Clan Associations: MacComb
Entry: The following link contains
the story of Alexander MACOMB Sr., fur trader, stock/bond trader, shipper,
Synopsis MACOMB (aka McCOMB):
Partner in the fur trading firm: MACOMB, EDGARS and MACOMB, a virtual
shipping monopoly granted on Lake Erie, by the British government from
1768-1812. Possibly one of originating partners in the North West Co.
Alexander MACOMB Sr. was handed the responsibility by Alexander Hamilton, US
Secretary of Treasury, to create the first ever Stock and Bond market on
Wall St. NYC in 1792.
His brother, William McCOMB, represented Detroit at the first British
Legislature at Niagara, Upper Canada, in 1792. http://mlloyd.org/gen/macomb/text/amsr/wt.htm
rest of MACOMB (aka McCOMB) family:
From; General Alexander MACOMB Jr, Victor at the Battle of Plattsburgh,
NY, War of 1812; John Navarre McCOMB, military cartographer and engineer,
assigned in 1830, to map the trails leading westward in the US, and David
Betton MACOMB, adjutant to Sam Huston, acting as Washington laison joining
Texas the Union. http://mlloyd.org/gen/macomb/photoalb.htm
of the notable McCOMB Clan (sept of Clan MacThomas):
0) Alexander MACOMB c1652. The only thing we know about him is his
establishing the Scottish Society in Rhode Island, North American
1) John McCOMB, Quaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania arriving in 1688.
Possibly the same John McComb captured at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge,
Scotland. In 1694 discloses historical account that lead to the end of the
Quaker Oligarchy in Pennsylvania, from events of a court hearing that
McComb was implicated in ...the Keithian - Lloydian Quaker split. The
court absolved all accused and lead to election of a Non-Quaker
2) Eleazer McCOMB - Delegate to the 4th US Continental Congress, 1781.
Many Congressional records at the Libary of Congress. He makes
recommendation to site the US Captial at Washington DC.
3) James McCOMB SR. - He is the mysterious Mr. McCOMB that appears in
George Washington Letters (soon all to be on-line). This family branch
still has letters of the dinner invitations from George Washington. He was
the owner/operator of a Salt Petre Manufacture in Princeton NJ. He moves
his family near Bennington, Vermont after the American War of Independence
(fully researched and no direct relation to my Bennington McCOMBS). He is
married to Brigette MOTT, a Quakeress.
4) James McCOMB Jr. Son of James McCOMB Sr. Begins the American War of
Independance with British Col. Robinson's "Guides and Pioneers"
in New York City. Ends the war with Col. John Simcoe's "Queens
Rangers" with the rank of Sergeant. Granted land in St. John New
Brunswick as an United Empire Loyalist in 1784. Read an article about him
5) John McCOMB Jr. - Architect of NYC "Old City Hall" finished
in 1811, built Montauck Light House (1792) on Long Island, and many more.
Designed in the "Federalist" style. His house designs were very
popular with the influential Quakers of the Eastern seaboard. I believe he
was the founder of the "Mechanics Lodge" in NYC. Read
a review about his work here.
6) Alexander MACOMB (aka McCOMB) Sr.
Partner in Detroit shipping firm: MACOMB, Edgars, and MACOMB, granted a
shipping monopoly by British for Lake Erie, Upper Canada in 1783. Initial
letters of 1st year operation, 1783 of North West Co.indicate that
Alexander and his brother William McCOMB own 9 of the orginal 15 shares.
Their cousin John Askin owns one share. First year profits were c32,000 lb
Land Spectulator, Banker, and USA Government consultant (1786-1831)
7) William McCOMB Sr. - Brother to Alexander MACOMB Sr. Co-founder of
MACOMB, EDGAR, and MACOMB, Co-founder of North West Co. in 1783. First MPP
to British Niagara Legislature 1792-1795 representing Kent Co. and all
points west and north to the Hudson's Bay. He is directly implicated in
the known British agent, Col. Beckwith journals and meetings with
Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of Treasury about the Western Native support
for the British Government, in 1786, New York City. Hamilton is
pro-British on form of government. At the time of his death in 1796 he is
considered one of the richest men in North America. He remained
ambiguously Loyalist at Detroit (ambiguous due to lack of
8) James McCOMBS. Taught at the Naval Academy at Newark New Jersey, but
identified as a British Citizen in the US "British Alien Census of
1811", He sails aboard one of William Edgars China trade ships,
to Canton China that year. He marries the youngest daughter of a wealthy
Chinese Mandarin, by the last name of HOAM, near the Old English Factory.
It is known that William Edgars, Alexander MACOMB, and William McCOMB are
partners in the China Trade at this time.
9) US General Alexander MACOMB Jr., youngest son of Alexander MACOMB Sr.
Victor at the Battle of Plattsburgh NY, 1814. Later to become Chief
General of the USA army 1828-1841.
10) David Betton McCOMB, third son of William McCOMB Sr. General with Sam
Houston's army. Responsiblities include legal laison with Washington, to
negotiate Texas into the Union (1837).
11) Col.John Navarre McCOMB (aka MACOMB), nephew of General MACOMB jr. USA
Engineer and Cartographer. Maps the Rio Grande River in Texas, the
westward trails to Oregon, etc. A personal friend of "Samuel Clements
-aka Mark Twain". Lends him money to start his speaking tours at San
12) Alexander MACOMB MASON. Joined Confederate Government during the
American Civil War. His grandfather was one of the signers of the US
Declaration of Independance. His duties with the Confederate Government
involve negotiations with Britian and France to supply the south with
arms. Captured at Detroit visiting family upon his return through Canada
from his first mission. After the war he leaves the USA for Eygpt and maps
one of the Nile's tributaries to its source. Later becomes an official in
the Kafhir's Egyptian government and negotiates a Treaty with Sudan.
The list goes on. Inventors, Gold discoveries in Southern states, Southern
Platantion owners, Quakers in the Underground Railway, Shakers, Native
Indian chiefs, etc.
also the Clan McComb page