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BROWN, Thomas,b 28 Feb 1753, Augusta Co, VA; enlisted in Tryon (later Rutherford Co), NC, but his father William BROWN lived at the Waxhaw Settlement in SC. He applied for his pension on 8 Oct 1833, Warren Co, TN, aged 80. His father, William, and brothers Alexander, Robert & William BROWN, Jr. also served in the war. In 1780, Thomas BROWN moved to the Holston River in Sullivan Co NC (now TN) for several years, then moved to Clinch River in Roan Co TN, then to Smith Co, TN, then in 1808 to Warren Co, TN; died 3 Sep 1849 & left no widow but left children: William Jr., Alexander & Rebecca BROWN ,Margaret HALL & Nancy McGREGOR & a George SAVAGE was adm. of soldier's estate in 1850, & a Richmond McGREGOR was Clerk of the County Court for Warren Co TN in 1850, but no relation to pensioner's daughter was stated.

(File S3509, Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Virgil D. White, National Historical Publishing Compay, Waynesboro, TN, 1990)

BROWN, Robert [bro of Thomas above], was born in 1758 in Rowan Co, NC,lived in Burke Co NC when he enlisted, and after the war lived in Hawkins, Knox, Smith and WarrenCos, TN, the latter where he applied for his pension on 10 Jan1832, aged 75. He died after 1840, and is buried in Viola, WarrenCo, TN.

(RW Pension File S3057, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Abstract Files, Virgil D. White,NHP, 1990; The Warren Story (Warren Co, TN), Eugene Wiseman, FL, 1995).

In 1797, Robert BROWN sold 150 acres of land on Dodson Creek of the Holston River in Hawkins Co TN " where Miles BARRETT and John WILLIS now lives on" to Martin (& Sarah Combs) Johnson, the former an associate of Mason Combs of Hawkins Co TN, and his sons, Simon & Jeremiah Combs. The BROWNS, Combs & JOHNSONS were all later of Warren Co TN, with Martin & Sarah Combs Johnson first of Smith, then Jackson Cos, TN.

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CORNETT, William (a.k.a. William CORNITT)(also see N. A. Acc #874 #050036 not ½ Pay, VA Line), solwas b in Henrico Co, VA & lived in Buckingham Co,VA at enlistment, applied12 Aug 1833 Perry Co KY aged 71[b ca 1761] & died there 26 Nov 1836;m 2nd (his 1st wife not named) Mary EVERAGE in Apr 1796 in what later became Washington Co or Sullivan Co TN & she was b in May 1770. His widow applied 31 May 1850 Perry Co, KY. She d 28 Jan 1852. CORNETT had children by his 1st wife but only a son Archibald who was b 12 Jan 1789 was named, children by 2nd wife were: Margaret b in 1798 or 1799 & d in infancy, Roger who m Polly LEWIS, Nancy who m Samuel Combs, Samuel whom Polly ADAMS, Nathaniel whom Lydia CAUDLE, Rachael who m John CAUDLE & Joseph E. who m Sally BROWN.

(RW Pension File W6723, Genealogical Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, Virgil D. White, NHP, Waynesboro,TN, p. 770)

Abstracted from various affidavits, Genealogical Records of Buckingham County, Virgnia, Edythe Rucker Whitley, GPC, 1984:

"Elijah (X) Combs, 81, 13 Apr 1852, Perry Co, KY, gave affidavit on behalf of RW Pension application of Mary ETHERAGE/EVERAGE, widow of William CORNETT

(W6723; N.A. Acc. No.874, 050036)"

"Samuel (X) Combs, 54, 30 May 1853, Owsley Co, KY; states he married Nancy CORNETT.

"Jesse Combs, Clerk of Perry Co, KY, stated Mary CORNETT d 28 Jan1852, leaving heirs..."
"CORNETT was private in company of Capt. ANTHONY in Regt of Col. SKIPPER in the VA Line for one year..."

Revolutionary War pension file of William CORNETT of Perry Co., KY, deposition of Thomas CODY:

"Thomas CODY of Perry Co., KY, 25 January 1853. Thomas CODY declares he was born in 1783 and has been a resident of Kentucky since 1804. His grandmother Judah STACY raised Mary (EVERAGE Cornett) as a child until she married William C ORNETT. Mary married about 55 or 56 years ago. William was then a middle aged man and had children. Mary had two children but was never married before she married CORNETT. She had Sally and Polly before she married. Sally was the eldest and married Thomas McDANIEL and Polly married Robt. S. BRASHERS, Probate Judge of Perry County. Mary was considered one of his family and was married at the house of George MORRISON in Sullivan Co., Tenn. Squire GAINES, a justice of the peace, married them. A short timeafter they were married CORNET left for the mountains of Kentucky and seven or eight years afterward he left for Kentucky with his father, hunting for elk and buffalo, and found William CORNETT and his wife in a camp at the mouth of Bull Creek, a branch of the north fork of the Kentucky River. This was in 1804. Mary and CORNETT were married but a short distance from where his father lived, as all the family were present, as his grandmother STACY had helped to raise Mary. William had children Robert, Nancy, Roger, Samuel, Nathaniel, Rachael, Joseph E. and an infant not named. These were the children Mary had by him after their marriage."

(From Virginia Revolutionary Pension Applications, Volume Twenty Three, abstracted and compiled by John Frederick Dorman, Washington, D.C., 1975, provided by researcher George Baumbach)

Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. CARTER from Clay Co KY Ancestral News, quarterly, Vol. VIII #1 Feb 1992 page 52, is the following additional data, also from Wm. CORNETT'S RW Pension File (W6723; N>A>Acc. No. 874, 050036):

Other deponents in the pension application...

Elija Combs, no age given, 3 June 1850, Perry Co; RobertCORNETT s/o Wm and Mary, marr Louisa Combs; a daughter, Nancy , married Samuel Combs.

Sally STAPLETON, 90, 22 Jan 1853 Owsley Co, KY.Mary EVERAGE had two children before she marr Wm CORNETT: Sallymarr Thomas McDANIEL and Polly m Robert S. BRASHEARS, Probate Judge of Perry Co KY; these two children of Mary's were illegitimate and were not by William CORNETT; Thomas CODY born 1783, 25 Jan1853, Perry Co. His m grandmother, Judah STACY, raised Mary as a Child

Samuel Combs 54, 30 May 1853, Owsley Co KY. He marr Nancy CORNETT

Jesse Combs, Clerk of Perry Co KY, states that Mary CORNETT died 28 Jan 1852 leaving heirs Robert, Nancy Roger, Samuel, Nathaniel, Rachael, and Joseph E. CORNETT.

Notes: Rev. War Soldier William CORNETT, b 1761, Henrico Co, VA; d 26 Nov 1836, Perry Co, KY; was m (1) 7 May 1790, Washington Co, VA,to Rhoda GILAM [GILLIAM] by Rev. John FROST; m (2) Apr 1796, at the house of George (and Mary "Polly" WOOD) Morrison, Sullivan, Co, TN; Mary EVERAGE, b May 1770, NC; d 28 Jan 1852, Perry Co, KY. Mary "Polly" WOOD Morrison was the d/o Jonathan & Nancy DAVIDSON Wood (Osborne) of Russell Co, VA. Of the deponents:

Elijah "8" Combs, Sr. (s/o John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr., gs/o Mason, Sr.),b1770, probably in Frederick Co, VA; m bef 1799, probably in Hawkins or Sullivan Co TN, Sally ROARK (d/o RW Soldier Michael & Letty GRIGSBY Roark). By 1807, he was residing in Clay Co KY, that part which later became Perry Co KY.

Samuel Combs (s/o Nicholas "8" & Nancy GRIGSBY Combs, Sr., gs/o John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.), b 1799, probably in Sullivan Co TN; d 11Nov 1881, Owsley Co, KY; m 13 Dec 1819, Clay Co, KY, Nancy CORNETT (d/o William and Mary EVERAGE Cornett), b 24 Dec 1803, (probably Sullivan Co) TN

Jesse Combs (s/o Elijah & Sarah ROARK Combs, Sr.), b 12 Jan 1798, Tennessee; d 6 Jan 1874, Perry Co, KY; m 11 Jun 1821, Polly BOLLING, b 7 Dec 1801, VA.

Thomas CODY was the s/o William & Sinai STACY Cody and gs/o Simon and Judith TOLSON Stacy (Pettit), Sr.,whose son, Benjamin STACY, Sr. had m Ann Combs (d/o Mason, Sr.) and whose, daughter, Seth STACY, had m William Combs, Sr. (s/o Mason, Sr.). In 1804, when Thomas speaks of meeting up with William CORNETT, his parents were living on Crabtree Creek of the Big Moccasin, North Fork Holston River, on property adjacent to William and Seth STACY Combs, Sr. in Russell Co, VA.

Sarah JOHNSON was the widow of RW Thomas STAPLETON.On 14 Mar 1853, John Combs (s/o RW John "8" and Margaret Combs) of Owsley Co, KY, aged 67, declared that when he first knew them, Thomas and Sarah JOHNSON Stapleton lived with his parents on Long Island of the Holston (Hawkins or Sullivan Co, TN).

Question: Was George MORRISON kin to RW Patrick MORRISON (See next) who served in the 1788 Sullivan Co TN Militia Co. of Capt. Thomas VINCENT with a John Combs (still unidentified) & Lt. Samuel BRASHEARS, father of the above Robert S. BRASHEARS? Also note Sarah JOHNSON Stapleton and see John "Jack" Combs ,s/o RW John Combs of East KY.

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DAWSON, Jeremiah m. Nancy A. Dollard; enlisted in Bedford Co., VA. Nancy Agnes, his widow applied 5 June 1851,Hart Co,.KY and stated she was b 6 Oct 1765 in Hanover Co VA and shemd sold. 28 March 1788. Her husband d 28 Feb 1840 leaving her a widow and ch in 1851. They were: John W age 62, Thomas T, 60, Susan Rader, 54, Nancy Bosdick, 52, Elizabeth Combs, 47, and Ransom A., age 43. The son Ransom A Dawson was a JP for Hart Co KY in 1851.

R2778. VA Line. (Extracted by Thom Montgomery from Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files by Virgil White page 917.)

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HICKS, William [Hix] applied 30 June 1818 Garrard Co KY age 62.Sold. m.Mary Swanger 2 Jan 1784. Sold d.19 Dec 1822 in Garrard Co KY. Wid applied 19 Nov 1838 Jessamine Co KY age 72 and wid died there 24 Aug 1847. His daughter Sufffiah Combs was b. 20 Sept 1790, and was the 4th child. In Nov 1838 she lived in Jessamine Co KY and her husband Edward Combs died in October 1825, data on other children of sold as follows, to wit: 1st Ch. [not named] died at age of 3 months; Moses 2nd ch. b 7 Sept 1786; Abraham bn 30 Oct 1788; Samuel b 16 Jan 1792, William b 4 Dec 1794, and Abigail b 20 May 1796 In 1843 one William Hicks was with the widow but his exact relationship was not stated.

W 8931, VA Line. (Extracted by Thom Montgomery from Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files by Virgil White page 1626.)

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MILLION, John. b 10 May 1763, Stafford Co Va and lived there at enlistment. He applied 3 April 1843, Madison Co. KY; his sister Sarah Ann Combs of Edgar Co. Ill made affadavit 12 April 1843 age 91. Stated her oldest brother John Million was about 10 years younger than she was.

R 7242 Va Line. (Extracted by Thom Montgomery from Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files by Virgil White page 2366..)

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MORRISON, Patrick, resided in Rowan Co NC at the time of his enlistment; married Ann FOSTER abt 1769 in Rowan Co NC. After the war, they moved to TN. (See 1788 Sullivan Co TN Militia List)In 1801 they were living in Sumner Co TN& later moved to Wilson Co, TN where MORRISON d 16 Jul 1833.His widow, Ann FOSTER Morrison, d 20 Sep 1838. Among his children were a son, Hugh MORRISON who d 16 Apr 1852 in Crittenden Co KY,leaving two children, Ann & Martha MORRISON both living in Crittenden Co KY. Benjamin BELT, Administrator of Patrick MORRISON'S estate, made application for pension which may have been due soldier at his death on 10 Aug 1852.

(RW Pension File R75415, Johnson-Morrison Researcher Elbert Johnson)

Patrick MORRISON & a still-unidentified John Combs both served in the 1788 Sullivan Co TN Militia Company of Capt. Thomas VINCENT. Question: Was Hugh MORRISON in any way associated in Crittenden Co KY with Simeon F. Combs, earlier of Adair & Russell Cos KY & Pike Co IL? With the Combs of Surry/Rowan Cos NC? With George MORRISON at whose house in Sullivan Co TNthe wedding of RW William CORNETT and Mary EVERAGE was held? (See next above)

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NORWOOD, John md. Clary Ferrell in 1782 in Franklin Co., NC. Sol. died 23 March 1822 aged 62+. His wid d 7 July 1843 aged 82 leaving 9 children: Lethan b 1799; Mary who m. Gillian Comb, Millica who m. James Morgan, Martha who m. William Peal, Eliabeth, Thomas, Anderson, Nathaniel an Rebecca Norwood. Son Lethan appl. 20 May 1845 in Wake Co., NC.

NC Line R7729 (Extracted by Thom Montgomery from Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files by Virgil White page 2518.)

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ROCK, John, entered Augusta Co., VA in VA Regiment. Pensioned age 64; Washington Co., TN 1818; died there 12/9/38. married 7/1/90 to; Nancy daughter of John BRYAN (decd) & Rachel in area later Washington Co., TN. Marriage Bond 7/22/1790. Soldier and his; wife moved 1790 with mother Rachel and wifes Sister Katherina to Ross Iron Works on North Fork of Holston River in Sullivan County; NC. The widow pensioned age 72 Washington Co., TN in 1839. Resided there in 1858, died 5/10/54. had 7 children.....including eldest; Kitty who was b. 3/27/1791. Soldiers grandson John Washington Combs under age 21 in 1838. Mrs. Nancy Combs, daughter of Caty CONKLIN, and gdd? of soldier and wife Nancy, affidavit; Washington Co., TN

1848 F-W985 Reel 2069 (Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land WarrantRecords, Volume 4, Patrick Wardell, p. 247)

See Also Family Bible of William K. Combs

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RORK, Michael, born 9/29/1746, Bucks Co, PA,enlisted 1781; Rockingham Co., VA,in VA regiment...enlisted there again and; unnamed brother subbed for him to finish out his term of service; Moved 1792 to Hawkins Co TN where he pensioned in 1832. He died testate 9 Jan 1939 in Shenandoah Co., VA[sic, but see Hawkins Co, TN]. He married Letty who pensioned age 90; Hawkins CO., TN. In 1840, John KITE gave an affidavit there, then age 73, declaring he knew soldier and wife prior to their marriage. Nancy Combs gave an affidavit in 1839 at age 87 in Perry Co., TN [nb: sic, but should read Perry Co KY], stating that she was at soldiers wedding, and resided near them then per that Co. Court Clerk Jesse Combs. Widow's son, John, gave an affidavit in 1845 in Hawkins Co, TN, stating that his mother died there 24 Jun 1844. Her named children in 1846 were: James (res of MO), Michael (res of MO), Sally w/o ElijahCombs (res of KY), Betsy w/o Thomas WOLF (res of Green Co, TN),Rebecca, w/o William TUNNEL (res of Roane Co TN), Hannah w/o George REYNOLDS (res. of McMinn Co., TN),Judith w of John KIRKPATRICK (res of Hawkins CO, TN); Polly wife of George MORRISSETT (res of Hawkins Co., TN), & John (res of Hawkins Co., TN).

(RW Pension File F-W5720, Reel 2083. (Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records, Volume 4, Patrick Wardell, p.255-6)


  1. Elijah"8" Combs, Sr. (s/o John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.), b 1770, d 1855, Perry Co, KY; m bef 1799, Sarah ROARK, d/o Michael & Letitia GRIGSBY Roark.
  2. Nancy(GRIGSBY) Combs, b ca 1753, VA; d Jan 1850, Perry Co, KY; m Nicholas "8" Combs, Sr. (brother of Elijah), b 1761-1764, VA; d 1856-1859, Perry Co, KY.

25 Aug 1834-4 Feb 1839(Hawkins TN WB:422-3) Will of Michael ROARK of Hawkins, somewhat weak of body... son, James RORK [sic] one dollar no more; daughter Sally Combswho intermarried with Elijah Combs one dollar no more; son Michael RORK one dollar no more; daughter Rebecca TUNNEL who intermarried with William TUNNEL, one dollar and no more; daughter Betsy who intermarried with Thomas SELF, one dollar no more; dau Saly [sic] REYNOLDS who intermarried with George REYNOLDS, one dollar no more; dau Julia KIRKPATRICK who intermarried with John KIRKPATRICK one dollar no more; dau Polly MORRISETT who intermarried with George MORRISETT one dollar no more; I wish that she remain on plantation on which I now reside as long as I or my wife survive should she choose to do so; ... my wife should she survive me is to remain on my plantation, use and enjoy it as long as she lives; to my well beloved grandson, James RORK (son of John RORK) the tract on which I now reside. but not to have possession of it until death of myself and wife, reserving use of it for our maintenance. Also bequeath to him all my personal effects of every description...; to my well beloved son John RORK, I bequeath four shares of the tract of land I bought of the heirs of Charles CAMPBELL joining the tract I live on and containing abt 150 acres; appt my well-beloved son and my beloved grandson James RORK my executors..
no bond required...
s/Michael RORK;
wits: D. ALEXANDER, Joseph MOONEY.

(Hawkins Co, TN Wills Vol. 1 (1786-1864) , Eugenia L. Messick, Mtn Press, Signal Mtn, TN, 1992, Transcription of original wills re-copied by the County Court Clerk After the Civil War and Microfilmed by Tennessee State Library and Archives, Technical Services Section, Nashville, Tennessee, 37129, Microfilm Roll No.31, Hawkins Co, TN, excerpted by C. Hammett) See Also mention of John KITE in the Combs &c. Research Report of Nicholas "8" Combs, Sr. Also Note Thomas WOLF vs. Thomas SELF.

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TEVENSON, George, of Virginia Line, md. Catherine M. Combs of Cumberland Co., PA in 1783 and sold. had lived there at enlistment and after his last tour of service moved to Brooke County, Va. and was taken prisoner there in the summer of 1779 and taken to Canada for 3 years 5 months. He applied 14 March 1833 Knox County Ohio aged about 76. Sold. d there about 1839 and widow applied 12 May 1847 in sd Knox County Ohio. Soldier's half brother John Stevenson was a resident of Washington Co. PA in 1843.

W11534 (Extracted by Thom Montgomery Rev. War Index by Virgil D. White 1992 National Historical Pub. Co p. page 330)

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1783-1800 (Glasgow Land Fraud Papers, file 25-2642, State of North Carolina). Soldier; heirs of John COUMBS: 640 acres; assignments: by William COUMBS to Thomas BUTCHER; witness: Geo. GOODSON; mesne assignments: BUTCHER to Jno FORD, FORD to Jos. SITGREAVES; warrent drawn by: S. BARROW; survey for: J. STITGREAVES; remarks: the first assignment all them forged by same person perhaps by T. BUTCHER; granted to surveyers; John Combs mustered and deserted, the rest mustered except WILLOUGHBY.

(From "Glasgow Land Fraud Papers 1783-1800, North Carolina Revolutionary War Bounty Land in TN" by A.B. Pruitt)

Notes: Seeking to identify the above John & William Combs of North Carolina. Were they part of the William Terrell LEWIS group of Surry and Wilkes Cos NC?

To Be Continued -- a work-in-progress…