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  • ID: I071939
  • Name: John "8" (Kentucky John) COMBS , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Name: John COMBS
  • Birth: 1735 in West Moreland County, Virginia
  • Birth: 1735 in Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • Death: 1819 in Perry County, Kentucky
  • Note:
    .....7 John [Combs] (father of the "eight brothers") and Nancy [-]; lived
    in Warren [then-Shenandoah Co VA], Surry Co, N. C. Sullivan Co, Tenn.,
    and Perry Co, Ky.
    ..........8 Mason, m. Jenny Richardson; d. 1822
    ..........8 John, m. (2d time) Margaret --- ; d. cir. 1840.
    ..........8 Nicholas, lived in Breathitt [Co KY]
    ..........8 Henry (Harrison), m. Rachel, dau. of Benj. Clements; [and]
    Phoebe Francis
    ..........8 George, m. Lydia Herald; d. 1822-23 124
    ..........8 Elijah (Gen. 'Lige), m. Sarah, dau. of Michael Roark, d.
    1855.
    9. Louisa Combs m. Robert Bustard Cornett
    ..........8 A daughter, killed at age of 12, cir. 1784.
    ..........8 Biram (Barm), lived in Perry, [and] Wayne, [Cos KY, and]
    Johnson Co, Ind.
    ..........8 William ("Old Buckery"), lived in Perry, Breathitt, old
    Lincoln, Bath and Madison [Cos KY]. Married Nell Cloud, (61 years old in
    1820), probably in old Shenandoah [Co, VA]. William 63 in Sept., 1820.
    Died in Madison Co. [KY], 1840.

    .....8 John [Combs], lived in Sullivan [Co TN] and Perry [Co KY] [by 1st
    wife]. (3)
    Josiah H Combs; "The Combses Genealogy" (Tallahassee, FL; Ross PrintingCo. )
    Library of Congress Card #76-023567; FHL Book Area 929.273 C733c.
    pg 29 The will of John Combs made Dec 11 1716 and Probated Feb 7 1717, Ric hmond Co Will Book #3, p300 listed as youngest child
    pg34 Birth
    pg 28 Migrated to the Shenandoah Valley 1751
    Pg 38 found of list of table in Pennsylvania Co 1767, Conveyance of Lan d, Surry Co NC 1780, son John sold Mason land in Surry Co NC, Aug 8, 178 4, William and John were administrator to the estate of Mason Nov 16, 1785
    Birth Batch #8225007-59
    Birth IGI # 8487206-13 Family Group Sheet (Submitted by Claudia Wagoner, 3 124 Pawnee, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.) vol 8 tree 2363
    (Gilbert)

    Name Suffix: , Sr.
    .....7 John [Combs] (father of the "eight brothers") and Nancy [
    -]; lived
    in Warren [then-Shenandoah Co VA], Surry Co, N. C. Sullivan Co
    , Tenn.,
    and Perry Co, Ky.
    ..........8 Mason, m. Jenny Richardson; d. 1822
    ..........8 John, m. (2d time) Margaret --- ; d. cir. 1840.
    ..........8 Nicholas, lived in Breathitt [Co KY]
    ..........8 Henry (Harrison), m. Rachel, dau. of Benj. Clements
    ; [and]
    Phoebe Francis
    ..........8 George, m. Lydia Herald; d. 1822-23 124
    ..........8 Elijah (Gen. 'Lige), m. Sarah, dau. of Michael Roark
    , d.
    1855.
    9. Louisa Combs m. Robert Bustard Cornett
    ..........8 A daughter, killed at age of 12, cir. 1784.
    ..........8 Biram (Barm), lived in Perry, [and] Wayne, [Cos KY
    , and]
    Johnson Co, Ind.
    ..........8 William ("Old Buckery"), lived in Perry, Breathitt
    , old
    Lincoln, Bath and Madison [Cos KY]. Married Nell Cloud, (61 year
    s old in
    1820), probably in old Shenandoah [Co, VA]. William 63 in Sept.
    , 1820.
    Died in Madison Co. [KY], 1840.
    .....8 John [Combs], lived in Sullivan [Co TN] and Perry [Co KY
    ] [by 1st
    wife]. (3)


    Father of "The Eight Brothers." He fought in the Revolution in Valley
    Forge in 1776.
    He is also found in Capt. Casey's Company 6 Jun - May
    1778.
    16 Nov 1785 John Was in Montgomery County VA. with his brothersMason
    and William.
    Name appears in the Colonial forces in the French-Indian War 1755.
    Lived in Warren Co., Surry Co. N.C., Sullivan Co. Tenn., and Perry
    Co. Ky.

    SOURCE:
    "The Combses Genealogy" by Josiah H Combs, Library of Congress Card Numbe r: 76-023567, Ross Printing Co. Tallahassee, Florida. Pg xxi. Father of "T he Eight Brothers." He fought in the Revolution in
    Valley Forge in 1776. He is also found in Capt. Casey's Company 6 Jun - M ay 1778. Pg 38. 16 Nov 1785
    John Was in Montgomery County VA. with his brothers Mason and Willia m. Pg 43. Name appears in the
    Colonial forces in the French-Indian War 1755.
    Lived in Warren Co., Surry Co. N.C., Sullivan Co. Tenn., and Perry Co. Ky.

    Known as the father of the "eight brothers", pg 123 " The Combses Genealog y".
    ***************************************
    The notes below are from J L Martin
    The research and information from John to Nicholas Combs was contribut ed by Combs &c. Research
    Group.
    John's marriage to Nancy HARDING is documented by the Shenandoah Co, VA wi lls of both of her
    parents, the 1783 Shenandoah Court Minutes regarding settlement due John C ombs from his HARDING
    brothers-in-law, and the 1855 Perry Co, KY death record of their son, Elij ah. Also note that the Combs
    and Harding lands in Shenandoah were adjacent; and that no other Combs a re found recorded with Henry
    HARDING II other than John (for whom Henry HARDING made bail in 1779); a nd that both John and his
    son, Mason, are later found in Montgomery Co, VA adjacent to his brother-i n-law, Henry HARDING III.

    The Combses Genealogy" by Josiah H Combs, Library of Congress Card Numbe r: 76-023567, Ross Printing Co. Tallahassee, Florida. Pg xxi. Father of "T he Eight Brothers." He fought in the Revolution in Valley Forge in 177 6. He is also found in Capt. Casey's Company 6 Jun - May 1778. Pg 38. 16 N ov 1785 John Was in Montgomery County VA. with his brothers Mason and Will iam. Pg 43. Name appears in the Colonial forces in the French-Indian War 1 755. Lived in Warren Co., Surry Co. N.C., Sullivan Co. Tenn., and Perry C o. Ky. IGI: Birth; Batch # 8600701-84 (also shows birth in King George Ind ex IGI # 8487206-13 and Westmoreland Co. IGI 8313806-64) Birth Batch # 848 7206-13 (Submitter - Claudia Wagoner, 3124Pawnee, Fayetteville, Ark. 7270 1) vol 8 tree 2363[1863.ftw] [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 16, Ed. 1, Tree #186 3, Date of Import: May 11, 1999] Known as the father of the "eight brother s", pg 123 " The Combses Genealogy".

    Article from the Lexington Herald-Leader March 1, 1992: COMBS FAMILY TR EE BRANCHES OVER STATE Author: Lee Mueller HAZARD -- A whole year before t he Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, a ship called Marigold docked at Jam estown, Va. Walking down the gangplank on May 20, 1619, was one John Comb s, or Coombes, an indentured servant from England. History blurs oft en in genealogy, but Combs family researchers credit this John Combs -- th ere were many before and after him -- with beginning a colorful and influe ntial clan that spread into Kentucky two centuries ago. Nearly 20 famili es in Kentucky are more numerous than the Combses, but none is more firm ly ingrained in the state's history and traditions. It is difficult to tra ce the ancestral footprints of some Appalachian migrants. Courthouse fir es and a general lack of written records are to blame, said Henry Scal f, a Floyd County genealogist and historian. The Combses, however, have ge nerally traced their beginnings in Kentucky to one date and one man. Exact ly why John Combs' great-grandson, also called John Combs, and his eight s ons came to Perry County in 1795 is not clear. Josiah H. Combs drolly sugg ested in a family genealogy that they were either nervous or just land- hu ngry. Nevertheless, the now legendary "eight brothers" with their father a nd an uncle, Nicholas "Danger Nick" Combs, moved in and saturated southeas tern Kentucky with Combses. By 1857, a jury was seated in Perry County con taining 12 Combses. At one point, it is said, all county offices were fill ed with Combses. A hundred or so years later, descendants of the Combses h ave fanned out across the state, spawning at least one governor, a state S upreme Court justice, a Baseball Hall of Fame member, a five-time women 's state golf champion, lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists and doze ns of successful politicians. "We're all shirttail kinfolks," then-Gov. Be rt T. Combs told 1,000 Combses from 16 states at the first Combs Family Re union in 1963. Bert Combs described his clan and forebears as "honest, har dworking and stubborn-as-hell people," which he said jokingly included "so me outlaws as well as in-laws." Oscar Combs, publisher of The Cats' Pau se in Lexington, recalled that when he was delivering newspapers at Jeff b etween 1952 and 1957, he saw a story about a murderer named Oscar Combs be ing on a 10-most-wanted list. ''I literally ran to the house and hid in o ur basement," he said. "I didn't think there was more than one Oscar Combs ." People have been writing about the eight Combs brothers, with varying d egrees of accuracy, for nearly half of the state's history. In 1900, Natio nal Geographic writer Ellen Churchill Semple contended there were 11 broth ers -- not eight -- who arrived in Perry County from North Carolina. Mo st stopped in the mountains; a few forged ahead, she said."One went furth er down the (Kentucky River) into the rough hill country of Breathitt Coun ty," she wrote. "and the eleventh continued on his way till he came into t he smiling country of the Bluegrass." The way Semple told it, the Combs w ho made it to Lexington was quickly assimilated into Bluegrass society a nd established a distinguished family ''with all the aristocratic instinc ts of the Old South while their mountain cousins went barefoot, herd ed in cabins and were ignorant of many of the fundamental decencies of lif e." Actually, two of the eight brothers went to Breathitt County, one of w hom later moved on to Fayette County, Josiah Combs wrote. Another we nt to Powell County. But he said the family of the late Leslie Combs II, w ho became famous as a horse farm owner, descended from the eight Combs bro thers' second-cousin who arrived in Clark County from Virginia in 1775. Go lfer Anne Combs of Lexington, whose great-grandfather Alfred Combs ca me to Lexington from Eastern Kentucky in 1870 and established a thriving l umber business, said she does not recall anyone making distinctions betwe en mountain Combses and Bluegrass Combses. "I think they used to laugh abo ut it and say we were related," she said. ''Everybody was from the mountai ns." The brother who actually went to the Bluegrass, William Combs, had wi ntered at Valley Forge, Pa., with George Washington during the Revolutiona ry War. By 1797, William Combs had a 500-acre farm in what is now Boyle Co unty. By 1830, he was operating the old Combs Ferry at the mouth of Low er Howard's Creek, just below Boonesboro. One of William Combs' sons, Jo hn (called Jack), later went to Clay County and became the forebear of Be rt Combs. Another brother, Elijah, became a general in the War of 1812 a nd became a magistrate and state senator after Perry County was form ed in 1820. Later, in 1826, he deeded the county 10 acres of land that bec ame the heart of downtown Hazard. Perry Circuit Judge Douglas Combs Jr. a nd state Railroad Commissioner J.E. Combs are direct descendants of Elija h. Other brothers -- Mason, George, Harrison, Biram and another Nichol as -- settled in areas that are now Perry, Letcher and Knott counties. T he uncle, Danger Nick (he was hot-tempered, relatives say), lived to be ab out 103 before he died in 1838. He founded the community of Combs, nor th of Hazard, "always reaching out for more land," Josiah Combs wrote. " He patented and patented on the Kentucky River and finally patented mo st of Lott's Creek." Ann Combs Eversole of Hazard, a descendant of Dang er Nick, said her ancestors once owned all the land "from Combs to Typo ." Civilization seemed to annoy the early Combses, Josiah Combs observ ed in his genealogy.''Whenever civilization showed signs of encroaching t oo closely, whenever it interfered with their love of freedom and independ ence, they girded their loins and moved on," he wrote. "Wherever the Combs es went, back in those days, they were possessors of large boundaries of l and." Danger Nick's oldest son was named Jeremiah and called "Chunky Jerry ." One of Chunky Jerry's sons, "Tight Jerry," accompanied the Union ar my on its march to the sea in Georgia during the Civil War. "They nicknam ed a lot of these guys becausee they had several with the same first name ," said Judge Doug Combs. "There was a 'Red Jim' set and a 'White Jim' set ." Some Combses with Indian blood are called "black Combses," he said.Sort ing out one John Combs or Jeremiah Combs from another is one of the thin gs that the Combs Family Association does at its reunion every August at B uckhorn Lake State Resort Park. Among other things, the reunion honors a " Combs of the Year." Past recipients have included Earle Combs, who play ed baseball for the New York Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in t he 1920s and became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame; Leslie Combs I I; Bert Combs; and Lois Combs Weinberg, Bert Combs' daughter and found er of a school for dyslexic children. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Dan J ack Combs of Betsy Layne was last year's Combs of the Year. The justic e, a Pike County native, said he learned from Bert Combs during his fir st visit to the reunion that they shared the 26th most common surname in t he nation. Dan Jack Combs said the late governor's success in politics h ad helped other Combses in campaigns. Doug Combs Jr., whose father was Haz ard mayor and railroad commissioner, agreed. ''It tells the folks you're f rom Kentucky," Doug Combs said. "It's a Kentucky name. You have that tie."
    Birth: 1735 in Westmoreland, King George Co, Virginia
    Death: 1819 in White Oak, Perry Co, Kentucky
    Burial: Behind the Courhouse, Hazard, Perry Co, Kentucky

    Father: Mason COMBS b: 1714 in Putman's End Creek, Caroline Co, Virginia
    Mother: Sarah Ann Harding RICHARDSON b: 1706 in Aquia Creek, Stafford C o, Virginia









    Father: Mason COMBS , Sr. b: 22 FEB 1713/14 in Putmans End Creek, Caroline County, Virginia
    Mother: Sarah Ann Harding RICHARDSON b: 1718 in King George County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Margaret COMBS

      Marriage 2 Nancy STACY

        Marriage 3 Nancy Margaret HARDING b: 1735 in Stafford County, Virginia
        • Married: 1750 in Staffard, North Carolina
        Children
        1. Has Children Mason COMBS b: 1756 in Sullivan County, Tennessee
        2. Has Children William "Old Buckery" COMBS b: SEP 1757 in Frederick County, Virginia
        3. Has Children John "Soldier John" COMBS , Jr. b: 17 FEB 1761 in Shenandoah County, Virginia
        4. Has Children Nicholas "Danger Nick" COMBS b: BET 1761 AND 1764 in Franklin County, Virginia
        5. Has Children Henry Harrison COMBS , Sr. b: 1765 in Shenandoah County, Virginia
        6. Has No Children Biram "Barm" COMBS b: 1766 in Frederick County, Virginia
        7. Has Children Elijah C. "General Lige" COMBS b: 17 MAR 1770 in Montgomery County, Virginia
        8. Has Children George "Old" COMBS b: 1774 in Frederick County, Virginia

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