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James H. (Joseph) Combs - The James H. Joseph Combs Family

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James H. (Joseph) Combs

My maternal great great grandfather was James H. Joseph (James) Combs. He was born 1822 in was born in Overton County, TN, which later became Pickett County. The Overton County courthouse was burned during the Civil War and many records were lost. The family later moved to Fentress County, Tennessee. He married his first wife, Lucy Huddleston (my maternal great grandmother)  abt. 1842.

Due to the strife caused by the Civil War, his family moved to Liberty, Casey County, Kentucky. Some of the family was divided in their loyalties between the North and the South. James and his son George Washington Combs served with the North in Company I, 13th Kentucky Calvary.

All of James children are buried in Casey County except Theophalus and Martha (HELM) Combs, who went to Fannin County, Texas about 1902.





Tennessee Counties 


This map shows the countie name changes in Kentucky where the Combs family lived.


1801 - Jackson County created from Smith
1806 - Overton County created from Jackson,Smith
1823 - Fentress County created from Overton & Morgan
1850 - Census shows Joseph & Family living in Fentress County
1855 - Joseph & Lucy sold their share of ownership in land located in Overton County. Jarriott uddleston (Lucy's father) died in 1855. The land is located in what is now Pickett County
1879 - Pickett County created from Fentress & Overton




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James H. Joseph Combs 


James H. Joseph Combs

The following are children of James H. "Joe" and Lucy Huddleston Combs:

1. Jarriott M. Combs b: Aug. 9, 1843, Fentress Co. TN; d. June 1, 1856, in TN
2. George Washington Combs b: Sept 2,1844, Fentress Co. TN; d: April 26, 1864, Died of disease contacted in service,
Company I, 13th KY Calvary. Bur: Omar Bell Cemetary on Farm, Casey County, Kentucky
3. Thomas C. Combs b: Dec. 26,1846, Fentress Co. TN; m: Elizabeth Edwards WILLIAMS; d: May 11, 1922, Casey
Co. KY
4. Charlotte G. Combs b: Feb 3,1849, Fentress Co. TN; m: Thomas Jeff BROWN, March 17, 1867; d: Dee 18, 1917;
Bur: Omar Bell Cemetary
5. Clemansy A. Combs b: June 13, 1851, Fentress Co. TN; m: Thomas FOSTER Nov. 16, 1869; d: March 7, 1924;
Bur: Omar Bell Cemetery
6. Siddy W. Combs b: Dec. 25, 1852, Fentress Co. TN; d: June 14, 1856, Fentress Co. TN
7. John W. Combs b: August 16, 1854, Fentress Co. TN; d: April 18, 1856, Fentress Co. TN
8. James A. Combs b: August 5,1856, Fentress Co. TN; m: Marietta EDWARDS Jan. I, 1880 d:
9: Theophalus Combs b: August 30,1859, Fentress Co. TN; m: Martha HELM March 8, 1879; d: Feb. 17, 1923,
Calera, Bryan Co. OK; Bur: Calera, OK
10. Cynthia G. Combs b: Jan. 16,1861, Casey Co. KY; m: Willis LEE July 6, 1882; d: May 1921; Bur: Casey Co. KY
11. Ulysses S. Grant Combs b: July 29,1864, Casey Co. KY; m. Addie SANDERS; d: June 23,1941; Bur:
12. Evaline Combs b: July 1894; m: Mr. Whitel or Whiteel; d: ; Bur: _

After Lucy (HUDDLESTON) Combs, died Mary 12, 1876, Liberty, Casey Co. Kentucky, James H. "Joe" Combs
married Jane BEATTY, May 22,1880. Marriage Number three was to Elvira JUSTICE, May 22,1884. Marriage
number four was to Nancy OWENS, May 12, 1888, and marriage number five was to Julia WHEELER, widow of
William "Bud" WHEELER. No issue is known from marriages two, three and four, or five. Julia had the following
children: 1. Mary Alice Wheeler, b: 1884,2. Clarence Wheeler, b: 1886, and 3. Edna Wheeler, b: 1889.

James H. "Joe" Combs was a union Kentucky cavalry veteran (12th regiment) in the Civil War! Our great great grandparents are buried in Casey County, Kentucky


Headstone of James H. Joseph Combs & his wife Lucy Huddleston


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