Frances Coombs (mtDNA)

From Mayflower DNA
Jump to: navigation, search

Status summary

Completed as of March 28, 2022:

  • Unknown whether any surviving matrilineal (direct female-line) descendants today.
  • Recruiting matrilineal Frances COOMBS Howland descendants for full mtDNA testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact


First Generation

Frances Coombs was born Middleborough 6 Jan 1682, the daughter of Francis Coombs and Mary Barker.[1] Frances died before Jul 1759. She married about 1711 Nathan Howland and they had six children (Middleborough): Desire (1712-1716/7), Seth (1714/5), Caleb (1717), Priscilla (1719/20), George (1723) and Ruth (1727).

Second Generation

Ruth Howland was born Middleborough 4 Apr 1727 and died aft Jun 1767. She married Middleborough 26 Jan 1757 Thomas Darling and they had four children (Middleborough): Rebeckah (1757), Lurancy (1759), Seth (1762) and Zenas (1766).

Third Generation

Rebeckah Darling was born Middleborough 7 Oct 1757. She married Oakham 25 Jun 1781 Benson Dunbar.

Lurancy Darling was born Middleborough 30 May 1759 and died Stafford, CT 12 Jan 1844. She married New Braintree 9 Oct 1683 William Washburn and they had at least three children: Seth (c1787), Howland (1790) and Roswell (c1794).

  1. The John Howland Silver Book 23:1:55 erroneously calls her daughter of Francis Coomb's first wife, Deborah Morton.

DNA results TBD

Previous mtDNA testing

To date, no known direct female line descendants of Frances COOMBS Howland are known to have done mtDNA testing and published their results. Anyone who believes they descend in a direct female line (ie mother's mother's mother's etc mother) is encouraged to contact

References & External Links

  • Lainhart, Ann Smith & Jane Fletcher Fisk, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Volume 23 Part III (sons Joseph & Jabez) General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA 2012
  • Soule, John E.; Terry, Milton E.; and Throop, Louise Walsh "George Soule of the Mayflower and his Descendants in the Fifth and Sixth Generations" (2000) General Society of Mayflower Descendants p.14