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Gibson County, in northwestern Tennessee, was established in 1823/24 from Carroll and Madison Cos, TN. In 1835, Gibson exchanged lands with Weakley Co. In 1845/6, Crockett was established from Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Madison and Haywood.

1840 Gibson County, TN Census

No Combs

19 Feb 1846 (Gibson Co, Tennessee Marriages) BRADBURY, John & COMBS, Martha (USGenWeb Archives, Gibson Co, TN)

1850 US Census, Gibson Co, TN

16th Civil District

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42/- James LEWIS 33 M NC married 1841 Gibson Co.
Educy? “Edney” REASONS LEWIS 24 F NC [d/o George and Dicey REASONS]
George LEWIS 6 M TN
James LEWIS 4 M TN
David LEWIS 2 M TN
Bashey “Bathsheba” REASONS 16 F NC Blind [d/o George and Dicey REASONS never married.]

424/- Dicey REASONS 52 F NC
Betsey REASONS 15 F NC
Sarah REASONS 13 F NC [Married Moody YOUNG 1852 Gibson Co.]
Jane REASONS 11 F NC [Married Thomas N. SIMS 1857 Gibson Co.]

Betsy REASONS, sister to Mary Ann “Polly” REASONS Combs, married William S. CHERRY 1851 in Gibson Co.

Betsy's Husband William S. CHERRY shot Alfred Combs sometime before April 07, 1859 when CHERRY was convicted of the manslaughter death of Alfred Combs. CHERRY was sentenced to a term of 3 years, age 29, birth place Tennessee. Discharged January 31, 1862.

Notes: Pardoned under act of 1836. In Prison ledger 86 as number 2003. Additional information found in ledger 87. CHERRY, William S., born and raised in Madison Co. Father dead, mother lives in Madison Co. Has a wife and two children in Gibson Co. Has, two brothers and two sisters living. #519 Gen 976.8 sh57 Vol. 2 "Tennessee Convicts" Early Records of the State Penitentiary 1850-1870.

It's told among the HOPPERS, when CHERRY was released from prison, Dicey REASONS offered CHERRY 50 cents and a bottle of whiskey if he'd leave the area. CHERRY's farm was in Madison Co. He must have been slipping back to visit Betsy because Betsy started having babies again. Betsy obviously wasn't living with William CHERRY because of this found Deed.

ID: I1119
Name: William S. CHERRY
Sex: M
Birth: ABT. 1832 in TN
Death: BET. 1866 - 1870 in Madison or Gibson Co., TN
Note: Madison Co., TN Deed Book 24

WILLIAM S. CHERRY “on condition that my wife ELIZABETH CHERRY will come home to my house & live with me” conveyed all his growing crop, along with other personal property to her. Sept. 22, 1866. Reg Sept. 22, 1866. No wits.

Marriage 1 Elizabeth "Betsy" REASONS b: 6 JUN 1835 in Wayne Co, NC
Married: 31 Aug 1851 in Gibson Co., TN

It is told among the family that Mary Ann “Polly” REASONS Combs carried her husbands bloody shirt with her bible and preached against the evils of drink after Alfred's death.

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439/- COMBS, Alfred 35 NC
Polly 28 NC [d/o George and Dicey REASONS]
William 7
Mary 6
Emily 3
Susan 1/12
MUSGROVES, Calvin 22

Note: Alfred and Mary Ann “Polly” REASONS Combs moved from Madison Co, TN to Gibson Co, TN at the death of Mary Ann's father George REASONS, who drown in the middle fork of the Forked Deer River 11 Aug 1842. The REASONS had moved to Gibson Co. From Wayne Co, NC.

11th Civil District

2238 FLOWERS Jacob 43 M Farmer 300 NC
Peggy 38 F IL
Sarah 16 F TN
Robert 14 M TN
Margaret 13 F TN
Elizabeth 11 F TN
Delila 9 F TN
Edney 7 F TN
William 4 M TN
Harriet 2 F TN

2239 FLOWERS Martha 44 F Farmer IL
Elizabeth 23 F TN
Thomas 21 M TN
Mary 19 F TN
Lee 17 M TN
Madison 15 M TN
Harvey 13 M TN
Martha 11 F TN
Matilda 9 F TN
William 7 M TN
Amanda 4 F TN

2240 FLOWERS Hilliary 35 M Farmer 500 NC
Nancy 32 F IL
Louisa 15 F TN
Mary 13 F TN
Jane 11 F TN
Elizabeth 9 F TN
Sarah 8 F TN
John 6 M TN
Jacob 4 M TN
William 2 M TN

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2312/- Edmund COMBS 45 M Farmer VA
Susan COMBS 44 F VA
Franklin COMBS 19 M Farmer TN
Susan COMBS 16 F TN
Elizabeth COMBS 14 F TN
Margaret COMBS 11 F TN
Tennessee BRADBURY 3 F TN

(Extracted from the Gibson County, Tennessee GenWeb, 1850 Census, District 11, transcription of Dennis West)

Notes: Probably Martha COMBS, w/o John BRADBURY who m in 1846? Was she a d/o Edmond/Edward COMBS, who remains unidentified, but may have been the Edmon COMES [sic] of the 1840 Obion Co, TN census. Also note: The "1850 Census - Tennessee," transcribed and indexed by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Evanston, IL, 1974, Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN, 1991 reprint, lists Edmund as Edward.

27 Aug 1857 (Gibson Co, Tennessee Marriages) COMBS, Mary E & HOPPER, A K (Andrew K. Hopper) (USGenWeb Archives, Gibson Co, TN)

Mary Combs d/o Alfred & Mary Ann “Polly” REASONS Combs

13 Jan 1859 (Gibson Co, Tennessee Marriages) MCCOMBS, Mary A. marr. BIGGS, James H.

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

12 Oct 1859 (Gibson Co, Tennessee Marriages) COMES, Margarette E & COOK, George (USGenWeb Archives, Gibson Co, TN)

1860 Gibson County, TN Census

District No. 11

1700 1723 McCombs, W 53 M Farmer 1,750 300 TN
Robert 24 M 125 TN
Margrette 23 F TN
Joseph 21 M TN
Louiza 14 F TN
Abram 12 M TN
Roseanna 8 F TN
John 5 M TN

District No. 12 Tuckerville PO

1852 1875 McCombs, John N. 68 M W Farmer 6,000 800 Ga
Sarah A. 59 F W NC
John 25 M W Laborer TN
Sarah Jn 21 F TN
Josephus 19 M TN
John B. 6 M TN
Tabitha E. 4 F TN

District No. 16 Gadsden

2316/2341 Combs Mary 36 F Farmer 500 400 N. C. 4 year of school
Combs Wm. 18 M TN
Combs Elnay 14 F TN
Combs Aslia 10 M TN

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

Notes: The above William is William Jefferson Combs, aka "Whistling Bill". Mary appears to be same as Polly Combs, wife of Alfred Combs of the 1850 census. Alfred appears to have died. In 1870, Mary is living with son W. J. and his wife Sarah. Mrs. Mary Combs Born June 02, 1823 Died July 27, 1899, buried Center Cemetery, Crockett Co, TN (Source: TNGenweb Crockett Co., TN Cemeteries

1 Jan 1866 Emily Combs married John Wesley Smith

Emily Combs d/o Alfred & Mary Ann “Polly” REASONS Combs

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

1870 Gibson County, TN Census
(Gibson County, Tennessee GenWeb, Transcribed by Gibson Researcher Cindy Conard)

July 1870 enumerated by B.G.

District 16, Stilwell P.O. Humboldt/Gadsden

55 56 HOPPER A.R.. 35 M W farmer 300 400 TN
Mary 30 F W keeps house TN
Laura 12 F W at home TN
Tenny 9 F W at home TN
William 6 M W at home TN
George 4 M W at home TN

Notes: Possibly A. K. and Mary E. COMBS Hopper, the latter possibly the d/o Alfred and Polly COMBS of the 1850 Gibson census.


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107/108 COMBS W.J. 28 M W farmer 1800 600 TN
Sarah 20 F W keeps house TN
Jamie 7/12-Jul M W at home TN
COMBS Mary 46 F W at home NC

Notes: William Jefferson Combs and Sarah Elizabeth Baker, Marriage license records; March 15, 1869 Dyer County, Dyersburg, Tennessee. William J. Combs appears on the 1872 Crockett Co, TN tax list (Source: TNGenweb Crocket Co., TN website). In 1871, Crockett County was formed from parts of Gibson, Dyer, Haywood, and Madison Counties. See Dyer Co, TN for more information on the family of William J. and Sarah BAKER Combs.

1880 Gibson County, TN Census

District No. 10

57 George COMBS W M 41 Head M Farmer TN VA VA
Sarah COMBS W F 35 Wife M Keeping House TN TN AL
James COMBS W M 17 Son S At Home TN TN TN
Virginia COMBS W F 14 Dau S TN TN TN
Susanna COMBS W F 6 Dau S TN TN TN
Henry COMBS W F 4 Dau S TN TN TN
Johnnie COMBS W M 7/12 Son S TN TN TN

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

1900 Gibson Co, TN Census

4 4 Smith, John W. Apr 1846 54 M 33 TN AL TN Merchant
Emma E. Mar 1846 54 M 33 10-7 TN NC NC
Frank Dec 1868 31 S TN TN TN Preaching
Dora T. Jan 1880 20 S TN TN TN
May ? May 1883 17 S TN TN TN
Dewitt Aug 1888 11 S TN TN TN

1910 Gibson Co, TN Census

Town of Trenton Ward 1

21 June 1910

274 275 Combs, James W. Head M W 39 M 12 TN TN TN
Clara B. Wife F W 29 M 12 4-4 TN TN TN
Bessie M Dau. F W 11 S TN TN TN
Lurline I Dau. F W ? S TN TN TN
James B Son M W 5 S TN TN TN
Corinne Son M W 4 S TN TN TN

Note: Corinne is a daughter and Female. Also listed as Cordelia.

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

1920 Gibson Co, TN Census

Town of Trenton
Ward 1 District 7

06 Jan 1920

127/156 Combs, Dora Head Rent F W 30 Wd TN TN TN Teacher Public Sch.
Edward Son M W 6 S

Note: William J. Combs, Jr. has passed away before 1920.

10 Jan. 1920

Lexington Street

210/261 Combs, James W. Head Own M W 50 M TN TN TN Merchant Groc.O H
Clara Wife F W 40 M TN TN TN
Bessie Dau. F W 20 S TN TN TN
Lurline Dau. F W 18 S TN TN TN
Jim Baker Son M W 15 S TN TN TN
Corinne Dau. F W 13 S TN TN TN
Bobb Son M W 6 S TN TN TN

262 Combs, Twid T Head Rent M W 35 WD TN TN TN
Glenn Son M W 7 S TN TN TN

Note: Combs, Twid is the nickname for Finis Twilight Combs, my father-in-law who was always known as Mr. Twid.

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

Dist. 20

Page 217; 27-28 Jan 1920

185 186 Combs, Peter E Head O F M W 47 M TN TN TN Farmer farm 175
Minnie M Wife F W 46 M TN NC TN

Submitted by Phyllis Combs


30 Jul 1920 Mrs. Charles H. Gish, of Corinth, Miss., is visiting her sister, Mrs. W.P. Cole. Little Miss Kathryn Connell, of Kenton, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Lawson Rowlett, near Mt.Zion. MRS. M. E. COMBS, of Henderson, is visiting her mother, MRS. JNO. McCUTCHEN.

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

Gibson County, TN Cemeteries

Oakland Cemetery, Trenton TN

COMBS Clara Clark 1878 1970 James W. Combs

COMBS Guy Hysmith 10-25-1917 Mary Nell Carr

COMBS James W. 1866 1932 Clara Clark

COMBS Jim Baker 1904 1929


COMBS Louis Guy D.V.M. 4-16-1948 5-2-1988 Guy Hysmith Combs Mary Nell Carr

COMBS Mary Nell Carr 7-8-1918 Guy Hysmith Combs

COMBS William Franklin 1916 1918

Rose Hill Cemetery, Humboldt, TN

COMBS, Family:
Clearence A. (Father)
Lillie Dee (Mother)
Minnie 1910-1969
COMBS, Lucille 10-16-1919 9-6-1986
COMB, Samnue 7-25-1967(only date the stone is hand written)

(Gibson County, Tennessee GenWeb, enumeration of Karin Rea)

Oakwood Cemetery, Dyer, TN

COMBS, Robert L. - 9-2-1913 - 4-4-1982 Son of James W. and Clara M. Clark Combs - Grandson of William Jefferson and Sarah Elizabeth Baker Combs

Emily J. (Jackson)- 3-24-1917 - 4-11-1967 Wife of Robert Lee Combs

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

Memory Gardens - Christus Garden

COMER, Melvin M. June 17, 1909 - January 28, 1967

COMER, Ruby L. July 3, 1911 - September 17, 1967

COMER, F. Roberta Jan 13 1932 - Mar 14 2000

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

Bells Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery

COMBS, Flossie Finley, Mother: 1892-1950

(Gibson County, Tennessee GenWeb, enumeration of David Dycus)


1925 Death Certificates

Maggie LACY F B 1/23/1860 TN 6/17/25 6/18/25 Acute pacre?? ? ? Rossens? Job COMBS Father TN VERNON? Mother? VA Information given by Printes SMITH

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

1824-1950 Marriages

COMBEE, Ola BeeCHANDLER, Robert1920
COMBS, AselerMcMILLAN, Ned1868
COMBS, Emily E.SMITH, J. W.1866
COMBS, Florence Alabama {C}ROE, Wendell Phillips {C}1945
COMBS, Lurline IreneSAWYER, John Elbt.1919
daughter of James W & Clara M Clark Combs
COMBS, MarthaBRADBERRY, John1846
COMBS, Mary E.HOPPER, A. K.1857
COMBS, Obed {C}ROWAN, Florence1934
COMBS, ObieCOLLIER, Mary1925
COMBS, PaulKYZER, Flora1928
COMBS, Robert LeeJACKSON, Susan Emily1938
son of James W & Clara M Clark Combs
COMBS, Vivian J.SIMMONS, Ernest Wade1949
COMER, DorrisAUSTIN, Earl1940
COMER, HerbertCROWE, Willie1926
COMER, HerbertSWAGGERTY, Edith1930
COMER, MelvinPARKER, Ruby1925
McCOMB, R. H.WILLIAMS, Virginia1936
McCOMB, R. J.HOLLAND, Fanny H.1867
McCOMBS, AmosWILLIAMS, Caroline1879
McCOMBS, Mary A.BIGGS, James H.1859
McCOMBS, OpalMARTHENIA, Clarence1930
McCOMBS, WilliamTAYLOR, Elenor C.1865
PARKER, DorislynJONES, Billy Combs1949

Submitted by Phyllis Combs

Herald Gazette, Thursday, 15 December 1983


Services for B. Frank Jones, 84, were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Shelton Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronald Allen officiating, Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Mr. Jones, a retired dry cleaning store owner, died Friday afternoon at Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

He was a lifelong resident of Gibson County and a retired member of the board of directors of Trenton Federal Savings & Loan Association, which has since been renamed Century Federal Savings & Loan. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lurline Combs Jones; two sons, Murray Jones of Trenton and Mitchell Jones of Jonesboro, Ark.; a daughter, Mrs. Fred Mabry of Trenton; a brother, Robert Jones of Trenton; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Submitted by Phyllis Combs