Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Philip Combs

Male Abt 1636 - Aft 1718  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Philip Combs 
    Born Abt 1636  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1718  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002514  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 

    Father Essex County VA Combs 
    Family ID F01710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth MNU Combs 
    Children 
     1. Richard Combs,   b. 1653, Stratford, Warrickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1747, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 93 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F01819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • ===
      In March of 1663/4, one Phillip COMBS contracted with Thomas GERARD to serve as his overseer. Phillip was probably already residing in Maryland, most likely in Charles County since he had been transported to Maryland by Thomas STONE, s/o Gov. William and Verlinda GRAVES Stone) by 1656. In 1658, he had transported his wife, Elizabeth, and the position of overseer was probably quite a plum. Unfortunately, the arrangement with Thomas GERARD was not a success: On 19 Jul 1665, at St. Mary's County, Maryland Court, Thomas GERARD demanded a writ be issued against Philip Combs "in an accon uppon his Case to the vallue of 3000 lb tobb [tobacco] July 19th Warrt to sherriffe of St Marys County To arrest &c Ret. 10th Octobr next Prouinciall Court." The demand was accompanied by a forceful indictment:
      To the Honble the Gouernor & Councell of the Prouince of Maryland The humble petn of Thomas GERRARD agst Philip Combs

      Most humbly sheweth
      That whereas yor petr formerly (that is to say) in the yeare of Our Lord 1663 in the Month of March did agree and Contract wth the said Philip Combs to serue yor petr for the yeare then next ensueing as his Ouerseer for and untill the prfecting and finishing of one Cropp of tobaccoe and doeing and prforming of other Seruices and Labours, by vertue whereof the said Combs into the said seruice Entred dureing which aforesaid time of his seruice he had & receiued of and from yo petr seuerall Goods and merchandizes: and allsoe the said Combs did otherwise dampnifye yor petr during his said seruice to the uallue of Two thowsand pounds of tobacco, soe that yor Petr was made worse and had damage by the said Combs the sume and quantity of two thowsand fower hundd and seauenty pounds of tobaccoe and Caske, all which yor petr hath often in freindly manner requested the sd Combs to pay which he the said Combs hath heitherto refused to doe and still doth refuse to yor petitionrs damage of three thowsand pounds of tobaccoe and Caske
      May it therefore please yor Honnors to Consider the prmisses and grant yor petitioner Ordr against the said Combs for his damages aforesaid his Costs and as in duty bound (Maryland Archives 49:462)

      On 18 Oct 1665, the St. Mary's sheriff having apparently failed to serve Phillip, Thomas GERRARD demanded a second writ, this one for Charles County (in addition to St. Mary's), "of one accon, 18th being the same formerly entred agst Combs being an accon upon his Case to the uallue of 3000 lb tob: warrts to the sherriffe of St Marys and Charles County to Arrest &c Ret. 2d January next Prouinall Court. Copies of the former petn deliuered each sherriffe." (Archives of Maryland, Vol. 49:525)

      On 22 Mar 1665/66, Thomas GERARD again demanded a "writt agst Philip Combs in an accon of the Case to the uallue of Three Thowsand pounds of tobacco another Warrt issued to the sherr St Marys County to arrest &c Ret: 3d Aprill next" (Archives of Maryland, Vol. 57:10)

      The "end of the story" is not yet known, Thomas having failed to appear at the April session. Phillip may have "left town" for a short period since he also claimed transport of him self in 1664, but he seems to have remained in Charles County, or at least until 1670 when "Philip COOMES of St Maryes County in the Province of Maryland plantr" sold "Coomes Purchase" in Charles County to John ALLEN (although it was later somehow partly acquired by Col. Peter SAYER of Talbot County, and much later still by descendants of Richard COOMBS, Sr. of Charles County).

      It is not yet known whether Phillip COMBS was related to either or both Abraham COMBS of the manorial records or Enoch COMBS who also apparently lived in St. Mary's during part of the 1600s

      1656 West St. Marie's, St. Mary's County, Maryland (Charles County by 1658). Philip COOMES and Edward OKES witness an assignment from John TOMKINSON of his share of 600 acres (Andrew WATSON holding the other half) to John DELAHAY, the land described as lying "on the north side of Patomake [Potomac] Riuer begining at a marked Oake standing near a great March the sayd March respecting Machepungo on the south side of the sayd River." Andrew WATSON assigns his share to Joseph LENTON.

      Bef 1654 Phillip COOMES & William HOWGATE transported before 1654 by Thomas STONE. (Early Colonial Settlers of Maryland, excerpted by Combs &c. Researcher Ray Montgomery; Combs Researcher Vince Griffin adds source: Liber Q, Folio 33)
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      1656 Philip COOMES witnesses deed re land then in St. Mary's County, but in Charles County by 1658.

      By 1658 Phillip Combs, William HOWGATE (or HEWGATE) and John FITZMARSH (or TITMARSH) were transported to Maryland by Thomas STONE (See Charles County... not same reference as above). Thomas STONE is apparently (1) the son of Maryland Governor William and Verlinda GRAVES Stone of Charles County; (2) the nephew of Katherine GRAVES whose husband Thomas SPRIGGS, Sr. married 2nd Elinor NUTTHALL, d/o John NUTTHALL I of Accomack and Northumberland Counties, Virginia, and St. Mary's County, Maryland; and (3) the first cousin of Sarah SPRIGG (d/o Thomas and Katherine GRAVES Sprigg) who married (1) John PEARCE; and (2) Enoch COOMES (Jr.?) of Prince George's County. (See also below)

      1658 Phillip Combs transports to Maryland his wife, Elizabeth, and a servant, Sarah HOWGATE, per his declaration in 1669 in which he declares he is a resident of Charles County, and former overseer to Thomas GERARD of St. Mary's County.

      1660 Phillip COOMES sits on a jury in Calvert County

      13 May 1663 Philip COOMES witnesses a document for Gils and Elizabeth GLOVER (GLOUER) and John LUMBROSO in Charles County, Maryland.

      Mar 1663/64 Phillip Combs transports himself to Maryland and contracts for one year as overseer for Thomas GERARD of St. Clements Manor in St. Mary's County per both Phillip's declaration and 1665 declaration of Thomas GERARD.

      1665 Phillip Combs, his former overseer, is sued by Thomas GERARD of St. Clements Manor, St. Mary's County, who orders subpoenaes for both St. Mary's and Charles Counties.

      1669 Phillip COMBS is awarded a 150 acre patent, 100 acres of it for the transport of his wife Elizabeth and servant, Sarah HOWGATE in 1658, and 50 for transport of himself in 1664. He declares that he is of Charles County, and the former overseer of Thomas GERRARD.

      10 Oct 1670 Philip COOMES of St Maryes County in the Province of Maryland plantr leases the 150 tract "Coomes Purchase" in Charles County to John ALLEN. By 1676, Peter SAYER of Talbot County, close associate of William COMBS of same, has somehow acquired this land and another 100 acres.

      1676 Philip COMBS is a debtor to the Charles County estate of Charles GREGORY, chirurgeon (surgeon)

      1680 Philip COMBS is a debtor to the Charles County estate of Samuel RASPIN

      1681 Philip Combs appears on the 1681 Maryland Public Levies & Payments List

      1681-1682 Philip COOMES testifies against Thomas MARSHALL of Allen's Mill, Charles County who is accused of sedition. Later in 1682 the cattle mark of Elizabeth COOMES, daughter of Phillip COOMES, is recorded in Charles County (in 1676 in Calvert County, Joane BEALL, wife of John BEALL, Sr. and widow of Robert TYLOR and Capt. George REID (READ), makes a bequest to her goddaughter, Elizabeth COOMES, perhaps of a cow?)

      1684 Phillip COMBS is again listed as the debtor of Samuel RASPIN in Charles County records (and Thomas MARSHALL, the seditionist, is still the administrator, too).

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Nov. 13-27, 1683 - Philip Coombes is served by the Sheriff. (Charles Co., Md. Court, Liber K, p. 260.]

      Nov. 27, 1683-Jan. 8, 1683/4 - George Hodgson vs. Philip Coombes for 2400 lbs. tobacco. Continued till next Court. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 285.)

      Jan. 8, 1683/4-Mar. 11, 1683/4 - Thomas Burford vs. Philip Coombes in a plea of trespass on the case. Sheriff’s return: Non est inventus. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 309.)

      Jan. 8, 1683/4-Mar. 11, 1683/4 - George Hodgson vs. Philip Combes for 2400 lbs. tobacco. Continued till next Court. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, P. 314.)

      Mar. 11, 1683/4-June 10, 1684 - Maj. William Boarman vs. Philip Coomes for 500 lbs. tobacco. Sheriff's return: Non est inventus. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 363.)

      Mar. 11, 1683/4-June 10, 1684 - George Hodgson vs. Philip Coomes for 2400 lbs. tobacco. Continued till next Court. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 366.)

      June 10, 1684-Aug. 12, 1684 - Philip Lynes vs. Philip Coomes for 2234 lbs. tobacco. Sheriff's return: Non est inventus. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 377.)

      June 10, 1684-Aug. 12, 1684 - Maj. William Boarman vs. Philip Coomes for 500 lbs. tobacco. Sheriff's return: Non est inventus for that Coomes hath absented himself. Ordered that Boarman have an attachment against the estate of Philip Coomes for 500 lbs. tobacco with costs of suit. Attached for William Boarman in the hands of James Balis, garnishee of Philip Coomes, 1 steer 2 years old, 1 yearling steer, 1 yearling bull. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 382

      Aug. 13, 1684-Sep. 9, 1684 - Philip Lynes demands a warrant of attachment against the estate of Philip Coomes for 3,500 lbs. of tobacco. Sheriff's return: Nulla bona. (Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K, p. 428.)


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      1691 Philip COMES, age 12, son of Philip COMES is apprenticed to Thomas BEACH to become a bricklayer per a Westmoreland County, Virginia record. (Note: Westmoreland was adjacent to Old Rappa County; however, although this is a Virginia record, a Thomas BEACH is also found in St. Mary's County, and it is possible that neither may have ever lived in Westmoreland, which is directly across the Potomac River from Maryland).

      1692 Philip [P] COMERS [sic] and Nicholas SMITH witnesses a deed in Richmond County, Virginia between William CLAPHAM and John DEAN, who have married daughters of Sylvester THATCHER and his wife, Margaret, who married 2nd Warwick CAMMOCK of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia (parent county of Richmond). Witness Nicholas SMITH lived adjacent to John COMBS of Richmond, son of Archdale COMBS I of Old Rappa, who was a close associate of Warwick CAMMOCK and probable kin of Abraham COMBS of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and St. Mary's and Charles Counties, Maryland.

      1718 Phillip COMBE makes a payment to the estate of Edward ROOKWOOD of Charles County, Maryland, deceased, whose 1717 dated will was witnessed by an Eliza COMBS.
      ===
      Charles Gregory 6.667 A CH #69119 #78222 Mar 4 1679
      Payments to: Elisabeth Young, John Stone, Josias Fendall, Ellinor Bayne, Richard Dod, judgment vs. John Cager former administrator of deceased, Richard Edelen, Thomas Notley, Esq., John Long paid to Henry Bonner, Richard Ashman, Robert Carvile for defending vs ------ Doyne & vs - ------ Allen & vs.-----
      Rumsy, Benjamin Rozier.
      List of debts: William Stannard, Walter Jones, Daniell Kelley John Curtis & Randall Peeters, William Gandey, John Greene, Capt. Allen (dead), Robert Barrett (can't be found), John Gillham, James Munkister (nothing to be found),, Margery Downes (dead), Jacob Leach (runaway), Seybret Maycock, John Vowell,, Henry Norman, Thomas Ho per, Morgan Evans, Daniell Kelley, Clement Thompson, Thomas Hatries, Samuely Sherrie (dead), Thomas Keiching, William Stanyard, Bryan Ward, Nathaniell Stanton, William Wardter, Charles Russell, Stephen Champ, Joseph Calley, Francis Wyner Robert Greene, Matthew Hill, John Fanning, Ellinor Beane, Thomas Stone, George Credwell, Richard Ashman,, Thomas Mudd,, Joshua Doyne, John Morris, Benjamin Rozier, Esq., Joseph Manning, Robert Hewet, Robert Doyne, Capt, Fendall, William Groome (dead), Thomas Notley, Esq., Mr. Clipsham the administrator, John Sheppard, Richard Smoote, Robert Rowland, John Smith, Thomas Gerrard, William Chandler, James Littlepage, Capt. Aspinall, Robert Thompson (nothing to be found), John Bracker, Robert Teate, Robert Thompson, Phillip Combs, Thomas Baker, Henry Bonner.
      Administrator: Thomas Clipsham.

      ===
      James Hughes 2006-04-19 19:55:28
      Early Combs of Old Rappahannock Co, Virginia

      Could this be the same Philip Combs that testified against Thomas Marshall?

      Phillip Combs (Comer?) who was a witness in Richmond Co VA (organized from Old Rappa. in 1690-1), on 14 Dec 1692 to a deed between John DEANE, Wm. CLAPHAM in reference to the daughters of Sylvester and Margaret (POWELL?) Thatcher (Richmond DB2:81-2(42). Margaret (POWELL?) Thatcher married next Warwick CAMMOCK, earlier landholder of the above 200 acres on Peumans End Run, and close associate and next door neighbor to John MEADOR, Sr. The above is the only Philip COMERS or Combs found in Old Rappahannock/Richmond/Essex records; however, there were at least two Philip Combs in later Westmoreland County (adjacent to what would become Richmond and later King George), of whom he may be one.
      ===
      Rookwood, Edw., 13th Feb., 1717;
      To dau. Mary Sanders, personalty.
      to children of wife Mary, 12 pence each.
      Ex.: Son Thomas.
      Test: Wm. Wilson, Edw. Askins, Eliza Coome, 14. 519.
      ===
      Edward Rookwood 1.384 A CH £54.4.0 £27.1.10 Mar 13 1718
      Received from: Joseph Parker, Joseph Knight, Philip Combs, John Speake, Jr,
      Payments to: John Sanders for Edward Mings, Stephen Robinson, William Bladen, Thomas Bordley, Esq,
      Residuary Legatee: accountant,
      Executor: Thomas Rookwood,

      === ??
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      p.41. "To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting Wee Joh Deane and Wm Clapham both of the County of Richmond having marryed the Two only Daughters of Mr Silvester Thatcher of the County of Rapp'a now Richmond dec'd and by virtue of the said Thatchers last will and Testament was vested and seized of a Certaine tract of Land Conteyning One Thousand and fifty acres situate and lying on the South side of Rapp'a River and now within the County of Essex and upon Portobaco Swamps which land was lapsed and by us the above said Deane and Clapham taken up againe according to Law and now lies in Co partner-ship between us the said Deane and Clapham Now know yee That Wee the said Deane and Clapham do by these presents bind ourselves our heirs x x firmly by these Presents x x to stand to and abide the devision of the aforesaid tract of Land as it was formerly Ordered x x by the Last will and Testament of the abovesaid Mr Silvester Thatcher" x x x .
      signed
      John Deane
      Wm Clapham
      Wit:
      Nicho Smyth
      Philip x Comens
      Rec. 19 Dec 1692.

      Source:
      Fleet, Beverley,
      Richmond County records, 1692-1704 : Deed book no. 1, 1692-1693, Deed book no. 2, 1693/4-1696, Deed book no. 3, lost, miscellaneous records, 1699-1704
      Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. County, 1961, 117 pgs.
      ===
      James Hughes 2006-04-24 13:31:37
      Maryland State Archives MARYLAND INDEXES (Patents, Index)MSA S1426

      NAME Combs, Phillip
      1669
      TRACT Combs Purchase
      COUNTY Charles
      Certificate 150 Acres Liber 12 Folio 232
      Patent 150 Acres Liber 12 Folio 435

      NAME Comber, Philip
      1670
      TRACT Combs Purchase
      COUNTY Charles
      Certificate 150 Acres Liber 12 Folio 458
      Patent 150 Acres Liber 12 Folio 579

      NAME Combs, Philip
      1671
      TRACT St. Stephen Coleman
      COUNTY St. Mary's
      Certificate 300 Acres Liber 13 Folio 95
      Patent 300 Acres Liber 16 Folio 199
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber E, Page 82
      10 Oct 1670; Indenture from Philip Coomes of St. Mary's County, planter, to John Allen; for 3,000# of tobacco; a parcel of land called Coomes' Purchase on the west side of Wicomico's main fresh; bounded by a swamp and John Coates; laid out for 150 acres; /s/ Philip Coomes; wit. Rich. Edlen, _ Moore
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Land Records, Liber Z, Page 264
      Recorded at request of Dr. Francis Searson:
      6 Apr 1705; Indenture from Dennis Mahauney to Francis Searson, surgeon; for 2,000* tobacco; a parcel called Smith's Reserve; bounded by Philip Combs; containing 100 acres; /s/ Dennis Mahauney (mark); wit. William Lock, Phill Hoskins' Robert Hanson; ack. 6 Apr 1705 by Dennis Mahauney; Dr. Francis Searson paid alienation 11 Jun 1706
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Land Record Liber X#2, 1743-1744; Page 59. At the request of Edward Cadel of CC, the following deed was recorded on Feb 27, 1743[/4).
      Feb 10, 1743[/4] from John Cadel of CC, planter and Anna, his wife, to Edward Cadel of CC, planter, for 6000 lbs tobacco, about 100 acres, being part of a tract of land called St Stephen Coleman, formerly granted to Philip Combes, lying in CC. Signed - John (1 his mark) Cadel, Anna (A her mark) Cadel. Wit - Robert Hanson, s Hanson. Said Anna Cadel released her dower.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 391-95: COOMES PURCHASE: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Coombes, Thomas: Surveyed 26 Nov 1719 for Thomas Coombes on West side Port Tobacco main branch beginning at a bound Red Oak standing on a hill on the barren in the line of a tract of land called GREENS INHERITANCE (last line cut off - re-read film): Other Tracts Mentioned: GREENS INHERITANCE; other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.},
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 326-171: COOMES PURCHASE: 150 acres; Possession of - 150 Acres - Baker, John: Re-Surveyed 24 Jan 1669 for Philip Coombes on the West side Wicomico main fresh & adjoining to the land of John Courts.: Other notes - This land is escheated into COOMES PURCHASE, folio 463,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 463-568: COOMES PURCHASE: 150 acres; Possession of - 150 Acres - Charles Baker: ESCHEAT land orginally so called & Resurveyed 28 Jan 1738 for Charles Baker: Other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 70 Acres - Alexander Smith Hawkins from John Bigges; 12 May 1752,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 373-3: SMITHS RESERVE: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Searson, Francis: Surveyed 23 April 1670 for John Smith at a broad black oak the bound tree of Phillip Coombes (entered again in 375): Other notes - {mm Note; in with Benedict Records{, 100 Acres - William Chapman from Francis Searson & Elizabeth & Dennis Mahoney; 4 Aug 1714,this is entered again in Folio 375, ,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 375-21: SMITHS RESERVE: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Searson, Francis: Surveyed 23 April 1670 & patent 1 July 1670 for John Smith. (entered into 373): Other notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.},
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 366-31: ST. STEPHENS COLEMAN: 300 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Caudle, John: 100 Acres - Keate, Elizabeth: Surveyed 19 Feb 1670 for Philip Coombes at a bound tree the bound tree of Francis Fernly: Conveyance notes - 100 Acres - Edward Caudle from John Caudle; 10 Feb 1743, 100 Acres - Benjamin Dent from Robert Caudle; 2 March 1749

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    1. [S044761] Coombes.

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