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Important Announcement! The Combs &c. Research Group Proudly Presents the First Electronic Edition of the book, "Combs, a Study in Comparative Philology and Genealogy" by Josiah H. Combs, Ph.D., University of Paris, Copyright 1976 by Norris K. Combs, Published by Norris K. Combs, Pensacola, Florida, 1976, reprinted 1979, and Electronically reprinted by the Combs &c. Research Group in 1999, including an Introduction, Full Index, Footnotes and (ultimately) Gedcoms.
The Early Combs of East Kentucky mostly came to that part of Clay and Floyd Counties, KY which became Perry County in 1820-21. Most, if not all, appear to have come to Clay and Floyd most recently from either Russell or Grayson Countiess, VA; Sullivan or Hawkins Counties, TN; or the Kentucky counties of Casey, Cumberland, Lincoln or Wayne.
As the years passed, more counties were created, and the East Kentucky Combs Counties later included: Breathitt, established in 1839 from Clay, Estill and Perry; Letcher, established in 1842 from Perry and Harlan; Owsley, established in 1843 from Breathitt, Clay and Estill; Leslie, established in 1878 from Clay, Harlan and Perry; and Knott, established in 1884 from Breathitt, Floyd and Perry. Also Note: In 1843, Perry gained land from Clay, primarily in the NW section of the county, adjacent also to the newly created Owsley.
Most, if not all, of The Combes of Early East Kentucky also appear to have been descendants of Mason & Combs, Sr. of VA and NC, with the largest group having descended from Mason's eldest son, John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr ., "father of the eight" brothers (possibly the same who d 1820, Floyd Co, KY). The "eight brothers" (son of John & Nancy HARDING Combs) have been recently and tentatively identified as:
Others were probably descendants of William and Seth STACY Combs, Sr . of Russell Co, VA, who was also a son of Mason Combs, Sr., and who may himself have come to Clay County. Of these possible descendants of William & Seth STACY Combs, Sr., one may have been John Combs IIIwho, according to The Combes Genealogy, was the father of Jeremiah L. Combs, Sr., Shadrach "Old Shade" Combs; Millie Combs (w/o William SMITH) and Mason Combs, h/o Matilda WATTS.
Numerous East Kentucky Combs continue to dangle, however, and while some were probably unidentified sons of one or more of the above, it is also possible that one or more were sons of Mason & Dorothy Combs of Hawkins Co, TN (also a probable son of Mason, Sr.). Another possibility is that some may have been still-unidentified sons of Mason Combs, Sr. himself, none of whose possible later children, i.e., those who might have been born post-1751 (after he left Stafford Co, VA), have been identified as yet. In the meantime, research continues, and researchers are strongly urged to check back regularly for updates.
Additional Combs Research Reports for East Kentucky include:
Note: As various records are collected by Combs Research permitting documentation of various lineages, Combs Family Research Reports such as the above are created based on (except where otherwise noted) primarily the following sources:
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