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Prince William County was established in 1730/31 from Stafford & King George Cos, VA. Descendant Counties include Fairfax (Loudoun) in 1742; and Fauquier in 1759. The boundaries of the newly-created Prince William County were described in a 1730 Act of the General Assembly as “…above Chopawansick Creek, on Potomack river, and Deep run on Rappahannock river and a south west line to be made, from the head of the north branch of the said creek, to the head of the said Deep run… and known by the name of Prince William County.” (9 Hening 244).

Note: See Also Virginia Parish Histories & Land Descriptions.


19 May 1731 Bond of Robert JONES, Thomas HARRISON and William LINTON, all of Prince William County…Robert JONES is appointed Sheriff of said County (PWC DBA:20-21, abs)

Notes: Records for the LINTONS are included because one RW Robert Combs (suspected son of Joseph COMBS II) is believed to have married a Sarah LINTON. The Lintons in these Prince William Co records are part of the same LINTON family.

19 Oct 1731 George SLATER of Prince William County, planter, to Philip NOLAND of the same…land on Tuskorora branch of Goose Creek…another upon a draft of Rocky Cedar Run…in line of Wm LINTON…(PWC DBA:99-105, abs)

15 Feb 1731[2] Deed: William TYLER of the parish of Washington in the County of Westmoreland to Catesby COCKE of the parish of Hamilton in Prince William County to Elizabeth BARTON. Wit: J MERCER, Wm LINTON, John (his mark) RHODREY, John GREGG (PWC DBA:170-175, abs).

15 Feb 1731[2] Ann LINTON of Hamilton parish in Prince William County, widow, to William LINTON of the same…for love and consideration and affection and 100 pounds sterling…to her eldest son William LINTON land upon Occoquan River…300a…whereon Ann now lives between Occoquon River and a small creek called Morumsco Creek…by deed dated Oct 12 1691 settled by Ann SCARLETT widow upon said Ann LINTON's Mother and Lettice SMITH mother of Catharine HANCOCK which Catherine is now in possession of….and hold the lower dividend and Ann holds the upper dividend… Wit: Catesby COCKE, John GREGG, J MERCER. Rec'd of William LINTON 100 pounds sterling. William LINTON then leases this land to Ann for her natural life, dated 16 Feb 1731[2]. (PWC DBA:228-232, abs]

Notes: The line of one Catesby COCKE is mentioned in a 1764 Loudoun Co land grant to one Joseph Combs that also mentions a George GREGG. Ann SCARLETT, the widow of Martin SCARLETT of Stafford Co, VA, was the grandmother of Ann BARTON Linton, widow of John LINTON, and Lettice BARTON Smith, both daughters of Edward BARTON and Ann GREEN. Lettice first married Edward SMITH and secondly Burr HARRISON. Their sister Margaret married Moses LINTON (see below).

19 Oct 1732 Will of Margaret LINTON of Hamilton parish, widow. Names son-in-law Moses QUARLES, names Jane QUARLES, d/o of Moses QUARLES, names Margaret CHURCH, the d/o of Robert CHURCH by his wife Mary…[Margaret is devising Negroes]. Wit: Burr HARRISON, Roger QUARLES, Jno MERCER. Proved by witnesses 18 April 1733. (PWC WBB:32-33, abs).


"Prince William County, Virginia Deed Book Liber A 1831-1732 and Deed Book Liber B 1732-1735," abstracted by June Whitehurst Johnson, 1982, Fairfax, Virginia

(Submitted by Sue Elfving)

p.79 (original Deed Book B, p. 422)

11 Sep. 1734 Margaret COMBE witnessed with Ebinizar RAM and Andrew WILLSON a document wherein Martha BRISTON of Hamilton parish, Prince William County, puts herself as servant to Brian CONELY for 5 years.

(Source:Virginia Genealogist, v. 23 #2)

CH Note: We only know of one COMBE residing in Prince William around this period: Emmanuel of the 1738 Prince William rent rolls, who was likely the same who was earlier in King George (along with others in King George whose land became part of Prince William, and eventually Fauquier).

SE Note: I recorded in my notes that one R. STACE appeared several times as a witness in 1733 (p.44) with James PORTEUS, and John GREGG.


Because of the close relationships between early Combs and UNDERWOOD, STACY and ASHBY Families, we include the following record:

20 Nov 1734 (Prince William Co., VA Will Book C, 1734-1744) Bond of George UNDERWOOD, Thomas ASHBY, and Francis SEARSON unto Thomas HARRISON, Justice. For 120 lbs. 20 Nov 1734. George UNDERWOOD is administrator of John UNDERWOOD. Signed George X UNDERWOOD, Fra SEARSON, Thomas X ASHBY. Witness: Robert STACEY, 20 November 1734.

(Extracted by Combs-Stacy Researcher Barbara Stacy Mathews)

Note: This would not appear to have been George UNDERWOOD, s/o John & Elizabeth SLAUGHTER Underwood, as the former died ca1723 in King George Co VA - a full 10 years earlier (See Also Underwood Families; Combs-Stacy Connections and Combs-Harrison Families) Neither have Robert STACY, Thomas HARRISON and the ASHBYS been identified as yet (research in progress).


1738 Prince William Co, VA Rent Roll
“The Micheal Mass of 1738 to the Michael Mass of 1739”

Joseph COMBES 472 acres “pays in Stafford
Emannuel COMBES 200 acres “ 3 years paid”

(Combs Researcher Joe Kendall)

Notes: Emmanuel Combs was earlier in King George Co, VA, and Joseph Combs is Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co, VA (See also 1753 below). The following is the full list:

1738 Prince William Co VA Quit Rent Rolls

Roger ABBOTT
Wansford ARRINGTON
Francis ASH
Widow ASHMORE
Charles BAKER
Alexander BALL
Thomas BARTON (2)
Wm BAYLIS
Thomas BERRY
Jasper BILLINGS
John BLAND
Henry BRINBETT (?)
Capt. Jeremiah BRONOUGH
Thomas BROOKS
Joseph BUCHANAN, decd
Richard BUCKNER
John BUSH
James (or Jos) CALK
George, George Jr., Sarah CALVERT
John CANTERBURY
John CARR
John CHAMP (2)
Joseph CHAMBERS
Joseph CHAPMAN heirs
Capt Thomas CHILTON
Alexander CLEMENT
Emmanuel, Joseph Combs
Davis COMYERS
Wm CORAM
John CORBIN
Charles CORNWELL
Thomas COTTONWELL
Wm CROUCH
John CRUMP
Malachi CUMMINGS
Michael DARMOTT [a.k.a. DEARMAN, DORMANT, DERMOT, etc.]
Samuel EARLE
Samuel EDY
John FARROW
William FARROW
Wm FICKLIN
Henry FLOYD
Wm FOSTER
James FRENCH
John GARNER, orphan
Thomas, Vincent GARNER
John GIBSON, Gent, of NC
John GLASCOCK
John GOSIN decd
Howard GRAHAM
John GRANT {inspector}
Benjamin GRAYSON
Capt Benjamin GRAYSON
John GRIGG
Richard GRUBBS
Widow HALL
Henry HALLEY
Scarlet HANCOCK
George HARPER
Burr, Thos., Thos. Jr. HARRISON
John HEDGES
Jacob, John HOLTZCLAW
Blagrove; John HOPPER
Joseph, William, Thomas HUDNALL
Jesse, John, Tolito JOHNSON
Howson, James, John KAMPER [nb: KENNER?]
… KENT
John KINCHLOE
Hugh LAMBERT
Widow, John, Moses LINTON
Philip LUDWELL
Chris., Daniel, John MARR
Joseph MARTIN
Rev Wm MCCOMKRY
Donald MCDONALD
Joseph MINTON
Charles MORGAN
Mathew MOSS
Roswell NEALE [of St. Mary’s Co, MD, land formerly in King George Co VA]
George NEVILLE
Widow NOUNAN
John PAGE
Wm ROUT
Wm RUSSELL
Nicholas SARISON(?) [HARRISON?]
Wm SMITH
Wm SPILLER
Thomas STAMPS
Thomas STONE
Capt Thomas STRIBBLING
Wm STROTHERS
Lewis TACKETT [later the Fauquier Co VA Baptist?]
Charles TAYLOR
Wm THORN
TOWARD orphans
Morris VEALE [See Combs-Veale of Essex VA]
VICARS orphans
widow of Burr WALLACE
Thomas WELCH
John; Thomas; Wm WHITLEDGE
Jonas; William WILLIAMS
Joseph WRIGHT

(Researcher Jeanne Barton)

Note: Not certain if names appearing on same line indicates tithed together or if due to same surname. Original needs to be viewed re this and also re spelling of Emmanuel Combs' surname. The above Joseph Combs believed to have been Joseph Combs I of Stafford, but his land thought to have been originally in Stafford whereas that of Emmanuel was definitely in that part of Prince William which was formerly King George. Joseph Combs I's land may have been the tract that follows:


12 Mar 1738/9 - 28 May 1739 (Prince Wm. Co, VA DB D:69-72) Mar. 12, 1739. Deeds of Lease & Release. John CLARK & Margaret CLARK his wife of St. Mary's Par., Caroline Co. [VA], planter, to Joseph Combs of Overwharton Par., Stafford Co., planter, 14 pds. for 152 acs in Hamilton Par., on Derrells' Run…corner to Jeffrey JOHNSON…to James PETERS land… to corner of John CATLET. s/John CLARKE, Margaret (+) CLARKE; Wits: Jonathan GIBSON, James BOWIE, John RALLS. At a court Mar. 26, 1739, John CLARKE acknowledged this release.

19 Mar 1738/9 (Pr. Wm. DB D:116-117) Richd. TALIAFERO and Wm. TALLIAFERRO, Gent., of Caroline, in private examining Margaret CLARK the wife of John CLARK apart from her sd. husband…her free consent duly execute certain deeds of lease and release dated March 19, 1738 between sd. John CLARKE and Margaret his wife to Joseph Combs and conveying unto Joseph Combs tract of land of 152 acs. in Hamilton Parish. March 31, 1739. Wm. TALIAFERRO, Richd. TALIAFERRO. At Court May 28, 1739 this comission and certificate were presented in Court.

(Prince William County, Virginia, Deed Book Liber D, 1738-1740. John Frederick Dorman)

Notes: The above is Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co VA. Also Note that Jeffrey JOHNSON, son of the above Jeffrey JOHNSON later removed to Surry Co NC, that part which became Wilkes Co NC in 1777. Living adjacent to Jeffrey JOHNSON the younger in Wilkes Co NC was one Edmund DENNEY who named (relationship not stated) the wife (Ann) and children of RW Soldier George Combs in his 1800 will. See Also the 1760 deed below naming Jeffrey JOHNSON and Walter ANDERSON as neighbors. (See Walter ANDERSON, brother of John of King George Co VA) Also note that one Jonathan GIBSON witnessed the above deed and that one Jonathan GIBSON witnessed the 1766 Fauquier Co VA will of Benjamin BULLITT, whose daughter, Seth, m John Combs, Sr., s/o Joseph Combs I.

Also Note: Seeking to identify John & Margaret CLARK due to the pre-1684 marriage of Robert CLARK to Sarah Combs, d/o Abraham Combs of Old Rappa. Co VA & St. Mary’s Co, MD; and also due to earlier Essex>Caroline Co VA Combs Land Holdings.

The above is the earliest record we have for Joseph Combs owning land in Prince William; however, in addition to the above 152 acre tract, see also 1756 below.


1741-42 Several land grants were issued to the first of the Quaker families coming from Bucks Co, PA. Their land was in what later became Fairfax Co, and then Loudoun Co and centered around the present day communities of Waterford and Lincoln. See records in those counties for more information. Amos JANNEY came first, perhaps as early as 1732 to survey land for Lord Fairfax. These families are later found to be neighbors and close associates of one Samuel Co(o)mbs in Loudoun Co., VA.

15 March 1741: Land grant to Amos JANNEY of Prince William Co

17 March 1741: Land grant to Abel JANNEY from Pennsylvania

30 Nov 1741: Land grant to Francis WILKS, late of Pennsylvania

7 Oct 1742: Land grant to Mahlon JANNEY, s/o of Amos JANNEY of Kittockton

2 Nov 1742: Land grant to Francis HAGUE of County of Fairfax

(Source: Orginal images of Northern Neck Land Grants, LOVA digital database)


05 Jun 1741 (King George Co, VA DB 2:353-355) June 5, 1741. Edward PHEAGIN of Hambleton Par., Pr. William. Co. to Saml. MOON of Hanover Par., King George Co., land in Hanover Parish b/b lines of Maxfield BROWN, Geo. GREEN, Francis THORNTON, Thos. HEWS and William Combs…”

(King George Co, VA Records, Sparacio)

Important! (1) The land owned by William Combs of Richmond Co VA (d ca 1719), s/o Archdale Combs I of Old Rappa. Co VA, was also adjacent to that of a Maxfield BROWN. It has been claimed that William Combs of Richmond left no issue; however, in fact, we do not know whether he left issue since he left no will. We intend to deed map and trace the land of William Combs of Richmond, as well as the above land. If in fact, we determine that it is the same land, then we may also be able to prove the ancestry of one or more Combs Lines that are currently “dangling,” including that of Joseph Combs I of Stafford. (2) Also note the above Edward PHEAGIN. Was he kin somehow to RW Soldier Daniel FEAGIN of Loudoun Co VA who m in 1769 Violet “Lettie” Combs, d/o “Joe Combs?” Also Note: A more detailed description of this land will be provided from the Sparacio transcript (abstracted above) as well as from VSLA On-Line Land Patents.


23 Jan 1750/1 - 22 Apr 1751 (Prince William Co VA DB M:168) “Edward LAWRENCE of Prince William County and Parish of Hamilton hath sold one negro girl named Cate aged about 10 years which I do warrant … said negro girl and her increase to Jno. Combs of the parish and county aforesaid and to his heirs it being for value Recd. as witness my hand this 23rd day of Jany. 1750. s/Edward [X] LAWRANCE [sic]. Test. Howson KENNER, John [+] De La SHUMATE, Benja. BULLETT, John LAWRANCE. At a court held for the county of Prince William the 22 day of Apr 1751, this deed was proved by the oath of John De La SHUMATE, John LAWRENCE and Benjamin BULLETT witnesses thereto and admitted to record. On margin: “7 Nov. 1752 Dd. [delivered] Jno. Combs PW.”

(Extracted by Combs Researcher C. Hammett from “Prince William Co, VA Deed Abstracts, 1749-1752, and 1761-1764,” Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, VA)

Note: This is believed to have been John Combs, Sr. of Stafford & Prince William Cos, VA, s/o Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co VA and h/o Seth BULLITT, d/o the above Benjamin BULLITT. See also Edward LAWRENCE in records with Combs in later Fauquier Co, VA. Also note that some researchers have termed the above record a Deed of Gift (not) and claimed (erroneously based on bad assumption?) that Edward LAWRENCE was grandfather of John Combs, Sr.


May 1752 Other individuals in records in: Enoch BERRY & wife are defendants (p. 135); Abraham GOAD (p. 136); John and Martin HARDIN (p. 150)


24 Jun 1752 Martin HARDIN agst Frances BALL admr of John BALL dec'd. On Petition. Judgment in favor of Martin HARDIN (PWCoCourt Minute Book 1752-53:19, abs by SE).


28 Jul 1752 Humphrey POPE sat on a jury (PWCoCMB 1752-53:34, abs by SE).


28 Jul 1752 Benjamin BULLET acknowledged deeds to Thomas BULLET, Benjamin BULLETT, and Seth Combs (PWCoCMB 1752-53:35, abs by SE).


29 Jul 1752 A deed between Benjamin BULLET Gent of the one part and Thomas BULLETT, Benjamin BULLET, and Seth Combs being acknowledged yesterday by said BULLET appears to court to be defective…therefore the deed is withdrawn on the motion of Benjamin BULLET (PWCoCMB 1752-53:46-47, abs by SE).


27 Nov 1752 Grand Jury: John Combs, John McMILLIAN, William HAMMOND, John WRIGHT, Thomas FALKNER, Thomas WITHERS…and others (PWCoCMB 1752-53:76, abs by SE).


29 Nov 1752 Jamima GREGORY Exx[Executrix] of Isaac GREGORY Plaintiff agst John Combs Defendant. Scire facias. An Alias Scire facias ordered to issue returnable to the next court (PWCoCMB 1752-53:95, abs by SE).


27 Feb 1753 On petition of Joseph Combs against Joseph BRAGG Judgment is granted the petitioner against the said Defendant for three pounds current money and by note of hand with costs and Lawyers fee (PWCoCMB 1752-53:104, abs by SE).


29 May 1753 Robert VAULX against Zachariah WEBB. In debt. Suit continued (PWCoCMB 1752-53:114, abs by SE).


30 May 1753 Lydia HARDIN having attended 4 days for Maxmilian BERRYMAN as an Evidence on the above complaint (PWCoCMB 1752-53:120, abs by SE)


30 May 1753 Benjamin ASHBY - on Evidence for Samuel EARL agst Andrew HUME - called and failed to appear and court ordered him to appear at the next court (PWCoCMB 1752-53:126, abs by SE).


24 Jul 1753 Joseph Combs Plaintiff agst Alexander PARKER. On Petition. Joseph Combs to recover from the defendant…(PWCoCMB 1752-53:187, abs by SE).


26 Jul 1753 Joseph Combs Plaintiff agst Joseph BILLING Defendant. Trespass on the Case. The defendant came not…alias copias ordered issued…(PWCoCMB 1752-53:204, abs by SE).


22 Oct 1753 Leah a Negro Girl belonging to Susanna GRIGSBY adjusted to be 14 years of age (PWCoCMB 1752-53:290, abs by SE).


1753-1754 Prince William Rent Rolls

John Combs 472 acres

(Combs Researcher Joe Kendall)

Note: John Combs, Sr., s/o Joseph Combs I of Stafford, and h/o Seth BULLITT. Note that acreage is the same as the 1738 Rent Roll for Joseph.


27 Nov 1753. Prince William Co, VA Min. Bk. 1752-1753:311. On the motion of Marquis CALMES by Wm. ELLZEY his atty. as trustee for Betty HARDING on decree for alimony agst. her husb. Mark HARDING who failing to comply with this Courts decree ordered that the sd. HARDING be attact't to comply with the same.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Mary Gregg from Prince William Co, VA Order Book Abstracts, Sparacio) also (PWCoCMB 1752-53:311, abs by SE)

Notes: According to some Calmes researchers (no documentation, based on oral family tradition), Elizabeth “Betty” HARDIN was the sister of Marquis CALMES who married Elizabeth “Betty” Combs, daughter of John and Seth BULLIT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co, VA. See also Mrs. Betty HARDEN of Frederick Co, VA in 1762 (Shenandoah Store Day Book Accounts). Which Mark HARDING (a.k.a. HARDIN) did Betty marry?

27 Nov 1753. On the motion of Marquis CALMES by William ELZEY his attorney as Trustee for BETTY HARDING on a decree of Alimony against her husband Mark HARDING who failing to comply with this court's decrees ordered that the said HARDING be attached to comply with the same (PWCoCMB 1752- 53:311, abs by SE).


27 Mar 1754 Richard GRIGSBY Pltf. Aaron CHAMBLING Deft. On Petition. Suit dismissed. Plaintiff to pay costs. John FITZGERALD was a witness for GRIGSBY for 4 days, Sarah CHAMBLING witness in same suit for 4 days, and Jemima ANDERSON witness in same suit for 4 days (PWCoOB 1754-55:16, abs by SE).


30 May 1754 Burr WALLACE Pltf. Enoch BERRY and wife Elizabeth Defts. Assault and Battery (PWCoOB 1754-55:94, abs by SE).


31 May 1754 Joseph Combs Pltf Joseph BILLINGS Deft. In case. Defendant came not…Plaintiff to recover from said defendant and John MILES his common bail…(PWCoOB 1754-55:100, abs by SE).


24 Sep 1754 Thomas COOMS Plaintiff, Bond VEALE Defendant. Assault and Battery. The said defendant hath a special Imparlance granted him until the next court (PWCoOB 1754-55:147, abs by SE).


24 Mar 1755 Robert ASHBY appointed guardian of Frances WRIGHT orphan of Francis WRIGHT decd. with John and William BAYLIS for bond (PWCoOB 1754-55:188, abs by SE).


27 Aug 1755 Samuel GRIGSBY Pltf. James EVANS & wife Defts. Assault and Battery (PWCoOB 1754-55:285, abs by SE).


1756 “in the case of MURDOCK vs. RALLS, in Prince William County (formerly a part of Stafford), in 1756, some of the witnesses were: Joseph Combs,** who lived in Stafford, nine miles from Dumfries, the old county seat of Prince William; Joseph's son-in-law, Capt. John ASHBY; George MASON and Jemima MASON; William KENDALL; John Combs' son in law (?).*** As late as 1837 Enoch MASON was administrator of the estate of old Joseph Combs' grandson, another Joseph, of Stafford.

(The Combes Genealogy…, Josiah H. Combs)

Note: We do not have the 1837 record of the estate administration.

27 Aug. 1756 Joseph Combs having attended four days as a witness for John MURDOCH at the suit of John RALLS, court ordered Murdoch to pay him for same and for twice coming and returning from this court out nine miles. Other witnesses were Charles HARDIN, John ASHBY, Robert ASHBY, William KENDALL (who travelled 10 miles) and others. John Peyton Junr, Richard OCAIN, Jane Williams, and John RALLS Junr, George MASON and Jemima MASON were witnesses for John RALLS (PWCoCOB 1755-1757:180-82, abs by SE).


10-11 Sep 1756 (Stafford Co VA DB P:126-129) Indenture made Sept. 10-11, 1756 between Joseph Combs the Elder of Stafford Co. and John Combs, son of said Joseph of Prince William Co…. (and in Stafford Co Deed Book P, the same date, Joseph I is more specific, referring to John as “my son John Combs of Hamilton Parish, Prince William Co., have granted all the Negroe Slaves following (9 named) together with my Still…”)

Notes: It is believed (not proven) that Joseph Combs I d shortly after the above and other deeds of gift to his children (See Stafford Co VA) - and it is known that John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. left Prince William to reside in Stafford Co VA on his father's land (See John & Seth BULLITT Sr.). It is believed that the land in Prince William was part of that on which, John Combs, Jr. was living, and that it became part of Fauquier Co VA when that county was established in 1759. Note: We are in the midst of mapping the Stafford, Prince William and Fauquier lands, and it now appears that the Combs owned land in all three counties, but land that was very close, regardless of county (i.e., at the juncture of the three counties).


27 Sep 1756 Court ordered that Churchwardens of Dettingen parish bind Simon Peter COCKRILL to Thomas DOWELL [or POWELL?} till he attain to lawful age (PWCoCOB 1755-1757:212, abs by SE). Note: This record included because one Simon COCKRILL is found in the earliest Russell Co., Va. records and later Perry Co., Ky. records. Simon Peter COCKRILL was the son of Thomas and Deborah COCKRILL per 1754 Fred Co. deed (FC--DB3:289). Thomas was deceased by 28 Feb. 1755.


22 Nov 1756 Grand Jury: Included Enoch GRIGSBY, Robert ASHBY, and Wm HAMMETT (PWCoCOB 1755-1757:246, abs by SE).


22 Nov 1756 Deeds of Lease Release and Receipt endorsed Joseph Combs to Joseph Combs Junr was proved by the oaths of Evan # # Williams John Nelson and George SEMOSBY [sp?] witnesses thereto and ordered recorded. Also a deed from Joseph Combs to John Combs, same witnesses, and also ordered recorded (PWCoCOB 1755-1757:182, abs by SE).


23 May 1757 (Prince Wm Co VA Order Book 1755-1757:273) May 23, 1757. A Deed of Gift from Henry HARDIN & Judith his Wife to John ASHBY was acknowledged and Judith, being privately examined, relinquished her right of Dower to the land conveyed which was ordered to be recorded.

(Order Book Abstracts of Prince William County, Virginia, 1753-1757, Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, VA)

Notes: Not known which John ASHBY the above was. Possibly the same who m 11 May 1741, Stafford Co, VA, Jane Combs, d/o Joseph Combs I, in Stafford Co, VA? Was this Henry HARDIN kin to Henry & Wilmoth GEORGE Harding of Stafford, Frederick and Shenandoah Cos, VA whose daughter, Nancy, m John Combs?


27/28 Aug 1760 (Prince William DB1:103-107) 27/28 Aug 1760. Lease and Release. Jeffry JOHNSON and William JOHNSON .. L 22 .. 200 acres .. on the Branches of Carters Run.. part of a tract taken up by Walter ANDERSON.. Signed: Jeffry (I) JOHNSON. Wit: George WHEATLEY, Wm. KEIRNES. Edmond BASYE. Rec: 28 Aug 1760.

(Prince William Wills)

Notes: See Also the 1738/9 deed above in regard to Jeffrey JOHNSON and Joseph Combs. Note also the mention above of Walter ANDERSON, possibly the same who was son of John ANDERSON of Richmond & King George Cos VA, who was named co-executor of the will of John Combs of Richmond Co VA? (See Also Anderson-Brown-Pope-Wroe Families)


Prince William Co., Va. Order Book 1759-1761 John Graham vs William COMBS on petition. It is considered that the plaintiff ought to recover from the defendant 1 pound, 15 shillings…

(Va. Genealogist, v20#2 April-June 1976, p. 139.)

SE Note: Wonder if these Grahams are related to those that intermarried with the Combs in Green Co., KY.


3 Oct 1761 John McMILLION Junr a defendant (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:17, abs by SE).


22 Feb 1762 The Last Will and Testament of John McMILLION Decd was presented in court by John McMILION the Executor therein named….and proved by the oaths of Margaret GLASCOCK and Edward GWATHIN…(PWCoCOB 1761-1763:56-57, abs by SE).


22 Mar 1762 On the petition of Seth McMILLION setting forth she is dissatisfied with the provision made for her in her dec'd husband John McMILLION'S will and prays the same is as farr [sic] as concerned her be set aside which is accordingly ordered (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:85by SE).


22 Mar 1762 Ordered that Burr HARRISON John BRISCOE and Cuthbert BULLET divide and set apart the widow's dower of the Estate of John McMILLION dec'd and put her in possession thereof (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:87, abs by SE).


8 Jul 1762 Thomas ATTWELL Plaintiff William Combs Defendant. On Petition. It is considered that the said Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant the sum of four pounds ten shillings current money an also his costs by him in this behalf Expended and the Defendant in mercy…(PWCoCOB 1761-1763:201, abs by SE).

Note: One Thomas ATTWELL was granted an Ordinary License for his house in Dumfries on 27 Oct. 1755. And, on 10 Oct. 1765, one Mary Combs was bound to Thomas ATTWELL until the age of 18 (see Dettingen parish Vestry Book and Minutes of the Overseers of the Poor).

Note: The identity of this William Combs has not been established. Could he be related (or same?) to William Combs who married Sarah MILLION 4 Dec. 1775? There were not too many William Combs in records at this time in this part of Virginia.


4 Aug 1762 William Obryan GOFF a witness for Arthur BLAND (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:270, abs by SE).


5 Aug 1762 Joseph Combs Pltf. v Richard MORRIS. On Petition. Suit is discontinued (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:280, abs by SE).


8 Sep 1762 John Combs and Joseph Combs Pltfs. Richard MORRIS Deft. On a Petition. This considered that the said Pltfs recover against the said Defendant the sum of three hundred and twelve pounds of Tobacco and also their costs by them in this behalf Expended and the Deft in mercy (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:296, abs by SE).


10 Sep 1762 William Combs having attended seven days as a witness for Edward HARDIN at the suit of John POWELL, court ordered the said Edward HARDIN do pay him for the same one hundred seventy five pounds of Tobacco according to Law. Witnesses for Power were Mary BENTLEY and Susanna ASWELL (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:335, abs by SE).


7 Apr 1763 Joseph Combs Pltf. Daniel TRIPLETT Deft. In Debt. On the motion of Francis TRIPLETT Common Bail for the Defendant a special Imparlance is granted him until the next court (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:460, abs by SE).


5 Jul 1763 John McMILLION and Cuthbert McMILLION Exrs of John McMILLION Pltf. Henry PEYTON Gent. Deft. On Petition. Judgment is granted plaintiffs for the amount of 3 pounds five shillings and costs (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:546, abs by SE).


7 Jul 1763 Joseph Combs Plaintiff, Daniel TRIPLET Deft. In Debt. Judgment granted the plaintiff for 84 pounds current money (PWCoCOB 1761-1763:557, abs by SE).


1765 Prince William Titheables [included] Christopher HOPWOOD - 1 tithable.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Thom Mont from the MAGAZINE OF VIRGINIA GENEALOGY V. 30 No. 2)

Notes: Christopher HOPWOOD m 14 Feb 1764, Loudoun Co, VA, Martha Combs.


Records of Dettingen Parish Prince William County, Virginia Vestry Book 1745-1785 Minutes of The Overseers Of The Poor, 1788-1802 Indentures 1749-1782.
Published by Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. Dumfries, Virginia 1976

“Indentures” Section

p.114 (op. 44)
10 Oct. 1765
. Mary COMBS, bound until age 18, to Thomas ATTWELL. To be taught to read, sew, spin, and knit. Witnesses were Foushee TEBBS and Danl PEYNE

CH Notes: Faushee TEBBS is one of those who was on a 1779 petition (see below), along with Christopher HOPWOOD (married Martha Combs in 1764 in Loudoun Co, VA).


7 Oct 1766 On the motion of George MASON Gent. Court ordered that 1780 acres of Land belonging to him be added to the List taken by Daniel PAYNE Gent. Also 600 acres belonging to the estate of Ann MASON dec'd. (PWCoCOB 1766-1769:15, abs by SE).


5 June 1767 Philip Combs BROWN Constable in the room of Henry HARRISFORD ((PWCoCOB 1766-1769:43, abs by SE).

Note: Interesting in that the land of William Combs, s/o of Archdale Combs I, was adjacent to that of Maxfield BROWN, and one William BROWN ended up with a portion of the estate of John Combs of Richmond (father of Mason Sr).


3 Oct 1768 Administration of the Estate of Cuth. HARRISON Gent. is granted to Cuth HARRISON his son, the widow relinquishing her right to administration…It is ordered that John McMILLION Cuth McMILLION and Thos HARRISON and Lewis RENO or any 3 do appraise the Estate of Cuth HARRISON Gt decd.(PWCoCOB 1766-1769:15, abs by SE).


7 Nov 1768 Combs v HARPER. Judgment confessed for the amount and costs (PWCoCOB 1766-1769:158, abs by SE). Jos Combs to pay Jno Combs for 1 day in suit versus Harper for riding ?? ms and from Stafford (PWCoCOB 1766-1769:158, abs by SE).


3 May 1769 Burr HARRISON to pay Sarah MILLION 3 days at suit Elth LUNSFORD [or Lanceford or Lansford?] (PWCoCOB 1766-1769:185).


9 Feb 1769-24 Apr 1769. Fauquier Co, VA Deeds. B & S between Joseph Combs of Prince Wm Co & Elizabeth, his wife & Catherine STARK & Jeremiah STARK 100 acres. signed Joseph Combs & Elizabeth Combs. witn: Cuth't BULLITT, Cuth. HARRISON, John McMILLIAN, William CARR, Cumberland WILSON, & Thomas CHAPMAN. Recorded 24 Apr 1769 with commission of Court of Prince Wm to Examine Elizabeth Combs, proved by oath of BULLITT, HARRISON, & CHAPMAN, witnesses.

(Extracted by Debi Houser from Fauquier County, Virginia Deeds 1759-1778 by John K. Gott, Pages 373-377)

Notes: The above is Capt. Joseph Combs II, s/o Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co, VA. According to the bible record of her brother, Cuthbert HARRISON (the same as above?), Joseph m Elizabeth, d/o Burr and Ann BARNES Harrison. A 1768 Fauquier deed indicates that Joseph II was of Loudoun Co, VA, as do later records. Josiah H. Combs' The Combes Genealogy… mentions that Joseph Combs II was residing in Prince William (no dates), writing only that “By 1771 he was in Loudon again where he was one of the vestrymen in Shelbourne Parish [Loudoun Co VA] from 1771 until 1806. He died shortly thereafter [no location stated], around 1808.”


04 Dec 1775 (Prince William Co VA Marriages) According to the Revolutionary War pension declaration of Sarah Ann MILLION Combs, she and William Combs, both of Stafford Co, VA, married on the “fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy five before the commencement of the Revolutionary War in the County of Prince William in the State of Virginia by publication in the church by one Parson SCOTT.” (See William & Sarah Ann MILLION Combs, Sr.)

Note: Combs Researcher Wesley Combs adds that Parson SCOTT was of Dettingen Parish, which is described as having been in that part of Prince William that was on the south side of “…a line to be run from the dividing line of Stafford and Prince William counties, a straight course to the head of Dorrell's run, thence down the said run to Cedar run, thence to the fork of Broad Run near the lower line of Colonel Charles CARTER'S tract, called Broad run tract, thence to the mouth of Bull Lick run, opposite to Jacob SMITH'S in Fairfax County…” (5 Hening 259)


14 Oct 1779 Petition to move the courthouse from Dumfries to nearer the center of the county included as signators Cristofer HOPWOOD, Sam'l BAYLIS, James HOPWOOD, John BLAND and Faushee TEBBS [who appears on several petitions in Pr. Wm Co.].

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Thom Mont from the MAGAZINE OF VIRGINIA GENEALOGY V. 30 No. 2)


16 Sep 1793 (NN Pat Bk. W:224) William BRONAUGH asne. of William HAMMETT 107 A. (16 Feb 1749/50) in Pr. William Co. on Br. of Cannons Run adj. Said HAMMETT, Robert ASHBY, Jr., William BETHEL, JONES, William HUGHES. (NNLG)

Notes: See Also Joseph Combs II re possible “natural” son named Robert ASHBY. The above William HAMMETT probably the same who was of Richmond >Stafford > Prince William > Fauquier > Culpeper Cos VA, and whose son, Robert, m Seth BETHEL in Stafford VA in 1749, later residing in Wilkes Co GA. (See Hammett Families) Also note that other deeds and patents indicate that this land may have been very near to, or on, the Prince William/Fauquier Co line (land mapping in progress).


16 Dec 1799 Petition. “Sundry Freeholders and Farmers” of Prince William County to extend the charter of the Bank of Alexandria for 20 years included signators James MUSCHATT, Christopher HOPWOOD, William LYNN, Henry WASHINGTON.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Thom Mont from the MAGAZINE OF VIRGINIA GENEALOGY V. 30 No. 2)

Notes: See also Henry WASHINGTON, grantee, along with Robert ASHBY alias Combs in 1790 Fauquier, land from Capt. Joseph II of Loudoun.


ca1814 Combs, Benjamin served in Henry WILLIAMS' & John REAMS' Co's, VA Mil, lived Prince William & Stafford Co VA, widow also lived Baltimore MD

(Combs of the War of 1812)

Notes: Benjamin was the s/o Joseph & Mary PRITCHETT Combs III of Stafford Co, VA. He m 2nd Margaret A PRICHETT, 30 Jan 1851 Stafford Co VA, died 19 Apr 1870 Loudoun Co VA. His widow died 4 Sep 1905 Baltimore MD.


1830 US Census Index, Prince William Co VA

P. 60
David Combs

P. 63
George Combs


1840 US Census Index, Prince William Co, VA

P. 269
George Combs


1850 US Census, Prince William Co., VA

620 Frances GRAY 58 Va sailor
Susan 39 VA
Angeline 17 VA
Ma-- (Mary?) 16 VA
John Combs 21 Va boatman

625 George Combs 70 Unk none
Elizabeth 50 VA
John 21 VA sailor
Mary 19 VA
Elizabeth 12 VA
Tacy 8 DC female
Salina J. 9/12 VA

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)


1850 Prince William Co VA Affidavit: Daniel O'REAR, born 12/23/1759 at Prince William Co., VA where he enlisted 1777 in VA Regiment as a sub for his father. An 1850 affidavit, Prince William County indicates the following “they all knew sol and were his nearest neighbors for years”: J.B. CUMMINGS, T J BOTTS, J B KING, Gilson MAUZEY (a clergyman of Fauquier Co, VA), E H SMITH, David HANSBROUGH, S T TAYLOR, Thomas W. COWNE, R L COWNE, Robert LENOX, John O REAR, William BAXTER, Roy W MORTON, William BRIDELL, Langhorn BRIDWELL, Elias KING, Seth R Combs, Rodham SHEFRETT, John McCOY, John W ARRINGTON, Lewis H McCOY, Lewis WALLER, James LENOX, James PAYNE, Robert LUCKETT, Hayward B LUCKETT, David H LUCKETT, Richard LUCKETT age 68, John REID, Brensford B KELLY, & John HERNDON; Daniel COLES affidavit of Culpepper Co., VA states he served with the Rev War Soldier . James FOSTER and George MILLS also gave affidavits. The Fauquier County Clerk at the time was John WILLIAMS. (R1847 F-S7376, Patrick Wardell's Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records volumes 1 through 5, p.44)

Note: Although the above is a Prince William Co VA Record, Seth Rousseau [sic] Combs (s/o William Rousseau and Sarah WICKLIFFE Combs) was on the 1850 Stafford Co VA census. Additional data in this soldier's file gives names of his siblings, including a William, born 01 Dec 1761, and a John, born 21 Mar 1749. Another RW Soldier, John O'REAR, aged 83 in 1832 (b ca1749 in Prince William VA where he also enlisted) made application in Montgomery Co KY where he stated he had lived for 23 years. One affidavit in his file was by a William OREAR, aged 71 in 1832 (b ca1761), it appearing that the two men may have been brothers of the above Daniel. No check has been made in regard to O'REARS of Montgomery Co KY in regard to Combs as yet.


23 Aug 1909 - 06 Dec 1909 (Prince William Co VA WBX:32-33) Will of V. E. [Virginia Elizabeth Combs Hore] Bradshaw.

By the help of our Heavenly Father I will try to make this my last will and testament; being of sound mind; so to dear husband T. S. BRADSHAW, I will and bequeath all my earthly possessions, the farm called Sunnyside, also the house in Brentsville.

I request my husband will provide for our only son at his [T.S.B.] death and my sons child PHILIP or children, also my son W. W. HORE, having a home with them, and all to continue at this home in love and peace, should my dear husband have opportunity to sell; he will provide for my son, and will fix matters so my son and his child or children be provided for at his death. The little things about the house Maggie wishes she shall have; my watch and chain I leave to her also, my small mantle clock; my dresses I wish her and Ada to take what they wish, dispose of the rest as they please, candlesticks-I did purchase with money from my mothers estate, I leave them to both- I do not wish MILLY WOOLFORD forgotten. I wish her to have my plush or seal skin coat, and some of my clothes. Do not fail to keep your promise to provide for our boy. PHILIPs little cow Daisy he is to have. God bless each one- written this day August 23rd 1909, the breast pin with KENRICKS picture in it is his.

s/V. E. BRADSHAW (sign)

In Prince William Circuit Court, Dec. 6th 1909. A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of V. E. BRADSHAW decd. was produced before the court, and the subscribing witnesses not having been present together when the testator acknoeledged the said paper writing, EDWIN NELSON and ?QUCIR? A. SNOW, were sworn and testified that they were acquainted with the hand writing of the said V. E. BRADSHAW decd., and verily believe that the said writing to be wholly in the hand writing of the said V. E. BRADSHAW decd. and also the signature thereto and thereupon the said writing was ordered to be recorded as the true last will and testament of thr said V. E. BRADSHAW decd. Teste,

Edwin NELSON, clerk

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Anne Wickliffe Bradshaw Musser from copy of original)

AWBM Notes: Virginia Elizabeth Combs, b 14 Jul 1834, d 21 Oct 1909, Manassas, Prince William Co, Virginia, m (1) Walter W. HORE: (2) Thatcher Sanders BRADSHAW. She was the d/o William Rousseau and Sarah WICKLIFFE Combs. Neither Ada nor Maggie have been identified. (See Combs-Wickliffe Bible Record and Combs &c. Families of Stafford Co VA)

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