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Jackson County was established in 1825-6 from Lillard Co MO whose name was changed to Lafayette Co that same year). In 1835, Van Buren was est. from Jackson and in 1849, Van Buren's name was changed to Cass. See also:

Ed. Note: Both of the above two articles were authored by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson for Combs Research. Although their titles suggest that they are intended for Jackson Co, MO researchers, their author has, in the first instance, provided his readers with an excellent picture of early schools in not only Missouri, but throughout America's frontier; and in the second, great insight into the policies and politics of post-Civil War Missouri.


1830 Jackson Co MO Census Index

(Record Needed)

P. 308

line 5 William COMBS 1m 20-30; 3f <5; 1 f 20-30
Edwin F. HICKS
Philip HICKS
William STACY

Notes: Is this William COMBS m 1825 Green Co, KY, Margaret ROBERTS? (See also 1837 below)


19 May 1833 Jackson Co MO Marriage Records. Nancy CRABTREE and Hugh PATTON (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)

Notes: d/o William and Elizabeth COMBS Crabtree (See 1859 Jackson)


22 Mar 1835 Jackson Co MO Marriage Records. Rebecca CRABTREE and John FLANERY (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)


07 May 1835 Jackson Co MO Marriage Records. Married: Parthena CRABTREE and Franklin GRAHAM (Combs Researcher Gunderat Combs)

GC Notes: Parthena CRABTREE was born 1 May 1818 in Green Co, Ky, the daughter of William and Elizabeth COMBS Crabtree who m 18 Mar 1811, Green Co KY. Franklin and Parthena's daughter, Mary Anna GRAHAM was born 23 Mar 1838 in Harrison Co, Mo; m William G. SMITH). See 1859


30 May 1836 Jackson Co MO marriage records. Emanuel BITTLE, Emanuel & Arenah CRABTREE (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)

Notes: d/o William and Elizabeth COMBS Crabtree.


29 Dec 1836 Jackson County, MO Marriages. Thomas CRABTREE & Eliza McDOWELL (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)


1837 Jackson Co MO Land Patent. William COMBS. Lexington Office. Vol 5, p. 290; T50NR31WS03, Lot #1, NW ¼;, 80 acres (Combs Land of MO)

28 Jul 1838 BLM Patent Description MO1240__.484. Cancelled: N Document Nr. : 10040 Patentee Name: William COMBS of Jackson County Authority: April 24, 1820: Cash Entry Sale (3 Stat. 566) Signature Present: Y. Signature Date: 7/28/38 Metes/Bounds: N. Survey Date: Subsurface Reserved: N. Land Office: LEXINGTON. Comments: SOUTH OF MISSOURI RIVER Legal Land Descriptions: Nr. Aliquot Parts Sec/Blk Township Range Fract. Sect. Meridian Acres Counties. 1 1NW 3/ 50-N 31-W N 5TH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN 80 Acres Present day counties: Clay and Jackson. (Combs BLM Land of Missouri) Note: Since this land was south of the Missouri River, it was in Jackson County, not Clay.


Notes: The actual land deed has never been located in the Jackson County, Missouri Courthouse for William COMBS. Therefore the following analysis has been undertaken in an effort to identify this William COMBS.

The Bureau of Land Management indicate that a William COMBS had the following parcel of land (Bureau of Land Management. (May 11, 1998). “Eastern States, General Land Office”. 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153-3121. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

NAME: William COMBS
DATE OF SIGNING: 28 JUL 1838
TYPE: Cash Entry Sale
LAND OFFICE: Lexington
FEDERAL NUMBER: 10040
MISSOURI NUMBER: MO1240.484
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot 1, NW 1/4; Section 3, Township 50 N, Range 31 W
NUMBER OF ACRES: 80
COUNTY LOCATED: Clay/Jackson
STATE: Missouri

See this mini-report on William Combs


8 Apr 1838 - 17 Feb 1852 - Jul 1852 Jackson Co, MO DBS:203. “This indenture made and entered into this 8th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight by and between William COMBS and Peggy his wife of the County of Ray and State of Missouri of the first part, and William CRABTREE of the County of Jackson and State aforesaid of the second part…”

(Jackson County, Missouri; Jackson County Archives, Geospace Center, 3201 East Geospace Drive, cave entrance #1560, Deed Book S, p. 203 [816-257-7770]).

"State of Missouri
County of Atchison
Remembered that on the 17th day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two before J.D.N. Thompson, Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the County and State aforesaid personally appeared William COMBS and Peggy his wife who are personally known to me, to be the persons whose names is to the forgoing deed…" (Jackson County, Missouri; Jackson County Archives, Deed Book S, p. 202).

Legal description: “NW of Section 9, Township 50 N, Range 31 W”; containing 80 acres (Jackson County, Missouri; Jackson County Archives, Deed Book S, p. 202). (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)

Notes: William COMBS, Jr. m 16 Jun 1825, Green Co, KY, Margaret “Peggy” ROBERTS. William CRABTREE m 18 Mar 1811, Green Co, KY, Elizabeth COMBS, daughter of William COMBS, Sr. IN. See also Combs Land of Jackson Co, MO


10 Jan 1839 Jackson County, MO Marriages. Reese CRABTREE & Rachel BURRESS (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)


1840 Jackson Co, MO Census Index

No Combs by surname?


08 Feb 1842 Jackson Co MO Marriage Records. Hessiann COMBS and Hosa MORIA (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)


20 Jan 1843 Jackson Co MO Marriage Records. Polena COMBS and John VISE (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)

SW: Paulina


01 Jul 1845 Jackson Co, MO BLM Land Patent. Clinton Land Office. William S. CRABTREE. Cancelled: N Document Nr. : 23727. Authority: April 24, 1820: Cash Entry Sale (3 Stat. 566). Signature Present: Y. Signature Date: 7/1/45 Metes/Bounds: N. Survey Date: Subsurface Reserved: N. Legal Land Descriptions: Nr. Aliquot Parts Sec/Blk Township Range Fract. Sect. Meridian Acres Counties 1 SE 36/ 48-N 32-W N 5TH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN 160 Acres. (Accession No. MO1490__.205) Note: No COMBS Found in this Twp.


25 Sep 1845 Jackson Co MO Marriage Records. Susanah E. COMBS and Howard MATTHEWS, (Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT)


Oct 1845Susan E. COMBS who married Howard MATTHEWS, daughter of Dr. Ennis COMBS, formerly of Montgomery County, Kentucky. M at Independence [Jackson Co], MO in October 1845. (Extracted from the Lexington Observer and Reporter by Combs Researcher Pat Osborn Orton) See also The Septimus Scholl Letters.


22 Feb 1847 Saline Co, MO DBM:1. Dr. Ennis COMBS of Jackson Co, MO to [his son] Silas E. COMBS, abt 160 acre of land in Saline described as the E½ NW & W½ NE Section 26, Township 51, Range 20 [part of 600 originally obtained in 1843]. (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)


7 Jul 1847 Jackson Co, MO DBL:530. Ennis COMBS of Jackson County, Missouri, to Susan E. MATTHEWS, resident of Jackson County, Missouri; Deed of Gift - Negro girl by the name of Mary, age 9. Husband is recorded as Howard MATTHEWS (Extracted by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from Jackson County Courthouse, Independence, Missouri).


7 Jul 1847 Jackson Co, MO DBL:531. Ennis COMBS of Jackson County, Missouri to Mary A. CALDWELL, resident of Jackson County, Missouri; Deed of Gift, dated 7 JUL 1847 - given Negro girl by the name of Jane, age 12. Husband is recorded as Augustine B. CALDWELL (Jackson County Courthouse, Independence, Missouri; Deed Book L, p. 531).


Notes: Evan Ennis COMBS (s/o Cuthbert & Sarah EVANS Combs, Sr.), b ca 1795, VA; d 18 Jun 1849, Lafayette Co, MO; m (1) 17 Apr 1817, Clark Co, KY, Mary Sidnor HINDE; (2) Susan (N. CATLETT?). The above Susan E. COMBS Matthews and Mary A. COMBS Caldwell were his daughters, and in 1850, Mary (presumably widowed) and her younger siblings James H. and Caroline were (back?) in Montgomery Co, KY. According to The Combs-Prewitt Family Bible, Augustine CALDWELL had the given name Augustus.


22 Mar 1849 Jackson Co, MO Deed Book O:20) Deed. John C. COMBS to James M. MAVEY (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson who adds that the deed was for a tract of land)

Notes: According to the Septimus Scholl letters, John Cuthbert “Cud” and Fielding A. COMBS, Sr., both sons of Dr. Evan Ennis & Mary Sydnor HINDE Combs, Sr., and others left on May 1 of this year for California (The Gold Rush). Neither John C., nor Fielding have been located on the 1850 census, but John C. had returned by 1851 when he married Elizabeth CARTHRAE in Jackson in Jan of that year (see below).


1850 Jackson Co, MO Census

No Combs by surname?


1851 Excerpted from biographical sketch of Silas Evans COMBS by Combs Researcher Michael Wilson from National Historical Company - Cass & Bates County, p. 641: “Ennis COMBS, M.D., was a native of Virginia, and of Scotch-Irish descent, and his mother, formerly Mary S. HINDE, was a Kentuckian by birth, and of English ancestry… In 1842 [Silas] … moved to Missouri and located in Saline County, where he was engaged in farming till 1851, when he went to Jackson County. In 1867 he came to Cass County, Missouri.”

Important! Seeking transcription of full biography!

Notes: Silas Evans COMBS, b 22 May 1821, KY, was the s/o Evan Ennis & Mary S. HINDE Combs of Montgomery Co KY & Lafayette Co MO. See also The Septimus Scholl Letters.


23 Jan 1851 Jackson County, Missouri Marriage Book, p. 212. John C. COMBS & Harriet SHORTREDGE (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)

Notes: John Cuthbert “Cud” COMBS was the s/o Evan Ennis & Mary Sydnor HINDE Combs.


18 Aug 1851 (Jackson County, Book R, p. 555) John C. & Harriet COMBS to Strother RENICK, of Lafayette Co, MO. Description: Land in Jackson County, Missouri described as the W½ NE Section 20, Township 50, Range 29; and NW & NE SE Section 20, Township 50, Range 29; and E½ SE Section 20, Township 50, Range 29; & E½ NW Section 35, Township 50, Range 29. (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson who adds: The property is located south east of Sibley, Missouri in Fort Osage Township)


3 Jul 1853 Jackson Co, MO DBT:436. Dr. Edward M. COMBS to Augustus B. CALDWELL, land in Jackson County, Missouri on 3 JUL 1853 (Jackson County, Missouri; Deed Book T, p. 436). A second parcel of land was sold to Nancy Jane BATES in 1868 (Jackson County, Book 56, p. 378).

Notes: Edward Mark COMBS, s/o Evan Ennis, Sr. & Augustus (a.k.a. Augustine?) B. CALDWELL who m Edward's sister, Mary Ann, on 24 Aug 1841 according to the Combs-Prewitt Bible. In 1850, Mary, her three children and younger siblings, James and Caroline, were on the 1850 Montgomery Co, KY census, and Edward M. COMBS was on the 1850 Clark Co, KY census. It may be that Mary's husband was the Dr. CALDWELL who went to CA in May 1849 with her brothers, Fielding and John Cuthbert.


1859 Jackson Co, KY Probate Records. William CRABTREE. Children: Nancy CRABTREE (PATTON-deceased at his death), Thomas CRABTREE; Parthina /Parthena CRABTREE (GRAHAM); Arena Arrenia CRABTREE (BITTLE) Note: Arena and Parthina were twins; Robert CRABTREE; Susan CRABTREE (FRANKLIN); Lydia CRABTREE (BITTLE); Silas CRABTREE. (Posted by Crabtree Researcher D. McMurrin to the Crabtree RootsWeb List, 1998)

Notes: William CRABTREE m 1811, Green Co, KY, Elizabeth COMBS, d/o William COMBS, Sr.


1860 Jackson Co, MO Census Index (partial, not yet extracted)

Page 317 Silas E. COMBS (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson who adds that Silas E. was in Cass Co, MO for 1870 census)


30 Apr 1866 Jackson Co, MO Deed Book 49, p. 42. Deed. From Robert & Mary W. AULL to James H. COMBS… approximately 160 acres in Fort Osage TownshipThe legal description is recorded as the E ½ SE, Section 4, Township 50 N, Range 31 W; NE NE, Section 9, Township 50 N, Range 31 W; and NW NE, Section 9, Township 50 N, Range 31 W (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)

ED Notes: James H. COMBS was the s/o Evan Ennis and Mary Sydnor HINDE Combs, and gs/o Cuthbert & Sarah EVANS Combs, Sr. He was named in the 1848-9 Lafayette Co, MO will of his father, and in 1850 is found in Montgomery Co, KY in the census household of his sister, Mary Ann COMBS Caldwell. According to the Edna F. Hightower Collection, James “married a MARSHALL of Lexington [Fayette Co], Kentucky." Thus far, no connection has been found between James H. and William and Margaret “Peggy" ROBERTS Combs (formerly of Green Co, KY). See also next.


1866 Jackson Co, MO.
Fort Osage Twp. Contested Election

J. H. COMBS

(Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)


1870 Jackson Co, MO Census

Lee Summit

5 Sep 1870
p. 227

686/691 A. B. Combs 39 Indiana Laborer
Melvina 36 Missouri Keeps House
Esther 13
Sarah 12
Debora 11
Zoria 10
Lu Emma 4
Robert 2
Baby (male 0/12)

A.B. is Andrew Burrell Combs See 1860 Gentry County Census (Combs Researcher Regina Barry)

Fort Osage Township
(Township 50, Range 31)

p. 250, lines 28-38

James H. COMBS 38 KY farmer
Elizabeth 32 KY
Robert 8 MO
Mary D. 5 MO
William 1 MO

(partial - remainder not yet extracted?)

Notes: James H. and Elizabeth MARSHALL Combs, s/o Evan Ennis and Mary Sydnor HINDE Combs. (Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)


1880 Jackson Co, MO Census

[FamilySearch Website]

film T9-0692

Kansas City

p. 233B

Joseph COMBS Self M Male W 70 KY Teamster KY KY
Catharine Wife M Female W 63 KY Keeping House KY KY
Leslie Son S Male W 30 MO Laborer KY KY
Bettie Dau S Female W 21 MO Seamstress KY KY
Dudley Son S Male W 23 MO Teamster KY KY
Mary Dau S Female W 18 MO KY KY

film T9-0693

4th Ward, Kansas City

p. 333C

Edmund COMBS Self M Male B 42 KY Works On Farm KY KY
Plinie Wife M Female MU 40 KY Hse Kpr KY KY
Charles Son S Male B 22 KY Janitor At School KY KY


Thurs, Apr 14, 1892 The LaRue Co. Herald. Belle COMBS of Samuel's Depot in Nelson Co. [KY], died last week at Lee Summit [Lees Summitt, Jackson Co], Mo. Leaves 2 small children. (Abstracted by Combs Researcher Carolyn Wimp from The LaRue Co. Herald (Ky) newspaper's obituaries)


02 Oct 1894 (Clinton County, Missouri Courthouse, Clinton County Marriages Book 3, license #67) Vada Lee MUSSER of Clinton Co, MO married Joseph H. COMBS of Jackson Co, MO (Combs Researcher Michael Wilson)


10 Aug 1925 Jackson Co, DC #23735; Lemuel Bleuford Combs, Male, White, Widowed, Retired Farmer, Died: 10 Aug 1925, Jackson Co, Mo; Age 83; Born: 19 Oct 1842, Ind; Wife: Catherine Comb; Father: Martin Combs, b. Unknown, Mother: Permelia SEXTON, b. unknown; Buried: Marysville, MO 11 Aug. 1925; Informant: Mrs Har Van Closter

Source: Original images, Missouri State Death Certificates Digital Database, Missouri State Archives, abs by SE

SE Notes: Martin Combs married Permelia SEXON on 14 Jul 1836 in Monroe Co, IN. Lemuel B is first found with his parents in the 1850 Lawrence Co, IN census. He is next found in 1870 in Grundy Co, MO. with his wife Catherine and then removes to Nodaway Co where his mother and siblings resided. By 1900 he has removed to Johnson Co, MO. The above informant is Helen VAN CLOSTER, a daughter who is shown living with her father Lemuel and her brother William B in the 1920 Jackson Co, MO census.


Transcription of Death Certificate from copy of original available from Missouri Digital Hertiage Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 1958

14 Nov 1951 Jackson Co., MO Death Certificate for George Hamilton Combs: died 14 Nov 1951; married; born July 27, 1864, aged 87 in Kentucky; occupation retired minister; father: Wm. P. Combs mother: Elizabeth; Spouse: Gladys Gwynne Combs; Burial Nov 17, 1951 Mt. Washington, Kansas City, Missouri

Note: George was a son of William Pryor Combs and Elizabeth Campbell; he was living with his parents in 1870 in Henry Co., KY.

Submitted by Deb Coombs


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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