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The Coombes from Highgate.

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Jason Report 2 Feb 2013 15:27


Think you can rule out John William Coombs (b 1860, Canterbury),in Mike's post.

He is my 2nd Great Grandfather, married Rebecca Ann Madams..

Lineage descends into New Zealand....


Sheena Report 29 Aug 2011 13:41

yes its the merchant navy. he was a trimmer in1910 started at plymouth to places all around the world. By 1912 he was a fireman and trimmer. In 1913 he didnt complete his voyage. thats what the stamp mark says. i dont know why that is.
sheena :-D

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 29 Aug 2011 09:12

Written at the top of 1911 census image posted by Helen above says John William Coombes, birthplace, West Ham, Essex, messy image (red pen line going through John).

1911 (think this might be the one on Mike's 1881 census above, vessel named Era)

COOMBES, W Crew Married M 35 1876 Mate Fisherman Canterbury Kent

RG number:
RG14 Piece:
4538 Reference:
RG14PN4538 RG78PN187 RD63 SD4 ED32 SN35

Registration District:
Thanet Sub District:
Ramsgate Enumeration District:
32 Parish:


"Continuous certificate of discharge book", isn't this something to do with Navy?...(after looking on google).

Chris :)

(just to add from a search for another member before, occ. Printer written on a Cert. can sometimes be mistaken for Painter)


Sheena Report 28 Aug 2011 22:01

thank you for your help. :-D

Mike *

Mike * Report 28 Aug 2011 21:03

Perhaps the 1911 original reads aged 2 not 7 if this is John William's birth

Births Dec 1908 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Coombes John William - W. Ham 4a 117

Be interesting to know if young John William's father was named as John William or William James.


Sheena Report 28 Aug 2011 20:58

This is my family above. except my grandmothers year of birth is 1907. william john 1908 my grandmother was the eldest of the 5 children that was born.
Sheena :-D


Helen Report 28 Aug 2011 20:37

RG14PN9459 RG78PN507B RD188 SD3 ED49 SN235

Reg. District: West Ham Sub District: Plaistow
Parish: West Ham Enum. District: 49
Address: 16 Blake Road Hermit Road Canning Town
County: Essex
Name Relation Condition/
Yrs married Sex Age Birth
Year Occupation Where Born

COOMBES, Laura F 3 1908 J W Caning Town
COOMBES, John William M 7 1904 4 Caning Town
COOMBES, Henry M 0 (1 MONTH) 1911 West Ham Essex
COOMBES, Sarah Ann Wife F 31 1880 West Ham Essex L Canning Town


Sheena Report 28 Aug 2011 20:30

Ille start from what ive got. My Grandmother Laura Coombes was Born 19 march 1907 to John William Coombes and Sarah Formally Briggs. John was a labourer at the soap factory.
In January 1907 William James Coombes married Sarah ann Briggs at the register office in West Ham they were 26 & 24. their fathers names were John William Coombes and William Briggs.
I also have a Continuous certificate of discharge book .in this book the name is John William Coombes. the first date is 1910, and the last date in this book is 1913. this is why its all confusing.

Mike *

Mike * Report 28 Aug 2011 20:09

I assume your grandmother's birth cert has Sarah Ann Coombes formerly Briggs as the mother ... is that correct?

We still need your grandmothers name and DOB

Mike *

Mike * Report 28 Aug 2011 20:04

Wondering about this one ( Carver and Gilder = Printer maybe???)


William COOMBS Head M Male 47 Canterbury, Kent, England Coal Foreman (Lab)
Eliza Jane COOMBS Wife M Female 45 Canterbury, Kent, England
>>>>>>>> John William COOMBS Son Male 20 Canterbury, Kent, England Apprentice Carver & Gilder
George Thomas COOMBS Son Male 19 Canterbury, Kent, England Clerk
Rosa Jane COOMBS Daur Female 13 Canterbury, Kent, England
Harry Albert COOMBS Son Male 10 Canterbury, Kent, England Scholar
Eliza Jane COOMBS Daur Female 8 Canterbury, Kent, England Scholar
Alfred Ernest COOMBS Son Male 5 Canterbury, Kent, England Scholar
William James COOMBS Son Male 1 Canterbury, Kent, England

Dwelling 1 Lansdown Cottage
Census Place Canterbury St Mary Bredin, Kent, England


brummiejan Report 28 Aug 2011 19:59

I'm not sure why you think your great-grandfather was William James rather than John William? Is this from your grandmother's marriage cert?

I too can't see anything about your Grandmother? Might be my age of course!



Sheena Report 28 Aug 2011 19:53

did you get my last message. ive put all details down that i have.


Sheena Report 28 Aug 2011 19:44

Highgate is in london.
the marriage certificate is in 1907 with William James age 26 living at 104 napier rd west ham. Sarah briggs age 24 lives at 60 Napier rd. William's father John william Deceased was a printer.

Mike *

Mike * Report 28 Aug 2011 19:41

Who was your grandmother and when was she born ?

Do you have the marriage cert for William and Sarah?
What were their ages in 1907 ?

Highgate is an area of North London on the north-eastern corner of Hampstead Heath


Helen Report 28 Aug 2011 19:36

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915 about William James Coombes
Name: William James Coombes
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1907
Registration district: West Ham
Inferred County: Essex
Volume Number: 4a
Page Number: 1&f5=4a">491 (click to see others on page)


brummiejan Report 28 Aug 2011 19:33

Where is Highgate?


Sheena Report 28 Aug 2011 19:30

i have information on William James Coombes (my Gr Grandfather) was married to Sarah ann Briggs in 1907, his Father was John William coombes who was deceased by 1907. when looking at my grandmothers birth certificate instead of william james it has john william. This is another name in my family tree that ive come to a stand still with. I cant get any further than my Gr Grandfather, i heard from older relatives that they were from highgate but can not get any confirmation.