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Muhlenberg was organized from Christian & Logan in 1798. In 1854, McLean was established from Muhlenberg, Daviess and Ohio.
Index to Muhlenburg Co., KY Records
Early Combs &c. Records for Muhlenberg (1799-1850)
Later Combs &c. Records for Muhlenberg (1851-????)
Muhlenberg Cemetery Records
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10 Jan 1851-May 1856 (Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Abstracts of Wills and Administrations, compiled and published by Marian G. HAMMERS 1968) Will of David EVANS of Muhlenberg Co., KY mentions former wife, Sally EVANS, daughter, Sarah Jane SPURRIER, wife of Essex SPURRIER, son Samuel B. EVANS, current wife Nancy EVANS and her father William CLARK of Nelson Co., KY. Witnessed by Jacob GISH and Thomas COMBE. Will dated 10 Jan 1851, proven May term Muhlenberg Co. Court 1856, Book III, page 162-164

Notes: Ephraim C. Combs was born about 1837/1838 married Elizabeth SPURRIER in Muhlenberg County in 1863 and believe both he and Elizabeth were deceased by 1875, exact time and place unknown. Their children Edward Medley Combs and Lillie were listed as orphans and guardianship was given to Elizabeth's brother Essex Pike SPURRIER, Jr.. Edward Medley Combs was born in Muhlenberg Co., KY 8 Jun 1864, son of Ephraim C. Combs and Elizabeth S. SPURRIER. He died in 1944 in Livingston Co., KY and is buried in Chestnut Oaks Cemetery, Lyon Co., KY along with his wife Emma Olive CHANDLER, daughter of William Bennett CHANDLER and Katharine Jane HOLT. William Bennett CHANDLER and his wife Katharine Jane HOLT had a farm across the road from this cemetery. Edward Medley Combs came to Crittenden/Lyon/Livingston Co area from Muhlenberg Co., KY with his guardian and uncle, Essex Pike SPURRIER, Jr., who at one time was a Methodist Minister, and may have been a mail carrier in Lyon Co., KY.

Peter Combs, brother to above Ephraim C. Combs and son of Thomas & Evy WHITMER Combs was born 1840 died in 1853 buried in Gross Cemetery, Muhlenberg Co. The rest of this Combs family, to include children by Thomas's first wife, Sallie WHITMER Combs (sister to Evy) moved to Illinois and on to Clark Co MO by 1856 time frame.
2 Oct 1851 Kentucky Land Grants. Book 35. Muhlenberg Co., KY. Asa Combs, 100 acres. Pond Creek.
23 Apr 1853 (Muhlenberg Co., KY) Catherine Combs married James B. DAVIS (Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Note: Not in Muhlenberg Marriage Book? Who was Catherine Combs? See also earlier Muhlenberg KY marriage of James DAVIS and Priscilla Combs
11 Feb 1854 (Muhlenberg Co., KY Land Deed Book 17, pp 329­30) Susannah Combs of Hopkins Co., KY to Joseph L. SETTLES, 150 acres of land located in Muhlenberg Co., KY for $30.00. [DC: She inherited this land from her father Michael FRANCE] located on the waters of Cypress adjoining the lands of Jacob GISH, Jacob C. LANDZ and Wm CORHORN. (Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Note: Susannah FRANCE married David Combs, son of Thomas Combs and Sarah ANDERSON Combs. Also note that a Joseph SETTLES m Elizabeth FRANCE on 8 May 1842, Muhlenberg.
4 Jun 1854 - Jul 1854 (Muhlenburg KY WBIII:148) Will of Jacob WHITMER - dated June 4, 1854, proven July Court 1854: wife Catherine WHITMER, daughter Evy Combs. (Muhlenberg Co., KY Abstracts of Wills and Administrations, Marian G. Hammers, 1968)

Notes: Evy WHITMER married Thomas Combs, son of Thomas & Sarah ANDERSON Combs.
16 Aug 1854/5 (Muhlenberg Co., KY Deed 17:363­4) Thomas Combs [his share of land from his father's estate] to William GRUNDY Sr.
Oct 14, 1855 Muhlenberg Co., KY Marriage Records. COOMBS, George & DILLMAN, Virginia (Extracted by Combs Researcher Pat Orton from var. marriage CD's)

Notes: George Wink Combs, son of Asa and Nancy WELSH Combs?
4 Oct 1858 Death: Ary Combs, white, age 18, male, farmer, cause: croup, Parents: Eva Combs, b. Muhlenberg Co, res: Muhlenberg Co, d. Muhlenberg Co. (Source: Original Image Muhlenberg Co, Ky. Vital Statistics Deaths, Ky Death Records, 1852-1953 from KDSLA microfilm, transcribed by SE).
16 July 1859 Death: Asa Combs, white, age 6 mos, male, single, cause: not listed, Parents: George B Combs, b. Muhlenberg Co, Ky., res: Muhlenbert Co, d. Muhlenberg Co (Source: Original Image Muhlenberg Co, Ky. Vital Statistics Deaths, Ky Death Records, 1852-1953 from KDSLA microfilm, transcribed by SE).
15 Sept 1859 Death: Wm W Combs, white, age 5, male, single, cause: Scarlet Fever, Parents: Abraham Combs, b. Hopkins Co, Ky., res: Muhlenberg Co, d. Muhlenberg Co (Source: Original Image Muhlenberg Co, Ky. Vital Statistics Deaths, Ky Death Records, 1852-1953 from KDSLA microfilm, transcribed by SE).
1860 Muhlenberg Co., KY Census (extracted from, and as compiled by, Muhlenberg Co, Genealogical Society)

District 1

460/460 Mrs. S. Combs, 59 Domestic, $700, $100, VA
Mikle 21, M, farming, KY
Susanah 17, Dom, KY
Destmony 15, F, Dom, KY
George A. PHILIPS 10, KY

Notes: Susan FRANCE Combs, widow of David Combs. In 1870, she is found both living with her son David in McLean Co., KY, and also, apparently in Muhlenberg, in the HH of her daughter, Susan, now married to Samuel STEWART? Search Words: Desdemona Michael PHILLIPS

HH#589 Listen H. LEWIS 56 Va
Dorothy 56 SC
William 16 Ky
Samuel Combs 23 Ky farmer
Sarah J. Combs 19 Ky domestic

Notes: Samuel, son of David & Susannah FRANCE Combs with a new wife?

HH#592 M. K. Combs 33 Ky farmer
Mary 34 Ky
Maston A. 2 Ky (Male)
Ollive J. 5/12 Ky
Riley D. GROVES 11 Ky

Notes: Martin (Katina?) Combs, son of David & Susannah FRANCE Combs?

HH#593/593 David Combs, 26, Farmer, $500, KY
Malvina 23, Dom KY

Note: David Combs, son of David Combs and Susanna FRANCE Combs, and wife, Malvina GROVES (m Dec 1859, Hopkins Co., KY) is in McLean Co., KY by 1870, as is his mother.

HH#650-615 Isa [Asa] Combs 62 Ky farmer
Persilla M. 38 Va
John 20 Ky
Felix M. 16 Ky
Mary C. 7 Ky
Thomas J. 5 Ky
David D. 4 Ky
Elias W. 1 Ky

Notes: Asa Combs, son of Edward & Rebecca (WINK?) Combs. Apparently his first wife, Nancy WELSH (Stewart) has died and he has remarried, to Persilla M. who is Malinda in 1870 and Malinda P. in 1880. John and Felix M. are from the first marriage, but the remaining children were by Persilla (1880 Muhlenberg KY Census).

HH#659-624 George B. COOMBS 30 Ky farmer
Elizabeth 30 Ky
Mary M. 7 Ky
Jacob H. 5 Ky
Edward W. COOMBS 54 KY

Notes: George Butler COOMBS, son of Edward Wink and Mildred MASON Combs of Nelson Co., KY, and husband of Elizabeth HAM. Mary M. as the name of his 7-year old may be in error since (a) his 7-year old son, William E. is missing from this census and his Christian Co., KY biography includes no mention of a daughter named Mary M. (or var.). He and Elizabeth are next found on the 1870 Christian Co., KY Census

889/889 Abram Combs 35, Shingle Maker, $5,500, KY
Charlotta 37, Dom, England
John D. 8, KY
Martin B, 4, KY
Fanny E 2, KY
Susan M, 1/12, KY
Benjamine REED, 24, Day lab, KY

Note: Abraham F. Combs with wife Charlotte BROWN, son of David Combs and Susanna FRANCE Combs. He is in Gallatin Co IL in 1870

District 2

651/616George W COOMBS, 25, Farmer, $500, $200, KY
Virginia M 23, Dom KY
Nancy A. 3, KY
Sarah E 1 KY

Notes: George Wink, son of Asa and Nancy WELCH (Stewart) Coombs? Same George who m Virginia DILLMAN in 1855 in Muhlenberg?
24-25 Aug 1863 (Muhlenberg Co., KY Marriage Book 4, page 413) Ephraim Combs - Elizabeth S. SPURRIER, bond 24 Aug 1863, married 25 Aug 1863. "Ky Muhlenberg County - I Ephraim Combs who applies for a marriage license do certify that a marriage is intended to be solemmized between myself and Elizabeth S. SPURRIER on 25th August 1863 at S. J. SPURRIERS in this County - That I am 26 years of age & was born in this County, that my father Thomas Combs was born in this County, that my mother Eva Combs was born in this state - that she said Elizabeth S. SPURRIER was born in this state, that she is 17 years of age, that her father Essick P. SPURRIER decd was born in the United States, that her mother Sarah J. SPURRIER was born in this state - that neither I the said Ephraim Combs has been heretofore married, but she the said Elizabeth S. SPURRIER has never been married - Aug 24, 1863, /s/ Ephraim Combs" - Bond, David Combs (Original furnished by Combs Researcher, Jack TIDWELL)

25 Aug 1863 (Muhlenberg Marriage Records) This is to certify that on the 25th day of August 1863, the Rites of marriage were legally solemnized by me between Ephraim Combs and Elizabeth S. SPURRIER at Sary J. SPURRIER'S in the county of Muhlenberg in the presence of John PLAIN and David Combs ­­ signed Willm M. MOORE. (Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: Sarah J. EVANS Spurrier was the daughter of David EVANS, son of David EVANS and Alice ANDERSON Evans, sister to Sarah ANDERSON Combs Walker (widow of Thomas Combs) and Sarah Jane SHORT. Ephraim C. Combs was the son of Thomas Combs, son of Thomas and Sarah ANDERSON Combs Walker, sister to Alice ANDERSON Evans, and Evy WHITMER Combs. THUS, according to computations, Ephraim C. Combs and Elizabeth S. SPURRIER were 2nd cousins, 1 generation removed. Sarah J. EVANS Spurrier wife of Essex Pike SPURRIER married 2nd John FROST in Muhlenberg Co., KY.
1870 US Census, Muhlenberg Co., KY, extracted from Muhlenberg Co., KY 1870 Census by Muhlenberg Co Genealogical Society

Virginia 32 Ky
Nancy A. 14 Ky
Sarah E. 11 Ky
Mary F. 8 Ky
Martha J. 5 Ky
Judson T. 1 Ky
John WICKLIFFE 27 Ky labor

Notes: George Wink, son of Asa and husband of Virginia DILLMAN?

Thomas Combs 30 Ireland RR labor
Kate 32 Ireland
Martin 5 Ky
Mary 3 Ky
John KILLINS 36 Ireland Rockmason
James KINNEY 40 Ireland Rockmason
James DENNIS 35 Ireland Rockmason

John Combs 30 Ky
Mary J. Ky
Clara E. 10 Ky
Joseph E. 4 Ky

Notes: John & Mary J. CASEBIER Combs, son of Asa & Nancy.

Asa COOMBS 73 Ky
Malinda 48 Ky wife
Mary 18 Ky
Elias W. 12 Ky
Charley M. 1 Ky
Jefferson 20 Ky
David 15 Ky
Christopher 6 Ky

Notes: Despite age differences, Jefferson, age 20, appears to have been Thomas J., age 15, in the 1860 Census. Also note that although these children are quite "out of age order," all are listed as children of Malinda's in the 1880 census (as is an "extra" William H. who should have been abt age 9 on this census.


Samuel STEWART 31 Ky
Susan 27 Ky
John J. 9 Ky
Fannie 3 Ky
Clary 2 Ky
James 5/12 Ky Feb
Susan Combs 70 Ky at home

Notes: The younger Susan appears to have been Susan Combs, daughter of David and Susannah FRANCE Combs, and now wife of Samuel STEWART? The elder Susan, her mother (also in the 1870 McLean Co., KY Census of her son, David). Question: Was Samuel STEWART kin to William STEWART, first husband of Nancy WELCH, wife of Asa COOMBS?

Samuel Combs 27 Ky
Sarah J. 27 Ky
Charles 9 Ky
America 7 Ky
William 5 Ky
Samuel 7/12 Ky Dec

Notes: Samuel, son of David & Susannah FRANCE Combs? (Age is off by four years)
26 Dec 1875 (Muhlenberg Co., Ky Marriage Book C2) Nancy Ann Combs md 26 Dec 1875 Dennis G. GRAVES

Notes: Mary F., daughter of George Wink and Virginia Combs?
4 Dec. 1877 Death: Acey Combs, white, age 81, male, married, occupation [blank], cause: consumption, b. Nelson Co, Ky., d. Muhlenburg Co, Ky., res: Muhlenberg Co, Ky., Parents: John & R Combs, b. Not Known for both. (Source: Original Image Muhlenberg Co, Ky. Vital Statistics Deaths, Ky Death Records, 1852-1953 from KDSLA microfilm, transcribed by SE).

NOTE: The right hand alignment for the register appears to be off about 2 lines with respect to the names of the parents; however, John & R Combs would be the logical names for Acy (aka Asa) Co(o)mbs as there are no other Combs/Coombs names on the page.
09 Nov 1878 (Muhlenberg Co., Ky Marriage Book C2) Mary F. Combs married L.H. SMITH

Notes: Mary F., daughter of George Wink and Virginia Combs?
1880 US Census, Muhlenberg Co., KY, extracted from 1880 Census Muhlenberg Co., KY, by Muhlenberg Co Genealogical Society

SouthCarrolton Dist
John Combs 40 K K K farmer
Mary J. 43 K K K wife
Joseph E. 13 K K K son

Notes: John & Mary J. CASEBIER Combs and son, Joseph Edward.

South Carrolton Mag. Dist
Henry J. GALTON 63 K Mo Mo farmer
Elizabeth 54 K V V wife
William 20 K K K son
Henry C. 17 K K K son
Sarah COOMBS 74 K K K wd mother-in-law

Notes: Neither Sarah, nor Elizabeth have been identified, but note that Elizabeth shows both parents born in VA, yet Sarah lists herself as b in KY.

Courthouse District # 3
Malinda P. Combs 56 V V V wd keeping house
Mary C. 28 V K V daughter
T.J. 26 K K V son farmer
David D. 25 K K V son farmer
Elias W. 21 K K V son farmer
William H. 19 K K V son farmer
Samuel C. 15 K K V son farmer [Christopher of 1870?]
Charles M. 12 K K V son farmer

Notes: Asa has apparently died and the above is his widow, Persilla Malinda a.k.a. Malinda Priscilla? T. J. is Thomas Jeffereson, and Samuel C. may be Christopher of 1870, but who is William H. (missing from 1870)?
17 Nov 1881 Mary Combs married Henry C. WELLS ( Muhlenberg Co., Ky Marriage Book C3)

Notes: Mary C., daughter of Asa and Malinda?
15 Dec 1881 Thomas J. COOMBS married Delila WILLIAMS ( Muhlenberg Co., Ky Marriage Book C3 )

Notes: Thomas Jefferson, son of Asa and Malinda?
26 Nov 1889 Muhlenberg Co., KY Marriage Records. COOMBS, C M & HAGAN, Dora (Extracted by Combs Researcher Pat Orton from var. marriage CD's)
Dec 23, 1894 Muhlenberg Co., KY Marriage Records. COOMBS, David & SWINNEY, Ida (Extracted by Combs Researcher Pat Orton from var. marriage CD's)
9 Apr 1918 Kentucky Death Certificate of Ernest COOMS white, single, male occupation: messenger boy resides: 710 W. 2nd Owensboro Age: 15 yrs Born: 26 Feb 1893 Daviess Co. Ky Died: 9 Apr 1918 Daviess Co. Ky struck by automobile- auto accident buried: Elmwood son of Judson COOMS born Muhlenburg Co. & Lena FAITH born Daviess Co. informant: Judson COOMS of Owensboro (Combs Researcher Debi Houser) 04 Oct 1922 Kentucky Death Certificate #22914 of John COOMBS white male. age 82 yrs 8 mos 21 ds. born: 13 Jan 1840 Nelson Co., Ky. died: 4 Oct 1922 Muhlenberg Co., Ky of cardia renal vascular. buried: Greenville, Ky Oct. undertaker: MDonald & DeWITT of Greenville. son of Asa COOMBS b don't know. informant: J. E. COOMBS of Greenville, Ky. filed 5 Oct 1922 O. B. WICKLIFFE registrar (Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
11 Feb 1949 Kentucky Death Certificate #3621 for Joseph Arnold COOMBS; Resides: Graham, Muhl. Co., KY; white, married, male; Occupation: Store Clerk at General Store; Age 54 yrs; born: 6 Jan 1895 Muhlenberg Co., KY; died: 11 Feb 1949 Greenville, Muhlenberg Co., KY of uremia; buried: 13 Feb 1949 Evergreen Greenville, Ky; son of J. E. COOMBS & Willie C. ARNOLD; Informant: John William COOMBS. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
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