King & Queen County, VA was organized in 1691 from New Kent Co VA. In 1720, Spotsylvania Co VA (new URL) was organized from King & Queen & Essex Cos (the latter from Old Rappahannock Co in 1691). In 1728, Caroline Co VA was organized from King & Queen & Essex Cos. Descendant Counties of Spotsylvania included Orange>Culpeper Cos VA where Combs, HAMMETTS, TUTTS & UNDERWOODS are later found -- all but the Combs earlier from Essex Co VA???

On 20 Apr 1694, Mr. Zachary LEWIS patented 500 acres in King & Queen Co VA "Beg. near the Draggon Swamp; along land granted to Thomas CLAYBORNE, now belonging to Mr. Christopher LEWIS, &c. Granted to Domingo MADERES & James JOHNSON, 8 Apr 1668, deserted, & now granted by order, &c.

(VA Land Patent Book 8, p. 318. Cavaliers & Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1665-1695, Vol. 2, Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977, p. 386)

The ten headrights for this land were: James COLEBURN, Richard SMITH, William COOK, John POOL, Wm. STERLING, Dorcas LEWIS, Lydia HARVEY, Eliza. GOODING, HANAH COMES, Sarah DAVIS. (ibid.)

Who was the above Hannah COMES? Was she the wife of John COMBS of Richmond (c1662-c1716)? If so, they had married by 1694, so is it even more likely that she was the same woman as "Ann COMBS, wife of John" in 1693, and that Hannah and Ann were one and the same? And is coincidence that she appears as a headright for land in King & Queen Co VA when the will of her son, Archdale COMBS II, bequeathed 50 A. of land in King & Queen to his daughter, Ezabelle [Isabel?], neither of which are to be found? (King George VA WB A-1:109-110 and see below) Was Lydia HARVEY above kin to Thomas HARVEY of King George named in the will of John ANDERSON, co-executor of John COMBS of Richmond? Was Zachariah LEWIS kin to John & Elizabeth WARNER Lewis of Gloucester Co VA?

20 Apr 1694(VA Land Patent Book 8, p. 317). James TAYLOR, 134 acres in King & Queen Co, Beg. in a fork of a br. of Axall branch, &c, Granted Gabriel HILL, 29 Nov 1665, deserted, & granted to Hugh BALDWIN, 21 Oct 1687, deserted, & now granted by order, &c, for Imp. of 3 pers; Simon EDWARDS, Mary EDWARDS, Hugh MALDEN.

(Cavaliers & Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Vol. 2: 1665-1695, Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1977, p. 386)

Is it coincidence that a James TAYLOR patented land in K&Q on the same date as Zachary LEWIS, or that his headrights included a Hugh MALDEN? Was James TAYLOR of King & Queen kin to Edward, James &/or John TAYLOR of Richmond Co VA, closely associated to William COMBS, s/o Archdale & Elizabeth (-----) Underwood COMBS? Or John MALDEN of same (for whose son, John MALDEN the younger, John COMBS of Richmond Co VA acted as guardian?

25 Apr 1701(VA Land Patent Book 9:350) 25 Apr 1701. Wm. ANDERSON & Dorothy, his wife, 179-1/2 A in St. John's Parish on Pownces Sw in King & Queen Co; adj. Sarah DABNEY; Trans. of 4 pers: George MOODY, Anne PARKER, George SUMMERSETT, Robert BREADWOOD. (C&P 3, p. 46) & (ibid., p. 352) 25 Apr 1701. Sarah DABNEY, 179-1/2 A in Pamunkey Neck; K&Q Co., in St. John's Parish on Pownces Sw in K&Q; adj. James DABNEY & land of her sister, Dorothy; Trans. of 4 pers: Jane WHARTON, George LYNN, Peter GRAYE, Mary GRAY [sic]. (C&P 3, p. 46)

Was Dorothy DABNEY Anderson the same as or related to the woman of the same name in the records of King George & Westmoreland Cos VA? Was James DABNEY of King & Queen the same who, with wife, Ann, sold land to both Francis JAMES & Francis STERNE (all of Old Rappahannock Co VA, the latter later husband of Mary CAMMOCK) in two deed dated 26 & 28 Apr 1690, both witnessed by John [JC] COMBS of Richmond & his step-brother, William UNDERWOOD? (Old Rappa. DB8:228-9), and was DABNEY ever confused with DANBY or DENBY, and if so, were the DABNEYS kin to William DABNEY whose daughter, Mary, wife of John WALKER, was, for an unknown reason, an heir of John MEADORS, who was somehow "brother-in-law" to Abraham COMBS of Old Rappa. Co VA & St. Mary's & St. Charles Cos MD?

25 Apr 1701 (King & Queen Co VA Patents 37:391) THOMAS COMER 139 A in Pamunkey Neck amongst the branches of the Acquinton Beg. at Thomas NICHOLLS' black oak. Patents 9:360.


The above Thomas COMER may well be a COMER and not a COMBS, but see also Thomas COMBES/COMBER of Essex Co VA. See Also COMBS of VA Land Patents

1720 Spotsylvania Co VA was established.

28 Sept 1730. (VA Land Patent Book 14, p. 42.) Thomas JONES of King & Queen Co., 350 acres new land in Spottsylvania Co. in St. George's Parish on head branch of the River Ny, adjoining Lewis ELSEY & Colonel SPOTSWOOD. For importation of 7 persons: Godfry RIDGE, Ann RIDGE, Rebecka RIDGE, Mary RIDGE, Ann RIDGE, Elizabeth RIDGE, Thomas RIDGE.

(Provided by COMBS-Cody-Ridge Researcher George BAUMBACH who adds that this is the earliest mention of the RIDGE family found thus far in VA).

The above Thomas RIDGE later resided in Spotsylvania Co VA, and his son, British Loyalist William RIDGE, b 1727-1734, probably in Spotsylvania; d in 1780 at the Battle of Hanging Rock in South Carolina, a resident at the time of Surry Co NC, and the husband of Winnifred COMBS (Allen), b 14 May 1749, Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co, VA, d/o Mason & Sarah COMBS, Sr. of Richmond, Stafford & Frederick Cos VA, d 1785 Surry Co NC; and gd/o John & Hannah COMBS) (See Also Rowan & Surry Co NC and George's Filing Cabinet for the estate file of British Loyalist William RIDGE)

19 Feb 1734/5 King George County, Virginia Will Book 1-A:109-110. Feb. 19, 1734/5. Will of Archdell COMBS of Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia. My that all the whole tract...of land whereon I now live be equally divided both in quantity & quality after my now wife Mary COMBS her decease between my two eldest daughters Ann COMBS & Mary COMBS. I give & bequeath to my youngest dau. Ezabell COMBS 50 acs. of land in King & Queen County, both which sd. tracts of land hereby given, I give to my three daus. as aforesaid to them and their heirs forever. To my loving wife Mary COMBS all my personal est., goods, chattles ...whatsoever to me belonging. My will & desire is that if in case my sister Amey which now liveth a widow on my land doe remain single that she and her children continue on the plantation where she now liveth three years rent free and have liberty to work one hireling or servant dureing the sd. three years making no wast of timber nor clearing the ground but for her needfull occasion and doe make my loving wife Mary COMBS afsd. my whole and sole executrix... /s/ Archdell (A) COMBS. Wits: Isaac ARNOLD, Thos. (X) DICKASON, Moses KNIGHTON.
Presented at King Geo. Co. Ct. May 2, 1735 and proved by Isaac ARNOLD, Thomas DICKASON & Moses KNIGHTON and admitted to Record.

(Will Abstracts of King George County, Virginia (175-1780), KG B 1(1752-1780) Includes Abstracts of Book of Inventories (1721-1744) annotated with names of Testators from Will Book a-1 (1721-1752) dates will made and recorded. Ruth & Sam Sparacio, The Antient Press, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, Virginia 22101, 1986)

Archdale COMBS was the s/o the above-noted John and Ann "Hannah" (MASON?) Combs of Richmond County, Virginia and gs/o Archdale COMBS I of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia. No trace of the above-referenced fifty acres in King and Queen County has been located as yet, nor of his daughter, Ezabell (Isabell?) or his sister, Amey (Amy).

1779-1792 Virginia Publick Claims, King & Queen Co VA

Richard COMBS

This record has not yet been extracted, and the above Richard COMBS (unidentified) may not have been a resident of King and Queen at the time (year unknown) that he made his Publick Claim for reimbursement of monies spent or properties lost during the RW.