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Family History & Genealogy

Mostly CoombeMigrants - Princess Royal 1847

 

The following are recorded as Coombe on arrival in South Australia on the Princess Royal on 16 March 1847: Eliza; James; James and wife and 4 children; John; Thomas and wife and 2 children; and William. This is a family group consisting of James and Elizabeth, their children and grandchildren.  They are the ancestors of Coombe, Coombs and Coombes in Australia. Patriarch James died just a year after migrating.

 

Challenging! This family has been particularly difficult to research due to inconsistencies in surnames in the births, deaths and marriages.

 

James Coombe was recorded as a tin streamer at Trenilk in the parish of Altarnun in the 1841 census. He was the son of Richard Coumbe (of Trenilk, Altarnun, yeoman) and Martha Symons.

 

The migrants on the passenger list, with birth date and approximate age at 1846 emigration and listed in the same order as above, are:

   * Eliza: 1832 (16)

   * James: 1828 (18)

   * James, wife and 4 children: James 1793 (53), Elizabeth, Maria 1836 (10), Emma 1838 (8), Ann 1840-41 (5-6), Daniel 1844 (3)

   * John 1830 (16)

   * Thomas, wife and 2 children: Thomas 1821 (25), Elizabeth, William 1845, another child

   * William 1823 (23).

 

Feature Story - The Colourful James Coombs

 

James Coombs junior (1828) seems to be the Cornish wrestler in Adelaide in 1851, hailing from Five Lanes (Altarnun), age 21, weighing 150 lbs.

 

A James Coombe consigned 3oz gold to Jane Coombe on the first escort to Adelaide from the Mount Alexander goldfields in March 1852. Although this could refer to James Coombe and Jane Lean, it seems more likely that it was this James and his wife Jane Stevens. The consignment arrived about six weeks after son Thomas was conceived (presumably in Adelaide).

 

James Coombs led a double life with another family and died in the Ajax Reef mining accident at Castlemaine VIC - see James Coombe (Killed on Ajax Reef 1862).

 

Family Group

 

The family group is listed below.  The Princess Royal passengers are in bold.  Three of the four children of James and Elizabeth are identified.  Surnames are mostly given as subsequently used, with surname at baptism in parentheses.  The following abbreviations are used: Alt = Altarnun CON, SA = South Australia, TMB = The Murray/Burra SA, Adel = Adelaide SA, Kap. = Kapunda SA, VIC = Victoria, ? = uncertain, NI = no issue, ... indicates known descendants.

 

Note: Elizabeth Boundy is daughter of James Boundy and Sarah Coumbe, the latter having parents Christopher Coumbe and Charity Rodgers and grandparents William Coumbe and Margery Draper  the same Coumbe ancestors as James Coumbe below.

 

James COUMBE, b. 1793 Alt, d. 13 Apr 1848 as James Coombs age 51, bd. plot B51 Hindmarsh Cemetery SA

+ Elizabeth TUCKERMAN, m. 19 Aug 1816 Plumstead Kent, d. 1856 SA

│  + Henry SAVAGE, m. 7 Aug 1848 Adel

├── Harriet COUMBE, b. 1817 Alt (COUMBE), d. ?

├── Elizabeth COMBE, b. 1819 Alt (COOMB), d. ?

│  + William SANDERCOCK, m. 1836 Alt, Issue?

├── Thomas COOMBES, b. 1821 Alt (COUMBE), d. 1875 Narridy SA. Mining in Burra and an Inquest.

│  + Elizabeth BOUNDY, b. 1818 Alt, m. 27 Mar 1845 Alt, d. 20 Dec 1896 Gulnare Sth SA

│    ├── migrant child – do you have any ideas who this is? Could it in fact be Mary Elizabeth (bap?) Jul 1847?

│    ├── William COMBS, b.c. 1845 (), d. 1860 On the River Light Kap. NI. Inquest

│    ├── Mary Elizabeth COOMBE, b. Jul 1847 Thebarton SA, marr. John William ALLEN 4 Sep 1867 Kap, d. 1891 ...

│    ├── Elizabeth Anne COOMBE, b. 30 Sep 1849 TMB, m. John SMITH 27 Jun 1867 Christ Church Kap., d. 1872 ...

│    ├── Thomas Henry COOMBE, b. 1852 TMB, d. Adelaide 1928 Obituary ...

│    ├── James COOMB, b. c.1853, d. Nov 1865 age 12 Sour Flat Kap. NI.

│    ├── Catherine COOMBES, b. 1855 Adel, marr. David LAMBERT 1872 ...

│    ├── Rebecca COMBS, b. 1857 Hd of Belvidere, Kap., marr. Alfred SCHULTZE 1875 Narridy SA ...

│    ├── Henry COOMBE, b. 1859 Hd of Belvidere, Kap.

│    ├── Matthew COOMBS, b. & d. 1860 On the Light (River) Kap.

│    └── Louisa Isabella COOMBE, b. 1863 River Light Kap., marr. Henry Stephen MILTON 1879 ...

├── William COOMBS, b. 1823 Alt (COUMBE), d. 1879 Green Hills / Jung Jung nr. Horsham VIC

│  + Sarah SAVAGE, b.c. 1830, m. 1849 Adel, d. 21 Aug 1908 Hopetoun VIC.

│    ├── Esther COOMBS, b?, marr. Arthur Uria USHER 1883 VIC ...

│    ├── Elizabeth COOMBS, b. 1851 Dry Creek SA, d. 1913 Warracknabeal VIC

│    ├── Joshua COOMBS, b. 1861 On the Light (River) Kap., d.? 1929 Robow VIC ...

│    │  + Anne CHRISTIAN, marr. 1884 VIC

│    │    ├── Sarah Anne COOMBS, b. 1885 Werribee VIC

│    │    ├── Elsie Mary COOMBS, b. 1890 Warracknabeal VIC

│    │    └── Ruby Mossie Amelia COOMBS, b. 1893 Warracknabeal VIC

│    ├── Eliza COOMBS, b. 1867 Mt Gambier SA, m. 1885 George Henry KIDMAN, d.?, ...

│    ├── Sarah Ann COOMBS, b. 1871 Sutton Town SA, d. ?

│    ├── Mary COOMBS, b?, m. POYSDEN, music teacher

│    ├── Amelia COOMBS, b?, marr. Arthur ROGERS 1893 Jung Jung VIC, d. ?

│    └── Elizabeth COOMBS, b?, marr. CARTER

├── Mary COUMBE, b. 1825 Alt (COUMBE), 1841 census Alt sgl, d. ?

├── James COOMBS, b. 13 Jan 1828 Alt (COUMBE), d. 1862 Ajax Reef, Castlemaine VIC  see Feature Story.

│  + Jane STEVENS / STEPHENS, b.c. 1829, m. 1848 Adel, m(2 with issue) 1864 Francis William WALSH, d. 1911 Ballarat VIC

│    ├── Elizabeth Ann COOMBE, b. & d. 1850 Thebarton Adel, bd. Hindmarsh Cemetery. NI

│    ├── James COOMBE, b. 1851 Adel, d. 1853 Salisbury SA, bd. Hindmarsh Cemetery. NI

│    ├── Thomas COOMBS, 1852-54 Thebarton Adel, bd. Hindmarsh Cemetery. NI

│    ├── Elizabeth Anne COOMBES, b. 1854 Adel, d. 1 Aug 1858 Head of Kapunda, Kap. age 4y6m. NI

│    ├── Philip Henry COOMBS, b. 1856 Adel, d. 29 Jul 1858 On the Light, Kap. NI

│    ├── James COMBS, b. 11 Dec 1857, d. 29 Mar 1860 River Light Kap. NI

│    └── John COOMBES, b. 1 Sep 1860 On the Light (River) Kap., d. 1945 VIC ...

│       + Sarah Ann RIX, marr. 1881 VIC

│         ├── Stephen James COMBES, b. 1884-1934 Ballarat VIC, ...

│         ├── Amelia Jane COMBES, b. 1886 Ballarat VIC

│         ├── Thomas COOMBES, b. 1889 Ballaarat East VIC, m. Alice MANN 1912 VIC, d. 1975 Adel ...

│         ├── Alfred COOMBES, b. 1891 Ballaarat East VIC

│         ├── Sarah Ann COOMBES, b. 1893 Rock. VIC

│         └── Fred COOMBES, b. 1896 Rocky Lead VIC

├── John COOMBS, b. 1830 Alt (COUMB), drowned River Light 16 Jan 1865

│  + Elizabeth MORROW, m. Jun 1864 Salisbury SA, m(2) William Arculus REID 1868 Adel, d. ?

│    └── Elizabeth Jane COOMBS, b. Mar 1865 Gawler SA, m. David McCARTY 1887 Kadina SA ...

├── Eliza COOMBS, b. 1832 Alt (COUMBE), possibly m. Alexander William NEWELL 1848?

├── Margaretta COUMBE (1834 Alt - 1835 Alt)

├── Maria COOMBS, b. 1836 Alt (COUMBE), d. Jun 1855

│  + Thomas COLEMAN, m. 30 Jun 1853 Adel

│    └── Thomas COLEMAN, b. 22 May 1854 Adel, d. 1933

├── Emma COOMBE, b. 1838 Alt (COUMB), d. 1923

│  + Thomas COLEMAN, m. 13 Aug 1855 Gawler SA

│    ├── George COLEMAN, b. May 1856 Kapunda SA, d. 1932 Mildura VIC

│    ├── Mary Anne COLEMAN, b. 1859 On the Light (River) Kap.

│    ├── Elizabeth COLEMAN, b. 1862 Light River Kap.

│    ├── Henry COLEMAN, b. 1865 Bagots Well SA, d. 1939 Nhill VIC

│    ├── Alfred David COLEMAN, b. 1873 Heywood VIC

│    ├── Adelaide COLEMAN, b. 1875 Heywood VIC

│    ├── Susannah COLEMAN, b. 1878 Horsham VIC

│    ├── Sarah Maria COLEMAN, b. 1880 Horsham VIC, m. 1896 cousin William COOMBE (below)

├── Ann COOMBE, b. 1840-41, d. 1922 Pinnaroo SA

│  + William HAND, m. Mar 1858 Gawler SA

│    ├── William Henry HAND, b. & d. 1858 Victoria Kap. NI.

│    ├── Mary Anne HAND, 1860-61 On the Light (River) Kap. NI.

│    ├── John HAND, b. 1861 Sour Flats Kap., d. 1874. NI.

│    ├── Jacob HAND, b. 1863 Gottlieb Wells SA

│    ├── William Walter HAND, b. 1868 near Hansborough Kap.

│    ├── Henry HAND, b. 1870 Hansborough Kap., d. 1949 Mville VIC.

│    ├── Joshua HAND, b. 1872 Table Lands Kap., d. 1953

│    ├── Charles Frederick HAND, b. 1873 Kapunda SA

│    ├── Walter John HAND, b. 1875 Caltowie SA, d. 1952 VIC

│    ├── Edward Alfred HAND, b. 1876 Caltowie SA

│    ├── William HAND, b. 10 Mar 1878 Caltowie SA, d. 1878. NI.

│    └── Archibald HAND, b. 10 Mar 1878 Caltowie SA

└── Daniel COOMBS, b. 1844 Alt (COOMBE), d. 1892 Wilson SA

   + Janet McDONNELL / Janet McDONALD m. 1864 Kapunda SA, d. 1906 age 69 Wilson SA

     ├── Elizabeth COOMBS / Elizabethinia COOMBS, b. 1865 White Park Kap., m. 1889 Rice CHANCELLOR ...

     ├── Mary Ann COOMBES, b. 1867 Sour Flats Kap., m. 1889 Charles Frederick CHANCELLOR, d. 1932 Riverton SA ...

     ├── Joseph Edward COOMBE, b. 1870 Table Lands Kap., m. 1899 Rosina McHUGH ...

     └── William Henry COOMBE, b. 1873 Table Lands Kap., m. 1896 cousin Sarah Maria COLEMAN (above) d. 1939 Langhorne Creek SA ...

 

James’ Ancestry

 

James' father was Richard Coumbe (of Trenilk, Altarnun, yeoman, 1765-1848).

Richard conducted various land transactions with Rodd of Trebartha, including Trevage (Trevague) land jointly owned with Sarah Coumbe (1702-81) of Northill, widow of Edward (1700-50), son of John (1664-1711) who appears in Henry Coumbe's Ancestry. It is possible that Richard is related to Sarah's late husband Edward, but the researched ancestry does not as yet reveal a relationship.

 

James b. 1793, Altarnun son of

  Richard COUMBE and Martha SYMONS m. 23 Mar 1788, Tintagel

  Richard b. 12 Dec 1765 Altarnun son of

    Philip COUMBE and Sarah TINNER, m. 6 Sep 1763, Altarnun

    Philip b. 3 Dec 1738 Altarnun son of

      William COUMBE and Margery DRAPER, m. 9 Apr 1733, North Hill ***

      William b. 30 Jun 1704 Altarnun son of

        Philip Coumbe and Elizabeth PEARCE, m. 18 Dec 1699 Altarnun

 

For more, see Coombe of Altarnun.

 

*** Note: the Orleana 1842 Tasmania Coombe migrants are also descended from William Coumbe and Margery Draper.

 

Lorraine

 

This web page sprung from the research and correspondence of Lorraine Coombs. Lorraine Fay Coombs died on 28 Apr 2012, aged 55. Lorraine saw the value of sharing discoveries. “I have noticed while researching my family that most people are willing to share their information, some are very protective and won't let anything out and then there are people ... who will go out of their way to search for others. I know that I have sent people a lot of information ... I believe in Karma ;-) and I'm sure that because of that I find people like yourself.” I will miss Lorraine’s correspondence. Lorraine was a descendant of John Coombs (1860-1945). DC.

 

Research & Contacts

 

Main contributing researchers: Lorraine Coombs, Kerry Finning (both with migrating ancestors: James Coombs / Jane Stevens).

To add, contribute, comment, contact: Kerry Finning and David Coombe.

 

Updated: 3 Mar 2015