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Important! In many/most instances, we do not know James Logan Kendall's original source. A primary goal of the Combs &c. Research Project is to locate these sources. Eventually, we hope to have added all source references to the applicable Combs County or Combs Family Reports. In the meantime, this manuscript serves primarily as a research tool.

by Denise Mortorff

When I first started my research a little over 25 years ago on KENDALLS. I utilized the work of a KENDALL researcher named James Logan Kendall of KY to learn more about KENDALLS. In his work he not only wrote about KENDALLS, but also included COMBS because his wife Flora May was a COMBS and James Logan KENDALL (JKL) believed he also descended from the John COMBES married to Hannah of Richmond Co, VA ca. late 1600's through his KENDALL lineage. This manuscript was not copyrighted, and was deposited in a number of local genealogical and historical societies around the nation, including the Filson Club in Kentucky. It is dated 1943 and is typewritten, and what follows is the section of the manuscript that pertains to COMBS, including very interesting data that can be compared and contrasted by a broad range of COMBS researchers.

My personal use of JKL's research indicates he attempted to be thorough using primary records where possible and not overlooking the value of family stories and tradition. He appears to also have had a network of other COMBS researchers in that period or utilized the research of earlier COMBS researchers that may warrant further investigation, as well. The manuscript by JKL will be transcribed as closely to how it appears in his original work. I have added page numbers in their absence for access purposes. Items in [ ] are my entries, often where the typewriter ink rendered it difficult to determine the letters, ie. "e" versus "o"; when manuscript users or JKL may have hand-written or typed in info that was not a part of the typed work; or when I needed to provide clarification.

James Logan Kendall has another group of manuscripts available from 1931, one of which pertains to COMBS, also. I will research the earlier COMBS manuscript further.

Denise Kelly Mortorff





James Logan Kendall,
U.S. Weather Bureau,
Louisville, Ky.



The desire to know as much as possible about our origin
is certainly natural and laudable. Who has not wondered about
the racial elements fused in his being, or the traits of charac-
ter that have entered into his personality? Most of us, no
matter how humble, wish to be remembered by posterity. The
same feeling should cause us to preserve the memory of those
who have preceded us in the stream of life. Such sentiments
as these have prompted this investigation. Those who receive
this brief collection are urged to preserve it, make such
corrections as further research may reveal, and hand it on
to their posterity with their own contributions added as the
years pass.

Dedicated to my children.

Explanatory Notes.

Surnames are used only where necessary to make the connection
clear. Abbreviations have been used to reduce the labor; such as:
b.,d.,m.,or md., for born, died, married. The abbreviation ca. is
used for circa, meaning about or around a certain date.
The figures in parenthesis, on the left margin, introducing
each generation, represent the place of that generation in the
family line, numbered back from the youngest adult generation,
which is No.1 in this scheme. When a new generation appears, these
figures can be increased by 1. By this method of numbering, any
generation, listed, anywhere, can be given its proper place in the
family tree.

Combs. Historical.

The name: At the present time the name is usually spelled
in one of two ways, either Combs or Coombs. Originally it seems to
have been Comb, Combe, Coomb, or even Cumb. In the Colonies we also
find it spelled Combes and Coombes, and even Coumbs.
The name is Welsh. There is a large and influential family of
that name in Wales, whose ancient coat of arms bears the legend "He
who strives will conquer".

The Welsh name for a small Valley is "cwm", pronounced "coom".
"John y cwm" in Welsh would mean "John of the valley", and it would be
very easy in the course of time to drop the "y" and make it John Coom
In England, from whence the Welsh were driven, the name remains, for in many places hollows or valleys are called "combs", or "coombs".
An old English corn measure containing four bushels was called a
"comb" or "coomb", probably because of its large size. The name as
a surname became rather common in England, whence it spread to other
countries. We find McCombs in Scotland and Irleland; Kooms in German
countries, and Combes in France. The French, as is common in French
pronunciation, drop the final letters and call it, "Comb". This
discussion of the name is taken from "Anthony Coombs and his descendants", by William Carey Coombs, Amelia, Ohio, 1913.
The name went through various changes in Virginia, but finally
about 1700 became Combs. The Maryland line showed a tendency to cling to the spelling. "Coombs", which shows in th emigration through
northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana. Where the two
lines came together in Loudoun Co., Va. considerable confusion result
in identifying the persons from the uncertain spellings by the county

There were several Coombs, Combs immigrants into the American
colonies during the 1600's. Among them was a John Combes, "gent"
from Hemil Hemstead, Hertfordshire, to Plymouth, about 1628; Henry
Coombs, a sailor and fisherman, to Marblehead, Mass, shortly prior
to 1648; Anthony Coombs, a French Huguenot, from near Pons, France to
Boston in 1660, thence to Salem and later to New Meadows, Maine; a
Richard came with Wm. Penn's group about 1687; and perhaps two others near this date.
In this sketch we are dealing with the three brothers from
Combs-Martin, Devonshire; Austin in 1617-18; John and William Coomes in
1619-20. These came to Jamestown.

We might mention the Combs of Stratford-on-Avon, John Combs, the
banker, friend of Shakespeare, and their association with the Combs
of Hemil-Ho[e?]mstead, the Combs-Coombs of London; the Carews and Combes of Haocombe, and the Combes of Combe-Martin in Devonshire. Ref. Home of Shakespeare, by Bellew; William Shakespeare, by Chambers; Enoyo. Brit; Harleian Collection; Warwickshore, etc.

A brief outline of the Devon Family.
Richard de Cumb, md. Sybil de Hickleman; living 1202.
Adam de Cumba de Fittleton, of Wiltshire; ca. 1227.
John de Cumba, Lord of Fittleton; ca. 1250.
Ricardus de Cumba and Fittleton, owned the Parish of Cumbe (now known
as Combe-Bisset) in 1279. This was only a few miles south of
Castle Combe that dates back to ca. 800.
Simon de Cumba, Lord of Fittleton.
Cabert de Fittleton. Then to London.
William de Combes of Combe-Martin was a citizen of London 1302-1307,
Sussex records.
William de Combe of London, d. 1327; had a son Simon.

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.Combs. Historical.

Simon de Combe, living in London, 1327.
William de Combes, an alderman of London during the reign of Henry VI (1428 [edge after 1428 cut off by copier]
John Coombes (Combes?), citizen of London, reign of Henry VI
John Coombes (Comb), merchant - md. 1587 Margaret Archdale (b.1569)
See Archdale Notes, New Eng. Register, Vol., 1889, p.188-9
Had a dau. Margaret. This John apparently d. before 1652.
(Had a bro. William, fellow in Oriel College, d. without issue
1629; also a bro. Archdale, appears to have d. in 1652, with a
niece Margaret, mentioned in his will, New Eng. Register Vols.
43, p. 158; Vol.47, p. 83-84)

The following is submitted by Fred Coombs as a fragmentary
outline of the Devon family we are tracing.

(30) Eduardi de Cumba(Reign of Edward the Elder, ca.699-925)
(29) Adam de Pyncombe(holdings in Somerset and Devon) ca.925-960
(28) Ricardus de Marisco de Cumba, ca. 960-1000
(27) Ralf de Pomerai de Comba (vast land holdings) ca. 1000-1020
(26) Ralf de Pomerai de Cumba de Haccombe, ca. 1016-1060
Rafe de Combe de Bridstone, 1040
(25) Richard de Cumba, Lord of Haccombe, living 1128
(24) ------- de Cumba, filia de Richard, next above, living 1100-1115
(25)* Baron Martyn de Tours, Lord of Combe-Martyn, ca. 1140-116? [cut off]
(24) Robert de Tours, 2d Lord of Combe-Martyn,ca.1030-1140; md.
filia de Richard, Lord of Haccombe, 2d above.
(23) Martin de Combe, 1st Lord of Combe, of Combe-Martin, ca 1140-116?
[cut off]
(18) Henri de Combe de Combe-Martin, ca. 1327-1376
(12) Joseph Combe, Lord of Combe, Combe-Martin, living 1520
(11) Guileman Co'mes, Lord of Combe, Combe-Martin, living 1556
(10) Richard Coomes, Lord of Combe, Combe-Martin, d. Apr.7, 1619;
Sons Joseph; Austin; John; William. Joseph succeeded; the other
three to Virginia. Generation 10 above becomes generation 12 in my
scheme. *Came with William the Conqueror, granted land in
Devonshire and made Lord of Combe-Martin; founder of the Martin
Family. See Colonial Families of the United States.

Tradition of the grandmother of Fred Coombs, Nancy Hickman-Coombs
"In the early settlements along the James River was an Englishman,
said to be from near Land's End, by the name of Austin Coombs, and he
started at a tobacco plantation. In need of a wife, he sent over to
England for an English girl and paid for her transportation with two
bales of tobacco; and then in addition to raising tobacco they
raised children. This Coombs got to be a sort of lazy lout and he
later dropped one of the "o's" in the spelling, and now all through the
south the single "o" branch of the family is numerous".

"It is told that this original Coombs induced two of his brothers
to follow him, but they struck out for themselves, one going up
to New Amsterdam (New York) and married a little Dutch girl, thence,
to the Dutch settlements in Pennsylvania at or near Brandywine Creek.
The other headed for the Virginia wilderness, but what became of him
nobody knows. It is said that we Coombs come from one of these broth-
ers, some say from the Dutchman, but others say from the one that went
into the wilderness; anyway your grandfather used to say he was no

There is some truth in this tradition, but as usual, it is confused.
Going to Maryland is more likely than New York. [word struck out]

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Combs. Historical.

Going into the Virginia wilderness would apply to the case of
John and Austin. Both names appear later along the Rappahannock in the
Northern Neck.

Another tradition: "During 1901 the writer (Fred Coombs) met
an Englishman on a transcontinental train and a chance conversation
developed that our names were the same, both spelled with the double
"o". He stated that he then lived near London, but that his ancestors long ago came from near Land's End, where some of the family still
lived; that as a boy he heard a tradition that in very early days
several of the male members of the family had emigrated to the American

And this from the H(M?)ailman Papers: "There is an old family
tradition that our Coombes ancestors came from Devonshire, but this
I doubt."

Letter Chaucer House, London, ?. C. Aug.10, 1938
It is established that the ship "Marigold" cleared from Bristol
Channel in the year 1619. In Hotten's list it is clearly stated
that John Coomes (in list given as Jn Comes) sailed on the Marigold,
also that there was one other by the came [name] of Coomes, but whether
male or female or related to the above John is not shown. Neither
does it show his former home address.
The Society of Genealogists
(signed) K. Bloomfield, Secy

A Document-Affidavit
Jan. 20, 1625. Capt. Nathan Bass affirmith on his knowledge that
John Coomes and John Ervyne came over into this country in th egood
ship called the Marigold, A.D. 1620, the 20th of May, and were de-
livered by Capt. Lane to Sir George Yardley to the Company's use."
A footnote says that in 1625 this John Coomes was living at
the Treasurer's Plantation. Austin Coomes is in the same place 1620-3.

The Maryland Coombes, Combs line was conscious of kinship with
the Va. line. It is believed that Abraham Coombes came from Hemil-
Hemstead. He was a Catholic. He was in Old Rappahannock Co., VA:
1661 to 1665-68, but appears in Maryland in 1670.
Enoch and Richard Combes or Coombes, of Maryland, were Protes-
tants. This Richard Coombes is believed to be the Richard of
Elizabeth City, 1635, and very likely the ancestor of the Coombs
of Loudoun Co., Va, Fayette Co., Pa. and west to Wis., Ind., and Ky. The Loudoun Co., group were Baptists. The line of John Combs of
Va. was Church of England. It is this line we are tracing.

The Combs of Clark County, Ky., descended from John Combs
[word struck out] and Seth Bullitt, have been very ably written up by Miss Bessie Taul Conkwright-mss. in Filson Club, Louisville, Ky. and
my own files.

The Combs of Nelson Co., Ky seem to be mainly of the Maryland
line. The Va. line scattered through the Bluegrass Region of Ky.
The movement of the Coombs of Loudoun Co., Va. was through Fayette
Co. Pa., thence to Nelson Co., Ky., thence to Clark Co., Ind.

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Such evidence as exists, together with various traditions,
indicates that our Combs line came from Devonshire. See historical
notes preceding this genealogy. One tradition is of the familiar
"three brothers" type, but actually has considerable evidence to
support it. Three Coombes or Combes appear at James City by 1623,
and apparently came in between 1617 and 1620, Austin, John and
William. John Coomes or Coombes came on the Marigold, (illegible) 20,1620, and was assigned to Sir George Yardley for the Company's use,
quite evidently indentured for five years as was the custom to
obtain passage. Ca (strike out) 1620-23 Austin Coomes is on the same
plantation, listed as a citizen of James City. William Comes is in
the list of those killed by Indians at James City, 1624.

The first two entries below, Gens 12 and 11, are based on
data furnished by Fred Coombs, of Madison, Wisconsin. The source is
not given, and no proof citations are furnished. It is plausible,
so we give this feature of the genealogy with the hope that it may be
verified later.


(12) Richard Coombe, or COMBE, Lord of COMBE,Devonshire, England,
d. Apr.7, 1619; m _______________
1. Joseph, inherited the manor and remained in England.
2. Austin, to Jamestown ca. 1617-18, in the household of
Sir George Yardley.
3. John, to Jamestown, in the Marigold, landed, March 20, 1620.
4. William, to Jamestown; killed by Indians 1624

(11) John COOMES or COMMBES;; d.1669-70. Sailed
from Severn Channel in ship Marigold late in 1619(name
entered Jn Comes, which shows tendency to pronounce it same
as Combs). The Society of Genealogists of London states that
there was one other of the name Coomes in the list, but it
does not know whether male or female. John Coomes or Comes
was under 5-year indenture to the Company. It is stated that
he leased lands in 1626 of the Rappahannock Co. Said to have
married Margaret Archdale (There is a tradition that he sent
for her, paying her passage in tobacco)

1. Archdale, b. ca 1630;d. ca.1680 or later, probably ca.
1684. M. Elizabeth Underwood, widow of. Capt William (1)
Underwood (who was dead by Mch. 11, 1662).

(10) Archdale COMBE (spelled thus in the records abstracted by
Judge Embry, of Fredericksburg, Va, sometimes Combs).
He married, about 1663, Elizabeth, the widow of Capt. William
Underwood, as above. It is believed that her maiden name was
Butler. At this time the movement was northward from the
district along the James to the "upper country", along the
Rappahannock, among more friendly Indians. The Indian massacre
of 1644 stimulated the movement. The Underwoods, Masons, Uptons,
Moselys, Williamsons, Taylors, etc. migrated at this time,
and were associated with Combe.

1. John, b. ca. 1664; d. 1716; his will in Richmond Co., Va.
Dec. 11, 1716. Had land on Puman's End in Essex Co., which
he left to his youngest son, Mason; m. Hannah (prob. Mason)

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Combs. (Virginia)

Note on Gen 11. That John Coomes or Coombes, of Jamestown
had other children is likely. Also there may have been descendants of
Austin Coomes, for the name Austin appears later in the Rappahannock
region. In Isle of Wight Co., there is a will of Henry Combes, dates
Dec.17, 1677 - wife Mary. Also a John Combes, security for an
administrator Feb. 9, 1679. This John Combe appears in the records
under dates of Feb. 5, 1673 and Aug. 26, 1681.
The first entry in regard to Archdale Combe is for jury
service in Stafford Co., April 5, 1665. Two other entries of jury
service in 1665 in Stafford Co. (formed in 1664, included part of
King George Co.)

(10) Concluded.

1. John COMBES (so spelled in signature to his will) m. Hannah,
believed to be Hannah Mason, probably dau. of Joseph
Mason. This requires further research. About 1684-88.

a. Joseph, of Stafford (This is inferred, for there seems
to be no other explanation. William Combs had no
children. b. ca. 1685-90.

b. Archdell, b. ca. 1688, lived in Essex Co.; d. in King
George 1735.

c. Elizabeth, b. 1690-94; m. William Kendall, son of
Thomas Kendall.

d. Judith,

e. Mary,

f. Sarah,

g. Aymee,

h. Mason, b. ca. 1713-14; m. Sarah _______ and went to
Stafford Co. They had William, 1740;Anne, 1743;
Sarah, 1745; Mason, 1747; Winny, 1749; Wilmot (dau)_
1751. (Probably a child preceding William, probably
a John of Frederick Co., 1658.) Believed to be the
line of Josiah Combs, of Ft. Worth, Texas.

2. William Combs, b. ca. 1666; m. Mary (strike out)______ d. 1718
in Richmond Co., Va. No children indicated by his
inventory at Warsaw, Va.

3. Possibly Charles, who was bound to John Butler, May 7,
1684, to serve until 21. m. dau. of William Veale, and
grandaughter of John Butler. William Veale lkeft all his
"land in the forest" to Chas. Combes in 1693. Nothing
further known of him.

(9) John COMBES, as above. Every angle of existing data has been
studied thoroughly, with the result that the inference for
John in this generation is too strong to be overlooked.
a. Joseph, as above.

(8) Joseph Combs (the form in which the name appears in this line
henceforth). Of Stafford Co., b. ca. 1685-90; d. after 1756,
when he is called "aged and infirm". No clue to his wife. He
owned large acreages on the branches of Acquia Cr., in what
is now Prince William Co. It was said to be on the Brenttown
[town written in over another word at the end of Brent]
Road. This place is northwest of Dumfries and south of
Manassas. The land straddled Beaver Dam Run. First land grant
1725 in Pr. Wm.; another in 1727; and another in Stafford
1741. Total 2454 acres.

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Corrections: Combs

Joseph Combs, b. ca. 1690. This seems to be near the probable
date. His father would be 24 to 26 at this time.
Joseph Combs, b. ca. 1720; md. Elizabeth Harrison ca. 1748.[8 typed over with 6-8]
Stephen Combs, b. ca. 1749 or a year or two earlier.

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Denise Mortorff Note: There is no other data on the above page. Also Note that this correction is done on the same type used in the original manuscript.

Combs. (Virginia and Kentucky)

(8) Joseph Combs, concluded. His land is said to have been about
"9 miles from Dumfries, on the Brenttown road." It appears that
one son, Joseph (2), received the land on the north side of Beaver
Dam Run, while his brother John received 1000 acres on the south
side. It also appears that John bought out his brother, Joseph,
for he left this land on the north side of the run to his wife,
"also the land on the north side of the Brent Town road."

1. Joseph, b. ca. 1715 (See below)

2. John, b. ca. 1718, m. Seth Bullitt, dau. of Benj.
Bullitt. His will, 1785, quotations above.

a. Cuthbert, b. 1745; d.June 26, 1815; m. Sarah__, b.175
[date cut off]

b. Elizabeth (Bettie); m. Marques Clames. He d. by 1794;
she d. 1804. They went to Frederick Co., Va.

c. John, m. Sarah (Ashby)
[There is a mark after the name Ashby in the parentheses that is indistinguishable.]

d. Joseph m. Mary Rousseau; To Ky. then back to Stafford.
This is the line of Mrs. Elizabeth Combs Pierce, of
Nuttsville, Va.

e. Ennis, m. Margaret _________; to Fauquier Co. Will 1827
f. Sarah, b. 1774; m. Richard Blanton; d. 1849 in Bourbon
Co., Ky.

g. Benjamin, Sr., b. 1749; d. Dec. 10, 1838; to Ky. Father
of Gen. Leslie Combs.

h. Fielding, to Ky, then back to Stafford.
Reference notes of Miss Conkwright; Jillson's Land
Grants; Winchester Historical Society, Winchester
Ky.; Mrs. Chichester Pierce, Nuttsville, Va. for
data on this family.

3. Jean or Jane. b. ca. 1721; m. John Ashby 1741; went to
Frederick Co., Va. (frist wife) Children by first:

a. John, b. June 6, 1756

b. Lewis, b. 1748; m. Leahnah [ first "h" written over as an "h"]

c. Nathaniel, b. 1748; m. Margaret (Peggy) Mauzy, dau.
of John and Hester Mauzy.

d. Edward

e. Elizabeth, b. July 9, 1742; d. in Woodford Co., Ky.
m. Col. John Peters of Fauquier Co. (b.1738)

f. Jennie, m. Joseph Darnell.
He m. 2d Catherine Huffman, and had one child,

Note: Cuthbert Combs had a son Cuthbert Jr., who m. Sally_____
and had a daughter "Archadeil". who m. Thos Allen in Clark
Co., Ky. Points back to Archdale.

(7) Joseph Combs, of Prince William, then Frederick, then Loudoun,
Co., Va. B. ca. 1715 (the family tradition says born near
1700); probably d. ca. 1796. He owned between 2,000 and 3,000
acres of land in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, and took up
2,000 acres in Ky. He received 1,000 acres from his father
in 1755, "north side of Beaver Dam". M. Elizabeth _________,
about 1736. There is no clue to her maiden name.
1. Stephen (according to family tradition, b. 1739; d.1807
probably in Mercer Co., Ky.) Believed to have had other
children, at least one child, but identification is not
possible at present. The land of Joseph Combs lay mostly
along Goose Creek near the southern border of Loudoun
Co., and partly in Fauquier Co.

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Correction: Combs.

(6) Stephen Combs. Children:

1. Claytor, b. 1770; d. 1803

2. Probably Sally, who married Jacob Hardin in Lincoln
Co., Ky, March 27, 1798; Stephen Combs bondsman.

(5) Claytor Combs, born in Loudoun Co., Va., 1770; d. in Mercer Co.,
Ky., 1803; married Jael Ransdell, dau. of William Ransdell,
bond dated Aug.9, 1796; consent of her father William
Ransdell; Stephen Combs and Wharton Ransdell on bond. She
was probably born about 1778-80 in Orange Co., Va. Children:

1. Joseph Allen, b. Aug. 30, 1797; d. Feb.26, 1885.
[top of 6 is cut-off and could be an 8 instead of a 6]
See generation 4.

2. Nancy, b. prob. ca. 1799; md. Thomas Davis Robards,

A. Landon, b. 1826; md. Emma S. Combs, dau. of his
uncle, Joseph Allen Combs.

B. Serelda. and probably others.

Note: After the death of Claytor Combs, his widow, Jael
Ransdell Combs, md. Jacob Voris, bond dated Dec. 28, 1805; John
Poulter on bond. They are said to have come to Johnson Co., Ind.
This bond reads "Jacob Voris and Jaly Combs".

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Combs (Virginia and Kentucky.)


(6) Stephen Combs of Loudoun Co., Va. b. 1739, d.1807, probably in
Mercer Co., Ky. The family traditions undoubtedly came down
through him. His land, 106 [hard to read middle number] acres,
was on the tax list of Loudoun Co. in 1782. According to the
tradition in the Combs Family, and borne out by the county records
of Loudoun County, as searched by the writer, he was less frugal
and inclined to accumulate than his ancestors. He was frequently
in debt, and the sale piece by piece of his father's land seems to
have been connected in part at least, with the debts of Stephen.
It is the tradition that he went to Georgia and then to Kentucky.
Thus far no trace of him has been found in Georgia.

It is believed that he married a Claytor, of the Claytor
Family of Fauquier Co., Va. For that reason the genealogy of the
Claytors has been included in this folio. Only one child is known.
Stephen Combs, and his father Joseph, signed the resolutions of
1774, Loudoun Co., for non-intercourse with Great Britain.

Note.- He may have been named for Stephen Ashby, who was the
brother of this uncle, Capt. John Ashby, and about 28 years older
than Stephen Combs. This Stephen Ashby was one of the earliest
of the Shenandoah Valley pioneers to go to Ky. While going down
the Ohio in a boat, the party was attacked by indians and all
the family killed except himself and wife, who were taken
prisoner. He escaped, and devoted himself to killing Indiand
until the treaty of peace. During this period his Bible was
his only companion. He recovered his wife and later became a
Baptist preacher. He went finally to Christian Co., Ky.

1. Claytor, b. 1770, d. 1803.
[The following information (5)has been crossed out in ink. It is not stated who crossed it out, however the previous page that was tipped into the book appears to be an attempt to replace or update the information that follows on this page.]

(5) Claytor Combs, born Loudoun Co., Va 1770; d. Mercer Co.,
Ky., 1803; married Jackeer (prob. Jaquier) Ransdell in Mercer
Co., Ky., Aug. 9, 1796 (records at Harrodsburg, Ky.) She was
probably the daughter of John and Catherine Ransdell, who came
from Orange Co., Va, late in 1794 or early in 1795. The records
of Mercer Co., show his association with the group that came
from Orange Co., Va. One child, a son, as below. (Jaquier
Ransdell Combs is said to have m. 2d.___________ Trower and had
a daughter Polly (Mary). The record of this marriage has not been

1. Joseph Allen, b. Aug.30, 1797; d. Feb. 26, 1885.

4) Joseph Allen Combs 8/30/1797-2/26/1865 [day and month are entered in handwriting.] m. 1st Nancy Bohon Ransdell (b. Mch. 24, 1803;
d. May 14, 1844) October 17, 1822 in Woodford Co., Ky. He had 17
children, several of whom died in infancy. All except two were
by Nancy Ransdell. He fought as a private in the Battle of New
Orleans, Jan.6,1815, under Col. Gabriel Slaughter. Married 2d,
Mahal Hewlett, a widow, son William by her. Md. 3rd Lucy
Townsend Barnett (8/10/1821-11/7/1901), dau Sarah Catherine by her.
See stories elsewhere. He had the real pioneer spirit. He was a
man of sterling integrity and fo[cutoff] of character. He retained
his physical strength until advanced in years. Member of Disciples

1. Eliza (1823-1902) m. Jacob McClain (b.1820). They went to
Greenup, Ill.

a. George, m. Jame Powell (2d husband), his first cousin,
who d. 1925. C.: Fred* and Will.
b. James*, unmarried

[end of page 10]

Combs. (Kentucky and Indiana)


(4) Continued.

2. Judith (known as Judy) (1825?-189__) [a number is written
in after the 189__, but is indistinguishable.]
m. George List. d. 1894 [d. 1894 is handwritten]

a. William ________; m. Dora Ashley

I. Clara, _____; m. ________ Verbrike

II. Dau. ________

b. Joseph, _______; m. 1st, Nance ________, a cousin.

I. Etta _______; m. _______ McClain

II. Clarence_________________

III. Thirteen other children who died in infancy.

Joseph List m. 2d_______, and had children;

d. ca.19__ [date cut-off]

c. Emma, _____;m. Ebenezer Johnson.

I. Lulu,_____;m. Leonard Powell (See under 3)

II. Maud, b. 1875, m. Edward Miller, a 2d cousin

III. Elmer, unmarried.

IV. Charles

V. and VI. Nina and George died in childhood.

3. Emma S. (1827-189?) [number can't be read appears as a blotch]
m. Landon Robards, b. 1826; of same family as first husband
of wife of Andrew Jackson.

a. Nancy,_____; m. William Miller; C: Clara and Edward.

b. Jane,_____:m. 1st _____Powell;2d Geo. McClain

I. Leonard_______; m. Lulu Johnson a 2d cousin

a. Anna___, exceptionally beautiful girl.
Did live near Bargersville.

c. Edward,_____; m. Sallie Carnine

I. Ollie (dau.),_____;m.________Plummer.

II. Henry.

d. John Alexander,____; m. Dorinda Utterback

I. Lona, unmarried

II. Florence

III. Lella, unmarried

IV. Mabel, did live at Bargersville

V. Forect; Doris;Ruby; and two other sons.

e. Margaret,_____;m. Wayne Utterback;one child

f. Katie,______; m. Bluford Utterback

I. Stella,___

II. Ray ______


IV. Others?

4. Nancy Susan (1830-1831)

5. Benjamin (1832-1892) [2 handwritten over a 1 on 1892?]
m. Mary Barnett, who d. 1896 [6 handwritten over another
typed number]. She was a sister of his father's 3d wife.

a. Harvey Pierce (1854-1930); 1st Isabella Lovall of
Morgan Co., Ind. No issue. 2d Amanda E? Brady

I. Mabel C., b. 1882; m. ____Holsapple, Greenup, Ill

II. Dau. _____ He m. 3d Mrs. Lilly Short,
a widow; lived near Willow Hill, Ill. School and
singing teacher, cornet and organ. He preserved the
family traditions and passed them on to the writer.

b. Laura, b. ca. 1856; m. John Carnine; C.: Ora; Effie;
Edgel; Daisy

c. William Ephraim, b. ca. 1858; dec.[handwritten in]
m. 1st Flora Demarce [could be Demaree]
by whom he had Leslie, Adah,Howard, all dead.
He m. 2d, Emma Kamp [name written in by hand]
by whom he had

IV. Irene, teacher and president of Missippi
State Normal School, Hattiesburg, Miss.

V. Eva, _____, m. M_________ Meredith.

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Combs. (Indiana.)

Benjamin Combs' Family (continued)

d. Anna, 6/20/1865 - 11-1947 [dates handwritten in]
m. Charles C. [handwritten in, c. could be lower case e.]
Featheringill:-9/17/1864-12/7/19? [last number cutoff also all numbers are handwritten in]

I. Sherley,________,Franklin, In.

II. Lila,________, Do.

e. Ollie May, _________;m. Matt. C. Quinn, went to
Clinton Co., Ind., anout 1906. C: Reba, Alice, and

6. Zachariah Ransdell, (1832-1862); lived at Hidalgo, Ill.;
m. Katherine Kilbourn (1838-1918), who m. 2d Solomon
Cooper after death of first husband as result of Civil War.

a. Sylvanus Melville (1860-1894); m. _________Morris; three
children-one, Emil lived at Greenup, Ill.

b. Joseph Zachariah, b. 1861; m. Katie Lowe, dau. of
Jackson Lowe, of Hidalgo, Ill.

I. Bertha, ______; m. Dulgar

II. Joseph _______; Lincoln, Ill.

III. Flossie, _________; m. _________Matthews.

A. Gordon

IV. Clarence _______, Bluford, Ill.

V. Clystie.

7. Stephen b. ca, 1835;d. Apr. 9, 1918;[ handwritten in]
m. Paulina Lowe. b.1851 d.1? [handwritten in and cutoff]

a. William, b. 1870; d. Nov.25, 1832; m. Clara Bennett
Jan 11? [date handwritten in and cutoff]

b. July 11, 1872 [handwritten under the name of Clara Bennett]

I. Elsie, _______; m. Howard Clark

II.Hazel, _______; m. Rice Clark

III. Morris, __________; A.B. Franklin College;
taught in New Mexico.

b. Carl, b. 1874; m. Jane Corn (d. 1939); dau. at
Franklin. [something handwritten in that was cutoff]

c. Myrtle, b. 1879?; [?is typed in by JKL] m. Emmet Faris
(Indianapolis); C.: Mary and one other.

d. Edna, b. ca. 1882; m. Ferman Goodman 1st; 2d Harvey
Kipp? [name handwritten in and cutoff] Los Angeles, Calif.

8. Joseph, b. 1833?; [? is typed in by JKL] Co E, 97th Ill.;
wounded; died on train near Effingham, Ill., returning home

9. Isaac Gray, See next generation.

10. Martha, ______;m. Stephen Gilmore

a. Edith _________; m. Frank Echols (1st wife), one child.
He m. 2d a sister of Ara Vandiver.

b. Cordelia, unmarried.

c. Nellie May, _______; m. Bud Gibson, live in Indianapolis
She was a designing milliner for Fahnley and McCrea.

I. A dau.

11. William, _________;son of Mahala Hewlett; d. in Union Arny;
(Note: Zachariah Combs, above, d. a few days after bringing
home the body of his brother Joseph.)

12. Sarah Catherine, b. Sept. 10, 1855; d. Nov. 18, 1925. By 3d
wife Lucy Townsend Barnett. She m. 1875 John Eli Musgrave,
Morgan Co., Ind.

a. Charles; _________;m. Louise Deer

I. Eva_______; m. ________; a son.

II. Lucille; Russell; Robert; (Grandfather and
two of these children d. of T.B.)

b. Leile Pearl, _________; m. William Hale, Michigan City,

c. Rosie Nell, _______m. ______Hammans-d. of T.B.

d. Elizabeth Alice, B. 1884; m. __________Hensley

Note: Mildred ________; m. Hugh Bridges, with Vawter, Franklin Ind.

[end of page 12]

Denise Mortorff Note: There is no other data on the above page. This page is typed with a different typewriter than the most pages of the original manuscript. It does appear to be the same format as that used by JKL, however may have been added by someone other than JKL to the original manuscript.