Timothy Holcombe1,2

b. 25 February 1756
     Timothy Holcombe was born on 25 February 1756 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.3 He was the son of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman.4 Timothy Holcombe married Elizabeth Griffin, daughter of Benoni Griffin and Mary Delacey.

Simsbury Records. They moved to Salisbury, Ct., and later to West Virginia. He had a Revolutionary War Pension.

Additional information on this family is from James Schultz, waldenwalnuts@yahoo.com , Oregon, IL 61061.

Michael O'Farrell has done considerable research on this line and consulted with James Schultz and come to the following conclusions in an email dated 21 February 2011:

Despite what is claimed in McPherson, Timothy, son of Hezekiah and Susanna (Alderman) Holcomb, was not a lieutenant. According to his pension file, he served in the Revolutionary War on three separate occasions and each time as a private. He also stated in his application that he had lived in Simsbury until removing to Bath Co, Va, at age 33. Therefore, it seems unlikely that Timothy ever lived in Salisbury, Connecticut, as is claimed in McPherson's book. He was drafted and guarded military stores in Litchfield for a while, near the end of the war. Perhaps that is where the confusion arose.

Also note that, since Timothy and wife Elizabeth lived in Simsbury, I assume that all of their children with birth dates prior to 1789-90, or so, were born there, and not in Salisbury, as McPherson has them.

While I am as yet not absolutely certain, I do not personally believe that Timothy Holcomb actually lived in Greenbrier Co, as is claimed. He owned land in that county, but all of the data I have so far places him in the counties of Bath and Pocahontas. There is some uncertainty, though, and we must exercise some caution. Last I heard, local historians were still attempting to locate Timothy's initial residence in what is now Pocahontas Co, WVa. I also happen to know that he owned more than one home and would relocate his entire household from one to another on a whim. So, the jury is still out on this one, but it is something of which we should be aware.

Children of Timothy Holcombe and Elizabeth Griffin

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 55.1/Item A-4-5-2-3-3.
  2. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. II:Pg. 70/Item 45233.
  3. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 182.
  4. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 49.1.
  5. [S721] Jim Schultz, "Timothy Holcomb," e-mail to Jame H. Holcombe, 19 December 2010.
  6. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 55.1.

Elizabeth Griffin

b. 26 May 1755, d. after 12 April 1808
     Elizabeth Griffin was born on 26 May 1755 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.1 She was the daughter of Benoni Griffin and Mary Delacey. Elizabeth Griffin married Timothy Holcombe, son of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Elizabeth Griffin died after 12 April 1808 at White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier Co., VA.1

Bowman thinks Elizabeth is the daughter of Levi Griffin.

Children of Elizabeth Griffin and Timothy Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S721] Jim Schultz, "Timothy Holcomb," e-mail to Jame H. Holcombe, 19 December 2010.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 55.1.

Timothy Holcombe III

b. circa 1802, d. after 1880
     Timothy Holcombe III was born circa 1802.1,2 He was the son of Timothy Holcombe II and Mary A. Chesnut. Timothy Holcombe III married Hannah Ruckman on 19 June 1828. Timothy Holcombe III married Mary Ann Ettenburn circa 1865 at Caldwell Co., MO.2 Timothy Holcombe III died after 1880 at probably Mirabile, Caldwell Co., MO.2

Notes from William E. Walsh Billie0W@aol.com.

Children of Timothy Holcombe III and Hannah Ruckman

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 55.1.
  2. [S721] Jim Schultz, "Timothy Holcomb," e-mail to Jame H. Holcombe, 19 December 2010.

Hannah Ruckman

b. 12 March 1798, d. circa 1855
     Hannah Ruckman was born on 12 March 1798 at Lower Back Creek, Bath Co., VA.1 She married Timothy Holcombe III, son of Timothy Holcombe II and Mary A. Chesnut, on 19 June 1828. Hannah Ruckman died circa 1855.1

Children of Hannah Ruckman and Timothy Holcombe III

Citations

  1. [S721] Jim Schultz, "Timothy Holcomb," e-mail to Jame H. Holcombe, 19 December 2010.

Charles Timothy Holcombe

b. 25 February 1839, d. 24 August 1915
     Charles Timothy Holcombe was born on 25 February 1839 at Caldwell Co., MO.1 He was the son of Timothy Holcombe III and Hannah Ruckman. Charles Timothy Holcombe married Celia Ellen Wahnsidel, daughter of Matthias Wahnsidel and Mary Ann Ettenburn, on 18 April 1865. Charles Timothy Holcombe died on 24 August 1915 at Baline Co., OK, at age 76.

Children of Charles Timothy Holcombe and Celia Ellen Wahnsidel

Citations

  1. [S721] Jim Schultz, "Timothy Holcomb," e-mail to Jame H. Holcombe, 19 December 2010.

Celia Ellen Wahnsidel

b. 22 February 1848, d. 26 March 1924
     Other spelling: Wonseller. Celia Ellen Wahnsidel was born on 22 February 1848 at Fayette Co., PA. She was the daughter of Matthias Wahnsidel and Mary Ann Ettenburn. Celia Ellen Wahnsidel married Charles Timothy Holcombe, son of Timothy Holcombe III and Hannah Ruckman, on 18 April 1865. Celia Ellen Wahnsidel died on 26 March 1924 at Booker, TX, at age 76.

Children of Celia Ellen Wahnsidel and Charles Timothy Holcombe

Albert Chestnut Holcombe

b. 2 April 1874, d. 11 October 1964
     Albert Chestnut Holcombe was born on 2 April 1874 at Caldwell Co., MO. He was the son of Charles Timothy Holcombe and Celia Ellen Wahnsidel. Albert Chestnut Holcombe married Rosetta Dean, daughter of Heney Arthur Dean and Alice McCannon, on 23 April 1923 at First Baptist Church, Beaver Co., OK. Albert Chestnut Holcombe died on 11 October 1964 at Enid, OK, at age 90. He was buried at Ames, OK.

Albert C. and Rosetta were enumerated in the 1930 Logan, Bever Co., OK, federal census. He was a farmer, age 56, she was 26. Children in the household were Alice Irene 5, Roy H, 2 years 5 months, and Ronald R. 3 months.

Children of Albert Chestnut Holcombe and Rosetta Dean

Rosetta Dean

b. 20 February 1904, d. 20 September 1937
     Rosetta Dean was born on 20 February 1904 at Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK Terr.. She was the daughter of Heney Arthur Dean and Alice McCannon. Rosetta Dean married Albert Chestnut Holcombe, son of Charles Timothy Holcombe and Celia Ellen Wahnsidel, on 23 April 1923 at First Baptist Church, Beaver Co., OK. Rosetta Dean died on 20 September 1937 at Ames, OK, at age 33.

Children of Rosetta Dean and Albert Chestnut Holcombe

Floyd Earl Smith

b. 12 February 1918, d. 26 February 1981
     Floyd Earl Smith was born on 12 February 1918 at Enid, OK. He died on 26 February 1981 at Breckinridge, OK, at age 63.

Joseph Alderman1,2

b. 30 June 1697, d. 23 September 1782
     Joseph Alderman was born on 30 June 1697 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.3 He was the son of William Alderman and Mary Case. Joseph Alderman married Mindwell Case, daughter of William Case and Elizabeth Holcombe, on 30 June 1720 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. Joseph Alderman died on 23 September 1782 at age 85.4

Mindwell was a great-granddaughter of Thomas Holcombe , the immigrant.

Children of Joseph Alderman and Mindwell Case

Citations

  1. [S101] Ruth Cost Duncan, John Case, Page 1/Item 1.ii.f.
  2. [S418] Ruth Cost Duncan, John Case 2nd Edition, Page 3.
  3. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman, Page 20.
  4. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman, Page 526.

Mindwell Case1,2

b. 21 March 1700
     Mindwell Case was born on 21 March 1700. She was the daughter of William Case and Elizabeth Holcombe. Mindwell Case married Joseph Alderman, son of William Alderman and Mary Case, on 30 June 1720 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.

Ruth Cost Duncan cites the Simsbury Vital Records.

Children of Mindwell Case and Joseph Alderman

Citations

  1. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. I:Pg. 21.
  2. [S101] Ruth Cost Duncan, John Case, Page 4/Item 3.vii.

Susannah Holcombe1,2

b. 8 May 1753
     Susannah Holcombe was born on 8 May 1753 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.3 She was the daughter of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Susannah Holcombe married Samuel Forward, son of Abel Forward and Hannah Phelps. Simsbury Records say "mary" 8, 1753.

Moved to Aurora Township, in OH in 1803.

Children of Susannah Holcombe and Samuel Forward

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 54.2/Item A-4-5-2-3-2.
  2. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. II:Pg. 69/Item 45232.
  3. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 182.

Samuel Forward

b. 21 April 1752, d. 1821
     Samuel Forward was born on 21 April 1752 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.1 He was the son of Abel Forward and Hannah Phelps.1 Samuel Forward married Susannah Holcombe, daughter of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Samuel Forward died in 1821.

Children of Samuel Forward and Susannah Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 195.

Capt. Jesse Holcombe1,2

b. 20 November 1759, d. 1827
     Capt. Jesse Holcombe married Lovisa Pinney, daughter of Jonathan Pinney and Lydia Case. Capt. Jesse Holcombe was born on 20 November 1759 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.3 He was the son of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Capt. Jesse Holcombe died in 1827.

They lived in Mesopotamia, Ohio and Trumbell County, OH, and are listed in Trumbell County History books.

Children of Capt. Jesse Holcombe and Lovisa Pinney

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 58.2/Item A-4-5-2-3-4.
  2. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. II:Pg. 70/Item 45234.
  3. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 182.

Chloe Holcombe

b. 1767
     Chloe Holcombe was born in 1767. She was the daughter of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman.

Seaver, Weir and SS but not in Simsbury records.

Abel Holcombe1,2,3,4

b. 1761, d. 12 September 1833
     Abel Holcombe was born in 1761. He was the son of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Abel Holcombe married Elizabeth Pinney, daughter of Jonathan Pinney and Lydia Case, on 1 April 1779. Abel Holcombe died on 12 September 1833 at Windham, Greene Co., NY. He was buried at Big Hollow (now Maplecrest), Greene Co., NY.5

Seaver, Weir, and SS but not in Simsbury records. Abel had a Revolutionary War Pension.

Abel was enumerated in the 1790 Granby, Hartford Co., CT, federal census. There were 3 males and 4 females in the household.

Abel was enumerated in the 1800 Granby, Hartford Co., CT, federal census. There were 6 males and 5 females in the household.

Abel was enumerated in the 1810 Windham, Greene Co., NY, federal census. There were 6 males and 6 females in the household.

Children of Abel Holcombe and Elizabeth Pinney

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 59.2/Item A-4-5-2-3-5.
  2. [S23] Jesse Seaver, The Holcomb(e) Genealogy, Page 26/Item 123.
  3. [S101] Ruth Cost Duncan, John Case, Page 9.
  4. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. II:Pg. 70/Item 45236.
  5. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 59.2, Item A-4-5-2-3-5.
  6. [S67] 1850 Federal Census, unknown repository address, On-line.
  7. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 59.2, Item A-4-5-2-3-5-6.
  8. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 59.2, Item A-4-5-2-3-5-9.
  9. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 62.2, Item A-4-5-2-3-5-11.
  10. [S269] Patricia Morrow, "Carlos Holcombe", Page 631.

Seth Holcombe1

b. 1768, d. 1804
     Seth Holcombe married Deborah Bates. Seth Holcombe was born in 1768. He was the son of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Seth Holcombe died in 1804.

Citations

  1. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. II:Pg. 71/Item 45237.

Deborah Bates

b. 1768, d. 1857
     Deborah Bates married Seth Holcombe, son of Capt. Hezekiah Holcombe and Susanna Alderman. Deborah Bates was born in 1768. She died in 1857.

Thomas Griffin

b. 3 October 1658
     Thomas Griffin was born on 3 October 1658 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Sergeant John Griffin and Anna Bancroft.1

Children of Thomas Griffin and Elizabeth Welton

Citations

  1. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman, Page 474.

Bathsheba Holcombe

b. 3 January 1721
     Bathsheba Holcombe was born on 3 January 1721.1 She was the daughter of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.1

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, page 44.2.

Joel Holcombe

b. 1723
     Joel Holcombe was born in 1723. He was the son of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.

Joshua Holcombe IV1,2,3

b. 2 February 1724, d. 16 April 1784
     Joshua Holcombe IV was born on 2 February 1724 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.4 He was the son of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.5 Joshua Holcombe IV married Martha Griffin, daughter of Stephen Griffin and Mary Delacey. Joshua Holcombe IV died on 16 April 1784 at age 60.

Bowman found this death date to be 1772 while Seaver states he died in 1784 of small pox. If he died in 1772, his widow could be the Mrs. Martha Jr. who married Adonjah Ford in August 1772 (GR), If he died in 1784, his widow could be the one who married Rene Cossitt in 1786. There is a picture of the tombstone of Deacon Joshua who died n 1784 on page 44 of Weir, but one should be cautious in reading tombstones, see the article by McCracken in TAG 44:58-60. Seaver and Simsbury records indicate that Joshua had children.

Thomas Howard, the head of the East Granby Historical Society, found that Deacon Joshua Holcombe is buried on the crest of Hatchet Hill, a few feet east of the Meacomet Trail. His 10-month old granddaughter, Ruth Ford, who died two days earlier, is buried a few feet away. Mr. Howard believes that she also died if the smallpox epidemic that took so many lives at that time. Also in the graveyard are the bodies of Ruth's cousins, 2 year-old Caleb Holcomb, who died on April 6, 1788, and his 1-year-old twin sisters, Amarilla and Boadica who died in March 1793; Caleb and his sisters share one headstone.

William E. Talbot, took Joshua's stone and constructed a foundation fo a large tool shed, which was later converted to a home. Tom Howard has started a fund to replace the stones on the original graves.

From the Granby News, 19 March 2012:

EAST GRANBY — Tom Howard, a local historian and retired high school teacher, is working to make sure a man and his grandchildren, struck down in the 1780s and 1790s by small pox, are not forgotten.

“Hikers walk by it on the Metacomet Trail overlooking the valley, never aware that a grandfather lies buried alongside four of his grandchildren,” Howard said.

Deacon Joshua Holcomb, age 61, died of smallpox on April 16, 1784. His 9-month-old granddaughter Ruth Ford died two days earlier.

A grandson died in his second year of life, in 1788, and twin 12-month-old granddaughters died in 1793.

Howard believes the graves are isolated in this wooded area, on the hill north of Hatchet Hill Road in East Granby, because the deaths were all due to small pox, a fearsome and highly contagious disease.

Howard learned that headstones for the five members of the Holcomb family vanished 70 years ago from the smallpox cemetery, and were encased in a concrete wall in 1939.

“They could not be salvaged,” he said. “New stones have had to be cut.”

Tom Howard and his wife Virginia have been working for 15 years to restore the burial ground, and this summer three new headstones should be in place.

Ground penetrating radar, or GPR, will be needed to find the exact placement of the graves, and therefore the headstones.

But GPR is expensive, and Howard hopes readers will donate to The Smallpox Restoration Fund, c/o the first National Bank of Suffield, Center Shops, East Granby, CT 06026.

“In addition, Connecticut statutes governing ancient burial ground restorations require that descendants of the deceased be contacted for consent if graves are moved or disturbed or headstones removed,” he said.

“In this case graves will not be disturbed, and three headstones will be returned to mark the passing of these Holcomb family members.”

If you are a descendant of Deacon Joshua Holcomb (1723-1784) who died of smallpox, please contact Howard at Thomas.f.howard@snet.net or 860-658-0232.

Howard is also looking for eyewitnesses and photographs of the cemetery before 1940, to learn the exact positions of the headstones.

For more information, read “Mysteries of the Smallpox Cemetery,” an article Howard wrote in 2008 for the Simsbury Free Library newsletter.

Children of Joshua Holcombe IV and Martha Griffin

Citations

  1. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 44.2/Item A-4-5-2-2.
  2. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. I:Pg. 128-9/Item 4522.
  3. [S23] Jesse Seaver, The Holcomb(e) Genealogy, Page 15, Item 112.
  4. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 136.
  5. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, page 44.2.

Martha Griffin

b. 1737
     Martha Griffin was born in 1737. She was the daughter of Stephen Griffin and Mary Delacey. Martha Griffin married Joshua Holcombe IV, son of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.

Children of Martha Griffin and Joshua Holcombe IV

Keziah Holcombe

b. 2 April 1728
     Keziah Holcombe was born on 2 April 1728 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.1 She was the daughter of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.2 Keziah Holcombe married Joseph Alderman Jr., son of Joseph Alderman and Mindwell Case, on 13 November 1745 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.3

Simsbury Vital Records says Keziah is the daughter of Joshua Holcomb Jr.

Children of Keziah Holcombe and Joseph Alderman Jr.

Citations

  1. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 135.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, page 44.2.
  3. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 67.
  4. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman, Page 527.

Zilpah Holcombe

b. 12 August 1730
     Zilpah Holcombe was born on 12 August 1730 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.1 She was the daughter of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.2 Zilpah Holcombe married Anthony Rogers.

Zilpah must have died about 1782 and Anthony Rogers left, shortly thereafter, as a Loyalist, for Saint John, New Brunswick. Anthony sailed, from New York City with the “Spring Fleet” in 1783. He took with him his sons, Anthony, John and Edward. James remained in Simsbury and lived with school teacher Joshua Holcomb; Joel Eno appointed guardian for James. 3

Children of Zilpah Holcombe and Anthony Rogers

Citations

  1. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 135.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, page 44.2.
  3. [S602] Charles A. Rogers Jr., "Anthony Rogers," e-mail to James Hallowell Holcombe Jr., 4 July 2006 and following.

Anthony Rogers

     Anthony Rogers married Zilpah Holcombe, daughter of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.

Children of Anthony Rogers and Zilpah Holcombe

Alinoam Holcombe1

b. 17 February 1732/33, d. 11 April 1750
     Marriage in TAG.

Simsbury VR page 220, show a "Ahinoah Holcomb" married 25 September 1780 Obadiah Hayes. Could this be a second marriage for her? Alinoam Holcombe was born on 17 February 1732/33 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.2 She was the daughter of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin.3 Alinoam Holcombe married Elijah Alderman, son of John Alderman and Sarah Case. Alinoam Holcombe died on 11 April 1750 at age 17.4

Child of Alinoam Holcombe and Elijah Alderman

Citations

  1. [S65] Deanna Holcomb Bowman Thomas Holcomb and other Simsbury, Connecticut Settlers, Vol. I:Pg. 57.
  2. [S45] Albert C. Bates, Simsbury, Page 135.
  3. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, page 44.2.
  4. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman, Page 450.
  5. [S353] Carol Laun, "Alderman Bible."

Elijah Alderman

b. 1722, d. 11 January 1779
     Elijah Alderman was born in 1722.1 He was the son of John Alderman and Sarah Case. Elijah Alderman married Alinoam Holcombe, daughter of Joshua Holcombe III and Marey Griffin. Elijah Alderman married Deborah (?). Elijah Alderman left a will on 10 January 1779.1 He died on 11 January 1779.1 He was buried at Episcopal Church Cemetery, North Bloomfield, Hartford Co., CT.1 His estate was probated on 2 April 1779 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.1

Elijah resided in Simsbury all his life, his home being in that section known as East Granby. The Turkey Hills Parish register shows that Elijah was a member of a committee 1776 to 1778. They were members of the Episcopal Church of North Bloomfield, known as Scotland, and their bodies lie buried in the cemetery opposite the church.

Elijah's eldest son Elijah, was executor of his will. Asahel Holcomb was appointed guardian for Gad who was fourteen years old, and Nathaniel Phelps was appointed guardian of John who was under fourteen.

Elijah enlisted in the 1st Co. of the 3rd Regiment of Windham, CT, commanded by Col. E. Dyer, on September 12, 1755, and was discharged December 8, 1755. He again enlisted on March 27, 1756, with the rank of Corporal, under Col. Phineas Lyman of Suffield, CT, and was discharged November 14, 1756.2

Child of Elijah Alderman and Alinoam Holcombe

Children of Elijah Alderman and Deborah (?)

Citations

  1. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman, Page 450.
  2. [S359] William Alderman Parker, Alderman.
  3. [S353] Carol Laun, "Alderman Bible."