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Letcher Co., KY was established in 1842 from Harlan & Perry Counties. Letcher County is on the Virginia State Line. Adjacent KY counties are Floyd, Harlan, Perry, and Pike. In 1884, Knott was est. from Breathitt, Floyd, Letcher and Perry in 1884.
NOTES about source for Letcher Co., Ky. Births, Deaths, and Marriages: All Letcher Co, Ky. births, deaths, and marriages with the source ref. code LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc have been transcribed by Sue Elfving from the original images of records microfilmed by the Ky. State Dept. of Libraries and Archives (KDSLA) and made available by Ancestry.com through public library membership. The sources are: (1) orig. - Ky Birth, Marriage and Death Records (1852-1910), Microfilm rolls #994027-994058. Ky Dept for Libraries & Archives, Frankfort, Ky., Ancestry. com Ky Birth Records, 1852-1910; (2) orig - Ky Birth, Marriage and Death Records (1852-1910), Microfilm rolls #994027-994058. Ky Dept for Libraries & Archives, Frankfort, Ky., Ancestry.com. Ky Death Records, 1852-1953; and (3) orig - Ky Birth, Marriage and Death Records Microfilm (1852-1910). Microfilm rolls #994027-994058. Ky Dept for Libraries & Archives, Frankfort, Ky., Ancestry.com Ky Marriage Records, 1852-1914. All information has been transcribed from the original record image. The Combs &c collection of Letcher Co., Ky. Vital Statistics records consist of multiple sources. Vital statistics records were inconsistently kept by Ky. counties beginning in 1852 for several years, again in 1874 for several years, and intermittently until 1911 when the state mandated official recording of births and deaths. Slowly we are compiling all available Vital Statistics records for Letcher Co..
Index to Letcher Co., KY Combs Records
1842-1859
1860-1869
1870-1879
1880-1889
1900-1909
1910-1919
1920-
Cemeteries

1870 Letcher Co., Ky Census(partial transcription/extractions)

Pct 1 pg 351

HH 54 (Extracted by Brian K. Caudill & provided to Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
Shade COMBS 58 farmer
Elizabeth 19 keeping house
Margaret 17
Dininah 15
Nancy 11
Granville 13
Shadrick 9
Sarah 7

HH 55
Elihue COMBS 40 M Ky (Extracted by Joyce Treat & provided to Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
Sarah 39 F Ky
Bill 15 M Ky
Elizabeth 13 F Ky
Eliza Jane 10 F Ky
Mary 8 F Ky
Susan 4 F Ky
Sarah 2 F Ky

Notes: Bill is probably the same child born to Elihue and Sarah WILLIAMS Combs in 1853 and listed as as "Wra" [sic] (Ray?) in 1860 Letcher census. Was "Wra (Ray?)" a nickname? Middle name? Could Bill be the Ray, age 19 who married Catherine POLLY in 1872?

pg 359

HH# 163 (Extracted by Combs Researcher Marilyn Hansen)
COMBS, Russell, 40, M, KY
Dicy 34, F, KY
Henry W., 16, M, KY
Edward, 15, M, KY
Evaline, 12, F, KY
Margaret, 7, F, KY
George, 5, M, KY
Ritter, 3, F, KY
Shadrick, 1, M, KY

Note: Russell was married to Dicy POLLY per the 1853 birth record of son Henry (see above).

HH# 164 (Extracted by Combs Researcher Marilyn Hansen)
COMBS, Shadrick, 26, M, KY
Mary E. 24, F, KY
COMBS, Wesley, 20, M, KY
Dicy, 18, F
Henry, 14, M, KY
Martha, 12, F, KY
Mary, 12, F, KY
Silas, 9, M, KY
Sarah, 9, F, KY
Melly, 7, F, KY

Note: Shadrick COMBS was the son of John Wesley COMBS & Mary HOGG, and was married to Elizabeth (Mary E.?) LOGAN per "Family Histories of Letcher County" pg 187. The other Combs in the HH are Shadrick's siblings. Old Shadrick Combs Senr and his son John Wesley died in Dec 1869 from smallpox per the Letcher Co 1870 mortality census. See previous subset of pages for dates 1860-1869 for more information about death, sources, and discussion of gravesites.

pg 360

HH 180 (Extracted by Brian K. Caudill & provided to Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
Edward COMBS 45 farmer
Martha 35 keeping house
William 20 farmer
Manerva 18
Dicy 14
Shadrick 10
Henry 8
James 5
Susan 4
Elizabeth 9/12

pg 372

Precinct 3

HH 13 (Extracted by Joyce Treat & provided to Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
George COMBS 26 M Ky
Millie 25 F Ky
William 5 M Ky
John 3 M Ky
Mary 3 F Ky
William R. COMBS 25 M Ky
Diannah COMBS 15 F Ky

Notes: George COMBS was the son of Shadrick and Sarah ADAMS Combs per his 1926 Letcher Co. KY DC. George was married to Millie MAGGARD per their son John's 1940 Letcher Co., KY DC and the Letcher Co., KY Vital Statistics -birth of son Stephen in 1871. John's age is listed as 3 above but his dc lists that he was born in 1865.

p. 381 Pct 4

HH 16 (Extracted by Brian K. Caudill & provided to Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
Granville COMBS 25 farmer
Margaret 22
Matilda 4
Wiley 2

Note: Granville was the son of Mason and Matilda WATTS. His wife was Margaret AMBURGEY.

20 Aug. 1870

hh#26/26 (by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving)
Jasper MULLINS 19
Polley 18

Note: Polley STACY was the daughter of Shadrick "One Eyed" STACY & Sarah COMBS. The 1928 Knott Co., Ky Death Certificate of Lucinda HALE lists her parents as Enoch COMBS & Polly MULLINS. Lucinda's granddaughter states that Polly was actually Polly STACY Mullins, sister to Enoch's wife Nancy STACY. More research is needed!

p. 5

#30/30 (by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving)
William SMITH, age 79, b. Tenn.,
Milly age 76, b. Tenn.,
Matilda 12
Shepherd [?] 12
Thomas 9

PCT #4, Whitesburg PO, 20 Aug. 1870, p. 382

HH 33/33 JENT William, 26, M, W, Farmer, b. KY, RE=$200, PP=$100
Nancy, 30, F, W, Keeping House, b. KY
Viney, 18, F, W, b. KY
Richard, 14, M, W, b. KY
William, 12, M, W, b. KY
Elizabeth, 4, F, W, b. KY
William, 2, M, W, b. KY
(Source: Original image, 1870 Letcher Co, Ky. Census, Ancestry.com)

SE NOTES: A SMITH family tradition recorded by John D Smith in 1965 shows this Nancy, wife of William JENT, as the d/o of Melvina aka Viney SMITH, d/o of William SMITH Sr. and Millie Combs. Smith states Nancy's father was Thomas WATTS and that her mother Melvina had another child named John HAWKINS by one William HAWKINS, the inference being these two children may have been born outside of marriage. After consultation with Smith researcher JB Francis and a careful review of census records, DCs, deed records, and John D Smith's family recollections, it is now believed that the above Nancy JENT is the same as Nancy SMITH whose daughter Lavina SMITH was born (out of wedlock) in 1857 per Letcher Co. KVS birth records, and also the same who had a son Richard "Dick" Combs out of wedlock by Enoch Combs, and probably the same Nancy, age 13, found in the 1850 household of William Smith Sr. and Millie Combs. She may also be the same Nancy Smith, granddaughter of William Smith who gifted land to his grand daughter Nancy SMITH on 14 March 1852 (see deed above). Nancy later sold this land to William SMITH Jr. in 1861. Nancy JENT'S maiden name of SMITH is proven by the 15 Aug. 1944 Knott Co. DC of her daughter Elizabeth JENT Mullins, wife of Jasper "Jake" MULLINS. The DC states Elizabeth's parents were William JENT and Nancy SMITH. This Nancy SMITH Jent actually had 2 children out of wedlock by Enoch Combs. Although Lavina's birth record lists no father, descendants of Lavina SMITH and William BENTLEY state Lavina's father was Enoch Combs and Lavina named her first son Enoch Bentley. Dick Combs' 1927 Knott Co. DC names his parents as Nancy SMITH and Enoch Combs. Apparently Enoch Combs and the JENTS remained close associates. William JENT and Enoch's brother-in-law Jeremiah SMITH gave an affidavit for Enoch Combs' Civil War pension application in support of Enoch's disability. In 1870, Nancy SMITH Jent was living next door to William Smith (hh 32/32), s/o of William Smith and Millie; 2 doors from Thomas Smith (hh 31/31), s/o of William Sr. & Millie; and 3 doors from William Sr. and Millie (hh 30/31). The William Smith Sr. family lived close to each other. Son Jeremiah Smith was also next door (hh 29/29) to his father William Sr. Per JB Francis, Nancy Jent, b 10/26/1935, d 4/23/1899, and her husband William M Jent were originally buried in the Peamoulter Cemetery, also called Big Hill and last owned by the Spencer P Combs heirs before it was removed to the Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery.

MORE NOTES: The 1852 Letcher Co. deed wherein William SMITH gifts land to his grand daughter Nancy Smith lends credibility to John D Smith's statements about William Smith Sr. having a grand daughter whose name was Nancy. Obviously her grandfather William cared for her and wanted to provide for her security with his gift of land. In 1861, Nancy sells this land to William Jr. who would have been her uncle. She is not found in the 1860 census, nor have any candidates for her children in 1860 been located. No marriage record for her and William JENT has been located, but she was still unmarried in 1861 when she sold her land, and her 1870 census record suggests that Elizabeth may have been her first child by William JENT indicating they married in the mid-1860s, a poor record keeping period for Letcher Co. No candidates for Melvina, d/o of William Smith Sr. have been located, and no documentary evidence has been found to identify the mother or father of Nancy, but Nancy (b. 1835) would have been the child of one of the older children. The 1830 census for William and Millie indicates there was an older daughter, age 10-15, and there is certainly room (time wise) for a daughter to have been born after William and Millie were married in 1816. Melvina is a name found in the descendant list of William and Millie Combs SMITH. Nancy SMITH named her first daughter Lavina who was also styled as Melvina. William SMITH Sr.'s daughter Matilda SMITH Cody named a daughter Melvina, and Sr.'s son William Jr. named a daughter Melvine.
03 Feb 1870 (KLG, p. 1121): Grantee: Combs, Edward; Acres: 50; Book: 80, Page: 438; Date Survey: 2- 3-1870; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Colley Cr
11 April 1870 (LC-DBC-D:504). Indenture between Edward Combs and Viny ADAMS, both of Letcher County...for $300 paid...sells land in Letcher on Friday branch of the Ky. River...100 acres more or less...Edward Combs (Seal). Attest: J E CORNITT. Benj. Craft proved the deed and admitted to record 18 June 1870. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
14 Dec 1870 (LC-DBC-D:605). Indenture: Shadrick Combs of the first part and Henry Combs, son of Russell Combs of the second part...for $200 paid in hand...land on Smoot Creek in Letcher County being the same lands I bought of Russell H Combs and evidenced by his deed to me dated 14 Dec 1870 together with all the personal property...being the entire tract of land bought by Russell H Combs from Shadrick Combs Sr on Smoot Creek. Shadrick Combs. Acknowledged by grantor. Recorded 14 Dec 1870. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).

SE NOTES: Heading on the deed styles this Shadrick Combs as Sheriff. This deed and the one below suggests that Russell bought lands from Shadrach Sr., then sold to Shadrach [Jr aka Sheriff] who then sold to Henry, son of Russell. Copy of the deed from Shadrach Sr. to Russell not located.
14 Dec 1870 (LC-DBC-D:609-10). Indenture between Russell H Combs of the first part and Shadrach Combs of the second part...for $100...all the lands owned on Smoot Creek in Letcher County being the lands I bought from Shadrach Combs Sr. Russell H x Combs. Attest: J B Fitzgerald. Acknowledged by grantor and recorded 14 Dec. 1870. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
abt 1871 Letcher Co., KY. Born: Stephen P. Combs, son of George Combs, b Letcher Co., KY; & Millie MAGGARD, b Letcher Co., KY. Buried: Ison Cemetery, Letcher Co. (1943 Nelson Co., KY Death Certificate)
24 Feb 1871 (KLG, p. 1121 Grantee: Combs, George A; Acres: 150; Book: 87, Page: 287; Date Survey: 2-24-1871; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Elkhorn Cr)
26 Feb 1871 (KLG, p. 1121) Grantee: Combs, Shade; Acres: 100; Book: 82, Page: 216; Date Survey: 2-26-1891 [sic, but 1871?] ; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Rockhouse & Buck Cr
22 March 1871 (LC-DBC-D:584). Indenture between Shadrach Combs Sheriff of Letcher County and James B. Fitzpatrick of Letcher County...on 17th day of (Jan) county court day in town of Whitesburg at the courthouse door - sold undivided 1/2 interest in town lot #2, property of William Nash to satisfy an execution in our hands for collection against said Nash...and endorsed to benefit John Dishman...for $50...S. Combs S. L. C. Admitted to record 22 March 1871. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
02 Mar 1871 (KLG, p. 1121):
  • Grantee: Combs, Edward; Acres: 50; Book: 87, Page: 286; Date Survey: 3- 2-1871; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Colley Cr
  • Grantee: Combs, Edward; Acres: 50; Book: 84, Page: 517; Date Survey: 3- 2-1871; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Colly Cr
    24 Mar 1871 (KLG, p. 1121) Grantee: Combs, George A; Acres: 150; Book: 84, Page: 518; Date Survey: 3-24-1871; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Elkhorn Br

    Notes: Was George A. Combs the same as George W. Combs of 1850 Letcher Co., KY Census? The Combes Genealogy, lists George A. Combs as son of Shadrach Combs, age 38, in the HH (same who married Millie MAGGARD).
    28 July 1871 (LC-DBE:131). Indenture. Spencer ADAMS & Cornila ADAMS to E. E. Combs, both of Letcher Co., Ky., for $300...land in Letcher County: (1) land on the left hand side of Colly Creek a fork of the North fork of the Ky. River; (2) 50 acres on ___ branch of Colly Creek....; (3) 35 acres on the left hand side of Colly creek...signed Spencer x Adams, Cornila x Adams Rec: 2 July 1871. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    Sep 1871 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: Wesley COMBS; Bride: Mary BREEDING; Date September 1871. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    22 Sep 1871 (KLG, p. 1121) Grantee: Combs, Elihu E; Acres: 100; Book: 83, Page: 264; Date Survey: 9-22-1871; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Patrick Br
    20 Feb 1872 (KLG, p. 1121) Grantee: Combs, Shadrack; Acres: 100; Book: 88, Page: 192; Date Survey: 2-20-1872; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Ky R
    22 May 1872 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: Ray COMBS, Age 19, single, white, farmer, Born in Letcher Co., KY; Both parents born in Perry Co., KY; Bride: Catherine POLLY, Age 19, single, Born in Letcher Co., KY, Both parents born in Perry Co., KY, Date 22 May 1872. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    9 Oct 1872 (LC-DBE:46). State of Kentucky, Nathaniel COLLINS Commissioner by the Letcher Co Court of on part to John Combs and wife Elizabeth Combs late Elizabeth BREEDING of the other part....by virtue and consideration of the order of the Letcher County court...grant & convey land on Rockhouse Fork of the Ky. River...beginning at the mouth of Colly Creek on Rock House fork between William STAMPER and Isaac D STAMPER...containing 100 acres more ore less the portion of real estate that was laid off to the said wife and that portion that was laid off to Preston BREEDING and he having sold the same to John Combs...from the heirs of Elijah BREEDING...signed Nathaniel COLLINS Commsr. (Source: abs: by Sue Elfving from original image on FHC microfilm).

    Note: There were numerous deeds involving the lands of Elijah Breeding Decd.
    *31 Nov 1872 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: William R COMBS, Age 22, single, white, Born in Perry Co., Ky, Both parents born in Perry Co., Ky, Bride: Sarah FRANCIS, Age 19, single, Born in Letcher Co., KY, Father born in Knott Co., Ky, Mother born in Perry Co., Ky, Date 31 November 1872. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

    *Note: The date is apparently wrong above, there is not 31 days in November.
    23 Dec 1872 (KLG, p. 1121) :
  • Grantee: Combs, Wesley, Heirs; Acres: 200; Book: 93, Page: 185; Date Survey: 12-23-1872; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Smoots Cr
  • Grantee: Combs, Wesley, Heirs; Acres: 200; Book: 93, Page: 186; Date Survey: 12-23-1872; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Smoot Cr
  • Grantee: Combs, Russel H; Acres: 50; Book: 93, Page: 190; Date Survey: 12-20-1872; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Smoot Cr
    21 April 1873 (LC-DBE:102). Indenture between Nathaniel COLLINS of the one part and Shadrack Combs of the other part, both of Letcher County, Ky., for a valuable consideration the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, do sell land on Buck br Rock House fork of the North fork of the Ky. River...conditional line between Robert COLLINS and William R HALE...other side of survey made in the name of Nat. COLLINS and Robert COLLINS...signed Nathaniel COLLINS, wit: William R Hale, Green A Collins. Acknowledged by the grantor and recorded 1 Dec. 1873. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    28 May 1873 (LC-DBE:104). Shade Combs listed as the Sheriff.
    30 May 1873 (LC-DBE:133). Indenture. G W FIELDS Master Commissioner of Letcher County to E. E. Combs of the other part...by a May term 1873 decree...on behalf of heirs of John HENSLY dec'd...conveys; (1) 150 acres ____ in a deed from John ADAMS and Jane HUNDLEY dated 7 April 1851 on Big Colly; (2) 50 acres on the north side of Colly described in patent to John HENSLY dated 20 Sept. 1853. Signed G. W. FIELDS. Recorded 30 May 1873. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    10 Feb 1874 Birth: Dora Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Shaderick Combs, Mother: Elisabeth LYAN, res: Letcher Co. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    6 March 1874 (LC-DBE:186). Indenture by and between George Combs & William Riley Combs of the one part and Harison ADAMS of the other part, all of Letcher County, for $430 in hand paid...land in Letcher Co on the Beltree fork of Smoot Creek...beginning at a Black Walnut starting on East bank of sd. fork...below said ADAMS house between said Adams and Shadrack Combs Sr...to a conditional line between said Wm R Combs and Russell H Combs...signed George Combs, Wm R Combs. Attest: J E Cornett. Recorded 3 May 1874. Acknowledged by George Combs. (Source: transcribed by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    18 March 1874 Birth: Arminta Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: John Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Elizabeth BREEDING, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    15 Apr 1874 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: James H BREEDING; Bride: Sarah COMBS. Date 15 April 1874. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    27 April 1874 Marriage: Henry MORGANS (sp?), res: Letcher Co, Ky., 21, 1st marriage, farmer, b. Letcher Co, Ky, Father b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother b. Perry Co., Ky., Elizabeth Combs, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 1st marriage, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother b. Russell Co, Va., married in Letcher Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    8 August 1874 Birth: Joseph Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Russel Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky.; Mother: Dicy POLLY, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    Oct 1874 Marriage: Nickles Combs, res: Perry Co, Ky., 18, 1st marriage, farmer, b. Perry Co, Ky, Father b [blank], Mother b [blank], Melisa STAMPER, res: Perry Co, Ky., 18, 1st marriage, b. Owsley Co, Ky., Father b. Breathitt Co, Ky, Mother b. Lee Co Va, md in Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    26 Oct 1874 Birth: [received none] Combs, female, born dead, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: James Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Lewcinda INGRAM, b. Letcher Co., Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    4 Nov 1874 Birth: Samuel H Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: George A Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Milly MAGGARD, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    5 Nov 1874 Birth: Sallyan Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Edward Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother: Patcy POLLY, b. Perry Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    10 April 1875 Marriage: [_C/R_] DICKSON, res. Letcher Co, Ky., 21, 1st marriage, farmer, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother b. Perry Co, Ky., Leviny Combs, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 18, 1st marriage, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother b. Letcher Co, Ky., md. in Letcher Co, Ky.(Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    17 Jan 1875 Birth: John Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Wesley Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Mary BREEDING, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    6 Aug 1875 Birth: Elihu E Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Ray Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Catharine POLLY, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    12 Sept 1875 Birth: Alexander Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: James Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Lucinda INGRAM, b. Letcher Co., Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    14 Oct 1875 Birth: Margaret WHITAKER, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Squire WHITAKER, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Clerindy Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    30 Nov 1875 Death: Annelly Combs, 13 mos, female, white, Cause: Diptheria, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: John Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Elizabeth Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    1876 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: William J. SMITH; Bride: Mary COMBS. Marriage Book 4. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Marilyn Hansen)
    7 Jan 1876 Birth: Minabell Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Shadrach Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Elizabeth SALYAN, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    20 Jan 1876 Birth: William R CAUDILL, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Watson E CAUDILL, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Sabrina Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    22 Jan 1876 Birth: Solomon FRAZIER, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Jonathan FRAZIER, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Dicy Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    23 Jan 1876 Death: James Combs, 18, male, white, single, farming, Cause: cut with an ax, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: Margaret Combs, b. Perry Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    8 Feb 1876 Birth: Ambrose Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Granvill Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Margaret AMBURGY, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    19 Feb 1876 Birth: No Named, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Stephen J BROWN, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Sariah Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    9 March 1876 Death: Benton Combs, 3, male, white, single, Cause: Diphtheria, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: Shadrick Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Elizabeth Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    11 March 1876 Birth: Belinda Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: John Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Elizabeth BREEDING, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc)
    22 March 1876 Death: Sariah Combs, 4, female, white, single, Cause: Diptheria, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: George A Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Milley Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    23 March 1876 Death: Dora Combs, 2, female, white, Cause: Diphtheria, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: Shadrick Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Elizabeth Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    1 April 1876 Death: William Combs, 28, male, white, married, farming, Cause: MURDERED by J BLAIR, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: Edward Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky., Patty Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    13 April 1876 Marriage: Henry W Combs, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 22, 1st marriage, farmer, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother b. Letcher Co, Ky., Levina J FIELDS, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 18, 1st marriage, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Harlan Ky, Mother b. Lee Co, Va., md. in Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    11 May 1876 Death: Henry W Combs, 23, male, white, married, farming, Cause: Fever, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: Rusel Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky, Dicy Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    14 Aug 1876 "Henry Combs Deceased August the 14th Day 1876 Son of Clark CORNITT and Polly his wife by the hand of Frank CORNITT with a knife James CORNITT'S Son" (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from an article by Holly Fee titled "Defeated Creek Diaries," which appeared in Harlan Footprints Vol III, Issue 3, Sep 1987. Defeated Creek is in present-day Letcher Co., KY.)
    11 Sept 1876 Birth: Sarah J DICKSON, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Spencer DICKSON, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Luvina Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    12 Oct 1876 "Talton Combs Deceased October the 12th Day 1876" (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from an article by Holly Fee titled "Defeated Creek Diaries," which appeared in Harlan Footprints Vol III, Issue 3, Sep 1987. Defeated Creek is in present-day Letcher Co., KY.)

    Notes: Is this Tarlton, son of Mason "8" Combs (1850-1870 Perry Co., KY Census, but missing and presumably deceased by 1880)?
    21 October 1876 Death: Lucinda ADAMS, 29, female, white, married, housewifery, Cause: not known, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky., d. Letcher Co, Ky., Parents: Wesley Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky., Elizabeth Combs, b. Perry Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    17 Nov 1876 Birth: William WILLIAMS, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: James WILLIAMS, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Manervy Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    23 Nov 1876 Birth: James Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Wesley Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Mary BREEDING, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    21 Dec 1876 Birth: Isabel KELLEY, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Jackson KELLEY, b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother: Deliney Combs, b. Perry Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    22 Dec 1876 Birth: Shadrach Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: George A Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky, Mother: Milley MAGGARD, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    18 Jan 1877 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: William COMBS; Bride: Jane COMBS. Date 18 January 1877. Married at Ed COMBS' res. in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    5 March 1877 (LC-DBF:498). By and between Shadrach Combs Sr. of the first part and Westley BANKS of the other...$130 paid...land in Letcher County on Bee Tree Fork of Smoot Creek...50 acres more or less...conditional line between Shade Combs & Russell H Combs...conditional line between George Combs & Riley Combs. Signed Shadrick Combs (Seal). Attest: J E Cornett, S. A. Whiteker, S. A. Cornett. Proved 8 Nov. 1880 and admitted to record. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    25 May 1877 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: Simon HOGG; Bride: Sally COMBS. Date 25 May 1877. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gibson)
    26 May 1877 Marriage: Simeon HOGG, res. Letcher Co, Ky., 26, 1st marriage, farmer, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother b. not known, Sally Combs, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 18, 1st marriage, b. Perry Co, Ky., Father b. Perry Co, Ky., Mother b. Perry Co, Ky., md. in Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    02 Feb 1878 (KLG, p. 1122) Grantee: Combs, James; Acres: 100; Book: 106, Page: 323; Date Survey: 2- 2-1878; County: Letcher; Watercourse: Grave Point Ky R
    8 March 1878 Birth: Shade Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Granville Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Margaret AMBURGY, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    9 March 1878 Birth: Quinn Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Quin Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Mary FRANKLIN, b. Letcher Co, res: Letcher Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    20 March 1878 Birth: Richard Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: John SMITH, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Malinda Combs, b. Letcher Co, res: Letcher Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    21 March 1878 Birth: Milly Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Mat Combs, b. Letcher CO, Ky., Mother: Mary SMITH, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    01 Apr 1878 "William Combs Deceased Aprile the first Day 1878 son of Edward Combs" (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from an article by Holly Fee titled "Defeated Creek Diaries," which appeared in Harlan Footprints Vol III, Issue 3, Sep 1987. Defeated Creek is in present-day Letcher Co., KY.)
    15 Apr 1878 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: Henry INGRAM; Bride: Polly COMBS. Date 15 April 1878. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    2 May 1878 Letcher Co., KY Marriage: Groom: Sampson COMBS; Bride: Martha Ann MADDEN. Date 2 May 1878. Married in Letcher Co., KY. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Gipson)
    11 June 1878 Birth: William Combs, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Wm Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Jane Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    20 July 1878 Marriage: Wm Combs, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 22, 1st marriage, farmer, b. Perry Co, Ky., Father b. Floyd Co, Ky, Mother b. Floyd Co, Ky., Huldy DAY, res: Letcher Co, Ky., 17, 1st marriage, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Father b. Va, Mother b. Va, md. in Letcher Co., Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    14 Oct 1878 - 3 Jan 1882. Russell County, Virginia Will Book 10, Pages 164 - 165 The will of Thompson Combs (son of William and Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr. of Stafford and Russell Cos, VA), includes mention of property owned in Letcher Co., KY: "In addition to the above personal property I have an interest in real & personal estate in Letcher County Kentucky which I also will as I do my other property..."

    Notes: Where was this property located? How did Thompson come by it? Did he leave relatives in Letcher Co., KY?
    7 Nov 1878 Birth: Jordan KELLY, male, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky.., Father: A J KELLY, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Druciller Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    28 Dec 1878 Birth: [Blank] Combs, female, born alive, white, Letcher Co, Ky., Father: Jackson Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., Mother: Elizabeth Combs, b. Letcher Co, Ky., res: Letcher Co, Ky. (Source: LC-KVS/KDSLA-Anc).
    1 Feb 1879 (LC-DBF:372). Indenture by and between Shadrach Combs of Perry County and Rusel Combs sells land in Letcher Co for $650...conditional line between Shadrach Combs & Solomon FRAZURE...conditional line between said Shadrach and Westley Combs. Signed Shadrach x Combs. Acknowledged by grantor 12 Feb. 1879. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    8 Feb 1879 (LC-DBF:373). Rusel Combs to Edward Combs, both of Letcher County...for $200...sells the land he had bought [see above] from Shadrach Combs. Signed Russel x Combs. Acknowledged by grantor 8 Feb. 1879. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    22 April 1879 (LC-DBF:292-3). Mortgage. Whereas Elihu E Combs & Sarah Combs his wife of the first part to W. H. NICKELLS of the other part in the sum of $105.96 with interest at 8% from Jan. 7 1877 until paid do for the purpose of securing the payment hereby mortgage and convey to Wm H Nickells the following described property....land containing 120 acres on Colly Creek a tributary of the North fork of the Ky. River in Letcher Co. embracing the lower end of my farm on which I now reside. Signed Elihu E x Combs, Sarah x Combs. Wit: J P Marrs. Note in margin: 29 March 1885 payment received in full and mortgage cancelled. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    27 Sept 1879 (LC-DBF:339). Indenture between Henry POLLY of Letcher County of the first part and Dicey Combs of Letcher County of the second part...for $610 in hand paid...sells his entire interest in land in Letcher Co containing 500 acres more or less and also another tract containing 100 acres...signed Henry x POLLY. Attest: Ed Combs, R. O. Brashears. Acknowledged by Polly and admitted to record 27 Sept. 1879. (Source: abs. by SE from original image on FHC microfilm).
    Nov 1879 Death: SMITH, William (Fam #406), 21, m, white, single, b. Ky, Father b. Ky, Mother b. Ind, Farmer, cause: shot, murdered, res in cty: 21yrs, attendant: Dr. Jasper Stewart (Source: Original images from 1880 US Mortality Census: Record of individuals who died within the year ending May 31, 1880, Ancestry.com, trans. by SE)

    NOTES: Family #406 is that of Jeremiah SMITH and Elizabeth STACY (d/o of Shadrach STACY Sr and Sarah Combs). Per Smith tradition, this William was killed as a young man by a Mr. MADDEN near the Baptist Church on Carr Creek. Also by strong family tradition, he was the father of Farmer T SMITH by Margaret aka Peggy Combs, d/o of Mason Combs and Matilda WATTS.
    06 Dec 1879 Letcher Co., KY. Born: Martha DIXON, daughter of William V. and Dicey Combs Dixon (Obituary of Martha DIXON, died June 14, 1967, provided by Combs Researcher Debi Houser, 1998)
    Continue on to Letcher Co., KY Records 1880-

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