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Wapello County was created in 1843 from Indian Lands. The County seat is Ottumwa.

1860 Wapello Co, IA Census

Agency City

p. 861/93, 18 June 1860

662/630 James Cooms [or Combs], 25, m, Carpenter, RE=$800, b. IN
Minerva, 24, f, b. IN
Sathalia P, m, 5, b. IA [looks like but can't be sure of spelling]
Ennos Combs, 21, m, laborer, b. IN

SE Note: Appears to be James Combs, although the surname is somewhat hard to decipher. Family information from descendant Benjamin Combs states that James M. and Manerva WILSON Combs had a son named Ennis Udell Combs, b. 13 July 1860 in Agency City. Their son Salathiel Job Combs was born 21 Sept. 1855. James M. Combs and Manerva Ellen WILSON married in 1852 in McDonough Co., IL. James M. Combs is found with his parents Job and Henrietta WILLIAMS Combs in the 1850 Clay Co., IN census. Per that census he had a brother named Doctor E. Combs, age 12, who may be the same as the above Ennos Combs. James' father Job Combs was living in adjoining Monroe Co., IA per the 1860 census. James is next found in Taylor Co., IA in 1870. Dates of birth for James' children provided by Researcher Benjamin Combs.

Competine Twp

p. 957/189, 13 July 1860

1407/1425 John REED, 55, m, Farmer, RE=$4000, PP=$1000, b. IN
Elizabeth, 55, f, b. IN
David, 21, m, Farmer, b. IN
John 16, m, Farmer, b. IN
Eden, 14, m, b. IN
Malinda, 10, f, b. IN
Josiah, 6, m, b. IA
Melissa Combs, 5, f, b. IA

1880 Wapello Co, IA Census

Film # T9-0368


p. 238B

Sarah A. COMBS Self D Female W 37 IN Housekeeper VA ---
Mary A. Dau S Female W 12 KS At Home -- --
Wm. Madison Son S Male W 9 KS At Home -- --

1900 Wapello Co, IA Census


SD 6 - ED 112 6-22 Jun 1900

85/87 Coombs Tho?? head w m May 1832 48 m 18 IN IN IN farmer y y y o f f 81
Evan wife w f Feb 1864 36 m 18 2 1 IA OH MO
Amy d w f Oct 1882 17 s KS IN IA
Elmer s w m Dec 1883 16 s MO IN IA farm laborer
Elaine d w f Sept 1890 10 s IA IN IA at school
Russel son w m Feb 1898 2 s IA IN IA

Note: Married 18 yrs, 2 children, one living (Russel?). Second Marriage for each? Who is the mother of Amy, Elmer and Elaine?. Or an error by census taker?

USGenWeb Census Project

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