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Guilford County NC was established in 1770 from Rowan & Orange Cos NC. The county of Randolph was established in 1778 from the lower half of Guilford Co NC; and the county of Rockingham from the upper half of (the remainder) of Guilford in 1785. Thus far, we have located only a few Combs records in Guilford County, and only one in Randolph (mid-way between the two Guilford records), this despite the known Cody-Combs-Ridge connections in Randolph & Rowan > Surry Co NC (See Also The Tories of Surry Co NC). The Combs of Orange Co NC appear to have lived on, and owned, land that remained in that county.


19 Nov 1772 (Guilford Co NC Marriage Records) "Know all men by these presents that we, John Combs and Phillip Combs are held firmly bound honour for the King, his heirs and successors in the full and just sum of fifty pounds proclamation money to be paid to our loving soverign, the King, his heirs and successors, we bind ourselves by each of our heirs and by firmly by their Warrants Seal, with our Seal and dates this 19th day of November, 1772. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas John Combs hath made application for a license for marriage to be celebrated between him and Sarah MABRY of Guilford County, agreeable to act of an humbly and ratified the 2nd day of April 1772. Now, if it shall not appear at any time that there is any lawful cause to obstruct this said marriage, then their obligation shall be void and non effect. This to remain in full force and virute. (Seal) Signed John Combs, (Seal) Phillip Combs. Guiliford County, North Carolina" (Combs Family News, 1983)

Notes: The above John & Phillip Combs probably were of the Combs Families of Amelia & Lunenburg Cos VA; however, their ancestry remains undetermined as yet. What is known is that:

  1. A Phillip Combs is found in Fairfield Co SC with an Ephraim MABRY, and later removes to Wilkes Co GA; and that
  2. John & Sarah MABRY Combs removed (at some point, and possibly not directly) to Washington Co VA, and later to Jefferson Co, TN.

These latter facts are confirmed by both records and a letter written by their grandson, Carlton Wilbur Combs. (See Also Mabry Family)


1820 Guilford Co, NC Census Index

p. 096:
Philip KOMES

Notes: The above "just found" and no other census/tax lists checked for this spelling except none in 1790.


02 Jun 1831 (Guilford Co NC Marriage Records) Combs, Candiss Ann & GLASS, Henry (Marriage CD - not yet verified; record needed)


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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