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Decatur County

1880 Decatur Co, IA Census

Film # T9-0336


p. 226B

John COMBS Self M Male W 45 ENG Carpenter ENG ENG
Sophia Wife M Female W 32 IN Keeping House OH OH
Richard S. Son S Male W 14 MI At Home ENG IN
John D. Son S Male W 12 MI At Home ENG IN
Mary J. Dau S Female W 5 WI ENG IN

Found on Decatur county GENWEB site: Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa, (Lewis Publishing Company (1887)), p. 521:

WILLIAM A. GARDNER resides on section 19, Center Township, where he settled in 1871. He has been a resident of Decatur County since October 28, 1857. His farm consists of 120 acres, and he also owns land elsewhere in the township. When he purchased there were only about eight acres improved, and nothing had been done in the way of orchards. His present residence had been erected by Mr. Size, a previous owner. He now has a fine orchard and an abundance of fruits of various kinds. Mr. Gardner was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, October 19, 1822. He lived in his native State until the day he was thirty-five years old, when he started with his family for Iowa. Mrs. Gardner was formerly Ellen Combs, born also in Columbiana County, but lived many years with her parents in Stark County. When Mr. Gardner came to Iowa his family consisted of his wife, three sons and one daughter. A son and daughter have been born in Decatur County. The names of the children are -- John S., Myra A., wife of J. W. Barrett; William M., Winfield Scott, Jasper Ross and Frances E. When Mr. Gardner first came to Decatur County he engaged in the mercantile business, in Leon, under the firm name of Gardner & Sons, his father and brother, J. W., being associated with him. They continued in the business two or three years, and he was afterward engaged in various occupations until he settled upon his present farm. In early life Mr. Gardner was a Whig, but has been identified with the Republican party since its organization. He cast his first vote for Henry Clay, in 1844, and has voted at every presidential election since that time. He has served as justice of the peace eight years, and still holds the office. He is the present coroner of the county, having been elected to that office in 1885. Both he and his wife are members of the church of Christ, both having united before their marriage. Their children are also members of the same church. Mr. Gardner's father, John Gardner, was a native of Pennsylvania, and immigrated to Iowa with his family in October, 1853. They passed the following winter in Clayton County, and came to Decatur County the following spring, where the father died May 6, 1875, aged eighty years and six months. His wife died July 28, 1867. Mrs. Gardner's parents were John and Anna Combs. The father died in Carroll County, Ohio, October 4, 1857, and the mother soon after came to Decatur County, where she died February 1, 1882, being eighty-three years and twenty-two days old; her father-in-law, John Combs, was one hundred and five years old at the time of his death.

Submitted to the Decatur County GenWeb site by Christy Jay

Submitted by Linda Berney

From History of Decatur county Iowa and Its People, Vol II The S. J. Clarke Publishing company, 1915, pages 398-400
This is an excerpt from a long biography of Randolph McCutchan:

#8230;Mr. McCUTCHAN was married on the 16th of August, 1885, to Miss Maggie H. BEAMAN, whose birth occurred in Clarke county on the 10th of April, 1862. Her parents, Ezekiel and Polly (NICHOLS) Beaman, were both natives of Indiana and were married in Warren county, that state. Many years ago they located in Clarke county, Iowa, where the father died in 1865, when thirty-five years of age. He was a member of the Baptist church, as was his wife. Following his demise she married Robert Combs and her death occurred on the 3d of April, 1892, when she was about sixty-five years old#8230;

Submitted by Linda Berney

MARRIAGE LICENSE No. 83 issued Dec. 23rd, 1874 by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Mr. Aaron Huff, Age 19
Miss Lucy A. Combs, age 19.

Affidavit - I, R. P. Smith of Decatur County, State of Iowa, aged 33 years, do solemnly swear that I am acquainted with Aaron Huff and Lucy A. Combs who are parties for the marriage of whom a License is applied for, that said Aaron Huff is of the age of 19 years and upward, of sound contracting mind and unmarried, that said Lucy A. Combs is of the age of 19 years and upward, of sound contracting mind and unmarried, and that there is no legal impediment to said parties entering the marriage state, to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, and that I am not interested in the issue of said License.

Subscribed and sworn to by R. P. Smith before me, Dec. 23, 1874.


Application being made this day by Mr. R. P. Smith, for License for the Marriage of Mr. Aaron Huff, aged 19 years, and Miss Lucy A. Combs aged 19 years, and it appearing by the written consent of Reuben W. Huff father of said Aaron Huff herein filed which was proven genuine by a competent witness and the above affidavit of said applicant, that the said parties are of competent age and condition to marry, License is therefore issued. A. C. Chase, Clerk of the Circuit Court


To the Clerk of the Circuit Court, of Decatur County:
This Certifies, That on the 24th day of December A. D. 1874 at Plummer Smith's, Elk, in said County, according to law and by authority, I duly Joined in Marriage Mr. Aaron Huff and Miss Lucy A. Combs.

Given under my hand the 24th day of December, A. D. 1874, Wm A. Grayton, J. P.

Note: This is the daughter of Robert Andrew Combs and Lucy Case

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives