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Russell County was organized from Washington Co VA in 1786; Lee Co was established from SW Russell in 1792-3; Tazewell from Russell and Wythe in 1799; and Scott from Russell, Lee and Washington in 1814-5. In 1855, Wise was formed and in 1858, Buchanan (In 1880, Dickenson was formed from Wise and Buchanan). Kentucky lay to the East and Tennessee to the South. Important! Due to VA/TN state line boundary conflicts, Sullivan Co, TN records should also be checked.


1851 - Russell Co VA Records (Chronology)


09/Jan/1851 Russell Co VA Marriage Return. Thomas HAWKINS & Jane CUMBOW by William G. HALE

(Lost Marriage Records of Russell Co., Va. 1848-1853 by Michael Dye, Russell Co VA GenWeb)

Notes: Jane CUMBO, d/o Isaiah & Mary CUMBO, m Thomas T. HAWKINS (1864 Russell Co VA Records)


19/Jun/1851 Russell Co VA Marriage Return. Henry FOGLEMAN & Mary Ann CUMBOW by David JESSEE

(ibid.)

Notes: Mary Ann CUMBOW, d/o Isaiah and Mary CUMBO (1864 Russell Co VA Records)


07 Aug 1853 Russell Co VA Births Combs, John F. 07 Aug 1853, Russell County, Wm. & Mary Ann Combs

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS,, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98)

Notes: Was the above John F., the s/o the William CUMBOW and Mary A. Combs of the 1850 Russell Co, VA Census? See 1858 and 1860 Russell Records


08 Nov 1854 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Jacob 08 Nov 1854, Russell County, Fielden & Sarah Combs

(ibid.)


18 Jan 1855 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Elen 18 Jan 1855, Hansonville, William & Salina Combs

(ibid.)

Notes: Combs Researcher Debi Houser adds: The above is William Cecil Combs (30 Nov 1829-30 Jan 1907), s/o Celia Combs by William NASH. He m Celina W. KENDRICK (3 Aug 1834 Ky-2 Jul 1898) d/o George & Edith KENDRICK of Russell Co Va & Floyd Co Ky. They had 10 children.


20 Apr 1856 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Victoria 20 Apr 1856, Russell County, Thompson & Ann Combs

(ibid.)


30 Apr 1857 Russell Co VA Records. Died: Combs, Rachel; 16d, croup; Russell Co.; d/o Feeling & Sarah Combs; b Russell Co.[p09; ln 40]

(ibid.)

Note: The online Russell County Death Index, 1857 shows Rachel Combs was d/o Fielding [sic] and Sarah Combs.


1857 RW Pension File

Benjamin RAY enlisted in 1775 at Wilmington [New Hanover Co?] in the Spring of 1775 in the Company of Capt. John Baptist ASH, 6th Regt. NC, commanded by Col. Thomas CLARKE, and that he was at the Battles of Brandywine and Monmouth, and the Battle of Germantown (at which Gen. [sic] ASH was killed); that he was afterward taken prisoner at the siege of Charlestown, South Carolina, and held 14 months; that he continued in RW service through the end of the War (ca 1783?) whereupon he was discharged in Stafford Co, VA. (Extracted from the Rev. War Pension Affidavit of Benjamin RAY) According to the affidavit of his widow, Nancy, he afterward moved to Surry Co, NC, thence in 1798 from Surry Co., NC, to Russell Co., VA where pensioned; age 62 in 1818….. mentions wife Nancy SUTHERLAND, a.k.a. WILSON as possibly a second marriage. In 1857, Nancy SUTHERLAND, a.k.a. WILSON, widow of Benjamin RAY gave her power of attorney, witnessed by Fielding & William Combs per county clerk Richard H. LYNCH.

Reel 2005 F-W26355. (Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records, Volume 4, Patrick Wardell, p. 185-6)

RAY, Benjamin, Nancy, NC Line, W26355, BLW#79035-160-55, applied 5 May 1818, Russell Co, VA, aged 62, in 1821 he had with him a wife aged 51, a daughter, Lydia aged 17; he married again to Nancy SUTHERLAND 31 Jan 1830 but she was also referred to as Nancy WILSON (perhaps one name was her maiden name & the other the name of a former husband but not so stated). He died 28 Jan 1841 in Russell Co VA & his widow applied there 27 Apr 1854 aged 73 & she applied there for BLW 31 Dec 1857.

(Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension and Files, Virgil White, Vol. 3, p. 2819)

Notes: Fielding and William Combs were sons of William and Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr. and grandsons of William and Sarah MILLION Combs, Sr., originally of Stafford Co, VA. The 1790 Census of Surry Co, NC, page 185, column 3, includes:

Legend: FWM 16+ FWM -16 FWF Other Free Slaves

RAY, Benjamin 1-1-3-0-0
COONS [sic] Francis 3-2-5-0-0
and others including ALDRIDGE, YORK, SUMMERS, BURCH, COOK (Heads of Families, NC, GPC, 1973)

Notes: The above Francis COONS is actually Francis COOMBS, born 1718-1726, MD; resided VA; Surry NC; and died in Nelson Co, KY; married Charity WOODS. See Also Benjamin Ray - Revolutionary War Soldier (1756-1841)


1858 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Asa A.-------1858, Russell County, William & Mary A. Combs

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98)

Notes: Is this the William CUMBOW and Mary A. Combs of the 1850 Census? (See also below)


28 Sep 1858 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Tonia 28 Sept 1858, Russell County, Timothy & Sarah Combs

(ibid.)


6 Dec 1858 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Melissa C. 6 Dec 1858, Russell County, Wm J & Eliza Combs

(ibid.)

Notes: William J. Combs was the s/o Jacob & Margaret Combs of the 1850 Census. Some researchers have listed him as William Johnson Combs (Their source?). Was he named after members of the family of Nancy JOHNSON, wife of William PERRY, and mother of Dicey PERRY who m Alexander Combs?


10 Dec 1858. Russell Co, VA Vital Statistics. Death Records. Cummings MUSICK, 21 days, male. Died Russell County. Cause Unknown. s/o William & Issabella MUSICK

(Russell Co, VA GenWeb Vital Statistics, Deaths, 1858)

Notes: This record documents that "Ibby" was Isabella Combs Musick's nickname.


11 Oct 1858-25 March 1922 Henry C. Combs; KY Death cert. #07732; white male married; age 63 yrs 5 mos 13 ds; born 11 Oct 1858 Couldwood? [Coulwood, Russell Co], Va; died 25 March 1922 Pike Co., Ky; s/o Cullen Combs b Russell Co., Va & Eliza GENT b Russell Co., Va; informant Katherine Combs of Pikeville, Ky; buried CECIL farm; undertaker J. W. CALL of Pikeville, Ky


07 May 1859 Russell Co VA. Born: Combs, Martha M.D.V. 07 May 1859, Russell County, Joseph & Nicey A. [OSBORNE] Combs

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98)

(See below)


Sep 1859 Russell Co VA. Died: CUMBOW, Sarah C. 15 years of age. Free White Female. Occupation: Seamstress. Cause of Death: Scarlet Fever. Length of illness: 6 days.

(1860 Russell Co VA Mortality Schedule by Michael Dye, Russell Co VA GenWeb)


9 Feb 1860 Russell Co VA Married: John Combs & Margarett DORTON

(Combs Researcher Michael Dye)

MD Notes: John Combs was the s/o Alexander Combs & Dicey PERRY. On 09 Feb 1860, in Russell Co., VA, he married Margaret DORTON, d/o John W. & Jemima DORTON.


13 Feb 1860 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Eliza 13 Feb 1860, New Garden, Cullen D & Ann Combs

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98)

Notes: Cullen D. and Ann Eliza GENT Combs? (See 1860 Census)


24 Feb 1860 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Mary E. 24 Feb 1860, New Garden, Cullen Sr. & Sally Combs

(ibid.)


04 Mar 1860 Russell Co VA Records. Died: SMITH, Nancy J.; 20y; childbed; New Garden; d/o John M. Combs; b. New Garden; consort of William H. SMITH, reported by husband.

(ibid. [p13; ln 43] )


1860 Russell Co VA Census

(Greg LePore's on-line 1860 Russell Co VA Census except where otherwise noted. See also Greg's William C. Combs' Letters)

Lebanon Twp

p. 22

134/134 GENT James 52 m VA farmer 2000 1135
Lydia 49 f VA [daughter of Wm & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.]
Jacob C. 25 m VA farmer 250
William 18 m VA farmer
Albert 14 m VA
TIGNOR Catharine 19 f VA Hire hand

Notes: Was Catherine TIGNOR a child of Josiah and Anna Combs Tignor?

p. 23

140/140 Combs Thompson 50 m VA farmer 4500 illiterate [s/o Wm & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.]
Jane 49 f
William 20 m VA farmer
Simeon F. 13 m VA farmer school
WOOD Betty 30 f VA Hirelan illiterate
WOOD John 8 m VA school
Combs Samuel 23 m VA farmer married census year
Combs Sarah C. 19 f VA married census year

Notes: Thompson m Virginia Jane FRANCES [Russell Co Cemetery Records] Their son, Samuel Combs, m his first cousin, Sarah C. GENT, d/o James & Lydia Combs GENT (1862 Russell Co VA Death Records)

p. 28

177/177 Combs William 49 m VA Farmer 2840 340
Eliza A. 39 f VA illiterate
Thomas S. 18 m VA Farmer school
Anderson H. 12 VA m school
Aaron 9 m VA
Andrew F. 6 m VA
James W. 4 m VA
not named 11m f VA

Notes: Who is this?

p. 29

184/184 Combs Timothy 22 m VA Farmer [s/o William & Nancy Combs III]
Rebecca A. 21 f VA
William T. 7m m VA

Notes: See also Timothy and Sarah [sic] with daughter, Tonia [Antonia?], b 1858, Russell Co, VA.

185/185 Combs Fielding 54 m VA Farmer 2000 8300 illiterate [s/o Wm & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.]
Susan 54 f VA illiterate

p. 60

385/385 CUMBO Isaiah 57 m VA Waggon Maker 7650 1000
Mary A 54 f VA
William H 26 m VA Farmer school
George 23 m VA Waggon Maker school
Charles 16 m VA Farmer school
Thomas 15 m VA Farmer school
Ellen 13 f VA school
John 9 m VA school
HARDIN Mary J 10 f VA

p. 61

393/393 CUMBO Polly 40 f x Farmer 50 NC illiterate
CUMBO Polly [sic] 40 f x House Keeper NC illiterate

Notes: "x' is in race category

394/394 CUMBO Nancy J. 30 f House Keeper VA illiterate
Sarah F. 9 f VA school
Charles C. 6 m VA
William Henry 3 m VA
James W. 2 m VA
CUMBO James W. 22 m VA Laborer
CUMBO Joseph N. 21 m VA Laborer illiterate, idiotic
CUMBO Samuel 19 m VA Laborer school
CUMBO George 14 m VA

p. 74

477/477 Combs John M. 41 m VA Farmer 2000 1400 illiterate [s/o Wm & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.]
Sally 39 f KY
Fielding 21 m Farm Hand VA
William 14 m VA
Colbert 10 m VA
FIELDS Francis 16 F House Servant

Note: William enumerated as Wilburn in 1850 Russell Census.

480/480 Combs William 46 m VA Farmer 1755 200 [[s/o Wm & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.]
Nancy 47 f House Keeper VA
Anna 15 f House Keeper VA
Shadrick W. 13 m VA

Combs Benson 21 m VA Farmer married [son of William and Nancy III]
Rebecca 17 f VA House Keeper married [wife of Benson]

TIGNOR Elbert 5 m VA [child of Josiah & Anna Combs Tignor?]

MCKINNEY John 4 m VA pauper

481/481 Combs Thompson Jr. 25 m VA Farmer 400 60 [son of William and Nancy III]
Anna 27 f House Keeper VA
Victoria 4 f VA [b 20 Apr 1856, Russell]
Vincent 2 m VA
TIGNOR Patrick 14 m VA

Notes: Anna Combs (daughter of Wm. & Anna THOMPSON Combs I) married Josiah TIGNOR. In the 1860 Russell Co. census neither of them appear. However, there are 3 TIGNOR children residing with relatives of Anna Combs Tignor. Does anyone know what happened to the TIGNORS? See also 1861 death of Elbert Combs (TIGNOR?) below

482/482 Combs Cullen Sr. 40 m VA Farmer 3500 1300 [s/o Wm & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.]
Sally 25 f House Keeper VA
Eliza 17 f House Keeper VA
William A. 15 m VA Farm Hand school
Frederick G. 13 m VA school
Julia Ann 12 f VA school
Virginia 10 f VA school

p. 75


John M. 8 m VA school
Thomas 6 m VA
Angeline 4 f VA
Beverly T. 2 m VA
Mary E. 4m f VA [b 24 Feb 1860, Russell]
WILLIS Elizabeth 29 f VA House Servant

Notes: William A. Combs is listed as William D. in the 1850 census. Frederick G. is listed as Frederick J. in the 1850 census. See Cullen and family, including Frederick and his sister, Virginia, later in Morgan KY, and some of this family, including Cullen Sr.'s wife, Sally, later yet in Roane Co, West Virginia).

483/483 Combs Jr., Cullen 25 m VA Farmer 150
Ann Eliza 23 f House Keeper VA
Margaret Jane 4 f VA
Henry C. 2 m VA [b 11 Oct 1858]

Notes: Cullen D. Combs, s/o Thompson and Virginia “Jane” FRANCES Combs, m Ann Eliza GENT. (1922 Pike Co., Ky Death Cert. of son, Henry C. Combs)

484/484 HART Isaac 50 m VA Farmer 1000 90
Celia 53 f House Keeper VA
Julian 26 f House Keeper VA
Matilda J. 18 f House Keeper VA
HART Isaac 10 m VA

Notes: Celia Combs, d/o William and Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr., m Isaac HART

485/485 KENDRICK Joseph B. 22 m VA Farmer 100
Charity 20 f VA
Evan E. 4m m VA

Notes: Charity HART, d/o Isaac & Celia Combs Hart, m Joseph Browning KENDRICK, s/o George & Edith KENDRICK of Russell VA & Floyd Co, KY. Joseph's sister, Celina W. KENDRICK, m William Cecil Combs, d/o Celia Combs Hart by William NASH.

487/487 CRABTREE Abraham William 39 m VA Farmer 1500 110
Sindesta 32 f VA House Keeper illiterate
Jane 14 f VA
Mary Ann 11 f VA
Celia 9 f VA
Sally 7 f VA
Eliza 5 f VA
George W. 2 m VA
Elihu 4m m VA

Notes: Is this Cyndesta Combs, d/o Celia Combs (Hart) by William NASH, and named in will of her grandfather, William Combs, Jr., h/o Anna THOMPSON? See possible conflicts under Cemeteries

New Garden District

p. 146

983/983 Combs William 25 M W Farmer 700 814
Celia E. 19 F W
Melissa C. 1 F W
RHORTON Sally 10 F W

984/984 Combs Jacob 60 m VA Farmer 300 1095
Peggy 58 f VA
Rachael 28 f VA
Margaret 18 f VA
BIRCHFIELD Charles 18 m VA Farm Hand

Hansonville District

p. 152

1024/1024 Combs Alexander 62 m VA Saddler 100
Lodisa 56 f VA illiterate
Robert 27 m VA none bad health illiterate
Ann 26 f VA
Hannah 23 f VA
Samuel 20 m VA Farmer 150
Alexander 14 m VA

Notes: Probably a var. sp. of Loedicia a.k.a. Dicey (PERRY?) See Scott Co, VA re burial records for this family

p. 153

1029/1029 Combs Joseph 32 m VA Farmer 3800 2052
Eunice A. 25 f VA
James S.B. 3 m VA
Martha W.D.V. 1 f VA [b 7 May 1859, Russell]

Notes: Apparently, Nicey Ann OSBORNE was neč Eunice Ann? See 1861 below. Both Joseph M. and Nicey are buried in Washington Co VA Was Joseph a son of Alexander?

p. 162

1094/194 Combs John 29 m VA Farmer 1200 634 married census year
Margaret 16 f VA married census year

Notes: John Combs m 9 Feb 1860 Russell Co VA, Margarett DORTON (d/o John W. & Jemima DORTON per Russell Co VA GenWeb Coordinator, Michael Dye).

Dicksonville District

p. 178

1205/1205 Combs William 30 m VA Farmer 500 289 illiterate
Nancy A. 29 f VA
Sarah C. 10 f VA school
Martha J. 8 f VA school
John 7 m VA school
Elizabeth D. 5 f VA
Esther C. 4 f VA
Asa A. 2 m VA

Notes: Russell Co VA Births list a John F. Combs, b 07 Aug 1853, and an Asa A. Combs, b 1858, as the s/o William & Mary [sic] A. Combs. The 1850 HH of William COMBOW, 21, VA, and Mary A. Combs, 21, VA, includes a Sarah C., b 1850. The same? See also 1861 record of Robert.


1860 Russell Co VA Slave Schedule

#2
Fielding COMBZ, owner, 4 slaves: 1 male mulatto, age 22; 1 black female, 16; 1 black female, 10/12; 1 black male, 4.

(Greg LePore's 1860 Russell Co VA Slave Schedule 2)

#5
Cullen Combs, owner; 1 slave: 35 years, male, Black
GENT, James, owner, 5 slaves: 1-30 year female, Black; 4 black males, ages: 8, 7, 5 and 2

(ibid. Schedule 5)

#9
Joseph COMBZ, owner, 2 slaves; 1-23 year old black female, 1-1 year old black male

(ibid. Schedule 9)


27 Sep 1860 DORTON, John W.; m. Jemima OSBORNE (Russell Co VA COB #1, 1831-1872, pp. 353-4, 27 Sep 1860) (deft. in suit with Samuel, Wm., & David OSBORNE, Joseph Combs and Nicy, wife, Oscar F. STAIR (?) & wife, Margaret, Polly OSBORNE & Squire OSBORNE; FUGATE, p. 101 identifies Nicy Ann Combs as an heir and legatee of Solomon OSBORNE; 1860c, RCV: DORTON, John, 40; Jemima, 38; oldest child is Nancy, a. 15y )

(Excerpted from "Some Early Marriage Clues Russell County" (by Jack Hocket)


28 Sep 1860 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Susan 28 Sept 1860 ,New Garden, Thompsom Jr. & Anna Combs

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98) SW: Thompson


12 Nov 1860 Russell Co VA Births Combs, John W. 12 Nov 1860, Russell County, John & Margaret E. Combs

(ibid.)

Notes: John & Margaret E. DORTON Combs. See Coldsprings Cemetery, Washington Co, VA.


28 Dec 1860 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Pary (male) 28 Dec 1860, New Garden, Benson & Rebecca Combs

(ibid.)


10 Jan 1861 Russell Co VA. Born: Combs, James M. 10 Jan 1861, New Garden, s/o W.J. & Ella Combs

(ibid.)

Notes: Is this William J., s/o Jacob & Margaret Combs? See Dec 1858 Russell birth record showing William J. and Eliza.


8 May 1861 Russell Co VA. Born: Combs, Robert 08 May 1861, New Garden, Wm. & Mary Ann Combs

(ibid.)

Notes: William CUMBOW and Mary Ann Combs?


06 Jul 1861 Russell Co VA Records. Died: Combs, Elbert; 6y 1m 10d, flux; New Garden; s/o William Combs, “Consort of Ana Combs”; b. New Garden; reported by father.

(ibid. p14; ln 34)

Notes: No Elbert Combs, age 5, is listed in the 1860 Russell Co, VA Census; however, see Elbert TIGNOR in the 1860 HH of William and Nancy Combs III (s/o William and Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.) Who was Ana? Was she a.k.a. Nancy?


23 Jul 1861 HAWKINS Jane Age: 35y F County: Russell. Cause: Cold. Parents: Isiah & Mary CUMBOW, consort of T. T. HAWKINS

(1861 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)


07 Aug 1861 Russell Co VA Deaths. Combs, Octavia; 5m 25d; New Garden; d/o Cullin Combs, Jr., “Consort of Delsy Combs;” b. New Garden; reported by father.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98 [p14; ln 3])

Notes: 1861 Russell Co VA Death Index lists Octavia as Octava Combs, age: 5m 25d, Female, d 07 Aug, County: Russell, Cause: Flux Parents: Cullin Jr. & Desty Combs. Who is this?


10 Sep 1861 Russell Co VA Births. Combs, Evaline 10 Sept 1861, New Garden, d/o Timothy & Rebecca Combs

(ibid.)


15 Feb 1862 Russell Co VA Births. Combs, Margaret Elen, 15 Feb 1862, Russell County, Joseph & Nicy Ann [OSBORNE] Combs

(ibid.)


20 Mar 1862 The 72nd Virginia Militia of Russell County

mustered into Confederate service at Lebanon on 20 March 1862 for 10-20 days, included:

Combs, Benson
Combs, Cullen, Jr.
Combs, John
Combs, Timothy
Combs, William F.
Combs, William J.

(Russell Co, VA US GenWeb)


16 May 1862 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Emily Alice 16 Jan 1855, Russell County, John & Margarett Combs

Notes: John Combs was the s/o Alexander Combs & Dicey PERRY. On 09 Feb 1860, in Russell Co., VA, he married Margaret DORTON, d/o John W. & Jemima Dorton.


09 Aug 1862 Russell Co VA Records. Died: Combs, Samuel; 26y; Cause of Death: “Wounded in Action; in Southern Army;” s/o Thompson Combs, a soldier; married; death reported by father-in-law, James GENT.

(ibid. p16; ln 20)


8 Dec 1862 Russell Co VA Births Combs, Elbert 8 Dec.1862, New Garden, Samuel & Sarah Combs

(ibid.)


1864-1867? Russell Co. Virginia Law Order Book No. 15, 1864-1867, Page 174

Annie Combs, Plt vs Wm. F. Combs Deft.
On a warrant of Bastardy.

George MUSICK having returned an examination of Annie Combs of this county single white woman taken before him in writing upon oath upon which examination the said Annie Combs charged William F. Combs with being the father of her Bastard Child, and the said Justice also returned a warrant issued by him for the the[sic] apprehension of the said William F. Combs together with the recognizance entered into by the said Wm. F. Combs when brought before him to appear here and to abide and perform such order as this court should make concerning the same whereupon the said Wm. F. Combs appeared accordingly and the said Annie Combs this day came into court and being sworn and examined and fully heard this court upon the whole circumstances of the case doth adjudge the said Wm. F. Combs to be the father of the said Bastard Child. Therefore it is ordered that the said Wm. F. Combs be charged with annual payment of fifteen dollars to the overseers of the poor of said County for the space of Six years and five months yet to come in case the said Child shall live so long and to pay the costs in this behalf expended and that the said Wm. F. Combs pay the same accordingly at the end of every year untill[sic] the expiration of the said Six years and five months and thereupon the said Wm. F. Combs with Thompson to be his security come into court and acknowledged their bond jointly and severally in the sum of two hundred and ten dollars conditioned for the faithful performance of this order of Court. And on the trial of this cause the overseers of the poor at the instance of Anna [sic] Combs by their counsel excepted to an opinion of the court given upon the said trial and tendered their Bill of exception which was received signed and and[sic] sealed by the Court and ordered to be made part of the record in said cause which Bill of exception is in the following words to wit; The overseers of the poor at the instance of Annie Combs against Wm. F. Combs on a warrant of Bastardy upon the trial of this cause Annie Combs the Bastard Child proved that Wm. F. Combs was the father of her Bastard Child that said Child was seven months old and was a male child and that she was a single white woman and has lived in this county. No other evidince[sic] not offered upon that point. It was further proved on the part of the plaintiff By Dale CARTER and Thomas D. KERNAN that it was worth not less than one dollars per week to support a child of that age untill[sic]it becomes able to support itself, and by Archer Jessee another witness that it was worth not less than seventy five cents per week to furnish such support. And upon the part of the Defendant two witnesses James O. FRALEY and L. D. VAUGHN were introduced who proved that it was worth more than seventy five cents per week to support such a child and the foregoing being all the facts proved in the cause the court upon hearing the testimony decided that the Defendant should pay to the overseers of the poor for the support of the Bastard child aforesaid the sum of fifteen dollars per year for six years and five months from which said opinion and decision of the court the plaintiff by her counsel excepts and prays that this her bill of exception be signed sealed and made part of the record which is accordingly done.

Russell Co. Virginia Law Order Book 15, Page 179. This day William Combs in his own proper person and moved the court for leave to exercise the rights of expatriation persuant to the law of the commonwealth of Virginia which is granted unto him and thereupon the said Combs by open verbal declaration made in open Court did declare that he relinquishes the character of a citizen of the commonwealth of Virginia and that he intended to depart out of the same immediately, it is therefore ordered that the said declaration be spread on the records of our said court and that the said Combs be hereforth deemed and held to be no citizen of the state of Virginia.

(Combs Bastardy Warrant, Russell Co, VA GenWeb)

Notes: This appears to be William F. Combs, s/o John Million and Sarah HAGINS-HIGGINS Combs. Annie not yet identified.


25 Jul 1864 Russell Co, VA. Married: Elizabeth DORTON, d/o Elizabeth DORTON, and Samuel A. Combs

(Combs Researcher Michael Dye who adds that Samuel A. was s/o Alexander & Dicey PERRY Combs)


03 May 1864 FOGLEMAN, _____; m. Mary P. CUMBOW, heir of Isiah (Isaiah) CUMBOW (RCV LOB 15:24-5, 03 May 1864) (not recorded in Mar. Reg. #2; Mary is listed as Mary Ann, a. 17y, 1850c, RCV)

HAWKINS, T.T.; m. Jane CUMBOW, d/o Isaiah & Mary CUMBOW (RCV DR/TC, p. 30) (Jane died 23 Jul 1866, a. 35y; not listed in RCV Mar Reg #2; see also RCV COB #1 1831-1872, pp. 395-6, 02 Oct 1867, “…Mariah E., Lafayette J., Thomas J., Charles M., Mary J., Jasper N. & Geo. W. Hawkins, heirs of Jane Hawkins dec., formerly Jane Cumbow…”)

HAWKINS, _____; m. Milly CUMBOW, heir of Isaiah CUMBOW (RCV LOB 15:24-5,03 may 1864) (not listed in RCV Mar Reg #2; 1850c, RCV: CUMBOW, Isaiah, 45, born NC; Mary A., 43; among children are Jane, 19 and “Melia”, 13)

(Russell Co VA GenWeb, Some Early Russell Co, VA Marriage Clues by Jack Hockett)


May 1866 Russell Co VA Births. Combs, William E. ? May 1866 ,Russell County, Samuel A. & Elizabeth Combs

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Stephanie Hall Combs from SOME RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS, Births and Deaths 1853-1866, complied by Thomas Colley, Southern Historical Press, Inc., V Ref 929.3755 R911b, Virginia Room of the Roanoke Va. Library, 5/8/98)

Notes: Samuel A. Combs & Elizabeth DORTON. See also Scott Co, VA cemetery records.


05 May 1866 Russell Co VA Records. Died: Combs, Alexander; 20 years; “Shot as a Robber”; “Car's Creek”; s/o Alexander & D. Combs; b. Russell Co. Va.; a farmer; unmarried; reported by father.

(ibid. p20, ln 10)


05 Jun 1866 Russell Co, VA. Hannah Combs, d/o Alexander, married Henry STEELE

(Combs Researcher Michael Dye)


01 Sep 1866 Russell Co VA Death Index. CUMBOW Charles Age: 25y. Male. County: Russell Cause: Flux Parents: Isiah & Mary CUMBOW, consort of Darthula COMBOW.

(1866 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)


06 Sep 1866 Russell Co VA Death Index. CUMBOW Mary E. Age: 1y 8d Female. County: Russell Flux Parents: Charles & Darthula CUMBOW

(ibid.)


28 Nov 1868 Russell Co VA Death Index. COMBES Thompson 32y 20d M 28 Nov Race: White Cause: Sueling [nb: Swelling?] Parents: William & Nancy COMBES

(1868 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)


5/11/1869 (Russell Co., Vir. Chancery Court Order Book 1831-187?., p. 416)

Margaret Combs vs William Combs. The court believes the charge of adultery against the defendant is fully proved and the divorce is granted. The plaintiff is to recover her costs….

Notes: Who was this?


1870 Russell Co, VA Census

Full Transcription needed.

Combs, Nelson 34
Nancy 35
Imeline 13
McGinnis 11
Melvin 9
Martha 7
Unice 5
Henry 3


16 Feb 1874 Russell Co, VA Married: John William Combs & Ledora KISER

MD Notes: Ledora Jane KISER was the d/o Elihu & Jane SKEEN Kiser. John William was the s/o John Million & Sarah “HIGGINS” Combs. Following death of John W., his widow married, as his second wife, 3 Jan 1882, Russell Co, VA, Fielding Combs, brother of John W. & widower of Louisa J. WHITT, d 24 Aug 1881 (See Hayter Valley Cemetery Notes)


24 Sep 1874 Russell Co VA Death Index. CUMBO, Joseph 34y Male. Cause: Fits Parents: Polly CUMBO

(1874 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)


05 Apr 1876. Russell Co VA Death Index. Combs, Jacob Age: 76y. Male. Cause: Blank. William & Anna Combs

(1876 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)


15 May 1878 Russell Co VA Death Index. Combs, Robert (b). Age: 1m Male. Cause: Whooping Cough Parents: Andy & Mariah Combs

(1878 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)


1880 Russell Co, VA Census

1880 US Census, Family Search

Copper Creek

p. 52D

S. A. Combs Self M Male W 39 VA Farmer VA VA
Elizabeth Wife M Female W 38 VA Keeping House VA VA
William E. Son S Male W 15 VA Laborer VA VA
Dice L.E. Dau S Female W 13 VA VA VA
Saml. R. Son S Male W 7 VA VA VA
Virginia Dau S Female W 5 VA VA VA
Dice Mother W Female W 78 VA VA VA
Robert Brother S Male W 47 VA VA VA

Note: Samuel A. Combs (age 20 in 1850 census above) s/o Alexander & Dicie PERRY Combs married Elizabeth DORTON, 1864

New Garden

p. 50D

Benson Combs Self M Male W 42 VA Farmer VA VA
Rebeca Wife M Female W 39 VA Keeping House VA VA
Martha A. Dau S Female W 16 VA At Home VA VA
William M. Son S Male W 14 VA At Home VA VA

Note: Son of William & Nancy McGLOTHLIN Combs (480/480 in 1860)?

Pery Combs Self M Male W 19 VA VA VA
Ida Wife M Female W 17 VA VA VA
Alta E. Dau S Female W 2M VA VA VA

Note: Son of Benson born 28 Dec 1860 (see above record)

p. 66C

David Combs Self M Male W 58 VA Farmer VA VA
Nancy Wife M Female W 54 VA Keeping House VA VA
Silas Son S Male W 26 VA At Home VA VA
George L. Son S Male W 18 VA At School VA VA
Nancy J. FLETCHER Dau M Female W 24 VA At Home VA VA
Elbertie FLETCHER GDau S Female W 10M VA VA VA

District 68

p. 77D

Simeon F. Combs Self M Male W 31 VA Farmer VA VA
Elizabeth Wife M Female W 24 VA Keeping House VA VA
Mandie Dau S Female W 2 VA VA VA
Thompson Father M Male W 67 VA Farmer VA VA
Jane Mother M Female W 68 VA At Home VA VA

Nelson Combs Self M Male B 42 VA Laborer VA VA
Nancy Wife M Female B 50 VA Keeping House VA VA
Mcginnis Son S Male B 20 VA Laborer VA VA
Arthy Dau S Female B 17 VA At Home VA VA
Unice Dau S Female B 15 VA At Home VA VA
Henry Son S Male B 13 VA At Home VA VA
Frank Son S Male B 11 VA VA VA
Nancy HENDRICKS Niece S Female B 7 VA VA VA

James Combs Self M Male B 25 VA Laborer VA VA
Sylvania Wife M Female B 20 VA Keeping House VA VA
Fielding Son S Male B 4M VA VA VA
Polly CRABTREE GMother W Female B 85 VA At Home VA VA

p. 78B

John M. Combs Self M Male W 63 VA Farmer NC VA
Sarah Wife M Female W 59 KY Keeping House KY KY
Colbert Son M Male W 31 VA Farmer VA KY
Celia E. DauL M Female W 27 VA At Home VA VA
Sarah A. GDau S Female W 5 VA VA VA
Ida GDau S Female W 4 VA VA VA
Walter GSon S Male W 2 VA VA VA
Ledora J. DauL S Female W 23 VA At Home VA VA
Lula GDau S Female W 5 VA VA VA
Everett GSon S Male W 4 VA VA VA
Nannie GDau S Female W 2 VA VA VA
Sarah A. GDau S Female W 1 VA VA VA

Note: John M. & Sarah “Sally” HIGGINS Combs 477/477 in 1860

Shaderick Combs Self M Male W 32 VA Farmer VA VA
Winnie Wife M Female W 26 VA Keeping House VA VA
Dora Dau S Female W 9 VA VA VA
Dosia Dau S Female W 4 VA VA VA
Charles Son S Male W 2 VA VA VA

Note: Son of William & Nancy McGLOTHLIN Combs (480/480 in 1860)?

William Combs Self M Male W 65 VA Farmer VA VA
Mary Wife M Female W 30 VA Keeping House VA VA
William Son S Male W 10 VA VA VA
Rosa Dau S Female W 4 VA VA VA
Nannie Dau S Female W 2 VA VA VA

Note: Is this William s/o William & Anna THOMPSON Combs and second wife?

Vincent B. COMBS Self M Male W 22 VA Farmer VA VA
Rebecca Wife M Female W 17 VA Keeping House VA VA

Note: Son of Thompson & Anna ? Combs (see HH 481/481, 1860)

Cullen COMBS Self M Male W 46 VA Farmer VA VA
Ann E. Wife M Female W 44 VA Keeping House VA VA
Henry Son S Male W 21 VA At Home VA VA
Elbert Nephew S Male W 18 VA Laborer VA VA

Note: Cullen D. Combs, s/o Thompson & Virginia “Jane” FRANCIS Combs (see HH 483/483, 1860)

Isaac HART Self M Male W 71 VA Farmer VA VA
Celia (Combs) Wife M Female W 75 VA Keeping House VA VA
Isaac HART GSon M Male W 30 VA Farmer VA VA
Phoeba HART DauL M Female W 29 VA Keeping House VA VA
Charles HART GSon S Male W 9 VA VA VA
Nannie B. HART GDau S Female W 6 VA VA VA
Delanon HART GSon S Male W 1 VA VA VA
Joseph B. SMITH SonL M Male W 25 VA Farmer VA VA
Julia A. SMITH Dau M Female W 46 VA At Home VA VA

Notes: Celia Combs, d/o William and Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr., m Isaac HART (see HH 484/484, 1860)

William F. Combs Self M Male W 40 VA Farmer VA VA
Lucinda Wife M Female W 38 VA Keeping House VA VA
Ara Dau S Female W 3 VA VA VA
John BRANHAM Other S Male W 17 KY Laborer KY KY
Eliza JUSTICE Other S Female B 13 VA Servant VA VA

Note: William F. Combs, s/o Thompson & Virginia “Jane” FRANCIS Combs (see HH 140/140, 1860)

p. 79C

Fielding Combs Self M Male W 41 VA Farmer VA VA
Louisa J. Wife M Female W 34 VA Keeping House VA VA
Matilda Dau S Female W 14 VA At Home VA VA
Josephine Dau S Female W 13 VA At Home VA VA
John F. Son S Male W 11 VA VA VA
Charles WYATT Other S Male W 20 VA Laborer VA VA

Note: Fielding Combs, s/o John M. & Sarah “Sally” HIGGINS Combs (see HH 477/477, 1860). He married 1st Louisa J. WHITT, d 24 Aug 1881 and 2nd Ledora Jane KISER widow of Fielding's brother John William Combs.

Joseph B. KINDIRCK Self M Male W 42 VA Farmer VA VA
Charity KINDIRCK Wife M Female W 40 VA Keeping House VA VA
Nancy J. KINDIRCK Dau S Female W 18 VA At Home VA VA
William D. KINDIRCK Son S Male W 14 VA At Home VA VA
Celina KINDIRCK Dau S Female W 12 VA At Home VA VA
Ada A. KINDIRCK Dau S Female W 9 VA At Home VA VA
Mary KINDIRCK Dau S Female W 4 VA VA VA
Isaac KINDIRCK Son S Male W 2 VA VA VA
Cora KINDIRCK Dau S Female W 6M VA VA VA

Notes: Charity HART, d/o Isaac & Celia Combs Hart, (see HH 485/485, 1860)

Albert G. SMITH Self M Male W 52 VA Farmer VA VA
Virginia B. Wife M Female W 57 VA Keeping House VA VA
John G. Son S Male W 11 VA At Home VA VA
Alafair COMBS Other S Female MU 22 VA Servant VA VA
Queen COMBS Other S Female B 17 VA Servant VA VA

p. 80A

C. C. J. ASTON Self M Male W 47 VA Physician VA VA
Elizabeth Wife M Female W 39 VA Keeping House VA VA
William J. Son S Male W 22 VA At Home VA VA
Charles G. Son S Male W 18 VA At Home VA VA
Henry H. Son S Male W 13 VA At Home VA VA
Elizabeth Dau S Female W 8 VA VA VA
Mary A. GOFF Other S Female W 16 WV Servant WV WV
Winnie COMBS Other W Female B 75 VA Pauper VA VA
Hanah McREYNOLD Other W Female W 70 VA Pauper VA VA


14 Oct 1878 - 3 Jan 1882. Russell County, Virginia Will Book 10, Pages 164 - 165

WILL OF THOMPSON Combs. Executed 03 Jan 1882. Last will & testament of Thompson Combs of Russell County State of Virginia.
I Thompson Combs of aforesaid county and state, and of sound mind & disposing memory do make my last will & testament in form & manner as follows viz.
I will all my personal estate consisting of one bay mule, six head of cattle, half of the flock of sheep, which consists of nineteen whole flock, two head of hogs, my farming utensils, household & kitchen furniture to ____ of my sons & their heirs. To Elizabeth Combs, daughter of John M. Combs, I give one pided(?) cow. To Annie daughter of W. F. Combs one black cow & bushel pot. To Mandie, daughter of S. F. Combs, I give one yearling heiffer. The remaining part of my personal property I desire it to be equally divided between John M. Wm. F. & S. F. Combs, said division to be made without a sale. I also hold a note on John M. for twenty four. One on Wm. F. for sixty dollars or upwards. One on Simeon for thirty one dollars. The note against John M. I now give up to him. I also have one note on Eliza Combs for twenty dollars all of which is to be equally divided as my other property after taking out J. M. note which he shall not account for. To my son Cullin I have give to him land and property and I give him no more. To Elbert Combs heir of Samuel & C I have give unto him land money & property, and I give him no more. To Annie DCc and her heirs I have give property, and So I give them no more, All of my just debts and all of the furhter expenses of me and my wife including our lifetime support including our funeral expenses are to be paid out of my estate before any division is made, then if anything remains it is to be divided as afore said but if all be exhausted then the three unto whome I have bequeathed the aforesaid property are still bound for the support of me & my wife equally. In addition to the above personal property I have an interest in real & personal estate in Letcher County Kentucky which I also will as I do my other property.
Signed sealed & delivered on this the 14th day of October in the year of our Lord 1878
Thompson (his X mark) Combs {seal}
We the undersigned certify that Thompson Combs the testator of the foregoing will signed the same in our presence, and acknowledged the same to be his last will & testament on day and year above written
J. B. KINDRICK
S. S. MCREYNOLDS

At a Court begun & held for Russell County at the Court House thereof on Tuesday the 3rd day of January 1882 The last will & testament of Thompson Combs was this day produced into court & proven by the oaths of J. B. KINDRICK & S. S. MCREYNOLDS the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Teste. H. H. Dickenson CC (Transcribed by Combs Researcher & Russell Co, VA GenWeb Coordinator Michael Dye, who adds: Thompson Combs was the son of William Combs, Jr. and Anna THOMPSON)

Notes: S. F. was Simeon Floyd, and Wm. F. was William F.


Oct 1879 Russell Co VA Death Index. Combs, Peggy. Age: 75. Female. Cause: Cold. Parents: Blank

(1879 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)

Notes: Appears to be Margaret “Peggy”, wife of Jacob Combs (s/o William & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.)


15 Apr 1879 Russell Co VA Death Index. CUMBOW, William Age: 67 years 11 m. Male. Cause: Heart Disease. Parents: William & Dricilla CUMBOW

(1879 Russell County Death Index, Compiled and Contributed to Russell Co VA GenWeb by Renae Barrett Schneider)

SW: Drusilla


29 Nov 1880 Russell Co VA Death Index. Combs, Celia A. 4 years, female. Cause of Death: Ulcer. J.M & Celia FLETCHER.

(1880 Russell County Death Index)


3 Jan 1882 Russell Co, VA. Married: Fielding Combs & Ledora Combs

MD Notes: Fielding, s/o John M. & Sarah HAGINS-HIGGINS Combs, m (1) Louis J. WHITT; m (2) Ledora KISER, widower of his brother, John William Combs, d 2 Nov 1879.


04 Jun 1882 Russell Co VA Death Index Combs, Rebecca 40 years, Female, Cause of Death: Blank. Parents: Joseph & Mary SMITH

(1882 Russell County Death Index)

Notes: Wife of Timothy Combs?


24 May 1883 Russell Co VA Death Index. Combs, Wm. 70 years, Male, Cause of Death: Paralysed. Parents: Wm. & Anna Combs

(1883 Russell County Death Index)


18 Nov 1912 Russell Co. Death Record Sarah COMBS, New Garden TWP, age 92 years1 month & 23 days, b. 25 Sep 1820, KY, s/o John HIGGINS, b. KY & Laureance POLLEY, b. KY [as written but might be Polly Lawrence]? By Colbert Combs; Sarah d. 18 Nov 1912.

("Some Early 1900's Russell, Smith & Washington Cos., VA Deaths" by Jack Hockett, abstracted from Virginia State Library Microfilm and found on the Russell Co VA GenWeb)

SE Note: The above Sarah appears to be the same as Sarah, wife of John M "Million" COMBS per our Combs records. Her death record shows parents as John HIGGINS [HAGINS] and his wife Laureance POLLEY. Her mother Laureance would be the same as Lurainy aka Lurany POLLEY Hagins who remarried to Thomas Francis Sr. This Thomas had two daughters, Susan and Jane who married Fielding and Thompson Combs respectively. See 1850 Census


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