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Franklin County was established in 1837 from Crawford and Logan Counties.


Source: Original images, Bureau of Land Management Land Grant digital database, abs by SE.

20 Sept 1839 Grantee: Jessee DODSON Combs of Pope Co, AR; Cert. No: 2193, 49.89 acres, Yell Co, AR, NE fractional quarter of Sec 5 of TWP 6 North of Range 20 West; Access/Serial No. AR0880__.454

10 March 1843 Grantee: Jesse DODSON Combs of Franklin Co, AR; Cert. No: 3411, 40 acres, Yell Co, AR, SE Qtr of the NW Qtr, Sec 8 of TWP 6 North of Range 20 West, Access/Serial No. AR0910__.408

10 March 1843 Grantee: Jesse DODSON Combs of Franklin Co, AR; Cert No: 3442, 80 acres, Pope and Yell Cos, AR, West Half of SW Qtr of Sec 15 in TWP 6 North of Range 20 West; Access/Serial No. AR0910__.438

10 March 1843, Grantee: Jesse DODSON Combs of Franklin Co, AR; Cert. No: 3486, 40 acres, Pope Co, AR, SW Qtr of the SW Qtr of Sec 21 of TWP 7 North of Range of Range 20 West, Access/Serial No. AR0910__.478

SE Notes: The original images for all four land records show his middle name was DODSON. He obviously used his middle name in official records and may have also used the middle initial “D”. The name “DODSON” may be an important clue for researchers as to his identity. We find the DODSON name associated with several Combs & associated families. George and Phoebe Combs of Halifax Co, VA, had a daughter Judith who signed her own consent when she married Jesse DODSON in Halifax Co. on 19 Mar 1793 (Halifax Co VA Marriage Records). The Bent Creek Church in present-day Hamblin Co, TN, was established by the Rev. Thomas MURRELL of Big Creek, Hawkins Co, TN, step-father of Martin JOHNSON (h/o Sarah Combs) and Thomas DODSON father of Jesse DODSON who married Judah Combs in Halifax). This Jesse DODSON Combs may be the same as Jesse D Combs in the 1840 Madison Co, AR census, Hilburn Twp. It is the only Jesse Combs in the 1840 Arkansas census. In 1850 he is listed as J D Combs (b. c1809 VA) with wife Jane in White Co, AR where 1854 probate records style him as Jesse D Combs and identify his wife Jane and children. Census records show his children were born in Arkansas.


9 Apr 1878 Combs, Edward 30 & Margaret J. Sisson 25 April 9, 1878 by A. E. Cope, J.P. P#361

CASS EARLY MARRIAGES Taken from Cass Genealogy Society Records Book “B”


1880 Franklin Co, AR Census

Series T9, Roll 44

Supervisor's District 2, Enumeration District 61, Enumeration Date 8 June 1880, D.M. Cloud enumerator

Maxey Township

93/113 CURTIS, Josiah B., m 25, m farmer TN TN TN
Lu Sarah, f 21, wife m keeping house IL IN IN
Effie M., f 2 dau s at home AR TN IL
Combs, Joseph C, m 29 bil widow, works on farm IL IN IN
Combs, Mary E., f 16 sil s at home IL IN IN
PARKER, James, m 19 laborer s works on farm MO TN TN

Note: Josiah Curtis married Susan Combs on 24 June 1877 in Crawford Co, AR. It is said she died in Franklin Co., TX. and is buried in Friendship, TX. cemetery about 1890. Josiah Curtis remarried to Ella Cordelia Milstead 06 March 1892 in Franklin Co, TX.

Submitted by Terry Curtis


1900 Franklin Co, AR Census

White Oak

4 June

41/42 Combs, Robert C. head w m 01-1865 m. 18yrs KY KY AR
Mary J. wif w f 12-1866 m. 18yrs MO IL PA
Thomas C. son w m 05-1884 MO KY MO
Wm D. son w m 04-1890 AR KY MO
Samuel C. son w m 09-1892 AR KY MO
Nora H.(?) dau w f 04-1900 AR KY MO

Submitted by Norman Combs


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