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See also Perry Co., KY ALHN, the complete 1850 Perry Co., KY Census transcribed by Louise Gaskill, and the complete 1900 Perry Co., KY Census transcription at USGENNET by Marilyn Ellis Cahill; 1900 Perry Co., KY Census transcription by John F. "Freddie" Wilson on Rootsweb; and Lynda Combs Gipson's Perry Co., KY Marriage Index
Please note that the source below for the Perry Co., Ky. Deed Book E records abstracted and submitted by Sue Elfving are from FHC Film # 0968255 (Microfilm of original book).
23 Feb 1881 Perry Co. Marriage Record Book "C" Page320: Vanburen Combs to Polly Brewer Date 23 Feb 1881; Surety Jeff Combs (Transcribed from microfilm from the Kentucky Historical Society by Lynda Combs Gipson)

Lynda Combs Gipson Notes: Van Buran Combs was the s/o Jefferson Combs & Minerva Combs. Van Buren married Polly Brewer (Source: See 1880 Census Perry Co., KY for Jefferson Combs; 23 Feb 1881 Perry Co.Marriage Record Bk C p. 320). See also Vanburen in the 1900 Perry Co., KY Census.
24 Feb 1881 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Thomas SMITH and Emaline Combs. Signed by Thomas SMITH and Ira J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
11 Apr 1881 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Martin PATRICK and Margaret Combs. Signed by Hendley FUGATE and Martin PATRICK. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
25 Apr 1881. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Harvey HENSLEY and Lidia Combs. Signed by Harvey HENSLEY and Wm GAMBILL. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
1 Jul 1881. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Andy COMBS and Margaret COMBS. Signed by Wesley COMBS with an "X" and Jesse COMBS with an"X". (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
18 Jul 1881. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jeremiah Combs (Patton) [sic] and Rachel PATRICK.Signed by Jeremiah Combs and R. S? Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
20 Aug 1881 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Drury C. COMBS and Deby DUFF. Signed by Drury C. COMBS and Ira J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
25 Jan. 1882 (PC-DBH:554-5). Deed of conveyance made 25 Jan. 1882 between Granville Combs and Alcy Combs his wife of Perry County of the first part and Ira J DAVIDSON of the second part and of the same...for $150 paid in hand...do hereby sell and convey the following described property...being a 200 acre survey in the name of B. B. WALTERS and Jephtha Combs I hereby assign and transfer a title bond dated 20 Sept. 1862 from the said Jephtha Combs to Granville Combs to the part of the second part - same land and patent is filed herewith and made part of this deed...signed Granville Combs, Alcy x Combs. Acknowledged by both grantors on 25 Jan. 1882 and recorded 14 May 1889. Survey dated 27 Feb. 1857 and the patent (#28087) to B B WALTERS and Jeptha Combs (Grant Patent Book 50:50 14). (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

SE Notes: The survey was dated 27 Feb. 1857. Granville Combs, s/o of Nicholas "Bird-Eye" Combs and his wife Elizabeth Combs. Granville's second wife Alcy aka "Granny Dutch" Combs, d/o of Jesse Combs and Polly BOLLING and the widow of Joseph DAVIDSON, was the mother of Ira DAVIDSON. Jeptha Combs is unidentified at this time but he obtained 3 land grants in 1857, one on Campbells branch, one on Cutshin, and the 200a one on the North Fork. Granville was enumerated next door to B B Walters in the 1860 Perry Co., Ky. census.
30 Jan. 1882 (PC-DBE:573). Indenture by and between Martha J. Combs of Owsley Co. and Josiah H. Combs and David Y. LYTLE and Ellen C. LYTTLE of the other part...Martha J. Combs for and in consideration the said [2nd part] discharged the bond she executed for the purchase of the Elijah Combs home farm in Perry County Kentucky and $750 in hand paid the receipt - of all of which is hereby acknowledged - conveys 1/2 of my dower interest in and of all the lands which Jackson G. Combs owned in Perry County during our coveture and 1/2 of my claim against the estate of E. Combs Sr. and the estate of B. S. BRASHEARS and to David Y. LYTTLE and Ellen C. LYTTLE the other and [same wording about interests] and the Master Commissioner is directed to convey 1/2 of land I bid off at the commissioners sale to Josiah H. Combs and the other half to David Y LYTTLE and Ellen C. LYTTLE...This deed embraces all that is embraced in the agreement between Josiah H. Combs and myself. Signed Martha J. x Combs. Attest: James M. SEBASTIAN, H. C. EVERSOLE. Acknowledged by Martha 31 Jan. 1882. Recorded 10 APril 1882.

Note: Martha J. Combs, widow of Jackson G. Combs, son of Elijah "8" Combs Sr. As yet, unclear why she had an interest in the estate of B. S. BRASHEARS. Martha is stated by The Combes Genealogy and the Crank researchers to have been Martha CRANK.
31 Jan 1882 (PC-DBG:146) Indenture between Thomas SMITH of the first part and Thomas SMITH Jordan SMITH Martha SMITH Tilda SMITH all of Letcher County of the second part...for $60 fr each of the above named SMITHS have paid by the said Thomas SMITH...all their interest in Alexander SMITH'S Estate, both real and personal...Signed Thomas SMITH, Jordan Smith, Mary SMITH, Martha Ann x Combs, Matilda x HALE, and Thomas HALE. Wit: John SMITH, Shade SMITH. Deed proven by the oaths of both witnesses... and acknowledged by Jordan and Mary SMITH Martha Ann Combs to be their act and deed 31 Aug. 1882. Recorded 28 Sept 1882 (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving).

Notes: Alexander Smith was the son of William SMITH and Millie Combs. Jordan, Martha, and Matilda are the children of Alexander SMITH and Mary ASHLEY. The Thomas of this deed may have been their brother. See 23 Aug. 1882 deed wherein additional children, Hilliard and Shepherd sell their interest. Jordan Smith married Mary Combs and Matilda Smith married Thomas HALE. Their mother Mary, d/o of Jordan and Barbara Ashley, remarried to Bill Martin after their father Alexander presumably died between 1860 and 1870.
30 March 1882 (PC-DBG:207-8) Deed of Conveyance, John A DUFF and wife Polley DUFF of Perry County of the first part and Samuel GRIGSBY of the same of the second paart...for $100...100 acres in Perry County...beginning on the north side of 10 mile creek...signed John A DUFF, Polly x DUFF. Proved 30 March 1882 by the grantors. Polly examined privately. Recorded 15 Oct 1883. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)
23 Aug 1882 (PC-DBG:210-11) Deed of Conveyance between Shepherd SMITH and Hilliard Smith and Willy Smith of the first part and John W Combs of the second part...for $60...our entire interest in the real estate of Alexander SMITH decd which includes a part of the Byram Combs farm at the mouth of Irishman Creek and Carrs Fork in Perry and Letcher Counties, also a part of the old Nich SMITH farm just below situate in Perry County...signed Hilliard x SMITH, Shepherd SMITH, Willy x SMITH. Proved 23 Aug 1882 by the grantors and recorded same date. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)

Notes: Shepherd and Hilliard were sons of Alexander SMITH and Mary ASHLEY. See 31 Jan 1882 deed. John W Combs also buys the Byram Combs farm from the children of William L Combs on 18 Aug. 1883. The Willy SMITH of the above was Milly SMITH, wife of Hilliard. Information about this family taken from "Genealogy of the Smiths" by John Dillon Smith, 1968, updated by and courtesy of JB Francis.
12 Sept 1882. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jeremiah Combs and Roanah [sic] ENGLE. Signed by Jeremiah Combs and J. H. Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

Note: Jeremiah Combs was the son of Jackson and Mary YOUNG Combs and his wife was Rosannah ENGLE.
13 Dec 1882 Perry Co. Marriage Book H: Wesley COMBS and Clarinda HURT, License Date: Dec. 13, 1882, no marriage date given; married by Irvin EVERSOLE: Witnesses: Isaac HURT & Polly HURT. (Combs Researchers Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)

13 Dec 1882 Combs, Wesley & Clerrinda HURT, surety E. C. Morgan, Dec. 13, 1882, (Source: Perry Co., Ky. Marriage Book D, p. 394, PCKY Gen & Hist Soc, Inc., Pat Horn's transcriptions) submitted by Sue Elfving.
10 Jan 1883 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Silas GODSEY and Loucinda Combs. Signed by Silas GODSEY and Ira J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
27 Jan. 1883 (PC-DBH:494-5). Indenture dated 27 January 1883 between Russell CORNETT Millie CORNETT his wife Nicholas Milisa Combs his wife, Joseph Combs Ceiley Combs his wife Ashford NAPIER Elizabeth his wife and John Combs of Perry County of the first part and R. S. Combs of the same and second part...for $150 do sell and convey all their interest in land...containing 150 acres more or less being part of the interest of Nicholas Combs in the estate of Kindrick Combs decd..signed Russell x CORNETT, Millie x CORNETT, Nicholas x Combs, Malisa x Combs, Joe x Combs, Celey x Combs, Ashford x NAPIER, Elizabeth x NAPIER, John x Combs. Acknowledged 27 Jan. 1883 and recorded 9 January 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

SE Notes: Millie CORNETT was the first wife of Kendrick Combs, son of Nicholas "Bird-Eye" Combs and his wife Elizabeth Combs. Kendrick and Millie had 4 children: Celey, Nicholas, John, and Elizabeth. Daughter Celia Combs married Joseph Combs (s/o of Alexander Combs and Mary BRASHEAR), son Nicholas married Elizabeth STAMPER, and daughter Elizabeth married Ashford Napier although an abstracted marriage record for her and Ashford shows a date of 4 Jan. 1897 (may have been abstracted incorrectly).
18 Mar 1883. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Virgil Combs and Sally Combs. Signed by Virgil Combs and J. H. Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
3 Apr 1883. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Saml. FUGATE and Anna Combs. Signed by Saml FUGATE and J. J. MULLINS. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
17 May 1883 (PC-DBG:214) Deed of Conveyance from James CAMPBELL of the first and part and Milton Combs of the second part...for $15...land in Perry County...on the Ky River...near mouth of Sealum Creek...[not signed]. Proved on 17 May 1883 and acknowledged by James and Rebeca CAMPBELL. Recorded 5 June 1883. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)

Notes: Milton Combs, s/o of Biram S Combs and Mariah MESSER
21 May 1883 (PC-DBF:29) Deed of conveyance between Nicholas Combs Sr of Perry County of the 1st part and John BAKER of the same...for $1000...of which $500 in hand paid...land in Perry County and on the N Fk of Ky.River opposite mouth of second creek and known as the Jeremiah C Combs farm..."being all the land embraced in a deed of conveyance from Samuel ENSWORTH to the part of the first part dated 27 May 1870 (or78) and recorded DBD:219-20, also all that tract...in a conveyance from Harrison Combs Margaret Combs Granville Combs and Lourany Combs dated 6 Sept 1871 and recorded in DBE:89 containing 250 acres...Nicholas x Combs Snr. Acknowledged by Nicholas Combs Sr on 30 May 1888 and recorded 2 March 1889. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)

Note: Grantor was Nicholas "Bird-Eye" Combs, s/o of "Danger Nick." Harrison and Lourany were the children of Jeremiah C Combs.
16 June 1883 (PC-DBG:297-8). Deed of conveyance between Wm SMITH and Nancy SMITH his wife of Breathitt County and B W GRIGSBY and Polly GRIGSBY his wife of Perry County of the first part and Manerva McKEE Saml J KILGORE Susan KILGORE and Nancy KILGORE late Nancy NOBLE of the same...for $100 paid...land on Big fork of Lots Creek..150 acres...Signed William SMITH, Nancy x SMITH, Balis GRIGSBY, Polly x GRIGSBY. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)
17 Aug 1883 (PC-DBF:508-9) Deed of Conveyance: Washington Combs, Sarah Combs, Wm McINTIRE, Dianah McINTIRE, Robert SUMLER Martha SUMLER, Sampson Combs, Granville Combs, Dianah Combs, Esquire WHITAKER, Clerinda WHITAKER, Jackson KELLY, Dulceny KELLY, Spencer Combs, Roda Combs, John W Combs, Clementine Combs, W D Combs & G A Combs committee for Thomas Combs parties of the first part and G P Combs part of the second part...for $500 ($200 in hand paid) followed by payment schedule...for 250 acres in Perry County on Montgomery Creek all of Carrs Fork of the N Fk of the Ky River..(beginning on the n side of said Montgomery Creek near the 1st ford above Stacys mill)..beg at a corner of a 200 acres survey made in the name of G P Combs...corner of divisional line between said G P Combs and Margaret Combs thence along said line between said G P Combs farm and the farm of Green A Combs...signed:
Wm x McINTIRE Seal Dianah x McINTIRE Seal
John W Combs Seal Clementine x Combs Seal
Washington Combs Seal Sarah x Combs Seal
Spencer Combs Seal Roda x Combs Seal
J x KELLEY Seal Dulceny x KELLY Seal
Esquire x WHITAKER Clerinda x WHITAKER Seal
Robert x SUMLER Seal Martha x SUMLER Seal
G A Combs Seal Dianah x Combs
Sampson Combs Seal
Acknowledged by Whitaker and Sumler grantors 18 Aug 1883. Date of recording was blurred but it was in Aug. 1887. [Several deeds of same to Green A Combs, Esquire Whitaker, W D Combs, Sampson Combs, Jackson Kelley, Washington Combs, Spencer Combs, and Robert Sumler. These deeds show G P Combs was Granville P Combs and Sarah]. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)

Notes: These are the children (with spouses) of William L Combs and Margaret KELLY. The above seems to indicate their brother Thomas needed assistance for his care and maintenance. In 1880, Thomas is living with his mother Peggy and brothers Spencer and William Combs. William L Combs died 7 Jan.1879 per his son John Wesley Combs. The only children missing are Isabella who married William HAMMOND and Sylvester Combs. See 11 June 1868 deed wherein all children (except Thomas) are named in a conveyance to them by their parents. These two deeds are an indication of a very close family.
18 Aug 1883 (PC-DBG:211) Deed of conveyance from Esquire WHITAKER (and all the other children of William L Combs, again acting as committee for Thomas Combs) to John W Combs...land containing 40 acres in Perry and Letcher Counties on Irishman Creek and Cars Fork of the North Fk of the Ky Rover...so as to include all the land of the Byram Combs Farm from a conditional line between John W Combs and Spencer Combs...signed by the entire group including John W Combs and Clementina. Recorded 18 Aug. 1883). (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)

Notes: John W Combs also purchased parts of the Biram Combs farm from Hilliard and Shepherd SMITH, sons of Alexander SMITH and Mary Ashley.
1 Sept 1883 (PC-DBF:4) (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving) Deed of conveyance between Washington Combs Delphea Combs Nancy Combs Madison Combs Maryan Combs William R Combs Sarah Combs Remines Combs Mary Combs William FRANKLIN Nancyan FRANKLIN of Perry and Letcher Counties of Kentucky, parties of the first part and Jackson Combs of Perry County of the second part...for the sum of $650 of which $600 in hand paid....(all the Black walnut timber excepted out of this deed) sell the following property to wit: Beginning at the large rock above and ___ the old mill site on Yellow Creek a fk of Carrs Fork of the N Fk of the Ky. River...containing 800 acres more or less...Signed by: Riley Combs Sarah x Combs
Washington x Combs Maryan x Combs
Remines x Combs Mary x Combs
Fielden x Combs Arminta x Combs
Washington Combs
Andrew Combs Nancy FRANKLIN

William x FRANKLIN
Acknowledged by grantors on 1 Sept 1883.

Note: The above are heirs of Jeremiah L Combs Jr. 24 Nov 1883 (PC-DBG:216-7) Mortgage Deed of Conveyance between William G CORNETT Martha CORNETT Jeremiah Combs and Polly Combs of the first part and Shipley Wm H __?__, Albert E L_isey and Moris ? SHIPLEY of Cincinnati State of Ohio for $447.97 paid...sell land in Perry County on trace fork of Lotts Creek of the N Fk of the Ky River...beginning at the upper end of Cytha GODSEY farm...Louis FELTNER line...so as to include all the land conveyed by Jeremiah Combs and Polly Combs herein to Martha Wm G CORNETT and conveyed by sd Jeremiah and Polly to John G Combs and conveyed John G Combs to Wm G CORNETT...signed Jeremiah x Combs, Polly x Combs, Martha x CORNETT, W G x CORNETT. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)
18 --- 1884. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds.. Elijah Combs and Leathey Ann STACY. Signed by E. Combs and Harrison Combs, Jr. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
1884 (PC-DBF:34) Indenture made ____ 1884 between W H NICKELS and Elizabeth his wife of Letcher Co. and W W NICKELS NICKELS & his wife Elizabeth of Campbell Co, Tennessee and S. POLLY of Perry County of the second part...for $750 in hand paid...a tract of land in Perry Co. on the N Fk of Ky. River and being same land that Granville Combs and Alcy Combs his wife conveyed to W H NICKELS and Walter NICKELS per deed dated 2 April 1875 and acknowledged by said Combs and wife 2 April 1875 and recorded in Deed Book D, p. 565 &566 also W W NICKELS and Elizabeth NICKELS his wife of Campbell Co, Tennessee for $50 convey to S POLLY another tract in Perry County being the land W W NICKELS bought of Roger CORNETT and described as follows viz...land that borders James W CAMPBELL. Signed W W NICKELS, Lizzie NICKELS. We the sd Wm H Nickels and his wife Elizabeth do confirm by deed of General Warranty to the said Shadrach POLLY land herein described (viz) land formerly owned by Granville Combs...signed Wm H Nickels, Elizabeth Nickels.
Campbell Co, Tenn. W W Nickels and wife Lizzie Nickels acknowledge their deed and she relinquishes her right of dower 3 pril 1884. [Then the same acknowledgement and release for Wm H Nickels and Elizabeth Nickels in Perry Co. dated 12 May 1885.] (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)
1 April 1884 (PC-DBF:27) Indenture between Wm BAKER and Rebeca his wife and J. H. Combs of Perry County of the first part and Isaac BAKER of the second part...for $65 in hand paid...said boundary being rated at $200 the part of the first part Wm BAKER give to said Isaac the balance over and above the $65 and this being his part as an heir of my estate...Wm x BAKER, Rebec x BAKER. Grantor acknowledged his act and Rebeca relinquished her right of dower 1 April 1884. Rec 4 Feb. 1885. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)
16 Aug. No year given (PC-DBF:36) Indenture made this day Austin Combs and Bell Combs his wife of Perry County of the first part and Fielden Combs of the same...for $200...sold land in Perry County on the Bank (or Bark?) Fork of Lots Creek...250 acres...signed Austin Combs, Bell x Combs. No recording information. The writing at the top says A C Combs and wife. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)
22 Aug 1884. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. J. E. CAMBELL and M. E. Combs. Signed by J. E. CAMPBELL and W. W. BAKER. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
26 Jan 1885. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Geo W. HOGG and Aminta Combs. Signed by Geo W. HOGG and Sampson Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
12 Mar 1885 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Sampson B. COMBS and Malinda CORNETT; License date 11 Mar 1885; Marriage date 12 Mar 1885; Married by Wm. C. CORNETT. Witnesses Hezekiah B. BRASHEARS and Eliza MORGAN. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
16 Mar 1885 Kentucky Land Grants, p. 1122: Grantee: Combs, B W; Acres: 50; Book: 107, Page: 454; Date Survey: 3-16-1885; County: Perry; Watercourse: Lotts Creek
20 March 1885. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. James HURT and Nancy Combs. Signed by James HURT and Thomas GABBARD. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
22 June 1885 (PC-DBF:48-49) Indenture between Alexander Combs of the first part and Claborn YOUNG and Lucinda YOUNG and her heirs of the second part "now the conditions of this deed is such that the land intended to be conveyed is such that the said Claborn YOUNG is to pay the said Alexander Combs $100 over and above the price that the Thomas YOUNG land was sold for and at the death of Lucinda YOUNG said Claborne YOUNG is to have his $100 with interest...then the balance of the heirs is to have their parts of said land...land in Perry County on the N Fk of the Ky. River and the school house branch..dividing line between Alexander Combs and John PRATT...signed Alexander x Combs, Maryann x Combs. Acknowledged by grantors on 24 June 1885. Recorded 5 Oct 1885. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image, FHC Film # 0968256, by S Elfving)

Notes: The exact relationship of the Youngs to Alexander Combs is not yet determined. Claborn YOUNG was the son of Thomas and Lucinda Young per census records and whose 1880 census record shows Lucinda to be widowed. The 1855 PCKY birth record for their son Claborn gives her maiden name as Weltch [Welch].
23 June 1885 (PC-DBF:48-49). Deed of conveyance between Alex Combs and wife Maryann Combs of the first part and Wm LUSK of the second part...for $50...sell one undivided half of all the coal that is in a 200 acres survey made in the name of Wm Lusk and Alex Combs...beginning on the N side of the N Fk of the Ky. River on the spur above the mouth of Cudy branch. Signed Alexander x Combs, Maryann x Combs. Attest: Joshua RITCHIE and John LYTTLE. Acknowledged by the grantors on 23 June 1885. Rec. 24 June 1885. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)

Notes: Alexander Combs, s/o of Nicholas "Bird-Eye" Combs and his wife Elizabeth Combs. His wife was Mary Ann BRASHEARS
13 Aug 1885 (PC-DBF:79-81) Mortgage. Indenture between A C GODSEY and Louisa his wife, Samuel NAPIER and Eliza his wife, James GODSEY, Austin C GODSEY [should be Combs] and Bell his wife, all of Perry County, of the first part and S P FRENCH of Harlan County of the second part...for $1050 (borrowed money) to them (1st part) paid by 2nd part...[B F FRENCH appears to be on the mortgage]...(1) land in Perry County on waters of Trace Fk of Lotts Creek...beginning at the upper end of John GRIGSBY'S field...crosses to Jacob FELTNER'S line...lower end of Felix Combs' plantation...cond'l line between sd Felix Combs and Moses Combs' farms...2700 acres...being the tract held by Scytha GODSEY by deed of conveyance from the Master Commissioner of the Perry County court...and upon which said Scytha resided at time of her death...deed recorded Deed Book E, p. 135; (2) All the described tract in Perry County...so as to include all the land that lies on Lotts Creek up to Austin Combs' line this being the home farm of said A C Combs upon which he resides and which he holds by deed of conveyance from R C Combs recorded Deed Book E, p. 141; (3) Land about 12 miles below John CAMPBELL'S (Blackbeard)..[lists lots of horses, cattle, timber] near the mouth of Trace Fork...[lists all the livestock and who owns the livestock]...signed
A C x GODSEY Louisa x GODSEY
Samuel x NAPIER Elizabeth x NAPIER
Austin x Combs Bell x Combs
Produced on 14 Aug 1885. [The females were privately examined]. Recorded 1 Dec 1885.
(Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)

Notes: Scytha GODSEY was the widow of Robert H GODSEY and the d/o of Jeremiah C "Chunky Jerry" Combs and Syntha SUMNER. She was still alive in June 1880 when the census was taken and living with her was her son-in-law Samuel NAPIER and his wife Eliza, her son James and daughter Cumine Austin GODSEY and wife Louiza are next door.
14 Aug 1885 (PC-DBF:373-4) Josh SMITH and wife Jane of Perry County to Gemima HOLLIDAY of same...signed Joshua x SMITH, Jane x SMITH. Acknowledged 14 Aug. 1885. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)

Notes: Joshua SMITH, s/o of Elder Richard and Elitia SMITH, married Amy aka Jane HOLLIDAY.
22 Sept 1885. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Fielden Combs and Sylvana ENGLE. Signed by Fielden Combs and Jerry Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

22 Sept. 1885 Fieldon Combs and Sylvana Engle, (Surety by Jerry Combs). Perry Co., Ky. MB F (Source: Perry County, KY Marriages, Books A-F, Perry County, Ky., Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc., Compiled by Pat Horn). (submitted by Sue Elfving)
27 Nov 1885. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Kendrick Combs and Margaret NAPIER. Signed by K.Combs and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
1 Jan 1886 (PC-DBF:358-9) Indenture between William INGLE, Henry INGLE, Fieldon Combs, Silvaney Combs, Jeremiah Combs, Rosanna Combs, and Huldy CARNWAY all of Perry County of the first part and Benjamin INGLE of the same of the second part...$300 for land in Perry County..signed: Henry x INGLE, William x INGLE, Jeremiah x Combs, Rosanna x Combs, Fielden x Combs, Silvaney x Combs, Huldy x CARRWAY. Record 29 Dec 1886. [Huldy is listed as INGLE in her acknowledgement. There were several more related deeds, one for each individual from the others, through p. 362]. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)

Notes: The above are the children of Henry INGLE. Rosanna ENGLE married Jeremiah Combs and Silvaney ENGLE married Fieldon Combs who later divorced.
7 Jan 1886. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Wm Combs and Rebecca A. Combs. Signed by Wm Combs and Samp Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
10 April 1886 (PC-DBH:313) "An article agreed and entered in to by and between Nicholas Combs of the first part and Lourenza Combs of the second part - I Nicholas Combs of the first part to agree that said Lourenza Combs shall have all of my estate at my death both real and personal the said Nicholas Combs is to use his estate as he pleases as long as he lives." Signed Nicholas x Combs. Witnesses: John M Combs, Kendrick Combs. Recorded 21 May 1888.

SE Note: Nicholas "Bird-Eye" Combs, s/o of Nicholas "8" aka "Danger Nick" Combs and Nancy GRIGSBY. Lourenza was Lorenzo Dow Combs, son of Bird-Eye. Since Nicholas' wife Elizabeth is not named as a grantor, it is suspected she may have died recently. The last record for Elizabeth (d/o of RW Soldier John "8" Combs) was 23 June 1885 when she and Nicholas granted land to their son Alexander Combs.
1 May 1886 (PC-DBH:252-3). Deed of conveyance between William SMITH, Sarah SMITH, John Combs, Dulceny Combs Polly Combs Milly SMITH and Newton SMITH party of the first part and Willey SMITH of the second part for $1105 in hand paid...sells and convey the following described property to wit: Beginning at a cliff of rock at the lower end of the said heirs land and thence up the Lucky Ridge to the top of same...around to the head of Dick's branch...head of Caudill branch...to the beginning. Newton SMITH only sells William SMITH'S interest in the within boundary let it be much or little...signed Newton SMITH, Elizabeth x SMITH, Milly x SMITH, John x Combs, Dulceny x Combs, William x SMITH, Sarah x SMITH, Polley x Combs, Thos x SMITH. Acknowledgement paragraph lists: William Smith Dulceny Combs Polly Combs Sarah Smith Milly Smith and John Combs to Willy Smith. They acknowledged the deed as their own act on 1 May 1886 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

Notes: These are the heirs of Richard and Polly SMITH. John Combs married Dulcena SMITH.
27 May 1886. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Samuel MILLER and Nancy Combs. Signed by Samuel MILLER and Edward DUFF, Jr. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
5-8 Jun 1886 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Claiborne COMBS and Sally COLWELL. License date 5 June 1886; Marriage date 8 June 1886; Married by Wm. GAMBILL at Ben COMBS'; Witnesses: Bill COUCH and Joseph COUCH. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
25 June 1886 (PC-DBF:124-25). Whereas in the action of R S BRASHEARS Adminr &c E Combs Sr Ex and J G Combs Admr Plaintiffs agst R S BRASHEARS Heirs &c E Combs Sr Heirs &c and J G Combs Heirs &c Defts pending in the Perry County Circuit Court an order was entered at the Nov. 1878 term ordering J C EVERSOLE Master Commissioner to expose for sale at public auction property...whereas said property was sold on 16 June 1879 for $2401.00 by Martha J Combs and sale confirmed by court June term 1879 and at June term 1886 the court ordered Ira J Davidson Spec Commissioner to execute a deed of conveyance of said property to Josiah H Combs who paid off said purchase money by auhority of Mrs Martha J Combs...this Indenture dated 24 June 1886 between the heirs and creditors of the Estate of Elijah Sr and Jackson G Combs by Ira J DAVIDSON Spec Commissioner and Josiah H Combs of the second part...beginning at the mouth of Lick branch about 1/4 mile above the town of Hazard...thence running with the line established by Elijah Combs in his will between Jesse and Jackson G Combs...to include all land that J G Combs and Elijah Combs held above town of Hazard containing 3000 acres...25 June 1886. Acknowledged by commissioner 26 June 1886 and recorded 16 July 1886. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)
22 Aug 1886 (PC-DBF:377-78). Nancy Combs et als Deed to John GRIGSBY Darb. Nancy Combs, Benjamin GRIGSBY, Alex GRIGSBY, Winey GRIGSBY now Winney CORNETT, Polly GRIGSBY now Polly WILLIAMS of Johnson and Madison Counties Arkansas, part of the first part and John GRIGSBY Darb of Perry County of the second part...for $400...land on Lotts Creek...conditional line between Ben F GRIGSBY and heirs of Edward GRIGSBY Deceased...[signatures are very small and cannot read]. B F GRIGSBY acknowledged in Johnson County, Arkansas on 22 Aug 1886, others ack in Madison Co. on 13 Dec 1886. John GRIGSBY shown as {Dasb or Darb}. Recorded in Perry County on 7 Jan 1887. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)

Notes: The "Darb and/or Dasb" designation was always attached to John GRIGSBY. B F GRIGSBY is found in the 1880 Madison Co, AR census as is Nancy Combs, age 45, with 2 Combs children and 3 Grigsby children, A, Mary, and Winnie Grigsby. It appears Nancy may have remarried. She is the head of her 1870 Perry Co census household and found with husband Edward GRIGSBY in 1860.
28 Oct 1886 (PC-DBF:374-5) Deed of conveyance between R C Combs and Eliza Combs his wife of Perry County to Austin C Combs...signed R C Combs (Seal), Eliza Combs (Seal). Acknowledged 28 Oct 1886. Recorded same.
8 Nov 1886. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Samuel Combs and Cristine CECIL. Signed by Samuel Combs and Jordan Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

8 Nov 1886 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Samuel COMBS and Christina CECIL. License and marriage date 8 Nov 1886. Married by Jordan COMBS ,MG at Jordan COMBS'. Witnesses: Zack FUGATE andRebecca COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
1 Jan 1887 (smudged) Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. D.B. OLINGER and Eliza COMBS. Signed by D.B. OLINGER and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
3 Feb. 1887 (PC-DBH:282-3). Deed of mortgage...indenture made 3 Feb. 1887 between W. W. Combs and wife Elizabeth of the first part and J. G. EVERSOLE of the other part...all of Perry County Kentucky...for $186.96 sell and convey land in Perry County on the waters of the North Fork of the Ky. River and half of a mile above the town of Hazard beginning at the mouth of Lick branch...adjoining the farm of Sally DAVIDSON...signed W W Combs, Elizabeth x Combs. Acknowledged by grantors on 3 Feb. 1887 and recorded 4 Feb. 1888. Included note that mortgage satisfied in full 21 Aug. 1887 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

SE Note: William W Combs, s/o of Jesse Combs and Polly BOLLING. Wife Elizabeth said to be Elizabeth JOHNSON.
15 Feb 1887. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jas GODSEY and Juda Combs. Signed by Jas GODSEYand W. W. Combs (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
15 Feb 1887 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds.. W. G. Combs and Ella FLETCHER?. Signed by W.G. F. Combs and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
4 Mar 1887 Perry Co Marrige Book H. Samuel J. COMBS and Arminta COMBS License and marriage date 4 Mar 1887. Married by Ira COMBS MG, at Elijah SUMNER'S. Witnesses: Elijah SUMNER and Betty Jane SUMNER. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
14 March 1887 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. G. P. Combs and Cora BAKER. Signed by G.P. Combs and David Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

14 Mar 1887 Perry Co Marriage Book H. G.P. COMBS and Cora BAKER; License Date: Mar. 14, 1887; Marriage Date: Mar. 14, 1887; Married By: Ira COMBS, MG at R.M. BAKER'S; Witnesses: Wm. COMBS, Eli COUCH, Katie DEHART. (Researchers Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
25 March 1887 (PC-DBF:417-8) Andrew Combs and Allen Combs of Perry County of the first part and Richard Combs of the second part...land in Perry County. Acknowledged 25 March 1887, recorded same. (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)
4 May 1887 (PC-DBF:503) Contract: Fieldon Combs to Wm HYLTON. Fielden Combs of Perry County of the first part and Wm HYLTON of Wise County, Virginia, agent for E B MOON of Richmond, Va..for $1 in hand paid...agrees to sell second part all that tract of land in Perry County on the waters of Lots Creek containing 300 acres and adjoining the lands of Samuel NAPIER and others including all the coal minerals oill and gas for $150 to be paid as follows [schedule given] when said party is to execute title...signed Fielden Combs (Seal), Wm HYLTON Agent for E B MOON.
Witness: Leslie JOHNSON. Produced on 3 Aug 1887. Recorded 11 Aug. 1887.
[There were several contracts from different individuals doing the same...Zachariah FUGATE, John J GODSEY, William MILLER, Wm B FUGATE and wife Mary, james B NOBLE] (Source: Abs. fr orig. image by S Elfving)

Notes: Wm HYLTON of Wise was the son of William W HYLTON Sr deceased of Letcher Co., Ky.. The witness Leslie JOHNSON was married to Frances HYLTON, sister to Wm Hylton, the Agent. It is not clear which Fieldon Combs was the party of the first part.
24 May 1887 (PC-DBH:3). Deed of Mortgage from Wesley Combs to Irvin STACY. Wesley Combs is indebted to Irvin STACY in the full amount of $75...Wesley Combs conveys to Irvin STACY the following boundary of land in Perry County...conditional line between Jerry Combs and Nicholas Combs...made 24 May 1887. Signed Wesley Combs, Polly Combs, Silvany Combs. Acknowledged in Clerk's office on 24 May 1887. Recorded 11 June 1887 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257
29 June 1887 (PC-DBH:234). Deed between Clinton Combs, Masingil Combs, Boney Combs, parties of the first part and Elias Combs of the second part...for $450 sell and convey to party of the second part...signed Clinton x Combs, Masing x Combs, Boney x Combs, Susan x Combs. Acknowledged on 29 June 1887 by Clint Combs Lourania Combs his wife, Masingale Combs & Boney Combs Susan Combs. Recorded Oct. 1887 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).
20 July 1887 (PC-DBH:118-9). This deed made 20 July 1887 between Elijah MORGAN Elias Combs and Lucinda Combs parties of the first part and T. P. TRIGG Trustee of the second part...for $125...receipt acknowledged...all the coal, salt water minerals, and gas lying and being under our farms containing 350 acres on Carrs Fork in Perry County...being my land and adjacent the lands of Mason Gill Combs and William Combs pat. in the name of E. B. MORGAN & Elias Combs 1872. Signed Elijah MORGAN, Elias Combs, Lucinda x Combs, Sarah x MORGAN. Acknowledged by all grantors on 20 July 1887. Recorded 17 Sept. 1887 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

Note: The above deed typical to many found in the deed books during this period wherein folks sold the mineral rights on their properties. Some of these were:
  • 21 July 1887: #29 John Combs and wife Dulcey Combs (PC-DBH:127)
  • 21 July 1887: #34 J. H. Combs and wife Polly Ann Combs and Wm BAKER and wife Mary BAKER (PC-DBH:135-6)
  • 19 July 1887: #39 Fielding Combs and wife Arminta Combs (PC-DBH:143-4)
  • 20 July 1887: #45 William Combs (PC-DBH:160-1)
  • 20 July 1887: #56 Elhanon S Combs and wife Mary Combs
    20 July 1887 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds.. David Y. Combs and Mary BRASHEAR. Signed by D.Y. Combs and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    22 Aug. 1887 (PC-DBH:600-1). Indenture between Hanbell Combs and Susanah Combs his wife of Perry County and Masongill Combs of the same...for $80 in hand paid...conveys land in Perry County on George's branch of Carrs Fork of the Ky. River...within calls of a survey in the name of Hanbell Combs containing 150 acres...signed Hanbell x Combs, Susannah x Combs. Acknowledged on 22 Aug. 1887 and recorded 2 Aug. 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Hannibal Combs, s/o of Martin Massingill Combs and Elizabeth Combs.
    21 Sept 1887 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Nicholas WILLIAMS, Jr. and Martha WOOTEN. Signed by Nicholas WILLIAMS, Jr. and John C. EVERSOLE. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    29 Sept. 1887 (PC-DBH:424-5). Deed of conveyance dated 29 Sept. 1887 between Nicholas Combs and Martha Combs his wife of the first part and Austin Combs of the second part...for $85 do sell and convey...land on the North Fork of the Ky. River...above the mouth of Lotts Creek...between Lotts and 2nd Creek...Samuel NAPIER'S line...containing about 100 acres. Signed Nicholas S Combs, Martha Combs. Acknowledged by both grantors on 29 Sept. 1887 and recorded 24 Aug. 1888. Acknowledgement paragraph shows name styled as Nicholas S Combs.

    SE Note: Nicholas Combs, s/o of John S Combs and Celia/Sealey Combs, and his wife Martha Combs, d/o of Granville Combs and his first wife Marinda BRASHEARS.
    4 Oct. 1887 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Elhanen Combs and Elizabeth GUINN. Signed by Elhanen Combs and Kindrich Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    4 Oct 1887 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Elhannon COMBS and Elizabeth GUINN. License date Oct. 4, 1887; Married by J. J. NAPIER MG. Witnesses: Gabe NAPIER and John NAPIER. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    25 Oct. 1887 (PC-DBH:247-8). Deed of conveyance between Samuel STANDFORD and Mary Ann STANDFORD his wife of the first part and Henry Combs and Jackson Combs of the second part...for $550...land on the waters of Big Creek of the North Fork of the Ky. River..beginning at the mouth of branch where Henry Combs now lives...to Henry FIELDS line...it is agreed by and between Henry F Combs and Jackson Combs of the first part and Nancy Combs the mother that she is to live on this farm until her death and at her death to Henry F and Jackson Combs their heirs etc...Acknowledged 30 Oct. 1887 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).
    17 Nov. 1887 (PC-DBH:244-5). Whereas the Perry Circuit Court of the State of Kentucky at its May term 1887 rendered a judgment in the action of Jackson G Combs admr. plaintiff agst Jackson G. Combs heirs &c defendants directing a sale of the property hereby conveyed which sale was accordingly made to Josiah H Combs on the 11th day of July 1887 for $100.50 and was reported at the Special October Term 1887 by special commissioner and the court at its November term 1887 certified that report to J. H. Combs...Special Commissioners was Sh. H. RASH...the court does hereby assign and convey to Josiah H Combs all the right title and interest of S. P. HOGG Sally Ann HOGG Jackson Combs Polsy [Patsy?] Combs and heirs of Jackson G Combs deceased and all other parties to the said proceedings...property as described...beginning on the east side of the North Fork of the Ky. River at a conditional line between Robert CORNETT and Jackson G Combs...commissioner herein in only conveys the title to this undivided 1/2 interest in the said land to J H Combs...S H RASH Special Commissioner. Recorded 28 Nov. 1887 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Note: Jackson G Combs was the s/o of Elijah "8" Combs. His wife was Martha aka Patsy CRANK. Other deeds name Sally Combs HOGG (wife of Stephen) and James and Elijah Combs as children of Jackson G Combs. This conveyance may also document a son also named Jackson G Combs.
    23 Nov 1887. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Orbin Combs and Issabel Combs. Signed by Orbin Combs and A. G. Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    6 Dec 1887 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Leslie Combs and Matilda Combs. Signed by LeslieCombs and J. E. CAMPBELL. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    7 Dec 1887 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Leslie COMBS and Matilda COMBS. License date 6 Dec 1887, marriage date 7 Dec 1887; Married by Ira COMBS, MG at Clint COMBS. Witnesses Elhannon CORNETT and Nancy CORNETT. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    1888 Perry Co., KY Marriage Index Combs, Jas O. married Jain Balin #Blank Vol F Page 134 *submitted by Jessie Coe Combs)

    Note: See Perry Co., KY 1880 Census, 1900 Census and 1920 Census Franklin Co., KY along with 18 Dec 1913 Perry Co., Ky newspaper article on James O. Combs.
    4 Jan. 1888 (PC-DBH:265-6). Deed of conveyance between R. C. Combs and Eliza Combs his wife of Perry County to Lacy Combs of the same, the second part...for $700 in hand paid do hereby sell and convey...property...to wit: ...lying in Perry County on the North Fork of the Ky. River...beginning at the mouth of housing mil branch...mouth of Lick branch...to include all land that is in a 400 acre survey of Robert Combs dated 28 January 1848.........Signed R. C. Combs, Eliza x Combs. Acknowledged by both grantors on 4 Jan. 1888 and recorded same date (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Note: R. C. Combs aka Robert C. Combs was the s/o Samuel Combs and Nancy CORNETT. His wife Eliza was the d/o of Jeremiah C "Chunky Jerry" Combs. Lacy Combs was the s/o of Robert and Eliza.
    6 Jan 1888 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Balis Combs and Bell FLETCHER. Signed by Balis Combs and Newton SMITH. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

    8 Jan. 1888 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Balis W. COMBS and Bell FLETCHER; License date: 6 Jan 1888; Marriage date 8 Jan 1888; Married by Talbert HOLLIDAY at John BAKER'S; Witnesses: R.M. BAKER and Octavy COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    17 Feb. 1888 (PC-DBI:4-5). Indenture between Massingill Combs Sr. of Perry County and Elijah SUMNER and Betty June SUMNER his wife of the second part...sell and convey...land in Perry County on Carrs Fork...and bounded as follows being the interest of Betty Jane SUMNER and Hanbell Combs which the partys of the second part have purchased of said Hanbell and the remainder the same partys have purchased of the sd M Combs Sr...being all the land that the part of the first part holks on the Rocky hollow...containing about 100 acres...Massingill x Combs. Acknowledged by grantor on 17 Feb. 1888 and recorded 15 Sept. 1888 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: This would seem to indicate the grantor to be Martin Massingill Combs, son of Mason "8" Combs and Jane RICHARDSON. Hannibal aka Hanbell and Betty Jane were two of his children by Elizabeth Combs
    22 Feb 1888 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. W. J. MADDEN and Loucinda Combs. Signed by W. J. MADDEN and P. W. NEALL/NEACE?. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    24 Feb 1888. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. John WALKER and Elvina Combs. Signed by John WALKER and J. H. Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    5 March 1888. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. J. O. Combs and Jennie BOLIN. Signed by Jas O. Combs and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    9 April 1888. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Elihai? MAYNARD and Nany Ann Combs. Signed by Elihai? MAYNARD and Granville Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    26 May 1888 (PC-DBH:405-6). Indenture made 26 May 1888 between Walter W NICHOLS and Elizabeth NICHOLS his wife of Jacksboro Tennessee of the first part and Sally DAVIDSON of the second part of Perry County Kentucky...for $500 in hand paid...sell and convey Lot #1 in the town of Hazard containing 1/4 acre being the same property conveyed by Emilene BAKER and John BAKER to Walter W NICHOLS by deed dated Jan. 27, 1881 and recorded in Deed Book E, p. 482 on Oct. 4, 1881. Signed Walter W NICHELS, Lizzie A NICHELS. Acknowledged 26 May 1888 Jacksboro. Recorded 20 July 1888 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Note: Sally DAVIDSON was the d/o of Elijah Combs Jr. and his wife Polly Combs. Sally married Benjamin D Davidson, the s/o of Robert Davidson and Cynthia CHADWELL of Scott Co., Va.
    18 Jun 1888. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Isaac MESSER and Maverna Combs. Signed by Isacc MESSER and William Combs (with his mark) (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    17 July 1888 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Theo Combs and Susan Combs. Signed by Theo Combs and Jerry McINTOSH. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

    20 Jul 1888 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Theophilus COMBS and Susan COMBS License date 17 July 1888, marriage date 20 July 1888. Married by Wm. BRASHEARS, MG at Jefferson COMBS. Witnesses John CORNETT and John COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    18 July 1888 (PC-DBH:420-21). Deed of conveyance made 18 July 1888 between Granville Combs and Alcy Combs of Perry County partys [sic] of the first part and Ira J. DAVIDSON of the same...for $5000 in hand paid...land in Perry County on Big Willard Creek of the North Fork of the Ky. River...line of Hiram FIELDS survey...containing 400 acres...Acknowledged by grantors 1 Aug. 1888 and recorded 18 Aug. 1888 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Note: Granville Combs, s/o of Nicholas "Bird-Eye" Combs and his wife Elizabeth Combs. Granville's second wife Alcy aka "Granny Dutch" Combs, d/o of Jesse Combs and Polly BOLLING and the widow of Joseph DAVIDSON, was the mother of Ira DAVIDSON.
    25 July 1888 (PC-DBH:452-3). Deed of conveyance dated 25 July 1888 between Huldy CONAWAY Benjamin and Bettie WILLIAMS and Bettie Henry and Polleyan INGLE Alex and Melda GAYHEART Jeremiah and Rosean Fielden and Sylvania John L and Quinino Combs Samuel and Eliza NAPIER A C and Louisa Charles and Milley James and Juda GODSEY E H and Harriett HOLIDAY part of the first part and B. W. GRIGSBY part of the second part...for $900 sell and convey all their interest in land beginning on the conditional line between said Wm SMITH and said GRIGSBY containing 200 acres more or less...signed Wm INGLE, Elizabeth x INGLE, Hulda x INGLE, Benjamin x INGLE, Elizabeth INGLE, Jeremiah x Combs, Rosanah x Combs, John L x Combs, Quinine x Combs, Polley An x Combs, Henry x INGLE, Polleye An x INGLE, Joe FELTNER, Elizabeth x FELTNER, H. C. x GODSEY, Louisa x GODSEY, James x GODSEY, Juda x GODSEY, Fielden x Combs, Sylvania Combs, Alexander x GEARHART, Melda x GEARHART, Samuel x NAPIER, Eliza x NAPIER, E H HOLIDAY, Henry x HOLIDAY, Charles X GODSEY, Milly x GODSEY. Acknowledged 13 Sept. 1888 and recorded 18 Sept. 1888 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Grantors are the heirs of Henry INGLE. Jeremiah "Free Jerry" Combs was the son of Jackson Combs and Mary Ann Young. He married Roseanna ENGLE on 12 Sep 1882 in Perry Co. On 22 Sept. 1885, Fieldon Combs married Sylvana ENGLE.
    3 Aug 1888. The Mountain Echo (Newspaper), Laurel Co, KY. "Our Hazard [Perry Co KY] correspondent gives a graphic account of the murder of Uncle Shade Combs, which occurred in that county on the 21st ult. [21 Jul 1888], and the shooting of John E. CAMPBELL, also an account of the killing of one BATES in Hindman." (Excerpted by Rita Maggard from the "Mountain Echo," Laurel Co, KY, Laurel County Historical Society, US GenWeb
    20 Aug. 1888 (PC-DBH:428-9). Indenture made Aug. 23 1888 between James STACY of the county of Perry of the first part and Jerry, Felix, and Samuel Combs of the second part...for $50 in hand paid, sell and convey unto Jeremiah Combs, Felix Combs, and Samuel Combs land in Perry County, The Rocky Fork on Combses branch of Troublesome North Fork of the Ky. River...beginning on the west side of Rock Fork...between the short fork of Combses branch...containing 82 acres more or less...James x STACY, Hulda x STACY. Recorded 29 Aug. 1888 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Note: Jeremiah, Felix, and Samuel were sons of Moses Combs and his wife Lythe Combs.
    15 Sept. 1888 (PC-DBI:62-3). Deed between Louiza MORGAN of the first part and Jesse MORGAN of the second part....for the sum of $350 in hand paid...sell and convey...property...in Perry County on the North Fork of the Ky. River...beginning on the south bank of the North Fork of the Ky. River...opposite Margaret STACYS...to Carlow Combs line...being the land described in a commissioners deed of conveyance in Deed Book G, p. 315 ...now the same land described in deed from bud MORGAN to Louiza MORGAN dated 27 June 1886 Deed Book H, p. 324. Signed Louiza x MORGAN. Acknowledged by Louiza MORGAN on 15 Sept. 1888 and recorded 20 June 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Louisa Combs, widow of Zachariah MORGAN, and daughter of Elijah and Polly Combs Combs, Jr
    24 Nov 1888. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds.. Shade Combs and Francis GODSEY. Signed by Shade Combs and Jno B. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    3 Jan 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. John COMBS and Margaret NAPIER. Signed by James WALKER. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    7 Jan 1889. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. John STACY and Rosa Jane Combs. Signed by John STACY and Ruben MESSER. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    10 Jan 1889. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Robert Combs and Susan G. CORNETT. Signed by Robert Combs and Jno B. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    16 Jan 1889 Kentucky Land Grants, p. 1123: Grantee: Combs, Fielden; Acres: 200; Book: 111, Page: 415; Date Survey: 1-16-1889; County: Perry; Watercourse: Lotts Creek
    4 March 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. William G. Combs and Sally FIELDS. Signed by William G. Combs and Jno FELTNER. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    4 April 1889 (PC-DBI:54-5). Indenture between Francis Combs and his wife Polly Combs and Sally GODSEY of Perry County of the first part and Wiley COUCH of the same...for $350 cash in hand paid...do sell and convey land in Perry County containing 200 acres more or less...beginning at the mouth of the lane below J W MORGAN"S on big creek...mouth of Brown's fork...to Samuel STANFORE'S line...to John Combses line...signed Francis x Combs, Polly x Combs, Sally x GODSEY. Acknowledged by parties on 16 April 1889 and Polly Combs examined separately. Recorded 13 June 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).
    18 April 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Mat CORNITT and Betty Combs. Signed by Mat CORNITT and Benton CORNITT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    19 Apr 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Book H. Mat CORNETT and Betty COMBS. Perry License date 18 Apr 1889; Marriage date 19 Apr 1889 by Ira COMBS, MG at Carlo COMBS'. Witnesses: Benton CORNETT and Susan COMBS . (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    20 April 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Sampson ENGLE and Kizey Combs. Signed by Sampson ENGLE and W. J. Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    7 May 1889 (PC-DBH:578-80). Indenture dated May 7 1889 by and between Polly D Combs, John J Crittenden Combs, Elhanon Combs, Sary Combs, Betsy Combs Bony Combs Sallie Combs and Virgie Combs by John W Combs Sheriff of Perry County for the year of 1886 and Alvin EVANS...land was duly assigned and leved [sic] for taxaction for the year of 1886 in the name of Polly D Combs was or the time belonging where and the Grantors John J Crittenden Combs Betsy Combs Elhanon Combs Sarry Combs Bony Combs Sallie Combs and Virgil Combs and that the grantors failing and refusing to pay the tax and said line for the year 1886 which amounted to 73 cents [grantors notifed of sale] grantee purchased land for $2...land on the waters of the North Fork and adjacent the lands of Henry CORNITT and others...in the name of Wilson EVANS about 1848...100 acres by survey. Signed John W Combs Sheriff. Acknowledged 7 May 1889 and recorded 6 July 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Polly D Combs, the widow of Alexander S Combs. In 1880 Polly is living with her children Crittenden, Elhanon, twins Sira and Betty Jane, Sally, and William. Polly is with her son Crittenden in the 1900 census.
    9 May 1889 (PC-DBH:556-7). Whereas in the action of Ira J DAVIDSON assignee of Granville Combs...Ira J DAVIDSON Plaintiff against Polly Combs Thomas HOLYFIELD Shade Combs Barbra Allen HOLLIFIELDS and James HOLLIFIELD Defendants pending in the Perry County Court - an order was entered at the May call Term 1889 directing W J Combs Special Commissioner of said court to convey to the Deft - the property hereinafter described and whereas said property on the 9th of May 1889...an order was entered directing W J Combs Commissioner to execute a deed of conveyance to said Ira J DAVIDSON [Ira was defendant in the initial suit]...this indenture made 9 May 1889 between Polly Combs Thomas HOLLIFIELD Shade Combs Barbara Allen HOLLIFIELD and James HOLLIFIED by W J Combs Special Commissioner...to Ira J DAVIDSON of the second part...a certain parcel of land containing 200 acres dated 27 day Feb. 1857 in Perry County on the North Fork of the Ky. River...the judgment authorizing the court to make tis deed directs the court to convey the undivided one half interest of Jeptha Combs in the above described tract of land. Signed W. J. Combs Special Commissioner. Acknowledged by grantor 9 May 1889 and recorded same (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: The above mentioned suit and resulting conveyance appears to be connected with the estate of Granville Combs. Ira J DAVIDSON was a stepson of Granville. The identity of this Polly Combs is not clear but one Polly Combs (b 1852 per PC birth record, d/o of Granville & Marinda) is found in the 1860 household of widower Granville Combs. Granville's daughter (or possibly granddaughter) Lucinda married one Thomas HOLLIFIELD but Lucinda was deceased by the time of Granville's Aug. 8 1898 will. Daughter Elizabeth married Simon S STACY.
    24 May 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Robert Combs and Laurah FLETCHER. Signed by Robert Combs and A. S. STACY. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    3 June 1889 (PC-DBI:52-53). Deed of conveyance between Milton Combs and Pollyann Combs his wife of Jackson County of the first part and Samuel COUCH of Perry County of the second part...for $150 in hand paid...sells and conveys land...beginning on 2 sycamores...Scalom branch...to James COLWELLS line...to BAKERS line...containing 50 acres more or less...signed Milton x Combs, Pollyann x Combs. Acknowledged 3 June 1889 and recorded 13 June 1880 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Appears to be Milton, son of Byram and Mariah MESSER Combs. They are found in the 1880 Perry County census next to Green COLWELL and in Jackson County in 1900 census.
    12 June 1889 (PC-DBI:58-59). Indenture between J H Combs and Pollyann Combs of Perry County of the first part and James DAVIDSON of same of the second part...for $650...sell land in Perry County on the North Fork of the Ky. River...beginning on the south side of the North Fork of the Ky. River...near the beginning corner of a 50 acre survey made in the name of A. C. GODSEY...to a river between the Ben DAVIDSON branch and the river between where Elijah Combs old water mill stood...to line of a 2500 acre survey made in the name of Jackson G Combs...signed J. H. Combs, Pollyann x Combs. Acknowledged 12 June 1889 and recorded 17 June 1889.
    6 July 1889 (PC-DBI:69-70). Deed between Alexander Combs of Perry County of the first part and John J Combs of the same for $3.35...do sell and convey...20 acres in Perry County on the Bair Branch of the North Fork of the Ky. River...1/5 interest of that tract of land containing 100 acres patented in the name of Jackson G Combs and adjacent the lands of Virgil Combs and C CORNITT and Bud MORGAN...signed Alexander x Combs. Acknowledged 6 July 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).
    15 July 1889 (PC-DBI:94-5). Deed between Jefferson Combs and his wife Manerva of Perry County of the first part and Ira Combs of same of the second part...for $28...sell and convey...land in Perry County on the North Fork of the Ky. River on the north side a short distance from where sd party of the first part now lives...at the mouth of Buckeye Creek...including house where stone is...containing 1 acre...also the wood and coal for fuel...Acknowledged 15 July 1889 and recorded the same (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Son of Washington and Sally WHITAKER? Combs.
    16 July 1889 (PC-DBI:97-98). Sarah DAVIDSON conveys all her interest and right of dower of dower in the farm known as the Ben DAVIDSON farm to Laura DAVIDSON. Recorded 16 July 1889 (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: Sally DAVIDSON was the d/o of Elijah Combs Jr. and his wife Polly Combs. Sally married Benjamin D Davidson, the s/o of Robert Davidson and Cynthia CHADWELL of Scott Co., Va. The 1880 Perry County census shows one Lora Davidson, granddaughter; however, in 1900, Sarah has a Lorah HENSON in her household listed as a daughter.
    16 July 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Robert Combs and Sally FUGATE. Signed by Robert Combs, H. C. DAVIDSON, and B. T. FIELDS. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    24 July 1889 (PC-DBI:113-14). Deed of conveyance between Jeremiah Combs Polly Combs his wife and John G Combs Armelda Combs his wife part of the first part and E. H. HOLLIDAY of Perry County of the second part...for $300...sell and convey...land in Perry County on the trace fork of Lots Creek a tributary of the North Fork of the Ky. River...beginning at a conditional line between Jeremiah Combs and Cytha GODSEY...Sam CAMPBELLS line...conditional line between W G CORNITT and John G Combs...150 acres more or less...signed Jeremiah x Combs, Polly x Combs, John G Combs, Armelda x Combs. Acknowledged 24 July 1889 and recorded the same (Source: Abstracted from original by Sue Elfving, FHC Microfilm #0968257).

    SE Notes: John G "Grigsby" Combs was a son of "Short Jerry" Combs per LCG. He married Armelda YOUNG. The above Jeremiah and Polly may be his parents "Short Jerry" and Polly FELTNER
    5 Oct 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. James COUCH and Nancy Combs. Signed by James COUCH and A. H. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    4 Dec 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Green WILLIAMS and Aney Combs. Signed by Green WILLIAMS and G. R. CORNITT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    11 Dec 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Elhannon Combs and Katey FUGATE. Signed by Elhannon Combs and John NEASE (with his mark). (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    24 Dec 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Hoy B. SMITH and Peggy Combs. Signed by Hoy B. SMITH and G. R. CORNETT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    26 Dec 1889 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Edward Combs and Rachel SUMNER. Signed by Edward Combs and Alvin EVANS?. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    26 Dec 1889 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Edward COMBS and Rachel SUMNER. License and marriage date 26 Dec 1889. Married by Ira COMBSat Wm COMBS'. Witnesses: Alvin EVANS and Wm. COMBS . (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    1890 Kentucky Veterans Schedule Index

    Ira COMBS pg 104 Viper
    Hanbell COMBS pg 104 Viper
    Jeramiah COMBS pg 104 Viper
    Ira COMBS
    pg 104 Viper
    Carloe COMBS pg 104 Viper
    Samuel COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    William COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Allen COMBS Jr. pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Cyntha Harrison COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Harrison COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Wasington COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Carlow COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Alaxander COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    John COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct
    Samuel COMBS pg 105 Hazard Precinct

    22 Jan 1890 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Anderson Combs and Polly Ann Combs. Signed by Henry ENGLE (with his mark). (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    1 March 1890 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. John WALKER and Surrilda Combs. Signed by John WALKER and G. R. CORNITT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    5 May 1890 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. John E. COUCH and Nancy Combs. Signed by J. E. COUCH and G. R. CORNETT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    10 May 1890. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jeremiah Combs and Elender SMITH. Signed by Jeremiah Combs and G. R. CORNITT. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    28 May 1890 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Flem BREWER and Isabell Combs. Signed by Flem BREWER (with his mark) and Geo. STACY (with his mark). (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    16 Jun 1890 Perry Co. Deed Bk C. Andrew COMBS & wife to deed Richard COMBS

    This deed between Andrew COMBS and his wife Polly COMBS of the County of Perry and State of Kentucky Party of the first Part and Richard COMBS of the county and state aforementioned part of the second part witnesseth that the said party of the first part in consideration of the sum of one thousand ($1000.00) dollars cash in hand paid to the party of the first part by the part of the second part. This receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do hereby sell grant and convey to the part of the second part his heirs and assigners the following described property viz: a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Perry and State of Kentucky, and on the waters of Upper Second Creek and bounded as follows towit:

    Beginning at lower end of the Rocky Blossom Bottom at a conditione line between J. S. COMBS (John S. Combs/nlt) and Andrew COMBS thence up the hill with said conditione line to the top between Lotts and Second Creek (and/nlt) thence running with the of said ridge as it meanders to Jackson HURT thence running with said HURT's line to and crossing the creek (to/nlt) Allens COMBS line thencewith Allens COMBS line to the mouth of Big Lick Brance thence with Allens COMBS line to Shade STACY line. Thence running with Shade STACY line to the head of Rock Branch thence running with the top of this ridge between Walker Branch and Second Creek to the Head Big Branch. Thence running with the top of the ridge between Second Creek and said Big Branch to opposite the beginning. Thence straight down the hill to the beginning containing 1500 acres better same more or less. Thence and to hold same with all the appurtenance. Then onto the second party his heirs and assings forever with convenent (word missing/nlt) of a General Warranty. In Testimony whereof witness our signatures the 16 day of June 1890.
    He Andrew X Combs
    She Polly X Combs

    State of Kentucky
    County of PerryIra J. DAVIDSON Clerk of the County Court of the county aforesaid do certify that on this day the foregoing Deed was produced to me in the County aforesaid and acknowledged and delivered by Andrew COMBS and Polly COMBS in Due Forms of Law to be theire act and deed to Richard COMBS Witness my hand this 16 day of June, 1890
    Ira J. DAVIDSON Clerk P.C.C.
    BY: G. M. CORNETT DC: P.C.C.
    State of Kentucky
    County of Perry
    I, Ira J. DAVIDSON, Clerk of the County Court of the County aforesaid do certify that on this day this day the Deed from Andrew COMBS and Polly COMBS to Richard COMBS was received and Lodged in my office for record and that I have truly recorded it together with this and the....... (Transcribed by Norma Combs Tyree)
    15 Aug 1890 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. John S. Combs and Abagil BRASHEAR. Signed by John S. Combs and Harrison BAILY. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    21 Aug 1890 Perry Co Marriage Book H. John S. COMBS and Abigail BRASHEARS. License date 15 Aug 1890, marriage date 21 Aug 1890. Married by Wm. E. BRASHEARS at Sampson BRASHEARS'. Witnesses George ALLEN and Mary Ann FIELDS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    3 Nov 1890 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Elijah RICHIE and Sarah Combs. Signed by Charles FUGATE (with his mark) (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    20 Nov 1890 Perry Co Marriage Book H. James P. COMBS and Anna GODSEY. License date 19 Nov 1890, marriage date 20 Nov 1890. Married by Ira COMBS, MG at J.J. GODSEY'S. Witnesses Mascom BAKER and Dulsena COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    11 Feb 1891 from Hartford Herald provided by Marilyn Berwick

    BRAINED WITH A MAUL 6 Feb 1899 Winchester, Ky.,

    Another member of the famous French-Eversole faction that has given Perry County such an unenviable notoriety is dead, and like most of his predecessors, he died with his boots on. This time it was FRANK POLLY, the youngest member of the Eversole side, and the most reckless and daring member of either faction. His death, however, had no connection with this trouble, as his uncle IRA DAVIDSON beat him to death with a maul. Davidson is one of the most prominent men in Perry County, having been Circuit Clerk for a number of years. He is a son-in-law of ex-County Judge COMBS, and a brother-in-law of JOE EVERSOLE, the original leader of that faction, and who, with NICK COMBS was assassinated near Hazard in April, 1888.

    Davidson had left the county for some cause and when he returned he found that his nephew, Frank Polly had married, and had moved most of Davidson's furniture to his own house. In a quarrel which ensued, Davidson struck him on the head with a maul, killing him at once. Polly was under indictment for complicity in the murder of ED CAMPBELL and JOHN McKNIGHT in the famous fight between the French and Eversole factions at Hazard in 1889.

    Note by M.B.

    Several years ago, I posted two letters by MALTA DAVIDSON, Ira's daughter, that had great history regarding the feud and what was going on during and after the feud. IRA DAVIDSON and his two young daughters were living in London, Ky at the time this article was written, having had to flee Hazard because of the feud. Apparently Ira was still maintaining a house in Hazard when Frank robbed him. I have other articles. Is this something that the List would be interested in? If so, I'll be happy to post them. I'll wait until I hear back.
    27 Mar 1891 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. W.H. COMBS and Charity ORLINGER. Signed by W.H. COMBS and A.A. CORNETT. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    28 Mar 1891 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Jackson COMBS and Susana COMBS. License date 27 Mar 1891, marriage date 28 Mar 1891. Married by Elder Thos. KELLEY at Lotts Creek Bridge. Witnesses J.W. STACY & James COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    6 Apr 1891 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Taylor COMBS and Clarrinda COMBS . License date Mar. 24, 1891, marriage date 6 Apr 1891. Married by Elder Thos. KELLY at Samuel COMBS'. Witnesses G.N. KELLEY and Jackson MADDEN. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    22 July 1891. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Elijah Combs and Polly SUMMER. Signed by E. C. Combs and Wm Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    13 Nov 1891. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. B. F. CORNITT and Aney Combs. Signed by B. R. CORNITT and G. R. CORNITT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    22 April 1892. (Friday) Elizabethtown News [Hardin Co KY]. G. L. Combs, Perry Co. Superintendent of Schools, was shot from ambush and probably fatally wounded. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp from a microfilm copy)
    11 Jun 1892 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Thad S. WARD and Malley Combs. Signed by Thad S. WARD and R. F. FIELDS (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    11 Oct 1892. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Talbert HOLLIDAY and Peggy Combs. signed by Talbert HOLLIDAY and G. R. CORNETT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    19 Oct 1892 Perry Co, KY. Tolbert HOLLIDAY married Peggy Combs (Holliday Researcher Mack Holliday)
    25 Oct 1892. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Albert BREWER and Maggey Combs. Signed by Albert BREWER and J. H. Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

    Oct. 25, 1892 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Albert BREWER and Maggie COMBS; License and Marriage date 25 Oct 1892; Married by Ira COMBS at Cynthia COMBS'. Witnesses: Harrison CREECH and Susan COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    3 Nov 1892. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. J. C. Combs and Corah L. JOHNSON. Signed by J. C. Combs and Brack Combs (with his mark). (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    28 Nov 1892 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Robert E. L. COMBS and Bettie HENSLEY. License date 27 Nov 1892, marriage date 28 Nov 1892. Married by Irvin EVERSOLE at A.J. HENSLEY'S. Witnesses Clabourn COMBS and Billy COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    13 Dec 1892 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Wesley COMBS and Clemanda MORGAN. Signed by Wesley COMBS and E. C. MORGAN. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    15 Dec 1892. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Charles RICHMON and Sarah Jane COMBS. Signed by Charles RICHMON and James DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    17 Dec 1892. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Eli HALL and Susan Combs. Signed by Eli HALL and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    7 March 1893 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. L. H. N. SALYER and Sarah Combs. Signed by L. H. N. SALYER and W. H. COUCH. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    16 May 1893. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Elijah C. Combs and Aley Jane Combs. Signed by E. C. Combs and I. J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    17 May 1893. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Shade WALKER and Nancy Combs. Signed by Shade WALKER and Jeff Combs (with his mark) (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    27 Dec 1893. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. J. B. Combs and Sally NAPIER. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    25 Feb 1894 Perry Co Marriage Book H. Anderson COMBS and (no bride listed). License 23 Feb 1894, marriage date 25 Feb 1894. Married by Thos. KELLEY at Thos. KELLEY'S. Witnesses: Manerva KELLEY. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)

    23 March 1894. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. J. H. Combs, Jr. and Lucy EVERSOLE. Signed by J. H. Combs, Jr. and W. H. CORNETT. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    22 Aug 1894. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jason B. CORNETT and Malissa Combs. Signed by Jason B. CORNETT andJ. H. Combs, Jr. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)

    25 Aug 1894 Perry C o Marriage Book H. Jason B. CORNETT and Malicia COMBS. License date 22 Aug 1894; Marriage date 25 Aug 1894; Married by Thos. KELLEY at Church of Lotts Creek; Witnesses: Scott COMBS and John Y. GRIGSBY. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)


    4 Jan 1895. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. W. H. Combs and Emma WALKER. Signed by W.H. Combs and ? L. R. CORNETT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    22 Mar 1895. Perry Co., Marriage: John Combs, Age 23, 1st marriage, Resides, Hazard (PO ) Perry Co Ky, Occupation: farmer, birthplace: Perry Co Ky; married 22 Mar 1895 to Nanci/Nannie FELTNER, Age 15, Resides, Hazard (PO) Perry Co Ky, Birthplace: Leslie Co Ky. Signed by: John Combs. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    21 Apr 1895. Perry Co., Ky Marriage: James W Combs, Age 18, Resides, Hazard, 1st marriage, occupation: farmer, father: Shelby Combs, Perry Co, mother: Louisa Combs; married 21 Apr 1895 to Eliza E Combs, Age21, resides, Wolfe Co. Ky, 1st marriage, birthplace of bride, Wolfe Co, parents: LizaCombs, Wolfe Co, to be married at church at Big Creek, Perry Co. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    21 Aug 1895. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Laslie [Leslie] Combs and Lucinda HOLLIDAY. Signed by Nicholas COMBS (by his mark). (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    16 Oct 1895. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds.Wm SINGLETON and Isabell Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    18 Sep 1895 Newspaper: The climax., September 18, 1895, Image 2 (Richmond, Madison County, KY.) SLICK CITIZENS HAVING A ROUGH TIME.

    A Winchester telegram says:

    United States Marshal Mitchell Calmes has arrived here from Knott county with three important prisoners, Ben Martin, Thomas Combs and Simeon Combs, charged with forgery. Ben and Tom are each about 20 years of age, while Simeon is only 17. It appears that Martin was the leader, and that the trio have for some time been sending out bogus checks. The banks here have a number of customers scattered over Eastern Ken- tucky, among those of the Winchester bank being W. O. Davis, a substantial citizen of Hazard, Perry county. ............(continued)


    11 Nov 1895. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jesse Combs and Han? HENSLEY. Signed by JesseCombs(with his mark). (Extracted by Lynda CombsGipson)
    18 March 1896. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. James Combs and Laura Bell EVANS. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    26 Sept 1896. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Irvin EVERSOLE and Polly Combs. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    24 Oct 1896. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Sam Combs and Ella J. DAVIDSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)
    4 Jan 1897. Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Ashford NAPIER and Elizabeth Combs. Signed byAshford NAPIER and Gabe NAPIER. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    21 Jun 1897 Perry Co., KY Marriage: W C Combs, Age 22, Resides, Hazard, Ky, 1st marriage, Occupation: farmer, bithplace: Hazard, Ky, father, W J Combs, Hazard Ky, mother, Nancy Combs, Hazard, Ky; married 21 Jun 1897 to Alma DAVIS, Age 18, 1st marriage, resides, Hazard Ky, Birthplace, Hazard, Ky, father, W. O. DAVIS, Breathitt Co., Ky, mother, Celia CORNETT. Married at the residence of Susan EVERSOLE. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    27 Nov 1897 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Lilly Combs, No age given; married 27 Nov 1897 to Mag GOOD, No age given. Signed by: William Combs (Red) with an X. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    1898 Perry Co, KY School Census (Extracted by Combs Researchers David and Naomia Payne from the quarterly publication of the Perry KY Gen Soc. publication.

    Legend: District 48 = John MULLINS; District 51 = Beech Fork; District A = Colored

    Dist.
    Parent or Gdn
    Child
    Age
    Sex
    Birth
    48 Mason Combs Sarah Jane Combs 10 F April 21, 1888


    Angeline Combs 7 F Feb 1, 1891
    48 Booney P Combs Rhoda B Combs 7 F Sept 24, 1891
    51 Margaret Cornett Rodolphus Cornett 13 M May 5, 1885
    51 Frank Cornett Georgiana Cornett 8 F May 10, 1890
    51 Jackson Cornett Loyd Cornett 13 M July 17, 1884


    Dora Cornett 12 F May 10, 1886


    Milton Cornett 10 M Sept 22, 1887


    Lurea Cornett 7 F July 22, 1890
    A Jackson Combs Robert Combs 16 M Sept 9, 1881


    John S Combs 16 M Sept 9, 1881


    Molly Combs 13 F Jan 9, 1885


    Brit Combs 19 M Sept 15, 1878


    Bertha Combs 14 F Nov 20, 1883
    A Brit Combs Molly Combs 18 F Jan 9, 1880
    A Wm Combs Fred Combs 13 M April 13, 1885


    Belle Combs 15 F July 17, 1882


    Martha Combs 10 F July 17, 1887
    A Richard Combs Richard Combs 16 M June 18, 1881
    A Charity Combs Daniel Combs 6 M May 22, 1892
    A James Combs Cordwell Strong 20 M June 5, 1877
    A Jeff Combs Joe Combs 14 M Nov 4, 1883


    James Combs 6 M 1892
    A Granison CornettPerry Caraline Cornett 18 F June 9, 1880


    Sarilda Cornett 16 F Nov 6, 1882


    Flora Cornett 16 F Nov 6, 1882


    Adaline Cornett 13 F May 12, 1885


    Lucian Cornett 10 M Oct 12, 1887
    A Alfred Combs Alfred Combs 18 M May 1880
    A Alex Cornett Bittie Walker 10 M July 4, 1887
    A Lewis Combs Dilce Combs 18 M 1880
    A
    Luly Combs 13 F 1885
    A
    Henry Combs 11 M 1887
    A
    Belle Combs 8 F 1890
    A
    Della Combs 6 F 1892
    A Alex Combs George Combs 12 M June 1, 1885


    Ellen Combs 8 F July 23, 1889
    A Bill P Combs Sarah Combs 14 F April 1884
    A John R CornettPerry John R Cornett 19 M Feb 3, 1897

    1898 PERRY CO MARRIAGE INDEX: 1898 Combs Jack Lydia Pence #443 Vol C page 102 (Submitted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    21 Mar 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Thomas Benton Combs, Age none; married 21 Mar 1898 at the residence of Russell CORNETTS in presence of Rebecca CORNETT and Russell CORNETT; to Susan Combs, Age none. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    23 Mar 1898? Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jeff COMBS and Josie SALYERS. Signed by Jeff COMBS and J.E. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

    10 Apr 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: E W RICHIE married 10 Apr 1898 to Sally Combs Signed by: Elijah RICHIE and F. J. EVERSOLE. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson
    14 Apr 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Harve WILLIAMS, Age none, married 14 Apr 1898 to Nancy Combs, Age none. Signed by: Harve WILLIAMS and J. E. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    21 Apr 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Waid GODSEY married 21 Apr 1898 to Mary Elen Combs. Signed by: Wade GODSEY and J. E. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson
    21 May 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Jack/Jock Combs married 21 May 1898 to Lydia PENCE. Signed by Jack Combs and J. E. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson
    15 Jun 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: H F COLWELL married 15 June 1898 to Martha Combs. Signed by: H F COLWELL and R. W. BAKER. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson)

    July 15, 1898. Mountain Echo (Newspaper, London, Laurel Co., Ky. ) A special term of the Knox Circuit Court convened at Barbourville last Monday for the purpose of trying Jesse FIELDS, for the murder of Judge J. H. Combs, about two years ago, at Hazard. Joe ADKINS, who was indicted jointly with FIELDS, for this crime is now serving out a life sentence.
    6 Aug. 1898 (PC-DBM:590). Last Will and Testament of Granville Combs. Note to Alcee Combs when she comes of age. Alcy Combs, wife, to use of Eversole note after all paid, 1/4 to Marth Combs heirs; 1/4 to Crusain Combs heirs; 1/4 to Elizabeth Stacy's heirs; 1/4 to Lucinda Hollifields heirs, Abijah Combs paid by note at age 21, 25a to Minerva Vermillion. Dated 6 Aug. 1898. Signed Granville Combs. Witness: WC Eversole, Joseph Gambel, AD Spencer, H J Crawford. Alcy Combs Widow Revocation of Will of Granville Combs decd. I hereby revoke renounce all of the bequests etc of Granville Combs. Dated 10 July 1900. Signed Alcy x Combs. (Source: Perry Co., Ky. DBM:590, original image on microfilm, FHL # 968259, abstracted by Philo Lund).

    SE Note: Granville Combs (s/o Nicholas & Elizabeth Combs Combs) married (1) Marinda BRASHEAR and (2) Alcy aka Alice aka "Granny Dutch" Combs DAVIDSON, the widow of Joseph DAVIDSON and the daughter of Jesse Combs Sr. and Polly BOWLING. Granvillle's daughter Elizabeth STACY married Simon S STACY (s/o of Shadrach "One-Eye" Stacy and Sarah Combs). Her 1927 Laurel Co., Ky. DC lists her father as Granville Combs. Daughter Martha Combs married Nicholas Combs (son of John S. and Celia Combs Combs). Legatee Lucinda may have been Loucinda HOLEFIELD (b c1862), the wife of Thomas in the 1880 Perry Co. census. Lucinda is never shown in the household of Granville. Legatee Crusain (sp?) appears to be Crusoe, son, age 17, of the 1880 census hh of Granville and may be same as Robert, age 8, of the 1870 census. One Crusoe Combs (1858-1/6/1889) is buried with Granville and Alice at the Combs Cemetery at Combs, Ky. (cemetery transcriptions by Helen "Pat" Jones Horne & Jeanette Bowling Whitaker). Minerva Vermillion was the d/o of Alcy. She married first John Vermillion and was widowed by 1900 (enumerated as a servant in the hh of Nicholas Combs) and then she (Manerva Vermillion) married a Nicholas Combs 20 Dec. 1901 (PC-MBG:40). The 1917 Perry Co. DC for Mrs. Manerva J Combs (b May 30 1860) states she was the d/o of Joe DAVIDSON and Elsie DAVIDSON. No further information is available about Abijah.
    26 Aug 1898 Perry Co Marriage Book H. J. D. ASHLEY and Louisa SUMNER; License date 2 Aug 1898; Marriage date 26 Aug 1898; Married by Ira COMBS at Ira COMBS'; Witnesses: Elijah SUMNER & Dulcena HALL. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon
    15 Aug 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Elijah CORNETT married 15 Aug 1898 to Catherine Combs. Signed by: Elijah CORNETT. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson
    17 Aug 1898 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds.: Grover C Combs, married 17 Aug 1898 to Mary C BOGGS. Signed by: Grover C Combs (married on 20 AUG 1898 at Silas BOGGS in the presence of Mary BOGGS and John BOGGS) (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson
    24 Aug 1898 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Jerry Combs married 24 Aug 1898 to Nancy NAPIER. Signed by: Jerry Combs and J. E. JOHNSON. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson
    14 Nov 1898 Perry Co Marriage Book H: Jesse A. BOGGS and Allie H. COMBS; License date 12 Nov 1898; Marriage date: 14 Nov 1898; Married by Robert COMBS, MG at L. D. COMBS'. Witnesses: Mary COMBS & L. D. COMBS. (Lynda Combs Gipson and Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    2 Feb 1899 Perry Co. Marriage Bonds. Jesse C. COMBS and Belle FRANCIS. Signed by Jesse COMBS. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson)
    15 Apr 1899 Perry Co., KY Marriage: Palles? DAVIS married 15 Apr 1899 to Darkis Combs. Signed by: Palles DAVIS and Geo BRASHEARS. (Extracted by Lynda Combs Gipson
    5 June 1899 Perry Co., KY Will Book 1 pg 4 Transcribed Pat Horne and donated to the Combs reunion in Hazard, KY in 2004; contributed by Zanetta Smith who attended the reunion. Annotations in () by Zanetta Smith

    I, L. D. Combs, being of sound in mind and disposing memory and knowing that life is uncertain and death is sure to come to mankind and while in my proper mind and strength and in order to dispose and divide my property and earlthly effects as I wish to do, I hereby make this my Last Will and Testament as follows.

    That Mary Fields whom I claim as my daughter have One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and that all the remainder be equally divided among the following named, viz: John M. Combs, Th__ Combs, {This would be Theophilis mostly known as Thee} Elizabeth Combs and Robert Davidson, {There is a Davis listed in the 1900 census as a son aged 21???} and Jeremiah (?) Walker {I am sure this is actually Joanna Walker, his daughter that he called "Little Mousie" that married a Walker} whom I claim as my children and hereby constitute them as my lawful heirs, and it is my will and desire thea they each have their equal proportion of my estate. And in order to carry out this last will and testament, I hereby appoint and make my son John M. Combs my Executor to carry out my will, and my said Executor is hereby directed and empowered to collect all debts that may may be due to my estate from and and all sources and pay off all debts that I may be owing and that he may sell a sufficient amount of personal property to pay off my indebtedness, but for no other purpose.
    And I this day sign my name in the presence of F. B. Feltner, J. E. Johnson and D. Y. Combs. This is the 5th day of June 1899.
    L. D. Combs
    Attesting Witnesses:
    F. B. Feltner
    J. E. Johnson
    D. Y. Combs

    NOTE: Lorenzo Dow Combs married Jane Messer/Meyers 30 Mar 1858 Note also: Lorenzo was the son of Nicholas COMBS Jr. aka "Birdeye" COMBS and the grandson of "Danger" Nicholas "8" & Nancy GRIGSBY Combs, Sr., married 05 Jun 1816, Floyd Co., KY, Elizabeth Combs, the daughter of RW John "8" Combs (Dickey Diary, Perry 1860 Perry Co., KY Census, 20 Nov 1918 Perry Co., KY Death Certificate of their son, Elhanen M. Combs).
    2 Sep 1899 Perry Co. Marriage Book H. Granville NOBLE and Nancy COMBS. License date 2 Sep 1899. (Lynda Combs Gipson & Carolyn Allen-Brannon)
    Continue to Perry Co., KY 1900
    Sept. 5, 1890 from THE BIG STONE POST (page 1) provided and transcribed by Marilyn Berwick

    FRENCH AND EVERSOLE

    They and Ten of Their Followers Are Taken to Winchester, Ky. to be Tried for Murder

    PRECAUTIONS AGAINST A RESCUE

    (Special by Courier)

    Winchester, Sept.2 Captain Gaither, commanding the troops sent to Perry County arrived here today in charge of sixteen prisoners, four of whom have been convicted for felonies and sentenced to the penitentiary. The other prisoners are B.F. FRENCH, GEORGE and JOHN EVERSOLE, JOE DAVIDSON, JESSE FIELDS, W.B. SMITH, JNO. JONES, GREEN MORRIS, FRANK POLLY, JOE RAWLINS, ED COMBS, and WES WHITAKER. HENRY FUGATE, a lad, was also among the number. These men are the leaders of the French and Eversole factions, and are charged with murder.

    They were brought here under a strong guard and every precaution taken against a rescue. When the party reached Jackson the Sheriff of Perry County, who is believed to be a friend of the French faction, took FRENCH, FIELDS, and DAVIDSON who are French followers, from the jail to his room and said he would guard them there. Capt. Gaither ordered a detail of soldiers to take the men back to prison, and he placed a guard around the jail for the rest of the night.

    The arrest of the men was made quietly at Hazard, just before the adjournment of court, and there was no resistance. But the accused did not expect to be taken to Clarke County for trial. The judge of the circuit court in this district is one who rigidly enforces the law; and though the prisoners do not seem seriously to apprehend conviction, they evidently do not relish the change of venue. French has heretofore expressed a desire to be tried, but not in Clarke County.

    There was no trouble on the journey and the prisoners have kept up their spirits, even joking with each other in the Winchester jail. Both French and George Eversole are young men of unusual intelligence. French talks freely and talks well. Anyone who will listen to his account of the feud must have a degree of sympathy for him.

    There is little doubt that most of the party will be convicted and sentenced to long terms in the penitentiary, and possibly a few of them will hang.

    Note by M.B.: Notice that there was no bias on the part of the reporter, whoever he was. This next article is quite long and detailed.
    12 Sep 1890 from BIG STONE POST (Page 3) provided by Marilyn Berwick

    PRISONERS OF PERRY

    Sketches of Men Now In the Winchester Jail Awaiting Their Trial for Many Murders>

    Talks With Both Factions and What They Have to Say About the Feuds That Have Disgraced the State

    INTERESTING INTERVIEWS

    (Special by Courier)

    Winchester, Ky., Sept. 10, 1890. Of the Perry County prisoners, twelve have been arrested for crimes said to have been committed as members of either the French or Eversole bands, who have shed so much blood during the past four years. Five belong to the French faction and seven to the Eversole side. All were lodged in the same room at the jail and they appear to get along together peaceably.

    Since their arrest French and Eversole have been continually together, and they have been noticed in long conversations with each other. They are both known to be smooth citizens, and fairly well posted on the criminal laws of the state, and the conclusion is reached that they are laying their plans to shield each other as far as possible. In fact, French has been heard to say that he and Eversole have an understanding by which they expect to make the evidence against them very light.

    The followers of the French faction now in jail at Winchester are: B.F. FRENCH, WILLIAM SMITH, JESSIE FIELDS, JOHN JONES, and JOE DAVIDSON, all of whom are charged with murder on several indictments. The Eversole party consists of GEORGE W. and JOHN C. EVERSOLE, WES WHITAKER, FRANK POLLY, GREEN MORRIS, JOB BOWLING, and ED COMBS. The four are charged with murder on several indictments, and the last three with malicious shooting. The other four prisoners are HENRY FUGATE, MORT WHITAKER, BRENTON BRASHEARS, and SHADE DUFF. HENRY FUGATE is the young boy who, with his brother ZACK FUGATE, waylaid Constable ALLEN in Perry County the latter part of last July, and shot him. Allen had BUCK FUGATE, another brother, under arrest and was conducting him to the Perry County jail when he was killed. All got away, but Buck and Henry have since been arrested, while Zack is still at large. Buck Fugate passed through Winchester yesterday on the way to the penitentiary at Frankfort. Henry Fugate, the one in jail charged with murder, is a beardless boy only seventeen years of age.

    It has been reckoned that at least thirty men have been killed in the French-Eversole feud since its organization a little more than four years ago. Yet the indictments against those now under arrest are nearly all for the murder of JOHN McKNIGHT and ED CAMPBELL, both of whom were members of the Eversole faction, and met their death early in the action.

    John C. Eversole claims that he had no hand in killing McKnight and Campbell, and says that both of the men were his friends. He asserts that JUDGE LILLY committed him without bail in order to vindicate himself from the charge of leniency in the discharge of his official duties. Eversole will make an immediate effort to be released on bail, as will a number of others.

    The prisoners were accompanied to Winchester by JUDGE R. F. FIELDS, county judge of Perry and a brother of JESSE FIELDS, one of the prisoners. Judge Fields is confident that the feud that has so long kept the county in a state of anarchy is now at an end, and that Perry may now enjoy peace and prosperity.

    "It is a fact", said he, "that there is not a church in Perry County and very few school houses but we do hope to do better in the near future. I guess it has been nearly two years since a sermon was preached in Hazard, or any other religious exercises were held, but when our new church is built we will invite some preacher to hold services". "The last grand jury did good work in Perry County, and found 381 indictments. This fact alone will go a long ways toward quieting the disturbing element in the county. There are lots of good citizens in Perry who long to see the law enforced and peace established, and I hope and believe that their wishes will now be realized".

    By means of hard begging, your courier was admitted to the jail yesterday morning and had a few minutes conversation with French and the two Eversoles. Each of the men was perfectly willing to give his version of the feud from beginning to end, but they had hardly started to talk before the jailor peremptorily demanded that the reporter come out.

    The alleged leaders of the Eversole faction are JUDGE GEORGE W. and JOHN C. EVERSOLE, brothers of JOSEPH EVERSOLE who was the original member of the family to have a difficulty with French. When Joe Eversole was shot down on the highway by unknown men, his two brothers, it is claimed, took up the fight just where he left off, and have kept it going vigorously ever since. Both are young men and possess more than ordinary intelligence. G.W. Eversole was county judge of Perry at the beginning and during the bloodiest period of the feud. His brother, John C. Eversole is about twenty-five year of age, and appears to be very well educated. He taught school for some time in his native county and for awhile was a drummer for a Cincinnati house. From him a partial statement was obtained, which is the substance as follows: In 1885 Joseph Eversole was a merchant and practicing lawyer in Hazard. B.F. FRENCH was also a lawyer living at the same town and occasionally clerked for Eversole. Some time in the year 1885, French bought Eversole's stock of goods and rented his store building for one year. At the expiration of that time, Eversole demanded his store-house, which was very reluctantly given up by French. Hard feelings were created on this account, which were aggravated when French started an opposition store. Finally an open rupture was brought about by a former clerk of French telling Eversole that his employer wanted him, the clerk, to shoot Eversole. The clerk made an affidavit to that effect, which is still in the possession of the Eversoles. A short time after this a man named SMITH also informed Eversole that French had offered him $500 to kill him, to which he made a written affidavit. Still another man told Eversole the same thing, and the Eversoles claim that they have the affidavits of all three of the men swearing to the fact that French offered to bribe each of them to murder his business opponent. A short time after this, SILAS GAYHEART, a friend of French was shot from ambush and instantly killed. This was the first man to meet his death since the feud began, but the Eversoles claim that they had nothing to do with his taking off. The French faction, however, held them responsible for it, and both factions began to collect and arm a number of men. The next outbreak was in September 1887. On that day, WILLIAM GAMBELL of Breathitt County came to Hazard and stopped at French's house. The Eversoles assert that GAMBELL was a worthless character, and was wanted in Breathitt County on a number of charges. A man named DEANE was also at French's house at the same time. The Sheriff held a warrant against Deane, and went to French's house to arrest him.

    Gambell followed the officers to the jail, where he met Joe Eversole. Gambell began cursing Eversole, which resulted in a shooting contest. Gambell was killed, there being five bullet holes in his body. John Eversole and Ed Campbell were in a house near by when the shooting began, and seizing a Winchester apiece, both hurried to the scene. Neither, however, took any part in the fight, probably because Gambell was dead when they got there. All three men were arrested and were discharged on their examining trial. Gambell's death put it into the minds of the two factions to effect a compromise of their differences. Both sides agreed to lay down their arms, The Eversole faction to surrender to Judge Eversole, and French to the county judge of Leslie County. The Eversoles assert that they complied with the agreement, but claim to have shortly discovered that French's men were still armed. As a matter of precaution, they say, they again armed their men and held themselves in readiness for anything that might come up. On April 26, 1888, the Eversole faction was thrown into a consternation by the assassination of Joseph Eversole, who was shot from ambush while riding on the highway about four miles from Hazard. NICK COMBS, his brother-in-law who was with him, was also killed. The Eversoles say that both men were robbed while they lay in the road, and that between $250 and $300 was taken from the person of Joe Eversole. On the death bed of Joe Eversole, his two brothers took up the fight, which has continued at intervals ever since, with varying success to either party. During the struggle, nearly thirty men have met their death at the hands of one side or the other.

    French has been quite sick since his arrival at Winchester, so much so that he has required the services of a physician. He was unable to talk much when seen by a reporter, and gave a very brief statement of his side of the story. He says he went to Hazard in 1874, and for awhile taught school. He studied law at the same time and soon began to practice. In a year or two he was elected county attorney, then he began selling goods. In 1886, he was attorney for some non-resident landowners. Joseph Eversole claimed that he owned the same land, and a lawsuit resulted in which Eversole was beaten. Eversole blamed French with his defeat and loss of the land. So great was his anger that he threatened to kill French, and the latter claims tried to hire someone to assassinate him. French heard of the threats and left the county. While he was gone, on June 7, 1886 SILAS GAYHEART was assassinated, and he believed it was done by, or at the instigation of the Eversoles. French says that the hard feelings were further aggravated in the beginning by a deal between French and Joe Eversole. French bought Eversole's store with the understanding that the latter would not start in opposition to him for one year. He claims that Eversole did start a store within ten months of this agreement. Without going into further details, French concluded that things went on from bad to worse until the two factions began killing each other.

    A noticeable fact in connection with the prisoners is that all are young men. French, who is thirty-seven years of age, is the oldest one of the lot, and the youngest is FRANK POLLY, a member of the Eversole faction who is only sixteen years old. Although the youngest in the crowd, POLLY is by no means a youth when it comes to fighting. He has two charges of murder lodged against him now, and it is said that he was never known to lag behind when there was any devilment on hand. He claims to be "a bad man from the headwaters of Bitter's Creek", and he looks every inch of it.

    The most hardened man of the lot is said to be JOE DAVIDSON, a large, raw-boned fellow thirty-two years old. He is charged with murder on three indictments, and it is said that sixty-four were pending against him for various offenses when the records of Perry County were burned a few months ago. Davidson is the man who shot a little girl through the brain on the streets of Hazard a year or two since. His only excuse for the brutal act was that he wanted to try his new pistol, and the girl was the first living object he saw. His own companions were so horrified at the terrible deed that they came near mobbing him on the spot.

    The prisoners are enjoying a good joke at Joe Davidson's expense. Before his arrest he boasted that there were not enough soldiers in Perry County to take him. One night Capt. Gaither heard that Davidson was at his home a short distance from Hazard, and sent one of the guards named GAINES to arrest him. Arriving at the house, Gaines saw Davidson through a crack in the wall of the house and called on him to surrender. Davidson reached for his gun when Gaines kicked in the door and, at the muzzle of a pistol, forced him to throw up his hands. "I will surrender to the soldiers" said Davidson, "but no Sheriff can take me". Davidson's anger knew no bounds when he got outside and saw that he had been arrested by a stripling.

    Note by M.B.: The article speaks for itself. 1) Nickolas Combs was the son of Alice "Alcie/Granny Dutch" Combs and her second husband Granville Combs. Nick was b. circa 1868. Granny Dutch Combs was md. 1st to Joseph Davidson. Joseph Davidson and Granny Dutch are my g.g.grandparents.

    2) Joe (Joseph) Davidson was the son of Benjamin Davidson and Sarah "Sally" Combs, and was b. circa 1861. Benjamin and my g.g.grandfather Joseph were brothers from Va. Sarah Combs was the dau. of Elijah Combs, Jr. who was the son of Gen. Elijah Combs. 3)Joe (Joseph) Eversole was the son of John C. Eversole and Nancy Ann Duff. Joe Eversole md. Susan Combs, dau. of Josiah H. Combs who was son of Jesse Combs, who was son of Gen. Elijah Combs. Susan Combs Eversole was my gr.aunt. I have a photo of her in her later years. My Aunt Pocahontas Morris used to nurse Susan and take care of their children. I have photos of them also. 4. Green Berry Morris was my grandfather, son of Lewis Morris and Sarah Oliver. He was b. 1860 and md. Alice "Alcie" Polly, dau. of Edward Polly and Sarah Davidson. Sarah Davidson b. 1847 was the dau. of above Joseph Davidson and Granny Dutch Combs. My grandfather Green Morris was killed 1913 on Forked Mouth, and this is a very interesting story in itself that I will be posting. 5) Frank Polly was the son of above Edward Polly and Sarah Davidson. He was my gr-uncle.

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