to Bytown in 1827

January 20, 2005: (portrait)

Al: here is a painting of Joseph & Ann. There was a picture of their home 
on Rideau Street in the Bytown Museum.

Portrait of Ann (Robinson ) and Joseph Coombs (Bernice has full colour photo)
Joseph Coombs and Ann Robinson
Hello Do you have anyone else tracing the Coombs Name ? Joseph Coombs came to Canada in 1827 as an engineer working for Col. By building the Rideau Canal. There are several of his and Ann (Robinson) Coombs family I am still trying to find. To this point I have been unable to find where Joseph was born or anything about his siblings. Joseph & Anns older children were born in England and Christened in the Weslyan Methodist Church on Morris Street Devonport, England. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Bernice Lawrence __________________________ Bernice: In 1829, three Coombs brothers are mentioned on the McCabe List (Early Irish in the Ottawa Valley, by Dr. Bruce Elliott): William Coombs, ML# 158, had a family of four, two males and two females. His brother, Samuel was still living in County Wexford in Ireland. Another brother, John Coombs, ML# 159, single was here in Bytown. These three brothers were from Gory, County Wexford. Was Joseph Coombs related to these Coombs brothers? In the 1881 Census for the City of Ottawa, here is a Coombs entry: 1881 Census Place: St Georges Ward, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375866 NAC C-13230 Dist 105 SubDist C Div 1 Page 20 Family 85 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Mary Francis COOMBS F age 50 Irish born in England Religion: Presbyterian Lelitia MILLER F 27 Irish Ontario Occ: Dressmaker Religion: Church of England John STOCKDALE M 40 English Ontario Occ: Coach Religion: Church of England ... Al _________________________ from Bernice: Other surnames for search engine: Olmstead, McGillvray, MacGillivray, Tracy (Tracey), Couch, McLean
February 5, 2005: Hi Bernice, I came across the following reference to a Coombs some time ago; I am not sure if its relevant. " The farm west of the Moxley farm was owned by Joe, Arthur and William Coombs. When Joe took sick Arthur came from Montana, USA, to operate the farm. His wife was a nurse and was always helping the sick of the neighbourhood. She was a lover of poetry and very often sent a poem which she had written to a sick friend, a bride,or one bereaved" The source was the Centennial History Blackburn and Glen Ogilvie by Anna Elliot prepared for the Glen Ogilvie W.I. 1967. As best I can determine the farm in question was Lot 15 conc. II O.F. (Ottawa Front) Gloucester twp. and was owned by a James Coombs in 1879 (Belden). The reference to Montana caught my eye because several sons and daughters of Conc. II families emigrated there in the 1880s including some Craigs and Moxleys who are my particular interest. Regards ... Al Craig
January 7, 2010: Dear Julie, Please excuse me for contacting you in this manner, but I found some old postings by you on a genealogy forum re George Henry COOMBES. I thought, if you hadn't already discovered it, that you may be interested to know that his son, Henry COOMBES, came to Australia, enlisted in the Great War and was decorated with the Military Medal before he was killed in action on 3 August 1917 after the Battle of Messines (Belgium). He is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery at Neuve-Eglise. He enlisted in my home town of Ballarat and served with Ballarat's "adopted" battalion, the 39th, hence my interest in him as he fits into the Great War project of Ballarat & districts war dead. If you are interested you can locate his service record at the National Archives of Australia ( through record search - search as a guest and in reference number put B2455. His Regimental Number was 1254 - this number with COOMBES in the keywords will bring up the file for you to look at and/or download. You can also see his name on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial (; attached to this entry is a PDF of the original circular completed by his sister, Fanny TRENOUTH. The entry for his recommendation for the MM is also on this site under Honours and Awards. I hope that this e-mail finds you, that you are still interested in your genealogy and that this may add another dimension to your research. Kind regards, Amanda TAYLOR, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
New April 30, 2010:
Source: Bytown Gazette, January 14, 1841 Joseph Coombs House, Bytown Search the Ottawa Citizen and Bytown Gazette for other articles

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