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Grayson County was organized in 1792/3 from Wythe Co VA, which in turn was established from Montgomery Co VA in 1789-90. Southeastern Grayson gained land from Patrick Co VA (Henry > Pittsylvania > Halifax > Lunenburg) in 1806, that later became part of Grayson's descendant county of Carroll.

Note: Some of the Combs & Associated Lands for this county, particularly that part which later became Carroll, is part our Deed Mapping Project.

Also Note: It appears that two separate lines of Combs and a third line, COOMES, appear in the records of this county (Coomes Report still pending, but see also Louise Converse's Descendants of Zedekiah (Zadock) Combs and the Frederick Harmon Combs Manuscript, Chapter XXI of The Combes Genealogy… by Josiah H. Combs re the "later" Combs of Grayson, and see below re descendants of John and Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.

Sources

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Grayson County, VA Combs & c. Cemetery Records
Grayson County, VA Combs & c. Birth Records


Grantor/Grantee Deed Index : Combs Researcher Sue Elfving: No Combs were found in the Grayson Plat Book 1793-1838 (microfilm of original). The Grayson Co, VA Deed Index included no Mason Combs entries. The earliest recorded Combs in the Grantor Index was Zachariah Combs to Moses RODY (DB3:508, 8/26/1817). There were also William Combs Sr. to Isaac BEEXNER (DB8:137, 6/12/1839), and to Thomas HILL [a DOT] (DB8:407, 2/26/1841); Jeremiah Combs [assignment] to Grayson Co. (DB8:383, 1/28/1844). In the Grantee Index, was Zadok Combs from John SCUDDER (DB3:325, 5/13/1816), Wm Combs from James JONES (DB4:184, 9/26/1820), and from Joshua JONES (DB8:170, 9/2/170).


Grayson County, VA Chronology of Records


1794 Grayson Co VA Personal Property Tax List

Transcriber's Note: This list is in alpha order by 1st letter of surname, then by date, and due to the odd, non-ordered groupings of dates, it appears that there was more than one collector, and/or that dates were "arbitrarily" assigned rather than significant. The list is in very poor condition: All surnames beginning with the letter "A" are missing, and some of the "B's." The Legend is: (1) white tithables over 16; (2) blacks above 12; (3) blacks above 16; (4) Horses, and Mares & Colts (There are other categories such as Ordinary License, Stud horses, etc., but none of the above or those following had numbers in those categories)

05 May 1794 Grayson Co., Virginia, Personal Property Tax List, Surnames Beg. with Letter "C"

James COALE 1-0-0-2
Francies(?) CLEMONONS(?)
Benjamin COLLINS
Sim COX
Mason Combs 1-0-0-1
Moses CREESONBURY 1-0-0-1 [Quisenberry]
Charles COATE 2-0-0-2
William CHAFFIN 1-0-0-1
(Transcribed from microfilm by Combs Researcher C. Hammett)

Notes: Given that Grayson was formed from Wythe in 1792/3, the above was clearly Mason "8" Combs , s/o John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr., and the same as Mace Combs who married on 29 Jan 1793 in Wythe Co VA to Jane RICHESON (RICHARDSON), and appears on the 1793 tax list of that county. The following is a complete list of RICHARDSONS & ROARKS (and all var. spellings). No other "familiar" names were found on this list. The dates have been included; and they are listed in the same order they appear on this list, but at this point both date and order are probably meaningless.

17 Jun 1794
Timothy ROARK 3-0-0-6
Charles ROARK 1-0-0-1

01 May 1794
John RICHARDSON 1-0-0-1

23 Apr 1794
William RICHARDSON 1-0-0-1

12 Jun 1794
Joshua RICHARDSON 1-0-0-1

07 Jun 1794
Boyd RICHARDSON 1-0-0-0

06 Jun 1794
Joshua RICHARDSON 1-0-0-2

Also Note: It is not known when Mason Combs left Grayson Co VA. No records have been found of him in this county, and no tax lists checked between 1794 and 1810. Mason is next recorded in Clay Co, KY in 1807, but may, in fact, have removed to East Kentucky by 1795 based on his children's birth records.


1795 Grayson Co, Tax List

Mason Combs
Henry Combs(?)

Note: This list also includes Francis CLEMENTS, John DAVIS and George QUISENBERRY, all of whom were listed in 1789 in Montgomery Co, VA on same date as Henry "8" Combs and Benjamin CLEMENTS (the 1794 Grayson List, on which his brother, Mason "8" Combs, appeared, has not been checked yet for these individuals).

Ed Note: I have temporarily (I hope) lost my copy of this list, and can't recall (in particular) why I believed Henry was on it as well as Mason… will be back to correct this shortly…


1796 Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List of Joseph Jackson

No Combs, Clements, Richardsons, Roarks.

Notes: This is only one tax list and does not account for the entire county. Not known as yet if other tax lists are extant.

1796 Grayson Co, VA Land Tax List

No Combs


1799 Grayson Co, VA Land Tax List

No Combs


1800 Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List

No Combs


27 Jan 1801 Grayson County Marriages - COMER, John, and Sall HOLLAND

Source: № 14


1805 Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List

(incomplete in that families shown both earlier and later do not appear on this list)

No Combs. Includes Roarks and Richardsons, but no Clements.

1805 Grayson Co, VA Land Tax List

No Combs, Clements, Richardsons. Includes Roarks.


15 Aug 1807 (Grayson Co, VA D.B. 3-107) John BRANSCOMB of Patrick to: Zecheriah Combs of same, 36 acres on waters of Pauls Creek Ref: D.B. 3-33

Notes: Zachariah is believed to have been a mistranscription of Zedekiah. There is no indication at this point that a relationship existed between Mason Combs of 1794 and Zedekiah Combs above (research in progress).


1810 Grayson Co VA Tax Lists

(Legend: (1) White tithables; (2) Slaves over 12; (3) Horses)

Source: № 2

04 Apr 1810
Zadock BANDY 1-0-2
George CORNELIAS
Zedekiah Combs 1-0-1
Paton COLLIER
Thomas CARTER
Jonathan CARY
Abraham COOLEY
Daniel COALMAN
Stephen COALMAN
Mosea COALMAN
Abraham COALMAN
Richard COALMAN
John CARY
Samuel CARY
Ephraim DICKINS, Sr.
Ephraims DICKINS, Jr.
Shadrach DICKINS
Thomas DICKINS
Thomas DICKINS
Peggy PHILIPS
Lem PARKER
John THOMPSON
Nilson THOMPSON
Cathron THOMPSON
Mitchel THOMPSON
Stephen VITTO [VITTITO?]
Richard VANOVER 1-0-0
Henry VAUGHN
David VAUGHN
William VAUGHN
Leven WILLIAMS
William WHITTER [WHITNER?]
Abraham WHITTER
Moses WEBB
James WALKER
John WOODS

(A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia, Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing, Transcribed and Edited by by Nettie Schreiner-Yantis, Springfield, VA, 1971)

Search Words: VAUGHAN COLEMANDICKENS PHILLIPS


10 Nov 1810 (Grayson Co VA Deeds)

"This Indenture made this 10th of November in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and ten between Zadick Combs of this County of Grayson and State of Virginia of the one party and Moses RODY of the County aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of two hundred and 20 dollars to said Combs in hands paid before the delivery of these presents the reciept whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold and delivered unto Moses RODY a certain tract of land situate lying and being in the County of Grayson and State of Virginia on the head of Pauls Creek on the East side of the Sugarloaf Surveyed by Isaac JOHNSON bounded as followeth To wit Beginning at a branch thence running N15'W 55 poles to a Gum N37'W60 poles to a Chesnut oak S52'W10 poles to a white walnut on the head of the aforesaid branch thence down the same as it meanders 60 polesto the first stiution Thirty acres. Also I John SCUDDERS has bargained sold and delivered a certain tract of land to the said Moses RODY lying and being in the County & State aforesaid joining the said above mentioned tract Beginning at the fork of a branch up sd ? branch to the above mentioned line Fifteen acres be the same more or less all and singular the premises above mentioned with the appurtunances whatsoever unto the said land belonging or in anywise appertaining and also Rents and profits of in and to the said premises and all the Estate right interest claim demand whatsoever of in and to the premises above mentioned and any fruits thereof to have and to hold the lands and premises aforesaid mentioned with the appurtunances the said Moses RODY his heirs and assigns to the only and proper use of him the said Moses RODY heirs and assigns forever and we the said Zadick Combs and John SCUDDERS for our part shall and will warrant and forever defend against ourselves and our heirs or either of us our heirs and against all and every other person or persons either in law or equity claiming or to claim any title or interest and this present deed witness whereof we have set our hands and Seals this day and year above written. s/ Zadekiah Combs, John SCUDDERS {Seal}. Wits: Joseph JOHNSON {Seal}, John JOHNSON, Jab JOHNSON Grayson March Court 1816.

This deed from Zadekiah Combs & John SCUDDERS to Moses RODY was proven by Jabez JOHNSON and at August Court 1817 fully proven by Joseph JOHNSTON & John JOHNSON and entered to be recorded. Test Starlin DICKESON CC" (Combs Researcher Louise Converse)


1813 Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List

Source: № 3

COMMES, Abel tithes 1; 3 horses; tax: .48
Combs, Zadock tithes 1; 1 horse; tax: .16
Combs, William tithes 1; 1 horse; tax: .16

COMBES, Jeremiah tithes 1; 2 horses; tax: .32

Notes: The first three entries are adjacent and in the above-listed order. Was COMMES a.k.a. Combs? No Abel has been found as yet in either earlier or later records. "It is said" that Jeremiah Combs was the s/o Zedekiah "Zadock" Combs (Seeking Source). Also found on this list are a John A. CLEMMONTS, and various ROARKS and RICHARDSONS.


23 Nov. 1813 (Grayson Co., Va. Court Order Book 1811-1819, p. 129) Ordered that Zadock COMBS be appointed Overseer of the road from the Creek near Joseph JOHNSONS to the State line in place of Joseph CLOUD…

Note: Joseph Johnson also mentioned in 1810 deed (see above) from Zadick Combs to Moses Rody.

Grayson County, Va. Court Order Book 1811-1819 from FHC Microfilm # 0031753 Grayson Co., Va. Court Order Records 1793, 1794, 1806-1825)
Submitted by Sue Elfving


1815 Grayson Co VA Land Tax Assessments

Land on Paul's Creek on the "Blew" Ridge (All tickets signed by William BOURN, Jr., Assessor.

ZEDEKIAH Combs, one farm on Back Creek , 32 acres having no building, valued at $15; a tract on Pauls Creek , 50 acres unimproved, valued at $10; total $25.

THOMAS CARTER, one farm on a branch of Pauls Creek joining Jabez JOHNSON, 157 acres having thereon three "cabbins," one stable, valued at $150.

JABEZ JOHNSON , one farm on Back Creek , 122 acres having thereon one "cabben," valued at $175 (>); a tract on the Good spur Road , 133 acres having theron one "cabben," valued at $175; a tract on the waters of Pauls Creek, joining the lands of Joseph JOHNSON, 120 acres, more or less, no improvement, valued at $25; total $375.

JOSEPH JOHNSON, one farm on Pauls Creek, 126 acres having thereon two dwelling houses of logs, two kitchen,s two stables, valued at $450; one other tract on the waters of Pauls Creek, 90 acres more or less, valued at $90; total $540.

LEVI JOHNSON (JOHNSTON), one farm on Pauls Creek joining the lands of Jabez JOHNSON, 184 acres having thereon one "cabben," valued at $100.

PRESCILLER (BRAZELLA) GARNER, in the care of JOHNSON SNOW, one farm on the Good Spur road at the foot of the mountain, 188 acres, having thereon one dwelling house of logs, 18 feet by 15 feet, one kitchen, valued at $200; one other tract adjoining Joseph Jeshsons (JOHNSONS?) land, 21 acres owned by John O'Neal in my care having one house, valued at $15; one tract joining LEVY JOHNSON, 21 acres, no improvements, valued at $15, total $240.

ADAM AHART, one farm on Pauls Creek, 226 acres, having thereon three "cabbens," one stable, valued at $200, signed by William Bourn, Jr., Assessor.

MICHAEL AHART, one farm on Pauls Creek, 06 acres having thereon two "cabbens" and one stable, valued $60.

CARL (CARR) ALLEN (ALLIN), one farm on the "blew" Ridge, 40 acres having thereon two "cabbens" and one stable, valued at $180.

WILLIAM ALLEN ( ALLIN ), one farm on Pauls Creek, 170 acres having thereon two "cabbens" and one stable, valued at $180.

JOHN ALLIN, one farm on the "blew" Ridge at the Good Spur joining Wm. ALLIN'S land, 58 acres having thereon two "cabbens," valued at $35.

ISAAC BRANSCUM (BRANSCOM), one farm on the waters of Pauls Creek, 200 acres having thereon one dwelling house of logs, one "cabbin," barn and corn house, valued at $140.

ABEL CARRICO, SENR., one farm on the "blew" Ridge at the Flower Gap Road, 300 acres having thereon one dwelling house, kitchen, one stable, valued at $80.

ABRAM HANKS one farm on the waters of Stewards Creek joining Daniel CARLIN'S land, 251 acres having thereon one dwelling house of logs, valued at $185; one tract on the "blew" Ridge on the "dividen" ridge of Elk Creek and Pauls Creek; 250 acres, no improvements, valued at %50; a tract on the waters of Chestnut Creek joining Garner BRYANT, 150acres, no improvements, valued at $50; a tract on the waters of Chestnut Creek joining Garner BRYANT, 150 acres, no improvements, valued at $50; a tract on Little Reed Island [Creek], 120 acrers, one "cabben," one grist mill unimproved, valued at $100; total $385.

HIRAM WELLS, one farm on the waters of Crooked Creek joining John JONES, 50 acres having thereon two "cabbens," valued at $50; one other tract joining the latter, 60 acres, valued at $40; one other tract on Pauls Creek, 200 acres having thereon one "cabben," valued at $80; total $170.

("Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815, Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties," Compiled by Mary B. Kegley, Roanoke, VA,1991)

Note: The watershed of this creek is into Surry Co NC; and thus part of the disputed NC-VA state line lands. (In other words, in some years taxes may have been paid to North Carolina, not Virginia. This land became part of Carroll Co VA in 1842.


08 Mar 1815 Grayson Co VA Personal Property Tax Lists (include)

Carrico, Abel Sr
Carrico, Simms
Carlon [sic], Daniel
Carter, Leroy
Combs, Zedekiah
Carter, Thomas
Carter, William
Carter, Caleb
Carter, George
Combs, William
Cloud, William
Carlon, Elizabeth

(Carroll Settlements, Alderman, p. 375) SW: CARLIN


12 Mar 1817 (Grayson WB1:278) 12 Mar 1817. John SEUDDERS - Will. Wife: Nancy - 130 acs of land on Pauls Creek adj. the land of Jabus JOHNSON and Levy JOHNSTON. Children: Polly; Phebe; Lythe JONES; and Nancy CARTER. Execs: Nancy SEUDDER and William Combs. Signed/John SEUDDERS. Wits: Meredith [x] SHOCKLEY, James HILL; Fielding BRYSON. Prob. Jul 1823. M. DICKENSON CC (Over the Mountain Men, Anne Lowry Worrell)


1817 Grayson Co, VA Tax Lists

Source: № 4

"A List of Taxable property within the district of William Hail, Commission in the county of Grayson for the year 1817."

Combs, Zachariah 1 white male 16+; 1 horse; tax: .18
Combs, William 1 white male 16+; 1 horse; tax: .18
Combs, S… 1 white male 16+; 1 horse; tax: .18

Notes: Zachariah Combs was probably Zedekiah? S. Combs has not yet been identified, and is not found either earlier or later. These three names were listed in the above order and were consecutive (alpha by 1st letter of surname list).


1820 Grayson Co, VA Census Index

Page 44: Combs, William
Page 45: Combs, Jedekiah [sic. Zedekiah?]


1820 Grayson County Census

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher SHGilley from photo copy of the Grayson County Census,1820) Columns are - White males: under 10, 10-15, 16-18*, 16-25, 26-44, 45 and over; White Females, under 10, 10-15, 16-25, 26-44, 45 and over; next column gives number of foreigners not naturalized, occupational classifications; agriculture, commerce, manufactures; male slaves: under 14, 14-25, 26-44, 46 and over; female slaves: under 14, 14-25, 26-44, 46 and over; free male Negroes; under 14, 14-25, 26-44, 46 and over; free female Negroes; under 14, 14-25, 26-44, 46 and over; The last column is headed "All other persons except Indians not taxed." *males between 16&18 would be enumerated twice.

Page 44

COMBS, William3000100010010000000000000000000

(3 males under 10, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 16-25, engaged in agriculture)

Page. 44a

COMBS, Zedekiah3001103001020000000000000000000
(3 males under 10, 1 male 16-25[at least 19], one male 26-44, 3 females under 10, 1 female 26-44, engaged in agriculture)

Notes: Zedekiah and William are believed to be brothers.


25 Aug 1821 - 29 Aug 1823 (Grayson WB1:[279-280?]) 25 Aug 1821 Zedekiah Combs - Inventory. Taken by William KENNEY, Abram COOLEY and Hiram WELLS. Rec. 29 Aug 1823. (Over the Mountain Men, Anne Lowry Worrell)

25- Aug 1821- 29 Aug 1823 (Grayson WB1:280) 25 Aug 1821 Zedekiah Combs Estate Sale -- Buyers: Wm. Combs; Wm. WELLS; Nancy SEUDDERS; Edward JONES; James JONES; Joseph Combs; Polly SEUDDER; George CARTER; Wm. R. MELTON; Crawford FELTS; Wm. KENNY; Man. DILLARD; Abraham COOLEY; Hiram WELLS; Joseph JOHNSON and Joseph JOHNSTON. Rec. 29 Aug 1823. M. DICKENSON, CC (Over the Mountain Men, Anne Lowry Worrell)

03 Nov 1821 (Grayson WB1:281) 3 Nov 1821 Zedekiah Combs - Estate Sale. Additional estate sale of goods and chattle of Zedkiah Combs; buyers: William JOHNSON, Jr.; William WILLS; Crawford FELTS; Aaron WRITTER; James JONES and James JONES [sic]. (Over the Mountain Men, Anne Lowry Worrell)


1824 Grayson Co, VA Tax Lists

Source: № 5

Combs, William 1 white tithe, 1 horse; tax: .12


23 Mar 1825 (Grayson Co VA Marriage Bond, 1825-10) Joseph Combs & Caroline WELLS (d/o Hiram WELLS), Edward JONES, surety (Combs Researcher Louise Converse who adds that Caroline was Edward JONES' niece)

Notes: See also the 1850 Carroll Co VA Census


1825 Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists

Source: № 6

Combs, Joseph tithed 1, not taxed.
Combs, William tithed 1; 1 horse; tax: .12


06 Feb 1826 Grayson Co, VA Court Order Book, 1826, p. 5. The persons appointed to view the proposed alteration in the good Spurr Road reported that they had viewed the same and recommended an alteration between John EDWARD'S and the foot of the mountain which will be of no injury. It is therefore ordered that the overseer thereof open the same accordingly and that the hands of William HAWKS and William Combs overseers assist in opening the same.

Source: № 7


14 Jun 1827 (Grayson WB1:350) 14 Jun 1827. Will of George STANFIELD proven; ch: Jane and spouse William Combs; Zedekiah; nephew, William HARVEY; brother, Wm STANFIELD; sisters: Lydia HIETT, Mary HARVEY

(Over the Mountain Men, Anne Lowry Worrell)

Notes: George STANFIELD was no known relation to William and Jane CARTER Combs. He was the s/o William and Deborah BRUCE Stanfield, Quakers of Guilford Co, NC. It is possible, however, that a relationship existed via the CARTERS: George STANFIELD'S sister, Mary STANFIELD, b 25 Apr 1764, d 24 Jan 1838, Morgan Co, OH; m 4 Mar 1790, Deep River Meeting House, Guilford Co, NC, Eli HARVEY, s/o William and Elizabeth CARTER Harvey of Orange Co, NC, b 13 Jan 1762, Pennsylvania; d 5 Sep 1834 (Primary Source: Hinshaw's Quaker Genealogy, North Carolina). Jane CARTER Combs' ancestry remains unknown.


1830 US Census, Grayson Co VA

1830 Grayson County, Virginia Census columns are: Free white males;under 5, of 5 and under 10, of 10 and under15, of 15 and under 20, of 20 and under 30, of 30 and under 40, of 50 and under 60, of 60 and under 70, of 70 and under 80, of 80 and under 90, of 90 and under 100, ages 100 and up; Free White Females; under 5, of 5 and under 10, of 10 and under15, of 15 and under 20, of 20 and under 30, of 30 and under 40, of 50 and under 60, of 60 and under 70, of 70 and under 80, of 80 and under 90, of 90 and under 100, ages 100 and up; Male Slaves; under 10, of 10 and under 24, of 24 and under 36, of 36 and under 55, of 55 and under 100, ages 100 and up; Female Slaves; under 10, of 10 and under 24, of 24 and under 36, of 36 and under 55, of 55 and under 100, ages 100 and up.

P. 253

COMBS, Joseph*100001000000011001000000000000000000000000
COMBS, William**000010000000000000000000000000000000000000
Two families here
COMBS, William***022101000000020000100000000000000000000000

*1 male under 5, 1 male of 30 and under 40, 1 female under 5, 1 female of 5 and under 10, 1 female of 20 and under 30
**one male of 20 and under 30
***2 males of 5 and under 10, 2 males of 10 and under 15, 1 male of 40 and under 50, 2 females under 5, 1 female of 30 and under 40.


21 Sep 1830 (Grayson Co VA Will Book 1, Page 406) Matthew DILARD - Apraisal. Taken by Samuel WILLIAM; Hiram WILLIS; Howel DEEN - Notes held on William HURST; James JONES; Jacob GLANDON; Joseph Combs; Edward Jones; Hiram WELLS; Reuben BRANSCOM; Pierce GUYON; Zachariah SAFRIGHT; Stanford ONEAL; Sarah ONEAL; Martin JONSON; and Nancy HAWKS. Returned to Court by Hiram WELLS, Samuel WILLIAMS and Thomas HILL. Recorded: 21 Sept 1830 M. DICKESON CC (Abstracts of Grayson Co, VA Will Book I, 1796-1839, James Douthan, 1988) SW: DEAN

Notes: The above Martin JOHNSON is believed to have been the same as Martin JOHNSON, s/o Jacob JOHNSON of Grayson Co VA & Warren Co, TN (Report will be forthcoming shortly), who appear(?) to have no relationship to Martin JOHNSON of Hawkins & Warren Cos TN who m (1) Sarah Combs and (2) Mrs. Mary "Polly" HAWK; although the juxtaposition of Combs, Hawk, Johnson and Payne, seems beyond coincidence.


13 Apr 1833 (Grayson Co VA Marriage Records) Gadah Combs & Susanna PAYNE

(Grayson VA Marriages -- County Genweb page)

13 Apr 1833 Grayson Co, VA marriage bond. Zadock Combs & Susanna PAYNE, d/o Nathaniel

Source: № 16

Notes: See the 1840 Grayson and/or Patrick Co VA Census for Zadock Combs (a.k.a. Zydock, a.k.a. Zedekiah), s/o William and Jane CARTER Combs.


1835 Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List

Source: № 8

Combs, William tithed 3; 1 horse; tax: .06
Combs, Zedick tithed 1; no tax
Combs, Jeremiah tithed 1; no tax
Combs, Joseph tithed 1; no tax

Notes: Listed adjacent in same order.


24 Sep 1835 Grayson County Marriages - RUDY, Washington, and Amey COMER

Source: № 14


1840 US Census, Grayson Co VA

(Partial)
(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Steven Gilley from photo copy of Grayson County Census 1840) Columns are : Males under 5, 5 &under 10, 10 & under 15, 15 & under 20, 20 & under 30, 30 & under 40, 40 & under 50, 50 & under 60, 60 & under 70, 70 & under 80, 90 & under 100, 100 and upwards. Females under 5, 5 &under 10, 10 & under 15, 15 & under 20, 20 & under 30, 30 & under 40, 40 & under 50, 50 & under 60, 60 & under 70, 70 & under 80, 90 & under 100, 100 and upwards.

Eastern District
P. 284

NAMES
OF HEADS OF FAMILIES
FREE WHITE PERSONS, INCLUDING HEADS OF FAMILIESFREE COLORED PERSONS
MALESFEMALESMALESFEMALES
Joseph Combs13000100000001210010000000000000000000
Hiram WELLS
00000000100000001000100000000000000000
Stephen WELLS
11100100000001110000000000000000000000
Joseph Combs22000100000001020100000000000000000000

SHG Notes: There are 7 lines between the 2 Josephs. The two WELLS' are between them. I believe the second Joseph to be the s/o Zedekiah and Elizabeth JOHNSON Combs and is the wife of Caroline Wells. Don't know who the first one is.

p. 289 One house hold between these Families

NAMES
OF HEADS OF FAMILIES
FREE WHITE PERSONS, INCLUDING HEADS OF FAMILIESFREE COLORED PERSONS
MALESFEMALESMALESFEMALES
William Combs00001000000003000100000000000000000000
one family here
Meredith Shockley00000000100000000000001000000000000000

Notes: (Is this William s/o William seen below b. c1818? or William s/o Zedekiah b. c. 1807 with the wrong age being recorded. William s/o Zedekiah did have 3 daughters by 1840 under age 5.)

P. 299 (These five are consecutive).

NAMES
OF HEADS OF FAMILIES
FREE WHITE PERSONS, INCLUDING HEADS OF FAMILIESFREE COLORED PERSONS
MALESFEMALESMALESFEMALES
William Combs02020001000003110001000000000000000000
Newell Combs10001000000001000010000000000000000000
Zedekiah Combs21001000000000000100000000000000000000
John Combs00001000000000001100000000000000000000
Jeremiah Combs20000100000001000100000000000000000000

Notes: (1) William Combs, b 1780-1790 here, but 1850 Patrick Co, VA census for William, h/o Jane CARTER, shows his birth year as ca 1782, and William, s/o Zedekiah I, listed as b 1807 (Where was he in 1850?). (2) Newell Combs was s/o William and Jane CARTER Johnson and is also on the 1850 Patrick Co, VA Census. (3) Entry for Zedekiah (Zadock) is consistent with 1850 Surry Co, NC census. If this is Zedekiah, s/o William, then who was Zadock of 1840 Patrick Co, VA census? (See also 1860 Carroll and 1860 Wilkes) Jeremiah Combs was in Logan Co, VA by 1850 and John Combs in Raleigh Co, VA.


4 May 1842 Grayson Co, VA marriage bond. Returned 21 May 1842. Churchwell Combs & Elizabeth BRANSCOME, d/o Reuben

Source: № 16

Note: Grayson Co, VA GenWeb spells BRANSCOM

Notes: Who was this Churchwell? Thomas Combs, s/o William and Jane CARTER Combs, named a son, Churchill, but he was not born until ca 1846. This Churchwell is listed as Churchill on the 1870 Carroll Co, VA census.


17 May 1843 Marriage Bond. James Coomes & Betsey DUNFORD, daughter of William, Bond May 17, 1843; William E. Cook surety. Return: Married May 18, 1843, Henry Lindsey. (Source: Carroll/Grayson Co., VA Marriages, p. 128, submitted by Patience Northern).

Notes: This couple found below in 1850 census. James Coomes aka James T. (Tucker by tradition) Coomes. According to Patience, The last known date for James was Dec 3rd, 1896 in Grayson when he proved his deed of conveyance to Taft.


1850 Grayson Co, VA Census Index

Source: № 17

No Combs
Coombs 229A
Comer 169B-170A-200B-211B-213B

1850 Grayson Co, VA Census

USGenWeb Census Project

District 19

p. 169B

156/156 Comer Harvey 42 M Farmer 2,317 VA

p. 170A con't

156/156 Comer Elizabeth 40 F VA
Rosamond 20 F VA
William 18 M Laborer VA sch.
Sarah 17 F VA
Mary Ann 14 F VA
Elizabeth 12 F VA
Lenora 4 F VA
Charlotte 2 F VA
James 1 M VA

p. 200B

572/572 Comer Jonathan 55 M Farmer 300 VA
Rebecca 50 F VA
Martha 16 F VA
Stephen 19 M Laborer VA
John 24 M Laborer VA

p. 211B

727/727 STONE John 46 M Farmer 2,500 VA
Nancy 44 F VA
William 19 M Laborer VA
Gustavus B. 15 M Laborer VA
Elizabeth 15 F VA
Eliza 12 F VA
Rachel C. 8 F VA
Martha 4 F VA
Mary 4 F VA
Kennerly 1 M VA
Comer John H. 24 M Laborer VA

p. 213B

751/751 Comer John 36 M Farmer 500 VA
Susannah 31 F VA
John W. 15 M Laborer VA
Thurza Ann 14 F VA

751/751 PERKINS Mary Ann 12 F VA
Amy 10 F VA
Emeline 9 F VA
Joshua H. 8 M VA
Lucy 7 F VA
Sarah E. 5 F VA

751/751 Comer Mary E. 4 F VA
Nancy C. 3 F VA
Temperance J. 5/12 F VA

753/753 Comer John P. 63 M Laborer VA
Abigail 35 F VA
Catharine 80 F VA

p. 229A

961/961 Coombs James 33 M Blacksmith VA
Elizabeth 21 F VA r/w
William H. 6 M VA
Sarah M. 5 F VA
George W. 3 M VA
Alexander C. 1 M VA

Notes: Elizabeth DUNFORD was the first wife of James T. Coomes. According to Patience Northern, Elizabeth aka Betsey died after their last child Nancy was born 1855. The date of death for Elizabeth is unknown at this time. Per family tradition, James' father (name unknown) was lost at sea at some point. James T. went to sea to find his father who was lost at sea. When he returned his mother and siblings were gone. The story goes that he never saw them again. James remarried to Amanda DAVIS in 1857 in North Carolina and is next found in 1860 in Surry Co, NC and is back in Grayson by 1870. Around 1912, family begins to scatter to Taylor Co., Ky., Wayne Co., In. and Mossy Rock, Washington.

Notes: By 1850, some of the Combs of Grayson Co, VA were residents of Carroll Co, VA (created from Grayson in 1842), and others in Patrick as noted above.


1860 Grayson Co, VA Census Index

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1860 Grayson County, Virginia Agriculture Census

Source: № 9

Columns are 1. Name 2. Acres of Improved Land 3. Acres of Unimproved Land 4. Cash Value of Farm 5. Value of Farm Implements 6. Horses 7. Asses or Mules 8. Milch Cows 9. Working Oxen 10. Other Cattle 11. Sheep 12. Swine 13. Value of Livestock

12345678910111213
Comer, Andrew50100200025302011013345
Comer, Henly205530010101000950
Comer, John0000101000075
Comer, John0005002000835
Comer, Jonathan105025010001014664
Comer, Stephen0005001000720
Comer, William J.100400180012050300313525

1860 Grayson County, Virginia Mortality Schedule

Source: № 10

NameAgesexcolorFreeMd.POBMonthTradeCauseDays Ill
COOMES, James1M   VAApril Unknown4

1870 Grayson Co, VA Census

(Excerpted from Jeff Weaver's Annotated 1870 Grayson Co, VA Census); [Info in brackets are annotations from Jeff Weaver's site]

Old Town District

[The 1870 Census for Old Town District was taken in the month of August 1870 by John Walsh, Post Office for the entire District was listed as Nuckollsville. Population for Old Town District was 2220]

145. Combs, Jas. T. 34 Farm Laborer 120 MD
Amanda 38
James 11
Jackson 10
Lydia 10
John 8
Anderson 6
Rosy 2

DAVIS, John 69 Shingle Maker NC
Lydia 84 No Occupation NC

[James Cooms, Md. Malinda Hall, d/o C. J. & J. Hall, 12/7/1879; A. (Anderson) J. Cooms Md. Malinda Hall, d/o C. J. & Jane Hall, 3/18/1882. John Davis may be the same as was living in household 1457 in the 1860 Grayson Co., VA Census.]

Notes: James T. COOMES m 22 Oct 1857, Ashe Co, NC, Amanda DAVIS; however, his age is off by 20 years, they were in Surry Co, NC in 1860. It would appear the elderly couple John and Lydia DAVIS were relatives of Amanda. His 1880 census record indicates he was age 64 with parents both born in England.
* Patience Northern states the Census is as COMES

195. Combs, R. F. 22 Farm Laborer 120 130
Martha 22
Luzena 2
Texana 1

Notes: Rush Floyd Combs, s/o Nancy Combs who follows (See next).

197. Combs, Nancy 35 Keeping House
Richd. 16
Isaac W. 14
Malinda 10
Sarah 7

[She was probably a Civil War Widow.]

218. Combs, Nancy 39 Keeping House 100
Stephen 18
Isaac 14
Sarah C. 14
Sarah M. 9

[Nancy was probably a Civil War widow.]

LC Notes: These appear to be the same family. Actually, Nancy's age in the 2nd household was closer, but Isaac's Initial in the first and Malinda, rather than Sarah C. makes me believe it's the same family as the 1850 Carroll Co, VA Household of Nancy Combs, d/o Joseph and Caroline WILLS Combs. See Zadock Combs Descendants for more; however, also note that one Richard Stephen Combs stated he was b in 1853 in Carroll Co, VA and that his parents were both born in Virginia, but came to Crittenden Co, AR in 1876. If so, he was apparently not the s/o Nancy since she was in the 1880 household of daughter, Sarah Malinda, who had by then married John W. POOL.

Elk Creek Disrict

[This District was taken in the month of July 1870 by John Walsh, Post Office for the entire District was listed as Independence. Population for Elk Creek District was 4085.]

259. Coomes, George W. 25 Farm Laborer
Tolitha 19
Mary 2
Martha 1/12 (B. May 1870)

[George Washington Coomes served in Co. K, 51st VA Inf., CSA.]

Notes: Son of James T. Coomes in HH 145 Old Town District submitted by Patience Northern

478. Hall, John 70 Farm Laborer 120
(Bedwell) Sarah 60
Cole, Sarah 10 Domestic
Sexton, Martin 21 Farm Laborer

[This was family 657 in the 1860 Grayson Co., VA Census. John Hall md. Sarah Bedwell on 8/16/1831. Martin Sexton Md. Lucinda Combs, d/o James Combs, 10/4/1876. John & Sarah's children were: Jane Hall b. 1830; Emily Hall b. 1831; Besty Hall b. 1834; Calvin Hall b. 1838; John Hall b. 1843; and Richard Hall b. 1848.]

480. Hall, Calvin 28 Farm Laborer 180
(Fag) Jane 27
Malinda 8
Susan 5
Luella 2
Emma 1/12 (B. May 1870)

[Calvin J. Hall, s/o John (b. 1800) & Sarah Hall, Md. Jane Fagg, d/o Louisa Hall (sic), 12/23/1859; Malinda Hall, Md. James Coomes, s/o J. T. & Coomes; Susan Hall, Md. A. J. Coomes, s/o James T. & A. Coomes, 3/18/1882. Calvin Hall served in Co. K, 51st VA Inf. CSA.]

588. Coomes, Alexander 21 Farm Laborer
Caroline 21
Nancy 4/12 (B. Feb. 1870)

600. Moxley, Charity 29 Keeping House 500 250 NC
John P. 7 NC
Combs, Tobitha 35 Seamstress NC

[Ref. P. 329-30, Hopper, Moxley and Toliver History by Lorene Moxley Sturgill.]

Notes: Possibly Bithy (Tabitha?) TOLLIVER who m 19 Nov 1855 Ashe Co, NC, John Combs?


6/21/1873 Grayson Co, VA. Married. Jesse McCOY and Sarah Combs, d/o James Combs.

Source: № 16


10/4/1876 Grayson Co, VA. Married. Martin SEXTON and Lucinda Combs, d/o James (Jeff Weaver's 1870 Annotated Grayson Co, VA Census, which lists Martin SEXTON, age 21, in HH478 of John and Sarah (BEDWELL) Hall.


12/7/1879 Grayson Co, VA. Married: James COOMS and Malinda HALL

(Jeff Weaver's 1870 Annotated Grayson Co, VA Census)


1880 Grayson Co, VA Census

Elk Creek, ED 36

137-139 Coomes, Jas. T. 63 blacksmith [unemployed 3 months w/ broken rib] MD England England
Amanda 46 wife VA NC NC
Jno. 17 son works on farm VA
Anderson 16 son works on farm VA
Lindy 12 dau VA
Celia A. 9 dau VA

Record mis-indexed as Jos. T. Coomes. Submitted by Jane McCann Walsh


3/18/1882 Grayson Co, VA. A. J. COOMS and Malinda HALL [sic]

(Jeff Weaver's 1870 Annotated Grayson Co, VA Census)


21 Jan 1896 (Grayson Co VA Deeds) This indenture made and intered this 24th day of Oct. 1896 between James T. COOMES of the County of Grayson and State of Virginia of the past and Charles G/ TAFT of the same place Witnesseth that the said James T. COOMES hath sold unto the said Charles G. TAFT a tract on parcel of land containing twenty acres be the same more or less lying and bring in the county of Grayson and State of Virginia on the waters of peach bottom creek the said Charles G. TAFT paid unto the James T. COOMES two hundred and fifty dollars before the entering and delivering of these premises whereof the receipt are hereby acknowledged and bounded as followeth to wit: Beginning at the shop near J. R. COXES field on the road to Wytheville thence with road to a spring on the side of the road thence across the hill to a branch thence with the meanders of the branch to J. R. COX field then with a road to the beginning to have and to hold said track on parcel of land and its appurtenances fair and clean from him his heirs and all others persons unto the said Charles G. TAFT and hears forsworn in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date first above Ritten. s/ James T. COOMES (Seal). Amanday COOMES. Test. James A. COOMES. A. W. TAFT.

Virginia Grayson County Court Clerks office Dec 3, 1896 The forgoing deed was fully proven in the office the above date as to James T. COOMES by the oaths of James A. COOMES and A. W. TAFT subscribing witnesses thereto. E. L. LUNDY, Deputy Clerk of Grayson Co. (Transcribed by Coomes Researcher Patience Northern who adds: There is possibly a Coomes graveyard on this property. There are some people (I am still looking for their names) in Grayson Co. who have been gathering cemetery records of Grayson Co. in order to put them on computer. The Grayson Co. Hist. Soc. has no record of a cemetery in the Peach Bottom area. Maybe this land transfer info. can give them a direction in which to look. James T. COOMES, by oral family tradition, came to Grayson Co VA from Maryland where he became separated from his family (probably English, Irish or Scots-born), never to see them again. He is not believed to be related to any of the Combs Families of Grayson, but from a different line entirely.


1900 Grayson Co, VA Census

Elk Creek District

ED 38

p. 1B 1 June 1900

14/14 Coomes James A. Head wm Aug. 1858 41 M20 VA MD VA Farmer
Malinda C. Wife wf Feb 1861 39 M20 3/3 VA MD VA
Amanda J. daughter wf Oct 1880 19 S VA VA VA
Dora E. daughter wf Jun 1882 17 S VA VA VA
Marjorie T. daughter wf Jul 1885 14 S VA VA VA
Celia A. sister wf Feb 1871 29 S VA MD VA

p. 2A; 2 Jun 1900

17/17 Coomes Anderson Head w m April 1864 36 M18 VA MD VA Farmer
Susan Wife wf April 1865 35 M18 7/7 VA VA VA
Donna daughter wf Aug 1883 16 S VA VA VA
Bertie daughter wf May 1885 15 S VA VA VA
Lucy daughter wf Jan 1888 12 S VA VA VA
John son w m Aug 1890 9 S VA VA VA
Cabell son w m Jan 1892 8 S VA VA VA
Tucker son w m Jan 1895 5 S VA VA VA
Sullivan son w m Mar 1897 3 S VA VA VA

25/26 Coomes John Head w m July 1862 37 M5 VA MD VA Farmer
Polly Wife wf Jan. 1880 20 M5 9/9 VA VA VA
Jasper son w m Jan 1886 14 S VA VA VA
Fred son w m Jun 1886 13 S VA VA VA
Granville son wm Sep 1890 9 S VA VA VA

p. 2B; 2 Jun 1900

Amelia daughter wf Aug 1891 8 VA VA VA
Staley son wm Sep 1897 2 VA VA VA
Celia daughter wm May 1899 1 VA VA VA

ED 40

p. 51A; 12 Jun 1900

156/157 Coomes Alexander Head wm June 1849 50 M31 VA MD NC Farmer
Caroline Wife wf Oct 1848 51 M31 8/7 VA VA VA
Ellen daughter wf Feb 1870 30 S VA VA VA
L. McGuffy son wm Dec 1882 17 S VA VA VA farm laborer
Minnie E daughter wf Nov 1885 14 S VA VA VA
Ola M daughter wf Nov 1888 11 S VA VA VA

ED 38

p. 14B; 19 Jun 1900

257/261 Combs Joseph Head WM Nov 1849 50 M34 VA VA VA Farmer
Lucy Wife WF Mar 1847 53 M34 2/2 VA VA VA
William D Son WM Mar 1877 23 M2 2/2 VA VA VA Farmer
Cora Daughter WF Aug 1880 19 M2 2/2 NC -- NC
Mazy F. Grandchild WF Jul 1898 1 S VA VA NC
Andrew J. Grand son WM Sep 1899 812 S VA VA NC

Note: Joseph Foy Combs and Lucinda STANCLIFF s/o Joseph gs/of Zedekiah

Oldtown District

ED 41

p.71A; 12 Jun 1900

142/143 Rush F. Combs Head wm July 1846 53 M33 VA VA VA Farmer
Martha A. Wife wf Feb. 1849 51 M33 5/2 VA VA VA
Luzena daughter wf Sept 1867 32 S VA VA VA
Albert N. son wm April 1871 29 M7 VA VA VA
Martha A. d in law wf Oct 1875 24 M7 4/4 VA VA VA
Rush F. grandson wm Nov 1893 6 S VA VA VA
Anna L. g daughter wf Nov 1895 4 S VA VA VA
Nora V. g daughter wf Apr 1898 2 S VA VA VA
Lena C. g daughter wf May 1900 0/12 S VA VA VA

Note: Rush Floyd Combs, son of Nancy Combs in the household of Malinda Pool (below).

p. 71B 13 June 1900

151/152 Martin A. Coomes Head wm Oct 1873 26 M3 NC NC NC Farm Laborer
Mary R. Wife wf Aug. 1873 26 M3 3/3 VA VA VA
Ella F. daughter wf Jan. 1898 2 S VA NC VA
Virgie daughter wf April 1900 112 S VA NC VA
DAVIS Anna M S daughter wf Oct. 1893 6 S VA VA VA

ED: 48

p. 84A; 1 Jun 1900

2/2 Pool Malinda C. Head WF Jun 1861 39 W 7/7 VA VA VA Farmer
James T. Son WM Apr 1888 12 S VA VA VA Farm Laborer
Margie V. Daughter WF Feb 1890 10 S VA VA VA At School
David P. Son WM Feb 1891 8 S VA VA VA
Earnest F. Son WM Apr 1897 3 S Va VA VA
Combs Nancy Mother wf Jul 1828 71 wd 6/4 VA VA VA

Note: Malinda the 2nd wife of John W. POOL, daughter of Nancy Combs, d/o Joseph Combs gd/of Zedekiah

Wilson District

ED:43

p. 104A; 5 Jun 1900

50/50 Combs Alvin Head WM May 1874 26 M10 NC NC NC Farmer
Jennie * Wife WF Mar 1875 25 M10 4/4 VA VA VA
Maud C. Daughter WF May 1891 9 S VS NC VA
Floyd T. Son WM Sep 1893 6 D VA NC VA
Wiley L. Son WM Sep 1896 3 S VA NC VA
Linville J. Son WM Mar 1899 1 S VA NC VA

Note: * Initial overwritten and unreadable.

51/51 Combs Merideth Head WM nn? 1840 60 M36 NC NC NC Farmer
Nancy Wife WF Aug 1847 52 M36 8/6 NC NC NC

p. 104B; 5 Jun 1900

Combs Noel A Son WM Jul 1874 25 S NC NC NC
Eli Son WM Sep 1877 22 S NC NC NC
Demma Daughter WF May 1888 12 S VA NC NC

52/52 Combs Caleb Head WM Apr 1867 33 M6 NC NC NC
Lizzie Wife WF May 1877 23 M6 3/3 VA VA VA
Ollie J. Daughter WF Jan 1896 4 D VA VA VA
Lee A. Son WM Jul 1897 2 S VA NC VA
Hunter Son WM May 1899 1 S VA NC VA


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