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Carter County was established in 1796 from Washington County, Tennessee, and lies on North Carolina's Eastern border. Johnson County, Tennessee was established from Carter in 1836, and Unicoi from Carter and Washington in 1875.


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1830 Carter County, TN Census

P. 13
Joseph Combs 100001/110001

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher John Kays)

p. 013

L02 DUNCAN, Enoch
10001-10001

L03 Combs, Joseph
100001-110001

L04 VAUGHN, William
00001-21001

L05 DOUGLAS, James
11001-21001

L24 DRAKE, Abraham
100001001-1000010001

L26 LACEY, James
00011001001-0001000101

(1830 East TN Census, Sistler and Associates, Nashville, TN)

See also Combs-Drake of Warren Co, TN and Combs-Duncan Families


1840 Carter Co, TN Census

p. 184
Joseph Combs 1110001/102001

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher John Kays)


1850 Carter Co, TN Census

5th Civil District

p. 185

HH#073, (from paper copy of microfilm)
Joseph Combs, 53, m, farming, Tenn
Aggy ", 51, f, Tenn
Ellen ", 25, f, Tenn
Jonnathan ", 21,m,Tenn
William ",18, m, Tenn
Susan ", 13, f, Tenn
Thomas ", 10, m, Tenn
John ", 6, m, Tenn

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Scott Combs who adds that the female, age 15-20 in the 1840 HH was Martha who had m. J. RILEY by 1850 (See 1860 Notes below).

Related families:

Isabella MCKEEHAN, 57, f, farming, Tenn
Lethey ", 28, f,Tenn
William ", 22, m, farming, Tenn
Caroline ",13, f, Tenn Twin
Hannah ",13, f, Tenn Twin
John SIMMERLY (possibly SIMENERLY), 16, m, farming, Tenn

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Scott Combs)

SC Notes: See next re Lethey McKEHN marriage to Johnathan Combs.


14 May 1851 (Carter Co, Tennessee Marriage Book, page 45, file 6) Johnathan Combs to Aletha McKEHN by J. H. MARTIN, J.P. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from paper copy of original book at Carter County TN Courthouse)

Notes: Based on naming patterns and later associations in Sullivan County, Tennessee, the above Joseph Combs may have been of the family of Jonathan Combs of that county. Combs Researcher Scott Combs notes that Aletha probably died and Jonathan remarried (See Below)

Jonathan Combs to Aletha McKern 05-15-1851 J. H. Martin Tennessee Early Marriages
CARTER COUNTY - 1796- 1870 extracted by Phyllis Combs)


02 Jan 1855 Carter Co, Tennessee Amanda Combs to General TAYLOR (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.)

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized.


28 Oct 1856 Carter County, Tennessee. Hariet [or Harriet] J. Combs to General Jackson TAYLOR* (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized. * indicates that the source material included additional information of sufficient importance that the researcher is urged to obtain a copy of the source)

Notes: Possibly daughter of John & Mary BOOKER Combs of 1850 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census? Were General TAYLOR and General Jackson TAYLOR the same individual? Amanda also appears to have been the d/o John and Mary BOOKER Combs. A second marriage following death of first wife? Note also Catherine TAYLOR in 1850 HH of John and Mary BOOKER Combs.


1860 Carter Co, Tennessee Census

#146 Joseph CAMPS [sic] 55 TN M
Agnes 50 TN F
Ellen 28
Jonathan 30
William 23
Susan 25
Thomas 10
John Combs 18
Mary 20

(Abstracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs who adds: (1) John and Mary had m during the census year, and that by 1870, John appears to have been deceased, with Mary living in Carter TN HH of Eli WATSON who was listed adjacent to Joseph CAMPS (Combs) in 1860.; (2) Even though surname is CAMPS and ages abt 10 years off, I believe the above to have been Joseph and Aggy Combs of the 1860 census. Joseph was probably deceased by 1870 when Aggy is listed as a widow in the Sullivan County, Tennessee HH of her son-in-law, J. RILEY. She was not in John RILEYS HH in 1880 (Sullivan 387b) so likely deceased by then)

Notes: In the 1870 Sullivan Co, Tennessee Census, the John RILEY HH is on the same census page as Jonathan and Thomas Combs, adding credibility to theory that Joseph of Carter was closely related to the Jonathan Combs family of Sullivan.


04-05 Oct 1860 Carter Co, Tennessee Susan Combs to Patrick H. JOHNSON (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.)

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized.

Notes: Susan Combs Johnson is in the 1860 Carter co TN HH of Joseph and Aggie Combs


13 Jul 1864 Carter Co, Tennessee Marriages. Louisa M. Combs to Wm. J. J. FARMER (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.)

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized.

Notes: Not found in Sullivan, Carter or Washington Cos 1850 Census.


01-03 May 1866 (Carter Co, Tennessee Marriage Records. File 7, Page 50). G. W. CREED and Nancy Combs by James R. SCOTT (Transcribed by Researcher John Kays from copy of original Marriage Index page from Carter Co, Tennessee courthouse)

Note: Nancy Combs Creed, b January 26, 1849, Sullivan County, Tennessee; d 24 Feb 1924, Guadalupe Co, NM, according to her death certificate, was the daughter of John Combs and Mary BOOKER (See also Sullivan Co, Tennessee Census of 1850).


13 Jul 1864 Carter Co, Tennessee Marriages. Louisa M. Combs to Wm. J. J. FARMER (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.)

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized.


02-03 Mar 1868 Carter Co, Tennessee Marriages. Hester Combs to William PUGH (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.)

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized. * indicates that the source material included additional information of sufficient importance that the researcher is urged to obtain a copy of the source


1870 Carter Co, TN Census

P. 32

Eli WATSON
Mary Combs 28
James 5
Martha 1

(Scott Combs who adds: Mary, w/o Joseph Combs in 1860, is living in Eli WATSON'S house in 1870, Joseph possibly deceased? Eli WATSON lived next door to Joseph Combs household in 1860. Mary is possibly Eli's daughter?)


28-29 Sep 1877 Carter County, Tennessee. Combs?, Cathrn to Harvey R. WILLIAMS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Scott Combs from "Early East Tennessee Marriages Vol. 2 Brides" by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1987, p. 74.)

Note: Where there are two dates first is license issued, second is solemnized.


1880 Carter Co, TN Census

p. 278b

Johnathan Combs 26 M
Addie 25 F
Andrew E. 3 M

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Scott Combs)

SC Notes: According to the death certificate of Jonathan Combs, his father's name was also Jonathan. His mother's name is listed as "not known." This informant was his granddaughter, Mrs. Charles W. PRESTON (dau. of Andrew E. Combs)


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