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Hartford County was an original county established on 1666.


"Eliza Woodhouse, a Descendant of Lord Dudley of England, was born in Wethersfield, Conn., 1801 where she was married to Josiah Combs. In 1837, with her husband and four little girls, she came to Streetsboro, arriving in a midnight snow storm." (Gertrude Wickham, Women of the Western Reserve, Women of Streetsboro p. 696) Streetsboro is in Portage County, Ohio.

"The family settled on a farm (later owned by Frances Combs, a daughter) and where the mother died, May, 1873. Mrs. Combs was a fine looking, intelligent lady, particularly fond of reading; social in her nature, and given to hospitality; and excellent cook, and expert needle woman." (Gertrude Wickham)

"She had a disease of the eyes and spent her last 8 years in darkness. Mother of 8 children 3 who resided in Streetsboro; Elizabeth (Mrs. Charles Packer), Lucy (Mrs. Wallace Root), and Frances M. Combs; two in Michigan Kate, (Mrs. Henry Stone of Rutland) and Ellen (Mrs. Nathaniel Russell of Pioneer). Two daughters died in Streetsboro, Sarah and Addie, wife of Hart L. Risley." (submitted by Courtney E Morgan)

CEM-Note: This is a typed page that a cousin compiled for an unpublished gen. she sent to family members. She has all in quotes with references, but I have not seen originals so do not know if she copied verbatim.

"Josiah Combs was born in Wethersfield, Conn., January 1, 1798 and was married on his 28th birthday or January 1, 1826, to Miss Eliza Woodhouse, also of Wehtersfield, Conn. She was born August 2, 1801. They resided in Wethersfield until the year 1837, when with their four little daughters they came to Streetsboro, arriving in a midnight May snow storm. They located on the farm which was ever after their home, now the property of a great grandso, John Wilcox. Their eight children were: Elizabeth, Mrs. Charles Packer; Lucy A., Mrs. Wallace Root; Catherine, Mrs. Henry Stone; Ellen, Mrs. Nathaniel Russell; Sarah; Addie M., Mrs. Hart L. Risley; and Frances H. Their only son, Daniel, died in Wethersfield before they took the long journey to the then far west. Mr. Combs was a life long Democrat. He voted for Jackson in 1832 and for every Democratic candidate thereafter (with one exception) until his death February 1, 1887. He would have voted for James Monroe but the old blue laws of Connecticut required a man to be worth $200. Not having that sum at the age of 21 he could not vote at all. Mrs. Combs died May 30, 1873.
(ibid. From a photocopied page of History of Streetsboro -- no listing of author etc.)

1895 U.S. Atlas,  State of Connecticut, Hartford County Map (public domain)


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