Portrait of Helen Comberbach about 1780

Helen Comberbach 1762-1818

Helen Comberbach was thought to be about 18 years old when this portrait of her was painted. The painting was painted by Ozias Humphry RA 1742-1810. He was a well known portrait painter of the time and an acquaintance of Thomas Gainsborough. He was also the painter of the controversial portrait of Jane Austen.

Read her biography here.

Biography of Helen Comberbach

Helen COMBERBACH, daughter of Roger COMBERBACH (1720-1771) and Frances SWETENHAM ( -1765), was born on 6 December 1762 in Chester, Cheshire, England.  She was baptised on 27 December 1762 in Chester.  The address was: Saint Mary On The Hill Church.  On 7 September 1785 she was resident in Abbey Greens, Chester, Cheshire, England.  She and Nathaniel Maxey PATTISON obtained a licence to marry on 7 September 1785 in Chester when he was 24.  To be married at St Oswald's Church.  On 8 September 1785 Helen was resident in St Oswald parish, Chester, Cheshire, England.  She married Nathaniel Maxey PATTISON on 8 September 1785 St Oswald's Church in Chester.  Witness: Mary Leche, Witness: Charlotte COMBERBACH & Witness: Roger COMBERBACH who would later become Roger Swetenham. 

Helen died on 6th November 1818 in Congleton aged 55.  She was buried on 12 November 1818 in Congleton.  The address was: St Peter's Church.

[On a marble tablet on the South Aisle of Congleton church].

Sacred to the memory of HELEN wife of NATHANIEL MAXEY PATTISON, of this borough, Esq.

Who died the 6, day of November 1818, in the 55th year of her age.

Of thee blest Saint bereft

We Mourn to whom impoverished Life is left,

Mourn for ourselves! Secure thy lot must be,

With those who pure in Heart their GOD shall see.

Nathaniel Maxey PATTISON was born in 1761 (calculated).  On 7 September 1785 he was resident in Congleton.  On 7 September 1785 he was an Esquire.  On 8 September 1785 he was resident in Congleton.  On 8 September 1785 he was a Gentleman in Congleton.  Between 1786 and 1787 he was a Mayor of Congleton.  Between 1796 and 1797 he was a Mayor of Congleton.  Between 1809 and 1810 he was a Mayor of Congleton.  Between 1819 and 1820 he was a Mayor of Congleton.  In 1820 he was an Owner of the Silk Mill in Congleton.  "The present [1820] proprietors [of the Silk Mill] are Nathaniel Maxey Pattison esq. of Congleton; James Pattison, Esq. of London, and Mr James Pattison, son of the former gentleman; who constantly employ, in this extensive establishment, upwards of four hundred persons, including men, women and children.

See chapter 5 Manufactures in "An history of the ancient town and borough of Congleton" by Samuel Yates, 1820. [pp91-100].

He was a subscriber to "An history of the ancient town and borough of Congleton" By Samuel Yates.

"The present [1820] proprietors [of the Silk Mill] are Nathaniel Maxey Pattison esq. of Congleton; James Pattison, Esq. of London, and Mr James Pattison, son of the former gentleman; who constantly employ, in this extensive establishment, upwards of four hundred persons, including men, women and children.

See chapter 5 Manufactures in "An history of the ancient town and borough of Congleton" by Samuel Yates, 1820. [pp91-100].

Nathaniel Maxey PATTISON and Helen COMBERBACH had the following children:

Henrietta PATTISON ( - )

 

 

Frances PATTISON ( - )

 

James PATTISON ( - )   In 1820 James was an Owner of the Silk Mill in Congleton.

Monument

The following is on a very neat marble tablet adjoining:

Sacred to the memory of HELEN wife of

 NATHANIEL MAXEY PATTISON, of this borough, Esq.

Who died the 6, day of November 1818, in the 55th year of her age.

Of thee blest Saint bereft

We Mourn to whom impoverished Life is left,

Mourn for ourselves! Secure thy lot must be,

With those who pure in Heart their GOD shall see.

[On a marble tablet on the South Aisle of Congleton church]

 

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