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Rachel Coomes

Female 1775 - 1847  (71 years)

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  1. 1.  Rachel Coomes was born on 9 Oct 1775 (daughter of Francis Coomes and Charity Wood); died on 22 Aug 1847 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1772


    From the Louisville, Kentucky Catholic Advocate, 4 Sep 1847:

    "Died, at her residence, near Owensboro, Ky., on Tuesday, 22d August, Mrs. Rachel Coomes, in the 74th year of her age. The deceased was relict of the late Wm. Coomes.

    "The deep anguish and pain felt by her relations and acquaintances, will be much relieved when they reflect on her many virtues, and the manner in wich she prepared herself for her final dissolution. After a long life spent in the practice of religion, finding her end approaching, she called for her confessor, who administered to her all the last rites of her holy religion. On the evening of the 23d she was interred in the county cemetery, in the presence of the pastor of the congregation and a large collection of relations and acquaintances, who will long remember the pious example she has left for their imitation. May she rest in peace."

    From Combs-Coombs &c:

    Rachel m. William COOMES.

    Sept.3, 1796 (Nelson Co, KY Marriage Bonds) William COOMES-Rachel COOMES Bond -- Richard COOMES

    08 May 1834 -- Jun 1844 (Davies Co KY) Will of William Combs. 8 May 1834, wife Rachael, children: Charles, Mary, Elizabeth, Felix, Benedict, William Peter, Trese WALLACE, ex: Felix Combs wit: Henry & Benjamin READ (Abstracted by Combs Researcher Jean Smallwood who also provided the following:)

    From "Davies County Kentucky Records #1, Marriages 1815-1848, Deaths 1852-1861, Wills 1815-1850" by Researchers:" Will of William COOMES -- written May 1834 -- probated Jun 1844. Wife Rachel. Daughters: Tesesy WALLACE, Mary Margaret, and Elizabeth COOMES. Sons: Charles, Felix, Benedict and William Peter COOMES

    Notes: Combs Researcher Joe Lewis adds that Rachel's husband, William, was the s/o William COOMES, Sr. b in Charles Co MD, who came to KY (Harrods Station) in spring of 1775. A submission to "Kentucky Ancestors," KY Historical Society quarterly, vol. 30 #2, 1994-1995, page 79, ROSTER OF FIRST KENTUCKY ANCESTORS, submission by Researcher Henry D. Paine, includes birth dates of 13 March 1769 for William and 9 Oct 1775 for Rachel, his source unknown.

    Rachel married William Coomes on 3 Sep 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky. William (son of William Coomes and Frances Jane) was born on 13 Mar 1769 in Charles County, Maryland; died before Jun 1844 in Daviess County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Charles William Coomes was born on 20 Jan 1799 in Nelson County, Kentucky; died in 1849.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Francis Coomes was born about 1726 in Coomes Purchase, Charles, Maryland; died on 3 Apr 1822 in Fairfield, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Fairfield, Nelson, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 3 Aug 1822, Nelson County, Kentucky


    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 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.

    Francis married Charity Wood about 1767 in Maryland. Charity was born in 1734 in Maryland; died after 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Charity Wood was born in 1734 in Maryland; died after 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 19 Aug 1826, Fairfield, Nelson, Kentucky


    Or Woods.

    1. Margaret Modesta Coomes was born on 25 Nov 1773 in St. Mary's, St. Mary's, Maryland; died on 17 Oct 1848 in Nelson County, Kentucky; was buried in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Fairfield, Nelson, Kentucky.
    2. 1. Rachel Coomes was born on 9 Oct 1775; died on 22 Aug 1847 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.