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Van Buren County was established from Des Moines County in 1836. The County seat is Keosauqua. Davis was formed in 1843.

1850 Van Buren Co, IA Census

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Kent Wayson)

page 97B

98/101 Graham Combs 48 PA
Jane 48 PA
Angeline 18 PA (might be a 19)
Jno 17 PA
James 16 PA
Mary 13 PA
Rachel 11 PA
Dianna 9 PA
David 6 PA
Eliza 4 PA

Notes: This record does not appear in Van Buren Co, IA 1850 census. It is primarily a duplicate of the 1850 Jefferson Co, IA record. But there may have been a reason for the inclusion since the Graham Co(o)mbs family is in the 1856 Iowa State Census for Van Buren and Graham's widow Jane is found in records through the 1880 Van Buren CO. census.

1856 Van Buren Co, IA State Census

p. 170, # 167

Graham Combs 44 b PA Chairmaker
Diana 46, b PA
John 24, b PA none
James 22, b PA Carpenter
Mary 20, b PA
Rachel 17, b PA
Diana 16, b PA
Katharine 10, b PA
Rachel 12, b PA
Daniel F [or S] 11 b PA
A F 4, b PA

(Source: Original images from Iowa 1856 State Census,

Notes: Parts of the image were dark and blurred and very hard to read. It is possible the children were out of order. The wife was clearly Diana; therefore, there may have been a mistake or maybe her name was Diana Jane as it appears her daughter Diana was also named Diana Jane.

1860 Van Buren County, IA Federal Census

Village Twp

pg. 9 sheet 247, June 2, 1860

50/51 Combs John 48 M Farmer 3,000 450 PA
Jane 47 F PA
John Jr. 20 M Farming PA
James 18 M Farming PA
Angeline 17 F PA
Smith 13 M PA
Catharine E. 12 F PA

Note: Jane reads and writes; 3 youngest go to school.

Notes: Appears to be the family of Graham Coombs; however, the ages are off on the children. The head of the household may be Graham's son John who should have been around age 28. Graham Combs died in 1860 per his cemetery marker (Winsell cemetery, Jefferson Co), month unknown; therefore he could have still have been alive. Jane was born 1810 per her cemetery marker so she should have been age 50 which is fairly close.

pg. 266

159/159 McComas Danl. 36 M Farmer 110 OH
Wm. N. 16 M OH X
Mary E. 13 F OH X
Caziah A. 10 F OH X
Merriam 6 M OH X

Farmington Twp

pg. 479

1747/1757 DETWILER John H. 26 M Carpenter 350 175 PA
Cordelia 21 F OH
Ella 2 F IA
McComb Mary 22 F OH

Harrisburg Twp

pg. 568

2379 2394 BIRCH William 67 M Farmer 8,120 350 VA
Matilda 54 F VA
McComb Matilda 25 F OH
Hugh 29 M Labourer OH

(IAGenWeb State Census Project)

1870 Van Buren County, IA Federal Census

Harrisburg Twp

pg. 268b

131/132 BURTCH William 77 M W Farmer 7,600 653 VA X X X
Matilda 64 F W Keeping House VA X X
McComb Matilda 39 F W Keeping House OH

132/133 McComb M. E. 29 F W Keeping House PA X
Eva M. 9 F W At Home IA X
Jane B. 6 F W At Home IA
Ellmer E. 4/12 M W IA Jan
SPEIR Frank P. 16 M W Farm Laborer PA
Kesiah 18 F W At Home PA
McComb H. 34 M W Farmer 450 897 OH

Vernon Twp

pg 374a

204/204 YEAGER Amos 57 M W Works in Woolen Mill 3,000 653 PA
Catherine 51 F W Keeping House PA

pg. 374b (con't)

204/204 BAILEY L. J. 10 F W Attending School IA
McComb Martha 47 F W Works in Woolen Mill PA


1880 Van Buren County, IA Federal Census

Bonaparte Twp

sheet 458d

McComb Hugh W M 41 Self X Brick Mason OH VA VA
Elizabeth W F 40 Wife X Keeping House PA PA PA
Eva W F 18 Dau X IA OH PA
Jennie W F 16 Dau X Dress Maker IA OH PA
Rex W M 4 Son X IA OH PA

Harrisburg Twp

sheet 453C

McComb Finette W F 45 Self W Keeping House NY CT NY
Julia W F 19 Dau X MO NY NY 453C
George W M 8 Son X IA OH NY


Village Twp

ED 24

p. ??, June 16, 1880

218/218 KIMBLE Francis wm 36, md, laborer, b OH NY NY
Elizabest Wife wf 34, md, Keeping House, b PA
Eva Daughter wf 9, b IA OH PA
Coombs Jane, Mother wf 69, Boarding, b PA Ireland Ireland

1895 Van Buren Co, IA State Census

Bonaparte Twp

pg. 39

176/183 McComb Finnette 59 F W W NY
Julia A. 34 F W S MO Seamstress


Farmington Twp

pg. 240

216/190 McComb Hugh 58 M W M OH B 3 IA Cavl
Mary E. 44 F W M Pens
Rex 19 M W - VB Co IA

pg. 247

265/233 Combs John 60 M W M Ind Farmer
Josephene 40 F W M Verg
Ida 17 F W - VB Co IA

(IAGenWeb State Census Project)

Harrisburg Twp

pg. 267

26/26 McComb George 23 M W M Van Buren N N Farming
Belle 22 F W M Van Buren N N
Robt B. 4 M W S Van Buren N N
Fienette 0 F W S Van Buren N N


Van Buren Co, Iowa Marriages: [dates are date license was issued]

2/10/1858 Coon, Eliza & Gibson, F. K.

3/9/1860 Combes, John & STANDLEY, Nancy E.

8/3/1867 Coombs, Elizabeth & KIMBLE, Francis

11/2/1865 Coombs, Diana & Sutton, Asbury

11/2/1865 Coombs, James & Armentrout, Amanda

8/11/1866 Coon, James & Parsons, Sarah

8/24/1866 Coone, Rachael & Norman, John

1/3/1873 Combs, John & AMOS, Joseph [may be Josephine]

2/28/1875 Coomes, John & Norman, Rachel

(Source:, Early Van Buren Co IA Marriages 1837 - 1880, Transcribed by the D.A.R. in 1936)

The marriage licenses for Graham's daughter Diana Coombs & Asbury SUTTON and his son James Combs & Amanda ARMENTROUT were obtained on the same day in 1865. Both couples are found in the 1870 Jefferson Co, IA census. James Coombs and Asbury SUTTON served together in the 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, were neighbors for several years, and were good friends per a bio of Asbury Sutton (Rootsweb bio message board).

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