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Kishkekosh County was established in 1843 changed to Monroe in 1846. The County seat is Albia.

1850 Census, Monroe Co, IA

District 13

Dwl 265: Jesse ANDERSON, 34 [sic] NC [age 60 1860 census]
Sarah Anderson, 46 NC [age 56 1860 census]
Westly Anderson, 22 NC
Mary Anderson, 20 NC
John Anderson, 18 NC
Irena Anderson 16 NC
Amanda Anderson, 14 NC
Lucretia Anderson, 12 IN
Marten Anderson, 10 IN
William Anderson, 8 IN

(Combs Researcher Nancy Tyrrel Theodore)

Note: Sarah Combs, d/o Thomas Hicks & Keziah HAYS Combs b c1803, NC; m. 1 Jan 1822, Wilkes Co, NC, Jesse ANDERSON. They traveled with Sarah's parents in the mid-1830s to Indiana, but by 1850 had moved to Monroe where they settled permanently.

1856 Special Monroe Co, IA Census

Wayne Twp

ANDERSON Jesse 56 NC 5yrs residence [bc 1800]
Sarah 53 NC [bc 1803]
Cretia 17 IN [bc 1839]
Martin 13 IN [bc 1843]
William 10 IN [bc 1846]

25 Aug 1859 - Michael Combs performed marriage of Jacob [Job?] Combs and Olive McNIEL in Monroe County, Iowa per Combs Researcher Linda Berney. See 1860 census record.

1860 Monroe County IA Census

Wayne Twp

1442/1359 ANDERSON Jessee 60 Farmer NC [bc 1800]
Sarah 56 Dom.wrk NC [bc 1804]
Lucretia 21 Dom.wrk IN [bc 1839]
Martin V 18 Farming IN [bc 1842]
William J 15 Farming IN [bc 1845]

See Combs &c. Families Michael & Job Combs

Mantua Township

Fairview PO

p. 343/115

857/790 Thomas BUCHANAN, 28, m, farming, PP=$350 Canada - E
Martha 28, f, domestic work OH
Robert E, 5, m OH
Mary J, 4, f IL
William, 2, m IA
John R., 4/12, m IA
David DARROW, 22, m, Farmer, RE=$4000, PP=$411 OH
Andrew FLOYD, 27, m, Plasterer Tenn
Job Combs, 56, m, Minister C. C., RE=$500 Tenn
Olive Combs, 40, f, domestic work, RE=$3025, PP=$535 OH
Washington McNEIL, 12, m IA
Lyler (or Tyler) McNEIL, 10, f IA

Per Linda Berney: Dec 1867, Job Combs files for divorce from Olive in Lancaster County, Nebraska (Vital Records from Nebraska State Journal page 1, found at Nebraska State Historical Society - “Combs vs Combs Div. Job Combs of Lan Co. Nebr. Plaintiff vs Olive Combs of Iowa, defendant. Petition filed 23 Nov 1867 in District Ct. Lan Co. Nebr to be answered on or before Dec 16, 1867.”)

There is an entry in the Monroe Co, IA Will Book B index for Olive Combs (Source: USGenweb Monroe Co., IA)

Apparently Job Combs removed to Nebraska with his brother Michael Combs. On 2 May 1868 - Job Combs died (obit by brother Michael in The Christian Record, Vol II - No. 8, August 1868, pages 223-224 - “I have the mournful intelligence to communicate of the death of my dear and only brother, Job Combs, aged sixty-six years, four months, and two days. Departed this life May 2d, 1868” See Family Report for Michael and Job Combs

SE Note: Is this same Job Combs that married Henrietta WILLIAMS in Ripley Co., IN and then found with Michael Combs in Montgomery Co. and Clay Co., IN. Obviously this Job in Monroe Co. and later in Nebraska is the brother of Michael Combs and biographical sketches of Michael Combs state his brother Job was with him in Montgomery Co., IN.

Monroe Twp

City of Albia

p. 242/14, 4 June 1860

130/112 Michael Combs, 60, m, Minister-Reform, RE=$200, PP=$250 Tenn
Mary, 59, f, domestic work NC
Abigail SMITH, 16, f, domestic work IL

SE Note: Indexed by Heritage Quest as Cambs and written as Cambs. Next found in Lancaster Co., NE records. Michael's brother Job Combs and wife Olive McNEIL in Mantua Township. Michael Combs and family are in Clay Co., IN in 1850. See Linda Berney's Family Report on Michael and Job Combs

Albia PO, July 20 1860

p. 385/157

Elias Combs, 30, m, farmer, RE=$3000, PP=$950 NC
Margaret 22, f, domestic work IN
Elizabeth R, 6, f IN
Sarah J, 4, f IA
George W, 1, m IA
Hesakiah, 76, m NC

1863 Monroe Co., IA Militia Roll (Source: USGenweb Monroe Co., IA)

Combs, Elias, 32, Farmer, Monroe, Page 33

1870 Monroe Co, IA Census

Mantua Twp

Albia PO

p. 367, 25 June 1870

133/123 Olive Combs, 49, Female, White, Keeping House 4800 700 OH
Irvine McNEIL, 32, Male, White, Farm laborer, PP=$712 IA

(Source: 1870 Monroe Co, IA census original images from Heritage Quest)

Notes: Widower of [or divorced from] Rev. Job Combs. Couple last found in Lancaster Co, NE. See directory entry for Olive DARROW McNEILL Combs.

Wayne Twp

ANDERSON Jesse 70 NC [bc 1800]

NT Notes: Estate records for Monroe Co, IA, Probate Baox 46, for Jesse ANDERSON, show a receipt for his coffin dated 1872. Sarah Combs preceded Jesse in death.

1880 Monroe Co, IA Census

Mantua Twp ED 139

p. 26, , 29 June 1880

227/228 Combs, Olive 59, White, Female, Widowed, Farming OH, NY, CONN
ANDERSON, William, 27, Border [sic], White, Male, Single, Farming IA, Sweden, Sweden
RORY, James [?], 15, Border, White, Male, SIngle, working on farm IA

(Source: 1870 Monroe Co, IA census original images from Heritage Quest)

Film # T9-0357


p. 250C

BIGGS Asa Self M Male W 56 IN Farmer IN IN
Margret Wife M Female W 43 IN Keeping House OH OH
COMBS George W. SSon S Male W 21 IA Works On Farm NC IN
Isaac N. SSon Male W 18 IA Works On Farm NC IN
Cynthia A. SDau S Female W 12 IA At Home NC IN
William Son S Male W 25 IN Works On Farm IN IN
Laura Dau S Female W 16 IA At Home IN IN
Henry B. Son S Male W 3 IA IN IN

Note: Margaret R. Watson widow of Elias Combs s/o of Thomas Hicks and Keziah HAYS Combs of Wilkes Co, NC

Combs, Olive, Mrs., daughter of George DARROW and widow of Job Combs, S.1; P.O. Fredric; he was born in 1803, in Tennessee, died in June, 1870; she was born Oct. 20, 1820, in Ohio. They were married in August, 1867. She owns 160 acres of land. Her first husband, Thomas McNEILL, was born June 24, 1823, in Potsdam, N.Y; they were married in Lee Co., Iowa, April 17, 1847; he died in June 1857; have three children--W. Irvin, Sylva C. (now Mrs. TERRY), and Amanda H. McNEILL. Member of the Christian Church.

Source: Directory of Monroe County, Iowa: Mantua Township, p. 480:

Submitted by researcher: Constance Combs

Notes: Our records show Job Combs and Olive McNEILL were married 25 Aug 1859 and that Job Combs filed for a divorce from Olive in Dec. 1867 in Lancaster Co, NE, and that Job died 2 May 1868 per his death notice writtten by his brother. The above directory entry is interesting because it is another reference to Job being born in Tennessee.

Iowa WPA Cemetery Records
Monroe County


COMBES Isaac N. 1862 1918/7/18 Oakview Troy

COMBS Geo. W. 1858 1927/10/15 Hayes Monroe

COMBS Ida A. Hayes Monroe wife of Geo. W.

COMBS Margaret R. 1837 1883/5/18 Hayes Monroe

COMBS Mary A. 1894/2/2 1933/7/27 Hayes Monroe

COMER James E. 1892/2/7 1938/3/12 St. Patricks Georgetown

COMER Michael 1873 1910/7/17 St. Patricks Georgetown

COMER Thomas 1863 1930/4/22 St. Patricks Georgetown

COMER Thomas 1813 1910/10/22 St. Patricks Georgetown

(USGenWeb Project Archives)

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