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Kentucky began as part of Fincastle Co, VA (Records held by Montgomery Co., VA), then became Kentucky County in 1776-7.

  • 1780 Kentucky County was divided into Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln.
  • 1784-5. Nelson Co was established from Jefferson.
  • 1785-6. Bourbon from Fayette, and Madison and Mercer from Lincoln.
  • 1788-9, Mason from Bourbon, and Woodford from Fayette.
  • 1792. KY was admitted to statehood, and that same year, Logan was established from Lincoln; Scott from Woodford, Shelby from Jefferson and Washington from Nelson.
  • 1792/3. Clark from Bourbon and Fayette; Green from Lincoln and Nelson; and Hardin from Nelson.
  • 1793-4. Harrison from Bourbon and Scott
  • 1794. Harrison gained land from Bourbon.
  • 1794-1795. Campbell from Harrison, Mason and Scott; and Franklin from Woodford, Mercer and Shelby.
  • 1795. Campbell gained land from Harrison.
  • 1796-7. Bracken from Campbell and Mason; Bullitt from Jefferson and Nelson; Christian from Logan; Garrard from Madison, Lincoln and Mercer; Montgomery from Clark and Warren from Logan.
  • 1798. Fleming from Mason; and Clark gained land from Bourbon.
  • 1798/9. Livingston and Henderson from Christian; Pendleton from Bracken and Campbell; Boone from Campbell; Barren from Greene and Warren; Gallatin from Franklin and Shelby; Henry from Shelby; Cumberland from Green; Jessamine from Fayette; Ohio from Hardin; Muhlenberg from Christian and Logan; and Pulaski from Green and Lincoln.
  • 1799/1800, Breckinridge from Hardin; Floyd from Fleming, Mason and Montgomery; Knox from Lincoln; Nicholas from Bourbon and Mason.

    (See Applicable Combs Counties of Kentucky)
    The first Combs to what is now Kentucky were probably in and out of those lands as early as in the 1760s, although for the most part, their forays into Kentucky were as members of hunting or survey parties, or as "corn-planters." (Planting a crop of Indian Corn while out on a hunting trip could gain you free lands as is seen below). With the exception of William Combs of Charles Co, MD (see below), most of the early Combs were descendants of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co, VA.

    Note: The following Combs Records are primarily pre-1797. Not yet included here are numerous Combs of early Nelson, Lincoln and Fayette Cos KY. Also not included here (for the most part) are Early Combs to East Kentucky (New 1 Apr 1999
    "Fort Boonesborough Settlers" "Bluegrass Roots," published by the Kentucky Genealogical Society, reprinted an article by H. Thomas Tudor about the "Early Settlers of Fort Boonesborough." The article was published in Volume 5, No. 1, p. 1-14. The bibliography was published in a later issue. (Researcher Don Chestnut)

    CH Note: Ft. Boonesborough is in present-day Madison Co, KY, established in 1785, 1785-6 from Lincoln Co., which was established in 1780 from the old Kentucky County (VA), established in 1776-7 from Fincastle Co, VA (now extinct, but records held by Montgomery Co, VA).

  • COLMES, George ("French Tipton Papers," Kentucky Room, Eastern Kentucky University Library).
  • COLMEES, George (Colonel Richard Henderson's Journal_ at Fort Boonesborough1775).
  • Combs, Joseph 1775 ("French Tipton Papers," Kentucky Room, Eastern Kentucky University Library.)
  • Combs, Cutberth [Cuthbert] ("Fort Boonesborough" by Judge Wiliam Chenault, written for Courier-Journal, August 28, 1898).
  • COOMBS, Enos [Ennis?] ("Fort Boonesborough" by Judge Wiliam Chenault, written for Courier-Journal, August 28, 1898).
  • COOMBS, William ("French Tipton Papers," Kentucky Room, Eastern Kentucky University Library.)
  • COOMBS, William ("History of Kentucky" by Collins--a listing of Capt. John Holder's Company at Boonesborough, June 10, 1779).

    From the "History of Kentucky" by Elizabeth Shelby KINKEAD, Copyright 1896: "As early as 1776, Mrs. William COOMES taught a school in the fort at Harrodsburg [Lincoln and Mercer Counties, Kentucky.] She had no textbooks. Smooth boards of wood were used for paper, and the juice of oak balls for ink. The children learned to write and work examples from copies set them by the teacher. When they could read, they had Bibles and hymn books to study. Little private schools of this kind, where the pupils were taught to read and write and calculate, were opened in the different stations."

    According to Webb's "Centenary of Catholicity in Kentucky:"

    "Among the adventurous men who sought to conquor homes in Kentucky between the years 1773 and 1785, there were, without doubt, many who were born of Catholic parents and had not been received by baptism into the Catholic Church. That there were more of these then is generally supposed is to be inferred from the fact that unmistakable Catholic names are to be met with all over the State whose present owners know nothing whatever of the ancient faith of christendom. These men came as adventurers, and not as Catholics; and it was only through God's mercy that here and there an individual amongst them was saved from shipwreck of his faith. Of this class of Catholics, the only two of whose lives there is any settled record were William COOMES and Dr. George HEART.

    "The late Most Rev. Dr. Spalding, in his admirable "Sketches of Kentucky," says of these two adventurous spirts: "They both came out in the spring of 1775, among the very first white people who removed to Kentucky.* They settled in Harrod's station, at that time the only place in Kentucky except Boonesborough, and perhaps, Logan's station, where emigrants could enjoy any degree of security from the attacks of Indians

    ".... William COOMES was originally from Charles County Maryland, whence he had removed to the south branch of the Potomac river in Virginia. He Imigrated to Kentucky with his family, together with Abraham and Isaac HITE."

    *A footnote to the above declares "This is likley a mistake. Dr. Spalding tells us that his informant, the late Walter A. COOMES, who was a son of William COOMES mentioned, stated to him that "his father reached Harroldstown in the spring of 1774" (Extracted by Combs Researcher Joe Lewis)

    Brief History of Fort Harrod: "A company of thirty men, named below, arrived 6 June 1774 and together became the first permanent white settlement in Kentucky. They were: James Harrod (leader), James Blair, James Brown, John Brown, James Carr, Abraham Chapline, John Clark, John Crawford, Jared Cowan, John Cowan, John Crow, William Crow, Azariah Davis, Patrick Doran, William Fields, William Garrett, Robert Gilbert, James Hamilton, Elijah Harlan, Silas Harlan, Jacob Lewis, James McCulloch, Samuel Moore, Azor Reese, Jacob and James Sadowsky (Sandusky), Thomas Quirk, Martin Shell, James Wiley, David Williams and John Wilson. They had come from the Monongahela settlement down the Ohio River to the Kentucky River, along the latter about 100 miles. They landed at Harrod's Landing (later Warcick) and then traveled to the Salt River and on to where Harrodsburg now stands. The first settlement was approximately one mile from Salt River and near a large spring. Each man took 1/2 acre lots and ten-acre out-lots. On the south side eight to ten cabins were erected and known as Town Branch. The men drew lots for the cabins and the acreage. On July 8th, Shawnee Indians attacked, killing two men. Dr George Hart was the first physician; others arriving were George Rogers Clark, the Rev. John Lythe (Episcopal). The first women and children were the Thomas Denton, Richard Hogan and Hugh McGary families. In 1776 [sic] Jane COOMES arrived and started a school, and Rev Peter Tinsley, Baptist minister came." (KY Researcher Sandy Gorin)

    According to an article submitted by descendant Henry D. Payne, Jr., to KENTUCKY ANCESTORS, quarterly of the KY Historical Soc vol 30 #2, 1994-1995, page 79, under the title of "ROSTER OF FIRST KENTUCKY ANCESTORS, "William COOMES, b ca1734 in Charles Co MD [thought to have been s/o Thomas & Elizabeth WHARTON Coomes] moved to the South Fork of the Potomac River (present-day Hampshire Co WV) abt 1771 and in the Spring of 1775, with a party guided by Abraham and Isaac HITE, moved to HARROD'S settlement (in present-day Mercer Co KY). William is said to have been active in the defense of Fort Harrod and with the Lincoln Co Militia at Blue Licks in 1782, following which, in 1783, they moved to his landholding on Stewart Creek near Bardstown [Nelson Co]:


    The Certificate Book of the Virginia Land Commission, Kentucky District, 1779-1780, documents a number of "corn-planting" Combs as having been in Kentucky prior to 1778, most at least as early as 1775. Source: Certificate Book of the Virginia Land Commission, 1779-1780, Kentucky Historical Society, SHP, Greenville, SC, 1981 New Material Copyright, 1992 reprint.:

    "At a Court Continued & held for Adjusting disputed Titles to the Kentucky Lands at St. Asaphs or Logans Fort. Oct. 20, 1779. Present: William FLEMING Edmund LYNE & James BARBOUR Esquires- [Author's footnote: This fort was about one mile west of the present town of Stanford [Lincoln Co]. See Collins, Vol. 2, p. 469]

    (Cert iss for 1000 Acres fees &c. pd. Cert. D. D.)
    Joseph Combs this day claimed a right to a preemption One Thousand Acres of Land lying on Comb's since called Howard's Creek about eight M above Boonesborough on both sides of the Creek and about three or four M from the Mouth of it by improving the said Land by building a Cabbin on the premises in the month of May 1775 Satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to the preemption of One Thousand Acres including the said improvement and that a Cert issue for the same- (pp. 13-14)

    Note: Combs, now Howard's, Creek is in present-day Clark County, although Upper Howard runs close to the Montgomery County line in places, almost verging on Lulbegrud Creek (See Below). The above Joseph Combs was probably Joseph Combs III, son of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co VA where he died in 1810. So far as is known, he never resided in Kentucky other than as a corn planter.
    (Cert iss for 1400 Acres fees &c. pd. Cert. D. D.)
    Cuthbert Combs this day claimed a right to a settlement & preemption to a Tract of Land lying at an Indian Town on the North side of Kentucky between Lulbegrud Creek & Howard's Creek to include both side of the said Howards Creek for quantity by making Corn in the Country in the year 1775 & Marking out the said place Satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to a settlement of 400 Acres Land including the above mentioned place and the preemption of 1000 Acres and that a Certificate issue for the same- (p. 14)

    Note: Cuthbert Combs, Sr. (John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr.), resided in Stafford Co, VA (other than when planting corn) until the 1790s, when he removed to Clark Co KY where he died in 1815.


    "At a Court Continued & held for Adjusting disputed Titles to unpatent'd Land in the District of Kentucky, at Boonsborough this 27th day of Dec'r 1779. Present: William FLEMING Stephen TRIGG & Edmund LYNE Gent'n.

    (Cert iss for 1400)
    Marquis CALMES Jun this day claimed a settlem't & preemption to a tract of land in the district of Kentucky lying on an Old Indian Town on Lulbers Grud Creek by Settling & raising a Crop of Corn in the year 1775 satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said CALMES has a right to a settlem't of 400 Acres of land including the s'd settlement & the preempt'n of 1000 Acres adjoining & that a Cert issue accordingly-(p. 91)

    Notes: See the 1793 Frederick Co., VA will of Marquis CALMES, h/o Elizabeth "Betty" Combs (d/o John &Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr.), which includes bequests to his Combs nephews, and mention of his Kentucky land.
    (Cert iss for 1000)
    Benj. Combs* this day claimed a preemption of 1000 Acres of land at the State price in the district of Kentucky lying at the fork of lulbergrud Creek Crossing Howards Creek for quantity by marking & improving the same in the year 1775 satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to a preemption of 1000 Acres of land including the above location & that a Certificate issue Accordingly. (p. 91) [Author's Footnote: *See Also Biographical Enc. Ky., p. 75]

    Notes: Benjamin Combs, d 1838, Clark Co KY, son of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr., h/o Sarah RICHARDSON.
    Marquis CALMES this day claimed a preemption of 1000 Acres of land at the State price in the district of Kentucky lying on the levels of Elkhorn & Kentucky at the double spring about 20 Miles South East of Lee's Town by marking & improving the same in the year 1775 satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said CALMES has a right to a preemption of 1000 Acres to include the above location Cert. not to issue untill the further Order of this Court. (pp. 91-2)
    6 June 1787. Fayette County, Index page 321, Book 12, p. 106. Innis Combs, 805 3/4 acres on the waters of Lulbergrud. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).

    Notes: Ennis Combs, s/o John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr., resided in Fauquier Co, VA at this time, and so far as is known, was only in Kentucky as a "corn planter."
    "At a Court Continued & held for adjusting disputed titles of the Kentucky Lands at Harrodsburg Oct. 28, 1779. Present: William FLEMING Edm'd LYNE & Ja's BARBOUR Gent-

    (Cert iss for 1400 Acres fees &c. pd. D. D.)
    William Combs this day claimed the right to a settlement & preemption to a Tract of Land lying on the waters of Beach Fork of Salt River known by the name of the Cave Spring by residing in this Country for 12 Months before the year 1778, satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to a settlement for 400 Acres of Land including said Spring & a preemption of 1000 Acres Adjoining & that a certificate issue for the same accordingly- (p. 22)

    Notes: William Combs of Hampshire Co VA and Charles Co., MD
    "At a Court Continued & held for by the Commissioners of Kentucky District for adjusting Titles to unpatented Lands at Harrodsbug this 26th day of Feb'y 1780. Present: Wm FLEMING Steph'n TRIGG & Edm'd LYNE.

    (Cert iss for 400)
    Joseph Combs by And'w HINDE this day claimed a preempt'n of 400 Acres of land at the State price in the District of Kentucky on Acc't of making an Actual settlem't in May 1779 lying on the Beech fork of Salt River about 6 Miles from the mouth on the second Creek above the Mouth to include his improvement satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to a preempt, of 400 Acres of land to include the above location & that a Cert. issue accordingly. (p. 252)
    The following are primarily a series of early Combs Land Records, some duplicates (but not as detailed as) those above:

  • Cuthbert Combs of Howards Creek, Combs Settlement, Simpson Creek and Lulbegrud Creek - 1779
  • 03 Nov 1779 Combs, Cuthbert, 400, A, 1, 11-03-1779, Howards Creek (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)
  • 29 Apr 1780 Combs, Cuthbert 1000, A, 37, 04-29-1780, Combs Settlement (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)
  • 15 May 1780 COOMBS, Cutbert, 1000, A, 56, 05-15-1780, Simpson Creek (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)
  • 28 Jan 1784 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, CUTHBERT; Acres: 1,000; Book: 5, Page: 120; Date Survey: 1-28-1784; County: Fayette; atercourse: ---- Cr
  • 28 Jan 1784 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, CUTHBERT; Acres: 400; Book: 5, Page: 119; Date Survey: 1-28-1784; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Sulbergreed & Howards Upper Cr
  • 29 Jan 1784 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, CUTHBERT; Acres: 208 1/2; Book: 9, Page: 552; Date Survey: 1-29-1784; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Luibergreed Cr
  • 01 Apr 1785 Fayette Co VA [KY] Grant O:197) Cuthbert Combs. 1000 A [DM Note: but last 0 scratched out so shows as 100], adjoining his settlement on the lower side. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)
  • 01 Apr 1785 (Fayette Co VA Grant O:195) Cuthbert Combs. 400 A on waters of Lulbegrud and Howard's Upper Creek adj. Marquis CALMES, Jr., &c. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)
  • 1 Apr 1785 Fayette County, Index p. 231, Book O, page 195. Cuthbert Combs, 40 [sic, but 400] acres on the waters of Lulbergrud and Howard's Upper Creek adjoining Marquis CALMES, Jr. Also 1000 acres adjoining his settlement on the lower side. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).
  • 12 Mar 1784 KLG, p.163: Grantee: Combs, Cuthbert; Acres: 804; Book: 3, Page: 394; Date Survey: 3-12-1784; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Howards Upper Cr
  • 15 Mar 1784 KLG, p.162: Grantee: Combs, Cuthbert; Acres: 200; Book: 3, Page: 393; Date Survey: 3-15-1784; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Lulbergreed
  • 21 May 1787 (Fayette Co VA [KY] Grant 9:398) Cuthbert Combs. 208-1/2 A on Lulbegrud Cr. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)
  • 21 May 1787. Fayette County, Index page 314, Book 9, p. 398. Cuthbert Combs, 208 1/2 acres on Lulbergrud Creek. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).
  • KLG, p. 163: Grantee: Combs, Cuthbert; Acres: 1,000; Book: 8, Page: 175; Date Survey: 11-15-1797; County: Nelson; Watercourse: Simpson Cr

    Notes: Cuthbert Combs son of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr., of Stafford Co., VA and Marquis CALMES his brother-in-law; but who was William Combs listed only a few days after Cuthbert, both of them at Combs Settlement? (See Next)
    William Combs of Combs Settlement- 1780

    13 May 1780 Combs, William, 1000, A, 52, 05-13-1780, Combs Settlement (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    Notes: Who was this William Combs? See Cuthbert Combs of Combs Settlement above. Were they together? Or was he the William Combs who follows, or was he both?
    William Combs of Stewarts and Coxes Creeks - 1780 (1775?)

    Combs, William, 1000, A, 37, 04-29-1780, Stewarts Creek (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    21 Oct 1780-01 Sep 1782 Kentucky Co. KY. Grantee: Combs, Wm; Acres: 1,400; Book: 1, Page: 174; Date Survey: 10-21-1780; County: Kentucky; Watercourse: Stewarts Cr (The Kentucky Land Grants, A Systematic Index to All of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky 1782 -- 1924, Volume 1, Part 1, Willard Rouse Jillson, Sc.D. (Originally published as Filson Club Publications, Number 33, KY, hereinafter, KLG) Date Grant: 01 Sep 1782 (Kentucky Co VA [KY] Grants G:165. ) William Combs. 1400 A on both sides of Stewert's Creek on the waters of the Beech Fork. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes. See also Combs Land of Virginia)

    1 Sep 1782 Kentucky County, Index p. 10, Book G, p. 165. William Combs, 1400 acres on both sides of Stewart's Creek on the waters of the Beech Fork. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).

    30 Jul 1783-02 Dec 1785 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Wm; Acres: 1,000; Book: 9, Page: 135; Date Survey: 7-30-1783; County: Jefferson; Watercourse: Coxes Cr. Date Grant: 02 Dec 1785 (Jefferson Co VA [KY] Grants T:562) William Combs. 1000 A on head of Coxes Creek adjoining his pre-emption on lands on the north. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    2 Dec 1785. Lincoln County, Index p. 125, Book T, p. 562. William Combs, 1000 acres on the headwaters of Coyes [Coxes] Creek adjoining his preemption lands on the north. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811)
    Benjamin Combs of Lulbegrud & Eagle Creeks & Kentucky River- 1780

    23 Jun 1780 COOMBS, Ben, 1000, A, 145, 06-23-1780, Lulbelgude Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    17 Jul 1780 Combs, Ben, 600, A, 162, 07-17-1780, Eagle Creek (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    14 Dec 1783KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Benjamin; Acres: 1,000; Book: 2, Page: 161; Date Survey: 12-14-1783; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Lulbergreed Fork

    15 Jul 1785 (Fayette Co VA [KY] Grants S:78) Benjamin Combs. 1000 A including fork of Lulbegrud at his improvement adj. Benjamin BERRY. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    14 Dec 1785 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Benj; Acres: 319; Book: 10, Page: 509; Date Survey: 12-14-1785; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Ky R

    31 May 1787 (Fayette Co VA [KY] Grants 12:89) Benjamin Combs & George BARNETT. 319 A adj. William CAULKS [COX?] Survey on KY River. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes) Notes: Survey?

    20 Mar 1788 KLG, p.162: Grantee: Combs, Benj; Acres: 600; Book: 3, Page: 93; Date Survey: 3-20-1788; County: Fayette; Watercourse: None
    John Combs of Goose Creek - 1780

    11 Aug 1780 Combs, John, 200, A, 164, 08-11-1780, Goose Creek WD (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    12 Nov 1784 Combs, John, 200, B, 14, 11-12-1784, Goose Creek WD (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A)

    Notes: Who was this? What county? Other early land entries for Goose Creek include those of Abraham and Isaac HITE in 1783, listed as Jefferson Co; Is he the same John Combs who follows?
    John Combs of Rough Creek - 1784

    12 Nov 1784 Combs, John, 200, B, 14, 11-12-1784, Rough Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    22 Mar 1786KLG, p. 163: Grantee: Combs, Jno & Joseph; Acres: 200; Book: 19, Page: 518; Date Survey: 3-22-1786; County: Nelson; Watercourse: Rough Creek

    Notes: This is apparently the Nelson Co KY Rough Creek (as vs. Barren Co), but which John & Joseph Combs were these?
    Joseph Combs of Simpsons, Howards & Lulbegruds Creeks, - 1780

    29 Apr 1780 Combs, Joseph 1000, A, 37, 04-29-1780, Howards Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    27 May 1780 Combs, Joseph, 1000, A, 105, 05-27-1780, Simpson Creek survey (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    14 Feb 1783 Combs, Joseph, 1000, A, 263, 02-14-1783, Simpsons Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    09 Dec 1783 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Joseph; Acres: 500; Book: 9, Page: 554; Date Survey: 12- 9-1783; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Howards Upper Cr. 31 May 1787 (Fayette Co VA [KY] Grants 9:403) Joseph Combs 500 on Howards Upper Cr beg at the mouth of the creek. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    09 Dec 1783 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Joseph; Acres: 500; Book: 13, Page: 166; Date Survey: 12- 9-1783; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Howards Cr. 31 May 1787 (Fayette Co VA[KY] Grants 10:305) Joseph Combs 500 A adj. his other entry and extending up Howards Creek to include his cabin. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    31 [sic] June 1787. Fayette County, Index page 314, Book 9, p. 403. Joseph Combs, 500 acres on Howard's Upper Creek beginning at the mouth of the creek. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).

    31 May 1787. Fayette County, Index page 317, Book 10, p. 305. Joseph Combs, 500 acres adjoining his other entry and extending up Howard's Creek to include his cabin. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).

    28 Feb 1785 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Joseph; Acres: 4,200; Book: 9, Page: 468; Date Survey: 2-28-1785; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Eagle Cr & Licking. 31 May 1787 (Fayette Co VA [KY] Grants 7:598) Joseph Combs. 4200 A on waters of Eagle Cr. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    Notes: Was the above Joseph Combs the s/o Cuthbert Combs, his brother, Joseph Combs III, who died in Stafford Co VA in 1810, or his uncle, Joseph Combs II of Loudoun? Was he the same Joseph Combs as those that follow?
    Joseph Combs of Floyds & Town Forks - 1780

    16 May 1780 Combs, Joseph, 1000, A, 63, 05-16-1780 , Floyds Fork survey (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    27 May 1780 Combs, Joseph, 500, A, 104, 05-27-1780, Floyds & Town Fork (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    14 Apr 1784 KLG, p. 39: Grantee: Combs, Joseph; Acres: 1,000; Book: 10, Page: 230; Date Survey: 4-14-1784; County: Jefferson; Watercourse: Simpson Cr. 19 Jul 1786 (Jefferson Co VA [KY] Grants 3:715) Joseph Combs 1000 A beg on Simpson's Cr abt 20 poles above mo of Plumb Run. ) (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    20 Aug 1785 (Jefferson Co VA[KY] Grants S:170) Joseph Combs. 1000 A on waters of Floyd's Fork on W side of same. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes) Note: Survey?

    14 Sep 1798KLG, p.163: Grantee: Combs, Joseph; Acres: 500; Book: 13, Page: 235; Date Survey: 9-14-1798; County: Bullitt; Watercourse: Floyds Fork

    Notes: The land on Floyds Fork was still in Jefferson Co as late as 1791, but the land on Simpson's Creek by Plumb Run became part of Nelson Co, KY. At least some of this land appears to have been that of Joseph Combs II of Loudoun (see his report and Nelson Co).


    Fielding Combs - 1783

    23 May 1783 Combs, Fielding, 500, A, 90, 05-23-1780, Howards Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    11 Dec 1783KLG, p. 39: Grantee: Combs, Feilding; Acres: 500; Book: 2, Page: 183; Date Survey: 12-11-1783; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Harrods Upper Cr [nb: Howard's Upper?]

    20 Aug 1785 (Fayette Co VA [KY] Grants S:172) Fielding Combs. 500 A on Harrods Upper Cr adj. Joseph Combs' pre-emption. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes) [CH Note: Was Harrods Cr. same as Howards? Same as Harwood?]

    20 Aug 1785. Fayette County, Index p. 250, Book S, p. 172. Fielding Combs, 500 acres on Howard's Upper Creek adjoining Joseph Combs preemption. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Judi Stull from Index to Kentucky Military District 1779-1801 (Counties of Kentucky, Lincoln, Fayette, Nelson, Bourbon, Jefferson, Woodford, Mercer, Madison and Mason), Virginia State Land Office, FHL Film #0007811).

    Notes: Fielding and Joseph Combs, s/o John & Seth BULLIT Combs, Sr. Also note that a 1997 note by the late researcher, Becky Goodin, indicates that Fielding's descendants are untraced and that some believe he may have died in KY bef 1791. Josiah H. Combs' Combes Genealogy places his death at 1818 in Kentucky (no state listed).
    Edward Combs of Rolling Fork and Lead Creek - 1783

    19 Nov 1783 Combs, Edward, 400, A, 306, 11-19-1783, Rolling Fk (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    19 Nov 1783 Combs, Edward 400, A, 306, 11-19-1783, Lead Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    Notes: Who was the above Edward Combs? Is this Edward Combs who d in 1820 in Nelson Co KY? (See other Rolling Fork, Nelson Co, KY Land Records, although not known if this land was actually in Nelson)
    Jesse Combs of Severns Valley, Green River-1784

    15 Jan 1784 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Jessee; Acres: 510; Book: 8, Page: 412; Date Survey: 1-15-1784; County: Jefferson; Watercourse: Green River. 14 Aug 1786 (Jefferson Co VA [KY] Grants 5:318) Jesse Combs. 510 A on waters of Greene River, Soverns [Severn?] Valley adj. John WARFORD & Thomas HELM. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    Notes: Jesse Combs, s/o Joseph d 1803, Gorges Twp., Fayette Co, PA, land later in Nelson, then Hardin Cos, KY.
    Jacob Combs - 1784

    29 Dec 1784 Combs, Jacob, 500, B, 31, 12-29-1784, ------- (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    Notes: Who is this? Where was this land? No early Jacob Combs located on tax lists as yet.
    Jaques Combs - 1784

    Combs, Jaques, 6000, A, 332, 01-20-1784, Long Lick Cr WD
    Combs, Jaques, 6000, A, 358, 05-04-1784, Rolling Cr WD
    Combs, Jaques, 6000, A, 358, 05-04-1784, -------- WD (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

    Notes: Who is this? Note that land of Edward Combs was also on Rolling Creek. Same Rolling?
    James Combs - 1785

    15 Mar 1785KLG, p. 39: Grantee: Combs, James; Acres: 805; Book: 10, Page: 517; Date Survey: 3-15-1785; County: Fayette; Watercourse: Lubergreed.

    06 Jun 1787 (Fayette Co [KY] 12:106) James Combs. 805-3/4 A on waters of Lulbugrud. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)

    Notes: Who was this James Combs? Land is by that of Benjamin, Cuthbert & Joseph Combs, but who was this?
    William Combs of White Oak Creek, Lincoln Co KY

    27 Sep 1797 (Kentucky Land Grant Book 12, page 33) Survey. Wm. Combs, 500 A, White Oak Creek, Lincoln County. (The Kentucky Land Grants, A Systematic Index to All of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky 1782 -- 1924, Volume 1, Part 1, Willard Rouse Jillson, Sc.D. (Originally published as Filson Club Publications, Number 33, KY), p. 163, hereinafter KLG)

    Note: The above land was originally in Lincoln Co, KY, then in 1806-7 became part of Casey Co, KY. This is RW William Combs of Shenandoah Co VA, and Bath, Fleming and Fayette Counties, KY, (son of John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.).
    26 Sep 1799 KLG, p.291: Grantee: Combs, Jno; Acres: 200; Book: 7, Page: 601; Date Survey: 9-26-1799; County: Henderson; Watercourse: Elk Fork of Pond River

    Notes: John Combs m 1798, Mercer Co, KY, Polly ADAMS, resided in Henderson, then Hopkins (from Henderson in 1807). He may have been a Loudoun Co, VA Combs.
    13 Nov 1802KLG, p.163: Grantee: Combs, Jonah; Acres: 600; Book: 20, Page: 216; Date Survey: 11-13-1802; County: Henderson; Watercourse: Grave Creek

    Notes: This land appears to have remained in Henderson, but Jonah did not (no Combs in Henderson by 1810).
    Additional Records from KY Land Index, no year other than 1774-1791:

    GRANTEE, ORIGINAL , SURVEY NAME, SURVEY NO.
    Combs, Benjamin, 5136 & 5137, HARDIN, William
    Combs, Innis, 5132, Combs, John
    Combs, Jessy, 3875, HYNES, Andrew
    (Master Index Virginia Surveys and Grants 1774-1791 Compiled by Joan E. Brookes-Smith Book 1719 first edition, KY Historical Soc. Frankfort, KY page 243)

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