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Ashe County was established in 1799 from Wilkes Co NC when all of Wilkes county lying beyond the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains was made Ashe Co. This embraced the present-day counties of Alleghany, Ashe, and a part of Watauga. In January of 1849, Watauga County was created out of Wilkes, Ashe, Caldwell, and Yancey counties. Laws of 1876-77 made some additional changes in lines, which gave Watauga some more land from Wilkes and Ashe.

Important! The northern border of Ashe Co is on the Virginia state line. Regular, Ongoing Major Disputes took place between North Carolina and Virginia as to where the state line actually lay, and individuals living anywhere within 20 miles of the present-day state line might live in Virginia one year, North Carolina the next and the Virginia the following. A "side effect" of this dispute was that whenever possible, residents attempted to convince tax collectors from both states that they had paid taxes to the other. In a number of instances, they were successful, meaning that in many years, individuals might go unrecorded on the tax lists of both Virginia and NC (Typical Enterprising Americans). No 1800-1850 Census Records for Combs, Coomes, etc. have been located.


15 Jun 1855 (Raleigh Co, NC State Archives) COMES, Jackson marr. HOWELL, Martha. James WAGG, Administrator, J. M. GENTRY, Witness. (Jeffrey Weaver's Marriage Records of Ashe County, North Carolina, 1801-1872)

Notes: Might this have been Andrew J. (Jackson?) Combs of 1850 Surry Co, NC census?


1850 Ashe Co, NC Census

The USGenWeb Census Project ®

REEL NO: M432-620

666/666 Comes Jackson 20 M farmer NC
Nancy E 20 F NC

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11/19/1855 Ashe Co, NC Courthouse & Raleigh, NC State Archives. Combs, John & TOLIVER, Tabitha “Bithey” T. C. DOUGLAS, Administrator and Witness (Jeffrey Weaver's Marriage Records of Ashe County, North Carolina, 1801-1872)

Notes: See Also early Combs-Denny-Toliver in Wilkes Co NC and see 1870 Grayson Co, VA Census


19 Apr 1856 Ashe Co, NC Courthouse & Raleigh, NC State Archives. COMES, Elizabeth marr. PENINGTON, Thornton. Joseph HUDLER, J.P., Jackson Testerm, Bondsman. R. JONES, witness. (Jeffrey Weaver's Marriage Records of Ashe County, North Carolina, 1801-1872)


01 Mar 1857 Ashe Co, NC Courthouse Combs, Sampson & _____. John F. GREER, Administrator (Jeffrey Weaver's Marriage Records of Ashe County, North Carolina, 1801-1872)


22 Oct 1857 (Ashe Co, NC Marriages) COOMES, James T. & DAVIS, Amanda 22 Oct 1857 006 01 012 (blank) T. C. DOUGLASS 000000781 M 22 Oct. 1857 by T. C. DOUGLASS J.P. (Transcribed by Coomes Researcher Patience Northern who adds that this was James T. COOMES' second marriage. He m (1) 17 May 1843, Carroll Co VA, Betsey DUNFORD). Also Note: Jeffrey Weaver transcription spells COMES.


05 Aug 1858 (Ashe, NC Courthouse & Raleigh, NC State Archives) COMES, Marthy J marr. MURY, Auley. R. JONES, Administrator. R. JONES, D.C., witness. (Jeffrey Weaver's Marriage Records of Ashe County, North Carolina, 1801-1872) SW: MURRAY


1880 Ash Co, NC Census Index

Jefferey Weaver's New River Notes

COMBS:

p. 6
Alfred, Ida, Jane L., Parker M., Vance

p. 31
Franklin A., Jackson, Jane B., Martha, Mary M., Nancy C.

p. 32
James R., Julia A., Stephen C., Susan E., Wiley A., William M.


1920 Ash Co, NC Census

New River Notes

Jefferson Twp

pg. 1A

3/3 Combs Styphen C. head R M W 52 M N N NC NC NC Y Farm Laborer W
Caroline wife F W 42 M N N NC NC NC y none
John son M W 18 S N N N NC NC NC Y Farm Laborer
Lizzie dau F W 13 S N N N NC NC NC Y none
Sallie dau F W 11 S N N N NC NC NC Y none
Grover son M W 9 S N N N NC NC NC Y none
Merideth son M W 7 S N N N NC NC NC Y
Jackson son M W 5 S N N N NC NC NC Y
Peter son M W 07/12 S N N NC NC NC Y

4/4 Combs William head R M W 40 M N N NC NC VA Y
Jon wife F W 36 M Y Y VA NC NC Y none
Addie dau F W 13 S Y Y Y NC NC NC Y none
Ella May dau F W 11 S Y Y Y NC NC NC Y none
Irene dau F W 7 S Y N N NC NC NC Y none
Glen son M W 5-3/12 S N N N NC NC NC Y none


Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives

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