Philomene Holcombe –Qualifying Military Service

1) Philomene Holcombe served as deputy sheriff1 of Prince Edward County from 1760 to 1763.

2) Philomene Holcombe served as Captain2 in the Prince Edward Militia in 1756.

Philomene Holcombe's Support of the American Revolution

There are two records of Philomene's support of the American Revolution:

1) At the November 1775 Court, Prince Edward County, Philomene Holcombe was one of 21 men elected to the Committee of Safety3.

2) On 15 Jul 1776, Philomene took an oath of loyalty to the new Commonwealth of Virginia, and by so doing, continued in the office of magistrate of Prince Edward County4. The Commonwealth of Virginia had been established 2 months earlier in Williamsburg on 6 May 1776.


1Bradshaw, Herbert Clarence. History of Prince Edward County, Virginia. Richmond: The Dietz Press, Inc., 1955; pp. 55-56

2Ibid., p. 41

3Ibid., pp. 109-110

4 Ibid., pp. 111-112

Philomene Holcombe, father of John Holcombe

Captain John Holcombe ( - bef 9 Feb 1818) was the son of Philomene Holcombe (bef. 1728-aft. 1787) and Ann Walthall (?-?).

Philomene Holcombe is documented in records of Amelia/Prince Edward County during his entire adult life. He first appears in records in a land patent1 of 20 Sep 1748 in Amelia County on the Bryer River.

Prince Edward County was formed from Amelia County in 1754. Philomene is documented on another patent2 in about the same location, on the Bryer River, on 29 May 1760, now in Prince Edward County.

Philomene served as a deputy sheriff3 in Prince Edward County during the sheriff terms of John Nash Sr. (1760-1761) and Joel Watkins (1762-1763).

Bradshaw states that John Holcomb was sworn "undersheriff" during the sheriff term of Peter LeGrand for the specific purpose of collecting the arrears of taxes that were uncollected by his father, Philomene Holcomb4.

The original document from the Prince Edward Order Book was obtained from the Library of Virginia5 states:

"John Halcomb is sworn under Sheriff to Collect his Father's arrears."

John's father Philomene was a Justice of the Court at the time and was noted on the record as being present at the session.

This entry is the first mention of John Holcomb in the Prince Edward County records, consistent with his being a young man at the time. The second mention of John Holcombe in the records is his commission as Captain in the County militia in 17736.

Documentation of John Holcombe's mother, and dates of birth and death

Eggleston7 names John Holcombe's parents as Philomene Holcombe and Ann Walthall. No evidence has been uncovered for the birth or death years for Ann Walthall.

Philomene patented land8 in Amelia County in 1748. Assuming that he was at least 21 to patent land in 1748, his birth year would be before 1728. As late as 15 Jan 1798, his son Philomene9 was referred to in Prince Edward County records with the suffix "Jr." In colonial records, continued use of the suffix "Jr." generally implied that the father was still living, placing Philomene's death in 1798 or later. This supposition is not firm proof. The 1787 Census of Virginia10 lists both "Philimon Holcombe" and "Phillimon Holcombe Sr." on the Prince Edward County Tax List A. This is the last mention of Philomene Holcombe Sr. in known records, indicating his place of residence in 1787 in Prince Edward County, and his death after 1787.


1Hudgins, Dennis Ray. Cavaliers and Pioneers. Richmond: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1998; Vol. V, p. 337

2Ibid., p. 275

3Bradshaw, Herbert Clarence. History of Prince Edward County, Virginia. Richmond: The Dietz Press, Inc., 1955; pp. 55-56

4Ibid., p. 56

5Record of the session of the Prince Edward County Court, 18 Dec 1769, obtained from Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

6Bradshaw, op. cit., p. 41

7Eggleston, J.D. "The Huguenot Abraham Michaux and Descendants (Continued)" from: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 45, No. 2 (Apr., 1937), p. 218

8Hudgins, p. 337

9Bradshaw, p. 297

10Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia. Springfield: Genealogical Books in Print, p. 1290