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Dunmore County, named after Lord Dunmore, was organized from Frederick Co VA in 1772. In 1778, during the Revolutionary War, Dunmore was re-named Shenandoah. In 1831 Page Co was created from Rockingham & Shenandoah Cos, and in 1836 Warren Co was created from Page & Shenandoah. (The records of Dunmore are maintained by Shenandoah County, with the few Combs records found thus far included herein)

Note: Except where otherwise noted, all tax list and land book transcriptions are those of Combs Researcher Jeannette Combs Lehman.

Note: Except where otherwise noted, all Shenandoah Co, VA Court orders were extracted by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving, extracted from either:

  1. SH1 - Order Book 1772-1774 Shenandoah County, Virginia, Amelia C. Gilreath, 1986; or
  2. SH2 - Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia, Amelia C. Gilreath, 1987

Index to Combs of Shenandoah Co, VA Reports
Chronology of Records 1772-1779
Chronology of Records 1780-1789
1782-1797 Shenandoah Co, VA Land Book Records Inclusive
Chronology of Records 1790-????
VA Chancery Court Records
Rev. War. Soldier Gilbert Combs, also includes more abt his grandfather, Robert Combs of Monmouth Co, NJ, and other members of his family. (Additional Combs Research Family Reports will be published for Robert's family shortly). (Family Research Report)
Mason Combs, Sr. of Stafford and Frederick Cos, VA and Rowan and Surry< Cos, NC, and his sons, John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr. and William & Seth STACY Combs, Sr. (Family Research Reports)
Cody-Combs-Stacy Connections Family Research Report)

Also Note: A few records herein pertain to other Combs Families, including other descendants of Mason Combs, Sr.; descendants of Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co, VA; and a later Combs family (1850s) has not yet been identified (See below).

Chronology of Records 1790-????

1790 Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists

(Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1793)

Taxpayers Name White; Black ov 16; Black 12-16; Horses

Combs, William 1 0 0 3

Combs, Gilbert 2 0 0 3

Combs, Job 2 0 0 6

*Zur not listed; included with Job? Timothy Eagle missing again.

JCL Notes: Zur has left for Greenbrier Co, VA. Timothy EAGLE missing

1791 Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists

(Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1793)

Taxpayers Name White; Black ov 16; Black 12-16; Horses

Combs, Job 2 0 0 5

Combs, William 2 0 0 6

No Eagle.

Notes: Gilbert removed to Culpeper Co, VA this year.

23 Feb 1791 TAYLOR, Mary & Jacob BRINKER; d of Barbara Combs

(Shenandoah County Marriage Bonds 1772-1850 Virginia, Historic Marriage Register by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr., Pub by Iberian Publishing Company Athens, Georgia 1984, p. 400)

13 Jun 1791 TAYLOR, Elizabeth & William BRANHAM; d of Barbara Combs


Notes: The above three TAYLOR brides (see Susanna TAYLOR, 30 Nov 1789) are children of (Charles?) and Barbara TAYLOR, the latter 3rd wife of Job Combs.

March, 1792 Shenandoah Co, VA Records. Power of Attorney

Know all men by these presents that I Elizabeth Combs wife of Solomon Combs deceased of Green County and Territory of United States South river Ohio [now Tennessee] hath made ordained constitute in my place…. my trusty and loving friend Edwin YOUNG of Shenandoah State of Virginia my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name….to the recovery thereof of any such debts dues or sums of money or land due me by Gilbert Combs or any other person…
Signed: Elizabeth Combs.
Wit: John YOUNG
Recorded: 6/28/1792

Notes: Elizabeth MARR m 11 Jan 1781, Shenandoah Co, VA, Solomon Combs.

Shenandoah County Virginia, Abstract of Wills, 1772-1850
Published by Amelia C. Gilreath
Heritage Books 2007

Submitted by Myra Britt

PAGE 162
Will Book D - Page 140

Richard NICHOLAS. Shenandoah County. Wife: Jamime Children: Daniel; John; Nancy; Moley; Abigale; Richard; and Thomas.
Exor: Son-in-Law. David Markenturfh (McInturf)
Wit: John Newman, John Woolen and Job Combs
Dated: 25 April 1792 Proved: 28 June 1795

1792 (Shenandoah Co VA Marriages) James Combs married All CLOAR

(History of Shenandoah County, VA, by John Wayland)


Notes: Who was this? Date? Could James have been the second white male in 1792 HH of Job (see next)? Or was he possibly descended (somehow) from John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.? What happened to him (not found again).

1792 Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists

(Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1793)

Taxpayers Name White; Black ov 16; Black 12-16; Horses

Combs, William 1 0 0 8

Combs, Job 2 0 0 6

No Eagle.

1793 Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists

(Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1793)

Taxpayers Name White; Black ov 16; Black 12-16; Horses

Combs, Job 3 0 0 6

JCL Notes: No Eagle.

Notes: James should have appeared on tax list this year unless non-resident at time of his marriage or in HH of another (Are all tithables charged to Job accounted for?). No more is known of him. William has apparently left with no positive identification until 1795, by which time he is believed to have been the same who was in Lincoln Co, KY.

1793 (Shenandoah Co VA) Job Combs (widower) married Elizabeth SPANGLER

(History of Shenandoah County, VA, by John Wayland)

26 Oct 1793 (Shenandoah Co VA Marriage Bonds)

Combs, Job & Elizabeth SLAUGHTER [sic]; bondsman, John A. MILLER, widow

(Shenandoah County Marriage Bonds 1772-1850 Virginia, Historic Marriage Register by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr.,Pub by Iberian Publishing Company Athens, Georgia 1984, p. 72)

15 Nov 1793 (Shenandoah Co VA Marriage Records)

Job Combs (widower) married Elizabeth SPANGLER (married by Simon HARR)

Notes: Date conflicts? Following the death of Barbara TAYLOR, Job m (3) the above Elizabeth SPANGLER (or SLAUGHTER?) Note that only the third record (source?) states Job was a widower, and that a Marriage CD lists her as Mrs. Elizabeth SLAUGHTER (perhaps what is meant by "widow" in the second record, referring not to Job, but to her?). Was she neè SPANGLER or is that a mistranscription? Hers was the only SLAUGHTER marriage in Shenandoah listed by this source. Of the SPANGLER marriages in Shenandoah per this source, none seem to "fit"; i.e.:

SPANGLER, Philip & STOVER, Reginia Nov 15 1788
DENTON, Jacob & SPANGLER, Elizabeth Aug 25 1794
KENDRICK, Cathrine & SPANGLER, Anthony Feb 25 1796
LOWDER, Christina & SPANGLER, Philip Apr 09 1798

Also Note: If Elizabeth was a widow, she may have had issue from her earlier marriage, and if so, locating these children might be a way of "zeroing in on" the children of Job.

1794-1799 Shenandoah Co, VA Personal Property Tax Records:

ov 16


Combs, Job3243n/sn/s
Taylor, Lazarus11
Tyler, Wm11
Taylor, Molly0 2 horses
Tipton, Joseph1
Taylor, John1

October 15, 1794 Shenandoah Co, VA Will Book E, page 81

Isabella RICHARDSON of Shenandoah County. Son: Marquis RICHARDSON my whole estate and my negro man Harry. Daughters: Elizabeth PRICE, Sarah Combs, Mary BUCK and Miriam BUCK.
Proven 3/15/1797

(Combs Researcher Butch Hicks)

Notes: Isabella CALMES, d/o Marquis & CALMES & Winnifred WALLER (d/o John), m William RICHARDSON. Their daughter, Sarah, m Benjamin Combs of Clark Co, KY, s/o John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co, VA.

Shenandoah County Virginia, Abstract of Wills, 1772-1850
Published by Amelia C. Gilreath
Heritage Books 2007

Submitted by Myra Britt

Will Book D - Page 400

Jacob GOLLADAY, SENIOR, County of Shanando. Wife: Mary Golladay. Sons: John Golladay; Joseph; David; Jacob; Daniel. Daus: Ann Golladay (youngest); Susannah; Elizabeth; Christina; Magdaline. Mentions: 109 acrse in Powell's Fort and my Lot in town of Woodstock.
Excrs: Son, David Golladay and William Bauzerman
Wit: JOB COMBS, Rebecca Golladay and John Golladay
Dated: 28 Feb. 1795 Proved: 10 March 1795

14 Dec 1794-08 Dec 1795 Shenandoah County, Virginia Will Book D, pp 474-76, Will Book E, p.11, will dated 17 Dec. 1794, proved 12/8/1795.


In the name of God Amen the fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four, I Willmouth Harding in the county of Shenandoah and state of Virginia being sick and very weak in body but of perfect sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing it is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in the place already appointed in a Christian like and decent manner, nothing doubting but the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith I hath pleased God to help me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following viz.-------

And first my will and desire is that my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and satisfied by my executors hereafter names.

In the first place I give and bequeath to my two beloved daughters to wit Nancy Combs and Willmouth Smith all my ? that I now possess and may leave behind at my decease. Everything I own except one girl Sukey, all to be divided equally as near as possible between these two daughters to be divided by their own selves if they can possibly but if they decline coming then to be divided according to the judgment wisdom and discreation of my executors.

Item.----- My will pleasure and desire is that the above girl Sukey is to be a free woman exactly at the end of eight years from the date above and till that time to be in the service care and protection of James Mathew Sr. and that the executors if convenient see that she is well used and freed at the time appointed. I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved and trusted friends John Cuvil and Robert McKay to be my sold executors of my last will and testament hereby making and dissalowing all other wills by me at any time heretofore by me made.

In witness where of I have the my seal this seventeenth day of December one thousand and seven hundred and ninety four.

James Mathews Thomas G. Martin Wilmouth (her X mark) Harding Henry (His X mark) Harding

John Curvil refused to serve and Henry Harding was appointed in his place.
Book D, pg. 474,475,476, Book E. pg. 11 Proved 8 Dec. 1795

(Extracted from Transcriptions in full from HENRY HARDIN OF CALIFORNIA, Researched and Compiled By Fredna Tweedt Irvine, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1976, p. 25, Copy found at SUTRO LIBRARY, San Francisco, by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving who adds: The above is Nancy, wife of John Combs, Sr.. Wilmouth refers to her daughters "coming" to divide their legacies, a statement that suggests they live elsewhere as records do prove.)

"Shenandoah, VA Abstracted Deeds" by Gilreath

G-79, 6/26/1788 Names Job Combs and wife Barbara Taylor (d. of Charles)

K-483, 4/11/1797 Jonathan Clark Philip Williams and Andrew McKoy, Commissioners to Gilbert Combs of County of Culpeper, a parcel of land lying within one of the 27 surveys called Powells Fort Tract.

K-575, 4/14/1797 Same as above except 400 Acres to Job Combs

K-604, 4/24/1797 Job Combs and Elizabeth to Solomon Vanmeter on west side of Passage Creek where he now lives, 400 Acres

K-606, 5/29/1797 Elizabeth Combs, wife of Job, releases dower rights to above

L-280, 3/9/1798 Stephen Odell to John Lichliter in Powells Valley Fort, 20 Acres, more or less, witnessed by Gilbert Combs

W-139, 9/16/1815 Names Elizabeth Combs, late Elizabeth Spengler (d. of John Spengler)

May 16, 1811 Shenandoah Co, VA

Between John DENTON and Elizabeth his wife of County of Culpeper [Virginia] to Gilbert Combs of the same place…consideration of four hundred dollars….one equal undivided fourth part of two separate tracts of land lying in Powells Fort in County of Shenandoah to wit: one of which was granted to John DENTON dec'd the 18th June 1766 and the other ro the representatives of the said late John DENTON deceased the 6th June 1788…the first contained 182 acres the latter 220 acres…
Wit: none
Signed: John W. DENTON and E. DENTON
Recorded: 7/8/1811

Notes: This is probably estate settlement of Capt. John DENTON, father of Christianna, wife of RW Gilbert Combs.

1820-1830 Shenandoah Co VA Census

No Combs

1840 Shenandoah Co VA Census Index

P. 374
Samuel Combs

1850 US Census, Shenandoah Co., VA

1900-1913 Samuel Combs 52 VA
Rebecca 45 VA
Catherine 22 VA
Taner 18 VA
Celia 13 VA
Barbara 10 VA
John 6 VA
Levi ?KELLOR? 3 VA

Notes: Samuel's ancestry has not been determined. He has not been located on the 1830 census and he and his family may have been "hiding" in the household of another, possibly even in Shenandoah (See earlier LICHLITERS in neighborhood plus see also next.

Calvin Sonner's Shenandoah Co VA Cemetery Enumerations

Combs Cemetery

Margaret daughter of Jacob and Lydia KELLER born May 28, 1819 died Sept. 14, 1862

Lydia KELLER wife of Jacob KELLER born Feb. 22nd, 1818 died Dec. 10th 1858 age 40 yr 9 m 16 d

Jacob KELLER died Aug. 26th 1857 age 43 y 2 m 8 d

Susanna KELLER died 23rd 1858 age 73 y 7 m 29 d

Dr. Jacob KELLER died May 17th 1836 age 61 y 7 mo 22 d

Josiah BAKER born May 16, 1851 died May 5, 1862 age 10 yrs 11 mos

Christena wife of John HOOVER Dec'd born June 29, 1801 died Dec. 1st, 1877 aged 53 yrs 5 mos 2 days

Elizabeth D. wife of Ananias BAKER Dec. 24, 1825 Sept. 30, 1915 aged 89 yrs 9 mo 6 ds

Ananias BAKER born June 23, 1827 died May 16, 1881 aged 53 years 10 mos and 23 days

George son of Jonas and Barbary LICHLITER born Oct. 11, 1831 died Oct. 15th, 1837 aged 3 yrs and 4 dys

Jacob son of Jonas and Barbary LICHLITER born June 27th, 1842 died Nov. 18th, 1848 aged 6 yrs 4 mos 21 days

Catherine daughter of Jonas and Barbary LICHLITER born Feb. 11, 1846 died Oct. 19th, 1848 aged 2 yrs 8 mo and 8 days

Jonas LICHLITER born Nov. 4, 1810 died Dec. 30, 1886 aged 76 yr 1 mo 26 ds

Elizabeth daughter of Jonas and Barbary LICHLITER born March 11th 1838 died July 11th, 1857

Rhoda Bell daughter of Ansel and Christina YATES born Jan 17, 1872 died Feb. 11, 1879 aged 7 yrs and 28 days

Christena YATES 1840 - 1917

Ancel P. YATES born June 11, 1838 died May 12, 1905 aged 66 yrs 11 mos 15 ds

(G)elie FISHER born May 4, 1837 died June 19, 1907 76 yrs 11 mos 15 ds

Jonas Combs

Samuel Combs

Rebecca Combs

Emily V. LICHLITER born June 15, 1859 died Feb. 17, 1862 aged 2 yrs 8 mos 2 d

Alfred LICHLITER born Dec. 6, 1840 wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville died Nov. 28, 1864 aged 22 years 11 mos 22 ds

John LICHLITER born Aug. 20, 1812 died April 6, 1893 aged 80 yrs 7 mos 16 d Mary Ann wife of John Lichliter born June 3, 1816 died April 30, 1893 aged (75) yrs 10 mo 27 ds

Mary Jane daughter of James and Emeline LICHLITER died July 5, 1887 aged 2 yrs 1 mo and 6 d

Eliza J. wife of John D. Combs born Nov. 30, 1845 died Aug. 18, 1903 aged 57 yrs 8 mos 18 ds

John D. Combs died Aug. 6, 1908 aged 64 yrs 8 mo and 13 ds

Notes: John D. appears to have been the s/o Samuel and Rebecca Combs of the 1850 census, and they possibly above. Who was Jonas Combs? Was Rebecca a LICHLITER? A KELLER?

Fort Valley Land Grants/Pattents


NAMEAcresYear Acquired
COMER, Christian45 ½a1845
COONTZ, George60a1799
COUNTS, George320a1777
DENTON, Benjamin521a1751
DENTON, George, Jacob, Isaac & Benjamin220 1/a1788
DENTON, John945a1754
DENTON, John Jr.182a1766
DENTON, Jonothan____1766
EAGLES, Timothy180a1778
GOLLADAY, David87a1804
GOLLADAY, Jacob72a1788
ODELL, Caleb380a1766
ODELL, Samuel________
SMITH, Christian74a____
SMITH, Henry237a1788
SMITH, John328a1803
9 ¼a1828
SMITH, William79a1789
SPANGLER, John148a1779

Submitted by Jennifer Wilhelmi

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