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Clay County was established from Wayne, Lawrence, Fayette and Crawford in 1824. Richland was established from Clay and Lawrence in 1841.

Note: Many additional records can be found in the report on the descendants of John & Sarah MABRY Combs


13 Oct 1853 Clay Co., IL land records. Book I page 20. John COMBS bought from D. GREGORY 13 Oct 1853, 41 acres for $81. S1/2 lot l NW Sec 31 Twp 4 Range 4 -- Sold same to A. P. FINCH 19 Aug 1857. $80 Book K page 194 wife Sarah (sign by X)

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Notes: John COMBS, b abt 1810, TN, was the s/o Lewis & Jane "Jennie" SMITH Combs, m 5 Jul 1803, Grainger Co, TN, and gs/o John & Sarah MABRY Combs. John apparently lived on or near the Marion Co, IL line and appears in records of both counties (See also below).


15 Oct 1858-9 Jan 1860 (Marion Co, IL Deeds Book B page 176 - found in book of mortgages) Chatel Mortgage. This indenture made and entered into this ninth day of January AD 1860 --- that John COMBS of the County of Marion, State of IL has and does hereby for the consideration of $160 in hand paid by Lewis COMBS of Clay County of State of Ill, grant bargain sell and convey unto him, said party of the second part the following personal property and affects - one sorrel mare and colt, one two horse wagon, two red cows and gave his promissory note baring the date of the 15th of October 1858 to party of the second part, baring interest at the rate of 10% per annum, which note said party of the first part agrees pay on or before the ninth day of January 1862.

Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre

JWK: The full page mortgage in my file in essence is that Lewis loaned John $160 with the above property as collateral, gave Lewis a promissary note and agreed to interest to be paid and full payment by Jan 1862. Interest from the date of 15 October 1858 and John is to keep the property in his possession, but not sell, or otherwise destroy the value of the property.)


8 Feb 1859 Clay Co, IL. Book M, p. 466. John COMBS of Marion Co. and his wife Sarah sold to P. DIETS of Marion Co., IL 8 Feb 1859 $221. Block D Lt 6 S WHITES 2nd addition in Flora IL.

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1860 Clay Co, IL Census

(Ed Note to self: Still to be checked? May be additional)

T4N R4E Kinmindy P.O.

James S. COMBS 27 IN
Elizabeth 27 OH
John H. 4 IL
James L. 2 IL
Louisa 4/12 IL

JWK Notes: Census taker was wrong. This area was actually in Marion Co.


27 Oct 1860 - 11 Sep 1863 Marion Co, IL land records in the Marion Co. IL Courthouse (11-2-1994) Lewis Combs [h/o Martha CRITCHFIELD, s/o Lewis & Jane SMITH Combs] bought from Wm. H. PETERS on 27 October 1860, filed 22 July 1861 Book 2, page 32 NE 1/4 SE 1/4 S25 T3 R4E 40 acres for $400. Sold this same land to Robert DAVIS on 11 Sep 1863 Book S page 244 filed 14 Jun 1864 for $400. He signed with a mark and so did his wife Martha. This property is actually in Marion Co., but this sale was recorded in Clay Co. IL.

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28 Oct 1861 (Dubois Co, IN Records) John Combs and Sarah his wife of the County of Clay in the State of Illinois signed over their part in the land of his late father, Lewis Combs

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01 Aug 1862 Clay Co., IL Civil War Muster Roll and Military Census, Archives (Misc Roll 30 - 1380 by Mary Wingert )
Capt. E. W. DOW, Clinton Militia
Pleasant COMBS
James I. COMBS

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JWK Notes: Pleasant Combs, s/o Lewis and Jane "Jennie" SMITH, m 1 Oct 1856, Dubois Co, IN, Sarah MAIN/MANN. James I. Combs possibly James Jackson Combs, also a s/o Lewis and Jane.


9 Oct 1862 (Clay Co. IL Marriages 1825 - 1877) COMBES, James J. - HICKS, Surah Susan

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1863 Clay Co., IL. List of able bodied men between 18 and 45 years, Hoosier Prairie
#114 Wilson COMES age 24 loafer
#147 Jackson COMBS age 22

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15 May 1865 Clay Co., IL land records Book W pg 35. Pleasant Combs and wife Sarah bought $10 from B. F. TURNER 15 May 1865 Lt 4 Bl #1 Clay City, sold 9 Sep 1865 to Wm. L. ARMSTRONG $20.


29 May 1879 (Clay Co IL Marriage Records) Sarah Caroline COMBS m Anthony GUARRALLAY, 26, son of Joseph AUTAMA and Lucinda FARMER 29 by J. T. MCCULLOM JP. Sarah Caroline COMBS dau of Isaac COMBS and Sarah HAWK age 22 of Harter Twp, IL.

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20 Oct 1881 Clay Co, IL Marriages Lewis COMBS & Caroline MELTON of Clay by John SONGER JP.

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JWK Notes: Third wife of Lewis Combs (s/o Lewis and Jane SMITH Combs). Caroline LOCKHART was born in 1841 in , Clay Co., IL; died in 1915 in , Marion Co., IL; She was buried in Phillips Cem., Marion Co., IL; d/o Charles and Rebecca LOCKHART. She married first Christopher MELTON who enlisted 1862 and was taken sick at Helena AR and died at St. Louis MO in a hospital Oct 1862.


Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives

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