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Coumbe in North Hill, Cornwall

Family History & Genealogy

Mostly CoombeMigrants - James Coombe, Ropemaker, 1866


James COOMBE and Susan Williams LANGMAN arrived in Adelaide on the Canterbury on 31 December 1866. In 1868, four months after the death of their son, James Coombe took up a job as a shepherd at Black Point Run near Clare. Just a few weeks later, Susan tragically died from taking poison. The inquest was reported.


James migrated on the same ship as William Henry Tamlin (c.1853-1933) and with him, he later began the Brompton ropemaking business of Tamlin and Coombe. The SA Advertiser reported favourably on this new venture in 1872 and further in 1874. Although not related to the Lewannick Coombe’s, both Brompton Coombe’s would have known each other well.


Mr. James Coombe died at Croydon on Wednesday at the age of 68 years. He arrived in this State in 1866, and then went north as far as Hergott Springs. Subsequently he joined Mr. W. H. Tamlin, and started the Croydon Ropeworks. The partnership subsisted for a number of years until the business was transferred to Messrs. G. P. Harris, Scarfe, & Co. Mr. Coombe continued his connection with the works until three weeks ago, but his health had not been good for some time. He was an energetic worker in connection with the Brompton Methodist Church, and a trustee. He was a Freemason and a P.C.R. in the Foresters' Lodge. He left a widow. The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA) 24 December 1909


The family is listed below. The following abbreviations are used: ? = uncertain, NI = no issue, ... indicates known descendants, SA = South Australia, Adel = Adelaide, CON = Cornwall.


James COOMBE, b.c. 1841 Forder, Saltash, CON, d. 22 Dec 1909 Croydon Adel, SA

+ Susan Williams LANGMAN, b. 16 Apr 1843 Lezant CON, m.?, d. 4 Oct 1868 Black Point Run, Clare, SA

  └── Charles COOMBE, b. 24 Feb 1868 Magpie Creek Head of Hart, Clare SA, d. 30 May 1868 near Anama, Clare. NI.

+ Ada O’Connor MAHON, b. 19 Mar 1844 Launceston Tasmania, m. 14 Mar 1874 Hindmarsh Adel SA, d. 23 Nov 1923 Croydon Adel SA. NI.


Paternal Ancestry


James was the son of David Coombe, a waterman born in Kingsand CON and Ann who was born in St Neot CON. They are in the 1851-71 censuses in Maker CON. Their children – with christening dates - were James (c. 1841 Forder), William (c. 1846 Cremyll), Charles (c. 1849 Cremyll), Ann (c. 1851 Cremyll), Thomas (c. 1856 Cremyll).


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Updated: 9 Sep 2016.