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Mostly Coombe - Coumbe Emigrants from North Hill


The following Coumbe's migrated from North Hill.


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1837: Jacob Bowden and Ann Coumbe


Jacob Bowden, wife Ann Bowden (nee Coumbe) and daughter Lydia, with son Ed born aboard, migrated to South Australia on the Royal Admiral, arriving 18 Jan 1838. Ann was the sister of James Coumbe, the author's major migrant of interest. Ann and Jacob were married at North Hill in 1833. See their details: Ann Coumbe and Jacob Bowden.


1855: Henry Coumbe (1804-76), wife Jane Forster (1811-?) and children


Henry Coumbe (1804-76) agricultural labourer of Trebartha / North Hill, married Jane Forster (1811-?) and children: Harry Coumbe (1833-77), Mary Coumbe (1835-?), Elizabeth Forster Coumbe (1838-?), John Coumbe (1845-1925), William Coumbe (1848-1913).  Henry was at Basstreet Cottage near Bowda for the 1841 census and Bowhayland in 1851. They migrated to South Australia in the ship Velocity in 1855. See their details: Velocity - 1855 - Henry Coumbe and Family.


1869: John Coumbe (1841-1910), House Carpenter, Trebartha to USA


John Coumbe, bap. 1841 North Hill was in the 1861 census as a house carpenter in Trebartha. He migrated to USA on City of Baltimore arriving on June 7, 1869 with his wife Alice Coumbe (nee Skentelbery / Skantlebury / Scantlebury) aged 22 Spinster (occupation, not marital status – consistent with Alice’s occupation as a dressmaker aged 14 in 1861 census).


According to the 1861 census, Alice was born about 1847 in West Looe, Cornwall. John Coumbe and Alice Skentlebery married in Liskeard district in Cornwall in the June quarter 1869, just before migrating.


According to researcher the late Misty Coumbe (see “Misty’s Mystery” below), the 1880 Cook County, Illinois, census shows John Coumbe and wife Alice (ages 38 and 32); their two sons: Luther and Ernest (ages 10 and 1); and John's mother-in-law, Alice Skentelbery, age 62. Following the death of his wife Alice, John married Margaret Anna Shapcott. Their children and descendants were being researched by Misty Coumbe.


John Coumbe was the son of Thomas Coumbe (1815/16-1896), who in turn was a descendant of Henry Coumbe and Margery Northey.


It is thought likely that John Coumbe was also the father of Elizabeth Bartlett's base child: John Coumbe Bartlett baptised 8 May 1859, North Hill. John Coumbe Bartlett's youngest son was Leonard R. Bartlett who died in 1917, is buried in North Hill churchyard and whose name appears on the parish war memorial. – Ken Ripper & David Coombe


Misty's Mystery


Helen "Misty" Coumbe died on 7 May 2016, aged 92. She first emailed me from Alaska USA, and continued doing so after moving to New Mexico. We didn't quite solve the mystery of the John Coumbe - Alice Skentlebury marriage. But we had much enjoyable correspondence trying to crack it. (It has been since solved.) Misty's late husband Vernon was a descendant of North Hill emigrant John Coumbe (1841-1910). DC.

Updated: 22 May 2016