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Nelson County was established in 1784-5 from Jefferson Co., KY. In 1792, KY was admitted to statehood, and that same year, Washington Co. was established from Nelson. In 1792/3, Green Co. was established from Lincoln , Nelson, and Hardin from Nelson. In 1796-7,Bullitt Co. was established from Jefferson and Nelson; and in 1824, Spencer Co was established from Nelson,Shelby and Bullitt. (See Also Early Combs to KY and the Combs Bibliography)

Note: Except where otherwise noted, Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds were provided by Combs Researchers Carolyn Wimp & Denise Mortorff, and taxlists by Carolyn Wimp.


[Numerous early Combs families (and all var.spellings) are found in Nelson Co., KY, some from Maryland (traditionally primarily Catholics) and others from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina (which originally included Early Tennessee). Among those early Combs were:

Index To Nelson Co., KY Combs Records
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1800-1820 1870-
1821-1849 Cemetery Records
Biographies and Reports .....

Combs &c. Families of 1784-1799

Combs Families were already in Nelson Co., KY while it was stillpart of Jefferson:

"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) (Certificate Book of the Virginia Land Commission, 1779-1780, Kentucky Historical Society, SHP, Greenville, SC, 1981 NewMaterial Copyright, 1992 reprint)

30 Jul 1783-02 Dec 1785 KLG, p.39: Grantee: Combs, Wm; Acres: 1000; Book: 9, Page: 135; Date Survey: 7-30-1783 Jefferson; Watercourse: Coxes Cr. Date Grant: 02 Dec1785 (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)

Note: The above land later in Nelson County. This is William Combs, Sr. of Charles Co., MD and Coxes & Stewart's Creek, Nelson Co., KY.
May 1779 - 26 Feb 1780 "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) (Certificate Book of the Virginia Land Commission, 1779-1780, Kentucky Historical Society, SHP, Greenville, SC, 1981 New Material Copyright, 1992 reprint

Notes: Not certain that this land was in Nelson Co., KY; however, note Andrew HIND and see below as well as Hardin and Muhlenberg Counties, KY re Combs-Hinds connections.
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: Which was the above Edward COMBS? Was any of this land even in Nelson Co., KY? (See other Rolling Fork, Nelson Co., KY Land Records herein, and see Early Combs of KY re Jaques COMBS with land on Rolling)
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: The above land became part of Nelson Co., KY, then Hardin. (See disposition of land in Hardin Co., KY on 24 Mar 1818.) Jesse was the son of Joseph Combs, died 1803, Gorges Twp., Fayette Co., PA.
14 Apr 1784 KLG, p. 39: Grantee: Joseph COMBS; Acres: 1000; 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)

Notes: This is apparently Joseph COMBS II of Loudoun Co., VA See 1791 below.
12 Nov 1784 COMBS, John, 200 acres, B, 14, 11-12-1784, Rough Cr (Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds by Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD. State Geologist of KY, published by Genealogical PublishingCo., Inc. in 1987, p. 189, Book A) Format: Name, Acres, Book, Page, Entry Date, Watercourse)

Notes: Not yet known if this land was actually in Nelson; however, possibly later in Hardin Co., KY (See 1786 Rough Creek, Nelson Co., KY land records for John & Joseph below, and see 1795 Nelson Co., KY tax list showing John Combs, deceased, 200 acres, Ruff (Rough) Creek, Hardin Co., KY. See John COMBS' 1800 Nelson Co., KY will which mentions 350 acres on Short Creek of Rough Creek to sons, John and Joseph; and see Sep1785 below (John COMBS, husband of Alice JOLLY)
14 July 1785 "Thomas HELM gent is appointed to take the list of Tithables on all the waters of Green River, west and southwest of the waters of Nolin including Hardings Settlement."Severns Valley & Hardins Settlement
  • COOMBS, Edward p. 3, 1 tithable
  • COOMBS, Jesse p. 3, 1 tithable
  • COOMBS, John p. 3, 1 (Extracted from 1785-1791 Residents of Nelson Co,VA (now Kentucky) Recorded in Tithable and Tax Lists, Vol. 1, 1988, compiled by Margaret Johnston Schroeder (deceased) and Carl A. Schroeder, Bardstown, KY)

    Notes: Jesse COMBS obtained a survey on 14 Aug 1786, at whichtime his 510 acres was listed as being in Jefferson County (then VA), with his land described as being "510 acres on thewaters of Greene River Severns Valley adj. John WARFORD and Thomas HELM."(KY Grants 5:318 - land later in Hardin) Jesse was the son of Joseph COMBS, died 1803, Fayette Co., PA. According to 1808 deposition of Edward COMBS (see below), he was residing in Bedford Co, PA in 1784.
    1785 "Isaac COX gent is appointed to take the list of Tithables on all the waters of Long Lick Creek and all the southern branches below to the mouth of Cox's Creek and all the northern branches of the Beech Fork above the waters of Buffalo Creek to the mouth of Chaplin Fork." 1785.
  • COMBS, Ignatius p. 7 (blank)
  • COMBS, William p. 7, 2 tithables (ibid.)

    Notes: Was Ignatius non-tithable or tithed by William (who was apparently William Sr. of Cox's and Stewart's Creeks)? Who was Ignatius?
    21 Sep 1785 (Nelson Co., KY Loose Papers) "this Shall oblidge me my heirs Exer(????) and in the pennelty of Eaightey pounds Virginia Currency to pay or cause to Be paid into Andrew HYNES or Philips PHILIPS the sum of fortey Eaight pounds of money aforsd to be paid at the following pirrad at or upon the first Day of Sep on Next in the year one thousand Seven Hundred and Eaighty Six in witness whereof I have Set my hand and Seale this 21st Day of Sep 1785 s/ John COOMBES (Seal). test. Abner ROBERTS. Nelson JOLLEY (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lourene Criddle)

    Notes: See 1800 Nelson will of John COMBS (husband of Alice JOLLY) which included a bequest of "350 acres of land on Short Creek a branch of Rough Creek which I purchased from Andrew HINES and Phillip PHILLIPS. "See also 1809 Nelson deposition of Edward COOMBS who identified John COOMBS as his brother, and 1818 deposition of Edward COOMBS who identifies John COMBS as his uncle, and the payment in consideration of 320 acres on Rough Creek. See also Andrew HYNES in respect to the Hardin Co., KY land of Adin COMBS, Sr. and 1801 Nelson estate accounts of Col. Andrew HYNES.


    30 Jul 1783-02 Dec 1785 (Jefferson Co., KY) 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 preemption on lands on the north. (Extracted from VSLA Card Indexes)
    1786 "that Isaac COX be appointed to take the tithables from where the county road crosses the eastern branch of Buffaloe Creek down said creek on the eastern side to the mouth and up the Beech Fork to the mouth of Stuarts Creek including all the inhabitants between said creek to the waters of Cox's Creek on the southside."
    COMBS, Enoch p.13 (blank)
    William Sr. p. 13 4 tithables
    William p. 13 (blank) (ibid.)

    Notes: William COMBS, Sr. and his two sons, plus 4 additional tithables? (ages 16-21? Negroes?) Were Enoch and William [Jr.?] listed with no tithables because they were tithed by William Sr.?
    22 Mar 1786 (Kentucky Land Grant Book 19:518) Survey. Jno & Joseph COMBS, 200 A, Rough Creek, Nelson Co., KY(KLG, p. 163)

    Notes: This land may have become part of Hardin Co., KY.See 1784 John COMBS of Rough Creek and 1795 Nelson Co., KY tax list with John COMBS, deceased, 200 acres, Ruff Creek, Hardin Co,KY.
    1787 "that Wil. MAY be appointed to take the list of tithables within bounds of Cap. CUNNINGHAM'S and Capt. MORTON'S Companies of Militia. Nelson County Minute Book - p. 443:
  • COMBS, Enoch p.23 (blank)
  • COMBS, William, Senr. p. 23 3 tithables
  • COMBS, William, Jun. p. 23 (blank) (ibid.)
    1787 "Taxable property lists by Isaac COX, Esqr. for 1787."
  • Combs, William p. 42: 2 Whites/7 horses/9 cattle (no stud horses or negroes) (ibid.)
    Apr 1787 "A List of persons in Severns Valley subject to taxation with their property district. Columns annexed to their respective names." April, 1787.
  • COOMBS, Jesse p. 45
    1 White Male Person/0 negroes/1 horse/4 cattle/3 the number of tithablesfor county levies (ibid.)

    Notes: In 1785, Edward and John COOMBS, now missing, were on same list with Jesse.
    10 April 1788 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) Teresia (Treacy) STUART- Enoch COOMBES Bondsman: Will COMBS Affidavit stating Treacy was over 21 signed by Peter & Elender CISSELL Married by Catholic Priest (Researcher Denise Mortorff provided All Nelson Co., KY Marriage Records unless otherwise noted)

    Notes: Enoch T. COOMES, son of William Sr. of Charles Co MD, born 5 Jul 1765, died 12 Aug 1828, Nelson Co., Ky according to Coomes Family Bible (See 6 Nov 1824 Nelson Co., KY death record of William COOMES, Sr.)

    Mary Yoder Notes married by Priest Chas. Wheeling (extracted from from Nelson Co Pioneer & from re-done Mgs by Nelson Co Roundtable Gen Soc)
    23 Jun 1788 Survey. Samuel GIVENS, 4,016 A on Roling Fork, Nelson 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, Volume1, Part 1, 15:54 Willard Rouse Jillson, Sc.D. (Originally published as Filson Club Publications,Number 33, KY), p. 181 (hereinafter KLG))

    Notes: See also Early Combs of KY re other land on Rolling Fork, and see also the Samuel GIVENS recorded with RW John Combs (1761) of Lincoln, Perry and Washington Counties, KY.
    5 Aug 1788 "A List of Tithables belonging to Capt. Thos. CUNNIGHAMS Company Taken This 5th August, 1788 - by me, James BAIRD. Ordered June10, 1788 Nelson County Minute Book - James BAIRD, Gen. (take) those of Cap. CUNNIGHAM'S Compy."
  • COMES, Enike p. 48 1 tithable
  • COMES, William p. 48 2 tithables (ibid.)
    10 Jun -2 Aug 1788 Nelson County Minute Book, June 10, 1788-"Ordered... John VERTREES, (take) those of Cap. LINDERS comp." The foregoing List taken by me this 2d Day of August, 1788. signed John VERTREES. A List of Tithables contained within the Bounds of Captain LINDER'S Company: COOMBS, Jesse p. 53 1 tithable (ibid.)

    Notes: This is Jesse's last appearance on Nelson Co., KY tax lists. He is listed in Hardin Co., KY from 1792-1797,then in 1799, his wife, Sarah, is taxed for land in that county. See land record of 7 Mar 1816 Hardin Co., KY, for dispostion of land.
    Feb. 24, 1789 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) Nancy COMBS-Edward McFARLAND Bond-James CONNER William COMBS, father of bride Married Catholic Priest

    Notes: Nancy, daughter of William Combs, Sr. of Charles, MD
    15 Mar 1789 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) David COMBS & Nancy SIMPSON married by Thomas WILLIAMSON [Baptist Minister]. Surety: Will SLACK. John SIMPSON and Wm EDWARDS certify that Nancy SIMPSON is of the full age of 21. (Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

    Notes: David, son of Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs of Hunterdon NJ and Hampshire Co., VA? Exceptsee also 1790, 1791 and 1795 Nelson Co., KY records. Who was William EDWARDS? Could he have been same who married Elizabeth Combs, daughter of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford?
    14 Jul 1789 Nelson County Minute Book-14 July 1789 "Ordered C. POLKE Gen. (take) those of Cap. GRAYS company" (This list is not identified on the original list by Charles POLKE.)"
  • COOMBE, Edward p. 72 3 tithables
  • COOMBE, Benjamine p. 72 (blank) (ibid.)
    14 Jul 1789 "taken in Capt. GRIGSBYS Comp. Militia. The above List taken by me agreeable to order of Nelson Court To Isaac MORRISON Esq. Jessse DAVIS. Jesse DAVIS List Tythables. Nelson County Minute Book- 14 July 1789; "Ordered...Jesse DAVIS Gen. take thoseof Cap. GRIGSBYS Compy.": COMBS, David p. 82 1 tithable (ibid.)

    Question: Is Capt. GRIGSBY above Nathaniel GRIGSBY of Stafford VA? Also, were Edward & David Combs listed twice or were there two each that year?
    5 Sep 1789 A List of Tithables in Captn. Jesse CRUMES Company- Taken by me this 5th Sept 1789 - James BAIRD. Nelson County Minute Book14 July 1789. "Ordered..."James BAIRD Gen. (take) those of Cap. CRUMS Compy. and Cap. CALDWELLS."
  • COOMBS, William p. 66 2 tithables
  • COOMBS, William, Jun. p. 66 (blank)
  • COOMBS, Enoch p. 66 1 tithable (ibid.)
    11 Dec 1789 Nelson Co., KY Records Andrew HYNES sells 423 acres on middle fork of Ready Creek to Rachael GRAVES and Ann COOME [sic], execs. and heirs of Joseph COOMES [sic]. (Combs Researcher Hannah Combs Friedlander) Rachel GRAVES, executrix of the estate of Joseph COOMBS, purchased 423 acres of land in Nelson Co., Virginia for Ann COOMBS, heir of Joseph COOMBES, witnessed by Joseph GRAVES [ her husband] and Samuel GRAVES [her father-in-law]. (Combs Researcher Dale Larsen)

    Notes: Rachael was mother to Ann and widow of Joseph COOMES III of Tonoloways who died 1784, probably in Fayette Co, PA. Ann was named in the 1801 Fayette Co., PA will of her paternal grandfather, Joseph COMBS II. No more is known of Ann. Land not yet traced. See also 1795 re Joseph GRAVES of Bedford Co., PA.
    13 Jul - 10 Aug 1790 "taken in Capt. Adam GUTHRIES Compy. Militia by Jesse DAVIS August 10, 1790 Nelson County Minute Book 13 July 1790
  • COMBS, Benjamin p. 100 1 tithable
  • David pp. 100 1 tithable
  • Edward p. 100 1 tithable (ibid.)

    Notes: Benjamin appears to have been the son of Edward I who tithed him in 1789. If so, is it significant that David is listed between them? See also 1791
    13 Jul 1790 A List of tithables taken by Thos. MORTON Esq. for the year Ninety. Nelson County Minute Book 13 July 1790. "Ordered...Thomas MORTEN in Capt. YODER and (GREEN?) Copy.
  • COOMES Enock p. 102 (blank)
  • Walter p. 102 (blank)
  • William p. 102 4 tithables
  • William, Jr. p. 102 (blank)
  • COOMS Edward p.103 (blank)
  • Esay p. 103 2 (same) (ibid.)

    Notes: Walter Combs makes his first appearance on the Nelson Co. tax lists, son of William Combs, Sr. who had 2 tithables in 1789 (William, Jr. and himself?), and now has 4 (adding Enoch and Walter). "Esay" is thought to have been Asa (son of Edward? John? Samuel?)
    April 6, 1791 Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Kentucky Court of Appeals Deed Books Vol. IV Ky Records Series Vol. 9 by Michael L. Cook, CG and Bettie A. Cook, CG, pg. 338: Indenture. Isaac HITE and Harriet HITE, his wife, of Jefferson County, to Leven POWELL of Loudoun County, for 4,000 £, the following, to-wit, one of 250 acres in Jefferson County on the waters of Chenowiths Run, a branch of Floyds Fork, part of 1,000 acres patented to John Peyton HARRISON and conveyed by him to HITE on April 6, 1791, bounded by John MINOR, Joseph COMBS, and John MAY as assignee of McCARTY. Also 250 acres in Jefferson County on Chenowiths Run, part of 1,000 acres patented to Joseph COMBS and by COMBS conveyed to HITE on April 6, 1791, adjoining the first tract. Also 162 acres in Nelson County, part of 1,000 acres granted to John Peyton HARRISON, conveyed by HARRISON to HITE on April 6, 1791. Also 338 acres in Nelson County on the east fork of Simpson Creek, patented to said HARRISON and by him conveyed to HITEon the same date, beginning at Clough OVERTON and Waller OVERTON'S corner, thence northeast. Also 120 acres in Nelson County, part of 1,000 acres patented to Matthew HARRISON and Cuthbert HARRISON and by them conveyed to HITE on April 6, 1791, on Simpsons Creek. Also 250 acres in Jefferson County, part of 1,000 acres patented to Nancy THOMPSON and conveyed to HITE on the same date, bounded by RICHEY. Also 250 acres in Jefferson County, part of 1,000 acres patented to Samuel THOMPSON and conveyed to HITE April 6, 1791, on the Kentucky River, adjoining the last tract, bounded by RICHEY. Also 250 acres on the waters of Cox's Creek, part of 1,000 acres patented to William MITCHELL and conveyed to HITE on the same date, beginning corner to Isaac COX in David COX'S line, thence southwest. Also 466 acres in Nelson County on waters of Simpsons Creek, part of 2,000 acres patented to Leven POWELL and conveyed by him to HITE on March 10, 1791, beginning corner to Cornelius DARKE opposite the mouth of Turkey Run, bounded by William TRUAX, William McCASHLAND, the mouth of Plumb Run, David COMBS, and Matthew and Cuthbert HARRISON. Witnessed by J.CHAMBERS, Stephen ORMSBY, George J. JOHNSTON, J. BUSH, George WILSON and William ROBERTS. Recorded June 13, 1791.

    Notes: Matthew and Cuthbert HARRISON were brothers of Sarah, wife of Levin POWELL, and Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Combs per Cuthbert's Family Bible. See also the 19 Jul 1786 (then Jefferson CoVA) Land Grant (3:715) of Joseph COMBS for 1000 A beginning "on Simpson's Cr abt 20 poles above the mouth of Plumb Run." Joseph is thought to have been Capt. Joseph COMBS II of Loudoun; however, the above William TRUAX is thought to have been husband of Alice "Ailsy" COMBS, daughter of Edward & Rebecca STILLWELL Combs (See also Combs-Harrison Families), and David is thought to have been son of Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs of Hunterdon Co, NJ and Hampshire Co, VA.

    Clough OVERTON and Waller OVERTON were cousins. Clough OVERTON was a brother of Thomas OVERTON; Thomas and Susan Llewellyn OVERTON were the parents of Maria K. OVERTON who married Llewellyn W. COMBS in 1830. Clough Overton was b. abt. 1760 in NC, and was killed 18 or 19 Aug. 1782 in the Battle of Blue Licks in KY. His will was filed in Lincoln Co., KY 16 Jul 1782 and proved 21 Jan 1782. By 1835 the taxes on the land held by Clough and Waller Overton was charged to Susan Overton, Maria K. (Overton) Combs's mother. Extracted by researcher Rue Avant from The Overtons: 700 Years with Alliied Families from England to Virginia, Kentucky and Texas compiled by Nan Overton West and 1835 State of Kentucky Tax Records p. 57
    15 Jun 1791 James BEARD'S List of Tithables for the year 1791. Nelson County Minute Book - 5 June 1791. "Ordered...James BEARD (take tithable list) in Capt. Calhoon's Comp'y."
  • Combs William p. 129 3 tithables
  • Combs Enock p. 129 1 tithables (ibid.)

    Notes: William Sr., now with only 3 tithables (from 4) and son, Enoch.
    15 Jun 1791 List of Tythables taken in Cap't. GUTHRIES Compy by Jesse DAVIS. Nelson County Minute Book - 15 June 1791 "Ordered...Jesse DAVIS (take tithable list) in DAVIS and GUTHRY'S Companies"
  • COMBS, John p. 135, 3 tithables
  • Saml. p. 135 (blank)
  • Stacy p. 135 (blank) (ibid.)

    Question: This was apparently John COMBS I of Tonoloways, husband of Alice JOLLY. He appears to have tithed both Samuel and Stacy COMBS, the former his son, and the latter not identified, but possibly a son who was deceased by the time of John's death in Nelson in 1801? Note also that in this same year, on 20 Dec 1791, Nelson Co., KY, Peter DESPAIN married Nancy SKAGGS, daughter of Henry SKAGGS, whose 1809, Green Co., KY will named daughters Nancy DESPAIN, Lucy STACY and Polly COMBS (w/o William). In 1781, DESPAINS, SKAGGS, STACYS and COMBS were all on the Montgomery Co, VA Militia List of Daniel Trigg. Peter DESPAIN and Henry SKAGGS in this same tax district in 1791? By 1810, John & Lucy SKAGGS Stacy had left Green Co., KY and were in Hardin Co., KY (which is also where the children of Samuel COMBS, Sr. resided). In Green Co., KY are records of Jonah COMBS (Samuel's son) and GATEWOODS which link back to Barren, Jessamine and Henry Counties, KY.
    1791 "A list of Tithables taken by the Clerk of Nelson 1791."
  • COOMBS David p. 137 1 tithable
  • Thomas p. 137 1 tithable (ibid.)

    Notes: Thought to have been brothers and sons of Thomas and Susannah PETTIT Combs.
    1792 Nelson County, KY Tax Lists (Microfilm records abstracted by Combs Researcher Carolym Wimp)
  • 24 Nov Edward COMBS 100 acres 1male above 21
  • 24 Nov John COMBS 80 acres 1 male above 21
  • 24 Nov Thomas COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 24 Nov Nelson COMBS 100 acres 1 male above 21
  • 24 Nov David COMBS 88 acres 1 male above 21
  • 24 Nov Edward COMBS 100 acres 1male above 21+1 16-21
  • 26 Nov William COMBS, Sr. 2050 acres 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 26 Nov William COMBS, Jr. 1 male above 21
  • 26 Nov Enoch COMBS 1 male above 21
  • In another district Oct Andrew COOMBS 1 male above 21

    Notes: Of those on the Nov 24 list: (a) Edward (1) and Nelson Combs were the sons of John COMBS I of Tonoloways and his brother, Edward COMBS I; (b) David COMBS (who has now somehow acquired 88 acres, later 87) was earlier of Hampshire Co., VA (See 1795 below) and is believed to have been the son of Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs of Hunterdon Co., NJ and Hampshire Co,VA, as is Thomas COMBS. Of those on the Nov 26 list, William Sr. was the father of both William Jr. and Enoch. Andrew COMBS of the October listing has not yet been identified.
    1793 Nelson Co., KY Tax Lists (Transcribed by Carolyn Wimpwho adds: very light and difficultto read)
  • 9 Aug David COMBS, Sr. 88 acres 1 male above 21
  • 30 Aug Benjamin COOMBES 1 male above 21
  • 31 Aug Edward COOMBES, Sr.100 acres 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 9 Sept Edward COOMBES, Jr 100 acres 1 male above 21
  • 9 Sept John COOMBES 80 acres 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 9 Sept Nelson COOMBS 100 acres 1 male above 21
  • 25 Sept William COMBS, Sr. 2050 acres 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 25 Sept William COMBS, Jr. 1 male above 21
  • 25 Sept Enoch COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 9 Oct Thomas COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 12 Oct Andrew COOMBES 1 male above 21
  • 19 Oct Asa COOMBES 1 male above 21

    Notes: New to this list are (a) Benjamin COMBS (unidentified); (b) Asa Combs (son of John Combs of Sept 9?) Also note that David is referred to as a "Sr." although no adult "Jr." is seen.
    25 Dec 1793 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) Thomas COMBS-Sally ANDERSON Bond-John ASH, step-father of bride Married by Baptist Minister

    Notes: Sally ANDERSON was the daughter of Unknown & Arabella _____ ANDERSON, the latter marrying (2) John ASH; and (3) John STURGEON.(KY Land Records, Combs Researcher Jean Smallwood) Thomas COMBS is thought to have been son of Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs. Thomas and Sarah later remove to Muhlenberg Co., KY

    Mary Yoder notes: married by J. Carmen (extracted from Nelson Co Pioneer & from re-done Mgs by Nelson Co Roundtable Gen Soc)
    1794 Nelson Co., KY Tax Lists (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp who adds: This year was taken from 1792-1794 Residents of Nelson Co., KY (Formerly Va,) Recorded in Tax Lists, Vol 2 by Margaret Johnston Schroeder and Carl A Schroeder, 1989. This list was not on the microfilm roll for some reason)
  • 2 Apr William Combs 2050 acres 2 males above 21
  • 2 Apr William Combs, Jr 1 male above 21
  • 2 Apr Enoch Combs 1 male above 21
  • 5 Apr Thomas Combs 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 5 Apr John Combs 80 acres 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 5 Apr Edward Combs 100 acres 1 male above 21
  • 5 Apr Benjamin Combs 1 male above 21
  • 5 Apr Nelson Combs 100 acres 1 male above 21
  • 15 Apr David Combs 88 acres 1 male above 21
  • 15 Apr Asa Combs 1 male above 21
  • 15 Apr Edward Combs, Jr 100 acres 1 male above 21
  • 12 May Andrew Combs 1 male above 21
    17 Nov 1794 Nelson Co., KY Order Book David COMBS is entitled to 40 shilling for taking care of Daniel JOHNSON, a poor child. (Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)
    23 Dec 1794 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) Asa COOMBES-Sarah GRAY Bond-John GRAY Married by Baptist Minister

    Notes: Asa COMBS (son of John and Alice JOLLY Combs?), married (2) 1 Nov 1798, Franklin Co., KY, Zilpha HACKLEY, and who died in 1807 (See Asa & Zilpha HACKLEY Combs Bible Record)

    Mary Yoder Notes: Sarah is a daughter of Drakeford Gray; married by Joshua Carmen (extracted from Nelson Co Pioneer & from re-done Mgs by Nelson Co Roundtable Gen Soc)
    1795 Nelson Co., KY Tax Lists (Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp)
  • 3 Apr Enoch COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 3 Apr William COMBS 2 males above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 20 Apr Samuel COMBS 2 males above 21
  • 20 Apr Adden COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 23 Apr John COMBS 1 male above 21+2 males 16-21
  • 23 Apr Nelson COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 23 Apr Edward COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 23 Apr Benjn COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 23 Apr David COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 23 Apr Asa COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 21 May Andrew COMBS 1 male above 21

    The following were in another district [or land tax vs. personal property?]

  • 7 Apr William COMBS 2050 acres paid taxes on land for 1792, '93, '94
  • 14 Apr Samuel COMBS 113 acres on Chaplin
  • 23 Apr John COMBS 80 acres on Simpson Ck, pd taxes for 1792, '93, '94
  • 25 Apr Nelson COMBS 100 acres on Simpson Ck, pd taxes for 1792, '93, '94
  • 25 Apr Edward COMBS, Jr 100 acres on Simpson Ck, pd taxes for 1792, '93, '94
  • 25 Apr David COMBS 87 acres on Simpson Ck, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94
  • John COMBS heirs by Geo ROBERTSON 200 acres in Hardin Co on Ruff (Rough Ck) Sinking Ck

    Notes: Based on the 1794 and 1796 lists, it appears that the second district may have been land taxes as versus personal property; i.e., John (Apr 23 both lists), Nelson and Edward (Apr 25 both lists) were probably one and the same. Who was John COMBS, deceased by 1795? Also noted by Ron Yates: By 1807 George is missing from Washington Co. (Ky) tax list and appears on the 1807 tax list of Hardin Co. and Daniel, George and Stephen Robinson are on the 1810 census of Hardin Co. KY. For more information on George Roberson/Robertson search the archives and the Yatesville Family History site Also note that David COMBS' acreage is now 87 acres rather than 88 (No land records collected as yet).
    Mar 1795 - 13 Jan 1801 (Will Book 1 of Nelson Co., KY. page-433) Will of David COMBS deceased, To wife Annah one equal part of my lands and tenements along with our two children (not named) then they to share equally. Witness-Thomas COMBS, Elizabeth BOGARD. Written March 1795, Probated Jan 13, 1801. (Extracted by Carolyn Wimp from "Abstracts of Wills1785-1820, by Nelson Co. Historical Soc.) Proved 19 Jan 1801 by Elizabeth BOGARD and 7 Mar 1801 by oath of Thomas COMBS. (p. 580, Combs Researcher Daryl Combs) See Jun 1801 Estate Inventory.

    Notes: According to Combs Researcher Daryl Combs, David is the same who married 15 Mar 1789, Nelson Co., KY, Nancy [Anna] SIMPSON, and is thought to have been son of Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs of Hunterdon Co, NJ and Hampshire Co, VA (see next), and brother of his witness, Thomas COIMBS. Seeking disposition of land, but see land record below of 12 Aug 1795.
    22 Jul 1795 Nicolas RAY had land adjacent to Graham HART and William COMBS on Beech Fork, Nelson Co., KY (extracted by Sue Elfving from The Kentucky Gazette 1787-1800 Genealogical and Historical abstracts by Karen Mauaer Green, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1983, p. 129 v. VIII # XLVII 8 Aug 1795
    12 Aug 1795 - 17 Apr 1797 (Hampshire Co., VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) David COMBS of Nelson Co., KY to Daniel FETTER of Allegany 400 acres on Little Cacapeon; Hampshire Co. Wit: Jas. MARTIN, Francis MURPHY, John CRITTON (Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records of Hampshire Co., VA, Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)
    15 Sep 1795 Nelson County KY Deed Book 5, p. 157: Andrew HYNES & wife Elizabeth to Joseph GRAVES of Bedford Co., PA for 100 pounds 643 acres on a ridge between Caney and Bair Creeks, waters of Green River. (Abstracted by Researcher Connie Butterfield and provided to Combs Researcher Thom Mont who adds: Joseph GRAVES married Rachel WARFORD, widow of Joseph COOMBES III who died ca 1784 of Georges Twp., Fayette Co., PA)
    13 Oct 1795 Nelson Co., KY Court Order Book 1793-1797 p. 127 (extracted by Deb Coombs) Articles of Agreement between William COMBS & Raphael LANCASTER was proved by the Oath of John LANCASTER
    14 Oct 1795 Administrators Bond, Andrew Hynes and William Kendall for the estate of James Barnes, dec’d, 500 pounds, with Joshua Hobbs and Joseph Lewis as sureties (abstracted by Carol Vass from Bettie Cummings Cook C.G, Nelson County, Kentucky Records, Vol. II, Kentucky Records Series, Vol. #33, Cook Publications, Evansville, IN 1992 p. 52)

    Note: Hannah Coombs, daughter of Joseph Coombs of Tonoloways, married first William Hynes and secondly James Barnes. Andrew Hynes was her son.
    9 Dec 1795 Guardian Bond, William Kendall as guardian for Elijah Barnes and Archibald Barnes, orphans of James Barnes, dec’d 1000 pounds, with John Hobbs as surety, (abstracted by Carol Vass from Bettie Cummings Cook C.G, Nelson County, Kentucky Records, Vol. II, Kentucky Records Series, Vol. #33, Cook Publications, Evansville, IN 1992 p. 43)

    Note: Hannah Coombs, daughter of Joseph Coombs of Tonoloways, married first William Hynes and secondly James Barnes.
    9 Dec 1795 Nelson Co., KY Court Order Book 1793-1797 p. 146 (extracted by Deb Coombs) Ordered Nelson COMBS be appointed Surveyor Road from Chaplains Settlement to Kings Still house on the room of Henry DUNCAN and that the same Tithables against him in the executor of that office that assisted the said DUNCAN
    1796 Nelson Co., KY Tax Lists (Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp)
  • 27 May Enoch COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 27 May Richard COMBS 1 male above 21
  • 27 May William COMBS 2050 acres on Stewards Ck entered in name of Wm COMBS, 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 6 June Wm COMBS, Jr 1 male above 21
  • 6 June Walter COMBS 1 male above 21
    12 Jul 1796 Guardian Bond, Andrew Hynes as guardian for Jeremiah Barnes, orphan of James Barnes, dec’d, 100 pounds, with Jacob Yoder as surety (abstracted by Carol Vass from Bettie Cummings Cook C.G, Nelson County, Kentucky Records, Vol. II, Kentucky Records Series, Vol. #33, Cook Publications, Evansville, IN 1992 p. 44)

    Note: Hannah Coombs, daughter of Joseph Coombs of Tonoloways, married first William Hynes and secondly James Barnes. Andrew Hynes was her son.
    3 Sep 1796 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds William COOMES-Rachel COOMES Bond-Richard COOMES

    Notes: William COMBS, Jr. (son of William, Sr.) and Rachel Combs (daughter of Francis and Charity WOODS Combs). See The Nelson Record Tuesday, Dec 20, 1898 for a listing of their children's births. See also Daviess Co., KY for record of his will.
    22 Nov 1796 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) Walter COMBES-Anny COMBES Bond-Benjamin GRAYSON

    Notes: Walter COMBS, Jr. (son of William,Sr.) and Anna COMBS (daughter of Francis and Charity WOODS Combs.
    17 Dec 1796 Nelson Co., KY. A List of Marriages performed by William TAYLOR (copied from film) William W COMBS married Hanah ATKINS (US GenWeb Archives, Nelson Co., KY - See Copyright Restrictions)

    Notes: Who was William W. COMBS? See also later Hannah COMBS of 1801 Nelson.
    1797 Nelson Co., KY Tax Lists
  • 21 July John COOMBS 80 acres on Simpson Ck, entered in Levin POWEL, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94, '95,' 96, 2 males above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 21 July Benjamin COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 21 July David COMBS 87 acrs on Simpson Ck, entered in Levin POWEL, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94, '95, '96, 1 male above 21
  • 28 July William COOMBS 2100 acres on Stewarts Ck, entered in William COOMBS, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94, '95, '96, 1 male above 21
  • 28 July Walter COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 28 July William COOMBS, Jr 1 male above 21
  • 28 July Enoch COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 28 July Francis COOMBS 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 1 Aug Richard COOMBS 100 acres Coxes Ck, entered in Mathew & Cuthb HARRIS(?), 1 male above 21
  • 15 Aug Asa COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 18 Aug Nelson COOMBS 100 acres Simpson Ck, entered in Leven POWEL, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94, '94, '95, '96, 1 male above 21
  • 18 Aug Edward COOMBS, Jr 100 acres Simpson Ck, entered in Leven POWEL, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94, '95, '96, 1male above 21
  • 19 Aug Edward COOMBS 100 Simpson Ck, entered in Leven POWEL, pd taxes 1792, '93, '94, '95, '96, 1 male above 21
  • 19 Aug Andrew COOMBS 1 male above 21, pd taxes 1796
  • 19 Aug Adin COOMBS 50 acres Simpson Ck 1 male above 21+1male 16-21

    Notes: Francis COMBS, formerly of Surry Co NC, makes his first appearance in Nelson, the father of Richard of Coxes Creek. Queston: Are any of these various entries on Simpson Creek parcels of the 1,000 patented by Joseph Combs in 1784? Except see also 1000 acres of Cuthbert COMBS who follows... Also note that it is Cuthbert HARRISON who supposedly left a bible record indicating that his sister, Elizabeth HARRISON married a Joseph Combs, and his sister, Sarah HARRISON, Levin POWELL. Still Need that record desperately!!.
    1797-1800 Andrew HYNES record moved to 1800.
    03 Apr 1797 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds: Richard MILTON to Sally WILLIAMS, step-daughter of Samuel COOMBS Samuel wrote note giving consent, witnessed by Josiah E. BEST who was also bondsman. (Researcher Sue Harris)

    Notes: According to the William F. Coomes manuscript, Samuel COMBS I of Tonoloways married (2) Elizabeth WILLIAMS, a widow. (See Loudoun Co., VA for marriage agreement between Samuel and Elizabeth) Josiah E. BEST was Samuel's son-in-law, married 6 Apr 1797, Nelson, Martha "Patty" COOMBS.
    Apr 6, 1797 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds Patty COOMBS -Josiah E. BEST Bond-Richard MILTON Consent-Samuel COOMES, father of bride Married by Bapt. Minister

    Notes: Martha "Patty" COMBS Best was the daughter of Samuel COMBS I of Tonoloways, Loudoun Co VA & Nelson Co., KY by his first wife, Mary WILKS (William F. Coombs Manuscript). Josiah E. and Martha are later found in Hardin Co., KY.
    15 Jul 1797 Nelson Co., KY Deed book 7, Page 212. July 15,1797 John ASH and wife Arabella sells to Isaac CLARK of Hardin Co for 5 pounds for 97 acres on Southfork of Nolin and being part of 200 acresgranted to Arabella ANDERSON now ASH by patent, adj Joseph NOURSE and Aquilla MARTIN.

    Page 213. July 15, 1797 John ASH and wife Arabella to Aquilla MARTIN for 5 pounds, for 103 acres in Hardin Co. on Southfork of Nolin Creek and being part of same patent mentioned above. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp from Nelson Co., KY Pioneer, Spring of 1988)

    CW Notes: This land would be now in LaRue Co as that is where South Fork of Nolin is located. LaRue Co. came from Hardin Co. in 1843. Hardin Co. came from Nelson Co. in 1793 and Nelson Co. from Jefferson Co. in 1785. See also 25 Dec 1793, Nelson Co., KY marriage of Arabella's daughter, Sarah ANDERSON, to Thomas COMBS.
    15 Nov 1797 (Kentucky Land Grants Book 8:175) James GARRARD, Esq., Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to all in whom this presents shall come greeting. Know you that by virtue and in consideration of a Land Office Treasury Warrant No. three hundred and forty eight there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Cuthbert COMBES a certain tract or parcel of land containing one thousand acres by survey bearing date the fifteenth day of November one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven lying and being in Nelson County on the main branch of Simpson (?) Creek waters of Salt river and bounded as followeth To wit Beginning at two ____ Dogwood & beech on a hill side near the head of a drain one hundred and seventy nine poles South forty five Degrees West from John EASTBURN house where itis said BRASHEAR has an improvement thence south six hundred thirtyfive & a half poles crossing ______run at about six hundred poles to a Dead Walnut in Simpson WILLIAMS plantation South thirty degrees East thirteen poles to said WILLIAMS Spring that John RINGO now makes use of then East two hundred fifty three poles to a Buckeye Sugar treeand elm on the south side of a ridge thence north 632 1/2 poles crossing ______Creek at seventy poles to three beeches on the point of a hill between (Simpsons? ) Creek and East fork thereof thence to the Beginning W 253 poles with its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Cuthbert COMBS and his heirs forever In Witness whereof the said James GARRARD Esq, Governour of the Commonwealth of Kentucky hath herunto set his hand & caused the seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Frankfort on the nineteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight and of the Commanwealth the fourth. SS by the Governour James GARRARD. Harry _______ ___ (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Barbara Rivas)

    Notes: Cuthbert COMBS of Clark Co., KY, born ca 1745, Stafford Co., VA, husband of Sarah EVANS and son of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr.? Note also that this 1,000 acres is not found on Nelson Co., KY tax lists. Taxed from Clark County instead?
    27 Nov 1797 (Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds) Mary Ann COOMBS- Benjamin MITCHELL Bond-Walter COOMBS

    Notes: Mary Ann Coombs is the daughter of William Coombs and Frances Greenleaf. See also land records of 26 Jul 1813 and 4 Feb 1817.
    12 Dec 1797 (Nelson Co., KY Deed Bk 5 p. 359 extracted by Bob Moore) James Hughes and Cynthia his wife sell to Adin Coombs 50 acres on the waters of Chaplain's Fork for 55 pounds.

    NOTE: See 21 Sep 1804 when Adin and wife Permilia of Hardin Co., KY sold this land
    12 Dec 1797 (Bond) Combes, Benjamin married Elizabeth Brown, sur John Brown, over over 21 (extracted by Mary Yoder from Nelson Co Pioneer and & from re-done Mgs by Nelson Co Roundtable Gen Soc)
    20 Mar 1798 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds Joseph COOMBES-Rachel HERRON Bond-Samuel HERRON Married by Baptist Minister

    Notes: son of John & Alice JOLLY Combs? See the Greene Co., IA biography of their son, Joseph, born 1820, Clark Co, IN.

    Mary Yoder Notes: Rachel daughter of Agnes Herron. Joseph and Rachel married by Wm Taylor (extracted from Nelson Co Pioneer & from re-done Mgs by Nelson Co Roundtable Gen Soc)
    5 Apr 1798 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds Else COOMBES-Samuel HERRON. Bond-William HARROD. John COOMBES, bride's father Married by Baptist Minister

    Notes: daughter of John & Alice JOLLY Combs.
    1799 (Nelson Co., KY Tax Lists by Carolyn Wimp who adds: 1798 tax list is missing.)
  • 16 May Enoch COOMES 1 male above 21
  • 16 May William COOMES, Sr. 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 16 May William COOMES 1 male above 21
  • 17 June Leonard Combs 1 male above 21
  • 20 June Francis COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 20 June Richard COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 16 June Asa COOMBS 1 male above 21+1 male 16-21
  • 29 June John COOMBS, Jr. 1 male above 21
  • 29 June Nelson COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 29 June Edward COOMBS, Jr 1 male above 21
  • 4 July John COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 4 July Edward COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 4 July Andrew COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 4 July David COOMBS 1 male above 21
  • 15 July Walter COOMES 1 male above 21

    Notes: Leonard COMBS makes his first appearance on the tax lists of Nelson, thought to have been the 16-21 year old male (son) in the HH of Francis Combs in 1797.
    26 Nov 1799 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds Richard COOMES-Mary LIVERS Bond-William LIVERS Married by Catholic Priest
    12 Dec 1799 Nelson Co., KY Marriage Bonds Benjamin COOMBES-Elizabeth BROWN Bond-John BROWN

    Notes: son of Edward & Rebecca (STILLWELL?) Combs? Also note that at least one marriage CD places the date of this marriage as 12 Dec 1797.
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