Sercombes in Newspapers and Magazines
NOTE: Items marked with a solid bullet have been incorporated into the Compilation of
Sercombe Families; items with a hollow bullet have not.
From the Adelaide Advertiser:
(from the Ryerson index)
From The Argus (Melbourne):
- [death notice, 10 Sep 2007] Betty SERCOMBE, 68, d. 9 Sep 2007
- [death notice, 12 Sep 2007] Betty SERCOMBE
From the South Australia Government Gazette:
- [Family Notices, 24 Dec 1864] "SERCOMBE-NELSON.--On the 17th inst., at Castlemaine, by the Rev. E. Day, Samuel Sercombe, only son of the late -- Sercombe, Esq., Bideford, Devonshire, England, to Erskine, daughter of the late John Nelson, Cupar, Fife, Scotland."
(from the Devon FHS strays index -- complete notice not yet obtained)
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
- death of James Odger SERCOMBE of Exeter DEV -- on 24 Aug 1879 at Yongala SA aged 57 -- under
medical treatment for some time, expired suddenly, death due to debility accelerated by drink
(from the Ryerson index and Ken Campbell's index to in memoriam notices)
From the Cairns Post:
- [death notice, 8 Nov 1886] John SIRCOM, d. 24 Oct 1886 at Georgetown, Northern Queensland, formerly of Sydney
- [death notice, 27 Aug 1888] George Gilbert SIRCOM, 9, d. 25 Aug 1888, late of Burwood
- [death notice, 21 Nov 1894] John SIRCOM, 82, d. 12 Nov 1894 at Melbourne
- [death notice, 26 Nov 1897] Arthur Robert SERCOMBE, 36, d. 24 Nov at St Vincent's Hospital
- [death notice, 27 Nov 1897] Arthur Rupert SERCOMBE, 37, d. 25 Nov at St Vincent's Hospital
- [death notice, 10 Jun 1899] Annie SIRCOM, d. 9 Jun, late of Balmain
- [death notice, 14 Mar 1904] Jane SERCOMB, 58, d. 12 Mar 1904, late of Hurstville
- [funeral notice, 4 Sep 1908] George SERCOMBE, funeral 4 Sep 1908, late of Waverley
- [death notice, 10 Feb 1953] Frank SERCOMBE, d. 9 Feb 1953, late of Blakehurst
- [death notice, 28 Mar 1957] Matilda Jane SERCOMBE, 74, d. 27 Mar 1957, late of Rozelle
- [in memoriam] Hugh Noel SERCOMBE, d. 11 Jul 1957
- [death notice, 22 Aug 1960] Albert Edward SERCOMBE, 81, d. 19 Aug 1960 at Blacktown
- [death notice, 28 Oct 1961] Fredrick Samuel SERCOMBE, d. 24 Oct 1961, late of West Ryde
- [death notice, 15 Oct 1963] Robert Bertord SERCOMBE Jnr, d. 12 Oct 1963, late of Riverstone
- [death notice, 14 Apr 1964] Stanley William SERCOMBE, 52, d. 11 Apr 1964, late of Engadine
- [death notice, 11 Jul 1964] Robert Burford SERCOMBE, 72, d. 10 Jul 1964, late of Riverstone
- [death notice, 6 Apr 1965] Joan Ruth SERCOMBE, 41, d. 5 Apr 1965, late of Blacktown
- [death notice, 17 Jan 1970] Alice SERCOMBE, 82, d. 15 Jan 1970 at St George Hospital, late of Engadine
- [death notice, 14 Jun 1977] Christina SERCOMBE, 67, d. 10 Jun 1977, late of Riverstone
- [death notice, 16 Oct 1981] Elsie Bernice SERCOMBE, 65, d. 15 Oct 1981, late of Riverstone
- [death notice, 6 Apr 1982] William Leslie SERCOMBE, 40, d. 2 Apr 1982, late of Riverstone
- [death notice, 2 May 1990] John Oliver SERCOMBE, d. 30 Apr 1990, late of Blacktown
- [death notice, 19 Aug 1992] Robert Frederick SERCOMBE, 51, d. 14 Aug 1992, late of Riverstone
- [death notice, 7 Jul 1993] Nerida Christine SERCOMBE, 42, d. 5 Jul 1993
- [death notice, 1 Jun 2002] Marjorie Alma SERCOMBE, d. 29 May 2002
- [death notice, 11 Feb 2003] Thomas Henry SERCOMBE, 85, d. 8 Feb 2003, late of Greenwich and Booker Bay
- [death notice, 23 Jun 2003] Jan SERCOMBE, d. 22 Jun 2003 at Cabrini Hospital
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Central Coast Express Advocate:
- [funeral notice, 20 May 2008] Charles (Neil) SERCOMBE, 77, d. 15 May 2008 at Cairns Base Hospital, late of Warrina Nursing Home, Innisfail, formerly of Cairns
- [death notice, 31 May 2011] Colleen Margaret SERCOMBE, 62, d. 27 May 2011, late of Innisfail
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Coffs Coast Advocate:
- [death notice, 14 Feb 2003] Thomas Henry SERCOMBE, 85, d. 8 Feb 2003, late of Greenwich and Booker Bay
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Courier Mail (Brisbane):
- [death notice, 25 Jul 2007] Barrie John SERCOMBE, 73, d. 19 Jul 2007, late of Coffs Harbour
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Daily Telegraph (Sydney):
- [death notice, 18 Jul 2000] Harold James SERCOMBE, d. 16 Jul 2000
- [probate notice, 20 Sep 2000] Harold James SERCOMBE, d. 16 Jul 2000, late of Oxley
- [death notice, 27 Oct 2004] Heather Agnes SERCOMBE, 74, d. 24 Oct 2004, late of Redcliffe Peninsula
- [death notice, 23 Sep 2006] Athol David SERCOMBE, 96, d. 19 Sep 2006, late of Bellevue Nursing Home, formerly of Enoggera
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Dalby Herald:
- [death notice, 19 Sep 2003] Thelma Elsie JAMES or SERCOMBE, 90, d. 17 Sep 2003 at Mayflower Nursing Home of Austinmer, formerly of Ermington
- [death notice, 23 Apr 2004] Leslie James SERCOMBE, 53, d. 21 Apr 2004
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Hawkesbury Courier:
- [funeral notice, 10 Apr 2007] Patricia Mary SERCOMBE, 91, funeral 2 Apr 2007, late of Old Bar, formerly of Dalby and Killarney
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Herald Sun (Melbourne):
- [death notice, 14 Dec 2006] Christina SERCOMBE, 39, d. 11 Dec 2006, late of Windsor
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Hobart Mercury:
- [death notice, 10 Mar 2003] Betty SERCOMBE, 79, d. 9 Mar 2003, late of Bright
- [funeral notice, 11 Mar 2003] Betty SERCOMBE, funeral 12 Mar 2003
- [death notice, 23 Jun 2003] Jan SERCOMBE, d. 22 Jun 2003 at Cabrini Hospital
- [death notice, 15 Dec 2003] Helen Doreen SIRCOM, d. 13 Dec 2003 at Cabrini Hospital
- [death notice, 16 Dec 2003] Helen SIRCOM
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Illawarra Mercury:
- [death notice, 19 Apr 2008] Roy Douglas SERCOMBE, 85, d. 18 Apr 2008
- [death notice, 21 Apr 2008] Roy Douglas SERCOMBE, 85, d. 18 Apr 2008
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Moruya Examiner:
- [death notice, 15 Nov 1999] Lillian SERCOMBE, 92, d. 14 Nov 1999, late of Albion Park Rail, formerly of Tanga
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Newcastle Herald:
- [death notice, 16 Mar 1988] Noel David SERCOMBE, 64, d. 11 Mar 1988, late of Albion Park Rail
- [probate notice, 25 Nov 1988] Basil Owen SERCOMBE, late of Tanja
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Southern Highlands News (Bowral):
- [death notice, 7 Aug 2000] Margaret Ann SERCOMBE, 66
- [death notice, 8 Aug 2000] Margaret Ann SERCOMBE, 66
- [death notice, 10 Mar 2001] John Edward SERCOMBE, 52, funeral 13 Mar 2001, late of Greta
(from the Ryerson index)
From the The Age (Melbourne):
- [funeral notice, 12 May 2004] Elizabeth Lola SERCOMBE, 86, d. 11 May 2004
(from the Ryerson index)
From the Tweed Daily News:
- [death notice, 17 May 2008] Charles Neil SERCOMBE, 77, d. 15 May 2008 at Cairns Base Hospital
(from the Ryerson index)
- [death notice, 14 May 2009] Ivy Thelma (Thelma) SERCOMBE, 95, d. 8 MAY 2009 at Heritage Lodge, Murwillumbah, late of Murwillumbah
From the Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia):
From the Ottawa Citizen:
- [obituaries, 31 Jan 2011] "SIRCOM, Margaret Anne 'Meg' -- 43, beloved wife, mother, daughter,
sister and friend, died peacefully January 23rd, 2011, in Valley Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family. Meg grew up
in Hantsport, and attended Horton High, Université Ste. Anne and King's College University. She traveled
extensively in her 20s, to India with Canada World Youth, to Japan and Korea to teach English, and throughout much of
Asia. She spent her summers tree-planting in British Columbia where she developed a love of the outdoors and concern for
the environment, which she carried with her throughout her life. In 1993, Meg obtained a Bachelor of History from the
Liberal Arts College at Concordia University, and in 2000 she received an MA in English from the same university, then
became a teacher of English at Vanier College in Montreal. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2008
she returned with her family to the Annapolis Valley. Meg had a quirky, independent spirit that was wholly original.
Wherever she went in the world, people were drawn to her wry wit, gentle charisma, and overwhelming love of humanity. As
a result, she cultivated a vast range of friends, all of whom have been inspired by her grace while facing her illness.
Meg is survived by her husband, Andy Brown; children, Milo and Angus; parents, Robert and Hilary Sircom; sisters,
Elizabeth (Arnaud Beghin), Kate, and Gillian (Marc-Andre Tremblay); nephews and niece, Charlemagne, Sophie and Ivan
Tremblay, and Mowbray Beghin. Burial has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Meg's life in
Churchill House (The Hantsport Memorial Community Centre) on Saturday, January 29th, at 2 p.m. The family would like to
thank the compassionate doctors, nurses and other staff at Valley Regional Hospital and Nova Scotia Cancer Centre who
provided such outstanding care to Meg. They also wish to thank the many neighbours and friends whose support has meant so
much to them at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation or Nova
Scotia Nature Trust. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Lindsay Funeral Homes and
Crematorium, 568 Main St., Wolfville, NS B4P 1E7, (902) 542-4656. Cards of sympathy or donations in memory may be made to
this address or on-line at: www.serenitylindsayfuneralhome.ca"
- [obituaries, 7 Feb 2011] "BROMLEY (Sircom), Joan Elizabeth Churchill -- June 7, 1923 - February 1,
2011 of Wolfville, died peacefully in Harbour View Haven in Lunenburg surrounded by her family. Born in Regina, Sask., to
the late Jean Isabel (Cumming) (of Toronto) and Cecil Sircom (of Halifax), she is survived by her dear brother, Richard
Sircom; children, Eric, Ann (Cole), Peter and Michael Bromley (Kate Custeau); grandchildren, Meghan (Simon Reinhardt) and
Lliam Cole, Kelsey and Sasha Custeau, great-grandchildren, Ivy Cole Reinhardt and Isabel Cole. As in life, Joan died with
dignity and grace. She had a profound impact on the lives of everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed. Service to
be held Wednesday, February 9, at 11 a.m. from St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg. A celebration of her life to be
held in Wolfville will soon be announced. The family would like to thank the staff in Harbour View Haven for their loving
kindness to our mother while a resident there. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree and donations can be made to Nova
Scotia Nature Trust. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy. 3, Lunenburg.
(obituary index entries from OntarioObits -- complete articles not yet
From the London [Ontario] Free Press:
- [3 Nov 2005] Sylvia Kaye (SIRCOM) McMILLAN, b. at London, England, d. at Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
- [13 Feb 2007] Joyce (SIRCOM) ANDREW, 88, d. in Ontario
(obituary index entries from OntarioObits -- complete articles not yet
From the St. John's Daily News (Newfoundland):
- [4 Sep 2005] Susan Jane SERCOMBE, 54, d. at London, Ontario
- [4 Mar 2007 and 5 Mar 2007] Diane (WARD) SERCOMBE, 74, d. at Newbury, Ontario
(from Events of the Year
1917, transcribed by Chris Shelley)
From the Daily Telegraph (St. John, New Brunswick):
- Weddings: 17 Apr 1917 - Frederick C. SERCOMBE and Miss Minnie C. NORRIS
(from Daniel F. Johnson's Database of Vital Statistics
from New Brunswick Newspapers at the New Brunswick Provincial Archives -- full articles not yet obtained)
From the Daily News (St. John, New Brunswick):
- [5 Sep 1881 - index vol. 55, no. 1532]
m. Baptist Church, Hantsport, N.S., Thursday 1st inst., by Rev. Edward Whitman, Stephen SIRCOM, Halifax / Flora E.
CHURCHILL second d/o George W. CHURCHILL of firm E. Churchill & Sons.
- [24 Apr 1883 - index vol. 59, no. 227]
Birth - Hantsport, N.S., 15th inst., wife of S.J. SIRCOM, a daughter.
- [25 Nov 1889 - index vol. 74, no. 1434]
m. City of Boston, Mass., at residence of bride's father, 14th inst., by Rev. R.H. Howe, David J. KITCHIN, Barbadoes, W.I.
/ Blanch Miram SIRCOM d/o Stephen R. SIRCOM, formerly of Halifax, N.S.
- [2 Mar 1894 - index vol. 93, no. 897]
Birth - Elmcote, Dartmouth, N.S., Feb. 26th, to the wife of S.R. SIRCOM, a son.
(from Daniel F. Johnson's Database of Vital Statistics
from New Brunswick Newspapers at the New Brunswick Provincial Archives -- full articles not yet obtained)
From South Shore Now (Nova Scotia):
- [5 Sep 1881 - index vol. 56, no. 1259]
m. Baptist Church, Hantsport, N.S., 1st Sept., by Rev. Edward Whitman, Stephen SIRCOM, Halifax, N.S. / Flora E. CHURCHILL
second d/o George CHURCHILL of firm E. Churchill & Sons.
- [death notices,
9 Nov 2005] "Sylvia Kaye McMillan - 89, of Halifax, died October 29, 2005 at South Shore Regional Hospital,
Bridgewater. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Mahone Funeral Home, Mahone Bay."
From the Dartington News of the Day (courtesy of Liz Holliday):
From the Derby Evening Telegraph:
- [marriages, 21 Oct 1953] "Mr R Clarke and Miss B Sercombe on 17 Oct 1953 at Dartington Parish Church"
From Trewman's Exeter Flying Post (later or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser), published on Thursdays:
- [14 Jun 2008]
"Farewell to Mr Pantomime
"Tributes have been paid to a Derby composer known as Mr Pantomime who died weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
"Former Derby Playhouse musical director Malcolm Sircom, of West Avenue, died on Wednesday aged 73.
"He leaves his wife Judith, 60, and children Alan, 45, Jamie, 35, and Kate, 31.
"Judith, an actress, met her husband after he cast her in Dick Whittington at Derby Playhouse in 1971. They celebrated
their 35th wedding anniversary this year.
"She said: 'He was a very unshowbizzy person. He looked on it as a job. The worst thing you could have done to him was put
him on a pedestal and tell him he was wonderful.
"'He loved working with kids. He was particularly good with primary school children because at heart he was a 10-year-old
himself, so he could get very good results out of them.
"'But he was also a very shy man. His performance side was at odds with his personal side. He wasn't what people
"Composer Malcolm was classically trained in Cambridge and arrived to be musical director at the Playhouse in the late
1960s, after working in regional theatre for many years around the country.
"He also wrote and directed children's shows and a string of pantomimes for the theatre in the 1970s.
"Other career highlights included My Fair Lady, which opened the new Playhouse building in the Eagle Centre, the Mr Men
Musical, which ran in the West End during the 1980s, and a four-year tour with the Rocky Horror Show.
"He was so well-respected that he had a trophy named after him – the Malcolm Sircom Award for the best production of a
pantomime – which has been handed out every year at the Eagle Awards which celebrate the best of Derby's amateur
"Several schools and groups in Derby and Nottingham have performed his shows, written for the Musicline theatre company,
including St Benedict Catholic School. Popular musicals put on by pupils include Malcolm's Victorian-themed production
Olivia, Christmas show Ebenezer, and Dream On, a modern version of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
"He was hoping to direct his fifth show for St Mary's Catholic Primary School this year but his illness, diagnosed in
April, prevented him.
"Sport was Malcolm's other main passion. Born in London, he lived next to Highbury, the old home of Arsenal Football Club,
of which he was an eager supporter.
"Cricket was his other sporting devotion. Bowling in a charity match with his “demon leg spin”, he once took the wicket of
former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, much to his delight.
"And despite his age, he only finished padding up for Brailsford three years ago when he reached the age of 70 – then
straight away he became an umpire.
"Son Jamie said: 'Although he did tour with his theatre productions, Derby always remained close to his heart. He loved
the city and its people.'
"A memorial service takes place at St Mary's Catholic Church, in Bridge Gate, Derby, at 2.45pm on Friday."
(thanks to David Cornforth for the 1823 item)
From The Gentleman's Magazine:
- [11 Nov 1802]
"On Monday died, after a lingering illness Mrs. Sercombe, wife of Mr. Wm. Sercombe, of this city, grocer."
- [28 Nov 1805]
"On Tuesday last the right worshipful the mayor and chamber elected Mr. Thomas Filmore Sercombe, attorney-at-law, coroner
for this city and county, in place of Mr. Thomas Browne Barnett, who has resigned that office."
- [19 November 1807]
"Monday last died, Mr. William Sercombe, of this city, grocer and salter."
- [22 Nov 1810]
"Saturday last ... died, in an advanced age, Mrs. Sercombe, widow of the late Mr. Sercombe, of this city, wine-cooper."
- [21 Nov 1839] Deaths: "November 13, at Chudleigh, Jane, the beloved wife of Mr. J. Surcombe, aged 27 years."
- [2 Oct 1823] "On Monday afternoon, the body of a female was found floating on a part of the River Exe,
below Salmon Pool, commonly called Duck's Lake, and a bonnet and some other articles of female apparel were discovered
under a bush adjoining the bank; the body was got out of the water and taken to the Reception House of the Exeter Humane
Society, near the Lime Kilns, but though it appeared to have been but a short time in the water, all efforts to restore
animation were unavailing. Yesterday an inquest was taken before George Whitelocke, Esq. one of the Coroners for Devon,
who after viewing the body adjourned to the Windmill Public-house, Holloway-street, in this city. The deceased was
Mrs. Elizabeth Sercombe, 66 years of age, wife of Mr. Richard Sercombe, of the Fountain Public house, on the Quay;
a woman whose conduct through life had gained her the love and esteem of all who knew her, she left her house on Monday
afternoon between two and three o'clock, and was seen walking on the bank of the river, but no evidence came before the
jury, as to the manner of her getting into the water, and they returned a verdict of 'Found drowned.'"
- [1 Apr 1824]
"Died ... At Chesham, Bucks, on Thursday the 18th instant, in her 19th year, after a lingering illness, Ellen Otto,
youngest daughter of Mr. Sercombe, attorney, late of this city."
- [18 Feb 1836]
"Died ... February 13, at Bovey Tracey, age 73, Mrs. Sercombe, widow of the late Mr. John Sercombe, of that place, and
mother of the Messrs. Sercombe, of this city. She died in peace, after a very severe and protracted affliction."
- [3 Mar 1836]
"Births ... March 1, the Lady of Mr. George Sercombe, merchant, of this city, of a daughter."
- [22 Sep 1836]
"Births ... On Monday last, at Sidney Place, the wife of Mr. J. C. Sercombe, of a daughter."
- [16 Feb 1837]
"Births ... Feb. 9, at 100, Fore Street, Mrs. Thos. Sercombe, of a son."
- [27 Apr 1837]
"Died ... April 19, William Harvey Sercombe, aged three years and nine months, 5th son of Mr. J. C. Sercombe, of Sidney
Place, St. Thomas."
- [29 Jun 1837]
"Births ... June 21, at No. 3, Bartholomew Street Terrace, Mrs. Geo. Sercombe, of a daughter."
- [18 Oct 1838]
"On Thursday last, Thomas Sercombe a labouring man of the Parish of Christow in the employ of Mr. Addams being about to
unload a cart full of lime which he had taken from Chudleigh kiln that morning, having drawn out a portion of it behind
and in endeavouring to lift the fore-part of the butt, caught his hand between the frame and an iron on the shaft which
was pressed nearly through his hand; it is thought he will lose one or more of his fingers. Sercombe is one of the noted
ringers who won the Prizes at Dunsford, Drewsteignton, &c., who were shortly to have rung for a bet of 10 sovereigns,
with the Exminster ringers, which must in consequence of the sad accident be delayed to the great disappointment of
Sercombe and his party."
(Full quotations: from page images at Google Books. Dates in italics: index entries, from Google Books "snippets"
or the Burnet Morris index on LDS microfilm 1472308.)
From the Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle etc. (Portsmouth):
- [Civil Promotions, Apr 1798, p. 362] "Mr. Sercombe, attorney, elected a coroner for the city and county of
- [Deaths, Feb 1807, p. 179] "1807, Jan. ... Mr. Richard Sircom, who many years carried on the looking-glass
manufactory in the Old Market, Bristol."
- [1848, p. 217] 1 Jan 1848 At Heavitree, at an advanced age, Mrs. Eliza Sercombe, last surviving
sister of the late Bayer Otto Bayer, esq. of Bentinck-st. Manchester-sq.
- [Marriages, Aug 1852, p. 195] "June ... 10 ... At St. Leonard's, near Exeter, James M. Sercombe, of Bristol,
third son of J. C. Sercombe, esq. of Exeter, to Ellen-Bourne, dau. of William Monck, esq. of Mount Radford house, near
- [Obituary, Sep 1853, p. 325] "July 30 ... At Stamford-hill, aged 46, Emma, wife of Wm. Goode Sercombe, esq.
of the Bank of England, and dau. of the late Capt. H. S. Giffard, R.N."
- [Obituary, Jun 1854, p. 666] "April 12 ... Aged 56, Grace, wife of G. Sercombe, esq. merchant, of Exeter."
- [Obituary, May 1864, p. 678] "April 20 ... At her residence, Exeter, aged 70, Ann, relict of J.C.
Sercombe, esq., J.P."
- [Obituary, Dec 1865, p. 796] "Sept. 2. At Calcutta, aged 30, Frederick, fifth surviving son of the late J.C. Sercombe, esq., J.P., of Colleton-crescent, Exeter."
From the Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury (Somerset):
- [Saturday, 8 Jan 1870]
"Marriages ... On the 4th inst., at Carisbrooke Church, by the Rev. E. B. James, M.A., vicar, Mr. Wm. Wadham, of
Parkhurst, to Miss Mary Creighton Sircombe, daughter of the late Mr. J. C. Sircombe."
(from an index by Paul Mansfield -- complete
articles not yet obtained)
From the Taunton Courier (Somerset):
- [22 Feb 1773] - Sercombe Isaac - cooper Gandy's lane Exeter
- [15 Mar 1773] - Sercombe Isaac - cooper Exeter oil for sale
- [5 Apr 1773] - Sercombe Isaac - Gandy's Lane Exon cooper oil for sale
- [19 Aug 1776] - Sercombe Isaac - wine cooper Gandys Lane Exeter cider sale
- [11 Nov 1776] - Sercombe Isaac - house sale Exeter
(from an index by Paul Mansfield -- complete
article not yet obtained)
From the Bristol Mercury:
- [17 May 1810] - Sercombe Mr - Friernhay St Exeter found drowned
From the Bradford Telegraph and Argus:
- [Saturday, 18 Apr 1868]
"Marriages ... April 11, at St. John's church, Bedminster, Mr. Wm. Pincott, of the Rising Sun inn, Ashton-road, to Emily
Maria, only daughter of Mr. James White Sercombe, of Bracknell, Berks."
- [Saturday, 30 Jul 1870]
"Marriages ... July 26, at Salem Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham, by the Rev. R. Shipway, of Wickwar, uncle to the bridegroom,
Mr. William Henry Shipway Habgood, to Sarah, daughter of the late Mr. C. Sircombe, of Bedminster, Bristol."
From the Bridgwater and Somerset Advertiser (Somerset):
- [27 Feb 2012] "SERCOMBE Peggy On February 22, peacefully at Airedale General Hospital, of Bingley. Peggy, aged 88 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Frank, much loved mum of Tricia and Allan, Pauline and Barry, devoted grandma to Joanne and Richard, Jeanette and Martin, Nicola and Tony, Clare and Nick, great-grandma to Luke and Lauren, Emily, Thomas and little Jack, very dear sister of Barbara and Tom, sister-in-law of Audrey and Jack. Funeral service and cremation to be held at Nab Wood on Friday, March 2, at 1.20p.m., friends please meet at the crematorium. Family flowers only, donations in memory of Peggy would be appreciated to Arthritis Research UK, a plate will be provided at the chapel for this purpose."
(from an index by Paul Mansfield -- complete
article not yet obtained)
From The Times (London):
- [18 Mar 1833] Sircom Mr - Bristol election petition
From The Daily News (London):
- [1 Feb 1797, p. 2, col. b] Bankruptcies - T.F. Sercombe -- entry in Palmer's index, complete article not yet obtained
- [7 Jul 1800, p. 2, col. a]
"From the LONDON GAZETTE, July 5. -- BANKRUPTS. ... R. Sircom, Bristol, looking-glass-manufacturer."
- [9 Jul 1840, p. 7, col. a]
"SERCOMBE v. WOOD.
"Mr. Thesiger and Mr. Greenwood appeared for the plaintiff. Mr. Serjeant
Atcherley and Mr. Humfrey for the defendant.
"The plaintiff is the owner of a vessel of 77 tons, named the Clyde; the
defendant is the proprietor of the Star, a collier, and this action was brought to recover compensation for the injury
alleged to have been caused by the defendant's vessel to that of the plaintiff. It appeared that the Clyde was at anchor on
the night of the 30th of January, 1840, in the Lower Hope, near Gravesend, when about 9 o'clock she was run down by the
Sarah, and received considerable damage in her spars and rigging, besides being driven from her anchorage, which obliged
her to let go another anchor. When the captain and some friends who had been taking tea on board the Clyde had recovered
from this accident, the watch was set, and the captain went below, his friends leaving the vessel to go on board their own,
which were also lying at anchor in the same reach. The Clyde, however, was not yet free from danger; for in about half an
hour another vessel ran in upon her larboard quarter, inflicting a serious hole therein about three feet below the water
with her anchor, which she was carrying over her larboard bow 'a-cockbill,' as it is termed,--in other words, one fluke
resting against her own side, while the other presented its front to anything which might approach it. Immediately after
notice was given that another vessel was about to run in upon the Clyde; the captain rushed upon deck, and then saw a
stranger bearing away from his own ship towards the Essex shore, a severe shock having taken place as he was in the act of
ascending. Assistance having been procured from his neighbours, it was found necessary to run the Clyde ashore in order to
save her cargo, and her cables being shipped, she was soon landed in safety, not very far from the strange vessel, which
had been before observed to run ashore in that direction. On the following day the captain repaired to this vessel, which
he found to be the Star, and observed that her anchor was 'a-cockbill' on the larboard bow, the outer fluke being broken
off, while her bow was pierced, the hole having been covered over with some canvass. Under this state of things it was
contended that the Star was the vessel which had caused the injury now complained of by the plaintiff; but on the part of
that vessel it was proved that just before the time at which the Clyde was injured the Star had run upon another vessel
called the Hemsley, when her anchor was broken, and the damage done to her bow, as described by the plaintiff's witnesses.
In consequence of this collision it was further proved that the Star became quite unmanageable, and 'grazing' another
vessel, was run ashore immediately, in order to save her from sinking; while it was admitted that in so doing the Star
'just touched' another vessel's quarter, but without doing any serious injury to her, the fluke of the anchor being fast in
the bow of the Star till she was high and dry from the time she struck the Hemsley, when the other fluke had been broken
"These facts having been proved by the crew of the Star and the captain of the Hemsley.
"Mr. Thesiger replied on the
whole case, and,
"Lord Abinger having summed up,
"The Jury found for the plaintiffs, it being understood that the amount
of damages would be ascertained by reference to another tribunal."
- [25 Mar 1847, p. 7, cols. a-b]
"EXETER, March 25. ... NISI PRIUS COURT.
"Mr. Justice CRESSWELL has
been the whole of one day, and the great part of a second, engaged in trying what it now called 'a railway cause,' which,
though of importance in its ultimate result, whenever that happy day shall come, so far as the matter went here, is, in
truth, the mere opening of the pleadings. We, therefore, only give a sketch of it.
"SERCOMBE v. ASHPITAL.
"Mr. Butt, Mr.
Serjeant Kinglake, and Mr. Greenwood conducted the case for the plaintiff; and Mr. Crowder, Mr. Cockburn, and Mr. Smith,
that of the defendant.
"The plaintiff was a merchant in Exeter; the defendant a gentleman of property in London.
action was brought by the plaintiff as an allottee of certain shares in the Metropolitan Junction Railway Company, to
recover from the defendant, who was one of the managing directors of that company, the sum of 262l. 10s.,
which the plaintiff had paid as a deposit on 100 shares in this railway, that number having been allotted to him.
the statement of the case, and the evidence admitted on the part of the plaintiff, it may be gleaned that this scheme was
projected in 1845 by Mr. John Barber, of Furnival Inn, attorney-at-law; afterwards four other persons, one of whom was an
articled clerk, were associated with him, and a prospectus was issued, capital 2,500,000l., with 100,000 shares of
25l. each. It was intended that this railway should circumscribe London, and thus unite all the railways entering
London. A second prospectus was issued containing the names of gentlemen forming the provisional committee. Shares of
course were applied for, and the plaintiff in October had 100 shares allotted to him; he paid a deposit of 2l.
10s. per share on the 20th of October. The defendant, who was described as a magistrate of Middlesex, was on the
provisional committee, and also on the directory. Some time afterwards the shareholders called a meeting for the purpose of
investigating matters, and it was then discovered that only 65,000 shares had been allotted out of the 100,000, and upwards
of 3,000l. had been expended in purchasing some of these shares at a premium, with the intention of 'rigging the
market,' or to give the shares a fictitious value, so that having induced the public to buy the shares at a premium the
directors might allot the 35,000 reserved shares to themselves, and then be enabled to sell them at a premium. The managing
committee consisted of 13 persons, four of whom only had paid anything; and the whole of the paid up deposits only amounted
to 16,000l. Another prospectus had issued, reducing the capital to 200,000l., and the shares to 80,000. An
amalgamation had been attempted with the Northern and Southern Junction Railway Company, but had gone off in consequence of
some misrepresentation as to the assets of the Metropolitan Junction Railway. Plans were deposited, but the 'panic' having
occurred the matter rested. The plaintiff now imputed fraud throughout the whole of the proceedings, and alleged that the
transaction, from the beginning, not being bona fide, he was entitled to recover the amount he had paid. The
defendant had taken an active part as a director; had acted as chairman, and signed checks. On the 3d of December a deed
had been tendered, but the plaintiff did not sign it. / The defendant in answer to this urged that this was a bona
fide project, and one which would have answered. He did not deny that the shares had been purchased by the directors at
a premium, but then he contended that that had been done for the general benefit of the company; that the plaintiff, in his
letter applying for shares, had undertaken to sign the subscribers' agreement, which gave the directors power to apply the
deposits in payment of expenses, or in any way they pleased; but the defendant could not now take advantage of his not
having signed the deed. The alteration in the amount of capital and shares had taken place before the plaintiff's
"Mr. Barber and Captain Moorsom were called as witnesses, and declared that this was a bona fide
scheme, that the different steps had been taken in compliance with the standing orders, and that there would have been no
doubt of the project being a very successful one.
"Mr. Justice CRESSWELL, in summing up the case to the jury, said, if
they considered that the project was abandoned when the action was brought the plaintiff would be entitled to recover, but
he should also put other questions to them. He would ask them, whether they were of opinion that it was originally a
bona fide scheme, that the parties were honest in setting it forth? Whether, at the time the deposits were paid up
(20th of October) they had any real expectation of going forward with the scheme, only 16,000l. having been paid in,
when the standing orders required that 10 per cent. upon three-fourths of the amount of the capital should be deposited,
and their capital at that time was 2,000,000l.? If they had that expectation and honest hope at that time, did that
continue? Did they entertain that honest hope and expectation on the 3d of December, when the deed was tendered? He had
tried many of these railway causes, and the more of them he saw the more he thought it was to be deplored that public
feeling should have been so demoralized as it appeared to have been with respect to railways.
"Ultimately the questions
were put in writing to the jury. Was this scheme originally concocted in fraud as far as the defendant was concerned? Had
the directors any honest hope of carrying out the scheme when they received the deposits in October? and had the directors
that honest hope and expectation, when they tendered the deed for execution on the 3d of December?
"The jury retired for
some time and then said, that though they thought that the scheme was evidently concocted in fraud, there was no evidence
to show that the defendant was aware at first but that it was a bona fide scheme; but by his subsequent conduct he
became implicated with the projectors of the scheme. With regard to the other questions, their reply was in the negative.
"The verdict was therefore entered for the plaintiff.
"A bill of exceptions was tendered, as to the learned judge's
construction of the deed; but from the arrangement of the court, it is impossible for the reporters accurately to hear what
takes place between the Judge and the counsel."
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"On the 15th inst., at Willesden Church, by the Rev. William Beal, vicar of Brooke, Norfolk, Rupert C.
Sercombe, Esq., of Carlton-villas, Maida-vale, to Louisa, third daughter of William Henry Smith, Esq., of Kilburn house,
- [18 Jun 1849, p. 7, col. b]
"EXCHEQUER CHAMBER, Saturday, June 16.
"(Sittings in Error.)
Justice PATTESON, Mr. Justice COLERIDGE, Mr. Justice COLTMAN, Mr. Justice MAULE, Mr. Justice
WIGHTMAN, Mr. Justice CRESSWELL, Mr. Justice ERLE, and Mr. Justice WILLIAMS.
"SERCOMBE v. ASHPITEL.
"This was an action brought by Mr. Sercombe, the plaintiff in the Court below, against Mr. Ashpitel, the
defendant below, to recover back certain deposits paid by him for shares in a railway company. The declaration stated that
the defendant was indebted to the plaintiff in 262l. for money had and received. The defendant pleaded that he did
not promise. The jury found that the defendant did promise. The defendant was stated to be one of the directors of the
Metropolitan Railway Junction Company. A resolution of the 22d of September, 1845, entered in a minute-book by the
secretary, showing that Ashpitel was present, was read, and to the admission of this entry there was a bill of exceptions.
In summing up, the learned judge who tried the case at Exeter directed the jury that if they thought the project had been
abandoned before the action was brought, they would find for the plaintiff. The jury found for the plaintiff. The this
direction there was also a bill of exceptions.
"Mr CROWDER (with whom was Mr. M. SMITH), on the part of the plaintiff in
error, said there were two exceptions which were to be decided. The first question was whether the resolution ought to have
been received; he submitted it ought not. The book in which the resolution was entered was a book in which the minutes were
entered, and it appeared that Ashpitel was present, and that during part of the time this book was on the table. That book
was received in order to show that Ashpitel was present at that meeting. The secretary, who made the entry, was alive. He
submitted that Mr. Ashpitel was not to be bound by that entry---he was not shown ever to have seen the entry---a book of
this kind was not to be held binding upon every party whose name might appear in it. The second point was as to the summing
up. He submitted that the direction of the learned judge was wrong. The provisional company had the power of entering into
contracts for such services as were of a preliminary nature, but which were necessary for the purpose of carrying out the
scheme to its completion. He contended that by the agreement the money was to be applied for the purposes of the company,
and was paid upon the terms of a deed called the 'subscribers' deed,' which had been prepared, though not executed, by Mr.
Ashpitel. The learned counsel then urged that this case differed from that of 'Walstab and Spottiswoode,' but, if it did
not, he then contended that that case could not be supported.
"Mr. BUTT (with whom was Mr. Greenwood), on the other side,
contended that as Mr. Sercombe had not executed the subscribers' deed, of which he was ignorant, he was not subject to the
terms in it, and that, as the scheme had proved abortive, he had a right to recover his money, and that the defendant was
bound by the resolution, which was passed at a meeting when he was present. When Mr. Sercombe paid his deposit, it was upon
the understanding that the matter should be taken before Parliament. The learned counsel also urged that the matter had
been fully discussed in the case of 'Walstab and Spottiswoode,' which was, in fact, on all fours with the present case;
that it must be taken to be law, and, if so, it ruled the present arguments, for the jury here had declared that it was an
"Mr. CROWDER having replied,
"The COURT took time for consideration."
- [8 Feb 1850, p. 7, col. c]
"(Sittings in Error upon cases from the Court of Exchequer.
Present---Justices PATTESON, COLERIDGE, MAULE, WIGHTMAN, CRESSWELL, and WILLIAMS.) ...
"ASHPITAL v. SERCOMBE.
"This was an action for money had and received. The plaintff was an allottee of shares
in a proposed railway, which had
been abandoned before the commencement of the action. There was no fraud. The defendant was one of the managing committee
of the proposed railway. The action was brought to recover the amount the plaintiff had paid upon the shares which had been
allotted to him. The case was tried at Exeter, when, under the direction of the learned judge who tried the cause, the jury
found a verdict for the plaintiff; a bill of exceptions was tendered to the ruling of the learned judge. The matter then
came before this Court, and was argued some time ago, the Court taking time for considering its judgment.
PATTESON now delivered judgment. The Court considered the ruling of the learned judge correct, in saying that upon the
evidence the plaintiff was entitled to obtain a return of his deposit; the judgment of the learned judge, therefore, must
- [18 Mar 1853]
"On the 16th inst., at 1, Addington-place, Camberwell, Anna Maria, the wife of Mr. Edward
William Sercombe, in her 28th year."
- [6 Jun 1853, p. 3, col. e]
"ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. -- The following
gentlemen, having undergone the necessary examinations for the diploma, were admitted members of the college at the meeting
of the Court of Examiners on the 3d inst.:-- Messrs. Edwin Sercombe, Somers-place, Hyde Park; Robert Bianchi, London;
Henry Joseph Kelly, Frognal-house, Hampstead; Nicholas Hardcastle, Newcastle-on-Tyne; George Jobbling, Morpeth; Edward
Lodge Byers, Milford Haven; Samuel Woodall, Dudley, Worcestershire; Alfred Godley Crewe, Breadsall, Derbyshire; and
William Powell, Dudley, Worcestershire."
- [2 Jul 1853, p. 7, cols. a-b]
"COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, Guildhall, June 30.
"(Sittings at Nisi Prius, before Chief
Justice JERVIS and Special Juries.) ...
"SERCOMBE v. WATNEY.
"Mr. Serjeant Byles and Mr. Montague
Smith were counsel for the plaintiff; Mr. Knowles, Q.C., and Mr. Willes, appeared for the defendant.
"This was an action
upon a contract to deliver 1,036 quarters 6 bushels of Syrian barley, of fair average quality, of the season of 1851, by
the Helen, from Jaffa to London. The question was, whether the cargo which was delivered was of the fair average quality of
Syrian barley of the season.
"Mr. Serjeant BYLES, in opening the case, said that he should prove that the barley was
excessively foul, and contained dirt, stones, straw, and camels' dung, was heated and tainted, and that he should test the
quality by that of Syrian barley brought by the Hannah, the Lauriston, and the Hector, which sailed from Jaffa (the ancient
Joppa, where Simon the tanner had his house by the sea-side) to British ports; that the cargoes of these vessels weighed
respectively 46¼lb., 45¾lb., and 44¼lb. per bushel, whereas that of the Helen weighed only from 40lb.
"Hinckley, a lighterman, proved that he took 200 quarters from the Helen. The weight was from
40½lb. to 41lb. per bushel. He never knew such barley; it contained quantities of straw, stones, camels' droppings,
and insects of various kinds. The stones (exhibited to witness) were a fair specimen. In the process of winnowing witness
threw away 40 sacks of dust and insects, 11 of straw and stubble, half a sack of large stones, and had three four-bushel
sacks left---equivalent to 30 quarters altogether. After winnowing the weight was 46½lb. per bushel. In consequence
of this great loss by winnowing, he recommended it to be screened only.
"Cross-examined.---The heat was more than dry heat
originating from the refuse, camels' droppings, and the dirt. 46lb. per bushel, after winnowing, was a fair average weight,
but not for English barley.
"It appeared that the witness was speaking of Egyptian barley, but was ignorant of what would
be a fair average for Syrian.
"Baby, the last witness's foreman, spoke to the same effect, and said that it had a bad
smell; contained mould. While winnowing the men were obliged to cover up their mouths, and the people in the neighbourhood
were obliged to skim their water-butts before they could drink the water. He found two dead rats and part of an animal's
"The CHIEF JUSTICE.---That was a Kilkenny cat's, no doubt.
"Witness also found weavels [sic] and insects like
maggots. He had been 13 years in the corn trade, and never saw a cargo like it.
"Cross-examined.---He had never seen a
cargo of Syrian barley before.
"Mr. Wright, a cornfactor, said the cargo was heated from excessive foulness. It must have
been very foul when shipped, though the grain might have been of a fair quality. A loss of 4 or 5 per cent. was not a great
loss on Syrian or Egyptian barley.
"Re-examined.---It is used for feeding pigs and poultry.
"Mr. Hutchinson said,---It
was discoloured and very foul. Not being a distiller, he could not say whether it would do for that purpose. The market for
it would be limited. By the custom of the corn trade quality had reference to the time of shipment.
"The CHIEF JUSTICE
(who entertained a different opinion) took a note of an objection raised on this point.
witness said the quantity of dirt in all Mediterranean cargoes was about the same.
"Mr. Asser.---Had been at Smyrna. The
harvest is at the end of May. They have no flails. The threshing is done by the treading of oxen.
"The CHIEF JUSTICE, in
summing up, said Syrian barley was an article not much introduced into this country, and it was plain no one knew much
about it. The question was, whether, notwithstanding the mixture of dung and other things, the quality was a fair average
for Syrian barley? There was little in the evidence to show how the barley was got in Syria; they had not Garrett's
winnowing machine there yet. Upon the evidence, necessarily slight, the jury must satisfy themselves that the cargo of the
Helen was of fair average quality of the season of 1851. If the barley was, in their opinion, of a fair average quality for
Syrian barley of that season, the damages would be the difference between the value of it, supposing it had answered the
plaintiff's contract, and the value of it such as it was.
"The Jury found a verdict for the plaintiff---Damages,
- [25 Aug 1854, p. 8, col. c]
"Occasional failures continue to be reported. The bills of Mr. R.C. Sercombe, a respectable
merchant in the corn trade, were returned yesterday, but the amount of his liabilities has not been stated."
- [5 Feb 1855, p. 9, cols. b-c]
"COURT OF EXCHEQUER, Saturday, Feb. 3.
"(Sittings at Nisi Prius, after Term, before
Mr. Baron MARTIN and Common Juries.)
"SERCOMBE v. OSBORN AND ANOTHER.
"Mr. Serjeant Wilkins and Mr. Bovill were
counsel for the plaintiff, and Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Prentice for the defendants.
"The plaintiff is an underwriter at
Lloyd's, who brought the present action against the defendants, the livery stable-keepers at the west end of London, to
recover the value of a horse under the following circumstances:-- It appeared that a mare belonging to the plaintiff was
placed by him at livery at the Albion-mews, Hyde Park, of which, until lately, a person named Hart was the proprietor, and
she was subsequently, by his directions, advertised for sale. Her merits, however, escaped the public notice, and, in order
that her qualities might be the better observed, the ostler was directed to ride her out; but, from some objection to or
suspicion of his conduct, Hart refused to allow her to be taken out unless under a written order from the plaintiff. Upon
Hart retiring from the business it was carried on by Dunn, whose ostler, 'George,' allowed the mare to be taken out without
the above precaution, and the saddle and bridle were all that were seen of her more, until 'George,' from information
received from a female friend, discovered that the mare had been sold to a Mr. Hetherington for 20l., which was
20l. or 25l. less than the price set upon her by her owner, and that gentleman again sold her to the
defendants for 35l.; but, no part of the money having found its way into the plaintiff's pocket, the presentation
"Mr. Baron MARTIN, in summing up, said that although the defendants were bona fide purchasers, yet
that was no defence as against the plaintiff, however it might have been against Mr. Hetherington; and
accordingly returned a verdict for the plaintiff---Damages, 30l."
- [21 Jun 1855, p. 11, col. e]
"COURT OF EXCHEQUER, Wednesday, June 20. ...
"SECOND COURT. ...
"SERCOMBE AND ANOTHER v.
"Mr. Petersdorff appeared for the plaintiffs; Mr. Cooper was counsel for the defendant.
"This was an action to
recover the sum of 109l. 8s. for paper supplied to, and for printing, a comic journal called
Punchinello, from No. 45 up to No. 54 or 55. It appeared that the plaintiffs are printers in Windmill-street,
Haymarket, that the defendant is an artist and literary man, and that at the time when this publication was commenced the
arrangement was this---that a person named Jack, who at that period was managing the printing business of a Mr. Richards,
in St. Martin's-lane, was to find the paper and printing at cost price, and that the defendant should edit, illustrate, and
provide the literary talent and the contributions, the two parties to divide in equal proportions the profit or loss. Thus
matters went on until the 45th number, a third party finding the money to cover the expenses for the first six months. Upon
the occasion of the work arriving at the 45th number, Jack intimated to the defendant that the present plaintiffs were
about to come into the printing business, and that being somewhat strange and particular they would not print the
Punchinello unless each number was paid for in each week. According to the plaintiffs' case, when the next number,
No. 46, was about to be brought out, the defendant wrote to them, saying that, as an arrangement with a third party was in
progress, but had not yet been completed, and was still going on, he would pay for the number. Other letters passed between
them, in one of which Jack stated he had given up all connexion with the publication, on the condition that he was to have
no further liability in respect of it. The matter went on, and ultimately a demand was made on the defendant for the sum
"Mr. COOPER, on the part of the defendant, said that the original arrangement between Jack and the defendant
was as had been stated, that Jack was to find the printing and paper at cost price, that the defendant was to provide the
editing, the illustrations, and the literary department of the paper, and that they were to divide the profit or bear the
loss equally. That, he submitted, was clearly a partnership, and that partnership had never been dissolved. The learned
counsel then read the declaration lodged at the Stamp-office, in which it was stated that Jack was the sole printer, and
that he and Clayton were the sole proprietors of the publication. That declaration had never been withdrawn---a further
proof of the continuance of the partnership. The publication had gone on for more than 12 months, and Jack had never
informed the defendant that there was any other person in the printing business than himself. The publication was carried
on, and considerable sums of money were received by Jack, not one farthing of which had ever reached the hands of the
defendant. With regard to the letters that had been put in evidence, all the defendant had intended was, that he would pay
the expenses of No. 46 and No. 45[?] which were published in February last.
"The defendant having been examined,
Baron MARTIN interposing, suggested that, looking at all the circumstances of the case, it would be but fair and proper
that this matter should be arranged.
"Mr. COOPER said, that his client had been all along willing to adopt such a course.
"Mr. PETERSDORFF said, the difficulty was that if one farthing less was taken that the sum claimed, his client would be out
of pocket, the truth being that the claim consisted almost entirely of money paid for labour and paper.
"Mr. COOPER said,
it was very well for his learned friend to talk of the money paid out of pocket, but his client had expended more than
500l. worth of brain work.
"Mr. Baron MARTIN thought it a very proper case for an arrangement. He had looked
through the plaintiffs' account and the letters which had passed, and it was manifest to him that there was some
misapprehension in the matter. He thought that a verdict for 80l. would be but fair and just as between the
"The jury accordingly returned a verdict for that amount."
- [6 Aug 1855, p. 11, col. b]
"WELLS, Friday, Aug. 3 ...
"SERCOMBE v. LANE.
"Mr. M. Smith and Mr.
Prideaux were counsel for the plaintiff, and Mr. H.T. Cole for the defendant.
"This was an action upon a promissory note
for 166l. 10s. The defendant pleaded that he did not make the note, and also a plea for an equitable defence,
that the note was given for the accommodation of one E.M. Brewer, and that the defendant was surety merely, and that the
plaintiff agreed to accept him as surety, and that afterwards the plaintiff gave time to Brewer without the knowledge or
consent of the defendant.
"The plaintff put in the bill, and then Mr. Cole called the plaintiff into the box, who stated
that he had had money transactions with Mrs. Brewer, and had from time to time advanced her money at 20 per cent., and that
the note in question was given partly as a renewal for old notes and partly for money then advanced. The plaintiff admitted
he did not know Mr. Lane except as a respectable farmer; he also admitted that Mrs. Brewer had offered to get Mr. Lane to
sign the bill as a surety if the plaintff would advance the money; but in his cross-examination he swore that he never
agreed to accept Lane as surety only, but looked to him as a principal.
"Mr. COLE, for the defendant, contended that in
equity it was not necessary that there should be an express agreement by the plaintiff to accept Lane as a surety only, but
that it was sufficient to constitute a defence to the action that he should have knowledge that, as between Brewer and
Lane, the latter was to be a surety merely.
"Mr. Justice WILLIAMS, in summing up, said that, in his opinion, to constitute
a defence to the action there must be an agreement by the plaintiff to accept Lane as a surety.
"Mr. COLE tendered a bill
of exceptions to this ruling.
"The Jury found that the plaintiff always intended to treat Lane as a principal, and not as
"Verdict for plaintiff."
- [1 Sep 1855, p. 1, col. a]
"On the 30 ult., at St. James's Church, Paddington, by the Rev. T. M. Macdonald, assisted by the Rev. Dr.
Beal, Edwin Sercombe, Esq., of Somers-place, Hyde-park, to Emma Sophia, fifth daughter of W. H. Smith, Esq., of
Glocester-square [sic], late of Kilburn."
- [10 Jul 1856]
"On the 7th inst., at 27, Glocester-square, the residence of her father, the wife of
Edwin Sercombe, Esq., of a son."
- [2 Mar 1858]
"On the 28th Feb., the wife of Edwin Sercombe, Esq., of 49, Brook-street, Grosvenor-square,
of a daughter."
- [22 Feb 1859, p. 11, col. f]
"COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH, Guildhall, Feb. 21. ...
"SECOND COURT. ...
"SERCOMBE v. POLLARD.
"Mr. Lush and Mr. Blackburn were counsel for the plaintff; and Mr. Kingdon for the defendant.
"The plaintiff was a ship and
insurance broker in London, and the defendat was a solicitor residing in Cornwall, but was also principal owner of a vessel
called the Intrepid. The action was brought to recover between 400l. and 500l. for commission, due to the
plaintiff for obtaining a charter on the homeward voyage of his ship from the East Indies, and for premiums of insurance
paid by him. The plaintiff had written six letters to the defendant asking for payment of his account, but the defendant
not having answered any one of them, the present action was brought.
"The plaintiff proved the charter and the payment of
the premiums, and witnesses were called to show that by custom the plaintiff was entitled to his commission; although there
was a clause that if the vessel did not arrive by a certain day the party might cancel the charter, still the broker was
entitled to his commission. A partner of the defendant in the ship (Mr. Stribley) swore that he had allowed the defendant's
claim in account with him.
"The defence was a denial of the custom, and a denial of the statement of Stribley.
defendant was called, and denied the custom, and stated that he had, in account with the captain of the vessel, paid him
money for the commission, but the accounts were not in court. When he received the letters from the plaintiff, knowing he
had nothing to do with his account, he 'chucked' the letters in the fire. Had received the proceeds of the voyage from the
plaintiff. There was a question about the accounts of a voyage of the vessel to Balaklava, which was now under arbitration,
and when that was settled both the captain and Stribley would have to pay defendant money. He had now purchased Stribley's
share in the ship.
"The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for 454l. 11s."
- [6 Jan 1860, p. 1, col. a]
"On the 3d inst., the wife of Edwin Sercombe, Esq., of 49, Brook-street, Grosvenor-square, of a
- [8 Jan 1861, p. 1, col. a]
"On the 3d inst., at Exeter, Mrs. Rupert C. Sercombe, of a son."
- [18 Sep 1861]
"On the 16th inst., at the residence of her brother, Mr. I.H. Sercombe, No. 1,
Addington-place, Camberwell, Miss Ann Sercombe, aged 62."
- [27 Sep 1862]
"On the 25th inst., at St. Giles, Camberwell, by the Rev. Henry Collier, M.A., Edward
William Sercombe, Esq., of Palmerston Villa, Brixton, to Elizabeth Mary Ann, eldest
daughter of William Sercombe, Esq., of Trafalgar-square, Peckham."
- [10 Aug 1863, p. 9, col. a]
"CROYDON, Aug. 8. ...
"FIRST COURT. ...
"HASTIE AND OTHERS v. SERCOMBE.
"This was an action by the plaintiffs, who are corn-factors in Mark-lane, against the defendant, a
corn-dealer of Exeter, to recover 890l. for the balance of price and charges upon a cargo of St. Petersburg wheat ex
Dina Marchina, sold as far back as 1856, and which, according to the terms of the contract, was held by the plaintiffs for
resale on the defendant's account. The purchase was made by the defendant on speculation, and the wheat was held over, and
not finally sold until 1862. The defendant pleaded an equitable plea, that the plaintiffs had been guilty of negligence in
managing the speculation and sale on his account, and that, if they had exercised proper skill the wheat would have
realized enough to pay them. A large mass of correspondence and documentary evidence was gone into, but at the conclusion
of the case the jury, without troubling the learned Judge to sum up, immediately found a verdict for the plaintiffs for
"The learned Judge granted speedy execution.
"Mr. Lush, Q.C., and Mr. Watkin Williams were for the
plaintiffs; Mr. Bovill, Q.C., and Sir G. Honyman were for the defendant."
- [23 Jan 1864]
"On the 20th inst., at 49, Brook-street, Grosvenor-square, the wife of Edwin Sercombe,
Esq., of a daughter."
- [27 Jan 1864, p. 7, col. e]
"From the LONDON GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 26. ...
"To Surrender in the Country.
"George and Thomas Sercombe, Exeter, general merchants, Feb. 17, at 12, Bankrupts' Court, Exeter."
- [22 Apr 1864]
"On the 20th inst., at her residence, Colleton-crescent, Exeter, Ann, relict of J.C.
Sercombe, Esq., J.P., aged 70."
- [21 Dec 1865]
"On the 14th inst., Frances Eleanor Surcombe, the dearly loved child of Mr. Edward
Humphreys, of Hill-street, Peckham, aged two years."
- [11 Sep 1866, p. 1, col. a]
"On the 8th inst., at 49, Brook-street, Grosvenor-square, the wife of EDWIN
SERCOMBE, M.R.C.S., of a son."
- [17 Jun 1867, p. 1, col. b (advertisement)]
"FOUND, on 14th June, in a City Atlas, a BANK of ENGLAND NOTE. The owner can receive same on describing
its value and number, and paying the advertising and printing, by application to Mr. Sercombe, 26, Wellington-road, N.W.,
or 71, Fleet-street, E.C."
- [26 Jun 1867, p. 11, col. d]
"At BOW-STREET, Mr. Sercombe, a wine merchant, of St. John's-wood, was
summoned at the instance of the Commissioners of Police, under the following circumstances:-- Frederick Willy, omnibus
conductor, deposed that the defendant was a passenger in his omnibus on Friday, the 14th inst., and, when near St.
John's-wood Chapel, he picked up a piece of paper from the floor of the vehicle. The witness asked him what is was, and, on
being informed that it was a bank-note, he demanded the custody of it, it being a rule that all property found in an
omnibus should be delivered to the conductor, and by him deposited in the hands of the police. The defendant, however,
refused to part with it, saying that he would advertise it for the owner, and endeavour to restore it himself. The witness
then took the defendant's name and address. Mr. Aumonier, another passenger, corroborated this statement, and said he
advised the defendant to give up the note to the conductor. The defendant said he had simply done what he considered it his
duty to do, and what other persons in the omnibus who knew him personally advised him to do, under the circumstances. He
advertised the matter in The Times, and sent out handbills. The owner had not yet turned up, but he still thought he
had taken the safest course to find him. If he had given it up to the conductor, any one who might have happened to notice
the number might have gone and claimed possession of it. Mr. Vaughan said he was bound by the Act 6th and 7th Victoria,
cap. 33, to deliver it up to the conductor, and he had incurred a penalty of 10l. for neglecting to do so. Mr.
Sercombe said that if that was the law it would be as well to have a printed notice to that effect put up inside the
omnibus. Passengers could not be supposed to know the law, and, indeed, one of two fellow passengers at the time in
question asserted that he was acting legally in declining to part with it until he had advertised for the owner. Failing in
this, he announced his intention to give the note to St. Mary's Hospital. Mr. Vaughan said that if any passenger wanted to
satisfy himself as to the law of the case, it was in his power to have gone to the nearest police-station and obtained the
requisite information. The regulation was a salutary one, for such property might fall into the hands of a person who would
appropriate it to himself. The defendant in this case had been put to some expense in advertising and printing, and,
therefore, he would mitigate the penalty to 10s. and 7s. costs (including 5s. to the conductor for
loss of time). Mr. Vaughan said the note would be placed in the hands of the treasurer of police, until claimed in the
- [20 Feb 1868, p. 1, col. a]
"On the 17th inst., at 41, Brook-street, W., Henry Edwin, youngest child of
Edwin and Emma Sophia Sercombe, aged one year and five months."
- [24 Feb 1868, p. 1, col. a]
"On the 20th inst., of pleurisy, at 16, Woronzow-road, N.W., Frank, younger son
of Thomas Sercombe, of 19, Longton-grove, Sydenham, aged 23."
- [10 Jun 1868, p. 11, col. b]
"COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, Westminster, June 9.
"(Sittings in Banco, before Lord Chief
Justice BOVILL and Justices BYLES and SMITH.)
"SERCOMBE v. THE BRISTOL MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY.
"This was an action on a
policy of insurance for 1,000l. on the ship Smyrna, valued at 36,000l., from Odessa to Hull. The Smyrna,
laden with a valuable cargo, was abandoned at sea, and left derelict on the 5th of December last off the coast of Holland,
and the master and crew were rescued by some fishing smacks. Notice of abandonment was give [sic] to the underwriters
immediately; a few days afterwards the ship was picked up by two vessels, the Ravenbury and Waterloo, and taken to
Bremerhaven, in Holland, having stranded twice seriously on the way. At Bremerhaven the Smyrna was arrested by the salvors,
and afterwards brought into Hull, when suits were commenced by the salvors in the Admiralty Court claiming about
25,000l. salvage. Actions were commenced on the policies for a total loss while the salvage suits were still
pending. One of the actions was tried at Kingston at the last Assizes before Lord Chief Justice Cockburn, when, after a six
days' trial, the assured recovered for a partial loss only; the assured, not being satisfied with that trial, proceeded in
the presentation upon another of the policies in order to establish his claim to a total loss. A rule was then established
by the Solicitor-General to stay the proceedings until after the decision of the salvage suit, as the amount of salvage
payable had a material bearing upon the question of total loss.
"Sir George Honyman, Mr. Watkin Williams, and Mr. Cohen
showed cause against the rule; the Solicitor-General and Mr. J.C. Mathew supported it.
"The Court thought it right that
the underwriters ought to have time to await the judgment of the Admiralty Court, as that would materially affect the
question as to the right to recover for a total loss. -- Rule accordingly."
- [2 Dec 1871]
"On the 28th Nov., at St. Sidwell's, Exeter, by the Rev. J.L. Galton, Charles John, younger
son of Mr. B. Eyers, Blandford, Dorset, to Kate Teresa, second daughter of Mr. J.T.
Sercombe, of Betheune Villa, Exeter. No cards."
- [11 Aug 1875, p. 12, col. a] Civil Actions - re European Assurance Society, Arbitration, Hingston and Sercombe's Case
-- entry in Palmer's index, complete article not yet obtained
- [29 Oct 1875, p. 9, col. d)] Civil Actions - European Assurance Arbitration: Hingston and Sercombe's Case -- entry in
Palmer's index, complete article not yet obtained
- [11 Dec 1875 (and 14 Dec 1875 identical)]
"On the 8th Dec., in his 51st year, James Murch Sercombe, of Putney, formerly of Ryde,
third son of the late J.C. Sercombe, of No. 7, Colleton-crescent, Exeter."
- [7 Aug 1876, p. 12, col. a] Civil Actions - Sercombe v. Weeks -- entry in Palmer's index, complete article not yet
- [18 Sep 1878]
"On the 15th inst., at St. Stephen's, Coleman-street, E.C., by the Rev. J. Pratt, William
Henry Crowley to Emma Mary, daughter of the late William Goode Sercombe, of the Bank of
- [9 Jun 1882]
"On the 7th inst., at Mottram Church, by the Rev. Graham Jones, J.P. Wright, of Holloway,
London (and Glastonbury), to Jane Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Sircom, Esq., of Bardsley
- [6 Nov 1883]
"On the 2d Nov., at Walton House, Bournemouth, William Hervey Sercombe, eldest son of the
late Edwin Sercombe, of No. 41, Brook-street and 59, Gloucester-gardens, aged 27 years.
Friends will kindly accept this intimation."
- [27 Oct 1885]
"On the 26th Oct., Edward William Sercombe, 27, Moorgate-street, eldest son of the late
Isaac Henry Sercombe, of Somerset House, in his 60th year."
- [30 Oct 1890]
"On the 28th inst., at Stanton House, Pembury, Tunbridge-Wells, Louisa Sercombe, widow of
the late R.C. Sercombe, aged 63."
- [12 May 1891]
"On the 9th May, at Wimbledon, Fanny, youngest surviving daughter of the late J.C.
Sercombe, Esq., of Exeter, J.P."
- [12 Dec 1892]
"On the 9th inst., at 33, Longton-grove, Sydenham, Thomas Sercombe, in his 86th year;
formerly of Exeter. No cards."
- [4 Mar 1893]
"On the 25th Feb., at Chelmsford, in perfect peace, Samuel Joseph Smith, Wesleyan Minister
(formerly Missionary at Canton, China) and son-in-law of the late Thomas Sercombe, in the
64th year of his age, and the 40th year of his Ministry. No cards."
- [10 Aug 1893]
"On the 8th inst., at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington, by the Rev. W.H.
Bleaden, Vicar, R.T. Walton Sercombe, only son of the late Rupert C. Sercombe, of Exeter,
to Sophie M.E. Lavie, widow of the late Charles E. Lavie, of Ceylon, and daughter of the
late Rev. W.M. Cosser, Vicar of Titchfield, Hants."
- [30 Apr 1896]
"SERCOMBE. -- On the 27th April, at 57, Tweedy-road, Bromley, Kent, Jane, widow of Thomas
Sercombe, of Longton Grove, Sydenham, in her 90th year."
- [27 Jun 1898, p. 3, col. f] Criminal Trials - Sercombe, W.J., for Indecent Assault -- entry in Palmer's
index, complete article not yet obtained
- [20 Jun 1900]
"APTHORP : SERCOMBE. -- On the 19th inst., at St. Matthew's, Westminster, by the Right
Revd. and Honble. Bishop Anson, assisted by the Revd. H.B. Hunt, of St. Peter's,
Bournemouth, the Revd. George Owen Apthorp, eldest son of the Revd. George Francis
Apthorp, of Bedford, to Constance Augusta, daughter of the late Edwin Sercombe, and Mrs.
Sercombe, of Wohlgelegen, Bournemouth."
- [29 Apr 1903, p. 11, col. f] Bankruptcies - Sircom, Henry Furze -- entry in Palmer's index, complete article
not yet obtained
- [2 Jan 1907]
"SERCOMBE -- On the 31st Dec., at 43, Cornwallis-gardens, Hastings, suddenly, Elizabeth
Mary, widow of the late Edward William Sercombe, of 27, Moorgate-street, E.C. Funeral at
Hastings, Friday, at 1.30."
- [24 Mar 1908 (and 25 Mar 1908 identical)]
"SERCOMBE. -- On Friday, the 20th March, at 7.30 p.m., at Bowenhurst, Church Crookham,
Hants, in her 81st year, Emma Sophia Sercombe, widow of Edwin Sercombe, M.R.C.S., of 41,
Brook-street, W., and fifth daughter of the late William Henry Smith, of Kilburn House,
Kilburn. No flowers."
- [16 Nov 1915]
"SERCOMBE : JOYCE. -- On the 12th Nov., in London, very quietly, Christopher Herbert
Sercombe, 2nd Lieut., R.F.A., third son of Mr. H.W.G. Sercombe, of Burnt Ash-hill, Lee,
to Grace Evelyn Joyce, fourth daughter of Mr. S.C. Joyce, of Burnt Ash-hill."
- [26 Nov 1915]
"SERCOMBE. -- On the 24th Nov., as the result of a motor accident, Horatio Walter Giffard
Sercombe, of 78, Burnt Ash-hill, Lee, youngest son of the late William Sercombe, of the
Bank of England, aged 72 years. Funeral service at St. Mildred's Church, Lee, Monday,
29th Nov., at 1 p.m., followed by the interment at Lee Cemetery. No flowers, by request.
Friends please accept this, the only, intimation."
- [20 Jun 1916]
"SERCOMBE. -- On Sunday, the 18th June, at 321, Brownhill-road, Catford, Henry Sercombe,
in his 59th year."
- [13 Jul 1916]
"SIRCOM. -- On the 9th July, at 13, Prince's-gate, the wife of Captain G.C. Sircom,
C.E.F. -- a daughter."
- [21 May 1917]
"SERCOMBE. -- To my beloved brother, Bernard Giffard, who fell at Vimy, 21st May, 1916,
aged 24½ years. Ever present. Also dear father, Horatio Giffard, died from
injuries in motor accident, 1916, youngest son of William Sercombe, Bank of England. --
- [21 Sep 1917]
"SIRCOM : WRIGHT. -- On the 19th Sept., at Christ Church, Southgate, N., by the Rt. Rev.
the Bishop of Polynesia, assisted by the Rev. R.J. Rothwell, Vicar of St. Paul's, New
Southgate, Harold Sebastian Sircom, of Johore, to Helen Mary Hardman (May) Wright, only
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wright, of Gwalior House, Southgate."
- [24 Sep 1917]
"SIRCOM : WRIGHT. -- On the 19th Sept., at Christ Church, Southgate, N., by the Rt. Revd.
the Bishop of Polynesia, assisted by the Revd. R.J. Rothwell, Vicar of St. Paul's, New
Southgate, Harold Sebastian Sircom, of the Malay States Civil Service, to Helen Mary
Hardman (May), only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.P. Wright, of Gwalior House, Southgate, N."
- [15 May 1918]
"SERCOMBE. -- On the 9th May, 1918, at Hurst Cottage, Birdhurst-avenue, South Croydon,
Athelstane Cornforth Sercombe, aged 47."
- [31 May 1919]
"FORTHCOMING MARRIAGES ...
"Mr. T. Sercombe Smith and Mrs. de Beauvais.
"A marriage has been arranged, and will take place early in June, between Thomas Sercombe
Smith, B.A., LL.B. (Lond.), formerly of the Hong-kong Civil Service, and Puisne Judge,
Supreme Court, Straits Settlements (retired), and Mary, widow of Robert North de Beauvais,
L.S.A. (London), late of Ancaster, Grantham, and The Links, Golf-road, Budleigh Salterton,
- [25 Apr 1919]
"SERCOMBE. -- On the 23rd April, at 5, Gatefield Mansions, Lewisham, to Grace, wife of
Capt. C.H. Sercombe, R.F.A. -- a daughter."
- [29 Sep 1922]
"STEWARD : SERCOMBE. -- On the 26th Sept., 1922, at Christ's Church, Westminster, by the
Rev. J.R. Buchanan, Oliver Henry d'Alteyrac Steward, son of the late Major-General E.
Harding Steward, C.M.G., and the late Mrs. Harding Steward, to Elizabeth Margaret
Sercombe, widow of Athol Sercombe, of Hurst Cottage, Croydon, and daughter of the late
Richard Page and the late Mrs. Page, of Porthcawl, Glamorgan."
- [16 Oct 1924]
"SERCOMBE. -- On the 14th Oct., at 427, Beverley-road, Hull, to Grace, wife of Captain C.H.
Sercombe, a son."
- [4 Jun 1925]
"SIRCOM. -- On the 1st June, 1925, passed peacefully away at a nursing home in Bristol,
Dr. Edmund Ralph Sircom, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., of Romford-road, Stratford, Essex, beloved
husband of Violet Eugenie Durant Sircom. Interment at Canford, Bristol, 5th June, 1925."
- [21 Jan 1927]
"SERCOMBE. -- On Jan. 19, 1927, at 223, Elgin-avenue, W.9, Kate Sercombe, daughter of the
late Thomas and Jane Sercombe, of Exeter and Sydenham."
- [20 Feb 1931]
"RORIE : SERCOMBE. -- On Feb. 19, 1931, at St. Peter's Church, Bayswater, London, by the
Rev. L.T. Maund, Frank Miller Rorie, M.B., Ch.B., Wellington House, Aberdeen, son of David
Rorie, D.S.O., M.D., and Mrs. Rorie, Cults, Aberdeenshire, to Evelyn Alice, fourth
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Sercombe, Exmouth, S. Devon."
- [2 Apr 1937]
"SERCOMBE-SMITH. -- On March 31, 1937, at The Links, Budleigh Salterton, Thomas
Sercombe-Smith, dearly-loved husband of Madge Sercombe-Smith, Puisne Judge (retd.), late
of Hong-kong and the Federated Malay States, in his 79th year. Cremation at Plymouth
to-morrow (Saturday) morning."
- [31 Mar 1938]
"SERCOMBE SMITH. -- In memoriam, Thomas Sercombe Smith, late Judge of the Supreme Court,
F.M.S., who died at Budleigh Salterton March 31, 1937. 'An upright Judge.'"
- [25 Jan 1941]
"BRADSHAW : SERCOMBE. -- On Jan. 23, 1941, Paymaster Commander Alan Rousseau Bradshaw,
R.N., younger son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Bradshaw, Myrtlefield Park, Belfast, to Daphne
Mary, younger daughter of the late Athelstan C. Sercombe and Mrs. O.H.d'A. Steward, of 2,
- [15 May 1941]
"[DEATHS] ON ACTIVE SERVICE ...
"WRIGHT. -- In May, 1941, by enemy action while on duty, Corporal Francis Alexander
Pickford Wright, M.B.E., Honourable Artillery Company, Barrister-at-Law, of Seremban,
Malaya, brother of Mrs. H.S. Sircom, of Holcroft, Reigate. (Malayan papers, please copy.)"
- [25 Sep 1942]
"TROOP. -- On Sept. 22, 1942, at Wrecclesham Grange, Farnham, to Irene (née
Sercombe), wife of Wing Commander C.L. Troop, R.A.F. -- a daughter."
- [23 Jan 1948]
"WILLS AND BEQUESTS ...
"Mrs. Mary Sercombe Smith, of Belstone, near Okehampton, Devon, left £11,722. After
some legacies and bequests she left the residue to the scholarship fund of the Methodist
School (Kingswood), Bath, to endow two "Sercombe Smith" scholarships at Oxford or
- [19 Dec 1949]
"RORIE. -- On Dec. 16, 1949, suddenly, at 41, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, Frank Miller Rorie,
M.B., Ch.B., beloved husband of Eileen Sercombe, in his 55th year. Service at Aberdeen
Crematorium to-day (Monday) at 2 p.m. No flowers or mourning, by request."
- [10 Jun 1953]
"HOCKING : SERCOMBE. -- On June 6, 1953, at Blackheath, John Theodore, son of Mr. and Mrs.
W.S. Hocking, to Ann Arnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. SERCOMBE, of Plymouth."
- [1 Nov 1954]
"FORTHCOMING MARRIAGES ...
"Mr. R.S. Oliver and Miss J.R. Cresswell.
"The engagement is announced between Richard
Sercombe, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Oliver, of 25, Hendford, Yeovil, and Jane Rosemary,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Cresswell, of Castleton, Ocle Pychard, Hereford."
- [16 Nov 1955]
"LATEST WILLS ...
"Sircom, Mrs. Helen Mary Hardman, of Eastbourne, wife of H.S. Sircom (net, £52,340;
duty paid, £19,904) .. .. .. .. £54,048"
- [29 Mar 1956]
"SIRCOM. -- On Tuesday, March 27, 1956, at Eastbourne, Harold Sebastian Sircom, M.A.,
B.E.M., Malayan Civil Service (retired), aged 77. Cremation, Downs Crematorium, Bear
Road, Brighton, on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m."
- [15 Dec 1956]
"WILLS AND BEQUESTS ...
"Sercombe, Mr. Percy, of Exeter, wholesale fruit and potato merchant (gross,
£54,998; duty paid, £19,170) .. .. .. Net (before duty paid) £54,879"
- [24 Jan 1967]
"SERCOMBE. -- On Jan. 21st, 1967, Florence Emma Elizabeth, in her 96th year, daughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. H.W.G. Sercombe, of Lee, Kent, and beloved aunt of Nan and Arne
Olsen, of Hafnia, Coombe Park, Kingston Hill, Surrey. Service at Kingston Crematorium,
Jan. 26, at 3.45. Cut flowers please and enquiries may be sent to Fredk. W. Paine Ltd.,
Horace Road, Kingston, 7472."
- [29 May 1974]
"SERCOMBE-SMITH. -- On May 24th, 1974, peacefully in hospital, Jack, very dear brother of
Enid. Funeral service at Flimwell Church on Thursday, 30th May, at 2 p.m. Cut flowers only
to G. Young and Son, Ticehurst. No letters, please."
(from the British Library Online Newspaper Archive)
From the Ipswich Journal:
- [21 May 1851, p. 8]
"BARRY--SERCOMBE. -- Oct. 12, at St. John's Church, Adelaide, South Australia, C.J.
Barry, Esq., of Glenelg, to Mary Giffard, only surviving daughter of the late B.O. Sercombe, Esq., of the Bank of England."
- [6 Jan 1856, p. 6]
"INSOLVENT DEBTORS' COURT -- Jan. 5. BEFORE MR. COMMISSIONER PHILLIPS. IN THE MATTER OF
THOMAS MOORE SHARP.
"This insolvent, whose case was reported on the 10th ult., was further heard.
"Mr. Dowse appeared for Mr.
Sercombe, the detaining creditor, and also for Mr. Parry, a broker resident at Liverpool. Mr. Sargood supported.
opposition was for fraud. Formerly the insolvent carried on business at Belfast, at which place he petitioned the Irish
court, and was dismissed. He removed himself to Dublin, where he again petitioned, and received a judgment of 18 months,
which would expire next month. After a sojourn of about three months, a settlement was effected, and he left the prison in
March last. His debts under that insolvency were 8,000l. In April he commenced business at Liverpool, and ended
about October, when he was traced to London, and arrested at Anderton's Hotel on a judge's order.
"It appeared that on
the 4th of September, the insolvent purchased 158l. 15s. 2d. worth of tobacco of Mr. Sercombe, through
his agent, stating that it was for exportation. Instead of exporting it, the insolvent raised 155l. on it of Mr.
Parry, and had spent the money in purchase of pictures, which he sent to Australia, and had, he said, lent a person named
Murphy 30l. when he met him on the street. When the insolvent was discovered at London, where he had several boxes
in his possession, he was much altered in his appearance, having got rid of a profusion of hair. In his schedule no mention
was made of the judgment in the Irish court, but only that he had obtained his final order.
"Mr. Commissioner Phillips
held that the debt had been fraudulently contracted with Mr. Sercombe. It was clear to him that the insolvent never
intended to pay for the tobacco, and instead of exporting the same, it seemed that he intended to 'export himself.' There
was no doubt the statement on the general balance sheet was to keep out of view the judgment he had received under the
"His Honour pronounced a judgment of eight calendar months, which he feared was too lenient for the
nature of the case."
From the London Gazette:
- [Deaths, 15 Feb 1851] "22nd ult., at Falmouth, Cornwall, suddenly, Edward Surcombe, Esq., aged 56 years,
the cashier of the extensive house of G.C. and R.W. Fox and Co. For the interest which the deceased tood in the
multitudinous affairs of the establishment with which for forty years he was connected : for his notable probity and
application to business, for his private virtues, and for his sound sense of true religion, and his simplicity of trust
on his Redeemer, but few persons probably equalled him, and a far smaller number excelled." [probably an error for
From the North Devon Journal:
- [3 Jan 1922, p. 101] "Notice is hereby given, that by a deed poll, dated the twenty-third day of October, 1921, and enrolled in the Central Office of the Supreme Court of Judicature, on the 15th day of November, 1921, I, Richard Sercombe Sercombe, of Number 10, Pritchard-street, Wednesbury, in the County of Stafford, Railway Clerk, a natural born British subject, renounced and abandoned the name of Richard Sercombe Lacy, and adopted the name of Richard Sercombe Sercombe. Richard Sercombe Sercombe, formerly known as Richard Sercombe Lacy."
- [15 Jan 1924, p. 468] "Admiralty, 11th January, 1924. R.N. ... Acting Mates to be Mates :-- ... Albert E.
Sercombe ... 1st Dec. 1922."
- [11 Aug 1925, p. 5362] "Admiralty, 6th August, 1925. R.N. ... Mates to be Lieuts. :-- ... A.E. Sercombe.
1st Aug. 1925."
- [25 Aug 1933, p. 5608] "Admiralty, 21st August, 1933. R.N. ... Lieuts. to be Lieut.-Comdrs. :-- ... A.E.
Sercombe. 1st Aug. 1933:"
- [8 Jan 1935, p. 233] "VI.-ASSIGNMENTS OF TYPISTS. ... Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of, Margaret Rose Sercombe, ..."
- [15 Sep 1942, p. 4024] "Lt.-Cdr. A.E. Sercombe placed on Retd. List with rank of Cdr. 5th Aug. 1942."
(from the Devon FHS strays index -- complete notices not yet obtained)
From Notes and Queries (London):
- [7 Dec 1876] death of John S. SERCOMBE of Exeter on 30 Nov 1876 at Bristol aged 36
- [19 Feb 1880] death of Mrs. G.C. Sercombe of Exeter, widow, on 10 Feb 1880 at Bridgwater SOM aged 68
(from the Internet Library of Early Journals)
From the Transactions of the Devonshire Association:
- [28 Sep 1867, front page advertisement for St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, London]
"MEDICAL OFFICERS AND LECTURERS. -- ... Surgeon-Dentist: Mr. Sercombe."
- [5 Sep 1868, front page advertisement for St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, Paddington]
"MEDICAL OFFICERS AND LECTURERS. -- ... Surgeon Dentist: Mr. Sercombe."
- [4 Sep 1869, front page advertisement for St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, Paddington]
"MEDICAL OFFICERS AND LECTURERS. ... Surgeon-Dentist -- Mr. Sercombe."
(as noted in the Burnet Morris name index on LDS microfilm 1472308 -- full reference not yet obtained)
From the West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser:
- [vol. 68, p. 152, 1935] - Mrs. SERCOMBE, resident at Cholwich town (Cornwood)
(from abstracts and extracts
by Rita Bone Kopp, Julia Symons Mosman, et al.)
From the West[ern?] M[ail and?] News:
- [Local Intelligence, Fri 17 Apr 1846] - "An inquest was held on the 13th instant, at New Quay on the body
of WILLIAM SIRCOMBE, who was accidentally drowned in the Tamar. The deceased (a blacksmith of Bridestow,) with his
journeyman, had gone on Good Friday last to see Wheal Maria mine. They afterwards went to Calstock, where they dined, and
having become intoxicated they left that place on their way home about nine o'clock; they missed their route, and wandered
into the river, mistaking the proper landing place, and the deceased sunk in the stream and was drowned. His companion
made an alarm, when persons came to the spot, and having crept for deceased some time, he was picked up dead, about forty
yards below the landing place, about a half-hour afterwards. Verdict accordingly."
- [Births, Fri 12 Aug 1853] - "At Exeter, on the 31st, the wife of Mr. J.T. SERCOMBE, a son"
- [Births, Fri 29 Jul 1853] - "At Bristol, on the 15th instant, the wife of J.M. SERCOMBE, Esq., a son."
- [Deaths, Fri 8 Apr 1853] - "At Bartholomew Terrace, Exeter, on Sunday last, after a short illness, Mary
Odgers, eldest daughter of George SERCOMBE, Esq., aged 26 years."
- [Deaths, Fri 16 Dec 1853] - "At Beyrout Place, Stoke, on the 30th ult., the wife of Mr. H. SURCOMBE, naval
officer, and youngest daughter of Mr. W. WILLIAMS, late of Morice Town, and formerly of Truro, in this county."
(clippings included in the Burnet Morris name index on LDS microfilm 1472308)
From the Western Times (Devon):
- [8 Oct 1935]
"SERCOMBE-PADY. -- On October 7th, at Gospel Hall, Newton Abbot, James Sercombe, of Holcombe, Teignmouth,
to Ethel PADY, of Wooder, Widecombe-in-the-Moor."
- [25 Jul 1936, p. 6]
"Mr. H.J. Seccombe [sic], Seaton.
"Mr. Henry James Sercombe, of 5, Manor-terrace, Seaton, Devon, formerly principal of H.J. Sercombe and
Co., ironmongers, of Hendford, Yeovil, who died on May 21, left estate of the gross value of £2,022, with net
personalty £1,371. Probate has been granted to his daughters, Mrs. Helen Lucy Wilkinson, of Broadways,
Ilchester-road, Yeovil, and Mrs. Kate Muriel Rhodes, of 1, Radley-gardens, Kenton Mx."
- [16 Feb 1938]
"SERCOMBE. -- Late of Higher Holcombe, Teignmouth, James Sercombe, aged 72. Funeral Thursday, 17th,
Teignmouth Cemetery. Service at the Gospel Hall, Bitton-street, 2.30 p.m. No flowers, by request."
- [7 Sep 1939]
"SERCOMBE. -- On September 6th, at 22, Parklands, Totnes George Henry, beloved husband of
Florence Funeral Saturday, leaving the house 2.15 for Totnes Cemetery."
- [2 Mar 1940]
"SERCOMBE. -- Elias John, at Cholwichtown Farm, Cornwood, February 29th, dearly-beloved
husband of Emma and loving father of Ernest Frederick, Helen, and Harry, and father-in-law of Ida grandad of Margeret and
Betty, aged 69. Funeral Tuesday, 5th March, Cornwood Church, 3:30 Friends please accept this (the only) intimation."
- [2 Apr 1940, p. 1]
"ELIAS JOHN SERCOMBE late of Cholwicktown, Cornwood, Devon who died on the 28th day of
February 1940. NOTICE is hereby given that all creditors having claims against the estate of the above named deceased
should forthwith give notice thereof in writing to the undersigned and furthermore all money due to the Estate should be
paid to the undersigned.
"DATED this 1st day of April 1940
"AMBROSE and AMBROSE.
"5, Atheneum-place, Plymouth.
"Solicitors to the Executrix."
(from 1913 Devon Newspaper Extracts by
From the Totnes Times (Devon):
- [27 May 1913] DEATHS -- PEARCE - Elizabeth Pearce, 8 Franklin street, Larkbeare, the beloved wife of Rupert Pearce,
who fell asleep 21st May; eldest daughter of the late Mr. Frank Sercombe, of Heavitree.
(courtesy of Liz Holliday)
- [11 Jan 2006, p. 4] Vaughan & Margaret Sercombe of Broadhempston wish to announce the engagement on
Christmas Eve of their only daughter Lynsey to Mr Adam Attree younger son of John and Amanda Attree of Hernford,
Harbertonford. Love and congratulations from both families.
From the Hong Kong Government Gazette:
- [14 Apr 1900, p. 571]
(see page image)
"GOVERNMENT NOTIFICATION. -- No. 171.
"His Excellency the Officer Administering the Government has been pleased to appoint
THOMAS SERCOMBE SMITH to be Acting Puisne Judge, in the absence from the
Colony of ALFRED GASCOYNE WISE, or until further notice.
"F. H. MAY,
"Acting Colonial Secretary.
"Colonial Secretary's Office, Hongkong, 14th April, 1900."
- [30 Mar 1901, p. 721]
(see page image)
"GOVERNMENT NOTIFICATION. -- No. 187.
"His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint THOMAS SERCOMBE
SMITH to be Acting Colonial Secretary during the absence from illness of JAMES
HALDANE STEWART LOCKHART, C.M.G., or until further notice,
with effect from the 28th instant.
"T. SERCOMBE SMITH,
"Acting Colonial Secretary.
"Colonial Secretary's Office, Hongkong, 28th March, 1901."
- [1 Feb 1907, p. 110]
(see page image)
"APPOINTMENTS, &C. ...
"No. 76. -- THOMAS SERCOMBE SMITH, Police Magistrate and
Coroner, left the Colony on the 29th instant, on nine months leave of absence.
"30th January, 1907."
From the Irish Times:
(from its online archive)
- [Tuesday 1 May 1900] -- "Casualties in South Africa ... The following deaths are reported:-- ... DE AAR
... 2nd Berkshire -- Lance-Sergeant C. Sercombe, enteric, April 27th."
- [Thursday 9 Dec 1915] -- "Honours and Rewards. Admiralty, 8th December, 1915. ... on the occasion of the
operations against the Königsberg ... The following petty officers and men have been awarded the Distinguished
Service Medal for their services on the same occasion:-- H.M.S. SEVERN. Chief Petty Officer William J. Sercombe, O.N.
From The Kenya Gazette:
From the Ndege News:
- [2 Feb 1979, p. 111] "In compliance with rule 5 of the Veterinary Surgeons (Registration and Licensing) Rules, 1958, the Veterinary Registrar hereby publishes the following copy of the Register of Veterinary Surgeons as at 1st January, 1979. . . .
"[No.] 331 [Date Registered] 13-10-77 [Name, Qualification, and Address] Patricia Ann Sercombe, B.V.M.&S., M.R.C.V.S. (Edinburgh), P.O. Box 14260, Nairobi.
"[No.] 332 [Date Registered] 13-10-77 [Name, Qualification, and Address] John Samuel Sercombe, B.V.M.&S. (Edinburgh), M.R.C.V.S., P.O. Box 14260, Nairobi.
- [Kenya's Top Woman Jockey, 25 Sep 2011]
"Kenya’s champion jockey for the 2010/2011 season has 37 wins. That's impressive anywhere in the world where they race horses. But what's even more astounding is that Kenya's top jockey is a woman. Lesley Sercombe has won nine championships in 20 years of competitive racing. . . . She works with her mother, Patsy Sercombe, who is also a trainer. . . . Lesley’s inspiration comes from her trainer and mother, for her unfaltering dedication to the sport. Mrs Sercombe was also successful in amateur racing in her day. In fact, Lesley's whole family is involved in racing in one way or another. Her twin sister, Linda Thorpe, does amateur racing, her older sister in Hong Kong does show racing and her nieces and nephews all ride. Her father, Dr John Sercombe is a veterinary doctor and one of the directors at the Jockey Club of Kenya. . . ."
From the Auckland Weekly News:
(from a transcript by Jacqueline
Walles on the GENANZ-L mailing list)
From the Timaru Herald:
- 24 Jun 1915 -- DEATHS -- "SIRCOMBE Killed in Action 25 April 1915, Dardenelles, ?19/861, Pte Richard William Sircombe,
Main Body, Auckland Infantry Batt., eldest s/o R SW & H J Sircombe, Rangiatua, aged 24"
(from a listing of South Canterbury newspaper BMD
- July 1869 -- "Married. June 9, at the Manse, Christchurch, by the Rev. C. Frazer, M.A., Mr W.J. Sercombe, of
Waimate, to Miss M. Rickard, late of Cambridge, England."
From the South African Law Journal:
From South Africa Magazine:
- [vol 26 (1929), p. 348] Sercombe leased a hotel room to Henderson, for 12 months from 1 Apr 1928, for
£20 per month plus a £200 deposit, giving a promissory note for the deposit and the first three months' rent. On
2 Apr 1928, Henderson bought a car from Colonial Motors (Natal) Ltd. on a hire-purchase agreement. When Henderson failed to
pay the promissory note, Sercombe obtained an injunction to prevent her from removing property from the hotel premises.
Henderson nevertheless took the car to the Colonial Motors garage. The car was subsequently sold at public auction, and the
case was about whether the proceeds should go towards Henderson's debt to Sercombe for the room or her debt to
Colonial Motors for the car. Sercombe lost. Sercombe v. Colonial Motors (Natal) Ltd.
transcribed by Ellen Stanton)
- [Domestic Announcements, 10 Oct 1903] "MARRIAGES ... SERCOMBE-WALLIS - On August 24, at Pretoria, Samuel
Nelson, younger son of the late Mr. Samuel Sercombe, The Morton, Fifeshire, to Annette, widow of Freeman Wallis,
solicitor, and daughter of the late J. Bowyer, J.P., Cheshire."
From the Detroit Free Press (Michigan):
From the Detroit News (Michigan):
- [29 Nov 2002]
"Arthur Sercombe: Helped to plan Detroit freeways
"by Jeanne May, Free Press staff writer
"Arthur H. Sercombe, an architect who helped plan the paths of the freeways of Detroit, died of prostate
cancer Nov. 20 at the Hospice Home of Michigan, Farmington Hills.
"He was 80 and lived in Royal Oak.
"In the mid-1950s, he went to work for the Detroit Planning Commission and worked there until he retired
"In the early '50s, he had worked in the architecture department of Detroit Edison and helped design an
addition to the Conner Creek Power Plant.
"Mr. Sercombe was born in Detroit, graduated from Central High School and attended Alma College for two
years until World War II intervened.
"He joined the Army Air Force and was trained as a bomber navigator. Stationed in Italy, he flew 33
missions with the 451st Bomber Squadron, and on one, his B24 was shot down. The crew parachuted safely into Yugoslavia,
and the Partisans underground group got them all back to Italy.
"At war's end, Mr. Sercombe returned to Michigan and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of
"While there, he got a job washing dishes at a fraternity house. Up to his elbows in suds, he delighted
in the classical music being played at the house, and that music remained a lifelong passion.
"'He also learned to love the organ music at Central Woodward Christian Church,' his wife, Ruth, said
Wednesday. 'They had a very special organ.'
"As a child, Mr. Sercombe had often traveled with his family by train to visit relatives in Illinois,
and railroads became another consuming interest of his life.
"When he grew up, he took his family on train trips all around the United States.
"'He always rode the bus to work,' his wife said. 'That was at the time when Detroit used to have those
good buses. And he did a lot of reading. He read these thick, thick books all the time.'
"Mr. Sercombe belonged to the Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society, the Michigan Nature
Association, the Sierra Club, American Youth Hostels, the Michigan Audubon Society, the Michigan Association of Railroad
Passengers and the Birmingham Kiwanis Club, serving as president for a year.
"In addition to his wife of 39 years, survivors include a son, Paul, and a daughter, Sarah.
"A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home,
"The family suggests memorial donations to the Michigan Nature Association, 326 E. Grand River Ave.,
From the Beloit [Wisconsin] Daily News:
- [Mark Hicks, "Ruth Sercombe, Royal Oak: Nurse's caring spirit extended to family farm", 9 Aug 2011]
"Nursing patients, tending to animals on the family farm and chatting up strangers all were easy for Ruth Sercombe, thanks to her pleasant temperament.
"'She was a very caring person,' said her twin sister, Rita Goodwin.
"Mrs. Sercombe died Tuesday, July 26, 2011. She was 85.
"Born Oct. 22, 1925, in New York, Ruth Daugirda worked on her family's farm and moved to Detroit, where she worked at Hudson's department store while attending Cass Tech High School.
"At Wayne State University, she earned a scholarship to Harper Hospital's nursing program.
"After becoming a registered nurse, she earned a master's degree from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City and taught at Harper, relatives said. 'She was very determined,' said her daughter-in-law, Patty Sercombe. 'And she was always looking to help people.'
"Outside of work, the nature enthusiast met Arthur Sercombe on a sailing trip. They wed in 1962.
"Mrs. Sercombe stopped working while raising their family, but returned to nursing part time at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
"Retiring in the 1980s, she devoted herself to gardening and cooking for family gatherings. 'She always provided very delicious meals,' Goodwin said. 'She was a natural for it.'
"A longtime member of Birmingham Unitarian Church, Mrs. Sercombe also was active in a Kiwanis Club.
"Other survivors include two children, Sarah and Paul; and nieces and nephews. Her husband died in 2002.
"A memorial service is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills."
From the Boston Daily Globe:
- [3 May 2012] "Arrests / Beloit - / Benjamin Ames Sercombe, 22, of the 800 block of Church Street was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct at 1:45 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Church Street."
(via Proquest Historical Newspapers)
From the Chicago Tribune (Illinois):
- [18 Oct 1903] "Sircom--Bullens. MELROSE, Oct 17--R. H. Sircom, a well-known business man of this city,
was married this noon to Mrs George L. Bullens. The ceremony was performed at the Congregational church by Rev Dr Thomas
Sims in the presence of a few intimate friends. After returning from a tour they will reside on Francis st."
(from extracts by Sharon I. Dickson --
complete article not yet obtained)
From the Penn Yan Democrat (Yates County, New York):
- Marriage licenses in Cook County, Illinois: 9 Mar 1879 Rhoe P. SERCOMBE (21, of 85 Lincoln avenue) = Walter S. BELL
(27, of 626 West Adams)
From the Guymon Daily Herald (Oklahoma):
- [4 Jul 1913]
"J. Austin Hallowell, of this city, and Miss Rebecca Sercomb, of Rochester, were united in marriage on
Wednesday of last week, at the parsonage of Newberry Methodist Episcopal church, Williamsport, by the Rev. J.E.A. Bucke.
Mr. Hallowell has been manager in Elmira for a number of years for Russell & Dexter, of Penn Yan. He has many friends in
Elmira who will extend best wishes to him and his bride. Elmira Advertiser (June 28)"
(from Texas County, Oklahoma, Genealogy and History
From the Oconomowoc Enterprise (Waukesha County, Wisconsin):
- [26 Apr 1953]
"Guymon Daily Herald is Old-Time Panhandle Pioneer ...
"The Herald staff is composed of Fields,
editor and publisher; Amon E. McKay, assistant to publisher; William A. Sercomb, advertising manager; Dave Taylor, Herald
reporter and Observer editor; Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, society editor; J. Walden Hancock, mechanical superintendent; Emmit
Hughey, press stereotype foreman; Pat Campbell, circulation manager; Ross Ward, advertising department; Dan White and Mrs.
John Moreland, teletype operator and ad compositor; Mrs. John Moreland, tele-typesetter.
"The directorate of the publishing company is Fields, president; Mildred B. fields, secretary-treasurer;
McKay, vice president; and Sercomb, Taylor and Hancock, members."
(from clippings index by the
Dodge/Jefferson Counties [Wisconsin] Genealogical Society)
From the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan):
- [20 Mar 1886]
"James Espy Sercombe, a nephew of Mrs. L.C. Williams of this city and namesake of her husband, fell
from a freight train in Minneapolis on the 12th and was instantly killed, the cars passing over him. He was taken to
Milwaukee and buried in the family lot in Forest Home Cemetery on Sunday. Deceased was to have been married next fall to
a young lady of Milwaukee."
From the New York Times:
29 Jun 2009] "Kristina Matyzius, 36, of Stockbridge died Thursday, June 25, at Allegiance Hospice Home in Jackson. She
is survived by her parents Albert and Nancy Matyzius; son, Michael Sercombe; daughter, Megan Matyzius; and sister, Dawn
Matyzius. Arrangements are by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, 424 E Main St., Stockbridge."
- [obituaries, 9 Feb 2011] "SERCOMBE, MICHAEL J. - Born March 30,
1941, of Jackson, age 69, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 5, 2011, with his wife by his side at Carelink.
Mr. Sercombe was a graduate of Jackson High School in 1961. He retired from Clark Equipment after 21 years of service; he
enjoyed betting on horses, visiting various casinos and playing bingo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and
Dorothy Sercombe; brother, Harland and sister, Bonnie. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne Sercombe of 38 years; two sons,
Christopher and Steven; two grandchildren, Jaden and Alexis; brother Donald of California and numerous cousins, nieces and
nephews. At Mr. Sercombe's request he has been cremated. A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 13 from 3 to 7
p.m. at the OH! Bar located at 128 W. Michigan Avenue. Contact Chris at 517-612-9676."
announcements, 11 Mar 2011] "Weigand, Carol A. and Sercombe, Thomas W., of Jackson, a daughter, Olivia Ruthann
Sercombe, born Feb. 25, 6 pounds, 13 ounces at Allegiance Health. Grandparents are Keron and Dennis Weigand of Spring
Arbor, Theresa and Thomas J. Sercombe of Jackson and Kathy Sercombe of Jackson."
- [obituaries, 2 Dec 2011]"SERCOMBE, SISTER MARY XAVIER - Passed away November 21, 2011 at Mt. Saint Josephs, Cincinnati, Ohio. Shirly was born December 5, 1933 in Jackson, Michigan. She was a Sister of Charity for 58 years. Shirly was preceeded in death by mother, Mildred; father, John; and sister, Sally. 'She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household,' Proverbs 31:15."
From the Northfield News (Minnesota):
- [25 Mar 1931, p. 29] "MRS. ANN SIRCOM IS WED. She Is Married to Robert Winthrop Lea in Miami
"MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 24.--Mrs. Ann Sircom, former wife of A. B. Sircom of Bronxville, N. Y., this afternoon was
married to Robert Winthrop Lea, retired president of the Moline Plow and Shear Company, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. A.
Crawford, who were the attendants. A bridal dinner followed. Mr. Crawford, president of the Pullman Company, is an old
friend of Mr. Lea.
"Tomorrow the couple of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford will fly to Havana, returning on Thursday to leave for New York. The bride
attended Chicago University."
- [22 May 1932, p. 28] "Mr. and Mrs. F. Gerald U. Sircom of Boston have announced to friends here the
engagement of their daughter, Miss Ruth Sircom, to Lieutenant Wendell G. Johnson, U.S.A., son of G.A. Johnson of Geneseo,
Ill. Miss Sircom, who has been living in New York for the last year, attended the Cambridge-Haskell School in Cambridge
and Miss Mary McClintock's School in Boston. Lieutenant Johnson is an instructor in Spanish at the United States Military
Academy at West Point, from which he was graduated in 1923."
- [2 Jun 1932, p. 18] "Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald U. Sircom of Boston have announced here the marriage of
their daughter, Miss Ruth Sircom, to Lieutenant Wendell G. Johnson, U.S.A. The ceremony was performed last Saturday
afternoon in Christ Lutheran Church, Washington, by the Rev. J. Frederic Wenchel."
- [19 Dec 1940, p. 25] "Mrs. Carrie Kennerson Sircom, wife of Frank R. Sircom of Cambridge, Mass., former
president of the Malden (Mass.) Trust Company, died yesterday morning of a heart attack suffered on Saturday, at 108 East
Eighty-first Street, the home of her son, Arthur Sircom, director of the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Mass. She was born in
Boston 70 years ago, a descendant of colonial ancestors.
"Survivors include also another son, Ruppert Sircom, head of the organ department of Carleton College, Minneapolis; two
daughters, the Misses Edith and Alice Sircom, and her mother, Mrs. Alice M. Kennerson of Melrose, Mass."
- [28 Apr 1947, p. 28] "TUCHAHOE, N. Y., April 27--Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Sircom of this place have made
known the engagement of Mr. Sircom's daughter, Alice Minna, to John Ludwell Lake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer M. Lake of
Scarsdale. The wedding will take place in June.
"Miss Sircom attended the Brantwood School in Bronxville, and was graduated from Hood College. Mr. Lake attended the
Stuyvesant School in Warrenton, Va., and has resumed his studies at Yale University after serving with the Army in Europe.
He received a commission as a lieutenant while overseas."
- [5 Dec 1948, p. 92] "MRS. S. J. M. ALLEN
"WOLFVILLE, N. S., Dec. 4 (Canadian Press)--Mrs. Eva
B. Allen, wife of Dr. S. J. M. Allen, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Cincinnati, died here yesterday
at the age of 65 after an illness of several months. She was a daughter of the late Gen. S. J. R. Sircom of Halifax,
N. S. Mrs. Allen was the mother of Dr. S. J. Allen, Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois."
- [23 Apr 1962, p. 28] "Dr. Rupert Sircom, Church Organist, 64
"MINNEAPOLIS, April 22 -- Dr. Rupert Sircom died today of a heart attack between Easter services at the Westminster
Presbyterian Church, where he had been organist since 1930. He was 64 years old.
"Dr. Sircom, who received choral and orchestral training under Emil Mollenhauer, became organist and choirmaster of St.
Thomas Protestant Episcopal Chapel in New York in 1926. At the same time he became staff organist for the Columbia
Broadcasting System, giving three radio recitals a day for three years.
"Since his appointment here, Dr. Sircom had played and taught organ at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and had
given numerous recitals in the Minneapolis area and at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Several of his
choral compositions and arrangements have been published.
"Macalester College in St. Paul awarded Dr. Sircom its only honorary Doctor of Music degree several years ago.
"He leaves his second wife, the former Mildred Reed of Boston; two children by a former marriage, John of Portland, Me.,
and Nancy of Medford, Mass.; two sisters, Alice Sircom of New York and Edith and a brother, Arthur, both of Washington."
- [17 Sep 1977, Deaths, p. 26] "SIRCOM--Edith M. On Sunday, September 11, 1977 of Washington, D.C. Beloved
sister of Arthur R. Sircom, New Haven, Conn. Graveside service will be held Monday, September 19, 1977 at 11:00 AM at Mt.
Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, Mass. Service from Pumphrey's Bethesda Chevy Chase Funeral Home, Bethesda,
(from Minnesota newspapers headline index at Ancestry -- complete article not yet obtained)
From the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California):
- [17 Aug 1939, 1:2] - Prof. Rupert SIRCOM appointed to Carleton staff (photo)
From the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon):
- [19 Feb 2004] - "WESLEY E. SERCOMBE, 87, died Saturday at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Born in Jackson, Miss.,
Mr. Sercombe lived in Hemet one year. He worked at the Clark Equipment Co. for 35 years.
During World War II, Mr. Sercombe served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Forty and Eight.
Mr. Sercombe is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Snedegar of Hemet; three
sons, Michael and Harland, both of Mississippi, and Donald of Hemet; two
grandchildren; a brother, Robert of Mississippi; and a sister, Mary
DuBois of Mississippi.
Memorial services were private. Inland Memorial Mortuary in Hemet
(via Factiva and Ancestry except italicized date as noted)
From the Redlands Daily Facts (Redlands, California):
- [17 Aug 1999] - "Adrienne Sercombe --
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, in St.
Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem for Adrienne Sercombe, who died Aug. 15
at age 94.
Mrs. Sercombe was born April 20, 1905, in Coquille. Her maiden name was
Hazard. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1926 and moved to
Portland about 1930 and to Salem in 1954. She was a schoolteacher in
Clatskanie for two years and a homemaker. Later, she sold real estate
for Ohmart and Calaba in Salem for 20 years, retiring in 1970. She was a
member of the church and a past president of St. Anne's Guild. She also
was a past president of the University of Oregon Mothers Club. In 1931,
she married F.M. "Jack"; he died in 1984.
Survivors include her son, Jeffrey W. of West Linn; daughter, Jennifer
S. Gray of Columbia, Mo.; four grandchildren; and six great-
Interment will be in the columbarium of the church. The family suggests
remembrances to the church's music guild. Arrangements are by Rigdon
Ransom Funeral Home in Salem."
- [24 Feb 2004] - "Washington County Sheriff's Corporals Dave Lyle and Rob Philippi shot and killed
Warren Dudley Sercombe, 46, in the Oak Hills community (west of Portland) early February 21. The officers say they ordered
Sercombe to the ground but he reached for a handgun that was sitting on a car." [via researcher John Sercombe and as
cited in Portland Copwatch's "People's Police
Report", May 2004]
- [3 Mar 2004] - "SERCOMBE, WARREN A Memorial Service will be held for Warren Sercombe on Friday, March 5,
2004, 3pm at St Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Beaverton. His ashes will be placed next to his father at Finley's Sunset
Hills Memorial Park. Warren was born December 17, 1957 in Portland, Oregon and lived in Oak Hills for many years. He
graduated from Sunset High School and attended Portland Community College. Remembrances to the William Temple House.
Arrangements entrusted to Springer & Son Aloha Funeral Home 503-356-1000. "
- [6 Jan 2008] - "Sue W. Sercombe. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, in Multnomah
Athletic Club for Sue W. Sercombe, who died Dec. 14, 2007, at age 98. Sue Warren was born Nov. 1, 1909, in Spokane and
moved to Portland as a teenager. She graduated from Lincoln High School. During World War II, she was a driver for the
American Red Cross. She was a homemaker, a volunteer for St. Vincent Medical Center and had served as president of a local
chapter of the American Cancer Society for two terms. In 1931, she married Dudley H. Sercombe; he died in 1984. Survivors
include her nieces and nephews. Remembrances to an animal rescue/care fund of your choice. Arrangements by Finley's."
From the Walla Walla Union Bulleton (Washington state):
- [Obituaries, Fri 15 Feb 2008] - "Rommanie Ciauri, 93 - Rommanie Sercombe Ciauri, a 10-year resident
of Redlands, died Feb. 7 at Country Villa healthcare center in Redlands, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She
was 93. She was born July 23, 1914, in Chicago to Parker and Leontine Sercombe. During the Depression, her family moved
to Mexico City, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish while working at the family gas station. After the family
returned to the United States, she worked in Los Angeles for Eastern Colombia. She later met and married Tulio Ciauri.
Their sons are Robert Ciauri of Redlands and Jack Ciauri of La Verne. Her daughter and lifelong best friend is Rosemary
Selberg of Beaumont. In her later years, she owned and operated the Pink Door Figure Salon in Loma Linda. She had lived in
Calimesa for 20 years before moving to Redlands. Her family said she was a firm believer in exercise and that she loved
nature and being outdoors. They described her as a loving, kind and intelligent woman who was loved and respected. She is
survived by her three children, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. There will be
no services. Memorial donations may be made to Inland Valley Hospice, 3770 Myers St., Riverside, CA 92503."
(from image at Ancestry)
From the Washington Post:
- [13 Nov 1953] - "COURT CLERK NAMED. SALEM (AP) - F. M. Sercombe, Portland lawyer, was appointed Friday as
clerk of the Oregon Supreme Court. He will succeed Arthur S. Benson on Jan. 1. Sercombe, 53, was the first secretary of
the Oregon State Bar, holding the position from 1935 to 1949. Graduating as a Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth, Sercombe has
practiced law in Oregon since 1933."
- [12 Aug 1942, p. 27] "Deaths ... Elizabeth A.M. Sircom, 63, 1734 P st. nw."
- [Washington Post and Times Herald, 6 Oct 1957, p. F2] "Mr. and Mrs. David R. Magee of Holden,
Mass., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rosalind Howard Scott, to Gerald Sircom Johnson, son of Col. and Mrs.
Wendell G. Johnson of Chevy Chase, Md. and Camden, Me. Miss Scott is a graduate of Bennett College, Millbrook, N.Y. Her
fiance is graduate of Yale University. A spring wedding is planned."
- [4 May 1975, Deaths, p. 30] "On Friday, May 2, 1975, ALICE ELIZABETH SIRCOM, of Washington, beloved sister
of Arthur Sircom of New Haven, Conn., and Edith Sircom, of Washington, D.C. No funeral service."
- [5 May 1975, p. C6]
"Alice E. Sircom, Editor, Writer
"Alice Elizabeth Sircom, 57, editor, writer and information specialist, died Friday at George Washington Hospital after
suffering a heart attack.
"Born in Malden, Mass., she was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
"During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Miss Sircom was associated with the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Cape Cod, which was
directed for many years by her brother, Arthur Sircom.
"In 1954 she became associated with the press bureau of Colonial Williamsburg, remaining there until coming to Washington
12 years ago.
"Miss Sircom, who lived at 2700 Q St. NW, worked as an information officer with the Department of Health, Education, and
Welfare after coming here.
"Recently, she had been doing freelance work.
"In addition to her brother, of New Haven, Conn., she is survived by a sister, Edith Sircom, of Washington."
- [19 Jul 1992, p. B8]
"Wendell G. Johnson, 91, Dies; Was an Attaché in Chile, Spain
"Wendell G. Johnson, 91, a retired Army colonel who served as military attaché in Chile and Spain during World War
II and later worked for the CIA in Bolivia and Miami, died of pneumonia July 16 at DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort
"A resident of the Belvoir Woods Health Care Center at Fort Belvoir, Col. Johnson was born in Geneseo, Ill. He attended
the University of Chicago and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from which he graduated in the class of
"Col. Johnson was commissioned in the infantry, but much of his subsequent career was in intelligence. In 1930, he went
to Spain to study Spanish, and in 1932 and 1933, he taught Spanish at West Point.
"In 1942, after assignments in Washington and elsewhere in this country, Col. Johnson became the U.S. military
attaché in Chile. In 1944, he went to Spain as military attaché, and he held that post until 1947.
"He later was assistant director of the joint intelligence group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a regimental commander at
Fort Dix, N.J., and assistant chief of staff for intelligence of the First Army at Governors Island, N.Y. He was back in
Spain as chief of the Army section of the military advisory group when he retired in 1954.
"After leaving the Army, Col. Johnson went to Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., from which he received a master's
degree in Spanish.
"In 1956, he settled in Washington. In 1957, he went to Bolivia for the CIA. He later taught Spanish in the Montgomery
County public school system.
"In 1961, after the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, Col. Johnson went to Miami as the CIA liaison to the
Cuban Revolutionary Council, an anti-Castro exile group. He retired again in 1963.
"Col. Johnson lived in Leisure World in Silver Spring until 1970, when he moved to Camden, Maine. In 1989, he returned to
the Washington area and settled in the Belvoir Woods center.
"Col. Johnson's survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Ruth Sircom of Fort Belvoir; two sons, Gerald S.
Johnson of Houston and Wendell G. Johnson Jr. of Salem, S.C.; and seven grandchildren."
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