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In this Manuscript (and/or footnotes):

Combs Counties mentioned include:
Loudoun, VA
Frederick, MD
Barren, Carroll, Hardin, Hart, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Larue, Mercer, Nelson, Trimble and Warren KY
Marion and Pike, IN
Coles, IL
Cowley, KS
Cuyahoga Co, OH
Coffee and Davidson, TN
MO; TX; Salt Lake, UT; and CA.

Combs-Associated Surnames include: ADAIR,ADAMS, ALDERSON, ALEXANDER, ASHBURN, BEST, BOLLING (BOWLING), BRIDWELL, BRISCOE, BROWN, CAMPBELL, CASH, CESNA, CHESTNUT, CHURCHILL, COOK, CRUTCHER, DEWITT, DORAN, DRAKE, EDWARDS, ENGLISH, GARNETT, GEORGE, GLENN, HANCOCK, HARDIN, HICKMAN, KENNEDY, LESTER, LUCAS, MCCARTHAN, MILBURN, MILNER, MITCHELL, MOOREHEAD, OVERALL, PARRISH, PICKEREL, PIPER, POTTER, REDFORD, RINNER (RENNER), ROGERS, SANFORD, SAXBY, SHAFER, SHELTON, SHIVELL, SHOUSE, STRAUGHN (STRAUGHAN), VAN METER, WEBB, WOOD, WILKES, WILLIAMS, WILSON, YOUNG


Introduction

Cousins,

This transcription of the William F. Coombs manuscript was posted to the web on 10 Apr 1999. Jim’s aunt has owned this for many years. She gave me permission to share this manuscript. Aunt Marguerite is our COOMBS patriarch, and a lovely one at that. William Franklin COOMBS is Aunt Marguerite’s second great grand uncle. This manuscript is typed with both small and capital letters; the typing is old, but I don't know how old. I have transcribed this manuscript in the hopes that it will prove of benefit to many of our cousins. Thanks to Don King who has proof read the transcription against a copy of the original held by Aunt Marguerite, we can bring this to you in as original condition as possible, including any spelling and typing errors.

Thom Montgomery, a Combs researcher, has also received a copy of this manuscript from Opal Coombs. Thom has been unable to contact Opal for any background. The manuscript that Thom has is also in typescript, but a slight variation. In order to show the slight differences in the two manuscripts Thom has taken Aunt Marguerite’s copy of the manuscript, and edited it. This edited version can be seen following Aunt Marguerite’s version. In this editing Thom has indicated deletions by bold faced underlining; inserts or changes (such as the transposing of an entire section) are in RED.

We are not certain if either of these copies of the manuscripts are the original copy. We think that they are probably old transcriptions of an original that is yet to be found by one of us at least. The Library of Congress does not hold a copy of this manuscript in its collection. We hope to continue our search for a photocopy of the original version.

William Franklin COOMBS was born 4 Mar 1818, married Martha BROWN, and died in Dec. of 1894, while living with his son in Barren Co., KY. He was the son of Adin COOMBS and Permelia WILLIAMS. Adin was b abt 1771, the son of Samuel COOMBS b. abt 1730 and of Loudoun Co, VA. This manuscript focuses on the descendants of William Franklin’s grandfather Samuel COOMBS, many of which resided in Kentucky, but there is mention of the states Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and California.

Regard,
Deb Coombs

Also Note: Re the marriage of Samuel COOMBS, Sr. to Mary WILKES, see also Mary COOMBS Rogers (manuscript excerpt) re Mary having possibly been neè CHESTNUT and not a WILKES.


Editor’s Note: Any items underlined have been added by this editor and are not included in the manuscript..

Blue words have addition information when you place cursor over them.


A brief history Of Samuel Coombs, Sr., and His Descendants

by William F. Coombs, M.D.

Samuel Coombs, Sr. and his first wife, who was a Miss Wilkes, were of English descent,
and lived in Londown County, Virginia. After the death of his first wife, Samuel Coombs,
Sr. married Elizabeth Williams, widow of Thomas Williams, deceased. He and his second
wife emigrated to Nelson County, Kentucky, and located on chaplin Creek, where they
both lived the remainder of their lives. His first wife bore him ten children, viz: Samuel,
Amos, Jesse, Asa, Jonah, Adin, Abigail, Mary, Sallie and Martha. All the children of
Samuel Coombs, Sr., except Mary and Abigail came to Kentucky. On their journey to this
State with their father they came from Virginia down the Ohio River in a flatboat and
landed at the Falls of the Ohio, (now Louisville), where there were but
few houses at the time.

Samuel Coombs, Jr.

Samuel Coombs, Jr., son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Miss Polly Briscoe and settled
in Hardin County, Kentucky, near the Red Mills, or what is known as the Nevin Farm. He
and his wife both died in Hardin County, leaving no children.

Amos Coombs

Amos, son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Miss Tacy Drake of Virginia, and removed to
Kentucky and settled on the Mount Place near Glendale, Hardon County, where he died,
leaving four children. Their names were: Polly, Thomas, Samuel and Ura. Polly,
Daughter of Amos Coombs, married Israel Wilkes; they lived and died on a farm near
Gilead Church in Hardon Co., which farm is now owned by Joseph Vanmeter. They
raised eight children. Amos, who married Parmelia Lucas, and located in Texas: Burrell,
who also went to Texas: Tacy married James Mason and located in Indiana: Moses
emigrated to California: Samuel married a Miss George and went to Missouri, and they
were still living there a year or two ago: Eliza married Emmerson Milburn of Hardin
County, Kentucky and went to Illinois: Fielding died while young and unmarried: Ura left
the State, and the writer has no information as to her whereabouts. Moses before going to
California, married a Miss Rogers of Hardin County, Kentucky: while in California, it is
said he secured a large amount of gold, it being at the time of the development of that
state for gold, and started back to Kentucky on a ship, which was lost at sea.

Ura, daughter of Amos Coombs, married Bennett Straughn. They lived and died in
Hardin County, leaving four children, viz: Hamilton, who died young and unmarried,
Fleming G., Samuel and Susan. All of them live near Eagle Mills, Larue County, Kentucky.

Thomas, son of Amos Coombs, first married his cousin, Elizabeth Coombs, daughter of
Adin Coombs; he settled the farm now owned by Claiborn and Hiram Overall. His first
wife left three children, viz: Emily, Greenberry, and Isham. After the death of first wife,
he sold his land in Hardin County and moved to Henry County, Kentucky , where he
married Paulina Ashburn. She bore him three children: Elvira, Evaline, and Elvoree.
Emily married Addison Mitchell of Trimble County, Kentucky, where they lived and died,
leaving several children. Greenberry married Susan Wilson of Hardin County: they raised
four daughters: the eldest married and died soon thereafter; Elvira married John Glenn;
Emma married a Mr. Adams, who died leaving her a widow, and she thereafter married a
Mr. Cook of Warren County, Kentucky. Lillie Married Thomas Potter of Warren County.

Jesse Coombs also married a Miss Sanford. Both are dead. They left surviving them
three children, viz: William Pryor, Thomas H. and Harriet. William Pryor married a Miss
Campbell and livesnear Campbellsburg, Ky. They have two sons, George H. and Thomas.
George H. Coombs is a prominent preacher of the Christian Chuch, and lives in Kansas
City, Missouri. Thomas, son of Jesse Coombs, married, but his wife is dead, and he lives
with his brother William Pryor. Both are successful farmers and excellent citizens.
Harriet, daughter of Jesse, married Joseph Shelton, an energetic farmer and trader. The
family of Jonah Coombs ranked among the best in Henry County.

Jesse and Asa Coombs

Jesse and Asa Coombs settled in Jessamine County, Ky. They both died many years ago,
and the writer never heard much about them. Hayden and Houston, sons of either Jesse
or Asa afterwards came to Hardin County. Hayden located in Elizabethtown and married
Polly Bowling of Hart County, Ky. He did not live long, and left no children. After his
death, his widow married John Young of Hart County. Houston married his cousin, Polly
Hickman, daughter of Sallie and Benjamin Hickman. He lived for a number of years in
Bowling Green, Kentucky and was a pilot and captain on a steam boat, which ran on the
Barren, Green, and the Ohio Rivers to Louisville. They raised two daughters, Martha and
Mary. The writer never knew what became of them. After the death of his first wife,
Houston Coombs married a widow Shafer in Louisville and died a few years ago at an
advanced age.

No. - Adin Coombs

Adin Coombs, son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Parmelia Williams, daughter of
Thomas and Elizabeth (Edwards) Williams of Virginia. They emigrated to Kentucky and
located on Nolin Creek in Hardin County on what is known as the Slaughter Place near
Red Mills. He built the first merchant mill there which burned down during the late war,
but was afterwards rebuilt and called the Red Mill. In the year 1818 he sold his mill and
located in Hart County, where Lanes Mill now is. He built a mill there and remained in
that county until the year 1827, when he had the misfortune to get badly crippled which
rendered him a cripple for life. He removed gack to his lands in Hardin County in 1828
and died there in the year 1834. During his stay in Hart County and Hardin County, he
was a member of the State Legislature several terms. There were eleven children in his
family, whose names were as follows: Elisha, Edwards, Mary, Elizabeth, Samuel Wl,
Vilinda, Martha, Adin, John Houston, Permelia, Thomas Findley, and William Franklin.
Elisha Edwards died in infancy. Mary was the eldest. She married John Williams of
Hardin County, Ky. They raised a large family of children, all of whom are dead, except
two sons, Adin and Walter, who live in Cole County Illinois. Their grandchildren are
scattered over several states, a number of them being in Texas. Elizabeth married her
cousin Thomas Coombs, whose history is given along with that of Amos Coombs and his
descendents. Samuel W. Coombs, son of Adin Coombs, located in Elizabethtown, Ky.
He was a fine physician and had a very lucrative practice at the time of his death, which
occured in either 1830 or 1831. He had married a widow Piper, nee Elvira Moorehead of
the eminent family of Mooreheads of Kentucky. She bore him one son, Samuel W.
Coombs, who lived and died in Bowling Green, Ky. He was also an eminent physician.
He married and raised a large family. One son is a physician. He married and raised a
large family. One sonisa physician, the others filling honorable positions.. Vilinda married
her cousin Fielding Coombs, whose history is given with that of Jonah Coombs and his
descendents. He first settled on what is known as the Noah English farm at Glendale,
Kentucky, and now owned by Van Meters. He sold out there and removed to Henry
County where he remained several years, but afterwards went to Marian County, Indiana,
and secured several hundred acres of land just before the capitol was located at
Indianapolis which made him a snug fortune.

Isham, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Coombs, married Martha Cash of Hardon County;
they raised twelve children, viz: Henry, the eldest, has been jailor of Barren County, Ky.
for several terms, Thomas, William, Samuel, Benjamin, Richard, Gabriel, Lee, Donna,

Kate, Charles and Buck, all of whom are married, except Charles. Thomas is now dead
and left two children. The children of Isham Coombs are as noble a family as any family
ever raised; all the men are both sober and industrious. His widow, one of the best of
women, is living in Carroll County, Kentucky. Some of the children also live there, and
others in Trimble, Warren and Hardin Counties.

Elvira, daughter of Thomas Coombs, by his last wife, married Ben Hardon, son of Col.
Martin Hardin, of the noted family of Hardins in Kentucky. He lived near Nolin Station
and died there about two years ago; he was a noble man and successful farmer; his widow
is still living. They raised no children.
Evaline, daughter of Thomas Coombs by his last wife, married LaFayette Milner of
Trimble County, Kentucky. They have several children and live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Elvoree, the third daughter of Thomas Coombs by his last wife, married Robert cash of
Hardin County, Kentucky. He is a successful farmer and an excellent citizen. They have
several children; Paulina, who married Henry Pickerel, lives three miles west of Glendale,
in Hardin County: Ella, who married Stephen Bridwell, lives near Elizabethtown,
Kentucky: John is married and lives in Kansas; Thomas, Katie, Rosa and Eva are
unmarried and are at home with their father.

Samuel, son of Amos Coombs, married Susan Williams. They died leaving five children,
viz: Nancy, Marion, Leslie, Susan, and John. Nancy first married Stephen Hardon. After
his death she married James Dewitt. She bore several children by each husband, and is
now dead. All of her children have gone west, except William, who lives near Gilead
Church, Hardin County. Marian married William Cesna. She and her husband are both
dead. They left several children, all of whom are living in Larue County, Ky. Walter
married Sarah Churchill of Larue County. His widow lives near Big Spring Church in
Larue County. John and Susan are living with her. John is a very energetic farmer and
stock trader.

Jonah Coombs

Jonah Coombs, son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., settled in Henry County, Kentucky. He first
married a Miss Garnett, I think. She bore him three children, viz: Hawkins, Fielding, and
Martha. Hawkins lived and died near Indianapolis, Indiana. He left no children. Fielding
married his cousin Virlinda Coombs, daughter of Adin coombs. He first settled on the
farm now owned by Van Meter, near Glendale, in Hardin County, Ky. He afterwards
removed to Henry County and later to Indiana near Indianapolis just before the Capitol
was located there. He left several children, all of whom are, perhaps, dead.

Martha, daughter of Jonah Coombs, married Thomas Mitchell of Henry Dounty, Ky.
They and all their children are all dead. After the death of his first wife, Jonah Coombs
married a Miss webb. She bore him four children, viz: Lucy, William, Jesse and Asa.
Lucy married Thomas B. Hancock. They lived and died in Henry County, leaving
children, one of whom, Dr. Jesse Hancock, lived in Bedford, Trimble County, Ky.
William married Miss sanford. They are both dead, leaving three children, all girls: one,
Sophronia, is dead. Frances, married twice, and both husbands are dead. She and her
sister Adaline, who married Dudley Shouse, live in Sulphur, Henry Coounty. Martha,
daughter of adin Coombs, married William Wood Bowlingof Hart County, Kentucky.
Helived and died on his farm at Rip. He was a cousin of the Honorable George T. Wood,
who was for a number of years Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts of Hart County.
W. W. Bowling was a noble specimen of Kentucky gentlemen, honest and unassuming,
and noted for his hospitality. He raised several children: one named Morgan died in
infancy. The eldest, Eliza, married William D. Lester, she and her husband moved to
Cowley County, Kansas, where he died a few years later, leaving several children. Susan,
daughter of W. W. and Martha Bowling, married a Mr. McCarthan. They left one sone
who is a physician and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Samuel Brooking Bowling, son of
W. W. and Martha Bowling went to Texas at his maturity. He was a promising young
man, but died there soon afterward. Elvira, daughter of Martha and W. W. Bowling,
married Dr. Will Adair of Hart County, Ky. They lived at Canmer in that county. She
was a kind and affectionate wife and mother. She died something over a year ago. The
Doctor is still living and is a well preserved man of his age and has the name of being one
of the best read physicians of the countyr. He has also represented his county in the
legislature. He raised three children. Alexander, the eldest, is married and carried on his
father’s farm. William married and died soon afterward. Their daughter Mary, married
James Crutcher and lives at Canmer, Hart County. Permelia, daughter of Martha and W.
W. Bowling, married Burr Alderson of Hart County, Ky. Both are now dead. They left a
son and daughter. The daughter has died. The son, Clay Alderson, moved out of this
state. Richard W. Bowling, son of Martha and W. W. Bowling, a noble young man,
entered the Southern Army at the beginning of the late war, and fought bravely, but fell in
battle at Jonesboro, William Wood Bowling, son of Martha and W. W. Bowling, also
entered the Southern Army with his brother Richard, and served for some time, but was
finally taken prisoner and confined at Camp Douglas in Chicago until exchanged just
before the close of the war. He re-entered the army at Richmond, virginia, and served
until General Lee surrendered. He then returned to his home, broken down in health. His
father had died during his absence in the army. As soon as he regained his health, he
commenced the study of medicine, in Bellevue Hospital College of Medicine in New
York. He is now located in Bowling Green, Ky. and is gaining considerable reputation in
his profession as a surgeon and occulist. He married Miss Ermine Doran of Hart County,
Ky. She bore him four sons. The oldest, a noble young, man, died some years ago. The
other three are in school. Some years after the death of her husband, Martha Coombs
married Bennett Straughan, a noble man and farmer of Larue County, Ky. After his his
death, she returned to her sons, Dr. Bowling’s, and died there some years later. She was
one of the best and finest looking women in the land. Adin Coombs Jr. son Adin and
Permelia Coombs, Married Mary Frances Sanford of Henry County, Ky. Their children all
died in infancy. He practiced medicine a few years, but being in bad health, he abondoned
his profession, and turned his attention to farming. He also served as assessor of his
county. He was for many years and “Elder” in the Christian Church at Canmer. “Uncle
Adin,” as he was called, was universally esteemed one of the best of ment. John Huston
Coombs, son of Adin and Permelia Coombs, died while in the prime of life. He never
married. He was a very hnadsome man, and universally esteemed by all who knew him.

Parmelia, daughter of Adin and Parmelia Coombs, married Jessie Alexander of Mercer
Co., Ky. He removed from that locality to Pike County, Indiana, near the Wabash River,
where his wife died, leaving three sons, viz: Samuel, Isaac and Adin. Samuel and Isaac
served through the war on the Federal side and returned at the close of the war to their
home. They are still living in that part of the state. After the death of his first wife,
Jesse Alexander married again, but died shortly thereafter. Thomas Finley Coombs, son of
Adin and Parmelia Coombs, married Chloe Williams, They raised six children, whose names
are Letcher, the eldest, who married Sarah E. Brown and lives at Tullahoma, Tenn.,
Adin, who lives in Louisville, and is in the railroad business, Wattie, who lives in
Elizabethtown, Ky., and has beem City Marshall there for several years. William Thomas, who
married a Miss Rinner of Elizabethtown, and is also engaged in the railroad service. Martha
Ella, who married William Kennedy of Hardin County, who lives in Louisville and is a
Carpenter.

Addition to the family Tree

John H., who married Miss Shivell of Louisville, being now engaged in the grocery
business in that city.

Letcher, Adin and Wattie served through the late war and bore the reputation of
being good soldiers. All the boys are good business men. Their father was an invalid for a
number of years, just prior to his death.

*William Franklin Coombs, son of Adin and Parmelia Coombs, and the only
surviving member of the family, was born near Red Mill, Hardin County, Ky on March 4,
1818. He married Martha Brown, daughter of Daniel and Martha Brown of Larue
County, Ky. He is a physician and has practiced his profession for nearly forty years. A
few years sinces he and his wife became enfebbled by age and ill health, sold their property
at Nolin, Hardin County, and are now occupying rooms at their son’s, Dr. H. W. Coombs,
of Goodnight, Barren County, Ky. They raised only two children, two dying in infancy.
Their son married Allie Parrish of Barren County, Ky. He has been doing an exclusive
practice for a number of years, and has also been giving some attention to farming. He is
very popular and universally esteemed by his acquaintances. Mary Elizabeth, daughter of
W. F. and Martha Coombs, married William H. Saxby, Seventh Day Adventist preacher,
and is now located in Cleveland, Ohio. They have no children. Dr. Horace Wintersmith
Coombs has raised three children, two dying in infancy, The eldest, a daughter, Annie
Lee, married W. W. Parrish. Her husband is farming extensively near Nashville, Tenn.
William Parrish Coombs, the second child, is married and engaged in the mercantile
business in Glasgow, Ky. He married Trannie Redford of Barren County. Robert Elmore
Coombs, the youngest living child, has just arrived at maturity, and last summer graduated
at the University of Ohio, and is at present teaching school in the neighborhood of his
father.

Mary Coombs

Mary (Polly) Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Hugh Rogers and remained in
Virginia.

Abigail Coombs

Abigail Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married a man named Brown.
They emigrated to Ohio in the early settleing of that territory and were never heard from
afterward. In all probability they were captured by the Indians who were then
troublesome.

Sallie Coombs

Sallie Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Benjamin Hickman of
Virginia. They Afgerwards emigrated to Kentucky. They lived and died in Hardin
County, Ky. They left five children. One daughter remained in Virginia. One son, Adin,
moved to Putnam, Indiana. Another daughter married her cousin, Houston Coombs,
whose history is already given with that of Jesse and Asa Coombs. Martha, another
daughter married Joseph Wilson of Virginia. They came to Kentucky and located in
Hardin County. They died many years ago, leaving several children, all of whom are dead,
except Samuel Wilson, who is living in Vine Grove, Hardin County, Ky. Burrell Hickman,
son of Sallie and Benjamin Hickman died while a young man in Hardin County.

Martha Coombs

Martha Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Joseph Edwards Best
in Virginia. They removed to Ky. and settled on the farm now owned by Charles
Greenwell, near Red Mills, Hardin County. They died leaving but two children, viz:
Samuel C. Best, and Lloyd Best. Each of them died while young and unmarried.
The above sketch contains the essential points in the family tree as well as the
writer can give briefly from his knowledge and information of this large family. It may
well be said of them, that, while none of the family ever attained any great distinction as
statesmen or soldiers, or men of letters, yet for honesty, upright dealing, and everything
required to make good citizens, they could hardly be excelled by any family of like
numbers. And the writer desires to state further, that he never knew or heard of any of
them being guilty of any crime against the laws of the land, requiring their arrest or
imprisonment. This fact in their history should be a matter of great pride to the younger
members of the family.
Some branches we have had to pass over hastily owing to lack of necessary
information.
Written by William Franklin Coombs, now in the 76th year of his age, and the only
surviving member of the family of Adin and Parmeilia Coombs.

November 22, 1893

W. R. Coombs


NOTE: This next transcription is the same copy above taken by Thom Montgomery and edited to reflect the differences in the that manuscript and that of the manuscript Thom received from Opal Coombs. In this editing Thom has indicated deletions by bold faced underlining. Inserts or changes (such as the transposing of an entire section) are in RED. There are also several paragraph spacings added.


A brief history

Of Samuel Coombs, Sr., and His Descendants

by William F. Coombs, M.D.

Samuel Coombs, Sr. and his first wife, who was a Miss Wilkes, were of English descent, and lived in Londown Loudoun County, Virginia. After the death of his first wife, Samuel Coombs, Sr. married Elizabeth Williams, widow of Thomas
Williams, deceased. He and his second wife emigrated to Nelson County, Kentucky, and located on chaplin Creek, where they both lived the remainder of their lives. His first wife bore him ten children, viz: Samuel, Amos, Jesse, Asa, Jonah, Adin, Abigail, Mary, Sallie and Martha. All the children of Samue lCoombs, Sr., except Mary and Abigail came to Kentucky. On their journey to this State with their father they came from Virginia down the Ohio River in a flatboat and landed at the Falls of the Ohio, (now Louisville [Jefferson Co KY]), where there were but few houses at the time.

Samuel Coombs, Jr.

Samuel Coombs, Jr., son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Miss Polly Briscoe and settled in Hardin County, Kentucky, near the Red Mills, or what is known as the Nevin NERVIN Farm. He and his wife both died in Hardin County, leaving no children.

Amos Coombs

Amos, son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Miss Tacy Drake of Virginia, and removed to Kentucky and settled on the Mount Place near Glendale, Hardon Hardin County, where he died, leaving four children. Their names were: Polly, Thomas, Samuel and Ura.

Polly, Daughter of Amos Coombs, married Israel Wilkes; they lived and died on a farm near Gilead Church in Hardon HARDIN Co., which farm is now owned by Joseph Van Meter. They raised eight children. Amos, who married
Parmelia Lucas, and located in Texas: Burrell, who also went to Texas: Tacy married James Mason and located in Indiana: Moses emigrated to California: Samuel married a Miss George and went to Missouri, and they were still living there a year or two ago: Eliza married Emmerson Milburn of Hardin County, Kentucky and went to Illinois: Fielding died while young and unmarried: Ura left the State, and the writer has no information as to her where abouts. Moses before LEAVING CALIFORNIA, IT IS SAID, SECURED A LARGE AMOUNT OF GOLD, going to California, married a Miss Rogers of Hardin County, Kentucky: while in California, it is said he secured a large amount of gold, it being at the time of the development of that state for gold, and started back to Kentucky on a ship, which was lost at sea.

Ura, daughter of Amos Coombs, married Bennett Straughn STRAUGHAN. They lived and died in Hardin County, leaving four children, viz: Hamilton,who died young and LIVED AND DIED unmarried, Fleming G., Samuel and Susan. All of them live near Eagle Mills, Larue County, Kentucky.

Thomas, son of Amos Coombs, first married his cousin, Elizabeth Coombs, daughter of Adin Coombs; he settled the farm now owned by Claiborn and Hiram Overall. His first wife left three children, viz: Emily, Greenberry, and Isham. After the death of first wife, he sold his land FARM in Hardin County and moved to Henry County, Kentucky , where he married Paulina Ashburn. She bore him three children: Elvira, Evaline, and Elvoree.

Emily married Addison Mitchell of Trimble County, Kentucky, where they lived and died, leaving several children.

Greenberry married Susan Wilson of Hardin County: AND they raised four daughters: the eldest married and died soon thereafter; Elvira married John Glenn; Emma married a Mr. Adams, who died leaving her a widow, and she thereafter THEREAFTERWARD married a Mr. Cook of Warren County, Kentucky. Lillie Married Thomas Potter of Warren County.

Isham, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Coombs, married Martha Cash of Hardon Hardin County; they raised twelve children, viz: Henry, the eldest, has been jailor of Barren County, Ky. for several terms, Thomas, William, Samuel, Benjamin, Richard, Gabriel, Lee, Donna, Kate, Charles and Buck, all of whom are married, except Charles. Thomas is now dead and left two children.

The children of Isham Coombs are as noble a family as any family ever raised; all the men are both sober and industrious. His widow, one of the best of women, is living in Carroll County, Kentucky. Some of the children also live there, and others in
Trimble, Warren and Hardin Counties.

Elvira, daughter of Thomas Coombs, by his last wife, married Ben Hardon, son of Col. Martin Hardin, of the noted family of Hardins in Kentucky. He lived near Nolin Station [Hardin Co] and died there about two years ago; he was a noble man
and successful farmer; his widow is still living. They raised no children.

Evaline, daughter of Thomas Coombs by his last wife, married LaFayette Milner of Trimble County, Kentucky. They have several children and live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Elvoree, the third daughter of Thomas Coombs by his last wife, married Robert Cash of Hardin County, Kentucky. He is a successful farmer and an excellent citizen. They have several children; Paulina, who married Henry Pickerel, lives
three miles west of Glendale, in Hardin County: Ella, who married Stephen Bridwell, lives near Elizabethtown, Kentucky: John is married and lives in Kansas; Thomas, Katie, Rosa and Eva are unmarried and are at home with their father.

Samuel, son of Amos Coombs, married Susan Williams. They died leaving five children, viz: Nancy, Marion, Leslie, Susan, and John. Nancy first married Stephen Hardon. After his death she married James Dewitt. She bore several children by each husband, and is now dead. All of her children have gone west, except William, who lives near Gilead Church, Hardin County. Marian married William Cesna. She and her husband are both dead. They left several children, all of whom are living in Larue County, Ky. Walter married Sarah Churchill of Larue County. His widow lives near Big Spring Church in Larue County. John and Susan are living with her. John is a very energetic farmer and stock trader.

Jonah Coombs
Jonah Coombs, son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., settled in Henry County, Kentucky. He first married a Miss Garnett, I think. She bore him three children, viz: Hawkins, Fielding, and Martha.

Hawkins lived and died near Indianapolis [Marion Co], Indiana. He left no children.

Fielding married his cousin Virlinda Coombs, daughter of Adin Coombs. He first settled on the farm now owned by Van Meter, near Glendale, in Hardin County, Ky. He afterwards removed to Henry County and later to Indiana near Indianapolis just before the Capitol was located there. He left several children, all of whom are, perhaps, dead.

Martha, daughter of Jonah Coombs, married Thomas Mitchell of Henry Dounty, Ky. They and all their children are all dead.

After the death of his first wife, Jonah Coombs married a Miss Webb. She bore him four children, viz: Lucy, William, Jesse and Asa.

Lucy married Thomas B. Hancock. They lived and died in Henry County, leaving children, one of whom, Dr. Jesse Hancock, lived in Bedford, Trimble County, Ky.

William married Miss sanford. They are both dead, leaving three children, all girls: one, Sophronia, is dead. Frances, married
twice, and both husbands are dead. She and her sister Adaline, who married Dudley Shouse, live in Sulphur, Henry County.

Jesse, Coombs also, married a Miss Sanford. Both are dead. They left surviving them three children, viz: William Pryor, Thomas H. and Harriet.

William Pryor married a Miss Campbell and lives near Campbellsburg [Henry Co], KY KENTUCKY. They have
two sons, George H. and Thomas. George H. Coombs is a prominent preacher of the Christian Church, and lives in Kansas City [Clay & Jackson Cos], Missouri.

Thomas, son of Jesse Coombs, married, but his wife is dead, and he lives with his brother William Pryor. Both are successful farmers and excellent citizens.

Harriet, daughter of Jesse COOMBS, married Joseph Shelton, an energetic farmer and trader. The family of Jonah Coombs ranked among the best in Henry County.

Jesse and Asa Coombs
Jesse and Asa Coombs SONS OF SAMUEL COOMBS, SR. settled in Jessamine County, Ky. They both died many years ago, and the writer never heard much about them. Hayden and Houston, sons of either Jesse or Asa afterwards came to Hardin County. Hayden located in Elizabethtown and married Polly Bowling of Hart County, Ky. He did not live long, and left no children. After his death, his widow married John Young of Hart County. Houston married his cousin, Polly Hickman, daughter of Sallie and Benjamin Hickman. He lived for a number of years in Bowling Green [Warren Co], Kentucky and was a pilot and captain on a steam boat, which ran on the Barren, Green, and the Ohio Rivers to Louisville. They raised two daughters, Martha and Mary. The writer never knew what became of them. After the death of his first wife, Houston Coombs married a widow Shafer in Louisville and died a few years ago at an advanced age.

No. - Adin Coombs
Adin Coombs, son of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Parmelia Williams, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Edwards) Williams of Virginia. They emigrated to Kentucky and located on Nolin Creek in Hardin County on what is known as the Slaughter
Place near Red Mills. He built the first merchant mill there which burned down during the late war, but was afterwards rebuilt and called the Red MillS. In the year 1818 he sold his mill and located in Hart County, where Lanes Mill now is. He built a mill there and remained in that county until the year 1827, when he had them is fortune to get badly crippled which rendered him a cripple for life. He removed back to his lands in Hardin County in 1828 and died there in the year 1834. During his stay in Hart County and Hardin County, he was a member of the State Legislature several terms. There were eleven children in his family, whose names were as follows: Elisha, Edwards, Mary, Elizabeth, Samuel W. Wl , Vilinda, Martha, Adin, John Houston, PAarmelia,Thomas Findley, and William Franklin.

Elisha Edwards died in infancy.

Mary was the eldest. She married John Williams of Hardin County, Ky. They raised a large family of children, all of whom are
dead, except two sons, Adin and Walter, who live in Cole County Illinois. Their grandchildren are scattered over several states, ---a number of them being in Texas.

Elizabeth married her cousin Thomas Coombs, whose history is given along with that of Amos Coombs and his descendents.

Samuel W. Coombs, son of Adin Coombs, located in Elizabethtown [Hardin Co], Ky. He was a fine physician
and had a very lucrative practice at the time of his death, which occured in either 1830 or 1831. He had married a widow Piper, nee Elvira Moorehead of the eminent family of Mooreheads of Kentucky. She bore him one son, Samuel W. Coombs, who
lived and died in Bowling Green, Ky. He was also an eminent physician. He married and raised a large family. One son is a physician. He married and raised a large family. One son is a physician, the others filling honorable positions..

Vilinda married her cousin Fielding Coombs, whose history is given with that of Jonah Coombs and his descendents. He first settled on what is known as the Noah English farm at Glendale [Hardin Co], Kentucky, and now owned by Van Meters. He sold out there and removed to Henry County where he remained several years, but afterwards went to Marian County, Indiana, and secured several hundred acres of land just before the capitol was located at Indianapolis which made him a snug
fortune.

Martha, daughter of Adin Coombs, married William Wood Bowling of Hart County, Kentucky. He lived and died on his
farm at RipRIO. He was a cousin of the Honorable George T. Wood, who was for a number of years Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts of Hart County. W. W. Bowling was a noble specimen of Kentucky gentlemen, honest and unassuming, and
noted for his hospitality. HeTHEY raised several children: one named.

[Para:] Morgan died in infancy.

The eldest, Eliza, THE ELDEST married William D. Lester, she and WITH her husband moved to Cowley County, Kansas, where he died a few years later, leaving several children.

Susan, daughter of W. W. and Martha Bowling , married a Mr. McCarthan. They left one son who is a physician and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Samuel Brooking Bowling, son of W. W. and Martha Bowling went to Texas at his maturity. He was a promising young man, but died there soon afterward.

Elvira, daughter of Martha and W. W. Bowling, married Dr. Will Adair of Hart County, Ky. They lived at Canmer in that county. She was a kind and affectionate wife and mother. She died something over a year ago. The Doctor is still living and is a well preserved man of his age and has the name of being one of the best read physicians of the county. He has also HAS represented his county in the legislature. He THEY raised three children. Alexander, the eldest, is married and carrieS on his father’s farm. William married and died soon afterward. Their daughter Mary, married James Crutcher and lives at Canmer, Hart County. Permelia, daughter of Martha and W. W. Bowling, married Burr Alderson of Hart County, Ky. Both are now dead. They left a son and daughter. The daughter has died. AND the son, Clay Alderson, moved out of this state.

Richard W. Bowling, son of Martha and W. W. Bowling, a noble young NOBLE man, entered the Southern Army at the beginning of the late war, and fought bravely, but fell in battle at Jonesboro,

William Wood Bowling, son of Martha and W. W. Bowling, also entered the Southern Army with his brother Richard, and served for some time, but was finally taken prisoner and WAS confined at Camp Douglas in Chicago until exchanged just before the close of the war. He reentered the army at Richmond, Virginia,and served until General Lee surrendered. He then returned to his home, broken down in health. His father had died during his absence in the army. As soon as he regained his
health, he commenced the study of medicine, GRADUATING IN THE LOUISVILLE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY AND LATER in Bellevue Hospital College of Medicine in New York. He is now located in Bowling Green, Ky. and is gaining
considerable reputation in his profession as a surgeon and occulist. He married Miss Ermine Doran of Hart County, Ky. She bore him four sons. The oldest, a noble young, man, died some years ago. The other three are in school.

Some years after the death of her husband, Martha Coombs married Bennett Straughan, a noble
man and farmer of Larue County, Ky. After his his death, she returned to her son’s, Dr. Bowling’s, and died there some years later. She was one of the best and finest looking women in the land.

Adin Coombs Jr. son OF Adin and Permelia Coombs, married Mary Frances Sanford of Henry County, Ky. THEY LIVED FOR MANY YEARS AT CANMER, HART CO., KENTUCKY. Their children all died in infancy. He ADIN COOMBS, JR. practiced medicine FOR a few years, but being in bad health, he abondoned his profession, and turned his attention to farming. He also served as assessor of his county. He was for many years and "Elder" in the Christian Church at Canmer. "Uncle Adin," as he was called, was universally esteemed BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM one of the best of men. John Huston Coombs, son of Adin and Permelia Coombs, died while in the prime of life. He never married. He was a very hnadsome man, and universally esteemed by all who knew him.

Parmelia, daughter of Adin and Parmelia Coombs, married Jessie Alexander of Mercer Co., Ky. He removed from that locality to Pike County, Indiana, near the Wabash River, where his wife died, leaving three sons, viz: Samuel, Isaac and Adin. Samuel and Isaac served through the war on the Federal side and returned at the close of the war to their home. They are still living in that part of the state. After the death of his first wife, Jesse Alexander married again, but died shortly thereafter.

Thomas Finley Coombs, son of Adin and Parmelia Coombs, married Chloe Williams, They raised six children, whose names are Letcher, the eldest, who married Sarah E. Brown and lives at Tullahoma [Coffee Co], Tenn., Adin, who lives in Louisville, and is in the railroad business, Wattie, who lives in Elizabethtown, Ky., and has been City Marshall there for several years.
William Thomas, who married a Miss Rinner of Elizabethtown, and is also engaged in the railroad service. Martha Ella, who married William Kennedy of Hardin County, who lives in Louisville and is a Carpenter.

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AND John H., who married Miss Shivell of Louisville, being now engaged in the grocery business in that city. ..........Letcher, Adin and Wattie served through the late war and bore the reputation of being good soldiers. All the boys are good business men. Their father was an invalid for a number of years, just prior to his death. ..........*William Franklin Coombs, son of Adin and Parmelia Coombs, and the only surviving member of the family, was born near Red Mill, Hardin County, KY on March 4, 1818. He married Martha Brown, daughter of Daniel and Martha Brown of Larue County, Ky. He is a physician and has practiced his profession for nearly forty years. A few years sinces he and his wife became enfebbled by age and ill health, sold their property at Nolin, Hardin County, and are now occupying rooms at their son’s, Dr. H. W. Coombs, of Goodnight, Barren County, Ky. They raised only two children, two dying in infancy. Their son married Allie Parrish of Barren County, Ky. He has been doing an exclusive practice for a number of years, and has also been giving some attention to farming. He is very
popular and universally esteemed by his acquaintances.

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of W. F. and Martha Coombs, married William H. Saxby, Seventh Day Adventist
preacher, and is now located in Cleveland [Cuyahoga Co], Ohio. They have no children.

Dr. Horace Wintersmith Coombs has raised three children, two dying in infancy, The eldest, a daughter, Annie Lee, married W. W. Parrish. Her husband is farming extensively near Nashville [Davidson Co], Tenn. William Parrish Coombs, the second child, is married and engaged in the mercantile business in Glasgow [Barren], Ky. He married Trannie Redford of Barren County. Robert Elmore Coombs, the youngest living child, has just arrived at maturity, and last summer graduated at the University of Ohio, and is at present teaching school in the neighborhood of his father.

Mary Coombs

        Mary (Polly) Coombs (POLLY), daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Hugh Rogers and remained in Virginia.

Abigail Coombs

Abigail Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married a man named Brown. They emigrated to Ohio in the early settleing of that territory and were never heard from afterward. In all probability they were captured by the Indians
who were then troublesome.

Sallie Coombs

Sallie Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Benjamin Hickman of Virginia. They Afgerwards emigrated to Kentucky. They lived and died in Hardin County, Ky. They left five children. One daughter remained in Virginia. One son, Adin, moved to Putnam, Indiana. Another daughter married her cousin, Houston Coombs, whose history is already given with that of Jesse and Asa Coombs. Martha, another daughter married Joseph Wilson of Virginia. They came to Kentucky and located in Hardin County. They died many years ago, leaving several children, all of whom are dead, except Samuel Wilson, who is living in Vine Grove, Hardin County, Ky. Burrell Hickman, son of Sallie and Benjamin Hickman died while a young man in Hardin County.

Martha Coombs

Martha Coombs, daughter of Samuel Coombs, Sr., married Joseph Edwards Best in Virginia. They removed to Ky. and settled on the farm now owned by Charles Greenwell, near Red Mills, Hardin County. They died leaving but two
children, viz: Samuel C. Best, and Lloyd Best. Each of them died while young and unmarried.

The above sketch contains the essential points in the family tree as well as the writer can give briefly from his knowledge and information of this large family. It may well be said of them, that, while none of the family ever attained any great distinction as states men or soldiers, or men of letters, yet for honesty, upright dealing, and everything required to make good citizens,
they could hardly be excelled by any family of like numbers. And the writer desires to state further, that he never knew or heard of any of them being guilty of any crime against the laws of the land, requiring their arrest or imprisonment. This fact in their history should be a matter of great pride to the younger members of the family.

Some branches we have had to pass over hastily owing to lack of necessary information.

Written by William Franklin Coombs, now in the 76th year of his age, and the only surviving member of the family of Adin and Parmeilia Coombs.

November 22, 1893 (W.R.F. Coombs)


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