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Hardy County was established from Hampshire Co VA in 1785-6.

Note: Source for all VA land patents/surveys/grants is Combs Land of Virginia

Also Note: Seeking early tax lists for Hardy.


1787 (Hardy Co VA Personal Property Tax List)

Combs, Francis Ignatius, tithed self, 1 negro, 2 horse, 5 head of cattle

(The Personal Property Tax List for the year 1787 for Hardy Co, VA (now West Virginia), Netti Schreiner-yantis, Florence Speakman Love, Genealogical Books in Print, Springfield VA, 1987)

Notes: The above Francis Ignatius Combs was the s/o Thomas & Elizabeth WHARTON Combs of Charles Co MD. He is found in Hardy's parent county of Hampshire in 1782.


01 Aug 1789. (Hardy Co - VA NN U:105-6) Francis I. Combs 260 A on N River the waters of Great Cacapehon in the gap of Short Ass. including a great spring.*3003) Original & NN 2:50-51)

See below from VSLA website.


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Francis I. grantee.

DATE 1 August 1789.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 269 acres on the North River the waters of Great Cacapehon in the gap of Short Ass, including a great spring.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants U, 1789-1790, p. 105-106 (Reel 300).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 50-51 (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


03 Aug 1789 (Hardy VA Grant U:83-4. *3004, NN & Orig 2:55) Francis I. COOMBS. 407 A beg. on the side ofPattersons Cr. in or near a line of Joseph WHARTONS ner Felix DORANS land.

See below from VSLA website.


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


03 Aug 1789 (Hardy Co VA Grants U:98-9. *3005, NN Orig. 2:54-55) Francis I. Combs 250 A including the headspring of the fork of Pattersons Cr. including the Sink Holes.

See below from VSLA website.


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Francis I. grantee.

DATE 3 August 1789.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 250 acres including the head spring of the fork of Pattersons Creek including the Sink Holes.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants U, 1789-1790, p. 98-99 (Reel 300).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 54-55 (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


05 Jun 1792 (Hardy Co VA Grants NN Grants V:635-6 *3006, NN Orig. 2:433)) Francis I. Combs 230 A on the waters of the North River of Gr. Cacapehon adj. a survey of William SCOTT and Ignatius PERRY.

See below from VSLA website


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Frances I. grantee.

DATE 5 June 1792.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 230 acres on the waters of the North River of Great Cacapehon adjoining a survey of William Scott, and Ignatius Perry.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants V, 1790-1792, p. 636-638 (Reel 301).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 433 (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


05 Jun 1792 (Hardy Co VA V:638-9 *3007, NN Orig. 2:433) Francis I. Combs. 195 A on waters of the North River of Gr. Cacapeon

See below from VSLA website


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Frances I. grantee.

DATE 5 June 1792.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 195 acres on the waters of the North River of Great Cacapeon.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants V, 1790-1792, p. 638-639 (Reel 301).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 2, 1788-1794, p. 433 (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


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Stingley, George. grantee.

DATE 14 November 1794.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 28 acres adjoining Francis I. Combs, on the top of Little Mountain.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants W, 1792-1795, p. 436 (Reel 302).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 3, 1790-1794, p. 101 (Reel 314).

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


1800 Hardy County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List

Format: Name; White Tithables; Slaves >16; Slaves 12-16; Horses

Bullitt, William Jun 1 1 0 0 1

Bullitt, Authbert 2 1 0 0 1 (Cuthbert?)

Bullet, William Sen 4 1 1 5 5

Coones, Ignatious Sen 5 1 0 0 1

Coomes, Henry 5 1 0 0 1

Coomes, Ignatious 6 1 0 0 2

Abstract of the 1800 Hardy County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List, Hardy Co, WVGenWeb


24 Sep 1800 (Hardy Co VA NN Y:464 *3008, NN Orig. 5:199-200) Francis I. Combs. 93 Acres on Mountain Run, waters of the North River adj. lands of Thomas MARSHALL.

See below from VSLA website


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Francis I. grantee.

DATE 24 September 1800.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 93 acres on Mountain Run, waters of the North River, adjoining the lands of Thomas Marshall.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants Y, 1798-1800, p. 464 (Reel 304).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 5, 1796-1802, p. 199-200 (Reel 316).

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


27 Sep 1800 (Hardy Co VA NN Y:463. *3009, NN Orig. 5:173-4) Francis I. Combs 132 A adj. his own land and the land of Thomas MAGILL on the Hunting Ridge

See below from VSLA website


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Francis I. grantee.

DATE 27 September 1800.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 132 acres adjoining his own land and the land of Thomas Magill on the Hunting Ridge.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants Y, 1798-1800, p. 463 (Reel 304).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. 5, 1796-1802, p. 173-174 (Reel 316).

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


10 Feb 1816-Jun 1817 (Hardy Co VA WB2:291) Will of Francis Ignatius Coomes. Recorded June 1817, Hardy County WV.

Know all to whom these presents may come greeting that I Francis I. Combs of Hardy County and State of Virginia being sick and weak of body tho of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for his mercies therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all once to die I do make and ordain this my last will & testament and as attaching such worldly estate where with it pleased god to bless me with in this life I give and devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following to wit.

Item 1, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Bean one Shilling and no more of my estate.

Item 2, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Drusilla Jarboe one Shilling and no more of my estate.

Item 3, I give and bequeath to my three sons namely, Francis I. Combs, Henry Combs, & Joshua Combs each one Shilling and no more of my estate.

Item 4, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy Combs the farm on which I now live together with a piece of ground I got of Thomas McGill in a swap, also one track of land adjoining the home place on Hunting Ridge containing one hundred and thirty two acres.

Item 5, I give and bequeath to my wife Nancy all my personal estate to have and to hold for the rest of her natural life and then to be divided equally between (“her” scratched out) our children namely Trecy, Cassa, Letty, Pyos, Christene, Charles & Peter Combs and the one unborn.

Item 6, I wish all my just debts to be paid by my wife Nancy.

Item 7, I give and bequeath to the Catholic Church one acre and quarter of ground for a burying place bounded by two white Pines & a white Oak & forming a great A thus

Item 8, I wish to have sold one track of land on the Spring Lick Ridge for the use of the family and I appoint and ordain James Conms (?) to sell same and to be allowed two Shillings in the pound for his services. As witness my hand & seal this tenth day of February eighteen hundred & sixteen.

Francis [his x mark] I. Comes. Witness Present Henry M. Davis, John Thorp, Maria [her x mark] Levre.

On the back side of will: Item 9, I constitute and ordain Annafnan Tucker and my wife Nancy Executors and setting aside all other wills and bequest here to fore made.

At a court held for Hardy County the 10th day of June 1817 this last will and testament of Francis I. Coomes (sic) dec. was presented in court, proved by the oaths of Henry M. Davis and John Thorp two of the witnesses and ordered to be recorded. Teste Ed Williams, Clk.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Joseph Lewis)

Joe Lewis Notes: The above Francis Ignatius COOMES (son of Thomas and Elizabeth WHARTON Coomes of Charles County MD) married 1st Cassandra CULVER, daughter of Henry CULVER, Jr. of Prince George's Co, MD, and their children were Francis Ignatius Jr, Joshua, Henry, Drusilla (m Benedict JARBOE) and Elizabeth (m James BEAN). The rest of his children are from his second wife Nancy. His sons, Francis Ignatius (a.k.a. Ignatius), Joshua and Henry COOMES had all removed to Nelson Co KY by 1812 (Tax Lists) and on to Breckenridge Co KY by 1813-1814.

The “Descendants of James Claypool (b1701)” erroneously reports: “Nancy CLAYPOOL was born Sept. 15, 1788. She was married twice, first to Jacob SINNATE and second to Francis Combs, son of Thomas and Martha Combs [presumably of Hampshire Co VA]. Children of 2nd marriage were: Pius, Peter, John Wm. and Charles.”

  1. Francis Ignatius was not the s/o either Thomas & Martha Combs of Hampshire VA or Thomas & Martha of Monmouth NJ (See Shenandoah VA) as is proven by those records.
  2. Nancy CLAYPOOL was m 13 Apr 1807 Hardy Co. W. VA, Jacob SINNETT, by Ferdinard LAIR (Hardy VA marriage records, Combs Researcher Joe Lewis) The 9 Sep 1823 (dated) will of John CLAYPOOL names daughter “Nancy SINNATE” (indicating that Nancy is still married to Jacob in 1823 (Descendants of James Claypool…) The children listed above as children of Nancy CLAYPOOL and Francis Combs have the same names as the male children of Francis Ignatius Combs and his wife Nancy as listed in his will dated 1817, Hardy Co. W. Va, except for John Wm. (the one unborn?) From the same source (census records), the children were born as follows, Pius b.c1809, Peter b.c1811, Charles b. ca 1812, John William (1817)?. Clearly, if Nancy m Jacob SINNATE in 1807 and was still surnamed SINNATE in 1823, she did not marry Francis Ignatius Combs of Hardy Co VA; thus the children attributed to her are incorrect. Question: Is it possible that Nancy instead married Francis Combs of Hampshire Co VA (s/o Thomas & Martha), with someone having added children of Francis of Hardy instead?

1820? Hardy Co VA Marriage Records: Nancy COOMES & Henry FRAVELL, Return by Benedict REYNOLDS.

(Combs Researcher Joe Lewis who asks: Could this be the widow of Francis Ignatius Combs, d 1817?)


1820 Hardy Co VA Census Index

No Combs?


1827 Francis Combs, s/o Thomas of Hampshire VA, died?

(Source? Records for this?)


1830 Hardy Co, VA Census Index

P. 81
Pino Combs [Pius]

P. 83
Ann FRAVELL

Notes: Given that Nancy can be a nickname for Ann, is it possible that the above Ann FRAVELL was the widow of (1) Francis Ignatius Combs, Sr. and (2) Henry FRAVELL? Both these census records are needed in order to try to determine if the widow and/or younger children of Francis Ignatius, Sr. are in these households.


1840 Hardy Co, VA Census Index

P. 112:
Chaels Combs
Peter Combs
Pious Combs


10 Aug 1844 (Hardy Co VA NNE2:421 Orig. & NN Surveys E:117) Pius Combs 315 A on the top of Big Ridge, on the headwaters of Claypole's Run, a drain of Lost River. (Combs Land of Virginia)

See Below from VSLA website


MULTIMEDIA Grant Survey

GRANTEE Combs, Pious. grantee.

DATE 10 August 1844.

NOTE Location: Hardy County.

NOTE Description: 315 acres on the top of Big Ridge, on the head waters of Claypole's Run, a drain of Lost River.

NOTE Source: Northern Neck Grants E, No. 2, 1838-1846, p. 421 (Reel 310).

NOTE Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Surveys No. E, 1837-1854, p. 117 (Reel 320).

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


1850 Hardy Co, VA Census

27 338/345 Charles Combs 39 m Farmer VA
Priscilla 34 f VA
Lucinda M. 18 f VA
Francis J. 15 m VA School
Catharine 12 f VA "
Tabitha 10 f VA "
William 8 m VA
Henry 6 m VA
Armstead 4 m VA
Pius 2 m VA
Isaac 2/12 m VA

35 450/457 Peter Combs 39 m Labor VA
Elizabeth 38 f VA Can't read
Rebecca 12 f VA
Susan 10 f VA
Sarah 8 f VA
Leah/Seah? 6 f VA
Benjamin 4 m VA
Amanda 3 f VA
Isaac 4/12 m VA

35 458/465 Puis Combs 40 m Farmer VA
Elizabeth 45 f VA
Travis 20 m Farmer VA
Hampson 18 m Farmer VA School
Rebecca 16 f VA
Jehu 14 m VA School
John 11 m VA "
Jemima 9 f VA
George 7 m VA
Julius 5 m VA
Simon 1 m VA

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Daryl Combs from microfilm copies, Nov 1996)

Notes: Charles, Pius and Peter were sons of Francis Ignatius Combs, Sr. by his second wife, Nancy.


1870 Hardy Co, WV Census Index

(extracted by Combs Researcher Matt C. Combs)

Jahew Combs, age 27, Married, White, Male, born in VA
George Combs, age 28
Hampson Combs age 38
Isaac Combs, age 20
John W Combs, age 32
Julius Combs age 25
Peter Combs, age 48
Pius Combs age 66

1870 Hardy Co, WV Census

Transcribed by SHG, from images found at FamilySearch

Capon Twp

Moorefield

p, 36; 8 Jul 1870

263/258 Combs James 25 MW Farm Laborer VA
Roda E. 26 FW Keeping house
William A. 2 MW
Ann E. 2 FW

Lost River Twp

Moorefield

p. 4; 25 Jul 1870

28/28 Combs John W. 32 MW Farmer 300 100 VA
Elizabeth 31 FW Keeping House VA
Edward J. 8 MW At Home VA
Jonas L. 7 MW VA
John W. 4 MW WV
Lucinda 1 FW WV

32/32 Combs Piues 66 MW Farmer 1000 400 VA

p. 5 (con't)

Elizabeth 67 FW Keeping House VA
Simon 22 MW Farm Laborer

33/33 Combs George 28 MW Farmer -- 100 VA
Tolitha 30 FW Keeping House VA
Almon 4 MW WV
Emma 1 FW WV

34/34 Combs Jahew 27 MW Farmer -- 100 VA
Sarah 24 FW Keeping House VA
Jane 11 FW At Home VA
Simon 7 MW VA
Ashby 6 MW WV
Nathaniel 3 MW WV
Hannah 2 FW WV
Joseph P. 612 MW WV Dec

35/35 Combs Julius 25 MW Farm Laborer -- 100 VA
Sarah P 46 FW Keeping House VA

36/-

37/36 Combs Hampton 38 MW Blacksmith 600 150 VA
Sarah 36 FW Keeping House VA
Victoria 17 FW At Home VA
James H. 10 MW VA
Mary E. 6 FW WV
Laben P. 5 MW WV
Lorenzo H. 2 MW WV
Melvina W. 512 FW WV Jan'y

p. 8; 27 Jul 1870

60/59 Combs Peter 48 MW Farmer VA
Elizabeth 57 FW Keeping House VA
Samuel 18 MW Farm Laborer VA
MILLER David 24 MW Farm Laborer VA Apr
Seah 26 FW House Keeper VA

p. 17; 29 Jul 1870

122/120 SAGER Allmon 39 MW Farmer VA
Nancy C. 32 FW Keeping House VA
Francelia 13 FW VA
Michael A. 4 MW WV
Sarah 1 FW WV
Combs Isaac 20 MW Laborer VA
CROSSMOCK Jane 20 FW House Keeper VA


1880 Hardy County, WV Census Index

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Matt C Combs)

Lost River Township

Combs, Benjamin age 35
George age 38
Hampson age 48
Isaac age 30
John age 43
John W age 41
Julius M age 35
Peter age 68
Pious age 71
Samuel age 28
Simon age 31
Travis age 50.

1880 Hardy Co, WV Census

ED: 37 Reel 1403 Page 96 Date: 06/17

Lost River

Combs, Julius M. W M 35 Head M VA VA VA
Paulina W F 55 Wife M VA VA VA
PETERSON, Mary W F 59 In-law M VA VA VA

COMBS, Samuel M 28 (abt 1852) VA VA VA Laborer
Fanny F 30 (abt 1850) VA UNK VA
Francelia F 5 (abt 1875) VA VA VA
Nancy E. F 3 (abt 1877) VA VA VA
Luther M 1 (abt 1879) VA VA VA

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