Collections for a Genealogical Account of the Family of Comberbach

Collections for a Genealogical Account of the Family of Comberbach is as a One-Name Study published in 1866 by Dr George William Marshall. It is reproduced here

Collections for a Genealogical Account of the Family of Comberbach is as a One-Name Study published in 1866 by Dr George William Marshall. It is reproduced here.










The seal of John Comberbach of Haughton Hall in Cheshire


The following pages contain the little which is known concerning a family of no social importance, and will consequently only be interesting to those connected with it. For such they are written, and to such addressed, without any apology for their publication. Beyond this it is solely necessary for me to say, that I have great pleasure in expressing my thanks to J. Fred. Beevor, Esq., of Manchester, for the very valuable assistance he has courteously afforded me in my enquiries.


Middle Temple, 12th January, 1866.



The family of Comberbach is traditionally derived from three brothers, who are said to have come over to England with William the Conqueror. Their christian names were Robert, Roger, and John, and if the frequent occurrence of these names at the present day afford any ground for belief in the story, we may not be disinclined to accept it in lieu of more certain information. The Comberbachs seem to have assumed their name from the township of Comberbach, in the parish of Great Budworth, in Cheshire, where they were settled as early as the reign of Richard the First. The first notice of any of them that I have been able to find is given by Dr Ormerod, in his history of Cheshire, under that township, and is as follows:-

Roger, constable of Cheshire and baron of Halton, about the reign of Richard the First [1183-1199], granted Deo et Beatae Mariae, et fratribus servientibus beatis pauperibus Sancti Hospitalis de Jerusalem, totam medietatem de Comberbach ; illam scilicèt quam Willielmus de Comberbach de me tenuit : unà cùm salina in Northwich quae  pertinet ad Astonam juxta Budworth-in puram et perpetuam elemosynam-Et si Ricardus Fitton, vel heredes suos recuperaverit, ego et heredes mei predictam donationem praedictis hospitalariis warrantizabimus; et Willielmo Comberbach et hereditibus suis tenendum de praedicto hospitalariis in feodo et hareditate : reddendo eiis annuatim sexdenarios pro omnibus quae ad domum et ad fratres ejusdem domus pertinent. Hiis testibus, etc.-Johane de Comberbach, Henrico fratre suo, etc.- John, son of Henry de Comberbach, gave to Adam, son of William de Litley, in Aston juxta Budworth, all his lands in Comberbach,- unà cùm reversione dotis Elenae matris praedicti Johannis et piscariâ suâ in lacu de Budworth, etc. Entailing these lands, first on the said Adam, and the heirs of his body ; and in default of such, the on Robert, brother of the said Adam. Dated at Comberbach, 1 August, 1335 (9 Edward III).

[Latin Translation:

Roger, constable of Cheshire and baron of Halton, about the reign of Richard the First [1183-1199], granted to God and the Blessed Mary, and to the brothers serving with the blessed paupers of the Holy Hospital of Jerusalem, all the moiety of Comberbeche; that is to say, which William de Comberbeche held of me [etc], together with the salt-works in Northwich [Norwich] which belonged to Aston near Budworth, in pure and perpetual alms. And if Richard Fittun, or his heirs, should recover [i.e. recover seisin of] the aforesaid fee upon me or upon my heirs, I and my heirs will warrant the aforesaid gift to the aforesaid hospital, and to William Comberbeche and his heirs, to hold of the aforesaid Hospitallers in fee and heredity, yielding annually to them six pence for all the things which appertain to the house and to the brothers of the same house. These being witnesses, John de Combirbech, Henry his brother, etc. John the son of Henry [the son of Hugh] de Comberbeche have granted to Adam the son of William de Litley [Little Leigh], in Aston near Budworth, all his lands in Comberbach,- together with the reversion of the dower of Ellen, mother of the aforesaid John, and its fishery in the lake of Budworth etc. Entailing these lands, first on the said Adam, and the heirs of his body; and in default of such, the on Robert, brother of the said Adam. Dated at Comberbach, 1 August, 1335 (9 Edward III).]

They seem to have been principally located in Cheshire until quite modern times, and I shall presently show that the name was by no means uncommon in that county till nearly the present day [1866]. Like most of our old English surnames, it has undergone various changes of spelling, thus it is written, Comberbach, the most ancient form, Cumberbach, Cumberbatch, and Comberbatch, and I do not doubt but that Comberbirch, Cumperpatch* (* Bristol Directory), Comberback, Comberbage † († Lieut. John Comberbage, Ormerod, vol. i., p.41), Cumberbeg, and even Cumberlege, together with many more, are only varieties which have crept in at different times, and through individual differences in pronunciation.

Whatever may have been the origin of the Comberbachs, and although they have never risen to any eminence, or bean entered in those valuable records the Heralds Visitations, they have long laid claim to rank among our armigerous families, though they have not succeeded in proving their right to arms. Alas for their claims to such distinctions, one Roger Comberbach, of Nantwich, was among those who disclaimed arms at Sir William Dugdale’s Visitation of Cheshire, in 1663. And that this circumstance has not been overlooked by modern heralds, I notice as a significant fact that when the representative of the Nantwich branch assumed the name of Swetenham on inheriting the ancient possessions of that family at Somerford Booths, he did not assume their arms, nor were any entered in the books of record at the College of Arms, as pertaining to him, as representative of the family of Comberbach. I am, however, of opinion that their claim to arms is not without foundation;   but it is curious that in each instance in which they are used some slight discrepancy in the mode of blazoning occurs.  Thus, Burke in his General Armory, under Swetenham, describes them, Barry of six ermine amid sable, on a canton azure a fleur-de-lis or. On the monument of Helen, widow of Roger Comberbach, in St. Michael’s Church, Chester, they are blazoned, Ermine, three bars azure, on a canton of the last a fleur-de-lis argent [impaling azure 3 bars, argent]. On a board, * (*This has been removed during the recent so-called restoration of that church) upon which are depicted the arms of different mayors of Chester, in St. John’s Church in that city, I found, Barry of six ermine and azure,  on a canton gules a fleur-de-lis or, for James Comberbach, mayor in 1727. And on the monument of Henry Bennet, in St. Peter’s Church, Chester, Bennet, impaling, Barry of six ermine and azure, on a canton argent a fleur-de-lis gules, being the arms of Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of John Comberbach, of Nantwich. All these persons were nearly connected. John Comberbach, of Haughton, 1779, bore on his seal, an impression of which is in my possession, Azure, two bars ermine, on a canton argent a fleur-de-lis. The crest is, A cubit arm erect, vested and cuffed, holding a fleur-de-lis. Here I should remark that one of my reasons for considering the names Comberbach and Cumberlege identical is the similarity of the arms. John Cumberlege, was a subscriber to Plot’s Natural history of Staffordshire, and his arms figure on the folding title to that work, viz. Barry of six ermine and sable, on a canton or a fleur-de-lis gules. The Rev. S. F. Cumberlege, who claims to be of the same family, now bears this coat, and for his crest, a fleur-dc-his between two feathers, with a motto, Vouloir ce que Dieu veut.

The traditional account of the origin of the canton and crest, for I have no better evidence to offer, is, that they were given as an augmentation to one of the family who took a standard from the French at some great battle of the Middle Ages. If the canton be azure, and the flour-dc-us or, there may be some foundation of truth in the story. Be this as it may, let us not though we do well to be cautious in listening to the voice of the charmer,   tradition.-altogether reject it when it argues on the side of possibility.

The pedigrees of the Comberbachs of Nantwich, Haughton, and Barbadoes, as far as I have been able to trace them, will be found at subsequent pages. Here are   only put down such detached notes and references as I have collected concerning various branches of the family of which it is impossible to give any continuous pedigree.   From 1335 all trace of the name is lost for nearly 200 years.

On the 24th April, 1521, Sir Richard Comberbach, “our ladies priest and overseer of the works,” was one of those who desired a contribution towards the building of the tower of the parish church of Lymm. (Topographer and Genealogist, vol. i., p. 385.)

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a numerous family of this name existed in Congleton and the neighbourhood. From it the Nantwich branch may have sprung. The obscurity however of their position in social life renders it difficult, if not impossible, to form a connected pedigree, one must therefore be content with placing on record such scattered notes as a few wills and parish registers afford.

Congleton is situate in the parish of Astbury, in the registers of which place occur numerous entries relative to persons of the name; they commence as early as 1593. They will be found at page 49 [Appendix], being too long for insertion here. The first notice I find of a Comberbach of Congleton, is in Harleian MS. 2115, ff. 120c, and 133b, where occur, “Ed. Comberbach,” and “Ranus Comberbach de Congleton. 35 Henry VIII.” [1544]. One Thomas Comberbach was mayor of Congleton in 1576; see Yates’ History of that place, page 67. John Comberbatche, of Odd Rode, near Congleton, yeoman, in his will bearing date 10th Jany, 1626, directs his body to be buried in the church yard of Astbury. He mentions therein his sons Raffe, John, and Richard, and daughters Ellen Twemblowe, Margaret Cartwright, and Anne Loundes.* (* Baptized 15th April, 1593. See Astbury Parish Register extracts).

Administration of the effects of Richard Cumberbach of Congleton, was granted in 1633 ; two persons named Ralph Comberbach assisted in making the inventory of his goods. Ralph Cumberbach of Congleton, in his will made 9th Septr 1652, directs his body to be buried in the churchyard of Astbury; mentions his wife Isabell, sons Ralph and William, daughter Jone, and grandchild Margery Comberbach, daughter of said son Ralph.

In later times a family probably connected with that of Congleton, resided in the neighbouring parish of Sandbach, but no person of the name is now living there. A Joseph Comberbach was churchwarden of Sandbach in 1731 and 1732. Joseph Comberbach, of Sandbach, innholder; died 9th March, 1743, aged 56; and Mary his wife, died 23rd March, 1754, aged 70, and was buried on the 26th of the same month. (See monumental inscription, page 47 [Appendix].) They had issue:-

RICHARD, baptized 26th Nov. 1710.

JOSEPH, bapt. 30th June, 1713 ; was town-clerk of Macclesfield. His will dated 28th March, 1762, proved at Chester, 1st October, 1764, He died 21st June, 1761, and was buried at Sandbach.

MARY, married Randle Furnival, of Congleton, and had issue Mary and Ellen.

ANN, baptized 9th Oct., 1715 ; married __ Brooke, of Congleton.

SARAH, baptized 28th April, 1717.

DANIEL, of whom presently.

SAMUEL, baptized 30th April, 1721.  In his will dated 4th July, 1792, and proved 4th March, 1793, he mentions his sister-in-law, Mary Comberbach, “widow of my late brother, Daniel Comberbach,” and his nephew, Daniel Comberbach. He was buried at Sandbach, 22nd February, 1792. Samuel Comberbach and Elizabeth Hitchinson, both of Sandbach, were married 17th April, 1751. Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Comberbach, was buried 22nd March following Samuel Comberbach had a son Joseph, who is mentioned in the will of his uncle and god-father, Joseph Comberbach. He is, I presume, the Joseph who married 12th February, 1771, Mary Stanway.  She was buried 22nd April, 1772.  He was buried 25th Dec., 1771.

ELLEN, baptized 20th January, 1722; living 1762.

WILLIAM, baptized 13th November. 1726.

MARTHA, baptized 3rd March, 1727, buried 13th February, 1729.

Daniel, son of Joseph Comberbach, was baptized 28th Dec. 1718.   As far as I am able to reconcile the various entries which occur in the parish registers of Sandbach, I am inclined to think that he married four times; first, 11th May, 1755, to Ann Johnson, of Sandbach; she was buried 3rd April, 1759. They had issue:-

Mary, baptized 21st March, 1756, buried 14th August, 1778.

Ann, baptized 15th February, 1758, and buried 15th November following.

Unless there were two persons of the same name living in Sandbach at the same time, which is scarcely probable, he must have married again, soon after his first wife’s death, a second, and had issue by her:-

JOSEPH, baptized 10th September, 1760, buried 23rd Aug. 1761.

ELIZABETH, baptized 11th June, 1762.

DANIEL, baptized 18th May, 1764. Living 1792.

This wife of Daniel Comberbach was burried (sic) Dec. 1764. On the 14th March, 1765, he married his third wife, Katherine Mortlock, of Sandbach, who was buried 7th August, 1785. And 14th March, 1786, he married Mary Handcock, of Barthomley, who survived him. He was buried 15th June, 1787.

The Comberbachs of Congleton are not yet quite extinct.  A William Comberbach still keeps the White Bear Inn, in that town.

Several persons of this name were living at Kenyon, in the county of Lancaster, during the seventeenth century. A few extracts relative to them from the Registers of Winwick, will be found at page 51 [Appendix]. Randle Cumberbach, of Kenyon, in his will dated 28th September, 1630, directs his body to be buried in his parish church of Winwick ; mentions the lease of his house from Edward Holland, of Denton, Esq. ; his wife Anne, son John, daughter Katheren, wife of Peter Crofte. Ellen Comberbatche was a witness to the will.

John Comberbirch (sic), of Kenion, made his will 20th January, 1687, mentions his sons John and Robert, his daughter Mary Johnes, and son-in-law Richard Andrews.

Robert Cumberbatch, of Kenyon, yeoman, in his will of August 8th, 1710, mentions among other persons his sister, Alice Norris, and nephew, Robert Cumberbatch. The will was proved 12th May, 1721.

Persons named Comberbach resided at Alvanley and Helsby, in the parish of Frodsham, county of Chester, but I only find four entries in the parish register (see page 51 [Appendix]. John Cumberbach, of Alvanley, by his will, bearing date 26th October, 1631, directs his body to be buried in the parish church of Frodsham, and mentions his wife, Joane Comberbache, sons John, Edward, Raffe, and Robert, daughters Anne and Alice, and his kinsman Rychard Weston, whom he appoints one of his executors.

Administration of the effects of Robert Cumberbach, of Alvanley, in the county of Chester, was granted to Jeremiah Leech, to the use of Ellen Leech, alias Cumberbach, his wife’s daughter, in 1672.

Probate of the nuncupative will of John Cumberbach, of Helsby, in the parish of Frodsham, blacksmith, was granted 16th February, 1664 ; mention is therein made of testator’s sons Richard and Ralph, daughter Mary Miller, alias Cumberbatch, and grandchild Elizabeth Miller ;

“and likewise hee expressed that hee had a sonn in Portingale * (* i.e. Portugal); and if ever hee returned he did give and bequeath him the bedd whereon hee lay to rest his bones upon. These words hee uttered in the presence of Thomas Oulton and Edward Comberbach, and suddenly departed this life.”

In the beginning of the eighteenth century I find the will of a Roger Comberbach, of Cuddington, and of a John Comberbach, of Walton-le-Dale, but have no further information concerning them. The will of Roger Comberbach, of Cuddington, in the county of Chester, yeoman, is dated 2nd April, 1709, and was proved 30th May in the same year; he mentions, together with other persons, cozen John Sheen’s four children, of Over, cozen John Sumner’s five children, daughter Katherine Comberbach, brother-in-law Robert Anson’s four children, neice (sic) Ann Burrowes, of Little Lee, son-in-law John Hold (?) of Aughton, cozen John Sheen’s children, of Peckforton; and appoints John Sheen and John Sumner executors. Among bequests to several persons the following item occurs:- “I give and bequeath unto my landlord and landlady Gill, of Haddington, and to their son, Thomas Gill, two shillings and sixpence apiece to buy them gloves.” The inventory of goods amounts to £156 7s. John Comberbach, of Walton-le-Dale, in the county of Lancaster, husbandman, in his will, dated 28th January, 1723, and proved 21st October, 1724, directs his body to be buried in his parish church of Walton, and names his wife Cicily Comberbach, brother Robert Comberbach, and nephew John Comberbach.

The next person I have to mention is Richard Cumberbache* (* Buried 9th May, 1624), of Lee, in the parish of Wybunbury. In his will, bearing date 22nd April, 1624, he directs his body to be buried in the parish churchyard of Wybunbury; and mentions Francis Aston, daughter of Thomas Aston, his son-in-law, Margaret Cumberbache, alias Lownes, his base daughter, and his wife Elizabeth Cumberbache† († Buried at Wybunbury, 21st January, 1637). He may possibly have been related to the Comberbachs of Nantwich. Mary, daughter of .John Comberbach, was baptized at Wybunbury, December 8th, 1684.  Was this a John Comberbach of Nantwich?

An ecclesiastic the Reverend Richard Comberbach, was perpetual curate of Little Peover, near Knutsford, in Cheshire, during the early part of the eighteenth century, and was at one time a non juror.  He endowed a school there which remains to this day, and left a charity to the poor of bread. His monumental inscription, &c., will be found at page 18.  In his will, made 18th June, 1720, and proved 4th June, 1722, he directs his body to be put into a poplar coffin, coloured black, and to be laid in his late wife’s grave, in the evening, by candle light, near the font in the chapel of Lower Peover. He then appoints Richard Mee, his sole executor. He bequeaths four hundred pounds to five trustees, for an endowment for Lower Peover school.  The trustees are to take “direction of my worthy friend, Sir Francis Leicester, Bart., in what relates that trust, when he is in the country.” Gives £52 to provide bread for the poor, who shall attend divine service and sermon every Sunday.   Gives all his household goods to his wife.  Mentions several persons to whom he gives legacies, and among them his “kinsman, Samuel Twisse.” Gives his wife £1200, and states, that £100 of this was given her by her late brother, Francis Hobson, late of Butley Hall, Gent. deceased.  Mentions his wife’s neice, Mary, wife of Edward Oakes, and his wife’s nephew, Ralph Leach’s son Ralph.    Gives £52 for bread to be given to the poor of Nether Alderley, every Sunday. Mentions “brother and sister Lee, and their children.” “Kinsman William Watts.”  Directs his will to be preserved among the records of Lower Peover Chapel.

In a codicil, testator mentions his brother Ralph Leach’s wish to have his grandson’s legacy paid, which the testator does, and revokes the former bequest.

Value of inventory of goods amounts to £1274 9s. 5½d. The will is sealed with a seal, upon which is, Ermine on a chief a bezant between two billets.  Crest, a fusil between two wings erect addorsed.  These are the arms of Watts.

Notwithstanding a slight discrepancy in the dates (see monumental inscription), I consider Richard Comberbach, of Peover Inferior, to be identical with Richard Comberbach who  graduated B.A. at Caius College, Cambridge, in 1668. In the admission book at that College, now in the custody of Dr. Guest the Master, I find him entered as Richard Comberbatch, son of Ralph Comberbatch, of Lyme, i. e, Lymm, in Cheshire ingenuus; born at Lachford, and educated under Mr. Richardson, of Lyme; entered as  a sizar under Mr. Ellys; aged 21, anno. 1665.

In the lists of non-jurors in Kettlewell and Bowles I find the following entries, which I believe refer to this person, although they are both manifestly erroneous :-

“Mr. Richard Cumberland, curate of Tabby,” (i.e. Tabley.)             Life of Kettlewell, 1718. App. Vi.

“Mr. Cumblach, Vicar (sic) of Lym.”                                               Bowles’ Life of Ken. II., 185.

I have examined the transcripts of the parish registers of Lymm, but without eliciting much information, vide page 52 [Appendix].

Some Cumberbachs were resident at Crich, in the county of Derby, in 1707 and 1708. Administration of the effects of William Cumberbach, of Crich, was granted to his son Richard, 18th April, 1707.  Administration of the effects of Richard Cumberbach, of Frichley, in the parish of Crich, was granted to his sister Joan Cumberbach, 23rd April, 1708.

The other side of the Atlantic may not be without a Comberbach. One Thomas Comberbach emigrated to New England from Norwich, in 17th century. (See New England Genealogical and Historical Register, vol. vi., p. 171, and vol. xiv., p. 325.)

It was under the name of Comberbach that Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet, enlisted in the 15th dragoons, when in great pecuniary distress after quitting Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1794, without a degree.

A fatal accident, of which a man named James Comberbach was the innocent cause, is reported in the Standard newspaper of September 20th, 1864.

I have now only to mention one more family claiming to be descended out of Cheshire, and I regret that I have but little information concerning it. It is, I believe, represented by Mr. R. Comberbach, of Antwerp, who, on the 21st February, 1862, wrote me :-

“I regret that my time has been so fully employed as to prevent me from thinking of genealogy, in bringing up a family of twelve children, of which I have unfortunately lost six, five of them grown up men and women. My age, now seventy-seven nearly, will excuse my not complying with your request of giving you my pedigree; in fact, I have been quite separated from my father’s relatives, he having left Cheshire at the age of twenty; he often spoke of visiting the tombs of his ancestors in Chester Cathedral, but death prevented him.”

This gentleman’s younger brother, the Rev. Father Comberbach, of St. Mary’s Priory, Princethorpe, near Rugby, in a letter dated 12th February, 1862, says:-

“Being the youngest of a very large family (nineteen in number) my early life found little interest in enquiries from those who were near the close of theirs as to genealogy,  My father was from Cheshire, a younger son, he entered the army at an early age, enlisting in a moment of anger.   He was at the seige of Gibraltar, and I have always understood that to the accurate journal of that celebrated seige which he kept, Colonel Drinkwater was largely indebted for his work.”

I have here, as briefly as possible, narrated all the scattered facts I have collected concerning individuals of the surname of Comberbach, of whose families it would be difficult, if not impossible, to form connected genealogies. I shall, therefore, pass on to those whose descent can be more certainly ascertained.



Little more than is recorded in the tabular pedigree remains to be told of the Comberbachs of Nantwich. Their wills at Chester, a few marriage licence bonds, and the parish registers of Nantwich, supply most of the information therein contained. The will of Roger Comberbach will be seen at p 42. It is the earliest will of any person of this name in the Probate Office at Chester.   He was by trade a tanner, a business which was continued by his descendants as long as they resided at Nantwich. He had issue, Thomas, Roger, John, and a daughter Margaret. Thomas had ten children; here I shall only mention his two daughters, Margaret and Mary. Margaret married Edward Wettenhall, and had issue a daughter, Mary * (* Married _ Johnson. Was legatee of £50 under will of her great uncle, Roger Comberbach), baptised at Nantwich, May 1st 1655 ; she married secondly at Nantwich, on the 9th September, 1668, Henry Ridley, of Weston, near Wybunbury, and was buried 12th January, 1718 ; they had issue:-

HENRY, baptized July 15th, 1669.

MARGARET, (Margaret, daughter of Henry  Ridley, attorney, buried 1723,)


Mary, daughter of Thomas Comberbach, married William Clowes, and had, William, baptised 27th Aug., 1657 ; Sarah* (*Samuel Hussey and Sarah Clowes, married, 28th February, 1687), and Jacob. These as well as the three children of Henry Ridley, were legatees of £20 a-piece, under the will of Roger Comberbach, the testator of 1678.

This Roger, son of Roger, apparently died issueless: and I take him to be the Roger Comberbach who disclaimed a right to arms at the last Visitation at Chester, in 1603. In his will, besides the legacies already referred to, he left certain leaseholds to Richard Illidge, for the use of his sons ; £50 to Sir Thomas Manwaring † († Was this Sir Thomas Manwaring, Bart., Sheriff of Chester, 1657? See Ormerod’s History of Cheshire, Vol. I. page 373), one  of his executors; £10 a-piece to cousins Henry Ridley, Richard Illidge, and William Pratchett; £5 a-piece to the following persons, John Sallmon, son to Thomas Sallmon, who dwelt in Hackney, and Thomas Sallmon, who was heir to Welldeth, John Comberbach, and his sister, both children of John Comberbach, who dwelt in Bu___ll.  John Sallmon, “dwelling at the Morray,” William Sallmon “dwelling in Ireland,” Roger, son of Ralph Sallmon, Thomas “son of uncle Rowland Salmon,” son and two daughters of George Sallmon,  Margaret Hide‡ (‡1653. Isaac Hide and Margaret Sallmon married. Nantwich Par. Reg.), widow, her son Samuel Sallmon, and Sarah Masson, sister-in-law and cousin Hugh Nodden, both living in London, cousin Ralph Nodden, living in Nantwich ; also £5 a-piece to the children of Randolph Davenport, and Richard Davenport ; forty shillings to parson Stringer* (** See Raine’s Not. Cest. For account of this ecclesiastic.), if he made his (testator’s) funeral sermon; twenty shillings to clerk Hussie; and other legacies to the poor. His personal estate was appraised at £6182 8s. 4d.

John, the third son of Roger Comberbach the elder, had issue James, John, and Elizabeth, of whom presently. His sister Margaret married Richard Price, and had:-


WILLIAM, who had three children.

THOMAS, had a son Richard.

MARGERY, married William Pratchett.

All except Richard Price legatecs under the will R. C., the testator of 1678.

James Comberbach, according to Harl. M.S., 2153, married Jane, daughter to Randle Shenton. There is a marriage licence bond at Chester for the marriage at Nantwich of James Comberbach, of Nantwich, tanner, and Ellen Johnson, of the city of Chester, widow. Ellinor, widow of James Comberbach, was buried at Acton, and the burial registered at Nantwich, on the 18th of September, 1696.

Elizabeth Comberbach married Thomas Tench; he was buried at Nantwich, 18th January, 1712; they had issue :-

JOHN, of London.

ELIZABETH.  (Elizabeth Tench and Henry Werden, married at Nantwich, 30th May, 1675. Nantwich Par. Reg.)

JANE, baptized August 6th, 1671.

…, (Amy, daughter of Thomas Tench, baptized 10th July, 1672. Nantwich Parish Register.)

The above James Comberbach died in 1696, leaving issue three sons, Roger, John, and James, mayor of Chester, and five daughters. I shall only mention four of them, Roger, James, Jane, and Dorothy.* (* * See also p. 45.)

Roger, the eldest son, was born at Nantwich, and baptized there on the 20th of May, 1666. According to Randle Holmes Pedigree he was aged 22 in 1688.

In 1688 he became clerk of the courts of Pentice, Crownmote, and Portmote for the city of Chester † († His son Roger filled this office 1712-56. Ormerod Vol. I., p. 188), and on the 19th of September, 1700, was appointed recorder.   Having selected the law as his profession, he was admitted at the Inner Temple May 3rd, 1686, and called to the Bar May 20th, 1694. In 1717 lie was made a Bencher. Mr. Ormerod (History of Cheshire, vol. 1., p. 188) says, “Roger Comberbach had been previously town clerk, and was subsequently one of the judges of Caernarvon, Anglesea, and Merioneth. He died January, 1719, and was succeeded in the recordership by his son-in-law, Thomas Mather.”

It is stated by Ormerod that lie was author of several legal works ; this I am inclined to doubt; the only one I have been able to discover is –

“The Report of several Causes argued and adjudged in the Court of King’s Bench at Westminster, from the First Year of King James the Second, to the Tenth Year of King William the Third. Collected by Roger Comberbach, Esq., late Recorder of Chester, and one of the Justices of North Wales. Published by his son, Roger Comberbach, of the Inner Temple, Esq. In the Savoy: printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling (assigns of E. Sayer, Esq.), for J. Waithoe. in the Middle Temple, adjoining the Cloysters, 1724.”

This book, printed in black letter, in folio, is dedicated to Lord   Chancellor Macclesfield. “The author,” says the dedication, “Was one  whom your lordship was pleased to regard.” It is, I  believe, well known to lawyers; of its value I am unable to pronounce any opinion. Mr. Lowndes, in his Bibliographers’ Manual, calls it “a book of no authority.” He was, it is said, connected with Elizabeth Minshull, the third wife of John Milton, the poet, but in what way I have been unable to ascertain.* (* Notes and Queries, 3rd Series, January, 1864.) He was much respected by the members of the corporation of Chester, who built a flight of steps in the wall of their city for his convenience. Hanshall says, “The land beneath the walls is called the GROVES, from a regular line of fine  trees  which  formerly ornamented the  river side from the bridge to Barrell Well, but most of them are now cut down, and the road itself is stopped up.   The steps which lead from tile wails to the Groves are called the Recorder’s steps, and were erected at the expense of the corporation about 1700, for tile convenience of Recorder Comberbach, who resided in Duke Street.” – History of Cheshire,  1817, p. 285, note. His portrait may still be seen in the Common hall of the city of Chester. He married Alice, daughter and co-heir of William Street, alderman of Chester, and, dying in 1720, left issue with others a son, Roger. This  Roger published his father’s Reports, and was himself author of “The Contest, in which is exhibited a Preface in favour of Blank Verse, with an experiment of it in an Ode upon the British Country Life, by R. C.” It also contains an Epistle from Dr. Byrom to Mr. C. in defence of Rhyme, and an Eclogue by Mr. C. in reply to Dr. Byrom. It was published in London in 1755 or 1758, 4to. Roger Comberbach was admitted of the Inner Temple 11th Feb., 1709, and called to the Bar 27th Nov. 1721. He was made LL.B. of Lambeth, 6th February, 1749. See Gentleman’s Magazine for 1864, vol. i., p. 637.

James Comberbach was, in 1696, apprentice to John King, of London; in 1708 he was sheriff of Chester, and mayor in 1727* (* Ormerod’s Cheshire, Vol. I., p. 184). He was buried pursuant to a testamentary injunction in the chancel of St. John the Baptist’s Church, in Chester.

Jane Comberbach married William Hawkins, who died in or before 1736; they had issue William, Edward and James.

Dorothy Comberbach married Richard Adams and had James Adams, clerk, Elizabeth, Dorothy, and Jane, who was married by license at St. John the Baptist’s Church, Chester, on the 9th of September, 1722, to Mr. Benjamin Perrin, of Flint. She died 19th January, 1781. He died 12th December, 1761. See Ormerod’s Cheshire, vol. i., p. 257.  They had issue:-

RICHARD (Sir), one of the Barons of the Exchequer.  Knighted 1766. Died 2nd January, 1803, in his 81st year.† († Townsend’s Catalogue of Knights.)

JAMES, baptized 2nd August, 1724.

ALICIA, baptized 6th April, 1726.                  |

HENRY, baptized 23d July, 1727.                 |

MARY, baptized 8th September, 1728.         |  At St. John Baptist’s

BENJAMIN, baptized 11th Oct. 1731.               >    Church, Chester.

ROGER, baptized 20th June, 1733.             |

DOROTHY, baptized 10th Dec. 1735.          |

JANE, baptized 16th March, 1735.               |


Roger Comberbach, of Nantwich, the first of that family mentioned in the pedigree, appointed in his will his brother Richard, overseer. A Richard Comberbach, whom I suppose to be the same person, was married at Nantwich, 20th June, 1647, to Dorothy Woodward. Dorothy Comberbach, widow, was buried at Acton, May 9,    1678. The baptisms of three children of Richard Comberbach appear in the Nantwich Registers, and I feel no doubt that he is the Richard above named :-

  1. ROGER, baptized 5th May,  1650. Buried at Acton, 21st December, 1679.  Roger son of Richard  Comberbach” was a legatee of £50 under the will of Roger Comberbach, the testator of 1678.
  2. KATHERINE, baptized, 31st October, 1647. She married, 1st _ Dyos, by whom she had a son Richard, living 1682. 2nd John Bromley, to whom she was married at Bunbury, 6th September, 1655.  She is mentioned as well as her sister in the will of Roger Comberbach, the testator of 1678.
  3. MARGARET, baptized, 7th March. 1 652.  Married _ Perrin.

Thomas Comberbach, the testator of 1682, left to Hester Comberbach, widow, £5, and to her daughters Elizabeth, Margaret, and Dorothy, £10 a-piece, to her son Robert, £20; a Robert Comberbach was also his residuary legatee. This Hester may very probably have been the wife of Roger the son of Richard; and her son Robert may have been Robert of Crook Aldersey, the first of the Haughton branch. This descent is rendered almost certain, by the absence of other persons of the same name then living in these places, as well as by the frequently acknowledged relationship between the descendants of both families. At the same time, direct positive proof is wanting.



We now come to that branch of the family, which, for three generations, owned the manor of Haughton, in the parish of Bunbury, and here, as in the former account, I shall only mention those of whom I have more to relate than is recorded in the tabular pedigree.

The first of this family, whose probable connexion with the Nantwich Comberbachs has been already explained, was Robert Comberbach* (** A Robert Comberbach was defendant in fine of lands in Aldersey and Middle Aldersey in 1613, and of lands in Crook Aldersey in 1633.), of Crook Aldersey, in the parish of Coddington. By his will bearing date 14th Oct. 1703, proved at Chester, 25th Sept. 1704, he bequeathed his estate in Crook Aldersey, to his eldest son Robert. There is an entry in the transcript of the Coddington parish register at Chester, the original of which has been destroyed, of the marriage of Robert Comberbach and Margaret Nayler, on the 27th of April, 1635. There is also a marriage licence bond for the marriage of Robert Comberbach and Elizabeth Calveley, of Coddington, spinster, dated 26th January, 1679-80. He left issue, besides his eldest son Robert, Thomas and John, and three daughters.

John Comberbach was baptized at Coddington, 21st July, 1669.

In April 1704, he had a lease of the Hall, or Manor House, of Ridley, at the yearly rent of £208, from Sir Orlando Bridgeman. In 1712 he purchased the manor of Haughton, or as it is more anciently written Haighton, from John Aldersey, of London, youngest son of Thomas Aldersey, of Spurstow, county of Chester; and in 1721, a moiety of a messuage in Haughton from Thomas Tagg, of Gloverstone. In a will dated 8th May, 1719, but was afterwards cancelled, he bequeaths his lands at Ightfield, Whichurch, Prees, and Ashurst, in the county of Salop, to his son John and his issue male, with re­mainder to son Robert, and his Manor of Haughton to son Robert, and his issue male, with remainder to son John. He gives an annuity of £5 a year to his wife. In case his son Robert shall marry Abigail Chrichley, daughter to Ann Chrichley, widow, of Bunbury, he revokes the former bequest, and gives him £10 in full of all legacies, claims, and demands whatsoever. He died 29th January, 1742, and was buried at Bunbury on the 31st of the same month. I subjoin, in a note, the expenses of his funeral taken from the original receipts, as the items will contrast singularly with simi­lar expenses in our day.* [* 31 Jan 1742].

He left issue, John, Robert, Ann, and Hannah.

Ann married Samuel Harrison, of Tatton, and had several children. See page 53. Hannah, married first, in 1719, John Lovitt, of Knutsford, and secondly, Samuel Williamson* (* Articles of agreement before marriage dated 22nd August, 1738. See note, page 49).

Robert died in his father’s lifetime, having married Lettice Richardson.

John Comberbach, upon the death of his father, joined with his son John Comberbach, in 1746, to bar the entail of the lands bequeathed to him by his father in Ightfield, Little Ash, and Prees. He is described as of Wem Brockhurst in 1744, of Kemples in 1746, and of Ightfield in 1747, and 1748, all in the county of Salop. From the following curious extract from the transcripts of the Coddington parish register, it appears that he was resident at Ridley, in the year 1722 :­

“1722, 20 Feb. Ann d. of Jn Cumberbach, jun., yeoman, of Ridley in ye par’ of Bunbury, and Martha his supposed wife, was baptizd. Tho’ certificate of sd Comberbach’s marr. was not shown whilst she resided in this parish.”

This Ann married William Machin, and died without issue.

John Comberbach, the son, was the last owner of the manor of Haughton, which he left by his will, dated 23d July, 1779, to trustees for sale. The property was subsequently thrown into the Court of Chancery. The Haughton estate consisted of 180 statute acres, and was sold to Mr. Garnett of Bunbury, the ancestor of the present Mr. Garnett-Botfield, for £4000. John Comberbach purchased an estate in Calveley, in 1773, from Sir Lynch Cotton, and sold it in 1777, at the Red Lion Inn, Nantwich. His first wife was Mary Shuker, from whose relative Arthur Shuker, his son Shuker Comber­bach inherited the Sandy-lane property, in the parish of Prees. His second wife, Mary Dutton, survived him, and after his death resided at Maesmynon, in North Wales. Some account of the Duttons will be found at page 55. He died in July, 1779, and was buried at Bunbury. Since his death little more remains to be told than is contained in the tabular pedigree.   His descendants though very numerous, are none of them wealthy. His third son John was a solicitor, and had the reputation of being a skilful conveyancer. This John’s eldest son John, was also in the profession of the law, during the later years of his life he resided at Overton, in Flintshire, and was buried in the church­yard of St. John’s parish in Chester. His fourth son Peter ran away to sea when a boy ; he afterwards resided near Liverpool, and is buried at Wavertree. See his monumental inscription, page 47. By his wife, Peggy Baxendale, he had issue two daughters, Mary Ann, and Margaret who lived at Chester, and died there, 16th March, 1857.  Mary Ann married William Brydon, of Leatherhead, in Surrey, surgeon, and had,


WILLIAM, C.B., married Colina Macintyre, and has issue, a son William, and several others.


JAMES, died sp.

JOHN, married and went to America.

JANE, died young.

MARGARET, married William Wright, of Gresford, in Denbigh­shire, and has issue.

MARY ANN, married R. R. Hill, and has issue.

His fifth and youngest son Benjamin, was baptized at Bunbury, March 1770.      On the 6th of June, 1793, he was admitted of the Inner Temple.      For some time he practised as a solicitor at Worcester. He then went out to India, and practised in Calcutta, for fifteen years, and was very successful in his profession, as appears from the following extract:­

“Mr. Comberbach, formerly of Worcester, but now a resident in Calcutta, has lately brought to issue, by much perseverance and skill, a cause which had been for a consi­derable time before the Supreme Court, wherein Rajah Moory Loll was prosecutor against four other natives, for a conspiracy to compel him to sign the release of a suit respect­ing his landed property. After five days hearing the prison­ers were found guilty, and the Rajah has, in consequence, for a decision so important to his interests, remunerated Mr. Comberbach with a present of £10,000.”

He married ……… Sparks, of Bridgenorth, in Salop, and had issue, two daughters, Harriet and Louisa. Harriet married a Captain Maddocks, and upon her death he married Louisa. Harriet had issue an only child, Harriet-Fanny, now wife of – Crump, of Pentre­pant Hall, near Oswestry.

Benjamin Comberbach died at Calcutta.



This family assumed the name of Cumberbatch. Traditionally they believe themselves to be descended out of Cheshire. They have possessed lands in Barbadoes since the time of the Civil Wars, and these, or some of them, are now the inheritance of Mr. Abraham­ Carlton Cumberbatch, late Consul at Constantinople. Beyond the foregoing particulars, placed in the form of a tabular pedigree, I have been unable to ascertain anything about them, although several members of the family have very courteously afforded me all the infor­mation in their power.


A List of Comberbach Wills in the Probate Court at Chester.

Roger, of Wich Malbanke* (* i.e. Nantwich.)        1602.

Richard, of Lee. 1624.

John, of Odd Rode. 1626.

Randle, of Kenyon. 1630.

John, of Alvanley. 1631.

Richard, of Congleton. 1633. Administration.

Ralph, of Congleton. 1652.

Thomas, of Congleton. 1670.

Robert, of Alvanley. 1672. Administration.

Roger, of Nantwich. 1678.

Jane, of London. 1679.

Thomas, of Willaston. 1681. Administration.

Thomas, of Wich Malbanke. 1682.

James, of Nantwich. 1696.

Robert, of Crook Aldersey. 1704.

Roger, of Cuddington. 1709.

Thomas, of Ridley. 1718.

Robert, of Kenyon. 1719.

Richard, of Little Peover. 1720.

Roger, of Chester. 1720.

John, of Walton le Dale. 1723.

Maria, of Rainow. 1731. Administration.

Robert, of Ridley. 1737. Administration.

James, of Chester. 1738.

John, of Ridley. 1742.

Joseph, of Macclesfield. 1762.

James, of Chester. 1763. Administration.

Roger, of Chester. 1771.

Joseph, of Sandbach. 1772. Administration.

John, of Haughton. 1779.

Dorothy, of Chester. 1786.

Joseph, of Linden.          1787.

Martha, of Astbury.        1789.

Samuel, of Sandbach.      1793.

James, of Congleton. 1797.

A List of Wills in the Probate Court, Lichfield, 1536-1775.

John Comberbach, of Cheddleton. Proved 7 Nov. 1679*. (* This will is missing in the bundle for that year.)

William Comberbach, of Crich. Adm: 12 April, 1707.

Richard Comberbach, of Frichley. Adm: 23 April, 1708.

John Comberbach, of Salop. Adm: 2 February. 1738-9.

Mary Comberbach, of Salop. Adm : 5 June, 1739.

In the Probate Court at Shrewsbury.

Shuker Comberbach. Adm: 18 Feb. 1788.

Appendix – Will of Roger Comberbach

Will of Roger Comberbach, 1602.

Goods appraised at £117 9s 6d.

Appendix – Copy of Paper in possession of Major-General Townshend

From the Original in the possession of Major General Townshend, of Trevallyn.

Elizabeth the daughter of Mr William Meakin was Born upon Wednesday the eight day of June, 1664, at her Fathers House in Namptwich at 8 o’clock in the Morning.

John the son of James Comberbach was born September ye 11 day, 1670, about 12 a clock at Night in Namptwich, Barker Street.

John Comberbach and Elizabeth were married February the 2th day 169⅔, by Mr P Lancaster in Namptwich Church, he being the Minister there at that time.

April ye 27 day 1694. My daughter Elizabeth Comber­bach was Born about a Quarter past 6 at Night in the house of Mr John Rutter by the churchyard side. God bless her, and give her true Wisdom. Amen.

June ye 30 day 1696. My daughter Jane Comberbach was born about 3 o’clock in the Morning, at the Churchyard side aforesd God Bless Her. Amen. Bror Matt Meakin, Godfather. Sister Jane Meakin and my sister Hawkins, Godmothers.

February ye 14 day 1699. my son James Comberbach was Born at my Hous in Barker Street, betwixt 6 & 7 o’clock in the morning it being Valentines day and Ashwednesday both happening together. God of his great Mercy Bless Him, he was Baptized March ye 6 day.

September ye 25 day 1706.   Dianah Comberbach was Born about half an hour past seven o’clock at Night, and was Baptized the 2nd day of October. God Bless her with his Grace. Amen.

May ye 1 day 1691. I John Comberbach began the Trade of Taning (sic).

I John Comberbach began the Business of Malting.

I John Comberbach Follow’d the Tanning trade Eighteen years and some odd months.

Elizabeth the Wife of John Comberbach departed this Life the 17 day of February 172¾ about half an hour before one a Clock in the Morning & was interred at Acton the 19th in the Evening in my Burying place there, it being Ash-Wednesday.

Appendix – Monumental Inscriptions

In the Churchyard at Bunbury, in Cheshire :-

­1……… daughter of John and Mary Comberbach, of Ha.. . . .

2. Here lieth the body of John C…….. of Hau…… , ,

2. (sic) Here lieth the body of Mary the wife of John Comberbach, of Haughton, who died March the 10th 1760. Aged 3_ years.

4. Here lieth the body of Lettice Comberbach, of Ridley, who departed this life the 23d of December, 1761. Aged 63 years. Who was a tender parent and a kind friend. Also, Robert, husband of the above Lettice Comberbach, who died Oct. 2nd, 1765. Aged 70 years. Likewise Ann Comberbach, daughter of the above, who died February the 24th, 1802. Aged 74 years.

By R. Wright, Grandson†.

* See his monument, Ormerod’s Cheshire, vol. i. p. 259 and p. 467.

†This inscription appears to have been renewed, hence the errors in the dates.

In the Churchyard, close to the chancel door, Prees, co. Salop :-

Sacred to the Memory of Suker Comberbach, late of the Sandy Lane, in this parish, who departed this life January 17th, 1787. Aged 36 years. Also in Respectful Memory of Mary, his wife, who died in Manchester, May 15th, 1810. Aged 55 years.

In the South Transept, on the floor, at Acton Burnall, co. Salop :-

­Sacred to the memory of John Comberbach of Langley, 3rd son of the late John Comberbach, Esquire, and Mary his wife, of Haughton Hall, in the county of Chester. Who died Sep­tember 18th, 1828. Aged 75.

In the Churchyard at Wavertree, in Lancashire :-

In Memory of Peggy, wife of Peter Comberbach, who departed this life December …. 1807. Aged 61 years. Also of the said Peter Comberbach*, of Wavertree, who departed this life the 3rd of October, 1815. Aged 60 years. Here also rest the mortal remains of Peter-Comberbach Brydon, the eldest son of William and Mary-Ann Brydon, who was born August 11th, 1810, and departed this life, June 11th, 1831. Also Margaret, daughter of the above Peter and Peggy Comberbach, who died on the 16th February, 1857. Aged 69 years.

In the Churchyard at Sandbach in Cheshire, near the tower:­-

Underneath this stone Doth Lye the Body of Joseph Comber­bach, who Dyed the 9th Day of March, 1743. Aged 56. And also Mary, his wife, who Dyed the 23 day of March, 1754.        Aged 70. And also Joseph Comberbach, their son, Town Clark of the Borough of Macclesfield, who departed this life y 21st June 1764. Aged 51.

He hath left behind him the Remembrance of every endearing Virtue more durable than that of Brass or Marble, and his death may be Justly esteemed a public Loss.

On the South side of the Church :­-

Here lie the Remains of Elizth Wheelock, was here interred Nov. the 11th 1772. Aged 79. Also Mary Comberbach, daughter of Benjamin Stanway, of Betchton, was here interred April the 22nd 1772. Aged 19 years. Also the remains of the said Benjamin Stanway, was here interred Oct. the 3d, 1783. Aged 76.

In the Church at Nether Peover, in Cheshire, on a brass plate upon the floor, close to the font :­

Depositum Ri: Comberbach hujus Eccles: Minis: Non: jur: Qui Scholam ædificavit et dotavit. 645lb.*

Qui Panes Eleemosynarios 12denar: omni Die         Dominico in Perpetuum dedit Pauperibus cum Benedictione. Amen. A.D. 1722.     Ætat: 80.

Fixed against a pillar next the font is a shelf with this inscription :­-

Blessing and Bread to the Poor for Ever, by R. C., 1722.

The School which Mr. Comberbach founded is near to the Church and is a very dilapidated building ; over the door is this inscription :­

Deo et Ecclesiæ hanc domunculam in usum scholae humillime dedicat Ri: Comberbach: 1710. Postea dotavit. £645.

In the Churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Brompton :-

Here are deposited the mortal parts of Laurentia Trent Cumberbatch, who died the 10th of May, 1851, aged 25 years. And of her sister Rosalie Geraldine Cumberbatch, who died the 9th of October, 1851, aged 21 years. Sleeping in Jesus. Also Lawrence Trent Comberbatch, who died the 24th of February, 1858, aged 4 months.

Upon a gravestone in St. Oswald’s Churchyard, Chester:-

­Samuel Turner, died March 20th, 1829. Aged 79.

Charity Turner, wife of the above, died April 4, 1832. Aged 79.

Thomas Turner, son of the above, died July 13, 1844. Aged 65.

Comberbach Turner, died December, 8th 1847. Aged 57 years.

In the Churchyard at Great Ness, co. Salop, close to north wall of the Chancel:­

In Memory of Mary* the sec…. wife of John Edwards …… of Shrewsbury, now of Great N …………………….. hn Comberbach,………… 17…. Aged ….

* This was Mary daughter of John Comberbach of Shrewsbury; she died 4 Feb. 1764. See Burke’s History of hte Commoners, Vol. II., p.81. The name of John Comberbach’s wife was Mary, she was living 2 Feb. 1738-9, at which time administration of his effects was granted to his daughter Mary Comberbach. He is therein described as of St Alkmund’s parish in Shrewsbury, skinner. A John Comberbach of Shrewsbury, skinner, was a party to articles of agreement before marriage between Hannah Lovett and Samuel Williamson (see page 35). I therefore conclude that he was related to the Haughton family.

Appendix – Extracts from Parish Registers

Extracts from the transcripts of Astbury Registers


Johanna filia Ralph Comberbage de Conglt’. 19th Sept. 1627.

Margareta fil’ Richard Comberbach de Conglto’. 28 June 1622.

Radulphus fil’ Ric’ Comberbach de Congt’. 5 Aug. 1618.

Jane fil’ Rich: Combarbatche de Cong’.       19 Oct. 1619.

John fil’ Rich: Cumberbathe de Cong’. 8 Aug. 1619.

Jane ye daughter of Phillip Cuberbache, 10 Feb. 1594.

Ann ye daughter of John Cuberbache of Rode.       15 April 1593.

Congleton: Jaco, fils Johan’ Comberbach, Calecolar’. 16 Aug. 1696.

Congleton: Johnes fil. P. Comberbatch, jun., Shoemaker. 11 March 1676.

Congleton: Jos. fils ffran: Comberbatch et Hannæ uxor ejus. 12 Sept. 1697.

Congleton: Martha fil’ francisci Comberbatch. 12 Jan. 1694.

Congleton : Rogerus fil’ Richardi Comberbatch, Shoemaker. 20 Feb. 1682.

Congleton: Sam: fils Richdi Comberbatch. 9 Jan. 1695.

Congleton: Maria fil’ Johannis Comberbatch, jun., Calccolarii. 2 March, 1683.

Congleton: Martha fil’ Richdi Cumberbatch, Calceolarii. 14 March 1685.

Congleton: Rich: fil’ Richdi Cumberbatch, Shoemaker. 21 Jan. 1684.

Congleton : Hannah fil’ Johannis Comberbatch. 17 Jan. 1674.

Congleton: Priscilla fil’ Reputat’ Philippi Comberbatch, Shoemaker et Margaretae Moston, Spinster. 25 Dec. 1674.


Williel’ Swaine et Margeria Comberbatch. 12 Jan. 1672.

Ralphus Comberbatch et Margeria Broadhurst. 31 Dec. 1667.

Johan’ Comberbatch et Winifrid Booth. 21 Dec. 1696.

Ricus Cumbarbach et Jana Morisse. 8 Jan. 1619.

John Cumberbatch & Eliz : Podmore. 19 May, 1627.


M’gareta Cu’berbach, vid’. 25 July, 1604.

Rad’us Cu’berbach. 15 May, 1614.

Congleton: Ralphus Comberbatch, Butcher. 31 Oct. 1669.

Congleton: Thomas Comberbatch, Plaisterer, 8 Feb. 1670.

Margt Cuberbatch de Congl’. 9 Sept. 1636.

Johan: Cumberbache de Cong’. 28 Nov. 1637.

Ricardus fil’ Radulphi Comberbach de Cong’. 14 Feb. 1633.

Congleton: Infans Philippi Comberbatch, Shoemaker. 8 Jan. 1676.

Congleton: Alicia Comberbatch, vid’. 17 Nov. 1675.

Odde Rode : Margareta Comberbatch, vid. 8 May, 1675.

Congleton: Rich: fil Richdi Comberbatch, Shoemaker. 23 Jan. 1684.

Congleton : Alicia Comberbatch, vid. 7 Feb. 1684.

Congleton : Hannah fil’ Philippi Comberbatch. 4 April, 1679.

Entries in Transcripts of Winwick Parish Registers.


1632.   6 September, Dorathie daughter of John Cumbebatche.

1638.   5 August, Alice d’ of John Cumberbatch.

1642.  12th January, John son of John Cumberbatch.

1642.  30 May, Thomas son of John Cumberbatch.

1694.  13 May, Ralph son of Ralph Comarbach.

1698.   8 June, Margaret daughter of William Comarbach of Kenyon born May ye 28th


1632.   26 June, Richard Morris and Margaret Cumberbatch.


16-.    24 December, Margaret daughter of Robert Comarbach.

1631.   12 October, Randle Cumberbatch.

1632.   1 December, Anne Cumberbatch, vidua.

1663.  24 April, Ellen wife of John Comarbach.

1670.  1 February, Ann uxor Thos Co’berbatch.

These in Transcript of Frodsham Register.


Ralph Cumberbatch de Alvanley, 25 July, 1698.

Hellena Commerberch uxor Roberti, 20 March, 1670.

Anna Commerbach filia Ric’, 3 July, 1681.

Elizabeth Com’erbeach uxor Radulphi, 8 August, 1681.

Extracts from Lymm Parish Registers.

Ralph Comberbatch was Churchwarden of Lymm, 1664.

1695.  John Cumberbatch & Mary Robinson, married, 20 August.

1696.  Anne daughter of John Cumberbatch, baptized, 4 July.

1697.  Elizabeth Cumberbatch, buried, 8 July.

Appendix – Pedigree of Comberbach by Randle Holme

Appendix – Pedigree of Harrison, of Cranage, in Cheshire

Appendix – Pedigree of Dutton

Appendix – Pedigree of Henshaw

Appendix – Addenda

Page 12. Betty, daughter of Joseph Comberbach, of Betchton, bapt. 26 April, 1771. Sarah, daughter of Francis Comber­brch, from Lichfield, buried 19 February, 1748. These entries occur in the transcripts of Sandbach Parish Register, but I am unable to connect the persons mentioned with the Sandbach Comberbachs.

Page 13. There is a licence bond at Chester, for the marriage of John Comberbach, of Walton-le-Dale, and Ann Halliday, of the same place, dated 14 January, 1723.

Page 24. It is stated upon the authority of Harl. MS. 2153, that James Comberbach married Jane, daughter of Randle Shenton. This may possibly be an error, and this Jane have been the wife of his father, John Comberbach, of London. There is a licence bond at Chester, dated 13 April, 1681, for the marriage of James Comberbach, of Nantwich, and Ellen John­son, of the city of Chester, widow. Ellinor (sic), wife of James Comberbach, was buried at Acton, 18 September, 1696. This Ellen, however, could not have been the mother of any of the children of the James Comberbach stated in the pedigree to have married Jane Shenton.

Page 27. Dorothy Comberbach, of Chester, widow, in her will dated 18 May, 1784, and proved 8 June, 1786, mentions her sister Lee, nephew Sir Richard Perryn, knight, neice Mrs. Wilbraham, great-nephew Roger Comberbach, and other persons.

Page 30. Robert, son of John Comberbach, was born 1 May, and baptised 19 same month, at Hammer, co. Flint. This was probably Robert, who married Lettice Richardson.

Page 30. The third John Comberbach, of Haughton, ceases to be called “the younger” in certain deeds in the year 1774.       His father must, therefore, have died previous to that date. “John Comberbach, of Whitchurch, co. Salop,” was buried at Bunbury, 17 February, 1770. This may have been the second John of Haughton.

Page 49. (Note) William Cooper, of Shrewsbury, in his will of 7 June, 1771, mentions his lease of the house he lives in upon Clarmond Hill, from Robert Comberbach, gent., of Shrewsbury.

Page 55. In Farndon Churchyard, Cheshire.

In memory of Benjamin Dutton, late of Broxton, who departed this life January the 1st, 1776. Aged 85 years.

Beneath this stone Death’s Prisoner lies,

The Stone shall move, the Prisoner rise,

When Jesus with Almighty word

Calls his dead Saints to meet their Lord.