Coombs changes

I had to make a small change to the Coombs page and remove the wife of Richard Coombs, Jr. I had read on a private family tree website that her name was Lavinia Smith. This seemed plausible to me because my grandmother had mentioned the name Lavinia but she wasn’t completely sure of how it fit in. So given my years of fruitless searching for Richard Jr’s wife, I went with it.

Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, depending on your outlook, people on Ancestry.com have been showing the same Lavinia Smith married to a Henry Badcock in Spaniards Bay. I no longer have access to the private website where I got her name, so I can’t check back there. I searched a ton of parish records on NF Gen Web and found supporting evidence for the Badcock marriage, so I am deleting her from my tree. (Yes, I considered whether they could have been the same woman with two husbands but the dates don’t work.)

And wouldn’t it have been great if the people on Ancestry.com had included a mention of those parish records? But of course not.

The Coombs page is the most popular page on this site, so if anyone was relying on it, take note of the change.

That’ll teach me to believe undocumented trees on the internet!

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5 thoughts on “Coombs changes

    • Do anyone know anything about a brother and sister Richard and Mary that would have smothered in the coombs day storm feb 3rd 1868. And if there father was John Coombs. Also do anyone have any birth dates. John Coombs was my great great grandfather and I can’t seem to find any dates on that part of history to connect me with the rest of my ancestors.

  1. Thanks, Cary! I had changed John’s dates in my computer software, but missed it on the website. It’s fixed now.
    And if you have any clues about Richard’s wife, please share!
    I was hoping she’d be buried with him and I’d at least get a first name, but I can’t even find a grave transcription, just burial registries, so I don’t know what the gravestone says.
    Eventually I think I’ll have to take a trip up there. Some day!

  2. Do anyone know anything about a brother and sister Richard and Mary that would have smothered in the coombs day storm feb 3rd 1868. And if there father was John Coombs. Also do anyone have any birth dates. John Coombs was my great great grandfather and I can’t seem to find any dates on that part of history to connect me with the rest of my ancestors.

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