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Index to Combs &c. of Surry Co, NC

Introduction and Background
The Earliest Combs of Surry - 1771-1777
The Middle Years - 1778-1799
The Later Years - 1800- ????
Combs &c. Land of Old Surry Co NC (Includes all of Wilkes and Surry and more)

Chronology of Records - 1800-????


1800 NC State Library and Archives, C.R. O92.508.14, Surry Co., NC Estate Records, Folder: William COMBS. "Return of Wm COMBS Estate. Acct of Sales of Wm COMBS Estate & allowance to the widow."
22 Mar 12 May - May term 1800. Recorded & examined. A Sale of the estate of Wm COMBS Deceased on 22 day of March 1800 by me as Sheriff agreeable to an order of Court as follows to wit-

Sarah COMBS bought….L21"7"4
Hanor BRAY ............."2"10
John SUMMERS Senr......."10"5
Reuben GRANT............"2"6
Totall Amt. L22"3"1
s/Levi JARVIS D.S.
Alloted to widow COMBS out of the above sales as the report annined[?] L12"15"0. Jesse LESTER Adminsr. Sarah COMBS Administratrix.

May 12th 1800. We Isaac COPELAND Moses MEANS John SUMMERS & David BRAY who was appointed by the Court of Surry to lay of and allott to the Widow COMBS such part or so much of the crop stock and provisions of the estate of the late Wm COMBS deceased as would be suf't for her and her familys support for one year--have in Obedience [?then to after?] bring qualified agreeable to law laid off to her the said widow in the following manner viz--

The corn on hand which is about six barrels, the meat of one Hogg, Two cows and yearlings & a calf Two Sows & ten shoats, & Telve [twelve] pounds fifteen shillings currency We allot her out of the sales to purchase corn and meat. which is agreed to, given under our hands and [?] this 22 day of March 1800. s/Moses MEARS (seal) David BRAY (seal) Isaac COPELAND (seal) John SUMMERS (seal) (Transcribed by Cody-Combs Researcher George Baumbach)

Notes: See David BRAY w/CODY & ROSE. Note John SUMMERS and See Winnifred COMBS Sumner Hicks. Who was this William COMBS? A woman with a young family (apparently 6 small children based on above and 1800 census), some of whom seem to have stayed in the county based on later records. Where was the land? What happened to it? What happened to Sarah? No record of marriage between 1800 and 1810, yet not on 1810 census (unless the older woman in the HH of Bird COMBS?). Might she later become the Sarah COMBS of Floyd Co, KY?


1800 US Census, Surry Co NC

P. 644
COMBS, Sarah: 23000-10010-00

Notes: Sarah COMBS, b 1755-1774, and 5 sons and 1 daughter? See Bird COMBS 1810 HH.


08 Sep 1808 (CR085.508.136, Rowan Co., NC, Estate Records, Folder: William RIDGE 1785)
Mr. Jonathan HAINES:
You will please to take notice that I shall attend… at the House of Robert HOWARD in White County in the State of Tennessee on the 8th day of September next say 1808 in order to take the depositions of Wm RIDGE Jun'r, Thomas RIDGE, Mary RIDGE, Sitha RIDGE, and perhaps others, in the suit now defending in the Court of Equity for Rowan County in the State of North Carolina, the suit formerly in the court of Equity for the District of Salisbury wherein you and myself William COOK & others are defendants, when and where you may attend and Cross examine said witnesses if you see cause.
I am yours
WM T. LEWIS

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher George Baumbach)

Notes: Although a Rowan record, this is the estate file of William RIDGE, Sr. of Surry and documents that at least four of William & Winnifred COMBS Ridge, Sr.'s children were in White Co TN by 1808. No further guardianship records have been found as yet after 1788 although references are made to the four younger children as late as 1791 (William Ridge Estate File). No more is known of daughters, Elizabeth and Winnifred.


1810 US Census, Surry NC

P. 177 (663)
Bird COMBS (01300/11101)

Combs Researcher John Kays

Notes: Given the contents of this record, it “looks like” Bird was the s/o William & Sarah COMBS (see 1800) with a wife, daughter, mother, sister and two brothers in the HH. The two other males (younger brothers?) are 16-25 years of age (born 1785-1794). Another male is 10-15 years of age (b 1795-1800). The female 16-25 may have been his wife, the female 10-15 a sister, the female under 5, his daughter, and the woman over 45 his mother. If Sarah of 1800, her age adjusts to b 1755-1765. No marriage record located for Bird.


13 Feb 1811 (Surry Co NC Marriage Records) Henderson BANISTER & Polly COMBS (Surry County, NC Brides - Early to 1850, Transcribed by Linda Sorrell, USGenWeb Archives)


1812-1814 Muster Roll of Eighth Regiment, First Company, Detached from the First Surry Regiment (Extracted from 1812 Militia Rolls by William R. Navey, genealogy1@ancestry.com, NCGenWeb Project Archives, ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/military/1812roll.txt (See copyright restrictions).

Original Source: MUSTER ROLLS, SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1812, DETACHED FROM THE MILITIA OF NORTH CAROLINA, 1812 AND 1814, PUBLISHED IN PURSUANCE OF THE RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF JANUARY 28, 1851 AND THE RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF FEBRUARY 29, 1871. UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL, RALEIGH, STONE AND UZZELL, STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1873.

WILLIAM McCRAW, CAPTAIN
JOHN SHIPP, 1ST LIEUTENANT
BERN. FRANKLIN, 2ND LIEUTENANT
WILLIAM POTTER, ENSIGN
ELEON G. MOORE, CADET

BAILEY JOHNSTONMICAJAH REAVES
WATSON HOLIFIELDRICHARD REAVES
EZEKIEL DESERNWILLIAM HOLDER
CHARLES COMBUSJOHN PARISH
CHARLES BRYANTDAVID GERWIN
RALPH HOLIFIELDJOSEPH CARTWRIGHT
JOSEPH MUNCASSEWARD McCRAW
ELIJAN MUNCASJESSE HOWARD
SOLOMON GRIFFITHBENJAMIN BAKER
ISAAC PUCKETTMARTIN FORKNER
JOSHUA GARRETTSAMUEL LAURENCE
WILLIAM SMALLWOODJOHN GRIFFITH
SAMUEL McCRAWCALVIN ROBERTSON
HENRY SPARGERISAAC HOLBROOKS
DANIEL REECELEWIS RAPER
GENTRY HODGESWILLIAM HODGES
JOHN RYANTHOMAS KETCHUM
WILLIAM VESTTHOMAS BRAY
BENJAMIN CUMMINDUDLEY REYNOLDS
DANIEL HARKERTHOMAS A. WARD
EPHRAIM STONEJONATHAN REYNOLS
JOHN WATSONJAMES GRAVES
MOSES SMITHPETER GRAVES
RICHARD WHITEROBERT BABER
CONWAY STONE

Notes: See Daniel HARKER & James COMBS of Dearborn Co, IN in 1835; and Daniel HARKER & Rebecca COOMBS of Salem Co, NJ in 1819.


1815 Surry Co, NC Tax Lists

No Combs


09 Feb 1819 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Stephen COMBS & Sally HUDSON (Marriages of Surry Co, NC, 1779-1868, Brent Holcomb, Gen Pub, 1982)

Notes: Possibly Stephen s/o William & Sarah COMBS (d 1800)? Missing from 1820?


28 Dec 1819 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Charles COMBS & Abigal REAVIS (Surry Co. N.C . Marriage Records(Marriage Bonds before 1851), Page 00019, extracted by Combs Researcher Joe Lewis)

Notes: Charles COMBS served in the War of 1812 in George L. DAVIDSON'S NC Militia. His pension file states he m (1) Abigail (no surname), then (2) on Oct 1858 in Green Co IN, the widow, Anna McLAUGHLIN. He d testate on 28 Feb 1866 in Monroe Co IN. (Index to War of 1812 Pensions Files, Vol 1, Virgil D. White) Also note that descendants of Thomas Hicks and Keziah HAYS Combs of Wilkes Co NC are found in Monroe Co IN. See also the 1768 Rowan Co NC tax list of John BREVARD wherein George DAVIDSON tithed James COMBS.


1820 US Census Index, Surry Co NC

Source: HQ- Heritage Quest original census images submitted by Sue Elfving

P. 740 p. 400 on HQ

Davis' District

COMBS, Bird
1 m < 10 1 m 26-45 1 f < 10 1 f 10-16 1 f 26-45

Bird Combs is not found in the 1830 Surry Co. census. He may have already been in Monroe Co., IN by that time, or enroute, as there were three Combs marriages in Monroe Co., IN in 1831, to wit: Sarah Combs married Jesse EAST, Sarah Combs married David HARP, and Martin (known as Martin Byrd Combs to descendants) Combs married Mary FODRELL. According to Chris Combs, researcher and descendant of Martin Combs, 1842 probate records for Bird Combs show that Mary A. EAST, minor daughter of Jesse EAST was an heir of Bird Combs. This record suggests that Sarah Combs EAST was deceased and may have been the daughter of Bird Combs. Jesse EAST remarried in Monroe in 1839. According to EAST researchers, Jesse EAST was a son of John EAST and he was born in Surry Co., NC. Perhaps Bird Combs and the EAST family migrated together to Monroe Co.

Immediately following Bird Combs on the same page of the alphabetized census were: CARMICHALL, Archd
CARMICHALL, Joseph
CARMICHALL, Alexander
CARMICHALL, Sterling
CARMICHALL, Richd

SE Note: The CARMICHAELS are included here since some members of this family, including an Archibald CARMICHAEL, removed to Greene Co, IN. Pleasant Combs, son of Charles Combs, married a Sarah CARMICHAEL in Greene Co. in 1857. Archibald, Joseph, and Alexander Carmichael are found in early Monroe Co., IN records. Archibald CARMICHAEL Sr. wrote his will in Surry Co. in 1827 and he named sons Archibald, Joseph, Alexander, Sterling, and Richard.

p. 730/p. 395 on HQ

Daniel Marr?ians District

Combs Charles
2 m < 10 1 m 26-45 3 f < 10 1 f 10-16 1 f 26-45

Charles Combs married Abigal REAVIS on 28 Dec 1819 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds). If this marriage was his first marriage, then all these children did not belong to him. Charles removed to Monroe Co., IN by 1840 per census records. Charles Combs was born c1794/5 in Virginia per his 1850 and 1860 census records.

Combs Stephen
1 m 16-26 1 f < 10 1 f 16-26

Stephen Combs married Sally HUDSON on 09 Feb 1819 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds).

Combs Sarah
1 m < 10 1 m 16-26 1 f 16-26 1 f 45+


27 Oct. 1828. Stephen Combs Jurat, Will of Rice KEY (Source: Surry County County Clerk Of Superior Court Record Of Wills-Vol. 4 Years 1827-1851 submitted by Sue Elfving)


27 Feb 1830 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Nancy COMBS & John T. SURRATT (Combs Researcher Louise Converse)

Notes: According to Louise's Descendants of Zedekiah (Zadock) COMBS of Grayson Co, Va, Nancy COMBS, b 12/25/1811, Virginia, d aft 1900; m John Tinsley SARRATT [sic], b 1/2/1806, North Carolina, d 2/3/1892, Raleigh Co, WV.


1830 US Census, Surry Co NC

P. 106
Charles COMBS 3110010000000/0000100000000
P. 108
Sterling CARMICHAEL

P. 109
Stephan COMBS 0100010000000/1200010000000
(Transcribed by Combs Researcher John Kays who notes that Bird has flown the coop)

Notes: Charles and Stephen COMBS “look like” the two younger sons of William & Sarah of 1800 (Bird's two younger brothers from the 1810 census.) Charles COMBS m 1819, Surry, NC, Abigail REAVIS; and Stephen m 1819, Surry Co, NC, Sally HUDSON. If sons of Sarah, she's gone missing (possibly with Bird?). Charles COMBS is on the 1840 Monroe Co, IN Census, and what may be his brother, Bird, patented land in that county in 1837. Also in Monroe Co, IN were William Riley COMBS (who "looks like" an ex-Perry Co, KY COMBS), and a Martin COMBS whose land was by that of Charles (perhaps their younger brother?).


4 March 1834. Stephen Combs Jurat, Will of Achillas KEY (Source: Surry County County Clerk Of Superior Court Record Of Wills-Vol. 4 Years 1827-1851 submitted by Sue Elfving)


1836 April 15 & 16 (North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, CR. 092.508 Surry Co., NC Estate Records, Folder: HOWARD, Jessie (1836).) "Inventory of the sale of the proceeds of the estate of the deceased Jesse HOWARD that came into our hands his Administrators 15 & 16 March 1836. [Buyers:]…Charles COMBS for the widdow BRASSFIELD $8.79…" (Transcribed by Cody-Combs Researcher George Baumbach)


1840 Surry Co, NC Census

Records still needed (even index would help)


20 Dec 1845 (Surry Co NC Marriage Records) Mary COMBS & Henry HAWKS [HAWK] (Brent Holcomb's Surry Co, NC Marriages…)

Notes: Mary Ann COMBS, d/o Joseph and Caroline WILLS Combs of Grayson Co, VA. See also Louise Cnverse's Descendants of Zedekiah (Zadock) COMBS.


15 Feb 1846 (Surry Co NC Marriage Records) Elisha BENGE & Nancy E. COMBS (Surry County, NC Brides - Early to 1850, Transcribed by Linda Sorrell, USGenWeb Archives)

Notes: d/o George of Wilkes? (See 1850 Surry & 1860 Wilkes)


17 Sep 1849 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Sinclair COMBS & Sarah KERNEY. Henry HAWKS, Bondsman. (Combs Researcher Louise Converse)

Notes: St. Clair COMBS, s/o Joseph & Caroline WILLS Combs of Grayson Co, VA. Henry HAWKS was his brother-in-law (m 1845, Surry, Mary) See 1850 Carroll Co VA census and Louise's Descendants of Zedekiah (Zadock) Combs.


1850 Surry Co, NC Census

North Division, Pilot District

p. 268B; 29 Jul 1850 by Wm. R. Lovill

16/16 Zedock Combs 36 M None VA
Susannah COMBS 37 F VA
Sylvester 15 M VA None VA (sch)
William 12 M NC (sch)
Riley 8 M NC
Rosey 5 F NC
Alexander 2 M NC

Notes: Zadock (a.k.a. Zedekiah) Combs, s/o William and Jane CARTER Combs, m 13 Apr 1833, Grayson Co, VA, Susannah PAYNE, d/o Nathaniel and Susan PAYNE. In 1840, one Zadac [sic] COMBS is listed on the Patrick Co, VA Census and one on the Grayson Co, VA Census. See 1860 Wilkes Co, NC Census and 1860 Carroll Co, VA Census.

South Division

p. 185A; 15 Aug 1850 by E. Hough

361/362 Elisha Bange 26 M Labourer NC (rw)
Nancy 24 F NC (rw)
Martha M. 4 F NC
Sally 912 F NC
George COMBS 65 M Farmer NC (rw)
Andrew J. 20 M None NC (rw)

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher C. Ha mmett)

Notes: Elisha BENGE (Census Index lists as BANGE) m 15 Feb 1846, Surry Co, NC, Nancy E. COMBS. In 1860, Elisha and Nancy E. COMBS Benge and Jackson COMBS (Andrew Jackson) are in the Wilkes Co, NC Census.


19 Feb 1852 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Phebe COMBS & John THOMAS (Carroll Co, VA Marriages outside the county)

Notes: Probably d/o William and Jane CARTER Combs (1850 Patrick Co, VA and 1860 Carroll Co, VA Census)


03 Jun 1852 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Elizabeth COMBS & Henry THOMAS (Marriage CD- Original Source still needed!)


06 Jun 1852 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Thomas COMBS & Adalina HIATT (Surry Co. N.C. Marriage Records(Marriage Bonds before 1851), Page 00019, extracted by Combs Researcher Joe Lewis)

Notes: 1870 Carroll Co, VA Census


03 Apr 1853 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Sarah COMBS & Greenville McMILLON (Carroll Co, VA Marriages outside the county) Note: Marriage CD lists as McMILLAN

Notes: Sarah, d/o William and Jane CARTER Combs of 1850 Patrick Co VA Census, and see Greenville and Sarah on 1860 Carroll Co, VA Census.


03 Feb 1856 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Martha J. COMES & Martin HAWKS (Louise Converse's Descendants of Zedekiah (Zadock) COMBS)

Notes: Martha J. was the d/o Joseph and Caroline WILLS Combs of Carroll Co, VA


06 Feb 1856 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Matilda COMBS & John HAYNES (Carroll Co, VA Marriages outside the county)

Notes: Matilda, d/o William and Jane CARTER Combs (see above)


1860 Surry Co, NC Census

Dobson

23 Aug. 1860

558-558 James F./T. Cooms 44 blacksmith b. MD
Emanda Cooms 28 b. VA
Wm. H. Cooms 16 b. VA Male
Sarah M. Cooms 14 b. VA Female
G.W. Cooms 13 b. VA Male
A.C. Cooms 11 b. VA Male
M.A. Cooms 9 b. VA Female
Lucindia Cooms 7 b. VA Female
N.C. Cooms 4 b. VA Female
J.A.J. Cooms 1 b. VA Male
C.A. Cooms 7/12 b. VA Female

(Submitted by Jane McCann Walsh)

Notes: James T. Coom(e)s, previously found in 1850 in Grayson Co., Va. with first wife Elizabeth DUNFORD who died after their last child Nancy was born. James remarried to Amanda DAVIS in 1857. James T. Coomes m. Amanda DAVIS 22 Oct 1857 in Ashe, NC. (Source: NC marriage collection on Ancestry.com. Information reported as being from Jefferson County Court records or Family History Library microfilm #0018188. Submitted by Jane McCann Walsh). James and Amanda return to Grayson Co, VA. by 1870


22 May 1865 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Nancy E. A. COMBS & Joshua F. HICKS (Marriage CD- Original Source still needed!)


23 Feb 1867 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) J. F. COMBS & Lucinda STANTLIFF (Surry Co. N.C . Marriage Records(Marriage Bonds before 1851), Page 00019, extracted by Combs Researcher Joe Lewis)

Notes: Joseph Foy, s/o Joseph and Caroline WILLS Combs of Carroll Co, VA


03 Oct 1867 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) John William COMBS & Matilda Jane BURRIS (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Sharon Ann Kaasa)

SAK Notes: John William COMBS, born 28 Aug. 1848 in Union Hill, Surry Co, NC; died 12 Oct 1905 in Merkel, Taylor Co, TX, s/o Stephen Rufus and Malinda CAUDILL Combs (Wilkes Co, NC Marriage Bond, 15 Aug 1844); m Matilde Jane BURRIS, born 12 Sep. 1849 in Dobsin, Surry Co, NC. Died abt. 1931 in Dodge City, Ford Co, KS, d/o Miley John and Mary Jane HODGES Burris. John William and Matilde Jane BURRIS Combs had eight children:
Claudius Gallio COMBS, 12 Sep 1875 - 15 Jul 1970. M. Rhoda SAULSBURY
Julius Coetta COMBS, 10 Feb 1881 - 1 Apr 1964. M. Ed VENABLE
Laticia May COMBS, 3 May 1893 - 12 Sep 1977. M. ENSMINGER
Nancy Adaline COMBS, 22 Jun 1870 - 7 Nov 1949. M. Samuel GRANT. (Nancy was called Sally after her great-grandmother)
Iris Laticia COMBS, 17 sep 1873 - 25 May 1914. M. Vincent Gregory HAGY.
Floyd Everett COMBS, 1 Mar 1878 - 28 May 1967. M. Alice PATTERSON.
Martha COMBS, 9 Sep 1884 - 4 Nov 1974. M. ENSMINGER (Two ENSMINGER brothers married the two COMBS sisters May and Martha)
Rufus Edgar COMBS, 1 Jul 1887 - 25 Jan 1980 m (1) Mamie Ida McNUTT and (2)Ruth Olive STARKEY.

The children of John William and Matilde were all born in Mt. Airy, Surry Co, NC. Some of them remained in NC. Claudius Gallio COMBS homesteaded in Oklahoma (still Oklahoma Territory when he went there). His parents (John William and Matilda), together with three of their children (Martha, May and Rufus Edgar) moved to Merkel, Taylor Co, TX in 1900. They left there and homesteaded in Oklahoma, and from there to Kansas. John William COMBS had a cancerous tumor on his knee. Rufus Edgar had to take care of and provide for his mother and two sisters until both sisters married. Matilde then moved to one of the sisters. John William COMBS died of cancer in 1905.


17 Dec 1867 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Matilder COMBS & John TILLEY

(Combs Researcher Sharon Ann Kaasa)

SAK Notes: Matilde has also been known as Martha and Matilde R. Combs, and was the d/o Stephen Rufus COMBS (b. 12 Sep 1818 in NC) and Malinda CAUDILL (b. 1826 in Iredell Co. NC) They had four children: Rosa, Ellison, Anne and Malinda.


09 Jan 1868 (Surry Co NC Marriage Bonds) Matilda COMBS & Archable HAYNES (Carroll Co, VA Marriages outside the county)

Notes: Second marriage of a Matilda COMBS to a HAYNES (See 1856 Surry and 1860 and 1870 Carroll Co, VA).


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