Cumberbatch Family History

Robert Comberbach[1]

Male Est 1746 - 1812  (~ 65 years)


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  • Name Robert Comberbach  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Est Oct 1746  Haughton, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 27 Nov 1746  St Boniface Church, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 27 Nov 1746  Haughton, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 24 Jun 1787  John Street New Road, East London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gentleman 
    Residence 24 Jun 1787  John Street New Road, East London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 21 Jun 1789  Marsh, Clapham, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1809  [3
    Doctor 
    Occupation 9 Oct 1809  [2
    Gentleman 
    Residence 9 Oct 1809  Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Jan 1812  Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Buried 10 Jan 1812  St Mary Magdelene Church, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Probate 28 Jul 1812  [2
    Reference Number 0000154 
    Person ID I154  Cumberbatch
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2017 

    Father Mr John Comberbach,   b. Est Sep 1725, Cuddington, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 23 Jul 1779 and 27 Jul 1779, Haughton, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Mary Shuker,   d. 10 Mar 1760 
    Married 11 Feb 1745/46  Prees, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F56  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Marie Young,   b. Cal Dec 1760, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1837, Antwerp, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Children 
     1. Hannah Comberbach
     2. Margaret Comberbach
     3. Robert Paul Francois Xavier Comberbach,   b. Between 1775 and 1785, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1869, Antwerp, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years)
     4. David Comberbach,   b. Cal 26 May 1787, John Street New Road, East London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1789, Marsh, Clapham, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     5. Jonathan Comberbach,   b. Est Aug 1789, Clapham, Surrey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Thomas Comberbach,   b. Est May 1791, Clapham, Surrey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Beatrice Comberbach,   b. 21 Oct 1794, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1798, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     8. Sarah Comberbach,   b. 18 Mar 1798, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Ann Comberbach
     10. Penelope Comberbach
     11. Eleanor Comberbach,   b. Cal Oct 1799, Clerkenwell, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1802, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     12. The Reverend Charles Comberbach, Clerk,   b. Cal 1790, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1891, St Ann's Hill, Chertsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 101 years)
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F1960  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Est Oct 1746 - Haughton, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 27 Nov 1746 - St Boniface Church, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 27 Nov 1746 - Haughton, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 24 Jun 1787 - John Street New Road, East London, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 24 Jun 1787 - John Street New Road, East London, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 21 Jun 1789 - Marsh, Clapham, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 9 Oct 1809 - Woolwich, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1812 - Woolwich, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Jan 1812 - St Mary Magdelene Church, Woolwich, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • George William Marshall in his book "Collections for a Genealogical Account of the Family of Comberbach" stated that Robert has "Died unmarried." but he gives no details of his date and place of death.

      I do not believe this to be correct. In this same book he also quotes two letters that he received:

      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. [Robert] 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 [Charles] 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 (sic) of Gibraltar [24 June 1779-7 February 1783], and I have always understood that to the accurate journal of that celebrated seige (sic) which he kept, Colonel Drinkwater was largely indebted for his work."

      These are the two sons mentioned in the will of Robert Comberbach Gentleman of Woolwich.

      There are some issues:
      1) Robert was not a younger son but the eldest son of John Comberbach of Haughton Hall, Lord of the Manor of Haughton and his first wife Mary Shuker.
      2) There are no tombs of his ancestors in Chester Cathedral.

      I suspect that he left home around 20years of age which would have been around 1766 to join the army and was never heard of again by his family. George William Marshall was related to this family and he probably contacted the living descendants of this branch who knew nothing about Robert and presumed him to have died without being married as they never heard from him again.

      Interestingly, Robert's brother Peter Comberbach ran away to sea. Both Robert and Peter are mentioned in their father's will proved on 27 July 1779. The Manor of Haughton Hall ended up in the Chancery Court, perhaps this is why these two sons fled the family. [1]
    • This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Comberbach of Woolwich in the County of Kent Gentleman made this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine [9 Oct 1809] in manner following that is to say I give and bequeath all and singular my leasehold Messuages Tenements and hereditaments ^whatsoever^ in Woolwich aforesaid and all my household Furniture, Plate, China, Books, Linen, Effects and Things and all other my Estate and Effects unto my Executors hereinafter named upon Trust in the First place to pay thereout all my just debts Testamentary and Funeral Expences and as to the residue thereof upon Trust to pay or see paid out of the Rents and Profits thereof the Ground Rents and the Expences of the necessary Repairs thereof and to pay or permit and suffer my wife Ann Comberbach to have and to receive such residue for and during the Term of her natural life for her own use she providing thereout for the maintenance education and bringing up of our Children namely Ann[,] Penelope and Charles Comberbach until they and each of them attain her and his respective age of twenty one years and in case my said wife shall depart this life before the youngest of them shall have attained the said age upon Trust thereout to provide for the maintenance and education and bringing up of him, her or such of them under the said age until he, she and they respectively shall attain that age and when and as soon as such youngest Child shall have attained the age of twenty one years should my wife be then dead and if not then immediately upon her decease upon Trust for all and every my Children namely Hannah Stagg , Margaret Crump , Robert Comberbach , Ann Comberbach, Penelope Comberbach and Charles Comberbach in equal shares or proportions as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants and in case my wife should die before the youngest of my Children should attain the age of twenty one years upon Trust after providing for such Child or Children under that age as aforesaid upon Trust to pay and apply the residue of the yearly Rents and produce thereof unto and amongst all of them my said Children who shall have attained that age in equal shares and proportions share and share alike and my Will and desire is that the Property which by this my will is given to or In Trust for my said daughters shall be to them respectively independent and free of the control debts and Engagements of their present or any future husband or husbands and that their respective receipts shall be sufficient discharges notwithstanding her or their Coverture and in case any or either of my Children whether Male or Female shall depart their life having Children lawfully begotten before he she or they shall have received the share of the Property left by this my Will then my said Executors shall hold the same In Trust for such Child and Children respectively so nevertheless that they and each of them respectively shall have and receive only the share or shares which his her or their respective Father or Mother would have been entitled unto if then living and I will and direct that my said wife shall have the use of all my furniture and household Effects for her use during her life and on her decease the same to be divided in equal shares amongst such of my said Children as shall be then living. I do nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Ann Comberbach and my Friend Joseph Warberton Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. R Comberbach

      Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses Mr Nadling Solr Woolwich Mary Young

      Proved at London 28th July 1812 before the W’shipful Charles Coote Dr of Laws & Surr’ by the Oaths of Ann Comberbach Widow the relict & Joseph Warberton the Ex’ors to whom Adm’on was granted having first sworn duly to Administer.

      Will of Robert Comberbach, Gentleman of Woolwich, Kent 28 July 1812 PROB 11/1535 [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Collections for a Genealogical Account of the Family of COMBERBACH, George William MARSHALL LL.B., (Privately published in London 1866) (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S6932] Will of Robert Comberbach Proved 28 July 1812.

    3. [S6948] Death 1 March 1837 Antwerp, Belgium, Anna Young.

    4. [S6951] Death 10 May 1869 Antwerp, Belgium, Robert Paul Francois Xavier Comberbach , (BMDRegisters).

    5. [S6971] Burial St Mary Magdelene, Woolwich, London, England 10 Jan 1812 Robert Comberbach, (St Mary Magdelene Parish Registers on DVD).

    6. [S4459] Baptism Bunbury, Cheshire, England 27 Nov 1746 Robert COMBERBACH.

    7. [S6935] Baptism St Georges in the East, London, England 24 Jun 1787 David Comberbach.

    8. [S6936] Burial St Marys Clapham, London, England 21 Jun 1789 David Comberbatch.

    9. [S5490] Marriage Prees, Shropshire, England 11 Feb 1745/46 John COMBERBACH & Mary Shuker.