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Dearborn County was established in 1803 from Clark County, IN (after Clark gained from the Northwest Territory). In 1807, parts of Franklin, Wayne and Jefferson Counties, IN were established from Dearborn, and in 1814, part of Switzerland County, IN was established from Dearborn. That same year, Dearborn gained territory from Jefferson County In 1816-1818, Ripley County, IN was established from Dearborn County, and in 1844, Ohio County, IN was created from Dearborn County. The county is in southeastern Indiana, and its eastern border is contiguous with both OH and KY.


1820 Dearborn Co, IN Census Index

Laughery Twp

p. 073
Jesse Combs

Logan Twp

p. 125
CLOUD, Bayliss

Notes: The above Jesse Combs not yet identified; nor found on 1830 census for this county. Re Bayliss CLOUD, see also 1803 Lincoln Co KY marriage of Henry and Polly Combs Duncan.


1830 Census Index

no Combs (or var. sp.)


Sep 1835 Dearborn County, Indiana. Commissioners Records I - IV and Apprenticeship Records. Vol 2. P 53, Sept 1835: Allowed to William COOKE, jailer, for keeping and attending James Combs, three days; Daniel HARKER, 15 days; Payton P PAINE, 29 days; and James McCHARLES, 23 days, prisoners $21.87.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Cindy Combs)


04 Jun 1837 Dearborn County, Indiana Marriage Record.

State of Indiana, Dearborn County, sct: I, Leo BOWLBY do certify that on the 4th day of June, 1837, I joined together in matrimony James Combs and Prudence WRIGHT. s/Leo BOWLBY

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Cindy Combs who adds: The County clerk wrote to say " I have enclosed a copy of the marriage you requested. However, I am unable to include a record of the application, as these records were destroyed in a fire many years ago. Hopefully, the info provided will be helpful.")


1840 Dearborn Co, IN Census

Harrison Twp

Combs, James
1 m 20-30; 1 male < 5
1 f 20-30

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Cindy Combs)

Notes: Census Index shows a James Combs on p. 142 of Logan [sic] twp. Same James? Error in index? Not known if significant that one James may have been in Logan Twp., as was Jesse in 1820.


1850 Dearborn Co, IN Census

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Cindy Combs)

Harrison Twp

Combs, James 34 Ind
Prudence 3? VA?
William 12 Ind
Susan 9 Ind
Charles 6 Ind
Sarah 4 Ind
Noah 1 Ind

Excerpted by Combs Researcher Cindy Combs from letter written to Ellen Combs Hawkins, great granddaughter of James Combs from her Aunt Lyde: "I will try to tell you about your grand parents. Grand Pa's name was Wm COMBES, his father's name James Franklin. I think they lived in Washington [Daviess Co], Ind. Grand-Ma name Nancy Matilda PIERSON, her mother name Susan TETERSHELL. They lived in Cinnati [Cinncinnati, Hamilton Co] Ohio. How they met I dont know but they lived at Parkersburg [Richland Co], Ill for years. Both are burried in Ark but I never saw their graves." CC Note: William Combs was the 1st son of James Combs and Prudence WRIGHT.


24 Jan 1855 (Dearborn County, Indiana Deed Index 1826 - 1982, DB10:122) Grantor: James Combs, Grantee: John S. BOWER, Date: Jan 24, 55. Description: Pt w1/2 SE 1/4 S 36 T 7 R 1. Acres: 10. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Cindy Combs who adds that James Combs is on the 1870 Daviess Co IN census (1860 not yet located.)


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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