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NOTE OF CAUTION: The research of Samuel Combs I of Loudoun Co, VA is an ongoing project. There is speculation that there may have been more than the one Samuel, both contempories in Loudoun Co, VA: Perhaps a Samuel of a Quaker background and a Samuel with a Baptist background. On the tax lists of Loudoun Co, VA, only one Samuel appears each year until the year 1779/80 when Samuel Combs II was taxed. Therefore, all the Samuel records appear here,as if there was only one Samuel. If it becomes clear that there were two contemporary Samuels, then an attempt will be made to sort out the records at that time.

According to the manuscript of William F. Coombs on the Descendants of Samuel, Samuel had the children included here. However with the exception of children Samuel II and Martha, there is no other documention discovered that links these children to Samuel.

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Samuel COMBS I (aka COOMBS), resided in 1755/56 in Tonoloways, Cumberland Co, PA. Samuel Coombs signed a petition to Governor Morris 29 Sep 1755 from the Sherive of Frederick Co, Md protesting a surveyor taking properties along the Tonoloway Settlement as due to Maryland along with John Coombs and two Josephs Coombs. Samuel was probably the s/o Joseph COMBS I of Fort Coombs, Tonoloways Settlement in present-day Fulton Co, PA. Samuel was born about1728, and married (1) pre-1760, Mary (WILKS? CHESTNUT?), born about 1733, died before 1791, probably in Loudoun Co, VA; married (2) probably in Loudoun Co, VA, between Oct 13, 1788 (when Elizabeth Williams and Samuel signed an agreement in Loudoun Co, VA,) and 1791, Elizabeth,the widow of Thomas WILLIAMS, and died after 1815, probably in Nelson Co, KY. On 12 Dec 1758 William CRAWFORD was bound out to Samuel Combs, shoemaker. On 24 Jun 1760 - 9 Sep 1761 Samuel Coombs age 32, wife Mary age 27, son Samuel age 1 leased land from John PATTERSON attourney for Carles Earl of Tankerville of Great Britain. Samuel was taxed in Loudoun Co, VA inthe years 1760, 1762, 1765 and 1767-1770. He is missing from tax lists in 1771, but again listed from 1772-1776. He is missing from tax lists in 1778, but again present in 1779. He is missing from 1785 lists, but was taxed in Loudoun in 1787. On his will of 14 Mar 1774; probated 25 May 1775 in Loudoun Co, VA Andrew Combs named a Samuel Combs as his brother and executor of his will. See Loudoun Co, VA Combs &c for more records. Samuel Combs had removed to Nelson Co, KY by 1795 when he purchased land on Chaplain's Creek. He had no known issue by his second wife, Elizabeth. On the third of Apr 1797, Samuel gave consent for his stepdaughter Sally Williams to be married to Richard Milton, and on the 6th of April, 1797, he gave consent for his daughter Martha to marry in Nelson Co, KY. The will of John Combs of Tonoloways written on 12 Aug 1800 in Nelson Co, KY, was witnessed by either Samuel I or Samuel II and Adin Coombs. On Wednesday the 14th of March, 1804, either Samuel Combs I or II and Alexander Huston were involved in the case of the demise of Elijah Chinn. Samuel died before 21 November 1814 when the Nelson Co, KY court ordered his will to be recorded even though no will was found recorded in the Nelson Co, KY will book. Elizabeth Combs appeared on the tax list in 1815 in Nelson Co, KY.

See the William F. Coombs Manuscript of 1893 for much more regarding Samuel and his descendants. According to William (Samuel's grandson), Samuel m (1) Miss WILKES. However, according to the source "Some Virginia Families Being Genealogies of the Kinney Stribling Trout McIlhany Milton Rogers Tate Smickers Taylor McCormick and Other Families of Virginia, by Hugh Milton McIlhany, Jr., M.A., Ph.D., 1908, reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1962, p. 231, Mary was neè CHESTNUT: "Mary COOMBS, daughter of Samuel COOMBS and Mary CHESTNUT," was b. 24 Sep 1776, and d. 2 Nov 1863, Warrenton [Fauquier Co, VA]. She married Hugh ROGERS in 1792 in Loudon Co, VA. Hugh ROGERS, son of Arthur Rogers and Mary McFall, was born in 19 May 1768 Bucks Co, PA and d. 15 Aug 1853 at "Stone Hill" nr. Middleburg [Loudoun Co, VA]." On p. 229, McIlhaney references a manuscript written by Mr. Arthur Lee Rogers entitled "Sketch of the Rogers Family," which the author states was written in 1853 and published in 1871. Arthur Lee ROGERS was the grandson of Mary COOMBS Rogers who was still alive at the time his manuscript was written. McIlheny does not specify that his source for Mary CHESTNUT'S maiden name was Arthur Lee ROGERS; however, if it was, ROGERS' source for CHESTNUT was likely oral family history from his grandmother and possibly more accurate than that of grandson, William F. COOMBS, whose manuscript was written from memory 40 years later.

Issue of Samuel & Mary:

  1. Samuel COMBS II (aka COOMBS) of Loudoun VA 1 was born on 7 Jun 1758 in (of) Loudoun Co, VA. 6,1 He was taxed in Loudoun Co, VA in 1779/80, but is missing between 1781 and 1785. He was again taxed in Loudoun Co, VA in 1787, and was tithed by Samuel Wilks. In 1810 he is on the Hardin Co, KY Census. He married Polly BRISCOE on 23 Jan 1809 in Hardin Co, KY. 6 He died in that county on 22 Aug 1815, and was buried in Red Mills Cemetery.
  2. Amos COMBS was born before 1767. He was taxed in 1787 in Loudoun Co, VA; and resided in Montgomery Co, VA between 1794 and 1812. He was taxed in Nelson Co, KY, in 1811, and between 1814 and 1815 in Hardin Co, KY, but is missing from the 1816 tax lists. He was last taxed in 1817 in Hardin in 1817. 6 He married before 1794, Tacy DRAKE (daughter of Thomas DRAKE and Eurah HUMPHREYS of Loudoun Co, VA and Wood Co, WV), born 1 Sep 1766 in Loudoun Co, VA. Amos died before 14 December 1818, probably in Hardin Co, KY (see land record bearing that date.) Amos and Tacy had the following children documented both by the WF Coombs manuscript and a land record or 12 Aug 1828 in Hardin Co, KY: Mary who married Israel Wilks, Ura who married Bennet Straughn, Thomas who married first Elizabeth Coombs, the daughter of Adin, and secondly Perlina Ashburn, and Samuel who married Susan Williams.
  3. Jesse COMBS According to the manuscript of William F. Coombs, MD Jesse resided in Jessamine Co, KY with his brother Asa. Jesse and Asa were on the tax lists for Jessamine Co, KY on 29 Aug 1800. According to the manuscript either Asa or Jessee was the father of Huston Coombs (b. 1800 per 1850 Census, Jefferson Co, KY) and Ezekiel Hayden Coombs. Esse Coombs married 15 Jun 1801 Peggy Forst in Jessamine Co, KY and Peggy Coombs m. Alexander Walker 21 May 1812 in Jessamine Co, KY. On 3 Jan 1814 the Adair Co, KY, court ordered that Cyrus WALKER be appointed guardian to Frost COMBS an infant of Jefse COMBS decd. he having executed and acknowledged bond with Alexr WALKER Senr his security in the penalty of $1400 (ref: Adair County, Kentucky Court Records, Volumes A-B, 1802-1815, FHC Microfilm #0829848.) Simeon F. COMBS married Levina Coffey on 22 Jul 1823 in Adair Co, KY 1850 Census, Crittenden Co, KY lists Simeon F. Combs age 48 b. KY with wife Lavina and children. [Additional information on Combs Maillist Archives from Combs Researcher Bill DeGarmo regarding Simeon F. Combs]
  4. Asa COMBS According to the manuscript of William F. Coombs, MD Jesse resided in Jessamine County, KY with his brother Asa. Jesse and Asa were on the tax lists for Jessamine Co, KY on 29 Aug 1800. According to the manuscript either Asa or Jessee was the father of Huston Coombs (b. 1800 per 1850 Census, Jefferson Co, KY) and Ezekiel Hayden Coombs.
  5. Jonah COMBS was born about 1765. He married (1) Unknown GARNETT; m (2) 5 Jul 1800, Jessamine Co, KY, Catherine WEBB (widow of Richard GATEWOOD), born 25 Aug 1766 (Source?). He appeared on the census in 1787 in Loudoun Co, VA, and on the 1810, 1820, and 1830 Henry Co, KY census. Jonah had the following children with his first wife: Hawkins, Fielding and Martha. He had the following children with his second wife: William Webb, Lucy, Asa, and Jesse.
  6. Adin COMBS, Sr. was born on 26 Oct 1771 in Loudoun Co, VA. He married Pamelia WILLIAMS (daughter of Thomas WILLIAMS of VA and Elizabeth EDWARDS, the second wife of Samuel Combs I) 1 on 2 Oct 1794 in Frederick Co, MD8. Pamelia WILLIAMS was born on 12 Apr 1776 in VA, and is on the 1850 Hardin Co, KY Census. 6 Adin resided in Nelson Co, KY, which later became Hardin Co, KY. Adin resided in Hart Co, KY from 1820 until 1823. By 1830, he was again living in Hardin Co, KY. He died on 29 Aug 1834 in Hardin Co, KY, and was was buried in Red Mills Cemetery, Hardin Co, KY. His wife Pamelia married secondly Walter WILLIAMS of Larue Co, KY after 1850 and died 4 Jul 1859 in Hardin Co, KY; she was also buried in Red Mills Cemetery. Please see land record of 18 July 1840 in Hardin Co, KY for a listing of some of his heirs including the William F. Coombs that authored the manuscript.
  7. Abigail COMBS (aka COOMBS) married Unknown BROWN of Loudoun Co, VA.
  8. Mary COMBS (aka COOMBS) was born on 24 Sep 1776 in Loudoun Co, VA; died 2 Nov 1863 in Warrenton, Fauquier Co, VA; she married 28 November 1792 in Loudoun, Hugh ROGERS.5
  9. Sallie COMBS was born before 1782; she married before 1796, Benjamin HICKMAN Benjamin Hickman was on the 1830 census for Hardin Co, KY.
  10. Martha COMBS married 6 Apr 1797 in Nelson Co, KY, (4) Josiah Edwards BEST who was born 29 July 1774 in VA (6,9) Her father Samuel Coomes gave consent to the marriage preformed by a Baptist Minister. He was also known as Joseph Edwards BEST.(4) Josiah Best held land in Hardin Co, KY. Josiah died 09 March 1825, and was buried in the Red Mills Cemetery, in Hardin Co, KY6,9


  1. William F.Coombs Manuscript
  2. Combs &c. Families of Loudoun Co, VA
  3. Combs &c. Families of The Tonoloways Settlement (Maryland-Pennsylvania)
  4. Combs &c. Families of Nelson Co, KY
  5. Mary COOMBS Rogers (manuscript excerpt)
  6. Combs &c. Families of Hardin Co, KY
  7. Combs &c. Families of Montgomery Co, VA
  8. Combs &c. of Frederick Co, Maryland
  9. Red Mills Cemetery, Hardin Co, KY

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