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Adams County was established in 1825 from Pike and non-county area.

Note: Except where otherwise noted, source for all IL Marriages is Combs Marriages of IL

29 Nov 1817 IL Land Sales. Military Tract. COMB, Thomas
05 Sep 1818 IL Land Sales. Military Tract. Elias Combs, residence: Vermont.
(Combs IL Land)

1830 Adams Co, IL Census Index

No Combs

8 Mar 1836. Hancock Co, IL Llewelyn W. Combs. Federal Land Sales is probably same record as that by the BLM which shows that signature date of 3 Nov 1840 for land in Hancock Co, IL issued to Llewellyn W. Combs of Adams Co, IL.

Feb 1840 Adams Co, IL Court Documents (Abstracted). "sometime in the month of February 1840 one Llewellyn W. Combs a resident of said county departed this life"… He erected a tanning mill on the property… and "carried on the tanning business for the space of more than one year thereon… [and his wife] Maria has removed beyond the jurisdiction of this state into the State of Kentucky". Llewellyn Combs owed about $153.00 and because Maria had left the state, Llewellyn's property was taken back (Abstracted by Combs Researcher Rue Avant from copies of original courthouse file)

RA Notes: Llewellyn W. Combs m 25 Oct 1830, Nelson Co, KY, Maria K. OVERTON. In 1850, Maria K. Combs and family are on the Jefferson Co, KY census. See also Interview of their daughter, Susan Combs Harner.

1840 Adams Co, IL Census Index

Quincy Twp

p. 062
Samuel R. Combs
Abbot Combs

1841 Adams Co, IL. R. M. EWING, s/o William W. and Sarah Combs Ewing (m 3 Dec 1817, Clark Co, KY) removed to Quincy, Adams Co, IL this year, thence to MO, thence to MO in 1841/2, thence back to Adams Co (DeWitt Co, IL Biography of R. M. EWING)

Notes: Sarah Combs Ewing was the d/o Joseph & Susannah CLARK Combs of Stafford Co, VA & Clark Co, KY.

16 Jan 1845 Combs, Robert B. - WILSON, Sarah Ann married by MG Wm. CRAIN/CRANE

(Adams Co, IL Marriage Records Transcribed by Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre)

14 Jun 1847 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) COMB, Elizabeth & FOX, Anthony

(Early American Marriages, Midwest, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Bountiful, UT)

1848-9 Adams County IL. Died: John H. Combs, h/o Marinda VIVION, whom he m 2 Jan 1819 Clark Co KY, died spring of 1848 or 49 in Adams Co IL, widow died 19 Dec 1885 in Georgetown, Scott Co KY (WC-8114, Index to War of 1812 Pensions Files, Vol 1, Virgil D. White)

Notes: John H. Combs, s/o Joseph & Susannah CLARK Combs of Clark Co, KY. Is his presence in this county significant in terms of the 1840 Samuel R. Combs of 1840 above?

1850 Adams Co, IL Census Index

Ellington Twp

p. 66

N. Ward Quincy

p. 227

1850 Adams Co, IL Census

USGenWeb Census Project; Partial Census online for Adams County, Ellington Township not yet transcribed to check for Mary Coombs.

REEL NO: M432-97 PAGE NO: 227b

North Ward

111/139 Coombs John H 52 M Laborer KY
Catharine 36 F PA sch
Mary 11 F IL sch
Elisabeth 9 F IL sch
Henry Clay 5 M IL
Nancy C 3 F IL
Charles E 1 M IL

Notes: Even though spelled COOMBS, and after 1848-9, is it possible this is John H., h/o Marinda VIVION? Not likely with the new census abstract.

26 Sep 1852 Combs, Catherine - VAUGHT, Sam'l L. by MG Mordica LANGE

(Adams Co, IL Marriage Records Transcribed by Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre)

29 December 1853 Combs, Isabella - SALSBURY, John by JP Geo. H. Kinkade



16 Dec 1856 Fayette Co, KY. "Howard Combs of Quincy [Adams Co], IL to Miss Mary LOUD of Lexington [Fayette Co], Kentucky. Married December 16, 1856" (Kentucky Statesman December 19, 1856)

Notes: Howard Tilford Combs was the s/o General Leslie & Margaret TROTTER Combs

1 Oct 1861 Combs, Elizabeth - MACK, Henry by Jasper GRAHAM JP

(Adams Co, IL Marriage Records Transcribed by Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre)

28 Dec 1864 Combs, Hugh L. - Miss Susan CAIN by Elisha H. BENNETT JP


Note: Could this be same Hugh whose widow Levina is listed in the 1866 Quincy City Directory?

5 Nov 1865 Combs, Elizabeth W. - SIMMONS, Chas [Charles] M. by John HOLTON JP


1866 Quincy City Directory by O.E. Root

Combs Aaron B., fireman, C. B. Q. R. R.; res 53 Seventh ws 7 n York.
Combs Aaron B., stock dealer; res Ohio ss 3 e Ninth.
Combs George. (col) Co. G, 56 U. S. C. I.; res Eighth ws n Linn.
Combs James W., clerk, hats and caps, 85 Hamp.; bds 167 Maine.
Combs Levina, widow of Hugh; res 131 York ns 4 e 7th, in rear.
Combs Sarah, widow of Isaac; res Twelfth es 1 n Vermont.

(Source: USGenweb Adams Co, IL)

24 Nov 1867 Combs, Mrs. Sarah - COOPER, Alfred by E. C. JOINER MG

(Adams Co, IL Marriage Records Transcribed by Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre)

Note: Possibly the same as Sarah Combs, widow of Isaac per the 1866 Quincy City Directory

1-04-1868 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) James L. Combs & Mrs. Harriet WARREN

11-24-1869 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) Mrs. Sarah Combs & Alfred COOPER

10-02-1871 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) Americus V. Combs & [Miss] Annie E. STEVENS (nb: see COULES)

3-07-1883 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) Mrs. Annie E. Combs & Archibald E. SHIELDS

10-13-1883 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) Lucy Combs & Thomas WILLIAMS

8-07-1885 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) Mrs. Polly Combs & Nathan TANKSTON

11-26-1885 (Adams Co, IL Marriages) Annie E. Combs & Charles O. SIMS

1900 Adams Co, IL Census

Northeast Township

p. 247A, June 19, 1900, ED 117 Sheet 13

97/97 SIMPSON, Simeon, Head, w, m, 49, b. Dec 1850, Md. 22yrs IN IN PA
Susan, Wife, w, f, 57, b. Oct 1842, Md. 22yrs, 1ch/1 living OH OH OH
Combs, Thomas E, Stepson, w, m, b. 34, b. Nov 1865, 34 MO KY OH

Notes: Was Susan a Combs or the widow of a Combs? In 1880, Simeon Simpson and Susan are in Madison Co, IA.

Riverside Township

Old Soldiers Sailors Home

p. 294A, June 1 1900, ED 144, Sheet 1

Combs James, Inmate, w, m, 68, b. July 1831, Single WV KY KY

p. 296B, June 4, 1900, ED 144, Sheet 3

Combs Nelson B, Inmate, w, m, 67, b. Feb. 1833, Wd OH VA VA

SE Notes: Could this be Nelson D Combs, s/o of John Milton Combs and Mary DAVIS of Highland Co, OH and Knox Co, IL? He is about the right age, he was born in Ohio, and both parents born in Virginia. N D Combs last found living with brother Wilson H Combs in 1880 in Nemaha Co, NE. No wife and children with him in 1880. There is no Nelson B. Combs listed in the Civil War Soldier database; however, there is a Nelson D Combs who served as a 1st Lt. in the 86th Reg´t, IL Inf Co F, and a N H. Combs that served as a private in the 114th Reg´t, IL Inf Co F. On 25 July 1898, Nelson D. Combs of Illinois applied for and received a Civil War Pension for his service in F Co, 86 IL. Infantry (App# 1208 704, Cert. # 985 807 from NARA Civil War Pension Index).

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