Michael and Ruth (Rhoades) White

(9) MICHAEL3 (Michael2 Henry1), born March 22, 1668-9; d. July 26, 1730. He was a witness to a nuncupative will made between Thomas Rhoades, of Marblehead, and John Simpson, on board the ship Essex, at Sea, where in it was agreed that if during the voyage, the survivor should have what clothes, wages, &c. the other was possessed of at his decease. “The said Sampson was slain during the voyage,” and administration was granted said Rhoades, May 26, 1696. Mr. Coombs was a member of St. Michael’s church (Episcopal), at Marblehead. He m. July 12, 1694, Ruth Rhoades.

Six Children—

11. JOANNA4 bapt. May 19, 1695 m. Dec. 29, 17 15, Benjamin Girdler.
12. RICHARD4 bapt. Feb. 14, 1696—7
13. JOSHUA4 bapt. June 11, 1699; will proved Feb. 27, 1764. The inventory, which fills two long closely-written pages, was £1,250 12s. 6¾d. Member of’ St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead; m. Jan. 29, 1721, Mary Goree
14. MICHAEL4 b. Feb. 28, 1702—3; m. first, March 12, 1721—5, Remember, dau. of Thomas and Susanna (Grant) White, bapt. June 25, 1704, d. about 1735. (See White Family, No. 14.) He was great grandson of Henry Coombs, whose dau. Susannah married Francis Grant, and whose dau. Susannah married said Thomas White, Mr. Coombs m. second, June 2, 1737, widow Mary Kelley.

Five children by Remember: ——

Mary5 bapt. Dec. 11, 1726.
MICHAEL5 bapt. Feb. 25, 1727—8; d. Jan. 1782; m. Jan. 4, 1753, Sarah Gridher.
During the Revolution Mr. Coombs acted the part of a Tory, fled from his home, and his property, with that of many other Tories in this vicinity, was confiscated. Respecting his movements, the following announcement was made by the committee of correspondence, and recorded in Essex Probate Rec., Vol. 55 p. 251.

“Essex, ss. To the Hon’ble Benjamin Greenleaf Esq. Judge of the Probate of Willls, &e. for said county.

This may certify that Mr. Michael Coombes late an inhabitant of Marblehead in said County, Mariner, has absented himself for three months and upwards from the usual place of his abode & we verily believe went to our enemies

Marblehead, June, 1781. Chairman of time Committee of Correspondence
Feb. 19, 1782, his wife presented a petition to the legis­lature, that some of the estate, lately confiscated , might be sold, which petition was granted, and one-third of said estate was set off, including the house and land under it “on training field hill.”

He mentions in his will but one son, Nicholas, to whom he gives his great coat, and to Joshua, son of said Nicholas, all time rest of his wearing apparel. To his wife Sarah he gave one-third of his real estate.

RUTH5 bapt. Sept. 28, 1729; d. in infancy.
RUTH5 bapt. June 30, 1731; d. Nov. 8,1814; m. ,June 18, 1751 Mark
Haskell. (See Haskell Family, No. 18.)
TOMAS5 bapt. Nov. 25, 1733 ; d. Dec. 1764.

15. RUTH4 bapt. March 25, 1705; m. June 12. 1726, John Downe, of St. Island, N. H.

16. ELIZABETH4 bapt. July 26, 1713.



Derby, Perley. The descendants of Thomas White of Marblehead, and Mark Haskell of Beverly, Mass. With a brief notice of the Coombs Family. Salem, Massachusetts. 1872.

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