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Barren Co., KY was established on 20 Dec 1798 from Warren & Green Counties. Descendant counties include Allen Co., KY, est. in 1815 from Barren & Warren Cos. In 1819, Hart Co. was est. from Barren and Hardin, and in 1820 Monroe Co., organized primarily from Barren, but including some Cumberland County. In 1860 Metcalfe Co., KY was org. from Adair, Barren, Cumberland, Green and Monroe.
Some Barren Co., KY
have been identified as having come from
Loudoun Co., VA, but numerous more have not yet been identified
there appear to be some possible Middle Tennessee connections (See
below). See also the
William Franklin Coombs Manuscript.
[According to Charles Wickliffe Read III, direct descendant of Philadelphia Read and husband John Read through their son Noah Read, family history says John and Philadelphia's children were Joe, Levi, Jack, Martha, Phoebe, Sophia, Jane and Noah. Records show that the two oldest boys, Noah and Joseph, moved to KY about 1817, Joseph settling in Barren Co and Noah in Logan Co to the west. Daughter Phebe Read may have traveled with Joseph to Barren Co in 1817, but no records show when for sure. John Read (the father) died about 1812 in Stafford Co, VA. Philadelphia, along with children John, Levi, Sophia, and Jane, moved to Barren Co, KY about 1831. An older daughter Hannah Read, already married to Sanford Carter, stayed in Stafford Co, VA. The Reads were Baptists. Hannah Read Carter, a member of the Chopawamsic Baptist Church of Stafford Co, Va , named a son William Fristoe Carter, after a minister of that church. Joseph Read served as clerk of the Dripping Springs Baptist Church, Barren Co, KY for about 20 years. Joseph's mother Philadelphia and sister Jane joined "by letter" when they moved to Barren Co., indicating they were members of a Baptist Church in Stafford Co, VA. A John Read was among the founding members of Chopawamsic Baptist Church in 1766. The Shirleys of Barren Co, KY had been members of this church while still in VA. John Read Jr. and Sophia Read married Shirleys when after they came to Barren Co.]
[1850 Census MO: Camden Co., Dist 13: Page 3158, Family 20/20:
Vaught, David 36 M Farmer TN
Vaught, Combs 26 F KY and children
1860 Census AR: Sebastian County, Mountain Township: Page 9, Line 11:
Vaught, David 45 M Farmer 150/400 TN
Vaught, Sephrona 35 F KY and children]
John L. Combs, 70, m, superannuated, b. VA;
Phebe Combs, 45, F, b. VA.
Next door: Geo. W. Sands, 29, M, Baptist Preacher, $300, b. OH
Nargous F. Sands, 24, F, b. KY
Joann Sands, 3, F, b. MO
Combs, Levi, 40, M, Farmer, $200 per prop, b. VA
Combs, Minerva, 33, F, b. MO
Combs, Mary Ann, 14, F, b. MO
Combs, Naomi, 10, F, b. MO
Combs, Rebecca, 8, F, b. MO
Combs, Sarah, 4, F, b. MO
Combs, Isabella, 1, F, b. MO
Combs, John L., 64, M, b. VA
no record of Phebe found, presumed died 1850-1860.
Benjamin Combs is closely associated with John L. Combs,
and may be his brother; his activities may be revealing.
Benjamin Combs, 53, b. VA, Blacksmith
Ann, 50, KY
Eliza, 23, KY
Catherine, 21, KY
James, 19, KY
Charlotte, 16, KY
Frances, 14, KY
Henry, 11, KY
Thomas, 8, KY
Benj (or Bery) Combs 53 m Blk Smg (Black Smith?) $0/100 VA?
(may be a rooming house) (birthplace was a ditto of previous listing that was VA, and everyone else on page was also listed as ditto for VA, suggesting that the census taker forgot what the ditto marks were for) Since we know Benjamin was a blacksmith, this very well may be him. The location is also consistent with him marrying Susan Dishman, as she lived in the 1st Division of Barren Co in 1850, which is the part of the county that remained Barren (2nd Division became Metcalfe Co in 1860).
Benjamin Combs, 60 , M, pauper, VA, lives with four other men all listed as paupers.
[Since Benjamin is living in what looks like the poor house and not in a relative's home, there may not be any relatives, even children, left in the area.]
ObituaryTHOMAS YETMAN COMBS
Thomas Yetman Combs, son of Nancy and James Combs, was born February 19th, 1861, at Peters Creek, and died August 24th, 1939, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 5 days.
His father, mother, brother, Samuel, sisters, elizabeth Peck, Amanda Hamilton and Miss Mollie Combs, all have preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his death, one sister, Mrs. Lula c. Kruse, of Los Angeles, California, and 4 nieces and 5 nephews, all sons and daughters of Elizabeth Peck of Bridgeport, Okla. Nephews and nieces present were Mrs. Donna Mourer, Joe and Gilbert Peck of Geary, Okla., Mrs. Lola Sullivan, of Holton, Kansas, and one son of Tom B. Peck.
He leaves a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He professed religion at the age of 26 years, and joined the Baptist Church at Mt. Olivet and lived a Christian life.
Funeral services were conducted at his home, Tuesday, August 29th, and burial was in the family cemetery.
The sale of the household and farming goods, to settle the estate of the lat T. Y. Coombs, brings to a close an interesting chapter in Barren County history which dates back to the early settlement days.
The old log Coombs homestead where T. Y. Coombs lived until his death, is one of the oldest homes now in use in Barren county. His grandmother was a Peck and it was from her that the property was descended. She was descended from Jacob Peck who came to Barren county with his widowed mother, Mrs. Catherine Peck, a brother, Daniel Peck and brother-in-law, Joseph Lanning, prior to l808 established a home in pioneer Barren county and to the present day, no one has ever owned the old Peck home except a Peck and their direct descendants. Some of the old furnishings have remained to this day.
The farm now contains 238 acres but at one time the Peck holding included thousands of acres. The story of the Peck fortunes in Barren county is one that is symbolic of the opportunities in early America which are equaled by no other land.
Some months ago the history of the Peck family was told in the "Pages of the Past" column in this paper,--how they came to Barren county and acquired 200 acres of land. The mother, Catherine Peck, died before 1817. Tradition says she made two trips to Virginia horseback, with one of the children riding with her. One son, Daniel and the son-in-law, Joseph Lanning moved to Indiana, but the remaining son, Jacob Peck, stayed on the old homestead, and gradually acquired more land. In 1829, he started buying extensively and purchased a 1000 acre tract from the mility grant of William Croghan, on Peters Creek. In 1835, he bough another 1000 acre tract from the heirs of Wilson Boush, of Norfolk, Virginia, which was also on Peters Creek. For many years the Peck holdings extended over a wide area, in the Austin and Cross Roads section, gradually dwindling to the size of the present farm, after the tract was divided among the heirs of Jacob Peck, and portions were sold out of the family from time to time.
The late T. Y. Coombs was the last male descendant of his line in Barren county, his only living survivor being a sister, Mrs. Lula C. Druse, of Los Angeles, Cal.
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