1860 Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co, CA Census

Santa Rosa Twp

Page 399

BRADSHAW, Isaac 41 m w farmer NC
Francis B. 34 f w KY
Catharin 16 f w MO
Maria 13 f w MO
Francis 9 f w MO

(Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera)

Notes: Frances B. [Burdette] COMBS m Isaac BRADSHAW 22 Aug 1843 in Johnson Co, MO. On May 14, 1866, she applied for a homestead in Sonoma County (See below). Her daughter, Maria BRADSHAW, m 31 Oct 1866, Clackamas Co, OR, her first cousin, John W. COMBS, s/o Richard and Cynthia M. SNELLING Combs who also m in 1843 in Johnson Co, MO. By 1870 John W. and Maria BRADSHAW Combs were in Santa Rosa, with her mother, Fannie, in their household.

1870 US Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif.

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201/203 Richard COMBS 20 m w apprentice painter OR

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232/224 John W. COMBS 22 m w farmer OR
Maria 23 f w MO
Henry 3 OR
F. BRADSHAW 46 f w of the family KY

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Barbara Rivas from information sent by Mrs. Opal Combs to Betty Harvey Williams, Warrensburg, MO; 12/98 Correction by Researcher Jim McMillen, based on microfilm copy, reflecting that occupation was painter, not printer, the latter the same occupation listed for Richard in Kern Co, CA in 1875)

Notes: The above Richard Combs (#201-203) was Richard Cuthbert Combs, Jr., b ca 1850, Yamhill Co, OR, s/o Richard Cuthbert & Synthia M. SNELLING Combs, Sr. who m 1843, Johnson Co, MO. In 1875, Richard Combs, Sr. (s/o John and Betsy Bingham BULLOCK Combs) was in Kern Co, CA. The above John W. Combs (#232-224), also a son of Richard Cuthbert & Cynthia M. SNELLING Combs, m 31 Oct 1866, Clackamas Co, OR, his first cousin, Maria BRADSHAW, d/o Isaac BRADSHAW and Frances B. Combs, also in the above household.

1890 Great Register of Sonoma County, California

Surname Given Age Bp Occupation

Combs Alvin 24 CA farmer

Combs Alvin Roofs 55 KY carpenter

Combs Benjamin Snelling 42 MO painter

Combs Calvin 24 CA farmer

Combs Hugh Logan 29 OR painter

Combs John Franklin 27 CA farmer

Combs Monroe 24 CA laborer

Combs Richard Cuthbert 38 OR painter

Combs Richard Cuthbert 68 KY farmer

Combs Samuel Ross 34 IL miner

Combs William Myron 23 KY farmer

Notes: Benjamin Snelling Combs and Richard Cuthbert Combs, Jr. were s/o Richard Cuthbert & Cynthia M. SNELLING Combs, Sr. See Merced Co, CA re Hugh Logan Combs as another possible son.

Sonoma County Death Records 1873-1905:

2 Jun 1875 COMBS, Nettie daughter of JW/M 3 F CA Santa Rosa

2 Jun 1875 COMBS, Chester son of JW/M 6 M CA Santa Rosa

20 Feb 1885 COMBS, Frank b. 5 y 11 mos 23 d CA son of R.S.

16 Mar 1886 COMBS, stillborn F CA child of B.F. COMBS, Santa Rosa

4 Jan 1899 COMBS, Richard C. Sr.- 79y 4 mo 15d, married KY, resided Santa Rosa

6 May 1901 COMBS, Cynthia 76 F widow KY died Santa Rosa

Extracted by Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera

18 Aug 1893-14 Oct 1894 Sonoma Co CA. Will of Frances B. BRADSHAW. Written: 18 Aug 1893. #2466. Santa Rosa. Died: 14 Oct 1894 Bk. F, Pg. 309. Rec: 1 Oct 1894. Daughters: Catherine KERR, Mariah COMBS. Children: of deceased daughter; Hettie B. HOYT, Jessie HOYT, Bertie HOYT. Executor: William E. MCCONNELL. Witnesses: W. FINLAW, J.W. RAGSDALE

Extracted from ABSTRACT OF WILLS 1850-1900 Sonoma County, CA by Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera

BLNote: Frances' death certificate lists cause of death as Chronic Dyspesia and Ulceration of Stomach. Age: 70 yrs. 21 days. Widow born KY interred Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera

On 16 Oct 1896, in the Superior Court of Sonoma County, CA, Maria COOMBS, wife of John W. COMBS, filed for divorce against her husband. John W. COMBS has been identified as the brother of Richard C. COMBS jr., and Benjamine S. COMBS.

The following information was taken from the testimony of Maria COMBS:

"I was married at Forrest Grove near Portland Oregon on the 30th of October 1866. We have three children living, namely Henry COMBS, aged 29 years, Ella COMBS, aged 18 years, and Mabel R. COMBS, aged 16 years. Mabel has resided with me ever since I came (back) to Santa Rosa."

"We moved to Modesto in 1878 and lived there until two years ago this last September, when I returned to Santa Rosa." Maria COMBS stated in her testimony that her mother, Frances B. BRADSHAW, had helped her with the rent payment and food bill, and that her husband had failed in his responsibilities to his family. When Maria returned to Santa Rosa, she lived with her mother. John W. COMBS remained in Modesto. He did not contest the divorce.

Note: Maria COMBS died 25 Apr 1925, Aged 78 years. She is burried in the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, next to her mother Frances B. (COMBS) BRADSHAW, and two young children; Chester, who died 11 Jun 1877 at 6 yrs, 7mo, 29d (Scarlet Fever) and Nettie, died 2 Jun 1877, 3 yrs, 2mos (Measles).

Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera

25 Aug 1904. The Healdsburg Tribune. Healdsburg, [Sonoma Co] CA. Healdsburg people were startled Saturday afternoon by the fire-bell, which was rung in response to a telephone message from Mrs. DUDLEY that the COMBS barn, near Sherman and West Streets was ablaze. The department responded promptly, but the fire was not extinguished until the COMBS and WOLCOTT barns were destroyed, as well as considerable fencing. In the COMBS barn was a nearly new buggy, two chests of carpenters' tools and other articles of value, all of which were destroyed. Mr. WOLCOTT used his barn as a storehouse, and in it were articles to the value, probably, of two or three hundred dollars, all of which were also destroyed, as no one was home at the time the fire started. Not five minutes before the alarm was sounded, Mr. WOLCOTT went in the back way by the barn and into the house, but finding no one home he remounted his wheel and rode down town. Just as he dismounted near the postoffice the fire-bell sounded the alarm, and he hastened back, but too late to save anything from the barn. The fire was caused by little Helen COMBS. She was amusing herself in her playhouse at the barn, and experimented in making a cigarette. The lighted match started the fire. She ran in to tell her mother and her parents made every effort to extinguish the flames, but without success. The entire loss is probably $300. A far more disastrous fire in point of damage done occurred Saturday night in the millinery store of Miss Blanche SLOCUM on West street. The damage to Miss SLOCUM'S stock is estimated to have been from $1200 to $1500.

(Extracted from 1999 Newspaper Abstracts List Archives, Submission of Jeanne Taylor, http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl?list=NEWSPAPER-ABSTRACTS)


COMBS, Richard Cuthbert d. 11 Jun 1928 78 years

Extracted by Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera

Extracted by Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera from The Men of the Bear Flag Revolt" by Barbara R. Warner:

"William D. BRADSHAW, brother of Isaac, was in Sonoma County by 1846 wherehe enlisted at Sonoma garrison on Aug. 7 to join the revolt. This could be the reason why Isaac BRADSHAW moved his family to CA.

"After 1860 Isaac left his wife and children in CA to join his brother William; together they operated a ferry across the Colorado River near La Paz, AZ.in 1862. Isaac was a carpenter; Sheriff of Yuma Co. 1864-65; Deputy Sheriff at La Paz 1870; moved to Yavapai Co. in the 70's where he mined at CopperBasin. He died of pnuemonia Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1885, and his comrades buried him there at the Springs.

"Meanwhile, Frances [Combs] BRADSHAW applied for a homestead on May 14,1866 in Santa Rosa in her own name.

"Children of Isaac and Frances:

  1. Catherine m William KERR 16 Feb 1862, Sonoma Co. CA
  2. Maria m John W. Combs [1st cousin] 30 Oct 1866, Forest Grove near Portland,OR
  3. Francis m Hiram HOYT 18 Apr 1869, Sonoma Co., CA"

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