Elihu Tipton Combs
and Sarah Williams
Elihu Tipton Tip Combs b 1835 d 1910; buried Combs Cemetery, Emmalena, Knott Co KY; s/o Shadrach Shade Combs Sr and Martha Patsy Casebolt. Elihu Tipton Combs m. 2 Dec 1852 Letcher Co KY to Sarah Williams b 1839 KY d 1910; buried Combs Cemetery Emmalena, Knott Co KY. (1860 Letcher Co KY Census). Children of Elihu Tipton Combs and Sarah Williams;
1. William Ray Combs b 3 Oct 1853 Letcher Co KY; m. 1872 to Catherine Polly.
2. Elizabeth Combs b 1856 Letcher Co KY; m. 24 Apr 1874 Letcher Co KY to John Henry Morgan b 17 May 1852 Letcher Co KY; s/o James Morgan 1815 and Mary Emily Polly.
3. Louisa Combs b 1859 Letcher Co KY.
4. Mary Combs b 1862 KY.
5. Susan Combs b 5 Apr 1864 Craft's Colly KY; m. Henry Craft's Colly Combs b abt ? d abt 1944. Children of Henry Craft Colly Combs and Susan Combs;
i. Linda Combs b abt 1887
ii. Ida Combs b abt 1889 d abt 1959; m. Willie Stamper.
iii. Nick Combs b abt 1894
iv. Pearl Combs b abt 1896
v. Hattie Combs b abt 1897; m. Stephen Caudill.
6. Sarah Combs b 1868 Letcher Co KY d 26 Jun 1955 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; m. 5 Apr 1888 Letcher Co KY to William Riley Blair b 25 Mar 1864 Letcher Co KY d 2 Sept 1916 Letcher Co KY; s/o s/o Samuel H Blair and Lavina Adams.
Mt Eagle Newspaper, 1964
Centenarian, Mrs. Susan Combs Combs
Centenarian -- Mrs. Susan Combs Combs of Craft's Colly will be 100 years and two months old on Friday, (June 5). She celebrated her 100th Birthday on April 5 with a cake topped with 100 candles and visits from many of her relatives.
Susan Combs Combs
Mrs. Combs is the daughter of the late Tip and Sarah Williams Combs. She was born April 5, 1864, on Craft's Colly about a fourth of a mile above the home of her son, Pearl, with whom she makes her home. Her parents before her had grown up in the same valley. When she was two weeks less than 21, she was married to Henry Combs (called Craft's Colly Henry to distinguish him from several other Henry Combses in the Letcher County area). Her husband died 20 years ago.
Mrs. Combs is the mother of five children. The second, Ida (Mrs. Willie) Stamper, died five years ago; she would have been 75 now. Others are Miss Lina Combs, Whitesburg, 77; Nick Combs, Detroit, 70; Pearl Combs, 68, and Hattie (Mrs. Stephen) Caudill, Ermine, 65. Mrs. Combs has great-great-grandchildren. When she was 97 she joined the Regular Baptist Church at Mayking. She was the third of nine or 10 children in her family, all of whom have lived to 80, and her husband also was a member of a large and long-lived family.
One of her sisters was Aunt Jane Brashears, the mother of Mrs. J. C. Day, who died at 94. A tiny woman, Mrs. Combs is still active although she doesn't hear well now. She has never weighted more than 100, now weighs about 68.
Every day she turns the feather bed in her bedroom, and she keeps her own room clean. Last fall her son returned home to find her attempting to dig potatoes from the garden to surprise him. Her health is good except for som difficulty with hardening of the arteries.
Her children have heard her tell how she would put her young baby on a pallet on the floor, leave it there while she walked down to the mouth of the hollow and hoed corn all morning, return to nurse it and then go back to the cornfield. Often at night she would sit up until 1 o'clock weaving or kintting clothing for her family. "Talk about hard work -- she's known it!" remarked her son. (Eagle photo).