Friday, March 4, 2011

1856 document: agreement between Philip Coombs, Bangor, Maine & Joseph Brown or Joseph Brewer, Brewer, Maine

1856 or 1836 document detailing an agreement between Philip Coombs of Bangor, Maine, and Joseph Brown, or Joseph Brewer, of Brewer Maine.


Agreement between Philip Coombs Esq of Bangor and Joseph [Brown or Brewer] of Brewer -  the said Joseph [Brown or Brewer] agrees to sell to the said Coombs a lot or parcel of land on the front of his farm -
containing 6 or 8 acres more or less - at 500 dollars per acre $500 down and $500 next May 1856 [or 1836] with interest.  the remainder in 4 annual payments with interest annually

Depending on the date of this document, there are several possibilities for a Philip Coombs. If the date is 1836, there are three options, a grandfather, father and son, successive generations of a noted Bangor, Maine family.

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested!]

Philip Coombs (1), son of William and Jane (Greenleaf) Coombs, was born 10 July 1770 in Massachusetts and died November 13, 1848 in Maine.  Philip married Elizabeth Harrod, who was born January 15, 1775 at Newburyport, Massachusetts, the daughter of Banjamin and Mary (Morrill) Harrod.  Philip and Elizabeth had a son Philip Henry Coombs (2), born February 21, 1803 in Massachusetts.   By about 1814, the family had moved to Bangor, Maine.

In 1836 Philip Coombs (1) donated land originally called Coombs City Common and now known as Chapin Park; it's located on Bangor's east side.

Philip Henry Coombs, who came to Bangor, Maine, with his parents about 1814, married Eliza Webster Boardman, the daughter of Jonathan Boardman Jr. and Sarah (Horton) Boardman.  Eliza was born August 26, 1805 at Massachusetts.

Philip Henry Coombs and Eliza had a son Philip Coombs (3), born August 5, 1833 at Bangor, Maine.  Philip Coombs (3) married Sarah Forbes Woodhull, who was born January 14, 1830 in Maine, the daughter of Richard and Sarah (Forbes) Woodhull.

Philip Coombs (3) and Sarah had a son Philip Henry Coombs, but he wasn't born until 24 December 1856 at Bangor, so could not be one of the parties of this document.

Hopefully a reader will come forward to give an opinion on the date of the document and, more importantly, on whether the other party is Joseph Brown of Brewer, Maine or Joseph Brewer of Brewer, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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