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Fincastle County was established in 1772 from Botetourt (est. in 1769-70 from Old Augusta). In 1776-7, Montgomery, Washington and the (now-state, but then) county of Kentucky were created from Old Fincastle (records held by Montgomery). In 1789-90, Wythe was created from Montgomery, and in 1792-3, Grayson was created from Wythe. In 1806, Giles was est. from Montgomery, Monroe, Tazewell, Craig, Mercer and Wythe. In 1831, Floyd was est. from Montgomery and Franklin. In 1839, Pulaski was est. from Montgomery and Wythe. In 1860, Craig was est. from Botetourt, Giles, Roanoke, Monroe, Alleghany and Montgomery. In 1882, Roanoke was est. from Botetourt and Montgomery.

Most, if not all, of the earliest Combs of Montgomery were children of Mason COMBS, Sr. of Surry Co, NC, including:

William COMBS (s/o Mason COMBS, Sr., h/o Seth STACY)

Mason COMBS, Jr. (s/o Mason COMBS, Sr., h/o Dorothy UNKNOWN)

Ann COMBS (d/o Mason COMBS, Sr., w/o Benjamin STACY)

John COMBS, Sr. (s/o Mason COMBS, Sr., h/o Nancy HARDING), "father of the eight" *

Accompanying the COMBS were the CODY and STACY Families. Seth STACY Combs and Benjamin STACY were both c/o Simon and Judith TOLSON Stacy (Pettit), Sr., and their sister, Sinai, was the w/o William CODY.

All but John , Sr. were in Montgomery County by 1781, and all but possibly John , Sr., were early Tories of neighboring Surry Co, NC. John , Sr. remained in Frederick (later Shenandoah) Co VA when his father, Mason , Sr., left for Rowan (later Surry) Co, NC. As his sons, Mason "8" III and Henry "8" came of age, they are also found in this county, and it is also possible that in some instances, the John of record may have been John "8" , Jr., s/o John , Sr., and that both Sr. and Jr. were also "in and out of" Surry Co, NC in the 1780s.

Also note that most of these earliest Combs and Combs-Associated Families, both and others noted below, are later found in Sullivan Co, TN and Russell Co, VA.

Also in Montgomery Co, VA, by 1794, was Amos COMBS/COOMBS, s/o Samuel & Mary WILKES Combs according to the William F. Coombs Manuscript (See below).


1777, Sep. 18 Montgomery Co, VA Deeds. Robt. SAWYERS eldest son & heir at law of Alexr. SAWYERS, late of Augusta Co., decd. to Michael DAUGHERTY, L40, 148 acs. East side of Reed Creek. (Summers' Annals of SW VA, Vol I)

Note: See Alexander SAYER [sic] and John COMBE of Reedy Creek, Wood River [now New River] and John COMBE in 1748-1751 records of Augusta Co, VA.


1778, Sep 13 Montgomery Co, VA Deeds. SKAGGS, James to BRITE Albertus, L128, 100 acres South side Wood's River below mo. of Little River. (Summers' Annals of SW VA, Vol I)

Notes: See 1781 Militia List of Daniel Trigg (below) and see also 1782 Montgomery Deeds.


1781 Capt. Trigg's Militia List (annotated) includes William and Mason, William CODY, and John, Simon and Benjamin STACY and Henry SKAGGS.


10 Apr 1782 Montgomery Co VA Personal Property Tax List

Tax Year ending 10 Apr 1782. (From Jeff Weaver's transcription of the 1782 Montgomery Co, VA Personal Property Tax List the following selected entries, numbered by order of appearance on list:

LineLastFirstTitheHorsesCattle
0051BougherJacob11
0189SkaggsMoses188
0190BowlingWilliam123
0191BowlingJohn113
0193BowlingJoseph11
0194HiltonAbraham134
0198BowlingJohn Jun.11
0201Mason125
0204SkaggsHenry11019
0207CollinsworthReuben135
0209ThompsonArchibald149
0211CollinsworthEdmund11
0215MeridethBradley123
0216StacyBenjamin11
0219William12
0220ThompsonGeorge122
0231DispainJohn1310
0234StacyJohn1
0405RichardsonJohn2417
0406RichardsonJoshua128
0418GoadAbraham11013
0422LawsonDrury1
0423GoadWilliam117
0658PorterJoseph121
0659PorterRobert112
0660CoapWilliam112
0868HaysJohn18
0869Hix [Hicks]Joseph1257
0871HaysWilliam11113
1035ClementsBenjamin1615
1137DuncanMarshal1614
1193MorrisonArchibald122
1275HashJohn1315
1278HashWilliam148
1279RoarkCharles114
1282HashThomas156

Notes: (1) No CODYS, and (2) no David THOMPSON, but Archibald and George THOMPSON appear on the 1787 Montgomery lists on same date as David. Other THOMPSONS in addition to Archibald and George were: Andrew, Henry, Hugh, John, John, Sen., Samuel and William (3). See Combs-DeSpain-Hash-Skaggs-Stacy of Green Co, KY. See Combs-Duncan Families of Washington Co, TN and Lincoln Co, KY. See Bougher, Bowling, Goad, Morrison and Roark in Sullivan Co, TN. See Combs-Porter-Stacy in Surry Co, NC.

Also Note: The 1782 Montgomery Co, VA Land Tax List includes no Combs, Codys or Stacys. See also a Bradley MEREDITH in Greenbrier Co, VA with a William , and see Bradley MEREDITH of Henry Co, VA.


1782, Aug 10. (Montgomery Co, VA Deeds) Albert BRIGHT & Susannah his wife to James SKAGGS, L250, 100 South side Woods or New River, below mouth of Little River.

(Summers' Annals of SW VA, Vol I)

1782, Oct 10 (Montgomery Co, VA Surveys) QUESENBURY, George 165 acs South side Greasy Creek, a branch of New River.

(ibid.)

1783, Feb 13 (Montgomery Co, VA Surveys) CASH, Patrick, 310 acres, Branch of Poplar Camp Creek, Branch of New River

(ibid.)

1783, Apr. 18 (Montgomery Co, VA Surveys) RICHASON, John 250 acs Bobbit's C. Br. Little Reed Island Branch of Big Reed Island, New River

(ibid.)

1783, Apr. 21 (Montgomery Co, VA Surveys) RICHASON, Joshua, 175 acs Little Reed Island Br. New River

(ibid.)

1783, Apr. 23 (Montgomery Co, VA Surveys) POPE, Nathaniel, 100 acres, Little Reed Island Br. New River

(ibid.)

1784, July 21 (Montgomery Co, VA Deeds) SKEGGS, Henry & Mary his wife to Wm. GAYSON, £300, 100 acres Little Reed branch of Woods River [a.k.a. New River].

(ibid.)

1785, Mar 26 (Montgomery Co, VA Deeds) CLEMENTS, Benj. to Richard ALICE [ELLIS] £20, 110 acres North side Little Reed Island Creek.

(ibid.)

See Sep 1785 below


1785/08/17 Montgomery Co, VA Marriage Bond. Nancy COADIE, daughter of William, to David THOMPSON; Witness: William COADIE.

(Combs-Cody Researcher George Baumbach)

Notes: Nancy CODY was the d/o William and Sinai STACY Cody. David and Nancy CODY Thompson are later in found in Russell Co VA as are William & Sinai STACY Cody, living adjacent to William and Seth STACY Combs.


9/13/1785 (Montgomery Co, VA DBA:382). Benjamin CLEMENTS of Montgomery Co. to John HARDING of Shenandoah Co. 400 acres from on both sides of Little Reed Island, a branch of the New River adjacent Richard ELLIS . Witnesses: William CALFEE, Jas. CALFEE, Henry DAVIS, and Richard ELLIS. Rec. 5/23/1786.

(Abstracted by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving who adds that The CALFEES were from also from Shenandoah Co.) £300 per Summers' Annals, Vol. I, p. 916.

Notes: John HARDING is later found in Montgomery Co, VA living by John , Sr., h/o Nancy HARDING (relationship to above? see next) Benjamin CLEMENTS, from whom HARDING purchased the above property, was the father of Rachael CLEMENTS who m in 1788, Mason , s/o John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.


8/14/1786 (Montgomery Co, VA DBA:448). John HARDING and wife Nancy sell to Henry HARDING, both of Montgomery Co., land, messuage where Henry HARDING now lives, containing about 300 acres beginning at a Sycamore tree…with a branch of Little Reed Island Creek, a corner to Richard ELLISAS to FUGATE'S line to WHITLOCK'S line…Jno HARDING, Nancy x HARDING. Witnesses: George CARTER, Richard ELLIS, John SMITH.

(Combs Researcher Sue Elfving)

SE Note: Henry HARDING III, to whom John and Nancy HARDING sold the above land, was brother-in-law to John , Sr. (and h/o Rebecca NETHERTON). John SMITH may be same who m sister, Wilmouth HARDING.


1787 Montgomery Co VA Personal Property Tax Lists

(residents visited personally by collector, thus dates important) Legend: (1) Name of tithable (over 21); (2) name of individual charged with tax; (3) white males over 16 and under 21; (4) blacks over 16; (5) blacks under 16; (6) horses, mares, colts and mules; (7) cattle.

Tax List A (James Newell's District)

Note: In 1787, Tax List A was in southern Montgomery Co, VA to the NC border, included much of what later became Wythe, then Grayson Co, VA.

28 Jul 1787 (included)

Daniel JONES; self; 0-0-0-1-4
Jacob MANES; self; 0-0-0-1-1
Charles ROARK; self 0-0-0-2-6
Benjn. SMITH; self; 0-0-0-3-4
Richard SUMNER; self; 0-0-0-1-2
Samuel SUMNER; self; 0-0-0-1-3

Note: (1) Jacob MANUS (a.k.a. MANAS, MANIS) and Daniel JONES are later found with Mason of Hawkins Co, TN in the 1790s and early 1800s. (2) A Benjamin SMITH was neighbor to the on McClain's Ford of Surry Co, NC. (3) Samuel SUMNER was 1st husband of Winnifred , d/o William and Sinai STACY Combs, m 2nd Robert HICKS (See also below re Samuel SUMNER).


Tax List B (David McGavock's District)

Note: In 1787, Tax List B covered that part of Montgomery which, for the most part, remained Montgomery.

29 Jun 1787 (all)

John BAXTER
John BUCHANAN
Patrick CASH
John tithes self, 1 male age 17-20,* 2 horses, 5 cows.
John DAVIDSON
Geo. DAVIES, Sr.
David HERBERT
William HERBERT
Cha. HUTCHESON
Alexander McKINSEY
William ROSS
Thomas SMITH
Laurance STEPHENS
Danl. STEWART
(Montgomery Co, VA - Census of 1787 by Netti Schreiner-Yantis)
*"over 16 and under 21"

Notes: This was most likely John , Sr. (s/o Mason, Sr.), having probably come to this area most recently from Surry Co, NC. The male, age 17-20, in his household would have been born 1767-1770, and was probably either his son, Henry, or his son, Mason.

Tax List C

Note: In 1787, Tax List B covered that part of Montgomery which, for the most part, remained Montgomery.

4/21/1787 (all)

Claybourn & Solomon AKERS
Thomas ALLEY [1781 Militia, later in Russell Co, VA]
Edward BAKER
John, Jr. and Robert BELL [Robt. 1781 Militia, later in Russell
Henry BISHOP [1781 Militia]
Jeremiah CEELEY
William COADY self; 0-0-0-0-0 [1781 Militia]
William DAVIDSON
Thomas DOBBINS
Courteous ELLIOTT
Jonathan ELSWICK [1781 Militia]
William GRAYSON
Philip HOGAN
John HOWERTON [1781 Militia, later in Russell]
Thomas KIRK
John, Jr., Thomas and William LAWRENCE
William LAWSON [1781 Militia, later in Russell]
Israel LORTON
Parker LUCAS
Abner LUSTER
Thomas MALLETT
Samuel MEREDITH
Adam, Jacob, Jeremiah (Jr. and Sr.) and Thomas PATE, Sr.
Barnett PRESSGROVE [1781 Militia]
Richard PUGH
Nathan RATLIFFE [1781 Militia]
Zacheriah ROMINE
Joseph ROWLEN
John SHELLING
James & Robert SIMPKINS
Archibald THOMPSON, self; 2-0-0-4-7 [1781 Militia]
David THOMPSON; self; 1-0-0-1-2 [not tithable]
George THOMPSON; self; 1-0-0-4-18
Edmond VANCIL [1781 Militia]
Robert WHITT [1781 Militia]

Notes: (1) David THOMPSON (m 1785, Nancy CODY) may have been non-tithable because he was the male in the 17-20 year old category (see above). (2) There are no entries for 4/22. The 4/23 entries include a John THOMPSON.

Also Note: Although no are listed on Tax List C, the list for 4/24/1787 includes numerous of the same names that appear on the 1789 Montgomery Tax List C, including Francis CLEMENTS, William HEWIT and George QUISENBERRY (Benjamin CLEMENTS is not on the 1787 list). Others listed on 4/24/1787 who are not on the 1789 list include Thomas and William RICHARDSON and John THOMPSON.


1787 Montgomery Co, VA. Non-Returns

[also includes location to which removed, if known]

(1) "A list of persons charged with tax in Montgomery County for the year 1787 who have removed before same could be collected, Bird SMITH, Commr."
William CODDY -- ??

Note: Other names on this list were compared to those seen on the same date as William CODY [sic] on the 1787 tax list. The only "matches" (also "gone missing") were: Samuel MEREDITH to Botetourt and Zachariah ROMINE to North Carolina (see next)

(2) "A list of persons charged with tax in Montgomery County for the year 1787 who have removed before same could be collected, James NEWELL, Commr."
"Samuel SUMNER (kild and his wife gone to Wash.)"

Notes: Samuel SUMNER was first husband of Winnifred , d/o William and Seth STACY Combs, Sr., and it is possible that she and William and Sinai STACY Cody removed from Montgomery together as Winnifred was Sinai's niece (d/o William and Seth STACY Combs), and all are later found in Russell Co, VA, by which time Winnifred Sumner had remarried, to Robert HICKS. The reference to "Wash." was probably to Washington Co, VA (or its newly formed descendant county of Russell). Newell's list of those who had removed from Montgomery before paying tax also included: Jesse BOWLING, William COPE, Nathan OSBURN, Archibald SCOTT, George and Owen SIZEMORE, all of whom are listed as having gone to North Carolina, by which may have been meant "Holston River" (TN or VA) since, for example, Archibald SCOTT is found in Russell Co, VA, already deceased in 1787 (his widow, Fannie DICKENSON, m next Thomas JOHNSON). See also Dickey Diary Interviews re Samuel SUMNER'S having been killed.


1787, Feb 5. Montgomery Co, VA Deeds. Geo. QUESINBERRY to Frederick SLINKER, £15, 50 acres South side Greasy Creek, branch of New River.

(Summers' Annals of SW VA, Vol I)

Notes: See George QUISENBERRY as neighbor to Mason "8" in Montgomery, then Wythe, then Grayson, and see also later Frederick SLINKER-Elizabeth marriage in Green Co, KY.


1788 Montgomery Co VA Tax List B

Big Reed Island, Pine and Snake Cr., Buckhorn

26 Dec 1788

Person charged with taxesWM 16-21SlavesHorses
Henry100
Johns (Mason )003
John HARDEN000

(Montgomery Co, Virginia, Tax Lists A, B & C for the year 1788, Nettie Schreiner-Yantis, Springfield, VA, 1972)

Note: The tax collectors visited individuals during the period July 1788 thru Jun 1789. The tax year is 1788, payment made in 1789. These three men were the only individuals listed for 26 Dec. We can be fairly certain that John is the same who was listed on the 1787 Montgomery Co tax list since the next date and name shown by the tax collector on this list is Patrick CASH, seen on 7 Jan 1788, and in 1787, John and Patrick CASH were also seen on the same date. However, in 1787, John was the only listed in Montgomery Co, Virginia, and tithed no others. Henry was apparently in the over 16-under 21 age range. (Henry, son of John Combs, Sr., was born 1765-1768 (based on later census and lack of consent needed for his marriage) thus 21-23 years of age. Also note that the reference to "John Combs (Mason Combs)" is unclear, although it appears that John Combs was tithing Mason Combs who was over 21 years of age? (Or the reverse) And that John Combs was either non-tithable (not stated) or perhaps it was his property and he was non-resident at the time? Henry is thought, however, to have been the same who follows. Also seeking to identify the above John HARDING.

From Combs-Cody Researcher George Baumbach: Tax List B included a portion of the New River including Fort Chiswell (Wytheville). Poplar Camp Creek, Little Reed Island and Big Reed Island Creeks flow northward into the New River in what is now northwest Carroll County. Pine Run flows southward into the New River, almost opposite Little Reed Island Creek, in what is now Wythe County. Close by are the Lead Mines, upstream on the north side of the New River between the mouths of Cripple and Mine Mill Creeks (Schreiner-Yantis, N. (1972) Montgomery County, Virginia -circa 1790. A Comprehensive Study Including the 1789 Tax Lists, Abstracts Of Over 800 Land Surveys & Data Concerning Emigration, Springfield, VA) Looking at my Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer, Poplar Camp Creek has been renamed Shorts Creek with Jackson's Ferry at its mouth, at the base of Poplar Mountain. Five miles upstream is the Van Meter Mine, across the New River from where Schreiner-Yantis placed the "Lead Mines". I assume this mine(s) was of strategic importance during the Revolution. In fact, during the Revolution James Cuddy [CODY] of Washington County, VA worked as an artificer (munitions maker) at the furnace on Poplar Creek in Wythe County (see ) Migration between Surry County, North Carolina and the New River Valley was via Fancy Gap on present US 52 in Virginia, which goes straight through Poplar Mountain Gap to the New River at Shot Tower Historical State Park, where there was a lead manufacturing site. Until the completion of I-77 in the 1970's this was the only route across the continental divide for quite a distance. Just on the other side of Fancy Gap are the East Fork and Mine Forks of Little Reed Island Creek. Thus, our Combs of Montgomery County were very close to those of Surry County, within a day or two journey across the mountain.


26 Sept 1788 (Montgomery Co VA Marriage Records) Henry Combs and Rachael CLEEMENTS, daughter of Benjamin CLEEMENTS who gave consent, sur. Mason Combs (Transcribed from Microfilm Reel 52, Montgomery Co VA Marriages, VA State Library by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter) Marriage Returned by Edward MORGAN, Minister ("A brief of Wills & Marriages of Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, VA, 1733-1821," Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell)

Notes: Henry "8" Combs, s/o John Combs, Sr., "father of the eight," and his brother, Mason "8" (m Jane RICHARSON in 1793 in Wythe Co, VA).


5/4/1789 Montgomery Co, VA Deeds. John and Nancy HARDING to James BREEDING, L200, 300 acres Little Island Creek (Summers' Annals of SW VA, Vol I)


5/5/1789 Montgomery Co, VA Deeds. Henry and Rebecca HARDING to James BREEDING 100a on Little Reed Creek, Montgomery Co., Va. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving from "HENRY HARDIN OF CALIFORNIA, p. 36) [L200 consideration per Summers' Annals]

SE Notes: Henry HARDING III, s/o Henry and Wilmoth GEORGE Harding II, and brother-in-law of John Combs, Sr. The author goes on to say that Henry and Rebecca removed to Jefferson Co., Tenn where they lived on the N.E. side of the French Broad River in what is now Cocke Co. In 1795 Henry and Rebecca must have returned to Shenandoah Co, VA, because he was the executor of his mother's will (which named his sister, Nancy Combs). By 1796 they had removed to Jefferson Co., Ky. See also James BREEDING with John Combs, Sr. in 1790 Wythe Co, VA.


1789 Montgomery Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists

Individuals were visited personally, and lists are by location. No CODYS, STACYS or THOMPSONS appear on any of the 1789 lists. No COMBS appear on List A; two John COMBS (the name of one of whom has been crossed out) and one Mason COMBS are on List B; and Henry COMBS is on List C.

1789 Tax List B

Probably near Reed Island Creeks.*

13 Jul 1789

Person charged with taxesWM over 21 yearsWM 16-21SlavesHorses
John CombsJohn Combs005

Notes: John Combs was the only individual listed on this date w/no location noted; however, on 11 Jul 1789, Charles DIRE [DYER?] was listed with notation "Near New River in area around mouths of Reed Island Crs." (No one was listed on 12 Jul). The next date listed was not until 21 Jul 1789, when Robert MILLER, Jr. was listed with no location noted. This John Combs was probably the same whose name was crossed out in the next record. He does not appear on either the 1791/2 Montgomery tax list, or the 1793 Wythe List.


1789 Tax List B

Little Reed Island Creek, Poplar Camp Creek, both sides of New River, Pine Run, opposite Persimmom [sic] Bottom

1 Jun 1790

Person charged with taxesWM over 21 yearsWM 16-21SlavesHorses
Holbert ALLISON*[same]0111
James BARNET*[same]001
James BREEDIN*----------021
John BROWN*[same]102
John BURK[same]002
Benjamin CALFEE*[same]001
Patrick CASH[same]004
John Combs(entire entry crossed out)002
Mason CombsMason Combs002
Robert CUSICK[same]002
Richard ELLIS*[same]002
John HARDIN[same]003
Joshua HAYS[same]000
Reuben HERRELL*[same]001
Wm. HURST*[same]004
James INGRAM*[same]003
Cornelius LANIENLANUN, Cornelius003
Cornelius McGLISTER*----------003
Wm. RODGERS*[same]011
Joseph STEPHENS*[same]003
Laurence STEPHENS*[same]033
Daniel STEWART[crossed out]003
William STEWARD[same]001
David TAYLOR*[same]002
Ignatius TURMAN
& one stud horse
[same]011

Notes: John Combs name has been crossed out, possibly because either (a) despite the different number of horses, this was a duplicate entry, John having already been entered almost a year earlier (although for the same tax year); or (b) because the collector had written John Combs, but intended to write Mason's name. In 1793, Mason Combs is found on Wythe Co Tax List A, and in 1794 and 1795 on Grayson Co, VA Tax Lists. Since Mason Combs, Jr. was already in Hawkins Co, TN by 1795, this Mason is identified as the s/o John Combs, Sr. Of the others seen on this date, only William STEWARD also appeared on the 1793 Wythe Co, Tax List A. Of the remainder, those listed above with a single asterisk (*) appeared on the 1793 Wythe Tax List C. The remainder were listed on neither Wythe, nor Montgomery. John Combs, Sr. is found on no Wythe Co, VA tax lists, but was nevertheless in Wythe in 1790. See Also Shenandoah Co, VA re William HURST and John HASH.


1789 Tax List C

Big Reed Island, Pine and Snake Cr., Buckhorn

24 Aug 1789

Person charged with taxesWM over 21 yearsWM 16-21SlavesHorses
Francis CLEMENTSFrancis CLEMENTS003
Benjamin CLEMENTSBenjamin CLEMENTS032
Henry CombsHenry Combs000
John DAVISJohn DAVIS001
Abraham GOADAbraham GOAD007
James GOADJames GOAD003
Wm. HEWIT, Sr.Wm. HEWIT, Sr.001
Wm. HEWIT, Jr.Wm. HEWIT, Jr.001
Jonathan ISAMJonathan ISAM005
Randal LAWSONRandal LAWSON001
Wm. McDONALDWm. McDONALD003
George QUEISENBERRYGeorge QUEISENBERRY102
Wm. SPENCER (Greasy Cree)William SPENCER001
Henry WEBSTERHenry WEBSTER001

(Montgomery Co, VA - Circa 1790, by Netti Schreiner-Yantis)

Notes: Henry COMBS (s/o John COMBS, Sr.), b 1765-1768, Virginia, and Rachael CLEMENTS, d/o the above Benjamin CLEMENTS.

Of the above names:

In 1792, Abraham and James GOAD, William HEWITT, Jr. and Sr., Jonathan ISOM and George QUISENBERRY are listed in Montgomery Co, VA on List N (no Combs).

In 1793, Francis CLEMENTS is found on Wythe Tax List A (a.k.a. Section 2) with a Mose Combs (believed to have been Mason) and a Shadrach COLM [sic], as well as the above Abraham GOAD and George CRUSENBERRY [sic, but a.k.a. QUISENBERRY].

In 1793, Henry Combs is found on Wythe Tax List C (a.k.a. Section 1) with the above Benjamin CLEMMONS and John DAVIS.

In 1794, Henry COMBS is still on Wythe Co, VA tax lists whereas Mason (Mose) COMBS resided in that part of Wythe which became Grayson, where also are listed what was (probably) Francis CLEMENTS and Moses CREESENBERRY (the 1794 Grayson List, on which Mason Combs appeared, has not been re-checked yet for all other names).

In 1795, of the above-listed individuals, only Francis CLEMENTS, John DAVIS and George QUISENBERRY were listed on the Grayson Co, VA tax list - along with Mason Combs.

Of the remainder, William SPENCER of Greasy Creek was on the 1792/3 Montgomery Co, VA List M, and Randal LAWSON, William McDONALD and Henry WEBSTER are nowhere to be found.


1794 Montgomery Co, VA Marriages

Robert HIX and Susannah THOMPSON by R. WHITT

(Summers' Annals of SW VA, Vol 1, p. 905)

Notes: This may have been a first marriage of Robert HICKS, Sr., who m 2nd bef 1798, Winnifred COMBS, d/o William and Seth STACY Combs and widow of Samuel SUMNER (See 1787 and 1788 above).


1794 Montgomery Co, VA Deeds

Benjamin HOWEL and wife [Elizabeth] to Amos COMBS, 65 acres on Little River, South fork, [L100]. (Extracted by Researcher Barbara Thorn from "Early Adventures on the Western Waters by the Kegleys page 265) (See 1812 and 1827 below)

Note: [bracketed words] added from Summers' Annals

1 Mar 1805 Montgomery Co., Virginia Deed Book D, pg. 191. Land Indenture made from Amos COMBS to Isaac STINSON 30 acres on South Fork Little River for 40 pounds [sic].

(Abstracted from LDS film #0032610 by Combs Researcher Deb Coombs)

DC Notes:I don't yet know what happened to the other 35 acres of land that HOWELL sold to Amos COMBS in 1794. Amos COOMBS was the s/o Samuel and Mary WILKES Combs of Loudoun Co, VA according to the William F. Coombs Manuscript of 1893. Amos has been found in only one Loudoun record thus far, a 1787 tax list. See 1813 below.


1795 Tax List

Thomas Goodson District

Mar. 11 Amos Combs (chgd w/ tax & over 21), 0wm 16-21, 0blacks, 1 horse

Note: First year for Amos on tax list

Mar. 20 Hicks Robert (chgd w/ tax & over 21), blank data

Note: This is likely the Robert Hicks who married in 1794 in Montgomery.

(Source: Original Tax Lists for Montgomery Co., Va., years 1787-1812, FHC Microfilm #1870165) Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving


MULTIMEDIA Grant

GRANTEE Hook, John. grantee.

DATE 17 March 1795.

NOTE Location: Montgomery County.

NOTE Description: 1190 acres in Montgomery and Patrick on the waters of the south fork of Little River a branch of New River, adjoining Amos Combs, Benjamin Howell, &c.

NOTE Source: Land Office Grants No. 31, 1793-1795, p. 363 (Reel 97).

NOTE Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-.


1796 Tax List

A & B lists combined

Mar. 20 Coombs Amos (chgd w/ tax), 0 wm 16-21, 0 blacks, 0 horses [blank data]

(Source: Original Tax Lists for Montgomery Co., Va., years 1787-1812, FHC Microfilm #1870165) Submitted by Combs &c Researcher Sue Elfving


1797 Tax List

Thomas Goodson District

Mar. 15. Coombs Amos (chgd w/ tax), 0wm 16-21,0blacks, 1 horse

(ibid.)


1798 Tax List

Thomas Goodson District

Mar. 11 Combs Amos chgd w/ tax), 0 wm 16-21, 0 blacks, 1 horse

(ibid.)


1799 Tax List

Thomas Goodson District

p.3, Mar. 27 Combs Amos, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blacks, 2 horses

(ibid.)


1800 Tax List

Thomas Goodson District

p.3 April 12 Combs Amos, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blacks, 2 horses

(ibid.)


1801 Tax List

James Barnett District [same as Thomas Goodson in previous years]

April 8 Amos Comes, 0 blacks, 3 horses

(ibid.


1802 Tax List

James Barnett District

Amos Comes, 0 blacks, 2 horses

(ibid.)


1803 Tax List

Jas. Barnett District

May 14 Amos Combs,0blacks, 2 horses

James Hoge District

May 27 Emanuel Combs, 1wm>16,0blacks, 2 horses

Note: First year for Emanuel Combs

(ibid.)


1804 Tax List

James Hoge District

May 11
Emanuel Combs 1 wm >16, 0 blacks, 2 horses
Major Combs 1wm >16, 0 blacks, 2 horses
Wm Combs 1wm >16, 0 blacks, 2 horses

Note: Last year for Emanuel and only year for Major and Wm Combs

James Barnett District

p.3, May 7 Amos Combs, 0 blacks, 3 horses

(ibid.)


1805 Tax List

James Barnett District

April 13 Amos Combs, 0 blacks, 3 horses

(ibid.)


1806 Tax List

James Barnett District

May 20 Amos Combs, 0 blacks, 2 horses

(ibid.)


1807 Tax List

James Barnett District

p.5 Amos Combs, 0 blacks, 1 horse

(ibid.)


1808 Tax List

No list filmed for this year

(ibid.)


1809 Tax List

James Barnett District

p.3 Amos Combs, 0 blacks, 2 horses

(ibid.)


1810 Tax List

James Barnett District

p.4 Amos Combs, 0 blacks, 2 horses

(ibid.)


1810 Montgomery Co, VA Census

p. 653
Amos Combs 111010010000
1 male (to 10); 1 male (to 16); 1 male (to 25); 1 male over 45; 1 female to 26

DC NOTE: According to the WF Coombs manuscript, Amos and Tacy (Drake) Coombs had 2 sons and 2 daughters. I don't know who this younger Coombs male is unless he died early. Their daughter Mary/Polly was married by this time to Israel Wilks/Wilkes (Patrick Co., VA… in 1805. Where Tacy could have been, I cannot answer, but Tacy is Hardin Co., KY after this.


01 Dec 1810 (Montgomery Co VA Grant 61:386) Emmanuel COMBS. 225 Acres on the head of the Clover Hollow waters of Sinking Creek a br. of New River adj. David PRICE. (Combs &c. Land of VA)

Notes: See Emanuel Combs of Campbell Co, VA 1800-1810. The same? Who was David PRICE? (See Combs-Price in Russell Co, VA and Clark Co, KY) Also see next extract from VSLA wbsite.


MULTIMEDIA Grant

GRANTEE Combs, Emanuel. grantee.

DATE 1 December 1810.

NOTE Location: Montgomery County.

NOTE Description: 225 acres on the head of the Clover Hollow waters of Sinking Creek a branch of New River adjoining David Price.

NOTE Source: Land Office Grants No. 61, 1810-1811, p. 386 (Reel 127).

NOTE Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-.

Extracted from the VSLA Website by Denise Mortorff


1811 Tax List

No Combs

(ibid.)


1812 Tax List

No Combs

(ibid.)


07 Oct 1812 (Montgomery Co VA Grants 63:294) Amos COMBS. 335 A Head of South Fork of Little River, waters of New River adjacent his own patent. (Combs &c. Land of VA)

See extract from VSLA website next.


MULTIMEDIA Grant

GRANTEE Combs, Amos. grantee.

DATE 7 October 1812.

NOTE Location: Montgomery County.

NOTE Description: 335 acres on the head of the south fork of Little River waters of New River adjoining his own patented land.

NOTE Source: Land Office Grants No. 63, 1812-1813, p. 294 (Reel 129).

NOTE Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-.

Extracted from the VSLA Website by Denise Mortorff


7 Oct 1812 - 22 Jun 1813 Montgomery Co., Virginia Deed Book E, pg 441

This Indenture made the twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred thirteen Thomas COOMBS attorny for Amos COOMBS of the County of Nelson and state of Kentucky of the one part and Abner DOBBINS of the County of Montgomery of the other part witnesseth that whereas Amos COOMBS did so many years ago bargain and sell unto the said and DOBBINS a certain parsel of land estimated @ two hundred and fifty acres being part of an inclusive tract of 335 acres since granted to said Amos COOMBS viz on the 7th day of October 1812 and whereas the said Amos COOMBS previous to the sale aforesaid gave to his son-in-law Israel WILKS of the other part of the tract of land of 335 acres which parcel so given the said Israel WILKES [sic] has since sold to the said Abner DOBBINS and in consideration of the sum of five hundred dollars in hand paid to the said Amos COOMBS the receipt whereon acknowledged and in virtue of letters of attorney signed and sealed by the said Amos COOMBS in the state of Kentucky on the 7th day this month the said COOMBS, atty as aforesaid hath given and granted and by these presents doth give grant and convey unto the said and Abner DOBBINS tract or parcel containing 335 acres be the same more or less lying in the County of Montgomery on the head of the sourth fork of little River and bounded as follows beginning at a white oak and extends North 66° West 133 poles to two chestnuts $ a locust North 20° W. 70 po to a black oak and white oak in a line of Herm CLEMONS land and with the same South 60° West 60 po to two white oaks south twenty one West 60 po to a white oak, South 70° West and 16 po to a black oak and two chestnuts thence leaving said line south 80° East 100 poles to two white oaks South 168 po to a white oak chestnut & a chestnut oak McHENRYS corner hence his line south 61° West 72 poles to two white oaks in said line and RAPPATAN'S thence leaving the former and with the bottom south 70° East 80 po to a white oak by a branch South 80° East 90 poles crossing the creek to a Spanish oak and two white oaks hence leaving RAPPATONS [sic] line North 19° East 320 poles to the Beginning Together with the appurtenances to the said and Abner DOBBINS their heirs and assigns to the sole use and behoof of the said and Abner DOBBINS and their heirs and assigns the said Thomas COOMBS attorney as aforesaid the said tract of land as herein described with all all (sic) and singular the appurtenances there unto belonging to the said and Abner DOBBINS and their heirs and assigns against him the said Amos COOMBS and his heirs and all other persons whatsoever will warrant and forever defend In witness whereof the said Thomas COOMBS atty as aforesaid has hereunto put his name and affirmed his seal the date aforesaid and signed sealed and acknowledged
Thomas COOMBS
signed for Amos COOMBS
Witnesses of
John DOLYER
Peter (HEISHER?)
George GODDYHORNTZ
At Montgomery December Court 1813. This deed was proven by the oaths of the witnesses thereto is … and ordered to be Recorded
Teste
Charles TAYLOR

(Transcribed from LDS film #0032610 by Combs Researcher Deb Coombs)

DC Notes: The Thomas COOMBS listed above was the son of Amos COMBS/COOMBS per the WFC manuscript. By 1814 both Amos and Thomas were in Hardin Co, KY (tax lists). Ezerell [sic] WILKS (relationship to Mary, if any, still unknown) m 28 Dec 1804, Mary COMBS, apparently in nearby Henry Co, VA. According to the William F. Coombs Manuscript, Amos married Tacy DRAKE, partly substantiated by these land records since, according to Alvaro Gibbens' "Gibbens-Butcher Genealogy," Teasy, daughter of Thomas DRAKE and Uree HUMPHREY married Bailiss [sic] COMBS, moved to Montgomery Co., VA, and later to Kentucky. This marriage between Bailiss and Teasy is believed to be an error as Bailiss COMBS married Sarah RICHARDSON in Frederick Co, MD, and is never found in Montgomery Co, VA whereas Amos' wife Tacy is named in his Hardin Co, KY estate records. Question: Who was neighbor Herm CLEMONS? Was he kin to Benjamin whose daughter, Rebecca, m Henry COMBS in Montgomery in 1788?


1820 US Census, Montgomery Co, VA

No Combs


21 Oct 1826 Montgomery Co, VA Marriage Records. Thomas COMBS & Catherine STRATTON

(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/)


1827-1836 Montgomery Co, VA Will Bk. 5

pg 394

Will of Christopher RIBBLE Sr., written in 1827 in Montgomery Co., Va. but not recorded until June 1836. He names his son and among the daughters named is "Elizabeth COMBS (McCOMBS)" [sic]

(Extracted by Researcher Barbara Thorn from Early Adventures on the Western Waters by the Kegleys page 265)


1830-50 US Census Index, Montgomery Co, VA

No Combs


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