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Portage County was established in 1808 from Trumbull; Medina from Portage in 1812; Huron from Portage and Cuyahoga in 1815; and Summit from Portage, Medina and Stark in 1840.

1820 Portage Co, OH Census Index

Talmadge Twp

p. 065
Samuel M. Combs

1830 Portage Co, OH Census Index

Talmadge Twp

p. 270
Samuel Combs

1840 Portage Co, OH Census Index


p. 311

1850 Portage Co, OH Census Index


P. 034
Josiah Combs

P. 038
Lucy Combs

8 Nov 1851 Portage Co, OH. Marriage Certificate: Nov 8, 1851 for Wallace ROOT and Lucy Ann Combs (Extracted from Portage Co, OH Probate Records by Combs Researcher Courtney Morgan)

9 Apr 1853 Marriage Certificate: Apr 9, 1853 for Charles H. STONE and Catharine L. Combs (Extracted from Portage Co, OH Probate Records by Combs Researcher Courtney Morgan)

26 Dec 1853 Portage Co, OH. Marriage Certificate: December 26, 1853 for Nathaniel L. RUSSELL and Ellen L. Combs (Extracted from Portage Co, OH Probate Records by Combs Researcher Courtney Morgan)

31 Dec 1853. Portage Co, OH Marriage Certificate: December 31, 1853 for Charles E. PACKER and Mary Elizabeth Combs (Extracted from Portage Co, OH Probate Records by Combs Researcher Courtney Morgan)

CM Notes: "Mary is the daughter of Josiah (or Joseph) Combs b. Jan 1, 1798 Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut d. Feb 1, 1887 Streetsboro, Portage County, Ohio m. on Jan 1, 1826 to Eliza WOODHOUSE b. Aug 2, 1801 Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut d. Feb 1, 1887 Streetsboro, Portage County, Ohio." (History of Streetsboro, Women of the Western Reserve, Portage Heritage)

Charles E. PACKER b. March 3, 1829 in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York d. May 24, 1910 in Boston*, Ohio m. on Jan 3, 1854 in Steetsboro, Portage County, Ohio to Mary Elizabeth Combs b. July 31, 1826 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut d. July 29, 1908 Streetsboro, Portage County, Ohio. (History of Streetsboro) *Boston = Belmont, Franklin, Highland or Summit Cos.

Wallace John PHILE b. Sept 5, 1851 in Portage Co., Ohio d. Aug 22, 1924 in Charlestown, Portage, Ohio m. Isabelle Eliza "Belle" PACKER b. April 4, 1856 in Battle Creek, Michigan d. May 4, 1930 Charlestown, Portage, Ohio. (Death Cert-Wallace John PHILE and Death Cert. Isabelle PHILE lists her parents and birthplace, word of mouth)

Ed Note: Wethersfield is in present-day Middlesex County, established in 1785 from Hartford, new London and New Haven Counties, Connecticut.

From an unpublished family history in the possession of Combs Researcher Courtney Morgan who adds: This is a typed page that a cousin compiled for an unpublished gen. she sent to family members. She has all in quotes with references, but I have not seen originals so do not know if she copied verbatim.

"Eliza WOODHOUSE, a Descendant of Lord Dudley of England, was born in Wethersfield, Conn., 1801 where she was married to Josiah Combs. In 1837, with her husband and four little girls, she came to Streetsboro [Portage Co, OH], arriving in a midnight snow storm." (Gertrude Wickham, Women of the Western Reserve, Women of Streetsboro p. 696)

"The family settled on a farm (later owned by Frances Combs, a daughter) and where the mother died, May, 1873. Mrs. Combs was a fine looking, intelligent lady, particularly fond of reading; social in her nature, and given to hospitality; and excellent cook, and expert needle woman." (Gertrude Wickham)

"She had a disease of the eyes and spent her last 8 years in darkness. Mother of 8 children 3 who resided in Streetsboro; Elizabeth (Mrs. Charles PACKER), Lucy (Mrs. Wallace ROOT), and Frances M. Combs; two in Michigan Kate, (Mrs. Henry STONE of Rutland) and Ellen (Mrs. Nathaniel RUSSELL of Pioneer). Two daughters died in Streetsboro, Sarah and Addie, wife of Hart L. RISLEY."

Extracted by Combs Researcher Courtney Morgan from a photocopied page of History of Streetsboro--no listing of author etc.:

"Josiah Combs was born in Wethersfield, Conn., January 1, 1798 and was married on his 28th birthday or January 1, 1826, to Miss Eliza Woodhouse, also of Wethersfield, Conn. She was born August 2, 1801. They resided in Wethersfield until the year 1837, when with their four little daughters they came to Streetsboro, arriving in a midnight May snow storm. They located on the farm which was ever after their home, now the property of a great grandson, John WILCOX. Their eight children were: Elizabeth, Mrs. Charles PACKER; Lucy A., Mrs. Wallace ROOT; Catherine, Mrs. Henry STONE; Ellen, Mrs. Nathaniel RUSSELL; Sarah; Addie M., Mrs. Hart L. RISLEY; and Frances H. Their only son, Daniel, died in Wethersfield before they took the long journey to the then far west.

"Mr. Combs was a life long Democrat. He voted for Jackson in 1832 and for every Democratic candidate thereafter (with one exception) until his death February 1, 1887. He would have voted for James Monroe but the old blue laws of Connecticut required a man to be worth $200. Not having that sum at the age of 21 he could not vote at all. Mrs. Combs died May 30, 1873."

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