Mary was the daughter of Samuel Combs and Sarah/Sallie Nickell, who were married in 1843 in Morgan Co. KY. The family is in the 1860 Rowan Co. KY census, which was taken just before Mary was born. A part of Morgan Co. became Rowan Co. Family legend says that Sarah Nickell was Cherokee, but I have, as yet, been unable to document it. The Freeman clan does have high cheek bones, and some have slanted eyes.
Samuel COMBS 53 farmer Ky
Sally 32 housewife
James E. 2
We have been unable to find this family in the 1850, and the 1870 census. By 1880, part of this family is in the Lawrence Co. AR census, but they are without Samuel, Minerva, Jeremiah, John, and Leonard. After 20 years, they were probably all married with families. Family legend says that they left their siblings behind. We have not been able to find any of them in any other censuses. As for Samuel, it is possible that he died in the Civil War, but he would have been 55 when the war began. Family legend says that this Combs line were Perry Co., Hazard, however we have not been able to determine which Combs line Samuel is from. Was he descended from one of the "8" brothers who came over the mountain from VA? I have a hunch that he might be a son of Rev War John Combs, but all I have to go on is a note that a female descendant left her children, and all it said was that he had a son named Samuel by one of his wives. Apparently he had more than one wife. Samuel, it seems, may have been a product of the first wife. But, again, this is pure speculation.
Mary married a Richardson, (back in KY?), had a baby and was widowed by the time she was 18. It is possible that she married in Kentucky, as there were other Combs/Richardsons unions in southeast Ky. In fact this Samuel's son, Jeremiah, married a Vera Richardson. Was she related to Mary's Richardson? Did the Richardson family go west with the Combs family?
The next census record we find her in is the 1880 Lawrence Co. Ar. census. She is listed as M. Richardson, and is living with her brother, James Ervin Combs, and his wife Lurana Leona Freeman.
James E. Combs M 20 Md Farmer KY
Leona F. F 16 Md IL
Sarah, mother F 50 Widow KY
M Richardson Sister F 18 Widow KY
H. Freeman (Henry) M 10 IL
In the next household is James' and Mary's brother, Samuel, his wife, Martha, and Mary's baby girl, S. B.
Samuel Combs M 29 Md Farmer KY
Martha S. Wife F. 30 Md TN
William Freeman M servant 20 GA
Juliet M. F 9 MO
Robert E M 7 MO
Innis E. F 14 IL
S. B. Richardson F 1 AR
Mary married 1) Unknown Richardson
1. S. B. Richardson b ca 1879
When did she die and what is her name?
The servant named William Freeman, who is Leona's brother married Mary in 1880. Mary married 2) William James Freeman, and they had 7 children together:
1. Sallie S. Freeman b 1884
2. Rosa Lee Freeman b 1888
3. Lurana Freeman b 1891
4. Leona Freeman b 1891 (twins)
5. John David Freeman b 1892 (my grandfather)
6. Elnora Juanita Freeman b 1897
7. Edna Mae Freeman b 1898
Mary and Willie are in Cherokee Co. Ok. in 1900, and by 1905 Willie had remarried to Annie LaBass Huggins, so Mary apparently died sometime between 1900-1904, possibly in Cherokee Co OK.
Mary was my great grandmother, and her son, John was my grandfather.
James William Freeman (1860 - 1953)*
Sallie Freeman Newberry (1884 - 1959)*
Rosa Lee Freeman Ogletree (1888 - 1968)*
Leona Freeman Heffner (1891 - 1919)*
Lurana Alford (1891 - 1969)*
John David Freeman (1892 - 1984)*
Edna Mae Freeman Rouse (1898 - 1972)*
Specifically: We are unsure where she is buried at this time
Created by: rhondajo
Record added: May 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52443554
Added: Apr. 22, 2012
I don't believe there is any record that confirms a middle name.also, the child, female, S B Richardson is still alive according to the 1900 census. Mary lists having 9 children with 8 living. Perhaps one day that family will catch up with us so we can fi...(Read more)|
Added: Jan. 19, 2012
I wish you had lived longer...flowers for my great Grandmother|
Added: Aug. 24, 2011