Wise County, VA was established in 1856 from Lee, Russell and Scott.

25 Oct 1895. Born: Vera RUZZI(???), d/o Warren RUZZI (sic scribbled with other letters), Birthplace: Wise County, Virginia, Maiden name of mother: Julia LIBEAU, Birthplace: Wise County, Virginia, Informant: William Combs, Hazard, Ky., Burial: Christopher, KY., Date: June 22, 1931

(1931 Perry Co, KY Death Certificate)

1900 Wise Co, VA Census

Lipps District


p. 74, sheet 17B; 9 Jun 1900, C. B. Osbourne

322/343 MULLINS, William head WM Jun 1861 38 M1 NC NC NC Black Smith
----Mary E. Wife WF Oct 1871 28 M1 0/0 VA VA VA
Combs, Nathan StepSon WM Jan 1891 9 S VA VA VA
ADKINS, William StepSon Jan 1897 3 S VA VA VA
YOUNG, Archie Boarder WM MAr 1884 16 S VA VA VA

p. 75, Sheet 19B

361/383 Combs, William Head WM Dec 1868 31 M10 VA VA VA Carpenter
----, Josia Wife WF Jul 1872 27 M10 5/5 VA VA VA
----, Forest Son WM Sep 1897 8 S VA VA VA at sch
----, Bessie Dau WF Jun 1892 7 S VA VA VA At sch
----, Staffer Son WM Nov 1896 3 S VA VA VA

Richmond Mag Dist (part of)

Big Stove Gap, SD:9 ED:127

p. 79, Sheet 8B; 8 Jun 1900, Etlo A. Evans

152/156 TIPTON, William R. Head WM Jul 1877 22 M2 VA VA VA Day Laborer
---- Martha Wife WF May 1882 18 M3 0 TN TN TN
---- Rebecca Mother WF Apr 1840 60 Wd 8/6 VA VA VA
Combs, Peggie Servant WF Jan 1880 20 S KY KY KY Servant
GARDNER, Conley Grandson WM Mar 1893 7 S VA VA VA

Gilley Voting Pct, ED 129

p. ?, Sheet #13B, June 11, 1900

-/227 DICKENSON, Robert B. Head WM Mar 1878 22 M2 VA VA VA work in Cauk Yard
----, Hellan V. Wife WF Dec 1877 22 M2 1/1 VA VA VA
----, Cairrance Son WM Jun 1899 7/12 S VA VA VA
----, Rachel sister Jun 1875 24 S VA VA VA
RICHARDSON, Ed Boarder WM Oct 1880 19 S TN TN TN Mines Coal

Note: Edward Richardson married Jennie Combs 24 Dec 1900 in Stone Gap, VA

p. 159A, Sheet #16B, June 13, 1900

168/288 GILLEY, John W. Head WM 43 Mar 1857, M12 KY KY KY Day Laborer
----, Maggie, Wife, WF 27 Apr 1873 M12 5/4 KY KY KY
----, Franklin P, Son, WM, 11 Dec 1888, S KY KY KY
----, Cora N, Daughter, WF 8 Mar 1892 S KY KY KY
----, Lawrence, Son, WM 5 Mar 1895 S KY KY KY
----, Shewler C, Son, WM 2 Mar 1898 S VA KY KY
WILLIAMS, Wesley, Boarder WM 28 Mar 1875 S TN TN TN, Day Laborer
SNIDER, James, Boarder WM 19 Mar 1881 S TN TN TN, ?? in coalmines
STAMPER, Caney, Boarder WM 21 May 1879 S TN TN TN, mines coal
GILLEY, Harrison, Boarder WM 22 Jan 1878, S KY KY KY, mines coal
Combes, Sis Cooks WF 19 May 1881 S KY KY KY Cooks

Note: Per Tim Phillips, Sis is a sister to Jennie Combs who married Ed RICHARDSON in 1900 (see below). Their mother was named Sarah per Jennie's marriage record. Their parents have not been documented. Research in progress.

Gladeville Mag. Dist.

ED: 123

Sheet: 15A

247/260 Combs, Edward Head WM [blank] 1874 26 M0 KY KY KY Saw Mill Hand
----, Ida B. Wife WF May 1880 20 M0 0/0 VA TN VA
PERRY, Fanny G-Mother-in-law WF Mar 1842 58 Wd 1/0 NC NC NC

Wise county Virginia
Marriage License

  Ed RICHARDSON & Jennie Combs       24 Dec 1900  Stonegap , Va
  Age of Husband 21, wife 23
  Both were Single
  Husbands Birth	Carter co. Tenn
  Wifes Birth		Letcher co. Ky
  Place of Residence, Both is in Wise co.
  Husbands Parents	Alvin & Hannah RICHARDSON
  Wifes Parents		----    & Sarah Combs
  Husband Occ - Minor
  John Adams Jr. Justice of the peace.

Source: submitted by Tim Phillips

Note: Per Tim Phillips, Jennie had a sister named Sis and a brother named Taulbee. Jennie died from TB a few years later and her husband remarried. They are buried in Letcher Co, Ky.

Wise Co, VA Marriages

Transcribed from Wise Co, VA Courthouse records by by Combs Researcher Peggy Ferrell who adds that there are about 274 listings in the Wise Co courthouse. Format:

namesexlicense no.datereverse party
Combs, William Mm21000045710/21/1921SEAVER, Emma Jane
William M Combs, Nancy CombsGeorge Seaver, Ida B Seaver
Combs WalterM21000036308/06/1921KELLY, Sylvia
Larkin Combs, Mary CombsLib Kelly, Drucia Kelly
Combs, Simm33000010305/03/1933FLEMING, Hattie
Larkin Combs, Mary WHITTRufus Fleming, Maggie Keel
Combs Arthurm23000006112/15/1923PERRY, Lou
Larkin Combs, Mary CombHenry Perry, Mollie Perry
Combs, Mortonm34000032807/07/1934DENNING, Vernie M
E D Combs, Cora GRIGSBYW M Denning, Louise Wright

DH Notes: Morton COMBS was born 1 Oct 1912 Knott Co., KY per the Ky Birth Index.
Other children listed for Cora GRIGSBY Combs:

Morton COMBS b 1 Oct 1912 Knott Co.
B. W. COMBS b 1 Oct 1912 Knott Co
Everette R. COMBS b 8 May 1914 Knott Co.
Laura Bell COMBS b 29 Jun 1916 Knott Co.
John M. COMBS b 29 Jul 1918 Knott Co.
Elza COMBS b 22 Sept 1920 Knott Co.

Combs, Pollyf09000018608/25/1909SHEPARD, James
H Combs, Martha CombsJohn SHEPARD, Josie SHEPARD
Combs, Munroem17000002301/18/1917REED, Maude
Jack Combs, Sarah Combsparents not given
Combs, Matm24000040212/18/1924WILLIS, Gertrude
Marshall Combs, Mollie CombsJ F WILLIS, Lena WILLIS
Combs, Lizzief22000037110/04/1922McLAUGHLIN, W. L.
John Combs, Lou CombsHarvey McLAUGHLIN, Surilda McLAUGHLIN
Combs, John Josephm74 74000089007/20/1974FUGATE, Johnny Dean
Calaway Combs, Mary HOLLANDJohn Elmer FUGATE, Mary Alice Combs
Combs, F Bm29000018106/18/1929BENTLEY, Halean
Shadrack Combs, Jennie CRAWFORDMelvin BENTLEY, Christine ISAACS

6 Sep 1919 Wise Co, VA Brownlow COMBS, s/o William & Sallie COMBS, md Hattie Irene AKERMAN, d/o Josh & Sarah AKERMAN

(Combs Researcher Debi Houser who adds that she found a birth record for Gene Tunney COMBS in Breathitt Co, KY which lists his mother as Hattie AKEMON).

DH Notes: Does anyone Know if Hattie AKERMAN & Hattie AKEMON are one and the same person?

Cemetery Records

The Kilbourn Graveyard- location in the town of Appalachia

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Mary F. Hentschel from Wise Co. Virginia Cemeteries, Chapter XL entitled, Family Burying Grounds in Wise, Co VA, p. 165, Family History Library Film #1689780)

John F. COMBS Jan. 12, 1878 - Dec. 7, 1906

MFH Notes: I have been to this cemetery but did not find this gravesite/marker. However, I have seen a picture of it from a living descendant who told me my uncle use to journey over to Appalachia at Decoration Day. This info. supports census and Bible records that I have in my possession. John F. COMBS was brother to my GdMthr. Nancy Elizabeth COMBS, daughter of Elbert & Rutha TAYLOR Combs who m 1878, Harlan Co, KY.

Wise Co, VA Obituaries

Abstracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser

COMBS, Walter W. was b: Jul 11 1898 d: Jul 5 1936; md: Sylvia KELLY, 1921; 3 girls; he also leaves 4 brothers, and 4 sisters. Member of the Old Regular Baptist Church.

COMBS, Myrtia was born Jan 12 1903 died Nov 19 1929; daughter of Larkin and Mary E. COMBS; married Patton KILLEN May 12 1924; 3 boys. Written by her brother, Walter COMBS.

PERRY, Lou, the dau of the late Henry and Mollie PERRY, b: Feb 2 1897 d: Jun 17 1960, md: Arthur COMBS, Feb 26 1922 d: Dec 8 1948; 4 children, Angeline MULLINS, Darwin, Va; Frank, Clintwood, Va; Nora FLEMING, Coeburn, Va; and Herbert Clark COMBS, deceased, she also leaves 3 brothers. Member of the Old Regular Baptist Church.