Lee County, VA was established in 1792-3 from Russell Co VA. Descendant Counties include Scott Co VA, established from Lee & Russell Co VA in 1814 & Wise Co from Lee, Russell & Scott in 1856.

Note: Although Combs were in Russell Co VA when Lee was established, no Combs are found in this county until after 1830. Reminder: County-Line Combs may have been recorded in Tennessee and/or Lee Co both due to ongoing disputes re the Tennessee-VA border.

abt 1838 Lee Co VA. Born: Arminda COMBS who m 19 Nov 1857, Perry Co KY, William CASEBOLT, b ca 1833.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from "Perry County, Kentucky Records 1850 Census, Vital Statistics, 1852-1859," published by the Perry County Genealogical and Historical Society)

1830 Lee Co VA Census Index

No Combs

1840 Lee Co, VA Census Index

COMBS, James Page 120

1850 US Census, Lee Co VA

1149-1178 James COMBS 42 farmer VA cannot read or write
Nancy 35 VA cannot read or write
William 17 f VA farmer (looks like William & listed as a farmer, but female?)
Solomon 15 m VA farmer
Fielden 14 m VA
James 11 m VA
John 9 m VA
Bartholomew 7 m VA
Rachel 5 f VA
Henry C. 2 m VA

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

Notes: According to the late Vina Combs Lee, granddaughter of James and Nancy, Nancy was a YEARY (Statement of granddaughter, Vina Combs Lee, 1970 to Combs Researcher Mary Park Bryant); however, according to the oral statement of Lucretia HOBBS, to her daughter, her aunt, Nancy HOBBS (d/o Solomon), m James Combs. (Passed down through family to Hobbs Researcher Gail Carmack). Also note that Vina Combs Lee also stated that James was the s/o William & Anna THOMPSON Combs, Jr.of Russell Co VA

7 Sep 1857. Lee Co, VA Born: Elbert COMBS. Father's name: James COMBS. Father's residence: Lee County VA Mother's name: Nancy COMBS

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Mary F. Hentschel from Lee Co, VA Vital Records, Page: 37 Line Number: 230)

Notes: Elbert and his brother, Bartholomew, were both in Harlan Co, KY by 1880.

1860 Lee Co, Va Census

(provided by Kathy (last name unknown) conch@softcom.net to Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

263 Jas COMBS agt. 53 Russell Co. VA $4,000 cannot read or write
Nancy 44 Russell Co., Va cannot read or write
Fielding 22 Russell Co., Va farmer labor cannot read or write
Jas 20 Russell Co., Va farmer labor cannot read or write
John 18 Russell Co., Va farmer labor cannot read or write
Bartholmew 16 Russell Co., Va farmer labor cannot read or write
Rachel E. 14 Russell Co. Va
Henry C. 12 Russell Co. Va
Elisha H. 8 Russell co. Va
Elbert O. 2 Russell Co. Va

264 William COMBS 27 Russell Co. VA $145 cannot read or write
Virginia 18 Russell Co. Va house keeps
Milburn 1 Lee Co. Va

265 Solomon COMBS 25 Russell Co. Va $65
Malvina 18 VA

Note: Solomon Combs married Melinva HE(A)RD, per the Hunt Co, TX DCs for their sons Dudley and Henry Peter Combs and the Nolan Co, TX DC for their son C H Combs. Melvina Combs and most of her family can be found in the 1900 Hunt Co, TX census.

1880 Lee Co, VA Census

Submitted by Jennifer Willemi from Ancestry.Com online posting:

Rose Hill

COMBS, Solomon M 45 (abt 1835) VA VA VA Farmer
Melvina F 45 TN (abt 1835) TN TN TN
Dudley M 17 VA (abt 1863) VA VA TN
Franklin M 15 (abt 1865) VA VA TN
James M 11 (abt 1869) VA VA TN
Peter M 10 (abt 1870) VA VA TN
Job M 6 (abt 1874) VA VA TN
Wiley M 4 (abt 1876) VA VA TN
Martha F 2 (abt 1878) VA VA TN
Millard M 1 (abt 1879) VA VA TN

FUGATE, Peter M 36 (abt 1844) TN ? ? Farmer
Matilda F 31 (abt 1849) TN TN TN
Hendley M 13 (abt 1867) TN TN TN
Mary 11 F (abt 1869) TN TN TN
George M 9 (abt 1871) VA TN TN
Lorenzo M 7 (abt 1873) VA TN TN
Charles M 4 (abt 1876) VA TN TN
James M 2 (abt 1878) VA TN TN
_ 1 (abt 1879) VA TN TN
Martha COMBS 11 (abt 1869) VA ? ?