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Nemaha County, an original county, was formed in 1854. The county seat is Auburn.

Note: This report is incomplete as numerous other records not entered herein as yet reference Nemaha Co, NE, home of Carlton Wilbur COMBS (See his 1885 Letter), grandson of John & Sarah MABRY Combs.


1856 Nemaha Co, NE Census

Brownville

W. L. Combs, b. in Tenn., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 3 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 3 f. und. 16.


1860 NE Territorial Census, Nehama County

Brownsville

329/298 COMBS, Jefferson 46 m Farmer 1800 650 TN
Jane 39 f TN
Amanda 17 f IL
Monroe 16 m IL
Mary 15 f IL
William 13 m IL
Sarah J. 10 f IL
George W. 4 m MO

(Extracted by Researcher Bob George from ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ne/state/census/1860/f0083.txt)

Notes: Jefferson Lee Combs, s/o John & Jean JACKSON Combs (m 1807 Grainger Co, TN) and brother of Carlton Wilber Combs, can be found on the 1850 Bureau Co, IL Census. He married Jane G. SWAN according to a letter by his granddaughter, Minnie Jane COMBS (See Bureau Co), the d/o Monroe Jackson and Julie ROBERTS Combs, and born in 1874 in Holt Co, MO.


19 March 1861 Amanda Combs married Cornelius HOBLITZELL in Peru, Nemaha Co. She was the d/o of Jefferson Lee Combs and Jane G SWAN. Amanda was b. 14 Nov 1842, Bureau Co, IL., and she d 27 Apr 1931 in Nodaway Co, MO, where she is buried in the Skidmore Cemetery. (Source: The Swiss Family Hoblitzell, Betty Mumford Wills, Nov. 2007, and the Dorland Enigma Solved - a Revision of the Dorland Genealogy, compiled by Barbara A. Barth, 2007. Eliz. Dorland was the mother of Cornelius).

Record of marriage not yet located to confirm date listed in above source. Couple found in the 1880 Holt Co, MO census.


1870 Nemaha Co, NE

Peru District

Peru

p. 1; 11 Jul 1870, William Daily

5/5 Combs, G. W. 50 MW Farmer -/700 TN
----, Christian 47 FW Keeping house NJ
----, John M. 11 MW at Home IL
----, Ida May 9 FW at school IL
----, Dora B. 6 FW at School IL

p. 7/327; 12 Jul 1870

46/44 RAINS, B. R. 25 MW Physician 1200/700 MO

p. 8

(con't) Combs, Monroe I. 26 MW Farmer -/450 IL
---, Mary E. N. 25 FW Out of Empl. IL
----, William T. 23 MW Farmer IL
----, George W. 14 MW Works on Farm IL
----, Annie M. 8 FW at Sch NE
----, Lura D. 3 FW

Note: This appears to be children of Jefferson & Jane Combs, with 2 younger children from 1860 Census above. Where are Jefferson and Jane? “Annie” is in household of Cornelius & Amanda Combs HOBLITZELL in the 1880 Holt Co, MO census listed as sister-in-law.


1880 Nemaha Co, NE Census

Nemaha

p. 180B
W. H. COMBS Self M Male W 43 OH VA VA Stock Buyer
S. E. COMBS Wife M Female W 38 OH OH OH Keeping House
Eugene COMBS Son S Male W 21 IL OH OH Laborer
Stella COMBS Dau S Female W 16 IL OH OH Helps Mother
Cora D. COMBS Dau S Female W 4 NE OH OH
N. D. COMBS Brother W Male W 47 OH VA VA Harness Maker
Allan BANKS Other S Male W 23 IL IN KY Bartender

(Source: FHC 1880 Census Transcription)

Notes: W. H. Combs aka Wilson H. Combs s/o of John Milton Combs and Mary DAVIS of Highland Co, OH and Knox Co, IL. Wilson found in father's household in 1850 in Knox with wife Sarah Ellen McGREW in 1860 and in Lancaster Co NE in 1870. By 1900 he was in Lincoln Co, NE. His brother Nelson D. Combs aka ND Combs Civil War Soldier is also found in father's 1850 household.

Peru

p. 92B

M. J. COMBS Self M Male W 36 Farmer IL TN TN
Julia COMBS Wife M Female W 32 Keeping House IN KY NY
Minnie COMBS Dau S Female W 6 MO IL IN
Homer COMBS Son S Male W 4 NE IL IN
Cornelius COMBS Son S Male W 3 NE IL IN
Elmer COMBS Son S Male W 1 NE IL IN

(Source: 1880 FHC Transcription)


1890 Nemaha Co, NE Veteran's Census

(Source: Original 1890 veteran's census images, Ancestry.com, abs by SE)

Peru

ED 248

19/21 Monroe J Combs Private Co C 2nd Regt Neb Cav, Enl: 10/23/1862, Disch: 9/9/1863, 0yr10m16d

Notes: Matches CW service entry. One Monroe J Combs (b IL TN TN) with Wife Julia in the 1900 Harlan Co, NE census. Monroe Jackson COMBS (s/o Jefferson Lee and Jane G. SWAN Combs, gs/o John and Jane JACKSON Combs, ggs/o John & Sarah MABRY Combs) m Julie ROBERTS per their daughter, Minnie Jane COMBS. See also 1850 Bureau Co, IL census, 1860 Nemaha Co, NE Census and Holt Co, MO.


14 Apr 1891 (Auburn, Nemaha Co, NE Records) Last Will and Testament of Carlton Wilber Combs.

I Carlton W. Combs, of Auburn, Nemaha county Nebraska, a farmer by occupation, being of sound mind and memory, and with a knowledge of the uncertainty of this life, and being thankful to Almighty God for the long life alloted to me, do make a publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.

First.

I direct my executors of this will to pay all my just debts out of whatever personal estate I may have left as soon as possible, and to proceed with such speed as justice and good business principles will permit of to collect what ever sums may be due me from others and to turn my personal property into money.

Second.

I direct my executors to sell in any manner which in their judgment and discretion seem the best, the East Half of the North East Quarter of Section Seventeen(17) Township Five(5) North Range Fourteen (14) east in Nemaha county Nebraska; and to execute and diliver to the purchaser of the said land a good and sufficient deed of conveyance. The object of the sale of said land is to turn the same into money so that the same may be distributed among my several heirs according to the terms of this will, but they are to exercise their best judgment as to whether the land shall be sold all for cash, that the time given shall be short, and the payment of the unpaid purchase money secured by mortgage on the land above mentioned.

Third.

I direct that the power of sale confered on my executors in the second clause of this will be not exerised by them until one year after my death and that they shall have such further time in which to make sale of the said land as they in their best judgment think will promote the interest of the estate, and the several heirs for whose benefit the money will be used.

Fourth.

I give and bequeath unto Carlton Victor Combs, aged about nine years, Pearl Combs aged about seven years, and Earl Combs aged about five years, who are my grand children, and the children of my deceased son, Osko Willie Combs, each the sum of One Hundred Dollars and if either of the last named children die before they receive the sum mentioned in this provision, then the survivors, or survivor shall take the share of the one deceased.

Fifth.

I give and bequeath unto Blanche Combs, aged about nine years, my grand child, the daughter of of my deceased son Ilo Worth Combs, the sum of Three Hundred Dollars; I direct that my executors shall use their own best judgement in the investment and payment of the several sums mentioned in this section, and the one just preceeding. That if they find that any or either of the children mentioned need the money for their educationer the payment of expenses of sickness or any or either of the children are in distress they are instructed to pay out and expend the money for the use and benefit of such child or children; but if such money is not needed in any of the ways mentioned above, then I direct that the several sums shall be invested for the benefit of the said grand children and at their majority, such sum and the interest thereon shall be paid to such children by my exectors.

Sixth.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Orta Hope ECKERT of Grand ridge La Salle County Illinois, a debt of about $250.00 which is due me from her hesband, she haveing been heretofore paid a sum of money that is about equal to her fair share of what I now own.

Seventh.

I give bequeath and devise unto my daughter Mary Jane MUNSON of Hebron Thayer County Nebraska, unto my son Leroy B. Combs of Graff Johnson County Nebraska, and unto my grand son Mora Victor COLE, all the rest and residue of my estate of whatsoever kind and where ever the same be found or exist in equal shares. If however Mora Victor COLE shall die before the distribution of this my estate leaving no children, then his share of my said estate shall be equally divided between Mary Jane MUNSON, and Leroy B. Combs.

Eight.

I hereby appoint as executors of this my last will and testament, my son Leroy B. Combs, of Johnson county, and my daughter Mary Jane MUNSON of Thayer County Nebraska, and having much faith in the honesty and ability of my said executors to carry out the provisions of this will I direct that they be not required to give bond as such, and I hereby revoke all former wills made by me.

In witness whereof I have signed my name this 14th day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Ninety One. s/Carlton W. COMBS (his signature)

Transcribed by Combs Researcher Karen Combs Thomas who adds that she also found other papers:

  1. Earl Combs asking the court for the money left him by Carlton W. Combs.
  2. Pearl O. Combs asking the court for the money left her by Carlton W. Combs.
  3. Letter of Guardianship for Blanche M. Combs, grand daughter of Carlton W. Combs.
  4. Adoption paper for Earl Combs by Johnson T. HALE and Eugenia HALE.
  5. Carlton W. Combs asking the court for money left him by his grandfather Carlton W. Combs.
  6. Last Will and Testament of Leroy B. Combs.

A second transcription of Carlton's will and additional estate records:

WILL OF CARLTON W. COMBS

I Carlton W. COMBS of Auburn Nemaha county Nebraska, a farmer by occupation, being of sound mind and memory, and with a knowledge of the uncertainty of this life and being thankful to Almighty God for the long life allotted to me, do make a publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.
First

I direct my executors of this will to pay all my just debts out of whatever personal estate I may have left as soon as possible, and to proceed with such speed as justice and good business principles will permit of to collect what ever sums may be due me from others and to turn my personal property into money.
Second

I direct my executors to sell in any manner which in their judgement and discretion seems the best, the East Half of the North East Quarter of Section Seventeen (17) Township Five (5) North Range Fourteen (14) east in Nemaha county Nebraska; and to execute and deliver to the purchaser of the said land a good and sufficient deed of conveyance. The object of the sale of the said land is to turn the same into money so that the same may be distributed among my several heirs according to the terms of this will, but they are to exercise their best judgment as to whether tht land shall be sold all for the cash or part for cash, but I advise if not all sold for cash that the time given shall be short, and the payment of the unpaid purchase money secured by mortgage on the land above mentioned.
Third

I direct that the power of sale confered on my executors in the second clause of this will be not exercised by them until one year after my death and that they shall have such further time in which to make sale of the said land as they in their best judgment think will promote the interest of the estate, and the several heirs for whose benefit the money will be used.
Fourth

I give and bequeath unto Carlton Victor COMBS [should have read Carlton Wilber COMBS], aged about nine years, Pearl COMBS aged about seven years, and Earl COMBS aged about five years, who are my grandchildren, and the children of my deceased son, Osko Willie COMBS, each the sum of One Hundred Dollars and if either of the last named children die before they receive the sum mentioned in this provistion, then the survivors, or survivor, shall take the share of the one deceased.
Fifth

I give and bequeath unto Blanche COMBS, aged about nine years, my grandchild, the daughter of my deceased son Ilo Worth COMBS, the sum of Three Hundred Dollars; I direct that my executors shall use their own best judgment in the investment and payment of the several sums mentioned in this section, and the one just preceeding. That if they find that any or either of the children mentioned need the money for their education or the payment of expenses of sickness or any or either of the children are in distress they are instructed to pay out and expend the money for the use and benefit of such child or children; but if such money is not needed in any of the ways mentioned above, then I direct that the several sums shall be invested for the benefit of the said grand children and at their majority, such sum and the interest thereon shall be paid to such children by my exectors.
Sixth

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Orta Hope ECKHERT of Grand Ridge LaSalle County Illinois, a debt of about $250.00 which is due me from her husband, she haveing been heretofore paid a sum of money that is about equal to her fair share of what I now own.
Seventh

I give bequeath and devise unto my daughter Mary Jane MUNSON of Hebron Thayer County Nebraska, unto my son Leroy B. COMBS of Graff Johnson County Nebraska, and unto my grandson Mora Victor COLE, all the rest and residue of my estate of whatsoever kind and where ever the same be found or exist in equal shares. If however Mora Victor COLE shall die before the distribution of this my estate leaving no children, then his share of my said estate shall be equally divided between Mary Jane MUNSON and Leroy B. COMBS.
Eight

I hereby appoint as exectors of this my last will and testament, my son Leroy B. COMBS of Johnson County and my daughter Mary Jane MUNSON of Thayer County Nebraska, and having much faith in the honesty and ability of my said exectors to carry out the provisions of this will I direct that they be not required to give bond as such, and I hereby revoke all former wills made by me. In witness thereof I have signed my name this 14th day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Ninety One. signature Carlton W. COMBS This is to certify that the foregoing instrument consisting of three pages and sixty nine lines was at the date thereof signed published and declared by the said Carlton W. COMBS, the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of Henry L. HOBSON, And Andred J. MILLER, and who in his presence, and at this request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses to the said instrument, this 14th day of April 1891 (Attested to by the Judge of the County Court of Nemaha Co. Nebraska proved on 25 July 1891.)

The total estate was $1133.33 Other paper included affidavits that Pearl COMBS was adopted by William H. WOLFE and wife and she changed her name to Ada WOLFE. She received $170.00 from the estate on 17 Dec 1902. Carlton Wilbur COMBS received $180.50 from the estate 19 Aug 1904. Earl COMBS also was adopted, by Johnson T. HALE and Eugenia HALE his wife and renamed L. Banks HALE and received $219.00 on 22 Dec 1909. Blanche COMBS Guardian was Ella B. WILHITE and Blanche received $300. August 22, 1893.

Petition for Letters Testamentary In the County Court of Nemaha County, Nebraska In the matter of the Estate of Carlton W. COMBS Deceased Your petitioner respectfully represents that Carolton W. COMBS late of Nemaha county, departed this life at his residence in said county on the 22 day of June A.D. 1891 leaving a last Will and Testament, in which Leroy B. COMBS and Mary Jane MUNSON named as Exector, which Will they now offers for Probate, and that said Will relates to both real and personal estate. Your petitioner further represents that said Carlton W. COMBS at the time of his death was a resident of said county, and that we left surviving him no widow _____ left the following children Mary Jane/June MUNSON 56 yrs Leroy B. COMBS 54 " Arta Hope ECKHERT 37 Grand Ridge, LaSalle Co., IL Alanto Pearl COLE Deceased Mora V. COLE her child now living Ilo W. COMBS Deceased Blance May COMBS his child Osco W. COMBS Deceased

{ Carlton Wilber COMBS
Pearl COMBS
Earl COMBS

Your petitioner prays that a Guardian ad litem be appointed for the above named infants. That the court will appoint a time and place for proving said Will, and that notice in due form may be issued and given to all persons interested in said estate requiring them to appear and attend the probate of said Will, and such other proceedings as may be necessary and proper in the premises to admit said will to probate and for letters testamantary. signed Leroy B. COMBS Petitioner.


(Provided to Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre by Researcher Pauline Bauer Combs)


27 Sep 1896 Nemaha Co, NE Marriage Records: Eathan Marcus COMBS and Sarah Elizabeth MILLER (Combs Researcher Marilee Barnett who adds that Sarah "Sadie" was b 7 May 1796, Bedford Co, PA, and that this family later removed to Custer and/or Garfield Co, OK) SW: Ethan


1900 Nemaha Co, NE Census

Glen Rock

29-92-3-86 Will COMBS June 1864 35 IL
Grace M. wife June 1874 25 PA
J. L. COMBS father Apr 1831 79 TN

(Excerpted from Opal Combs Correspondence provided to Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre by Researcher Dale Wilson. Transcribed by Researcher Opal Combs from 1900 Nebraska Soundex) [I could have read this as L. instead of T.]


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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