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I believe my Dunscombe line (often spelled without the "e") can be traced to Devonshire, in the area of Exeter and Crediton. A place called "Dunscombe" existed back at least as far as the Domesday Survey in 1086. A John Dunscombe and his wife, Thomazine, lived there ca 1550. This is verified by the extensive will of their son, also John, a London merchant, dated 1586. From this will, and the Later Day Saints' Intl Genealogical Index, I have established the names of the other children of John and Thomazine. Using the IGI I located baptism records for two Thomas Dunscombes, sons of Christopher, in London during the 1590's. Christopher is mentioned as a brother in John's 1586 will. A Thomas Dunscombe married Hannah Jadwyn in London on April 12, 1618 at St. Michael Paternoster, London. Hannah's father, Thomas, left a will dated 1623, in London, which mentions, among others, his daughter Hannah Dunscombe, son-in-law Thomas Dunscombe, and children Jadwin, Philip, Thomas, and Samuel. T. Jadwyn was an investor in the Virginia Company. He left his shares of land in Bermuda to Thomas D. & Hannah, and they migrated there by 1623. Their son Samuel signed an affidavit in 1705 mentioning all his siblings, including John, Nehemiah, Susannah, and Hannah, presumably born in Bermuda. Apparently Jadwin Dunscombe stayed in London. The Bermuda records are scant for late 1600's and much of the 1700's. Again, I have operating theories, but the earliest I can trace my own line is an Edward Dunscombe who married Christiana Godfrey in Bermuda in 1768. Their son, John, sold his property ca. 1813 to the govt and it was used as the Admiralty House. John and his wife, Elizabeth (McGill), from Middletown, Conn., migrated to Newfoundland, where he went into business and government, finally migrating to Liverpool, England where he died in 1847. They had nine children, numerous of which married and had families in Canada. My ancestor, John's son Edward, migrated to NYC during the 183o's, having earlier married Ann Seon in Bermuda. They had seven children - I descend from their son John, then Cecil, then Cecil Edward.
I'd be very interested to learn of yur Dunscomb connection, and would certainly like to exchange info. I had a great aunt Margaret Dunscombe, an Episcopal nun who died 1973, and also an aunt Marguerite Dunsccombe. I'm most interested in determining the father of the Edward who married 1768, and in firming-up the connection back to Thomas and Hannah. Also would like to find something positively linking the Devonshire Dunscombe to Bermuda, but the circumstantial evidence is pretty strong.
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