Surname Saturday – COMLEY

Comley, a locational surname possibly deriving from the village of Comley in Shropshire, is a prominent name in The Man’s family tree.

The earliest Comley I have researched is John Comley, husband of Sarah, who died in 1743 in Great Somerford, Wiltshire.  Sarah, died in Great Somerford, 14 years earlier.
John and Sarah welcomed 7 children into the world namely Jeffrey, Thomas, Theophilius, Elizabeth, John, Joseph and William.


Jeffrey Comley married Dinah Porter in the early 18th century.    They had several children, John, Mary, Florence, William, Elizabeth, Ann and Theophilius.
Jeffrey died in August 1750 in Great Somerford along with his wife, Dinah.


Theophilius Comley was baptised on the 10th January 1724 in Great Somerford.  On 30th September 1749, Theophilius married Mary Geater.  The couple had 12 children in Great Somerford called Joseph, Ann, John, Elizabeth, William, Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary, John, Jacob, Mary and Jacob.
Theophilius died in 1782 aged 58 in Great Somerford, Wiltshire.


Joseph Comley was baptised on 21st June 1752 in Great Somerford.  On 3rd November 1776, Joseph married Mary Park, from Chippenham, in Great Somerford.  The couple had 6 children but moved to Somerford Major, Wiltshire before the birth of their 6th child.  Their children were Maria, Jacob, John, Lot, Patience and Joseph.


Joseph Comley was baptised on 26th October 1794 in Somerford Major, Wiltshire.  He married Mary Marsh on 3rd December 1816 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.  There were possibly 3 children to this marriage; John, James and Jacob.  The three boys were born in Corston, Wiltshire.
Mary died in 1822 in Corston and Joseph went on to live with Ann Beechey.  As far as I can tell they never married but had 5 children together called Mary Beech, Jonah Henry Beech, Ada Maria, Josiah Beech and Martha.
By 1843 Joseph was living in Bridgend, Glamorgan.  The family moved around South Wales, living in Trevethin, Monmouthshire; Crickhowell, Brecknockshire; Crumlin, Monmouthshire and Christchurch, Monmouthshire between 1843 and 1858.
Joseph died in January 1878 in Cardiff Workhouse, Ann continued to live in Bridgend and died on 10th April 1893.


John Comley was born around 1817 in Corston, Wiltshire.  He spent his youth moving around the country but by 1841 was living in Coedkernew, Monmouthshire with his future wife and her family and working as a farm labourer.  Later in his life he worked as a Gardener.
He married Caroline Steel Parsons on 12th February 1842 in Coedkernew and lived there for the remainder of his life.
John and Caroline had 11 children together; Henry, Elizabeth, James, John, Ivor, John, Edgar, Caroline, Charles, Albert and Priscilla.  Four of their children died in Infancy.
John died on 5th December 1891 in Coedkernew, followed by his wife on the 21st April 1893.


Albert Comley was born around June 1859 in Newport, Monmouthshire.  He grew up in the St Woolos area of Newport.  He was a carpenter by trade and by 1891 was blind in one eye.
Albert married Mary Ann Christopher in 1881 and the family lived in Christchurch.  They had at least 6 children; Elizabeth Ann, Edgar William, Lavinia, Alfred John, Emily and James.
Albert died in 1937 in Newport outliving his wife by 18 years.


Elizabeth Ann Comley sees the end of the Comley name in the family tree.  She was born around March 1882 in Newport.  She married George Henry Hazell in 1903.  She died in Newport in 1953 after having 8 children, Caroline Alma May, Alice Mary, Herman Lewis, George A, Ruby Iris L, Doris I, James Henry and Gladys V B.


  1. Comley Christopher Alec

    May 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Another link if you want more information I will supply
    William Comley born in Dauntsey England
    He married Ann
    Children of William & Ann are
    William Comley b March 20 1740
    Joseph Comley b March 20 1743
    John Comley b January 30 1747 Dauntsey
    Robert Comley b February 02 1750 d March 04 1750
    Sarah Comley b April 01 1758

  2. Cath chambers-walker

    September 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I a interested in any other information you have about the comely family. My Great grand mother was Elizabeth Comley who grew up at 13Blewett Street Newport, known as Bessy.

  3. Andrew Mead

    November 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Looks remakably like all your information has come from my website/Gedcoms at! Pity you don’t give me a credit.

    • Beth

      December 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      I believe certain parts of my information did come from your site.

      Please accept my apologies for not giving you credit… I published this post over 3 years ago when I knew little of attempting to credit all sources.

      I am about to start up my research again after a 3 year hiatus and intend to go back over all ground.

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