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Greene County was organized from Sullivan Co and unorganized territory in 1821 (attached to Daviess and Sullivan). No descendant counties.
Note: Except where otherwise stated, the source for all BLM Land Entries is Index to Combs BLM Land of Indiana Combs &c. Land of Greene County, Indiana. Except where otherwise stated, the source for all marriages is the Index to Combs Marriages of Indiana.
Background: In Greene Co, Indiana are found Combs who were originally from both Surry and Wilkes Cos, NC (adj. counties). It is not yet known if they were kin to each other, but highly likely that at some point "back there," that all had common ancestors (Research in Progress).
Note: The descendants of John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr. resided in northwestern Clay Co, IN whereas the children of Thomas & Keziah HAYS Combs resided in Taylor Twp.
The northern boundary of Greene (Clay Co, IN) was the line between Townships 8 and 9, and its western boundary between Ranges 7 and 8 (Sullivan Co, IN), as defined by government surveys, according to the below-noted History of Clay Co, IN). The northeastern-most township in Greene is T8NR7W. From the "Early History of Greene Co, IN", by Uncle Jack Baber (Extracted by Combs Researcher Sally Stacy from copy at Family History Library in SLC): "The first weddings [in Lewis Twp.] were at the house of old Byram Combs, by Rev. Samuel BRILEY. They were: Mr. Emery RODGERS and little Sallie Combs; Mr. Edward Combs and Barbara FRY. Both of these weddings were solemnized at the same time and place." [A list of the first old pioneer settlers in Smith Twp.] "…up in the north end of the township, on the old Sand Hill, were the families of Samuel WILKS, Byram Combs, James FRAZIER, Geo. SHRAYKES, and a few others." "…old Sammy WILKS and his brother-in-law, Mr. Byram Combs, settled near the old lake on the Sand Hill, made the farm and set out the old apple orchards near where Mrs. Elizabeth COLE now lives, north of the prairie." The author does not note the date of these marriages, however, they appear to have taken place ca 1834 based on the ages of the eldest children of Edward & Barbara FRY Combs and Davis Emery & Sally Combs Rogers in the 1850 Greene census. According to Researcher Joy Kersteter, Samuel WILKS m Barbara Combs, b 1780, NC, sister of Biram (source pending). If so, and this was Biram "8" Combs, then another child has been located for John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr. Moreover, further circumstantial evidence is found in Wayne Co, KY where land patents are found for both Biram Combs and a Samuel WILKS in 1804. Also note that RW John "8" Combs, brother of Biram, named a daughter, Barbara (m Benjamin STACY), perhaps named after his (heretofore unknown) sister? Excerpted by Combs Researcher Debi Kendrick from "The History of Clay County" (Indiana)" in reference to earliest settlers, a partial duplicate of the above:
"In the extreme southwest part of the county, west side of Eel river, within what is now Lewis township, early settlements were made by Robert BABER (in 1822), George HOOKER, John J. LANNING. Nicholas CRIST, John STEWART, James BUCKALLEW, Daniel GOBLE, Sr., Henderson CURRY, J. W. McGREW, James MALOY, John SARVERCE, Joseph WHILES, Edward BRADEN, Samuel CHAMBERS, Joseph T. LISTON, the STARKS, the PUCKETTS, the STOUTS and others. The first of the pioneer weddings within this territory was a double one, at the home of Byrum Combs, later the Harry DALGARN place, Rev. Samuel BRILEY performing the ceremony. The couples married were Emery RODGERSON [sic] and Sallie Combs, Edward Combs and Barbara FRY."
Further identifying Lewis Twp. is the following from the same source:
"Lewis township, originally included within Harrison, became a separate organization about 1835, embracing the territory from the north line of Greene county to the Old Reservoir, about eleven miles in extent, and from Eel river to the Vigo and Sullivan. county line, an average width of four miles. The township was named for John LEWIS, who settled at a very early day and built the first cabin on the little creek just south of the site of Jasonville, which was supposed to stand on the Clay county side and within the borders of the new township, but on actual survey, found to lie within Greene county. 'Uncle John LEWIS,' as he was familiarly called, was the pioneer who could play 'Yankee Doodle' on a mowing scythe with a whetstone, which he frequently did in the time of hay harvest just to please 'the boys.'"
Apparently, both Uncle John Lewis' Jasonville, and the home of Biram Combs, were in Greene County rather than Clay.
John Combs (see below)
James HELMS [m 1823, Vigo, Elizabeth Combs?]
Samuel WILKES [m Barbary Combs?]
p. 157 (312)
1m5-10; 1m10-15; 1m30-40
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p. 158 (314)
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(Transcribed by Combs-Cody Researcher George Baumbach)
Notes: It appears likely that the Biram Combs of the 1820 Harrison Co IN census was Biram "8" Combs whose migration to Indiana is noted in the Dickey Diary Interviews; and possibly the above Biram Combs as well (although he should possibly be a decade older?). Might the John Combs on p. 157 of this census have been the s/o Biram, and who was Byram Combs of 1830 Vigo Co IN? Another son? A nephew? Note that the 1830 Greene Co, IN Census Index also lists on p. 157, a James HELMS, and see James HELMS m 1823, Vigo Co, IN, Elizabeth Combs. See also Vigo re at least one WILKS marriage said to have been s/o Samuel & Barbara.
8-9-1838 Greene Co, IN Marriage Index. Sarah COMBES & Martin GAMBEL
9 Aug 1838 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Sarah Combs & Martin GAMBIL (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
Notes: Martin GAMBILL'S land was adjacent to that of the Biram Combs Families. Nothing more is known of Martin GAMBEL (and not yet located in 1850 census index); however, also note the following (selected) "associated" marriages from the Indiana On-Line Marriage Index (pre-1850):"
1-12-1835 Greene Co, IN Marriage License. Ephraim FRY and Martha WILKS
7-26-1838 Greene Co, IN Marriages. Madison WILKS & Lucinda GAMBILL
Both Ephraim FRY and Madison WILKES also owned land adj. to the Biram Combs Families. Was Sarah a daughter or was she a widow? (See next)
01 Aug 1839 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs Sarah of Greene Co, IN. Y N Indiana 22036 Y August 1, 1839 Vincennes 1 SENW 22/ 8 N 7 W N 2nd Principal 40 Greene IN2260_.445
01 Aug 1839 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs William Byrum of Greene Co, IN. Y N Indiana 22037 Y Vincennes 1 NWSW 22/8 N 7 W N 2nd Principal 40 Greene IN2260_.446
Notes: The above land is in T8NR7W, the northwestern-most township in Greene Co, abt 3 miles south of the Clay Co line and about 4 miles east of the Sullivan line. Sarah Combs has not been identified, and is not listed as a head of household in 1840. Was she the widow of either John or Biram (both missing from 1840 census)? Was she neè RIDGE? Was William Byrum Combs a son of either John or Byram Combs, or was he Byram Combs himself? Also Note that these are adjacent tracts (See Combs Land of Greene Co, Indiana)
11-29-1839 Greene Co, IN Marriage Index. Benjamin Combs & Ruth WILKS 29 Nov 1839 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Benjaman Combs & Ruth WILKS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
Notes: Although the above lists Benjamin as having married Ruth WILKES, based on the 1840 and 1850 Greene Co, IN census enumerations, he appears more likely to have been Berryman a.k.a. Berry (or perhaps Benjamin Berryman?).
(Transcription Still Needed!)
Berry Combs [m Ruth WILKES?]
Edward Combs [m Barbara FRY]
Henry Combs [Henry "8"?]
William Combs [m Caroline JIRLESS in Vigo Co?]
Martin GAMBLE [m Sarah Combs?]
Emery ROGERS [m Sarah Combs]
(1840 Indiana, Iowa & Illinois Census Index, CD 153, U.S. Census Index; Mid-West, Great Lakes, Automated Archives, Inc. c 1994) Records Needed
Notes: William of page 116 was William, s/o Thomas Hicks and Keziah HAYS Combs, in Taylor Twp. of the 1850 census. Although no Biram Combs is listed in 1840, he may have been William Byrum Combs (See below). See Old Henry and Berryman in Wright Twp. of the 1850 census, as are Emery ROGERS and Edward Combs who married "at the home of Byrum Combs" (See Edward Combs' 1850 Census Notes). Also note possible partial duplication of 1840 census enumeration with Green and Vigo Counties. These two counties were not adjacent (although close, but it appears that migrations between the two may have occurred. Neither Samuel nor Barbara WILKS located on census index in Indiana.
In the Thomas A. Combs Letter of 1922, he states: "my great, great-grandfather was Harrison (Harry) Combs, but further information with respect to him is not available." The reference is to Henry "8" Combs who m (1) Rachel CLEMENTS 26 Sep 1788 in Montgomery Co VA; and (2) 6 Apr 1832, Perry Co KY, Phoebe FRANCIS. In the Dickey Diary Interviews, John S. Combs, s/o states that "Henry moved to Indiana." William M. Combs (s/o Matthew & Frances BROWN Combs and grandson of Henry & Rachel CLEMENTS Combs, Sr. states "My grandfather moved to Indiana about 1837 or 1838. He visited KY about 1848. He reared a large family by his second wife, Phoebe FRANCIS."
01 Oct 1840 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs William Y N Indiana 27257 Y October 1, 1840 Vincennes 1 NESE 9/6 N 4 W N 2nd Principal 40 Greene IN2370_.269
Notes: The original certificate states William Combs of Hancock Co, Indiana. This is probably the land of William and Asenath ELLIS Combs, southeast tract is southeast as in Greene Co, IN, it is actually in Clay. This tract is a number of miles from the 1839 tracts of William Byrum and Sarah Combs and possibly the land of William and Asenath ELLIS Combs (See Combs Land of Greene Co, IN below).
10-33-1841 Greene Co, IN Marriage Index. Mahala Combs & Anderson FREEMAN
22 Oct 1841 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Mahala Combs & Anderson FREEMAN (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
12-25-1842 Greene Co, IN Marriage Index. Nancy Combs & David BURRIS
25 Dec 1842 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Nancy Combs & David BURRIS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
Notes: Not yet located in 1850
14 Sep 1843 Greene Co, IN. Married: Joel Ellis Combs & Minerva FAUCETT (Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrell)
Notes: s/o William and Asenath ELLIS Combs
4-11-1844 Greene Co, IN Marriage Index. Aaron Combs & Ruth BURCH
11 Apr 1844 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Aaron Combs & Ruth BURCH (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
Notes: Not identified, but note that Aaron was a common given name among descendants of Henry & Rachael CLEMENTS Combs
10 Apr 1848 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs William Y N Indiana 32319 Y April 10, 1848 Vincennes 1 NENW 22/ 8 N 7 W N 2nd Principal 40 Greene IN2470_.329
10 Apr 1848 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs Edward Y N Indiana 34323 Y April 10, 1849 Vincennes 1 SESE 26/ 8 N 7 W N 2nd Principal 40 Greene IN2510_.321
01 May 1848 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs Berryman Y N Indiana 33426 Y May 1, 1848 Vincennes 1 NWSW 23/ 8 N 7 W N 2nd Principal 40 Greene IN2490_.430
01 May 1848 Greene Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs Edward Y N Indiana 33274 Y May 1, 1848 Vincennes 1 W1/2SE 26/ 8 N 7 W N 2nd Principal 80 Greene IN2490_.280
Notes: All of the above land is adjacent to that of William Byrum and Sarah Combs
5 Nov 1849 Greene Co, IN. Married: Jabez Jones Combs & Sarah Ann WHITTAKER (Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrell)
5 Nov 1849 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Jaber Combs & Sarah WHITAKER (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
Notes: Jabez [sic] Jones Combs was the s/o William and Asenath ELLIS Combs
11-13-1849 Greene Co, IN Marriage Index. Jane Combs & Wiley O HUMPHREYS
13 Nov 1849 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Jane E Combs & Wiley O HUMPHREYS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser except where otherwise noted)
188/188 Aron Combs 24 M farmer $300 NC
Ruth 22 F IN
John 4 M IN
Sarah 1 F IN
Notes: Aaron m 1844, Green, Ruth BURCH
47/108 Davis E. ROGERS 37 M farmer $600 OH
Sarah 32 F IN
John 15 M MO
Byrum 12 M IN
Edward 10 M IN
Sarah 8 F IN
Davis E. 6 M IN
Jacob 5 M IN
Katharine 3 F IN
James H. 11/12 IN
Elizabeth HUMPHRY 31 F IN
Notes: This is apparently Davis Emery, the Emery ROGERS who m Sarah Combs at the house of Biram Combs with eldest child b ca 1835 (See also Edward & Barbara FRY Combs below). Also note Greene Co, IN marriage of Wiley O. HUMPHREYS and Jane E. Combs (See below). Also note birth of John ca 1835 in MO, and that also located on this page according to the Census Index is Barbary WILKS, widow of "old Samuel" and sister of "old Biram" according to Green Co, IN History and Researcher Joy Kersteter who lists Barbary as b 1780, NC (based on 1850 census?).
81/142 William Combs 29 M farmer $700 IN cannot read or write
Caroline 27 F TN cannot read or write
Louisa 9 F IN
Sarah J. 7 F IN
Mahala 5 F IN
John 3 M IN
Nancy A. 1 F IN
Notes: Possibly William and Caroline JIRLESS Combs who m 1838, Vigo Co, IN?
88/149 Berryman Combs 27 M farmer $300 Ky
Ruth 32 F IN
Byberry 9 F IN
Henry 7 M IN
Samuel 4 M IN
Nancy 2 F IN
Berryman 3/12 M IN
Notes: This is probably the Benjamin [sic] Combs who m 1839, Greene, Ruth WILKES.
89/150 Henry Combs 78 M farmer SC cannot read or write
Tenah 32 F Ky cannot read or write
Malvina 18 F Ky
Louisa A. 12 F IN
John 10 M IN
Tenah 8 F IN
Nancy 7 F IN
Lovell R. 2 M IN
Notes: This is highly likely (Yes!) to have been Henry "8" Combs, Sr. (s/o John & Nancy HARDING Combs, Sr.) - despite his youth (b ca 1772 instead of 1765-1768) and his birthplace(?). Henry m (1) 1788, Montgomery Co, VA, Rachel CLEMENTS; m (2) 6 Apr 1832, Perry Co, KY, Phoebe FRANCIS (per Dickey Diary Interviews and Perry Co, KY Groom's Index. 1853 Greene Co. probate records show that Christina was the name of Henry's widow and they had another child born after the 1850 census. At the current time, it is not known when or where Henry married Christina who appears to have been a third wife.
107/189 Anderson FREEMAN 27 M farmer $100 IN
Mahala 25 F Unknown
Mark 7 M IN
John 5 M IL
Anderson 3 M IN
Nancy J. 10/12 F IN
Notes: Anderson FREEMAN m 1841, Greene, Mahala Combs
109/191 Edward Combs 39 M farmer $700 Ky cannot read or write
Barbary 32 F NC cannot read or write
Sarah 14 F IL attended school within the year
Benjamin 12 M IN attended school within the year
Malinda 10 F IN attended school within the year
William B. 8 M IN attended school within the year
Mahala 6 IN
John H. 3 IN
William ANDERSON 4 M IN
Nancy ANDREWS 25 F IN
Notes: Edward & Barbara FRY Combs who were m by Rev. Samuel BRILEY "at the home of Byrum Combs." The date was not given, but based on age of their eldest child in household and that of Emery RODGERS and Sally Combs (age 15), married the same date, the year is est. at ca 1834. Also note the ca 1836 Illinois birth of daughter, Sarah. Also note 26 Aug 1860 marriage of Benjamin Combs to Polly Ann MORRIS.
113/195 Freeman Combs 19 M Farmer IN
Elizabeth 19 F IL
Louisa LASURE 14 F IN
Notes: No marriage record located.
114/196 Wiley O. UMPHRIES [sic] 24 M farmer $100 TN md within census year
Jane 14 F ILL md within census year
Notes: Wiley O. HUMPHRIES [sic] m Nov 1849, Greene, Jane E. Combs.
50/771 William Combs 48 M farmer $700 NC
Asenath 48 F NC
Martha 19 F NC
Mary 15 F IN attended school within the year
Eli 13 M IN attended school within the year
William 11 M IN attended school within the year
William McCRAY, 26, IN
Jane E. McCray, 22, NC
Mary K. McCray, 3, IN
Sarah J. McCray, 2, IN
Hiram McCray, 6/12 IN
William NICHOLSON, 19, NC
(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Nancy T. Theodore)
Notes: Jane Combs, d/o Thomas Hicks and Keziah HAYS Combs, and w/o William Sparks McCRAY.
140/861 Jabez Combs 25 M blacksmith $237 NC
Sarah 17 F OH
Note: Jabez Jones Combs found next in 1880 Macon Co. IL Census.
143/864 Joel E. Combs 27 M blacksmith NC
Minerva 29 F IN
Eli 5 M IN
William Mark 1 M IN
Jabez J. 3/12 M IN
Notes: Jabez Jones Combs m. 5 Nov 1849, Greene, Sarah Ann WHITAKER. Joel Ellis Combs m 14 Sep 1843, Greene, Minerva FAUCETT. Both are sons of William & Asenath ELLIS Combs
7 Aug 1851 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Bud Combs & Jane BURCH (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
10 Aug 1851 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records John J Combs & Elizabeth STONE (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREEN E CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
20 Jan 1853 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Mary Ann Combs & Philip MILLER (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
31 May 1853 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Lucy Ann Combs & David DAYHOFF (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
13 Nov 1853 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records Melvina Combs & William SMITH (Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
Notes: Possible d/o Henry "8" & Phoebe FRANCIS Combs? Was William possibly kin to Rev. Richard & Elitia Combs Smith?
29 Sep 1853 Henry Combs died between 30 April 1853 and 29 Sept. 1853 when probate papers were filed in Green Co, Indiana. According to researcher Steve Haag (descendant of James Helms and Elizabeth Combs), who states he has the documents, Christina was named as the widow and she and Malvina Combs signed a bond to take care of the minor children with Christina being identified as the mother. Apparently, Henry and Christina had another child after the 1850 census according to Steve.
19 Dec 1853 Greene Co, IN Marriage Records. Mary Combs & Philip MILLER, d Civil War (Combs Researcher Nancy Theodore - not found in INDEX TO MARRIAGE, etc. Another county? perhaps?)
Notes: Mary, d/o William and Asenath ELLIS Combs, m (2) 8 Sept 1874, Thomas DOBBINS
Family History Library Film 1254280
NA Film Number T9-0280
James M. COMBS Self M Male W 30 IN Farmer NC IN
Matilda C. Wife M Female W 22 PA Keeping House PA OH
Mary A. Dau S Female W 7 IN At Home IN PA
Charles E. Son S Male W 4 IN At Home IN PA
Asenath B. Dau S Female W 2 IN IN PA
Un-Named Son S Male W 3M IN IN PA
Note: James M. Combs married Matilda C. Smith, 17 Nov 1872
Martin COMBS Self M Male W 30 IN Farmer NC IN
Margret Wife M Female W 27 IN Keeping House OH PA
Stella B. Dau S Female W 1 IN IN IN
Note: Marriage recorded as William M. Combs & Margaret Hattery, 28 Feb 1878
A. P. COMBS Self M Male W 53 NC Farmer NC NC
Mary A. Wife M Female W 43 IN Keeping House TN TN
John L. Son S Male W 17 IL At Home NC IN
Charley Son S Male W 11 IL At Home NC IN
Germina M. Dau S Female W 8 IN At Home NC IN
Franklin K. Son S Male W 5 IN At Home NC IN
Note: Adoniram P. Combs s/o William & Asenath ELLIS Combs married Mary Ann Kennedy, 05 Oct 1854
Pleasant COMBS Self M Male W 40 IN Farmer NC NC
Sarah E. Wife M Female W 38 IN Keeping House NC NC
Luther M. Son M Male W 21 IN Teacher IN IN
Theressa DauL M Female W 36 OH Keeps House OH VA
Martha LAWRENCE Other S Female W 22 IN House Work IN OH
John J. COMBS Self M Male W 48 NC Farming NC NC
Elizabeth Wife M Female W 44 IN Keeping House NC KY
E. B. Son S Male W 24 IN Teaching NC IN
John D. Son S Male W 19 IN Attends School NC IN
Sarah E. Dau S Female W 17 IN Attends School NC IN
Pleasant Son S Male W 15 IN Attends School NC IN
America Dau S Female W 9 IN NC IN
James CRANE Other S Male W 19 IN Farm Laborer IN KY
S. C. STONE Niece S Female W 15 IN At Home IN IN
Note: John Combs married Elizabeth STONE, 10 Aug 1851.
Aaron COMBS Self M Male W 55 NC Farming NC NC
Ruth Wife M Female W 53 IN Keeping House NC NC
Aaron Son S Male W 17 IN Farming NC IN
Mary A. Dau S Female W 13 IN At Home NC IN
Elizabeth Dau S Female W 11 IN At Home NC IN
General FRY Other S Male W 15 IN Farm Laborer TN NC
Jesse RAINBOLT Other S Male W 17 IN Farm Laborer IN IN
Note: Aaron Combs married Ruth BURCH, 11 Apr 1844
John R. COMBS Self M Male W 33 IN Farming NC IN
Nancy Wife M Female W 33 IN Keeping House NC IN
Mary C. Dau S Female W 13 IN At Home IN IN
Andrew J. Son S Male W 11 IN Farming IN IN
Panola C. Dau S Female W 8 IN IN IN
John R. Son S Male W 4 IN IN IN
Un-named Son S Male W 2 IN IN IN
Note: John R. Combs married Nancy E. BURCHAM, 20 Sept 1866.
Byrd Combs Self M Male W 52 NC Farming NC NC
Sarah J. Wife M Female W 45 IN Keeping House NC NC
Andrew H. Son S Male W 25 IN None NC MD
Nathaniel WORKMAN Self M Male W 29 IN Farmer --- IN
Martha A. Wife M Female W 25 IN Keeps House NC NC
Nancy Dau S Female W 9 IN IN IN
Mary A. Dau S Female W 8 IN IN IN
Ira V. Son S Male W 3 IN IN IN
Ruth E. Dau S Female W 3M IN IN IN
Note: Martha A. Combs married Nathan WORKMAN, 21 Oct 1869
Family History Library Film 1254281
NA Film Number T9-0281
Wm. H. COMBS Self M Male W 39 IN Farmer NC NC
Matilda Wife M Female W 33 IN Keeping House IN IN
Charles Son S Male W 10 IN IN IN
Minnie M. Dau S Female W 8 IN IN IN
James E. Son S Male W 7 IN IN IN
Lottie F. Dau S Female W 5 IN IN IN
Oliver T. Son S Male W 1 IN IN IN
Note: William H. Combs, s/o William & Asenath ELLIS Combs, married Matilda Isabella “Mabel” FAUCETT, 20 Nov 1869
Combs, Eli 42 farmer IN NC NC
Asenath mother 79 NC NC MD
Martha K. wife <sic> 48 keeping house NC NC NC
Note: Martha Keziah Combs is Eli S. Combs's sister, neither of them married. Asenath ELLIS is widow of William Combs
Joel E. COMBS Self M Male W 57 NC Farmer NC NC
Minnerva Wife M Female W 58 IN Housekeeping NC NC
Niram Son S Male W 20 IN Works On Farm NC NC
Hulda Dau S Female W 17 IN NC NC
Note: Joel Ellis Combs, s/o William & Asenath ELLIS Combs, married Minerva FAUCETT, 14 Sep 1843.
Joanna HENDRON Self W Female W 45 OH Housekeeping OH OH
Gilbert HENDRON Son S Male W 23 OH Works On Farm OH OH
George COMBS Other S Male W 20 IN Works On Farm NC IN
Rebeca FULLUM Other S Female W 18 IN Servant IN IN
Timothy SULLIVAN Other S Male W 35 IRE Ditcher IRE IRE
Michael DONA Other S Male W 40 IRE Ditcher IRE IRE
(Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
19 Nov 1854 Gideon Combs & Eliza Ann BURCH
26 Mar 1855 Christiana Combs & Isaac EDMONSON
14 Dec 1856 Louisa Combs & George W WILKS
1 Nov 1857 Francis M. Combs & Phehee A. GAMBILL
15 Mar 1857 Pleasant Combs & Sarah E. CARMICHAEL
20 Sep 1857 Sarah J. Combs & Ezekiel SMITH
15 Sep 1858 Berryman Combs & Mary GOLDSBERRY
14 Oct 1858 Charles Combs & Anna McLAUGHLIN
Oct 1858 Combs, Charles, married Anna, widow of McLAUGHLIN, as his second wife, his first wife having been Abigail (Index to Combs of the War of 1812)
Notes: Charles Combs served in the War of 1812 in George L. DAVIDSON'S NC Militia. He married (1) 28 Dec 1819, Surry Co, NC, Abigail REAVIS; m (2) Oct 1858, Greene Co, IN, a widow, Anna McLAUGHLIN. He d testate on 28 Feb 1866 in Monroe Co, IN. Also note that descendants of Thomas Hicks and Keziah HAYS Combs are also found in Monroe County.
21 Nov 1858 Silas Combs & Mary A McLAUGHLIN
Notes: s/o Charles & Abigail REAVIS Combs
26 Aug 1860 Benjamin Combs & Polly A. MORRIS
22 July 1860 Henry Combs & Sarah ROGERS
12 Dec 1861 William B. Combs & Lucinoa ELLIS
16 May 1861 Sarah E. Combs & Isaac HANNA
20 Apr 1862 Malinda Combs & Geo W CAMPBELL
22 Jan 1863 Mahala A. Combs & Evermont CAMPBELL
20 Sept 1866 John R. Combs & Nancy E BURCHAM
Note: Possibly s/o Aaron & Ruth BURCH Combs. (See HH 188/188 in 1850 Census above.)
31 Oct 1867 Sarah J Combs & Jesse J MARTINDALE
7 Apr 1868 Eli Jr. Combs & Christiana McCARTY
21 Oct 1869 Martha A. Combs & Nathan WORKMAN
20 Nov 1869 William Combs & Matilda Isabelle “Bell” FAUCETT (Combs Researcher Nancy Theodore)
20 Nov 1869 William H. Combs & Matilda E. FAUCETT
Notes: William, s/o William and Asenath ELLIS Combs.
23 Dec 1869 Permelia J. Combs & John W CRAIG
3 Mar 1870 John W. Combs & Alcy J. ULAND
5 Mar 1871 Eli Combs & Laura H. CISSIL
17 Nov 1872 James M Combs & Matilda C. SMITH
15 Mar 1873 Anna M. Combs & Richard C. PRICE
30 Aug 1873 Leovicy E Combs & John ULAND
3 Sep 1876 Amanda Combs & Oliver F. GRAY
22 Nov 1876 Lydia F. Combs & Richard C PRICE
26 Aug 1877 Mary Combs & John E. WARREN
5 Sep 1877 Willis F. Combs & Mary M HALL
28 Feb 1878 William M Combs & Margaret HATTERY
28 Aug 1879 Martin L. Combs & Thirsey J. CANE
11 Sep 1881 Sarah Combs & James L SHANNER
20 Sep 1882 E. Brantley Combs & Rachell GLOVER
22 July 1883 John D Combs & Amanda DAILY
4 Mar 1885 John Combs & Cassie STONE
25 Jul 1886 Aaron Combs & Flora B. OWEN
9 May 1886 Eliza A. Combs & Stephen E. ANDERSON
31 Jul 1886 Mary C. Combs & George SHERROW
30 Oct 1889 also listed >Hiram C. Combs & Minnie M MURREY
30 Oct 1889 Hiram C. Combs & Minnie M URSEY
7 May 1890 Hulda E .Combs & Franklin REID
28 Jan 1891 Andrew J. Combs & Josephine WORKMAN
21 Sep 1892 Charles E. Combs & Isa D. EDINGTON
16 Oct 1892 Sarah J. Combs & Wm PETHTEL
17 May 1893 Mary A. Combs & Thomas W GORDON
20 June 1893 Meck Combs & Joseph E EVANS
6 Mar 1895 Andrew Combs & Lillie J. BULLOCK
4 May 1895 George D. Combs & Clara HALE
27 Mar 1895 Rachel Combs & John WILBURH
12 Apr 1896 James Combs & Nellie MAYS
26 Dec 1896 Starlen B. Combs & Lucy HUDSON
7 Nov 1897 Thomas A. Combs & Sallie C. WRIGHT
4 Mar 1897 Lottie F. Combs & John M DeVILBISS
4 Mar 1897 Minnie M. Combs & Joseph V CRABB
14 Jun 1898 Edward C. Combs & Katie JONES
13 Feb 1898 Ella J. Combs & Alvin BROAMAN
1 Sep 1899 Aaron Combs & Alice PETERSON
1 Mar 1899 Edgar Combs & Helen E. WILBER
30 Mar 1899 Emma E. Combs & Alfred D. ISENOGLE
3 Oct 1899 Wilbertie Combs & Frank RAMSEY
(Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from INDEX TO MARRIAGE RECORD GREENE CO INDIANA 1821-1920 LACKING 1828-1832 Volume I, Letters A-F by WPA)
23 Nov 1900 John R. Jr Combs & Minnie M. BAYS
14 Apr 1900 Ollie P. Combs & Cora B. HASLER
17 Jul 1902 Edgar Combs & Leula BISHOP
17 Aug 1902 Joel J. Combs & Ruth WILLIAMS
27 Sep 1902 Mary A. Combs & Alonzo O. CARRELL
08 Aug 1902 Minnie Combs & Ira D. SMITH
05 Mar 1903 Eva Combs & Ira McDONALD
01 Nov 1905 Stella B. Combs & James S. HOWELL
22 Dec 1907 Goldia Combs & Wm McDONALD
23 Sep 1907 Margueritte E. Combs & David E. JAMES
03 Dec 1908 Louise COMBE & Henry ASTIER
26 Mar 1908 Clara M. Combs & Richard McLEAN
04 Mar 1908 Homer V. Combs & Grace QUILLEN
29 Mar 1908 Pearl Combs & John W. SPARKS
25 Jul 1908 Ruby Combs & Frank L. ANDERSON
24 Dec 1908 William M. Combs & Rosa E. PAYNE
23 Dec 1909 Ethel Combs & Ezra CHAFEY
09 Sep 1909 Raymond L. Combs & Agnes S. SCHRANTZ
16 Dec 1910 John I. Combs & Blanche E. EDWARDS
09 Mar 1911 Carrie E. Combs & Geo W. DENNY
19 Dec 1911 Gilbert Combs & Olive F. COPPIN
01 May 1912 Anna P. Combs & Joseph T. HEATON
31 Jan 1913 Nellie Faye Combs & Wm H. HOWARD
18 Apr 1914 Raymand L. Combs & Rose E. OCKERMAN
24 Sep 1914 Henrietta COMBES & Albert LaFONT
12 Feb 1914 Charles E. Combs & Matilda HUMPHREY
10 Oct 1914 Claude C. Combs & Hazel D. CORWIN
28 Nov 1914 Curtis Combs & Adah SHERTZER
27 Oct 1915 Albert Combs & Hazel M. FLOREY
11 Nov 1916 Bonnie Combs & Thomas SHOUSE
11 Aug 1917 Paul W. Combs & Velma NEAL
19 Oct 1917 Sallie Combs & Raymond PIGG
24 May 1918 Grace U* Combs & Gladys DOYLE
18 Sep 1918 Kiva Combs & Paul NEAL
27 Sep 1919 Charlotta Combs & Roy M. SULLIVAN
26 Nov 1919 Orpha O. Combs & Curtis D. QUIMBY
15 Nov 1920 Alma L. Combs & Henry BAKER
22 Dec 1920 Fern Combs & Gilbert SHERTZER
CHARLES E. Combs, a real estate and Ins. dealer and one of the representative businessmen and public spriited citizens of Greene Co., is descended from sterling pioneer ancestry and traces both brances of his family to a period when the savages still roamed over Indian soil, and the few cabins of the settlers were as niches in the dense primeval forests. WILLIAM Combs, the subject's grandfather, a native of North Carolina, married in that state ASONATH ELLIS, and in 1830 migrated to Rush Co. Indiana, settling on land about six miles from Rushville where he remained until removing to Hancock Co four years later. Subsequently, about 1838, he changed his residence to Greene Co., Ind. and purchasing a tract of govt land in Taylor Township, in due time developed a good farm and became a man of considerable local prominence. Mr. Combs made the long journy from North Carolina to his new home in the forests of Indiana, by tem, cutting no small part of the way through the wilderness, camping out at night and meeting with may stirring adventures en route, to say nothing of the numerous hardships. He was an industrious man, a pious member of the Baptist Church and an ardent Whip, although coming to the state where no black man was held in semitude. He reared a family of 8 children and died in 1869. The names of his children were: JOEL E., JABEZ J., ADONIRAM P., MARTHA K., MARY ANN, ELI S., WILLIAM H., and MARGARET.
WILLIAM H. Combs, the youngest living member of his family and father of the subject of review was born June 25, 1840 on the homestead in Taylor township and grew to manhook, a tiller of the soil, which honorable vocation he has since followed. He married in 1869 to ISABELLA FAUCETT, whose birth occured in the above township in 1847 being the dau. of GEORGE and ELIZABETH STONE FAUCETT, the father born in Orange Co., Indiana, where his family settled many years ago, moving to this state from Kentucky. The family of GEORGE and ELIZABETH FAUCETT consisted of 10 children the majority of whom grew to maturity and became will settled in life. Mr. FAUCETT died of measles while in the army, having been a member of the Fifth-ninth Indiana Infantry, his widow departing this life in Kansas in 1907, at the advanced age of eighty-three years.
WILLIAM H. and ISABELLA Combs have had 10 children: CHARLES E., MINNIE, who married JOSEPH CRABB, JAMES E., MARGARET, CHARLOTTE F., who married JOHN DEVILBISS, EMMA E., who married ALFRED ISENOGLE, MARY A., wife of ALONZO CARROLL, CARRIE E., JOHN T., and WILLIAM H.
WILLIAM H. Combs is a practical farmer and a most excellent and praise worthy citizen. He served 2 years in the Civil War, in Company H, 81st Indiana Infantry, and was discharged due to a disability before expiration of his period of enlistment. He is a Republican in politics, member of Christian Church.
CHARLES E. Combs, our subject was born on the family homestead in Taylor Township, June 25, 1870 and grew to maturity familiar with the ruggest duties of the farm, attending at intervals the district schools of the neighborhood, After finishing the common school courese, he tood a course in the Indiana Business University at Indianapolis, in addition to which he also attended several normals, thus fitting himself for teaching, a profession he followed for about 4 years with success. The inducements of the educational work, however, not being in keeping with his ideas of what a permanent calling should be, he quit teaching and in 1894 moved to Bloomfield, Indiana where he served 4 years as deputy county auditor under H. L. DUEY, following this he engaged in the real estate business and also insurance business, his real estate interest in Greene and neighboring counties, taking a wide range, and he has made as many deals, and as many sales as any other agency in the city of Bloomfield, to say nothing of his great success in the insurance business.
In the year 1892, Mr. Combs was happily married to ISADORE D. EDINGTON, the dau. or WILLIAM W. and HARRIET R. HAYS EDINGTON. Mrs. Combs was born in Jackson township, Greene Co. and enjoyed the advantages of a liberal education, she possesses these admirable qualities of character which have made her a favorite in the best social circles of the city in which she lives, being a member of the 20th Century Club, which has proven an influential agency both socially and educationally. She is also a member of Daughters of Rebecca. Mr. and Mrs. Combs are the parents of two children: EARL, a student in the Bloomfield schools and ELI, who died in infancy. In the political views Mr. Combs was a Republican but met a partisan. He was also a member of the town board and Modern Woodsmen of America.
(Extracted 1997 by Combs Researcher Leslie Burr from ????, published ????)
Notes: William Combs (s/o Thomas HICKS and Keziah HAYS Combs), b ca 1802, Wilkes Co, NC; d 9 Sep 1869, Greene Co, IN; m 1 Jan 1822, Wilkes Co, NC, Asenath ELLIS.
Taken down by JESSIE N. (CARTER) HAYS, as told by dad (RALPH H. CARTER) age 82, 1976 (Film 1638368 item 30, L.D.S. Library SLC ,UT)
Back in the good old days when Dad was a boy, he had a favorite neighbor and oldster by the name of HENRY Combs. HENRY lived on the farm that I've learned to recognize as the Cyrus CUNNINGHAM or Ted JOHNSON place. (also CHARLES Combs and BYRD Combs place.)
Grandpa and grandma CARTER (Oscar and Lizzie) lived in with HENRY for a short period. It was during this time that dad was born and may well be the reason for the closeness between the two. Somehow, Dad's folks failed to give Dad a middle name at birth, so while he was yet a lad he chose his own, taking the name of HENRY, his beloved old friend. HENRY gave dad his collection of little metal stars that he'd saved from all his plugs of Star Chewing Tobacco and those stars were worth a penny or so each and brought quite a thrill to dad's little boy heart.
Later, when dad's family moved a short distance away, their friendship and fellowship cotinued and gre wven more dearer through the years. HENRY was a frequent and welcome visitor in the home and the maple sugar candy he'd bring with him was a sure delight to dad and his ten brothers and sisters. It was said to be HENRY that sowed the first tomato seeds and shared his plants, introducing the family and the little community of Buena Vista to the delicious fruit. However as I hear it, there were far more ugh's than ah's at the first taste. But it wasn't long until the tomato had won it's place in most everyone's garden.
When Henry was sick or away from home for a spell, he'd call on dad to feed his livestock and do the various chores that were so essential on a farm in those days. Dad recalls that HENRY had relatives or friends in MARTIN COUNTY (vicinity of Trinity Springs) and would ride his horse to visit, staying maybe, a week at a time.
One of dad's special memories centers around an old buck sheep that HENRY owned. HENRY had raised this sheep from a bottle, spoiled him a bit, and it seems he'd gotten quite mean and onery. Dad says you were never to turn your back on this critter or he'd get-cha. Fact is he'd get-cha anyway if you couldn't out run him. However, dad had gotten quite wise in this department and soon learned to outsmart the old sheep. According to dad, this wooly animal woud start his atack by backing back to the appropriate distance, twitch his nose, stick out his tongue (dad demonstrates) and here he'd come!! “I'd stand my ground,” says dad, “and never move until his four feet left the ground, then I'd step aside and when the old sheep came down beside me I'd catch him by his long wool and wrestle him down.” From the gleam in dad's eyes I gather he enjoyed the sport even more than the old sheep.
But my favorited story of HENRY includes a favorite oldster and neighbor that I remember also, and a little adventure the two shared together on this particular day, away back when. The story goes something like this. HENRY had two steers that needed to be dehorned and it seems that Milt WEIMER (HENRY's neighbor to the south ) had the ideal place and equipment for dehorning cattle. HENRY consulted Milt and it was agreed that HENRY bring his steers to milts place and they'd get the job done. “I'll help you drive them down.” said Milt, but HENRY declined the offer saying he could manage them by himself.
Now as I hear it, Milt waited on HENRY and the steers and when they didn't show at the appointed time he waked on up toward HENRY's figuring he might be needed. In the meantime, Henry having started with them steers and encountering all sorts of problems had driven them back in the barn and had come up with what he thought was a good solution to the situation. So he gets down the chain and ties them steers together neck to neck. Guess he fighred they'd at least be going the same direction and hopefully, south.
Well, by this time Milt arrived on the scene and just in time to see HENRY's problems emerge from the barn door, side by side, and making the door considerably larger by bringing a few boards with them. HENRY, chuckled.
Now these steers not accustomed to being tied together, plus the excitement in making the barn door wider and HENRY's whooping and hollering, came out that barn moving on. They were headed in the right direction alright, much to HENRY's liking i'm sure, but there was one obstacle that neither HENRY or the steers had foreseen, and that being this particular walnut tree. Now these animals didn't stop to confer which side of the tree they'd go around and consequently chose opposite sides. “HENRY”, Milt said, “you've killed them steers!” HENRY just chuckled. There they lay after butting their heads together as the chain hit the tree and pulled them around face to face. Their eyes were all rolled back in their heads and Milt repeated. “HENRY, you've killed them steers!!” HENRY just chuckled. But presently one of them fluttered his eyelids and begin to twitch his ears, then the other one begin to show sighs of life and soon they were up and on their way to Milt's dehorning party. And the story goes that they very calmly gave up their horns and walked on home with HENRY, just like good steers oughta.
Dad ends his history of HENRY by recalling that he helped dig HENRY'S grave at the GREEN Co,. Chapel Cemetery. He was buried in a copper vault, the likes of which dad had never seen before or after. It opened on the end and the casked was slid in and sealed.
HENRY was never married but evidently was not a lonely man, having many good friends and neighbors. So ends the story of HENRY Combs, a man that left a lot of happy memories.
JESSIE N. (CARTER) HAYS
As told by dad (RALPH H. CARTER) age 82, 1976
(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Leslie Burr)
Note: William Henry Combs was the s/o Charles Combs, b 2 Jul 1793, Virginia, d 28 Feb 1866, Monroe Co, IN; and his 2nd wife, Ann, widow of Unknown McLAUGHLIN. Charles Combs m (1) 28 Dec 1819, Surry Co, NC, Abigail REAVIS
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