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Combs, William M.

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Combs, William M.
March 07, 2007 08:35PM
Dr. John J. Dickey Diary, Fleming County, Ky. Recorded in the 1870's and
beyond. Reprinted in Kentucky Explorer, Vol 10, Number 10, April, 1996. p.
85. By permission. Breathitt County.

(This interview made at Jackson, Kentucky July 19, 1898)

WILLIAM M COMBS
Reverend Nixon Covey, a local Methodist preacher, taught school in
the Cut Off at Jackson in 1844. I went to school to him in 1844. He is the
grandfather of the Barnetts.
Reverend Carlisle Babbitt was an early circuit rider. He reproved
Nathan Noble for cooking on Sunday. Next time, he gave him cold bread.
Babbitt asked for the warm bread which Noble had cooked for himself, but he
did not get it. His wife, Aunt Jennie, was a member of the Methodist Church.
Babbitt preached on Lost Creek and Troublesome. It was old Mrs. Allen who
told him where to find his sheep. It was at a log rolling; Mrs. Allen was
there. He stopped. Mrs. Allen was a little tipsy and asked him his
business. "I am hunting lost sheep (of Israel)." "I say that is your ram
at old Bill (Jake) Noble's."
Some say she said, "Ill be d--ned." I went to school to a circuit
rider in the old Baptist church on Troublesome. Reverend Richard Smith
married Malissie Combs, an ancestor of Bad Tom Smith.
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