is Scottish in origin. The family was first found in Perthshire where they were
seated from very ancient times. McComber is an Anglicized form of a Gaelic name,
probably Mac Ciaragáin (descendant of Ciaragán), a personal
name based on a diminutive of ciar (black, dark),
but erroneously identified with cíor (comb). However,
the Irish evidence is for Ó Ciaragáin, not Mac Ciaragáin,
so the Mac prefix is surprising.
The Coat of Arms is gold
with a red lion rampant and a red stripe across the top of the shield. The Crest
is a rampant mountain cat. The Family Motto is "Touch not the cat bot a glove"
(translated: "Don't touch the cat without a glove").
lineage to this family can be traced to JOHN MACOMBER, who was born in 1585 in
Bridgeport, St. Mary's, Dorsetshire, England. On June eighth, 1607, he married
EDITH LOCKE in St. Mary's, Bridgeport, Dorset, England.
Edith died on May 10, 1636, and is buried at St. Mary's, in Dorsetshire, along
with her husband, who died on the sixth of July, 1650. But they had a lot of children
OF JOHN MACOMBER AND EDITH LOCKE
MACOMBER b: 12 Sep 1608. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: @ 25 Mar 1610. Christened at Bridgeport, St. Mary's, Dorsetshire,
England. Family listed below.|
MACOMBER b: 11 Nov 1611. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 26 Oct 1613. Record from "Aug. 20, 1644, William Maycumber of
Duxborrow(???) sent forth to bring in John Macomber for non-appearance for making
allarum at Taunton." No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 23 Nov 1615. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 24 Aug 1617. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 3 Dec 1619. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 12 Oct 1621. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 14 Sep 1623. Family listed below.|
MACOMBER b: 27 Dec 1625. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 2 Dec 1627. No further information.|
old tradition concerning "three brothers" who came to America seems
to be verified in the case of the Macombers, for William was in Duxbury in 1638;
Thomas in Plymouth in 1643; and John in Taunton in 1643. No descendants of Thomas
have been found.
William Macomber traveled to America and
became a cooper. Traditionally, a cooper is someone who makes wooden barrels,
kasks, buckets and other similar wooden objects. Barrel making is also referred
to as cooperage. William's trade is evidenced by the following note, which is
the first mention of William in America: "Will'm Maycumber, of Dorchester,
cooper, is lycensed to dwell within this gov'ment, at Plymouth or elsewhere, upon
the testymony of his good behavior hee hath brought with him." (Plymouth
Colony Records, Vol. I. p. 82.) The testimony of good behavior is likely to have
been obtained from the person with whom he served his apprenticeship in learning
the trade of a cooper. The date of the above record is April 2 1638.
date of Sept. 3, 1638, are found the following records: "Will'm Maycumber,
a cooper, is graunted an island lying on the north side Powder Poynt, & containing
about three or four acres of land, provided that the committees of Duxborrow doe
consent thereunto, and that he doe not stop the townes cattle from the fresh water
thereupon," and "Liberty is graunted to Will'm Maycumber, cooper, to
fetch tymber to make hoopes of for vessels for the colonies use at Clarks Island
and Sagaquash." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. I. p. 95.
3, 1640, "Will'm Maycumber is granted the wood fitt for coopery growing upon
Wood Island, to be used by him so long as he followeth his trade, and forbidding
all others to cutt there except for the loading of boats and vessells to carry
away the hay." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. I. p. 159.
settled in Marshfield, Mass. In 1644 he was fined for speaking against the Indians.
He was a surveyor in Marshfield in 1653.
married URSULA MATHEW or THOMAS (b. 1612 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts
-- Surname given as Mathew in NEHGR vol. 125, p. 82, "Sons of John Briggs
of Taunton, Massachusetts") on the 16th of January, 1633/34 in Bridgeport,
St.Mary's, Dorsetshire. They had the following children (the dates are a hodgepodge,
and names keep repeating, so either they renamed children after dead siblings,
or a genealogist gave up and included every birth date recorded by everyone):
OF WILLIAM AND URSULA MACOMBER
MACOMBER b: 28 Feb 1635/1636 in Bridgeport, Dorsetshire, England. No
further information. |
MACOMBER b: 1640 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts. No
further information. |
MACOMBER b: ABT 1640 in Marshfield, Barnstable, MA. She
married John Lincoln of Hingham. No
MACOMBER b: ABT 1642 in Marshfield, Barnstable, MA. No further information.|
MACOMBER b: 1645 in Marshfield, Plymouth, MA. Family listed below.|
MACOMBER b: 18 May 1645 in Marshfield, Barnstable, MA. The will of William Macomber,
dated 10 Apr 1711, and probated 2 Jul 1711, names his wife Mary and all his children
- whose births are found in the town records of Dartmouth: Elizabeth b: 17 Mar;
William b: 20 Sep 1674; Thomas b: 3 June 1679; Abiel b: 12 Jan 1685; John b: 11
July 1687; Ephraim b: 11 Feb 1692; and Mary b: 15 Feb 1695.|
MACOMBER b: 3 Feb 1648/1649 in Marshfield, Barnstable, MA. In
December, 1675, Mathew Macomber of Taunton, son of William deceased, being twenty-five
years of age or thereabouts, made his will, giving all his real estate to his
loving brother, John Macomber, twenty shillings to his honored mother, ten shillings
to his brother, Thomas Macomber, and ten shillings apiece to all his sisters unnamed.
John Macomber, Jr., was witness. Thomas Macomber made oath to the inventory of
Matthew Macomber's estate in 1676. |
MACOMBER b: 3 Feb 1649 in Marshfield, Barnstable, MA. He
married Sarah Crocker. No
MACOMBER b: 1652 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She married JOSEPH RANDALL
of Scituate. Children: Elizabeth. No further information. |
MACOMBER b: ABT 1655 in Marshfield, Plymouth, MA. She married Nicholas White.
Children: Nicholas; Matthew; Ephraim; Dorcas; Benjamin; John and Thomas. |
MACOMBER b: ABT 1655 in Marshfield, Barnstable, MA.
John is often mentioned in the history of Taunton and is called in deeds "John
Macomber the cooper" to distinguish him from other John Macombers. He married
Hannah, daughter of Edward Bobbit, who was born 9 March, 1660. John Macomber was
a soldier in King William's War in 1691. He made his will, "being aged,"
29 June, 1716. He was living 21 Jan. 1717-8, as a deed shows. His will names children
as follows: William, b. 1684, m. Hannah Hoskins; Sarah m. abt. 1715, Wm. Hoar;
d. 13 Jan. 1757; Damaris, m. 10 Dec. 1712, Josiah Cane; Esther; Hannah; (One of
these m. William Richmond); and Ruth. |
died on the 27th of May, 1670, in Marshfield, Barnstable, Massachusetts. It is
probable that the early generations of Marshfield Macombers were buried not far
from the house where they lived, and near to a tomb built by William Macomber
(1748-1815). This is south from the house above mentioned a short walk and on
the opposite side of the road.
A bond of administration on
the estate of the late William Macomber of Marshfield was given, June 6, 1670,
by Ursilla Macomber, widow, of Marshfield, Thomas Macomber of Taunton, cooper,
and Matthew Macomber of Marshfield.
Amazingly, the farm occupied
by William Macomber is still in the possession of the Macomber family, being owned
by his descendant of the ninth generation, Herbert Israel Macomber. The original
house was a garrison house for protection against the Indians, the ends being
brick and the rest of wood. It was burned about the time of the Revolutionary
War. It stood very near to the house now occupied by the widow of Israel Hatch
Macomber, which is the nearest house to the Railway Station at Marshfield Hills.
The land extended down to the Bay and included the small island above mentioned.
daughter SARAH MACUMBER (MACOMBER) was born in 1645. She married WILLIAM
BRIGGS on the sixth of November, 1666, in Tauton, Massachusetts. They had
the following children:
OF WILLIAM BRIGGS AND SARAH MACUMBER
BRIGGS b: 25 Jan 1667/68 in Taunton, Ma. He married Elizabeth Lincoln (b: 24 APR
1669) on 13 Oct 1693 in Taunton, Ma. They had a daughter, Sarah Briggs, on 5 Jul
1694 in Taunton, Ma. He then married Mehitable Blake (b: 2 Apr 1673) on 16 June
1696 in Milton. Children were Agnes (b: @ 1697), Nathaniel (b: 1698), Mehitable
(b: 1703), Eliphalet (b: 1706) and Seth (b: 1709) in Tauton, Ma. He died on 20
Feb 1730/31 in Taunton, Ma.|
BRIGGS b: 9 Sep 1669 in Taunton, Ma. He married Abigail Thayer on 24 Oct 1689
in Taunton, Ma. Children: Thomas (b: 9 Oct 1690), Sarah (b: 10 DEC 1693), Nathaniel
(b: 18 June 1695), Abiel (b: @. 1700), James, Abigail, Jemima, and Mary. He died
on 1 July 1746 in Taunton, Ma. |
BRIGGS b: 10 Sep 1669 in Taunton, Ma. No further information.|
BRIGGS b: 14 Mar 1670/71 in Taunton, Ma. No further information. |
BRIGGS b: 4 Nov 1672 in Taunton, Ma. No further information.|
BRIGGS b: 14 Aug 1674 in Taunton, Ma. No further information.|
BRIGGS b: 5 Feb 1676/77 in Taunton, Ma. He married Abigail Burt (b: 28 Jan 1676/77)
in Taunton, Ma. Children: Elizabeth, Lydia, Matthew Jr. (b: @. 1710), Daniel (b:
@. 1712), James (b: @. 1713), Josiah (b: 1715). He died on 8 March 1764 in Dighton,
BRIGGS b: 19 Mar 1679/80 in Taunton, Ma. No further information.|
died following the birth of her son John, on the 20th of March, 1681, in Taunton,
Bristol, Massachusetts. Then William married again, to ABIGAIL MASON on the second
of July, 1680, in Dedham, Massachusetts, but we have no record of any children
from that union. William died on the third of January, 1727/28, in Taunton, Massachusetts,
and is buried at Oakland Cemetery.
MACOMBER (b. 1585) married EDITH LOCKE and begat...
MACUMBER (b. 1610), who married URSULA MATHEW or THOMAS (b. 1612) and begat...
SARAH MACUMBER (1645 - 1681), who married WILLIAM BRIGGS
(b: @1649) and begat...
BRIGGS (1680 - 1750), who married HANNAH ROCHET and
BRIGGS (1710 - 1754) who married ESTHER FINNEY, and
BRIGGS JR. (1750 - 1835) who married SARAH or RHODA WATTLES (1759 - 1845) and
BRIGGS (b. 1773), who married CONTENT CLINTON and begat...
BRIGGS (1811 - 1867) who married DAVID SANDERSON
(1804 - 1884) and begat...
SANDERSON (1839 - 1921) who married LABAN HAUSE (1831 -
1906) and begat...
HAUSE (1867 - 1951) who married FLADELLA RAYMOND
(1869 - 1961) and begat...
HAUSE (1891 - 1972) who married MARJORIE MARCHANT
(1892 - 1939) who begat...
MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) who married JEANNE
BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) and begat...
MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) who married MARTHA
WENK (b. 1940) and begat...
JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL
LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY
MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).