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Wayne County was established in 1808 from non-county area. In 1824-5, Holmes Co, OH was est. from Wayne, Coshocton and Tuscarawas. In 1846, Ashland Co was est. from Wayne, Richland, Huron and Lorain.

Notes: Primary Combs Researcher for this County is Bob Combs (BC) who adds that the earliest Combs located in Wayne thus far was Joseph COMBS, s/o Andrew COMBS I of Tonoloways (d Loudoun Co, VA, 1774). Joseph was formerly of Fayette Co, PA (where last found on 1815 Franklin Twp. tax lists), and lived in that part of Wayne County which became Holmes Co, OH in 1824-5.


08 March 1819 (Wayne Co. OH) Vol.2, page 480 Wayne Co., OH Recorders Office.....United States to Joseph COMBS...James Monroe President of the United States of America, To all to whom these presents shall come greeting : Know ye that Joseph COMBS of Fayette County, Penns. - having deposited in the General Land Office a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Wooster (OH) whereby it appears that full payment has been made for the South West quarter of Section thirty five, in Township eighteen of Range fourteen of the Lands directed to be sold at Wooster by the Act of Congress, entitled An Act providing for the sale of the Lands of the United States in the Territory North West of the Ohio(River) and above the mouth of Kentucky River and of the Acts amendatory of the same there is granted by the United States unto the said Joseph COMBS the quarter lot or section of land above described : To have and to hold the said quarter lot or section of land with appurtenances unto the said Joseph COMBS his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony whereof I have caused these letters to be made pertent and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at the city of Washington the eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of the Independence of the United States if America the forty third........James Monroe.....by the President Josiah Meigs Commissioner of the General Land Office....excd. Recorded Volume 30 page 417.....Received March 23d and recorded March 28th 1822....L. Cox, Recorder.

Combs Researcher Bob Combs


1820 Wayne Co, OH Census Index

(Census Record still needed)

Pike Twp

p. 143
Joseph COMBS 200101 10100


11 Jan 1822 (Vol.2 page 482 Wayne Co., OH Recorders Office) Joseph COMBS, Sen. to Joseph COMBS, Jr. This Indenture made this eleventh day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty two between Joseph COMBS senior and Ellener his wife of the County of Wayne and State of Ohio of the one part and Joseph COMBS Junier of the County aforesaid of the other part.. Witnesseth that the said Joseph COMBS Senior and Ellener his wife for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars currant money of the United States of America in hand paid the receit whereof is hereby acknowledged and forever acquit and discharge the said Joseph COMBS Junier his heirs. executors, and administrators hath granted bargained sold aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien and confirm unto the sd. Joseph COMBS Junier his heirs and assigns forever all that quarter section of land containing 160 acres of No. 35 Township No.18 of Range No.14 lying and being in the County of Wayne together with all improvements, water courses, profits, and appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversions remainder and profits thereof and all the estates right to the interest property claim and demand of the said COMBS of and to the same. To have and to hold the lands hereby conveyed with all and singular the premises and every part and parcel thereof with every of the appurtenances unto the said Joseph COMBS Junier his heirs and assigns forever to the only proper use and behoof of the said COMBS his heirs and assigns forever and the said Joseph COMBS senior for his heirs executors and administrators do covenant promise and agree to and with the said Joseph COMBS Junior his heirs and assigns by these presents that the premises before mentioned now are and forever after shall remain of and from all former and other gifts grants bargains sailes dowers judgements executions titles troubles charges and incumberances whatever done or suffered to be done by me the said Joseph COMBS senior and the Joseph COMBS senior(?) and his heirs all and singular the premises hereby bargained and sold with the appurtenances unto the said Joseph COMBS Junior his heirs and assigns against the said Joseph COMBS senior and his heirs all and every other person or persons whatsoever doth and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof the said Joseph COMBS senior and Ellener his wife set their hands and seals the day and year above written.

Samuel JORDAN
William SPENCER
Joseph (X) COMBS (SEAL)
Ellener (X) COMBS (SEAL)

The State of Ohio Wayne County...Personally appeared before me the subscriber one of the acting justices of the forsd. County the within named Joseph COMBS senior who acknowledged that he did voluntarily sign seal and deliver the deed of conveyance for the purposes therein expressed. Also personally appeared before me the said Ellener COMBS wife of Joseph COMBS senior and being examined separate and apart from her said husband acknowledged the within deed of conveyance to be her voluntary act and deed and that she executed the same without the threats coertions or penitions of her husband and freely relinquished her right of dower of the premises within mentioned and desires that the same may be admited to record. Given under my hand and seal the fifteenth day of January 1822.........Samuel Spencer J. P. (SEAL).......Received the foregoing deed for records March 23rd and recorded March 29th 1822.....L. Cox, Recorder

BC Notes: Joseph COMBS (s/o Andrew COMBS I of Tonoloways who d 1774, Loudoun Co, VA) lived in that part of Wayne Co OH which became Holmes County in 1824-5. He appears to be Joseph COMBS of Franklin Twp., Fayette Co, PA in 1815, where also was listed a Micajah COMBS (b in PA in 1787) who is found on the 1820 Franklin Twp., Fayette Co, PA census. Micajah removed to Montgomery Co OH by 1828-9, and later moved with his wife Nancy and their son Joseph (born 1812 in Fayette Co., PA) to Randolph Co IN. The above Joseph COMBS, (Sr.) had (among others) a son Joseph Jr., born ca 1813 in New Jersey (1850 Auglaize Co OH Census), who d in 1857 in Auglaize Co, OH.


17 October 1823. Loudoun County, Virginia Deed Book 3-G, 1823-1824. p. 332. Joseph COMBS and Eleanor, his wife, of Wayne County, State of Ohio, of the one part and Sarah BROWN, Maria Nichals BROWN, John Harman BROWN, Martha Ann BROWN, William Harman BROWN, and Mary Ann BROWN, children, heirs, and representatives of Nathan BROWN, dec'd, of Loudoun County in the state of Virginia. Whereas Nathan BROWN did buy from the said Joseph COMBS his interest in one sixth part of land in Loudoun County near the north fork of Goose Creek, which Andrew COMBS died siezed and possessed containing about 150 acres as will appear by refering to the Last Will and Testament of Andrew COOMBS now on record in the county and Court of Loudoun. For the sum of $200 paid to the said Joseph COOMBS by Nathan BROWN. And whereas the said Nathan BROWN has since departed this life, intestate, leaving the above named Sarah BROWN, Maria NICHOLS, Phebe BROWN, John Harmon BROWN, Marthann BROWN, William Harman BROWN and Mary Ann BROWN, his children, heirs at law to his estate, Joseph COMBS does convey his one-sixth part of the 150 acres... Joseph [his X mark] COMBS. [Elleanor [her X mark] COMBS. Witnesses: Benjamin GOCLAVOT?, Lewis GUNSTOFF

State of Ohio, Wayne county
We, Jesse MORGAN and Samuel SPENCER, Justices of the Peace in the county aforesaid do certify that Joseph COMBS and Elleanor, his wife, parties to a certain deed bearing date 17 October 1823 have appeared before us and desired to certify the said acknowledgements to the Clerk of the County Court of Loudoun in the state of Virginia in order that the said Deed may be recorded this 17th day of October 1823.
Jesse MORGAN
Samuel SPENCER

(Researcher Pat Combs O'Dell)


8 Oct 1823. Wayne Co, OH. Joseph (X) COMBS of said county declares he remembers that his brother, Mahlon COMBS who now resides in Licking Co, OH enlisted at Israel LACY'S tavern in Loudoun Co, VA near Leesburg, in the winter of 1780 in a company commanded by Capt. Daniel FEEGAN in the regiment of Col. STEPHENS of the Virginia Line. He served for upwards of ten months. He believes Mahlon COMBS was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis [Oct 1781].

(RW Pension File S42659 of Mahlon COOMBS; Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Vol 1: A-E, Abstracted by Virgil D. White, Published by The National Historical Publishing Company. 1990; and Virginia Revolutionary Pension Applications, Vol. XXII, Abstracted and compiled by John Frederick Dorman, Washington D. D. 1975, pp. 61-62)


1827/06/23 Wayne Co OH. Married: Joseph COMBS [Jr.] to Kezia Ann BRADLEY (Extracted by Combs Researcher Bob Combs from Wayne Co. Marriage Records 1812-1840 by M. Dickinson (1972))

23 Jun 1827 (Wayne Co. later Holmes Co., OH Probate Court, Marriage Records) Keziah Ann BRADLEY & Joseph COMBS (Jr.) by Thomas SHREVE J.P. recorded July 2nd 1827

(Combs Researcher Bob Combs)

Notes: See this marriage also listed under Holmes Co OH. Which?


1830 & 1840 Wayne Co, OH Census Indices

No COMBS?


1850 Wayne Co, OH Census Index

(Census Records Needed)

Greene Twp

P. 386
COMM, Christian

Caanan Twp.

P. 789
KOMES, Elisabeth


1855 According to an abstraction of the Revolutionary War Pension file of Mahlon COMBS, s/o Andrew COMBS, d ca 1774, Loudoun Co, VA, in 1855, Mahlon's brother, Joseph COMBS was residing in Wayne Co, OH. As noted above, however, Joseph COMBS, Sr., brother of Mahlon, d in 1827 in Holmes Co, OH.


24 Feb 1939 Wayne Twp., Wayne, OH Death Certificate for Alva Combs, residence Wooster ORD 6, male, white, single; born 17 Jun 1909, Kentucky, age 29y8m7d; father: William M. Combs, Kentucky; mother: Nannie Venerable, born Kentucky; Informant: Mrs. Harris? Combs, Wooster, ORD 6, Burial Wooster Cem., Feb 27, 1939

Note: not sure who Wm M. and Nannie Venerable are

Transcribed from image of original at FamilySearch by Deb Coombs


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