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Michael W. Parker April 23, 2012

I was able to trace my ancestry back from 1815, Jefferson County, MS. My great-grandfather name was Lyman Taylor, apparently a FREEMAN of color. His wife,who was also apparently a FREE person of color both born and lived in Mississippi. Her name was Paige Burton. My other Great-greatgrandfather was Cato Combs(1830), he too, seemed to be a FREEMAN of color, however, took a slave named Judy,born abt 1830. I don’t know if they owned slaves themselves, I could not find information on this. This was on my grandmother( Anna Combs) side of the family. On My paternal side of the family was my Great grandfather, Harry Parker, born abt(1852). Not much was found on him and his family except he too, took a slave to marry by the name of Ester, born abt(1858). On my mother’s side, Alice Allen Parker,, whose was my grandfather, George Preston Allen, born abt (1858) in Ouachita county, Lousiana, whose father was George W. Allen,born abt (1817) in Kentucky. My DNA Genealogy print is: 70% sub-Sahran, African; 26% European; and 4% East Asian.

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  • Sharon

    April 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Mr. Parker,

    There is a fabulous site
    that has all types of info on the various spellings of the Combs name, with much research done on many states and allied families.

    You may want to check this site for a section on slaves who might have taken the Combs surname and possibly contact the site for info. The spellings listed are: combs, combes, comas, combass, comes, combez, combz, kombs, komes, colms, combess … coombs, coombes, coomes, cooms, coumbes, coumbs, coumbys, coumes, cowmbes, cowmbs …

    Best wishes,

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