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Wood County (now WV) was formed from Harrison Co in 1798. Descendant counties include Jackson in 1831.

27 Jul 1860. Death: #42 Annie Combs, white, female, date of death: 27 July 1860; place of death: Wood Co; Cause: fever; Age 20; Parents: Jas & Susanah Combs; Born: Hampshire Co; Informant: Father

(Source: Original image, Wood Co, (W)VA Death Register, p. 20, #42, West Virginia Archives Digital Death Record database, Abstracted by Sue Elfving)

4 Sep 1867 Marriage: #122 Date and Place of Marriage: 4 Sept. 1867, Parkersburg; Wm Henry Combs and Sarah HORTON; Husband: Age 71, widowed, born Loudoun Co, Va., Residence: Parkersburg; Parents: John and Nancy, Occupation: Laborer; Wife: Age 37, widow, born Hottentot, Va; Residence: Parkersburg; Parents: Samuel and Jane; Marriage performed by David Nutter

(Source: Wood Co, WVA Register of Marriages, p. 35, #122, original image, West Virginia Archives Digital Marriage Record database, Abstracted by Sue Elfving)

Note: Are they the same couple found next in the 1870 Mason Co, WVA census? Could this Wm Henry Combs be a son of RW John Combs and wife Nancy VINNANDER of Loudoun Co, Va? See Report on RW John (s/o of Andrew I of Tonoloway).

01 Dec 1867 Parkersburg, Wood Co WV Marriage Records. James D. Combs & Caroline Josephine SMITH.

(Combs Researcher Les Combs)

See also Letters of the James Combs Families. James D. and Caroline Josephine SMITH Combs removed to Clarke Co IA in 1868. James D. Combs had come to Wood Co from Washington Co OH.

06 Jun 1867 Wood Co, WV. Born: Charles William Combs, s/o William and Eliza WOODWARD Combs, near Parkersburg on the Worthington Creek (Presumably on the Wirt NEAL farm)

(Frank Woodward Combs Letter, 1942)

31 Dec 1868 Marriage: #190 Date and Place of Marriage: 31 Dec. 1868, Parkersburg; Jno W Combs and Emma R Cunningham; Husband: Age 22, Single, Born: Taylor Co WVA, Residence: Parkersburg, Parents: James & Susanna, Occupation: Cook; Wife: Age 21, Single, Born: Washington, PA; Residence: Parkersburg; Parents: Wm & Narcissa; Married by Jas A [K?]ilbee

(Source: Wood Co, WVA Register of Marriages, p. 41, #190, original image, West Virginia Archives Digital Marriage Record database, Abstracted by Sue Elfving)

Note: John W. is listed as a baker in his 1870 census record.

1870 Wood Co, WV Census

Transcribed by SHG, from images found at FamilySearch

Parkersburg Twp


p. 9; 9 Aug 1870

62/62 BELSON, Benjamin 50 WM Farmer 150,000 1500 VA
______, Mary 42 FW Keeping House VA
______, Georgiana 17 FW VA
______, Ida 15 FW VA
______, Isabel 14 FW VA
______, Mead 12 WM VA
______, Walling 9 MW VA
Combs, Mary 22 FW Dom serv't VA
______, Mary 1 FW WV

Union Twp


p. 11; 12 Aug 1870

79/77 Combs William 27 MW Farmer -- 50 OH
______, Eliza 30 FW Keeping House OH
______, Charles 3 MW WV
______, Arthur N. 612 MW WV Dec

Walker Twp


p. 1; 31 Aug 1870

2/2 SHAFER, J. R. 29 MW Merchant Rt -- 1300 OH
______, Mirainda 24 FW Keeping house OH
______, Gelton 1 MW WV
Combs, Willis 17 MW Clerk in store OH

p. 5; 1 Sep 1870

41/41 Combs, John W. 23 MW Baker -- 125 VA
______, Emma 20 FW Keeping House PA

Note: Jno W Combs, son of James and Susanna Combs per his 31 Dec. 1868 Wood Co. marriage to Emma R CUNNINGHAM

p. 7

55/55 STEEN James 28 MW Merchant Ret -- 1500 OH
______, Sarah E. 23 FW Keeping House OH
______, Eliza J. 4 FW OH
______, John W. 2 MW WV
Combs, Willis 17 MW Clerk in Store OH

Note: Is this the same Willis Combs enumerated, one day earlier, in the SHAFER Household above?

p. 15; 3 Sep 1870

116/116 Combs, James 53 MW Hotel -- 100 VA
______, Susan 57 FW Keeping House VA
______, Martha 26 FW VA
______, Matthew 17 MW Laborer VA
______, Freeman 8 MW VA

SE Note: This couple next found in 1880 Doddridge Co, WVA census and appears to be same found in the 1850 Taylor Co, VA [now WVA] census and the same as James Combs who married Susanna CORBIN in 1838 in Hampshire Co, VA [now WVA]. Family not yet located in the 1860 census; however, death of daughter Annie recorded in 1860 in Wood Co which also states Annie was born in Hampshire Co. There is an 1858 Taylor Co marriage for Martha Combs (born Hampshire Co), d/o of Jas and Susanna, to George Golden; however, Martha still appears in their household and appears to not be married. The 17 Feb. 1929 Pleasants Co, WVA death record of their son James B Combs states his parents were James Anison Combs and Susana Corbin. James [Anison] Combs died 16 Feb. 1902 in Pleasants Co and had predeceased his wife by the 1900 census where he is found living with his son James B Combs who married Carrie aka Caroline FOUSE in 1872 in Wood.

7 May 1872 Marriage: #63 Date of Place of Marriage: 7 May 1872, Parkersburg; James Combs and Carrie FOUSE; Husband: 23, single, born Grafton, Virginia, resides Wood Co, Parents: Jas & Susannah; Occupation: Engineer; Wife: 23, single, born Germany, resides Wood Co; Parents: Jacob & Caroline; Married by J W H Bolton

(Source: Wood Co, WVA Register of Marriages, p. 56, #163, original image, West Virginia Archives Digital Marriage Record database, Abstracted by Sue Elfving)

14 Sep 1876 Marriage: #122 Date and Place of Marriage: 14 Sept. 1876, Volcano, WVA; Richard M JOHNSON and Emma R Combs; Husband: 58, Born Tyler Co, Resides Wood Co; Wife: 35, Born [Blank], Resides Wood Co; Married by Saml D Thompkins

(Source: Wood Co, WVA Register of Marriages, p. 73, #122, original image, West Virginia Archives Digital Marriage Record database, Abstracted by Sue Elfving)

Note: Could this be Emma R CUNNINGHAM Combs who was married to Jno W Combs?

01 Jul 1879 Arthur A. Combs was born to William Combs and Eliza WOODWARD in Williams District Wood County, W. Va. on July 1 1879.

(Letters of the James Combs Families)

1880 Wood Co, WV Census

Submitted by Jennifer Willemi from Ancestry.Com online posting:


COMBS, Squire M 38 (abt 1842) OH ? ? Teamster
Maggie F 27 (abt 1853) OH VA VA
Samuel M 8 (abt 1872) WV OH OH
Lucy F 6 (abt 1874) WV OH OH

SE Note: Could Squire Combs be the same as Esquire Combs, age 7, found in the 1850 Washington Co, OH census record of John COMBS (s/o James) by his second wife Sophronia STARLING (m 22 Apr 1841)?

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