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Owen County was established in 1819 from Daviess and Sullivan. In 1822, Putnam was established from Unorganized Territory, Owen and Vigo; and in 1825: Clay was established from Owen, Putnam, Sullivan and Vigo.

Except where otherwise noted, source for marriages is Owen Co, Ind GenWeb References(See also Index to Combs Marriages of Indiana)

Except where otherwise noted, source for BLM Land is Combs BLM Land of Indiana


1820 Wayne Co, IN Census Index

No Combs


20 Apr 1826 Owen Co, IN BLM Land COMBS William (of Nelson Co, KY) Y N Indiana 3273 Y Crawfordsville 1 W1/2SE 26/ 12 N 3 W N 2nd Principal 80 IN0930_.213

20 Apr 1826 Owen Co, IN BLM Land Combs William Y N Indiana 3520 Y April 20, 1826 Crawfordsville 1 W1/2NE 26/ 12 N 3 W N 2nd Principal 80 IN0930_.460

Neighboring Land:

PATENTEE NAME SIGNATURE DATE DOCUMENT NR. ACCESSION NR. CERTIFIED DOC.
DUNKINS, JOHN 09/10/1838 31200 IN3240__.345
HOLMES, ISOM S 11/10/1840 32992 IN3280__.171
LOCKRIDGE, ELIJAH 04/15/1827 4923 IN0960__.393
MUGG, BENJAMIN 11/10/1840 33020 IN3280__.199
MUGG, BENJAMIN 11/01/1849 35425 IN3330__.113
MUGG, BENJAMIN 04/02/1829 6933 IN1010__.126
MUGG, BENJAMIN 04/23/1829 7780 IN1020__.216
SHAKE, DAVID 04/15/1824 1657 IN0900__.101

Notes: William was probably either son or son-in-law of Andrew Combs, Jr., of Loudoun Co, VA and Nelson Co, KY (s/o Andrew Combs I of the Tonoloways Settlement (MD-PA)


4-5-1827 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Vianna Combs & William BARNS by John JAMES, M.G.

7-30-1829 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Lucinda Combs & John DUNKIN by Benj. ARNOLD

See 1832 Loudoun Co, VA Chancery Suit, heirs of Andrew Combs, Jr. deceased, which included William, Viena [sic] and Lucinda Combs.


1830 Owen Co, IN Census Index

Wayne Twp

Page 266: William COMES


ca 1835 Owen Co, IN Index to Probate Records Box 201. William TRUAX, Decd, Owen Co, IN. William COMBS & James TRUAX, Exec. Heirs: Else TRUAX, widow; ; sons: Edward, Samuel TRUAX; daughters: Hannah, Ophilia, Sintha TRUAX; other heirs (rel. not stated): Alice & James TRUAX; others named: Orpha WILSON

(Owen Co, IN Probate Records (Index) before 1850, extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Owen Co, Ind GenWeb References)

Note: By Oral Family Tradition, Alice "Else" Combs Truax was the d/o Edward & Rebecca STILLWELL Combs of the Tonoloways Settlement (MD-PA). Edward Combs d testate Dec 1820, Nelson Co, KY without including daughters' married names.


30 Mar 1837 Owen Co, IN BLM Land

Combs William Y N Indiana 26576 Y March 30, 1837 Crawfordsville 1 S1/2NE 11/ 11 N 3 W N 2nd Principal 80 IN1400_.253

Neighboring Patents (same Section):

PATENTEE NAME SIGNATURE DATE DOCUMENT NR. ACCESSION NR. CERTIFIED DOC.
BLACK, JAMES 03/18/1837 22862 IN1330__.056
BLACK, JAMES 03/30/1837 26856 IN1410__.029
CHAMPER, SUSANNA 04/20/1826 3217 IN0930__.157
DEAN, JOHN 03/20/1837 25067 IN1370__.262
DEAN, ROBERT 03/18/1837 23673 IN1340__.345
FISHER, EDMUND 09/16/1835 21746 IN1300__.478
HARTSOCK, ALLEN 10/21/1834 20078 IN1270__.280
MUGG, JOHN 04/20/1826 3179 IN0930__.119
PARRISH, THOMAS 05/15/1837 28487 IN3190__.120
SNODGRASS, ABRAHAM H 03/30/1837 26614 IN1400__.290
SNODGRASS, ABRAHAM H 09/10/1838 31291 IN3240__.436
WADE, WILLIAM 03/30/1837 26600 IN1400__.276

10 Sep 1838 Owen Co, IN BLM Land

COOMBS William Y N Indiana 31199 Y Crawfordsville 1 W1/2SE 25/ 12 N 3 W N 2nd Principal 80 IN3240_.344

Neighboring Patents (same section):

PATENTEE NAME SIGNATURE DATE DOCUMENT NR. ACCESSION NR. CERTIFIED DOC.
BEASLEY, JOHN S 09/10/1838 32625 IN3270__.290
BEASLEY, JOHN S 09/10/1838 32640 IN3270__.305
BEASLEY, JOHN S 09/10/1838 32641 IN3270__.306
HARTSOCH, PETER 07/10/1832 15308 IN1180__.004 [SW: HARTSOCK]
LARRANCE, ISAAC 10/21/1834 19859 IN1270__.061
REED, ISAAC 09/10/1838 31923 IN3260__.091
SHAKE, DAVID 04/15/1824 1656 IN0900__.100
TOWER, PLEASANT H 05/15/1837 28907 IN3200__.026
TROWER, PLEASANT H 09/10/1838 31643 IN3250__.311

1840 Owen Co, IN Census Index

Montgomery Twp

p. 076
William COMES

Franklin Twp

p. 107
James COMBS


ca 1842 Owen Co, IN Index to Probate Records Box 172. John DUNKIN, Decd., Owen Co, IN. Exec. William COMBS & James BECK. Heirs: Beryn, Freeborn, Jemima, David and John DUNKIN, Jr., Lloyd CUMMINS; Eleanor & John REEVES; Nathan & Martha SACKETT. Others named: Melinda PERRY

(Owen Co, IN Probate Records (Index) before 1850, extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser from Owen Co, Ind GenWeb References)

Note: Lucinda Combs, d/o Andrew & Mary COMBS II of Nelson Co, KY, married John DUNKIN in Owen Co., IN 30 Jul 1829.


5-16-1844 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Martisha COMBS & Thomas ASHER by John MUGG, M.G.


12-18-1845 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Melissa COMBS & Cornelius MCCARTY by John MUGG, M.G.

(Melissa transcribed as Malissa in Index to Indiana Marriages)


3-17-1846 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Martha Ann COMBS & James LLOYD by Martin GILLASPY [SW: GILLESPIE]

Note: Martha may have been a widow. See 1850 census.


1 May 1848 Owen Co, IN BLM Land

Combs James Y N Indiana 33429 Y Indianapolis 1 NWNE 24/ 9 N 4 W N 2nd Principal 40 IN2490_.433

30 May 1849 Owen Co, IN BLM Land

Combs James (of Owen Co, IN) Y N Indiana 34634 Y April 24, 1840 Vincennes 1 SWNE 24/ 9 N 4 W N 2nd Principal 40 IN2520_.126

Neighboring land (same section):

PATENTEE NAME SIGNATURE DATE DOCUMENT NR. ACCESSION NR. CERTIFIED DOC.
BURKET, JOHN 08/01/1837 10555 IN2030__.484
FULK, HENRY W 12/10/1841 30790 IN2440__.298
OOLEY, ROBERT 10/28/1835 6240 IN0130__.191
QUERY, GEORGE 08/02/1838 9787 IN2670__.245
VAUGHN, THOMAS 08/01/1837 10554 IN2030__.483
WATTS, FREDERICK 03/01/1854 37301 IN2570__.052

5-25-1850 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Isabella Combs & Hugh DEVORE (Index to Combs Marriages of Indiana) [SW: DEFORE]

6-13-1850 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Ludwell COMBES & Lucinda BALDON (Index to Combs Marriages of Indiana) [SW: BALDWIN]

Notes: Ludwell not located on 1850 census, and is on 1860 as McCombs (not found as McCombs on 1850 either). See also


1850 Owen Co, IN Census

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

Wayne Township

149/149 Thomas WILSON 51 M farmer $6000 Ky
Orfy 45 F KY cannot read or write
T. Jefferson 16 M farmer IN attended school within the year
Elish 15 M farmer IN attended school within the year
Jeremiah C. 13 M IN attended school within the year
Melissa 11 F IN attended school within the year
John C. 10 M IN attended school within the year
Barthena 9 F IN attended school within the year
Barton S. M IN attended school within the year

DH Note: Thomas WILSON md 5 Jan 1838, Owen Co., IN, Orpha TRUAX. Is this the d/o William and Alicy COOMBS Truax?

p. 14

176/176 Samuel J. COMBS 44 M blacksmith $1000 Va
Sarah 40 F Ky
John W. 16 M blacksmith Ky attended school within the year
Thomas J. 13 M Ky attended school within the year
Samuel 10 M Ky
Mary A. 5 F Ky
Benjamin 3 M Ky
Cerilla 4/12 Ky

Notes: This appears to be Samuel J. Combs who m 15 Jul 1834, Clark Co, KY, Sarah M. “Sally” COLE. He was s/o John Harrison Combs (s/o Benjamin & Sarah RICHARDSON Combs) and Sophia B. Combs (d/o Joseph & Margaret PRITCHETT Combs III of Stafford VA), and he is on the 1840 Clark Co, KY census, but missing in 1850, then back in Clark in 1860 with same exact children as above

Dist. 84 Harrison Township

514/515 Nathan SMITH 24 M school teacher $1500 Ky
Hannah P. 22 F IN
Mary M. 2 F IN
Milford BALDON 26 M farmer KY
Martha A. 22 F IN
Galen E. 1 M IN

DH Note: Hannah Pathena TRUAX md 25 Mar 1847 Owen Co., IN Nathan SMITH.

560/562 James TRUAX 42 M farmer $3000 KY
Arlena 35 F farmer IN
Edward C. 20 M farmer IN
William A. 18 M farmer IN
Fanny A. 16 F IN
Elizabeth 14 F IN
Benjamin 7 M IN
James 5 M IN
John 2 M IN

DH Notes: James is the only TRUAX by surname in the 1850 Owen census. Note the following marriages:

James TRUAX md 1 Apr 1841 Owen Co., IN Alletta CHAMBERS
Fanny Ann TRUAX md 21 Nov 1850 Owen Co., IN Bland WHITAKER
Edward C. TRUAX md 23 Jan 1851 Owen Co., IN Mary ASHER
Elizabeth TRUAX md 19 Aug 1852 Owen Co., IN Noah SMITH
William A. TRUEAX md 8 Apr 1858 Owen Co., IN Louisa A. MEASEL

Dist 84 Montgomery Township

p. 26

319/319 Cornelius McCARTY 26 M farmer $1500 KY
Melissa 26 F KY
Mary 3 F IN
William 1 M IN
David WATSON 18 M IN attended school within the year

Note: 12-18-1845 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Melissa COMBS & Cornelius MCCARTY by John MUGG, M.G

Taylor Township

p. 77

974/976 John DUNCAN 40 M farmer $2500 NY
Lucinda 46 F KY cannot read or write
Mary E. 19 F IN attended school within the year
William T. 17 M farmer IN attended school within the year
John M. 16 M farmer IN attended school within the year
Malissa 16 F IN attended school within the year
Marion N. 13 M IN attended school within the year
Ludwell T. 11 M IN attended school within the year
Isabel 8 F IN
Amanda C. 6 F IN

Note: Lucinda COMBS, d/o Andrew & Mary COMBS II of Loudoun VA and Nelson KY, married John DUNKIN in Owen Co., IN 30 Jul 1829.

975/977 Martha A. LLOID 25 F KY cannot read or write
Elvira COMBES 7 F IN attended school within the year
Susan D. LLOID 4 F IN

Note: 3-17-1846 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Martha Ann COMBS & James LLOYD by Martin GILLASPY. Who was the COMBS whom Martha m first (or was Elvira a natural child?)

982/984 Thomas ASHER 25 M farmer $800 IN
Martisha 25 F KY
William C. 5 M IN attended school within the year
Mary E. 2 F IN

Note: 5-16-1844 Owen Co, IN Marriage Records Martisha COMBS & Thomas ASHER by John MUGG, M.G.

Dist 83 Franklin Township

p. 107

337/337 James COMBS 27 M farmer $400 NC
Mary J. 23 F KY
William R. 4 M IN
Permelia J. 2 F IN

Notes: Possibly James and Mary Jane HAYDEN who m 23 Feb 1845, Orange Co, IN? (No Combs located yet on 1840 or 1850 Orange census index).


1860 Owen Co, IN Census Index

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

Taylor Twp

Page 126:

Combs, Mary
Combs, William
Combs, William A.

Page 131:

MCCombs, Lucinda
MCCombs, Ludwell

Note: Although listed here as McCombs, both the 1850 census and the 13 Jun 1850 Owen Co, IN marriage record of Ludwell to Lucinda BALDON list as Combs, not McCombs.


1870 Owen Co, IN Census

FamilySearch Record Search - Pilot Site (1870 Census Image)

Taylor Twp

Quincy

p. 1

9/9 Combs, Wm A. 31 MW Farmer 2625 300 IN
Laura [?] 19 FW keeping house IN

p. 2 (con't)

Combs, Emory 6m MW IN

10/10 Combs, Wm 72 MW Farmer 11,000 10,000 KY
Mary 68 HW Keeping House KY
WATTS, John [?] 18 mw ky

17/17 Combs, Ludwell 42 MW Farmer 6000 1500 IN
Lucinda 41 FW Keeping House IN
Josephine 19 FW IN
Arabelle 16 FW IN
Wordford 13 MW IN
Gillaspie, John 29 MW Farm Laborer - 300 OH

1870 Owen Co, IN Census Index

(Extracted by Combs Researcher C. Hamnet from Owen Co, Ind GenWeb References)

Taylor Twp

Page 330

Combs, Ludwell
Combs, Wm.
Combs, Wm. A.

Page 333

ASHER, Thomas
DUNCAN, John Sr

Page 337

MCCARLY [McCARTY?], Cornelius

Wayne Twp

Page 386

COMBS, Trueax [Truax?]

Harris Twp

Page 215

TRUAX, Wm C.

Page 218

TRUAX, James
TRUAX, James B.


10 May 1894 OBITUARY. WILLIAM COMBS. One of the Oldest Men in Owen County, (Indiana) and One of Our Most Respected Citizens Passes Away.

Wm. COMBS, aged 96 years two months and 17 days, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. L. RATCLIFF, Thursday May 10, 1894, of heart trouble. A large crowd attended his funeral which took place Saturday evening at the Quincy Baptist church, by Rev. DOWNEY, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Combs' cemetery, south of Quincy. He was born in Nelson county, Kentucky, Feb. 23, 1798; was married to Mary COMBS in 1821; they lived happily together for 49 years years when she was called to rest. There were five boys and seven girls born to this union of which there are only six living. At the time of his death he had 17 grandchildren, about 45 greatgrandchildren and two greatgreatgrandchildren. He moved to Owen county in November 1825, bringing with him his oldest daughter, Mrs. Cornelius McCARTER [I believe this should be McCARTY], who was only three years old. He settled on the farm near Quincy, which he occupied as long as he kept house. He was one of Indiana's early pioneers, this county being almost an unbroken forest when he came. Being a man of great ability and energy he built a log cabin 18 feet square and with about $500. he began his financial career. By his skillful management and hard labor he made a success financially and in almost all other undertakings, accumulated betwen forty or fifty thousand dollars. He was reverenced by all who knew him for good advice and wise counsel. He was the oldest democrat in Owen county, casting his first vote for Gen. Jackson and voting at every election since that time. He was always found at his post working for the good of the party, ready to advance it on towards victory. In 1861 the Owen county democrats saw the need of a strong man as a candidate for representative, he was theefore called by the voice of his party to be a candidate which resulted in his election. As a legislator he served as honor to his constituents and people in general In 1871 he was married to Mrs. LUCAS who died in 1877, since then he has been making his home among his children. He was a kind husband and a loving father. He joined the Little Mount Baptist church at the time of its organization, donating the grounds on which it was built. He was a faithful member until his death, always regular in attendance when able and when unable he always sent his part of the support of the church. He often talked of a true christian live and said: It seemed to him as if he was living on borrowed time, but lo! these long 65 years he had been battling through a christian life he never was sorry of his beginning.
_______________________

Transcribed by Mary Jo Sisson March who adds; This is believed by descendants, other researchers, and myself, to be Sarah (COOMBES) Campbell Eve's son. Edward COOMBES mentions a grandson William COOMBES (underage in 1817) to whom he leaves an inheritance (Nelson Co, KY), his grandparents apparently raised him, as they did his two CAMPBELL sisters. The William COOMBES recorded in the bible Sarah EVES gave to her daughter, has the exact same birth date as this obituary, Feb. 23, 1798. This obviously is the same person, as to his exact parentage, that may always be in doubt. I find it intriguing that his obituary states that "he never was sorry of his beginning." There is always a chance that he was Sarah's illegitimate child.

William COOMBES m 1 May 1821, Nelson Co, KY, Mary COOMBS, d/o Mary COOMBS, widow of Andrew (probably Andrew II, s/o Andrew COMBS I of Tonoloways?). According to his marriage bond, he was the s/o Sarah COOMBS. An Edward COOMBS was bondsman.


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