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Greenbrier County, VA was established in 1777-8 from northern Montgomery Co VA. In 1788-9, Kanawha Co was est. from Greenbrier. In 1790-1, Bath Co VA was est. from Greenbrier, Augusta & Botetourt Cos VA. In 1799, Monroe Co was est. from Greenbrier. In 1818, Nicholas Co was est. from Greenbrier and Kanawha Cos VA. In 1831, Fayette Co VA was est. from Greenbrier, Kanawha and Logan Cos VA. In 1863, Greenbrier became part of the newly-formed state of West Virginia. In 1871 Summers Co WV was est. from Greenbrier, Fayette and Mercer. In ca 1880-1890, Webster Co WV gained from Greenbrier & Nicholas.


1782 Greenbrier Co VA Personal Property Tax List,
Mr. John ANDERSON'S District

Name Poles Negroes. Horses Cattle Higgan, Wm 1 8 7 Arbuckle, Wm 1 4 3 Kincaid, Samuel 1 11 12 Warrent, James 1 1 17 16 Dyer, Jno 1 7 10 Dyer, Charles 1 8 8 Huster, James 1 9 20 Gillaspy, Thomas 1 6 7 Smith, Martin 1 7 6 McDowell, Dan 1 4 3 Arbuckle, Fran 2 2 8 Blackburn, George1 5 7 11 Dyet, James 1 4 5 Jones, Moses 3 4 7 Rodgers, John 1 11 10 Jones, Foster 2 3 6 Jones, Moses, Jr 1 2 Thornton, George 1 5 10 Jameson, Wm 1 7 14 COMBES, WM 1 6 2 Dunwoody, Wm 2 9 11 Thompson, James 1 5 9 Dunwoody, Thos 1 5 5 Holstaple, Henry 1 3 7 O'Harra, Dan 1 3 10 O'Harra, Dan , Jr 1 3 3 O'Harra, Chal 1 5 7 Wilson, Andw 1 5 15 O'Harra, William 1 5 7 O'Harra, James 1 1 3 Brown, John 1 5 12 McDowell, Archbd 1 5 8 Hackett, Wilson 1 2 Clark, James 1 7 10 Biffe, Abm 1 2 3 Armstrong, James 1 3 2 2 McCandless, John 1 1 Lockridge, Wm 1 1 6 Swat, Timothy 1 Lindsey, John 1 2 3 4 Curry, John 1 4 8 Davidson, Wm 1 4 6 Lockhart, Jacob 1 8 10 Gray, Wm 1 1 Hurst, John 1 5 21 40 Jones, John 1 2 8 McDowell, Wm 5 7 McDowell, Josiah 1 6 10 Ling??, John 3 18 21 Emberson, Thomas 1 3 6 Perry, John 1 1 4 Pemberton, Edw 1 1 1 Archer, John 1 7 16 Campbell, Joseph 1 4 6 Workman, Danl 1 3 9 Arbuckle, John 3 7 Dyer, Wm 1 5 10 Rohmer?, Alexr 1 2 5 Cristle, Jam 3 11 Riffe, Jos 1 3 8 Hamilton, Thomas 1 10 17 Davis, Jno 1 4 4 12 Richmond, WM 1 2 5 Jones, George 1 2 3 Dunn, Wm 1 10 5 Strother, Benj 1 1 6 7 Davidson, Samuel 3 Edgar, Tho 1 2 6 10 Smith, Thos? 1 2 3 Hunter, Henry 1 12 15 Black, James 2 3 12 Ward, John 6 12 Ward, Wm , Jr 1 3 Ward, Benj 1 5 Jameson, John 1 6 10 Jameson, Samuel 1 3 6 Burbridge, Robert 1 7 8 Grant, Peter 1 2 11 Richards, James 1 8 15 Richards, Jonah 1 1 3 Richards, Josiah 1 3 6 Rodgers, Charty Richards, Eliza 1 8 12 Hison, Samuel 1 4 22 Johnston, A 2 7 20 Johnston, Silas Johnston, James 1 8 20 Johnston, Robert 1 6 11 Smith, John 1 4 Lockhart, James 1 8 14 Rodgers, James 1 8 11 Humphress, James 1 9 16 Humphress, Samuel 1 6 19 Ward, Isaac 1 4 10 Spencer, Thos 1 2 4 4 Elliott, Wm 1 3 6 Gray, George 1 7 6 Davis, Joseph Davis, Patrick 2 1 18 36 Davis, Wm Dixon, John 1 11 16 Hamleton?, Robert 1 12 16 Mann, Esau Black, James Harris, Robert Riffe, Jacob 1 5 6 Dixon, Joseph 1 4 12 Green, Stephen 1 2 8 Price, 2 6 Anderson, John 1 16 20 81 Harris, Christ 1 2 Page, James Graham, Wm 1 2 7 Painter, John 1 2 Tuckwiller, John 1 3 6 Bowyer, Michael 8 Ward, Wm 1 4 6 18

(Transcribed by Jeffrey C. Weaver, New River Home Page, who adds: This Tax list was very difficult to read. I did the best I could, but there are numerous mistakes no doubt. Please consult the original records before making a determination on what they say. Hopefully this record will serve as a source of Clues and should not be considered definitive)

Notes: Seeking to identify the above William Combs. Can anyone identify any of other of the above individuals?


1783-1786 Greenbrier Co VA Tax Lists

COMBES, Wm.
(HEADS OF FAMILIES---VIRGINIA, 1785 published by Genealogical Publishing Co Baltimore MD)

Notes: The actual year of this tax list apparently unknown. The list is alphabetical by first letter of surname. The above William COMBES is unidentified; however, also on this list is a Bradley MEREDITH, a name found with the Combs & STACYS on the 1781 Montgomery Co VA Militia Company of Capt. Daniel TRIGG. Not known if same Bradley MEREDITH, but a Bradley MEREDITH is also found in the records of Henry Co VA in the 1790s. See also Zur Combs of Augusta and Shenandoah Cos VA below. MEREDITH was not on the 1782 list.


1790-1800 (Augusta VA Ct. Judgments) LUDDINGTON vs. STUART (O.S. 332; N. S. 120-Bill, 1812.) Dispute re land in Greenbriar Co, VAZur Combs deposes (1817) that he lived near the land 1790-1800; he came to the country in 1790, and left in 1800…. (Chalkley's Chronicles, Vol. II, p. 241)

Notes: Zur Combs was the s/o Job Combs of Shenandoah Co VA. He died in 1828 in Hamilton Co, OH.


25 Nov 1795 (Greenbrier Co VA Grants 33:321) John COMBERS. 1000 on NW side of Greenbriar Riv. (Combs &c. Land of Virginia)


1796 Greenbriar Co, VA Tax Lists

No Combs


1800 Greenbrier Co, VA Tax List

COMBS, Zeir 1 - 2
COMBS, John 1 - 2

(Submitted by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving from the Va. Genealogist, v25#4, Oct.-Dec. 1981, p. 251)


21 Nov 1803 (Greenbrier Co VA Grants 52. p. 220.) John Combs 185 A on Greenbriar River adj. land of Frederick COMBER, Henry HOOLSAPLE, &c. (ibid.)

Note: Possibly COMBER? See 1795 and also Frederick listed in a Grant as COMBER in 1793]


1830 Greenbrier Co VA Census Index

John Combs


22 Sep 1831 Greenbrier Co, VA Marriage Records. James Combs & Catherine BLAIN (Extracted from Dodd, Jordan R, et. al. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, 19xx [sic], Ancestry On-Line (http://www.ancestry.com/) SW: BLAIR


22 Dec 1831 Greenbrier Co, VA Marriage Records. Robert Combs & Nancy LEWIS (Extracted from Dodd, Jordan R, et. al. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, 19xx [sic], Ancestry On-Line (http://www.ancestry.com/)


1840 Greenbrier Co, VA Census Index

S. Greenbrier

p. 219

John Combs


1850 Greenbrier Co, VA Census Index

No Combs


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