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Oregon created Lewis County for Western Washington on December 19, 1845. The county seat is Chehalis. Lewis County in southwest Washington was an enormous area. Half of present-day Washington and of British Columbia were carved from its original borders. But the county's location astride the Cowlitz Trail between the Columbia River and Puget Sound meant that communities with good water access would develop first. In 1853, Congress split off the land north of the Columbia to be Washington Territory, and Lewis County, smaller than the Oregon version, was established between Cowlitz and Thurston counties.The construction of the transcontinental railroad in the 1870s and innovations in logging technology were the major spurs to settlement (Source: The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, HistoryLink.org).


30 Mar 1907 Emmet Cecil and Roxie Lena DOTSON Combs departed Buchanan Co., VA, by train for Lewis Co., WA, on 30 Mar 1907 with 8 children. Six more were born in Lewis Co, WA. Her parents, three maternal uncles, two brothers, and three of her sisters also came to Lewis County and founded the DOTSON, FULLER, RAINERO, and ARNOLD families. Two sisters of Emmet COMBS, also came to Lewis County and are the matriarchs of the COMPTON and TILLER families. In 1917 and 1918, the Emmet COMBS family moved to Kern Co, CA. Emmet Cecil COMBS was the son of William Cecil COMBS of Russell Co, VA, s/o Celia COMBS, d/o William & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr. of Russell.

(Combs Researcher Wesley Combs)


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