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Ross County was established in 1798 from the counties of Adams, Hamilton and Washington. In 1803, Ross Co OH diminished in size when parts of the county went toward establishment of Franklin and Greene; in 1805, part to the new county of Highland; and in 1810 more was lost to the new counties of Fayette and Pickaway. In 1815, Pike was established with the help of Ross; in 1816, Jackson and in 1818, Hocking. In 1834, Ross regained ground from Hocking, and in 1839 from Lawrence; land lost to Vinton (plus more) in 1850.

1806 (Ross Co OH Tax List)

P. 007

(Misc. Census CD, source to be added when located)

Notes: Zur COMBS [sic] is next found on an 1808 Highland Co, OH tax list.

1807 (Ross Co OH Tax List)

P. 005

(Misc. Census CD, source to be added when located)

Notes: Which Levi COMBS?

16 Jul 1807 (Ross Co OH Marriage Records) COMBS, Rebecca to ROCKHOLD, John (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sharon Natoli's from Ross County Ohio Marriage Records). Also Ohio USGenWeb Ross County (Marriage records, vol. C-D 1825-1840 - FHL US/CAN Film [281638]); Also per Diana a descendant of Rebecca COMBS: (Ross County marriage records. Marriage date: 26 Jul 1807, Vol GA, Pg 119, Ross County, Ohio Marriages, Mid-continent Library, GE 977.182, C263, V1, p. 206.), all extracts or transcriptions, not the original.

Note: At least one marriage CD shows the date as 26 Jul, not 16 Jul. (Both the above sources indicate the date as 26 Jul 1807)

Note: Other researchers show that the above was Rebeckah COMBS (d/o Zur COMBS of Shenandoah Co VA, Greenbriar, VA & Hamilton Co OH), b. 1-10-1786 VA, d 10-1-1877; m. John ROCKHOLD 1819 Ross OH. Need sources re the latter, and to check re cemetery records, etc. in regard to var. in marriage year. Also, a John COMBS, brother of the above Zur COMBS, is said to have died in Ross Co OH. Seeking record of his death and family.

16 Mar 1808 Combes, Mary Ratcliff, John (Ohio USGenWeb Ross County)

Will of John Combs 1809/1810 Ross County, OH. (Source: Will Book Ross County, Ohio Vol. A-B-C-D Case No. 1265 pg 56)

Transcription notes made in brackets with asterisks.
Record obtained by Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio
Transcription and notes by Combs Researchers Thom Mont and J. Wilhelmi

John Combs

In the name of God Amen.

I John Combs of the County of Ross and State of Ohio being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory considering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence. Do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say. First and principally I commit soul unto the hands of the Allmighty God and [my] body to the earth to be decently buriet at the discretion of my executors here in after named And after my debts and all other charges paid and my wife's thirds taken out I devise and bequeath as follows the residue of my estate to be turned into money and that be paid out in land for my son Robert Combs where my executors shall think proper retaining as much in their hands as will school my son Robert to the rule of three or through the common rule of three Also to clear ten acres of land on said trach and fence the same and build a cabin on Sd [**TM note this is an abbreviation for “said” and appears to have been inserted after the copy was originally made**] land and the same to be under the care and direction of the under named executors until my son arrives at the age of twenty one years. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Joseph Taylor and Zur Combs to be the sole executors of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament in testimony whereof I have hereunto set as and affixed seal this 2nd day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine. signed

John Combs (seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by John Combs the above named testator as and for his last will and testament in the presents of us who at his request in his presents and in the presents of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

Thomas Dill Elisha Kelly

Received and recorded June [ten or tenth?] 1810 [**TM note: this is the date the will was filed, and should match the date on the index, if available]

Notes: This appears to be John Combs mar. Mary UNK, the brother of Zur Combs and son of Job Combs (Sr. found primarily in Shenandoah Co., VA). John named Zur Combs and Joseph Taylor as executors. It is possible that this Joseph Taylor is related to Barbara UNK Taylor, Job Combs' (Sr) second wife. According to this will John had only one child, a son named Robert Combs. His wife's name is not mentioned but a Mrs. Mary Combs mar. Thomas Stockton in Oct 1810 also in Ross Co., OH making her a very likely candidate.

1810 Ross Co OH Census Index


11 Oct 1810 (Ross Co OH Marriage Records) COMBS, Mrs. Mary to STOCKTON, Thomas (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sharon Natoli's from Ross County Ohio Marriage Records also Ohio USGenWeb Ross County)

1813 Extracted from Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812. Adjutant General of Ohio. Transcription, 1916. R973.524471 A2. Scanned and electronically published by The Ohio Historical Society, War of 1812 Roster of Ohio Soldiers

Page 141 Vol 2
(Probably from Ross County)
Served from July 29, until August 26, 1813

Capt Watson DOUGLASSergt Gavin MITCHELLSergt Alexander MORROW
Corp Robert MORROWCorp Edward BIAN
BELL, JosephBELL, Josiah DBALLARD, Thomas
DUVAL, SamuelERAY, NathanEISLEY, Aaron
ELWOOD,, WilliamELWOOD, HenryELWOOD, Robert
ELWOOD, GeorgeGARRET, WilliamHUGHEY, William
LEVERTON,, DanielLLOYD, CharlesMORROW, William
PATTEN, WilliamSTRAIN, ThomasSTRAIN, David
WEST, Herman K

Pages 387-388 Vol 2
(Probably from Ross County)
Served from September 28, until October 5, 1812

Capt James WILSONCapt Allen TRIMBLELieut James WILSON
Ensign Joseph MCCLAINLieut Joseph MCCLAINEnsign James ODELL
Sergt William HEADSergt Samuel KEYSSergt David MITCHELL
Sergt Joseph DAVIDSON
BLUNT, ElfBLUNT, SolomonBOYD, Samuel
BRYAM, EdwardBOATMAN, GeorgeCRAWFORD, Alexander
HULET, WilliamHINDMAN, JohnHINTON, Benjamin
HINTON, WilliamHARE, WilliamHOUGHAM, Isaac
KEYS, JohnKING, WilliamLANTZ, Henry
MUSHOW, SolomonMOYES, LittleberryMAY, James
ODELL, ThomasPARMER, JohnPATTON, William
SMITH, JeremiahTROP, JacobWEST, Hiram
WHITE, WilliamWILSON, JamesWILSON, Thomas

Notes: Job COMBS said to have been s/o Zur & Mary CREEK Combs who m 3 Sep 1784, Shenandoah Co, VA. John ROCKHOLD of the second list m 16-26 Jul 1807, Ross Co, OH, Rebecca COMBS, also a child of Zur and Mary CREEK Combs. Also note presence of a William and Thomas ROCKHOLD in records of Sullivan Co, TN with Jonathan COMBS and with John COMBS. Also note presence of ODELLS (also found in Sullivan TN as well as in Shenandoah Co, VA with COMBS).

abt 1813 Ezra COMBS taught school in Sec 3, Bath Twp. of Ross Co OH (Combs Researcher Jeannette Combs Lehman)

1819 Born: Jacob COMBS, in Ross Co, OH; later resided: Crawford Co, OH; Buchanan Co, MO; IA; OR; Washington Territory; and Louisburg, Miami Co, KS.

1820 US Census Index, Ross Co, OH


Associated families include:

Green Twp

Stockton, Thomas 100010 20010
1m <10, 1m 26-45;
2f <10, 1f 26-45)

Stockton, Alexander 100001 01201
1m <10, 1m>45;
1f 10-16, 2f 16-26, 1f >45)

Stockton, William 300010 100100
3m <10, 1m 26-45;
1f <10, 1f 26-45

Page: 331

Taylor, Jonathan 200111 10010

Taylor, Joseph 22121? 21110

Note: Included here on account of a Joseph Taylor was an executor of John Combs' will.

Twin Twp

Stockton, John

11 Mar 1829 (Ross Co, OH) Born: Jonathan COMBS, s/o Joshua COMBS, born in Bucks Co PA. Jonathan COMBS later removed to Pickaway Co OH, thence Logan Co, IL (See Logan for his biography)

1830 US Census Index, Ross Co OH


1840 US Census Index, Ross Co, OH

Huntington Twp

p. 370
William COMBS

p. 372
William COMBS

22 Jan 1847 (Ross Co OH Marriage Records) COMBS, Rebecca to BERKLINE, John (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sharon Natoli's from Ross County Ohio Marriage Records)

1850 Ross Co, OH Census Index

Not yet extracted?

29 Aug 1850 (Ross Co OH Marriage Records) COMBS, Susan to CORL, Henry (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sharon Natoli's from Ross County Ohio Marriage Records)

13 Jan 1859 (Ross Co OH Marriage Records) Joseph COMBS & Elizabeth NICHOLS.

The above county marriage record was extracted by Combs Researcher Marti Combs Harrington who adds:

"The marriage of Joseph & Elizabeth NICHOLS Combs is further confirmed by the family bible of my father, Lorin E. COMBS, which also lists 'Benjamin COMBS 1774' and 'Cuthbert COMBS 1799.' It does not list them as either births or deaths. The handwriting is that of my great grandmother, Elizabeth NICHOLS Combs. According to The Combes Genealogy… by Josiah H. Combs, Joseph COMBS' parents were Cuthbert & Rebecca ALLEN Combs (m 26 Jun 1820, Clark Co, KY), s/o Benjamin Bullitt & Betsy PAYNE Combs, s/o Cuthbert B. COMBS, Sr., s/o John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co, VA; however, I have been unable to locate any records that document Joseph COMBS as the son of Cuthbert & Rebecca ALLEN Combs."

4 Oct 1876 Combs, Charles Green, Jennett

18 Nov 1880 Combs, Franklin J. Dillon, Fannie M.

04 Mar 1883 Alpheus Trimble COMBS m. Emma ROBINETT 3/4/1883 Ross County, OH (Lorin E. Combs Family Bible)

21 Apr 1896 Combs, Franklin J. Wiggins, Susannah

01 Nov 1898 John Thurman COMBS m. Verta Ellen EYRE, 11/01/1898, Ross County, OH (Lorin E. Combs Family Bible)

World War I Draft Registration Index
Ross County, Ohio
Surnames C-D

Viewed 7 Sept 2007 JWilhelmi

Charles Lincoln Combs 23 Aug 1895 White Virginia

Lawrence T Combs 5 May 1899 White

Robert H Combs 29 Jul 1894 White Virginia

Carse Franklin Comer 2 Oct 1893 White Ohio

Miles Asa Comer 16 Aug 1896 Ohio

Ross County Marriage Records

Rebecca Combs married John Rockhold July 26, 1807 Vol GA Page 119

Mrs. Mary Combs married John Stockton October 11, 1810 Vol GB Page 037

Rebecca Combs married John Berkline January 22, 1847 Vol G1 Page 374

John Combs married Ellen Selby February 3 1870 Vol G5 Page 163

Joseph Combs married Elizabeth Ann Nichols January 13, 1859 Vol G3 Page 387

William Combs married Phebe Nichols June 21, 1874 Vol G5 Page 403

Susan Combs married Henry Corl August 29, 1850 Vol G 2 Page 172

Charles Combs married Jennett Green October 4 1876 Vol C1 Page 106

Franklin J. Combs married Fannie M. Dillon November 18, 1880 Vol C2 Page 112

Franklin J. Combs married Susannah Wiggins April 21, 1896 Vol C5 Page 311

John T. Combs married Verta E. Eyre November 1, 1898 Vol C2 Page 538

Ellen S. Combs married Irving W. Eckstein February 21, 1884 Vol C3 Page 015

Elsie G. Combs married O. Benner Armstrong September 27, 1900 Vol C6 Page 316

Mary A. Combs married Edward M. High November 21, 1894 Vol C5 Page 151

Phebe Combs married Samuel G. Lutz January 29, 1878 Vol C1 Page 270

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

Ross County Cemeteries

Baptist Hill Cemetery
Huntington Twp

Viewed 7 Sept 2007 JWilhelmi

Combs, Catharine 20 Feb 1873 w/o William, 60y2m11d [on stone w/William]

Combs, William 11 Jun 1877 64y4m29d

Greenlawn Cemetery, Chillicothe

Combs, Ann d. May 16 1879 age 19y1m w/o Thomas Combs

BURKLINE, Rebecca Combs 1826-1891 Mother

BURKLINE, Johnny d. May 8, 1868 age 48y11m14d

LONG, Ida M. Combs 1880-1938 Wife

LONG, Harry P. 1883-1958 Husband

Combs, Howard P. Dec 31, 1924 - Oct 11, 2001

Combs, Rita Aug 16, 1933 -

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

Bainbridge Cemetery, Paxton Township

Combs, Alice J. Dec 21, 1924 - Mar 18, 1994

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

Green Summit Cemetery, Colerain Township

Combs, Franklin J. Feb 13 1859 - Oct 27 1945
Fannie M. w/o Franklin J. Oct 14 1858 -Sep 3 1887
Susanna W. w/o Franklin J Sep 27 1861 -July 8 1934

Combs, George E. 1860 - 1934
Margaret D. 1860 - 1945

Combs, Charles Dec 2 1826 - Jun 4 1895
Rebecca Apr 26 1827 - Nov 8 1884

ARMSTRONG, Orland Benner 1877 - 1958
Elsie G. Combs 1881-1972

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

Old Methodist Cemetery, Colerain Township

Combs, Alice May d/o C & R d. July 27 1865 age 6m15d
Charles E. s/o C & R d. May 26 1859 age 2y9m16d
Infant d/o C & R d. Dec 26 1854 age 6 hours
Infant s/o C & R d. Oct 23 1853 age 26 days

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe

DONNELLS, Lila Combs 1929 - 1957 Mother

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort, Concord Township

WARNER, Mary E. Combs w/o Ralph 1894 - 1914

COOPER, Jessie L. Combs w/o JD 1888 - 1913

DILKLS, Dollie Combs 1887 - 1961
Leonard 1885 - 1969

Combs, Kim Mar 7 1975 - Jun 24 1986

(Tina Kutschbach, Ross County, Ohio, Researcher)

See Also Combs Researcher Sharon Combs Natoli's William & Barbara BAUM Combs of Ross Co OH

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