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Ralls County was established from Howard & Pike in 1821. The county seat is New London.


1830 Ralls Co, MO Census

Spencer Twp

p. 364

Fielding Combs 101001 111001

Notes: Fielding A. Combs (s/o Joseph & Susannah CLARK Combs), m 25 Oct 1838, Clark Co, KY, Mary C. Combs (d/o John Harrison & Sophia BULLOCK Combs). Also 1840 Monroe Co, MO Census Index and 1850 Pettis Co. Census

Salt River Twp

p. 366

Raphael LEAKE 31112101 0001001

William LEAKE jr 2000001 20011

p. 368

James LEAKE 00011001 00120001

John G LEAKE 00001 00001

HICKS, Ammon


10/13/1835 Augustine OBrien of Ralls Co, Mo. , 31.0575a. NENW, SEC 7/, Twp 54-N, Range 6-W, Meridian 5th PM MO Ralls, Doc # 4699, Acc/Serial # MO0340__.076

4/1/1839 Augustine OBrien of Ralls Co, Mo., 31.675a, SESW, SEC 6/, Twp 54-N , Range 6-W, Meridian 5th PM MO Ralls, Doc #5185, Acc/Serial # MO2340__.044

(Source: BLM Land Database, original images)


1844. Marriage #586. Rt OBrien and Ann Leake were married 20 Oct. 1844 by James Murphy, priest. Received and recorded 18 Jan. 1845, Ralls Co., Mo. (Image of original marriage record submitted by JJ Hoskins). Robert was the son of Augustine O'Brien and Elizabeth Coomes/Combs.


1850 Ralls Co., MO Census

Roll: M432_411;

District 73

p. 161

308/313 Augustine O'BRIEN 63 m farmer MD
Elizabeth O'Brien 51 f KY
Susan Mary O'Brien 21 f KY
Alfred O'Brien 19 m Laborer KY
Sylvester O'Brien 15 m Laborer MO
Elizabeth O'Brien 12 f MO
Augustine P. O'Brien 8 m MO [could this be Parthena?]
James O'Brien 33 m Laborer KY
William O'Brien 29 m KY
Richard O'Brien 24 m KY

(Source: Deb Coombs, original images, Ancestry.com, 1850 Census District 73, Ralls, Missouri; Roll: M432_411; Page: 161 HH)

SE Notes: Family Information on Augustine O'BRIEN and Elizabeth Coomes/Combs O'BRIEN, possibly the d/o of one James Combs and his first wife Matilda Ann of Scott Co., Ky., provided by descendant and researcher J J Hoskins. James Combs was from the St. Mary's Co., MD, group of Catholic Combs. Elizabeth was born March 30, 1792 in Prince Georges Co., MD, and she died July 5, 1864. Her reputed (name unreadable) cemetery marker, although broken and in disrepair, states she was born in Prince Georges Co. Augustine O'BRIEN was born Jan. 20, 1786 in Maryland and died Oct. 19, 1865 at the age of 79 years, 8 months, and 22 days. He and his wife are buried in St. Paul's Cemetery, Perry, Ralls Co., MO. The O'BRIENS followed the LEAKE families to Ralls Co., Missouri from Scott Co., Kentucky. Augustine obtained his first land in Ralls Co. in 1835. The Leakes were in Ralls by 1830. Augustine and Elizabeth had the following children: James, Robert, Sarah Ann, William, Richard, Sylvester, Alfred, Mary Susan, Elizabeth, and Parthena. See cemetery inscriptions below.


1860 Ralls Co., MO Census

Salt River Twp

p. 607, June 18 1860

162/156 Robert O'BRIEN 41, M, Farmer, RE=$700, PP=$845, b. KY
Ann, 31, F, b. KY
Ann S, 13, F, b. MO
William C, 11, F, b. MO [recorded as "F" a probably mistake]
Sarah J, 8, F, b. MO
Frances A, 5, F, b. MO
Alfred A, 1, M, b. MO

Notes: Living next door to Henry (age 54) and Cynthia (age 41) LEAKE. Robert O'BRIEN was the son of Augustine O'Brien and his wife Elizabeth Coomes/Combs. He was born Nov. 22, 1818 in Kentucky [Scott Co] and died Aug. 29, 1908. He married Ann Leake on 20 Oct. 1844 in Ralls Co., Mo. Both are buried in the St. Paul Cemetery, Perry, Ralls Co. (see below). Their children were: Ann Sevillia O'Brien, William Christian O'Brien, Sarah Jeanette O'Brien, Frances Ann O'Brien, and Alfred Alexander O'Brien.

p. 618, June 23 1860

230/227 Augustus O"BRIEN 73, M, Farmer, b. MD, RE=$1300, PP=$3800
Elizabeth 61, F, b. KY
William 37, M, b. KY, PP=$200
Sylvester 26, M, b. MO, PP=$100
Elizabeth 22, F, b. MO
Parthena 17, F, b. MO

Alfred O'Brien, age 29, found on p. 619 living with Robert Calhoon and wife Susan O'Brien, sister to Alfred. James O'Brien, age 43 and living with wife Mary A, found on p. 594 in Center Twp. Richard O'Brien, age 40 and living with wofe Elizabeth Jones, found on p.720 in Saline Twp.

3 Sep 1908 Perry Enterprise. Obituary for Robert O'Brien.

Death of Robert O'Brien the Angel of Death summoned the spirit of “Uncle Robt.” O'Brien to the heavenly house on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. He had only been sick a few days and his death came as peaceful as a child falling to sleep. The deceased was born in Kentucky on Nov. 22, 1818, coming to Ralls Co early in life and locating on the Joseph Wright farm near Perry. afterwards moving to the St. Paul's neighborhood, where he and his wife continued to live until a few months ago when they moved to Perry. Funeral services took place at the St. Paul church on Monday morning at 10 o'clock after which the burial took place in the church yard. Rev. Fa. Donavan conducted the service. He died in the Catholic faith. He was a good citizen, respected and honored by everyone. He and his good wife had traveled hand in hand through life for 62 years. To them was born five children, all of whom are living, the oldest being 61 years old. This is something that is remarkable. The children are: Mrs. Ann S Lilly, of New London, W. C. O'Brien, Mrs. Mathew Elliott, Mrs. Anderson Leake, Alfred A O'Brien of Perry and vicinity. To his bereaved widow and children the ENTERPRISE extends sympathy.

(Source: Original image of obituary submitted by JJ Hoskins and transcribed by S. Elfving). The Funeral Card for Robert O'Brien states he was born Nov. 22, 1818 and died Aug. 29, 1908, age 90 years, 7 months, 27 days (info from image of funeral card submitted by JJ Hoskins).


17 Jan 1917 DC for Ann E OBrien. File # 2637C Ralls Co. Female, white, widow, d. 1/1/1917. DOB: Dec 26 1828, 88yrs, __ mos, 11 days, no occupation, b. Kentucky. Father: William H Leake, b. Ky., Maiden Name of Mother: Syntha Alexander, b. Ky. Informant: J A Leake, Perry, Missouri.


St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery, St. Paul's Churchyard, Perry, Ralls Co., MO.

Two individual broken markers lying flat on the ground; [Composite Photo submitted by J. J. Hoskins].

Augustine O'Brien, born Jan. 20, 1786, Maryland; died Oct. 19, 1865 at the age of 79 years, 8 months, and 22 days, Ralls Co, MO

Elizabeth “Coomes/Combs” O'Brien, born March 30, 1792 in Prince Georges Co, MD, died July 5, 1864, Ralls Co, MO

Notes: Per JJ Hoskins, the broken stones were transcribed prior to their partially unreadable state. Augustine's name is readable on his stone as are some of the dates and his age at death. The stone next to him has always been attributed to being that of Elizabeth, and it clearly states St. George's Co. However, her 1850 and 1860 census records state she was born in Ky. and her husband was born in MD.

(single marker)
R OBrien
Nov 22 1818
Aug 29 1908
A E OBrien
Dec 26 1828


Combs &c. Missouri Land

TRRDSALCountyDateGiven NameAC
566W24W½NE¼Ralls1828/11/17Fielding80
566W24NE¼NE¼Ralls1832/07/31Fielding40
566W24SE¼NE¼Ralls1833/05/30Fielding40

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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