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Buchanan County was established in 1838 from non-county area, and lies on the Kansas border (in 1838 it was adjacent to what would become Kansas Territory in 1854, and the original KS counties of Atchison and Doniphan (est. 1855)). Andrew Co MO lay to its north, Platte Co MO to the south, and DeKalb and Clinton Cos MO to the east.


1839 (Louisburg, Miami Co, KS) "Jacob Combs, farmer, P. O. Louisburg, Section 8, Township 16, Range 24, has eighty acres of land, was born in Ross Co OH in 1819, moved to Crawford County while quite young, was brought up on a farm; moved to Buchanan Co MO, in 1839, spent seven years in that locality and then moved to Iowa. In 1862, he with his family immigrated by wagon to Oregon, spending six months without sleeping in a house. He spent two years in Oregon and Washington Territory but being dissatisfied with the climate, he brought his family back to Iowa by team, spending four months on the return trip. During their travels over the then unsettled regions of the West they were exposed to attacks from numerous bands of hostile Indians then ranging over that region. In 1869 Mr. Combs moved from Iowa to Kansas and located on his present farm in Wea Township." (Excerpted from William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas," BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - LOUISBURG (CADWALLADER BROS. - KNIGHT, first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL (William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, Miami County)


1840 US Census, Buchanan Co MO

Fremont Twp

Page 171

Combs, William: 2012001000-10101001

(Extracted from transcription at Buchanan Co MO GenWeb by Combs Researcher C. Hammett) Legend = 1 male 40-50; 2 males 15-20; 1 male 10-15; 2 males 0-5; 1 female 50-60; 1 female 20-30; 1 female 10-15; 1 female 0-5


1840 Buchanan County, Missouri Tax List

NAME: William Combs
HORSES: 3
VALUE: $105
CATTLE: 1
VALUE: $12
TOTAL VALUE: $117
POLL: 1
VALUE: $0.37 1/8th: 5

NAME: Jacob Combs
HORSES: 1
VALUE: $35
CATTLE: 0
VALUE:
TOTAL VALUE: $35
POLL: 1
VALUE: $0.29 1/8th: 3

NAME: Joseph Combs
HORSES:
VALUE:
CATTLE:
VALUE:
TOTAL VALUE:
POLL: 1
VALUE: $0.25 1/8th:

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)


1841 (Buchanan Co MO Marriage Book A, page 54) Married: William Combs to Nancy VESSAR (Extracted by Combs Researcher Michael Wilson)


1842 Buchanan County, Missouri Tax List

NAME: William Combs
HORSES: 0
VALUE:
CATTLE: 0
VALUE:
TOTAL VALUE:
POLL: 1
VALUE: $0.25 1/8th:

NAME: Jacob Combs
HORSES: 1
VALUE: $25
CATTLE: 1
VALUE: $10
TOTAL VALUE: $35
POLL: 1
VALUE: $0.36 1/8th: 3

NAME: Joseph Combs
HORSES: 1
VALUE: $16
CATTLE: 6
VALUE: $75
TOTAL VALUE: $91
POLL: 1
VALUE: $0.25 1/8th:

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)


1843 (MO Land Patents, vol. 7, p. 123) William Combs Sr., Plattsburg Abstract, Buchanan County, T57N R34W S03 SE1/4, 160 Acres (Combs Land of MO)


1844-1846 (MO Land Patents, Vol. 7, 158) Jacob Combs, Plattsburg Abstract, Buchanan County, 80 acres, T57N R34W S2 NE1/4, Lot #1 (ibid.)


1850 US Census, Buchanan Co MO

Roll 393

Washington Twp

p. 005

Dwelling 0022
BASSETT Gel 30 Illinois
BEDFORD 19 Kentucky
BRENT H 28 WDC
CAMPBELL C W 22 Virginia
Combs 27 Pennsylvania
COMYN 23 Missouri
CREEK H S 50 New York
CREEK Ann M 35 Ohio
CREEK Joannah 25 Isle of Man
CREEK Lewis 15 Ohio
CREEK Lavenia 12 Ohio
CREEK Rebecca 9 Ohio
CURD I 25 Virginia
DENNEY unknown 21 No Carolina
DONNAHUE unknown 23 New York
FARLEIGH William 22 Kentucky
GRAIG unknown 23 Kentucky
HARPER E W 30 Pennsylvania
HOLLIDAY J 28 Kentucky
JACKSON unknown 22 Mississippi
KEMP A 30 Pennsylvania

(Extracted from the transcription at the Buchanan Co MO GenWeb by Combs Researcher Carole Hammett who adds that the names of those listed in the above dwelling have been alphabetized, but appears that this may have been a boarding house)


1850 census, Buchanan Co Mo

pg 50

Combs, Wm 61 m farmer PA
Barb 63 F, MO

(Provided by Combs Researcher Sharon Natoli who adds that this is an incomplete transcription) Note: Buchanan Co MO GenWeb transcription shows this family is in Marion Co Twp., Roll, 393, P. 99, Sequence 676)


1854 Buchanan Co, MO Marriage Records. Matthew Combs & Martha Ann FRAKER (Provided to Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson by Marlyn Eshelman who adds that Martha Ann was neè McDANIEL, having m 1849, Buchanan Co, MO, Henry FRAKER; Buchanan County, Missouri. (1854). Index to Buchanan County, Missouri, Marriages. Groom - Section "C." Buchanan County, Missouri Marriages. Book B, p. 215.)

MRW Notes: Matthew Combs, s/o Matthew & Frankie BROWN Combs, Sr. of Breathitt Co, KY, is found in both 1850 and 1860 in Andrew Co, MO.


1856 (Buchanan County, Missouri Deed Book "56", page 127).There is a land transaction with an Alfred J. Combs and his wife Lucy Hune Combs dated 3 Oct 1856. Both parties are residents of Buchanan County, Missouri at the time of the transaction (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson. Add'l data still needed.


1859. (Buchanan County, Missouri Deed Record "V", page 263).Deed. William and Barbara Combs "of Madison County, Iowa," sold land to Michael ROUF 2 SEP 1859. Location: N ½, SE 1/4; Section 3, Township 57, Range 34 (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson. Additional data still needed)

MW Notes: Barbara Combs signed with a mark The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society (412 Felix, St Joseph, Missouri [582-233-0524]) document this transaction in their "Government Land Patents - Buchanan County" as the original land holder (See above MO Land Patents)


???? Deed. Jacob and Sarah Combs "of Madison County, Iowa" sold land in Section 2, Township 57, Range 34. (Source: Buchanan County, Missouri Deed Record "F", page 406). The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society document this transaction in their "Government Land Patents - Buchanan County" as the original land holder. (See above MO Land Patents)


Feb 1859 J.B. Combs, male, age 42, born KY, died Feb 1859, Buchanan Co., MO (Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from "MISSOURI PIONEERS", Volumes 1 thru 30 and Volume1 of "MARRIAGE RECORDS OF MISSOURI")

01 Feb 1860 Jason B. Combs (s/o John & Lydia UNKNOWN Combs), b 11 Nov 1817, Montgomery County, KY; d: 1 Feb 1860, near Wallace, Buchanan County, MO; m Hannah FOSTER, b 14 Aug 1829, Montgomery County, KY; d 29 Sep 1886, near Wallace, Buchanan County, MO. (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson. Source and locations/dates still needed)

Notes: Jason Combs is buried in the Judy Cemetery, near Wallace, Buchanan Co, Missouri. See also 1850 Bourbon Co, KY Census.


1859-1860 St. Joseph City Directory. Mrs. S.N. Combs corner of 5th and Jule Streets (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from 1859-1860 St. Joseph City Directory, page 16).


1864 Laneigh Combs (d/o John & Lydia UNKNOWN Combs), b: abt 1829, Montgomery County, KY, m William Washington YATES, b abt 1822, KY; d 1864: near Wallace, Buchanan County, MO (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson. Source and locations/dates still needed)


12 Apr 1876 Saint Joseph Gazette - DIED. Combs - At her residence on fifth street at A.M. yesterday, Mrs. Susan N. Combs, aged 75 years. The funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, at 1 P.M., today, by Rev. R. S. Campbell, friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from the St Joseph Gazette, 12 APR 1876, page 1, Vol. 8, #241).

MRW Note: Susan N. Combs' probate file is located at the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society, 412 Felix, Saint Joseph, Missouri; probate file #582. Administrator of the estate is Miss Ann L. CATLETT. The only property listed in the probate was the NE 1/4 of section 13, township 56, range 29, located in Caldwell County, Missouri. The remaining assets of the estate went to Ann L. CATLETT. From a review of the documents in the probate file, Susan N. Combs did not have much of an estate; However this does not match the land records in Buchanan County, Missouri. The following are land transactions of Susan N. Combs:

GRANTEE GRANTOR INSTRUMENT BOOK PAGE YEAR
Combs, Susan N. James O'DONOGHUE Deed H 245 1851
Combs, Susan N. Geo. BRUBAKER & wife Deed J424 1853
Combs, Susan N. B.O. DRISCOLL & wife Deed N 17 1857
Combs, Susan N. Volney H. BLIVENS & wf Deed R 429 1858
William J. TAYLOR Susan N. Combs & et al Deed J 569 1853
Preston T. MOSS S. Neville Combs & et al Deed O 249 1857
Mason F. MOSS S. Neville Combs & et al Deed O 249 1859
Ann L. CATLETT Susan N. Combs Deed V 116 1859
Jacob SPRINKLE Susan N. Combs Deed 35 105 1864
Thomas E. TOOTLE Susan N. Combs & et al Deed 46 446 1867
Wm FAIRLEIGH & et al Susan N. Combs & et al Deed 46 445 1867
F. J. SPICKARD Susan N. Combs Deed 58 79 1870

MRW: Land transactions appear to purchase property in the beginning, but then began selling property. The other people associated with Susan N. Combs land transactions was Ann L. CATLETT. It appears that Susan N. Combs had enough money around 1851 to purchase large tracts of land in Buchanan County, Missouri. It also appears that her full name is Susan Neville Combs. On the 21 January 1854 land transaction with Ann L. CATLETT as her partner, and William P. TAYLOR as the grantee, Susan N. Combs name is recorded as Susan Neville Combs (Buchanan County, Missouri Deed Book J, page 569). Susan Neville Combs was buried in Andrew County, Missouri in the Todd Cemetery, which is also known as the CATLETT Farm (section 21 in Jefferson Township, Andrew County, Missouri), the d/o H. & M. CATLETT. She appears to have been the widow (his second wife) of Evan Ennis Combs, d 1849, Lafayette Co, MO. They had no known children.


Missouri, Buchanan County Death Register 1883-1893

11 Oct 1884 Combs, Mamie F White 1 yr 1 mo 11 days single U.S. 10-11-1884 Diptheria Crawford Twp

02 Feb 1891 Combs, Eugene M White 5 mo Missouri 02-02-1891 Spasms St. Joseph

09 Nov 1892 Combs, Laura F White 32 yrs 11 mo 5 days Married Kansas 11-09-1892 Crawford Twp.

Missouri GENWeb Archive


09 Nov 1892 Laura Combs, age 32y 11m 5d died 9 Nov 1892, was married, born Atchison Co., KS, died Buchanan Co., MO (Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from "MISSOURI PIONEERS", Volumes 1 thru 30 and Volume1 of "MARRIAGE RECORDS OF MISSOURI" ( a companion sett to "Missouri Pioneers") who adds that his notes include most source records)


1900 Buchanan Co, MO Census

June 1, 1900

Washington Twp

Saint Joseph, Ward # 3

Combs, Jesse 27, b Nov, 1872 Mo Ind Mo
Combs, M Otis 25, b Aug 1874 Mo Ind Mo


Miss Bess Combs former Holt Co MO Presbyterian pastor d July 19 1978 aged 90 bur St. Joseph [Buchanan Co] MO.


St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri New King Hill Cemetery
(aka King Hill Cemetery)

Section 4, South half of front

COMBS, Harry; 1879-1906
COMBS, Connie; 1878-1920
COMBS, Mary Ann; 1854-1926
COMBS, James Henry; 1846-1928
COMBS, Grace; 1893-1975
COMBS, Bess; 1887-1978

Missouri GENWeb Archive


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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