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Westchester County was established in 1683 as an original county. The county seat is White Plains.


1775-1783 Revolutionary War
Capt. George COMBS of Col. Joseph DRAKE'S regiment of Westchester Militia “detailed to guard the banks of the Hudson” (DAR Application of Miss Rebecca Reynolds Secor, Vol X)

Note: There are a number of references in this source to Capt. COMBS of Westchester.


26 Jun - 12 Aug 1775 In the name of God, Amen, June 26, 1775. I, Jonathan CONCKLIN, of the Manor of Philipsburgh, County of Westchester, cord wainer. “It is my will and I do order, that after my decease, that my well beloved wife Elena CONCKLIN shall have my lot of land, with all the buildings where I now live, to bring up my children. And in case she marries again, then to be sold, with the consent of Frederick PHILIPSE, Esq., Lord of said Manor.” I leave to my wife as much household goods as will be sufficient to keep house and bring up my children; Also my best bed. I leave to my daughter Alley, my next best bed, and to my daughter Mary a bed. “I leave to my two sons, Gilbert and Isaac, if there is so much left over, when they grow up, æ5 a piece, to make them equal with two gorrels.” I leave to my son Gilbert all my wearing apparell, and the rest to my wife and children. I make my friends, George COMS (COMBS) and Jacob BYCE, executors. Witnesses, Gerritt CRONKHEIT, James Van WART, William DAVIDS. Proved, August 12, 1775.

Extracted by Combs Ressearcher Debi Houser from Abstracts of Wills, Vol VIII 1771-1776, The New York Historical Society Collections, 1899, abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York, from 1771-1776


7 Oct 1776 - 25 Jul 1778 --“In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas WILDE, of Philipsburgh, in Westchester County, farmer, being very sick. My farm, farming utensils, and all household furniture, six cows, three horses, one yoke of oxen, all sheep, and six hogs are to be for the use of my family, under the direction of my wife Jude. If my wife marries, she shall have the best bed, with its furniture, and a good horse and a woman's saddle, and a cupboard and æ100. I leave to my eldest son, Griffen WILDE, all my wearing apparell extra for his birthright. After the death or marriage of my wife, all is to be divided. The farm that my two sons, Joseph and Jacob, now live on I will that Joseph alone shall possess, and Jacob shall quit claim and depart from it. And as I have given to Joseph æ100 toward paying for it, if he can pay the rest he is to keep it; But if he dies before it is paid for, it is to be sold and the money used for his family. As I have advanced large sums of money to my son Jacob, I leave him five shillings, and no more. After my wife's death, all my homestead to be sold, and all movables, and the money paid to my three sons, Caleb, Thomas, and John, and they are to be put to good trades. I leave to my daughter Sarah æ80 and a good feather bed. To my daughter, Elizabeth COMBS, æ30. To my daughter, Nancy HAMMOND, æ20. I make my wife, and my son-in-law, Col. James HAMMOND, and my son-in-law, George COMBS, executors.” Dated October 7, 1776. Witnesses, George HOPSON, James WILDE, James ANSON. Proved, July 25, 1778.

Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Abstracts of Wills IX 1777-1783, from The New York Historical Society Collections, 1900, p. 46 (abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York, from 1780-1782)

Notes: The above will and the one which follow were proved on the same date w/Joseph WILDEY below possibly s/o Thomas WILDE? Thomas WILDE m (1) Sarah GRIFFIN, d/o Jacob d 1783; m (2) Jude UNKNOWN. Thomas & Sarah GRIFFIN Wilde's daughter, Elizabeth WILDE, m George COMBS.


7 Oct 1776 - 25 Jul 1778 In the name of of God, Amen, this 7th of October, 1776. I, Joseph WILDEY, of the Manor of Philipsburgh, in Westchester County, farmer, being weak and sick. My wife Abby shall have the best bed, with three sheets, three blankets, one coverlid, two pilleys [pillows], and the best table in the house, and three chairs, two pots, one trammel, two kettles, and pewter plates, and shovel and tongs. I leave to my two children, Judith and Joseph, each æ100, the interest to be for their bringing up, and my daughter Judith is to have six silver spoons. I make my friends, George COMB and James HAMMOND, executors.” Witnesses, George COMB, Abraham ECKER, James De VOW. Proved, July 25, 1778, before Richard HATFIELD, Surrogate

Extracted by Combs Ressearcher Debi Houser from Abstracts of Wills, Vol IX 1777-1783, The New York Historical Society Collections, 1899, abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York


9 Jun 1777 - 13 Nov 1783 Westchester Co, NY Page 187.--The last will and testament of me, Jacob GRIFFEN, of the White Plains, Westchester County, made this ninth day of June, 1777. All my just debts and charges of burial to be paid by my executors out of my movable estate at some convenient time after my decease. I leave to my well-beloved wife Sarah, the best bed in my house, with four pair of sheets and two pair of blankets, four pair of pillow cases, two coverlids, one down bed, covering, and a set of curtains and the cupboard that was her father's, one looking glass, one chest, two smoothing irons, and my pocket watch, and æ10. Likewise, the use of my house where I now live in, the White Plains, all my houses and lands in HARRISON'S purchase, and the remainder of my moveables, while my widow; to be in lieu of dower. At her decease or remarriage, my executors to set up my dwelling house and farm and that at HARRISON'S purchase, at publick vendue, and sell them and the remainder of my moveables given my wife during widowhood; the proceeds of sale to go as follows: Unto Sarah, wife of Owen STRINGHAM, æ15 payable six months after sale; unto my two brothers, Ezekiel and William, all my wearing apparel (except my pocket), in equal shares. After the above legacies are paid, the balance of the proceeds to be divided into four equal parts, one to be paid to each, my daughters, Winnifred PURDY, Catherine BATES; another part to be divided into eight equal parts, and paid one each, to Griffen WILEDY, Joseph WILEDY, Jacob WILEDY, Anna, wife of James HAMMOND; Elizabeth, wife of George COMBS, all being the children of Thomas WILEDY that he had by my daughter Sarah; one eighth to Sarah, wife of Thomas LYNCH, and an eighth to be equally divided between Judah, widow of Thomas WILEDY, and Stephen MAYBEE, now living with me, in lieu of his personal service; the other eighth I put into the hands of John BATES, my son-in-law, to help my negro man Ichabod when he grows old, or is sick, or other ways disabled. The remaining fourth part to be divided between my grandchildren, William, Jacob, and Henry FOWLER, and their sister's two oldest children, and Benjamin GRIFFEN (my brother Caleb's son), that is: Jacob, Henry and Benjamin, to have æ10 apiece more than William; the two abovementioned oldest children together to be equal to William. Benjamin's part to be put to use; the interest paid him yearly until he is thirty-five, then with the principal, provided he reforms, and my executors think he will make good use of his portion, they may at any time pay the whole if most to his advantage. I make my beloved wife Sarah, and my sons-in-law, Samuel PURDY and John BATES, executors. Witnesses, Margreet GEDNEY; Gabriel LYNCH, of White Plains, yeoman; Benedict CARPENTER. Codicil. Whereas I, willed my nephew Benjamin, a certain sum of money with proviso and restrictions; and also gave to my negro man that was, but is now set free, a legacy in custody of John BATES; my will now is: that my son shall receive his legacy when my estate is settled; the negro man to his legacy when Benjamin receives his. My grandson, Samuel PURDY of Phillips Burgh to be an additional executor to my will.
Dated September 2, 1778. Witnesses, John JACKSON; Stephen MAYBEE, of White Plains, cordwainer; Benedict CARPENTER. Proved, November 13, 1783.

Extracted by Combs Ressearcher Debi Houser from Abstracts of Wills, Vol XII, 1782-1784, The New York Historical Society Collections, 1903, abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York


1790 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

GreenBaugh Twp

COMB, George Esquire
1FWM > 16; Including head of Family
3FWM < 16; 7FWF including head of Family

Bedford Twp

COMBS, Soloman
2FWM >16 Including head of Family
1FWF Including head of Family

FWM=Free White Males; FWF=Free White Females


1800 Westchester Co, NY Census

p. 162
George COMBS 00101-22101-00

(Census CD Transcription - Unreliable)

1800 Westchester Co, NY Census

FWM=Free White Males; FWF=Free White Females

Bedford Twp

page 138

Soloman COMBS
2FWM <10; 1FWM 26-44 (Soloman)
1FWF 16-25

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt


1810 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

FWM=Free White Males; FWF=Free White Females

Green Burg Twp

page 236

George COMBS
1FWM 10-15; 1FWM >45 (George)
1FWF <10; 1FWF 10-15; 1FWF 16-25; 1FWF 26-44; 1FWF >45 (Elizabeth)

Bedford Twp

page 215

Soloman COMBS
3FWM <10; 1FWM >45 (Soloman)
1FWF <10; 1FWF 26-44

John COMBS
FWM 1 <10; 1FWM >45 (John)
1FWF <10; 1FWF >45


1820 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

FWM=Free White Males; FWF=Free White Females

Green Burg Twp

page 17

George COMBS
1FWM 10-16; 1FWM >45
2FWF 16-26; 1FWF >45
1 Numbers of persons engaged in Agriculture

Bedford Twp

page 264

John COOMS
1FWM 16-26; 2FWM >45
1FWF <10; 1FWF 26-45
2 Numbers of persons engaged in commerce

John COMES
1FWM 16-26; 2FWM >45
1FWF <10; 1FWF 26-45
1 Foreigners not naturalized


1830 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

Bedford Twp

page 292/147

John COMES
Males 1 60-70
Females 1 <6; 1 10-15; 1 50-60

GreenBurgh Twp

page 026

COMBS, William
Males 1 10-15; 1 50-60
Females 2 30-40; 1 40-50; 1 50-60

Note: Indexed As COMLEY, William

Thomas WILDEY (?father of Elizabeth married to George COMBS)
Males 1 <5; 1 15-20; 2 30-40
Females 1 <5; 1 5 <10; 1 10-15; 1 30-40

Note: next to William Combs

Thomas WILDEY
Males 1 30-40
Females 2 20-30


1840 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

Bedford Twp

John COMBS

p. 253
1FWM 30-40; 1FWM 70-80
1FWF 20-30; 1FWF 60-70

North Castle

p. 056

Moses COMBS
1FWM <5 (William); 1FWM 15-20 (Moses)
1FWF <5 (Mary E.); 1FWF 20-30 (Jane)


1850 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

Bedford Twp

Enumerated May 26, 1850 by J. W. Hustellp

1265/1186 Peter COMBS 47 M Farmer 200 NY
Thurs F. 34 F NY
Jeremiah Lass 14 M NY

Green Baugh

Enumerated August 13, 1850 by Jacob Laskey

97/9 Gilbert COMBS 40 M American
Ann 40 F American
Jeremiah 06 M American

Harrison Twp

Enumerated September 30th, 1850 by Jacob Fashay

p. 124B

26/55 Moses Combs 40 male American
Jane 30 f American
Mary E 11 f American, attended school within year
Sarah A 8 f American, attended school within year
William 5 m American
Caroline 3 f American
Dorcas 1 f American

248 Philemon SHERWOOD 48 M Farmer American
Mary 46 F American
Mahala 15 F American
Harriet COMBS 06 F American

Mount Pleasant Twp

Enumerated July 20, 1850 by Jacob Fashay

66/75 Jeremiah FISHE 62 M Farmer American
Sally 57 F American
Adeline 34 F American
David COMBS 11 M American


1860 Westchester Co, NY Census

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

Bedford Twp

P.O. Pines Bridge NY

page 288; October 5th 1860 by Benjamin D. Miller

2004/2041 Peter COMBS 58 M Farmer 5600/200 OH
Bennett R. MILLER 49 M Farm Laborer OH
Thursia F. 43 F OH

Mount Pleasant Twp

P.O. Jefferson

6 Sep 1860; W. J. Vantassel

4132/9350 Tho. FIELDS 65 M
Charlotte 67 F
Mary I 34 F
Garrison 32 M
Cathaline 32 F
Gilbert COMBS 50 M Farm Laborer NY
Garrison " " 15 M Farm Laborer NY

Harrison

p. 71

515/549 Moses COMBS 49 M Farmer 1200/150 NY
Jani 38 F NY
Charles 27 M NY
Angeline 14 F NY
William 18 M NY
Dorcas 11 F NY attended school w/in yr
George 04 M NY
Peter 03 M NY

VB Notes: Angeline is probably same as Caroline in 1850 Census. A Family bible lists Peter's mother as “Brauer” (Virginia Busch)

White Plains Twp

P.O. Pound Ridge

4 Sep 1860; A. H. Sorleword

1167/1242 John LayDay? 49 M Hotel Keeper 2000/1200 NY
Elisha 39 F NY
George T. 05 M NY
Emma 04 F NY
Alice 03 F NY
Frank 8/12 M NY
Ann COWEN 22 F Domestic Ireland
David COMBS 23 M Clerk NY
James Sullivan 24 M NY

1267/1366 Richard MORRIS 64 M Gentleman 5000/200 N Jersey
Mary A. 64 F N Jersey
Synchia 26 F NY
Mary 25 F NY
Federick 09 M NY
Elizabeth COMBS 20 F NY


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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