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Hancock County was formed in 1827 from Madison Co IN.


1832-1837 (Account Book of Elijah TYNER, Tyner General Store, Blue River Twp., Hancock Co. IN)

Washington Combs

("A History of Hancock County, Indiana In the Twentieth Century" by Dorothy June Williams and Thomas E.Q. Williams, copyright 1995 by Thomas E. Williams. Includes a listing of customers from the 1832-1837 account book of Elijah Tyner, Hancock County's first store located in Blue River Township)

Notes: Who was this?


1840 Hancock Co IN Census

Brown Twp.

Page 195
Hix Combs

Thomas Hicks & Keziah HAYS Combs (a.k.a. Hicks/Hix Combs) m 3 Feb 1801, Wilkes Co NC. They removed to Hancock Co IN (via Rush Co IN) ca1836-1838.


1 Apr 1841 (Hancock IN Marriage Records, Book 2, Page 110) Jesse Combs & Elizabeth Ann STEEL (Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrel Theodore)

Jesse Combs, b abt 1821, in NC, was the son of Thomas & Keziah HAYS Combs of Wilkes Co NC, Hancock IN. By the 1850 Census, Jesse & Elizabeth STEEL Combs were living in Keokuk Co IA.


12-5-1844 Hancock Co, IN Marriages. Combs Jane & MCCRAY William

Notes: Jane Combs, d/o Thomas Hicks & Keziah HAYS Combs, in Greene Co, IN by 1850.


1850 Hancock Co, IN Census

Brown Township

pg 176 (cont. on pg 177)

183/186 David H. Combs 39 M farmer TN
Margaret 43 F PA
Adella 22 F IN
Michael 18 M farmer IN
James W. 17 M farmer IN
John 16 M farmer IN
Samuel 9 M IN attended school within the year
Jane 7 F IN
Hugh 5 M IN
Lewry E. 2 F IN

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

Notes: David H. & Margaret MOORE m 27 Feb 1831, Randolph Co, IN? If so, relationship of Adella, b 1828? Is it coincidence that David is listed so close to the Combs who follow? Might Lewry be Lewsy (Lucy)? Where was this family in 1840?

194-197 John Combs, 28, Farmer, b. NC
Elias Combs, 20 Farmer, b. NC
Kesia Combs, 68, b. NC
Betsy FARMER, 23, b. OH

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrel Theodore)

Notes: John & Elias Combs were sons of Thomas & Keziah HAYS Combs of Wilkes Co NC and Hancock IN.


23 Jan 1851 (Marriage Records, Hancock Co, IN, Book 3, Page 29) John Combs & Sarah KENNEDY.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrel Theodore)


27 Jan 1853 (Marriage Records, Hancock Co, IN Book 3, Page 139) Elias Combs & Margaret R. WATSON.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrel Theodore)


1854 Hancock Co, IN Wills 1 13) The will of Thomas Hicks Combs, dated 26 Oct 1848, and recorded in Hancock Co, Indiana on 14 Feb 1854, named wife Keziah, "40 acs I now live on during her natural life.." then to son Elias Combs… unto son John Combs 40 acs T17R08S30 SWSE … to son Elias 40 acs aft death of wife Keziah being T17N R08ES30 SWNE…." According to a family letter, his death date was 12 May 1849.


By 1860, Elias Combs & his mother Keziah were in Monroe Co IA; but John remained in Hancock Co:


1860 Hancock Co, IN Census

Brown Twp

35/263: John Combs, 38, b. NC
Sarah Combs, 27, b. IN
Cinthia Ann Combs, 8, b, IN

(Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrel Theodore)


Hancock Co, IN Cemetery Records

Hays Cemetery, Brown Twp

(Section 13 located on 675 East (Thomas Road) one quarter mile north of 900 North. The entrance, on the west side of 675 East, is a narrow lane and easily missed during the growing season. It was inventoried in May 1980 by Daniel Ward and Anne L. Hays, who said it was as complete as they could make it, due to age and vandalism.)

Combs, John. 9 Nov 1821 - 19 Aug 1900
Combs, Martha L. d/o A. P. & Mary A. 26 Jun 1861 - 4 Jul 1878
Combs, Mary A. w/o A. P.; 21 May 1837 - 29 May 1883
Combs, Sarah, w/o John; 13 Dec 1832 - 6 Oct 1900
Combs, Sarah, d/o A.P. & Mary A.; 2 Sep 1855 - 8 Mar 1873

(Extracted by Researcher Beth Pany from "Hancock County, Indiana Tombstone Inscriptions: One Hundred Years, 1833 - 1933" by Sue Baker, CGRS, published by Heritage Books, Inc., 1993, p. 98)

McCray Cemetery, Brown Township

Original Section. (Section 28 located on State Road 109 less than one mile northwest of Wilkinson.)

Combs, A. P. 2 May 1827 - ____
Combs, Charles W. 22 Mar 1869 - 29 Dec 1892
Combs, Myrtle Wisehart 1 Jun 1873 - 17 Aug 1890
Combs, Rachel 1 May 1881 - 11 Apr 1904

(Extracted by Researcher Beth Pany from "Hancock County, Indiana Tombstone Inscriptions: One Hundred Years, 1833 - 1933" by Sue Baker, CGRS, published by Heritage Books, Inc., 1993, p. 125)

Notes: Who were the above A. P. and Mary Combs?


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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