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Washington County was organized in 1828 from the abolished county of Lovely, which had been in existence only two years, having been created from Crawford County. Among others, most of Madison County was organized from Washington.


18 Jul 1826 (Washington Co AR Book A, Front of Book) dtd 18 Jul 1826. A. W. SWEENEY to Elizabeth SWEENEY, Hardin Co, TN. Harriet, a negro girl, $200. Other names: James CAMPBELL, Wilson & Bros, Martha Jane LATTA, John PIERCE, John RUTHERFORD, Jonathan HAINES, Levi Combs, H. H. HILL, Margaret A. LATTA, John LATTA. Executed Hardin Co, TN; recorded Washington Co, AR.

(Abstr of Deeds, Deed Book A, 1830-1838, Washington Co, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Lois N. Miller, 1983)

Note: Levi Combs m 27 Jun 1817, Wilkes Co NC, Sarah ARRINGTON, later removing to Washington Co, AR from TN via IL. Note that the above abstract not clear as to the residences of the parties at the time of this transaction.


1837 Washington Co AR Tax Lists

p. 005
George COMB

(Broderbund Software Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1830)

Note: The above list has not been located as yet. Nor has the above George Combs been identified.


1838 (Washington Co AR Admin. Book A:45) James Combs. Administration (Index to Arkansas Wills & Admins from earliest to 1900)

Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter

Note: Not yet identified; however, see 1844 Washington Co, AR.


20 Aug 1838 (Washington Co AR Land Patents) Levi Combs: T15N R30W S07 NENW 1838/08/20 (part 1) 0 acres; T15N R30W S06 SESW 1838/08/20 (part 2) 80 acres

20 Sep 1839 (Washington Co AR Land Patents) Levi Combs: T15N R30W S06 SWSW 1839/09/20 (part 1) 53.45 acres (Washington Co, Arkansas Land Patents, Bureau of Land Management) Washington Co, AR T15N R30W

Notes: Also note that in 1839, Reding PUTMAN, widower of Stacy Combs, patented land in Section 5 of this township (adjacent to both sections where tract was patented by Levi (see next) In 1843, Joel Arrington Combs (s/o Levi) also patented land in this township, same section as Levi.


1840 Washington Co AR Census

Prairie Twp

Page 276 (26), Line 24

Asa CAMBO 011001-110001-0
1 w/m 05-10 1 w/m 10-15 1 w/m 30-40
1 w/f under 5 1 w/f 05-10 1 w/f 30-40

Note: Transcribed as Asa Cambs in USGenWeb Census Project.

Page 281 (32) (partial, consecutive)

19 CONNOR, Isaac S.

20 Combs, Levi 0010101-1020001-0
1 w/m 10-15 1 w/m 20-30 1 w/m 40-50
1 w/f under 5 2 w/f 10-15 1 w/f 40-50

21 LAURENCE, James

22 INGRAM, William

23 ALEXANDER, Samuel

24 STRICKLAND, Stephen

25 PUTMAN, Redding * 0111001-000000011-0
w/m 48 years.* Listed as a pensioner for military services.
1 w/m 05-10 1 w/m 10-15 1 w/m 15-20
1 w/f 50-60 1 w/f 60-70

26 MILLER, Joseph

27 MILLER, William Mc. H.

28 SPENCER, Oliver

(U S Census, Arkansas, 1840, Chloe Presley, Searcy, AR; Additional information from USGenWeb Census Project)

Notes:

  1. Asa CAMBO is believed to have been Asa Combs of the 1850 Washington Co, AR Census who may have come from Sangamon Co, IL (See below). It is not known if a relationship existed between Asa and Levi.
  2. Redding PUTMAN m (1) 6 Jun 1812, Knox Co, IN, Stacy Combs, b 2 Sep 1794, Wilkes Co, NC, d 16 Dec 1827, Fulton Co, IL (source records needed for her birth and death dates and locations), which is where Redding m (2) 21 Feb 1829, Phoebe MARSH.
  3. The above Levi Combs may have been the same who was on the 1830 Fulton Co, IL census (Redding has not yet been found on the 1830 census).

1844 FOUNDERS OF THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN THE STATE (newspaper clipping) Stephen STRICKLAND founded the First Christian church in the state at what is now the town of West Fork or near there, at Dye's School House about 1844. These were the members of the new church: Stephen STRICKLAND and wife; Dick DYE, Eli BLOYD, and wife, C. C. GILBREATH and wife, Joshua BROWN and wife, James WINN and wife, Ralph SKELTON and wife, Greene W. SHERRY and wife, Levi Combs and wife, Jas Combs and wife, David E. ROBINSON and wife, Jackson ROBINSON, Peter BLOYD and wife, William BLOYD and wife, Joseph MILLER and wife, S. STELLE and wife, John CONNOR and wife, Geo. A. PETTIGREW and wife, John ALEXANDER and wife, Johnethan OSBURN and wife, Mrs. Sallie ARRINGTON and Joseph LEWIS. In all there were about 50 members..." By Cal. Sherry and A. B. Lewis. (Abstracted from Washington Co, AR US GenWeb, ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ar/washington/churches/chr-church.txt. See also copyright restrictions)

Notes: The founding of the West Fork Church may have been as much as ten years earlier, particularly if the above James Combs was the same who d in 1838.


04 Jul 1847 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Alfred B. Combs & Mary J. RAIMEY (Arkansas Marriages Early to 1850, Jordan R Dodd, Page 44)

1847 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Alfred Combs & Mary RAMEY
(Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))


1850 Washington Co, AR Census

(partially transcribed 1997 by Combs Researcher C. Hammet, except where otherwise noted; Additional information from USGenWeb Census Project)

Brush Creek Twp

enumerated by John BUCHANAN, 29 Oct 1850, pp. 685-686
REEL NO: 31 PAGE NO: 343A-B & 344A (USGenWeb Census Project)

7/7 Milly DAVIS [not transcribed] (Willy per USGenWeb)
8/8 George HARRIS [not transcribed]
9/9 S?????? A. STONE [not transcribed] (Shelton A. per USGenWeb)
10/10 Nathl. COOKSHAW(?) [not transcribed] (Nathl. COCHMAN per USGenWeb)

11/11 Asa Combs 43 m KY Farmer $25 [?]
Rebecca - " 41 f NC illiterate
Adaline 17 f IL
Ruth 11 f AR
Samuel 16 m IL Farmer
Robert 9 m AR Student
Eliza 7 f AR Student
Nancy 4 f AR

Notes: Given that the last four children are "out of age order," they may not be the children of Asa and Rebecca. Question: Could this be Asa and Rebecca ROSER Combs who m 13 Nov 1831, Sangamon Co, IL? Could the children have been of James d 1838, Washington?

12/12 John DAVIS [not transcribed]
13/13 Shadrach GIBSON [not transcribed] (Shaderack per USGenWeb)
14/14 James MAYFIELD [not transcribed]

enumerated by John BUCHANAN, 31 Oct 1850

53/53 Elihue JOHNSON 36 m VA? Farmer
Sarah 33 f VA
Robert 8 m IL
Marg[r?]et 4 f IL
Elizabeth 2 f AR
Sarah 1/12 f AR

West Fork Twp

enumerated by John BUCHANAN, 2 Dec 1850

#33-33 A. B. Combs, 22 m TN
(????) 20 f ? KY
Pernetta 2 f AR
Phebe 3/12 f AR

("merged" transcriptions of Combs Researchers Herbert Holcomb and C. Hammet
(replaced prev. transcription 2/1999)

52/52 COMBS A. B. 22 M Farmer TN
Manerva 20 F KY
Pernetta 2 F AR
Phebe 3/12 F AR

USGenWeb Census Project

Notes: Alfred B. Combs, s/o Levi and Sarah ARRINGTON Combs, m 1847, Washington Co, AR, Mary J. RAMEY (which is probably what this extremely-difficult-to-read record actually stated).

34/34 Shadrach INGRAM 68 m NC [not transcribed]

53/53 INGRAM Shaderack 68 M Farmer NC
Mary 64 F NC
Shadrack 24 M Farmer TN married within year
Nancy 17 F TN married within year

USGenWeb Census Project

Prairie Township

enumerated by John Buchanan 04 Dec 1850

4 Dec 1850

Page 764

09/09 William FARMER 33 m TN Farmer $300
Eliza " 33 f IN illiterate
Jasper " 11 m AR Student
Stacey " 8 f AR Student
Isaac " 5 m AR
William " 2 m AR
James " 1/12 m AR
Robert SHELTON 16 m AR

Notes: William FARMER m abt 1836, Fulton Co, IL, Ann Elizabeth PUTMAN, b 10 Jan 1817, Gibson Co IN, d aft 1890, Washington Co AR. Elizabeth was the daughter of Redding and Stacy Combs PUTMAN. (Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt) See Also See Redding PUTMAN below

Page 768-769 05 December 1850

38/38 J??? MACKLIN 52 m TN Teacher $3000
[Boarding Students included:]
A? J. RIDGE 13 (or 18?) m NC Student

---------------------------

38/38 MACKLIN Robert W. 52 M Teacher 3,000 SC
MACKLIN Louiza 39 F KY
MACKLIN Mary 20 F AL X
MACKLIN Nancy 4 F AR
VANHOOSE Z. 26 M Teacher KY
LOCKHART A. S. 28 M Teacher TN
HACKNEY F. 16 M Student TN X
BERNARD J. W. 18 M Student TN X
BERNARD F. 16 M Student TN X
RUSSELL J. T. 14 M AR X
WILLIAMS J. S. 13 M AR X
HOGUE M. C. 17 M Student AR X
RIDGE A. J. 13 M NC X
LANKSTON William A. 23 M Teacher TN
ADAMS Wythe 16 M Student AR X
MCCANDLESS William M. 30 M Teacher PA
VANHOOSE Elizabeth 12 F KY X
HOGUE Helen 12 F AR X

(USGenWeb Census Project)

(Note: A. J. RIDGE was the only NC-born student listed among a number of students in this household)

Pages 770-1 - 06 December 1850

50/50 Redding PUTMAN 58 m SC Farmer $1000
Phoebe 62 f NC
Redding 20 m IL Student

Notes: Redding PUTMAN, s/o Daniel & Prudence SKELTON Putman (Key), m (1) 06 Jun 1812, Knox Co, IN to Stacy Combs, who may have been d/o Bennett & Dorothy "Dolly" UNKNOWN Combs of Anderson Co, Pendleton Dist, SC. Following Bennett Combs' death ca1801 in Pendleton County, his widow, Dorothy, and children removed to Warren Co, KY, then to Butler Co KY, then to IL where Stacy Combs Putman d in Fulton Co on 16 Dec 1827 (Dorothy UNKNOWN Combs d in Sangamon Co IL 12 Feb 1838 at the home of her daughter, Verlinda, wife of Abraham DUFF. Redding PUTMAN m (2) 21 Feb 1829, Phoebe MARSH, by whom he had Redding PUTMAN, Jr. above.

51/51 Richard SMITH 33 m Farmer $120 TN Illiterate
Phoebe 30 f MO
Nancy 9 f AR Student
William 7 m AR Student
John 5 m AR
Lucinda 2 f AR

54/54 George CLINE 60 m Farmer Farmer $800 VA
Elizabeth 54 f VA
Thomas 22 m Farmer TN
Elizabeth 18 f TN
Margaret 18 f TN
Emily 16 f TN
Martha 14 f TN
Amanda WILSON 2 f AR

Notes: Nathan Combs, son of Matthew and Frankie BROWN Combs of Breathitt Co, KY, married the above Elizabeth CLINE the younger, d/o George & Elizabeth KLINE, 7 Jun 1854, in Washington Co, AR (Goodspeeds' History of NW AR, Washington Co, AR biography of I. G. Combs; and Dickey Diary Interview of William M. Combs)

9 December 1850

82/82 Jordan BANKS 34 M Methodist Clergyman $600 TN
Susannah 34 F IA
Jasper 12 M AR Student
Mary 10 F AR Student
Thursa 8 F AR Student
Lydia 6 F AR Student
Andrew 5 M AR Student
James 3 M AR
Susan 1 F AR
Samuel BANKS 68 M VA

Note: See Samuel BANKS on 1830 Warren Co, TN census, same page as John Combs; See Samuel BANKS on 1850 Madison Co, AR Census, with a 13 year old John Combs in his hh. Who were the BANKS? From where did they come? Were either the Washington Co or the Madison Co AR Samuel BANKS kin to the Samuel BANKS of Warren Co, TN?

13 December 1850

133/133 Joel A. Combs 35 m Farmer $500 NC
Permilla[?] 25 f AR (Pernetta per USGenWeb)
Mary 3 [?] f AR
Elizabeth 4/12[?] (7/12 per USGenWeb) AR
Cynthia EIVES [?] 16 f AR (Cynthia EWES per USGenWeb)

enumerated by John BUCHANAN, 17 Dec 1850

195-195 George M. CLINE 24 m Farmer $1000 VA
Amanda " 20 m AR
Thomas " 1 m AR
John R. WILSON 18 m Farmer $1000 AR Student

18 Dec 1850

202/202 Levi Combs 55 m NC Farmer $500
Sarah 61 f NC
Louisa 15 f AR
Mary ARRINGTON 85 f MD

20 Dec 1850

245/245 William PUTMAN 50 m Farmer SC
Alley 48 f KY
Solomon 20 f Blacksmith IL
George 14 m IL
Joseph 12 m IL
Prudence 9 f AR

Notes: The above William PUTMAN was s/o Daniel & Prudence SKELTON Putman (Key), and brother of Redding PUTMAN who m Stacy Combs (See above). William PUTMAN m Alley BRIDGES 09Aug 1817 in Gibson Co, Indiana.

247/247 John CONNER 56 m Farmer $7000 GA
Elizabeth " 50 f VA
Sarah ARRINGTON 34 f LA? (IA per USGenWeb)
Mary 16 f AR Student
John 13 m AR Student
Alfred 11 m AR Student
Elizabeth 08 f AR Student


1851 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Adaline Combs & Thomas NANCE (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Adeline, d/o Asa and Rebecca (ROSER?) Combs


1853 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Louise Combs & John FELLOWS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Louisa, d/o Levi and Sarah ARRINGTON Combs?


1854 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Jeremiah Combs & Elizabeth CLOER (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Who is this? Not on 1850 Census (1860 Census Transcription still needed - see below) Note that Jeremiah is a given name found commonly among the East KY Combs (see next)


1854 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Nathan Combs & Elizabeth CLINE (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Nathan, s/o Matthew and Frankie BROWN Combs, came to Washington Co, AR from KY in 1853 according to biography of his son, Isaac G. (see below). He may be the same found on the 1850 Morgan Co, KY census.


1857 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Ruth Combs & Elisha JENNINGS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Ruth, d/o Asa & Rebecca (ROSER?) Combs?


1858 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Rebecca Combs & John LOYD (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Is this Rebecca (ROSER?) Combs, widow of Asa?


1860 Washington Co, AR Census

Brush Creek Twp

p. 250

Levi Combs 64 NC Farmer
Bennett 32 M TN
Jane 29 KY
Prunetta 12 AR
Sarah 9 AR
Margaret 5 AR
John 4 AR
Harvey 2 AR
Caroline 2/12 AR
Meg ARRINGTON 98 MD

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Herbert Holcomb)

Untranscribed (per Census Index):

Prairie Twp

p. 646 Combs, Nathan

Brush Creek Twp

p. 727 Combs, Jehen [Jehue?]
Combs, Jerahmiah [Jeremiah?]


01 Feb 1860 (Washington Co AR Land Patents) Joel A. Combs: T15N R30W S07 NESW 1860/02/01 40 acres (Washington Co, Arkansas Land Patents, Bureau of Land Management)


1861 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) John Combs & Esther BRIANT (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))

Notes: Who is this?


09 Jul 1862 - 21 May 1864 (1st AR Union Cavalry, Co E, D) Alfred B. COOMBS, PVT; ; age 34; Enrolled 9 Jul 1862, Washington Co, AR; Died 21 May 1864 at home (First AR Union Cavalry by Desmond Walls Allen)


16 Dec 1862 (Fayetteville, Washington Co AR) Oath of allegiance signed by Fayetteville resident, Joel A. Combs. (Gertude Fallin Cook Family papers, 1830-1878; 1 of 24 items, University of Arkansas Library)


27 Mar 1864 - 22 Aug 1893 (Washington Co AR Confederate Pension Application, No #.) Benjamin Combs; CO K 22 REG AR-I; 1861-64 Vet d 03/27/64. wid app #1442 Combs, Malinda wid app 08/22/93 County Washington. (AR Confederate Vet & Widow. Pension Applications, Frances T. Ingmire)

Notes: Who was Benjamin? Was Malinda his widow, as noted above, or his mother (See Cemetery Notes) See also 1860 Benton Co, AR)


1866 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Levi Combs & Sarah GUDE (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given)) Search Word: GOOD?

Notes: Levi Combs m 2nd Sarah GUDE who may be same who committed suicide in Jan 1869.


1868 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Mary Combs & John WINN (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given))


1869 (Washington Co AR Marriage Records) Lovina Combs & John JOICE (Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from "Washington Co AR, The Marriage Record, 1854-1869" ((only year is given)) Search Word: JOYCE


Jan 1869 (Washington Co AR US Mortality Schedule, 1870)

S. Combs, Female, b in VA, died Jan 1869, age 37. Cause of death: Suicide (Extracted by Combs-Hicks Researcher Patricia Osborn Orton)


1870 Washington Co, AR Census

(partial transcription)

Prairie Twp

Levi Combs 74 NC

Combs Researcher Herbert Holcomb


20 Oct 1870 Combs Nancy to William COLDWELL (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)

Notes: See 20 Oct 1878 below. Which is correct?


13 Nov 1870 Combs Debby to Jesse CLIFTON (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


01 Mar 1874 Combs Elijah to Armenta CLEMONS (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879., extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


1875 (Washington Co AR Admin. Book F:461) Joel A. Combs (Index to Arkansas Wills & Admins from earliest to 1900, extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


30 Sep 1875 Combs Margaret to George EPLEY (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


23 Dec 1875 Combs Keziah to W. D. CLIFTON (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


21 Dec 1876 Combs Milas to M. S. REED (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


08 Dec 1878 Combs J. D. to Elizabeth COOPER (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


20 Oct 1878 (Washington Co AR Marriages) Nancy Combs & William COLDWELL. (Unsourced Marriage CD)

Notes: See 20 Oct 1870 above. Which is correct?


24 Aug 1879 Combs Lizzie to Joseph WILBANKS (Washington Co AR Marriage Records, 1870-1879.,extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)

Notes: See also Combs-Wilbanks (Woolbanks) of Warren Co, KY.


1880 Washington Co, AR Census

(not yet extracted other than following partial record)

Combs, Nathan Head of Household M ? ?
ROARK, Martha ? F 35 TN
Lizzie Ni F 9 TX

(Transcribed from 1880 Arkansas census (Soundex T736 #37) by Roark Researcher Frank Vose and posted to Roark-L - see 1900 Washington)


1883 Washington Co, AR. According to W. T. NEAL, b 1839, Knox Co, TN, s/o John A. and Harriet (COMB) Neal, who were also born in Tennessee, and were farmers by occupation, his parents became residents of Madison County, Ark., in 1853, but the father's death occurred in Washington County, in 1883. (Goodspeeds' History of Northwest Arkansas, Benton County, 1884)

Note: Not found in 1850 on TN Census (surface scan only) and not on 1850 Madison Co, AR Census. See also Combs-Neal of Jefferson Co, TN


July 16, 1886. Fayetteville Arkansas Weekly Democrat. (Weekly Newspaper). Washington Co, AR. Uncle Levi Combs died at the residence of Dr. PUTMAN, this city, Monday night. He came to this county at an early day and settled on the West Fork of White river. He was over 90 years of age at the time of his death, and he has always enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his acquaintances. A good man has gone and an old land mark has passed away.

(Combs Researcher Herbert Holcomb)


1889 Washington Co AR Goodspeeds' Biography of Isaac G. Combs:

"I. G. Combs was born in Prairie Township, Washington Co., Ark., June 3, 1855, and was reared to manhood on his father's farm. After obtaining a good common-school education he took a three years' course in the A. I. U., and after completing his studies in that institution, turned his attention to pedagoguing, continuing that occupation for about four years, teaching in all about eight terms of school. During the summer months his attention was given to agricultural pursuits, and in his farming and other enterprises he has been quite successful, having acquired a comfortable competency. He has always taken an active interest in politics. and is the present sherriff of Washington County.

"He was married to Miss Martha COWEN, a daughter of Anthony and Georgiana (HURT) Cowen, who were natives of Middle Tennessee. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

"The father of the subject of this sketch, Mr. Nathan Combs, was born in Breathitt County, Ky., September 19, l830, and is a son of Matthew and Frankie (BROWN) Combs, both of whom were born and married in Buncombe County, N. C. They removed to Kentucky shortly after their marriage, where they spent the remainder of their days, dying in 1866 and 1868. respectively. They became the parents of nine children, all but three of whom are dead.

"Their son Nathan was reared on a farm in the "Blue Grass" State, and at the age of twenty-three years [ca 1853] came to Washington County, Ark., where he married, and in 186l settled on his farm of 757 acres, three miles southeast of Fayetteville. His farm consists mostly of bottom land, with 450 acres under cultivation, and he has a fine orchid of 1,500 fruit trees. He has a substantial and commodious two-story brick residence, and for many years has devoted his time exclusively to farming, and has achieved a decided success in that calling. He began life for himself with only $13, and is now ranked among the wealthy and prosperous farmers of the county.

"June 7, 1854, he was married to Elizabeth CLINE, a native of Tennessee, by whom he became the father of one son, Isaac G. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in politics he has always been a Democrat, and has taken a deep interest in the political affairs of the country. His wife's parents were Virginians. and her father, George CLINE, was a captain in the War of 1812, and served two terms in the Legislature of Arkansas, having moved to the State about 1838." (Goodspeeds' History of Northwest, Arkansas...)

Notes: Matthew Combs m Frances "Frankie" (a.k.a. Fanny) BROWN, not in Buncombe Co, NC, but on 28 May 1810, Clay Co, KY. Matthew was s/o Henry & Rachel CLEMENTS Combs of Montgomery Co, VA and Perry Co, KY. Henry Combs m (2) Phoebe FRANCIS and later removed to "somewhere" in Indiana. Further clarification of a number of Combs relationships is found in the abstract below of a series of Washington Co AR of lawsuits relative to the death of Nathan & his son, Isaac G. Combs.


1890-1894 (Washington Co Marriage Records)

14 Sep 1890 Combs Martha to James CROSS
17 Dec 1891 Combs M. A. to Jacob REED
08 Apr 1894 Combs S. B. to Mattie LYONS

(Washington Co AR Marriages, Books J-K-L, 1891-1901, extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


1899 (Washington Co AR Book C::359) Nathan Combs
1899 (Washington Co AR Book K:454) Nathan Combs

(Index to Arkansas Wills & Admins from earliest to 1900, extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)

Notes: Nathan Combs, s/o Matthew & Frankie BROWN Combs. See Estate Suit below.


1900 Washington Co, AR Census

Combs, Lizzie Head of Household F -- --
ROARK, Martha Sister F 58 Nov 1842 TN
" Lizzie Niece F 25 Mar 1875 TX

(Posted by Frank Vose to ROARK-L in 1998)

Notes: See also 1880 Washington Co, AR Census. Mr. Vose has not been contacted to determine if Lizzie's age and birth state was omitted due to this having been a ROARK posting, or omitted from the record entirely. This may have been Elizabeth and Martha CLINE (Elizabeth the widow of Nathan Combs) Martha and Lizzie were the only ROARKS on this census. Other Combs should be here, not yet extracted. See also Combs-Roark Connections


1900-1901 (Washington Co Marriage Records)

21 Oct 1900 Combs Ada to J. A. SHARP
24 May 1901 Combs Alice to Wm J. PHIPPS
14 July 1901 Combs Thomas to Esther BOYD

(Washington Co AR Marriages, Books J-K-L, 1891-1901, extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


From the Southwestern Reporter [Law Review], Ark., p. 18, No. 254,
Combs et al. v. Combs et al, Supreme Court of AR, March 7, 1927)

Summary of Chancery Suit:

Charge: On 25 Apr 1899, Nathan Combs, late resident of Washington county, died testate leaving surviving his widow, Elizabeth Combs, and his son Isaac Combs; said will was admitted to probate in Washington County, by the terms of which the testator made certain bequests, and then disposed of the remainder in the following language:

"And I give and bequeath the residue of my estate, after my funeral expenses and just debts I have all been paid, to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Combs, and to my son, Isaac Combs, for and during their natural lives, with the remainder in fee to Isaac G. Combs if he should survive my said wife, and in the event that my said son, Isaac G. Combs, should fail to have a child or children born to him. and should die seized and possessed of any of said property, I desire and will that the same be divided equally between the sons of my three brothers, Alfred, Sewell and Isaac Combs."

It is further alleged that said Isaac G. Combs, son of the testator, survived his mother and died testate without issue on the 26th of March, 1825, and that his will was admitted to probate in said county; that at the time of his death, the said Isaac G. Combs was seized and possessed of a large amount of real property which had come to him through the estate of his father; that at the August, 1925, term of the Washington chancery court, in an action between Martha Combs et al against the unknown heirs of Henderson Combs et al., the court entered a decree finding that under the will of Isaac G. Combs, his wife, Martha Combs, was the sole beneficiary and legatee, and, as such was the owner in fee of all the real and personal property of which the said Isaac G Combs died seized and possessed. The court then finds that he died without having born to him any child or children, and that he died seized and possessed of a large amount of real property which come to him under the will of his father, Nathan Combs, which is set out and described at length.

The court further found in its decree, after quoting the paragraph of the will above set out, that Elizabeth Combs, the wife of Nathan Combs, died prior to the death of Isaac G. Combs, and that Alfred Combs, brother of Nathan Combs, mentioned in his said will as above had six sons. all of whom died prior to the death of Isaac G. Combs; that Isaac Combs, brother of NATHAN, mentioned in his will, had three sons. J.W., A. T., and R. L. Combs, and that said R. L. Combs died about the year 1900, and left surviving him the plaintiffs L. R. Combs and W. O. HICKS; and that therefore the only sons of the brothers mentioned in the will of NATHAN Combs who were living at the time of the death of ISAAC G. Combs were the plaintiffs A. T. and J. W. Combs.

The court further found in said decree that under said paragraph of the will of the said NATHAN Combs, above set forth, that any right, interest, or property bequeathed to the sons of said brothers was contingent and could not vest under said will until the death of the said ISAAC G. Combs, and that, therefore, none of the children nor heirs at law of the sons of the brothers of NATHAN Combs who died prior to the death of the said ISAAC G. Combs acquired any interest under the will of said NATHAN Combs, and that A. T. and J. W. Combs acquired all the interest or right conveyed by the above provision of said will.

The court further found that the plaintiff MARTHA Combs, his widow and sole legatee under the will of her husband. Isaac G. Combs had "announced in open court by her counsel that she desires that the property herinunto before set out and described be vested and conveyed under and by virtue of the provisions of the will of the said NATHAN Combs, deceased, as above set forth..."

The Court found that ".... A. T. and J. W. Combs were entitled... each the owners in fee of an undivided one half interest in said lands, and the court entered a decree based upon findings..."

The complainant alleged that C. F. and H. H. Combs were the only sons of Sewell Combs, referred to as a residuary legatee in the will of Nathan Combs, and that others of the plaintiffs are the daughters and widow of Sewell Combs; that T. A. Combs, W. M, I. N., S. S. Jr., and JAMES H. Combs are the only sons of ALFRED Combs, referred to as the residuary legatee in the will of NATHAN Combs, and in Nov 1904 they conveyed all their interest in the estate of NATHAN Combs to SEWELL Combs; that ALFRED Combs and SEWELL Combs, named in the will of NATHAN Combs were not his brothers, but were nephews and that the will erroneously designated them as brothers of the testator, when as a matter of fact, they were nephews, and that Nathan Combs did not have a brother named SEWELL Combs, and that it was the intent of the testator, NATHAN Combs, that the sons of his nephew, Alfred Combs, should receive an undivided one-third interest in the residue of his estate remaining in the hands of his son, ISAAC Combs, at the time of his death; that it was the intent of said testator that the sons of his nephew, Sewell Combs, should receive a like one-third share, and that the sons of his brother, Isaac, should receive a like undivided one-third share therein.

It is further alleged that the plaintiffs, C. F. and H. H. Combs, as sole and only sons of the nephew, SEWELL Combs, are the owners of an undivided one-third of the real property as a residuary legatee under the will of NATHAN Combs; that the plaintiffs C. F. H H and Annie Belle Combs and Alice PIERATT are the owners of an undivided one-third interest therein, subject to the dower right of the plaintiff Kate Combs, by virtue of inheritance from the nephew, Sewell Combs, of the share purchased by him from the said T. A., W. M., I. N., S. S. Jr. and James Combs; that these parties were not made parties to the action of Martha Combs and others against the unknown heirs of Henderson Combs and others, prosecuted in the chancery court at the Aug 1925 term, and had no notice or knowledge of said action whatever...

C. D. ATKINSON, of Fayetteville, for appellants.
W. N. IVIE of Ft. Smith and H. L. PEARSON, E. B. WALL, and Combs & JOHNSON, all of Fayetteville, for appellees.

Notes: See Also 1922 Letter from Thomas A. Combs, s/o Alfred Combs & gs/o Matthew & Francis "Frankie" BROWN Combs for additional clarification of relationships in this family.


Washington Co, AR Cemetery Records

Baptist Ford Cemetery

Ethel Combs 1903-1923

Black Oak Cemetery

A. B. Combs (No dates) Co D 1st AR Cav. Civil War

Combs, s/o Levi 1847 -

Joel A. Combs, 1818 - 1874 s/o Levi

Joel A. Combs 30 Apr 1818 - 28 Mar 1874*
son of Levi and Sarah ARRINGTON Combs*

Pernettty Bloyed Combs 1825-1913 w/o Joel

Pernetta Bloyed Combs 29 Jun 1825 - 10 Nov 1913*
dau of Eli BLOYED and Mary GRAHAM*

Sarah Arrington Combs, 1790 - 1858, w/o Levi, d at age 68

Sarah Arrington Combs died 7 Apr 1859 67 yrs 11 mo 21 da*

Joel L. Combs 03 Jul 1886 - 17 Jun 1889*
son of M.M. and M.S.*

Combs, Infant of M.M. & M.S d. 12 Jan 1883 13 days*

(All of the above entries were extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from Washington Co AR Cemetery Records, Vol. I; except those whose lines end in an asterisk (*). The latter were extracted by Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt from CEMETERIES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY ARKANSAS, by Lloyd McConnell, McDowell Publishing Co., Route 4, Utica, KY © 1980)

Buckner Cemetery

John Albert Combs 23 Oct 1967 - 25 Oct 1967

William Carl Combs 1951 - 1957

William D. Combs 4 Apr 1891 - 13 Feb 1949

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from Washington Co AR Cemetery Records, Vol. I)

Combs Cemetery

Elizabeth Combs 28 Mar 1831 - 21 Nov 1900

I. G. Combs 1855 - 1925

Issac G. (Ike) Combs __ ___1855 - __ ___ 1925*

Martha Combs 1860-1940

Nathan Combs 17 Sep 1830 - 25 Apr 1899

Thomas A. Combs 15 Jan 1827 - 23 Feb 1896*

(All of the above entries were extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from Washington Co AR Cemetery Records, Vol. I; except those whose lines end in an asterisk (*). The latter were extracted by Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt from CEMETERIES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY ARKANSAS, by Lloyd McConnell, McDowell Publishing Co., Route 4, Utica, KY © 1980 ), which may have been an annotated publication.

Notes: Who was Thomas A. Combs? He appears only in the second extraction, and has not been identified. Might not Thomas A., s/o Alfred & Elizabeth HORTON Combs been named after him?

Friendship Cemetery

George Combs 1909 1967

Hart Cemetery

Combs, Mrs. J. D.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt from CEMETERIES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY ARKANSAS, by Lloyd McConnell, McDowell Publishing Co., Route 4, Utica, KY © 1980)

Joyce Cemetery

Combs, Sarah Ann 1834 - 1855

Combs, Malinda 1811 - 1896

(ibid.)

Notes: Malinda is apparently the same who was the widow of Benjamin. She is also the same age as Malinda, w/o John Combs of the 1850 Madison Co, AR Census, who also had a son, Benjamin (???) Who was Sarah Ann Combs?

West Fork

Combs, Martha 1860 - 1940

Combs, Mary Susan 1855 - 1933
dau of Fay and Rachel REED Combs

Combs, Rev. Miles M. 19 Oct 1859 - 1926 West Fork
son of Joel A. & Pernetta BLOYD Combs

(ibid.)

Evergreen

Combs, Viola 1880 - 1944

(ibid.)

Morr/Mor Cemetery ?

Combs, Myrtle M. 1892 - 1938 Morr

Combs Sidney C. 1888 Mor

(ibid.)


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