James McCombe was born around 1692 near Ballyvester in Northern Ireland. He was the son of Alexander McCombe 1644-1724 and Mary Maxwell 1650-1693.
The name of James McCombe’s wife is unknown but it appears he had seven sons and at least one daughter, according to several sources.
It is likely he married near Ballyvester.
Two sons are names unknown, but the other children for which there are records are listed below.
- Hugh of Slanes, Northern Ireland (mentioned in the Registry of Deeds re 1761)
- John – (Exchequer Court of Equity – Alex McComb and John McComb are both defendants in 1752 and again in 1763)
- James, Lieutenant b 1703 d 1766 (soldier – “1838 these properties are still in the possession of his youngest son, Alexander McCombe, Esq., now of Dundalk; his other brother, Lieut. James McCombe, having raised recruits in this country, joined the army and died abroad).
- Arthur b 1704 d 1776 of Slanes, Northern Ireland (mentioned in the Registry of Deeds re 1761). Land lease for the lives of Alexander McComb, Arthur McComb 6th son of James McComb late of Ballyvester deceased, and Thomas Tipping 1735. Will of Arthur McComb, farmer of Slanes near Ballyvester 1776.
- Alexander, Reverend b 1705 Rathfiland d 1797 Freeduff, Creggan. Presbyterian minister married Elizabeth, Mary Edwards and Ann (widow of James Craige).
- Elizabeth b ca 1707. Court of Chancery – Joseph Scott and Elizabeth McCombe (widow of William Black) are executors for James McCombe. Joseph Scott was probably his friend, close business partner or in-law of brothers 1766.
James McCombe, senior, is mentioned in several sources –
- 1727 – Court of Chancery records mentioning son John
- 1729 – Court of Chancery records mentioning James McComb. Savage was a prominent landowning family in Ards, East part of Co. Down
- 1735 – Land lease document – for the lives of Alexander McComb, Arthur McComb 6th son of James McComb late of Ballyvester deceased, and Thomas Tipping.
James McCombe died before 1735 according to the land lease document above, and is most likely buried in the cemetery at Slanes where his parents are buried.