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Holcombe, John: whose children migrated to PA in 1700
John Holcombe

His Descendants Who Settled in NJ and PA

site map important places family tree

1st generation
2nd generation
3rd generation
4th generation
5th generation
6th generation
7th generation
8th generation

Compiled by: 

Jon K. Holcombe

47206 Oak Place

Wellesley Island NY 13640-3129


[email protected]

Designed by: 

Jenifer (Holcombe) Soykan




  This site is about the genealogy of John Holcombe who died in England.  His widow Sarah remarried and she and their children came to Philadelphia in 1700.  They were Quakers and their early history is preserved in early records of the Friends.  Presented here are those descendants as known to the compiler.  In addition to the descendants, there are pages of history, pictures of places past, and a review of the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum.

   Eight generations, starting with John Holcombe and his wife Sarah Scott, are listed on separate pages.  The viewer is invited to read these pages, which have not been updated since November 2002 and will be updated when more information has been entered. As noted below, a current searchable database is linked to this site.   A search engine for this site is provided.

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   The better alternative is to use the link below to go to a fully searchable database we uploaded to World Connect to compliment this site.  Except between uploads, the data is the same, but additional text files are found on this site, with the additional commentary.  Click on the following link to go to the:


  This database was last updated April  15, 2011 and has more than 10,900 entries with sources.


   Most of the descendants came from son John B. Holcombe who eventually settled in the Town of Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  His early home is now preserved as part of the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum at Lambertville, New Jersey.  A home he later built nearby about 1740 is still occupied by descendants and was used by Gen. George Washington as his headquarters.  It was then owned by Richard Holcombe, his son.

  Everyone is invited to send additional or correcting information to us at:  [email protected]



  DNA has now become a viable tool for genealogy.  The Holcombe Project is located at and the present results are given in table form.  This is for male descendants bearing the Holcomb(e) surname.  It is a test of the Y chromosome.

  More individuals are needed to participate so that discreet Holcombe lines can be established.  The process is quite easy.  One contacts and requests a kit that consists of three swabs that look like tooth brushes.  There is a cost starting at $149 for a 12 marker test.  More information is at  I would appreciate an email from anyone who is or has considered participating.  There is an important need to have more males with the Holcombe surname to contribute.


THOMAS HOLCOMBE of Connecticut

  The descendants of John and Sarah (Scott) Holcombe were not the only ones of that surname to come to the new world.  Earlier in 1630, Thomas Holcombe came to New England and settled in Connecticut.  A most excellent site has been developed by James Holcombe at which Jim has detailed much research about the Holcombes and the descendants of Thomas.   Special thanks to Jim for allowing use of the Holcombe Crest in the upper left hand pages of this site.

  Interested researchers can access the Thomas Holcombe  site for the Connecticut branch at:



  There are a number of Holcombes of the Virginia line that started sometime in the 1680s and spread throughout the south.  Hopefully an energetic researcher will review and add to the data in McPherson, and add a research site with the results.  If anyone is interested in pursuing this, I am more than glad to help.  Some recent DNA evidence indicates a close relationship.



  Be sure to check out our page honoring the the Museum located where John Holcombe first lived at Lambertville, New Jersey.  Just click on the museum link on the sidebar of any page of this site. 

  See the Museum page for the events schedule



  This kind of research is often called genealogy and family history without distinction.  However, here the attempt is to provide a genealogy in the sense of the tracing of the descendants of a particular line.  This compiler is also interested in our family history and that may be found at another site in which the historical perspective is from that of our parents.  That site can be accessed at:


Created           March 25, 2002

Last modified  May 31, 2011