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Francis Coomes

Male Abt 1726 - 1822  (~ 96 years)


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  • Name Francis Coomes  [1
    Born Abt 1726  Coomes Purchase, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Apr 1822  Fairfield, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alternate death 3 Aug 1822  Fairfield, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I3863  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2016 

    Family Charity Wood,   b. 1734, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1796, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1767  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Children 
    +1. Rachel Coomes,   b. 1772,   d. 22 Aug 1847, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +2. Margaret Modesta Coomes,   b. 1773, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sometimes given as "Francis Ignatius Coomes".

      From Combs-Coombs &c:

      Francis COOMES, b ca 1726, Maryland, d 3 Aug 1822, Nelson Co KY; buried St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery; m in MD Charity WOOD; b ?, d aft 1796, probably in Nelson Co KY. They resided in first Virginia [location not known], were there ca 1767 when son, Richard, was born (1850 Nelson KY Census) and then, between 1768 and 1771, removed to Surry Co NC where Francis COONS [sic] appears on the tax lists of the newly-formed (from Rowan) county with 1 tithable. [...] On 06 Aug 1796 (Surry Co NC DBF:332) Francis COOMER [sic] sold Round Hill to John FARMER, £100, and shortly thereafter removed to Nelson Co KY where he first appears on tax lists in 1797.

      Note: There is a Find a Grave page for a Francis Coomes buried in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Fairfield, Kentucky. It gives no parents, spouse, or children, but the text says "Was a Private in the Virginia Militia during Revolutionary War", something not mentioned in the lengthy compilation of Francis Coomes information on the Combs-Coombs &c. site. The photograph shows a headstone that has been made illegible by damage, to which a modern plaque has been added reading "FRANCIS COOMES / PVT VA MILITIA / REVOLUTIONARY WAR / 1726 1822."

      Further from Combs-Coombs &c:

      The ancestry of neither Francis Combs nor his wife has been determined; however, it is possible that he was from Charles Co, MD. According to the following family traditions/histories:

      (1) Extracted from "The Centenary of Catholicity in Kentucky", by Hon. Ben. J. Webb, published by Cook & McDowell Owensboro, Kentucky in 1980, Chapter XXXVIII, "The mission of Daviess County," an interview by Webb of Francis' grandson, Richard R. COOMES:

      "Richard R. COOMES, whose name appears in the above list of early settlers in the county [list of pre-1831 settlers of Daviess Co. KY], is a grandson of the veteran patriarch of the Cox's Creek settlement, Francis COOMES, who died a centenarian in 1822. The history of the family, as sketched for the writer by its oldest living representative in Daviess...is sufficiently interesting to be here introduced:

      "Francis COOMES, from whom one branch of the family so designated and residing in KY has its descent, was born in Maryland about the year 1722. When a young married man, he stayed away from MD and went first to VA, and afterwards to N.C. Here there were children born to him and these grew up with little, if any, knowledge of their ancestral faith. When his oldest son, Richard, father of the venerated friend whose account the writer is here quoting, reached his majority, he became dissatisfied with his surroundings in NC, and, after wandering from place to place for a number of years, finally came to KY in the year 1790. It is more then likely he fell in with some of his father's former acquaintances of MD, then on their way to the settlement on Cox's Creek [Nelson Co, KY].

      "Richard COOMES was accompanied to the State and to the settlement referred to by two single sisters, Anna and Rachel COOMES, the first of whom afterwards became the wife of Walter COOMES, .... and the mother of the late Rev. Charles I. COOMES .... and the last the wife of William COOMES, who removed from Nelson to Daviess County in the year 1815.

      "In 1794, or thereabouts, Richard COOMES returned to N. C. and brought back with him to Kentucky his aged father and mother, and two single sisters. One of these latter afterwards intermarried with Wilfred WATHEN, and became the mother of ... Rev. John C. WATHEN. The other was married to John SPEAKS. Having still a widowed sister residing in VA, Mrs. Margaret WATHEN, he went after her a year or two later, and brought to KY herself and her two infant children. ... she was afterwards united in marriage with Zachariah AUD, of the Cox's Creek Settlement, and she became mother of ... Rev. Athanasius A. AUD,.... The death of Richard COOMES took place in 1868, at the age of eighty-eight years."

      (2) From Combs Researcher Joe Lewis: Father Eugene COOMES, S.J. also stated that Francis and Charity had nine children, some born in MD, VA and some in NC. In addition to those named above, Fr. Eugene also listed "...Henry who died 1856 in Breckenridge Co. KY, Leonard, who married Mary Anastasia COOMES (daughter of William COOMES) 1800 in Nelson Co. KY, and Lydia who married a CRUTCHFIELD in NC and moved to St. Lawrence in Daviess Co., KY.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1070] Findagrave.com page for Rachel Coomes.

    2. [S133] Combs-Coombs &c., place given as only "Maryland.".

    3. [S246] Descendants of Richard Coomes, by Ann Whalen.

    4. [S133] Combs-Coombs &c.

    5. [S133] Combs-Coombs &c., place only.