Descendants of Richard Coomes I

 

Descendants of Richard Coomes I

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

1. RICHARD1 COOMES I was born 1653 in Stratford, Warwick, England, and died 1752 in Charles County Maryland. He married ANNE SHERCLIFFE, daughter of WILLIAM SHERCLIFFE and MILDRED WHEELER. She was born 1655.

 

Notes for RICHARD COOMES I:

The name Coomes originated in Wales. Coomes is Welsh for little valley. The Coomes crest bears the legend: HE WHO STRIVES WILL CONQUER. They fought with William the Conqueror and were awarded lands in England. The Coomes families in England were in Old Stratford, Warrick County. Coomes Abbey still stands and is still inhabited by persons of the same name.

 

The first Coomes to come to Maryland were Catholic. In England, at this time, they could not hold office. Cecil Calver, Lord of Baltimore, to settle the new land, recruited them. Cecil had married the daughter of the Earl of Arundel, a powerful Catholic. Cecil stayed in England to protect the interest of the new colony. His brother, Leonard, was put in charge of the 200 colonists. The colonists were to sail on the Ark and her sister ship, the Dove. As Catholics, the colonists could not take the oath of supremacy and this was a requirement by the Crown of all colonists leaving England. Therefore, in order not to embarrass Lord Baltimore, they waited on the Isle of Wight, and boarded there when the ships cleared London harbor. Several of the Coomes colonists settled in Maryland when the ships arrived in 1634.

 

Richard Coomes was one of these colonists. Edward Cooke transported Richard to the colonies in 1676. He settled in Charles County, Maryland, on a plantation he acquired called Christian Temple Manor, located on the Mattawoman Creek, and was involved in several business transactions in this area of the state. In a chancery proceeding concerning his property, Richard Coombes gave his age as 74, on June 24, 1727.

 

It is not uncommon when discussing the history of this family to identify roots in Charles County, Maryland. It is indeed unfortunate that many of Maryland's records have been destroyed; however, pages 89 & 70 of Maria Louisa Kelley's and Inez Bateman Cherault's Hamilton Family of Charles County Maryland provides important data on our Coomes roots. Note the frequency at which names common in Kentucky reappear in this early Coomes history:

"The seat of the Coombs family in England was in old Stratford, Warrick County. Coombs Abbey still remains and is inhabited by some of the family of that name." The will of John A. Coombs was probated (there) January 28, 1812. In this will he leaves five pounds to his friend, William Shakespeare, and mentions his ancient acquaintance and trusted friend, Mr. John Washington. Descendants of this family came to America very early.

"Enoch Coombs and wife, Barbary, with son Enoch, settled in Maryland, 1684, as shown in Early Settlers, Liber 7, pg 551. The family was numerous in both Saint Mary's and Charles Counties, Maryland, and intermarried with the best colonial families.

"Richard Coombs I @settled in Charles County, Maryland, in 1676. Ed. Cooke transplanted him; various depositions give his birth from 1652 to 1660. He was born about 1665. He had various business transactions 1714 to 1743. He md Anne Shercliff, dau of William Shercliffe and Mildred Thompson, widow Wheeler. He died without leaving a will in 1752, at nearly a hundred years of age. His inventory, Inv #33, pg 48, mentions kin: son Ridhard II, John Clement Coombs, friend Dennis Doheny.

"Richard II married Winifred Green, daughter of Leonard Green, son of Governor Thomas Green and wife, Winifred. The will of Leonard Green of Saint Mary's County dated January 10, 1687, probated July 4 1688, leaves to wife Ann, "Green's Rest", during her life. To son, Thomas, and heirs, said plantation at death of his mother. Also 200 acres at Pangaish, Charles County, being part of "Green's Inheritance". To eldest daughter Winifred, and heirs, 200 acres, part of "Green's Inheritance". To daughter Margaret (md Jos Alvey) 200 acres, part of said tract. Maryland Rent Rolls, Charles and St Mary's Counties, page 30E, Annapolis, Maryland.

"Green's Inheritance surveyed January 8, 1666, for Leonard, Robert, and Francis Green. Possession 800 acres Francis Green; 800 acres, Edward Clements; Robert Green 200 acres; Francis Wheeler 200 acres; Thomas Green, son of Leonard, 200 acres; Richard Coombs 200 acres, Jos. Alvey, 200 acres.

"Richard Coombs left the following heirs: Thomas Coombs, Jane Coombs, Sarah Coombs, Leonard Coombs, and Eleanor Coombs.

"In 1719 "Coombs Purchase", 100 acres, was surveyed for Thomas Coombs. Thomas Coombs married Elizabeth Wharton. His will was proven January 19, 1753, and mentions son Thomas Wharton, to whom he wills "Coombs Purchase"; son Walter, part of "Green's Inheritance"; son Bennet, "all my whole and sole right to a part of land called "Green's Inheritance".

"Four younger sons, Joseph, William, Francis, Ignatius, and Walter when they become 18, wife Elizabeth.

"Elizabeth, wife of Thomas, died 1772. In addition to the children above mentioned mentions her daughter Mary Ann Hamilton, wife of James, Ann Smith, Anastasia Hamilton, wife of Joseph.

 

 

More About RICHARD COOMES I:

Occupation: Planter

Property: Christian Temple Manor, Charles County, MD

Children of RICHARD COOMES and ANNE SHERCLIFFE are:

2. i. RICHARD THOMAS2 COOMES II, b. 1675; d. January 1751/52, Frederick County, Maryland.

ii. JOHN CLEMENT COOMES, b. Abt. 1680, Maryland.

iii. DENNIS DOHENY COOMES.

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

2. RICHARD THOMAS2 COOMES II (RICHARD1) was born 1675, and died January 1751/52 in Frederick County, Maryland. He married WINIFRED GREEN 1695, daughter of LEONARD GREEN and ANN.

 

Notes for RICHARD THOMAS COOMES II:

The will of Richard Thomas Coomes, II was probated on January, 1753. He left the following heirs: Thomas, Jane, Sarah, Leonard, and Eleanor Coomes.

 

Notes for WINIFRED GREEN:

Leonard Green, father of Winfred Green Coomes, died in 1688, in St Mary's County, Maryland. When he died, he left "to eldest daughter Winifred, and heirs 200 acres, part of Green's Inheritance.

 

Winifred was the granddaughter of Governor Thomas Green and wife Winifred.

 

More About RICHARD COOMES and WINIFRED GREEN:

Marriage: 1695

Children of RICHARD COOMES and WINIFRED GREEN are:

3. i. THOMAS3 COOMES, b. Abt. 1695, Charles County, Maryland; d. January 1753.

ii. JANE COOMES, b. Abt. 1702, Maryland.

iii. LEONARD COOMES, b. Abt. 1708, Maryland.

iv. ELEANOR COOMES, b. Abt. 1715, Maryland.

v. SARAH COOMES, b. Abt. 1704, Maryland.

vi. WILLIAM COOMES, SR, b. Abt. 1712, Maryland; d. September 1783; m. WINIFRED ENSEY.

vii. JOHN CLEMENT COOMES, b. Abt. 1720, Frederick County, Maryland.

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

3. THOMAS3 COOMES (RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1695 in Charles County, Maryland, and died January 1753. He married ELIZABETH WHARTON 1719, daughter of JESSE WHARTON and MARY WHARTON. She was born 1699, and died 1772.

 

Notes for THOMAS COOMES:

Thomas Coomes was a planter. Coomes Purchase, his plantation, was on the west side of Portobacco main branch in line of a tract of land called Greens Inheritance, and near the plantation of Alexander Hamilton. This was the home plantation of the Coomes family, and the place where all of Thomas and Elizabeth's children were born. They also had land called Christian Milford in Nanjem Hundred in Charles County, Maryland, relatively close by.

 

In 1719, Coomes Purchase 100 acres were surveyed for Thomas Coomes. His will was proved January 29, 1753: mentions son, Thomas Wharton Coomes to whom he wills Coomes Purchase; son, Walter, part of Greens Inheritance; son, Bennet, all of my whole and sole right to a part of Greens Inheritance. Four younger sons, Joseph, William, Francis Ignatius, and Walter when they became 18, wife Elizabeth. (All properties were to be held by Elizabeth until her death)

 

Elizabeth Wharton Coomes, wife of Thomas, died in 1772. In addition to the children named above, her will mentions her daughter, Mary Ann Hamilton (wife of James), Ann Smith, Anastasia Hamilton (wife of Joseph). Elizabeth left Christian Milford to sons Thomas Wharton Coomes and Walter Coomes.

 

More About THOMAS COOMES:

Occupation: Planter

Property: Coomes Purchase, Charles County, MD

Religion: Catholic

 

Notes for ELIZABETH WHARTON:

Dr. Jesse Thomas Wharton, father of Elizabeth Wharton Coomes, was commissioned as Deputy Governor of Maryland in 1676 and served in this position until his death.

 

More About THOMAS COOMES and ELIZABETH WHARTON:

Marriage: 1719

Children of THOMAS COOMES and ELIZABETH WHARTON are:

4. i. WILLIAM4 COOMES, b. Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. November 06, 1824, Cox's Creek, Nelson County, Kentucky.

5. ii. MARY ANN COOMES, b. 1726, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. 1785.

6. iii. BENEDICT"BENNET" COOMES, b. Abt. 1720, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. Bef. 1767.

iv. THOMAS WHARTON COOMES, b. Abt. 1716, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. Abt. 1804.

7. v. ANASTASIA COOMES, b. 1732, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. 1799.

vi. ANN COOMES, b. Abt. 1730, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; m. ROBY STEWART, 1760.

 

More About ROBY STEWART and ANN COOMES:

Marriage: 1760

 

8. vii. JOSEPH COOMES, b. Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. 1799.

9. viii. FRANCES IGNATIUS COOMES, b. 1726, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. April 03, 1822, Fairfield, Nelson County, Kentucky.

ix. WALTER COOMES, b. Abt. 1718, Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland; d. 1775.

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

4. WILLIAM4 COOMES (THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born in Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland, and died November 06, 1824 in Cox's Creek, Nelson County, Kentucky. He married FRANCES JANE GREENLEAF 1760. She was born in Maryland, and died April 25, 1816 in Cox's Creek, Nelson County, Kentucky.

 

Notes for WILLIAM COOMES:

The William Coomes family left Maryland, moving to Virginia. When hearing of the fertile ground in "Kain-tuck-ee", the Indian name for Kentucky (meaning beautiful ground), the Coomes family joined the pioneers, led by James Harrod, in the early 1770s. They used flatboats and poled them down the mighty Ohio. After journeying down the Ohio for several weeks, the party made their first permanent camp at a place called Drilling's Lick. It was located on the Kentucky River, near the present day site of Frankfort, Kentucky. While the men were busy with hunting and trapping, Frances Jane Coomes began to manufacture salt. This was the first and earliest manufacturing of salt in the state. After a short stay at Drilling's Lick, the pioneers pushed further into the wilderness. They settled at a place called Harrod's Station, later called Fort Harrod. The men hunted and trapped and cleared land to grow crops. Frances Jane Coomes spent much of her time teaching the children how to read, write, and cipher.

 

Oct 28, 1779: William Coomes this day claimed the right to a settlement & Preemption to a Tract of Land lying on the waters of Beach Fork of Salt River, known by the name of Cave Spring, by residing in this country FOR TWELVE MONTHS, before the year 1778, satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to a settlement for 400 acres of Land including said Spring & a Preemption of 1000 Acres Adjoining & that a certificate issue for the same accordingly (certificate book of the Virginia Land Commission, 1779-1780)

 

During the War of Independence there were three companies of volunteers from what at that time was known as Kentucky County, Virginia. Captain John Holder's company was organized in either 1799/1780, at Ruddells' and Martin's Station, near the present day site of Cynthiana, Kentucky. William Coomes was a sergeant in Captain Holder's company. His official title was "Sergeant of the Continental Line".

 

After the war William Coomes and family settled in Bardstown on a one thousand-acre farm two miles northeast of the town. They wanted to be near people of their own faith - Catholic; and, there was a large cave on the farm for protection from Indians. William Coomes presented 105 acres to Father Badin for a new Church.

 

More About WILLIAM COOMES:

Burial: Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky

Religion: Catholic

 

Notes for FRANCES JANE GREENLEAF:

Frances Jane Greenleaf Coomes manufactured the first salt in Kentucky. She did so at Drilling's Lick, the first stop of the pioneer group moving deeper into Kentucky. The group reached Fort Harrod on September 8, 1775.

 

Frances Jane was the first schoolteacher in Kentucky. Her little schoolhouse was built of customary round logs with no chinking between them. It had a dirt floor; a slab door hung on deer thongs, and only one window. {The following statement is of particular interest: "with low pay, often in tobacco - which was legal tender- bear bacon, buffalo steak or jerked venison, these pioneers eked out a precarious existence.} There was a long fireplace on one wall, a dunce stool in the corner, and a chastizing rod nearby. The alphabet was inscribed on paddle shaped pine shingles (which also came in handy when a child needed punishment). Dillard's Speller and the New Testament were the only textbooks. It was a blab school, where all studied aloud. The Coomes school was kept open, despite the hardships and irregularities of pioneer life, for three to four months each year.

 

Frances Jane and her family remained in the fort for nine years, during which time, William Coomes took an honorable part in the defense of the station through the siege of 1776-1777. He cleared land and helped with the provisioning of the fort. One of the Comma's sons was in the famous battle of Blue Licks.

 

William Coomes was registered in the records as the owner of one thousand acres of land. Part of this acreage is the present site of Wickland, Kentucky - home to three governors.

 

In 1784 the family moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, and Francis and William Coomes are buried in Bardstown, Kentucky.

 

(On the site of the original schoolhouse sets a replica with a plaque honoring Mrs. William Coomes, first schoolteacher of Kentucky)

 

More About FRANCES JANE GREENLEAF:

Burial: Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky

Education: First schoolteacher of Kentucky

Religion: Catholic

 

More About WILLIAM COOMES and FRANCES GREENLEAF:

Marriage: 1760

Children of WILLIAM COOMES and FRANCES GREENLEAF are:

10. i. WILLIAM5 COOMES, JR, b. March 13, 1769, Charles County Maryland; d. 1844, Daviess County, Kentucky.

ii. CHARLES COOMES, d. Abt. 1843.

11. iii. WALTER A COOMES, b. Abt. 1758; d. Abt. 1844.

12. iv. ENOCH T COOMES, b. July 05, 1765; d. December 03, 1828.

v. NANCY ANN COOMES, m. ED MCFARLANE, 1789.

 

More About ED MCFARLANE and NANCY COOMES:

Marriage: 1789

 

13. vi. JOHN COOMES, b. 1778; d. April 23, 1848.

vii. MARY ANN COOMES, m. BENJAMIN"BEN" MITCHELL, November 27, 1797.

 

More About BENJAMIN MITCHELL and MARY COOMES:

Marriage: November 27, 1797

 

viii. THOMAS ALEXANDER COOMES, b. 1782; d. July 16, 1830; m. MARY BOWMAN, April 25, 1805; b. 1786.

 

More About THOMAS COOMES and MARY BOWMAN:

Marriage: April 25, 1805

 

ix. SARAH COOMES, b. 1784; d. 1827; m. JOSEPH WALKER, January 28, 1801; b. 1770; d. 1832.

 

More About JOSEPH WALKER and SARAH COOMES:

Marriage: January 28, 1801

 

x. ANASTASIA COOMES, m. LEONARD COOMES, 1800.

 

More About LEONARD COOMES and ANASTASIA COOMES:

Marriage: 1800

 

xi. ELIZABETH"BETSY"COOMES, m. IGNATIUS METCALF, December 24, 1818.

 

More About IGNATIUS METCALF and ELIZABETH"BETSY"COOMES:

Marriage: December 24, 1818

 

5. MARY ANN4 COOMES (THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1726 in Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland, and died 1785. She married CAPTAIN JAMES HAMILTON Abt. 1740. He was born 1717.

 

More About CAPTAIN HAMILTON and MARY COOMES:

Marriage: Abt. 1740

Children of MARY COOMES and CAPTAIN HAMILTON are:

i. BENNET5 HAMILTON, d. 1799; m. (1) ELIZABETH MARY SPALDING; m. (2) JANE COOMES GREEN.

14. ii. FRANCES HAMILTON, d. 1799.

iii. THOMAS HAMILTON.

iv. ANNA HAMILTON.

15. v. ELIZABETH HAMILTON.

 

6. BENEDICT "BENNET"4 COOMES (THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1720 in Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland, and died Bef. 1767. He married DRUSILLA CARVER Abt. 1744.

 

More About BENEDICT COOMES and DRUSILLA CARVER:

Marriage: Abt. 1744

Child of BENEDICT COOMES and DRUSILLA CARVER is:

i. ANNE5 COOMES.

 

7. ANASTASIA4 COOMES (THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1732 in Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland, and died 1799. She married JOSEPH IGNATIUS HAMILTON 1759. He was born 1740.

 

More About JOSEPH HAMILTON and ANASTASIA COOMES:

Marriage: 1759

Children of ANASTASIA COOMES and JOSEPH HAMILTON are:

16. i. WINIFRED5 HAMILTON.

17. ii. MARY HAMILTON.

 

8. JOSEPH4 COOMES (THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born in Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland, and died 1799. He married SARAH. She died Aft. 1783.

Child of JOSEPH COOMES and SARAH is:

i. JOHN5 COOMES.

 

9. FRANCES IGNATIUS4 COOMES (THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1726 in Coomes Purchase, Charles County, Maryland, and died April 03, 1822 in Fairfield, Nelson County, Kentucky. He married (1) CASSANDRA CULVER. He married (2) CHARITY WOODS Abt. 1767 in Maryland. She was born 1734 in Maryland, and died August 19, 1826 in Fairfield, Nelson County, Kentucky.

 

Notes for FRANCES IGNATIUS COOMES:

Frances Ignatius Coomes fought in the Revolutionary War. He is listed in the DAR index.

 

 

More About FRANCES IGNATIUS COOMES:

Burial: St Michael's Catholic Church, Nelson County, Kentucky

 

More About CHARITY WOODS:

Burial: St Michael's Catholic Church, Nelson County, Kentucky

 

More About FRANCES COOMES and CHARITY WOODS:

Marriage: Abt. 1767, Maryland

Children of FRANCES COOMES and CHARITY WOODS are:

18. i. RICHARD5 COOMES, b. 1768; d. 1856.

19. ii. HENRY COOMES, b. 1770.

20. iii. MARGARET MODESTA COOMES, b. November 25, 1773; d. October 17, 1848, Nelson County, Kentucky.

21. iv. ANNA COOMES, b. 1773; d. 1847.

22. v. RACHEL COOMES, b. October 09, 1775; d. 1847.

vi. LEONARD COOMES, m. ANASTASIA COOMES, 1800.

 

More About LEONARD COOMES and ANASTASIA COOMES:

Marriage: 1800

 

23. vii. WINIFRED LOUISE COOMES, b. 1779; d. 1868.

viii. LYDIA COOMES.

ix. MARY ELIZABETH COOMES, b. 1785; d. 1857; m. JOHN B SPEAKS, 1820.

 

More About JOHN SPEAKS and MARY COOMES:

Marriage: 1820

 

 

Generation No. 5

 

10. WILLIAM5 COOMES, JR (WILLIAM4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born March 13, 1769 in Charles County Maryland, and died 1844 in Daviess County, Kentucky. He married RACHEL COOMES September 03, 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky, daughter of FRANCES COOMES and CHARITY WOODS. She was born October 09, 1775, and died 1847.

 

Notes for WILLIAM COOMES, JR:

September 3, 1796, Nelson County marriage bond: William Coomes - Rachel Coomes, bond Richard Coomes

 

From Daviess County records, the will of William Coomes - written in May 1834 - probated in June 1844. Wife: Rachel. Daughters: Teresy Wallace, Mary Margaret, and Elizabeth Coomes. Sons: Charles, Felix, Benedict, and William Peter Coomes.

 

William was one of the first Catholic settlers in Daviess County, arriving at a time when the county was still a wilderness. Early Church records reveal that William often used his home as the first meeting place in the county for those first Catholic settlers. He sold land on 2 October 1837 for the building of a new church.

 

An early lawsuit of Daviess County, dated Feb 3, 1816 indicates that William was in Daviess County prior to 1830 to survey land and purchase property. The lawsuit references lots purchased in Owensboro on May 6, 1817, yet the first recorded deed in the courthouse is dated Aug 12, 1835.

 

William's will was written on May 8, 1841, but not probated until July 3, 1844. Noted on the original document at the courthouse that a fire destroyed the original document and that the family requested it be copied in its originality back into the will book. His son, Felix, was the administrator of his estate.

 

More About WILLIAM COOMES, JR:

Marriage Bond: September 03, 1796, Nelson County, Kentucky

 

More About WILLIAM COOMES and RACHEL COOMES:

Marriage: September 03, 1796, Nelson County, Kentucky

Children of WILLIAM COOMES and RACHEL COOMES are:

24. i. WILLIAM PETER6 COOMES, b. August 20, 1801, Nelson County, Kentucky; d. November 19, 1893, McLean County, Kentucky.

ii. TERESA COOMES, b. September 07, 1797; m. JAMES WALLACE, 1830.

 

More About JAMES WALLACE and TERESA COOMES:

Marriage: 1830

 

25. iii. CHARLES WILLIAM COOMES, b. January 20, 1799.

iv. ELIZABETH COOMES, b. October 01, 1800.

v. WILLIAM COOMES, b. August 20, 1801.

26. vi. MARY MARGARET COOMES, b. August 19, 1803, Nelson County, Kentucky.

vii. ENOCH IGNATIUS COOMES, b. March 09, 1805, Nelson County, Kentucky.

viii. CHARITY BARBARA COOMES, b. February 08, 1813, Nelson County, Kentucky; d. Bef. 1844.

27. ix. FELIX COOMES, b. November 21, 1808, Nelson County, Kentucky; d. December 10, 1898, St Lawrence, Daviess County, Kentucky.

28. x. BENEDICT(BENITA) COOMES, b. October 12, 1810, Nelson County, Kentucky; d. December 01, 1882, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky.

xi. STEPHEN COOMES, b. October 15, 1815, Nelson County, Kentucky; d. Bef. 1844.

 

11. WALTER A5 COOMES (WILLIAM4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1758, and died Abt. 1844. He married ANNA COOMES 1796, daughter of FRANCES COOMES and CHARITY WOODS. She was born 1773, and died 1847.

 

More About WALTER COOMES and ANNA COOMES:

Marriage: 1796

Child of WALTER COOMES and ANNA COOMES is:

i. CHARLES I6 COOMES.

 

More About CHARLES I COOMES:

Occupation: Priest

Ordained: Dec 10, 1830

 

12. ENOCH T5 COOMES (WILLIAM4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born July 05, 1765, and died December 03, 1828. He married TERESIA STUART April 07, 1788. She was born 1767, and died 1835.

 

More About ENOCH COOMES and TERESIA STUART:

Marriage: April 07, 1788

Children of ENOCH COOMES and TERESIA STUART are:

i. IGNATIUS S6 COOMES, b. Bef. 1798.

 

More About IGNATIUS S COOMES:

Bonded: February 01, 1819, Elizabeth C Roby

 

ii. CHARLES COOMES.

iii. BENEDICT COOMES.

iv. JOSEPH COOMES.

v. ENOCH COOMES, d. Bef. August 09, 1828.

vi. CATHARINE COOMES, b. Aft. 1792; m. GEORGE CLEMENTS, May 10, 1813.

 

More About GEORGE CLEMENTS and CATHARINE COOMES:

Marriage: May 10, 1813

 

vii. ROSANNA COOMES.

viii. MARY COOMES.

 

13. JOHN5 COOMES (WILLIAM4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1778, and died April 23, 1848. He married ELIZABETH "BETTY" REYNOLDS August 26, 1806.

 

More About JOHN COOMES and ELIZABETH REYNOLDS:

Marriage: August 26, 1806

Child of JOHN COOMES and ELIZABETH REYNOLDS is:

i. MARY ELLENOR6 COOMES, b. 1808, Kentucky; d. January 04, 1856, Sullivan County, Indiana; m. MATTHEW FIGG, February 09, 1824, Nelson County, Kentucky.

 

Notes for MARY ELLENOR COOMES:

They family moved from Nelson County, Kentucky to Floyd County, Indiana; and then to Sullivan County, Indiana

 

 

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Marriage: February 09, 1824, Nelson County, Kentucky

 

14. FRANCES5 HAMILTON (MARY ANN4 COOMES, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) died 1799. He married SUSAN BLANDFORD.

Children of FRANCES HAMILTON and SUSAN BLANDFORD are:

i. MATILDA6 HAMILTON.

ii. LOUISA HAMILTON.

iii. SUSANNA HAMILTON.

iv. ELIZA O'NEAL HAMILTON, m. HENRY VINCENT HILL.

v. MARIA HAMILTON.

vi. FRANCES HAMILTON.

vii. JOHN HAMILTON, m. (1) ANNE CATHERINE HAMILTON; m. (2) EMILY HAWKINS.

 

15. ELIZABETH5 HAMILTON (MARY ANN4 COOMES, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) She married ALEXIUS SANSBURY 1789.

 

More About ALEXIUS SANSBURY and ELIZABETH HAMILTON:

Marriage: 1789

Children of ELIZABETH HAMILTON and ALEXIUS SANSBURY are:

i. MARIE6 SANSBURY, b. 1795.

 

Notes for MARIE SANSBURY:

Marie Sansbury joined the Sisterhood and became Mother Angela, OP, among the founders of the Dominican Sisters at Springfield, Kentucky.

 

More About MARIE SANSBURY:

Occupation: Catholic Sister

 

ii. ELIZABETH SANSBURY.

 

Notes for ELIZABETH SANSBURY:

Elizabeth Sansbury became Sister Benita, OP.

 

More About ELIZABETH SANSBURY:

Occupation: Catholic Sister

 

16. WINIFRED5 HAMILTON (ANASTASIA4 COOMES, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) She married JOSEPH GARDINER.

Children of WINIFRED HAMILTON and JOSEPH GARDINER are:

i. HARRIET6 GARDINER.

 

Notes for HARRIET GARDINER:

Harriet Gardiner became Sister Harriet in the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

 

More About HARRIET GARDINER:

Occupation: Catholic Sister

 

ii. CHARLOTTE GARDINER.

 

Notes for CHARLOTTE GARDINER:

Charlotte Gardiner became Sister Clare in the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

 

More About CHARLOTTE GARDINER:

Occupation: Catholic Sister

 

iii. ELIZABETH GARDINER, b. 1800; d. 1870.

 

Notes for ELIZABETH GARDINER:

Elizabeth Gardiner became Mother Francis in the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

 

 

More About ELIZABETH GARDINER:

Occupation: Catholic Sister

 

iv. WINIFRED ANN GARDINER, m. WILLIAM MCGILL, 1828.

 

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Marriage: 1828

 

17. MARY5 HAMILTON (ANASTASIA4 COOMES, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) She married RICHARD MITCHELL.

Children of MARY HAMILTON and RICHARD MITCHELL are:

i. NOTLEY6 MITCHELL.

ii. JAMES MITCHELL.

iii. MATHIAS MITCHELL.

 

18. RICHARD5 COOMES (FRANCES IGNATIUS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1768, and died 1856. He married MARY LIVERS 1799. She was born 1783, and died 1854.

 

Notes for RICHARD COOMES:

Richard Coomes was the first of his family to come to Kentucky. He came first in 1785, and before the end of the century induced all his family to come. His object was to live near a Church and Priest where he could practice his religion.

 

More About RICHARD COOMES:

Religion: Catholic

 

More About RICHARD COOMES and MARY LIVERS:

Marriage: 1799

Children of RICHARD COOMES and MARY LIVERS are:

i. MATILDA6 COOMES, b. 1801; d. 1878; m. THOMAS LIVERS, 1841; b. 1790.

 

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Marriage: 1841

 

ii. MARIA COOMES, b. 1805; d. 1883.

iii. TERESA COOMES, b. 1807; d. 1878; m. HILLARY DRURY, 1825; b. 1799; d. 1827.

 

More About HILLARY DRURY and TERESA COOMES:

Marriage: 1825

 

iv. FRANCIS PIUS COOMES, b. 1809; d. 1885; m. RACHEL J HAGAN, 1834; b. 1816.

 

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Marriage: 1834

 

29. v. RICHARD R COOMES, b. 1812; d. 1887.

vi. E A COOMES, b. 1814.

30. vii. ROSALIA COOMES, b. 1815; d. 1860.

viii. MARY ELIZABETH COOMES, b. 1825; d. 1883; m. THOMAS MERIMEE.

ix. PIUS COOMES, m. RACHEL.

x. MATILDA COOMES, m. THOMAS LIVERS; b. 1790.

31. xi. TERESA COOMES, d. 1878.

xii. ELIZABETH COOMES, m. THOMAS MARIMEE.

32. xiii. CEBERT COOMES.

 

19. HENRY5 COOMES (FRANCES IGNATIUS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1770. He married WINIFRED ANN LEWIS.

Children of HENRY COOMES and WINIFRED LEWIS are:

33. i. SARAH6 COOMES, b. Abt. 1800; d. October 27, 1900.

ii. MARY COOMES, b. Abt. 1815; m. GEORGE JARBOE, 1829; b. 1780.

 

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Marriage: 1829

 

20. MARGARET MODESTA5 COOMES (FRANCES IGNATIUS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born November 25, 1773, and died October 17, 1848 in Nelson County, Kentucky. She married (1) RAPHAEL WATHEN 1790. He was born Abt. 1772, and died 1798 in Randolph County, Virginia. She married (2) ZACHARIAH AUD November 24, 1800. He was born 1776, and died 1858.

 

More About MARGARET MODESTA COOMES:

Burial: St Michael's Cemetery, Fairfield, Kentucky

 

More About RAPHAEL WATHEN and MARGARET COOMES:

Marriage: 1790

 

More About ZACHARIAH AUD and MARGARET COOMES:

Marriage 1: November 24, 1800

Marriage 2: November 24, 1800, Fairfield, Kentucky

Children of MARGARET COOMES and RAPHAEL WATHEN are:

i. CATHERINE6 WATHEN, m. FRANCIS BLANDFORD, May 25, 1812.

 

More About FRANCIS BLANDFORD and CATHERINE WATHEN:

Marriage: May 25, 1812

 

34. ii. CLOTILDA WATHEN, b. November 03, 1795, Randolph County, Virginia; d. May 12, 1860, St Lawrence, Daviess County, Kentucky.

Children of MARGARET COOMES and ZACHARIAH AUD are:

iii. JOHN C6 AUD, b. October 14, 1801.

iv. ATHANATIUS A AUD, b. February 21, 1803; d. March 10, 1886.

 

More About ATHANATIUS A AUD:

Occupation: Priest

Ordained: Sept 4, 1836

 

v. THOMAS AUD, b. January 27, 1805.

vi. FRANCIS AUD, b. March 09, 1807.

vii. BENIDICT J AUD, b. October 1809.

viii. PIUS T AUD, b. October 1809.

ix. MICHAEL AUD, b. March 22, 1812.

x. RAPHAEL AUD, b. March 22, 1812.

 

21. ANNA5 COOMES (FRANCES IGNATIUS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1773, and died 1847. She married (1) WALTER COOMES. She married (2) WALTER A COOMES 1796, son of WILLIAM COOMES and FRANCES GREENLEAF. He was born Abt. 1758, and died Abt. 1844.

 

More About WALTER COOMES and ANNA COOMES:

Marriage: 1796

Child is listed above under (11) Walter A Coomes.

 

22. RACHEL5 COOMES (FRANCES IGNATIUS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born October 09, 1775, and died 1847. She married WILLIAM COOMES, JR September 03, 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky, son of WILLIAM COOMES and FRANCES GREENLEAF. He was born March 13, 1769 in Charles County Maryland, and died 1844 in Daviess County, Kentucky.

 

Notes for WILLIAM COOMES, JR:

September 3, 1796, Nelson County marriage bond: William Coomes - Rachel Coomes, bond Richard Coomes

 

From Daviess County records, the will of William Coomes - written in May 1834 - probated in June 1844. Wife: Rachel. Daughters: Teresy Wallace, Mary Margaret, and Elizabeth Coomes. Sons: Charles, Felix, Benedict, and William Peter Coomes.

 

William was one of the first Catholic settlers in Daviess County, arriving at a time when the county was still a wilderness. Early Church records reveal that William often used his home as the first meeting place in the county for those first Catholic settlers. He sold land on 2 October 1837 for the building of a new church.

 

An early lawsuit of Daviess County, dated Feb 3, 1816 indicates that William was in Daviess County prior to 1830 to survey land and purchase property. The lawsuit references lots purchased in Owensboro on May 6, 1817, yet the first recorded deed in the courthouse is dated Aug 12, 1835.

 

William's will was written on May 8, 1841, but not probated until July 3, 1844. Noted on the original document at the courthouse that a fire destroyed the original document and that the family requested it be copied in its originality back into the will book. His son, Felix, was the administrator of his estate.

 

More About WILLIAM COOMES, JR:

Marriage Bond: September 03, 1796, Nelson County, Kentucky

 

More About WILLIAM COOMES and RACHEL COOMES:

Marriage: September 03, 1796, Nelson County, Kentucky

Children are listed above under (10) William Coomes, Jr.

 

23. WINIFRED LOUISE5 COOMES (FRANCES IGNATIUS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 1779, and died 1868. She married WILFRED WATHEN 1800. He was born 1774, and died 1856.

 

More About WILFRED WATHEN and WINIFRED COOMES:

Marriage: 1800

Children of WINIFRED COOMES and WILFRED WATHEN are:

i. JOHN C6 WATHEN.

ii. MARTIN WATHEN.

iii. CHARLES WATHEN.

 

 

 

 


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