While I am not a McComas researcher, per se, I have had reason to do the genealogy on 5 of the children of Moses McComas who married Heaths. From time to time I get questions on Moses's other children. Has anyone out there done the genealogy on the entire Moses MComas family group? If so, I'd love to hear from you. I have only 'bits and pieces' in no organized format, but am sharing it here just in case it helps others.
It would be nice, if anyone descends from any of Moses McComas's children and knows where any of the original children are buried, to link them on Find a Grave. I made a FAG memorial for Moses McComas in McComas Cemetery, Platte Co MO even though he has no headstone there that has been found. I am happy to share with someone doing the entire Moses McComas family--the 5 of his children that I have done so that perhaps we can get online a complete picture of his family. To date there seem to be only 'bits and pieces' of queries and information. While Moses McComas and most of his extended family moved into early Platte Co MO about 1839, some of his children stayed behind in VA.
Here are my 'bits and pieces' to add to the mix. Would love to see some followup from descendants who can add better information to help others.
Moses McComas born 1769 Giles Co VA d. after 1850 Platte Co MO married 5 Feb 1793 in Christianburg, Montgomery Co VA Lucy Napier b 1774 Montgomery Co VA died 23 Dec 1849. Children:
Elisha MCCOMAS was born 1794 and died after July 26, 1870. Annals Platte Co say he remained in VA. Lving in 1860 in Falls Mills, Cabell Co VA age 6 farmer in household of his niece (Dicey McComas’s daughter) and her husband: John Chapman age 37 and Malvina Barrett Chapman age 28 who had children: Almeda age 7, AndrewJ age 4, alice age 2 Elisha 8 mos, and there is an Elizabeth Terry age 17 living in household also. In 1870 census she also had a Lewis chapman age 2.
At age 75 he was teaching school (no wife) in Sherridan Twp, Lincoln Co WV. On that July 26 1870 census, the other two large McComas families living just a few doors down were that of John Alexander McComas and Thomas Jefferson McComas. Both men sons of Thomas Jefferson McComas b.ca. 1779 a brother to Elisha’s father Moses McComas. So these were Elisha’s cousins. Also living in 1870 in Sherridan was Dicey’s daughter Melvina Barrett Chapman and her family. Elisha McComas burial location unknown.
Dicey MCCOMAS was born 1796 in Virginia.
Dicey agreed on marriage contract 2 Dec 1818 in Cabell County, Virginia, Andrew J Barrett. Annals Platte Co say she remained in VA.
Blackburn E Barrett b ca 1819 VA married 3 times: Venila Stollings, Dialpha ‘Alpha’ O. Wills, Nancy ‘Nannie’ S. Crockett. Blackburn died ca 1853 Boone Co WV. One genforum source said she had 11 children:
listed Blackburn E, Dice, Julia, Harvey, Joseph, Martha, Melvina, Andrew J., James and Alice all born 1820-1839 with James having died at age 20.
Julia Ann Barrett b 7 Apr 1820 d. Feb 1861 Parkersburg, Wood Co VA m July 7 1841 in Cabell Co VA, Robert George Dovener b 10 June 1816 NY and had Blackburn Barrett Dovener b 20 Apr 1842 d. 9 May 1914, Andrew B Dovener b. Dec 4 1846 died 1846, and a Mary L Dovener b 13 Feb 1846 died 1869 in Newark m. R.P.Campbell . Julia (Barrett) Dovener is in 1860 census Parkersburg, Wood Co VA and her husband is a Physician. I believe her husband remarried after her death. Robert George Dovener b 1816 d. 1886 is buried with Elizabeth Worley Dovener b. 1838 d. 1918 in Riverview Cemetery aka Cook Cemetery, Wood County WV.
Ref. Hardesty's Biographical Atlas of West Virginia, Vol. 6 (Wirt County), p. 146. "ROBERT G. DOVENER, M.D. - born June 10, 1816, in Otsego county, New York, was a son of George and Margaret (Davidson) Dovener, who are no longer living. July 7, 1841, in what is now Cabell county, West Virginia, Robert G. Dovener and Julia H. Barrett were united in marriage, and in 1844 they took up their residence in what is now Wirt county, West Virginia. The wife of Dr. Dovener was born in Cabell county, April 7, 1820, a daughter of Andrew and Dicy Barrett. Her parents are long since deceased. The birth of two sons and one daughter blessed the union of Dr. and Mrs. Dovener; Blackburn B., born April 20, 1842, now a resident and lawyer in Wheeling, West Virginia; Andrew B., born December 4, 1846, died same year in Mason county, West Virginia; Mary L. (Campbell), born February 13, 1846, died in Newark, made her home at Williamstown, Wood county, West Virginia, when living. During the war between the States, Dr. Dovener acted as surgeon of the 15th West Virginia Infantry, and his son Blackburn B., was captain of Company A, same regiment. In addition to his professional duties, which engross much of his time, Dr. Dovener has served as circuit clerk of Wirt county. His postoffice address is Newark, Wirt county, West Virginia."
Blackburn Barrett Dovener (20 April 1842 - 9 May 1914) was a Republican politician from West Virginia who served as a United States Representative. Dovener was born in Tays Valley, West Virginia, in Cabell County. (At the time of his birth, Tays Valley was in Virginia) on April 20, 1842. He served as a member of the 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th United States Congresses. He died in 1914.
Dovener taught school from 1858 to 1861. When he was nineteen, he raised a company and served as captain of Company A, 15th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He became captain of an Ohio River steamboat in 1867. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1873 and entered practice in Wheeling, West Virginia.
He served as member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1883 and 1884. His candidacy for the for election to the Fifty-second Congress was unsuccessful. In 1894, he won election as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1907). His candidacy for renomination was unsuccessful, and he returned to his legal practice in Wheeling. He retired to Glen Echo, Maryland, until his death on May 9, 1914. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
From "HISTORY OF THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY," Vol. I, pageS 271-273.
Brant & Fuller, 1890.
Capt. B. B. Dovener, prominent in the legal profession of West
Virginia, was born April 20, 1844, at Teys Valley, in what was then a
part of Cabell county, Va., but now Putnam county W.Va. He is the
son of Dr. R. G. Dovener, a native of Cherry Valley, N. Y., who was
educated for the practice of medicine at Cincinnati. His wife, the
mother of the subject of this mention, was Julia Ann, daughter of
Andrew Barrett, and his wife, Dicey McComas, natives of Virginia.
She was also born in Cabell county, Va., and was a cousin of Judge
McComas, and of Elisha W. McComas, lieutenant-governor of Virginia at
the time Henry A. Wise was governor. During the infancy of their son,
the parents removed to Elizabeth, Wirt county, and when be was twelve
years old, they changed their residence to Parkersburgh, where they
remained until he was nineteen, when the father removed to
Davisville, Wood county, the mother having died at Parkersburgh, in
February, 1861. The outbreak of the civil war occurring shortly
after her decease, young Dovener, though still considerably under
age, entered into the service of the Union with remarkable vigor and
energy. He raised a company, which became Company A, of the
Fifteenth regiment of West Virginia volunteer infantry, but on
account of his youth, declined to accept the captaincy, serving as
first lieutenant until after the battle of Cedar Creek, when he was
made captain. His services throughout the war were distinguished and
valuable to the national cause. They may be briefly epitomized by
the following extract from the records of the war department, which
indicates the movements and engagements in which he participated:
"First lieutenant, Company A, Fifteenth West Virginia volunteers,
mustered August 30, 1862, captain December 14, 1864; served in
railroad division department of the Ohio to October, 1862; New Creek,
Va., district of West Virginia, November; First brigade, railroad
division, middle department, defense of the upper Potomac to
February, 1863; Third brigade, First division, Eighth army corps, to
October, 1863; First brigade, Second division, department of West
Virginia, to March, 1864; Third brigade, Second division, to July,
1864; Third brigade, First infantry division, to December, 1864;
First brigade, Third division, Twenty-fourth army corps, army of the
James, to June, 1865; served on duty on the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad, October, 1862, to April , 1864; action at Bath, W. Va.,
March 19, 1864; Crooks' expedition to destroy Virginia and Tennessee
railroads, April 29, to May 19; battle of Cloyd Mountain, May 9
(wounded); New River Bridge, May 10; Meadow Bluff, May 19; Middle
Brook, near Staunton, June 10; A. C. S. to Col. Campbell, commanding
Third brigade, Second divisions department West Virginia, June 11, to
July 31; capture of Lexington, June 12 (destruction of Virginia
Military institute); Quaker Church (Diamond Hill), June 17;
demonstrations before Lynchburg, June 17-18; Snicker's Ferry, July
18; Winchester, July 24-25; Halltown, August 24; Berryville,
September 3-4; Opequan (Winchester), September 19 (wounded); Fisher's
Bill, September 22; reconnoisance in force to Strasburg and action
near Cedar creek, October 13; Cedar Creek, October 19; A. D. C. to
Gen. T. M. Harris, commanding First brigade, Third division, Twenty-
fourth army corps, March 25, 1865; Hatcher's Run, March 30-31; Fall
of Petersburg, April 2; Sailor's Creek, April 6; Appomattox, C. H.,
April 8; surrender of Lee, April 9; A. C. S. to Gen. J. W. Turner,
commanding Third division, Twenty-fourth corps, April 10; mustered
out June 14, 1865." After the close of the war Capt. Dovener was
married in December, 1865, to Margaret, daughter of William Linch, of
Wheeling. He subsequently engaged in steamboating and the lumber
business until 1868, when he made his home at Wheeling. He served as
chief clerk of the secretary of state of West Virginia in 1868 and
until 1870, and was engaged in the United States pension office at
Wheeling as chief clerk, during 1871-2. In the meantime he had
decided to pursue the profession of law, and had been carrying on his
studies, completing the same with Hon. G. O. Davenport, of Wheeling.
He was admitted to the bar in August, 1873, and began the practice at
Wheeling in the same year. In the legislature of 1883, Capt. Dovener
sat as the representative of Ohio county. Capt. B. B. Dovener, by
dint of patience, perseverance and industry has won for himself as a
lawyer a position at the bar'and in the courts of his, native state,
an enviable and worthy distinction as a shrewd and successful
practitioner. He was for a time the junior member of the late firm
of Davenport & Dovener. Upon the death of the senior member, which
occurred in 1880, he succeeded to their practice, which under his
auspices has been greatly increased until now he enjoys one which is
among the largest and most lucrative in the city. As a criminal
lawyer he has had much experience. Among other important criminal
cases in which he has been engaged, we may mention that of Taylor
Strander who was indicted for the murder of his wife in the year
1872, in the city of Wheeling, and which was twice carried
to the supreme court of the state, lastly to the supreme court of the
United States, and subsequently, after being reversed was certified
to the United States circuit court in 1882, when he was discharged
from custody, after having been twice convicted in the state court
for murder in the first degree and each time sentenced to be hanged.
Also the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania against James Neff,
one of the persons convicted with the Clarks for the murder of
William McCausland, of Allegheny county, Penn. Neff was tried and
found guilty in Greene county, Penn., Hon. Thos. Marshall, of
Pittsburgh being the attorney who defended him. Subsequently a new
trial was granted to him and a change of venue obtained from Greene
county to Washington county, Penn. At his trial in this last-named
county, Mr. Dovener was employed to defend him, his trial resulting
in his acquittal. On this second trial his associate counsel was
James E. Sayer and Hon. J. B. Donnelly, who also assisted at the
first trial. His advice and services are much sought after, as he is
a careful and cautious advocate and one who jealously guards the
interests of his clients. Comparatively speaking he is still a young
man, being not more than forty-six years of age, and his future
augurs a brilliant success in the line of his profession, should his
health and life be spared. As a counsellor he is safe and wise and
ready in the comprehension of the salient features of his case. As
an advocate he is earnest, making his client's cause his own. He is
ready in debate and fluent in expression. As a man he is affable,
courteous and polite. His practice is not confined to his own city
and state, but extends to the counties and cities in the adjoining
states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, where his legal acumen is fully
recognized and appreciated. We deprecate the idea of making an
invidious comparison between him and other attorneys, but we deem it
due to say that in business tact and ability he is the peer of any,
and one to whom business can be safely entrusted, with the assurance
that it will be promptly and faithfully attended to. Associated with
his father in the practice at the present time is W. N. Dovener, a
son of the marriage above-mentioned, who was a student of the Linsley
institute and the Kenyon training school at Gambier, Ohio, and is now
studying for his degree at the University, of Virginia at
Charlottsville. He was admitted to the bar in 1889. Another son,
Robert, is studying law in his father's office.
Dicey McComas Barrett also had:
Harvey Barrett b ca 1822 married Lucy Hill or Lucy Spurlock. Children: Andrew Barrett, Thomas Barrett, Elisha Barrett, ? Barrett
James Barrett bca 1823 married Adelia Fuller and had Sylvester Barrett and John C Barrett
Joseph Barrett bca 1827 VA d. after 1900 Boone Co WV married twice: Mary Arilla Trent, Mary Ann Stollings. His children: Robert Edward Barrett, Ella Barrett, Lorena G Barrett, Julia V Barrett, Jefferson L Barrett, Charles M Barrett, John B Barrett, Evaline M ‘Eva’ Barrett, Lizzy Barrett, Walter Barrett
Malvina Barrett b 12 Jan 1832 Cabell Co WV d. 6 Mar 1904 m. John Chapman 18 Dec 1850 in Cabell Co VA. He was born 9 Feb 1823 KY d. 26 Mar 1886 Cabell Co WV.S He was the son of Andrew Johnston Chapman and his wife Armeta Julia McComas b.ca. 1800. Malvina Barrett Chapman had Almeda Chapman, Andrew Johnson Chapman, Frances Alice ‘Sukie’ Chapman, Elisha M. Chapman, John W. Chapman, Joseph Chapmen, Cornelia Inez Chapman all in Lincoln Co WV
Andrew James Barrett bca 1834 d. after 1910 Lincoln Co WV who married 3 times: Fannie Smoot Anna R Smoot, America V. Witcher
George MCCOMAS was born 1798 and died May 1860 Platte Co MO m.1st Kathrine McConnell 11 Mar 1818 in Lawrence Co OH and had 6 children. She died by 1850 in Platte Co MO. He married 2nd Jane Morris in Platte co MO had 2 children ‘all dead or gone off’ according to from Annals Platte Co MO.
Children attributed to George and Kathrine McConnell are:
America McComas born 1835 VA
Napoleon McComas born 1842 MO
Asbury McComas born 1843 MO married Emily Hungerford on 1 Jan 1864 and moved out to CA. See 1880 census Wilmington, Los Angeles
Calloway McComas born 1846/7 MO
Hiram MCCOMAS was born 1799 and died Jan 1849 in Platte Co MO m.1st Emma Langley before 1829 and married 2nd in 1829 Rebecca Hatfield (dtr of Isaac Hatfield and Mary French) and had: Rush McComas 1830 VA, Charles McComas 1832 VA, Joseph Edward McComas 15 May 1834 VA, Guy McComas 1836, Lucy McComas 1842 MO, Thomas McComas 1846 MO, Hiram McComas Jr 1849 MO. His widow Rebecca (Hatfield) McComas moved out to early CA withher children. (I do have more info on this family group but it is too long to post here).
Julia MCCOMAS was born about 1800. Stayed in VA per Annals of Platte Co MO married 8 June 1820 in Cabell Co WV Andrew Johnson Chapman?
Was she an Arminta Julia McComas b 1800 died as Mrs. Chapman in Lincoln Co WV about 1858?
Sarah‘Sally’MCCOMAS was born 10 Oct 1801 and died 1 Oct 1847Platte Co MO married 1822 in Cabell Co WV, Joseph Edwards b. march 6 1801 and had: Elisha M Edwards 1837 KY, James Harriford Edwards 16 Jan 1839 Prestonburg KY, Rebecca Edwards, Lucy Edwards and Josephine Edwards (see Annals of Platte Co MO for who each married and more info). Joseph was a tailor. He remarried after Sarah’s death to a Susan Unknown. My note: Prestonburg, KY was also where her married sister Cynthia McComas Hereford was living with her husband Dr. James Henry Hereford.
Cynthia MCCOMAS was born 1802 Va married Dr. James Henry Hereford b. 11 Dec 1796 Fairfax Co VA d. 9 Feb1885 Walnut Grove, Floyd Co KY son of John Hereford (1758-1846) and Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Margaret Patterson (1764-1800). This couple moved to KY as did her sister Sarah 'Sally' McComas Edwards. His bio said he ‘came to KY in 1830 located at Louisa, Lawrence Co KY and moved to Floyd Co KY in 1832 where he lived until Nov 1840 when he moved to Pike Co KY and stayed one year then returned to Floyd Co KY where he lived until 1851 at which time he moved to Covington KY until 1857 then came back to Walnut Grove, Floyd Co KY. James Henry Hereford surgeon for the 39th Reg Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Union Forces.Sanders W McComas named one of his children Cynthia Hereford McComas in 1842 so maybe she died then and he was honoring his sister? Dr James Henry Hereford is buried in Hereford Cemetery, Prestonburg, Floyd Co KY along with a lot of other Herefords.
3 James Henry HEREFORD 1796 - 1885
........... +Cynthia MCCOMAS 1804 - 1885
....... *2nd Wife of James Henry HEREFORD:
........... +Meriba RATLIFF 1816 - 1903 (he had children with her)
From Kentucky: a history of the state...
“He settled in Prestonburg (Floyd Co KY) in 1825, was an ardent Whig and admirer of Clay and Prentice, and for many years was a correspondent of the Louisville Journal. His death took place in February, 1885.
Dr James H Hereford, 1796-1885, FloydCo, KY, son of John Hereford and Betty Patterson ?From a book, title unknown.?In Memorium??Dr J H Hereford departed this life on the 9th inst., at his home, at Walnut Grove, Floyd county, Ky. The subject of this sketch was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, on Long Branch, a tributary of Accotine Creek, on Sunday, December 11, 1796, consequently his age at the time of his death was 88 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was descended from one of the oldest families in Virginia, his ancestors having in intercolonial times on the paternal side come from Herefordshire, England. His mother, Betty Hereford, nee Patterson, was a cousin to Madam Jerome Bonoparte, who died in Baltimore in 1879, at the advanced age of 95. Ancestors of his mother came from Tipperay county, Ireland. His father, John Hereford, was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, on the 3rd day of February, 1758, and who was of Revolutionary fame, and held the rank of Adjutant Major under General Lafayette at the siege of Yorktown. Few men ever enjoyed higher reputation for sterling honesty and veracity. In his nature, brave, generous, and magnanimous he commanded respect and won esteem wherever he went. Without an enemy in the world he lived; admired and regretted by all he died in the 89th year of his age.??Dr J H Hereford came to Kentucky in 1830; located at Louisa, Ky., and commenced the practice of medicine, in which he was quite successful. In August, 1821 he went to Tennessee to treat the cholera, of which disease he claimed to be proficient, and returned to his home, in Louisa, Ky., on December 24, 1831. Moved to Floyd county, Ky., in 1832, when he lived until November, 1840, at which time he moved to Pike county, Ky., and remained there one year, and returned to Floyd county, where he lived until the year 1851, at which time he moved to Covington, Ky., and remained there until 1857; while in Covington he had a lucrative practice, and after leaving that place he returned to Walnut Grove, in Floyd county, Ky., where he spent the remainder of his days. He was twice married, and God committed to his care a number of children, five of whom survive him, as also his second wife. His last illness which was of long duration and attended with great suffering, he bore with true Christian patience and submissiveness.??Six months previous to his death he spoke quite freely of his religious feelings expressing his hopes of the future life through the meritorious death of the Savior and an entire acquiescence in the Divine will. A firm believer in Christian religion, was an earnest member of the Baptist Church, faltering not in the declaration of child-like faith. Years of suffering that had no sting on pallid lips are rolled together as a scroll inscribed in letters of starry brightness. Having his generation faithfully and well he came to his grave in a full age, like as a stock of corn cometh in its season. It will also be gratifying to his friends for the writer to add that he retained his senses to the last, and died in the triumph of faith.??At rest beloved father?Peaceful in thy grave so low.?Thy sheaves are safely garnered?In yon Celestial City.?Thy harvest is gathered?In heaven, that beautiful land--?The day is far sped?And thy labor ended!?The battle of life closed at last.?Rest, beloved father, rest,?In dust thy final home,?Thou hast found rest?Sweet rest; everlasting Rest.?---M L H??(Note: M L H is Mary Lee Hereford Hatcher, daughter of James Hereford)
Chloe McComas born 1801 died 1864 Platte Co MO married James Heath and moved into Platte Co MO 1839. (email me for full file).
William Burke McComas born 10 Feb 1810 died 12 Feb 1893 married Nancy D. Heath and moved into Platte Co MO 1839. (email me for full file)
Judith B McComas born 1812 died 10 July 1850 Platte co MO married Rev John Wesley Heath (email me for full file)
Sanders Witcher McComas born 20 Jan 1814 died 23 june 1876 KS married twice; 1st to Laura Mary Heath moved 1st into Platte Co MO where first wife died, m.2. Nancy Boydston and moved into Circleville, KS. (email me for full file)
Rebecca MCCOMAS was born 1815 in Cabell County, Virginia. She died 8 Oct 1851 in Jackson County, Kansas married Jackson Mayo (see Annals Platte Co MO by William Paxton). Rebecca McComas was also in Prestonburg, Floyd Co KY at some point where both her other sisters were (Cynthia and Sarah) as she agreed on a marriage contract 21 Sept 1837 in Floyd Co KY.
Letha Zetta MCCOMAS was born 23 May 1818 Cabell Co WV d 27 Apr 1847 Platte Co MO married 4 Oct 1838. Rev David M Heath and moved first to Platte Co MO. They had 3 children together before she died: Elisha Blackburn Heath 1839, James Kemper Heath 1841 and William Redmond Heath 1842. Rev David M Heath then remarried Elizabeth Jane Kerr and had additional children and they lived in Daviess Co MO. (See Heath Chapel Cemetery, Daviess Co MO). (email me for full file for Letha and David Heath).