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Wayne County now West Virginia, was formed from Cabell Co in 1842.


1850 Wayne Co VA Census

721/760 John Combs 26 m Farmer KY
Nancy 26 f KY
Elizabeth 9 f KY
Mary J. 7 f KY
Harrison 5 m KY
Emily 3 f KY

Note: This may be the same as the 1870 Lawrence Co, OH Census with Harrison, 24 as head of household (both John, 40<sic> & Nancy, 46 in same house).

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


1900 Wayne Co, WV Census

Union District

p. 8A, June 16, 1900, ED 118

S..... Per... b. May 1841, 59, md 7yrs, b. OH OH OH, millwright
Rachel, b. Oct. 1862, 37, md 7yrs, 3ch/3 living, b. KY IN KY
John (last name blacked out) step son, b. May 1880, 20, md 1yr, b. KY VA KY
Lloyd (last name blacked out) step son, b. Feb 1887, 13, Single, b. KY VA KY
Harry Combs step son, b. May 1891, 9, Single, b. KY VA KY
Minnie Combs daughter in law, b. Feb 1883, 17, md 1yr, 1ch/1, b. KY KY KY

(Source: Original census images, Union, Wayne, West Virginia Roll: T623 1775; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 118 )

DC Note: on page 8A at the bottom of the page there is a black blob that obliterates parts of the names… The first name of the HH almost looks like Shadrach and not Sherman… This black blob appears both on the ancestry image and also on the Heritage Quest image.

Family Notes: This family appears to be the same family found in the 1910 Boyd Co, KY, 1920 Baltimore MD & 1930 Logan Co, OH census. If the census is accurate, John, Lloyd, and Harry Combs are the stepsons of the head of the household, shown as Sherman S. PERKINS in the 1910 Boyd Co, KY. census. The DC for John C. Combs states his father was Jack Combs and his mother was Rachel HELMS. In the 1910 and 1920 Boyd Co, KY.,census records, Harry is listed as a PERKINS. The 1900 census shows Rachel as having had 3 children with 3 living while the 1910 census shows her as having 5 children with 3 living. It would appear that Sherman PERKINS was a second husband for Rachel but no marriage record has been located. The 1900 census states they had been married 7 years. No 1880 or earlier census record for a Sherman S. PERKINS has been located.

According to the Rev. Steve Mitchell, John Combs was married to Minnie CHAPMAN. The 1900 census shows John and Minnie were married only 1 year and they had one child living; however, no child is listed in the census. In 1910, they are shown as having been married 11 years with 4 of 5 children living. No marriage record for John and Minnie has been found; however, she is named as Minnie CHAPMAN by the 1912 Ky. (Boyd Co.) birth record for her son James Combs and the 1917 DC for son John Combs. Steve Mitchell adds that John C. Combs had brothers named Lloyd and Harry, a statement corroborated by the 1900 census records. See Boyd Co, KY. for more information about this family.


14 May 1940. Wayne Co, WV Died: Jennie KENNEDY, age 63 yrs 3 mos 24 ds, widow, housewife, born Lawrence Co., KY, d/o Lawson Combs & Lettie WALBERT, died 14 May 1940 of influenza. Informant: Frank E.KENNEDY

(Transcribed from "Indexed Register of Deaths - Wayne Co., W. Va.," microfilm, by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)


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