HOLCOMBE, JOHN whose descendants migrated to PA and NJ,

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JOHN HOLCOMBE and descendants

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  • ID: I307
  • Name: Jacob HOLCOMBE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: JUL 3 1684 in Tiverton, Devonshire, England 1 Quality: 2
  • Death: JUN 30 1748 in Bucks County PA 2
  • Burial: Friend's Burying Grd, Lahaska, Bucks PA
  • : McPherson, pp. 287 ff.
  • Reference Number: B-5
  • Note:
    McPherson, op cit, p. 287, col 2 included historical materials on Jacob, reciting that he ". . . declared his intention at the Friends Meeting, Buckingham, Bucks Co., Pa. Mar. 6, 1712 to marry Mary Woolridge. Jacob was 1 of 1st ministers of Friends
    there, the early Meeting minutes being in his handwriting; was on committee to build 2nd church there in 1729; joined in petition for, and served as juror to lay out, - along Delaware River the "Old York Road" from Solesbury, Pa. He signed
    certificate in 1728 as Friend's minister solemnizing a marriage at Buckinham Meeting; was granted certificate to travel as Friends' minister solemnizing a marriage at Buckingham Meeting; was granted certificate to travel as Friends' minister in
    surrounding territory Mar. 9, 1735; - to visit Friends' Meetings with John Scarborough in Va., Nov. 2, 1744; recorded expression of concern to again visit Friends in Md., June 3, 1745, and "in adjacetn parts", to "visit Long Island, N.Y. and other
    surrounding territory," Dec. 4, 1746. Other religious pilgrimages of Jacob included Conn., R.I., and England. He was named co-executor in the will of his brother, John Holcombe . . . . dated Aug. 7, 1743 on which he qualified with John's widow when
    the will was probated in Hunterdon Co., N.J. Aug. 31, 1743; signed own will, recorded in Bucks Co., Pa. in which, among other things, he bequeathed to "grandson, Jacob Holcombe II a silver spoon marked with my father, Richard Holcomb's initials,
    "R.H." this Jacob Holcombe II was son of Thomas, son of the testator, Jacob Holcombe, B-5. A testimonial of Jacob, B-5, was published in 1787 giving his place of birth as Tiverton, Devonshire, England and naming his date of birth."
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    Jacob purchased lands on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River, opposite his brother John's lands. He served as a coexecutor of John's will and was very involved in the early Friends Meetings and served as one of the first ministers at
    Buckingham. (Davis, p. 272) states Jacob took up 1200 acres in Solebury and later received a patent on April 12, 1712 for 500 acres. He was one of the heads of the Buckingham meeting. Jacob also served on a jury to lay out a road to Philadelphia.
    (Davis, Vol II, p. 248)
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    By patent in 1705, John Scarborough had obtained a tract of land south of the Pellar tract and north of the Bye tract, which he sold to Jacob Holcombe by deed dated March 26, 1709. This was an exchange made with him involving an 830 acre tract. On
    December 3, 1717 Jacob deeded 444 acres in Solebury to Thomas Canby. Edwin Harrington, FIRST HOMESTEADERS OF SOLEBURY TOWNSHIP (Carversville, PA: The Hillside Press [self], 2000).
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    The Hunterdon County Democrat (June 7, 1881, Forty Third Volume, No. 42):
    "Jacob Holcombe, the great grand father of John Dilts, came to Solebury township with its first settlers and located 500 acres of land near Ingham's Great Spring, as early as 1700, the patent bears date April 12, 1712. He has a brother John, who
    located several hundred acres of land in 1705, on the east side of the Delaware river, a part of which is now in Lambertville. John Holcombe died in 1743. Jacob Holcombe was his executor. Jacob Holcombe was a an active member of the Society of
    Friends at Buckingham, Pa. and a minister of that denomination. On the 6th of August 1746, Jacob Holcombe and Thomas Ross went on a ministering tour of three months to Long Island, and were frequently delegated by the meeting to attend gatherings of
    their faith and order, even in distant places. He was also active in public business.
    Jacob had a son, Thomas and two daughters, Mary and Susan. Thomas,was born 1720, married Hannah Rownall, and had a son born in 1742, who married by Friends' ceremony Catharine Livzey, in 1772, had two children, Catharine and Thomas Holcombe."




    Father: John HOLCOMBE b: ABT 1655 in of Stogumber, England
    Mother: Sarah SCOTT b: in Dulverton or Tiverton, Devon, England

    Marriage 1 Mary WOOLRIDGE
    • Married: 1712 in announced intention on Mar 6, 1712 3
    Children
    1. Has Children Mary HOLCOMBE b: FEB 29 1719
    2. Has No Children Sarah HOLCOMBE
    3. Has Children Rebecca HOLCOMBE
    4. Has Children Thomas HOLCOMBE b: 1720
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth HOLCOMBE
    6. Has No Children Susanna HOLCOMBE
    7. Has No Children Hannah HOLCOMBE
    8. Has No Children Sophia HOLCOMBE

    Sources:
    1. The HOLCOMBES, Nation Builders, by Mrs Lewin D. McPherson, 1947 B-5
      Mentioned in numerous sources as the brother of John Holcombe, the emigrant
      Quaker Meeting Record, Dulverton England, courtesy of Walter Holcombe, IA
      Page: 241-2, 287
    2. Index of Bucks Co Wills and Administration by Williams & Williams, Danboro PA
      1971 shows will of Jacob Holcombe in 1748, proceeding # 597.
    3. Eastburn Reeder, Early Settlers of SOLEBURY TOWNSHIP Bucks County Pa., 2nd Ed.
      (Append listing of Marriages, Bucks Co Gen Soc Newsletter: No 78, Winter 2002)
      "Jacob Holcomb and Mary Woolridge, 1712"
      Page: p. 1

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