Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 15:26:38 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: [COMBS-L] Jackson Co MO & Ennis COMBS - Part 1
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All the world loves a story. "Once upon a time" is the magic phrase that
draws a group together about any glib spinner of yarns. A tale as old as
the 1794 Whisky Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, or as puzzling as the
changing the spelling of ones name, there will always be people to listen
and to learn.

"A good story is the opener of many doors. It introduces a speaker,
illuminates discourse, beguiles weariness, banishes gloom, brightens the
night, and adorns the day....We follow the lure of the story because we are
hungry for it. After every disappointment we sigh - and begin another"
(Slater, p. 322). This view was presented as part of the foundation for a
1913 freshman composition course. The author was convinced that it was
important to tell stories without bungling or creating barrenness in the
process. "Historical narration...is illuminated by vivid descriptions, when
the sources afford material for such descriptions" (Slater, p. 338).

A present day concern exists that views the art of telling stories as being
a lost art. There is a current belief that this has created a void, or lack
of a bridge, between one generation and another. If various cultures are
studied it is apparent that information about values, morals, and what is
basically right and wrong, is passed on from one generation to the next. A
lot of the time this is accomplished in presenting various forms of
narratives - stories (Fine, p. 157)(Eubanks & Parish, p. 27)(Bolman & Deal,


Until about 1890 the pride and delight of Americans was their quality of
land. The possession of land was the aim for almost all their actions.
Land acquisition was used for curing social evils, governmental enticements,
status, gaging wealth or just to be a monarch in their own right. "An
artisan works, that he may die on land of his own" (Woestemeyer, p. 37).
Dr. Evan Ennis COMBS moved his family in 1842 from Montgomery County,
Kentucky to Saline County, Missouri (National Historical Company, p. 641).
His wife, Mary "Polly" Sydnor HINDE, was a Kentuckian by birth. They were
married on 17 APR 1817 in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Ennis and Polly COMBS
had ten children - Sarah Elizabeth, Edward Mark, Mary Ann, Silas Evans, John
Cuthbert, Fielding Alexander, Caroline "Dolly", James H., Susannah "Susan"
E. and Evan Ennis Jr. Dr. Ennis COMBS died of cholera 18 JUN 1849 on a
return trip to Kentucky, while on the Ohio River (Walker & Wilson, p.
45)(Perrin, p. 777).

The migration to Missouri was influenced by the letters that were sent by
family members in the area. The Hinde's, Evans', Scholl's and Combs' all
had various relations which made the move to Lafayette, Saline, Jackson and
Ray Counties in Missouri, rather than going to other parts of Kentucky or to
the State of Tennessee. In February 1844 Septimus Scholl (a Jackson County,
Missouri cousin of Mary "Polly" COMBS) wrote Nelson Scholl in Clarke County,
Kentucky stating that:

"there are several places in Saline County in the neighborhood of Doc
Combs (Dr. Evan Ennis COMBS) and Marshall (Missouri) I would be glad to hear
from by some person who had examined the premises, which I have enjoined on
John Haggard and Silas Combs &c. I also want you to send me particular word
what you think would be most prudent to bring with me and if you would send
any furniture by water or bring more horses than we require on the road.
What sort of oxen and wagons &c, and what part of the country you would
prefer taking in consideration the price of land the future prospects as to
timber, stock raising, trade, hemp, wheat, tobacco, mules &c, the most
proper time to move and the probable chance for renting a year, provided I
should not make a purchase immediately, and which would be the most
advisable plan, to buy or rent" (Giulvezan, p. 2).

Mary "Polly" Sydnor (HINDE) COMBS is the daughter of Dr. John Wood HINDE I.
Her mother is Elizabeth Sydnor (MARK) HINDE. The parents of Dr. John Wood
HINDE are Dr. Thomas and Mary HINDE. Dr. John and Elizabeth HINDE had
thirteen children (Ham, p. pp. 99-103). Dr. Thomas HINDE was a surgeon in
the British Army and Navy. "He left this service and came to America and
was a surgeon in the Revolution, afterward settling in Virginia" (American
Biographical Archive, Fielding Combs. p. 34).

Dr. Evan Ennis COMBS first wife died between 16 SEP 1837 (date of birth of
youngest child - Ennis COMBS Jr.) and 25 JUL 1848 (date of will)(Williams &
Williams, p. 51). It's not clear if Mary "Polly" S. COMBS died in
Montgomery County, Kentucky or in Missouri [see note 1]. Evan Ennis COMBS
Jr. was born in Kentucky, not in Missouri. In Dr. Ennis COMBS will it
states that "Ennis COMBS (is) to live with Silas EVANS who has raised him
this far until he is 21 years of age" (Combs &c. RootWeb Research Project,
p. 1). Silas EVANS was residing in Missouri when the will was probated.

Dr. Evan Ennis COMBS was married a second time to Susan N. CATLETT
(Wilson). By 1851 Susan N. (CATLETT) COMBS was living in St. Joseph,
Buchanan County, Missouri (Buchanan County, Book H, p. 245). No evidence
has ever been found which indicates that Susan N. COMBS ever lived with any
of the children of Dr. Evan Ennis COMBS between 1849 and the time of her
death 11 APR 1876 (Wilson). In 1860 Susan N. COMBS was living with Ann
CATLETT in St. Joseph, and next door to Dr. D. CATLETT (Nelson & Jackson, p.
109)[see note 2].


Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 15:28:35 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Michael R. Wilson" x-x-x-x-x-xmwilson@toto.net"><mwilson@toto.net>
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Subject: [COMBS-L] Jackson Co MO & Ennis COMBS - Part 2
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1. By 1850 Dr. Ennis COMBS family had scattered in a number of
directions. Caroline "Dolly" moved to Saline County, Missouri in 1845. She
returned to her former home in Montgomery County, Kentucky after the death
of her father. She is found living with her sister, Mary CALDWELL, in 1850
(1850 US Census, Kentucky - Montgomery County, p. 41)(Giulvezan, p. 14).

"Mrs Caroline (COMBS) HAWLES, 69, (b: 25 APR 1828) widow of Horace HAWLES,
died at home in Redwood City, California a couple of weeks ago. She was
Miss Caroline COMBS, daughter of old Dr. COMBS who was well known to the
older generation of our people. She was raised w(h)ere William H. PREWITT
now lives near old Lulbegrud Church. Was a school mate of Mrs. Anne
MITCHELL and Mrs. Mary T. REID. In 1853, she was in a party that crossed
the plains, Mr. Jacob TRUMBO, being a member of the same party. She married
Horace HAWLES after she went to California and he died a millionaire. She
died only moderately rich" (Elliston, p. 75)(Walker & Wilson, p. 44). "I
have seen Dolly once since she came out (to Independence, Missouri)" stated
her cousin Eliza WALLACE in her letter to Rodney M. HINDE dated 8 NOV 1845
(Giulvezan, p. 14).

Caroline HAWLES had a daughter also named Caroline. Her daughter married
and had two children, both were living at one time in Redwood City,
California. They are Mrs. J.W. GOODWIN and Porter ROBINSON (Musser, 24 JUN
1998, p. 1).

2. James H. COMBS (b: DEC 1832) is also residing with his sister Mary
CALDWELL in Montgomery County, Kentucky in 1850 (1850 US Census, Kentucky -
Montgomery County, p. 41). James H. graduated from the Mt. Sterling Academy
in 1852. "In 1853 he crossed the plains, with ox and mule teams, to
California. He first settled in San Ramon Valley, where he remained one
year. He then went to San Jose, where he remained about two years. In 1856
James H. COMBS returned to Jackson County, Missouri (American Biographical
Archive, James H. Combs. p. 46). He married Anna Elizabeth MARSHALL (b: JUL
1839) formerly from Lexington, Kentucky on 15 JUL 1860 (Musser, 23 JUN 1998,
p. 1). Anna Elizabeth COMBS parents were Robert and Elizabeth MARSHALL,
natives of Kentucky.

When James H. COMBS returned to Jackson County, Missouri in 1856 he farmed
property in Fort Osage Township. His farm was very close to Sibley,
Missouri. "Most of...Sibley...was burned by the Federal soldiers during the
Civil War. It is said that Federal boats passing on the (Missouri) river
were fired upon by bush-whackers and others, from this point, and the
soldiers taking it for granted that this was the headquarters of rebels and
enemies of the government, hence the destruction of the town" (Ramfre Press,
p. 309). After the Civil War James H. COMBS was known to be strongly
associated with the Confederacy, as well as supporting members of
Quantrill's Raiders. One story is documented where James H. COMBS helps
Frank James during a heated battle along the Missouri River:

In an attempt to escape capture by Union soldiers, ten members of Quantill's
Raiders were racing for Jackson County. The river is heavily patrolled and
the rebels were trying to cross the river in Ray County, Missouri into Osage
Township. "When the guerrillas left their horses the Federals were on the
northern side of the (Missouri) river firing futilely across....(After
crossing they) spread...out again under the warming sun and waited and
watched. The dismounted men had need to mount themselves rapidly, it was
battle everywhere. James Combs especially gave Frank James a horse destined
soon to become famous" (Edwards, pp. 171-172).

James H. COMBS moved his family to Redwood City, California in 1872. He
and his wife Anna Elizabeth COMBS had six children - Robert Marshall (b: abt
1863, MO), Mollie Sue (B: abt 1866, MO), Carrie H. (b: abt 1873, MO), James
H. Jr. (b: DEC 1875, CA), Marshal R. (b: AUG 1878) and Bessie ()(1880 US
Census, California - Lake County)(1900 US Census, California - Lake County).

3. Evan Ennis COMBS Jr. (b: 16 SEP 1837) is living with Silas and Sarah
"Sally" (COMBS) EVANS in 1850 (1850 US Census, Missouri - Lafayette, p.
248)(Walker & Wilson, p. 45). This was the wish of his father who provided
for this arrangement in his will. By 1860 Ennis is married to Sarah Waddell
CALLAWAY (b: JUL 1840) (Musser, 24 JUN 1998, p. 2). They are still living
in Lafayette County with Sally EVANS in 1860 (1860 US Census, Missouri -
Lafayette, p. 371).

Ennis COMBS Jr. moved his family to Monrovia, Los Angeles County,
California after 1863. He and Sarah his wife had four known children -
Belle (b: FEB 1863, MO), a twin brother (b: FEB 1863) that did not survive,
Annie who died when she was about 2 years of age, and Willie (Musser, 24 JUN
1998, p. 1). In the 1900 Federal Census Ennis COMBS Jr. had a lodger by the
name of Matt T. TERRY, age 59 (b: JUN 1840), born in New York. His
occupation is listed as shoe maker. Ennis is recorded as owing a farm and a
listed occupation as a landscape gardener (1900 US Census, California - Los

4. Silas COMBS (b: 22 MAY 1821, Montgomery Co, KY) married Martha Jane
PREWITT 30 AUG 1842. Martha Jane was born in Fayette County, Kentucky 17
MAR 1822. "Silas was reared and educated in his native county on a farm.
In 1842 he moved to Missouri and located in Saline County, where he was
engaged in farming till 1851, when he went to Jackson County (Missouri). In
1867 he came to Cass County, Missouri. In 1875 he took a trip to California
and remained there two years" (National Historical Company, p. 641). Silas
COMBS then returned to Cass County, Missouri and operated a 150 acre farm.

For six years Silas COMBS was the constable in Index Township, Jackson
County, Missouri. In the fall of 1881 he was elected township collector
(National Historical Company, p. 641). Silas COMBS had Jackson County,
Missouri land transactions with James A. MCBRIDE on 9 APR 1858 (Jackson
County, Book 26, p. 531), John W. POLK on 12 MAY 1860 (Jackson County, Book
35, p. 323), H. W. PATTON on 13 APR 1860 (Jackson County, Book 36, p. 198)
and Shelby FISHER and others on 7 FEB 1870 (Jackson County, Book 71, p. 603).

Martha Jane and Silas COMBS had thirteen children - Edward M. (b: abt 1845,
KY; d: prior to 7 OCT 1925), Mary S. (b: abt 1847, MO; d: prior to 7 OCT
1925), Bettie SANDERS (b: abt 1848, KY), Theodocia "Dote" THOMSON (b: abt
1849, MO), Samuel Woodson (b: abt 1850, MO - living in Nevada, MO in 1925),
Susan E. HEIGHTOWER (b: abt 1852, MO - living in Nevada, MO in 1925), Ennis
(b: abt 1854, MO), Florance NUNN (b: abt 1856, MO - living in Nevada, MO in
1925 with her husband John NUNN), Robert Lawson. (b:abt 1859, d: 7 OCT
1925), Carrie (b: abt 1861, MO), Mattie W. JONES (b: abt 1864, MO - living
in San Diego, CA with her husband Dr Roy Vernon JONES), Dollie H., and one
chid that is not identified (National Historical Company, p. 642)(The
Independence Examiner, 7 OCT 1925)(1860 US Census, Missouri - Jackson
County, p. 317)(1870 US Census, Missouri - Cass County, p. 611A)(Musser, 24
JUN 1998, p. 1).

Silas COMBS was a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity. He was also a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church (National Historical Company, p. 642).
Robert L. COMBS, his son, was elected the Blue Township Constable, in 1908
he was elected City Marshall of Independence, and four times elected the
Independence City Collector. He died of a heart attack in 1925 while
serving his fourth term in office (The Independence Examiner, 7 OCT 1925)

5. Dr. John "Cud" Cuthbert COMBS (b: abt 1822) married Harriet F.
SHORTREDGE (b: abt 1834, MO) (Musser, 22 JUN 1998). p. 3. Nelson Scholl
wrote Rodney M. HINDE 18 AUG 1845 and stated that "Cousin John's (John C.
COMBS) family is all well and in fact all the connection is well. Doc
(Ennis) Combs and family is well. Cud (John C. COMBS) has gone to Saline
and he and Daddy (Septimus SCHOLL) intend on his return from Howard (County,
Missouri) to have a hunt" (Giulvezan, p. 12)(Musser, 24 JUN 1998, p. 1).

John C. COMBS and his wife sold several parcels of land 18 AUG 1851 to
Strother RENICK, of Lafayette County, Missouri. The land that was being
sold was located in Jackson County, Missouri. The legal descriptions are W
NE Section 20, Township 50, Range 29; and NW & NE SE Section 20, Township
50, Range 29; and E SE Section 20, Township 50, Range 29; & E NW Section
35, Township 50, Range 29 (Jackson County, Book R, p. 555). The property is
located south east of Sibley, Missouri in Fort Osage Township. Another
parcel was sold to James M. MAVEY on 22 MAR 1849 (Jackson County, Book O, p.

John C. COMBS moved his family from Jackson County, Missouri to Tulare
County, California between 1873 and 1880. He and his wife Harette had nine
known children - Mary S. (b: abt 1856, MO), Susan H. (b: abt 1858, MO),
Samuel L. (b: abt 1859, MO), Martha (b: abt 1862, MO), Catharine (b: abt
1864, MO), Irene (b: abt 1865, MO), Fanny CADWELL (b: abt 1869, MO) and
Etnae (b: abt 1873, MO) (1880 US Census, California - Tulare County).


Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 15:31:12 -0500 (CDT)
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6. Dr. Edward Mark COMBS M.D. (b: 7 FEB 1818, d: 8 JAN 1893)(Osborne, p.
117) married Louisa E. BUTLER on 3 MAR 1842 (b: 30 MAR 1822, d: 17 MAY
1885)[see note 3]. Louisa E. COMBS, a native of Montgomery County,
Kentucky, is the daughter of Jacob and Sarah (HUKLE) BUTLER, natives of
Delaware (Perrin & Others, p. 777). Edward M. COMBS studied medicine with
his father until he was twenty years of age. He graduated from the medical
department of Transylvania University in 1840. Dr. Edward M. COMBS then
practiced with his father in Montgomery County, Kentucky and Saline County,
Missouri. In 1845 Dr Edward M. COMBS moved to Kiddville, Clark County,
Kentucky. He practiced in Kiddville until 1858, when he moved his family to
Lewisport, Hancock County, Kentucky along the Ohio River. In 1870 Dr. Edwad
M. COMBS moved his family again, this time to Clark County, Kentucky. "Dr.
Edward Combs lives near Winchester, (Clark County) Kentucky" (Musser, 22 JUN
1998, p. 2). He is buried in the Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky
(Perrin & Others, p. 777).

Dr. Edward M. COMBS sold land to Augustine B. CALDWELL that was located in
Jackson County, Missouri on 3 JUL 1853 (Jackson County, Book T, p. 436). A
second parcel of land in Jackson County, Missouri was sold to Nancy Jane
BATES on 21 MAY 1868 (Jackson County, Book 56, p. 378).

7. Dr. Fielding Alexander COMBS (b: 10 AUG 1828, KY) married Elizabeth
F. CARTHRAE (b:1828, d: 20 FEB 1865) 15 AUG 1848 in Saline County, Missouri
(Walker & Wilson, p. 45)(Dodd, p. 153). Elizabeth F. CARTHRA is the
daughter of Charles Wesley and Elizabeth CARTHRAE, and the sister of Dr.
Charles Alexander CARTHRAE who practiced medicine with Fielding A. COMBS
(Ham, p 100).

Dr. Fielding COMBS was educated at the Literary Academy at Mt. Sterling,
Kentucky. In 1848 he graduated from Medical College at Transylvania
University. In 1842 he emigrated to Independence, Missouri. Dr. Fielding
COMBS started his medical practice in Independence, Missouri. He later
moved to the Marshall area, in Saline County, Missouri.

In 1877 Fielding A. COMBS moved his family to Lake County, California. In
1879 he moved his family again to Tulare County, California. Here he
purchased a large ranch and tried his hand at farming. He was not
successful at farming so he sold out and moved to Visalia, California.
Fielding and his wife Elizabeth had six known children - Howard M. (b: AUG
1863, MO), James E. (b: OCT 1870, MO)[see note 4], Mary, another daughter
Sydnor C. (b: AUG 1872, MO), and Nannie L. (b: JUN 1875, MO), and Sarah
(1900 US Census, California - Tulare County)(American Biographical Archive,
Fielding Combs. p. 35). This is approximately the same time frame that John
Cuthbert COMBS moved his family to Tulare County, California. James E.
COMBS lived in Visalia, Tulare County, California (Musser, 24 JUN 1998, p. 1).

Various sources characterize Dr. Fielding A. COMBS as a Democrat. He was
an active Mason and a member of the I.O.O.F.

8. Sarah Elizabeth COMBS married Thomas Burke STEVENSON 24 NOV 1835
(Walker & Wilson, p. 44)[see note 5]. One source has Sarah and Thomas
STEVENSON residing in Frankfort, Kentucky (Boyd, p. 20).

9. Susannah "Susan" E. COMBS (b: 15 MAR 1830)(Walker & Wilson, p. 44)
married Howard MATTHEWS ON 25 sep 1845, in Jackson County, Missouri (Dodd,
p. 153). "Susan (MATTHEWS) was married the 25th of September, to a widower
by the name of Matthews (Giulvezan, p. 14). Dr. Ennis COMBS gave a nine
year old Negro girl, by the name Mary, to his daughter on 7 JUL 1847. This
deed of gift recorded Susan E. MATTHEWS as a resident of Jackson County,
Missouri (Jackson County, Book L, p. 530). In Dr. Ennis COMBS will, dated
25 JUL 1848, it lists Susan MATTHEWS as being deceased (Williams & Williams,
p. 51).

10. Mary A. COMBS (b: 4 OCT 1824) was married to Augustus B. CALDWELL (b:
4 AUG 1819) on 24 AUG 1841. Dr. Ennis COMBS gave a twelve year old Negro
girl, by the name Jane, to his daughter on 7 JUL 1847. This deed of gift
recorded Mary A. CALDWELL as a resident of Jackson County, Missouri (Jackson
County, Book L, p. 531). Augustine B. CALDWELL and John HEARD probated the
John A. MIZE will on 23 DEC 1847, in Jackson County, Missouri (Meador, p.
54). In the 1850 Federal Census for Montgomery County, Kentucky Mary A.
CALDWELL is living with her sister Caroline COMBS and her brother James H.
[see note 6]. Her husband is not listed as part of the residence. Two
children are listed - Robert (b: abt 1845), and Mary (b: abt 1849)(1850 US
Census, Kentucky - Montgomery County, p. 41).


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