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Polk Co MO was established 1835 from Greene, Pulaski, St. Clair, and non-county area. In 1841, St. Clair gained land from Polk, and in 1845, Hickory Co was est. from Benton and Polk.


1840 Polk Co MO Census

No Combs


1850 Polk Co MO Census


No Combs

p. 23

Johnson, Williamson 42 NC
Elizabeth, 39, TN
Bethel, 17 (male) TN
Martha J., 12, MO
Mary, 10, MO
Elizabeth, 9, MO
William, 7, MO
Louisa, 5, MO
Jasper, 4, MO
Amanda A., 1, MO
Robert, 3/13, MO
Margaret Perriman, 72, N.C.

Note: Could this be Martha J. Johnson who married Thomas Combs (see below) in 1860. Martha is in 1880 Census of Whitman CO, Washington (without Thomas?)


1860 Polk Co. Mo. Census

Looney Township

Household 790
COMBS, Saml lf - 300 40 M PA
Eliza 25 F NC
Mary 10 F IN
William 6 M IN
Micajah 5 M IN

Household 794
COMBS, Saml lf - 30 40 M PA
Eliza 25 F NC
Mary 10 F IN
William 6 M IN
Micajah 5 M IN
Nancy 2 F IN
James 1/12 M MO

Note: Might this be Samuel & Eliza DICKSON Combs who m 8-6-1846 in Randolph Co, IN (Index to Early Combs Marriages of Indiana)?


2 Dec 1860 (Polk County MO Marriage Book B page 80) Thomas COMBS marr Martha Jane JOHNSON

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)

1870 Polk Co MO Census

No Combs

30 Apr 1879 Polk Co MO Marriage Book C, P. 177) David COMBS marr Elizabeth DAVIS

(Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)


1880 Polk Co. MO Census:

Household 291
COMBS, William F. fmr 50 TN TN TN
Francis hkr 40 wif AR KY TN
Daniel wof 16 son MO TN AR
Alice 14 dau MO TN AR
Margaret 12 dau MO TN AR
Melvina 8 dau MO TN AR
Alfred 6 son MO TN AR
Nicke 1 son MO TN AR

Household 292
COMBS, David fmr 21 MO TN AR
Elisabeth hkr 25 wif MO TN TN
Arretta Mar 3/12 MO MO MO

Transcribed by Combs Researcher Steve Jacobson who adds: William F. COMBS (family history says middle name was Franklin) was my gr-gr-gr-grandfather. Wife's maiden name was supposed to be WILSON.

The David & Elizabeth DAVIS Combs Family is being researched by Combs Researcher Deena Cross.


More Polk Co MO Marriages

(extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter)

Alice COMBS marr Thomas COFFEE 2 Nov 1881 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book E page 25)

Daniel COMBS marr Artie WILSON 5 Nov 1885 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book F page 48)

Malvina COMBS marr Thos. J. ROBSON 12 Feb 1888 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book F page 257)

Henry COOMBS marr Emma F. GARFIELD 12 Feb 1890 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book F page 440)

Ionia C. COMBS of Greene Co MO marr Frank R. EDWARDS 18 Oct 1894 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book G page 394)

Hattie COMBS marr Ammon D. THOMAS 30 Nov 1899 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book I page 278)

Vergie COMBS marr John A. PRICE 13 Dec 1899 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book I page 284)

Frankie COMBS marr Martin J. VICKERY 12 Sep 1900, parents G.C. & L. W. Combs gave consent. (Recorded in Polk County MO marriage Book I page 363)

Thad D. COMBS, father I. D. COMBS gave consent, marr Carrie ROBERTSON 11 Sept 1901 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book I page 475)

A.L. COMBS marr Abbie J. SWECKARD 31 Aug 1902 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book J page 93)

Frankie COMBS marr George AYERS 9 Dec 1902 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book J page 132)

Mrs. Frances COMBS marr W. H. ROBSON 20 Oct 1903 (Recorded in Polk Co MO Marriage Book J page 214)

Lucy COMBS marr Edd NEWTON 18 Nov 1906. Guardian D. J. Combs gave consent. (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book K page 52)

Dollie COMBS marr C. W. CRAIN 13 June 1907 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book K page 121)

Frank COMBS marr Josie M. LEE 8 Feb 1909 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book K page 291)

Pearl COMBS marr Denis JONES 22 Jan 1911 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book K page 460)

Coy COMBS marr Deltha ABBOTT 17 Aug 1911 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book L page 38)

Esley M. COMBS marr Myrtie DAVIS 7 April 1912 (Recorded Polk County MO Marriage Book L page 110)

A.C. COMBS marr Lily SAWYER 25 Mar 1914 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book L page 313)

A.L. COMBS marr M. A. BAUMGARDNER 30 Mar 1914 (Recorded in Polk County MO Marriage Book L page 316)


25 Jan 1980 Obituary of Rufus Edgar COMBS (Obit furnished by Combs researcher Emily Siemens Combs. Transcribed and posted by Combs researcher Sharon Kaasa)

Rufus Edgar COMBS, 92, of Bolivar [Polk Co], Missouri, died in Springfield, Missouri, Friday, January 25, 1980. He was born July 1, 1887, in a log cabin near Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina. In 1900, he moved to a homestead farm in West Texas and in 1905 to the Oklahoma Panhandle to prove up a homestead farm.

Leaving the farm as a young man, he became a Depot Agent for the Rock Island Railroad in Wellsford [Pratt Co], Kansas. While in Wellsford, he opened a bicycle and motorcycle shop. After marriage to Ruth STARKEY, he moved his business and new wife to Dodge City [Ford Co], Kansas where he was a pioneer businessman. The bicycle shop became the Combs Automotive Company which supplied parts, equipment and services to Western Kansas, Eastern Colorado, and Northwest Oklahoma.

While remaining active in the management of the business, he semi-retired in 1939 and began farming and ranching again.  His farming, ranching, and buying, selling or trading real estate moved him to Louisiana, Eastern Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and West Virginia.  In 1958 he settled in Boliver, Missouri, where he remained active in many interests until the Lord called him home.

He was an active member of the Christian Church for many years, serving as an Elder and Teacher in Dodge City, and supporting the Church in every way as he moved about the country. His later years were spent in support of the Cookson Hills Christian School, Siloam Springs [Benton Co], Arkansas, which was established to help children in need of a Christian home.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth STARKY-nee Combs, one son, Paul Melvin, one grandson, Wesley and three great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his second wife, Mamie Ide McNUTT Combs, two sons, Jay E. COMBS of Dodge City, Kansas, and E. Frank COMBS of Rogers [Benton Co], Arkansas. Three daughters, Janell L. O'Keefe of Dodge City, Kansas, Joyce E. Dillon and Norma Jean Lenz, both of rural Boliver, Missouri, seventeen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are to be held in the Butler Funeral Home, Boliver, Missouri, at 11 A.M. January 29, 1980. Graveside services and internment will be at 11 A.M. Wednesday, January 30, 1980 in the country cemetery near Wellsford, Kansas.

SK Notes: Rufus Edgar COMBS was the s/o John William COMBS, b. 28 Aug 1848 in Union Hill, Surry County, North Carolina and d. 12 Oct 1905 in Merkel [Taylor Co], Texas and Matilde Jane BURRUS Combs, b.12 Sep 1849 in Dobson, Surry County, North Carolina and d. 1 Oct 1932 in Dodge City, Kansas. Preceeding Rufus Edgar COMBS in death were two brothers: Claudius Gallio COMBS and Floyd Everett COMBS, and five sisters: Julius Coetta COMBS Venable, Laticia May COMBS Ensminger, Nancy Adaline Combs Grant, Iris Laticia COMBS Hagy and Martha COMBS Ensminger.


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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