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Washington Co., KY was established in 1792 from Nelson Co., KY. In 1827, Anderson was established from Franklin, Mercer and Washington, and in 1834, Marion was est. from Washington.
1800 Washington Co., KY Tax List (2nd Census of KY, G. Glenn Clift, GPC, Baltimore, 1982 reprint)

  • William RIDGE
  • Elizabeth RIDGE

    Notes: Unidentified, but see William & Winnifred Combs Ridge, Sr. of Surry Co., NC.
    29 Sep 1806 James Combs-Matilda SMITH (From Washington Co, Ky. Marriage Records, 1792-1878, by Margaret Clark Kington, McDowell Publications, 1981, extracted by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp who adds: the above is as noted (next marriage not until 1861)
    7 May 1807-4 Jan 1808 Washington Co, KY WBA:459 Will of James SMITH Names wife Mary who is now pregnant and all my children. Names daughter Matilda Combs. Wife was extrx. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving from Washington County Kentucky Wills 1792-1853, comp. Faye Sea Sanders, 1987, p. 12)

    Notes: James Combs has not been identified, but may have been a son of Stephen & Barbara ALLEN Combs of Loudoun Co., VA and Lincoln Co., KY (See below). Another possibility is that either or both James Combs and Matilda SMITH were somehow kin to Rev. Richard & Elitia Combs Smith of Clay Co., KY.
    1808 Washington Co., KY Tax Lists (Extracted by Combs-McKinney Researcher Loren Gardner)

  • Daniel F. McKINNEY
  • William Combs

    Notes: See Daniel Fuqua McKINNEY marriage bond to Effa (Hetha) Combs, 01 Oct 1811, Franklin Co., KY, Stephen Combs Bondsman. Hetha believed to have been daughter of Stephen & Barbara ALLEN Combs of Loudoun Co., VA and Lincoln Co., KY (see next). William Combs may have also been a s/o Stephen, and/or the same who married in 1805 in Lincoln Co, KY, Nancy DAVIS, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth DAVIS.
    1809 Washington Co., KY Tax Lists (Extracted by Combs-McKinney Researcher Loren Gardner)
  • Daniel F. McKINNEY
  • William Combs
  • Stephen Combs
    1810 Washington Co., KY Census
    P. 287: Daniel F. McKINNEY: 30010-20010-00
    (Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1810)
    1820-1830 Washington Co, KY Census Index: No Combs
    1840 US Census Washington Co., KY transcribed by Sue Elfving

    p. 102
    Jos GOOD 00010010001 00010001
    1 male 15-20
    1 male 40-50
    1 male 80-90
    1 female 15-20
    1 female 50-60
    John Combs, 81, listed in column for Revolutionary or military service pensioner
    (Source: Original census image from Heritage Quest)

    Note: Joseph H. GOODE born 5 Jul 1788. (DAR Cent. Book, Pg.656), married 2 Dec 1807, Lincoln Co., KY, Nancy Combs, daughter of RW John "8" Combs who, (a) according to DAR Records, was living in HH of son-in-law, Joseph GOODE in 1840 Washington Co., KY Census; and (b) according to the "History of Washington County, Kentucky" by McDowell, "Lest We Forget" an article by O.M. Baylor, Jan. 2, 1936, "Soldiers of Washington County, " among the 1840 RW pensioners of Washington Co., KY were John Combs, age 81 (b ca 1759).
    02 Nov 1845 (Washington County KY Book H p. 249) Will of John Combs. … I desire a Christian burial and then the following. Thank God I owe no money and having lived with my son-in-law and daughter Joseph GOODE and Nancy GOODE I claim nothing in the way of accounts and otherwise it is my wish and desire that they have each and every item of property that I own after defraying the expenses of my burial. I also appoint my son-in-law Joseph GOODE as my exector [sic]. Given under my hand this 2nd day of November 1845. John Combs

    (Washington County KY Book H page 249) John Combs' will was probated 15 May 1848. Washington County KY Book H page 362 John Combs' sale 1 June 1848.

    State of Kentucky Washington County, SS, Be it known that before me Robert J MITCHELL a Justice of the Peace in and for said county, duly authorised by Law, to administer Oaths personally appeared Joseph C [sic] GOOD and made oath in due form of Law that he is the administrator of John Combs Deceased, the identical person who was a pensioner and now dead, and to whom a certificate of Pension was paid which is herewith surrendered that the deceased Pensioner resided in Washington County in the state of Kentucky for the space of 10 years and previous thereto he resided in Clay County Kentucky. Sworn to and subscribed this ___ day of June 1848 before me Robert S MITCHELL JP. Signed Joseph (X) C GOODE. Witness John M SMITH.
    (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Hazel White who adds: This is one of a long collection of transcripts on this settlement. A visit to Springfield court will uncover all of them.) See Also Combs Researcher Hazel White's One John Combs)

    Notes: The above is RW Soldier John Combs of Frederick and Shenandoah Cos, VA; Surry, NC(?); Sullivan(?), TN: and Lincoln, Perry and Washington Cos, KY. Note that there is a discrepancy for his tombstone. The original and one erected by the government, provided by Vivian a 5th Great Grand Daughter of John Combs. The dates on both stone are in conflict with the dates that are generally excepted, being one year earlier for birth (1770) and death (1847) of John Combs. Link on our Tombstones page.
    1850 Washington Co, KY Census (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from 1850 Census North Central Kentucky by Sistler.

    Pg. 139
    Alexander GOOD 28
    Nancy 26
    Joseph H. 1

    Note: Alexander is possibly the son of Joseph and Nancy Combs GOODE next door:

    Joseph GOOD 62
    Nancy 66

    Note: Nancy COMBS was the daughter of R W John "8" COMBS.

    1861-1876 From Washington Co, Ky. Marriage Records, 1792-1878, by Margaret Clark Kington, McDowell Publications, 1981, extracted by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp:
  • June 4, 1861 Cobert G. COOMES-Ann E. HANSON married by J.A. BOKEL, Catholic Priest
  • Oct 7, 1861 James W. COOMBS-Josephine OVERTON Bond-Dabney C. OVERTON
  • Oct. 9, 1861 J. W. Combs-Josephine OVERTON Bond-Dabney C. OVERTON Witnesses-Edward GREENWELL & Sally KNOTT
  • Jan 18, 1866 Casper SCHWANER-Susannah COOMBS Witnesses-John TATE, Jim CALHOON, Clint RAWLINGS & wife
  • May 10, 1870-John R. WHARTON-Isabella J. COOMBES married by Joseph Thomas RYAN, Catholic Priest witnesses-George M. COOMES & Melvina COOMES
  • Aprl 18, 1876-Phil COOMS-Margaret CARRICO Witnesses-Daniel GRUNDY & May CARRICO
    25 Apr 1911 Commonwelth of Kentucky, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics: Certificate of Death, Volume 028 Cert 11093 Deathvol 11 Place of death: County: Washington, Vot pct: Frederickston no 1, Full name: Susan Caroline Pearl Combs, Sex: Female, Color or race: White, Marital status: Married, Date of birth: Feby 15, 1874, Occupation: Housewife, Birthplace: Washington Co Ky., Name of father: J. B. Fowler, Birthplace: Washington Co. Ky., Maiden name of mother: Elizabeth Mathew, Birthplace: Washington Co Ky., Informant: J. B. Fowler, Address: Springfield RFD no 2, Filed: Apr 26, 1911, Registrar: G. W. McIntire, Date of death: April 25, 1911, I hereby certify that I attended deceased from Feb 20, 1911 to April 25, 1911 that I last saw her alive on April 25, 1911 and that death occurred on the date stated above at 9 P.M., Cause of death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Duration: 1 yrs 6 mos, Signed: S. F. Hamilton M.D., April 26, 1911, Address: Frederickstown, Ky., Place of burial: Holy Trinity, Date of burial: apr 27, 1911, Undertaker: L. Y. Mayes (sic scribbled), Springfield. (Death certificate furnished by Combs researcher Lynda Combs Gipson Transcribed and posted by Combs researcher Jimmie "CrashedOne" Combs)
    Washington Co., KY Cemetery Enumerations (Extracted by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp from Washington Co., Ky. Cemeteries, Vol. 3 by Faye Sea Sanders, 1988)

    Holy Trinty Catholic Church Cemetery:
    Fred N. Combs-1876-1934
    Pearl Fowler Combs, wife of Fred-1876-1907
    J.W. Combs-1829-1907

    St. Rose Cemetery:
    J. W. Combs July 15, 1904 [CW: This was the only date]