, Sr. of St. Mary's Hundred, born ca 1671, who named his eldest son, Enoch, and his youngest, Phillip.
Enoch, Jr. is believed to be the same who married (probably a second marriage?) Sarah SPRIGG, widow of John PEARCE and daughter of Thomas and Katherine GRAVES Sprigg (Thomas married 2nd Elinor NUTHALL, daughter of John, Sr.). Katherine GRAVES Sprigg was sister to Verlinda GRAVES Stone, mother of Thomas STONE who transported Phillip COMBS. Enoch, Jr. died in Prince George's County in 1726-7. It is not known when or where Enoch, Sr. or his mother died.
A number of early published reports exist in regard to Enoch Combs and his descendants; however, most do not include any sources, and the few records located thus far have been insufficient to document this line.
Among those published reports is the following, submitted by Fanny Combs (b bef 1899), widow of Ignatius Pike Goff, and published in 1938 in the Register of Maryland's Heraldic Families:
Combs of Old Stratford, Warwickshire, England
Enoch Combs-Immigrated to Maryland in 1664 with wife Barbara, son Enoch and servant Ann Hawtin. Sur. of 350 acres of Park Hall Manor. Patent Sept 1663
Son William, born in MD. 1672, d-1740 in St Mary's Co m-Mary (Tribelly Hatton), who m-Joseph Jenkins after death of Wm Combs.
Birth: 1638, England Death: 1726 Upper Marlboro Prince George's County Maryland, USA
Enoch Coombes, Sr. moved from England and then we find him in the County of Fife, Scotland before he migrated to Lancaster Co, VA, St. Mary's Co, MD, Calvert Co, MD, and eventually to Largo Plantation in what is now Prince George's County, Maryland. The exact date of Enoch Coombes death is still unproven. He died before his son, Enoch, Jr. in 1726/7, but other than that date, is unproven.
“Enoch Coome” is recorded in Lancaster County, Virginia in April 1660 witnessing a gift deed. In March 1663/4 Calvert County, Maryland, "Enoch Cumbs" was a juror involving the servants of Richard Preston. On 16 Sept 1669, Enoch witnessed Richard Preston’s will. Preston was a Quaker leader, leading some researchers to speculate that Enoch had close Quaker affiliations.
16 Nov 1663 - 21 Mar 1665/66 "Enoch Comes" and Henry Sewell, witness a deed between William Johnson of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and Frances Armestrong [Armstrong] of Talbot County. Other witnesses were Joseph Hambridge and Matthew Harden.
"Enoch Combs" on 20 Mar 1664/5, demanded land for transportation of himself, wife Barbara, son Enoch, and Ann Hawtin, a servant. Their allegiance was sworn to by Enoch Combs before Thomas Truman, Deputy Commissioner, and "upon the aforegoing assignment George Lingan had warrant for 300 acres dated the 8th day of April, 1665, returned 19th day of October, 1665." (Fanny Gough Manuscript)
In 1666 Enoch Combes is subpoenaed in Calvert County, and testifies in Provincial Court that he is "aged 28 yeares or thereabouts: Examined & saith that Tho Martin sould [sold] to Timothy Gooddridge one man servant by name Roger Williams to serve the said Gooddridge the full & compleate term of five yeares & further saith not. Sworne in open Court Philip Calvert Enoch Coomes
Again, he was on Jury duty on 5 Jul 1669 in Calvert County, MD.
Either Junior or Senior along with John Nuthall signed a Protestant Petition in 1689 in Calvert County, and by 1698, the St.Mary's petition. George Lingan also signed the 1689 Calvert County Protestant Petition and to whom Enoch Combes, Sr. assigned his transportation rights in 1669.
In March 1689/90, St Mary's Co, the widow of Thomas Ennis, Ann, disbursed monies to Enoch Combs, William Cooms, and Sarah Combs' husband, Robert Clarke. Sarah Combs Clarke is the daughter of Abraham Combs of Rappahannock County, VA and St. Mary's Co, MD.
The father, son, or both owned two tracts of land:
One hundred acres in Poplar Hill Hundred, St. Mary’s County which was part of the original 200 acres split equally between George Cox and "Enoc Combs"
“Enoc Combs” entered the second 100 acre tract of land in ’North Banks’ which was disclaimed by John Coombs. It was originally surveyed April 7, 1654 for Richard Banks and was located on the north side of Poplar Hill Cr.
Enoch Coombes, Sr. is the father of two known children: Enoch Coombes, Jr b. before 1664 and died in Prince George’s County, 1726/7 by the date of his inventory & estate. Elizabeth Coombes Beall There is speculation that he may be the father of William Combs b. 1671.
His wife is referred to as “Barbary” in a document, but it is unclear if she is the mother of his children. Most of the confusion about Enoch Coombes/Combs is because of the lack of any clear definition between Enoch, Sr and Enoch, Jr. The scarceness of documentation compounds the problem.
According to Col. FMM Beall's book, page 131, “Enoch Coombes patented Largoe, which lyeth on the north side of southwest branch of the Patuxent River, before it came into possession of Alexander Beall. Enoch had a daughter named Elizabbeth [sic] Coombes. Her godmother was Joane, Lawson, Reade, Mouten, Tyler, Beall, wife of John Beall, immigrant of 1670. Joane left Elizabbeth [sic] a legacy in her will of 1675."
Enoch's daughter, Elizabeth Coombes married Alexander Bell aka Beall. F.M.M. Beall also thought that Elizabeth Coombes had a sister, Barbara (1704-1799) who married James Magruder (b. 1699). Barbara Coombs was not her sister, but her niece, a daughter of Enoch Coombes, Jr.
Children: Elizabeth Coombes Beall (____ - 1743)* Enoch Coombes (____ - 1726)*
- Calculated relationship
Inscription: There is no tombstone.
Burial: Zion Church Cemetery Urbana Frederick County Maryland, USA
Created by: Candee Record added: Oct 09, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 137022413
Enoch Combs, Sr.'s Timeline
Warwickshire , England
Fife, Fifeshire, Scot, UK
St. Mary's, Maryland
Urbana, Frederick County, Maryland, United States