COMBER, William (d.1625), of Shermanbury, nr. Bramber, Suss.
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Family and Education
b. bef. 1560, 1st s. of John Comber of Shermanbury by Jane, da. of John Dunstable of Cowfold. m. Martha (d.1634), da. of Henry Brockhill of Aldington, Kent, 4da. suc. fa. 1608.
The Combers, an old Sussex family, achieved gentry status in the sixteenth century. In 1542 a William Comber, grandfather of the 1597 MP, purchased Shermanbury, six miles north of Bramber, from Lord Sandys. He was succeeded in 1560 by his son John, a lawyer who received a grant of arms in 1571. His son William Comber lived at Shermanbury during his father’s lifetime, and in 1597 came in for Bramber, leaving no trace in the known records of that Parliament. He presented to the rectory of Shermanbury in 1617, and made his will 10 Apr. 1625, ‘being not altogether well in body by reason of my old age and some infirmities’. He was buried at Shermanbury, 9 Sept. 1625, his will being proved at Lewes 7 Oct.
J. Comber, Suss. Genealogies, Horsham Centre, 63-6; Suss. Arch. Colls. xlix. 128-32, 135-6.