Philip Coombs was born July 10, 1770 in Massachusetts, the son
of William and Jane (Greenleaf) Coombs. He married Elizabeth
Harrold, who was born 15 January 1775, at Massachusetts, and then
moved his family to Bangor, Maine about 1814.
He and his sons, grandsons, and successive generations became
important figures in the history of Bangor. See other pages
If the document below is dated 1836, Philip could be the person
who wrote it. However, I'm not sure the date is 1836 or 1856.
If 1856, this Philip would have been dead by then, and the
document would have been made by his son or grandson.
Below are a reprint of a post at the blog Heirlooms Reunited,
which features the document and a transcription, and a family tree
for Philip's great grandson, Philip Henry Coombs, who was born 24
December 1856 at Bangor, Maine. See also the page for Philip
Henry Coombs (1856-).
1856 or 1836 document detailing an agreement between Philip Coombs
of Bangor, Maine, and Joseph Brown, or Joseph Brewer, of Brewer
agreement between Philip Coombs Esq of Bangor
[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
$500 down and $500 next May 1856
[or 1836] with
the remainder in 4 annual payments with interest
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 online research into the Coombs family, hopefully correct:
Philip Coombs (1)was born 10 July 1770 in Massachusetts and died 13
November 1848 in Maine. He had moved to Bangor, Maine as
early as 1814. In 1836 he donated land originally called
Coombs City Common and now known as Chapin Park; it's located on
Bangor's east side.
Philip Coombs (1) was the son of William and Jane (Greenleaf)
Coombs. He married Elizabeth Harrod and had a son Philip
Henry Coombs (2), born 21 February 1803 in Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Harrod was born 15 January 1775 at Newburyport,
Massachusetts, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Morrill)
Philip Henry Coombs (2) came to Bangor, Maine, with his parents
Philip (1) and Elizabeth about 1814. He married Eliza Webster
Boardman, who was born 26 August 1805 at Massachusetts, the
daughter of Jonathan Boardman Jr. and his wife Sarah (Horton)
Philip Henry Coombs (2) and Eliza had a son Philip Coombs (3), born
5 August 1833 at Bangor, Maine. Philip Coombs (3) married
Sarah Forbes Woodhull, who was born 14 January 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.
For more information on the Coombs family, see the pages for Philip
Coombs (1770-1848), Philip Henry Coombs (1803-1871), Philip Coombs
(1833-1906) and Philip Henry Coombs (1856-) at the Maine and
Maritime Canada Genealogy network.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the
information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me
For those not familiar with the area, Brewer, Maine is directly
across the Penobscot River from Bangor, Maine, as shown in the map
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