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Raleigh County, VA (now-WV) was established in 1850 from Fayette Co VA. The County seat is Beckley.

Note: We continue to be in the midst of major updates to Carroll, Grayson & Raleigh Cos VA as we add data from the files of Combs Researcher Louise Converse and others. See also Louise Converse's report on the Descendants of Zedekiah (Zadock) Combs of Grayson Co, VA and the Manuscript of Frederick Harmon Combs, Chapter XXI of The Combes Genealogy… by Josiah H. Combs.


1850 Raleigh Co, VA Census

p. 22

226/226 John COMBES 35 m Farmer VA
Penira [Penninah] 25 f VA
Mandaoil [Mandeville] 7 m VA
Nancy 6 f VA
Sarah 5 f VA
Eliza 3 f VA
John 2 m VA
Wm 1 m VA

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

Notes: John COMBS, s/o Zadock/Zedekiah COMBS of Grayson Co, VA, m Penninah Jane (BELLER?). John was probably the same who was on the 1840 Grayson Co, VA census on same page as Zadock, but had removed to Fayette Co, VA (that part which became Raleigh in 1850) by 1841 when son, Mandeville, was born according to Mandeville's 1871 Giles Co, VA marriage record. In 1880, John and Penninah and Mandeville and families were in Pulaski Co, VA.


1860 Raleigh Co, VA Census

The Neighborhood of Sand Lick & Marsh Fork

Coal River Marshes

p. 41/981; 17 Jul 1860

302/276 John Combs 45 M Farmer 5300 719 "

303/[*] Penninah 38 F Matron - - "

304/[*] Mandeville J. 19 M Farm Laborer "
Nancy A. 17 F Spinster "
Malinda S. E. 16 F Spinster "

Note: Family continued on next page. [* notes in household column indicate unoccupied dwellings]

p. 42/982


Eliza J 14 F Virginia
John W. 12 M "
William R. 10 M "
Joseph W. 8 M "
Mary A. 6 F "
Penninah C. 1 F "

Note: John, s/o Zedekiah & Elizabeth JOHNSON Combs of Grayson Co, VA.

305/277 Jeremiah Combs 21 M Farm Laborer - 60 "

Note: Probably Jeremiah, son of Fielding Phipps and Melinda Combs (see note in 1880 Census) who married Nancy Ann Combs 03 Apr 1860. Why is Nancy Ann living with father John (previous enumeration) and listed as “spinster”?

307/279 William Combs 50 M Farmer "
Elizabeth 48 F Matron "
Lucy A. 23 F Matron 400 100 "
Sarah E. 16 F Spinster "
Columbus W. 14 M "
Susan 12 F "
Penninah 10 F "
John 6 M "
William R. 8 M "
Sophia K. 3 F "

308/280 Jeremiah Combs 54 M Farmer 250 50 "
Sophia 50 F Matron "
Levi 20 M Farm Laborer "
Lewis 16 M " " "
Malinda 14 F "

Note: Jeremiah (s/o Zedekiah) & Sophia Phoebe LEONARD Combs were in Logan Co, VA for the 1850 Census

The Town & Vicinity of Beckley

Raleigh C.U. [?] Virginia

p. 2/944

10/10 Dicy Jayne Combs 18 F Domestic VA

Note: Household of Robert W. Witten, Physician; unknown ancestry.


28 Oct 1866 (Raleigh Co, WV Marriage Records) Eliza J. COMBS & William Carr ALLEN

Notes: William Carr ALLEN was the s/o John ALLEN and Sarah JOHNSON who married Nov 26, 1840 in Mt. Airy, Surry County, NC. John & Sarah JOHNSON Allen resided in Grayson Co VA, that part which became Carroll Co VA in 1842. Eliza J. COMBS is believed to have been the d/o John & Penninah COMBS above, the latter possibly a BELLER (not documented) (Allen-Combs-Johnson Researcher Peggy Bianco)


26 Feb 1878 Louemma Combs, 5 years, died of diptheria.

10 Mar 1878 William J. Combs, 14 years, died of diptheria.

Note: Children of Jeremiah and Nancy Combs.

(USGenweb Archives)


1880 Raleigh Co, WV Census

Clear Fork

SD# 2; ED# 126

Page 2; 2 Jun 1880; Enumerator - Wm Turner

13/15 Combs, Jeremiah WM 43 M Farmer VA VA VA
Nancy Ann WF 37 M Wife Keeping House WV VA VA
James J WM 17 M Son Works on Farm WV VA WV AS
George W WM 14 M Son Works on Farm WV VA WV AS
Mary R WF 11 S Dtr WV VA WV AS
Pauline J E WF 9 S Dtr WV VA WV AS
Leoti WF 5 S Dtr WV VA/WV
Bessie WF 3 S Dtr WV VA/WV
John H WM 1 S Son WV VA/WV

Note: Jeremiah (Fielding Phipps & Melinda Combs) and Nancy Ann Combs (John & Penninah Combs) married 03 Apr 1860

Page 4; 4 Jun 1880

35/38 Combs, Church WM 35 M Farm Laborer VA VA VA
S Elizabeth WF 28 M Wife Keeping (U) VA VA VA CNRW
Greebury WM 9 S Son WV VA VA
Wm T WM 6 S Son WV VA VA
Sarah A WF 4 S Dtr WV VA VA
Tempie F WF 4 S Dtr WV VA VA
John A WM 2 S Son WV VA VA
Margaret S WF 3/12 S Dtr WV VA VA Feb

Marsh Fork District

SD# 2;ED# 127

Page 9; 14 Jun 1880 Enumerator James F Webb

97/100 Combs, Wm C WM 27 M Farming VA VA VA
Lucretia M WF 21 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA

Note: William Calhoun Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) married Lucretia Melissa Miller (possible relation to Thomas Miller who married Candace Combs see 152/154 below) 26 Jan 1878 in Arnett, Raleigh Co, WV

Page 10; 15 Jun 1880

100/103 Massey, Andrew J WM 49 M Farming VA VA VA CNW
Lucinda WF 51 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Joseph WM 22 S Son Farm Laborer VA VA VA
Jas B WM 21 S Son Farm Laborer VA VA VA AS
Wm G WM 16 S Son Farm Laborer WV VA VA AS
Nancy C WF 15 S Dtr WV VA VA AS

Note: Andrew Jackson Massey married Lucinda Wills (William & Sarah Combs Wills [Zedekiah & Elizabeth JOHNSON Combs]) 30 Mar 1854

101/104 Wills, Jabez J WM 48 M Farming VA VA VA CNRW
Susannah WF 37 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Nancy J R WF 19 S Dtr VA VA VA AS
Emmalu A WF 17 S Dtr VA VA VA AS
Sarah C WF 14 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Jacob W WM 12 S Son Works on Farm WV VA VA AS
Rebecca WF 10 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Paulina I WF 7 S Dtr WV VA VA AS

Note: Jabez J Wills (William & Sarah Combs Wills [Zedekiah & Elizabeth JOHNSON Combs]) married Susanna Webb 23 Dec 1859

104/108 Cook, Wm F WM 43 M Farming VA VA VA CNRW
Luverna M WF 35 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA CNW
Amelia C WF 15 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
William P WM 13 S Son Work on Farm WV VA VA AS
Joseph Q WM 10 S Son Work on Farm WV VA VA AS
James G WM 8 S Son WV VA VA AS
Rutha C WF 4 S Dtr WV VA VA
Lemuel WM 2 S Son WV VA VA

Note: Laverna Minerva WILLS (William & Sarah Combs Wills [Zedekiah & Elizabeth JOHNSON Combs]) m. William Fernandez COOK

Page 11; 16 Jun 1880

113/117 Wills, Hiram WM 58 M Farming VA VA VA
Catharine WM 47 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA CNRW
William WM 22 S Son Farm Laborer VA VA VA AS
Sarah M WF 9 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Ruhama H WF 8 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Henry J WM 6 S Son WV VA VA AS
Abbott, William WM 28 S Farm Laborer VA VA VA
McGinnis, Achilles E WM 23 S Farm Laborer VA VA VA

Note: Hiram Wills (William & Sarah Combs Wills [Zedekiah & Elizabeth JOHNSON Combs]) married Catherine Massey 30 Mar 1854

Page 13; 18 Jun 1880

115/119 Sarrett, John T WM 74 M Farming NC VA VA
Nancy WF 68 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Cook, Andrew A WM 17 S Son Works on Farm VA VA VA

Note: John Tinsely Sarrett m. 27 Feb 1830 Nancy Combs (Zedekiah & Elizabeth Johnson Combs)

118/121 Wills, Joseph WM 56 M Farming VA VA VA
Mary E WF 41 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Malinda B WF 24 S Dtr VA VA VA
James M WM 19 S Son Works on Farm VA VA VA AS
William E WM 14 S Son Works on Farm WV VA VA AS/Disb
Phebe C WF 11 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
John H WM 8 S Son WV VA VA AS
Virginia WF 3 S Dtr WV VA VA

Note: Joseph Wills (William & Sarah Combs Wills [Zedekiah & Elizabeth Johnson Combs]) married 1st Jane Elizabeth Sarrett (John Tinsley & Nancy Combs Sarrett) 22 Jul 1858; 2nd Mary Jane Cole 22 Jul 1858

119/123 Sarrett, Joseph A WM 34 M Farming VA/NC VA
Manerva A WF 26 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Celia C WF 12 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Nancy WF 10 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Cintha C WF 7 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Magdala E WF 5 S Dtr WV VA VA
Owen A WM 3 S Son WV VA VA
Rosabelle WF 3/12 S Dtr WV VA VA Feb

Note: Joseph A Sarrett (John Tinsley & Nancy Combs Sarrett) married Manerva Petry 08 Aug 1867

Page 16; 21 Jun 1880

139/141 Massey, Henry WM 42 M Farming VA VA VA CNRW
Massey, Nancy A W WF 40 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Martha J E WF 17 S Dtr VA VA VA
Louisa V WF 11 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Sarah T WF 9 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Robert L WM 6 S Son WV VA VA
Chester A WM 3 S Son WV VA VA
Cidney WM 11/12 S Son WV VA VA Jun

Note: Nancy A. W. Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) married Henry Massey

141/143 Combs, John WM 24 M Farming VA VA VA
Nancy J WF 25 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Veeley, A L WM 5 S Stepson WV VA VA
George L WM 4 S Stepson WV VA VA
Combs, Creed WM 4/12 S Son WV VA VA Jan

Note: John Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) m. Nancy Jane Cantley (widow of Unknown Vealy) 27 Feb 1879

143/145 Massey, William WM 44 M Farming VA VA VA CNRW
Maryan M WF 42 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Phidella E WF 19 S Dtr VA VA VA Id
Dicy J Va WF 17 S Dtr VA VA VA AS
Mary M C WF 14 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Margaret A WF 11 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Jas A WM 9 S Son WV VA VA AS
Luemma F WF 7 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Nancy C WF 5 S Dtr WV VA VA
Ida D WF 2 S Dtr WV VA VA

Note: William Massey & Mary Ann Malinda Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) m. 01 Apr 1858. Dicy J Massey buried in Bradford Cemetery (see below)

144/146 Laverty, Marion WM 34 M Farming VA VA VA
Elizabeth WF 35 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Combs, Leora WF 7 S Niece VA VA VA AS

Page 17; 22 Jun 1880

144/146 BRADFORD, Mary J WF 17 House Laborer VA VA VA AS/CNW

Note: Sarah Elizabeth Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) married Francis Marion Lafferty 25 Oct 1865.

150/152 Laverty, John WM 42 M Farming VA VA VA
Susan WF 32 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
Agnus F WF 12 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Mandona WF 10 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Louisa WF 8 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Rosanna WF 6 S Dtr WV VA VA AS
Otis H WM 4 S Son WV VA VA
Laken B WF 1 S Dtr WV VA VA
Combs, Wiloby H WM 9 S Nephew WV VA VA

Note: John Lafferty and Susan Ann Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) m. 25 Oct 1865 Willoughby Harrison Combs Lafferty s/o John Lafferty (relation to this John undetermined or same?) and Lucy Ann Combs

Page 18; 22 Jun 1880

152/154 Miller, Thos C WM 26 M Farming VA VA VA
Candes S WF 22 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA
George W WM 3 S Son WV VA VA
William Thos WM 4/12 S Son WV VA VA Jan
Combs, Elizabeth WF 66 W M-in-L WV VA VA
Stanford WM 22 S Nephew Works on Farm WV VA VA AS

Note: Thomas Chester Miller and Candace Josephine Combs (William & Elizabeth SAYERS Combs) married 15 Mar 1876 in Rock Creek, Raleigh Co, WV. William Combs died 4 Jul 1862; this family later migrated to Oregon.

153/155 BRADFORD, Jno A WM 50 M Farming VA VA VA
Ruhuma WF 39 M Wife Keeping House VA VA VA CNRW
George WM 20 S Son Works on Farm VA VA VA AS
Virginia C WF 2 S Dtr VA VA VA
Lewis W WM 1 S Son VA VA VA
Jasper WM 7/12 S Son VA VA VA Oct

Note: Mary Ann Malinda Combs (widow of William Massey) married John Alexander BRADFORD, 05 Oct 1899


30 Dec 1881 (Misc. Deaths for Raleigh Co., WV) COMBS, Nancy A., Female, Age 40 y, died 30 December 1881 Raleigh Co.WV of Bowls (bowels) Inflamation. d/o John and Peninnah COMBS. Born in Fayette Co. VA. No Occupation. Married. Informant: Jeremiah COMBS, Husband.

(Extracted from the USGenweb Archives for Combs in WV by Combs Researcher Debi Houser who adds that John and Pinira COMBS are found on the 1850 Raleigh Co, VA (now WV) Census where Nancy is listed as age 6 yrs. old).

Notes: Nancy A. COMBS m her cousin, Jeremiah COMBS, s/o Melinda COMBS by Fielding PHIPPS. Melinda was also the d/o Zedekiah COMBS of Grayson.


1920 Raleigh Co, WV Census

Combs Christofer C. 43 WV
Crecie 38 "
James K. 22 "
Wade 25 "
Ople 18 "
Bert 18 "
Dayton 14 "
Clayton 12 "
Alma 10 "

(Box 1594 Roll 18 Soundex Vol. 47 ED 153 Sheet 8 Line 30)

Submitted by Kathy Lynn Combs &c. Researcher


1930 Raleigh Co, WV Census (partial)

Roll: 2552

ED 3

Marsh Fork

p. 14b

Bell BANKS 27 Head KY KY KY laborer coal mine
Matilda 26 KY KY KY
Nannie B 11 KY KY KY
Fern M 8 KY KY KY
Ellen 6 KY KY KY
Clyde 5 KY KY KY
Ida M 4 5/12 KY KY KY
Junior 3 10/12 KY KY KY

Note: William “Bell” Banks first married (to Alice HARVEY?) at age 16, Matilda first married (to ? JOHNSON) at age 21.

NSF-Notes: Matilda, my great-grandmother is Tilda Combs, daughter of Hiram Combs & Susan “Susie” EVERIDGE. Junior BANKS is my grandfather. He was born Isaac JOHNSON, Jr., went all of his childhood as Junior BANKS and when he entered the navy he changed his name to William “Bill” BANKS, Jr. The Grant BANKS listed in the Perry Co, KY 1930 census living with Hiram & Susie Combs is the son of Bell Banks from his first wife Alice. I believe her last name was HARVEY.

Submitted by Natalie Seiwell Farrell (NSF)


Bradford Cemetery #1

(USGenweb Archives)

Dry Creek, Raleigh Co, WV

BRADFORD, Mrs. D.J. (Dicie Jane) 14 Feb 1863 - 29 Nov 1924 (w/o George W. BRADFORD, d/o William J. Massey Jr. & Mary Ann Combs)


Raleigh Co, WV Births

NameDateFatherMother
ACCORD John1797John ACCORDRachel Combs
ACCORD Robert7 Nov 1802John ACCORDRachel Combs
COMBS William2 Sep 1807Zedekiah COMBSElizabeth Johnson
WILLS Joseph- Apr 1824William WILLSSarah Combs
d/o Zedekiah Combs
SURRATT Jane Elizabeth18 Jan 1831John Tinsley SARRETTNancy Combs
d/o Zedekiah Combs
WELLS Jabez J.1832William WELLSSarah Combs
d/o Zedekiah Combs
COMBS Mary1839William COMBS
s/o Zedekiah Combs
Elizabeth Sayers
SARRETT Joseph A.5 Sep 1845John Tinsley SARRETTNancy Combs
d/o Zedekiah Combs
COMBS John W.14 Nov 1847John COMBS
s/o Zedekiah Combs
Penniah Jane Beller
MASSEY John Floyd- Jan 1858William C MASSEYMary Ann Combs (Mary Combs b. 1839)
MASSEY Mary Martha Clementine02 Mar 1866William MASSEYMargaret Combs (Mary Combs b. 1839)
MASSEY Nancy C.10 Dec 1875William MASSEYMary A. Combs (Mary Combs b. 1839)
MILLER George Walter17 Dec 1876Thomas Chester MILLERCandace Josephine Combs
d/o William Combs b. 2 Sep 1807
MASSEY Ida Mae12 Feb 1878William C MASSEYMargaret Ann Combs (Mary Combs b. 1839)
MILLER William Thomas- Jan 1880Thomas Chester MILLERCandace Josephine Combs
d/o William Combs b. 2 Sep 1807

(Raleigh Co. WV Births) - USGenweb Archives


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