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Scott was established in 1792 from Woodford Co KY. In 1793, Harrison was est. from Scott and Bourbon, and in 1794, Campbell from Harrison, Mason and Scott. In 1819, Owen was est. from Scott, Franklin, Gallatin and Pendleton.
1795 Kentucky Census, Scott County (extracted by Combs Researcher Tim Spence)
1797 Original Tax List of Clark Co., Ky. 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
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1800 Scott Co KY Tax List ( Extracted from Second Census of KY, 1800, GPC, Clift)
1800 Original Clark Co., Ky. Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, on FHC Microfilm #0007930 Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving
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1802 Tax List Original Clark Co., Ky. Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
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1803 Tax List Original Clark Co., Ky. Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
Second List - List # unknown
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1804 Original Clark Co., Ky., Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
First List p. 2
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1805 Original Clark Co., Ky., Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
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1807 Original Clark Co., Ky. Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
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1809 Original Clark Co., Ky. Tax Lists 1793-1797, 1799-1809, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving from FHC Microfilm #0007930
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1810 US Census, Scott Co KY P. 172 (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp)
James Combs-2 m-under 10 1 m-26-45
2 f-under 10 1 f-16-26
1810 Original Clark Co., Ky. Tax Lists 1810-1824, Extracted and Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving Original Tax Lists from FHC Microfilm #0087025: NOTE: There is Only 1 List
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ca1814 According to the War of 1812 Pension File of John M. Combs, he had served in the militia company of Capt. S. R. [Samuel R.] Combs, (while?) a resident of Scott Co, KY. He m Marinda VIVION 02 Jan 1819 in Clark Co., KY, and d in the spring of 1848 or 49 in Adams Co., IL. His widow d in Scott Co KY on 19 Dec 1885. (Combs &c. of the War of 1812) See 1885 Scott for additional, and note that this may have actually been John H. Combs.
1818 Will of Robert Combs of Scott Co., KY includes bequest to his mother, Margaret NORRIS of St. Mary's Co MD. (See Below)
Notes: Robert Combs was the son of Phillip & Margaret FENWICK (Manning) Combs (Norris). Phillip Combs died testate in St. Mary's in 1780, naming, among others, sons James and Robert.
1820 US Census Index: No Combs
1830 US Census (transcribed by Sue Elfving from Source: Heritage Quest original images, Series: M19 Roll: 41 Page: 136)
p. 136 No Twp Listed
James Combes 00121001 2110001 111100 30101
1 m (10-15), 2 m (15-20), 1 m (20-30), 1 m (50-60)
2 f (<5), 1 f(5-10), 1 f (10-15), 1 f (40-50)
1 male slave (<10), 1ms (10-23), 1ms (24-35), 1ms (36-55)
3 female slaves (<10), 1 fs (24-35), 1 fs (55-100)
SE NOTES: Not indexed as James Combes but appears to be Combes in original image. If this is James of the St. Mary's Co. Catholic Combs, then he could easily have had some slaves. He may be the James Combes in the 1820 Census in Franklin Co., KY and also of Ralls Co., MO later on.
28 Aug 1832 - Jan 1835 (Daviess County, Ky Book A (1815-1842 extracted from Abstracts of Early Kentucky Wills and Inventories by J. Estelle Stewart King) Ignatus M. FENWICK 28 Aug 1832 Jan 1835 of Scott Co, KY wife_____; daughters: Lucy, Mary, Catherine. Other children not named. Exec. wife Witn: Anderson TAYLOR, James Combs, M.S. DEHONEY
Aug 3, 1839 Scott Co KY Marriages Combs, James Jr. & WORLAND, Theresa (Marriage CD - Original Source Still Needed)
Aug 31, 1839 Scott Co KY Marriages GRAUGH, James R. & Combs, Mary (Marriage CD - Original Source Still Needed)
1840 US Census Index, Scott Co KY
Combs, James, Page 054
26 Jun 1841 Scott Co KY Marriages. EDDENS, Jackson & Combs, Margaret (Marriage CD - Original Source Still Needed)
7 Jul 1845 Scott Co KY Marriages MORELAND, James G. & Combs, Sarah (Marriage CD - Original Source Still Needed)
1850 Scott Co., KY Census (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)
Sylvester Combs 42 M farmer KY
Lucinda 35 F KY
Ann E. 12 F KY
James E. 8 M KY
Joseph L. 5 M KY
Mary J. 2 F KY
James Combs 74 M farmer $12,500 MD
Julia 43 F KY
Theresa 3 F KY
John WILLIAMS 14 M KY
13 Sept 1852 Death: Jas Combs, 81 yrs, man, married, Farmer, Died: Scott Co., Born: State of Maryland, Parents: John and Margaret Combs, Cause: Old age (transcribed by SE from original image, KDSLA Scott County KVS microfilm, Ancestry.com).
NOTES: Speculation exists that he may have been the son of Robert Combs who left a bequest to his mother Margaret NORRIS of St. Mary's Co., MD and named two sons, James and Robert. Could the death record be incorrect as to his father's name? More research is needed
14 Jan 1854 Death: Anderson [no surname], B, 17 yrs, male, Died: Scott Co, Born: Scott Co., Parents/Owners: Julia Combs, Cause: Killed by accident (Source: transcribed by SE from original image, KDSLA Scott County KVS microfilm,"Slave Deaths" , Ancestry.com).
NOTES: Julia Combs would be the widow of James Combs who died 13 Sept. 1852.
1860 Scott Co., KY Census (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gibson)
Julia Combs 52 Ky
John Williams 24 Ky
Teresa Combs 13 Ky
19 Dec 1885 Georgetown, Scott Co, KY. Died: Marinda VIVION Combs, widow of John M. Combs whom she had m 2 Jan 1819 Clark Co KY. (Combs of the War of 1812)
Notes: According to The Combes Genealogy, Marinda's husband was not John M., but John H., and he the son of Joseph & Susanna CLARK Combs of Clark Co., KY (research in progress). John's pension file shows that he d in the spring of 1848 or 1849 in Adams Co, IL. He had served in the War of 1812 in the militia company of Capt. Samuel Richardson Combs of Clark Co., KY, but file also notes that he resided in Scott Co (but does not state when, not certain if during period of enlistment).
1 Mar 1945 Commonwelth of Kentucky, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics: Certificate of Death, Volume 011 Cert 05342 Deathvol 45 Place of death: County: Fayette, City: Lexington, 443 Greenwood ave., Usual residence of deceased: State: Ky, County: Fayette, City: Rural, St. Sandervelle (sic), Full name: Sarah Jane Hawkins, Sex: F, Color or race: Col., Marital status: Married, Name of spouse: Rufus (sic) Hawkins, Age of spouse: about 72, Birth date of deceased: June 5, 1888, Age: 57 yrs, Occupation: Housekeeper, Fathers name: Chas. Combs, Birthplace: Scott Co., Mothers madiden name: Emma Washington, Birthplace: Scott Co., Informant: Emma White, Address: 441 Greenwood Ave, Burial: Greenwood Cem., Date: Mar 5, 1945, Funeral dir: Edw. W. Jackson, Address: 256 N. Wjjes (sic) St., Date rcvd by registrar: 3/6/1945, D.A.Lurlong (sic), Date of death: March 1, 1945, Time of death: 9 p.m., Cause of death: Coronary Occlusion. Signed: J.H.Kerr, Coroner, Address: 463 E. Main, Date: 3/3/45. (Death Certificate provided by Combs researcher Lynda Combs Gipson Transcribed and posted by Combs researcher Jimmie "CrashedOne" Combs)
23 May 1961 Commonwelth of Kentucky, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics: Certificate of Death, Volume 027 Cert 13407 Deathvol 61 Place of death: County: Scott, City: Georgetown, Name of hospital or institution: John Graves Ford, Usual residence of deceased: State: Ky., County: Scott, City: Route #2, Residence on a farm?: Yes, Name of deceased: Harlen combs, Sr. Date of death: 5-23-61, Sex: Male, Color or race: White, Marital status: Married, Date of birth: 1-2-85 (1-2-1885), Age: 76, Occupation: Laborer, Birthplace: Ky., Citizen of what country: USA, Fathers name: Jerry Combs, Mothers maiden name: Gilley Ann Childers, Social sec nr: 401-26-4113, Informant: Mrs Harlen Combs, Sr., Cause of death: Esophageal Varices Gastro Intestinal Hemorrhage, Interval between onset and death: 48 hrs, Due to: Hypatoma & Portal Cirrhosis, 6 Mos, Due to: Chronic Infectious Hepatitis, 1 year, Other significant conditions contributing to death but not related to the terminal disease: Generalized Atherosclerosis, I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from 5/19/61 to 5/23, 1961 that I last saw the deceased alive on 5/23/61 and that death occurred at 7:35 A.M. from the causes and on the date stated above. Date: 6/1/61, Address: Georgetown, KY., Signed: James C. Cantrell, M.D., Burial: Burial, Date: 5-26-61, Name of cem: Richmond, Location: Richmond, Ky., (Death certificate furnished by Combs researcher Lynda Combs Gipson Transcribed and posted by Combs researcher Jimmie "CrashedOne" Combs)
JIMMIE'S COMMENTS: Jerry Combs is Jeremiah Combs s/o Nicholas Shanghai Nick Combs and Eliza Williams.
From That Troublesome Parish, St. Francis/St. Pius Church of White Sulphur, Kentucky, Mother Church of Diocese of Covington, Ann Bolton Bevins & Rev. James R. O'Rourke, 1985, pgs 19, 28 &29:
"James and Robert Combs are listed among the founders of St. Francis Church by Webb(1). Goad recalled that Major Sylvester, Robert, and James Combs, sons of Scott County's James Combs, had emigrated from Scott to Monroe County, Missouri, near Clinton( 2). Perhaps for a while James and Robert Combs had moved from Scott County, Kentucky, for they do not appear on the 1806 petitioners' list. James Combs is listed on the 1810 Scott tax list.
The date of James Combs' coming to Kentucky is also subject to dispute. His descendant, the late Fannie HALLEY Kerr wrote that he came here in 1792 with the St. Mary's emigrants, and was at that time twenty years old. She had him traced back four generations to Enoch Combs, born in England in 1638. In 1829 he bought Jeremiah TARLTON'S tavern and log home, and that property became his family's home until 1892-1893 when it was torn down by his daughter Mary Theresa and her husband Edmund Payne HALLEY to make way for a new home( 3). Goad says that James Combs "came out with us in 96'"( 4).
James Combs' first wife Matilda died February 12, 1839. On February 8, 1844 he married Julia Peters WILLIAMS. He died in 1852, his will listing children Sylvester, James, Robert, Margaret, Elizabeth, Susan, Sarah, Theresa, and the heirs of Ann. Witnesses were Robert LEE and Patrick H. COONEY(5).
COMB'S tavern was apparently an important place to travelers, Ebenezer Hiram STEDMAN, chronicler of the paper industry, recalled his July 1833 trip to the Forks to look at an old paper mill which he ultimately purchased. "Leaving Georgetown from Franklin County," he wrote, "we are in high spirits & when we got to Combs tavern near the Cathlick Church we all got a drink of Good old Bourbon Sperits."(6)
Robert Combs, brother of James, died in 1818. His will referred to property in Kentucky and Maryland. To his wife Rebecca he gave sixteen negroes and their increase, naming all sixteen. They were to receive after her death "their full and perfect freedom provided nevertheless if they or anyone of them should behave in a manner displeasing to my beloved wife...she or he shall be sold for a term of years not more than seven nor less than four years and the money applied to my beloved wife's uses." Three other negroes were to go to his "beloved mother Margaret NORRIS of Saint Mary's County, Maryland, and after her death, to Rebecca."
The first of the Elkhorn region Catholics had been on their way to the Nelson County settlements when they learned that land in what was to become western Scott, northern Woodford, and eastern Franklin counties, was for sale. Recognizing its value as compared to land farther west, they chose to settle in what has become the famous Inner Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky.
Most sources give the year of settlement as 1786, the same year that nearby Georgetown was settled by a group of Virginia Baptists. The date comes into question when one searches the 1790 tax list and finds only Henry CLARVO listed among the early known Catholic folk. However, by 1793 there were twenty-five Catholic families occupying the region which later on came to be know as White Sulphur ( 7). In 1792 Scott County was created from a part of original Woodford, and in 1795 Franklin County had it inception.
Published Sources list several families as having been the original Forks of Elkhorn Catholics. Included are those headed by James LEAKE, Thomas Courtney JENKINS, James GOUGH, Ignatius GOUGH, John Baptist GOUGH, Robert Combs, James Combs, Jeremiah TARLTON, George TARLTON, Thomas WORLAND, Barnaby WORLAND, Bennet GREENWELL, Henry GREENWELL, Ignatius GREENWELL, and Mrs. Ann JAMES.(8) Again, this list presents difficulties, as there were other families in the parish when Father BADIN arrived in late 1793. The FENWICKS were especially prominent. These people were farmers and millers who almost immediately experienced success and its resultant wealth. Anxious to get on with matters of their faith, they wrote to Bishop CARROLL for a priest and promised to see to his support.(9)
By 1793 Scott County Catholics were planning their first church in anticipation of the coming of a priest.(10) As the year came to a close, a very special young priest was on his way West to organize his first parish. Neither he nor his prospective parishioners could have come close to anticipate the dramas to ensue, in which they would all play major and frequently conflicting roles."
(1) Missionaries of Kentucky, 1787-1826-27, Webb, 89
(2) Reminiscences, Chronicles of St. Mary's, Goad
(3) Letter from Fannie Halley (Mrs. W. Graham) Kerr, 1974, author's collection
(4) Reminiscences, Chronicles of St. Mary's, Goad
(5) Scott County Will Book M-33
(6) Bluegrass Craftsman, Dugan & Bull, 149, 150
(7) The Catholic Church on the Kentucky Frontier (1785-1812), Sister Mary Ramona Mattingly, 1936
(8) History of the Catholic Church, White Sulphur, Webb & Curry, 1922
(9) Ryan quoting letter from Father Badin to Bishop Carroll February 26, 1805.
(10) The Catholic Church on the Kentucky Frontier (1785-1812), Sister Mary Ramona Mattingly, 1936
Important: All Records collected for this county have may not been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives.
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