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William John Coomes

Male 1734 - 1824  (90 years)


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  • Name William John Coomes 
    Born 8 Aug 1734  Coomes Purchase, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Nov 1824  Cox's Creek, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I5776  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2019 

    Father Thomas Coomes,   b. Bef 1699,   d. Bef 27 Jan 1753, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 54 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Wharton,   b. Abt 1694, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1772, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married Bef 1724  [3
    Family ID F5796  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Jane,   b. Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1816, Cox's Creek, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1760  [2
    Children 
    +1. William John Coomes,   b. 13 Mar 1769, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1844, Daviess County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 75 years)
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F3857  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Came to Harrod's Station with his wife Jane in 1775 or 1776.

      From Descendants of Richard Coomes I (citation details below):

      The William Coomes family left Maryland, moving to Virginia. When hearing of the fertile ground in "Kain-tuck-ee", the Indian name for Kentucky (meaning beautiful ground), the Coomes family joined the pioneers, led by James Harrod, in the early 1770s. They used flatboats and poled them down the mighty Ohio. After journeying down the Ohio for several weeks, the party made their first permanent camp at a place called Drilling's Lick. It was located on the Kentucky River, near the present day site of Frankfort, Kentucky. While the men were busy with hunting and trapping, Frances Jane Coomes began to manufacture salt. This was the first and earliest manufacturing of salt in the state. After a short stay at Drilling's Lick, the pioneers pushed further into the wilderness. They settled at a place called Harrod's Station, later called Fort Harrod. The men hunted and trapped and cleared land to grow crops. Frances Jane Coomes spent much of her time teaching the children how to read, write, and cipher.

      Oct 28, 1779: William Coomes this day claimed the right to a settlement & Preemption to a Tract of Land lying on the waters of Beach Fork of Salt River, known by the name of Cave Spring, by residing in this country FOR TWELVE MONTHS, before the year 1778, satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the said Combs has a right to a settlement for 400 acres of Land including said Spring & a Preemption of 1000 Acres Adjoining & that a certificate issue for the same accordingly (certificate book of the Virginia Land Commission, 1779-1780)

      During the War of Independence there were three companies of volunteers from what at that time was known as Kentucky County, Virginia. Captain John Holder's company was organized in either 1799/1780, at Ruddells' and Martin's Station, near the present day site of Cynthiana, Kentucky. William Coomes was a sergeant in Captain Holder's company. His official title was "Sergeant of the Continental Line".

      After the war William Coomes and family settled in Bardstown on a one thousand-acre farm two miles northeast of the town. They wanted to be near people of their own faith - Catholic; and, there was a large cave on the farm for protection from Indians. William Coomes presented 105 acres to Father Badin for a new church.

  • Sources 
    1. [S246] Descendants of Richard Coomes I, by Ann Whalen., place only.

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

    3. [S133] Combs-Coombs &c.