Pleasants County, Virginia (now West Virginia) was created in 1851 from Wood, Ritchie, and Tyler Cos. The county seat is St. Marys. Adjacent counties are Wood, Ritchie, Tyler, and Washington Co, Ohio, on the north.

1900 Pleasants Co, WV Census

Grant District

ED 66

p. 103A, Sheet #6; 14 June 1900

97/97 Combs, James B Head, white, male, 51, b Sep 1848, Md 28 yrs, oil well driller, WV WV WV
Caroline Wife, white, female, 52, b Jan 1848, Md 28 yrs, 0ch/0ch living, GER GER GER, immigrated 1860, 30yrs in US
James A Father, white, male, 92, b Sep 1817, Wd, WV VA VA
James A Jr Adopted son, white, male, 20, b Oct 1879 Single, Teamster, WV WV WV
SHARP, Margaret, servant, white, female, 14, b May 1886, Single, at school, OH OH OH

(Source: Heritage Quest, original image, 1900 West Virginia, Pleasants, Grant Dist; Series: T623 Roll: 1769 Page: 103. James B indexed by HQ as James C but original shows James B)

SE Notes: The ancestry of James A Combs is unknown but he did come from Hampshire Co. The death record (see below) of James B Combs states his parents were James Anison Combs and Susan CORBIN. Hampshire Co, VA records show this couple were married 17 Feb. 1838. Unfortunately, the 1902 death record for James A Combs does not list the given names of his parents. James B is first found with his parents in their 1850 Taylor Co, [W]VA census record. James A and Susan are not yet found in 1860 but are in the 1870 Wood Co census and the 1880 Doddridge Co census. Son James B Combs served as a private in Co D, 23rd Regt, of the Ohio Infantry (see below for abstract of his statement about his service). James B Combs married Carrie FOUSE on 7 May 1872 in Wood Co, WV.

Death Records

1902: #8 Combs, James A., white, male, Date of Death: 16 Feb 1902, Place of Birth: Peasants Co; Cause: Old age; Age: 83/4/11; Name of Parents: Combs; Date of Birth: 1818, Occupation: Farmer; Listed as Consort [name not given], Name of Informant: Blank

(Source: Original image, Pleasants Co Register of Deaths, p. 60, West Virginia Archives Digital Death Records database, abstracted by Sue Elfving)

1929: DC #3604: James B Combs, Pleasants Co, West Virginia, Grant District, Town of Belmont; Male, White, Widowed, Died 17 Feb. 1929; Cause: Mitral Regurgitation and general arterial schlerosis; Date of Birth: Sept 5, 1848, West Virginia; Occupation: Retired Laborer; Father: James Anison Combs, Born West Virginia; Mother: Susanna CORBIN, Born West Virginia; Buried: Sand Hill Cemetery, 20 Feb. 1929

(Source: Original image, Pleasants Co Death Certificates, West Virginia Archives Digital Death Records database, abstracted by Sue Elfving)

Civil War Service

Combs, James B. - PVT. CO. D, 23RD. REG’T. OHIO INF. I am 58 years of age, and was born in Taylor Co., State of Va., now residing at Belmont, Pleasants Co., State of W.Va., am by occupation a Farmer. I served during the late rebellion as follows: First enlisted Feb. 13 1864 as Private in Co. D, 23rd. Regiment Ohio Vol. Inf’t. for the period of 3 years, and was discharged therefrom as Private, at York Pa. Hospital on the 12th. day of Jan. 1865, by reason of Disabilities. My discharge is filed in the Pension Office at Washington, D.C. 26 May 1906 HAZEN POST 66 - GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

Notes: James aka James B Combs is listed in the Combs & CWSS database of Civil War Soldiers.
Combs, James 23rd Reg’t, OH Inf Co D Pvt/" Combs, James B.

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