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Old Lawrence County was established in 1815 from New Madrid Co MO and consisted of all of present-day southwestern MO and Northwestern AR. By 1819, Arkansas Territory had been created, and Old Lawrence Co consisted of most present-day southern MO counties along the AR State Line. In 1825, Old Lawrence Co MO was merged into Wayne Co MO. Not until 1843-5 did Missouri again have a Lawrence Co, the new one established from Barry, Dade and Newton Cos in southwestern Missouri.


24 Mar 1845 (Greene/Lawrence Co - MO Land Patents, vol. 7, p. 325) Gidson [sic] Combs, Springfield Office; Lawrence County (plotted in Lawrence County, marked on document Green Co*), T27NR27WS18, NW1/4NE1/4 #7589, 40 acres.

(Combs Federal Lands in MO; U. S. LAND TRANSACTIONS IN MISSOURI - PART VI, Extracted from U.S. Land Sales - Missouri, Abstract of Entries. Vol 7 (1842- 1847); and Missouri Index to Topographic and other Map Coverage. United States Geological Survey. Transcription by Michael R. Wilson) [Probably Gideon - See next]


07 Jul 1845 (Greene/Lawrence Co - MO Land Patents, vol. 7, p. 325) Gideon Combs, Springfield Office; Lawrence County (plotted in Lawrence County, document recorded as Green Co*), T27NR27W, Sec 18, NE1/4SE1/4 #7694, 40 acres.

(Combs Federal Lands in MO; U. S. LAND TRANSACTIONS IN MISSOURI - PART VI, Extracted from U.S. Land Sales - Missouri, Abstract of Entries. Vol 7 (1842- 1847); and Missouri Index to Topographic and other Map Coverage. United States Geological Survey. Transcription by Michael R. Wilson)


7 Jul 1845 (Greene/Lawrence Co - MO Land Patents, vol. 7, p. 327) A. B. Combs, Springfield Office; Lawrence County (plotted in Lawrence County - document stated Green County*), T27NR20WS04, S1/2 SE1/4; #7695, 80 acres.

(Combs Federal Lands in MO; U. S. LAND TRANSACTIONS IN MISSOURI - PART VI, Extracted from U.S. Land Sales - Missouri, Abstract of Entries. Vol 7 (1842- 1847); and Missouri Index to Topographic and other Map Coverage. United States Geological Survey. Transcription by Michael R. Wilson)

Notes: Based on its description, the above land was in either present-day Green or Christian Counties. See Combs Land of Missouri.


28 Sep 1847. Lawrence Co, MO. Born: Mary Ann Combs, d/o Thomas and Rachel ELMORE Combs. who m 23 Sep 1830, Cass Co, IL (Kay Co, OK Death Certificate of Mary Ann Combs, w/o Zephania ICKE)

Note: Oral family histories from two separate lines of Mary Ann Combs Hicks state that she was adopted by Thomas and Rachel and that she was part Indian (not reflected in death certificate). Seeking more information, including census records, if any (no Combs on 1850)


Excerpted by Combs Researcher Barbara Rivas from "The Life and Times of James Withrow," Mary Ellen Stapp Gifford, privately printed 1975, p. 126, A letter from the Lawrence County Historical Society, Mt. Vernon, Mo. dated 30 Sep 1974:

"The Estate of Zachariah BAKER is filed in Box 101, No. 2403. Administrator was Tim BAKER. Letters were granted 10 Jauly 1917; final settlement, 12 Aug. 1918 Affidavit of Tim BAKER sates deceased died 7 July 1917, leaving the following heirs: Samantha J. BAKER, widow, Lawrence County, Missouri; Tim BAKER, son, Lawrence County, Missouri; Laura Combs, daughter, Lawrence County Missouri; Thad BAKER, son, Vinita, Oklahoma; Ed BAKER, son, Phoenix, Arizona; Bertha ALEXANDER, daughter, Polk County, Missouri; Nuell NEWKIRK, grandson, and Felix NEWKIRK, grandson, both of Lawrence County, Missouri, children of Ethel NEWKIRK, deceased daughter; dated 9 July 1917. Bondsmen were Tim BAKER, Thad BAKER, Laura Combs, Bertha ALEXANDER; dated 9 July 1917.

"The obituary of Zachariah BAKER appears in the Lawrence Chieftain, Aug. 2, 1917. Born in Mississipppi, Sept. 20, 1840; died July 7, 1917. Came to Missouri in 1851, and settled at his present home in 1866. Married Samantha J. WITHROW Oct. 10, 1856. They had 11 children, four boys and 7 girls. Professed religion in 1859 and joined the Liberty Baptist Church in Dade County. Joined the Sycamore Baptist Church in Lawrence County ca. 1867. Buried at Sycamore. Leaves 5 children, 4 sisters and 2 half-brothers, not named.

Sycamore Cemetery (notations from 27 Sept. 1974)

Zachariah BAKER , Sept. 20 , 1840-July 7, 1917

Samantha J. BAKER, Sept. 25, 1849-Mar.3, 1926

Thad BAKER, Aug. 12, 1875-Dec. 31, 1952

William F. BAKER, Aug. 1, 1879 - Mar 19 , 1904

Mary M., dau of Z. & S. J. BAKER, Nov. 16. 1887 - Mar 1, 1888

Matta L., dau of Z . & S. J. BAKER, Mar, 26, 1884-Sept. 19, 1885

Rosie C., dau of Z. & S.J. BAKER Nov 7, 1871-July 28, 1872

Sarah L., dau of Z. & S.J. BAKER, Sept. 30, 1870-Nov. 27, 1870

BAKER lot: Tennie E., 1875-1897
Tim, 1873-1947
Lena B., 1877-1960
Combs, Laura A., 1868-1947
[Combs] Harrison B. 1862-1924
John BAKER, Dec. 9, 1815-Feb. 15, 1880


See Also Wallen ROGERS, s/o George & Frances HICKS Rogers, Sr., and gs/o Robert & Winnifred Combs (Sumner) Hicks, Sr. Wallace ROGERS was b 1840, Ray Co, MO; married Susan (?), born December 25, 1844. They had Thomas born October 1861; Henry W. born about 1864 (he served in CO E 5th MO INF Spanish-American War); and John W. born about 1866. Wallen ROGERS took his family to Lawrence Co MO before 1890, and by 1900 they were in Galena Township, Jasper County, Missouri. He died December1, 1922 in Newton County, MO. Susan died December 19, 1909 in Newton County. Both are buried in the Hornet Cemetery, Newton County, Missouri.

(Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter, 1997 Combs Research List Archives)


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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