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Woodford Co., KY was established in 1788-1789 from Fayette Co., KY. In 1792, KY was admitted to statehood, and that same year, Scott was established from Woodford. In 1794-1795, Franklin was established from Woodford, Mercer and Shelby. No early KY Land Grants have been located for Combs of Woodford County thus far; however, see also below.
aft 1781 According to the James Logan Kendall Manuscript, Elizabeth ASHBY, born 1742, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co, VA; daughter of John and Jane Combs Ashby, and widow of Col. John PETERS (died 1781, Fauquier Co, VA), died in Woodford Co., KY (no sources or year given).
24 Oct 1796 Woodford Co., KY Marriages. Andrew Combs & Allimore OLIVER (Combs Researcher Pat Orton from various Marriage CD/s)
1810 Woodford Co., KYCensus (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp)

p. 397
Andrew Combs 1 m-under 10; 1 m-26-45; 3 f-under 10; 1 f-26-45

Notes: It appears, although not documented, that Andrew of 1810 is the same individual as Andrew who m Allimore OLIVER in 1796 in this county (not researched?). An Andrew D. Combs received a military grant of 1,000 acres surveyed 27 Nov 1797 on Little River in Kentucky. This land has not been studied to determine where in KY it was located (Book 16, p. 433, The Kentucky Land Grants, A Systematic Index to All of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky 1782 -- 1924, Volume 1, Part 1, Willard Rouse Jillson, Sc.D. (Originally published as Filson Club Publications, Number 33, KY) Based on children in this household, it appears probable that the following three marriages were the daughters of Andrew & Allimore OLIVER; however, see also notes re the 1822 Woodford Co., KY marriage of Joseph A. and Nancy RANSDELL Combs below.
04 May 1815 Woodford Co., KY Marriages. Combs, Elizabeth married HITER, Benjamin (Early American Marriages: Kentucky to 1850 by Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)
07 Dec 1818 Woodford Co., KY Marriage Records. Combs, Rebecca married TAYLOR, Anderson ( Early American Marriages: Kentucky to 1850 byJordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)
1820 Woodford Co., KY Census transcribed by Sue Elfving using source: Heritage Quest Original images

No Township, p. 126
Andrew Combs 10011002010 [indexed as Comb]
1 male under 10
1 male 16-26
1 male 26-45
2 females 10-16
1 female 26-45

NOTE: previously noted incorrectly as having no Combs in index.
13 Nov 1820 Woodford Co, KY Marriages. James BENNETT & Susanna HARRIS ( various Marriage CD'S)

Notes: In 1848 Hardin Co., Ky, James Combs married Susan A. BENNET. Both had previously been married before. Are these two women the same person?
16 Nov 1820 Woodford Co., KY Marriages. James D. CARPENTER and Nancy Combs (Early American Marriages: Kentucky to 1850 by Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)

Notes: See the 1887 biography of William J. TURNER below.
14 Oct 1822 Woodford Co., KY Marriage Records. Combs, Joseph A. married RANSDALE, Nancy (Combs Researcher Pat Orton from various Marriage CD/s)

Notes: Joseph Allen Combs was the son of Claytor & Jael RANDSELL Combs (son of Stephen & Barbara ALLEN Combs?). See his War of 1812 Pension Abstract and Johnson Co IN.
24 Apr 1827 - 01 Jul 1833 The will of William LIZENBY of Woodford Co., KY was witnessed by Andrew Combs on 24 Apr 1827, Proven 1 Jul 1833. Recorded 16 Aug 1833 Marion Co., MO (Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from MISSOURI PIONEERS, Volumes 1 thru 30 and Volume 1 of MARRIAGE RECORDS OF MISSOURI (a companion set to "Missouri Pioneers")
1830 Woodford Co., KY Census Index for Mortonsville

p. 310, Mortonsville
William YANCEY 120001 10001
1 male <5, 2 males 5<10, 1 male 30<40
1 female <5, 1 female 20<30

Notes: Believed to be William YANCEY and Susan Combs, d/o of James Combs and his first wife Ann MARYMAN Hendley (08 Jan 1820 (Franklin Co KY Marriage Records) YANCY, William & Combs, Susan). Couple previously in 1820 Scott Co, Ky., census and they removed to Ralls Co, MO where they are found with Susan's sister Elizabeth and her husband Augustine O''BRIEN. See Washington and Scott Counties., Ky., for more information about James and Matilda SMITH Combs.

p. 329 Joseph A. Combs (not looked up yet)
p. 331 Andrew Combs (not looked up yet)
06 Nov 1830 Johnson Co., IN BLM Land Patent. Joseph A. Combs of Woodford Co., KY Indiana (Index to Combs BLM Land of Indiana)
1840 Woodford Co., KY Census Index: Southern District, P. 240 Combs, Andrew
1860 Woodford Co., Kentucky Census (Extracted by Combs Researcher Deb Coombs)

p. 825 HH 17/17
Sam’l S. GREGG, 36, M, Hotel Keeper, $4400/3000, Fayette Co., KY
wife, family and lots of boarders including
John W. COMBS, 35, M, (no occupation or birthplace listed)
1870 Woodford Co., KY Census (Extracted by Combs Researcher Deb Coombs)

Clover Bottom Pct p. 462a
HH 127/127
Nancy COMBS, 23, F, B, Keeping house, no birth state indicated
Emma, 7, F, B, no birth state indicated
John, 2, M, B, no birth state indicated

Midway p. 474b
HH 5/5
Henry COMBS, 40, M, B, farmhand, KY, cannot read or write
Mary, 30, F, B, cook, KY, cannot read or write
Jack, 10, M, B, KY
Henry, 6, M, B, KY
Ellen, 3, F, B, KY
James, 1, M, B, KY
Charlotte, Ridd, 20, F, B, House Servant, KY, cannot read or write
Allie, 1, M, B, KY

Midway, p. 475a
HH 8/8
Wm. SHIPP, 27, M, W, cashier of Bank, KY
Mary, 25, F, keeping house, KY
Allie, 2, F, KY
Mary MORTON, 70, F, KY
Ellen COMBS, 30, F, B, cook, KY
Henrietta COMBS, 10, F, B, house servant, KY
Victoria COMBS, 9, F, B, KY
Frank, 11, M, B, KY

Versilles, p. 521aa
HH 81/81
Rachel COMBS, 35, F, B, keepinghouse, KY cannot read or write

10 Jan 1945 Commonwelth of Kentucky, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics: Certificate of Death, Volume 011 Cert 05397 Deathvol 45 Place of death: County: Franklin, City or town: Rural, RR#9, usual residence of deceased: State: Ky., County: Franklin, City or town: Rural, St. Green Mill, Full name: William Taylor Combs, Social Sec nr: 400-12-6160, Sex: male, Color or race: Col, Marital status: Married, Name of wife: Millie Combs, Birth date of deceased: Aug 14, 1901, Age: 44 yrs, Birthplace: Woodford County, Ky., Occupation: Laborer, Industry: Farm, Fathers name: William Combs, Birthplace: Woodford County, Ky., Informant: Mrs Millie Combs, Address: RR9 Frankfort, Kentucky, Burial place: Frankfort, Date: 1/13/1945, Funeral dir: Robb Funeral Home, Address: Frankfort, Kentucky, Date rcvd by registrar: 3/19/45, Agnes B. Campbell, Registrar, Date of death: Jan 10, 1945, Time of death: 6:30 p.m., Cause of death: Coronary Occlusion, Signed: Louis Lecompte Coroner, Address: Frankfort, Ky., Date signed: Mar 16/1945, (Death Certificate provided by Combs researcher Lynda Combs Gipson Transcribed and posted by Combs researcher Jimmie "CrashedOne" Combs)

1887 Woodford Co., KY Biography of:
WILLIAM J. TURNER was born in Woodford County, March 25, 1821, the only son of William and Rebecca (DEAN) Turner, natives respectively of Culpeper County, Va., and Jessamine County, Ky. William TURNER was born November 24, 1787, came to Woodford County when quite small with his father, Alexander, and died in 1844. James DEAN and Patience (HOLEMAN) Dean, the maternal grandparents of William J. TURNER, natives of North Carolina and of English descent, were among the early settlers of Kentucky, and found it necessary to go into Craig's station in order to protect themselves from the depredations of the Indians. They afterward settled in Jessamine County. James DEAN was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. William J. TURNER was reared on a farm, received a good common-school education, and was married, May 16, 1844, to Miss Bettie E., daughter of James D. and Nancy (Combs) Carpenter, natives of Woodford County. Of the children born to this union six are living: Albert H., Mattie A., John D., William T., James C. and Lizzie H.; four others have died, viz.: Nancy J., James W. S., Fanny R. and Lou Emma. Mr. Turner is a thriving farmer, and the owner of 413 acres in the Sixth Precinct. He is a member of the Christian Church at Mortonville. (Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 5th ed., 1887, Woodford Co., Kentucky Biographies Project)

A project completed this year by the Gen. Marquis CALMES Chapter, N. S. D. A. R. of Versailles, Ky. has been the restoration of the tomb of the patriot for whom the chapter was named. This unigue tomb is about ten feet square and eight feet in heightand is built of native limestone without the aid of mortar. It is an unusual example of stone masonery. The roof is a continuation of the four side walls, tapering to a conical shape with an opening in the exact center. It is believed that Gen. CALMES got his inspiration from the ancient cairns of Ireland, which bear some resemblance to this rock tomb built under the personal direction of the General by one of his slaves who was a skilled stone mason.

Gen. CALMES was the son of a noble French Huguenot family. He was born in Frederick Co., Va., in 1755 and he died in Ky. in 1834.* He served as Lieutenant Col. in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He saw active service in the War of 1812, serving as Brigadier General. After the American Revolution he received a large grant of land in what is now Woodford Co., Ky. In 1783 he settled on this land, naming his plantation Caneland. His adjoining neighbors were Major John CRITTENDEN and Col. Thomas MARSHALL, the father of Chief Justice, both veterans of the Revolution.

Gen. CALMES was one of the founders of the new town of Versailles, Ky., he had the honor of naming it, and he named it for Versailles, France, because of his admiration and affection for the great Lafayette, his comrade during the Revolution. Several years ago the Mother City, Versailles, sent to her namesake a beautiful silver urn. This urn remains on display in the Versailles Postoffice, by special permission of the Federal Government.

All traces of Caneland are obliterated. A fire destroyed the old buildin a few years ago. Only the rock tomb, so unusual in design and remarkable in construction, stands to mark the spot, and within this mausoleum, as he had wished the remains of Gen. CALMES and his wife repose.

It is through the kindness and generosity of William Bailey, historian and genealogist, the Gen. Marquis Calmes Chapter D. A. R. has been able to have this work of restoration done. He donated one hundred copies of his History of Woodford County for the creation of a fund to be used in this work.
----From the D. A. R. Magazine, August, 1941.
(The wife of Gen. Calmes was Elizabeth "Betsy" Combs, a sister of my great-great grandfather) E. S. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Anne B. Musser)

Notes: Marquis CALMES died 1834, Woodford Co., KY was not the husband of Elizabeth Combs (daughter of John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co VA). Marquis CALMES, husband of Elizabeth Combs, died testate ca 1794 in Frederick Co VA. Nevertheless, presumably he was "somehow kin" to him.
Extracted by Researcher Barbara Combs from Teunis Bergen's 1876 book, The Bergen Family, pp. 422-423 (surname capitalization added):

Descendants of John B. BERGEN and Sarah STRYKER, of near Cranbury NJ:

"George I. BERGEN, b June 16th, 1764, bap. Oct. 4, 1767, by the Rev. Mr. VAN HARLINGEN; d. Feb, 1825; m. 1789 Rebecca, dau. of Judge Jonathan Combs, of Middlesex County, NJ. His widow two years after his decease m. the Rev. Mr. KENNER, a Baptist preacher from Virginia, and d. in 1846."

"The ancestor of Jonathan Combs, it is said, came from Scotland, in the old ship Caledonia, which brought the first emigrants from the land of stern Presbyterianism; they seeking a home in the wild country away from the intolerance of Papal and Episcopal power and persecution."

Footnote at bottom of page 422:

"In 1679, Francis Combs, a cooper, was granted lands in Newtown, Long Island [NY], to induce him to settle there and ply his trade for the convenience of the settlement. He d. in 1700, and his two sons, Francis and Thomas, settled in Hopewell, N. J. In 1729,* Thomas Combs, of Freehold [Monmouth Co], N. J., for [pounds] 50, conveyed lands in Hempstead [Long Island, NY] to John Combs of Madnans neck of said town, as per Hempstead records.

"There was a John Combs of East Hampton, N. Y., as early as 1675, a Daniel Combs in Hempstead [Queens Co NY] in 1708, a Richard Combs in Hempstead in 1709, and a Richard Combs in Jamaica (note: this is part of N. Y. in this context, I believe) [Queens Co NY]in 1718.

"In 1777, John Combs was a member of the revolutionary committee of safety of New Jersey, and at the same period a Solomon Combs was a resident of Monmouth County.

"There was a Joseph Combs among the early settlers of Brookhaven in 1655."

page 424:
After his business failed due to the glut of British goods in the American market in 1815:

"To retrieve their fortunes, George I. [BERGEN], his son David, and two married sisters, with their families left New Jersey in June 1818, for Kentucky, where his sister Margaret and her husband John VOORHEES, and two sisters of his wife, Rebecca Combs, with their husbands, Peter CONOVER and Peter COX, then resided; they having emigrated in 1790, to settle at Red Stone, near the present Wheeling [Ohio Co, WV], then the ultima thule. There they tarried less than a year. Peter CONOVER and Peter COX were among the first who made their boats and rafts go down the Ohio River.

"At the time George I. emigrated, they resided in Woodford County, Kentucky, within twelve miles of Lexington [Fayette Co., KY]. Within a year these families intermarried. Old Major CONOVER was a large landholder and reputed to be rich, but in the troublesome times then in Kentucky, and by old Virginia land claims, the result was his castle fell, and he determined in 1824, to sell his homestead, and all his, and George I.'s family decided to make their home in Indiana. The old major, his son Jonathan Combs CONOVER, who had married Martha, a daughter of George I., and Jonathan Combs BERGEN (son of George I.), who had married Mary Ann, a daughter of the major, and George I., constituted the exploring party."

The group eventually went to (and named) Jersey Prairie, about 30 miles west of Springfield, Illinois. George I.'s children with Combs in their names were David Combs BERGEN, b. Jan. 2, 1795, and Jonathan Combs BERGEN, b. May 20, 1799.

Pages 493-494:

Elizabeth S. BERGEN, daughter of Peter C. BERGEN and Lydia H. ANDERSON, b. May 31, 1819 and m. Dec. 17, 1837, Thomas SMITH, farmer, of Manalapan [Monmouth Co, NJ]. Their daughter, Lydia M. SMITH, b. _____, m. Oct. 14, 1868, Joseph Combs.

Children of Lydia and Joseph:

Matilda Woodhull Combs, b. Sept. 25, 1869, d. Dec. 12, 1870.
Elizabeth Bergen Combs, b. Feb.2, 1872.
Thomas Smith Combs, b. March 12, 1874.

Notes: See also 1805 Mercer Co, KY marriage of Jacob VORIS [VOORHEES?] to Jaly [RANSDELL] Combs, widow of Claytor Combs and mother of Joseph A. Combs of Woodford Co., KY (above).
Kentucky Cemetery Records Vol. II Compiled, edited, and indexed by the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1969. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Lynda Combs Gipson.)

Old farm near Oregon and Mt Edwin Methodist Church

Col. Andrew Combs 8 Jul 1775 - 31 Mar 1846
Leroy H. Combs 27 Feb 1803 - 3 Sept 1831
Important: All Records collected for this county have not been added here; see also the Combs Research List Archives, List: Combs.