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Warren County was established in 1807 from White County, Tennessee, which in turn was established in 1806 from Jackson and Smith Counties. In 1836, Cannon was established from Warren and Wilson; and Coffee from Warren, Franklin and Bedford. In 1837-8, DeKalb was established from Warren, Cannon and White; in 1840, Van Buren was established from Warren and White; and in 1844, Grundy was established from Warren and Coffee. The earliest Combs and/or Combs Descendants appear to have lived in this county while it was still Jackson, and possibly while still Smith. Some of these families were later in that part of Warren which became Van Buren, but many later removed to Madison Co, Arkansas, some via Lawrence County, Tennessee, others possibly via Madison Co, Alabama.

Combs &c. Families of Warren County, Tennessee

The earliest known Combs Family in what would become Warren Co, Tennessee was probably that of Martin & Sarah COMBS Johnson who are recorded with land on Indian Creek of the Caney Fork as early as 1803 in Smith County, Tennessee, and again in Jackson Co, Tennessee (White Co) in 1806/1807 where they are found with land neighboring that of William & Sarah HORN Ridge, Jr. (m 1797, Surry Co, North Carolina), s/o William RIDGE, Sr. & Winnifred COMBS and gs/o Mason & Sarah COMBS, Sr. of Stafford and Frederick Cos, Virginia, and Surry Co, North Carolina. The ancestry of Sarah COMBS Johnson remains unknown.

Martin and Sarah COMBS Johnson had come to the Caney Fork area from Hawkins County, Tennessee where they had resided as early as 1797 and as late as 1802, and where Martin was associated with Mason & Dorothy COMBS, Jr. (s/o above Mason & Sarah COMBS, Sr.), parents of Jeremiah COMBS (h/o Charity RHODES) & Simon COMBS (h/o Martha "Patsy" MURRELL) who are found with Martin & Sarah COMBS Johnson by 1812, along with Daniel and Sylvy COMBS Paine and John and Nancy COMBS Fleming. Also in Warren County, Tennessee was Martin's brother, William JOHNSON, who is said to have married a Tisha COMBS (rel. to other COMBS unknown) who was "somewhere in Georgia" in 1806 when his son, James M. JOHNSON was born.

Also Note: It appears that the Combs owned land on both the Collins River (1st and 3rd Districts) and the Rocky River (3rd District), possibly in that order (research-in-progress). Important! We are not even half-way to extracting all Combs & Combs-Associated records from this county yet. This is just a start.

Index to Combs &c. Reports
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