Pincombe Family Genealogy

   "Pincombe" is English in origin. It's apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place in or bordering on Devon. The early Coat of Arms is Perpale red and blue with three silver helmets.
   The "Pincombe" surname was first found in Devonshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor.
   Spelling variations include: Pinkham, Pyncombe, Pincombe, Bincombe, Byncombe, Pinecombe and many more, making it an absolute nightmare to trace the ancestry of anyone by this name. But The Pincombes in the Sanderson line can be traced back to Richard and Margaret Pincombe of Beaford, Devon, England. They were both born around 1806, according to the 1841 Census in England.
   That census also tells us that their children included James (b. abt 1838), John (b. abt 1829), Margaret (b. abt 1838), Maria (b. abt 1826), Rebecca (b. abt 1831), Richard (b. abt 1827), Robert (b. abt 1834), and William (b. abt 1836). (Another daughter, JULIETTE, was born around 1842.)
Personal Information
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Name:Richard Pincombe
Where born:Devon, England
Civil Parish:Beaford
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SOURCE INFORMATION: 1841 English Census. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England. Source information: HO107/242/4; Registration district: Torrington; Sub-registration district: Dolton.
   We do not know what happened to all of these family members (the Pincombes in Beaford alone are almost too numerous to count, especially when so many have the same first names).
   In 1860, the eldest son, James, and daughter Juliette had sailed to America and were staying at the DAVID SANDERSON house. James was a mason (Richard was a mason, and trained his sons in that craft as well). In that same year, he married MARY CORDILIA SANDERSON (b. July of 1835).
   James was a stone and brick mason, a trade he learned from his father, and a very valuable trade in Michigan during the mid-Nineteenth Century.
   Then in 1865, 32-year-old James and his brother-in-law, Edward, enlisted for service of 1 yr in the Union Army. James was assigned to Co. B, 29th Regiment, then transferred to Co B 22nd Regiment. Physical description: 5 ft - 5", grey eyes, fair skin, brown hair.
   James and Mary had five chidren: William E. (1861-1912), Esther E. (1863-1890), Polly Jennie (1867-1946), Sarah Melissa (1871-?), and Charles Arthur (1877-1948).
   Mary died on 22 Feb 1903, in Michigan;  son William died in Feb 1912.  Following the death of his son, James relocated to Mobile, Alabama with daughter Sarah Melissa and family. James died on 28 Dec 1912 in Mobile, Alabama;  he was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in the quaint fishing village of Bayou La Batre. Photos at right (click to enlarge): Mary with her daughters—Polly Jennie Pincombe (Lown) is at right; James Pincome in Alabama, shortly before his death; James with granddaughter Ethel (b. 1906); William Pincome, first-born of James and Mary (and Ina's father).


  • JOYCE KEENEY (née: McKEEHAN), James and Mary Sanderson-Pincombe's great-granddaughter, has been an immense help in uncovering the Michigan era of the Pincombe and Sanderson families, offering up photos and information from her collection, and in contacting residents of Memphis, Michigan, who still remember the Hause, Sanderson and Raymond families.