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Rockcastle was established in 1810 from Lincoln, Pulaski, Madison and Knox. In 1826, Laurel was established from Clay, Rockcastle, Knox and Whitley; and in 1858, Jackson was established from Clay, Estill, Rockcastle, Laurel, Madison and Owsley.
1820 Rockcastle Co., KY Census Index: p. 80 Moses CUMES
1826 Hardin Co., KY Tax List
  • Samuel W. COOMBS-adm. of Samuel C.BEST, dec'd, 200 on Nolin +300 Rockcastle Co
    1830 Rockcastle Co., KY Census Index: No Combs
    1840 Rockcastle Co., KY Census Index: P. 006 Thomas Combs
    1850 and 1860 Census Rockcastle Co, KY: No Combs
    1870 Rockcastle Co., KY Census (extracted by Combs Researcher Marilyn Hansen)
    District #1 Post Office Mt. Vernon
    217 BOLING, George 60 M W Farmer 1600 350 VA
    Phoebe 55 F W Keeping House KY
    Andrew J. 18 M W Works on Farm KY
    Shelby S. 15 M W Works on Farm KY
    Harvey H. 10 M W Works on Farm KY
    Combs, George 9/12 M W KY

    MH Notes: George Combs was the son of Nicholas and Mary "Polly" BOLLING, and grandson of George and Phoebe BOLLING. Both his parents and grandparents were on the 1860 Pulaski Co., KY Census, but his mother apparently died following his birth since his father and two older brothers are in the 1870 Laurel Co., KY Census.  George BOLING and family, including George COMBS and his sister Mary COMBS are found on the 1880 Cooke Co., TX Census.  Later, George COMBS and his brother Albert are on the 1900 Deaf Smith Co., TX Census.
    3 Dec 1881 Robert GREEN married Lucinda COMBS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Ancestry)
    22 Sep 1887 WIlliam ALCORN married Mary Jane COMBS. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Ancestry)
    6 Jan 1899 Mt Vernon Signal Newspapers, Rockcastle Co, KY. LYNCHING IS FEARED
    Terrible Tragedy at a Turkey Shooting Matchat McKee, Ky--Andrew Combs Shot
    by Frank Cornielson
    McKee Ky, Dec 31--At a turkey shoot at Isaacs store, this county Thursday Andrew Combs and Frank CORNIELSON engaged in a fight, which resulted in the death of Combs. CORNIELSON struck Combs on the head with a gun and the latter shot at CORNIELSON after he had fallen to the ground but missed him. CORNELISON then took deliberate aim at Combs and shot him through the breast with a 38 caliber Wincheser [Winchester] rifle. Combs died instantly. CORNELISON was arrested. It is feared that he will be lynched as it is claimed his assault of Combs was unprovoked. CORNELISON is a cousin of Jack and Zion CORNELISON, who are serving lifesentences for the murder of a farmer here more than a year ago. (Rockcastle Co., KY GenWeb Archives, See Copyright Restrictions)
    14 June 1911 Kentucky State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistists, Death Certificate, File No. 19809 Death Certificate (provided by Scott Fischer and transcribed by Deb Coombs): Place of Death: written as Rockcastle (Breathitt Co) Name: Christina KILBURN; Sex: Female; Race: White; Widow; Date of Birth: 1843; Age: 68; Occupation: Housekeeper; Birthplace: Breathitt Co ; Father: Preston COMBS; Birthplace of father: Breathitt; Maiden Name of mother: A Miss Stacy; Birthplace of mother: Breathitt Co.; Informant: Mr. and Mrs. Hardin MOORE? of Climax, Ky; Date of Death: 14 June 1911; Cause of Death: Disease of Heart; Attending Physician: P. CORNELIUS, M.D. NOTE: Place and Date of Burial left blank.

    SF NOTE: Christina Combs Kilburn (1843-1911), the daughter of Preston Combs and Nancy Stacy. She died at the home of her daughter Cathern Kilburn Moore in Climax, Rockcastle County but is buried in the Coomer-Kilburn Cemetery in Althol, Lee County, Kentucky with her husband Tipton Kilburn 1847-1905 -I visited this cemetery in August. It looks like the certificate was initially filed in Rockcastle, but it has been scratched out and Breathitt County listed instead. Must have been some confusion although Athol is just over the line from Breathitt.
    Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here. See also our Combs Research List Archives.

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