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William Riley Combs
and Maggie Smith

L-R - Ray Combs - JB Francis - Elijah Smith Jr
L-R: Cousins, Ray Combs, JB Francis and Elijah Smith Jr - Photo Submitted By JB Francis
William Riley Combs b 21 Feb 1876 Campton, Wolfe Co KY d 15 Jan 1935 Blair Branch, Letcher Co KY; buried Lenville Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; s/o James Madison Combs and Mary Ann Smith. William Riley Combs m. 31 May 1924 to Maggie Smith b 6 Aug 1886 Smithsboro, Knott Co KY d 15 Dec 1943 Carcassone, Letcher Co KY; buried Jent Cemetery, Carcassone Mountain, Bull Creek, Letcher Co KY; d/o Jeremiah Smith and Peggy Collins. Children of William Riley Combs and Maggie Smith;

1. Raymond Combs b 9 May 1925 Letcher Co KY d 4 Mar 2011 Clarksville, OH; m. 13 Dec 1944 to Alta Hampton b 12 Nov 1925 Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY d 3 Oct 2015 age 89; d/o John Hampton and Francis Adams.

2. J C Combs b 21 Feb 1927 Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY m. Opal Jent.

3. Delza Combs b abt 1929 Letcher Co KY; m. Female Ratliff.


Maggie Smith
and Richard Smith

Maggie Smith b 6 Aug 1886 Smithsboro, Knott Co KY d 15 Dec 1943 Carcassone, Letcher Co KY; buried Jent Cemetery, Carcassone Mountain, Bull Creek, Letcher Co KY; d/o Jeremiah Smith and Peggy Collins. Maggie Smith m. 1904 to (1) Richard Smith b 20 Mar 1878 Letcher Co KY d 22 Feb 1922 Knott Co KY; buried Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery, Brinkley, Knott Co KY; s/o John Ashley Smith and Malinda Lynn Linda Combs. Children of Richard Smith and Maggie Smith;

1. John A Smith b 5 Apr 1905 KY d 5 Dec 1970 Letcher Co KY; buried Burton Hill Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; m. Anne Carbonne. Child of John A Smith and Anne Carbonne; i. Maggie Lynn Smith.

2. Sally Smith b abt 1907 KY

3. Jerry Smith b abt 1908 KY

4. Greg Smith b 1910 KY

4. Lucinda Cindy Smith b 1912 KY; m. Rankin Blair

5. Earsie Smith (f) b 1914 KY; m. Lawrence Combs. Earsie Smith m. to (2) France Blair; buried Haven of Rest, Mayking, Letcher Co KY.

6. Lenville Smith b 8 Dec 1914 Knott Co KY d 18 Aug 1980 Perry Co KY; buried Martin Feltner Cemetery, Fisty, Knott Co KY; m. Ella Mae Ritchie b 5 Feb 1914 Knott Co Ky d 4 Aug 1989 Perry Co KY; buried Martin Feltner Cemetery, Fisty, Knott Co KY; d/o Edward Ritchie and Elizabeth Combs.

7. Martha Smith b 1918 KY

8. Dorothy Day Smith b 1919 KY

9. Ida Smith b 31 Mar 1921 Letcher Co KY d 20 Jul 2015 Hazard, Perry Co KY; buried Stamper Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; m. John Adams. Children of John Adams and Ida Smith; i. Marvin Adams. ii. Joyce Ann Adams iii. Thelma Adams; m. Male Seals iv. Freda Adams; m. Male Seals. v. Betty Adams; m. Male Washington. vi. Carlos B Adams vii. France Adams viii. Aaron Adams ix. Kathlene Adams; m. Male Blair.


Maggie Smith
and Thomas Jent

Maggie Smith b 6 Aug 1886 Smithsboro, Knott Co KY d 15 Dec 1943 Carcassone, Letcher Co KY; buried Jent Cemetery, Carcassone Mountain, Bull Creek, Letcher Co KY; d/o Jeremiah Smith and Peggy Collins. Maggie Smith m. about 1936 Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY to (3) Thomas Jent b 1880 Letcher Co KY d 17 Aug 1957; buried beside Maggie in the Jent Cemetery, Carcassone Mountain, Bull Creek, Letcher Co KY.


William Riley Combs
and (1) Sarah Elizabeth Hale

William Riley Combs b 21 Feb 1876 Campton, Wolfe Co KY d 15 Jan 1935 Blair Branch, Letcher Co KY; buried Lenville Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; s/o James Madison Combs and Mary Ann Smith. William Riley Combs m. 8 Apr 1898 Knott Co KY to (1) Sarah Elizabeth Hale b 1877 Carter Co KY d 27 Aug 1919 Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; of typhoid fever; buried Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; d/o Thomas Hale and Matilda Smith. William Riley Combs and Sarah Elizabeth Hale had 10 children. Some children of William Riley Combs and Sarah Elizabeth Hale;

1. Raymond Combs b 1899 Knott Co KY

2. Arzella Zella Combs b 13 Nov 1901 KY d 26 Jun 1978 (other source gives dod 29 Nov 1965) Knott Co KY; m. William H Breeding b 21 Jan 1881 KY d 25 Oct 1931; s/o James Thomas Breeding and Melvina "Vina" Cody. Children of William H Breeding and Arzella Combs;

i. Cuba Breeding b 4 Oct 1920 Knott Co KY

ii. Opal Breeding b 1924 Knott Co KY m. Unknown Nichols

Arzella Combs m. Thomas Sutton b 22 Apr 1897 KY d 13 Oct 1988 Knott Co KY. Children of Thomas Sutton and Arzella Combs;

i. Madesta Sutton b 21 Feb 1921 Knott Co KY

ii. Jewel Sutton b 1922 KY

iii. Rollo Buford Sutton b 28 Aug 1924 Knott Co KY

iv. Juanita Sutton b 1926 KY

v. John Radford Sutton b 12 Jun 1929 Knott KY

3. Madison Combs b 1903 KY

4. Matilda Tilda Combs b 27 Oct 1904 d 18 Oct 1963; m. 6 Oct 1923 to Fred Banks b 20 Jul 1892 d 23 Nov 1968; s/o Irvine Banks and Cornelia Combs.

5. Thomas Combs b 1907 KY

6. Martha Combs b 11 Aug 1911 Smithsboro, Knott Co KY d 17 Sept 1983 Fayette Co KY; m. 9 Aug 1929 to Daniel Harston Cupps b 28 Jan 1901 Cullman AL d 15 Jan 1959 Jeremiah, KY

7. Carol Combs (m) b 1914 KY

8. Watson Combs b 1917 KY

9. Mary Combs b 1920 KY


William Riley Combs
and Maude Davis

William Riley Combs b 21 Feb 1876 Campton, Wolfe Co KY d 15 Jan 1935 Blair Branch, Letcher Co KY; buried Lenville Adams Cemetery, Jeremiah, Letcher Co KY; s/o James Madison Combs and Mary Ann Smith. William Riley Combs m. 27 May 1920 to (2) Maude Davis b 1896.


Obituary: Ida Smith Adams
31 Mar 1921 - 20 Jul 2015

Ida Adams - March 31, 1921 - July 20, 2015 (age 94)/ Ida Adams, 94, of Jeremiah passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center.

Ida was the daughter of the late Richard and Maggie Smith. She was the widow of John Adams.

Surviving is 1 son: Marvin Adams of Jeremiah; 4 daughters: Joyce Ann Adams, Thelma Seals, and Freda Seals all of Jeremiah, and Betty Washington of Morehead; 13 grandchildren along with a host of great grandchildren.

Ida was preceded in death by 3 sons: Carlos B. Adams, France Adams, and Aaron Adams; 1 daughter: Kathlene Blair.

Funeral: 2:00 O'clock P.M. Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church with Old Regular Baptist Ministers officiating.

Visitation: 6:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church.

Burial will follow in the Stamper Cemetery at Jeremiah, Kentucky.


1910 Knott Co KY Census Lower Carr District 0087
122 125 Combs Riley Head M W 38 M1 12 KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
122 125 Combs Sarah Wife F W 30 M 12 5 4 KY KY KY
122 125 Combs Zella Daughter F W 9 S KY KY KY
122 125 Combs Madison Son M W 7 S KY KY KY
122 125 Combs Matilda Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
122 125 Combs Thompson Son M W 3 S KY KY KY

123 126 Combs Jerry Head M W 29 M1 6 KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
123 126 Combs Mary Wife F W 22 M 6 3 3 KY KY KY
123 126 Combs Cortez Son M W 5 S KY KY KY
123 126 Combs Nuel Son M W 3 S KY KY KY
123 126 Combs Lucinda Daughter M W 1 S KY KY KY


1920 Colby, Letcher Co KY Census
75 75 Combs Riley Head M W 44 Wd KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Madison Son M W 17 S KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Tilda Dau F W 15 S KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Thomas Son M W 13 S KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Martha Dau F W 8 S KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Caral Son M W 6 S KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Watson Son M W 3 8/12 S KY KY KY
75 75 Combs Mary Dau F W 11/12 S KY KY KY


1920 Knott Co KY Census Lower Carr District 0051
143 149 Smith Richard Head M W 40 M KY KY KY Farms General Farm
143 149 Smith Maggie Wife F W 34 M KY KY KY
143 149 Smith John A Son M W 14 S KY KY KY
143 149 Smith Jerry Son M W 12 S KY KY KY
143 149 Smith Lucinda Daughter F W 8 S KY KY KY
143 149 Smith Earsie Daughter F W 6 S KY KY KY
143 149 Smith Lenvel Son M W 4 S KY KY KY
143 149 Smith Martha Daughter F W 2 S KY KY KY
143 149 Smith Dortha Day Daughter F W 10/12 S KY KY KY
143 149 Combs Linda Mother F W 78 Wd KY KY KY


1930 Caldwell Co KY District 6 District 0012
74 74 Smith Richard Head M W 50 M 22 KY KY KY Farming Farmer
74 74 Smith Maggie Wife H F W 47 M 19 KY KY KY
74 74 Smith Greg Son M W 20 S KY KY KY Laborer Farm


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