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Jackson County, was established in 1796 from Franklin County. Part of Clarke County was established from Jackson in 1801; part of Madison in 1811; parts of Gwinnett and Hall in 1818; and part of Barrow in 1919. The county seat is Jefferson.


06 Jun 1811 (Augusta GA Obituary) Mrs. Sarah Garland EVE, daughter of Sterling Combs and Mildred WINGFIELD, and wife of Dr. Joseph A. EVE, was b. in Jackson County, Ga June 6th, 1811; and died in Augusta, Ga, March 4th, 1876. (See Wilkes Co GA for full obituary.)


25 Oct 1814 (Jackson County Marriage Records, extracted by Combs-Justice Researcher Bryan Hill) William Francis Combs married Sophia KOLB [d/o Jonathan KOLB and Susannah TYNER] See 1829 below.

Notes: Sophia was the daughter of Jonathan KOLB and Susannah TYNER. See 1829 below. The groom is War of 1812 Soldier William Francis Combs, born 30 Jan 1791 in NC. He later married Sarah KNIGHT (Lunceford) circa 1866. He died 26 Mar 1883 at the age of 92. He was a farmer, the son of a man with the surname HODGE from Augusta County, Virginia, and Elizabeth "Betsy" JUSTICE from Charles City County, Virginia. William Hodge started using the name "Combs" after 25 August 1791, following the marriage of his mother to Aron COMBS in Orange Co NC according to his pension application file in the National Archives in Washington, DC (researched 1991). William F. (HODGE) Combs changed his name (back) to "HODGE" when he was very old. He applied for bounty land for his service in the War of 1812. He used the name "HODGE" on his application. He did service in that war, but served under the name "Combs". His application was denied because of confusion about his name. There are many papers in both names. To obtain bounty land he had to swear that he did not participate in the "rebellion of the southern states" (the Civil War). His son William (Billy) Harrison Combs was in the Confederate Army. William Francis (HODGE) Combs stated in his petition for bounty land that "HODGE" was his true name, that his "HODGE" father abandoned him and his mother when he was a baby and that his mother married Arron (Aron) Combs and had other children and he went by the Combs name because this was the name of his half brothers and sisters." William F. Combs came to Heard County, Georgia in the 1830s. He lived in the Houstan district, but lived in Jackson County, Georgia before he came to Heard County. William F. Combs served in the War of 1812. His first marriage to Sophia KOLB in Jackson County, Georgia on October 25, 1814, produced eight children; Jackson, Rebecca (SHACKLEFORD), Elizabeth (CARDWELL), Marcus, Julie (DEAN), Susannah (YATES), William Harrison, and John F. Combs. This marriage is recorded in the Archives in Atlanta. Sophia died in Heard County on August 14, 1847. William F. Combs had three children with Sarah KNIGHT (Lunceford): Andrew Calhoun, Henry, and Amanda. Sarah KNIGHT (Lunceford) also had two children from a previous marriage. William himself may have had more children than are listed.

Children of William Francis Combs and Sophia KOLB were as follows:

  1. i. Jackson Combs; born circa 1815.
  2. ii. Rebecca Combs; married Thomas SHACKLEFORD; born circa 1815 (possibly a daughter of William F. Combs)
  3. iii. Elizabeth Combs; born circa 1820; married Solomon CARDWELL 1837 at Troup Co., GA. (possibly a daughter of William F. Combs).
  4. iv. Marcus Combs; born circa 1830 (possibly a son of William F. Combs)
  5. v. Julie Combs; married Jehu DEAN; born circa 1825.

    Note: Julia Ann V Combs married Peter DEAN in Coweta Co, GA on December 30, 1840 (Vicki Dean)

  6. vi. Susannah Combs, married Thomas YATES; born Jun 17 1827 at Jackson Co, GA.
  7. vii. William Harrison Combs, born Feb 9 1825 at Jackson Co, GA; married Martha YATES; married Mary Martha Jane WOODARD; married Martha Ann WINGO [See Combs Family Bible Record]
  8. viii. John F. Combs; born Nov 18 1835 at Heard Co, GA; died Apr 8 1915 at Woodland AL. Providence Bap. Church Cem., Randolph Co., AL, at age 79, never married.

Children of William Francis Combs and Sarah KNIGHT were as follows:

  1. i. Andrew Calhoun Combs, born Apr 2 1867; married Rebecca SCOGGINS.
  2. ii. Henry Combs; born circa 1870.
  3. iii. Amanda Combs; born circa 1875.
  4. iv. Mary J. Lunsford; married Luther SCOGGINS, son of Seaborn SCOGGINS and Rebecca KOLB; born circa 1862.
  5. v. Sara T. LUNSFORD; born circa 1864.

(Combs-Hodge-Justice Researcher Byron Hill)

See Also 1829 Jackson Co GA will of John JUSTUS below


03 Apr 1816 - 05 Jan 1818 (Jackson Co. WB "A" [1802­1860] Abstracts of Georgia Wills [disks], extracted by Jeannette Holland Austin)
Will of John COLEMAN, 4/3/1816:1/5/1818. Wife: Elizabeth, sole heir. Wits: Nancy Combs, Mary Combs, George SHAW.

Notes: Witnesses Nancy & Mary Combs have not yet been identified. See also the (probably irrelevant?) marriage of George N. SHAW and Mary T. COOMES in 1839 in Spencer Co, KY.


1820 Jackson Co GA Census Index

P. 288
William Combs

P. 298
Sterling Combs

(US Census Index)

Notes: See Wilkes Co GA for additional re Sterling & Mildred WINGFIELD (Sims) Combs


09 Nov 1829 - 03 Jan 1831 (Jackson Co. WB "A" (1802­1860) Will of John JUSTUS, 11/9/1829:1/3/1831, from Abstracts of Georgia Wills (disks), extracted by Jeannette Holland Austin.)
Sons: David, Henry, Allen, Stephen. Daus: Keziah, Patsy McCUTCHEON, Dolly BLALOCK. Grch: Elvira JUSTUS, eldest dau. of son, Stephen; James Johnson JUSTUS, Bess Gillium JUSTUS, Thirada JUSTUS, heirs of my son, William, decd. Son­in­law: Aaron Combs, and Henry JUSTUS, exrs. Wits: Edward PHARR, David BRADFORD, George BRADFORD.

Notes: See the 25 Oct 1814 marriage of William Francis & Sophia KOLB above and the 25 Aug 1791 marriage of Aaron Combs & Betsy JUSTICE in Orange Co NC.


1830 Jackson Co GA Census Index

P. 334
Combs, William

(US Census Index)

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