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Greenville, located in northwestern South Carolina was established in 1784-6 from part of the old Cherokee lands deeded to SC in 1777. In its early years, Greenville was a stronghold for Tories (British Loyalists), lead by Richard PEARIS who later settled in the Bahamas (a British holding). Greenville and neighboring Pendleton Cos SC were both made part of the Washington District in 1798. Dede Aday MacDonald, Coordinator of the Greenville SC GenWeb, reports that Greenville's northern border was the North Carolina state line, and that most early settlers lived in the northern part of the country, adding: "Among the prominent early settlers of the County and Village were the following: Baylis Earle, Col. Jno B. Earle, Gen. John Earle, Maj. GOWEN, Judge Pendleton, Judge Jas Harrison, Hon. Elias Earle, Hon. Saml Earle, Col. Harry Wood, John FOSTER, Philemon Bradford, Judge Edwards, Gen. Blassingame, Capt Jeremiah CLEVELAND, Vardry McBEE, Gov. B.F. Perry, Gov. J. Alston, Gov. Middleton, Chance W. Thompson, Hon Joel R. Poinsett, Judge Gantt, Prof. Dickson, Drl. Wm. Butler, Maj Thos Lowndes, Col. Jno Thomas, John Wickliff, Robt Maxwell, Jno Kilgore, Wm. Young, Squire Salmon, Wm. Goodlett, Maj. Benson, Col. Thurston, Saml. Townes, Col. G. Walker, Capt. Robt Anderson, Col. Wm. Toney."

The earliest Combs in Greenville has not yet been identified, but the second earliest was undoubtedly Tory John Combs of Surry Co NC, later found in Washington Co TN


1756 Greenville Carolina Muster Roll

238
Thomas COOMS

(Census Index: Colonial America, 1607-1789)

Note: Thomas Combs has not been identified, and could probably have lived anywhere in the state.


20 Sep 1787 (Greenville Co., S. C. DB A:213-214) Power of Attorney. Sept. 20, 1787. I, John Combs of Washington Co., N. C. [now East TN], appoint my trusty and well beloved friend John MOLIN of Greenville Co., S. C., Gent., my true and lawful attorney, and in my name to sell, etc., a tract of land lying on Beaverdam Creek on the W. side of the N. fork of Saluda River, joining the lands of William GUDLOW, sd. land being surveyed by James SEABORN for sd. John Combs, containing 400 acres. s/John Combs. Wit: Allen GOWEN, John GOWEN. Rec. Feb. 20, 1788 (Some South Carolina County Records, Vol. 2. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Editor)

06 Aug 1789 (Washington TN Deed Book 3, pp. 151-3) 8/6/1789. John CALLIHAM-(& CALAHAM & CALLAHAM) of Greenville County, SC, his NC grant of 10 Nov. 1784 to Samuel DENTON; 150 acres on the south side of Nob Creek. CONS: 100 lbs. SIG: John CALLAHAM. Wit: Charles DUNCAN, John Combs. (Some South Carolina County Records, Vol. 2. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Editor)

Notes: In Surry Co NC, John GOIN [sic] is identified as the brother-in-law of William RIDGE, Sr., h/o Winnifred Combs (d/o Mason Combs, Sr.), and associate of both Combs & Nicholas Combs. The Combs, GOIN and RIDGE Families of Surry Co NC were all active Tories (loyal to the British) and probably removed to Greenville after 1780 when William RIDGE, Sr. was killed at the Battle of Hanging Rock (SC). In Washington TN he is found with the CALLAHAM and DUNCAN Families (also from Surry NC, and also in Greenville SC). Question: How and when did John Combs come to acquire this land, and who were his neighbors? Although there were no Combs on the 1790 Greenville SC census, it does provide add'l data.


1790 Greenville SC Census (Select Entries)

1. Free white males over the age of 16 including head of household.
2. Free white males under 16 years of age.
3. Free white females including heads of families.
4. All other free persons, mulanto, free blacks, Native American.
5. Slaves.

Last NameFirst NameLegendpage & column numberComments

HAMMOCKDaniel01 00 02 00 01
67
Daniel HAMMETT : Stafford, Fauquier, Culpeper VA; Surry NC, thence in Greenville & Spartanburg.. See Hammett-Underwood Families
MOSELYSamuel01 00 01 00 04
68-1
Possibly kin to Tory MOSELEY/MOSBY of Surry NC
BOWLANDWilliam01 01 02 00 00
68-1
a.k.a. BOLLING?
DODDJohn01 02 02 00 00
68-1
Possibly kin to Dodd-Hammett Families of Richmond > Fauquier Cos VA (See above)
HUNTEsly01 03 03 00 01
68-1
s/o Tory Thomas Hunt of Franklin VA whose son, Moses (later in Allen & Simpson Cos KY), is on 1788 Sullivan Co TN Militia List & the 1790 Pendleton SC Census with Bennett Combs, who may have also lived in Greenville (See Below).
McAFEERobert02 03 02 00 04
68-2
See references to McAFEE with Cody, Combs, Gowin, Ridge and Stacy Families of Surry NC
BROWNWilliam01 01 00 00 00
68
See RW Soldiers of Warren TN
ALLENJohn Eli01 01 11 00 00
68-2
See Surry NC
McAFEEJohn01 00 00 00 00
68
See Robert McAFEE above
HOOPERRichard01 03 04 00 05
68-2
Lunenburg VA>Halifax VA?>Surry NC. s/o Obediah HOOPER
MONROEJohnson02 03 04 00 00
68-2
From Surry NC. RW m Amelia, d/o Obediah HOOPER
JONESJames01 02 07 00 00
68-2
See James JONES of Surry NC & Hawkins Co TN
CHILDRESJohn02 02 02 00 00
68-3
See Floyd Co KY
MELINJohn01 03 03 00 02
68-3
See above with John Combs
HAMMONDPeter01 00 01 00 00
68-3
See Hammond Families. Surry NC > Shenandoah VA > Greenville > East KY
GOWENAllen01 00 01 00 00
69-1
See Surry NC and above w/John Combs.
BATESJames01 02 03 00 00
69-1
See Floyd Co KY 1811 m of Nancy Combs to James BATES
ALLENGeorge01 06 02 00 00
69-1
See ALLENS of Surry NC
THOMASJohn01 01 05 00 04
69-2
See Above Records
THOMASJohn, jun.02 05 03 00 01
69-2
ditto
THOMASWilliam D01 00 01 00 01
69-2
ditto
DUNCANWilliam02 01 04 00 00
69-2
or DUNKIN
CHILDRESJohn01 00 01 00 00
69-2
See Russell VA
WALDROPEJohn01 01 03 00 00
69-2
See 1788 Sullivan TN Militia List
BROWNWilliam01 00 01 00 00
69-2
See RW Soldiers of Warren TN
BROWNThomas01 00 02 00 00
69-2
ditto
ROARKBarney02 03 05 00 00
69-2
Kin to Eli & Sarah ROARK Combs? See Hawkins Co TN.
SOUTHERNJames02 01 03 00 00
69-3
Kin to Souther/Southerns of Surry and Wilkes NC?
GWINNJohn01 02 04 00 00
69-3
Same as John GOWAN of above records?
BLACKBURNAmbrose02 06 03 00 09
69-3
See Surry NC
CHILDRESRobert01 02 03 00 00
69-3
See above
ARNOLDFrances01 01 04 00 00
69-3
See Warren-White TN Rev Soldiers
BOOKERWilliam02 02 02 00 03
69-3
See Booker Families
SEABORNEJames05 00 04 00 03
69-3
See 1787 John Combs record herein
PAYNEJosiah03 00 04 00 00
69-3
Sylvy Combs m Daniel PAYNE, resided in Hawkins & Warren Cos TN, Walker AL, Hancock IL, Lee IA. b SC 1770-780.
PAYNENehemiah02 03 03 00 00
69-3
ditto
PAYNEIsaac01 05 01 00 00
69-3
ditto
PAYNEJohn01 00 01 00 00
69-3
ditto
PAYNEWilliam01 00 03 00 00
69-3
ditto
BRASHERSamuel01 00 05 00 00
70-1
1788 Sullivan Co TN Militia List
JOHNSONJames01 02 04 00 00
70-1
See Martin & Sarah Combs Johnson of Hawkins Co TN
HAMMONDPeter01 01 05 00 03
70-1
See Hammond Families.
RICHARDSONAmos01 03 01 00 00
70-1
See Wilkes Co GA where in 1785 John Combs tithed Amos RICHARDSON
RICHARDSONJoseph01 00 01 00 00
70-1
See Montgomery & Wythe Cos VA
DUNKLINJoseph02 03 03 00 08
70-2
Joseph DUNCAN, s/o Charles DUNCAN of Surry NC & Washington TN
ARNOLDHenrick01 01 03 00 13
70-3
Henry VA (See RW Benj. ARNOLD here and under RW of Warren TN)
PENNINGTONAble01 02 04 00 00
70-2
See Perry Co KY
STONEWilliam01 00 02 00 00
70-2
See Pittsylvania Co VA
COOKWilliam01 01 01 00 00
70-2
See Surry Co NC
ARNOLDBenjamin02 00 01 00 08
70-3
See RW Soldiers of Warren Co TN
UNDERWOODGeorge02 04 03 00 00
71
Fauquier > Culpeper VA > Surry NC > Greenville. m Sarah UNDERWOOD, d/o John & Margaret JACKMAN Underwood. (See Hammett Families above)
ALLENCharles01 03 05 00 00
71
See Surry Co NC

(1790 Greenville SC Census - Warning 268k file, slow to load)


24 Jun 1799 (Pendleton SC DB E:14-15) June 24, 1799. I, Bennett Combs of Greenville Dist., S. C., for $600, sold to Jacob LIGHT of Pendleton Co., 170 acs. on 12 Mile River, b/b Wm. MURPHREE, Caleb BOYD, Geo. THOMPSON, Saml. EARLE. Wit; Jas. JETT, Abin (X) LIGHT. Dolley (+) Combs, wife of Bennett Combs, released dower to John WILSON, J. P., Mar. 31, 1799 (marked through) 1800. Abin LIGHT made oath to Henry BURCH, J. P., June 24, 1799. Rec. June 24, 1799. (Pendleton District, South Carolina, Deeds, 1790-1806. Betty Willie)

Notes: Bennett Combs was of Pendleton SC prior to the date of this record, and was also on the Pendleton SC 1800 Census. Both Pendleton and Greenville SC were in Washington District. See Also Tory Henry BURCH of Surry NC. and LIGHTS on 1788 Sullivan TN Militia List.

Important! There was significant movement between Spartanburg and Greenville Co (which lay on the North Carolina line with Pendleton to the west and Spartanburg to the east. In fact, Joel CALLAHAM is on the 1790 census, and John DUNCAN is found in that county in a record with John HAMMETT (h/o Sarah UNDERWOOD).

To Be Continued…


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