Gilbert HOLCOMBE, Sr
(Abt 1565-Abt 1633)
(Abt 1567-Bef 1642)
Elizabeth FERGUSON
Sergeant Nathaniel HOLCOMB, Sr


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Sergeant Nathaniel HOLCOMB, Sr 1

  • Born: 4 Nov 1648, Poquonock, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • Married (1): 27 Feb 1669/70, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
  • Married (2): 16 Jan 1722-1725
  • Died: 5 Mar 1740/41, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

   Other names for Nathaniel were Nathan and Sergeant.

   Ancestral File Number: 3GLM-2V. User ID: 1154.

   General Notes:


Sergeant Revolutionary War, Simsbury and Windsor Representative Connecticut
General Court 1703-1706, 1720-1722, Landowner, Farmer, Built the First House in Salmon Brook Society (Now Granby) located south of the present address of 238 Salmon Brook Street Granby.

GGGGrtGrandfather of Priv Henry K BARBER.

GGGGrtGrandfather of Ltc Rutherford Birchard HAYES President USA 1877-1881:
Sergeant Nathaniel HOLCOMB >Lieutenant Nathaniel HOLCOMB >Martha HOLCOMB Mar
Daniel HAYES >Ezekial HAYES >Rutherford HAYES Sr >Rutherford HAYES Jr >
Rutherford HAYES III.

Desendants of Phineas Holcomb, Seth P Holcombe, 1988, North Granby CT
pvi: "Chartered by Captain Squeb, THE MARY AND JOHN, a ship of some 400 tons, left Plymouth, England for America arriving in Massachusetts on 30 May 1630 after a voyage of about 70 days. There is no passenger list thoughit is believed that Thomas Holcombe was on board this ship on this voyage. The passengers settled in Dorchester, named for the English town of the same name. Maude Pinney Kuhns has written a book entitled THE MARY AND JOHN; she declares that Thomas Holcombe was on board...
"In the spring of 1636, Rev John Wareham migrated with a group, among which was Thomas Holcombe, from Massachusetts to the present town of Windsor Connecticut. In 1639 Thomas Holcombe moved to the Poquonock section of the Town of Windsor, where he made his livelihood as a farmer. The ability to make things grow seems to be a strong trait in the family, even among today's descendants.
"Thomas Holcombe was born probably about 1610. Along the wayhe married Elizabeth, whose last name was Ferguson, but it is unknown whether whe was a maiden or a widow. The locations of the two house of Thomas Holcombe are found in Volume I, page 123 of Stiles' 'Ancient Windsor,' one dwelling of Palisado Avenue, the other on Poquonock Avenue. Thomas died in Poquonock in 1657 probably in September; he was buried in the cemetery on Marshall Phelps Road, Poquonock. Elizabeth married second on 6 Aug 1658 James Eno as his second wife. Elizabeth died 7 Oct 1679.
pvii: "Thomas1 and Elizabeth Holcombe had ten children:
Elizabeth b Abt 1634
Mary b Abt 1635
Abigail b or bapt 6 Jan 1638/1639 or 6 Oct 1638
Joshua b 1640
Sarah b 1642, d 1654
Banajah b 23 Jun 1644
Deborah b 1646, d 1649
Nathaniel b 4 Nov 1648
Deborah b Feb 1650/1651
Jonathan b 1652/1653, d 1656.
"Nataniel2 Holcombe was born 4 Nov 1648 in the Poquonock section of the Town of Windsor. He died 5 Mar 1740/1741 in Simsbury CT. He married 26 Feb 1670 probably in Springfield MA Mary Bliss, the daughter of Nathaniel Bliss of Springfield and Catherine Chapin, the Daughter of Deacon Samuel Chapin, a founder of Springfield MA. Nathaniel Holcombe built the first house in Salmon Brook Society (now Granby) located south of the present address of 238 Salmon Brook Street, Granby. Nathaniel and Mary (Bliss) Holcombe had ten children:
Nathaniel Jr b 11 Jun 1673 Springfield MA
Mary b 17 May 1765 d Abt1744 unm.
Jonathan b 15 Feb 1678/1679, d 7 Oct 1761
John b 1680, d 11 Jul 1744
Martha b 1682, m Daniel Hayes
Esther b Feb 1684
Catherine b 1689
Sarah b 1691
Margaret b 16__, m Mr North
Benjamin b 15 Feb1697/1698..."

The Mary and John The Story of the Founding of Dorchester Massachusetts 1630, Maude Pinney Kuhns, Charles E Tuttle Co, Rutland VT, 1943, (CT Historical Society)
p42: "Thomas Holcomb was born about 1601, and is believed to have been the son of Gilbert and Ann Holcomb. He married Elizabeth Ferguson probably after arriving in America, though it has been claimed that they married in England before embarking on the 'Mary and John'...
1. Elizabeth 1634-18 Sep 1712 m 16 Nov 1654 Josiah Ellsworth d 20 Aug 1689
2. Mary 1636-1708 m 3 Oct 1655 George Griswold 1633-1704
3. Abigail 1638-17 Aug 1688 m 11 Jun 1658 Samuel Bissell 1636-17 May 1698
4. Joshua 1640-1 Dec 1690 (Simsbury)m 4 Jun 1663 Ruth Sherwood d 10 Sep
5. Sarah 1642-1654
6. Benajah 1644-1736 m 1667 Sarah Eno 1649-1732
7. Deborah 1646-d young 8. Nathaniel b 4 Nov 1648, a farmer at Simsbury, m 27 Feb 1670 Mary b 23 Sep 1651 dau of Nathaniel Bliss
Nathaniel 11 Jun 1673-1766 m 1695 Martha Buell 1675-1760
Mary b 17 May 1675
Jonathan b 1678
John b 1680 m 9 Mar 1706 Anna Pettibone
Esther b1682 m 17 Feb 1708 Bircester Higley
Catherine b 1698 m 22 Jan 1707 Joseph Messenger
Sarah b 1691 m 17 Dec 1712 Samuel Barbour (sic)
Benjamin b 15 Feb 1698 m 12 Oct 1727 Hannah Case
9. Deborah 15 Feb 1650-1686m 12 Oct 1668 Daniel Birge
10. Jonathan b 1653-d young."

17th Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century 1915-1975, Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company Inc, 1987, p128:
"Nathaniel Holcomb (1648- ) CT m. Mary Bliss, Representative, Landowner."

Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records Charles W Manwaring Vol I p129- 130: "1 Oct 1657, Thomas Holcomb's Will. Children: Nathaniel age 9 years. To Nathaniel L28-s12-d00."

Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, C W Manwaring, Vol III, p286-287: "Nathaniel Holcomb, Simsbury. Invt. L100 plus. Taken 2 Apr 1741. Will date 7 Feb 1740-1741: I, Nathaniel Holcomb, Sen., of Simsbury, domake this my last will and testament: Imprimis...7 Apr 1741: Will proven."

The Holcombs (Holcombes 1631-1887), Portland Ore, GH Himes Printer, 1887, 33p 22 cm 41-41198 CS71.H725 1887: "Some account of their origin settlement and scatterment aselicited at the first and second family reunions, held at LeRoy PA Oct 1879 and Mount Airy NJ Aug 1886, On Cover: `The Holcombes 1631-1887'".
p5: "...the family Coat of Arms, as given in Burk's Heraldic History of the Commoners of England...traced the genealogy of the Holcombes of America back to Europe, and gave evidences of the existence of the family from the thirteenth century down to the present...
"The first known of the Holcombes of America was of Thomas Holcombe, whom he claimed came over from England in 1630, in the ship `Mary and John', in company with Rev. John Wareham, and settled first at Dorchester, Massachusetts. From Dorchester he went with his family to Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635, and from Windsor to Pequannock, Connecticut, in 1639. His sons Nathaniel and John resided at Simsbury and Springfield in 1670, and at Salmon Brook in about 1700, where David son of Nathaniel, was born..."

The Holcomb(e) Genealogy History and Directory, Jesse Seaver, Philadelphia PA, American Historical-Genealogical Society, 1925, vii 286p 27.5cm, CS71.H725 1925 and 1925a
p8: "Part IV Thomas Holcomb and his Descendants
"Thomas Holcomb was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, or Devonshire, England, in 1601 and is believed to be a son of Ann and Gilbert Holcombe (See page 4)... His wife was Elizabeth Ferguson, whom some authorities state he married before leaving England. Others say he married at Dorchester. She was born in England and was a fellow passenger on `The Mary and John'...
"The property of Thomas Holcomb was inventoried October 1 1657, and amounted to L244-9s-8. To Elizabeth, the widow was given L42-18s; to Joshua, age 17, L42-18s, to Benejah, age 13, L33-17s; to Nathaniel, age 9, L28-12s; to Abigail, age 19, L28-12s; to Deborah, 6 yrs 7 mos, L28-12s.
"Although Thomas Holcomb and most of his descendants usually spell the name `Holcomb', it bears an `e' on Dorchester and Boston records. (wt,xic).
"Some of those who have asserted that Thomas and Elizabeth were married before leaving England believe that the first two of the children were born there, but, the dates given below seem to discredit this supposition. `It is quite certain that all who bear the name of Holcomb(e) in New England are descended from Thomas Holcomb, through his sons Joshua, Benajah, and Nathaniel..."
p41: "Nathaniel (Son of Thomas) Holcomb and His Descendants. (ah)
"201 Nathaniel Holcomb (2- ): b. 4 Nov 1648 in Poquonock Windsor CT; d. 5 Mar (Feb) 1740/1741; rem. to Massacoe, now Simsbury; m. (1) 27 Feb 1670 Mary (dau. of Nathaniel (or Thomas) Bliss (one of the original founders of Hartford CT) and Catherine Chapin dau. ofDea. Samuel Chapin of Springfield, a character in the Charter Oak story (see Part XII); m. (2) 16 (17) Jan 1725 (3 or 2) Sarah, widow of Josiah Owen (d. 29 Sep 1706). He was a Rep from Simsbury and Windsor to the Gen. Court of CT, 1703-1706; 1720-1722; farmer; sergeant in Rev. War..."

The Chapin Book of Genealogical Data, With Brief Biographical Sketches of the Descendants of Deacon Samuel Chapin, Gilbert Warren Chapin, Vol I, Chapin Family Association, Hartford Connecticut, 1924 p16: "Mary Bliss... m. Feb 27, 1670, Springfield, Nathaniel Holcombe, son Thomas & Elizabeth Holcombe, b. Nov. 4, 1648, Windsor, d. Mar 5, 1741, Simsbury, Conn..."
p17: "Mr. Holcombe represented Simsbury in General Court 1703-1706, and 1720-1722. He m. 2d Jan. 17, 1723 Sarah Orne."

Genealogy of Our Barber Family 1614-1965 by Lucy James COLE Flemming
(Written by Lucy Cole Flemming (great granddaughter of Col Levi Barber from record book kept in the family and from Barber Genealogy compiled by Lillian May Wilson in 1909. Copied from LCF's handwritten account by granddaughter Linda Engle Lackore Summer 2000)...
"Samuel Barber (son of Thomas) born 17 May 1673 died Dec 1725 mar 17 Dec 1712 to Sarah Holcomb (who was daughter of Nathan and Mary Holcomb) Sarah born 1691 died 1787 age 96 years."

Holcombe Family Genealogy
James and Randal Holcombe
Descendants of Thomas Holcombe
9. Nathaniel2 Holcombe (Thomas1)(28) was born in Poquonock, Windsor, Connecticut November 4, 1648. Nathaniel died March 5, 1740 in Simsbury, CT, at 91 years of age.
He married twice. He married Mary Bliss in Springfield, Hampden, Mass., February 27, 1670.(29) Mary was born September 23, 1652. Mary(30) was the daughter of Nathaniel Bliss and Catharine Chapin. Mary died before 1722. He married Sarah Owen in Simsbury, CT, 17 Jan 1722. Chosen Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut for Simsbury between 1703 and 1706; again between 1720 and 1722. Was a joint signer of an agreement with pastor of the church of Hop Meadow 27 Jun 1687. Signed an offer to citizens of Salmonbrook and Low Meadow for exchange of parts of land to better fortify against Indians, 04 Feb 1688.
8th child and 3rd son, was born at Windsor, 4 Nov. 1648, died at Simsbury, 5 March 1740/1. His will is dated 7 Feb. 1740/1, probated 5 March 1740/1 (manwaring 3:286). He devises various real estate in both Windsor and Simsbury to the four sons listed below,and to the five living daughters the moveable estate; the the son, not named, of his deceased daughter martha, 20 shillings, to be paid by sons nathaniel, Jonathan and John, "to buy him a Bible." (This might suggest that this grandson, Daniel hayes, was a minor but he was nearly 25 at this date.) To his wife, not named, testator leaves only 20 shillings "besides what I have already secured for her before marriage." Son Benjamin is names sole executor; witnesses: Elias Slater, Ephraim Bewell, Timothy Woodbridge. His first marriage took place on 27 Feb 1670/1 but is not recorede at either Windsor or Simsbury, and I suspect is was recorded at Springfield, the home of the bride, who was Mary Bliss, born 23 Sept, 1651, died by 1722, daughter of Nathaniel Bliss (Thomas of Hartford) by his wife Catharine Chapin (Samuel), as the birth of the first child is recorded at Springfield. He married, second, at Simsbury, 17 jan. 1722/3, Sarah ----, widow of Josias Owen, as the marriage record identifies her. It seems probable that her first husband was Josias Owen (John) shown by Stiles (2:544) to have married, first, Mary, daughter of John Osburn, but Stiles knows nothing of a second marriage for either Josias Owen or Nathaniel Holcombe, nor does The Chapin Book (1924) 1:16f
from Stiles
Resided Simsbury which town he represented at gen. ct. 1703, 4, 5, 1720, and 22. Lists children as Nathaniel, Mary, Johathan, John, Ester, Catherine, Sarah, Benjamin.
from Tempest Holcombe family tradition has it that Nathaniel and Mary first settled at Salmon Brook in 1677. Nathaniel was born in the Poquonock section of Windsor. Although Mary's father's family was among the first group to come to Hartford, she was living in Springfield when she married Nathaniel in 1670. it is not clear if the couple lived in Springfield for long, but by 1675 they were back in Windsor with their two children, nathaniel and Mary. nathaniel Sr. is not listed among those who moved to Simsbury immediately following the war, but his older brother Joshua is, and his mother and step-father James Eno, did move to "Scotland", the section of Simsbury east of the ridge, in 1679. It is possible they did live with the Enos briefly, while renting land at Salmon Brook from someone such as John Slate. Or it may have been that they even began building a homestead at Salmon Brook and that the record of Nathaniel's 1677, '78 or '79 grant was among those burned; no one bothered to record it again since he received new grants, prossibly for the same land, as a result of the land divisions in 1680. he continued to pay taxes in Windsor through 1686, but only because he owned three acres of upland there, not because he was a resident. Certainly the couple was well established with their four children in Simsbury by 1681, for Nathaniel was elected town constable in December of that year.
Nathaniel Holcombe and Mary Bliss had the following children:
+ 61 i. Lt. Nathaniel3 Holcombe was born June 11, 1673.
62 ii. Mary Holcombe(31) was born probably Springfield, Ma. May 17, 1675. Mary died between 22 Dec 1744 and 27 May 1745 Simsbury, Hartford, CT, at 69 years of age. Unmarried. Died between 22 Dec. 1744, date of will, and 27 May 1745, date of inventory, L138/03/11, taken by Joseph Hoskins and Daniel Adams (Manwaring 3:417). She leaves her Bible to brother Benjamin Holcombe "to be his for ever, and the Lord be with him"; to sister Esther Higley best quild and a pair of silver clasps; to four sisters, viz: Esther aforesaid, Katharine Messenger, Margaret North and Sarah Barbour, rest and residue; sole executor: brother Benjamin; signed by mark; witnesses : Brewster Higley Jr., Joseph Higley, John Higley.
+ 63 iii. Sgt. Jonathan Holcombe was born February 15, 1678/9.
+ 64 iv. Ensign John Holcombe was born 1680.
+ 65 v. Martha Holcombe was born 1682.
+ 66 vi. Hester (Ester) Holcombe was born February 1682.
67 vii. Elizabeth Holcombe was born 1685. Elizabeth died July 12, 1700 in Simsbury, CT, at 15 years of age.(32) McCracken does not mention this child.
+ 68 viii. Margaret Holcombe was born 1687.
+ 69 ix. Catherine Holcombe was born 1689.
+ 70 x. Sarah Holcombe was born 1691.
+ 71 xi. Benjamin Holcombe was born February 15, 1697/8.

1737 to 1742.
Page 300 Name: Nathaniel Holcomb Location: Simsbury
Invt. 100 plus. Taken 2 April, 1741, by Elias Slater and Jno. Owen, Jr. Will dated 7 February, 1740-1:
I, Nathaniel Holcomb, Sen., of Simsbury, do make this my last will and testament: Imprimis. To my wife, besides what I have already secured for her before marriage, I give her the sum of 20 shillings. Item. I give to my sons, Nathaniel, Jonathan, John and Benjamin, that lott of land of 150 acres that lyeth near the northwest corner of the Town bounds, to be equally divided between them. Also, to my sons, Nathaniel, Jonathan and John, I give the 1-2 of my propriety in Windsor of undivided land. To my son Nathaniel I also give my right and interest in the Copper Hill, the whole of it, and also that addition of land that was made to my lott at Raven Swamp. To Jonathan I give further 10 acres of land lying on Salmon Brook Plaine. To John I give 12 acres of land lying at Barn Door Hills. I give to my son Benjamin the other half of my right in Windsor undivided lands, the house and homestead I now dwell on, being about 3 acres, with the orcharding standing on it; also 14 acres of land at the head of Owen's Brook, as it was layd out, be it more or less; also the remainder of my home division lott that I am now possessed of; also 10 acres of land at a place called Slater's Swamp, bounded south in part on Elias Slater's land. Also, I give to Benjamin the 1-2 of my copper's (cooper's?) tools and my best gunn, and the other half to my sons Nathaniel, Jonathan and John. To my five daughters, Mary, Katharine, Hester, Sarah and Margaret, I give, after debts and legacies are paid out of them, the remainder of my moveable estate, to be divided equally amongst them. And to the son of my daughter Martha deceased I give 20 shillings, to be paid him by my sons Nathaniel, Jonathan and John, to buy him a Bible. To my daughter Mary I give her a cow in particular, to be taken out of my moveables before the division is made. And ordain my son Benjamin to be my sole executor.
Witness: Elias Slater, Ephraim Bewell, Timothy Woodbridge.
Nathaniel Holcomb, ls.
Court Record, Page 86--7 April, 1741: Will proven.

Ancestral File Ver 4.10 3GLM-2V.

IGI Birth 7225605-72-822034, T990439-156-1395539 HOLCOMBE Granby Twp, 7450337- 002923 HOLCOMBE Elisabeth Granby Twp, 7629617-94-1058813 HOLCOMBE Poquonock, 7219530-73-820448 HOLCOMBE Windsor, 8730904-16-0139641 HOLCOMBE Suffolk Massa- chusetts, 7521002-97-884593 Father Thomas HOLCOMB Mother Elizabeth FERGUSON Born 4 Mar 1653 Windsor Hartford Connecticut.

IGI Marriage A457693-457693-457697 Simsbury Hartford Connecticut, 8514380-35- 1396016, T990439-185-1395539, A184760-184760-184761, A178082-178082,178083 Mar Mary BLISS 27 ?Apr<Feb 1670 Springfield Hampden Massachusetts.

LDS Submission: Mrs Harriet C Larsen 73 South 4th East Logan Utah. LDS Heir: Joseph Nephi Comish c 5th GGNephew il SB, 5th GGNephew SH. Nathaniel HOLCOMB Mar Mary BLISS Father of Sarah HOLCOMB.

   Marriage Information:

Nathaniel married Mary BLISS, daughter of Nathaniel BLISS, Sr and Catherine CHAPIN, on 27 Feb 1669/70 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA. (Mary BLISS was born on 23 Sep 1651 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA and died in 1721-1722 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA.)

   Marriage Information:

Nathaniel also married Sarah on 16 Jan 1722-1725.


1 Ancestral File Ver 4.10, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File Ver 4.10, (Copyright (c) 1980, 1997.), 3GLM-2V.

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