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Important Note: There were what appear to have been two Booker-Combs Connections, the one below and a second (and/or more) with the Bougher-Booher-Booker Families (possibly French or German ancestry) who are found together in the records of numerous Combs Counties other than those listed herein, including (but not limited to): Frederick Co, MD; Harding Co, KY; Montgomery Co, OH and Sullivan Co, TN. A second report is in progress for these families.


In 1732, we find a John Combs in Prince George (later Amelia) Co VA who, at first glance, appears to have no ties to the Combs of Old Rappahannock & Essex Cos, VA. However, a study of the "neighborhood" shows several ties, but most particularly with the BOOKER Family:

20 July 1692 (Old Rappa Deeds) David COGHILLS of Rappahannock to Richard BOOKER of Gloucester 250 acres of land near the head of Port Tobacco Creek, Rappahannock County. (Virginia Families, Vol. 1, p. 174)

Note: David COGHILL was the s/o James COGHILL, close associate of Archdale Combs of Old Rappahannock Co VA. The above land became part of Essex Co VA the same year:

20 Oct 1704 (Essex - VA Patent Book 9:617) 20 Oct 1704. Capt. Richard BOOKER, 613 A, Beg. abt a mile from E'most br. of Portobacco Cr., at land of Mr. Robert PAINE, dec'd; over. Severall (paths?) that goes to Portobacco Towne; to land of Silvester THACKER; on the Indian line. Part of patent granted James COGHILL, dec'd., 17 Apr. 1667, now in possession of sd. BOOKER. Trans. Of 13 persons: Thomas FARRELL, Richd. SAVOR, Joseph CARRAN, Patrick McGRAY, Mary ELLIS, James GORLEY, Margt. HINMAN, Thomas LEWIS, John HUNT, Mary HUNT, Robt. NEWTON, James WELCH, David SIMPSON. (Virginia Families, Vol. 1, p. 174)

Note: The above Robert PAINE, dec'd, was the godfather of Mary MEADOR, daughter of John and Joanne (Combs?) Meador of Old Rappahannock Co VA. Sylvester THATCHER, Sr., was the first husband of Margaret _____, who m next Warwick CAMMOCK (Her son, Sylvester THATCHER, Jr., married Elizabeth UNDERWOOD, daughter of William and Mary BUTLER Underwood, Sr., William UNDERWOOD, Sr. having been the s/o Col. Wm. & Mary (MOSELEY? BURTON?) Underwood, whose next wife, Elizabeth, m next Archdale Combs I of Old Rappahannock (The first record of Archdale Combs in Old Rappahannock is in 1665 when he witnesses a deed in which James COGHILL was grantor - See Old Rappahannock Co VA for much more on COGHILLS).

Edmund BOOKER (said to be son of Richard BOOKER of Gloucester), lived for a time in Essex County: In Amelia in June 1736, a deed is recorded whereby Edward BOOKER of Amelia conveyed to Edmund BOOKER of Essex a tract of land in Amelia near Richard BOOKER'S mill. He afterwards removed to Amelia, represented the House of Burgess in 1757, died in 1758. Will dated 11/10/1757, proved 9/10/1758, "Edmund BOOKER, Sr." named wife, Jane, daughter Frances CLEMENT, sons, Edmund, John, William, Edward, daughter, Rebecca OVERTON. (Genealogies of VA Families, The Booker Family, Vol. 1, p. 175)

According to the submitter of the BOOKER article, Eleanor Foy Gorman, Richard BOOKER of Gloucester married (1) Rebecca (LEAKE?). Issue: Edmund (d 1757/8, Amelia), Judith, Edward (bapt 2 Jun 1680, Abingdon Register, Gloucester, d 2 Nov 1750, Amelia, Family Bible), Ann, Richard (bapt. 29 Oct 1688, Abingdon Register, Gloucester; d 25 Apr 1743, Family Bible), John (bapt. 3 Aug 1690, Abingdon Register, Gloucester); married (2) Hannah HAND. Known Issue: Frances BOOKER Stokes (d 1751/2, Amelia), George (of Gloucester in 1751).

1769 List of Tithables and Land taken in Cumberland Parish by Richard CLAIBORNE included a Samuel COBBS who tithed 5, including Pleasant ROBERTS and Richd. BOOKER, and 280 A Land (Sunlight on the Southside, Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg Co, VA, 1748-1783, Landon C. Bell, Clearfield Reprint, 1974)

10 Nov 1757 (Amelia Co VA Wills) Will of Edmund BOOKER, Sr. Dtd 10 Nov 1757. Prvd. 28 Sep 1758. Legatees: wife, Jane, daughter Frances CLEMENT, sons Edmund, John, William and Edward, and daughter Rebecca OVERTON. (Virginia Families, Vol. 1, p. 175)

Note: According to submitter, Richard BOOKER of Gloucester married (1) Rebecca (LEAKE?). Issue:

Edmund (d 1757/8, Amelia)
Judith
Edward
(bapt 2 Jun 1680, Abingdon Register, Gloucester, d 2 Nov 1750, Amelia, Family Bible)
Ann
Richard
(bapt. 29 Oct 1688, Abingdon Register, Gloucester; d 25 Apr 1743, Family Bible)
John (bapt. 3 Aug 1690, Abingdon Register, Gloucester)

Married (2) Hannah HAND. Issue:
Frances BOOKER Stokes (d 1751/2, Amelia) (ID of her husband? See Nance-Stokes)
George (of Gloucester in 1751)

Edmund BOOKER (said to be son of Richard BOOKER of Gloucester), lived for a time in Essex County. In Amelia in June 1736, a deed is recorded whereby Edward BOOKER of Amelia conveyed to Edmund BOOKER of Essex a tract of land in Amelia near Richard BOOKER'S mill. He afterwards removed to Amelia, represented the House of Burgess in 1757, died in 1758. Will dated 11/10/1757, proved 9/10/1758, "Edmund BOOKER, Sr." named wife, Jane, daughter Frances CLEMENT, sons, Edmund, John, William, Edward, daughter, Rebecca OVERTON. (Genealogies of VA Families, The Booker Family, Vol. 1, p. 175)

Note: The above are just "extra records" the most important connections are to be found in our Combs Counties of Record.

To Be Continued…

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