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Mason Combs Sr

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2. John "8" (Kentucky John) Combs , Sr.

1 NAME John /Combs/


.....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, Richmond 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 Land, Surry Co NC 1780, son John sold Mason land in Surry Co NC, Aug 8, 1784, 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, 3124 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 Number: 76-023567, Ross Printing Co. Tallahassee, Florida. Pg xxi. 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. Pg 38. 16 Nov 1785
John Was in Montgomery County VA. with his brothers Mason and William. 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 Genealogy".
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The notes below are from J L Martin
The research and information from John to Nicholas Combs was contributed by Combs &c. Research
Group.
John's marriage to Nancy HARDING is documented by the Shenandoah Co, VA wills of both of her
parents, the 1783 Shenandoah Court Minutes regarding settlement due John Combs from his HARDING
brothers-in-law, and the 1855 Perry Co, KY death record of their son, Elijah. Also note that the Combs
and Harding lands in Shenandoah were adjacent; and that no other Combs are found recorded with Henry
HARDING II other than John (for whom Henry HARDING made bail in 1779); and that both John and his
son, Mason, are later found in Montgomery Co, VA adjacent to his brother-in-law, Henry HARDING III.

The Combses Genealogy" by Josiah H Combs, Library of Congress Card Number: 76-023567, Ross Printing Co. Tallahassee, Florida. Pg xxi. 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. Pg 38. 16 Nov 1785 John Was in Montgomery County VA. with his brothers Mason and William. 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. IGI: Birth; Batch # 8600701-84 (also shows birth in King George Index IGI # 8487206-13 and Westmoreland Co. IGI 8313806-64) Birth Batch # 8487206-13 (Submitter - Claudia Wagoner, 3124Pawnee, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701) vol 8 tree 2363[1863.ftw] [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 16, Ed. 1, Tree #1863, Date of Import: May 11, 1999] Known as the father of the "eight brothers", pg 123 " The Combses Genealogy".

Article from the Lexington Herald-Leader March 1, 1992: COMBS FAMILY TREE BRANCHES OVER STATE Author: Lee Mueller HAZARD -- A whole year before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, a ship called Marigold docked at Jamestown, Va. Walking down the gangplank on May 20, 1619, was one John Combs, or Coombes, an indentured servant from England. History blurs often in genealogy, but Combs family researchers credit this John Combs -- there were many before and after him -- with beginning a colorful and influential clan that spread into Kentucky two centuries ago. Nearly 20 families in Kentucky are more numerous than the Combses, but none is more firmly ingrained in the state's history and traditions. It is difficult to trace the ancestral footprints of some Appalachian migrants. Courthouse fires and a general lack of written records are to blame, said Henry Scalf, a Floyd County genealogist and historian. The Combses, however, have generally traced their beginnings in Kentucky to one date and one man. Exactly why John Combs' great-grandson, also called John Combs, and his eight sons came to Perry County in 1795 is not clear. Josiah H. Combs drolly suggested in a family genealogy that they were either nervous or just land- hungry. Nevertheless, the now legendary "eight brothers" with their father and an uncle, Nicholas "Danger Nick" Combs, moved in and saturated southeastern Kentucky with Combses. By 1857, a jury was seated in Perry County containing 12 Combses. At one point, it is said, all county offices were filled with Combses. A hundred or so years later, descendants of the Combses have fanned out across the state, spawning at least one governor, a state Supreme Court justice, a Baseball Hall of Fame member, a five-time women's state golf champion, lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists and dozens of successful politicians. "We're all shirttail kinfolks," then-Gov. Bert T. Combs told 1,000 Combses from 16 states at the first Combs Family Reunion in 1963. Bert Combs described his clan and forebears as "honest, hardworking and stubborn-as-hell people," which he said jokingly included "some outlaws as well as in-laws." Oscar Combs, publisher of The Cats' Pause in Lexington, recalled that when he was delivering newspapers at Jeff between 1952 and 1957, he saw a story about a murderer named Oscar Combs being on a 10-most-wanted list. ''I literally ran to the house and hid in our 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 degrees of accuracy, for nearly half of the state's history. In 1900, National Geographic writer Ellen Churchill Semple contended there were 11 brothers -- not eight -- who arrived in Perry County from North Carolina. Most stopped in the mountains; a few forged ahead, she said."One went further down the (Kentucky River) into the rough hill country of Breathitt County," she wrote. "and the eleventh continued on his way till he came into the smiling country of the Bluegrass." The way Semple told it, the Combs who made it to Lexington was quickly assimilated into Bluegrass society and established a distinguished family ''with all the aristocratic instincts of the Old South while their mountain cousins went barefoot, herded in cabins and were ignorant of many of the fundamental decencies of life." Actually, two of the eight brothers went to Breathitt County, one of whom later moved on to Fayette County, Josiah Combs wrote. Another went to Powell County. But he said the family of the late Leslie Combs II, who became famous as a horse farm owner, descended from the eight Combs brothers' second-cousin who arrived in Clark County from Virginia in 1775. Golfer Anne Combs of Lexington, whose great-grandfather Alfred Combs came to Lexington from Eastern Kentucky in 1870 and established a thriving lumber business, said she does not recall anyone making distinctions between mountain Combses and Bluegrass Combses. "I think they used to laugh about it and say we were related," she said. ''Everybody was from the mountains." The brother who actually went to the Bluegrass, William Combs, had wintered at Valley Forge, Pa., with George Washington during the Revolutionary War. By 1797, William Combs had a 500-acre farm in what is now Boyle County. By 1830, he was operating the old Combs Ferry at the mouth of Lower Howard's Creek, just below Boonesboro. One of William Combs' sons, John (called Jack), later went to Clay County and became the forebear of Bert Combs. Another brother, Elijah, became a general in the War of 1812 and became a magistrate and state senator after Perry County was formed in 1820. Later, in 1826, he deeded the county 10 acres of land that became the heart of downtown Hazard. Perry Circuit Judge Douglas Combs Jr. and state Railroad Commissioner J.E. Combs are direct descendants of Elijah. Other brothers -- Mason, George, Harrison, Biram and another Nicholas -- settled in areas that are now Perry, Letcher and Knott counties. The uncle, Danger Nick (he was hot-tempered, relatives say), lived to be about 103 before he died in 1838. He founded the community of Combs, north of Hazard, "always reaching out for more land," Josiah Combs wrote. "He patented and patented on the Kentucky River and finally patented most of Lott's Creek." Ann Combs Eversole of Hazard, a descendant of Danger Nick, said her ancestors once owned all the land "from Combs to Typo." Civilization seemed to annoy the early Combses, Josiah Combs observed in his genealogy.''Whenever civilization showed signs of encroaching too closely, whenever it interfered with their love of freedom and independence, they girded their loins and moved on," he wrote. "Wherever the Combses went, back in those days, they were possessors of large boundaries of land." Danger Nick's oldest son was named Jeremiah and called "Chunky Jerry." One of Chunky Jerry's sons, "Tight Jerry," accompanied the Union army on its march to the sea in Georgia during the Civil War. "They nicknamed 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.Sorting out one John Combs or Jeremiah Combs from another is one of the things that the Combs Family Association does at its reunion every August at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. Among other things, the reunion honors a "Combs of the Year." Past recipients have included Earle Combs, who played baseball for the New York Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1920s and became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame; Leslie Combs II; Bert Combs; and Lois Combs Weinberg, Bert Combs' daughter and founder of a school for dyslexic children. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Dan Jack Combs of Betsy Layne was last year's Combs of the Year. The justice, a Pike County native, said he learned from Bert Combs during his first visit to the reunion that they shared the 26th most common surname in the nation. Dan Jack Combs said the late governor's success in politics had helped other Combses in campaigns. Doug Combs Jr., whose father was Hazard mayor and railroad commissioner, agreed. ''It tells the folks you're from 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 Co, Virginia


3. Nicholas "Danger Nick" Combs

1 NAME Nicholas /Combs/


....In Perry County Nicholas settled several miles below Hazard and the mouth of Lott's Creek, in the "bend" of the Kentucky River, where the community of Combs now is. He was an ambitious individual, a hard worker, as Andrew Combs says, always reaching out for more land. He patented and patented on the River, and finally patented most of Lott's Creek. With the exception of Mason and Nicholas, his nephews, of the "eight brothers", he owned more land than any other Combs that ever came to Perry.

.....There is conflicting opinion as to the exact locality where "Danger" first settled. Some say it was just below Combs, on the other side of the River; others, that it was in the lower end of Combs, on the hillside; still others, that it was in Combs. Anyway, it seems certain that he spent his declining years with his son "Bird-Eye," who lived on the point above the highway where Will Brewer now lives, a little above the mouth of Meadow Branch. The old house is still there (1947). "Danger" was buried on the Lorenzo Combs place, further up Meadow Branch.
.....In the Introduction I have explained why Nicholas was called "Danger." He would "fight in a minute," says Andrew, but he was kind and generous. A Combs tradition in the mountains has it that his brothers and nephews shunned him because he was a Tory during the Revolution. They say he slunk off and lived to himself, on Long Island after the war. They sometimes called him "Nick, the Tory". He died in 1838, around a hundred years of age. At least one of "Danger's" children, Nancy (Alicia) was born before the family came to Kingsport. "Bird-Eye" Nick, Rebecca and Samuel were born in Kingsport (Census of 1850). According to Mrs. Margaret Combs Lewis, one of "Bird-Eye's" daughters, "Danger" had only five children, although long gaps between the birth of some of them might indicate that he had some children who died young.
1850 Perry County,Kentucky Federal Census Dist 2 Im 3 of 37
21 22 Nicholas Combs 86 M Farmer 4000 Virginia

Name Suffix: , Sr.
.....In Perry County Nicholas settled several miles below Hazar
d and the mouth of Lott's Creek, in the "bend" of the Kentucky R
iver, where the community of Combs now is. He was an ambitious i
ndividual, a hard worker, as Andrew Combs says, always reachin
g out for more land. He patented and patented on the River, an
d finally patented most of Lott's Creek. With the exception of M
ason and Nicholas, his nephews, of the "eight brothers", he owne
d more land than any other Combs that ever came to Perry.
.....There is conflicting opinion as to the exact locality wher
e "Danger" first settled. Some say it was just below Combs, on t
he other side of the River; others, that it was in the lower en
d of Combs, on the hillside; still others, that it was in Combs
. Anyway, it seems certain that he spent his declining years wit
h his son "Bird-Eye," who lived on the point above the highway w
here Will Brewer now lives, a little above the mouth of Meadow B
ranch. The old house is still there (1947). "Danger" was burie
d on the Lorenzo Combs place, further up Meadow Branch.
.....In the Introduction I have explained why Nicholas was calle
d "Danger." He would "fight in a minute," says Andrew, but he wa
s kind and generous. A Combs tradition in the mountains has it t
hat his brothers and nephews shunned him because he was a Tory d
uring the Revolution. They say he slunk off and lived to himself
, on Long Island after the war. They sometimes called him "Nick
, the Tory". He died in 1838, around a hundred years of age. A
t least one of "Danger's" children, Nancy (Alicia) was born befo
re the family came to Kingsport. "Bird-Eye" Nick, Rebecca and Sa
muel were born in Kingsport (Census of 1850). According to Mrs
. Margaret Combs Lewis, one of "Bird-Eye's" daughters, "Danger
" had only five children, although long gaps between the birth o
f some of them might indicate that he had some children who die
d young.


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