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Conway County was established in 1825 from Pulaski County In 1833, Van Buren County was established from Conway County, Independence County and Izard County. In 1840, Perry County, AR was established from Conway County, and in 1859, White County gained from Conway County. In 1873, Faulkner County was established from Conway County and Pulaski County.

20 Sep 1889 AR Land Patents. Conway Co AR. Patentee: George W. Combs. Land Office: Little Rock. T8N R15W S02 N1/2NE. 74.88 Acres (BLM Land Patents)

Notes: George W. Combs, b 10 May 1839, McNairy Co TN, was the s/o John Combs (b 26 Apr 1798, Shenandoah Co VA) and Susan ETTER, who m 16 Dec 1822, Botetourt Co, VA; and gs/o RW Gilbert Combs (b 05 Nov 1759, Monmouth Co NJ, d 13 May 1836, McNairy Co TN), and Christianna DENTON who he m in 1781 in Shenandoah Co VA. See Biography below and his Bible Record following the Biography.

1891 Conway Co, AR Goodspeeds' Biography of:

George Washington Combs - Conway Co, AR

"George Washington Combs, an enterprising farmer and justice of the peace of Union Township, Conway County, is a native of McNairy County, Tennessee, and was born in 1839. His father, John Combs, and his mother Susan (ETTER) Combs, were natives of Virginia, where they were reared and married. From there they removed to Warren County, Tennessee, and thence to McNairy County, where they made their future home. Mr. Combs died about 1879, and Mrs. Combs died in 1888. Both of them were consistent members of the Methodist Church a great many years. Mr. Combs was a moderate but industrious farmer, and a man who had the respect of those who knew him best. His father, Gilbert Combs, was probably a Pennsylvanian by birth, but lived a good many years in Virginia, and lastly in McNairy County. Tennessee, where he died prior to the civil war. His occupation was that of a farmer. Jacob ETTER, the maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, it is supposed was a native of Virginia, where he lived all his life. He was of German ancestry. Esquire Combs is one of a family of nine sons and five daughters, and was reared to manhood on a farm in McNairy County, Tennessee, with the advantage of nothing but the poorly conducted country schools of his native county for an education. At the early age of eighteen years (1857) he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah C. BIRCHETT, who is also a native of McNairy County, Tennessee. Her parents, James and Virginia E. BIRCHETT, where probably born somewhere in the State of Tennessee, and died in McNairy County, Mrs. BIRCHETT about the close of the late war, and Mr. BIRCHETT soon after. He was a farmer by occupation Mr. and Mrs. Combs have had twelve children born to them, of whom there are three sons and five daughters living. After his marriage, Mr. Combs continued to reside in his native county till about 1870, when he removed to Gibson County, Tennessee, where he lived till 1881. He then emigrated to Conway, County, Arkansas, and the first six years resided at Centre Ridge, but since that time has lived near Springfield, where he owns a good upland farm of eighty acres. Since 1888, Mr. Combs has served the people of Union Township as Justice of the Peace, and had previously held that office in Lick Mountain Township. He served as Constable in McNairy County, and Deputy Sheriff in Gibson County, Tennessee. He affiliates with the Democratic party in politics, and gave his first presidential vote to DOUGLAS in 1860. He is a prominent member, of the Masonic fraternity of Springfield Lodge, No. 127. Has served in the capacity of Junior Warden, Tyler, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Combs have been devout members of the M. E. Church, South, from childhood. Several of their children are also members of the same."

(Provided by Combs-Johnson Researchers J. T. Anderson and Eddene Thompson from Conway county Arkansas Biographies, submitted by Cathy Barnes, from: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishers, 1891)

Notes: The reference to Pennsylvania, even though not accurate, is interesting due to the (2) Jonathan Combs of Frederick Co VA and Sullivan Co TN. See Also the Family Bible Record of George Washington and Sarah C. BURCHETT Combs in the (updated) RW Gilbert Combs report.

1900 Conway Co, AR Census


SD:4, ED:11;

Union Twp


p. 118A/225, Sheet No. 2; 2 Jun 1900, Enumerated by Napoleon B. Moore

23/23 Combs, George W. Head WM May 1839 61 M40 TN VA VA Farmer
Sarah C. Wife WF Mar 1844 56 M40 14/9 TN MS MS
Eli Son WM Aug 1877 22 S TN TN TN Farm Laborer
Daisy W. Dau WF July 1881 18 S TN TN TN
Lillie D. Dau. WF Aug 1884 15 S AR TN TN
WAY Susie L. Dau WF Aug 1874 25 M4 2/2 TN TN TN
Thomas J. Grandson WM July 1898 1 S Indian Ty. SC TN
George T. Grandson WM Nov 1899 6/12 Indian Ty. SC TN

p. 118B/226

32/32 Combs, James J. Head WM May 1863 37 M14 TN TN TN Farmer
Sarah E. Wife WF Mar 1868 32 M14 1/1 AR MS MS
Edgar A. Son WM Jan 1886 14 S AR TN IL Farm Laborer
Steve Son WM Dec 1889 10 S AR TN AR Farm Laborer

The following Bible Records is for George Washington Combs who was the son of John and Susannah ETTER Combs. Also note the inclusion of the New Jersey Records and related comments…

Combs FAMILY BIBLE - Transcription deposited with the Virginia State Library Archives whose description follows:

Loose pages from bible, with New Testament page, which indicated it was published in New York by James Pott and Company. No date. In possession of Mrs. Paul S. Cooke of Alexandria, Va. McNairy County, Tenn. (Bible of G. W. and Sarah C. Combs) New Jersey, also. Entries seem to have been written by one person:


George Washington Combs and Sarah Catherine Birchett, Sept. 29, 1859, McNairy Co. Tenn.
James Josiah Combs - Emily Effie Lane, Dec. 24, 1884.
" " " - Sarah Elizabeth Cathcart - Dec. 26, 1888.
Virginia Etta Combs - Joseph Clinton Floyd - Dec. 25, 1884, Springfield, Ark.
Mary Nora Combs - " " " Feb. 14, 1889, Spring field, Ark.
Emma Cora Combs - Edward Chapman Lane - Center Ridge, Ark.
Susannah Lula Combs - Thomas Jefferson Way - July 7,1897, Springfield, Ark.
Henry Estella Combs - Edgar Hill Maver - Feb. 14, 1894, Springfield, Ark.
William Eli Bascomb Combs - Lillian Borla Malone, Conway Co. Ark. Feb. 23, 1905
John Marvin Combs - Mabel Hatchall - Oct. 14, 1905, Muskogee, Okla.
Daisy Washington Combs - Ernest Jacob Joss - July 24 - 1901 - Conway Co. Ark.
Daisy Combs Joss - Charles Lawrence Penderghast - May 23 - 1906 Muskogee, Okla.
Lillie Dora Combs - Lister Armistead Garnand, Dec. 5, 1901 - Conway, Ark.


George Washington Combs - May 10, 1839 McNairy Co. Tenn.
Sarah Catharine Birchett - March 6, 1845 " "
James Josiah Combs, May 28, 1863 " "
Virginia Etta " Aug. 29, 1855 " "
Cleopatra Ellen Combs, Oct. 2, 1864 " "
Annie Cordelia " Jan, 30, 1869 " "
Martha Catherine " July 22, 1869 Gibson Co. Tenn.
Mary Nora & Emma Cora Combs - Dec. 22, 1870 Gibson Co, Tenn.
Susanna Lula Combs - Aug. 23-1874 - Gibson Co. Tenn.
Henry Estella " - Apr.l7 - 1876
William E. B. " - Aug. 7 - 1877
John Marvin " Oct, 20 -1879
Daisy W. " July 17, 1881
Lillie Dora " Aug. 27- 1884 - Center Ridge Ark.


G. W. Combs - May 27, 1911, Haskill, Okla.
Sarah B. " - Nov. 15 - 1934
James J. " - Nov. 21, 1954, Conway Ark.
Virginia C. Floyd - June 15, 1887 - Conway Co. Ark.
Mary C. Floyd - Sept. 27, 1949 - Tulsa, Okla.
Emma C. Lane - June 29, 1958 - Greenwood, Ark.
Susanna C. Way - Oct. 3, 1952 - Fairhaven, N.J.
Henry C. Maver - Nov. 30, 1959 - Little Rock, Ark.
Wm. E.B. Combs - Oct. 14 - 1960 - Tulsa, Okla.
John M. Combs - Nov. 30, 1962 - Phoenix, Ariz.
Daisy Penderghast - Feb. 26, 1929 - Haskell, Okla.
Lillie C. Garnand - Jan. 22 1949 - Okla. City, Okla.
Cleopatra Combs - July 7 - 1865
Annie C. Combs - Oct. 2, 1868
Martha C. " Aug. 11, 1870

Loose sheet in Bible, from the New Jersey Family: of Elijah Combs (son of Thomas & Martha, brother of Gilbert) Born June 8, 1775.
Rebeckah - his wife, born Oct, 21, 1780

The birth of their children:
Nancy was born Nov. 3rd 1799
Rebeckah Clayton was born Sept. 1801
Esther was born Feb. 9. 1804
Thomas was born May 24th 1806
Aaron R. was born Nov. 8th 1808
Joseph - was horn March 2lst 1811
Elizabeth R. my mother June 20 1813
Rachel Combs was born Nov. 27 - 1815
Guilbert Combs was born Jan. 29 - 1825

(Virginia State Library Archives, provided by TN Combs Researcher Mary Gregg)

Ed Notes: It is not known who made the Bible entries, although the earlier entries may have been either G. W. Combs or his wife, Sarah BIRCHITT, and the handwriting not that of the same individual. It is not clear whether the NJ loose paper was also in the same handwriting as the pages that were part of the bible, but certainly it was neither George Washington nor his wife who wrote, “my mother”, after the name of Elizabeth R., daughter of Elijah and Rebeckhah _____ Combs. Is it possible that the latter may have been a CLAYTON, given the name of their daughter? It is not yet known if Thomas and Martha Combs Combs' children, other than Gilbert, have been identified.

The appearance of the given name, Elijah, in a Powell's Fort Combs Family, in conjunction with finding Nicholas Combs living nearby in 1785, creates further speculation as to whether there might have been a relationship between these two Combs Families, particularly given Nicholas Combs' removal to Sullivan Co, TN where a Jonathan Combs and a Solomon Combs are also found.

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives

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