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Hampshire County was established in 1763/4, “officially” from Frederick Co VA, but probably including unorganized territory since it lay on Virginia's westernmost frontier at the time (it's western border being “technically” the Pacific Ocean). In 1785/6, southernmost Hampshire county became the newly-organized Hardy Co (& Hardy's descendant county of Pendleton, est. in 1787 from Augusta, Hardy and Rockingham). In 1863 Hampshire Co became part of the new state of West Virginia, and in 1866, Mineral Co WV was created from western Hampshire.

Important! This site is a “skewed, semi-mirror image” of Combs Researcher Matt Combs' Combs of Hampshire & Mineral Cos WV website. Some records located on this site are not yet uploaded to Matt's Combs Counties, and numerous records located at Matt's Combs Counties are not located herein. For the most part, the records located herein are early records. The need for “partial duplication” arose initially as the result of our Combs Land Studies, and early “Combs Connections” between both the parent and descendant counties of Frederick & Hardy (respectively) as well as to Maryland. All strongly advised to check both sites to ensure that all records relative to Hampshire County have been viewed - both those at this site and at Matt's Combs of Hampshire & Mineral Cos WV site.

Index to Hampshire County Records
Earliest Records of Hampshire County (1756-1799)
Later Records of Hampshire County (1800-????)
Court Records of Hampshire County
Matt Combs' Combs of Hampshire & Mineral Cos WV

Earliest Records of Hampshire County

1756 Capt. Henry HARRISON Company. Col. George WASHINGTON placed Captain Henry HARRISON in command at Fort Edwards, “if it could be reached” on Cacapon River in [now] Hampshire County (now West Virginia) which was about 20 miles from Winchester [Frederick Co VA]. (Combs Researcher Pat Orton)

Notes: Identifying the above Henry HARRISON could be helpful to those researching the line of Henry (Harrison?) Combs who m 26 Sep 1788 Montgomery Co VA, Rachel CLEMENTS.


19 Nov 1761 (VA NN Land Patent Bk S-229) Joseph Combs 253 acres, (19 Nov 1761) in Hampshire Co. on Maple Bottom Branch of N. R. of Cacapeon Adj. Garrard MENEFEE, Jonas MENEFF. 19 Jun 1787. (VSLA Abstract) Full Transcription:

BEVERLEY RANDOLPH Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to all whom these presents shall come greeting Know ye that by virtue and in consideration of a warrant issued from the late Lord Proprietors Office of the Northern Neck there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto JOSEPH Combs a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred and fifty three acres by survey bearing date the Nineteenth day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One lying and being in the county of Hampshire on both sides of the Maple Bottom Branch of the north river of Cacapehon and bounded as followeth To Wit Beginning at two pines corner to Gerrard MENEFERS Land thence along his line South one hundred poles to three black oaks in the said line corner to Jonas MENEFERS land thence along his lines east one hundred and sixty poles to a pine and black oak sapling thence south one hundred and forty eight poles to a pine thence east fourteen poles to two white oaks close on the west side of the aforesaid Branch thence crossing it and leaving the said MENEFERS land North thirty five degrees east two hundred and twenty poles to pines. Thence crossing the aforesaid Branch again North Forty degrees. West one hundred and eighty eight poles to a black oak, chesnut oak, and white oak on the knob. Thence south Seventy degrees west one hundred and seventy five poles to the Beginning with its Appurtenances. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Joseph Combs and his heirs forever. In witness where of the said Beverley RANDOLPH Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand and caused the Lessor seal of the said commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the nineteenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and eigthy seven and of the Commonwealth the eleventh. BEVERLEY RANDOLPH [signed] (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Matt Combs from VSLA copy) Search Words: MENIFEE


11 May 1762 (VA NN Land Patent Bk K428) Mr. Henry HEATH of Frederick Co, 206 A on Maple Bottom Br. of N. R. of Cacapehon in Hampshire Co. Surv. John MAUZEY. Adj. Joseph Combs.

Note: Below is same record from the VSLA Website.

MULTIMEDIA Grant

GRANTEE Heath, Henry. grantee.

DATE 15 May 1762.

NOTE Location: Hampshire County.

NOTE Description: 206 acres on both sides of the Maple Bottom a branch of the North River of Cacapehon adjoining the land of Joseph Comb.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants K, 1757-1762, p. 428 (Reel 294).

NOTE Original survey exists. NOTE Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311. (VSLA Website)

Submitted by Dense Mortorff

Notes: Joseph Combs of 1761-2 Hampshire Co VA has not been identified, although it appears he was a non-resident of the county (See Early Hampshire Co VA Tax Lists and 1787 Maple Bottom deed below). The only Joseph Combs (Coombs, etc. not yet checked) found in VA's 1787 personal property tax lists was Joseph Combs of Loudoun and Fauquier Cos VA, thought to have been son or grandson of Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co VA. A connection to Fauquier may be via the MAUZEY Family:

20 Feb 1764. 26 Jul 1764 (Fauquier Co VA WB1:83) Will of John MAUZEY. Wife, Betty, 7 slaves and land where I now live, during widowhood. Dau, Peggy, to have slaves. Should above heirs die then estate to go to daughter, Margaret.* To dau, Molly, 226 acs of land in Culpeper Co, 300 A of land 15 mi from Winchester [Frederick Co VA?], slaves, my property for which I have sued Jonathan PERKINS for in chancery, at my death suit is to be renewed. To daughter, Betty,163 A of land which I purchased of Robert JACKSON in Frederick Co, and 198 A in Hampshire Co. Mentions nephews John, Henry and William ROUSAN. Exrs: wife, Henry MAUZY (brother), Peter MAUZY and William ROUSAN. Wit: Thomas CONWAY, John EDGE, John LUTTRELL (Fauquier Wills & Admins, King)

Notes: One William ROUSAN (ROUSSAU) m 27 Oct 1743, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co VA, Priscilla MAUZEY. Their daughter, Margaret, m 20 Feb 1779, Fauquier Co VA, Ennis Combs, s/o John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. and gs/o Joseph Combs I of Stafford. Not yet known how/if these MAUZY/ROUSSEAUS are kin.


1771-1775 According to an article titled Roster of First Kentucky Ancestors, in KENTUCKY ANCESTORS (Quarterly of the KY Historical Soc), Vol 30 #2, 1994-1995, page 79 (excerpted): “William COOMES, born ca 1734 in Charles Co MD… son of Thomas and Elizabeth WHARTON Coomes, after 1771… moved to the South Fork of the Potomac River (present-day Hampshire Co WV) In spring 1775, William COOMES, with a party guided by Abraham and Isaac HITE, moved to HARROD'S settlement (in present-day Mercer Co KY, est. from Lincoln Co in 1786)…” (Submitted by Descendant: Henry D. Payne, Jr., 719 Plum St., Mt Carmel, IL 62836)

Note: See Also Frontier Combs of KY


1782 Hampshire Co VA Tax Lists

Michael Stump's Returns

Algier, Hermonus 12
Algier, William 3
Barger, Jacob 4
Brake, Jacob, Sr. 8
Brake, James 4
Bullitt, William 6
Calahan, Charles 8
Carter, William 5
Combs, Francis, 6 in household and 1 slave
Cowger, George 4
Coutzman, Adam 3
Cowfelt, Philip 9
Dasher, Christopher 7
Dickeson, Jacob 8
Eldridge, David 8 2 slaves
Firebaugh, Daniel 8 2 slaves
Funk, Adam 5
George, Susanna (widow) 7 6 slaves
Goodwins, Solomon 2
Hall, Thomas 7
Harness, Leonard 6
Harness, Peter 6
Hays, John 3
Hedges, John 7
Hog, Aaron 7
Hornback, Anthony 8
House, Jacob 5
Huffman, Catharine (widow) 6
Jefferson, Luke 4
Jordan, Katharine (widow) 3
Kent, Isabel (widow) 3
Lacewell, Elias 6
Leonard, Martin 7
Lewis, John 5
Lynch, Charles 4
Lyon, Charles 4
Mace, Ann (widow) 5
Mace, John 7
Mahuran, Ebenezer 3
Ma??s, Barnabas 4
Marshall, Benjamin 3 1 slave
Mitchell, Nicholas 9
Mitchell, John 4
Moor, Anthony 9
Morrow, James 7
Naif, George 6
Naif, Henry 6
Naif, Michael 8
Ozburn, Jeremiah 10
Radabaugh, Adam 9
Reel, Nicholas 5
Regar, Anthony 1
Regar, Jacob 11
Regar, John 4
Rogers, James 8
Rorebaugh, John 11
Roads, Henry 5
Roy, Thomas 5
Row, Thomas 5
Scott, Joseph 1
Sea, George 8
Sears, James 3
Sears, John 8
Sears, William 10
Sellers, John 5
Shedd, Goerge 9
Shepler, Henry 5
Shinear, George 8
Shook, Herman 6
Shook, John 3
Shook, Peter 7
Shook, William 12
Simon, George 9
Simon, Leonard 3
Simond, Christian 4
Smith, Charles 12
Smith, Michael 3
Spillman, John 6
Spore, John Ulrich 10
Stackhouse, Isaac 4
Stephenson, ____ 7
Stump, George 8 2s
Stump, Leonard 7
Stump, Michael 7 1 slave
Trace, Jacob 7
Trumbow, Andrew 8
Trumbow, George 7 1 slave
Watts, Thomas 6
Wortmiller, Jacob 6
Willowby, Benjamin 10
Wilson, Charles 5
Wilson, David 7
Wilson, John 2
Yoakum, George 4

(1782 Hampshire Co VA Tax List of Michael Stump, extracted by C. Hamnett, 1996. Another source lists as Francis Igns. Combs)


1783 (Hampshire Co VA Census, 1782-1784)
Francis Combs 6 free 1 slave (gone in 1784)
Thomas Combs (not in 1782) 8 living in household 1 dwelling 1 out building (Extracted by Combs Researchers Leslie Owens and Barbara Stacy Mathews from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA (now WV) by Clara McCormac Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: (1) Francis Ignatius Combs, h/o (1) Cassandra CULVER and (2) Nancy UNKNOWN, appears in records of Hardy Co VA by 1787 (Hardy formed from Hampshire in 1785/6). Francis was the s/o Thomas & Elizabeth WHARTON Combs of Charles Co MD. (2) Thomas Combs (m 1 Susannah PETTIT, 2 Martha UNKNOWN) came to Hampshire Co VA from Hunterdon Co NJ, listed in that county as a tithable during the years 1778-1780, but apparently there by 1767, by which time he had married Susannah PETTIT (1767 Hunterdon NJ will of her father). See also below.


1784 Hampshire County Virginia State Census

List of Simon TAYLOR

Ralph HUMPHREYS
John NEWELL
Lewellin PRICE
Eleazer HATHEWAY
James MILES
John TAYLOR
George ANDREWS
John McBRIDE
John MENEAR
Abraham MEANEAR
Robert M. CLINTOCK
William BREMEGEN
Adam HAMBLER
Joseph MOORE
Solomon NEWMAN
John JOHNSON
Joseph JOHNSON
John JOHNSON, Junr.
John CRITTON, Senr.
Joseph DAVIS
William CRITTON
Jacob SHORT
Libby TAYLOR
Henry ANDERSON
Augustus DAVIS
John MELONE
James SPILMAN
John AHRSAM
George NORMAN
Rudolph HILEY
Jacob EARSAM
Simon AHRSAM
John PANCAKE
John ROSS
Thomas Combs (8 white souls, 1 Dwelling, 1 other building)
Ezekiel ROGERS
Robert PARKER
William BLACKBURN
Isaac ELY
Benjamin ELY
Robert ALEXANDRY
Thomas WILLIAMSON
Samuel SHROUT
William MILLER
Peter WYCOFF
Robert CALVIN
Isaac NEWMAN
David NEWMAN
George NEWMAN
Thomas HUBBS, Senr.
Jacob LAWSON
David SMITH
David LONG
Jane NOTEMAN
John STOKER
Bassar STOKER
Cornelius FARCE
John RANNALLS
William RANNALS
Simon TAYLOR
Mary LIONS
John MAID
John NEWMAN
James McDEWGLE
John NEWMAN
William SPEALMAN
Francis TYGART]
John CRITTON, Junr.

(Extracted by C. Hammett from Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States, Taken in the Year 1790, Virginia, Record of the State Enumerations: 1782-1785, AGLL, Bountiful, UT 1993) Search Words: TAGGART, LYONS, REYNOLDS, McDOUGAL, SPILMAN, FOSS, ALEXANDER

Notes: Highlighted names indicate individual has been found in other Hampshire Co VA records with Combs.


1784 (Stafford Co VA WB 8 May 1780 - 13 Mar 1786:272-273) Indenture made ---1784 between Capt. Marquis CALMES of County of Hamshier [Hampshire], State of Va. & Wm. HARDING of Overwharton Par., Stafford Co [VA] …rent…farm let 150 acs. on s/s of North run of Acquia commonly called Cannons Run bounded Beginning at mouth of br. call'd. Abraham's branch…to the Grand Patent…to hold during natural lives of Wm. HARDING & Clerkey his now wife & life of his son Lewis or survivor, paying yearly 1,000 lbs. cropt tobacco & the cask…first payment on Sept. 29, 1784… /s/ Marquis CALMES, William HARDING. Wits: Jas. HOLLOWAY, Henry (+) REILEY, John STARKE, Cuthbert HARDING. Rec. Stafford Co. July Ct. 1784 (Deed & Will Abstracts of Stafford County, Virginia, 1780-1786. Ruth & Sam Sparacio)

Notes: One Marquis CALMES, d 1793/4, Frederick Co, VA, m Elizabeth Combs, d/o John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co, VA. William HARDING had married Clarissa “Clarky” MILLION whose niece, Sarah Ann MILLION, had m Dec 1775, Prince William Co, VA, one William Combs of Stafford VA.


09 Aug 1785 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages) Francis TAGGART and wife, Lucy to Thomas Combs, all of Hampshire Co. 425 acres on Drains of Palmer Run. Wit.: Sam DEW, Andrew WODROW.

(Extracted by Combs Researchers Leslie Owens and Barbara Stacy Mathews from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA (now WV) by Clara McCormac Sage & Laura S. Jones) Search Words: WOODROW


19 Jun 1787 (Hampshire Co VA NN Grants S:229-30. Orig. NN1:87-88) Joseph Combs 235 A on b sides of the Maple Bottom Br. of the N River Cacapehon

(Extracted by Combs-Kendall Researcher Denise Mortorff from VSLA Card Index)

19 Jun 1787 (Hampshire Co VA NN Grants S:230-231. Orig. NN Grants 1:87) Joseph Combs 193 A on Mill Cr. a drain of the S branch.

(Extracted by Combs-Kendall Researcher Denise Mortorff from VSLA Card Index)

Notes: Apparently the same Joseph Combs as in 1761, and apparently a non-resident of the county based on Tax Lists. What happened to this land?


1787 Census, Hampshire Co, VA

Thos. Combs, self & 1 male 16­21, 2 horses & 4 cattle
Jonas Combs, self, 2 horses & 2 cattle

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: Jonas Combs, b 1750-1760 (1830 Hampshire VA Census), was the s/o Thomas Combs & his first wife, Susan PETTIT of Hunterdon Co NJ. Jonas did not appear on earlier Hampshire tax lists, and it appears he came to Hampshire Co VA between 1784 and 1787. One Jonas Combs was listed during the years, 1778­80 (same as Thomas) as a Taxable in Hunterdon Co., NJ, possibly this Jonas. Re Thomas' entry above, it appears probable that the male 16-21 (b 1765-1770) in his HH was a son, perhaps David who follows?


Combs, Joseph. Publication 19 June 1787. Location: Hampshire County. Description: 253 acres on both sides of the Maple Bottom Branch of the North River of Cacapehon. Source: VA Northern Neck Grants S, 1780-1788, p. 229-230 (Reel 298).

Submitted by Ernie Perry


Combs, Joseph. Publication 19 June 1787. Location: Hampshire County. Description: 193 acres on Mill Creek a drain of the South Branch. Source: VA Northern Neck Grants S, 1780-1788, p. 230-231 (Reel 298).

Submitted by Ernie Perry


13 Mar 1789 (Hampshire Co VA NN Grants T:335) David Combs 400 A on the waters of Little Capeapon and adjoining Nathan BROWN, George ANDERSON and Christian MOMAN(?). Surveyed 6 Jun 1785. (Originals & NN 2:61) (Abstracted by Combs Researcher C. Hammett from copy of original -VSLA)

Notes: David Combs, s/o Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs, Sr.? Note also, however, Nathan BROWN in reference to the Combs of Loudoun Co VA. See also 1795 below. Also VSLA extract below.


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, David. grantee.

DATE 13 March 1789.

NOTE Location: Hampshire County.

NOTE Description: 400 acres on the waters of Little Cacapehon and adjoining Nathan Brown.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants T, 1788-1789, p. 335 (Reel 299).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 61 (Reel 313).

NOTE Original survey exists.

NOTE Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Surveys, 1-6, A-E, reels 312-320.

Extracted from the VSLA Website by Denise Mortorff


1789-96 Hampshire Co VA Tax Lists

David Combs, 400 acres


Combs, David. Publication 13 March 1789. Hampshire County. Description: 400 acres on the waters of Little Cacapehon and adjoining Nathan Brown. Source: VA Northern Neck Grants T, 1788-1789, p. 335 (Reel 299).

Submitted by Ernie Perry


03 Aug 1789 (Hardy VA Grant U:83-4. *3004, NN & Orig 2:55) Francis I. COOMBS. 407 A beg. on the side of Pattersons Cr. in or near a line of Joseph WHARTONS nor Felix DORANS land. (Extracted by Combs-Kendall Researcher Denise Mortorff from VSLA Card Index)

Note: This land is listed as a Hampshire Co grant as vs. Hardy Co in the Sims Index to West Virginia Land Grants, by Netti Schreiner-Yantis, 1992. Needs to be checked, although see also other Hampshire Co VA land records for Patterson's Creek. See below from VSLA website.


Combs, Francis I. Publication 3 August 1789. Location: Hampshire County. Description: 407 acres beginning on the side of Pattersons Creek in or near a line of Joseph Whartons nor Felix Dorans land. Source: VA Northern Neck Grants U, 1789-1790, p. 83-84 (Reel 300).

Submitted by Ernie Perry


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Francis I. grantee.

DATE 3 August 1789.

NOTE Location: Hampshire County.

NOTE Description: 407 acres beginning on the side of Pattersons Creek in or near a line of Joseph Whartons nor Felix Dorans land.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants U, 1789-1790, p. 83-84 (Reel 300).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 55 (Reel 313). NOTE Original survey exists.

NOTE Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Surveys, 1-6, A-E, reels 312-320.

Extracted from the VSLA Website by Denise Mortorff


1790 Hampshire Co., VA

Thomas Combs (1­0­0­2­4)
Jonas Combs [stats????]

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: 1 white male over 16 (Thomas), no white males under 16 (?????), no females, 2 free non-whites, 4 slaves. If this is Thomas Combs of Hunterdon, where are sons, Moses and John (at least one of whom should have been born by 1790)? Was Thomas' 2nd wife, Martha, non-white (and therefore his sons by her as well)? (See also 1820 census)


10 Sep 1790 - 16 Sep 1790 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) Thomas Combs of Hampshire Co VA to Robert ALLAN of Hampshire Co VA. 83 and a half acres, Hampshire Co VA. Wit: none (Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA, Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: See also 1795 suit by Martha Combs (as administrator of Thomas' estate) against Robert ALLEN.


16 Sep 1790 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages) Joseph MOORE and wife, Rebecca to Thomas Combs, all of Hampshire Co. 100 acres on Little Cacapeon. Wit.: None (Extracted by Combs Researchers Leslie Owens and Barbara Stacy Mathews from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA (now WV) by Clara McCormac Sage & Laura S. Jones)

16 Sep 1790 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages) Thomas Combs to Robert ALLEN, all of Hampshire Co. 83.5 acres Hampshire Co.; rec. 9/16/1790. Wit.: None (Extracted by Combs Researchers Leslie Owens and Barbara Stacy Mathews from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA (now WV) by Clara McCormac Sage & Laura S. Jones)

16 Sep 1790 - 16 Sep 1790 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) Alexander BOYD [and wife Sarah], of Hampshire Co VA to Michael BRILL of Hampshire Co VA. 354 a. on Gibbons Run. Wit: Jacob Combs, Henry BRIEL (Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA, Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: The above Jacob Combs has not been identified, but his presence in courthouse same date as Thomas may indicate a relationship. Also Note: VSLA should be checked for possible land grant to Joseph MOORE.


17 Sep 1791 (Hampshire Co VA Wills) Will of Thomas Combs:

In the name of God -- Amen. The seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety one, I Thomas Combs of the county of Hampshire and state of Virginia being sick and weak of body, but of a sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be given to God. Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such that is to say:

Principally, and first of all, I give and recomment soul into the hands of the Almighty God that gave it and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my exect [executor]. Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in in [sic.] this life, I give devise and bequeath the same in the following manner and form (Viz).

And first my will is that all my lawful and just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my personal or moveable estate.

And secondly, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Jonas Combs, who I do acknowledge to be my elder son, the sum of two dollars over and above what I have given him before this time. I give and bequeath unto MARTHA my dearly beloved wife a full third part of the incomes of land and tennaments where on I live, during the time she lives my widow and likewise a good bed and furniture.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jonathan Combs one equal ninth part of the money arising from the sale of the land and moveables to be paid after the decease of my beloved wife.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Mary WHITE, one equal ninth part of the money arising from the above said sale.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son David Combs, one equal ninth part of the money arisen from the above mentioned sail [sic.].

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Daniel Combs, one equal ninth part and twinty shillings over to be paid out of the mony arising from the sail [sic.] of the land and movables after the decease of my beloved wife.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Francis Combs, one equal ninth part of the money arising from the above said sail [sic.] at said term.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Thomas Combs, one equal ninth part lacking twenty shillings to be paid out of the money arising from the above cited sail [sic.] and the said term.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Moses Combs, one nineth part lacking one pound ten shillings to be paid out of the money arising from the above mentioned sail [sic.] at said term.

Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son, John Combs, one equal ninth part of the money arising from the above mentioned sail [sic.] and at said term.

Item. Further my will is that my younger son, John Combs, be bound to a good trade when he becomes old enough at the discretion of his Mother and executor of this my last will till he comes of age ---.

Item, and this was my will is that if my beloved wife should die and the land and movables sold before my younger sons Moses and John arrive to the age of twenty-one that their legacies shall be to interest in safe hands.

Item. Further after my decease my will is that --- my land and tennements be put out to best advantage at the discretion of my executor till the decease of my beloved wife, and after her decease to be sold and divided among my legatees as above written.

Item. Lastly I do constitute, ordain and appoint Joseph WHITE, my son-in-law, of West New Gersies [NJ], Hunterton County and Joshua CALVIN of the county of Hampshire of state of Virginia, my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament. And I do utterly disallow, evoke and disavowel all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and executors by me in anyway --- before this time. Named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written signed, sealed, published pronounced and declared by the said Thoms Combs and his last will and testament in the presence of this subscribing witnesses. Witnesses: William CORBIN, Peter BILBEE, and Nathaniel FOSTER.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

13-Oct-1791: Hampshire County court session, this last will and testament of Thomas Combs deceased was presented in court proved by the oaths of William CORBIN and Peter BILBEE two of the witnesses there to be ordered to be recorded is and Joshua CALVIN one of the executors named in the said will having in open court refused to take upon himself the execution there of and appearing that Joseph WHITE the other executor there in named is a resident out of the state of New Jersey on the motion of Martha Combs (widow of the deceased) and Joseph ASBERRY who made oath according to the law, certificate is granted them for obtaining letters of administration of the estate of the said Thomas Combs deceased. Witnesses: Isaac NEWMAN and Joshua CALVIN their securities.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: Of the children of Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs,

  1. It is believed by some researchers that Jonathan may have remained in NJ; and by others that he may have been Jonathan, b ca 1775 in PA (possibly born en route?) who was in Sullivan Co TN by 1796 (Research in Progress);
  2. Mary did remain in NJ (see below);
  3. David and Thomas are believed to be the same found in the records of Nelson Co KY;
  4. Daniel appears to have remained in Hampshire, at least through 1837 (see below);
  5. Francis may have died in 1827 in Hardy Co VA (source?) and/or may have been the Francis Combs who died in 1809/10 in Spotsylvania Co VA and/or may have just flat disappeared on us - as has at least one of Thomas' children by Martha, Moses, who has not been found in later records; and some confusion exists as to John due to a plethora of John Combs (around the world).

28 Feb 1792 - 28 Feb 1792 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) Martha Combs of Hampshire Co VA to Jonas Combs of Hampshire Co VA. 205 Acres on Lick Run. Wit: none

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: Jonas Combs was the s/o Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs, and Martha, Thomas' widow (2nd wife). Based on earlier deeds/patents, Thomas held, at the time of his death, 441.5 acres. Clearly, Jonas acquired more than his 1/9 share of his inheritance in the above. The consideration?


1792-1806 Hampshire Co VA Tax Lists

Jonas Combs, 205 acres

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Obannon, Joseph. grantee.

DATE 6 April 1792.

NOTE Location: Hampshire County.

NOTE Description: 28 acres on the top of the South Branch Mountain on the head spring of a run that empties in the North River of Great Cacapehon at Devauls Cabbin and about three miles from where Francis Coomes now lives.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants V, 1790-1792, p. 496 (Reel 301).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 192 (Reel 313).

NOTE Original survey exists.

NOTE Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Surveys, 1-6, A-E, reels 312-320.

Submitted by Denise Mortorff from VSLA website.


Obannon, Joseph. Publication 6 April 1792. Location: Hampshire County. Description: 28 acres on the top of the South Branch Mountain on the head spring of a run that empties in the North River of Great Cacapehon at Devauls Cabbin and about three miles from where FRANCIS COOMES now lives. Source: VA Northern Neck Grants V, 1790-1792, p. 496 (Reel 301).

Submitted by Ernie Perry


24 Apr 1792 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages) Trustees of Springfield alloted quarter acre lots to 15 people, of whom Francis Combs was one. Trustees of Springfield were: Wm. CAMPBELL; Robert RANNELLA; Jacob EARSON; John PANCAKE; and John TAYLOR.

(Extracted by Combs Researchers Leslie Owens and Barbara Stacy Mathews from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA (now WV) by Clara McCormac Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: Francis was the s/o Thomas and Susannah PETTIT Combs, Sr.


11 Sep 1793 - 11 Sep 1793 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) Edward AMORY and wife Elizabeth to Daniel Combs, all of Hampshire Co VA, 30 acres Patterson Creek. Wits: John JONES, John REED, Abraham JOHNSON

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: Daniel was the s/o Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs, Sr.


8 Feb - 11 Jun 1794 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) John SPENCER Sr. and wife Joice to John SPENCER, Jr., all of Hampshire Co VA. 372 acres on Cabbin Run. Wits: Daniel Combs, Stephen COOPER, John METTS.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: Possibly s/o Thomas & Susannah PETTIT Combs. See also Daniel Combs re SPENCER in 1815.


1794, 1797-1800, 1803-5 Hampshire Co VA Tax Lists

Daniel Combs, 30 acres

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: 1794 is the first year that Daniel Combs was taxed, possibly indicating that he had turned 21? (b bef 1773). Did Daniel pay personal property tax in addition to land tax? (i.e., was he living on the land?)


1795, May 21. Min BK 1795-98, p. 14. Martha Combs vs.[and] Joseph ASBURY, Administrators with the will annexed of Thomas Combs deced. Plaintiffs. In covenants broken. Robert ALLEN Defendant. This day came the parties by their attornies, and thereupon came the same jury who were sworn in the last cause (except James MAGORNATY in the room of John RANNELLS) who being elected tried and sworn truth to speake upon the issue joined upon their oaths do say that the defendant hath not well and truly kept and performed the covenants and conditions in the waiting obligatory in the Declaration mentioned, but hath broken the same, and they do access the plaintiffs damages by reason thereof, to six pounds, fourteen shillings, besides their costs. Therefore it is considered by the court, that the plaintiffs recover against the said defendant their damages aforesaid, in the form aforesaid assessed, and also their costs by them about their suit in this behalf expended, and the said defendants in Mercy & …

(Combs Researcher Dale Combs - See also below)


16 Jun 1795 - 15 Feb 1796 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) William McPHERSON of Hampshire Co VA to John Combs of Frederick Co. 200 a. on Beans Run. Wit.: Elias POSTEN, Thomas WHITE, Andrew WODROW, James CANDY

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones) Search Word: WOODROW

Note: Indexed as MCPHERESON

15 Feb 1796 - 15 Feb 1796 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) John Combs of Frederick Co [VA?] to William McPHERSON of Hampshire Co. [VA]. 200 acres Hampshire Co. Wit: none

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: The above John Combs has not been identified; however, see later Hampshire records and see also Combs-McPherson of King George Co VA; Loudoun Co VA; and Charles Co MD. Question: Was the above John Combs the same as the later John Combs of Hampshire?


12 Aug 1795 - 17 Apr 1797 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) David Combs of Nelson Co KY to Daniel FETTER of Allegany. 400 acres on Little Cacapeon, Hampshire Co. Wit: Jas. MARTIN, Francis MURPHY, John CRITTON

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)


18 Apr 1796 Hampshire Co VA records. Jonas Combs appointed surveyor of the road from the top of the South Branch Mountain to Little Capon in the room of Joshua CALVIN…

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: Jonas s/o Thomas and Susannah PETTIT Combs, and Joshua CALVIN, co-executor of Thomas' will. Does the above possibly indicate that CALVIN had died? (See next)


1797, Apr. 17. Hampshire Co. VA Min. Bk. 1795-98, p. 381. Ordered that James MONROE and George GEALL Gent. be appointed to examine state and Settlement the administration account of Thomas Combs deceased and make report thereof to the court.

(Combs Researcher Dale Combs)

1797, Sept. 18. Hampshire Co. VA Min. Bk. 1795-98, p. 485. Ordered that William FOX and James MONROE, Gent. be appt'd to examine and settle the Administration accounts of Thomas Combs dec'd and make a report thereof to the court.

(Combs Researcher Dale Combs)

Notes: See above re the now-missing Joshua CALVIN and note that according to FOX Researchers, William FOX, b 8 Jun 1759, Kingwood, Hunterdon Co, NJ; d 1798-9, Hampshire Co, VA (Hampshire VA will dated 26 Feb 1798, proved 15 Dec 1799); was the s/o Gabriel FOX, b ca 1736, and Ann WARFORD (m 1756, d/o John WARFORD and Elizabeth STOUT of Kingwood Twp., Hunterdon NJ).

Gabriel's brother, Amos FOX (b 17 Sep 1739, d 22 Mar 1806, Fairfax Co, VA, is said to have married 2 Dec 1761, Fairfax Co, VA, an Anna Combs (b 1739-1812), d/o Francis & Anna Combs (their sources not known). Given that Thomas Combs, too, was from Kingwood Twp., Hunterdon Co, NJ, and that the Hunterdon Co, NJ will of his father-in-law, Jonathan PETTIT, was witnessed by a WARFORD, the possibility of a relationship cannot be discounted.


1797 Hampshire Co VA Tax Lists

John Combs, 200 acres

(Combs Researcher Daryl Combs)

Notes: Is this the John Combs of Frederick Co VA with the 1795 200 acres on Bean Run? Was he taxed personally or just for land?


13 Jun 1798 - 16 Jul 1798 (Hampshire Co VA Deeds, Leases, Mortgages and Other Instruments) Joseph Combs of Mason Co KY to Jonas THOMPSON of Alexandria. 35 acres on North River. Wit: none

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Leslie Owens from Early Records - Hampshire Co. VA Clara McC Sage & Laura S. Jones)

Notes: Does this refer to North River of Capecon? Is this land sold by Joseph from Maple Bottom grants?


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