Irene Holcombe

b. 15 April 1853, d. 1 November 1886
Irene Holcombe
1853-1886
     Irene Holcombe was born on 15 April 1853 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 She was the daughter of Alson Holcombe and Candace Almina Holcombe. Irene Holcombe died on 1 November 1886 at age 33; unmarried, typhoid fever.1 She was buried at West Granby Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1

Citations

  1. [S419] Carol Laun, Beneath These Stones, Page 114.

Irving Holcombe1

b. 9 September 1856, d. 18 February 1934
     Irving Holcombe was born on 9 September 1856 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 He was the son of Alson Holcombe and Candace Almina Holcombe. Irving Holcombe died on 18 February 1934 at Noble Hospital, Westfield, Hampden Co., MA, at age 77.2 He was buried at West Granby Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT.2

Irving was a naturalist, a specialist in botany and gathered in his home garden wild flowers that thousands of garden club members, students and botanists from many countries visited. He also made research and wrote on ornithology and wildlife in general. Died unmarried.

Irving was listed in the 1920 census of Granby, CT, page 4A, line 13, age 64, as the head of the household (listed as married) with his sister Fanny, and cousin Mary.

Irving was enumerated in the 1930 West Granby Village, Granby Town, Hartford Co., CT, federal census, page 13B. He was a single nurseryman, age 74. His sister Fanny H. was also in the household, age 72.


GRANBY NATURALIST KNOWN AS AUTHORITY ON STONES AND ORCHIDS3

In the town of Granby in the shadow of Bear Mountain and within a short distance of the picturesque Barn Door Hills lives Irving Holcomb, collector of woods, flowers, minerals, and stones. Mr. Holcomb will observe his seventy-fifth birthday next Monday. In his life of seventy five years, he has found his recreation and fun in studying the things of nature and amassing a collection which to the novice is bewildering by its size and multiplicity of specimens. He is one who has obeyed the poetic command, "Go forth under the open sky and list to Nature's teachings."

Mr. Holcomb tells of his early experiences of collecting birds eggs and of how upon observing the distress of a pair of Pine Groosbeaks, a very rare bird in this vicinity, when they found that an egg had been taken from their nest. The distress of those birds caused Mr. Holcomb to return the egg and to give up collecting. It was then that he turned his talents to other things, the collecting of which, to use his own words, "would not hurt anything."

Specimens of all the woods, seventy four, in number, known in this part of the country Mr. Holcomb has arranged in a cabinet built into the wall of his living room. Each specimen is about an inch and a half in diameter and shows the bark, a cross section, a diagonal grain and the flat grain of the wood. All of these he can call by their botanical name as he can also tell the name cones of the coniferous trees. In his collection of cones are many from different parts of this country, some as small as a thimble, others larger than a pineapple. Strange as it may seem the cones of the giant Redwoods of California are among the smallest. Many of these specimens have been sent to Mr. Holcomb by other collectors who have exchanged with him. In the same way he has acquired samples of woods not native to these parts, mahogany, ebony, cork, and others from the tropics.

Passing to the two large cabinets where are stored hundreds of samples of minerals and stones, we find a wealth of materials, many of much value because of their peculiar formation and the intrinsic worth of the mineral. From the quarries of this vicinity are samples of copper from East Granby, iron from the Dyer mine in Canton and the mine in Salisbury made famous in Revolutionary war days, soapstone from Barkhamsted where it is related that the Indians used to fashion their crude dishes. Precious minerals from Western mines as well as gold from Nova Scotia are to be found. Lake Superior mines are represented with copper and iron. Mr. Holcomb's knowledge of these ores was once very valuable to him when promoters tried to interest him in a local copper mine by showing a sample of the ore to be found in it. He recognized the sample as coming from the Lake Superior region. Quartz crystals gathered locally also from Little Falls, N.Y., and more distant points are to be found. Very interesting are the exhibits of smoky quartz, one from Pike's Peak, being very good. Prized for its beauty and association is a sample of serpentine sent to Mr. Holcomb by the late governor Pennypacker of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pennypacker, we are told, had one of the most complete collections of this type of mineral ever made.

Turning to the floral world Mr. Holcomb has been interested in ferns and orchids. It was pointed out that Granby is particularly rich in these flowers because here the northern and southern flora overlap and the terrain ranges from the fertile lowlands of the Farmington Valley to the hills several hundred feet high. Here have been found by Mr. Holcomb forty-one of the forty-nine species of ferns known to this part of the world. Thirty-two of the forty-one known orchids have their habitat here, some of them among the most rare.

The collection and knowledge of Mr. Holcomb has attracted the attention of university men. Professor Rugg of Dartmouth coming to him about flowers and Professor Penfield of Yale concerning nimerals. At poresent he is assisting Mr. Lincoln of Pittsfield, Mass., who is compiling a more compete work on orchids than now exists. From the intense interest and satisfaction which Mr. Holcomb derives from his search for minerals and flowers one cannot help but feel the meaning of those words of Bryant:

To him who in the love of Nature holds
Communion with her visible forms she speaks
A variouis language.

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 191.1/Item A-8-1-10-10-2-7-8.
  2. [S419] Carol Laun, Beneath These Stones, Page 114.
  3. [S714] Granby Naturalist, 4 September 1930.

Frances Hayes Holcombe1

b. January 1858, d. 7 March 1934
     Frances Hayes Holcombe was born in January 1858 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.2 She was the daughter of Alson Holcombe and Candace Almina Holcombe. Frances Hayes Holcombe died on 7 March 1934 at West Granby, Hartford Co., CT, at age 76.3 She was buried at West Granby Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT.4

Fanny was a naturalist and writer; lived with her brother, Irving. Died, unmarried, of a serious illness following the death of her brother, at home.4

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 191.1/Item A-8-1-10-10-2-7-9.
  2. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.
  3. [S284] Courant, 8 March 1934.
  4. [S419] Carol Laun, Beneath These Stones, Page 113.

Frank L. Holcombe

b. April 1861
     Frank L. Holcombe was also known as Fred L. Holcombe. He was born in April 1861 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Alson Holcombe and Candace Almina Holcombe. Frank L. Holcombe married Florence Roberts, daughter of Thomas Roberts and Laua Buckley.

Children of Frank L. Holcombe and Florence Roberts

Citations

  1. [S419] Carol Laun, Beneath These Stones, Page 117.

Japhet Holcombe

d. young
     Japhet Holcombe died young. He was born at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Alson Holcombe and Candace Almina Holcombe.

Shaney Holcombe

     Shaney Holcombe was born at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. Shaney Holcombe was the child of Alson Holcombe and Candace Almina Holcombe.

Clyde Holcombe1

     Clyde Holcombe was the son of John Albert Holcombe and Minnie Delbridge.

Clyde enlisted in the US Navy, 1939, and was in Hawaiian waters in 1941. Married and had two sons.

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 179.1/Ite A-8-1-6-5-1-5-1-1-1.

Delbridge Holcombe

b. 29 August 1895, d. December 1986
     Delbridge Holcombe was born on 29 August 1895.1 He was the son of John Albert Holcombe and Minnie Delbridge. Delbridge Holcombe died in December 1986 at Springfield, Lane Co., OR, at age 91.1

Delbridge enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Pacific.

Citations

  1. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, 542-18-5101.

Blanche Holcombe

     Blanche Holcombe was the daughter of John Albert Holcombe and Minnie Delbridge.

Charles H. Burke

b. 4 April 1868
     Charles H. Burke was born on 4 April 1868 at Liverpool, England. He married Lucy Antoinette Holcombe, daughter of Grove Robert Holcombe and Sarah Ann Lyell.

Lyell Burke

     Lyell Burke was the son of Charles H. Burke and Lucy Antoinette Holcombe.

John Robert Burke

     John Robert Burke was the son of Charles H. Burke and Lucy Antoinette Holcombe.

Dr. George Burke

     Dr. George Burke was the son of Charles H. Burke and Lucy Antoinette Holcombe. George was engaged by the Sou. Pac. RR hospital; in 1941 he went into service of the US Navy in its California coast camps and hospitals; went to Yard Dispensary at Pearl Harbor, April 1942 as a 1st Lt. and was there past May 10, 1943.

Kay Burke

     Kay Burke was the daughter of Charles H. Burke and Lucy Antoinette Holcombe. Kay was a nurse.

Billie Burke

     Billie Burke was the daughter of Charles H. Burke and Lucy Antoinette Holcombe. Billie was a teacher in McGill, White Pine Co., NV, a copper mining camp.

Thomas M. Mansfield

b. 1872, d. 1945
     Thomas M. Mansfield was born in 1872. He married Kate Holcombe, daughter of Grove Robert Holcombe and Sarah Ann Lyell. Thomas M. Mansfield died in 1945.

William John Stevenson

b. 18 November 1884
     William John Stevenson was born on 18 November 1884 at Turrif, Bamfshire, Scotland. He married Alicia Myrtle Holcombe, daughter of Grove Robert Holcombe and Sarah Ann Lyell, on 7 August 1906.1

Children of William John Stevenson and Alicia Myrtle Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S579] Jeanne S. Thornton, "Application 460050, NSDAR."
  2. [S388] 1930 Federal Census.
  3. [S39] 1920 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

John Rice

b. 19 August 1843, d. 7 June 1909
     John Rice was born on 19 August 1843 at Blooming Grove, Richland Co., OH. He married Florence Nevada Holcombe, daughter of John Flavel Holcombe and Antoinette Casandra Thompson, on 30 July 1871. John Rice died on 7 June 1909 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 65.

Children of John Rice and Florence Nevada Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Sunney A. Rice

b. October 1873
     Sunney A. Rice was born in October 1873 at CA. He was the son of John Rice and Florence Nevada Holcombe. Striking resemblance to his cousin, William Thompson Holcombe.1

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Ernest Rice

b. 28 August 1875, d. 12 April 1960
     Ernest Rice was born on 28 August 1875 at CA.1,2 He was the son of John Rice and Florence Nevada Holcombe. Ernest Rice died on 12 April 1960 at Yuba Co., CA, at age 84.2 Small of stature, is intensely interested in prospecting for valuable ores.

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.
  2. [S807] Find A Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, memorial ID 38416405.

Mabel Rice

b. August 1879
     Mabel Rice was born in August 1879 at CA.1 She was the daughter of John Rice and Florence Nevada Holcombe.

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Hezekiah Holcombe III1

b. 25 March 1773, d. 19 September 1822
     Hezekiah Holcombe III was born on 25 March 1773 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Hezekiah Holcombe III was baptized on 13 June 1773 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. He married Orpha Roberts, daughter of Nathan Roberts and Rhoda Woodford, in 1791. Hezekiah Holcombe III married Elizabeth Pettibone, daughter of Gen. Chauncey Pettibone and Theodosia Hayes, on 21 June 1821. Hezekiah Holcombe III died on 19 September 1822 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT, at age 49. He was buried on 20 September 1822 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT.

Child of Hezekiah Holcombe III and Orpha Roberts

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 49.2/Item A-4-5-2-3-1-4.

Samantha Holcombe

b. 20 January 1772, d. young
     Samantha Holcombe died young. She was born on 20 January 1772 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney.

Susannah Holcombe1

b. 30 January 1775, d. 14 April 1864
     Susannah Holcombe was born on 30 January 1775 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Susannah Holcombe was baptized on 9 July 1775. She died on 14 April 1864 at age 89.

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 50.1/Item A-4-5-2-3-1-5.

Abraham Holcombe1

b. 10 October 1777, d. 14 February 1866
     Abraham Holcombe was born on 10 October 1777. He was the son of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Abraham Holcombe married Rosanna Adams on 10 July 1798. Abraham Holcombe died on 14 February 1866 at age 88.2 He was buried at St. Andrews Cemetery, Bloomfield, Hartford Co., CT.2

Abraham was enumerated in the 1850 Granby, Hartford Co., CT census, age 73, a landlord. Milo was living next door.

Child of Abraham Holcombe and Rosanna Adams

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 50.1/Item A-4-5-2-3-1-7.
  2. [S807] Find A Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, memorial ID # 14866790.

Alexander Holcombe1

b. 20 July 1786, d. 7 November 1853 or 1855
     Alexander Holcombe was born on 20 July 1786 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.2 He was the son of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Alexander Holcombe married Tryphenia Thrall, daughter of Oliver Thrall and Wealthy Latimer, on 15 March 1804 at Bloomfield, Hartford Co., CT.3 Alexander Holcombe married Ascenta Sadd on 17 February 1849. Alexander Holcombe died on 7 November 1853 or 1855 at Burritt Township, Winnebago Co., IL.4 He was buried at Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago, Winnebago Co., IL.

Alexander moved from Bloomfield, CT, to Albany, NY, where he chopped wood to earn money for removal trip to OH on which he carried on a bob sled his wife, young children, feather beds, pots, pans, etc. Henry Lyman Holcombe, his nephew, when sixteen years old drove the sled to Albany for him. He transferred en-route to Trumbull Co., OH, from the sled to a lake boat which shipwrecked.

Alexander became blind many years before death. Henry Lyman Holcombe visited his uncle Alexander there while blind and expressed regret that he did not take him back to CT with him. 5

Alexander appears in the 1820 Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, federal census. The household consisted of 1 male 26 to 45, 1 male 16 to 26, 1 male 10 to 16, 2 males under 10, 1 female 26 to 45, 1 female 10 to 16, and 2 females under 10.

Alexander appears in the 1830 Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, federal census. The household contained 1 male aged 40 and under 50, one male 15 and under 20, one male 10 and under 15, one male 5 and under 10, 1 female 40 and under 50, one female 10 and under 15, and one female under 5.

Alexanderserved as justice of the peace Granby Hartford County (CT Courant June 18 1827). He served as justice of the peace Simsbury Hartford County Hartford Courant 6/22/1824.
Son Oliver made application for the license to marry to his second spouse which suggests he was blind at that time.

Alex and Ascenath were enumerated in the 1850 Middlefield, Geauga Co. OH, federal census. He was 67, she was 59. Jeanette was enumerated nearby.

Alex and Asenath along with all of their living children except William Harrison Holcombe removed to Winnebago, IL sometime in 1851.

Much of the information on this family is from We Remember People 0f Our Past, Vol 4, by John D. Rowley; viewed on-line at FamilySearch.org.

Children of Alexander Holcombe and Tryphenia Thrall

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 53.2/Item A-4-5-2-3-1-10.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Pages 49.2, 53.2; Item A-4-5-2-3-1-10.
  3. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 53.2; Item A-4-5-2-3-1-10.
  4. [S807] Find A Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, memorial ID # 81880039.
  5. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy.

Hilpah Holcombe

b. 15 May 1785, d. young
     Hilpah Holcombe was born on 15 May 1785 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Hilpah Holcombe died young.

Hilpah Holcombe1

b. 8 June 1787, d. 1820
     Hilpah Holcombe was born on 8 June 1787 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Hilpah Holcombe married Erastus Roberts, son of Nathaniel Roberts and Rhoda Woodford, on 21 August 1805. Hilpah Holcombe died in 1820.

Children of Hilpah Holcombe and Erastus Roberts

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 54.1/Item A-4-5-2-3-1-12.

Daniel Bates Holcombe1

b. 9 September 1790
     Daniel Bates Holcombe was born on 9 September 1790 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Dorothy Bates.

Children of Daniel Bates Holcombe and Sarah Case

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 54.1/Item A-4-5-2-3-1-13.

Capt. Lemuel Bates

b. 1729, d. 1820
     Capt. Lemuel Bates was born in 1729 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 He died in 1820 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1

Child of Capt. Lemuel Bates and Deborah Lewis

Citations

  1. [S104] DAR DAR Lineage book, Vol 93, Page 20, #92063.

Daniel Bates

b. 1697, d. 1736
     Daniel Bates was born in 1697. He died in 1736.

Child of Daniel Bates

Chloe Pinney Holcombe

b. 5 August 1769, d. 19 March 1771
     Chloe Pinney Holcombe was born on 5 August 1769 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 She was the daughter of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney. Chloe Pinney Holcombe was baptized on 13 May 1770. She died on 19 March 1771 at age 1.

Citations

  1. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 225.

Chloe Holcombe

b. 16 November 1770
     Chloe Holcombe was baptized on 13 May 1770. She was born on 16 November 1770 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney.

Orpha Roberts

b. 16 July 1773, d. 26 January 1820
     Orpha Roberts was born on 16 July 1773. She was the daughter of Nathan Roberts and Rhoda Woodford. Orpha Roberts married Hezekiah Holcombe III, son of Hezekiah Holcombe II and Chloe Pinney, in 1791. Orpha Roberts died on 26 January 1820 at age 46. She was buried on 28 January 1820 at Episcopal Parish Christ's Church, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Child of Orpha Roberts and Hezekiah Holcombe III

James Lanman Holcombe

b. 16 March 1855, d. 7 March 1861
James Lanman and Chelsea Holcombe
Granby Center Cemetery
     James Lanman Holcombe was born on 16 March 1855 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 He was the son of Amherst Lanman Holcombe and Julia A. Jones. James Lanman Holcombe died on 7 March 1861 at age 5.2,3 He was buried at Center Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT; Lot IV-67.4

Citations

  1. [S229] Granby Vital Records unknown repository.
  2. [S230] Unknown subject unknown repository.
  3. [S161] Carol A. Laun, Granby Center Cemetery, Page 103.
  4. [S161] Carol A. Laun, Granby Center Cemetery, Page 103/Item IV-67.

Chelsea Jones Holcombe

b. 1862, d. 28 November 1862
     Chelsea Jones Holcombe was born in 1862. He was the son of Amherst Lanman Holcombe and Julia A. Jones. Chelsea Jones Holcombe died on 28 November 1862 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 He was buried at Center Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT; Lot IV-67.2

Citations

  1. [S233] Unknown subject unknown repository.
  2. [S161] Carol A. Laun, Granby Center Cemetery, Page 103.

Meriam H. (?)

b. circa 1789, d. 26 January 1870
     Buried in the family plot with Amherst and her daughter Julia. Meriam H. (?) was born circa 1789.1 She died on 26 January 1870. She was buried at Center Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT; Lot IV-67.2

Child of Meriam H. (?)

Citations

  1. [S38] 1860 Federal Census, unknown repository address, Granby, Hartford Co., CT.
  2. [S161] Carol A. Laun, Granby Center Cemetery, Page 103.

Margaret (?)

b. circa 1609, d. 23 August 1670
     Margaret (?) was born circa 1609. She married Edward Griswold, son of George Griswold and Dousabel Leigh, circa 1628 at England. Margaret (?) died on 23 August 1670 at Killingworth (now Clinton), CT.

Children of Margaret (?) and Edward Griswold

James Bemis

     James Bemis married Sarah Dimond, daughter of John Dimond and Rebecca Bemis.

Child of James Bemis and Sarah Dimond

Sarah Griswold1

b. 28 March 1653
     Sarah Griswold was born on 28 March 1653 at Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT. She was the daughter of Francis Griswold and Sarah (?)

Citations

  1. [S116] Esther Griswold French and Robert Lewis French, Griswold, Page 25/Item 13.

Joseph Griswold1

b. 4 June 1655, d. July 1655
     Joseph Griswold was born on 4 June 1655 at Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT. He was the son of Francis Griswold and Sarah (?) Joseph Griswold died in July 1655.

Citations

  1. [S116] Esther Griswold French and Robert Lewis French, Griswold, Page 15/Item 14.

Mary Griswold1

b. 26 August 1656
     Mary Griswold was born on 26 August 1656 at Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT. She was the daughter of Francis Griswold and Sarah (?)

Citations

  1. [S116] Esther Griswold French and Robert Lewis French, Griswold, Page, 15, 26/Item 15.

Hannah Griswold1

b. 11 December 1658, d. 20 February 1687/88
     Hannah Griswold was born on 11 December 1658 at Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT.2 She was the daughter of Francis Griswold and Sarah (?) Hannah Griswold died on 20 February 1687/88 at age 29.2 She was buried at Plymouth, MA.2

Citations

  1. [S116] Esther Griswold French and Robert Lewis French, Griswold, Page 27/Item 16.
  2. [S343] David Jay Webber, "Widow Griswold."