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Youngest widow you found?


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A long story but here goes.

A while ago I may have found my ancestor's marriage in 1810. If it is the correct marriage, the groom should be 20 and the bride should be 19, going by their death ages and the bride's 1841 census record. She died in Feb 1851 aged 60, and was 57 in 1848 when admitted to the workhouse as her age is stated when admitted to St Marylebone workhouse. She died weeks before the 1851 census and in 1841 she said she was not born in county, so I have no idea where she was from originally. The couple was George Coombs and Sarah (Nee Unknown). They had a son Matthew George Coombs in 1812, Margaret Coombs in 1817, Frederick Coombs in 1817 and William Thomas Coombs in 1828 (William is my direct ancestor).

I managed to find George's baptism and parentage, plus an 1815 will of a relative in Dorset mentions her cousin George in London, his wife Sarah and their son Matthew George Coombs. (So George's side is traced). So George named his eldest son and daughter after his parents. George was born in Bincombe, and his parents Matthew and Margaret married in 1775 in West Compton, a few miles south of Maiden Newton in South West Dorset.

I found a marriage of a George Coombs to Sarah Davy in April 1810 in Axminster, Devon, about 10 miles west of West Comtpon and 15 miles west of Bincombe. Witnesses Chas Cornish and Hannah Taylor, and Geo and Sarah wed by licence. The original register says Sarah was a widow which is a fly in the ointment, as she was only about 19 or 20 in 1810.

The 1810 couple seem untraceable after 1810, especially in Devon and Dorset. I managed to rule out a George Coombes marriage in 1804 to Sarah Goodfellow in East London as they had children in that area the same time as my George and Sarah did in Westminster/Marylebone.
George Coombs-Marriage year 1810-Marriage date 26 Apr 1810-Marriage place Axminster-Spouse's first name(s) Sarah Davy-County DevonCountry England-
Record set England Marriages 1538-1973
Yes that is the marriage that I am interested in. It does look promising but at the minute cannot find a suitable Davy marriage to Sarah c1800-1810. If it is the right marriage, then sarah must have been a young widow.

In 1831 George died, and Sarah Coombs, widow, had her marriage banns read to James Bradford at St Marylebone church. I cannot find a subsequent marriage but it seems they did live as husband and wife as Sarah's eldest son Matthew G Coombs wed in 1835 and James and Sarah Bradford were the witnesses.