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Lawrence County was established from Orange in 1818. It is adjacent to Monroe, Jackson, Washington, Orange, Dubois, Montgomery & Green.


1830 US Census, Lawrence Co IN

Robert HICKS, p. 138.

Notes: Although no Combs by surname are found on this census, the above may have been Robert, h/o Winnifred Combs (Sumner) of Perry Co, KY (ancestry unknown). See 1837 below, and the Dickey Diary Interviews.


22 Mar 1831 (Lawrence Co IN Marriage Records) COOMBS, William & SUTTON, Shelby (Index to IN Combs Marriages)

Notes: Provided by Combs Researcher Steve Combs from the Jackson Co IN Genealogical Society (their sources not yet known): "Wm Riley Combs, born 1810 in Kentucky, and died January 9, 1899 in Jackson County, Indiana. He married (1) Sylvia [sic] SUTTON March 01, 1831 in Lawrence County, Indiana. He had one child by Sylvia, named Silas born Abt. 1835 (?). He married (2) Elizabeth Jane WILKERSON March 28, 1834 in Jackson, Co., Ind. He had Edward born Abt 1835, Sarah Sallie Born Abt. 1837, James born Abt 1838, Joseph born Abt 1838. He then married Lucinda SIPES [HARDIN?] July 17, 1841, in Jackson Co., Ind. He had Thomas born 1843, Elizabeth born 1844, Mariah born 1847, Rebecca born 1848, Nancy born 1850, Ellen Born 1852, John H born 1854, Hester Ann born 1857. He then married Louisa PENNINGTON on 12-4,1887 in Brown Co., Ind. His fifth marriage was to Melinda Jane JOHNSON on March 10, 1894 in Jackson Co., Ind."

Notes: Jackson IN records show that William R. m Lucinda HARDIN, not SIPES. A search of the Indiana State Library, Genealogy Division, Index to Indiana Marriages, does not reveal a SIPES/HARDIN marriage. SIPES (SYPES, etc.) marriages of possible interest: (1) Lucy SIPES m 13 Aug 1843, Monroe Co, IN, John G. JOHNSON; (2) William SIPES m 02 Oct 1843, Lawrence Co IN Lydia SMALLWOOD (See RW William Combs of Bath Co KY). No early Jackson Co IN SIPES marriages found. A search of HARDIN (& var. sp.) marriages in Jackson Co IN elicited: Berry & Elizabeth BROWN Harden (1849); Hiram and Matilda HARDIN Fleetwood (1834); and Spencer & Mary Ann TINDER Hardin (1848). Other Combs-Hardin Connections are found in Stafford and Frederick Cos, VA; Henry KY; and Callaway MO (among many).


16 Dec 1832 (Lawrence Co IN Marriage Records) Combs, Sally & STACY, Shadrack (Index to IN Combs Marriages)

Notes: Sally Combs was the d/o Jeremiah L. "Long" Combs, Sr.; and Shadrach STACY the s/o Simon STACY (d 1822, Perry Co, KY) & Elizabeth DAVIDSON Stacy and grandson of John STACY, Sr. of Russell Co VA (See also Cody-Combs-Stacy Connections). Shadrach and Sally apparently returned to Perry Co KY shortly after their marriage (1850 Perry census records indicate that each was ca 18 years of age at the time of their marriage. (Marriage record needs to be ordered for possible parental consents). It seems likely that William Riley Combs and Sarah Combs Stacy were somehow closely related, and both of the Perry Co KY Combs Lines.


01 Aug 1837 Monroe Co, IN BLM Land Patent. Combs, William Riley of Lawrence Co, IN. Y N Indiana 8206 Y August 1, 1837 Jeffersonville 1 NESW 36/ 7 N 1 E N 2nd Principal 40 Monroe IN2640_.173

Note: Although no evidence has been found that William Riley Combs ever lived in Monroe Co, IN, others who patented land in the same section as William Riley included Benjamin BROWNING, Thomas and James FLEETWOOD, Robert HICKS (h/o Winnifred Combs), William MITCHELL, John RAGSDALE and James TODD.


1840 Lawrence Co IN Census Index

No Combs


25 Dec 1849 Lawrence County Indiana. Copy of Letter from William H. Huston written to his brothers James Brown Huston and Jonathan Bloomfield (Bloomer) Huston, who were living in Iowa. Provided to the Lawrence Co GenWeb Archives by researcher Phyllis Hill (See Copyright restrictions and original transcript ) The three brothers were sons of Jonathan and Margaret HERRON Huston of Nelson Co, KY.


.................Bono.....Dec 25th 1849
Respected Brothers I embrace this opportunity of writing to inform you that we are all well my health has been tolerable good since I see you. But my arms & shoulders continues stiff and contracted and but little prospect of getting right again.

Our friends & cousins are all well hoping that this may find you all enjoying the same Blessings.

Nothing happened on my road home worth notice only I was disappointed in finding my things at Boonville & had to go to Mr. Beck's after them which made my trip 16 days longer and cost me several dollars.

Corn is worth 25 cents per Bushel & Pork Meat from $2.25 to 2.50 at home it was all Bought on foot gross prices $1.50 to $1.90. David sold his Hoggs for $390.00 & Father got $82.00. Father & David has been keeping House since you left alone.

Died last summer Aunt Rachael Combs this fall Aunt Polly Huston Aunt Betsy Davis and Sally Tyler & James Conly. Charles Miller has Bought Old Templemans Farm for $1500.00 E. Brock was in this fall. Father sold them Sheep & settled with him. R. Green is selling goods in Fulton, Illinois.

Coon Skins is in great demand James Prow is given 50 cents for all He can get and if I was out in Iowa and the prices of Furs was as usual I would make a dime.

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There has been two snows 4 or 5 inches deep the first fell on the 3rd & lay 4 days the Second 20th of this month and yesterday it partly melted away But last night and today tolerable cold & Clear. There is the least to do Here I ever see on Christmas in my time this is certainly the most selfish place entirely. {Bono}

I traded my old watch in Warsaw MO for a silver patent lever and gave 8 dollars boot & the Silver Smith in Salem Says it is worth 35 dollars.

I wish Both of you & My friends Wright Goodson & Stump would keep your eyes on my Claims on the River and not let no man cut my timber for I don't want a stick cut on it for there has more than 100 dollars cut Allready on it for that is all my dependance for fencing a farm below on the Bottom. My opinion was when last I see you & is yet that when you look round you can find places that will please you Better than the grove where you are and sell it just before it comes in Market. Sell it for money Enough to enter several quarters of land Elsewhere. I received a letter a few days since from Noak Simson he wrote that Bloomer Stayed all night with him as he moved and was all well and seemed to like the Country, don't fail writing and tell how you all are & how you like the Country & the Winter & how you succeded in getting corn & meat & how your stock is doing and Stum & Wright comes on with their Mill & what coons Skins is worth in Fort des Moines. buy them from the merchants whole sale.

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Bloome don't fail writing to me right off and tell me where you are and how you like the country and how you & Wrinke and Selly Ann & children stood the trip from where I left to Polk County. I wrote a line from Keokuk tell me if all was right, & what luck you have in getting provisions & how many Wolves & Deer you have caught with your grayhound &c.

Owen Mason is in Vanburen County not far from Farmington Iowa and James Hardman moved this fall to that county & Uncle Samuel's Samuel went with him. Thomas Reid was in Iowa & Bought land not far from Burlington & is a going to move. Old man Beck & old lady was well when I was there. Moses Homes is maried to Forgeys girl. Ashworth moved back from 10 miles above Ft Desmoines a few days before I got to Bolivar he don't like Iowa {Strange} Arington Simpson & family was well & I stayed with them one afternoon & killed a deer & old Abe is fat & on rising ground I think but slow.

I have some notion of Turning out to buy coon Skins this Winter for I can make money if I can find them for sale in the contry.

It is now 11 oclock and I have nothing interesting But remain yours

Truly Wm. H. Huston
........................Bono In
To James, } Bloomer } & family


Notes: "Aunt Rachel Combs" who died in the Summer of 1849 was Rachel HERRON who m 20 Mar 1798, Nelson Co, KY, Joseph COOMBES (s/o John & Alice JOLLY Combs I of Tonoloways). Margaret HERRON Huston was her sister. Joseph and Rachael were residing in Parke Co, IN in 1848, and in 1850, Joseph was on the 1850 census sans wife, so Rachel probably d in that county.


1850 US Census Index, Lawrence Co IN

Perry Twp

pg 461

1898/1898 Martin Combs 39 M farmer NC
Pamela 30 F Ky
Gideon 17 M farmer Ia
John G. 13 M Ia
Wm B. 11 M Ia
Lemuel B. 10 M Ia
Winney J. 8 F Ia
James K. P. 6 M Ia
George W. 3 M Ia

Notes: Martin Combs m (1) 22 Nov 1831, Monroe Co IN, Mary FODRELL; (2) 14 Jul 1836, also in Monroe, Permilia SEXON (a.k.a. SEXSON in some records).

Also Note: The 1850 Lawrence Co, IN census index includes a Catherine A. COAM; however, Combs Researcher Debi Houser has reviewed the record and the surname was actually ACOAUR(?) (the "c" was lower case)


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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